During the week of Sept. 19-26, the First Presidency issued a statement directing Latter-day Saints to wear masks inside the temple. Elder David A. Bednar became the first Apostle to travel internationally since the onset of the pandemic. And Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke to missionaries during a broadcast from the Provo Missionary Training Center.
A Church News article takes a look back at 15 invitations extended by the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles during the April 2021 general conference. The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square resumed rehearsals this week after a pandemic-related 555-day hiatus. And FamilySearch announced the completion of 2.4 million rolls of microfilm being digitized.
In a Church News video titled ”A companion’s blessing,” two missionaries share what it’s like to transfer to in-person training. In an episode of the Church News podcast, translation coordinator Vanessa Fitzgibbon shares how the miracle of translation connects a global Church. And two new rooms were refurbished in the Beehive House to resemble the bedroom and office of President Joseph F. Smith at the time he received the vision of the redemption of the dead.
Find links and summaries to these nine articles below.
1. Latter-day Saints to wear masks in temples
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is directing all temple patrons and workers to wear face masks at all times in the temple.
The directive came in a letter sent Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, to Church leaders around the world, which also acknowledged prior First Presidencies sharing similar messages in 1900 about smallpox and in 1957 about polio.
2. Power of gathering evident in Europe
With his recent Sept. 3-12 travel to the Europe Area, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles became the first senior leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to travel in person on an international assignment since last year’s COVID-19 onslaught.
3. Elder Gong teaches missionaries
Citing the Lord’s invitation — used twice, in Doctrine and Covenants sections 88 and 109 — to “prepare every needful thing,” Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles invited full-time missionaries to focus on preparing three needful things to become faithful and valiant in their sacred missionary service.
4. 15 invitations from April 2021 general conference
As October 2021 general conference approaches, here is a look back at 15 invitations the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles extended during April 2021 general conference.
5. Tabernacle Choir makes ‘the air with music ring’ once again
On Tuesday, Sept. 21, the music that defines the Tabernacle Choir once again filled the Conference Center. For the first time in 555 days, the choir gathered for rehearsal.
6. FamilySearch’s 2.4 million rolls of microfilm are now digitized
A global effort to digitize FamilySearch’s collection of millions of rolls of microfilm is now complete — a milestone 83 years in the making, the Church announced Tuesday, Sept. 21.
7. Video: A missionary’s first ‘transfer’
Missionary companions Sister Audrey Morgenegg (from Knoxville, Tennessee, going to the Arizona Tucson Mission) and Sister Elizabeth Wheatley (from Jefferson, South Dakota, and going to the Louisiana Baton Rouge Mission) talk about transitioning from online training at home to on-site training at the Provo MTC.
8. Episode 49: The unifying language of the gospel
This episode of the Church News podcast features Church News translation coordinator Vanessa Fitzgibbon. She talks about the miracle of translation that connects a global Church and about translating Church News content from English into Spanish and Portuguese. Spanish and Portuguese are the second- and third-most-spoken languages in the Church. Fitzgibbon, originally from Brazil, shares her conversion story, the process of translating Church News content and the necessity of seeking the Spirit during the process.
9. Joseph F. Smith’s rooms in the Beehive House
Beginning on Friday, Sept. 24, visitors can walk to the upstairs of the Beehive House and see the bedroom and office of President Joseph F. Smith as they might have looked when he received the vision of the redemption of the dead on Oct. 3, 1918, which is now recorded in Doctrine and Covenants section 138 and was spoken about by President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, 100 years later in his October 2018 general conference address.