In case you missed it: President Nelson’s 5-year ministry video, 8 stories
During the week of Jan. 22 to Jan. 28, the second video in a Church News video series titled “Five Years of Leadership” featured President Russell M. Nelson. Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles held his second live Q&A on Instagram. Church leaders tested to students of the importance of and strength in making covenants with God at a BYU–Hawaii devotional.
Youth are invited to participate in a worldwide devotional with Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Young Men General President Steven J. Lund spoke at the Provo Missionary Training Center. The Church provided a recap of the Salt Lake Temple and Temple Square renovation recently completing its third year of projects and progress.
The Anchorage Alaska Temple will be reconstructed and relocated. Elder Clark G. Gilbert, Church commissioner of education, highlighted five prophetic themes during the Jan. 27 Seminaries and Institutes of Religion annual training. The latest Church News podcast featured the Church History Department’s Matt Heiss on collecting, preserving and sharing records.
Read summaries and find links to these nine articles below.
1. Video: Favorite moments from Church President Nelson’s 5-year ministry Part 2
President Russell M. Nelson puts his arm around the Rev. Amos C. Brown as the Church and NAACP announce a partnership at a press conference at the Church Administration Building in Salt Lake City on Monday, June 14, 2021.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
This second video in a Church News video series titled “Five Years of Leadership” features President Nelson as he speaks with the NAACP and the Rev. Amos Brown and reflects on the two temple dedications he participated in at Washington, DC He also is joined by Sister Wendy Nelson to discuss prayer and the Christlike love demonstrated by the Church’s COVID-19 response.
2. Elder Bednar Instagram Q&A
Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles answers questions during a question-and-answer session on his Instagram account on Jan. 24, 2023.
Screenshot from Instagram
Elder Bednar held his second live Q&A on Instagram on Tuesday, Jan. 24, answering questions from social media followers and bearing witness of the Savior Jesus Christ.
Following the pattern of his first live Instagram question-and-answer session, Elder Bednar spoke from his office in the Church Administration Building in Salt Lake City to thousands of people tuning in live.
3. Church leaders testify to BYU-Hawaii students of the importance of and strength in making covenants with God
From left, Elder Clark G. Gilbert, Elder Paul V. Johnson, Elder D. Todd Christofferson, BYU–Hawaii President John SK Kauwe III, Sister Monica Kauwe and Relief Society General President Camille N. Johnson pose for a photo prior to the weekly campus devotional held in Laie, Hawaii, on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023.
Camille Jovenes, BYU-Hawaii
Participating in the Tuesday, Jan. 24, weekly campus devotional of the seaside university in Laie, Hawaii, were members of the Church Educational System’s Executive Committee — including Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; Relief Society General President Camille N. Johnson; Elder Clark G. Gilbert, a General Authority Seventy and the Church commissioner of education; and Elder Paul V. Johnson of the Presidency of the Seventy.
4. Youth invited to upcoming worldwide devotional with Elder Gong about doing ‘all things through Christ’
Youth pose outside the Conference Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023, for a recording of a worldwide youth devotional with Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve apostles
Youth are invited to participate in an upcoming devotional with Elder Gong, according to a November 2022 notice sent to ward and stake youth leaders.
On Sunday, Jan. 22, thousands of youth in the Salt Lake area attended the recording of the worldwide devotional with Elder Gong in the Conference Center on Temple Square.
5. ‘Shortest and surest path to happiness’ is through the covenant path, President Lund tells MTC missionaries
Young Men General President Steven J. Lund speaks during the Provo Missionary Training Center devotional Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, in Provo, Utah.
Adam Fondren, for the Deseret News
Relating anecdotes of President Nelson cheerfully responding to unplanned moments, President Lund spoke to missionaries in the Provo Missionary Training Center on Tuesday, Jan. 24. His wife, Sister Kalleen Lund, and Brother Bradley R. Wilcox, second counselor in the Young Men general presidency, both gave brief remarks as well, with all the messages centered on finding happiness through Christ, despite unplanned moments.
6. Salt Lake Temple and Temple Square renovation: Revisiting 2022 progress and projecting 2023 efforts
The Salt Lake Temple, a sacred historical structure of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and its surroundings on Temple Square are part of a multiyear seismic upgrade and renovation project in Salt Lake City. Photo taken January 2023.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
The latest update on the multiyear renovation project — linking to a Wednesday, Jan. 25, post on ChurchofJesusChrist.org — also included photographs of work this month and links to a video providing a full explanation of the Salt Lake Temple renovation and a lengthy detail on TempleSquare.org of the processes and projects.
7. Plans for Anchorage Alaska Temple — resizing, reconstructing and relocating
Left, the Anchorage Alaska Temple; right, an exterior rendering of the Anchorage Alaska Temple after planned reconstruction and relocation.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced the future reconstruction and relocation of the Anchorage Alaska Temple. The significantly larger temple will be built on the same property — but relocated to where a currently used meetinghouse now stands.
And during construction, which is expected to start in early 2024 and be completed by summer 2026, the existing Anchorage Alaska Temple will remain open and operational.
8. Church commissioner of education shares 5 prophetic emphasis for teaching
The current prophetic emphasis presented at the 2023 Seminaries and Institutes of Religion annual broadcast.
Screenshot from ChurchofJesusChrist.org
In remarks broadcast during the Jan. 27 Seminaries and Institutes of Religion annual training, Elder Clark G. Gilbert, a General Authority Seventy and Church commissioner of education, highlighted five prophetic themes, which he encouraged educators to utilize in their curriculum and in the way they teach and minister to students.
9. Church News latest podcast features Church History Department’s Matt Heiss on collecting, preserving and sharing records
Matt Heiss, right, manager for the Global Support and Training Division of the Church History Library in the Church’s seven areas in Europe and Africa, joined the Church News podcast on Jan. 24, 2023.
Matt Heiss is the manager for the Global Support and Training Division of the Church History Library in the Church’s seven areas in Europe and Africa. He is the guest on this episode of the Church News podcast. Since 1987, Heiss has worked with the Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to acquire, manage and train others on collecting Church history.