During the week of March 13-19, the First Presidency announced temples would gradually return to normal operations, including the elimination of face masks and capacity restrictions. More details were released about parking, masks and attendance at April 2022 general conference.
President Russell M. Nelson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spoke at the funeral for Sister Donna Edith Smith Packer, wife of the late President Boyd K. Packer. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles visited the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., for the sesquicentennial celebration of Latter-day Saint cadets and the dedication of a new chapel near the academy.
The Relief Society celebrated its 180th anniversary. The Church News released a new video, titled “The Power of Association,” highlighting the relationships Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has with many faith leaders. Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shared how "Latter-day Saint commitment to religious liberty is rooted in our core religious doctrine."
The Church donated $4 million dollars to help refugees in Europe, and Church members in Eastern Europe are supplying food, shelter and more to refugees leaving Ukraine. BYU's Jerusalem Center will reopen in April after being closed for two years.Find summaries to these stories below.
1. First Presidency announces temples to ‘gradually return’ to normal operations
“We are eager to return the temples to full operation as soon as possible,” President Nelson and his counselors, President Dallin H. Oaks and President Henry B. Eyring wrote in a March 15 letter. “Now that more people are immunized, we are pleased to announce that temples throughout the world will gradually return to more normal operations, including the elimination of face masks and capacity restrictions.”
2. What to expect for parking, masks and attendance at April 2022 general conference
With construction on and around Temple Square limiting parking and accessibility, those attending general conference April 2-3 in the Conference Center are encouraged to use public transportation.
Currently, wearing face masks will be optional for those attending general conference in the Conference Center, according to the notice.
3. President Nelson remembers Sister Donna Packer as a ‘mother, sister, saint and daughter of the living God’
Bearing testimony of the temple’s sealing power and of eternal life, President Nelson assured the family of Sister Packer that they would be with their mother and grandmother again some day.
“Thanks to the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and thanks to Donna’s exemplary life as a devout covenant-keeper, her future is glorious,” President Nelson said.
4. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland visits West Point, dedicating a new chapel and addressing those who protect freedom
Speaking during a commemoration event marking Latter-day Saints at the United States Military Academy, Elder Holland looked back on the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the academy and forward to the continued contributions Church members will make as officers in the United States Army. The world needs resilient leaders who can handle “dissonance, surprise, disappointment and fear,” he said.
His remarks during the sesquicentennial celebration of Latter-day Saint cadets were the capstone of a busy day for the senior Church leader at West Point — including lunch in the cadet mess hall and the dedication of the new chapel near the academy.
5. Relief Society celebrates 180 years
When the Relief Society was organized on March 17, 1842, the 20 women gathered upstairs in the Red Brick Store in Nauvoo had two missions — to relieve suffering and to save souls.
“It’s exactly the same purpose that the Relief Society has today,” Relief Society President Jean B. Bingham said. And women today help each other in many of the same ways.
Read more from President Bingham’s visit to Nauvoo, hear her interview on the Church News podcast, and see what was said on social media for the anniversary
6. Video: Elder Cook, religious leaders model ‘The Power of Association’
Visiting New York City on March 3 and 4, Elder Quentin L. Cook met with religious leaders in the city, talking about the importance of religious freedom and continuing relationships with his friends of many faiths.
“Some people think that those who are religious don’t have any fun,” he said.
7. Elder Gong shares how religious liberty is seen in the Church’s doctrine, history and global experience
Commitment to religious liberty is deeply rooted in the doctrine, history and global experience of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said Elder Gong during the concluding keynote address of the 2022 Church History Symposium.
8. What the Church is doing to help in Eastern Europe
Church members in several European countries are helping refugees from Ukraine by making monetary donations and providing shelter, food, supplies and other necessities. Many are opening their own homes. Others are providing support online.
9. BYU’s Jerusalem Center to reopen in April following 2-year, pandemic-forced closure
Following a two-year, pandemic-forced closure, the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies will soon be open again for students eager to experience the Holy Land’s unique educational and spiritual opportunities.
“We’ve announced that we are reopening our student program at the end of April for the spring/summer terms,” James Kearl, a BYU economics professor and Assistant to the University President for the Jerusalem Center, told the Church News.