News Releases

From Mormon Newsroom (Salt Lake City)

New Religious Freedom Resources Available on

A new section of has been launched by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to help Mormons learn about religious freedom and know what they can do to protect it. 

Johannesburg Temple Closed a Month-Reopens

The Johannesburg temple is 30 years old, and needs updated periodically.  Normally it will close for maintenance twice a year, in February and July, however, this year it needed major renovations.

Family History's 3 Years Negotiations Bring Results in DRCongo

The family history department in the Africa southeast area has been working for the past 3 years to negotiate to preserve and digitize vital records in the DR Congo. 

Elder S. Mark Palmer and Jacqueline have Arrived

Elder Palmer is the Second Counselor in the Africa Southeast area for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  His calling began August 1, 2016.

Uganda Increases Family Searches by 200%

Wayne Van As, the director of Family History for the Africa Southeast is unloading and setting up computers to be taken to Uganda to open 4-5 family history service centres in the Kampala area. 

Elder David A. Bednar Visits the Saints in the DR Congo  

Elder David A. Bednar a memeber of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, his wife Susan K. Bednar, Elder Kevin S. Hamilton Area President, Elder S. Mark Palmer Second Councilor to the Area President and his wife Jacqueline Ann Palmer were welcomed by members of 3 stakes in Lubumbashi

Botswana's Measles, Rubella, and Deworming Initiative Partners with Church Again after Outbreak

Three years ago LDS charities (the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) and the World Health Organization partnered with the Bostwana Ministry of Heath to immunize against measles and rubella and deworm children ages 6 months-15 years.  It was planned to do it again in 2017.  However, a recent outbreak propelled the program forward a year.  

With the help of many "Mormon Helping Hand" volunteers this program was again able to help the children of Botswana.

From Mormon Newsroom (Salt Lake City)

President Uchtdorf Presents Donation to UN Food Program

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, presented a $3 million donation to the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) on behalf of the Church during a recent visit to Rome, Italy. 

From Pacific Mormon Newsroom

New ‘Meet the Mormons' Vignettes to be Featured at New Zealand Visitors’ Centre

New stories made by the producers of the movie “Meet the Mormons” will be a new highlight at the New Zealand Visitors’ Centre on the Hamilton Temple grounds, and at other English-speaking visitors’ centres around the world, beginning in August.

Latter-day Saint Young Adults from South Africa Give Service on Mandela Day

Mandela Day is not a holiday in South Africa. It is a call to action.  April 27, 2009 the Nelson Mandela Foundation invited global communities to join them in support of a day to honor Nelson Mandela and his values through volunteering and community service.  Young adults from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints living in the Centurion area chose the Bula Mahlo Orphanage in Tembisa as their place of service.