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In case you missed it: The Prophet’s ‘reel’ invitation, Apostles at meetings, devotionals and dedications, plus 4 more stories

Here are 9 stories from the Church News the week of Jan. 21 to Jan. 27

During the week of Jan. 21 to Jan. 26, President Russell M. Nelson, Church President, posted an invitation to “think celestial” on social media. President Jeffery R. Holland, acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, met with priesthood leaders from Arizona and New Mexico about their responsibility to teach and bless in the name of Jesus Christ. Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles addressed BYU in a Tuesday morning devotional.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated the Orem Utah Temple. Elder Christofferson also spoke at the annual training for seminary and institute teachers. Watch a video of Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles recall how he gained a testimony of the Book of Mormon as a young boy.

The Church News reported on the visit of Elder Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to the twin-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda. Elder Patrick Kearon of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles reflected on experiences that prepared him to be an Apostle. Charles Cranney, senior manager of Digital Media at BYU Brand & Creative, joined the Church News podcast to discuss the expansion of the BYU Speeches collection.

Read summaries and find links to these nine articles below.

1. A ‘reel’ invitation to ‘think celestial’: President Nelson posts video message on social media

President Russell M. Nelson invites viewers to “think celestial” in a social media video post.
In videos posted Sunday, Jan. 21, 2024, on social media, President Russell M. Nelson invited individuals to “think celestial” — recalling his October 2023 general conference message. | Screenshot from X (formerly Twitter)

In a video message posted to his social media accounts on Sunday, Jan. 21, President Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints repeated his “think celestial” invitation presented at the conclusion of the October 2023 general conference.

“When you make choices, I invite you to take the long view — an eternal view,” wrote President Nelson on the posts found on Facebook, Instagram and X (formerly Twitter). The accompanying 55-second video “reel” comprises audio and video clips from his conference address as well as video illustrations.

Read the full article here.
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2. ‘God keeps His promises. The question in this formula is will we?’ President Holland tells leaders in Arizona

President Jeffrey R. Holland speaks with Elder Gary E. Stevenson in Phoenix, Arizona.
President Jeffrey R. Holland, acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, right, and Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles participate in instruction meeting in a Phoenix, Arizona, on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024. | Sarah Jane Weaver, Church News

After being called as an Apostle of Jesus Christ, President Holland was determined to search the standard works and learn as much as possible about the life and mission of the Savior. Speaking to priesthood leaders, including Area Seventies, mission presidents, temple presidents and 123 stake presidents, from Arizona and New Mexico in the Church’s North America Southwest Area on Saturday, Jan. 20, President Holland said they too have been called to teach and to bless in the name of Jesus Christ.

Read more about his message here.

3. Elder Bednar explains what it means to become ‘the wondrous works of God’s work’

 The word “work” is projected on a screen behind Elder David A. Bednar as he speaks during a BYU devotional.
Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during a devotional held in the Marriott Center on the Brigham Young University campus in Provo, Utah, on Jan. 23, 2024. | Nate Edwards, BYU

Students, faculty and staff filled the Marriott Center to the topmost rows on the gray midwinter morning for the Jan. 23 devotional featuring Elder Bednar and his wife, Sister Susan Bednar.

In his remarks, Elder Bednar testified that individuals ultimately become “the works of God’s work” as they strive with His help to fulfill their eternal destiny.

Read the full article here.

4. Orem Utah Temple dedication a ‘milestone in the progress’ of God’s kingdom, Elder Christofferson says

Elder Christofferson and Sister Christofferson and Elder Kearon and Sister Kearon hold umbrellas as they leave the Orem Utah Temple in the rain after its dedication.
Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Sister Kathy Christofferson, left, and Sister Jennifer Kearon and Elder Patrick Kearon of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, right, leave the Orem Utah Temple after its dedication in Orem, Utah, on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2024. | Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

Elder Christofferson dedicated the three-story, 71,998-square-foot temple on a chilly, drizzly Sunday, Jan. 21, 2024, in two sessions. He was accompanied by his wife, Sister Kathy Christofferson.

