Week in Review: President Ballard in New Video, Apostle Devotions

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During the week of October 23-29, President Mr. Russell BallardActing President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, testified of guidance in new Church News video. Jeffrey R Holland, D. Todd Christofferson and Ronald A. Rasbandall members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, have spoken at various young adult devotionals in Ephraim, Cedar City and OgdenUtah.

See a list of all 118 temples announced by President Russell M. Nelson and the current status of each. Members of the Young Men and Young Women presidency shared experiences to use the new For the Strength of Youth guide. This week The Church News podcast featured Rabbi Meir Soloveichik about connecting to other religions through scripture and shared principles.

Church historians have noted realization of significant digitization projects featuring speeches by Eliza R. Snow and diaries by Emmeline B. Wells. The Church News reported how members in Connecticut planted more than 200 trees to commemorate the bicentenary of the First Vision.

Read the summaries of these nine articles below.

1. Video: President Ballard Explains How Councils “Guide the Church”

Members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles gather for a photo at the visitor center of the temple in Rome, Italy, March 11, 2019.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is guided as members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles work together to seek the will of the Lord. The members of these quorums are filled with kindness and spiritual insight. “When we are in council, I can tell you that the Church is safe and always will be,” said President Ballard in the video titled “Guiding the Church”.

See the video

2. How “We Can Change the World,” Elder Holland Tells Young Adults

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Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles waves to the crowd as he and his wife, Sister Patricia T. Holland, speak before speaking during a devotional at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah, on Sunday October 23. , 2022.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Elder Holland spoke to students at Snow College and the Ephraim Utah Institute of Religion about God’s love and God’s love for them. Sister Patricia Holland, Elder Holland’s wife, attended the October 23 devotional with him.

“Do more of what he would do if he was here,” Elder Holland told the crowd full of young adults. He promised that if they would follow the commandments and do what Christ would do, “we can change the world.”

Find out what Elder Holland taught

3. Elder Christofferson teaches young adults how to build strong spiritual muscles

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D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Kathy Christofferson, pose for a photo with the Cedar City Institute of Religion student council before speaking at a devotional Sunday, October 23, 2022.

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Accompanied by his wife, Sister Kathy Christofferson, Elder Christofferson spoke to more than 2,000 young adults and youth — who braved snowy conditions to gather at Cedar City Institute of Religion on the night of Sunday, October 23 — about the need for “ muscular Christians”. .”

The term, Elder Christofferson explained, comes from a conversation he had with a teacher and ordained minister from an evangelical Christian denomination. By speaking of “muscular Christians,” this teacher did not mean people who “pump iron” three hours a day, Elder Christofferson said, but “disciples who can endure and do hard things, who can pick up and overcome. challenges with their faith in Jesus Christ.”

Learn more about devotion

4. Brother Rasband Asks Weber Institute Students to Be “Moral, Ethical, and Honest”

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Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles gives a devotional at the Weber Institute in Ogden on Sunday, October 23, 2022.

Ben B. Braun, Deseret News

The decision to take a job marked the course of Elder Rasband’s entire life, eventually leading him to become president of the global Huntsman Society. Jon M. Huntsman Sr. offered him the job, “but I had to do more than a job,” Elder Rasband said during the Oct. 23 devotional in Odgen, Utah. “I had to make myself a man of integrity. I realized then and now that my personal integrity is what has defined me in my marriage, my business, my relationships, and my service in the Church.

He quickly learned to be an efficient and fair businessman, and lived by the standard, “Be Moral, Ethical, and Honest.”

Learn more about Elder Rasband’s experience

5. See a list of the 118 temples and places announced by President Nelson, with the current status of each

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President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints greets residents as he and Sister Wendy W. Nelson arrive for the dedication of the Heber Valley, Utah Temple, Saturday, October 8, 2022.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Since becoming President of the Church in January 2018, President Russell M. Nelson announced the locations of 118 temples, beginning with seven identified in April 2018 general conference and ending with the 18 locations announced Sunday, October 2 in the closing session of October 2022 general conference.

The Church News published a list of all temples and locations, as well as status updates for those under construction, with revolutionary dates set or sites made public.

See the list of temples

6. General Young Men and Young Women Leaders: Changing the Way We Talk About Standards with Young People

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A group of young men and women stand together outdoors. The Church released a new For the Strength of Youth guide in October 2022.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The For the Strength of Youth Guide is an invitation to talk about standards in a new and different way. Instead of going straight to the rules, we can ask questions to help raise our young people to the heights to be guided by principles and personal revelation.

Young Men and Young Women leaders share two experiences of parents using the principles in the new For the Strength of Youth guide to help their youth make decisions.

Learn more about the two experiences

7. Episode 107: Rabbi Meir Soloveichik on Connecting to Other Religions Through Scripture and Shared Principles

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Rabbi Meir Soloveichik shares insights on the Hebrew Bible, religious freedom, and being lightlighters in this episode of the Church News podcast.

Rabbi Soloveichik is the chief rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israelknown as the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue of New York and is the oldest Jewish congregation in America established in 1654. Rabbi Soloveichik has lectured internationally to Jewish and non-Jewish audiences and hosts the daily podcast “Jerusalem 365.” He offers his scientific and spiritual insight into the importance of scriptural records, religious freedom, and the connection between religions.

Listen to this week’s podcast and read the transcript

8. Church Celebrates Completion of Landmark Projects Featuring Influential Women Eliza R. Snow, Emmeline B. Wells

Jennifer Reeder, Senior Historian, talks about the speeches of Eliza R. Snow.

Jennifer Reeder, Senior Historian, talks about two multi-year projects featuring early female leaders that are nearing completion: “The Diaries of Emmeline B. Wells” and “The Discourses of Eliza R. Snow” at the Library of history of the Church in Salt Lake City. Thursday, October 27, 2022.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

Years of diligent and meticulous work were celebrated on Thursday, October 27, as Church Historian Press announced the completion of two landmark online projects that feature the writings and ministry of two of the most influential of their time. “Speeches by Eliza R. Snow”, with more than 1,200 speeches from 1840 to 1887, and “The Journals of Emmeline B. Wellswith 47 journal volumes covering the period 1844-1920, are now available online for free.

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9. Tree planting connects Connecticut Saints to Sacred Grove

About two dozen members of the Fairfield Connecticut Stake jump onto a grassy field for a drone shot of their tree-planting efforts.

Members of the Fairfield Connecticut Stake jump for a drone shot of their tree-planting efforts on October 15, 2022. Seven wards in the stake have planted more than 200 trees around Fairfield County, Connecticut, to commemorate 200 years that have passed since Joseph Smith’s First Vision.

Two years after coming up with the initial idea and several months of working closely with the city’s parks department and tree rangers, members of the Fairfield Connecticut Stake have donated and planted 258 trees in public spaces across the Fairfield County, Connecticut, Oct. 15.

“While we were delayed by the onset of the global pandemic in March 2020, we [were] excited to move forward to commemorate the bicentenary of the First Vision — a sacred event in the history of our Church and the world,” said Todd Herget, president of the Fairfield Stake.

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