Monday, August 31, 2020

August 2020 Monthly Newsletter

Click here to access the August 2020 monthly newsletter. With the birth of my son and work obligations, I was unable to do much research during the month. Numbers released on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on missionary service are summarized in the newsletter, as well as reports on new stakes created during the month (the first three new stakes created since March 2020).

Friday, August 14, 2020

Church Magazines to be Revamped - Many New Translations Announced

Today, the Church announced significant changes to its three monthly magazines it publishes for adults, adolescents, and children that will go into effect in January 2021. The Ensign will be called the Liahona (name used currently for the Ensign outside of the United States), the New Era will be called For the Strength of Youth, and the Friend will remain the Friend. These changes constitute a major advancement in the availability of regular and contemporary Church messages, news, and teachings in additional languages, and at a greater frequency than before for most languages. Also, this marks the first time that the Church will have separate magazines for adolescents and children in other languages. There will be 87 languages with translations of Church magazines beginning January 2021. See below for information on the frequency and availability (print or online) of these magazines in different languages, as contained in the official announcement:

Beginning in January 2021, print and digital magazines will be available each month in the following languages: Cebuano, Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Samoan, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Thai, Tongan, and Ukrainian.

In the following languages, print and digital magazines will be available bimonthly (six times a year). Additionally, selected magazine content will be available digitally in the months a print magazine is not available: Albanian, Armenian, Bislama, Bulgarian, Cambodian, Croatian, Czech, Estonian, Fijian, Greek, Icelandic, Indonesian, Kiribati, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malagasy, Marshallese, Mongolian, Polish, Romanian, Slovenian, Swahili, Tahitian, and Vietnamese.

In the following languages, selected magazine content will be available only digitally each month: Afrikaans, Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Chuukese, Efik, Fante, Georgian, Haitian, Hiligaynon, Hindi, Hindi (Fiji), Hmong, Igbo, Ilokano, Kinyarwanda, Kosraean, Laotian, Lingala, Malay, Maltese, Nepali, Palauan, Pohnpeian, S. Sotho, Serbian, Shona, Sinhala, Slovak, Tamil, Telugu, Tshiluba, Tswana, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, Xhosa, Yapese, Yoruba, and Zulu.

Many of these languages have never had editions of Church magazines before, although some have had digital copies of select Church magazine content available online. There will be 23 languages with print and digital versions, 24 languages with bimonthly print versions and digital versions of select magazine content on remaining months, and 40 languages with monthly digital versions of select magazine content. Currently, the Church maintains editions of the Liahona in the following 48 languages (number of editions per year provided in parentheses)

  • Albania (6)
  • Armenian (4)
  • Bislama (6)
  • Bulgarian (4)
  • Cambodian (6)
  • Cebuano (12)
  • Chinese (Simplified) (6)
  • Chinese (12)
  • Croatian (2)
  • Czech (6)
  • Danish (12)
  • Dutch (12)
  • English (12)
  • Estonian (2)
  • Fijian (4)
  • Finnish (12)
  • French (12)
  • German (12)
  • Greek (1)
  • Hungarian (12)
  • Icelandic (1)
  • Indonesian (6)
  • Italian (12)
  • Japanese (12)
  • Kiribati (6)
  • Korean (12)
  • Latvian (2)
  • Lithuanian (2)
  • Malagasy (4)
  • Marshallese (6)
  • Mongolian (6)
  • Norwegian (12)
  • Polish (4)
  • Portuguese (12)
  • Romanian (6)
  • Russian (12)
  • Samoan (12)
  • Slovenian (1)
  • Spanish (12)
  • Swahili (2)
  • Swedish (12)
  • Tagalog (12)
  • Tahitian (4)
  • Thai (12)
  • Tongan (12)
  • Ukrainian (12)
  • Urdu (3)
  • Vietnamese (4)

Thursday, August 13, 2020

More Temple Renderings Released

The Church released information regarding the square footage and the renderings of several temples, including the Taylorsville Utah Temple and the Red Cliffs Utah Temple (formerly Washington County, Utah Temple), and the Neiafu Tonga Temple and the Pago Pago American Samoa Temple. The two new Pacific temples will each be approximately 17,000 square feet, whereas the Taylorsville Utah Temple will be 70,000 square feet and the Red Cliffs Utah Temple will be 90,000 square feet.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Comment Moderation

Many of my regular readers have noticed that comments do not publish right away, and sometimes it takes a couple days for them to appear. I have enabled comment moderation due to a significant increase in spam comments on the blog. This will eliminate irrelevant comments, with sometimes offensive content, from cluttering up the comments for posts. However, the downside to this is that I am not able to instantly approve comments 24/7. I will do my best to approve comments at least once a day, but sometimes this may not be feasible for me.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

July 2020 Newsletter

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