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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Monday November 19, 2018 @ 02:20:37 AM mt

Meet the New Members of the Auxiliary General Boards




Amy Wright, 46, Cherry Lane Ward, Layton Utah East Stake; born in Salt Lake City to Joy Bailey and Robert Anderson. Received a bachelors degree from the University of Utah in human development and family studies. Worked at Marquette University in the College of Communications where she helped facilitate an urban journalism camp for inner city youth. Married to James McConkie Wright; they have three children. Has served as a stake Primary president, gospel doctrine teacher, Sunday School teacher, and in various auxiliary presidencies and Scouting. Volunteered with the PTA, Spectrum Program, and the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Dana Wright

Shauna Merrill Ogden, 53, Grandview 14th Ward, Provo Utah Grandview South Stake; born in Santa Monica, California, to Suzanne Turner and Steven Merrill. Attended Angeles Harbor College and received a medical assistant degree. Owns and operates medical businesses where she works as a financial officer and manager. Married to Jeffrey Gale Ogden; they have seven children and nine grandchildren. Served as a ward and stake Young Women president, Primary president and counselor, ward Relief Society president and Relief Society compassionate service leader. Volunteered with and served in leadership on the Americas Freedom Festival board, and other civic, philanthropic, and community organizations.

Lori Christine Newbold

Carol Lawrence Costley, 58, Park Ward, Centerville Utah North Stake; born in London, England, to Mavis Gordon and Benjamin Lawrence. Received a masters degree from Brigham Young University in social work. Worked with individuals and families as an independent services professional. Married to Gerald Jerry Louis Costley; they have five children and six grandchildren. Served as a Young Women and Relief Society presidency counselor, gospel doctrine teacher, and Young Women camp director. Volunteered with a local theater, counseling groups and the Disabled Rights Action Committee.Members of the general boards work with the general presidencies to help meet the needs of members around the world.Lori Christine Newbold, 37, Draper Single Adult Ward, Sandy Utah Willow Creek Stake; born in South Jordan, Utah, to Donna Catmull and Reed Newbold. Received a bachelors degree in psychology from BYU and a masters degree in mental health counseling from University of Phoenix. Works as the director of training services for Seminaries and Institutes of Religion. Served in the Ohio Cincinnati Mission from 2002-2004. Has served as a Young Women president, Relief Society president, Sunday School teacher, Relief Society instructor, Young Women camp director, and member of the Materials Evaluation Committee for the Correlation Department of the Church.

Vicki G. Jackman

Young Men General BoardNancy Pilkington Dance, 61, Deer Creek Ward, Midway Utah West Stake. Born in Tokyo, Japan, to Joan Berntson and W. Farrell Pilkington. Received a bachelors degree in finance from BYU and a teaching certificate from Saint Xavier University. Married to Douglas Leon Dance; they have three children and two grandchildren. Served with her husband as he presided over the Baltic Mission from 2008 to 2011. Served as a stake Relief Society president, early morning seminary teacher, institute teacher, gospel doctrine teacher, and in various callings in the Relief Society, Young Women and Primary organizations. Volunteered with the PTA and Girl Scouts.Michelle M. King, 61, North Canyon 4th Ward, Bountiful Utah North Canyon Stake. Born in South Ruislip, England, to Rene and Donald Milne. Received a bachelors degree in broadcast journalism from BYU. Worked as a KUTV news anchor (1978 to 2007), at BYU as an adjunct faculty and as a special projects producer at KSL-TV. Married to Steven D. King; they have four children and nine grandchildren. Served with her husband as he presided over the Georgia Atlanta North Mission from 2008 to 2011. Served as a ward Relief Society and Primary president, gospel doctrine teacher, choir director, stake and regional young single adult advisor, and Primary teacher and pianist. Volunteered with the School Music Program and on the CenterPoint Legacy Theatre Board.Michael T. Nelson, 62, Wallsburg 2nd Ward, Midway Utah West Stake. Born in Salt Lake City to Monte and Viola Nelson. Studied organizational communications at Brigham Young University and the University of Utah. Works as the chief financial officer of a Utah-based conglomerate. Married to Barbara Fluckiger; they have nine children and 13 grandchildren. Served as a California San Bernardino Mission president, stake president, stake presidency counselor, stake executive secretary, bishop, ward and stake Young Men president, and missionary in the Chile Santiago Mission. Volunteered on the Utah National Parks Council and served on the 1997 Sesquicentennial Wagon Train Committee.Elizabeth Jane Darger, 40, Grove 2nd Ward, Pleasant Grove Utah West Stake; born in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Anne Carroll Peterson and Stanford Parley Darger, Jr. Received a bachelors degree in family sciences and a masters degree in school counseling psychology, both from Brigham Young University. Works as the senior associate athletic director at BYU. Served as a part-time service missionary in LDS Distribution Services from 2003 to 2004. Served as a Relief Society president, Relief Society instructor, Young Women presidency counselor, nursery leader, and gospel doctrine teacher. Volunteers on the leadership team of the NCAA Common Ground initiative.

Thomas E. Mullen

Tara Lee Mickelsen

Amy Wright

Carol Lawrence Costley

Three new Relief Society General Board members join four existing board members. The new board members are Tracy Yeulande Browning, Lori Draper, and Susan Susie Marie Mullen.Thomas E. Mullen, 63, Pleasant View 5th Ward, Provo Utah Sharon East Stake. Born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Charles Verlin Jr. and Eula Belle Starkey Mullen. Received a bachelors degree in business management and accounting from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the University of Utah. Works on the senior management team of a multinational firm, as president of a private charitable trust, and as an adjunct faculty member in Religious Education at Brigham Young University. Married to Susan Owen; they have four children. Served as a New York Utica Mission president, Provo MTC branch president, stake president, bishop, ward Young Men president, elders quorum president, and missionary in the Canada Toronto Mission. Volunteered with the Special Olympics and as a youth sports coach.Shelby Killpack, 57, Cascade 2nd Ward, Orem Utah Cascade Stake; born in Santa Barbara, California, to Doremis Sumter and Harold Williams. Studied family science at BYU. Married to Chris Daniel Killpack; they have six children and 13 grandchildren. Served with her husband in the Utah Orem Mission from 2015 to 2018. Served as a Young Women president, Primary president, gospel doctrine teacher, Relief Society instructor, stake cultural arts specialist, Young Women camp committee member, and service missionary for addiction recovery with young single adults. Volunteered with the PTA and as a service missionary at Orem High School Seminary.Young Women General Board

Lori Draper

Tracy Yeulande Browning, 41, Prairie 8th Ward, West Jordan Utah Prairie Stake. Born in New Rochelle, New York, to Clive Adams and Sharon Cox. Studied at St. Johns University. Works as a client service director in the Publishing Services Department of the Church. Married to Brayden D. Browning; they have two children. Served as a ward and stake Relief Society presidency counselor, Relief Society teacher, Mia Maid adviser, and in various Relief Society and Young Women callings. Volunteered with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Habitat for Humanity, and United Way Day of Caring.

Shelby Killpack

Michelle M. King

Nancy Pilkington Dance

Dana Wright, 59, Sherwood Hills Ward, Provo Utah Edgemont North Stake. Born in Houston, Texas, to Jeannie Juergens and Gene Wright. Attended Brigham Young University. Worked as a receptionist in a pediatricians office in Provo, Utah. Married to John Wright; they have five children and eight grandchildren. Served as a ward Relief Society president and counselor, Young Women president and advisor, Primary president and music leader, and stake Relief Society presidency counselor. Volunteered with Macs Gifts, a childrens cancer charity, and as a member of the BYU Womens Conference Committee as chairwoman of the service project.

