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

During the week of October 23-29, President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, testified of councils in a new Church News video. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Elder D. Todd Christofferson, and Elder Ronald A. Rasband, all members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, spoke at various devotionals for young adults in Ephraim, Cedar City, and Ogden, Utah.

View a list of all 118 temples announced by President Russell M. Nelson and the current status of each temple. Young Men and Young Women presidencies shared experiences of the new manual, For the Strength of Youth. In this week’s Church News podcast, Rabbi Meir Soloveichik spoke about connecting with other faiths through the scriptures and shared principles.

Church historians marked the completion of landmark digitization projects with the talks of Eliza R. Snow and the journals of Emmeline B. Wells. The Church News reported how members in Connecticut planted more than 200 trees to celebrate the bicentennial of the First Vision.

Read the summaries of these nine articles below.

1. Video: President Ballard on Councils “Governing the Church”

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Members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles gather for a photo at the Rome Italy Temple Visitor Center March 11, 2019.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is governed 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 goodness and spiritual discernment. “As we are in council, I can tell you that the Church is safe and always will be safe,” President Ballard said in the video titled Leading the Church.

watch the video

2. How “we can change the world,” Elder Holland teaches young adults

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

Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

Elder Holland spoke to students from Snow College and the Ephraim Utah Institute of Religion about love for God 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 were here,” Elder Holland said to the young adults in the full house. He promised that if they would obey 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 develop strong spiritual muscles

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Elder 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 during a devotional on 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 gathered at the Cedar City Institute of Religion on Sunday evening, October 23, despite the snow conditions, on the need for “muscled Christians.” .”

The term, Elder Christofferson explained, came from a conversation he had with a professor and ordained minister in an evangelical Christian denomination. When this professor spoke of “muscular Christians,” Elder Christofferson was not referring to people who “pump iron” three hours a day, but “disciples who can persevere and do hard things, who can meet and overcome challenges with their faith in Jesus Christ.” .”

Read more about the devotional

4. Elder Rasband encourages Weber Institute students to “be moral, ethical, and honest”

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

Ben B. Braun, Deseret News

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

He soon learned to be an effective and fair businessman, living by the standard of “Be Moral, Ethical and Honest.”

Learn more about Elder Rasband’s experiences

5. View a list of all 118 temples and sites announced by President Nelson and their current status

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

Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

Since President Russell M. Nelson became President of the Church in January 2018, he has announced locations for 118 temples, beginning with seven identified during the April 2018 general conference and ending with the 18 sites identified on Sunday, April 2 October, announced at the closing session of October 2022 General Conference.

The Church News published a list of all temples and sites, and status updates for those under construction, with specified groundbreaking dates or publicly released sites and renderings.

Check out the list of temples

6. Young Men and Young Women General Leaders: Changing the way we speak to youth about standards

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

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The For the Strength of Youth guide is an invitation to speak about standards in new and different ways. Instead of going directly to the rules, we can ask questions to help guide our youth to the higher level of leadership through principle and personal revelation.

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

Learn more about the two experiences

7. Episode 107: Rabbi Meir Soloveichik on connecting with other faiths through the scriptures and common principles

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

Rabbi Soloveichik is the Chief Rabbi of the Congregation Shearith Israel, known as the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue of New York and the oldest Jewish congregation in America, founded in 1654. Rabbi Soloveichik has lectured internationally to Jewish and non-Jewish audiences and hosts the daily Jerusalem 365 podcast. He offers his scholarly and spiritual insights into the importance of scriptural recordkeeping, religious freedom, and connecting across faiths.

Listen to this week’s podcast and read the transcript

8. The Church celebrates the completion of landmark projects with influential women Eliza R. Snow and Emmeline B. Wells

Jennifer Reeder, senior historian, speaks about the discourses of Eliza R. Snow.

Jennifer Reeder, senior historian, discusses two multi-year projects with early women leaders nearing completion: The Diaries of Emmeline B. Wells and The Discourses of Eliza R. Snow at the Church History Library in Salt Lake City on Thursday, 10/27/2022.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

Years of diligent and meticulous work were celebrated on Thursday, October 27, when the Church Historian’s Press announced the completion of two landmark online projects showcasing the writings and ministry of two of the most influential women of their day. The Discourses of Eliza R. Snow, containing more than 1,200 discourses from 1840 to 1887, and The Diaries of Emmeline B. Wells, containing 47 volumes of diaries from 1844 to 1920, are now available online for free.

Explore the records

9. Tree planting connects Connecticut Saints to Sacred Grove

About two dozen members of the Fairfield, Connecticut Stake jump into a meadow for a drone video of their tree-planting efforts.

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

Two years after the initial idea and many months of working closely with city park departments and arborists, on October 15, members of the Fairfield Connecticut Stake donated and planted 258 trees in public lands throughout Fairfield County, Connecticut.

“While delayed by the outbreak of the global pandemic in March 2020, we have [were] I am delighted to move forward now to mark the bicentennial of the First Vision—a sacred event in the history of our church and the world,” said Todd Herget, Fairfield Stake president.

Learn more about the project

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