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In case you missed it: First Presidency announces April 2022 general conference details, Provo Utah Temple turns 50 years old, plus 7 more stories

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Clockwise from top left: Audience members in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City listen during the 191st Semiannual General Conference on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 3, 2021; President Dallin H. Oaks speaks to BYU-Pathway Worldwide students during a Feb. 8, 2022 devotional broadcast; Elder D. Todd Christofferson, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his wife, Sister Kathy Christofferson, leave after speaking at a devotional at the Missionary Training Center in Provo on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022; and the Provo Utah Temple on a snowy day.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Screenshot from BYU-Pathway Worldwide broadcast; Spenser Heaps, Deseret News; Harold B. Lee Library


During the week of Feb. 6-12, the First Presidency announced April 2022 general conference will include a women’s session and limited tickets will be distributed for all sessions.

President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, spoke in a devotional for BYU-Pathway Worldwide students, and Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles addressed missionaries at the Provo (Utah) Missionary Training Center. Elder Christofferson was also featured on this week’s Church News podcast on drawing courage from history.

The Provo Utah Temple celebrated its 50th anniversary this week, and hundreds commemorated the 176th anniversary of the 1846 exodus of Latter-day Saints from Nauvoo, Illinois. A researcher spoke at the 18th annual Brigham Young University Marjorie Pay Hinckley Lecture about mental health during a person’s lifetime. Latter-day Saints in Tacoma, Washington, partnered with the community to hold a family history event for African Americans, and Sikhs and Church members in the United Arab Emirates participated in an annual service project.

Read summaries and find links to these nine articles below.

1. First Presidency announces details for April 2022 general conference

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Audience members in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City listen to Bishop L. Todd Budge, second counselor in the Presiding Bishopric, speak during the 191st Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 3, 2021.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The 192nd Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will include a Saturday night women’s session, the First Presidency announced in a letter sent to local leaders Friday, Feb. 11. All women and young women, including those who turn 12 in 2022, are invited. A limited numbers of tickets will also be distributed for the conference.

Read more from the First Presidency’s letter

2. Principles of gospel leadership can help with any leadership responsibility, President Oaks says

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President Dallin H. Oaks speaks to BYU-Pathway Worldwide students during a Feb. 8, 2022 devotional broadcast.

Screenshot, BYU-Pathway Worldwide broadcast

A focus on the gospel of Jesus Christ — as well as its principles of leadership and eternal perspective — can help BYU-Pathway Worldwide students with current and future leadership responsibilities, said President Oaks. He offered “primary emphasis to principles of gospel leadership that will help you in the various leadership responsibilities that will come your way” as he spoke in a BYU-Pathway Worldwide devotional broadcast Tuesday, Feb. 8.

See more from his devotional

3. ‘Preach redemption’ Elder Christofferson tells missionaries in MTC devotional

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Elder D. Todd Christofferson, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his wife, Sister Kathy Christofferson, leave after speaking at a devotional at the Missionary Training Center in Provo on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022.

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

Missionaries are the Lord’s authorized messengers whose work is a magnificent expression of His redeeming love, said Elder Christofferson. “The greatest service we can provide to others in this life, beginning with those of our own family, is to bring them to Christ through faith and repentance so that they may experience His redemption. It will mean peace and joy now and eternal life in the world to come.”

Elder Christofferson’s message about repentance, redemption and joy

4. Church News podcast: Elder Christofferson on drawing courage from history

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Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints speaks at the celebration of the 175th anniversary of the arrival of the Mormon Battalion in San Diego at Old Town San Diego Historical Park on Jan. 29 2022.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

This episode of the Church News podcast features an interview with Elder Christofferson and Mormon Battalion Historic Site leaders, President Brent L. Top and Sister Wendy C. Top. Elder Christofferson and President and Sister Top emphasize drawing courage from the faith-infused actions of the past to face modern challenges.

Listen to the podcast, watch a video about enlisting in today’s battalion and read what Elder Christofferson taught San Diego members

5. Provo Utah Temple turns 50: Looking back and looking forward to its renovation

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Provo Utah Temple

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

On Feb. 9, the Provo Utah Temple celebrated its 50th anniversary. After its dedication in 1972, the Provo temple grew to serve not only the stakes in its district, but also thousands of college students and missionaries at the Provo Missionary Training Center, which was dedicated in 1976. The temple has undergone a few changes since it was dedicated, and soon will undergo major reconstruction and redesign.

Learn more about its history and future and see the latest temple reopening updates

6. A frozen Mississippi River and 10-degree weather: Members in Nauvoo mark 176 years since the exodus

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The Exodus Commemoration parade down Parley Street in historic Nauvoo, Illinois, is led by local Scout flag-bearers, men marching in honor of the Nauvoo Legion and people holding flags representing the nationalities of those present in Nauvoo in the 1840s. The commemoration was on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. The commemoration was on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. The annual commemoration on the first Saturday in February honor when members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began leaving Nauvoo in 1846.

David Price

Braving 10-degree Fahrenheit temperatures and subzero wind chills on Saturday, Feb. 5, more than 300 people gathered in historic Nauvoo with missionaries serving in the Illinois Historic Sites to commemorate the 1846 exodus of the Latter-day Saints from Nauvoo. The Mississippi River was frozen and snow-covered — just as it was in 1846. 

What the exodus means to members and missionaries in Nauvoo

7. What one researcher learned about mental health over a person’s lifetime

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Terrie E. Moffitt, professor of social development at King's College and Nannerl O. Keohane University professor of psychology at Duke University, gives the Marjorie Pay Hinckley Lecture at the Hinckley Center at BYU on Feb. 3, 2022.

Ellie Alder, BYU

Mental health is a topic many people are increasingly aware of and seeking treatment for nowadays, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. But according to the world’s longest running study of mental disorders, a far larger portion of the population is significantly impacted by mental disorders over the course of their lifetimes than was previously believed.

Read more from the BYU Marjorie Pay Hinckley lecture

8. Members in Tacoma open their family history center to the African American community

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Christina Abby, an author and poet, participates in a storytelling event during "A Proud Heritage," an African American family history event sponsored by Latter-day Saint stakes and community partners in Tacoma, Washington, on Feb. 5, 2022.

April Hunter

To help African Americans in their community connect to their ancestors, Latter-day Saint stakes in Tacoma, Washington, and community partners held a family history event titled “A Proud Heritage” on Saturday, Feb. 5. The free event offered several classes in person at the Church’s family history center in Tacoma and online via Zoom. 

How they planned and executed the hybrid event

9. Sikhs and Latter-day Saints participate in annual service project in Dubai

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Scott Halverson, second counselor in the Abu Dhabi Stake, helps distribute water flasks to 5,000 workers At Guru Nanak Darbar Gurudwara on Jan. 16, 2022 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The Guru Nanak Darbar Gurudwara, a Sikh temple, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the United Arab Emirates joined on Jan. 16 for an annual service project. They distributed water flasks as a thank you to 5,000 workers who are helping to build the quickly growing city of Dubai. 

Learn more about the service project

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