News Releases

From Mormon Newsroom (Salt Lake City)

Historic Freedmen's Bureau Project Completed

FamilySearch has announced completion of the Freedmen’s Bureau Project, indexing the names of millions of African Americans collected directly following emancipation. 

From Mormon Newsroom (Salt Lake City)

VIDEO: A Brief History of LDS Charities

Since 1985, LDS Charities (the humanitarian vehicle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) has donated billions of dollars in food, commodities and volunteer hours in the wake of natural and man-made disasters. A new video describes the organization’s 30-year history.

Why Religious Education

Mormons believe that in an ever changing world all youth are required to obtain secular knowledge, and in addition, religious education.

From Uganda Mormon Newsroom

LDS Charities Helps Refugees in Rwanda, Africa

Recently Senior Missionaries Elder and Sister Gillett from Mapleton Utah, USA (Uganda Kampala Mission) and Public Affairs Missionaries Elder and Sister Ford (Africa Southeast Area) were hosted by the UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees) in 2 refugee camps in Rwanda.   

Fire Kills Family as BYU Golfers Paint Retardant in Cape Town

Tragically, Brigham Young University’s womens golf team was working on a service outreach at the very time a family was being devastated by a house fire, 11 June 2016.  Partnering with the local congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Khusela Ikhaya's project, “Laughs4Paint,"  the BYU women were busily painting fire retardant when breaking news came on Cape Town News24.  

ASEA Daily News - June 2016 

Important, informative and inspiring - ASEA (Africa South East Area) daily news feature. A one-stop in-depth summary of relevant news and information from all major world news feeds in one place. What you need to know about Africa each day that really matters.

Is Religious Freedom a Reality in Africa?

Church leaders Elder Stanley G. Ellis and Elder LeGrand R. Curtis Jnr., both General Authority Seventies of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, joined government leaders, academics, legal professionals and religious leaders from around the world to promote and protect religious freedom in Africa this week.  Those who presented provided thought-provoking research and stimulated much discussion on this critical subject.

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.