Sheri Dew, Chief Content Officer for Deseret Management Corporation, talks about what went on behind the scenes of the iconic photo of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taken this week in Rome.
“This is an unprecedented moment,” she said in a Church News video. “We know of no other time when the full First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve have been outside of the United States together, let alone at a temple dedication.”
Dew noted that of all the possible photos that could have been taken of the Church leaders, the most important to President Russell M. Nelson was one picturing the entire First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. That photo represents their testimony of the Savior being the head of the Church today.
“In our day, the Lord’s Church has been restored,” President Nelson’s Facebook account shared as the photo was released. “The Savior stands at the head of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As modern-day Apostles of Jesus Christ, the message we share today is the same message that Apostles shared long ago — that God lives and that Jesus is the Christ.”