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2023 in review: A look back on Church events this year

The Church News summarizes significant Church events in 2023 — from 11 new temples to a new apostle

As the year comes to a close, it’s an opportunity to reflect on what has happened in the Church in the last 12 months.

In 2023 the Church dedicated 11 temples and announced 36 new missions. Leaders also ordained a new Apostle.

Also in 2023 Church members mourned the loss of President M. Russell Ballard and the wives of a First Presidency counselor and two Apostles.

Here is a brief look back at the news of the Church in 2023:

Sister Patricia Holland waves to the crowd as her husband, Elder Jeffrey Holland, left, watches at the end of a worldwide devotional for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Sunday, January 8, 2023 in St. George, Utah. | Nick Adams, for the Church News

January

Elder Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles greets visitors during a Portuguese devotional at the the George Albert Smith Fieldhouse in Provo on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023. | Ryan Sun, Deseret News

February

President M. Russell Ballard, right, snf Elder Quentin L. Cook, left, pose with Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan in New York City.
President M. Russell Ballard of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Elder Quentin L. Cook pose with Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan after meeting with him in New York City on Sunday, Mar. 12, 2023. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

March

The Rev. Lawrence Edward Carter Sr. and Marva Griffin Carter talk with President Russell M. Nelson and Sister Wendy Nelson in the Church Administration Building.
The Rev. Lawrence Edward Carter Sr. and his wife, Marva Griffin Carter, talk with President Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, on Friday, March 24, in the Church Administration Building in Salt Lake City, in preparation for the April 13 presentation of the Gandhi-King-Mandela Peace Prize. | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

April

President Dallin H. Oaks looks over the Richmond Virginia Temple.
President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, looks over the Richmond Virginia Temple in Glen Allen, Virginia, on Saturday, May 6, 2023. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

May

A copy of the second edition of the “Preach My Gospel” manual on a table.
The second edition of “Preach My Gospel,” an updated guide for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ, is pictured at the Provo Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, on Thursday, June 22, 2023. | Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

June

Sister Holland’s casket is taken from her funeral service in the Conference Center Theater.
Sister Patricia T. Holland’s casket is taken from her funeral in the Conference Center Theater in Salt Lake City on Friday, July 28, 2023. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

July

Elder Mark A. Bragg talks with members of the Lahaina 1st and 2nd Wards at a gathering at Hanakao’o Beach Park on the island of Maui after the fires.
Elder Mark A. Bragg, General Authority Seventy and president of the Church’s North America West Area, talks with members of the Lahaina 1st and 2nd wards at a gathering at Hanakaoo Beach Park on Friday, Aug. 18, 2023, during his visit to Maui after wildfires burned much of the island. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

August

The Brasília Brazil Temple at dusk.
The Brasília Brazil Temple was dedicated Sept. 17, 2023. | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

September

President Russell M. Nelson speaks through video message during the 193rd Semiannual General Conference.
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints speaks through a video message during the 193rd Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

October

A man drapes the U.S. flag on President Ballard’s casket as pallbearers bring the casket out of the Tabernacle.
A U.S. flag is draped over the casket during the funeral for President M. Russell Ballard of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the Tabernacle in Salt Lake City on Friday, Nov. 17, 2023. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

November

Elder Patrick Kearon speaks to graduates at BYU–Hawaii’s December 2023 commencement exercises.
Elder Patrick Kearon of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles addresses graduates at BYU–Hawaii’s December 2023 commencement exercises on Dec. 8, 2023. | Monique Saenz, BYU–Hawaii

December

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