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In case you missed it: President Nelson writes about covenants, Elder Bednar’s live Instagram Q&A, plus 8 more stories

Here are 10 stories from the Church News from the week of Sept. 18 to 24

Clockwise for top left: President Russell M. Nelson is photographed in his office in the Church Administration Building; Elder David A. Bednar conducts a live Instagram question-and-answer; a Church News video features Elder Quentin L. Cook and other faith leaders discussing the interface of government and religion; and Elder Neil L. Andersen greets a young girl following a member devotional meeting in Quito, Ecuador.

Clockwise for top left: President Russell M. Nelson is photographed in his office in the Church Administration Building; Elder David A. Bednar conducts a live Instagram question-and-answer; a Church News video features Elder Quentin L. Cook and other faith leaders discussing the interface of government and religion; and Elder Neil L. Andersen greets a young girl following a member devotional meeting in Quito, Ecuador.

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In case you missed it: President Nelson writes about covenants, Elder Bednar’s live Instagram Q&A, plus 8 more stories

Here are 10 stories from the Church News from the week of Sept. 18 to 24

Clockwise for top left: President Russell M. Nelson is photographed in his office in the Church Administration Building; Elder David A. Bednar conducts a live Instagram question-and-answer; a Church News video features Elder Quentin L. Cook and other faith leaders discussing the interface of government and religion; and Elder Neil L. Andersen greets a young girl following a member devotional meeting in Quito, Ecuador.

Clockwise for top left: President Russell M. Nelson is photographed in his office in the Church Administration Building; Elder David A. Bednar conducts a live Instagram question-and-answer; a Church News video features Elder Quentin L. Cook and other faith leaders discussing the interface of government and religion; and Elder Neil L. Andersen greets a young girl following a member devotional meeting in Quito, Ecuador.

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During the week of Sept. 18 through Sept. 24, President Russell M. Nelson wrote an article about covenants in the Church’s Liahona magazine. Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles conducted a live Q&A on Instagram. And the Church News featured a video with Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles titled “Righteous Motive,” which discusses religious liberty.

Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles reported on Church growth in South America. A Church News article reported on Elder Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaking to missionaries in Portugal and France. And Sister J. Anette Dennis of the Relief Society general presidency and Sister Tracy Y. Browning of the Primary general presidency taught the power of covenants to women in Puerto Rico.

Young Men General President Steven J. Lund spoke at the weekly BYU devotional; Elder Taniela B. Wakolo, a General Authority Seventy, spoke to BYU–Hawaii students; and BYU–Pathway Worldwide President Brian K. Ashton and Sister Melinda Ashton, his wife, spoke at the opening fall devotional. Updates on the Heber Valley Utah Temple and the Teton River Idaho Temple were announced. The Church donated $5 million to UNICEF for its global malnutrition campaign. And the Church News podcast produced its latest episode on psychological first aid.

Read summaries of these ten articles below.

1. President Nelson writes on ‘The Everlasting Covenant’ in October 2022 Liahona magazine

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President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints poses in his office at the Church Administration Building in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, April 13, 2022.

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“All those who have made a covenant with God have access to a special kind of love and mercy. In the Hebrew language, that covenantal love is called hesed (חֶסֶד),” President Nelson wrote in an article titled “The Everlasting Covenant” published in the October 2022 Liahona magazine and online at ChurchofJesusChrist.org. It was also previously shared at a general conference leadership meeting on March 31, 2022.

Read about President Nelson’s recent Liahona article

2. Elder Bednar leads live Instagram Q&A

Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles participates in a live Q&A on Instagram.

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Elder Bednar held a live Q&A on Instagram on Tuesday, Sept. 20. In the 15-minute question-and-answer session, he addressed questions submitted by his social media followers about a variety of topics, including faith, obedience and scripture study. Elder Bednar participated from his office in the Church Administration Building in Salt Lake City.

Watch Elder Bednar’s live Q&A on Instagram

3. Elder Cook in new Church News video titled ‘A Righteous Motive’

In a Church News video released on Sept. 22, 2022, Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and other faith leaders speak of the righteous motive behind support of religious liberty.

The Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center on the campus of Brigham Young University.

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Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hosted members of the New York City Commission of Religious Leaders at the Church’s headquarters in June 2022. The commission is a body of faith leaders from numerous faith traditions who recognize and support the interface between religion and government.

This Church News video, titled “A Righteous Motive,” features interviews with several members of the commission speaking about the importance of religious liberty.

Watch Elder Cook in the ‘A Righteous Motive’ video

4. Elder Andersen on Church growth in South America

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Elder Neil L. Andersen greets a young girl following a member devotional meeting in Quito, Ecuador, on Aug. 26, 2022.

