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Church gears up for new youth program replacing Boy Scouts, Personal Progress Church leaders are moving forward on a new global initiative for children and youth that will begin in 2020.
Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints share information about new children and youth initiative, which will begin in 2020.
See the Church's new leadership assignments around the world The First Presidency has announced changes in the Church’s area leadership assignments, which will become effective on August 1, 2019.
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, center, and his counselors, President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, left, and President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the First Presidency, right, enter the Conference Center prior to the 189th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Sunday, April 7, 2019.
It's been 12 years since Elder Soares visited his home in Brazil. Here are highlights from his trip Elder Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles presided at the Sao Paulo Brazil Cumbica Stake conference and leadership this March.
Elder Ulisses Soares returned to the neighborhood of his youth during his recent assignment.
President Nelson details plans for Salt Lake Temple during its 4-year closure for renovation President Russell M. Nelson announced on April 19 that the Salt Lake Temple will close for approximately four years.
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints speaks during a press conference in Salt Lake City on Friday, April 19, 2019 about renovations to the Salt Lake Temple and grounds.
Paris France Temple dedication is 'very tender thing' for President Eyring, other Church leaders “I think I feel the blessing of a temple — perhaps a little more — in France, because of the feeling of faithful saints over the years,” said President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency.
The Paris France Temple will be dedicated May 21 by President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency.
Bishop Gérald Caussé: Meet the new presiding bishop of the LDS Church Bishop Gérald Caussé is the third Presiding Bishop born outside the United States and the first for whom English is a second language.
Bishop Gérald Caussé and Sister Valérie Lucienne Babin Caussé pose for photos Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, at the Church office building in Salt Lake City.
First Presidency message on resurrection of Jesus Christ offers hope this Easter season The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released an Easter message in April 2019 about how the resurrection of Jesus Christ brings us hope.
An image from the Church's Bible video series depicts the Resurrected Christ appearing to Mary Magdalene.
'Time is running out': How President Nelson's conference messages reflect the past 15 months of his service President Russell M. Nelson pleaded with a worldwide congregation on Sunday to engage in the work and said, "Time is running out."
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, front, waves as he and his counselors, President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, left, and President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the First Presidency, right, leave the Conference Center following the priesthood session of the 189th Annual General Conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 6, 2019.
For the first time, general conference leadership sessions have been shared with the public. Here's what happened Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints need “to become stronger in a spiritually darkened world,” President Russell M. Nelson told general Church leaders gathered in Salt Lake City on Thursday, April 4.
Attendees leave the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018.
6 recent statements from First Presidency, Quorum of the Twelve on LGBT issues Following are statements leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on LGBT topics:
Children of parents who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender may now be blessed as infants and be baptized in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints without First Presidency approval, President Dallin H. Oaks announced Thursday morning, April 4, 2019.
Church to allow baby blessings, baptisms of children of LGBT parents, no longer defines same-gender marriage by a member as ‘apostasy’ Children of parents who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender may now be blessed as infants and baptized in the Church without First Presidency approval.
The exterior of the Church Administration Building in Salt Lake City Monday, Sept. 18, 2017.
Sister Bingham, Sister Cordon wrap up West Africa tour in Cote d’Ivoire Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society general president, and Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women general president, traveled to Ghana, Nigeria, and Côte d’Ivoire, meeting with government leaders and speaking to members and missionaries.
Latter-day Saint youth in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, give Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society general president (right), and Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women general president, a traditional greeting, Saturday, March 9, 2019.
Sister Nelson, Sister Oaks talk to Italian journalist on women, equality within Church The greatest hero of women is the Savior Jesus Christ, said Sister Wendy Nelson during an interview with an Italian newspaper correspondent on March 11.
Sister Wendy Nelson, right, and Sister Kristen Oaks meet with Paolo Mastrolilli, the New York correspondent for the national Italian newspaper La Stampa, in the lobby of the Rome Italy Temple on March 11.
