John Huntsman Jr. Ambassador To Russia; The Best Temple Pant Ever; And More!

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Apostles Welcome Utah’s New Catholic Bishop

When Catholic Bishop Oscar A. Solis found out his new area would cover 85,000 square miles, he joked he’d have to become a “roaming bishop” as well as a Roman one. After 13 years serving the Los Angeles Diocese, Bishop Solis was reassigned to the Salt Lake City Diocese.

Bishop Oscar A. Solis

“God has given me so much love that I need to share it with the people of Utah,” said Bishop Solis remarked.

On Tuesday March 7th, Bishop Solis’s installation ceremony was held in Salt Lake City’s Cathedral of the Madeleine. In attendance were Latter-day Saint apostles, Elder M. Russell Ballard and Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the Presidency of the Seventy.

“Latter-day Saints cherish the long-standing friendship we have developed with the Catholic community in Utah and around the world,” said Elder Ballard, according to Mormon Newsroom. “We look forward to partnering with Bishop Solis as we stand together and give witness to Jesus Christ as His disciples.”

“We celebrate the installation of Bishop Solis as the leader of the Diocese of Salt Lake City and the newest member of our faith community in Utah,” added Elder Christofferson.

“We value our long-standing relationship with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” said Bishop Solis. “Our communities share a call to social justice and love for the poor. The task before us is one of building and strengthening our inclusive communities of faith. I look forward to continuing a culture of dialogue and encounter that leads us together to God.”

Read more at Mormon Newsroom.

Finally — A Temple Pant Designed With Human Comfort In Mind

The days of ill-fitting, cardboard-inspired temple pants are coming to a much needed end. LDS men around the world: rejoice. You’ll never again be subject to the accordion pleats and stiff fabric of the three temple pant options supplied by the distribution center. A new LDS clothing company has reinvented the temple pant for the modern man.

“Both Dave and I hated our temple pants,” says Scott Nelson. The “Dave” Scott is referring to here would be Dave Felsted. Together — with their wives — Dave and Scott co-founded Far West Clothing.

Bound by their mutual hatred for the temple pants offered and spurred on by the desire to create something better, Scott and Dave set about designing a new temple pant.

Between Scott’s marketing degree and Dave’s accounting degree, the team had little to no experience in the textile industry. Dave’s wife Jennica worked with the manufacturers while Erika, Scott’s wife, helped with inventory and media.

“Throughout it all, everyone contributed, and without our team, we would have been years behind where we are today,” Scott Nelson told LDS Daily. “What’s great about the temple and about our values as a company is that we really eschewed a fashion-forward approach and really focused on the essentials of what we knew a great fitting pair of pants needed to have.”

In the end, the Fielding Temple Pant was born:

Behold, The Fielding Temple Pant in all its pre-shrunk glory.

Slim-fit with an extra high-rise back, the Fielding Temple Pant is built with the style and comfort of men of every stature in mind. The poly-cotton blend is strong, wrinkle-proof, and tear and stain resistant.

Beautiful as these pants may be, the Far West Clothing team didn’t want to create something “trendy” or “fashion-forward.” Thus, the pants remain unblemished by any brand marking, tag, or logo.

“A great fitting pair of pants is much less detracting than an ill-fitting pair. Our hope is that our pants, our ties, and everything else we have coming will simply compliment what you’re already comfortable wearing. We want you to feel great in the temple so that you can focus on what’s actually important,” Nelson said.

Far West also offers a stylish white, knit tie and has plans to launch two more items before summer.

Read more at LDS Daily.

John Huntsman To Be Ambassador to Russia

Former Utah Governor and Latter-day Saint John Huntsman Jr. is in the process of submitting paperwork accepting the position of Ambassador to Russia, according to a report by Politico.

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch commented on the appointment in a statement, saying President Trump “has made a wise choice in selecting Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. to serve as the next United States ambassador to Russia. He possesses the savvy, grace and tact characteristic of our nation’s top diplomats, and I am confident he will continue serving our country well as the next ambassador to Russia.”

Huntsman is no stranger to ambassadorship, having previously served as ambassador to Singapore and as trade ambassador to Asia. Trump reportedly also considered the former Republican Governor for a position as deputy secretary of state under Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Jason Perry, head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, offered his own insight on the Trump’s latest appointment:

“The issues with Russia right now are ones that have been dogging President Trump day after day. They are not resolving themselves,” Perry said. “Selecting Jon Huntsman Jr. would immediately help improve the dialog.”

Read more at Deseret News.

14-year-old LDS Singer Makes The Voice 

 

At 14-years-old, Aaliyah Rose is already an internet sensation. With over 99,000 YouTube subscribers and 15,000 followers on Instagram, Aaliyah is already a social media force to be reckoned with — and she’s not even out of middle school.

The fresh faced teen is now looking to broaden her horizons, and share her vocal talents with a worldwide audience. Monday night, Aaliyah was given the opportunity of a lifetime. Appearing on NBC’s The Voice, Rose won the bid of judge and international pop-superstar, Gwen Stefani.

“You’re so talented and gifted,” Stefani said. “Just the fact that you have a voice like that and a power like that and you have so much style.”

Aaliyah performed Andra Day’s “Rise Up” during the blind auditions, bringing her signature spunk and attitude to the stage. Gwen Stefani claimed Rose for her team almost immediately, while the other coaches lauded Aaliyah’s talent.

“You are, like, so incredible,” Keys said. “Your voice is beautiful.”

Aaliyah will move on to the Battle Round, in which she’ll face off against another contestant.

Read more at Deseret News.

Gabriella is a psychology major, Westfalia-dweller, and expert bean-eater. Having spent the majority of her life living in the great Latin-American metropoles of Guatemala and Mexico, Gabriella continues to grapple with the eccentricities of suburban living.