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Our prayers go out to the two missionaries serving in the Louisiana Baton Rouge Mission. Both were struck by a car while riding their bikes the day after Thanksgiving, leaving one in critical condition, according to the Elko Daily Press.

Elder Landon Howe suffered three brain bleeds, a punctured lung, broken ribs, and a fractured skull, according to Facebook updates and a GoFundMe account set up by his family. Elder Howe has been hospitalized, though his family says his helmet probably saved his life, according to KENV TV.

His companion, Elder Mortensen, did not receive any serious injuries.

Just 30 minutes ago, the GoFundMe page set up by his family reported:

Landon slept well last night and is getting nourishment from a feeding tube instead of an IV now. The respirator that he is attached to was turned down a bit and he is now breathing about 85% on his own. He continues to have fevers, but they are being kept under control with a fan and medication. This morning’s CT scan also came back clear, so the blood clot may be gone for good. He has opened both eyes slightly and even tried to smile. His scabs and swelling also look a little better.

Our prayers will continue to go out to the Howe family.

To read even more go to LDS Living.

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The LDS Church released a statement on Friday afternoon saying that its missionaries will remain in Russia in the wake of a new law that restricts missionary work in the country.

“The church recognizes a new law will take effect in Russia on July 20, 2016, that will have an impact on missionary work,” said the statement released by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on mormonnewsroom.org. “The church will honor, sustain and obey the law. Missionaries will remain in Russia and will work within the requirements of these changes. The church will further study and analyze the law and its impact as it goes into effect.”

The law, signed by President Vladimir Putin on Thursday, sparked widespread concern about the future of missionary work in Russia among Christians, Muslims, and Jews.

READ THE REST OF THIS STORY AT DESERETNEWS.COM

A man had an incredible vision of the world while hiking in Russia. In his vision he saw white men with nametags and blue books. After the vision he searched online to try to discover who were the white men with nametags.  After a while of searching the man came across Mormon.org and referred himself to the missionaries.

Such a cool story!  God is a God of miracles and can be in our lives, if we let Him. Enjoy the video!

*Watch the rest of Ryen’s Mission Interview.

*Watch a video about two missionaries in Africa whose prayer ended a drought.

*More resources about LDS Missions in Russia.

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How many miracles did you see on your mission? How many happened on preparation day? Sister Jana Shumway from Lehi, Utah, and Sister Heather Munford of North Odgen, Utah, usually leave their apartment in Albany, Oregon, before 10 a.m., spending their preparation day preparing for the next week by doing things like getting groceries and writing their families.

However, this Monday, June 13, 2016, it just so happened that they got a later start than normal— a fact that might seem insignificant in the daily / weekly routine of missionaries, but one that ended up saving the lives of two women in their neighborhood.

At 10:10 a.m.their apartment began to fill with smoke. “It was more smoking than flames, but it was pretty bad smoke,” Sister Shumway told the Democrat-Herald. Then, Sister Shumway heard yelling from the two older women who lived next door.

The sister missionaries quickly went to their neighbors to help them escape the blaze, but they struggled to get both women out on their own. Just then, a passerby in a car pulled over and rushed in to help. She grabbed one of the older women, carrying her to safety while the sister missionaries helped the other woman escape.

“It really was a blessing for that lady to be here,” Sister Shumway told the Democrat-Herald. “It was all a blessing. Everyone’s okay and that’s the biggest thing.”

The Albany Fire Department and Police Department both responded to the scene, and though one woman was taken to the hospital in an ambulance, no one was seriously injured. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but Sister Munford recognizes that “Everything that happened was a miracle.”

We are glad that both the sisters were safe and that they were able to witness such a miracle while in their daily missionary routine.

Story adapted from LDS Living and the Democrat-Herald.

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The Church recently updated their dress and grooming guidelines for missionaries, allowing missionaries to wear conservative sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats in order to help them better protect against the sun.

