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Stories By Sarah Jane Weaver

How President Nelson taught me that the Church needs my voice as a Latter-day Saint woman As I observed a recent interview with President Russell M. Nelson and Journalist Sergio Rubin, the question that meant the most to me was the one President Nelson elected not to answer.
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meets with area youth prior to a devotional in Lima, Peru on Oct. 20, 2018.
From acorn to oak tree: How Elder Melvin J. Ballard's prophecy about the Church in South America continues to be fulfilled On July 4, 1926, as Elder Melvin J. Ballard spoke about the future of the Church in South America. “The work of the Lord will grow slowly for a time here just as an oak grows slowly from an acorn." Today there are 4 million members in South America.
Sister missionaries smile after meeting with President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Lima, Peru on Oct. 20, 2018.
Latter-day Saint missionary dies in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) A 24-year old full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in Abidjan died Thursday, Nov. 8, of a sudden illness.
The exterior rendering of the Abidjan Cote d’Ivoire Temple, which was released in October 2018. A 24-year-old full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in Abidjan died Thursday, Nov. 8, of a sudden illness.
Sister Nelson talks about being married to President Nelson and his 'fearless' focus on preparing for the Second Coming Sister Wendy Nelson reflects on the South American ministry tour and the role of her husband, President Russell M. Nelson, as a prophet of God
Sister Wendy Nelson speaks during a press conference  in Concepcion, Chile, on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.
'We are prophets for the whole world': President Nelson dedicates Chile temple, talks future of Church “We are witnesses to a process of restoration," said President Russell M. Nelson. "If you think the Church has been fully restored, you are just seeing the beginning. There is much more to come."
Attendees line up prior to one of the day's three dedication services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Concepcion Chile Temple in Concepcion, Chile, on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018.
President Nelson speaks in Chile about temple blessings, asks youth to study these 5 topics Hours before dedicating the Concepcion temple — the 18th in South America and the second in Chile — President Russell M. Nelson reinforced his invitation to young people to enlist in the youth battalion and gather Israel.
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints waves to attendees after a youth devotional in Concepcion, Chile, on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.
'Live, love and choose': President Nelson looks ahead to the future of the Church in Uruguay The member devotional, held at the Landia Centro de Espectaculos and broadcast across Uruguay, marked the fourth stop on President Nelson’s ministry tour to South America, a historic trip that includes visits to five countries in nine days.
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints holds Pierina Risso, age 3, while meeting with her four-generation Latter-day Saint family in Montevideo, Uruguay, on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018.
The unforgettable impact of President Nelson's visit in Paraguay From missionaries to children to young adults, President Nelson had many memorable moments with Latter-day Saints in Paraguay.
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, hug children after a devotional in Asuncion, Paraguay, on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018.
What parents need to know from President Nelson's address in the world's highest major metropolis Defying altitude sickness common for visitors to El Alto, Bolivia, President Russell M. Nelson addressed Latter-day Saints in Bolivia on Sunday night, Oct. 21.
President Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, are greeted by Latter-day Saint children in traditional Bolivian dress prior to the Oct. 21, 2018, devotional at the Polideportivo Heroes de Octobre in El Alto, Bolivia. The children sang "Follow the Prophet."
President Nelson meets president of Peru, addresses members in their native language President Russell M. Nelson prayed, in Spanish, that Peruvians would find delight in the words of Jesus Christ and apply His teachings every day. “As you do this, you will have joy,” said President Nelson.
Left to right, Elder Gary E. Stevenson; President Russell M. Nelson; Peru President Martín Vizcarra; Vizcarra's personal secretary; Elder Enrique R. Falabella; Guillermo Estrugo; and Mark Woodruff, President Nelson's personal secretary, meet in Peru's presidential palace in Lima, Peru, on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018.
President Nelson visits Peru on South American tour. Here's a look at the MTC he dedicated there 20 years ago President Nelson returned to Peru on Friday, Oct. 19, with plans to address missionaries in the South America Northwest Area and to speak at a devotional that will be broadcast throughout Peru from the Coliseo Mariscal Caceres.
President R. Spence Ellsworth of the Peru Missionary Training Center and his wife, Sister Laurie Ellsworth, look over the dedicatory prayer by President Russell Nelson displayed at the training center in Lima, Peru on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018.
Download a short summary of each October 2018 general conference talk As a service to our readers, the Church News has created a downloadable PDF summarizing every talk in the historic October 2018 General Conference:
Conferencegoers gather for the Saturday morning session during the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018.
'A Christ-like life': Sister Ballard remembered for the love, service and light she gave others Thousands gathered Monday to celebrate the “matchless life” of Sister Barbara Bowen Ballard — a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend who made the lives of those around her “a little better, a little happier."
President M. Russell Ballard, acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, places a yellow rose in the casket spray for his wife, Sister Barbara Ballard, who was laid to rest in the Salt Lake City Cemetery, Monday, October 8. 2018.
Sunday meeting schedule in 2019 to have ‘a new balance between gospel instruction in the home and in the Church’ President Russell M. Nelson announced a "new balance between gospel instruction in the home and in the Church," during his opening remarks in the Church's 188th Semiannual General Conference on Saturday morning.
President Nelson speaks during the Saturday morning session of October 2018 general conference.
What the general Primary, Young Women and Relief Society presidents have learned from their callings Today, the three unified general presidents of the Relief Society, Young Women and Primary bring their experiences to the table and learn from one another. They still meet together and discuss the children, youth and women of the Church.
From left, Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society general president, Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary general president, and Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women general president meet in the Relief Society Building in Salt Lake City on Sept 4, 2018.
Sister Barbara Bowen Ballard, wife of President M. Russell Ballard, dies at 86 After a life of dedicated service to her family and the Church, Sister Barbara Bowen Ballard died peacefully Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, at her home in Salt Lake City, surrounded by her family.
President M. Russell Ballard and Sister Barbara Bowen Ballard
What I know now that I didn't know before the Nauvoo Face to Face This month I visited historic Nauvoo, Illinois. It was an emotional experience for me to think about the early Latter-day Saints who lived there — to walk where they walked and see what they saw.
From the foot of the Nauvoo Illinois Temple, a worldwide "Face to Face" broadcast focuses on the history of the Church on Sept. 9, 2018. Participating were Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Church historians Kate Holbrook and Matt Grow.
President Nelson visits British Columbia, shares priceless parenting advice During a devotional with 4,600 Latter-day Saints in British Columbia, President Russell M. Nelson directed his remarks to those teaching “precious children.”
Devin Roth holds his son Miles Roth as they wait to hear President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints speak at the Langley Events Center in Langley, British Columbia, on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018.
President Nelson shares 5 lessons 'life has taught me' with 49,000 in Safeco Field From the heart of the Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington, President Russell M. Nelson shared the "lessons life has taught me" with 49,000 Church members — the largest non-sporting event ever held in the history of the iconic baseball stadium.
President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, speaks at Safeco Field in Seattle, Wash., on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018.
Why Church history isn't something to be afraid of, according to Apostle and historians With the historic Nauvoo Illinois Temple as a backdrop, Elder Quentin L. Cook promised young adult Latter-day Saints that studying the history of the Church will deepen their faith and their desire to live the gospel more fully.
Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles addresses young adults during a worldwide "Face to Face" broadcast focusing on the history of the Church. Also participating in the Sept. 9, 2018, event in Nauvoo, Illinois, were Church historians Kate Holbrook and Matt Grow.