Shauna Merrill Ogden

Elizabeth Jane Darger

Tara Lee Mickelsen, 54, Alpine Cove Ward, Alpine Utah North Stake. Born in Salt Lake City, to Anita Freeman Bennett and James Michael Nielsen. Attended Salt Lake Community College and the University of Utah.Worked as a legal secretary and paralegal for seven years at a Salt Lake City law firm. Married to Richard Wayne Mickelson; they have four children. Served as a ward and stake Young Women president and counselor, ward and stake Primary president and counselor and Primary music leader. Volunteered with the PTA as well as a member of the Alpine District Cub Scout Committee in the Utah National Parks Council.The General Presidencies of the Young Women, Primary General, Relief Society, and Young Men of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have called new members to their general boards.

Michael T. Nelson

Susan Marie Mullen

Relief Society General BoardSusan Marie Mullen, 62, Pleasant View 5th Ward, Provo Utah Sharon East Stake. Born in Newport Beach, California, to James Edward Owen and Jane Marie Stabler. Received a bachelors degree at Brigham Young University. Works as an adjunct faculty member in religious education at Brigham Young University where she teaches missionary preparation. Married to Thomas E. Mullen; they have four children. Served with her husband as he presided over the New York Utica Mission from 2003-2006 and as a Provo MTC branch president. Served as a gospel doctrine teacher, institute teacher, stake mission preparation teacher, ward Young Women president, and stake Young Women presidency counselor, and camp director. Volunteered with the PTA and as a Pathway institute teacher.Four new members join several existing members of the Primary General Board. The new members are Nancy Pilkington Dance, Michelle M. King, Tara Lee Mickelsen, and Dana Wright.Primary General Board

Tracy Yeulande Browning

Thomas E. Mullen and Michael T. Nelson have been called to the Young Men General Board.A new seven-member Young Women General Board has been organized. The board members include Carol Lawrence Costley, Elizabeth Liz Jane Darger, Vicki G. Jackman, Shelby Killpack, Lori Christine Newbold, Shauna Merrill Ogden, and Amy Wright.Lori Draper, 52, Emigration Canyon Ward, Salt Lake Monument Park Stake. Born in Salt Lake City to Ron and Barbara Veach. Received a bachelors degree in health promotion from Brigham Young University and a masters degree in social work from Fordham University. Works as a social worker for LDS Family Services in Salt Lake City and has worked for LDS Family Services in New York City. Married to Malcolm Draper; they have three children. Served as a missionary in the North Carolina Charlotte Mission, an early morning seminary teacher, and in various Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary callings.Vicki G. Jackman, 64, Windsor 6th Ward, Orem Utah Windsor Stake; born in Logan, Utah, to Sally Taylor and Kenneth Glauser. Received a bachelors degree in early childhood education from Brigham Young University. Married to Brad Jackman; they have six children, 21 grandchildren. Served as a senior couple missionary with her husband from 2015-2017 in the England London Mission. Served as a stake Relief Society president, stake and ward Young Women president, Young Women camp director, and gospel doctrine teacher. Volunteered with the PTA and the Food and Care Coalition.

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Monday November 19, 2018 @ 02:20:29 AM mt

Updated Seminary Curriculum Invites Students to Seek Doctrinal Answers to Questions




More than 400,000 seminary students are having similar conversations as they study doctrinal mastery in their classrooms, meetinghouses, and homes today.We have included a suggested pacing guide in the appendix of the doctrinal mastery teacher material that suggests which lessons to combine to make room for the doctrinal mastery lessons and suggestions about where to teach these lessons, said Cameron Packer, manager of seminary curriculum. This will help alleviate the problem teachers had with transitioning between doctrinal mastery and sequential scripture teaching.Rather than making doctrinal mastery separate than the curriculum of the school year, it will be part of the study guide for seminary teachers.Because the premise of doctrinal mastery is meant to address current topics and questions facing youth today, it is important to include updated information and resources.For those teachers that are spending the time on it in class, it is helping students to understand fundamental doctrine better and how it applies to their questions in real-life scenarios, said Chad H Webb, administrator in the Church Educational System. Its not just 100 questions and 100 answers. Rather, it is how do I find answers and view this question with a more eternal perspective? Hopefully what were doing is helping them to learn how to learn as much as giving them answers to specific questions.Added Webb: A constant challenge for teachers is to know what the most important things will be for your students to understand and learn. There is a balance between how much to cover and how deeply to cover certain topics. We hope our teachers will seek the guidance of the Holy Ghost to try to meet those needs the best they can.Among the topics included in doctrinal mastery are the Godhead, the plan of salvation, prophets and revelation, priesthood and priesthood keys, ordinances and covenants, marriage, and family.Doctrinal mastery, first introduced by President M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles during a February 26, 2016, broadcast for Church Educational System employees, is one way students are learning how to learn in the gospel.Sonny Aiono, a coordinator in American Samoa, said the initiative has helped his students who are a little more quiet and reserved, saying, They develop confidence to share as well.Guzman found her time in seminary became something she looked forward to daily, for it was a place she could ask questions and learn about the gospel. My parents are converts, so they dont have the background that some people do, she said. We learned the gospel together.

Seminary students worldwide benefit from the doctrinal mastery curriculum, which encourages them to find answers to current gospel questions in the scriptures. Graphic by Aaron Thorup.

I would say a prayer before each class so my mind would be open and ready, said Guzman from Kennesaw, Georgia, who is now a freshman at Brigham Young University.Always improvingRecognizing that with a new initiative comes some unforeseen challenges, Webb said curriculum writers are always trying to work through problems as they arise.Packer said research also shows that while doctrinal mastery is helping students improve their understanding of the doctrine, a greater emphasis on using scripture passages to explain and teach doctrine is still needed.Juswan Tandiman, who is the Asia Area Seminaries and Institutes director, said the initiative has been an effective bridge to help students better see and understand the relevancy of the doctrine and principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ in their personal lives.For the first years of doctrinal mastery the lessons were written with the idea that the portions of the lessons that helped students understand the doctrine would be taught in shorter 5- to 10-minute segments, with the practice exercises designed to take anywhere from 15 to 40 minutes.Since that announcement, seminary classes around the world have hosted important conversations covering important topics facing youth today. The focus on the doctrine allows students to find answers to questions for themselves.Just because the Book of Mormon was written anciently doesnt mean it doesnt apply and have the inspiration and guidance we need today. West High School junior Matthew Wilson discusses a scripture with his classmates during a seminary class at West High School in Salt Lake City on Monday, September 17, 2018. Photo courtesy of Steve Griffin, Deseret News.Doctrinal mastery helps the students to gain a focused, in-depth understanding of the gospels teachings. It helps them be able to connect the dots with the things they know or have been taught and put it together into a bigger picture. This is the foundation upon which their faith and testimony is being built.Kim Huber, a seminary teacher in the English-speaking seminary class in Rome, Italy, teaches youth through a video-conferencing platform. She said the addition of doctrinal mastery has enhanced the teaching of correct doctrine.

Though they are spread throughout the world, seminary students study the same doctrines and concepts each year in classes around the globe. Graphic by Aaron Thorup.

Global impactSince it takes some time to update the materials, especially with the translation process for students and teachers around the world, Webb said they are working on integrating doctrinal mastery into the daily class curriculum.

