The Latest: five of eleven new Mormon leaders from exterior US

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Source:   —  April 03, 2016, at 10:14 AM

m. Five of eleven new people chosen to serve on the Mormon church'south second-tier leadership council are from countries exterior the United States in a reflection of the religion'south international footprint.

The Latest: five of eleven new Mormon leaders from exterior US

The Latest on Mormon church'south two-day conference in Salt Lake City (all times local):

2:55 p. m.

Five of eleven new people chosen to serve on the Mormon church'south second-tier leadership council are from countries exterior the United States in a reflection of the religion'south international footprint.

The men arrive from Guatemala, Argentina, Italy, Australia and New Zealand. More than half of the religion's fifteen million members live exterior the United States.

Church leaders announced the new selections for the faith'south Quorum of the Seventy on Saturday at a twice-a-year conference in Salt Lake City. The council serves below the church president and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also announced new leaders for a women'south council that oversees religious education for children in the faith. All three women are from the United States.

More than 100.000 Mormons are expected to attend five conference sessions over two days.

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twelve p. m.

A Mormon boss is calling on church members to be tolerant of others even if they practice another religion or keep a different political affiliation.

Kevin R. Duncan said during a church conference in Salt Lake City that God doesn't view people based on "color of the jersey or the political party." Duncan urged members to be graceful number matter if they win or lose in the competitions of life.

Duncan is a member of a second-tier leadership council of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

His guidance comes during a presidential campaign marked by explosive rhetoric and bickering.

Church leaders don't endorse candidates or parties but sometimes weigh in on what they consider crucial moral issues.

More than 100.000 Mormons are expected to attend five conference sessions over two days, with millions more watching live broadcasts.

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11:25 a. m.

A top Mormon boss kicked off a church conference in Salt Lake City by telling members that the religion is the "only true church" and that its top leaders speak for the Lord.

Henry B. Eyring on Saturday urged church members to hear carefully to speeches from Mormon leaders during the two-day conference so they can perceive closer to the Lord. Eyring is a member of a top church leadership council called the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Thomas S. Monson, the 88-year-old president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is in attendance but hasn't talked yet. He's considered a prophet.

More than 100.000 Mormons are expected to attend five conference sessions over two days, with millions more watching live broadcasts from their homes.

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Mormon leaders are set to deliver guidance to their worldwide membership in a series of speeches this weekend during the religion'south semiannual conference in Salt Lake City.

Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints aren't expected to mention presidential candidates by name, but they may reiterate their thrust for more public civility and compassion amid a campaign marked by explosive rhetoric and bickering.

The conference kicks off Saturday morning at the faith'south 21.000-seat conference center. More than 100.000 Mormons will attend the five sessions over two days, with millions more watching live broadcasts of the speeches.

The church doesn't back one party or endorse candidates, but Mormon leaders sometimes weigh in on what they consider crucial moral issues.

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