Mormon Minute: Weekly LDS News Recap for January 16, 2015

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LDS.net’s Mormon Minute recaps LDS news that happened during the week in the Mormon world. This week, we talk about: the 11 new missions opening in July, the first #LDSDevo of the year, Mia Love, and the British Supreme Court.

0:09 – New Mission Areas Opening

The Church has announced eleven new missions that will open beginning July 2015. The list includes two new missions in Orem and Logan, Utah… and the Argentina, Buenos Aires East and Santa Fe missions. The changes come in an effort to accommodate the growing number of missionaries after the 2012 age change announcement. There are now four-hundred and sixteen missions worldwide.

0:30 – First Worldwide Devotional

The first worldwide devotional took place at BYU-Idaho this past Sunday and was given by Brother Randall L. Ridd, Second Counselor in the Young Men General Presidency. Elder Ridd encouraged listeners to live life with a clear focus. This was the first of three devotionals that will take place throughout the year.

0:47 – Mia Love Sworn in to Congress

Mia Love was sworn in to Congress with a very special Bible. Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the First Quorum of the Seventy provided her with a Bible that belonged to Joseph Smith’s mother for the ceremony. Love is the first black republican woman to be sworn into congress.

1:02 – British Columbia Polygamist Groups Banned from Using the Name of the LDS Church

And the Supreme Court in British Columbia has banned one of the most well known polygamist groups in Canada from using any names that are associated with the LDS church. This is a move forward as polygamist groups in the United States can still use names that affiliate themselves with the LDS church.

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Whitney studied Communications with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism at BYU. She also served as Miss Utah 2009 and spent her year promoting Children's Miracle Network, fundraising for anti-bullying/suicide prevention programs, and speaking to mutual groups.