4 principles to learn from how the Presiding Bishopric works

February 2024 Liahona features an article by the Church News about how the work of the Presiding Bishopric can help members in their own lives and callings

The Presiding Bishopric of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints works under the direction of the First Presidency to oversee the temporal affairs — or physical aspects — of the Church.

This responsibility includes managing tithing and fast offerings, humanitarian aid, welfare and self-reliance programs, building and maintaining meetinghouses and temples, and producing and distributing gospel resources, such as scriptures and hymnbooks.

“Everything belongs to the Lord — it doesn’t belong to us. And so we administer these resources in His way,” Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé said.

The February 2024 Liahona features an article by the Church News about principles that guide the Presiding Bishopric’s work and how these principles might apply to ward and stake members.

The four principles highlighted in the Liahona article are:

  1. All things are spiritual to God.
  2. Work in unison.
  3. Build self-reliance.
  4. Focus on people.

The online version of the article has a digital-only sidebar about how temple locations are identified.

The Presiding Bishopric tours the construction site of the Layton Utah Temple.
The Presiding Bishopric tours the Layton Utah Temple in Layton, Utah, on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022, with representatives of the Presiding Bishopric’s Special Projects Department. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Learn more about the Presiding Bishopric

The Church News published an Inside Church Headquarters series in 2022 about the Presiding Bishopric and the Church’s temporal affairs. The series includes the following articles and videos:

Bishop L. Todd Budge, Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé and Bishop W. Christopher Waddell tour the stockroom at the bishops’ storehouse.
From left, second counselor Bishop L. Todd Budge, Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé and first counselor Bishop W. Christopher Waddell tour the stockroom at the Bishop’s Storehouse at Welfare Square in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022. | Laura Seitz, Deseret News
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Episode 119: Inside Church Headquarters — The Presiding Bishopric and their role to provide temporal support to the divine mission of the Church
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