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Global growth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can be measured in different ways — from a specific country’s number of members or congregations to a nation’s total of temples or missions.

Elder Andersen found a different, yet effective, measurement during a 10-day, late August assignment to the Church’s South America Northwest Area, ministering to members and local leaders from Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela.

Learn more about Elder Andersen’s trip to South America

5. Elder Soares speaks to missionaries in Portugal and France

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Elder Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, right, shakes hands with President Roland Léporé, president of the France Lyon Mission on Saturday, Sept. 17 in Lyon, France.

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Elder Soares presided at meetings in Portugal last weekend and France this weekend with a trip to the Congress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in Kazakhstan, in between. The busy ministry assignment was not without its challenges — some of which he shared with the missionaries in Lyon on Saturday morning.

Nearing the end of an 11-day ministry trip, Elder Soares spoke with missionaries in the France Lyon Mission on Saturday morning, Sept. 17, encouraging them to “keep focused on what your purpose as missionaries.”

Find out what Elder Soares advised missionaries in Portugal and France

6. Sister Dennis and Sister Browning speak to women in Puerto Rico

Sister Tracy Y. Browning, second counselor in the Primary general presidency, smiles as she talks during a devotional for women in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Sister Tracy Y. Browning, second counselor in the Primary general presidency, speaks during a devotional for women in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 10, 2022.

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Women and girls ages 11 and older gathered at the Guaynabo meetinghouse, north of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 10 for a meeting with Sister J. Anette Dennis, first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, and Sister Tracy Y. Browning, second counselor in the Primary general presidency.

Sister Dennis and Sister Browning spoke about the importance of recognizing one’s divine identity and how this understanding helps in serving others.

Read what Sister Dennis and Sister Browning said to women in Puerto Rico

7. President Lund at the BYU devotional, Elder Wakolo at the BYU–Hawaii devotional and President Ashton at BYU–Pathway devotional

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Young Men General President Steven J. Lund speaks at a Brigham Young University devotional on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022, in the Marriott Center in Provo, Utah.

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Reflecting on his experiences and how his testimony has aggregated, Young Men General President Steven J. Lund shared faith-focused thoughts with Brigham Young University students and staff during a Sept. 20 devotional.

During a BYU–Hawaii devotional the same day, Elder Taniela B. Wakolo, General Authority Seventy, explained how a couple “have personally witnessed the Lord’s tender mercies.”

During BYU–Pathway Worldwide’s opening devotional for the fall semester, President Brian K. Ashton and his wife, Sister Melinda Ashton, spoke of the program’s integral role in helping to build Zion in the latter days.

Read what President Lund said at the BYU devotional, Elder Wakolo said at the BYU–Hawaii devotional and President and Sister Ashton said at the BYU–Pathway devotional

8. Heber Valley Temple rendering and Teton River Idaho Temple announcements

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Artist’s rendering of the exterior of the new Heber Temple Utah Temple, as released Sept. 19, 2022. The temple groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Oct. 8, 2022.

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Less than a year after being announced as a new temple by President Nelson in October 2021 general conference, the Heber Valley Utah Temple now has an official site location, artist’s exterior rendering and a set date for its groundbreaking.

President Nelson also announced the new temple as “Rexburg North, Idaho” during October 2021 general conference. The city already is home to the dedicated and operating Rexburg Idaho Temple.

In addition to announcements on Sept. 19 regarding the Heber Valley temple, the First Presidency also announced the site for the Teton River Idaho Temple. The name change for the second temple in Rexburg was announced on Aug. 15.

See the updates on the Heber Valley Temple and the Teton River Idaho Temple

9. The Church donates $5 million to UNICEF

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Konata, a 24-year-old mother of two children, with her 12-month-old daughter Mariam, at the Health Center of Bobo-Dioulasso, in the Southwestern region of Burkina Faso. Mariam is malnourished and was able to be given treatment and supplements.

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In a new effort to help young children receive proper nutrition and early intervention — and in an attempt to end the cycle of child malnutrition — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced a $5 million donation to UNICEF’s new “No Time To Waste” global malnutrition campaign. 

Read more about the Church’s $5 million donation to UNICEF

10. New Church News podcast episode on psychological first aid

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In episode 102 of the Church News podcast, therapist Kevin Broderick, Family Services Emergency Response program manager, offers ways to support individuals during crisis.

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Therapist Kevin Broderick, the Family Services Emergency Response program manager, joins this episode of the Church News podcast to discuss how evidence-informed, gospel-centered psychological first aid can support individuals in crisis. During his career as a marriage and family therapist, Broderick has responded to local, national and international crises.

Speaking with guest host and Church News reporter Mary Richards, Broderick shares experiences, offers five principles of support and details how to find resources to learn more.

Listen to the latest Church News podcast about psychological first aid

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