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2015 Newsroom Highlights

We invite you to review some of the significant Church-related stories and events reported in 2015 on, an official site for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Canada.


One evening per week dedicated to family activities — a great way to strengthen family relationships. Thousands of Canadians plan to mark the 100th anniversary of the Family Home Evening program by doing just that — holding a family home evening.

Montreal members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joined the Christian Jewish Dialogue of Montreal to celebrate their fifth annual Interfaith Eco-Action Day on 18 May 2015. More than 170 volunteers from various faith traditions gathered in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve to green and clean Parc Dézéry-Lafontaine, Parc Hochelaga and Parc Raymond-Préfontaine.

In the Etobicoke (Toronto), Ontario, congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, multiculturalism isn’t just an annual celebration; it’s a way of life. With congregants from 72 different countries, diversity is one of the congregation’s greatest strengths.

Separated by almost 4,700 kilometres but connected by national pride and devotion to God, Hugh Smith and Coby Iwaasa, two high-performance athletes and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will represent Canada at the Pan Am Games in Toronto this month.

Approximately 120 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the Regina Saskatchewan Stake (a stake is similar to a diocese) filled 2,500 food hampers to support provincial fire relief efforts through the Regina Food Bank, Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan and Kitsaki Management Limited Partnership.

Approximately 700 youth, ages 14 through 18, from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints across Ontario joined forces with Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) and local churches in the Kitchener–Waterloo area on August 13 and 14 to help feed impoverished children in Haiti.

This partnership resulted in the preparation of 280,000 life-saving meals for shipment to malnourished children in Haiti — enough to feed 750 children a daily hot meal for an entire year. This service was the highlight of the Mormon youths’ annual four-day Youth Leadership Conference (YLC), held this year at the University of Waterloo.

The International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) invited three Canadian delegates to its 22nd Annual International Law and Religion Symposium held October 4–6, 2015. The symposium included approximately 90 international scholars, jurists and legal and political leaders from 38 countries. During the symposium, hosted each year at the J. Reuben Clark Law School on BYU’s campus, delegates explored issues on this year’s theme: “Religion, Law and Social Stability.”

President Henry B. Eyring, first counsellor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, rededicated the Montreal Quebec Temple in three sessions Sunday, November 22, 2015, after the temple underwent extensive repairs and renovations. The sessions were broadcast to meetinghouses throughout Canada, enabling thousands of Latter-day Saints to participate.

Spencer W. Kimball, 12th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, taught, “My life is like my shoes — to be worn out in service. … None of us should become so busy in our formal Church assignments that there is no room left for quiet Christian service to our neighbors” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball, 2006).

Inspired to give that quiet Christian service, members of the Etobicoke, Ontario, congregation of the Church set a goal to perform 2015 acts of “second mile” service — acts that would be outside their regular duties or that might push them beyond their own comfort zone — in the community and amongst their congregation throughout 2015.​

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