Sydney Walker
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

Sustained during April 2024 general conference, the new leaders will step into their roles on Aug. 1

Several Church leaders during April 2024 general conference focused on the importance of temples and covenants.

“As we study the Book of Mormon and follow the living prophet, there will be no personal apostasy in our lives,” said President Mark L. Pace.

“My invitation is to act now to secure your place as one who is valiant in the testimony of Jesus,” said Elder D. Todd Christofferson.

“Oneness with Christ and our Heavenly Father can be obtained through the Savior’s Atonement,” said Elder Quentin L. Cook.

“May we cry our testimony of Him, louder than the voices around us, in a world that needs to hear more of Jesus Christ and not less,” said Elder Massimo De Feo.

President Henry B. Eyring shared how he and his wife found peace in temple covenants during the Teton Dam collapse.

“I bear witness that there is nothing more important than honoring the covenants you make, or may make, in the temple,” said President Henry B. Eyring.

“I testify that God hears every prayer we offer and responds to each of them according to the path He has outlined for our perfection,” said President Jeffrey R. Holland.

Since becoming President of the Church, President Russell M. Nelson has spoken repeatedly in general conference about the importance of personal revelation.

Five Georgia senators co-sponsored a bipartisan resolution commending the Tabernacle Choir and the Church for 95 years of "Music & the Spoken Word" and collaboration with the Morehouse and Spelman College glee clubs.

Elder Neil L. Andersen and his wife, Sister Kathy Andersen, participated in the ASU Family Education Night and answered questions from high school students about education.

See recent humanitarian projects in Romania, Italy, Kazakhstan, Belarus and Portugal.

Robyn Fivush of Emory University and others discussed the positive impacts of knowing family stories on the RootsTech main stage.

Learn about recent donations from the Church to hospitals and health care organizations in Cambodia, Guam, Mongolia and the Philippines.

BYU Women's Conference has announced its 2024 keynote speakers. Young women and their leaders are invited to join a Wednesday evening event.

During a panel discussion at the College Football Hall of Fame, a man asked three members of the Black 14 how they were able to let go of anger and bitterness.

To kick off its celebration of Black History Month, the College Football Hall of Fame honored the Black 14 and showed a film produced by BYU journalism students.

The February 2024 Liahona features an article by the Church News about how the work of the Presiding Bishopric can help members in their own lives and callings.

Ages 11 to 17, the Padilla children anxiously await the dedication of a temple five minutes from their home in the Philippines.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to gather with youth who are deaf or hard of hearing from all over the United States and Canada,” said Scott Featherstone of FSY ASL.

The Church is offering two virtual sessions of FSY in summer 2024 for youth who are not able to attend in person or prefer to attend from home.

A roundup of general conference talks relating to the 2024 youth theme “I am a disciple of Jesus Christ.”

“I saw firsthand how the Giving Machines provide a way for people to experience the joy of giving and have a touchpoint with the Church — and with the Savior — that perhaps they wouldn’t have otherwise,” writes Sydney Walker.

As an Apostle of Jesus Christ, President M. Russell Ballard frequently taught about the power and importance of councils at church and at home. Here are some of his teachings.

Recent donations from the Church include new school desks in Guatemala, access to clean drinking water in Colombia and cooking kits for soup kitchens in Peru.

What has President Nelson invited Latter-day Saints to do? Here is a look at some of his invitations since January 2018.

“We believe this collaboration is and will be a testament to the power of music to bridge diverse cultures and communities,” says Morehouse College Glee Club president.

For those who are deaf and hard of hearing, the Church offers ASL adult religion classes and ASL seminary and institute. Learn more about the benefits of these classes and how to sign up.

“My dear brothers and sisters, how and where and with whom do you want to live forever? You get to choose,” President Russell M. Nelson said.