Seminary teachers and missionaries will be able to find both doctrinal mastery lessons and regular teaching material in the same manual beginning in 2019. Graphic by Aaron Thorup.

Gone are the days when a student asked an honest question and a teacher responded, Dont worry about it! President Ballard said during the 2016 announcement. Gone are the days when a student raised a sincere concern and a teacher bore his or her testimony as a response intended to avoid the issue. Gone are the days when students were protected from people who attacked the Church.When Valeria Guzman was in high school, her mother dropped her off at the church meetinghouse every morning in time for seminary at 6:30 a.m. For many of the youth in her class, the early start time was difficult; for Guzman, it was the highlight of her day.Questions are good and invite revelation, Webb said. We welcome questions and invite students to search out what the Lord has taught and then, as they find truth, to act on that truth. There are right answers, there are eternal truths, and we want students to come to those answers on their own.The program has really helped me as a teacher to be more mindful of pointing out when a doctrinal point is being taught and, I believe, helped the students to recognize how much doctrine is actually being taught in the scriptures, Huber said. Anything that leads us to more truth and better understanding is worthwhilethat is how I view the valuable addition of this doctrinal mastery program. Students read to each other during a seminary class at West High School in Salt Lake City on Monday, September 17, 2018. Photo courtesy of Steve Griffin, Deseret News.That deeper understanding of marriagein addition to other doctrinal topicshelped her as she navigated the halls of her high school and, more importantly, as her testimony began to grow.This year, the doctrinal mastery lessons are written as 40-minute lessons meant to take the entire class period about once a week.Most important, instructors must create an environment that helps youth acquire spiritual knowledge.I remember having questions about being sealed in the temple, the temple garments, and covenants, she said. At first I didnt really understand how important marriage is. As we talked about it in class, I started to understand more the importance of marriage and how it fits in the plan of salvation.Look to the futureDoctrinal mastery has helped young people to open up with questions and arguments that are very profound and serious that sometimes are not addressed or shared, said Paolo Petrollini, a seminary teacher for the Terni Ward in the Rome Italy East Stake. It helped them to better understand the divine nature and the role of Christ for personal repentance. The best experiences for young people are related to the contextualization of personal life and the actual problems that they live and face in everyday life.Its remarkable how current the Book of Mormon is, Webb said. Weve seen students come with questions that they think are new, and the answers are in the Book of Mormon. They come with a challenge theyre facing, and they feel a little bit alone in that challenge, like it is the first time that anybodys been confronted with that question. And then they turn to the scriptures and find answers to their current questions.More seem to find it safe to ask their faith-related questions and concerns, to know where to look for additional legitimate information, and have begun developing greater confidence in living and sharing what they learn, Brother Tandiman said.Not everyone has implemented it exactly like we hope yet, so weve still got a ways to go, he said. Its certainly blessing students, and Ive heard a lot of positive feedback but we still want to make it better. We keep updating materials and try to keep it current.One of the highlights of her seminary experience, she recalls, was the time her class spent on doctrinal mastery.Last week, a young man told of an experience which he had had and connected that experience to a principle we had been discussing in class, said Jeanne Isaksen, a teacher in the Skien Ward, Drammen Norway Stake. Another student had experienced a challenge in connection with her choice of schools. After she had been through that trying time, she was able to see the Lords hand in this experience and how He had in fact guided her through it, remembering a story and gospel teachings discussed in class.

As the number of student enrollments in seminary rises, so does the need to provide doctrinal answers to students sincere questions. Graphic by Aaron Thorup and Seminaries and Institutes of Religion Annual Statistical Report (2018) enrollment and statistical information for the 20162017 school year.

The hardest thing has been fitting it in, said Damon Kenrick, a seminary teacher at the Salt Lake City Utah West Seminary. It is good materialwell-written, essential, and we need to have itit is just trying to fit it in in an applicable way.Beginning in 2019 (Old Testament year), the doctrinal mastery lessons and review activities will be incorporated into the Old Testament seminary teacher material so that there will no longer be two separate teacher manuals, Packer said.Seminary teachers worldwide report that as they integrate doctrinal mastery into classroom discussions, they are seeing positive results with the students.

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Monday November 19, 2018 @ 02:17:01 AM mt

New Stakes and Stake Presidencies Announced in September 2018




A new stake has been created from the A Corua Spain District. The A Corua Spain Stake, which consists of the El Ferrol, Gijn, La Corua, Len, Lugo, Orense, Oviedo, Ponferrada, Pontevedra, Santiago de Compstela, and Vigo branches, was created by Elder Paul V. Johnson, General Authority Seventy, and Elder Saulo G. Franco, an Area Seventy.TOLOSA PHILPPINES STAKE (August 12, 2018): PresidentBryan Michael T. Villegas, 43, project manager; wife, Diana Lopee Capanera Villegas. CounselorsJess D. Bulanon, 31, teacher; wife, Joy Ann Ocard Villarmino. Mario P. Ellazar, 33, foreman; wife, Mary Chille Devaras Cobacha.SANDY UTAH WEST STAKE (August 12, 2018): PresidentSteven Lee McCleary, 49, assistant facilities coordinator, Canyons School District; succeeding Tracy S. Cowdell; wife, Jamie Leigh Young McCleary. CounselorsDavid Tyson Welling, 42, regional manager, Stryker; wife, Kristen Marie Manning Welling. Christopher Joel Ashby, 44, president and CEO, Rockwell Properties; wife, Katli Ogden Ashby.SALT LAKE HUNTER EAST STAKE (August 12, 2018): PresidentAdriel Burkholder, 46, owner and partner, MyDBSolutions; succeeding Daniel J. Isaac; wife, Deborah Brown Burkholder. CounselorsDouglas G. Harris, 59, systems engineer, Northrop Gurmman; wife, Colleen Louise Lane Harris. Darrell Quintin Best, 65, owner and general contractor, Best Brothers Construction; wife, Kim Marlene Williams Best.PORT HARCOURT NIGERIA CHOBA STAKE (July 8, 2018): PresidentSancho Nwobuisi Chukwu, 53, wages officer, PGH LTD; wife, Victoria Chizia Chukwu. CounselorsAmanze Smart Umesi, 51, school supervisor, Rivers State Universal Education; wife, Esther Johnson Umesi. Diabo Ugochukwu Chori Obasi, 33, civil engineer, Dunic Engineering; wife, Mercy Chika Samuel Digbo Chori.A new stake has been created from the Winneba Ghana Stake. The Swedru Ghana Stake, which consists of the Aboso, Asikuma, Breman, Odoben 2nd, Swedru 4th, and Swedru 5th branches and the Odoben 1st, Swedru 1st, Swedru 2nd, and Swedru 3rd wards, was created by Elder Marcus B. Nash, General Authority Seventy, and Elder Anthony Quaisie, an Area Seventy.MESA ARIZONA EAST STAKE (August 12, 2018): PresidentCory Paul Ellsworth, 58, biographer; succeeding Michael J. Toone; wife, Amy Lynn Bowden. CounselorsMichael Dwayne Petramalo, 58, institute director; wife, Ruth Ann Ray Petramalo. Paul Hendrik Pothier, 51, co-owner, Smith Steel Works; wife, Angela Diane Smith Pothier.SAN ANTONIO PHILIPPINES STAKE (August 5, 2018): PresidentSalvador Sales Soquila, 44, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine dean, President Ramon Magsaysay State University; wife, Gerrily Pena Navarro Soquila. CounselorsDionisio Ygerubay Evangelista, 54, teacher and librarian; wife, Aralyn Garcia Amistoso Evangelista. Jesus T. Dela Cruz Jr., 52, self-employed; wife, Dana Vanessa M. Dela Cruz.A new stake has been created from the Lima Peru Puente Piedra and Lima Peru Santa Isabel stakes. The Lima Peru Torre Blanca Stake, which consists of the El Progreso, Industrial, Los Angeles, Nueva Amrica, San Pedro de Carabayllo and Torre Blanca wards, was created by Elder Carlos A. Godoy, General Authority Seventy, and Elder Juan C. Pozo, an Area Seventy.LIMA PERU TORRE BLANCA STAKE (July 1, 2018): PresidentJos Alfredo Jimnez Flores, 46, sales employee, Rasmin SAC; wife, Patricia Fernanda Apaestique Garca. CounselorsJuan Ysa Cubas Villafuerte, 53, police officer; wife, Carmen Ballasco Molina. Jos Absalon Quevedo Flores, 32, international business executive, ADEX; wife, Leanne Keele Machado Campos.

