2014
Year in review

Mormon Newsroom

Take a look back at some of the significant Church-related stories and events covered on MormonNewsroom.org in 2014.

Top Stories of 2014
  • “From time to time, societies need to be challenged, corrected and improved. And it is often religious voices that awaken our better selves and act as the conscience of society.”

    Commentary, “The Voice of Religious Conscience”

  • Film & Video

    Feature Film ‘Meet the Mormons’ Makes National Debut

    Learn why for the first time, a documentary-style movie, “Meet the Mormons, was produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Discover another first for the Church and who turned out to the film’s Utah premiere.

  • Commentaries

    The Voice of Religious Conscience

    Learn how society is better served when we are allowed to pursue our religious conscience.

  • "Charity is more than aid."

    Sharon Eubank, director of Humanitarian Services and LDS Charities

  • Missionary

    Church Expands Use of Digital Devices for Missionary Work

    The Church announces in July that more of its missionaries would use digital devices as they preach the gospel. What missions will go digital and when the implementation will begin.

  • Beliefs & Practices

    Church Provides Context for Recent Media Coverage on Gospel Topics Pages

    See the full list of in-depth essays on points of Church history that gained public and media interest over the past year.

  • Global Church

    Mormonism Online: In Your Own Words (Blog Feature)

    Lindsey Stirling participates in #LDSFace2Face, a live Facebook event for youth around the world. Find out what the world-famous violinist had to say about life’s challenges, her dreams and her faith.

  • “[Recent] court decisions … will have no effect on the doctrinal position or practice of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which is that only marriage between a man and a woman is acceptable to God.”

    Official Church Statement Summarized, October. 6, 2014

  • Global Church

    Church Making Strides Preserving African Family Histories

    Genealogy experts from Africa spoke at this year’s RootsTech, the largest genealogy conference of its kind in the world, on collecting oral histories as family historians grow old. Why they say it’s a race against time.

  • “231 of our volunteers worked a combined total of 645 hours painting, mulching, tree trimming, cleaning, organizing and more at Palmetto Elementary for #MakeaDifference day!”

    Posted on Instagram

  • Interfaith Outreach

    Church Leaders Participate in Historic Vatican Summit

    Religious leaders and scholars representing 14 faith traditions from 23 countries assembled at the Vatican November 17-19. A member of the Church’s First Presidency joined Pope Francis and other faith leaders at the summit. Learn what they said.

  • Beliefs & Practices

    Getting It Right (Blog Feature)

    How does the Mormon Tabernacle Choir do what it does with an all-volunteer ensemble? Rodger Dean Duncan of Forbes provides several reasons, one of which illustrates the ethos of commitment and volunteerism common in the lives of Mormons.

  • Church & Society

    Church Responds to Supreme Court Announcement

    See the response to an October U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage by the Church. Read what Church leaders encouraged members to do.

  • Beliefs & Practices

    Mormonism in Pictures: Temple Square Dressed for Christmas

    This photo essay shows millions of multicolored lights on display, crèches and a live Nativity that mark the Christmas season on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. See the splendor captured by creative photographers.

  • Beliefs & Practices

    Exhibit Highlights Women in the Scriptures

    View artist Kathleen Peterson’s paintings illustrating significant roles of women in the Old and New Testaments such as Esther, Deborah and Mary, the mother of Jesus. Learn where the original paintings are on display.

  • Humanitarian

    Humanitarian Efforts at the UN

    The United Nations invites Church representatives to a first-of-its-kind meeting. What the director of Humanitarian Services and LDS Charities presented at the Focus on Faith event.

  • Beliefs & Practices

    Temple Garments

    People of faith throughout the centuries have used particular symbols or vestments to draw closer to God. Learn how the temple garment is a physical expression to Mormons of their devotion to God.

  • "We believe that the young people of this Church will continue to say yes to missionary service."

    Elder David F. Evans, First Quorum of the Seventy and executive director of the Church’s Missionary Department

  • Beliefs & Practices

    Mormonism in Pictures: Preparing for a Worldwide General Conference

    What does it take to prepare for more than 100,000 Mormons who attend general conference in Salt Lake City, Utah? This photo essay shows the tremendous planning effort for the worldwide two-day broadcast.

  • Temples

    The Process of Building a Mormon Temple

    View the video and infographic that follows the painstaking step-by-step process of building a Mormon temple, from the decision to build to finding the appropriate land to hiring the best craftsmen and tradesmen to completion.

  • Global Church

    Apostle Calls for Uplifting Social Media Messages to Sweep the Earth

    Find out more about a Mormon apostle’s call to “sweep the earth” with uplifting messages and the flood of people using the #sharegoodness hashtag on social media.

  • Film & Video

    #ItWasMom: New Church Video Honors Mothers

    See the celebration of mothers in a Church-produced video launched on Mother’s Day that honors the divine calling of mothers and women around the world.

  • "I hope the citizens of this nation can continue to witness their belief in God by the symbol of prayer."

    Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

  • Temples

    Church Dedicates 142nd Temple

    President Thomas S. Monson presided over the dedication of the 85,000-square-foot Gilbert Arizona Temple in March. Find out how many people attended the open house and why thousands of youth were caught in the rain.

