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Saints of all ages in Mexico gathered to hear from an Apostle during his nine-day ministry from Mexico City to Ciudad Juarez.

Sister Andrea Muñoz Spannaus, second counselor in the Young Women general presidency, discussed the choice each person makes between light and darkness.

During an Ensign College devotional, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf also paid tribute to his “dear friend” President Ballard.

As an Apostle of Jesus Christ, President M. Russell Ballard frequently taught about the power and importance of councils at church and at home. Here are some of his teachings.

As of the Nov. 12 passing of President Ballard, the 15 apostles had served together for 5 years, 7 months and 13 days.

President Ballard served for 47 years as a general Church leader, and was the longest serving general authority in the Church.

Funeral services for President M. Russell Ballard, who served as the Church’s Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, are scheduled to be held in the Tabernacle on Temple Square on Friday, Nov. 17. Watch it here.

Church News video shares highlights of President M. Russell Ballard’s life and ministry; see recent interviews where he speaks about his family, priorities and testimony.

“I pray that someday when I pass to the next world, I may do so with my testimony burning brightly,” said President Ballard in April 2023 general conference.

A special memorial episode of the Church News podcast remembers the life and teachings of President M. Russell Ballard.

Born Nov. 13, 1952, Elder Renlund has served as an Apostle since 2015.

President Nelson posts an update on his health, Elder Bednar ministers in Mexico, plus 8 more stories from the Church News the week of Nov. 5-11.

Brother Bradley R. Wilcox was a keynote speaker during the Utah Coalition Against Pornography’s 4th Annual Rally for Hope & Healing on Nov. 11, 2023.

Elder Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke to Caribbean Latter-day Saints in a devotional and encouraged them to focus their lives on Jesus Christ.

Elder David A. Bednar met with government and community leaders in Mexico and found they have “more in common than may be different.”

In social media posts Friday, Nov. 10, the 99-year-old President of the Church said his recovery has been rigorous: “I have needed your prayers.”

The Relief Society, Primary and Young Women general leaders meet with a U.S. senator, held interfaith meetings and conducted training in Nashville.

“The hopeful person has learned to draw strength from our ultimate source of hope, which is Jesus Christ,” said Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf to Provo MTC missionaries.

President Russell M. Nelson announced a temple for Mongolia in October general conference. “We feel the Lord’s love for His people,” a local leader said.

As part of his nine-day ministry in Mexico, Elder David A. Bednar shared simple ways to engage in temple and family history work.

The broadcast from Elder David A. Bednar to those in the hurricane-ravaged city comes as he ministers for nine days in Mexico.

Members of the Missionary Executive Council highlighted President Nelson’s prophetic call to serve and the enthusiastic responses by youth and seniors.

Born Nov. 6, 1940, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf has been an Apostle since 2004.

In an interview with the Plano Piloto podcast, Elder Soares talks about the Church of Jesus Christ, its history, its worldwide growth and his calling as an Apostle.

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks about building friendships with world leaders through transparency and respect.

President Henry B. Eyring shares about the death of his wife, President M. Russell Ballard posts an update on his health, and other leaders share their experiences of ministry trips.

“We can be determined not to let the world’s wickedness, contentions and divisions invade the sanctity of our united effort to follow and worship the Savior,” Elder Quentin L. Cook said after ministry in Eastern Europe.

President M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles wrote on social media that he spent time in the hospital with respiratory issues.

The First Presidency’s Christmas Devotional will be held on Sunday, Dec. 3, with music provided by The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.

President Eyring wrote he was both “humbled and grateful” for the prayers and service rendered to him and his family since Sister Eyring “passed onto the other side of the veil.”