October 2021

The Church innovates during a pandemic

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The coronavirus swept the world beginning in 2019, altering life as we know it. National shutdowns, case outbreaks, overrun hospitals, millions of lost jobs, schools closed, digital everything and more. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was no exception to having its world rocked.

The Church’s humanitarian efforts during COVID-19

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Members of The Church of Jesus Christ are strengthening, helping and still giving aid across the globe. Throughout the pandemic the Church has stepped up to give humanitarian aid to those in need.

BYU professor, grad student identify Mayan forgeries

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French archaeologist Marion Forest and BYU grad student Chloe Burkey worked together to develop a new method of identifying forgeries from authentic ancient Mayan greenstone artifacts.

Interview with reporter Ingrid Sagers

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COVID-19 changed just about every aspect of worship, including worship inside temples. Daily Universe reporter Ingrid Sagers joins Universe Live anchors Amy Griffin and Emily Jones for an interview about the story she wrote for The Daily Universe October magazine.

How temple worship, construction changed throughout the pandemic

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Various changes in temple construction and worship began in March 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic caused businesses, schools, churches and temples to shut down. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officially shut down all temples until "further notice" on March 25, 2020.

Faith Q&A with Professor Brian F. Woodfield

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Brian F. Woodfield, chemistry professor at BYU has been teaching for over 25 years. Woodfield answers questions in a Q&A of how he has been able to reconcile science with faith.

Church members respond to urging from the First Presidency to get...

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During the past year and a half, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued statements and policies about COVID-19. One of their most controversial statements was urging members to get vaccinated and many members interpreted that message differently.

How COVID-19 changed missionary work

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For many missionaries COVID-19 changed a period of their lives that they thought was set in stone. Speaking with four missionaries, a Daily Universe reporter found out what stayed the same and what needed creativity to solve during their time in the mission field during the pandemic.

Church members reflect on Zoom Church as meetings return to in-person

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During the pandemic many changes were made to maintain Church attendance. Church members have had various experiences with at-home and virtual Church during the last year and a half. The COVID-19 quarantine stopped and changed everyone's daily schedules to look different. With COVID-19 vaccines available, officials have announced newly reduced restrictions. For members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that meant changing where they administered their sacrament from inside their own homes, back to inside the chapel.

Technology impacts family history work

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As family history becomes more prevalent through companies like FamilySearch and Ancestry, the growth of technology has helped make family history work easier and more personable.

‘Sitake culture’ in full force for BYU football

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Nearly six seasons deep into Kalani Sitake's tenure as head coach, Sitake has led BYU football back to national relevance through a culture of "love and learn."