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Mary Richards

Mary Richards is a reporter for the Church News. Before that, she was a morning reporter/anchor for KSL NewsRadio in Salt Lake City. She graduated from BYU with a degree in journalism, and she and her husband have five children. Email her at

For BYU’s inaugural Big 12 season, each away football game had a service project in conjunction with the BYU Alumni Association.

Members of the Church responded after flooding, donated blood, cleaned homes, sorted supplies, sewed quilts and more in several European countries.

The initiative also includes playing a part in a modern Nativity as part of the theme, “Let your light shine.”

President Camille N. Johnson and President Susan H. Porter saw child nutrition efforts, taught members and met with civic leaders during the 10-day visit.

New features this year include an online “service shuffler” to get service ideas and videos featuring beneficiaries of Giving Machines.

A Mali Muslim leader’s visit to Church sites in Utah is an example of strengthened interfaith relationships in the Africa West Area.

The Young Women general president and Relief Society general presidency first counselor taught and ministered in Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Ghana.

The Caribbean island saw a large response to International Day of Service through JustServe.

Giving Machines are in 61 locations this year in 7 countries. Find the operating dates, locations and ways to follow on social media.

The Church of Jesus Christ emphasizes self-reliance and helping members feel empowered to meet their temporal, spiritual and emotional needs.

“Our prayers have been answered,” said a school headmaster after a donation from the Church of Jesus Christ in Ghana.

Two people shared stories of finding new employment, including “a dream job.”

The visit also included a tour of Welfare Square and the Humanitarian Center.

Born Nov. 13, 1952, Elder Renlund has served as an Apostle since 2015.

Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé offers encouragement and resources in a new “Hear Him” video from the Church.

Each child of God has the capacity and potential to “grow into the principle of revelation” and receive heavenly help.

Giving-focused vending machines to be in 61 locations across the U.S. and around the world, with options to donate online.

The Church of Jesus Christ and Water for People are working on completing water systems in Gicumbi District, Rwanda.

A young man who received a wig in his own cancer journey joins in project to help in California’s Bay Area.

The Relief Society is involved in a global effort to improve the health and development of children under five and their mothers.

The Relief Society, Primary and Young Women general leaders meet with a U.S. senator, held interfaith meetings and conducted training in Nashville.

In a devotional at Brigham Young University, Elder Gary B. Sabin spoke of graduating with honor from mortal life.

A statement says the Church is devoting significant financial resources for critical needs.

Born Nov. 6, 1940, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf has been an Apostle since 2004.

This year’s celebration at the Conference Center included songs, dances from multiple countries.

“I’m so excited to start a life as a bigger, happier family.” said Kristen Gardner.

Brazil and Spain included with Latin American countries in this year’s celebration at the Conference Center.

Relief Society General President Camille N. Johnson and the Church’s Mexico Area presidency invited others to reflect on lessons from their ancestors and do family history work.

An event in Santiago let organizations and volunteers know how to get started using JustServe in Chile — the 14th country to have the free community service platform.

The Africa West Area presidency visited the Nigerian National Mosque and a Nigerian stake president was named an Eminent Ambassador of Peace.