CRDENAS MEXICO STAKE (July 13, 2018): PresidentLeonardo Eneas Olan Arias, 42, doctor; succeeding Martin E. Zapata; wife, Celeste Hoyas Peral. CounselorsHector Olivares Tapia, 51, department head, Colegio Sperior de Agricultura Tropical C.P.; wife, Vernica Margarita Guerrero Len. Abraham Rodriguez Flores, 34, insurance salesman; wife, Sarahi Rosales Flores Luz.

FORT HERRIMAN UTAH STAKE (August 5, 2018): PresidentPaul Robert Schwitzer, 43, district manager of sales, Berlin Packaging; succeeding Matthew L. Robinson; wife, Kara Lynn Berrett Schwitzer. CounselorsSean Michael Tanner, 45, compliance officer, First Electronic Bank; wife, Ashley Marble Tanner. Michael Paul Mangelson, 40, Church product manager; wife, Cristy Marie Peterson Mangelson.

IKOT AKPATEK NIGERIA STAKE (July 1, 2018): PresidentRex Akpan Uko, 50, general manager, Seamate Protective Services LTD; succeeding Daniel Samuel I. Ikpeti; wife, Christiana John Akpan. counselorsJoseph Akpan Davies, 55, helper, Silverball; wife, Jannet Davies. Abraham Alphonsus Ikpe, 40, heavy duty mechanic; wife, Esther Abraham Ikpe.

MANCHESTER ENGLAND STAKE (August 5, 2018): PresidentMatthew James Evans, 44, financial global processor, Rolls-Royce; succeeding Daniel A. Liptrott; wife, Emma Christine Weatherall Evans. CounselorsSimon Keith Viner, 47, acountant; wife, Marie Ellen Holland Viner. Aydin John Arabacioglu, 38, commercial director, Fingertip Solutions; wife, Rachael Kathryn Pilkington Arabacioglu.

PRINCE GEORGE BRITISH COLUMBIA STAKE (August 12, 2018): PresidentDavid Reed Coleman, 63, director of education, Roofing Contractors Association of British Columbia; succeeding Eugene K. Marks; wife, Laurel Patrice Robinson Coleman. CounselorsGerold Lee Arnold, 62, self-employed; wife, Maureen Elana Arnold. Hugh Brock Campbell, 56, forest technologist, Boreal Enterprises; wife, Sandra Leah Campbell.A new stake has been created from the San Antonio Philippines District. The San Antonio Philippines Stake, which consists of the San Antonio and San Narciso branches and the Cabangan, Castillejos, San Felipe, and San Marcelino wards, was created by Elder Evan A. Schmutz, General Authority Seventy, and Elder Aretemio C. Maligon, an Area Seventy.Reorganized stakesNew stakesA new stake has been created from the Port Harcourt Nigeria North and Port Harcourt Nigeria West stakes. The Port Harcourt Nigeria Choba Stake, which consists of the Rumuji Branch and the Choba 1st, Choba 2nd, Emohua, Isiodu, Ogbogoro and Omoku wards, was created by Elder Terrence M. Vinson, General Authority Seventy, and Elder Okechukwu I. Imo, an Area Seventy.NORTH OGDEN UTAH COLDWATER STAKE (August 12, 2018): PresidentCameron McKay Ryan, 50, commercial sales manager, Stoker Parson; succeeding Paul A. Mackley; wife, Carolann Schiffman Ryan. CounselorsMark Bullock Malan, 57, logistics specialist, Rocky Mountain Power; wife, Allyn Kayleen Newell Malan. Stephen Lawrence Hall, 55, CES teacher; wife, Heidi Gift Hall.SWEDRU GHANA STAKE (August 12, 2018): PresidentAmos Wallace, 39, teacher; wife, Grace Otema Wallace. CounselorsMaxwell Acheampong, 40, lecturer; wife, Abigail Agyeiwaa Acheampong. Samuel A. Taylor, 33, religion and history teacher; wife, Afriyie Boakye Beatrice Taylor.A new stake has been created from the Tolosa Philippines District. The Tolosa Philippines Stake, which consists of the Anibong Julita, Luneta La Paz, Mayorga, and San Roque branches and the Abuyong, Burauen, Canmogsay, Dagami, Dulag, and Tolosa wards, was created by Elder Taniela B. Wakolo, General Authority Seventy, and Elder Ryan V. Pagaduan, an AreaA CORUA SPAIN STAKE (August 5, 2018): PresidentJuan Carlos Aguado Garcia, 51, mathematics professor; wife, Maria Rosa Sanchez Lorenzo. CounselorsDavid Amado Pazos, 41, senior consultant, VSM Systems; wife, Adriana Mariela Cantillo Vaccarino. Daniel Horasco Pan Suarez, 50, technician, Rilo Maquinaria; wife, Maria Paula Scoresello Cisne Ros.

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Monday November 19, 2018 @ 02:15:41 AM mt

Coverage of the October 2018 General Conference Saturday Afternoon Session




Elder Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during the Saturday afternoon session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News. Conference-goers raise their hands to sustain Church leaders during the Saturday afternoon session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.My dear brothers and sisters, its such a wonderful occasion to be with you in this marvelous general conference session today, said Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in opening his remarks. President Russell M. Nelson, center, President Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor, left, and President Henry B. Eyring, Second Counselor, right, take their seats for the Saturday afternoon session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

A combined missionary choir sings during the Saturday afternoon session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

Church members sing outside Temple Square during the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.Elder Soares compared how the Solimoes and Negro Rivers flow together before blending into one to the way children of God from different backgrounds and traditions come together in the restored Church of Jesus Christ. Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during the Saturday afternoon session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.Discipleship, he said, begins with three simple worlds: Believe, love, do. President Russell M. Nelson, center, President Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor, left, and President Henry B. Eyring, Second Counselor, right, take their seats for the Saturday afternoon session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News. Conference-goers raise their hands to sustain President Russell M. Nelson during the Saturday afternoon session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.Elder Gong spoke of the strength that can come from a campfire of faith. President Russell M. Nelson, bottom right, and other Church leaders raise their hands to sustain members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles during the Saturday afternoon session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson speaks during the Saturday afternoon session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on October 6, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

