Look at 6 behind-the-scene photo galleries of recent devotionals with senior Brethren

Over the past month, a First Presidency counselor and six members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles have led a half-dozen streamed devotionals designed to reach Latter-day Saint young adults worldwide.

Brief recaps, photo galleries offering behind-the-scenes looks, and links to the Church News’ coverage and to YouTube videos of the actual devotionals are offered below.

Targeting young adults 18 to 30

Beginning Feb. 21 and running through Sunday, March 21, the six devotionals have targeted young-adult members ages 18 to 30 — single or married.

Leading the devotionals have been President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency; President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; and Elder Jeffrey R. HollandElder D. Todd ChristoffersonElder Neil L. AndersenElder Ronald A. Rasband and Elder Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Available to Latter-day Saints on the six major continents, the broadcasts have been done in 31 languages, from Albanian to Ukrainian. Each YouTube video will be available for 30 days after the broadcast (the links are included below each recap and photo gallery).

President Oaks and Elder Christofferson address Spanish-speaking young adults

A focus on increasing faith served as the common message for two senior Church leaders and their wives in a March 14 devotional for Spanish-speaking young adults throughout Latin America and Spain.

President Oaks, told listeners: “We all need to increase our faith in God the Eternal Father and in His Son Jesus Christ.”

The streamed broadcast featured President Oaks, Sister Kristen Oaks, Elder Christofferson and Sister Kathy Christofferson. All four delivered closing messages in Spanish following a translated discussion answering a handful of questions from participating young adults.

Read more: President Oaks, Elder Chrisofferson encourage an increase in faith, hope in Christ

President Ballard speaks to young adults across North America

Looking at screens dotted with the faces of young adults from across North America, President Ballard said the images filled him with confidence for the future, and he promised that even amid dark times, there is hope and light.

“May the Lord bless you, my beloved young people, with the realization now of how very important you are for the future of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” said the Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “Do not underestimate what the Lord has ahead for you.”

Joining President Ballard for the March 7 devotional were Elder Brent H. Nielson of the Presidency of the Seventy, and Sister Sharon Eubank, first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency. 

Read more: President Ballard promises a future filled with hope and light

Elder Holland speaks to Europe, Europe East and Africa areas

Speaking to young adults from Newcastle to Novosibirsk and from Copenhagen to Cape Town, Elder Holland began his message by clarifying that his purpose was not to “recruit” them to attend institute. 

“You don’t exist so institute can become a successful Church program,” said the member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “No, it’s the other way around. Institute exists so you can become a successful Latter-day Saint.”

Elder Holland’s message was part of a March 7 devotional for young adults across the Europe, Europe East and Africa areas. The devotional also included a panel discussion with Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé, Young Women General President Bonnie H. Cordon and Brother Chad H. Webb, administrator of Seminaries and Institutes.

Read more: Don’t ‘take’ institute — let institute ‘take’ you, Elder Holland says

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Elder Andersen leads French-speaking devotional

As a “friend and fellow disciple” motivated by love and respect, Elder Andersen testified to French-speaking young adult Latter-day Saints in a Feb. 21 devotional “that your faith in Jesus Christ is not in vain. You will see Him again. All the world will know He is the Son of God.”

In the 12 years since being called as an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, he has experienced sacred moments, “unspeakable experiences and feelings that I never anticipated in my life, assuring me of the reality of Jesus Christ.”

Speaking in French to listeners in Africa, Tahiti, France, Canada, Haiti and the French islands of the Caribbean and other locations, Elder Andersen and his wife, Sister Kathy Andersen, who also speaks French, reinforced and encouraged young adults’ faith.

Read more: Elder Andersen extends 6 belief-related admonitions

Elder Rasband teaches young adults across Asia and the Pacific

More than a mere “thank you,” gratitude is both a heartfelt expression and a commandment, taught Elder Rasband in a March 13 devotional for young adults in the Church’s Asia, Asia North, Pacific and Philippines areas.

“Gratitude is more than just words of appreciation; it is an expression of the heart, one filled with love, humility, integrity, steadfastness, and courage,’’ said the member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “In a world facing tension, conflict, economic upsets and a raging virus, gratitude at times seems in short supply.”

Elder Rasband and his wife, Sister Melanie T. Rasband, spoke at the live-broadcast devotional originating from the Salt Lake Tabernacle, and were joined by Elder Paul V. Johnson, a General Authority Seventy and Commissioner of Church Education, and Sister Jill Johnson.

Read more: Be grateful for the goodness of God, Elder Rasband says

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Elder Soares addresses Portuguese-speaking young adults

Elder Ulisses Soares, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and his wife Sister Rosana Soares, right, laugh during a devotional broadcast from the Church Office building in Salt Lake City on Sunday, March 21, 2021. Rory Bigelow, Associate Administrator of Operations at Seminaries and Institutes of Religion, and his wife Tammy also participate.
Elder Ulisses Soares, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and his wife Sister Rosana Soares, right, laugh during a devotional broadcast from the Church Office building in Salt Lake City on Sunday, March 21, 2021. Rory Bigelow, Associate Administrator of Operations at Seminaries and Institutes of Religion, and his wife Tammy also participate. Credit: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

In his own native language, Elder Ulisses Soares testified Sunday to Portuguese-speaking young adults — spread across the world — that trusting the Lord and His ordained servants remedies pandemics, economic hardships and all other tribulations.

“Following the counsel of the prophets will protect us and will cause the heavens to shake for our good,” said Elder Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in a young adult devotional originating from Church headquarters and broadcast to Brazil, Portugal and several African nations.

Sunday’s devotional marked a memorable moment for the Brazilian-born Apostle. It was the first time Elder Soares spoke to a vast international audience in his native language of Portuguese. 

Read more: Elder Soares exhorts vast audience of young adults to exercise faith, follow the prophets