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In case you missed it: Elder Bednar on temples, Elder Rasband ministers in Europe, plus 7 more stories

Here are 9 stories the Church News published the week of April 16 to April 22.

During the week of April 16-22, the Church News reported on Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles ministering in Egypt and Jerusalem. Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles was featured in the latest Church News video on temples. Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles ministered in France, Germany and Armenia.

Elder Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke to young adults during a devotional in St. George, Utah. The temporary closing of the San Diego California Temple and the dedication date for the Okinawa Japan Temple were announced.Ensign College President Bruce C. Kusch and BYU—Idaho President Henry J. Eyring spoke at their respective school’s opening semester devotionals.

The Church News podcast released a new episode that features Church News Spanish translation coordinator Nadia Gavarret. “Documents, Vol. 14,” the 26th of 27 books in the Joseph Smith Papers series, was released. Members of the Church found joy in preparing new transitional housing to open for those experiencing homelessness near Silicon Valley.

Read summaries of these stories below.

1. In return to Egypt, Elder Uchtdorf finds connections with the gospel of Jesus Christ and commonalties among religions

Captain Karim sails on the Nile River in Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday, April 16, 2023. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Elder Uchtdorf hadn’t been back to Cairo since the 1967 Six-Day War between Israel and a coalition of Arab states until this past week, when a three-country Church assignment took him to Cairo and provided him a new look at the sprawling largest metro area on the African continent, estimated at over 22 million people.

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2. Video: Elder Bednar on how temples change hearts

Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shares how temples change people, in the Church News video “Inside Out.” | Screenshot from YouTube | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

While speaking to the Church News about temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Elder Bednar recalled leading tours during the Washington D.C. Temple open house last April. 

This Church News video titled “Inside Out” features Elder Bednar talking about the purpose of temples and how covenants and ordinances change hearts.

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3. Elder Rasband ministers in France, Germany and Armenia

Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Melanie Rasband, walk through the grounds of the Paris France Temple on April 14, 2023. | Christina Smith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

While in France, Elder Rasband met with missionaries, members and the mayor of Le Chesnay, where the Paris France Temple is located, just outside Paris, and testified of the Book of Mormon.

He also ministered in Germany and visited Armenia, during the three-country European ministry that began in France.

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4. St. George young adults ask, Elder and Sister Soares answer

Elder Ulisses Soares, right, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, gestures toward Ron and Annette Higginbotham, who were brought to the podium to discuss marriage, at a devotional at the St. George Institute of Religion on Saturday, April 15, 2023 in St. George, Utah. | Nick Adams, for the Deseret News

When “Jesus Christ walks with us, He blesses us with His Spirit, helping us to see things clearly, and He fills us with His love.”

That’s the promise Elder Soares made to young adults during a devotional in St. George, Utah. In his message, he invited young adults to walk with the Savior in this life and shared possible ways to accomplish that. He and his wife, Sister Rosana Soares, answered a variety of questions, including on the topics of trials, doubts and forgiveness.

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5. San Diego California Temple to close for renovations; dedication, open house dates set for Okinawa Japan Temple

The San Diego California Temple | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

In temple news during the week, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the San Diego California Temple — the Church’s 45th temple and operating since 1993 — will close in July 2023 for extensive renovations.

The First Presidency also announced a Nov. 12 dedication date for the Okinawa Japan Temple, making it the ninth temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints scheduled to be dedicated between now and the end of 2023.

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6. Ensign College, BYU–Idaho presidents speak at spring semester opening devotionals

President Bruce C. Kusch speaks during an Ensign College devotional held in the multipurpose room on April 18, 2023. | Ensign College

Ensign College President Kusch said at a campus devotional on Tuesday, April 18, that “as we consider our RSVP to the Savior’s invitation to come unto Him, I pray this day our response will be, ‘I’m all in!’”

In BYU–Idaho’s first devotional of the spring semester, BYU–Idaho President Henry J. Eyring shared President Spencer W. Kimball’s example of persistence despite challenges, during the semester’s opening devotional.

“As we press forward, trusting in our Savior’s redeeming love..., we will be prepared to receive all that our Heavenly Father has in store for us,” said President Eyring.

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7. Episode 132: Church News Spanish translation coordinator Nadia Gavarret on the universal blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ

The Church News podcast features Nadia Gavarret as she shares how translation can break down barriers in a worldwide Church. | Screenshot from YouTube

This week’s episode of the Church News podcast features Church News Spanish translation coordinator Nadia Gavarret, who has seen the joy of the spreading gospel. Raised in South America and fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and English, Gavarret brings unique perspective and global experience to the Church News. She shares the universal blessings of accepting the gospel of Jesus Christ and the journey that led her to the Church News.  

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8. New Joseph Smith Papers volume shows ‘calm before the storm’ of 1844 martyrdom

Artwork depicting Joseph Smith by Del Parson. The Joseph Smith Papers has released “Documents, Vol. 14,” the 26th of 27 books in the series. | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Documents, Vol. 14” was released on Monday, April 17, and is the 26th of 27 books in the Joseph Smith Papers series.

The new Joseph Smith Papers volume features 99 documents, including letters, deeds, accounts of discourses, minutes of meetings, memorials to the nation’s leaders, poems and other documents that showcase a tumultuous period in Joseph Smith’s life and illustrate a region on the brink of civil war.

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9. Helping the homeless navigate to new opportunities in San Francisco area

Volunteers help prepare the County of San Mateo Navigation Center for its first residents in Redwood City, California, on Saturday, April 15, 2023. | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

A new facility to help the homeless near San Francisco, California, opened its doors on Tuesday, April 18, with the help of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Church and its members contributed financially and with service hours to prepare the 240-bed complex for people experiencing homelessness. The goal of the facility, called a navigation center, is to help people living on the streets to move indoors and transition to permanent housing options, according to LifeMoves, a nonprofit organization the Church partnered with for this project.

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