What I know now about 'the power of unity' that I didn't know before visiting Rome On a clear, warm day, President Russell M. Nelson stood under blue skies just outside St. Peter’s Square, arm-in-arm with President M. Russell Ballard and two Italian Church leaders — Elder Massimo De Feo and Elder Alessandro Dini Ciacci.
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pauses to talk with Ammon and Emma Schar, Basel, Switzerland, in Rome, Italy on Saturday, March 9, 2019. The Schar family was in Rome for the temple dedication.
President Nelson talks 'unprecedented future' of Church following Rome Italy Temple dedication Following the Rome Italy Temple dedication, President Russell M. Nelson said the future of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints would be unprecedented and unparalleled.
Every member of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dressed in white temple clothing, posed for an iconic photograph in the Rome Italy Temple visitors center in Rome, Italy on Monday, March 11, 2019. Front center are President Russell M. Nelson and his counselors in the First Presidency, President Dallin H. Oaks and President Henry B. Eyring. Also included are members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: President M. Russell Ballard, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Elder David A. Bednar, Elder Quentin L. Cook, Elder D. Todd Christofferson, Elder Neil L. Andersen, Elder Ronald A. Rasband, Elder Gary E. Stevenson, Elder Dale G. Renlund, Elder Gerrit W. Gong and Elder Ulisses Soares.
Video: Sister Wendy Nelson shares her personal witness of President Russell M. Nelson's prophetic ministry While participating in the dedication of the Rome Italy Temple, Sister Wendy W. Nelson testified of her husband's prophetic calling. Russell Marion Nelson has been called by God to be the Lord's prophet on the earth at this time, she said.
Sister Wendy Nelson speaks during a media interview in Rome, Italy on Saturday, March 9, 2019.
Iconic photo of First Presidency, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shows their testimony that 'God lives' and 'Jesus is the Christ' The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles stood together in the Rome Italy Temple Visitors' Center on Monday for iconic photographs representing their testimony of Jesus Christ.
Every member of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dressed in white temple clothing, posed for an iconic photograph in the Rome Italy Temple Visitors' Center in Rome, Italy on Monday, March 11, 2019. Front center are President Russell M. Nelson and his counselors in the First Presidency, President Dallin H. Oaks and President Henry B. Eyring. Also included are members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: President M. Russell Ballard, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Elder David A. Bednar, Elder Quentin L. Cook, Elder D. Todd Christofferson, Elder Neil L. Andersen, Elder Ronald A. Rasband, Elder Gary E. Stevenson, Elder Dale G. Renlund, Elder Gerrit W. Gong and Elder Ulisses Soares.
President Nelson dedicates Rome Italy Temple 170 years after Church 'opened a door which no man can shut' President Russell M. Nelson dedicated the Rome Italy Temple, located in one of the most influential cities in the history of the world and in the history of Christianity, on Sunday, March 10.
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints places mortar during the cornerstone ceremony for the dedication of the Rome Italy Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Rome, Italy, on Sunday, March 10, 2019.
During Rome Italy Temple youth devotional, President Nelson shares 'things to know' and 'things to do' On the Eve of the dedication of the Rome Italy Temple, President Russell M. Nelson offered the youth of the temple district 10 thoughts — the first pertaining “things I want you to know,” and the second pertaining to “things I wan
Attendees listen to President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during a devotional in Rome, Italy, on Thursday, March 7, 2019.
President Nelson becomes the first Church leader to have a formal audience with the pope In an “unforgettable and historic” meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican, President Russell M. Nelson became the first leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to have a formal audience with the head of the Roman Catholic C
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; President M. Russell Ballard, acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; Elder Alessandro Dini Ciacci, Area Seventy; and Elder Massimo De Feo, General Authority Seventy, meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican in Rome, Italy, on Saturday, March 9, 2019. Mark Woodruff, President Nelson's executive secretary, also attended the meeting.