During the week of Nov. 2-Nov. 8, President M. Russell Ballard spoke at Ensign College, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland presided at the Red Cliffs Utah Temple groundbreaking, Elder David A. Bednar presided remotely in the Bentonville Arkansas Temple groundbreaking and six Apostles spoke to young adults in regional devotionals.
Here are summaries and links to those nine articles below:
1. President Ballard speaks at Ensign College
In the same devotional where President M. Russell Ballard referred to students as “modern sons and daughters of Helaman in the great battles of the last days” and invited them to use social media to share the gospel, the Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles was also recognized for his service and leadership.
After introducing President Ballard — who has given more than 40 years of full-time Church service — as Ensign College’s devotional speaker on Nov. 3, President Bruce C. Kusch announced that the M. Russell Ballard Service and Leadership Scholarship has been established at Ensign College.
2. Elder Holland presides at Red Cliffs Utah Temple groundbreaking
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland “came home” to the land of his childhood and to his red-soil roots on Saturday, Nov. 7, to dedicate the site of a new temple of The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints in Utah’s Dixie.
There, with his wife, Sister Patricia T. Holland, and their family, Elder Holland’s thoughts turned to the future temple — the Church’s second in St. George — and of “coming home” to the House of the Lord.
3. Elder Bednar presides at Bentonville Arkansas Temple groundbreaking
Almost 40 years ago, Elder David A. Bednar and his wife, Sister Susan Bednar, moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas. They shared a packing truck with some friends who were also poor graduate students and set out for “Ozark country” where Elder Bednar was to take a position as an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas.
The couple returned to Arkansas, if not physically due to precautions over COVID-19, then in spirit on Saturday, Nov. 7, as Elder Bednar, now a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, presided remotely at the groundbreaking ceremony to begin construction of the Bentonville Arkansas Temple.
4. 6 Apostles speak to young adults
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Elder David A. Bednar, Elder Quentin L. Cook, Elder Gary E. Stevenson, Elder Dale G. Renlund and Elder Gerrit W. Gong spoke to young adults in a series of devotionals broadcast throughout the six geographical areas of the Church in the United States and Canada on Sunday, Nov. 1.
5. St. George Utah Temple renovation hits one year
From foundation to steeple, from demolitions to additions and from building to landscaping, the St. George Utah Temple is getting a drastic makeover on the inside and outside.
One year after project managers, construction leaders and architects began the historic renovation of the pioneer temple — the longest-operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — they gathered Friday, Nov. 6, at the temple site to give an update on the project.
6. Sarah Jane Weaver interviews Oregon stake presidents
In November 2018, Camp fire, the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California’s history, claimed 88 lives and destroyed more than 18,000 structures in and around Paradise, California. This year, fires in Oregon have once again destroyed thousands of homes and uprooted the lives of thousands of families as their devastating flames have torn across the state’s forest and communities.
For Chico California Stake President John Meyer and Medford Oregon Stake President John Clason, their ministries have been shaped and defined by these tragedies and changed the way they look at service and the importance of ministering to God’s children.
7. Church starts ‘cautious’ process assigning missionaries beyond home countries
After the COVID-19 global pandemic resulted in most full-time missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints being returned to their home countries, the Church is slowly starting to send a limited number of missionaries to assignments outside their home countries.
The latest statement on missionary integration was released Wednesday morning, Nov. 4, by Church spokesman Daniel Woodruff, who acknowledged the many missionaries who accepted reassignments to serve in their home countries. “We are grateful for their faith and optimism in these extraordinary circumstances,” he said.
8. Prolific temple building ‘upon the isles of the sea’
Almost four decades ago, President Gordon B. Hinckley spoke to a worldwide general conference audience about participating in dedications of temples in Samoa and Tonga weeks earlier. “Through ancient prophets the Lord promised that in the latter days he would remember his people upon the isles of the sea,” he said.
Millennia ago, the ancient prophet Nephi recorded these divine words: “Know ye not that I, the Lord your God, have created all men, and that I remember those who are upon the isles of the sea … . And I bring forth my word unto the children of men, yea, even upon all the nations of the earth?” (2 Nephi 29:7).
9. ‘The show goes on’ for Luz de Las Naciones
Many in the Utah Area Latino community wondered if the ongoing pandemic would prompt the cancelation of this year’s Luz de Las Naciones. But el espectáculo debe continuar — the show must go on.
“This year’s theme is ‘Unidos en Esperanza,’ or ‘United in Hope,’” said Elder Jorge T. Becerra, a General Authority Seventy. “The program expresses our unwavering belief in the divinity of Jesus Christ. Many Latter-day Saints look forward to this annual celebration. We hope many will join us on these memorable evenings to once again enjoy Luz de Las Naciones.”