Jason Swensen is a writer for the Church News and contributor to the Deseret News. He has won multiple awards from the Utah Society of Professional Journalists. Swensen was raised in the Beehive State and graduated from the University of Utah. He is a husband and father — and has a stack of novels and sports biographies cluttering his nightstand.

Church cattle ranch near weekend festival preps for potential large gathering
The 9-by-12-foot diorama of Brigham Young University copies not only almost all of the buildings and physical structures on the Provo campus — designers even attempted to 3D print almost every single tree.
A Latter-day Saint teen was shot twice while helping fellow students subdue a gunman in Tuesday’s school shooting in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
“That eternal perspective makes a huge difference in our comprehension of things that don’t seem fair in this life,” said President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Local Church leaders are relieved that all members and missionaries are safe and accounted for. But the so-called Camp Fire exacted an awful price in the Paradise Latter-day Saint community and beyond.
President Dallin H. Oaks of the First Presidency and a host of key Church leaders say they are uplifted by selfless Helping Hands workers.
Joining the first counselor in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ First Presidency at a Saturday gathering in Florida is an apostle, a Seventy, a member of the Presiding Bishopric and the leader of the Relief Society general presidency.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement Wednesday regarding missionaries near the area affected by Hurricane Michael.
The Church announced plans Thursday to supply families and community agencies with “finished good” such pasta, pancake mix and flour — rather than raw wheat which can be difficult to process at home.
An Area Seventy is pleading for Latter-day Saints — and anyone else, for that matter — to combine their voices and petition heaven on behalf of his fellow North Carolinians besieged Sunday by driving rain and rising floodwaters.
Hurricane Florence’s relentless first-day assault on the Carolinas is impacting a number of Latter-day Saints, with floodwaters inundating homes and transforming subdivision streets into canals.
The mid-summer skies were likely sunny and clear when newly arrived North Carolina Raleigh Mission President Matthew S. Holland conducted his first round of zone conferences.
On Sept. 1, President Russell M. Nelson and Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles participated in a Caribbean Area member devotional in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
This process has been tested in various parts of the world for the past several months and will now be expanded to all of Utah and Idaho.
A simple phrase, translated: “With your permission, I would like to speak in Spanish.” But when uttered by President Russell M. Nelson on Sept. 1 to a standing-room only audience of Dominican Latter-day Saints, those words assumed unexpected, even historic significance.
On Sunday, Sept. 2 — almost a year after Hurricane Maria’s arrival — Esteban and Anali Ojeda traveled under sunny skies to San Juan to hear counsel from President Russell M. Nelson.
Church president visits with hurricane weary Latter-day Saints in San Juan. Offers encouragement and testifies in Spanish.
Music’s unifying power was on full display Monday on the stage of the Shoreline Amphitheater. Standing shoulder to shoulder for a sound check rehearsal was the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and several members of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus.
Academic, history buffs gather in Boise for four-day Mormon history conference in a year defined by historic revelation of 1978.
Two Latter-day Saints are counted among the missing following Sunday’s eruption of Guatemala’s Fuego Volcano that has killed at least 38 people.
“Spirit of Texas” continues to be invoked as Latter-day Saints serve others; celebrate rededication of Houston temple.
President M. Russell Ballard returned to the Lone Star State Sunday to preside over the symbolically-charged reopening of the LDS Church’s Houston Texas Temple that was severely damaged by Hurricane Harvey floodwaters.
President Russell M. Nelson challenges Latter-day Saints to be inspiration seekers to minister in an increasingly global church.
High priests and elders in each ward will combine to form a single elders quorum, allowing for more effective unity and ministering.
Reflecting the ever-increasing diversity of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, members worldwide sustained Elder Gerrit W. Gong and Elder Ulisses Soares to the faith’s senior leadership Saturday morning.
The Lord’s people “receive the Holy Spirit best when we are focused on serving others,” said President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the First Presidency in his priesthood session address.
The modifications made to the Melchizedek Priesthood quorums are the will of the Lord, said Elder Ronald A. Rasband in his priesthood session remarks.
The young men of the Aaronic Priesthood don’t sit, figuratively, on “children’s chairs,” said Brother Douglas D. Holmes, during the priesthood session on March 31. Instead, they have been given a “sacred trust” from God.
Unusual service project at an above ground cemetery adds a new chapter to Church’s ongoing relief efforts in flood-weary Peru.