This dedication “marks a milestone in the progress of the kingdom of God on the earth, and particularly in this vital part of His vineyard,” said Elder Christofferson.

Read the full coverage of the Orem, Utah Temple dedication here.
Read the temple dedicatory prayer here.
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5. Elder Christofferson to seminary and institute teachers: Be ‘purveyors of hope’ to generations plagued by depression and anxiety

Elder D. Todd Christofferson speaks to Church Educational System employees during a training broadcast.
Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during the 2024 Seminary and Institutes of Religion Annual Broadcast. The broadcast is available for viewing starting Jan. 26, 2024, in Gospel Library. | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

In this year’s annual Seminary and Institutes of Religion Broadcast, Elder Christofferson instructs teachers across the globe, alongside Elder Clark G. Gilbert, a General Authority Seventy and Church commissioner of education, and Chad H Webb, administrator for Seminaries and Institutes of Religion.

Elder Christofferson assured teachers in their role as “purveyors of hope” and declared that understanding Heavenly Father’s plan of redemption — especially the Atonement of Jesus Christ — provides the ultimate reassurance.

Read the full article here.

6. Video: How Elder Renlund learned the Book of Mormon is true, gained testimony of the Savior

A family photo with Elder Dale G. Renlund as a young boy with his parents, brother and sisters.
In the Church News video titled, “I Know That He Lives,” Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shares how gained a testimony of the Book of Mormon at 11 years old. | Screenshot, YouTube

In a Church News interview, Elder Renlund recalled reading the Book of Mormon as an 11-year-old boy in Sweden. One night, he waited for his brother to go to sleep, knelt on a very cold floor and prayed to know if the book was true. 

Watch the full video here.

7. Twin-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda receives first visit from Latter-day Saint Apostle

Elder Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shakes hands with Latter-day Saint leaders in Antigua and Barbuda on Nov. 8, 2023.
Elder Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shakes hands with Latter-day Saint leaders in Antigua and Barbuda on Nov. 8, 2023. | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

On Nov. 8, 2023, Elder Soares became the first member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to visit the twin-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda.

“I am honored to be the first Apostle of the Quorum of the Twelve to visit Antigua and Barbuda,” Elder Soares said in a recent news release. “As I shook hands with members, including those less-active, I could see the love for the Savior in their eyes. It was deeply moving. I believe that they need to feel the love of the Savior, connect with Him, and as they experience the Spirit, they will be able to thrive.”

Read more about this historic event here.

8. The ‘beautiful’ and ‘stretching’ life experiences that prepared Elder Kearon to be an Apostle

Elder Patrick Kearon and his wife, Sister Jennifer Kearon, stand for a picture.
Elder Patrick Kearon, the newest member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and his wife, Sister Jennifer Kearon, are pictured in the Church Administration Building in Salt Lake City on Friday, Jan. 19, 2024. | Laura Seitz, Deseret News

In an interview with Church News, Elder Kearon discusses a major test of faith for himself and his wife, Sister Jennifer Kearon, that came early in their marriage when the couple’s oldest child, a son, was born with a complex congenital heart defect.

From the pain of losing their son to Sister Kearon’s battle with cancer, the couple reflects on how these experiences strengthened their faith in Jesus Christ.

Read more of their story here.

9. The ever-expanding BYU Speeches collection discussed with curator Charles Cranney on Church News podcast

Charles Cranney, curator of BYU Speeches, joins the Church News podcast.
Charles Cranney, senior manager of Digital Media at BYU Brand & Creative, joins the Church News podcast on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024, to talk about BYU’s ever-expanding collection of weekly devotionals and forums. | Screenshot from YouTube

This episode of the Church News podcast features Charles Cranney, senior manager of Digital Media at BYU Brand & Creative, as well as excerpts from past BYU devotionals. The episode explores the history and highlights speeches from BYU’s ever-expanding collection.

With over seven decades of devotionals from Church leaders, BYU presidents, professors, scholars and invited guests, there are thousands of speeches. And now, with the archive expanding to include Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese and French translations, the speeches team is ready to share the talks with even more listeners.

Listen to the Church News podcast here.
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