One of the examples of the conservative sunglasses approved for missionaries found on lds.org
One of the examples of the conservative sunglasses approved for missionaries found on lds.org

The Church holds its missionaries to high standards—both spiritually and when it comes to dress and appearance. As servants of the Lord, they represent Him in every way.

Missionaries are told, “as an ambassador of the Lord you are to wear professional, conservative clothing that is consistent with your sacred calling and that will clearly identify you as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” (Dress and Grooming Guidelines for Missionaries).

Read about even more updates that have happened over the years at LDS Living.

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“This is Jon Duane Perry, teaching his atheist bird Apollo some new tricks . . . I guess as long as Mormon missionaries don’t knock on the door, all should be fine.”

In case you haven’t guessed, all is not fine in this hilarious candid video from 2012, which features two poor missionaries whose teaching attempts are met with squawks and feathers! Let’s all pray for the missionaries out there who are feeling down because they have weeks full of knocking on atheist parrot doors.

Watch the entire report here:

 

 

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The state Department of Commerce Thursday received a report of a scam targeting the grandparents of LDS missionaries with a ploy that their grandchild was in trouble and needed them to send money.

According to the report, Idaho grandparents of a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints received a call to send $3,885 via wire transfer to an alleged bail bondsman for bail and court fees to help their grandson, who supposedly was facing DUI charges.

The details of the family’s account mirror reports of others who have also reported the “grandparent scam” calls to the Utah Division of Consumer Protection. The con has drawn concern from the LDS Church.

READ FULL STORY AT DESERET NEWS

Alex Boyé, a Latter-day Saint musician, released a cover with a special dedication in honor of the victims of the Brussels bombings, including the four injured missionaries.

LDS Daily reports that the song Boyé covered, “Something Inside So Strong,” was originally written by Labi Siffre in 1987. Boyé explained on Facebook that he was first inspired to write this song from experiences of being ridiculed for specific beliefs.

“Have you ever been ridiculed, isolated and shunned for your beliefs? Ever felt like you stand alone in just trying to do what’s good? That’s where the inspiration from this song originally came from,” Boyé explained on Facebook. “But after hearing the news of the attacks in Brussels, I felt really compelled to use this video as a tribute to the deceased and those injured, including our 4 missionaries caught in the blast.”

Read the full article at LDS.net.

As millions of Latter-day Saints around the world prepare for the 186th annual general conference of the Church, Elder Brent H. Nielson of the Seventy and executive director of the Missionary Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sat down for an interview in mid-February to reflect on the progress of the Church’s missionary program.

Media initiatives, the use of technology and the age requirement change have bolstered the missionary efforts of the Church in the past several years.

“We work regularly to make sure that people know about our church and understand what we believe,” said Elder Nielson.

Missionary Surge Subsides

There are currently about 75,000 full-time missionaries serving in more than 400 missions in many countries. Over the past five years, about 230,000 missionaries have completed their missions and 1.3 million have served since the Church was organized in 1830.

“At the beginning of this year, we had 418 missions in the Church,” reported Elder Nielson. “We’ve just created the Vietnam Mission, which is now officially in place, and by July we will have created two other new missions in Africa, which will give us a total of 421 missions.”

After the age requirement for young men and women was lowered in October 2012, the missionary force hit a record high of nearly 89,000 men, women and senior couples. Young men can now serve at age 18, and women can begin their service at age 19.

“As that surge passed, we’re now down to around 75,000 missionaries, which is where we think we’ll stay for a period of time as that gradually increases,” he said.

Many of the missionaries who were part of the surge have now returned home following their service, which is 18 months for women and two years for men.

“That stretched our resources; it stretched our mission presidents just to take care of that many missionaries, even though we had created 58 new missions to do that,” said Elder Nielson.

Read the full article at Meridian Magazine.

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Calling all singers and choirs worldwide—now you can virtually join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for an amazing rendition of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.” It’s easy—check out the instructional videos below, pick your part, and upload a video of yourself to YouTube. Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, March 1.

See the full instructions at Mormon.org.