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Young women leader shares 3 things to help 'prioritize our never-ending to-do lists' Sister Michelle D. Craig of the Young Women general presidency speaks during a BYU campus devotional on Dec. 11 and shares three ways a person can prioritize the things that matter most.
Sister Michelle D. Craig, first counselor in the Young Women general presidency, speaks during a campus devotional at BYU on Dec. 11.
This week on social: What President Nelson, Church leaders suggest for getting the most out of Christmas this year Leaders of the Church are anticipating Christmas this season, encouraging Latter-day Saints to look outside themselves and to serve their fellow men.
President Russell M. Nelson shared a story about a girl named Lydia Terry, who is suffering from a rare form of brain cancer, on Facebook. He also encouraged Latter-day Saints to accept four gifts of the Savior this Christmas season. These four gifts are an unlimited capacity to love, the ability to forgive, repentance and the promise of life everlasting.
Elder Soares visits Central America during first solo trip as an Apostle On his first travel assignment as an Apostle without another member of the Quorum of the Twelve, Elder Ulisses Soares visited Guatemala and Panama on Nov. 2-11.
Elder Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Rosana Fernandez Soares, addresses missionaries in Guatemala.
First Presidency releases 2018 Christmas message The First Presidency message: Our Savior, Jesus Christ, offers to us four incomparable gifts — the capacity to love others, the ability to forgive, the blessing of repentance, and the promise of life everlasting.
Thousands take in the colors as the lights are turned on at Temple Square in Salt Lake City on Friday, Nov. 23, 2018.
Fun vs. joy: Elder Bednar speaks at BYU about finding true happiness Enduring, eternal joy comes through the Redeemer, Jesus Christ and His gospel, Elder David A. Bednar told BYU students during a campus devotional on Dec. 4.
Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Sister Susan Bednar, share a laugh as they attend the campus devotional in the Marriott Center at BYU in Provo on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018.
How Caribbean Church members are staying vibrant and energized post Hurricanes Irma, Maria Elder D. Todd Christofferson's apostolic visit to the Caribbean comes just weeks after President Russell M. Nelson's historic weekend in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.
Elder D. Todd Christofferson fist bumps a little boy following a meeting on Nov. 11, 2018, with the Santo Domingo Dominican Republic San Geronimo Stake.
An Apostle's perspective on the 'universal' nature of the gospel Elder Gong spent nine days visiting four countries in South America on the heels of President Nelson's tour. In a recent Church News interview, he shared some of the prophecies he saw being fulfilled there.
Elder Gong visits with members and children following a meeting in the Florida Uruguay District on Nov. 13. This was the first visit of an Apostle to the District.
At Christmas devotional, President Nelson addresses 4 gifts from the Savior True followers of Jesus Christ have the privilege of experiencing unspeakable joy forever, said President Russell M. Nelson on Dec. 2.
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints speaks during the First Presidency’s Christmas Devotional in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.
Elder Gary E. Stevenson: 'Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room' Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve invites listeners to 'consider the condition' of their spiritual hearts, during the First Presidency's Christmas Devotional on Dec. 2.
Elder Gary E. Stevenson speaks during the First Presidency's Christmas Devotional on Dec. 2, 2018.
Elder Terence M. Vinson's 'A gift from Father: Accepted or Rejected' "Whether in Sydney, Salt Lake or Sierra Leone; whether in Nuku'alofa, Newfoundland or Nigeria, our Savior's birth inspires people to do good things," Elder Terence M. Vinson said during the First Presidency's Christmas Devotional.
Elder Vinson delivers an address during the First Presidency's Christmas  Devotional on Dec. 2, 2018.
Sister Sharon Eubank: 'Silent Night, Love's Pure Light' Jesus Christ is Love's pure light, testified Sister Sharon Eubank, first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, during the First Presidency’s Christmas devotional on Dec. 2.
Sister Sharon Eubank gives an address during the First Presidency's Christmas Devotional on Dec. 2, 2018.
Elder Holland joins ambassador of Paraguay to switch on Christmas lights in D.C. The transformative power of the light of Christ to change lives and encourage peace was the focus of the Festival of Lights opening at the Washington DC Temple Visitors’ Center on Nov. 27 and 28.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, right, and His Excellency German Rojas, the ambassador of the Republic of Paraguay, switch on 650,000 lights that brilliantly illuminated the grounds of the Washington D.C. Temple.
Elder Holland meets prime minister Theresa May, Archbishop of Canterbury during unprecedented trip to England Elder Jeffrey R. Holland said his visit with Prime Minister Theresa May, members of Parliament and leaders of other faiths symbolized an improving image for the Church in the United Kingdom.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shows British Prime Minister Theresa May a bound copy of her family history records, including photographs of census and marriage records, as David Rutley, a member of Parliament, and Yvonne Kerr, wife of Stephen Kerr, a member of Parliament, look on at the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018.
Video: 'Eat your vitamin pills. Get your rest,' says President Nelson on the future of the Church Watch the new Church News video on President Russell M. Nelson and his calling as a prophet of God here.
President Russell M. Nelson and Sister Wendy Nelson at the Concepcion Chile Temple dedication.
Music will continue to have an important role in Primary, says general presidency Music will have an important role in the new integrated curriculum beginning in 2019. Come, Follow Me not only has weekly lessons but also music chosen to reinforce the doctrine being learned in the scriptures both at home and in Primary.
A family gathers around the piano and sings hymns together as a daughter plays.
Sister Jean B. Bingham shares 6 'do-ables' to help keep an eternal perspective Important to becoming what Heavenly Father has designed a person to be is keeping an eternal perspective, Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society general president, told BYU-Idaho students during a campus devotional on Nov. 27.
Students leave the BYU-Idaho Center after a devotional where Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society general president, spoke about keeping an eternal perspective.
'Enormous faith': How African Latter-day Saints are standing out in the Church Here are the highlights from Elder Neil L. Andersen's visit to the Church’s Africa Southeast Area this November.
Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, center with Sister Kathy Andersen; Elder S. Mark Palmer, a General Authority Seventy, and Sister Jacqueline W. Palmer, left; and Elder Jospeh W. Sitati, a General Authority Seventy, and Sister Gladys N. Sitati stand together after a member meeting in Zimbabwe on Nov. 18. 2018.
Elder Holland tells of his father's death, Christ's birth at Anglican Christmas service Elder Jeffrey R. Holland spoke in Oxford about the comfort he felt at his father’s death because of Christ’s birth.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Patricia Holland, listen during the traditional Church of England "Nine Lessons and Carols" service in the Pembroke College Chapel in Oxford, England, on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018.
Elder Holland answers questions from young, married Latter-day Saints in Anglican Oxford chapel With notable openness, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland shared struggles from his own life with young married British members of the Church this week at a storied Anglican chapel in Oxford.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland speaks as part of a distinguished panel of religious leaders discussing "Inspiring Service" in Pembroke College's Pichette Hall at the University of Oxford on Friday, Nov. 23, 2018. He also spoke at the college's chapel to several scores of Latter-day Saint young married couples, answering their questions about their challenges and about the gospel.