News Releases

New Mormons and Gays Website Sparks Interest

This website is a collection of conversations; conversations with Church leaders, conversations with Church members who are attracted to people of the same sex, and conversations with the loved ones of gay spouses, children, or grandchildren who are dealing with the effects of same-sex attraction in their own lives. These conversations are not always easy to have. They deal with love and acceptance, sin and morality, aspirations and despair. Those who speak from the heart on this website do not necessarily represent in every word or detail the policies or positions of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but all of them speak with authenticity because they reflect what has happened in their own lives and the experiences of those they love.[1]

Young Ambassadors Visit Africa

Bringing music and Dance the Young Ambassadors visited South Africa and Zimbabwe.

We Sing, We Dance, We Give of Ourselves In Service As Jesus Christ Did

With twenty in the company, ten band members, and nine technicians, Brigham Young University’s Young Ambassadors sang and danced their way into the hearts of many in Africa. 

These talented students seemed to never sleep as the rigorous agenda kept them very busy during their three week tour.  Besides the entertaining, they choose to be busy in service.  Service to others. They all truly love to perform, but each of them looked forward to the opportunity to serve and to brighten someone’s day even more.  

Mormon Mothers Day Initiative

Celebrating Mothers day in the Africa Southeast Area office, Denise Butterfield, who works in the Human Resource department, gave a devotional speech on mothers as strong women.

Denise  talked of being stretched in many ways.  As a mother, and as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she has become much more than she thought she could be because of the many ways she has served.  The Church has a lay ministry, therefore, she has had many jobs or callings.  As the children's nursery leader and as a woman called to lead the Relief Society, the women’s organization of the church, Denise has grown in her abilities.

 “I can serve with confidence," she states.

Could The Sabbath Day Be The Answer?

Public Affairs representatives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the four corners of the world met with Jewish Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik in the USA on April 7, 2016.  The meeting was to discuss perspectives on religious freedom and the recent trend across the world for more interfaith dialogue and action.

The Sabbath day rose to the surface very quickly as a common denominator and possible solution to many of today’s ills.  This was agreed as something to focus on that would unite us all and is central to building faith everywhere.

Abortion Conference Held in Mbuji Mayi

Saturday, April 16, 2016, at the Club MIBA entertainment venue, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Provincial Division of Youth held a conference on abortion.  Many leaders of the community, medical specialists, interfaith leaders, media, and students met together to discuss their opinions on abortion, as well as learning The Church's position.    

From Mormon Newsroom (Salt Lake City)

Richard E. Turley Jr. Appointed as New Managing Director of Church Public Affairs

The First Presidency has appointed Richard E. Turley Jr. as the new managing director of The Church’s Public Affairs Department. Turley replaces Michael Otterson, who had previously announced that he would retire on August 31 of 2016.

 “I Can See”                
 “I Have a Desk at School”          
Statements Heard by Welfare Service/Humanitarian Missionaries.

Many areas of South Africa are being blessed by the efforts of Welfare Service/Humanitarian Missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Edith O Friel Had Always Dreamt of Meeting Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi

Dr. Mangosuthu Buthelezi 88, is the great-grandson of King Dinisulu and direct descendant of warrrior-king Shaka.  As heir to the Chieftainship of the Buzelezi tribe, he is, therefore, a prince.  As Chief Minister for the KwaZulu bantustan, he founded the Inkatha Freedom Party in 1975 and has has been a prominent leader.  In 1994 he was appointed by Nelson Mandela to his cabinet.  When President Mandela was in the US to receive a Congressional Order, Buthelezi served as acting president.  Dr. Buthelezi continues to serve as a member of South Africa's Parliament today.

Unity Through The Music Of The Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Durban Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 9 April 2016, Elder Carl B. Cook, Africa Southeast Area President, described how listening to inspirational music brought people closer together.