  • "The combined power of our testimonies and faith in Jesus Christ surely constitutes one of the most faith-filled and powerful assemblies of women in the history of the Church, if not the world."

    Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women general president

  • Beliefs & Practices

    Getting It Right (Blog Feature)

    The Journal in Ireland reports that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints “is a Christian faith and teaches the Old and New Testaments.” Learn also what The Journal says about the Book of Mormon.

  • Humanitarian

    Helping Hands in the Philippines

    Thousands of Mormon volunteers participated in Philippines’ National Day of Service following deadly Typhoon Haiyan. Learn the number of projects they completed and how many millions of hours were donated to complete them.

  • Interfaith Outreach

    Elder Oaks: Believers Should Join Together to Defend Free Exercise of Faith

    Church apostle Elder Dallin H. Oaks spoke to thousands at BYU-Idaho on religious freedom. Find out what he encouraged believers of all faiths to do to bolster the role of religion in society.

  • Commentaries

    Difference and Dignity

    Religious diversity in society makes our lives harder. What we need to discover in others which makes our lives richer.

  • Global Church

    Church Hosts Inaugural General Women’s Meeting

    Thousands of women, young women and girls 8 years old and above gathered in March for the first time in a combined general women’s meeting of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

  • "It’s natural that…members of the community generally would be very pleased to have a temple there, and they would feel it’s ‘our temple."

    Elder William R. Walker, executive director of the Church’s Temple Department

  • Missionary

    Getting It Right (Blog Feature)

    This "Getting It Right" from August includes an article on Church growth in Alaska. With a new Latter-day Saint chapel recently completed in Juneau, reporter Melissa Griffiths looked into what sparks Church growth.

  • Missionary

    Missionaries Who Are Not Citizens of Venezuela Have Transferred Out of Country

    Food shortages and high inflation spark widespread protests in Venezuela in early 2014. What action the Church took to keep its missionaries safe during the unrest.

  • “The temptation to form everyone from a single mold would contradict the genius of God, who created every man different.”

    President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency

  • Church & Society

    Church Says Existing Alcohol Laws Benefit Utah (package, whiteboard animation)

    View a video interview with Church apostle Elder D. Todd Christofferson and a whiteboard animation explaining the Church’s position on existing Utah alcohol laws.

  • Temples

    Ogden Utah Temple Rededicated by President Thomas S. Monson

    President Thomas S. Monson and other Church leaders traveled to northern Utah in September for the rededication of the Ogden Utah Temple. See the transformation after extensive renovation, including a reshaped exterior.

  • “There is sunshine in my soul today.”

    President Thomas S. Monson during the cornerstone ceremony of the Gilbert Arizona Temple, referring to a rainstorm that had passed.

  • "Many missionaries credit their full-time service with influencing their direction for the rest of their lives."

    August 11, 2014 Missionary Work: Experiences Shape the Future

  • Beliefs & Practices

    In Your Own Words (Blog Feature)

    This post features feedback to a video that helps explain sacred temple clothing and temple garments. The video is helping millions better understand this important part of Mormons’ beliefs.

  • Temples

    Getting It Right (Blog Feature)

    In March, several media outlets attended the Fort Lauderdale Florida Temple open house. What journalists reported about the 143rd temple of the Church.

  • Missionary

    Church Continues to Monitor Mormon Missionary Safety in Ukraine

    Unrest and uncertainty in Ukraine prompts the Church to take action. Learn what took place to ensure the safety of missionaries.

  • Missionary

    Missionary Work: Experiences Shape the Future

    Mormon missionaries dedicate 18 months to two years of service. Learn through personal accounts how their experience shapes the rest of their lives.

  • Temples

    Church Dedicates Fort Lauderdale Florida Temple, 143rd in the World

    President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency, and other Church leaders were in Florida on May 4 for the dedication of the Fort Lauderdale Florida Temple.

  • “Jesus honored the Samaritan woman not only by asking for water but speaking to her of living water. Jesus elevated women by treating them with honor and kindness."

    Kathleen Peterson, Artist

  • Temples

    Phoenix Arizona Temple Dedicated by President Thomas S. Monson

    President Thomas S. Monson was joined by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf and Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for the cornerstone ceremony and dedication of the Phoenix Arizona Temple in November. View video of the event.

  • "We should care for the earth and preserve it for future generations."

    Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

  • Temples

    Indianapolis Indiana Temple Topped With Angel Moroni Statue

    A statue of angel Moroni was placed atop the Indianapolis Indiana Temple in October amid an audience of construction workers, Church leaders and neighbors. View photos and video of the action.

  • Temples

    In Your Own Words (blog feature)

    Latter-day Saints who attended the groundbreaking of the Meridian Idaho Temple on August 23 shared their thoughts through social media. What Church leader those in attendance were thrilled to see.

  • Missionary

    Missionaries Serving in Two African Nations are Reassigned

    The Church provides an update in October on the Church response to the deadly Ebola virus. What the Church and its members did to help and what happened to missionaries as a precaution.

  • Temples

    In Your Own Words (blog feature)

    Many Latter-day Saints expressed excitement about having the Ogden Utah Temple back in service. Read what they had to say about the rededication following months of extensive renovations.

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