Sentinel introduces new feature chronicling Church history

The late President James E. Faust once told the story of taking a summer hike to Martin’s Cove along the Mormon Trail in Wyoming as part of a Pioneer Day celebration in 1992. The site is remembered as a stopping point for the Martin Handcart Company in the winter of 1856.

Saints encountered perilous conditions on the westward trek from Nauvoo to Salt Lake City. (Image courtesy of media library.)

Saints encountered perilous conditions on the westward trek from Nauvoo to Salt Lake City. (Image courtesy of media library.)

President Faust recounted how his “soul was subdued” when reflecting on those pioneers who perished from hunger and the elements as they waited for rescue wagons to arrive from Salt Lake City 136 years before.

“We went farther along the trail to the site where members of a different party, the Willie Handcart Company, were rescued,” President Faust said. “We felt like we were standing on holy ground. At that site, 21 in that party died from starvation and cold.”

President Faust’s family tree includes forbearers who crossed now-historic locations like Rocky Ridge on their way to the new Zion in the West. Two of his ancestors were not fortunate to... Read Full Story →

Trio of local companies join Sentinel roll call of contributors

Please join us in welcoming three new Sentinel contributors – Papa John’s Pizza, Black Jack Limousine and Timeless Portraits. We encourage you to click on their ads to view their websites (ad designs by Tanya Smith).


Keith Kopelson (LDS owner and operator). Treat your family to view the Christmas lights in style. Call to reserve today – (509) 230-0820.


Tanya Smith (LDS owner). Call today to schedule your family portrait – (509)230-6676.


John and Carol Grady (LDS owners). Present the special Sentinel Reader Code, LDS950, to receive a discount on your purchases at any of the three Spokane area locations: 2023 E. Wellesley, 920 W. Indiana or 101 N. Argonne.

Sentinel celebrates four years of publishing good news

A BYU quarterback, a replacement Angel and volunteers from Elk were featured in the very first issue of the Latter-day Sentinel on June 1, 2009.

At the time, 74 subscribers received the free, online publication via email, most of them residing in the Spokane East Stake. Dennis West, a member of the Belle Terre Ward in the East Stake, had come up with the idea of an LDS news portal focused on happenings within the Spokane Temple District, an area spanning Greater Spokane, North Idaho and a part of Western Montana.

The inaugural issue provided a preview of what the Sentinel would seek to become over the following years – an informative online newspaper with a variety of topics and an underlying goal to convey the abundance of positive news not always covered by mainstream media. The articles told of an appearance by former BYU and NFL quarterback Ty Detmer at an event sponsored by the BYU Management Society, the account of the original Angel Moroni statue being replaced and rotated at the Spokane Temple and a service project carried out by members of the Colville Stake.

Four years and over 200 issues later, the Sentinel is still publishing the good news of the restored gospel with stories that strive to illuminate, educate and entertain.

Sentinel 2.0 – New look, new features for LDS online paper

After almost four years and nearly 200 issues, the Latter-day Sentinel has changed its look.

Subscribers to the free online publication and visitors to the website will notice a few differences this month as Sentinel Webmaster Cameron Spear has introduced a sparkling new format for the paper, now read by close to 1,200 subscribers.

Headlining the list of user-friendly options is a handy “Search the Sentinel” feature on the left-hand side of the home page. It is here where readers can enter key words or phrases and track down stories on a wide variety of subjects.

Are you a fan of BYU basketball? Just enter the name of Head Coach Dave Rose and pull up stories ranging from his courageous victory over cancer to the Cougars battle against Gonzaga in the 2011 NCAA tournament. Looking for an article that spotlights your ward or stake? A quick search will locate accounts of everything from service projects to missions around the world. Wondering when President Gordon B. Hinckley visited the Inland Northwest for the dedication of the Spokane, Washington Temple? Just enter the late prophet’s name in the search box and pull up the story celebrating the 10th anniversary of the event.

While the original Sentinel logo designed by the paper’s creator and inaugural publisher Dennis West remains a prominent part of the Sentinel brand, the latest layout features a layered section of “Recent Posts” in the middle of the home page that will include stories from the current week as well as a handful from previous issues.

A pair of Sentinel staples – “Wholesome Recreation Guide” and “Sentinel Standout” – will be highlighted next, followed by the latest installment of “Image of the Week.” On the left-hand side of the home page, readers will find an “Archives” option that pulls up three features – “Recent Posts,” “Most Used Categories” and “Monthly Archives.” It is in the... Read Full Story →

Latter-day Sentinel readers may now comment on their favorite stories!

For everyone who has been interested in sharing their thoughts on stories featured in the weekly issues of Latter-day Sentinel, we’ve added a new feature–you can now leave comments!

If you are a subscriber to our weekly emails, then you can leave a comment at the end of each article to share your thoughts. You can even go back to stories from previous issues and leave comments on those stories as well!

We hope that this will encourage greater interaction from our readers. As always, if you have a message or suggestion for anyone on the Latter-day Sentinel staff, please use our “Contact Us” page to send a private message.

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