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Sarah Jane Weaver

Sarah Jane Weaver is the executive editor of the Church News. Since 1995 she has covered, among other things, the Church’s welfare services, Church Education and social issues impacting Latter-day Saints. Her favorite assignments include reporting on temple dedications and writing about members around the world. Sarah graduated from BYU with a degree in journalism and history and served as editor in chief of the BYU student newspaper, the Daily Universe. Before joining the Deseret News staff, she completed a Pulliam Fellowship at the Arizona Republic in Phoenix, Ariz.

Early saints celebrated the St. George Utah Temple, exclaiming ‘glory, hallelujah!’ Now the renovated temple will be rededicated by President Jeffrey R. Holland.

The Church is collaborating with other religious organizations on more than 60 projects that will serve more than 42,000 children in the New York metro area.

Crowds on Times Square quiet as the Nativity is shared in iconic location.

At the intersection of commerce, tourism and entertainment in the United States, leaders of charitable organizations kicked off the global Giving Machine effort.

More than 1,400 Latter-day Saint missionaries at the Provo MTC assembled meals on Thanksgiving that will be distributed by the Utah Food Bank.

Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke to Latter-day Saint missionaries in the Provo MTC on Thanksgiving morning.

Elder Gary E. Stevenson recently visited Japan, the country where he served as a young missionary, to dedicate the Okinawa temple. In this video, he shares his feelings about the land, its history and people.

“I have really been touched by all of the elements that have been part of the lives of people in Okinawa,” said Elder Stevenson during a Church News podcast interview.

During special ceremony at the Fort Douglas Military Cemetery, Elder Uchtdorf pays tribute to the 41 German prisoners of war buried there — and others who died in armed conflict.

President Ballard, 95, died Nov. 12, 2023, after a life of dedicated service to his family and the Church.

“His tremendous energy and delightful sense of humor will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of associating with him,” writes the First Presidency of President M. Russell Ballard.

“Let’s be happy and keep going forward and do the best we can,” said President M. Russell Ballard.

Church News video shares highlights of President M. Russell Ballard’s life and ministry; see recent interviews where he speaks about his family, priorities and testimony.

A special memorial episode of the Church News podcast remembers the life and teachings of President M. Russell Ballard.

Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated the 4th temple in Japan. Here is a photo gallery of the dedication.

Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has dedicated the Okinawa Japan Temple, the 4th House of the Lord in Japan and 186th worldwide.

Former leaders in Okinawa lost their fathers in World War II and now rejoice that a temple — the Okinawa Japan Temple — will grace their land.

This Church News video, titled “Across the Isle,” features Elder Matthew S. Holland and the Rev. Dr. Andrew Teal talking about their friendship and the discussions they shared about their disciplines and perspectives.

“The Church [in Okinawa] has come 360 degrees since then — from nothing to a temple,” he said.

President Russell M. Nelson announced a temple for Mongolia in October general conference. “We feel the Lord’s love for His people,” a local leader said.

Rev. Dr. Andrew Teal, Elder Matthew S. Holland and President David Checketts embarked on a journey that led to a “blossoming of connection with God’s children.”

“We can be determined not to let the world’s wickedness, contentions and divisions invade the sanctity of our united effort to follow and worship the Savior,” Elder Quentin L. Cook said after ministry in Eastern Europe.

This Church News video, titled “A Sacred Bridge,” features the Rev. Dr. Andrew Teal, whose mission is to grow unity between faiths through understanding.

In the first in a two-part series, Elder Holland and the Rev. Teal are joined by guest host Sheri Dew to discuss interfaith friendship and community building.

“One of the greatest messages of Joseph’s life is his need and his desire to repent and be forgiven,” says Elder Kyle S. McKay, Church historian and recorder and a General Authority Seventy, in the Church News video “Daily Repentance.”

Issac and Rebecca Goeckeritz join the Church News podcast to share what they have learned while working with the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.

Sister Kathleen J. Eyring died Oct. 15, 2023, after a life of service to her family and the Church.

Church News podcast features historians sharing what they have learned by studying Brigham Young’s letters, journals.

Elder David A. Bednar asked students if they appreciate the “remarkable and marvelous season” in which they live.