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In case you missed it: President Oaks in video on what ‘Forgotten Man’ painting means to him, plus 8 more stories

Here are 9 stories from the Church News the week of Nov. 6-12

President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency and president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, poses for a portrait by “Forgotten Man,” a painting by Maynard Dixon, in his office in the Church Office Building in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 27, 2022. President Oaks turns 90 on Aug. 12.

President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, poses for a portrait next to “Forgotten Man,” a painting by Maynard Dixon, in his office in the Church Administration Building in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 27, 2022.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News


In case you missed it: President Oaks in video on what ‘Forgotten Man’ painting means to him, plus 8 more stories

Here are 9 stories from the Church News the week of Nov. 6-12

President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency and president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, poses for a portrait by “Forgotten Man,” a painting by Maynard Dixon, in his office in the Church Office Building in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 27, 2022. President Oaks turns 90 on Aug. 12.

President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, poses for a portrait next to “Forgotten Man,” a painting by Maynard Dixon, in his office in the Church Administration Building in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 27, 2022.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

During the week of Nov. 6-12, President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, tells what the “Forgotten Man” painting means to him. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke to Ukrainian refugees in Germany and to Latter-day Saints in Germany and Sweden. Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke to missionaries in the Provo Missionary Training Center.

Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles encouraged BYU–Pathway students to believe in themselves and trust in the Lord. Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke at the R20 forum in Indonesia. Young Women General President Bonnie H. Cordon wrote about three ‘spiritual treasures’ she has received from accepting callings.

The Primary general presidency introduced new resources for helping children and youth understand covenants. Deseret News national politics editor Suzanne Bates spoke on what the American Family Survey reveals about family and marriage, on the latest Church News podcast. The Church created an ASL Board of Education to support youth and young adults who are deaf.

Read summaries of these articles below.

1. President Oaks tells what ‘Forgotten Man’ painting means to him in new Church News video

President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency and president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, poses for a portrait by “Forgotten Man,” a painting by Maynard Dixon, in his office in the Church Office Building in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 27, 2022. President Oaks turns 90 on Aug. 12.

President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, poses for a portrait next to “Forgotten Man,” a painting by Maynard Dixon, in his office in the Church Administration Building in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 27, 2022.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

When President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, was serving as president of Brigham Young University (1971-80), there was a painting in the school’s collection that he says “spoke to my heart.”

Watch the video

2. Elder and Sister Holland promise Ukrainian refugees in Germany, ‘Things are going to be all right’; Apostle also speaks to German and Swedish Latter-day Saints

Elder Holland meets with Ukrainian refugees in Hannover, Germany

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meets with Ukrainian refugees in Hannover, Germany, on Nov. 6, 2022.

Simon Jones, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

During a ministry visit to Europe, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles met with Ukrainian refugees, expressed gratitude to the German Saints helping them, and then in Sweden reflected on the significance of Sweden in the history of the Church.

Read about Elder and Sister Holland’s promise to Ukrainian refugees in Germany and what Elder Holland said to German Church members

3. Elder Bednar to MTC missionaries: Learn the importance of sequences and ‘put Christ first’

Elder Bednar speaks at a pulpit to missionaries seated at the MTC in Provo, Utah

Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during a devotional in the Provo Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022

Adam Fondren, for the Deseret News

“Put Christ first,” Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said, and it changes everything. When young men and young women put Christ first in their lives, they will want to enter into sacred temple covenants. They will want to go on missions. When they put Christ first, they begin to understand the ordinances and covenants they are making with the Savior, and they will want to do His will and be more like Him.

Find out what Elder Bednar said to missionaries at the Provo Missionary Training Center

4. Elder Andersen encourages BYU–Pathway students to ‘believe in yourself; trust in the Lord’

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Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks to BYU–Pathway students during a devotional broadcast on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.

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Sitting in his office in the Church Administration Building while filming a BYU–Pathway Worldwide broadcast, Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles held up a rock he brought home from his four years serving in Brazil as a General Authority Seventy. 

From one side, it appeared to be a plain, ordinary rock, but turning it over, Elder Andersen showed that “there’s so much more inside than what you see on the outside.”

Discover what Elder Andersen advised BYU–Pathway students to do

5. ‘All are alike unto God,’ says Elder Stevenson at R20 forum in Indonesia

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Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints offers remarks during the G20 Religion Forum on Nov. 3 in Bali, Indonesia.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The gospel of Jesus Christ calls on Latter-day Saints “to love people of all faiths, cultures, races and nations for the common good — all are alike unto God,” said Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles during the G20 Religion Forum on Nov. 3 in Bali, Indonesia.

The forum, known as the R20, mobilized diverse religious, political and economic leaders to find common ground and promote peace and understanding.

Read what Elder Stevenson said in the R20 forum in Indonesia

6. President Bonnie H. Cordon: Leading with power, promise and holiness

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A young woman is set apart for a calling. In an essay, Young Women General President Bonnie H. Cordon writes about what she has learned from being set apart through priesthood keys.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

In an essay, Young Women General President Bonnie H. Cordon writes: “We, both women and men, are set apart through priesthood keys to act with priesthood authority as the Lord’s authorized agents to carry out His work with His power. President Russell M. Nelson reminds us, ‘The Holy Ghost will be your personal tutor as you seek to understand what the Lord would have you know and do. ... What could possibly be more exciting than to labor with the Spirit to understand God’s power — priesthood power?’”

Find out about three ‘spiritual treasures’ that President Cordon has received from accepting callings

7. Primary general presidency introduces new resources for helping children and youth understand covenants

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A father and son spend time together outdoors. The Primary general presidency recently announced new resources for parents and Primary leaders to help children and youth understand the blessings and privileges of making and keeping sacred covenants.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The Primary general presidency recently announced two new resources for parents and Primary leaders to help children and youth understand the blessings of making and keeping covenants.

Discover what the Primary general presidency said about new sources for helping children and youth understand covenants

8. Latest Church News podcast features national politics editor on what the American Family Survey reveals about family, marriage

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In Episode 109 of the Church News podcast, Suzanne Bates, Deseret News national politics editor, shares what the American Family Survey reveals about family and marriage.

This episode of the Church News podcast is dedicated to the American Family Survey, an annual nationwide study of 3,000 Americans by the Deseret News and the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy at Brigham Young UniversityThe 2022 survey found that Americans are divided politically and losing confidence in marriage, but are committed to their own families.

Deseret News national politics editor Suzanne Bates provides insight into the survey and what its findings reveal about marriage and family.

Listen to the podcast episode

9. Church creates ASL Board of Education to support youth and young adults who are deaf

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The newly formed ASL Board of Education of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints poses for a photo in the Church Office Building on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. Elder Peter M. Johnson, General Authority Seventy, middle of the back row, serves as chairman.

Hunter Winterton, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

To better support the needs of youth and young adults in the United States who are deaf, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently formed an American Sign Language Board of Education.

The board’s first meeting was held in the Church Office Building on Friday, Nov. 4.

Read about the Church’s ASL Board of Education

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