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In case you missed it: 5 years of President Nelson’s ministry, 134 new mission leadership assignments, plus 6 more stories

Here are 8 stories from the Church News from the week of Jan. 1 to 7

Throughout the week of Jan. 1 to Jan. 7, a Church News feature marked the five-year anniversary of President Russell M. Nelson’s call as Prophet. The list of new mission leadership assignments for 2023 was released. Relief Society general President Camille N. Johnson spoke at the Provo Missionary Training Center.

The Young Women and Young Men general presidencies spoke on the 2023 youth theme. Information about FamilySearch and the Family Tree app for 2023 was released. The latest Church News podcast episode featured an interfaith conversation on ‘sharing goodness’ and the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square with social media influencers from the Philippines.

Nine images representing New Testament events were shared. A Church News feature showed how making wigs for children with cancer is connecting a community in California’s Bay Area.

1. Five years of President Nelson’s ministry

President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hugs children after a devotional in Asuncion, Paraguay, on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018.
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hugs children after a devotional in Asuncion, Paraguay, on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. | Credit: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News, Deseret News

President Russell M. Nelson’s prophetic ministry now spans 5 years of historic leadership, revelation and invitations.

“Let us never lose sight of what the Lord is doing for us now,” said President Nelson. “... He is also making it easier for each of us to become spiritually refined.”

Read about President Nelson’s 5 years of historic leadership, revelation and invitations

2. See the complete list of 134 new mission leadership assignments for 2023

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has called new mission presidents and companions for 134 missions worldwide. They will begin their assignments in July. This includes five new missions in Africa and one in Europe. | Church News graphic

The First Presidency has called new mission presidents and companions for 134 missions worldwide.

The list includes assignments for the six new missions that begin this summer — five in Africa and one in Europe; with the additions, the Church will have 416 total missions.

See the list of new mission leadership assignments

3. How missionaries are in a divinely appointed orbit, teaches President Johnson at Provo MTC

President Camille N. Johnson, Relief Society general president, talks with missionaries after speaking during a devotional at the Provo Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. | Adam Fondren, for the Deseret News

PROVO, Utah — Full-time missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are like stars in a divinely appointed orbit of influence, said Relief Society General President Camille N. Johnson during a Tuesday, Jan. 3, devotional at the Provo Missionary Training Center.

Read what President Johnson taught at the Provo MTC

4. What does it mean to ‘do all things through Christ?’ The Young Men and Young Women general presidencies on the 2023 youth theme

A young woman listens during a youth devotional in Praia, Cabo Verde, on Saturday, June 18, 2022, prior to the dedication of the Praia Cape Verde Temple dedication on Sunday. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Young Men General President Steven J. Lund connected the 2023 youth theme to the new principle-based “For the Strength of Youth” guide released in October 2022. The guide focuses on Christ being the strength of youth.

Discover what the Young Men and Young Women general presidencies said about the 2023 youth theme

5. What Latter-day Saints can expect from FamilySearch and the Family Tree app in 2023

In 2023, FamilySearch patrons can expect free access to more of the world’s genealogy records, new search capabilities, more technological innovations and new Family Tree App features. | Provided by FamilySearch

Along with RootsTech 2023, FamilySearch patrons can anticipate free access to more of the world’s genealogy records, new search capabilities, more technological innovations and new Family Tree App features, according to a news release.

Find out what Latter-day Saints can expect from FamilySearch and the Family Tree app in 2023

6. The latest Church News podcast features an interfaith conversation on ‘sharing goodness’ and the Tabernacle Choir, with social media influencers from the Philippines

From left, Haidi Fajardo, the Philippines Area Director for Church Communication; Kelly Taylor, the director of marketing and reputation for the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square; and Filipino social media influencers Mikael Daez and Megan Young join the Church News podcast to talk about Christmas, the positive influence of music and sharing goodness on social media. | Sarah Jane Weaver

This episode of the Church News podcast features an interfaith conversation on the recent Christmas season when, after a pandemic pause, the annual Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square Christmas Concert returned in full form.

Listen to the latest Church News podcast

7. See 9 images representing New Testament events

A stained-glass window by Tom Holdman depicts Jesus Christ being baptized by John the Baptist. | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints embark on a year of studying the New Testament, the Church News shares some images of events from the scriptures.

The 2023 “Come, Follow Me” course of study covers the mortal life of the Savior and teachings of the early apostles.

View the 9 images representing New Testament events

8. Making wigs for children with cancer connects community in California’s Bay Area

A girl weaves brown yarn through a red cap to make a Jack Sparrow wig for the Magic Yarn Project with JustServe on Oct. 8, 2022. | Eliana Walker

As Diane Ferrari walked among hundreds of people making yarn wigs for children with cancer last October, she saw joy, smiles, care, love and laughter.

As the JustServe specialist for the San Jose California coordinating council — which covers 10 stakes in the Bay Area — Ferrari was part of the months-long planning for the wig assembling project at the Saratoga California Stake center.

Learn how making wigs for children with cancer is connecting a community in California’s Bay Area

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