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Sydney Walker

Sydney Jorgensen Walker is a reporter for the Church News. She graduated from the BYU journalism program in 2017. She previously wrote for the Faith section in the Deseret News and worked as an assistant in the Priesthood and Family Department at Church headquarters. You can email her at and follow her on Twitter @sydney_walker31

Loren L. Toussaint, professor of psychology at Luther College, shares some of the scientifically validated health benefits of forgiveness.

With President Nelson’s emphasis on forgiveness, the Church News spoke to three researchers who have done definitive work on forgiveness and health.

In honor of President Nelson’s 99th birthday, see a chronological list of announcements and changes that have happened in the Church since he became Prophet.

See a timeline of events from President Russell M. Nelson’s personal life, professional life and service in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

With President Nelson’s recent emphasis on forgiveness, the Church News spoke to three BYU professors who have studied forgiveness in close relationships such as marriage and family.

“Our purpose, in addition to knowledge and education, is preparing students for eternity,” Elder Cook said.

First of a 3-part series on forgiveness: What President Russell M. Nelson has taught

Ghassan Bikhazi was a Greek Orthodox Christian in Beirut, Lebanon, when he read the Book of Mormon for the first time. He joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1969.

As president of the Church, President Russell M. Nelson works daily with people who sometimes see an issue differently. Here are six ways he has learned to disagree in a Christlike way.

Jayson Jesperson, a Latter-day Saint from Chula Vista, California, represented the United States in golf at the 2023 Special Olympics World Games in Berlin, Germany.

The Church provided the largest volunteer group at the Special Olympic World Games 2023 — young adults representing 48 countries.

“Preach My Gospel” chapter 7: At 2023 Seminar for New Mission Leaders, Elder Ulisses Soares gives five principles to help missionaries teach boldly and clearly.

In a video at the Seminar for New Mission Leaders, President Russell M. Nelson explained the purpose and objective of the “Preach My Gospel” second edition.

Latter-day Saints hosted FamilySearch booths at 20 Juneteenth events in 20 cities across Georgia. Here’s what it meant to the community.

The Church’s $500,000 donation will help renovate the NAACP Memphis Branch for MyBaby4Me meetings and other community functions.

Baptized at age 13 in Canada, 87-year-old Jean Wirrick encourages all to befriend new converts.

Twin brothers Rafael and Sebastian Van Dyke were sustained as bishops in the Atlanta, Georgia, area within three weeks of each other. Here’s their story.

From the Ivory Coast to Australia to Peru, here’s how Church leaders and members are promoting religious freedom.

The stories of three Latter-day Saints who are deaf and serve in leadership callings in their hearing units: a counselor in a stake presidency, a bishop and a Relief Society president.

Combined efforts of missionaries, local leaders and members result in 104 people being baptized in Mangu, Nigeria, in March and April.

Since the Church was given legal recognition in 2018 in Senegal, the country has grown to 257 members. In April, the West African country had its first ever youth conference.

A BYU study found that participating in family history research reduced students’ anxiety by 20% and increased self-esteem by 8%.

“You can always count on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” said the Rev. Lawrence Edward Carter Sr., founding dean of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel.

“If we have any hope of creating the goodwill and sense of humanity for which we all yearn, it must begin with each of us,” President Nelson says.

Good Friday commemorates the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ and His death at Calvary.

New General Authority Seventies, Area Seventies and general officers were sustained during April 2023 general conference. What is the difference between these titles and callings, and what do they mean?

Speaking on Palm Sunday weekend, Church leaders testified of Jesus Christ, taught His words and invited all to follow Him and live His teachings.

“We are thrilled to celebrate such a gathering of youth from all across the country to participate in FSY in their language, American Sign Language,” said Emmalee Christensen, the ASL session director.

Church educators recently visited the Sikh temple and Hindu temple in Yuba City in an effort to improve their teaching and build relationships with the community ahead of the Feather River California Temple dedication.

April 2023 general conference falls on Palm Sunday weekend, April 1-2. Here’s what Church leaders have said about Palm Sunday.