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RootsTech 2017 Sessions Available Online

FamilySearch International President and CEO Steve Rockwood welcomed the RootsTech 2017 crowd and an estimated online audience of 100,000 and compared a family tree to a pando of aspen trees, considered to be a singular organism given life underground by an extensive connected root system. 

Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right 

This edition of “Getting It Right” features Shaun Micallef’s Stairway to Heaven, an Australian documentary series aired on SBS in which Micallef focuses each episode on a different religion or set of beliefs. A recent episode scrutinizes The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or as he refers to the religion, Mormonism.

From Mormon Newsroom (Salt Lake City)

A Partner in the Cause of Peace

Religious freedom is about achieving peace among differences and reducing fear so everyone can have confidence in their lawful place in society. Read more in the first in a seven-part series on international religious freedom

Lucy's Gift of Love

Thirteen-year-old Lucy Dubé of Sydney found a simple way to express love when she heard about Second Life Stationery.

From Mormon Newsroom (Salt Lake City)

Church Announces BYU–Pathway Worldwide, a Global Higher-Education Organization

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced the creation of a global higher-education organization, BYU–Pathway Worldwide (BYU–PW). The institution will have responsibility for all online certificate and degree programs offered by the Church Educational System (CES).

Adelaide Youth Gather to Plan Interfaith Service Project

A group of young adults of different faiths in Adelaide is gearing up for a ‘Faith Matters Week’ (August 19-26) interfaith event by visiting parliamentarians to share experiences and seek input regarding this year’s incorporated service project.

 Youth from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Provide Aid for Sydney Refugees

At a youth conference that took place over two weeks, almost 1000 young people of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, aged between 14 and 17 years, took part in several service projects at St Joseph’s College to provide aid to refugees across the Sydney region.

World's Largest Family History Conference Available Worldwide

RootsTech, held annually in Salt Lake City, Utah, has become the largest family history and genealogy conference in the world. Several sessions at RootsTech 2017, including the general keynote sessions, will be streamed live on the home page of

Australia Wide Features a Day in the Life of LDS Missionaries

The ABC regional focused programme, ‘Australia Wide’, recently featured a segment showing a day in the life of LDS missionary elders serving at Katherine in the Northern Territory.

Senior Missionaries Serve Around the World

Mormon missionaries are young men, right? Right, but they are also young women and senior couples. Approximately two-thirds of 65,000 missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are young men. A quarter are young women, and almost a tenth are senior missionaries.