This hope is found in the transformative power of the gospel of Jesus Christ and in the Saviors redemptive power to heal us of our soul-sickness. President Russell M. Nelson smiles at attendees during the Saturday afternoon session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News. People attend the Saturday afternoon session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.President Henry B. Eyring, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, announced the release of seven General Authority Seventies and 39 Area Seventies.There is a solution to the emptiness, vanity, and Weltschmerz of life, Elder Uchtdorf saidWeltschmerz being a German word meaning a sadness that comes from brooding about how the world is inferior to how one thinks it ought to be.Elder Christofferson taught, To persevere firm and steadfast in the faith of Christ requires that the gospel of Jesus Christ penetrate ones heart and soul, meaning that the gospel becomes not just one of many influences in a persons life, but the defining focus of his or her life and character.A combined choir of missionaries from the Provo Missionary Training Center provided music during the session, with Ryan Eggett and Elmo Keck directing, and Linda Margetts and Bonnie Goodliffe at the organ. A choir from the missionary training center in Provo sings during the Saturday afternoon session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News. President Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor in the First Presidency, left, and President Russell M. Nelson, right, raise their hands to sustain Church leaders during the Saturday afternoon session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.Latter-day Saints around the world raised their arms to the square to sustain the leaders of the Church during the Saturday afternoon session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of the Church on October 6.Eventually, as we encourage, support, and love each other, we combine to form a mighty force for good in the world. As followers of Jesus Christ, flowing as one in this river of goodness, we will be able to provide the fresh water of the gospel to a thirsty world. Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during the Saturday afternoon session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News. President Russell M. Nelson speaks to Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles at the end of the Saturday afternoon session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News. President Henry B. Eyring, Second Counselor in the First Presidency; President Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor in the First Presidency, and his wife, Sister Kristen Oaks; and President Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, left to right, leave the rostrum at the end of the Saturday afternoon session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Elder Uchtdorf, Elder D. Todd Christofferson, Elder Gerrit W. Gong, and Elder Ulisses Soares spoke during the session, along with Bishop Dean M. Davies, First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric, and Elder Paul B. Pieper, General Authority Seventy.President Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor in the First Presidency, conducted the session. Sister Sharon Eubank, First Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency, and Elder Joni L. Koch, General Authority Seventy, offered prayers.The General Authority SeventiesElder Mervyn B. Arnold, Elder Craig A. Cardon, Elder Larry J. Echo Hawk, Elder C. Scott Grow, Elder Allan F. Packer, Elder Gregory A. Schwitzer, and Elder Claudio D. Zivicwere given emeritus status. President Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, leave the rostrum at the end of the Saturday afternoon session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.To listen to inspired messages, to listen to this marvelous, amazing choir of missionaries representing the many thousands of missionaries all around the worldour daughters, our sons. And especially of being united in our faith today, again sustaining our dear president and prophet, President Russell M. Nelson, the First Presidency, and the General Officers of the Church. What a joyful day to be with you today.My testimony is, for those who see, allow, live for it, the dawn of faith, sometimes gradually, will come or can return. The light will come, when we desire and seek it, when we are patient and obedient to Gods commandments, when we are open to Gods grace, healing, and covenants, he said.Additionally, Elder Brook P. Hales was sustained as a General Authority Seventy.

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Coverage of the October 2018 General Conference Saturday Morning Session




President Russell M. Nelson, center, embraces President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, left, at the start of the Saturday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Spenser Heaps. Elder Gary E. Stevenson and Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles wait for the beginning of the Saturday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles explains changes to the Sunday meetinghouse schedule during the Saturday morning session of general conference October 6. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

Rebecca Burroughs waits for friends before the Saturday morning session of general conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News. People gather in the Conference Center to attend the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News. Conference-goers listen as Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles details adjusted Sunday church schedules during the Saturday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Spenser Heaps.Sunday School will be held on the first and third Sundays. Priesthood quorum, Relief Society, and Young Women meetings will be held on the second and fourth Sundays. Primary will be held each week during the same 50-minute period and will include singing time and classes, and fifth-Sunday meetings will be under the direction of the bishop. People exit the Conference Center at the conclusion of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.In recent years, we in the presiding councils of the Church have wrestled with a fundamental question: How can we take the gospel in its simple purity and the ordinances with their eternal efficacy to all of Gods children? People attend the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News. Amani Mitonzi, John Jones, Kasindi Fataki, and Ngambo Gasabato attend the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News. The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square sings during the Saturday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles explained in greater detail the adjustments.Elder Craig A. Cardon and Elder Adilson de Paula Parella, both General Authority Seventies, offered prayers, and the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square provided music during the session, with Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy as directors and Brian Mathias and Richard Elliott on the organ. Conference-goers listen as Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles details adjusted Sunday church schedules during the Saturday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Spenser Heaps.The Sunday Church meetings will consist of a 60-minute sacrament meeting each Sunday, focused on the Savior, the ordinance of the sacrament, and spiritual messages, Elder Cook said. After time for transition to classes, Church members will attend a 50-minute class that will alternate each Sunday.This morning we will announce a new balance and connection between gospel instruction in the home and in the Church, he said. We are each responsible for our individual spiritual growth. And scriptures make it clear that parents have the primary responsibility to teach the doctrine to their children.Just six months after the announcement of changes to visiting and home teaching through the new ministering initiative, as well as the reorganization of elders quorums throughout the Church, President Nelson thanked Church members for their tremendous efforts to follow through with counsel given at general conference six months ago. People exit the Conference Center at the conclusion of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.President Henry B. Eyring, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, conducted the meeting, and other speakers during the session included President Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor in the First Presidency; Elder Ronald A. Rasband and Elder David A. Bednar, both of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; Elder Steven R. Bangerter, General Authority Seventy; and Brother M. Joseph Brough, Second Counselor in the Young Men General Presidency. People attend the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News. People exit the Conference Center at the conclusion of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.But as the Church expands throughout the world, President Nelson said many members live in a place where no chapels existand may not for the foreseeable future. William Boror and his mother, Maria Valazquez, attend the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

President Russell M. Nelson announced an adjustment to the Churchs Sunday meeting schedule during the Saturday morning session of general conference on October 6. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles wait for the Saturday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred. Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during the Saturday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Spenser Heaps.As Latter-day Saints, we have become accustomed to thinking of church as something that happens in our meetinghouses, supported by what happens at home, he said. We need an adjustment to this pattern. It is time for a home-centered Church, supported by what takes place inside our branch, ward, and stake buildings.

Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during the Saturday morning session of general conference on Saturday, October 6. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

People attend the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News. Razzell Beck from the Philippines waits in line for the Saturday morning session of the the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.Within minutes of the first talk of the 188th Semiannual General Conference, President Russell M. Nelson greeted members of the Church tuning in throughout the world and announced an adjustment to the Churchs Sunday meeting schedule.There is so much more to this adjustment than just shortening the Sunday meetinghouse schedule, Elder Cook said. President Nelson has acknowledged with gratitude how much is being accomplished as a result of your faithfulness to previous invitations. He and the entire leadership of the Church desire to bring greater gospel joy to parents, children, youth, singles, the elderly, new converts, and those people the missionaries are teaching through a home-centered, Church-supported balanced effort.Because of this, the First Presidency and Council of the Twelve have, through revelation, come up with proactive plansincluding organizational adjustmentsto fortify our members and their families. President Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, exit the Conference Center at the conclusion of the Saturday morning session of general conference on Saturday, October 6. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News. Conference-goers take a selfie outside the Conference Center prior to attending the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News. President Henry B. Eyring, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, speaks during the Saturday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Spenser Heaps. The First Presidency enters the Conference Center for the Saturday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

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Changes Help Balance Gospel Instruction at Home and at Church




