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In case you missed it: President Nelson to rededicate Washington D.C. Temple, new Relief Society and Primary leaders, plus 7 more stories

Week in review: 9 stories the Church News published during the week of July 31 to Aug. 6


Throughout the week of July 31 to Aug. 6, the Church announced that President Russell M. Nelson will rededicate the Washington D.C. Temple on Aug. 14. The new Relief Society general presidency with President Camille N. Johnson, Sister J. Anette Dennis and Sister Kristin M. Yee, as well as the new Primary Presidency with President Susan H. Porter, Sister Amy A. Wright and Sister Tracy Y. Browning, began their service on Aug. 1. A Church News article featured how faith, legal, academic and government leaders gathered in Rome, Italy, for the 2022 Notre Dame Religious Liberty Summit to discuss religious freedom.

Elder Massimo De Feo, the Church’s Europe Central Area president, was interviewed on this week’s episode of the Church News podcast. Changes were released in the Book of Mormon app to make for more easy and natural sharing opportunities. With the anniversary of her Olympic silver medal, Latter-day Saint gymnast MyKayla Skinner shared what she’s been up to in the year since winning in Tokyo.

The Rojas family from Mexico shared their pioneer story. A group of 43 college students in Ghana became the first to experience the Amos C. Brown Fellowship benefits as donated by the Church. And the 2022 Church Music Festival was broadcast live from the Conference Center Theater in Salt Lake City.

Find summaries and links to these nine articles below.

1. President Nelson to rededicate the Washington D.C. Temple

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Washington D.C. Temple is pictured in Kensington, Maryland, on Monday, April 18, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

The Church’s entire First Presidency is among the 12 leaders participating in rededication services following the temple’s major renovation.

President Russell M. Nelson will dedicate the renovated Washington D.C. Temple on Sunday, Aug. 14, with the entire First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints participating in the day’s three rededication sessions.

Learn more about the temple’s history

2. Follow new Relief Society and Primary leaders on social media

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Former Primary President and now current Relief Society President Sister Camille N. Johnson introduces Primary’s former first counselor, now president Sister Susan H. Porter on Facebook on July 30, 2022.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Relief Society and Primary leaders posted on social media bidding farewell to some and welcoming others. The new Relief Society general president is President Camille N. Johnson with Sister J. Anette Dennis as first counselor and Sister Kristin M. Yee as second counselor.

President Susan H. Porter is now Primary general president, and her first and second counselors are Sister Amy A. Wright and Sister Tracy Y. Browning.

Find links to their social media accounts

3. Religious freedom article and video

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A Church News video, titled “Religious Freedom Worldwide,” features interviews with leading advocates of the cause.

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Those who enjoy religious freedom should think about the circumstances of people who don’t enjoy religious liberty, said President Dallin H. Oaks.

Faith, legal, academic and government leaders gathered in Rome, Italy, for the 2022 Notre Dame Religious Liberty Summit. Those who care about religious liberty should link arms to preserve, protect, restore and defend religious freedom in the United States and around the world, they said.

Read the article and watch the video

4. Church News podcast with Elder De Feo

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In episode 95 of the Church News podcast, Elder Massimo De Feo, president of the Church’s Europe Central Area, talks about the ‘unparalleled future’ of Europe despite trying times.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Elder Massimo De Feo, a General Authority Seventy and president of the Church’s Europe Central Area, joins this episode of the Church News podcast to talk about this important area of the world — which is impacted by a political conflict, a refugee crisis and secularism.

Listen to the podcast

5. Sharing Book of Mormon and app in normal, natural ways

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Screenshots of the recently improved Book of Mormon app show content from the app’s “discover,” “watch” and “share” tabbed features.

Scott Taylor

Sharing the gospel is made easier with the Book of Mormon’s new “discover,” “watch” and “share” tab features.

As Justin Lether has learned, sharing the gospel and the Book of Mormon in “normal and natural ways” can happen just about any time or anywhere — on a subway, at a tourist attraction, during a hotel breakfast or even while soaking in a hot tub on a cruise ship.

Discover how

6. Catching up with MyKayla Skinner

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MyKayla Skinner and her husband, Jonas Harmer, pose for photos at their home in American Fork on Friday, July 29, 2022. Skinner is holding her Olympic silver medal from the Tokyo 2020 games.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Prayer, family support and the words of her patriarchal blessing helped former University of Utah athlete during her unlikely journey to the Olympic medal podium.

Prior to the Aug. 1, 2021, Olympics women’s vault finals, Skinner had long been classified as an elite international athlete and a “medal hopeful.” 

But when her second-place finish was announced, she graduated to rarified company that holds no expiration date: Olympic medalist.

Find out what she’s been up to

7. Pioneers in every land: The Rojas family

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Leonila Rivera and Amado Rojas pose for a photo.

Familia Rojas

Growth of the Church in Mexico has been steady for 176 years. But that growth was far from a certainty and started in some unexpected ways for one family now in its seventh generation of membership in the Church.

“There were a lot of other churches in my neighborhood growing up,” said Amado Rojas as he drove along the highway near that same town of Tecálco, Mexico, decades later. “And with criticisms from members of those churches came a desire to learn the gospel and find truth.”

Get to know the Rojas family

8. College students experience Amos C. Brown Fellowship in Ghana

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Students with the Amos C. Brown Fellowship to Ghana visit the W.E.B. DuBois Center in Accra on Tuesday, August 2, 2022.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

This week, 43 university students from the United States began a 10-day trip to Ghana as participants in the inaugural Amos C. Brown Fellowship. 

The trip comes one year after Church President Russell M. Nelson announced the Church would create the fellowship with an initial donation of $250,000 to help students learn about the cultural heritage of Ghana.

The fellowship is named for Reverend Dr. Amos C. Brown of the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco, who has become a good friend of President Nelson. The two have collaborated on projects between the Church and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). 

Read about it

9. Award-winning works featured in 2022 Church Music Festival

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The Chacon family performs “I Will Say a Prayer” at the 2022 Church Music Festival at the Conference Center Theater in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022.

Ben B. Braun, Deseret News

“I Will Say a Prayer” — words and music by Janice Kapp Perry — was one of the 17 original award-winning works featured in the 2022 Church Music Festival “Rejoice!” The live concert originated from the Conference Center Theater on Temple Square in Salt Lake City and was streamed online on the Church’s broadcast page

Read more about the concert

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