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What’s happened in the Church since last general conference

News and events of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from April to September 2023

Earlier this month, President Russell M. Nelson turned 99 years old, on Sept. 9. Already he has surpassed every prophet and apostle in this dispensation in age. But President Nelson, who has been serving as President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for over five and a half years, continues to lead the work of the Church in a ministry as fast-paced as ever before.

Since issuing his call in the April 2023 general conference for Church members to be peacemakers, he has continued to invite members and people all over the world to practice forgiveness, disagree respectfully, and share accounts of peacemakers and peacemaking with him on social media. Under his prophetic leadership in the last six months, six temples have been dedicated and one rededicated, a new edition of “Preach My Gospel” was announced, the Joseph Smith Papers project concluded and more events have transpired.

Here is a summary of the last six months of news and events in the Church, since the April 2023 general conference.

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

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