As outlined in the sample schedule below:

  • Teacher council meetings will be held quarterly rather than monthly.
  • Elders quorum and Relief Society lesson schedules will no longer include a first-Sunday council meeting or a fourth-Sunday special topic. Lessons will focus on recent general conference messages.
  • Singing time will replace sharing time. The Outline for Sharing Time will be discontinued.
  • The Gospel Principles course will be discontinued. All members and interested friends will be invited to attend their respective adult or youth Sunday School class.
  • Optional courses, such as those for strengthening marriage and family, temple preparation, missionary preparation, and family history, will not be held during Sunday class time. These courses may be taught at other times for individuals, families, or groups based on local needs and at the bishops discretion.
  • In addition to encouraging gospel study, Church leaders renewed their invitation for all to participate on the Sabbath dayand throughout the weekin family councils,home evening,family history and temple work, ministering, personal worship, and joyful family time.Church leaders have announced changes to the Sunday meeting schedule, beginning in January 2019, in connection with the release of a new home-centered, Church-supported curriculum. These changes and others build upon several prior initiatives the Church has set in motion in recent years, meant to help members focus their lives more fully on Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and deepen faith in Them. These initiatives include a focus on more meaningful study of the gospel at home, honoring the Lord by keeping the Sabbath day holy, and caring for one another as the Savior would and as directed by the Spirit.

    Individual and family gospel study at home on Sunday and throughout the week provides opportunities to find spiritual strength on a daily basis and allows greater flexibility for personalized study and revelation.

    President Nelson taught: As Latter-day Saints, we have become accustomed to thinking ofchurchas something that happens in our meetinghouses, supported by what happens at home. We need an adjustment to this pattern. It is time for a home-centered Church, supported by what takes place inside our branch, ward, and stake buildings.Instructions, lesson outlines, and resources can be found in:Primary will follow the schedule below. If a Primary is large enough to separate into junior and senior Primary, leaders should reverse the schedule for half of the children and adjust the time as necessary.The 50-minute class period will include weekly Primary for children and will alternate weekly for youth and adults as follows:
  • First and third Sundays: Sunday School.
  • Second and fourth Sundays: priesthood quorums, Relief Society, and Young Women.
  • Fifth Sundays: youth and adult meetings under the direction of the bishop.
  • Meant to prepare the Lords people for His return, these changes are aimed at deepening individual conversion, explained Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, as he outlined the changes in the Saturday morning session of general conference.We are each responsible for our individual spiritual growth, said President Nelson. And scriptures make it clear that parents have the primary responsibility to teach the doctrine to their children.Worshipping God at church, participating in sacred ordinances there, and gathering together to teach one another and strengthen and serve each other are essential elements of deepening faith and personal conversion. Reducing the amount of time spent at church could be counterproductive unless individuals and families are intentional in strengthening their homes.Adjustments to the Church experience are intended to support increased gospel learning and living at home. These changes include adjusting the weekly Sunday schedule to include:
  • A 60-minute sacrament meeting,
  • A 10-minute transition time,
  • And a 50-minute class period,
  • Visit comefollowme.lds.org for more information.Other key changes include the following:
  • Come, Follow MeFor Elders Quorum and Relief Society (found in the November 2018 Ensign and Liahona)
  • Come, Follow MeFor Aaronic Priesthood Quorums
  • Come, Follow MeFor Young Women
  • Come, Follow MeFor Sunday School
  • Come, Follow MeFor Primary
  • Adjustments at HomeThis adjustment to meeting schedules works hand in hand with the newest addition to the Churchs Come, Follow Me curriculum. Beginning in January, this home-centered, Church-supported curriculum will harmonize what adult, youth, and children are learning in Sunday School and Primary classes, making it easier for families to study together at home during the week.As part of ongoing efforts to help Latter-day Saints learn doctrine, strengthen faith, and foster greater personal worship, President Russell M. Nelson announced adjustments to help balance and connect the unique and essential ways members worship and learn and live the Saviors gospel both at church and at home.
  • Deepening conversion to Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ and strengthening faith in Them.
  • Strengthening individuals and families through home-centered, Church-supported curriculum that contributes to joyful gospel living.
  • Honoring the Sabbath day, with a focus on the ordinance of the sacrament.
  • Helping all of Heavenly Fathers children on both sides of the veil through missionary work and receiving ordinances and covenants and the blessings of the temple.
  • Adjustments at ChurchPrimary Schedule Beginning January 201925 minutesPrayer, scripture or article of faith, talk (5 minutes)
    Singing time: Music that supports the scriptures studied in class (20 minutes)5 minutesTransition to classes20 minutesClasses: lesson from Come, Follow MeFor Primary There is so much more to this adjustment than just shortening the Sunday meetinghouse schedule , said Elder Cook. The purposes and blessings associated with this adjustment and other recent changes include the following:Curriculum changesSunday Schedule Beginning January 201960 minutesSacrament meeting10 minutesTransition to classes50 minutesClasses for adultsClasses for youthPrimary Changes include the introduction of a new gospel study resource for individuals and families at home. Individuals and families can use the new Come, Follow MeFor Individuals and Families, if they desire, to guide their gospel study experience outside of church. The new resource works with companion resources for Sunday School and Primary teachers to align Sunday lessons with home scripture study and suggestions for home evening.We know the spiritual impact and the deep and lasting conversion that can be achieved in the home setting , he said. Our purpose is to balance the Church and the home experience in a way that will greatly increase faith and spirituality and deepen conversion to Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.For the announcement of these adjustments, see Russell M. Nelson, Opening Remarks, Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2018; Quentin L. Cook, Deep and Lasting Conversion to Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2018. For more information about these adjustments, visit Sabbath.lds.org to find a letter from the First Presidency, answers to frequently asked questions, and additional resources that can help individuals and families honor the Sabbath.Church leaders are inviting a greater focus on increased participation in personal and family religious observance in the home, including gospel study at home on Sunday and throughout the week and adjustments to home evening.Church leaders are seeking to create a new balance and a greater connection between the unique strengths of the home and Church experiences with specific purposes in mind.Purposes of these changesAs both classroom and lab, the home is an essential center of gospel learning and living. Individual and family gospel study at home on Sunday and throughout the week provides opportunities to find spiritual strength on a daily basis and allows greater flexibility for personalized study and revelation. Relying solely on limited time at church for gospel instruction creates an imbalance that is unlikely to achieve the deep and lasting conversion necessary.Materials sent to members and leaders explain that Church leaders encourage members to hold a home evening and gospel study on the Sabbathor at other times as individuals and families choose. A family activity night could be held on Monday or at other times. To this end, leaders should continue to keep Monday evenings free from Church meetings and activities. However, time spent in home gospel study and activities for families and individuals is scheduled according to individual circumstances.

