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In case you missed it: Elder Holland in new video, 10 years since missionary age change, plus 7 more stories

Here are 9 stories from the Church News from the week of Sept. 25 to Oct. 1

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In case you missed it: Elder Holland in new video, 10 years since missionary age change, plus 7 more stories

Here are 9 stories from the Church News from the week of Sept. 25 to Oct. 1

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Throughout the week of Sept. 25 through Oct. 1, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shared an analogy about the gospel and maypoles in a new Church News video. The Church News published articles about the 10-year anniversary of the missionary age change. Updates on Temple Square renovations were released.

The October 2022 World Report was released prior to general conference. Young Women General President Bonnie H. Cordon and Young Men General President Steven J. Lund spoke to youth in Nauvoo. The Joseph Smith Papers are to be completed in 2023.

In the most recent episode of the Church News podcast, Church News copy chief David Schneider shares how the gospel has helped throughout his life. The Church News published a feature about the Provo Missionary Training Center choir. Joyce Forman, a 90-year-old service missionary who survived cancer, is earning a college degree.

Read summaries of these nine articles below.

1. How Elder Holland sees the gospel as a maypole

The top of a maypole with a pole with a ring with ribbons of various colors hanging from it.

For Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, the gospel of Jesus Christ is like a maypole — a long pole with colorful ribbon used in folk festivals.

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For Elder Holland, the gospel of Jesus Christ is like a maypole — a long pole with colorful ribbon used in folk festivals. Dancers braid the maypole by winding the ribbon around the pole.

In this Church News video, titled “Maypole” and recorded in April 2022 just before Easter, Elder Holland shares his powerful testimony.

Watch Elder Holland in the new ‘Maypole’ video

2. Ten years since missionary age-change

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Sister missionaries react to the news that new sisters can enter the mission field at the age of 19. The announcement was made during the Saturday morning session of General Conference Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

First, a hush. Then a murmur. And eventually a rush.

Those were the responses 10 years ago when during October 2012 general conference, President Thomas S. Monson announced a lowering of minimum-age requirements for young men and young women to serve as full-time missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Revisit ‘the surge’ and read perspectives from mission leaders and a sister missionary

3. What will replace the South Visitors’ Center?

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A rendering shows the completed pavilions as part of the Temple Square renovation project in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Facilities hosting a new guest experience at Temple Square are among the latest focus of construction in the ongoing Salt Lake Temple/Temple Square renovation project in downtown Salt Lake City.

Two ground-level pavilions and a multilevel guest building are being built in the area where the South Visitors’ Center previously stood on Temple Square. Demolition of the visitors’ center was done in early 2020, and with crews having completed excavation of the area, the pavilions and guest building are being erected.

Learn more about the Temple Square renovations

4. October 2022 World Report

President Russell M. Nelson is interviewed in the visitors center after the Washington D.C. Temple rededication.

President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is interviewed in the visitors center after the Washington D.C. Temple rededication in Kensington, Maryland, on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

What has happened in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since April 2022 general conference?

The latest edition of the World Report — a biannual video compilation of news from the Church — was published Wednesday, Sept. 28, on ChurchofJesusChrist.org.

Watch the October 2022 World Report

5. President Cordon and President Lund speak to youth in Nauvoo

Nauvoo performing missionaries sing and dance during a youth fireside with Young Women General President Bonnie H. Cordon and Young Men General President Steven J. Lund on the Sunset Stage in Nauvoo, Illinois, Sept. 24, 2022.

Nauvoo performing missionaries sing and dance during a youth fireside with Young Women General President Bonnie H. Cordon and Young Men General President Steven J. Lund on the Sunset Stage in Nauvoo, Illinois, Sept. 24, 2022.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

On a beautiful Midwest U.S. evening, with the Nauvoo Illinois Temple on the hill and the sun setting over the Mississippi River, youth heard messages of the gospel’s joy from Young Women General President Bonnie H. Cordon and Young Men General President Steven J. Lund.

The outdoor gathering on Saturday, Sept. 24, included youth and their leaders from 17 stakes around Illinois, Iowa and Missouri watching in person and virtually. Nauvoo performing missionaries sang and danced during the fireside as well.

Find out what President Cordon and President Lund said to youth in Nauvoo

6. Joseph Smith Papers to be completed in 2023

President Russell M. Nelson, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, hands over the latest Joseph Smith papers book at the Church Administration Building in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022.

President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints handles a volume of the Joseph Smith Papers, in the Church Administration Building in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. The project will publish its final two volumes in 2023.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

The Joseph Smith Papers project started out as a one-man project in the 1970s but expanded with new resources around 2001 when historians for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sought to identify all documents created by Joseph Smith or by staff whose work he directed, including journals, revelations and translations, contemporary reports, discourses, minutes, business and legal records, editorials and notices, as well as the Prophet’s correspondence.

In spring and summer of 2023, the Joseph Smith Papers will publish its final two volumes, marking the end of a monumental project that has spanned years and goes back decades.

Read about the Joseph Smith Papers and their impact

7. Church News copy chief David Schneider tells how the gospel has helped in the Church News podcast’s latest episode

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In Episode 103 of the Church News podcast, Dave Schneider, Church News chief copy editor, talks about coping with complex life changes by focusing on miracles.

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This episode of the Church News podcast features his experiences navigating trials and change. He shares his decision to focus on the little miracles that reveal God knows and loves His children. Schneider talks about his work in the changing industry of journalism, his marriage and family — including the adoption of four children — the loss of his wife, parenting an adult daughter with special needs and how the gospel of Jesus Christ has helped him move forward despite complex life changes.

Listen to the Church News podcast episode with David Schneider

8. Provo Missionary Training Center choir’s purpose and power

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Ryan Eggett directs the Provo Missionary Training Center Choir during a devotional with Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles at the MTC in Provo, Utah, on Tuesday, March 22, 2022.

Adam Fondren, for the Deseret News

Few choirs could enjoy a sense of continuity, sustainability and success if their members — more than half without prior choir experience — never auditioned, simply showed up to sing and switched out every few weeks.

But the Provo Missionary Training Center choir — comprised of full-time missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints training in the Provo, Utah, facility for two to six weeks before leaving to serve in assignments worldwide — has been a staple at the MTC for decades.

Learn more about the Provo MTC choir

9. Meet a 90-year-old service missionary

Sister Joyce Forman is a service missionary for the Church History Department’s Acquisition and Receiving Center.

Trent Toone, Church News

After her husband died, 76-year-old Sister Joyce Forman accepted a full-time mission call to serve in the Utah Salt Lake City Headquarters Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Her original mission call was for one year, but she enjoyed it so much she extended for several additional years. Eventually Forman transitioned to become a service missionary, and the 90-year-old has continued serving in the Church History Department’s Acquisition and Receiving Center.

Get to know Sister Joyce Forman and her story

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