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In case you missed it: The First Presidency releases Easter Sunday directive, President Oaks asks Church members to press forward, plus 7 more stories

Here are 9 stories from the Church News the week of Feb. 12 to Feb. 18

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Clockwise from top left: Mary Magdalene speaks to Jesus Christ after His Resurrection in an image from a video portrayal; President Dallin H, Oaks greets missionaries prior to a devotional in the Chicago, Illinois, area; Sister Tracy Y. Browning speaks at a BYU devotional in Provo, Utah; and in an Inspirational Message video, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf explains the importance of daily restoration and avoiding walking circles.

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In case you missed it: The First Presidency releases Easter Sunday directive, President Oaks asks Church members to press forward, plus 7 more stories

Here are 9 stories from the Church News the week of Feb. 12 to Feb. 18

Week_in_Review_White_lines_Feb_17_2023.jpg

Clockwise from top left: Mary Magdalene speaks to Jesus Christ after His Resurrection in an image from a video portrayal; President Dallin H, Oaks greets missionaries prior to a devotional in the Chicago, Illinois, area; Sister Tracy Y. Browning speaks at a BYU devotional in Provo, Utah; and in an Inspirational Message video, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf explains the importance of daily restoration and avoiding walking circles.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, screenshot from YouTube, BYU photo

During the week of Feb. 12 through Feb. 18, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — President Russell M. Nelson, President Dallin H. Oaks and President Henry B. Eyring — released an Easter Sunday directive. President Oaks addressed Church members in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. An inspirational video featuring a story and principle from Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf was published.

Sister Tracy Y. Browning, second counselor in the Primary general presidency, spoke at a Brigham Young University devotional, and at an Ensign College devotional, Elder Brent H. Nielson of the Presidency of the Seventy told students to act, do and serve. The First Presidency announced dedication and open house dates for two temples. Morgan Jones Pearson, host of the Latter-day Saint Living podcast “All In,” was featured in the latest Church News podcast episode.

A teenager discovered how service combated feelings of depression and anxiety. Top college football recruit Walker Lyons is featured in the newest Church News video as he begins a Church mission. The journals of late Church President Spencer W. Kimball are now available to the public.

Read summaries of these nine articles below.

1. First Presidency’s directive for Easter Sunday: Sacrament meetings only, with a Christ-centered focus

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Mary Magdalene speaks with Christ after His Resurrection, in an image from a video portrayal.

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To commemorate the Atonement and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will conduct only sacrament meetings in wards and branches on Easter Sunday, April 9, with worship services — including messages and music — to center on the Savior.

That directive came in a First Presidency letter — signed by President Nelson, President Oaks and President Eyring — sent Wednesday, Feb. 15, to Church leaders worldwide.

2. ‘Live together with mutual respect for one another’s differences,’ says President Oaks

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President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, greets missionaries in the Wilmette Illinois Stake center in suburban Chicago, Illinois, on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023. President Oaks addressed members from 14 stakes in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin as part of a weekend ministry assignment.

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Addressing members of 14 stakes in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin as part of a weekend ministry assignment, President Oaks asked Latter-day Saints to press forward, having “a love of God and of all men” (2 Nephi 31:20). He also clarified the Church’s position on the Respect for Marriage Act.

3. How ‘daily restoration’ can help avoid and recover from spiritual drifting

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In an Inspirational Message video, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf explains the importance of daily restoration in avoiding walking in circles spiritually.

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The Church’s newest Inspirational Message video illustrates a story and principle taught by Elder Uchtdorf in October 2021 general conference.

4. Sister Browning ponders ‘preserve’ and what it means to one’s relationship with the Father and the Son; ‘Discipleship is not a spectator sport,’ says Elder Nielson

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Sister Tracy Y. Browning, second counselor in the Primary general presidency, speaks during the campus devotional in the Marriott Center on the Brigham Young University campus in Provo, Utah, on Feb. 14, 2023.

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“A small seed was planted in my mind,” related Sister Browning, second counselor in the Primary general presidency, during the Tuesday, Feb. 14, Brigham Young University devotional. “Subsequently, I felt like I was encountering this word everywhere.”

At an Ensign College devotional the same day, Elder Nielson told students to act, do and serve.

5. First Presidency announces same dedication date for 2 temples

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Exterior renderings of the Bentonville Arkansas, left, and Brasília Brazil temples, which will be dedicated Sept. 17, 2023.

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The First Presidency announced dedication and open house dates for two temples — the Bentonville Arkansas Temple and the Brasília Brazil Temple.

6. ‘All In’ host Morgan Jones Pearson is featured on latest Church News podcast episode

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Morgan Jones Pearson, host of LDS Living’s “All In” podcast, joins episode 123 of the Church News podcast.

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What does it mean to be “all in” the gospel of Jesus Christ? That’s the question Morgan Jones Pearson asks those she interviews each week on her popular Latter-day Saint Living podcast, “All In.

She joins this episode of the Church News podcast to share why she is an all-in member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, her atypical journey into marriage, and what she has learned as an interviewer, podcast host and Deseret Book author.

7. ‘Service changed my life’: The protective factor of service in combating feelings of depression and anxiety

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Meg Bjorklund, then Meg Stringam, lower left, at age 13 or 14, works on a JustServe project with a group of teenage peers to prepare freezer meals for a children’s lunch service at the Salvation Army in Nampa, Idaho, in 2017.

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When Meg Stringam Bjorklund was 13 years old, she had just changed schools and didn’t have many friends. She hid in the school bathroom at lunchtime or would call her mom crying. Then her mother, Autumn Stringam, received a Church calling to be a JustServe specialist in Nampa, Idaho. JustServe.org — a website and app where community organizations and charitable groups post their volunteer needs — was relatively new in the area and needed help getting going. Over the months, Stringam took Bjorkland with her to service projects large and small around the Treasure Valley area of Idaho. 

8. Church News video features top college football recruit Walker Lyons who is ‘Called To Serve’

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Elder Walker Lyons from the Sacramento, California, area is a top college football recruit who committed to play for USC after his mission to Norway.

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This Church News video, titled “Called To Serve,” highlights Elder Lyons’ decision to serve a mission. “I have full faith in God that everything will work out the way it’s supposed to if you put Him and His Son first,” he said. “That is exactly what I am going to do.”

9. President Spencer W. Kimball journals released by the Church History Library

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President Spencer W. Kimball and his wife, Sister Camilla Kimball, at the Peter Whitmer Sr. Farmhouse in Fayette, New York, in 1980.

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President Spencer W. Kimball was one of the great advocates and examples of keeping a personal journal.

For the first time, the late Church president’s own journals are now available for public viewing, according to a Church History Library blog post.

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