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    Monday November 19, 2018 @ 02:07:53 AM mt

    Free Family History Library Classes and Webinars for November 2018




    See the calendar belowfor the complete list ofclasses.No registration is required.The following webinars will beoffered weekly on atrack schedulethroughout the month:All classes are in mountain time, either daylight time (MDT) or standard time (MST).MondaysFamilySearch Catalog at 10:00 a.m. MSTThe FamilySearch Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, has announced its free family history classes and webinars for November 2018.Research classes will focus on records from Germany, Ireland, Norway, and the United States and classes in Spanish. Beginning classes in how to use FamilySearch, such as the Family Tree app and the new Memories app, and how to review and indexSpanish and Italian records will be offered. Participants can attend in person or online.ThursdaysResearch Classes at 1:00 p.m. MST

    DATE / TIME

    CLASS (SKILL LEVEL)

    WEBINAR | ROOM

    Thursday, November 1, 10:00 a.m. MDT

    Reviewing an Indexed Batch (1.5 hours) (Beginner)

    Webinar | Main Lab

    Thursday, November 1, 1:00 p.m. MDT

    Hamburg Passenger Lists (Beginner)

    Webinar | Main Lab

    Friday, November 2, 1:00 p.m. MDT

    Buscando a los olvidados (Beginner)

    Webinar | Main Lab

    Saturday, November 3, 1:00 p.m. MDT

    Paleogra-what: Deciphering Spanish Handwriting (Beginner)

    Webinar | Main Lab

    Tuesday, November 6, 10:00 a.m. MST

    Tips and Tricks for Using the FamilySearch Historical Record Collection (Beginner)

    Webinar | Main Lab

    Thursday, November 8, 1:00 p.m. MST

    United States Research: Plains States Region (Beginner)

    Webinar | Main B

    Tuesday, November 13, 10:00 a.m. MST

    Starting Family Tree: Attaching Sources (Beginner)

    Webinar | Main Lab

    Thursday, November 15, 10:00 a.m. MST

    Spanish Language Indexing (1.5 hours) (Beginner)

    Webinar | Main Lab

    Thursday, November 15, 1:00 p.m. MST

    Irish Census Records at the National Archives of Ireland (Beginner)

    Webinar | Main Lab

    Saturday, November 17, 1:00 p.m. MST

    Recursos genealgicos de la emigracin Hispanoamericana, parte 2 (Beginner)

    Webinar | Main B

    Tuesday, November 20, 10:00 a.m. MST

    Overview of FamilySearch Memories (Beginner)

    Webinar | Main Lab

    Tuesday, November 27, 10:00 a.m. MST

    Submitting Names for Temple Ordinances (Beginner)

    Webinar | Main Lab

    Thursday, November 29, 10:00 a.m. MST

    Italian Language Indexing (1.5 hours) (Beginner)

    Webinar | Main Lab

    Thursday, November 29, 1:00 p.m. MST

    Finding People in Early Census Records Using Digitalarkivet of Norway (Beginner)

    Webinar | Main Lab

    TuesdaysFamilySearch.org and Family Tree Classesat 10:00 a.m. MSTWednesdaysIndexing Classes at 10:00 a.m. MSTIf you are unable to attend a class in person or online, most sessions are recorded and can be viewed later online at your convenienceatFamily History Library classes and webinars. Online classes are noted on the schedule as webinars. Webinar attendees need to click the link next to the class title at the scheduled date and time to attend the class online. Those attending in person simply go to the room noted. Invite your family and friends.

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    Monday November 19, 2018 @ 02:06:40 AM mt

    Church Official Talks with EU Leaders in Brussels on Protecting Religious Freedom




    In discussing the status of religious freedom worldwide, Di Lillo said, The general picture is quite grim. Vulnerable groups are still targeted and persecuted, harassed, and deprived of their most basic rights and freedoms.Regarding his recommendations for Mr. Grzybs report on the mandate, Di Lillo extended an invitation for the European Council to establish an EU special representative of freedom of religion or belief. He also recommended extending the mandate from one to five years and improving institutional coordination among EU institutions and the mandate holders. He noted that more financial and human resources will also be a key part of ensuring the work of the mandate is accomplished.According to aFacebook postby the EU office of the Church that detailed the event, among the EU officials in attendance at the roundtable were Mairead McGuinness, first vice president of the European Parliament; Jan Figel, special envoy on the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU; Peter van Dalen MEP, cochair of the European Parliament Intergroup on Freedom of Religion or Belief and Religious Tolerance; Waheed Kahn MEP; and Jan Olbrycht MEP.In a recent roundtable discussion at the European Parliament in Brussels, Francesco Di Lillo, director of theEuropean Union Officeof The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spoke to EU officials regardingthe Churchs commitment to religious freedom.He also shared recommendations regarding a mandate of the European Commissions special envoy on the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU, which was created on behalf of the European Platform against Religious Intolerance and Discrimination, an organization of which the Church is an active member.He continued: We feel it important to reaffirm that freedom of religion or belief protects not only individuals but also religious organizations that make faith communities possible, and also nonbelievers.The EU office of the Church opened in Brussels in September 2013, and, according to arecent videoposted to their Facebook page, their mission is to advise Church leaders on EU policy, focusing on the three pillars of faith, family, and freedom of religion and belief.The November 5 roundtable was hosted by Andrzej Grzyb, Polish member of the European Parliament, and gathered EU officials with representatives of various churches and faith communities as well as humanist organizations. Those in attendance were invited to share their recommendations regarding arecent report by Mr. Grzybon the mandate of the special envoy and their views on religious freedom throughout the world.As a global Church, and because of its history, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a special commitment to religious freedom, said Di Lillo during his remarks.In his closing remarks, Di Lillo explained that Latter-day Saint leaders have taughtthe importance of religious freedomfor as long as the Church has been established. I am sure we will all continue to embrace these principles, protect religious freedom for all, and work together towards a more tolerant society, he said.

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    Elder Andersen Presides at Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple Groundbreaking




