For the week of March 27-April 1, President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, shared his experiences of speaking in and memories of general conference on the Church News podcast. Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shared greetings for the start of Ramadan, and Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles ministered in Asia.
In the April 2022 general conference leadership session on Thursday, March 31, 45 new Area Seventies from around the world were sustained. The Primary general presidency shared ways to prepare children for a lifetime of covenant keeping. The Church News looked back at the digital and online developments in the Church’s missionary work.
See an update on the St. George Utah Temple renovation project. Learn how to help index the 1950 U.S. census, which was released on April 1. BYU researchers explored how Church beliefs, practices and cultures contribute to body image.
Find summaries to these stories below.
1. President M. Russell Ballard shares memories of general conference, emphasizes the need to anchor faith in Christ
President Ballard has given dozens of conferences addresses since his call as a general authority in 1976. After 46 years in general Church leadership, he joined an episode of the Church News podcast to share his memories of general conference.
Listen to the podcast, plus watch the video of what he would ask his late grandfather, who was also an Apostle
2. Elder Bednar shares greetings at start of Ramadan
On the first night of the monthlong observation of Ramadan, Elder Bednar posted greetings to Muslims around the world on his social media channels.
3. Elder Rasband invites members in Asia to ‘stand in holy places’ and prepare for the temple
4. 45 new Area Seventies sustained at April 2022 general conference leadership session
During its April 2022 general conference leadership session, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced and presented for a sustaining vote 45 new Area Seventies from 23 countries. The announcement and sustaining were done at the Thursday, March 31, leadership session and published on ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
5. Primary general presidency: Preparing our children for a lifetime of covenant keeping
The Primary general presidency shared about a General Handbook update that affects ward Primary presidencies that focuses on children and covenant keeping.
“Helping children enter, progress and stay on the covenant path is one of a parent’s most important responsibilities. It is also a key focus of how ward Primaries can support parents. When we help children prepare for baptism and confirmation or for priesthood ordination and temple service, we are helping them prepare for more than an event,” they wrote.
6. A look back on the digital and online developments in the Church’s missionary work
While it may seem like a rather recent move for missionaries around the globe to be equipped with the latest in smartphones and have access to social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, the roots of digital technology and online efforts date back more than a decade.
7. St. George Utah Temple renovation enters 3rd year
Renovation of the St. George Utah Temple — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ longest-operating temple — has passed the two-year mark, with the past year having included the finishing of all primary upgrades to the historic temple. Drywall finishers — doing a level-five finish, the industry’s highest standard — are prepping the north addition for painting, while beautiful millwork replicates the arched doorways of the historic temple.
See photos of the renovation update, plus images of 10 temples in Utah being constructed or renovated; also status updates of 83 temples announced by President Russell M. Nelson
8. The 1950 U.S. census was released on April 1. What to do now to prepare to help create the digital index
The National Archives released the 1950 U.S. census on Friday, April 1 — after the required 72-year wait. FamilySearch and Ancestry are partnering to create and publish a digital index of all information in the census.
9. How Church beliefs, practices and cultures contribute to body image
Teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints lead to a more positive body perception and relate to more positive outcomes, according to new research from Brigham Young University. Sarah M. Coyne, a professor of human development in the BYU School of Family Life, and her research team interviewed and conducted surveys with active members of the Church in Utah, the broader United States and other countries. They found that beliefs such as the Atonement and divine nature, practices like the Word of Wisdom and modesty, and cultures on the ward level all contributed to body image and esteem.