    Each time I enter in the temple, I am touched by the fact that the Lord permits us to enter in His holy house to receive the blessings that we cannot receive in any other place on earth, said Sister Andersen. The exterior rendering of the Abidjan Cote dIvoire Temple, which was released in October 2018.While the 10 a.m. groundbreaking was an invitation-only event, the proceedings were broadcast to local meetinghouses. Also attending and speaking were Daniel Kablan Duncan, the nations vice president, and M. Mattias NGouan, mayor of Cocody.The Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple will be the sixth on the African continent. Three temples are currently operatingin Aba, Nigeria; Accra, Ghana; and Johannesburg, South Africa. The Abidjan Temple will join ones in Durban, South Africa, and Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, as the three temples under construction.She added: My dear brothers and sisters, you have made so many sacrifices to go to the temple and to return year after year. We are greatly strengthened by your faith and your devotion.Ivory Coast is home to nearly 44,000 Latter-day Saints, 14 stakes, 211 congregations, and three missions. Church members in Abidjan, the countrys largest urban center on the southern Atlantic coast, currently attend the Accra Ghana Temple, which requires a 12-hour one-way trip by car to reach. Sisters take over the shovels in the ceremonial groundbreaking the Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire Temple on November 8, 2018.Missionary work in Ivory Coast began just three decades ago, and the first meetinghouses were built in the late 1990s. In his April 2015 general conference address (the same conference as the aforementioned temple announcements), Elder Andersen highlighted a pair of the Churchs pioneer couples in the countryLucien and Agathe Affoue and Philippe and Annelies Assardwho separately had joined the Church in Europe before relocating in Ivory Coast in the 1980s and meeting and forming a Sunday School.The building of this temple means that the restored kingdom of God will be established here in Abidjan and throughout the Ivory Coast until the Savior returns to the earth and that there will be covenant people here to receive Him when he returns.An Apostles message and prayer and testimonies from a three-generation Latter-day Saint family highlighted the Thursday, November 8, groundbreaking ceremonies for the Abidjan Ivory Coast (Cte d'Ivoire) Temple.From Dorothe Anzoua, a daughter of the Assards: When I think of the Lord Jesus Christ and the wonderful gift He gave me by sacrificing Himself for me, I am infinitely grateful to Him. This feeling of love and gratitude strengthens and motivates me every day to make the right choice and to consult the Holy Spirit to guide and lead in my daily journey. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ that teaches me the truths about the plan of salvation and the eternal life promised to those who follow His way.The temple was one of three new templesalong with ones for Bangkok, Thailand, and Port-au-Prince, Haitiannounced by the late President Thomas S. Monson on April 5, 2015, during the Sunday morning session of general conference. The temple is being built near the Cocody Cte d'Ivoire Stake Center, and a rendering of the temples exterior was released last month.The Assards were married in her native Germany, where they joined the Church and were sealed in the Swiss Temple, later moving to his native Ivory Coast. In his remarks at the groundbreaking, Elder Andersen shared the testimonies of three generations of the Assard family.Today is a sacred day, a holy day, a day that will long be remembered in the records kept in heaven and by the Saints of God here in the Ivory Coast, said Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, who presided at the ceremony and offered his remarks and a dedicatory prayer in French, the official language of the West African nation of more than 24 million people.From Annelies Assard: With a grateful heart, I testify to you, dear brothers and sisters, that Jesus Christ is our Savior and our Messiah and that our Heavenly Father listens to the prayers of His Saints. We are in His true and living Church. Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Sister Kathy Andersen, and Elders Marcus B. Nash and Edward Dube of the Africa West Area Presidency join Primary children at the groundbreaking ceremonies of the Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire Temple on November 8, 2018. Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, with his wife, Sister Kathy Andersen, is joined by Elder Marcus B. Nash, Africa West Area President, and Ivory Coast leaders and dignitaries in breaking ground for the construction of the Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire Temple on November 8, 2018.Elder Andersen explained that the construction of the Abidjan Ivory Coast Templeestimated to take two yearswill involve the best materials and best work of craftsmen and construction crews. In short, he said, We will ask for near perfection in materials and labor.Citing teachings of Jesus Christ, the Apostle challenged the local Latter-day Saints to a similar task in their personal preparations.Let this be an example for us in our own lives. Let us devote ourselves during these months of construction to better shaping our character and souls to be ready to enter the dedicated temple. Let us be better husbands and wives, better children; let us be more true to following the Savior. Let us be honest in our tithes and offerings. Let us be kind and generous to those around us. Let us pray with humility and real intent.And from Marie-Emmanuelle Anzoua, a granddaughter almost 13 years old: The gospel and the Church are very important in my life because without them, I would not know our good Savior, who made so many sacrifices for us to become just and right. I am very [grateful] to belong to the Church of Jesus Christ because we have the restored truth. Our Eternal Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, have done so much for us that we cannot count it. So, obey His commandments, glorify Him, and sanctify Him. Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Sister Kathy Andersen help Primary children at the groundbreaking ceremonies of the Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire Temple on November 8, 2018.Another four temples have been announced but not yet startedin Harare, Zimbabwe; Nairobi, Kenya; Lagos, Nigeria; and Praia, Cape Verde. Two of the Churchs pioneering couples in Ivory Coastthe Assards and the Affixeswere featured in Elder Neil L. Andersens April 2015 general conference talk. From left, Annelies Assard, Philippe Assard, Lucien Affoue, and Agathe Affoue. Invited by Elder Neil L. Andersen to come closer to the ceremonial groundbreaking, missionaries gather at the future site of the the Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire Temple on November 8, 2018.Elder Andersen was joined by his wife, Sister Kathy Andersen, who also spoke in French during the ceremony, as well as Elder Marcus B. Nash, General Authority Seventy and Africa West Area President, and his wife, Sister Shelley Nash; and Elder Edward Dube, General Authority Seventy and First Counselor in the Africa West Area, and his wife, Sister Naume Dube.

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    Elder Hartman Rector Jr. Emeritus General Authority Seventy Dies at Age 94




    Elder Hartman Rector Jr.

    At the time of his return to the Navy, he and his wife and two young children moved to San Diego, California. While he was away on a 14-week training course in Hawaii, missionaries knocked on the door of his home and his wife began learning about the Church. After he returned from Hawaii she gave him a copy of the Book of Mormon and he began to read.Friends and family may visit on Friday, November 16, 2018, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Walker Sanderson Funeral Home, 646 East 800 North, in Orem, and prior to services at the meetinghouse on Saturday.While on an aircraft carrier headed to Japan, he read the standard works of the Church and said he was like a starving man who had found food and drink for the first time. I loved it.He married Constance Daniel on October 12, 1947, and together they have nine children. He studied at Murray State Teachers College and at the University of Southern California, enlisted in the Naval Reserve Aviation Cadet program in 1942, and became a naval aviator and was commissioned an ensign in 1945. Although he was released from active duty in 1947, just three years later, in 1950, Elder Rector returned to being a Navy pilot with the outbreak of the Korean War, and he remained on active duty until 1958.Funeral Services will be Saturday, November 17, 2018, 11:00 a.m. at the Cascade Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, located at 481 East Center Street, in Orem, Utah.Sustained to the First Council of the Seventy on April 6, 1968, at age 43, he served in that position until 1975. From October 3, 1975, to October 1, 1976, he served in the Presidency of the Seventy, at which point he was called to be a General Authority Seventy. He served in that calling until he was given emeritus status on October 1, 1994.I knew the book was true before I had finished 2 NephiNephi had converted one moreand began to attend church in the old Valencia Park Ward in San Diego, he said in his last general conference address in October 1994. Because of my preparation for deployment, I was not able to study and attend church as I wanted to and longed for the time when I could.Hartman Rector Jr. was born on August 20, 1924, in Moberly, Missouri, to Hartman Rector and Vivian Fay Garvin. Preceding him in death is his wife, Connie, who passed away in February 2015.I have found the gospel to be very simple but also very profound, he said in his final conference address. Once we have sufficient faith in the Lord Jesus Christ that we believe He has paid for our sins, then we will repent. And no one truly repents until they believe in Christ (Endure to the End in Charity, Oct. 1994 general conference).At the time of his call, he was the only General Authority who had been baptized as an adult.Interment will be in the Salt Lake City Cemetery. Condolences may be offered to the family online at www.walkersanderson.com.While traveling he was able to study with other Church members, and upon his arrival in Japan, he received permission to be baptizeddespite not meeting the requirement of the time to investigate the Church for one-years timeafter much persisting. He was baptized a member of the Church on February 26, 1952. His wife was baptized that same year on March 1, and upon his return the couple was sealed in the Mesa Arizona Temple in May 1953.Elder Hartman Rector Jr., convert to the Church, emeritus General Authority Seventy, and former member of the Presidency of the Seventy, passed away on November 6, 2018, in Orem, Utah. He was 94.Nearly two decades after his baptism, he was called by President David O. McKay to be a member of the First Council of the Seventy. At the time, he was the first convert to be called as a General Authority since John Morgan, who had been called 86 years previously.During his time as a General Authority, Elder Rector completed various assignments, including interim president of the Italy Rome Mission in 1969, the first mission president to preside over the Alabama Florida Mission from 1971 to 1972, mission president of the California San Diego Mission from 1977 to 1979, counselor in the Young Men General Presidency from 1986 to 1988, First Counselor in the Sunday School General Presidency from 1991 to 1992, and in the Area Presidencies of the North America Southwest Area, South America North Area, and North America Central Area. From October 1991 to August 1994, Elder Rector served as Assistant Executive Director of the Family History Department. He was also the managing director of the Genealogical Department from 1979 to 1988. He spoke in general conference seven times. (Browse his conference talks.)

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