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Elder Uchtdorf in Berlin: Walls and generations can't divide German saintsElder Dieter F. Uchtdorf returned to Berlin May 13-15 to meet with President Joachim Gauck, the former president of Germany, and to visit sites of historical significance with pioneering Latter-day Saints in the country.
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf visits with missionaries in Berlin, Germany, on May 14.
Sunday School general president tells Air Force graduates 'God will not leave us alone'Twenty four LDS candidates graduated from the United States Air Force Academy on Sunday, May 20, and heard remarks about the role and importance of revelation from Sunday School general president Brother Tad R. Callister.
Brother Tad R. Callister presents Cortney Porter (C1C) with a unit coin that reminds her to pray always.
Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone remembered as 'a man of Christ'Beloved General Authority and youth leader remembered Friday for his devotion to his family, the gospel and the Brethren.
The casket is brought from the Bountiful Regional Center following services for Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone in North Salt Lake on Friday, May 18, 2018.
Elder Dale G. Renlund returns to his 'other homeland'"I was humbled by the depth of the conversion of the Saints and missionaries in Sweden," Elder Renlund said of his visit to Sweden. "I saw a light in their eyes and felt deep commitment to the Savior in their hearts."
Elder Dale G. Renlund and his wife, Sister Ruth L. Renlund, visit with some of the apostle's cousins while in Sweden.
'There is room in this Church for everyone,' Elder Anthony D. Perkins tells BYU-Idaho studentsElder Anthony D. Perkins, a General Authority Seventy, spoke to BYU-Idaho students about becoming consecrated to the cause of Christ and that the Church is "more than just an institution."
Elder Anthony D. Perkins, General Authority Seventy, talks to students after the devotional on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.
In sharing the gospel, President Ballard reminds members in Australia to 'keep it simple'A look at President Ballard and Elder Stevensons' trip to Australia and New Zealand.
President M. Russell Ballard and Elder Gary E. Stevenson and other Church leaders greet members in Wellington on May 19, 2018.
Young Women general presidency: Programs and methods may change but never the commitment to eternal principles"Progression is an eternal principle. It is what God’s plan of happiness is all about; it is what we are all about," the Young Women general presidency taught after changes to youth initiatives were announced.
Young Women activities are fun.
Sister Kathy Andersen emphasizes the importance of following 'the watchman on the tower' Like Namaan, Church members today have received guidance and direction from a prophet, said Sister Kathy Andersen during BYU Women's Conference.
President Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, leave the Sunday morning session of the 188th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Sunday, April 1, 2018.
Trust in God — 'You'll be alright,' says LDS convert/new General Authority SeventyNewly-called Elder Mathias Held is an emblem of the Church's deepening global footprint.
Elder Mathias Held, General Authority Seventy, and his wife, Sister Irene Held, in Salt Lake City on Monday, April 2, 2018.
First Presidency, NAACP national leaders call for civility, talk possible future efforts togetherIn a unified global call for increased civility, harmony and respect, the First Presidency joined leaders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in pledging to explore ways to serve together and lift those in need.
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shakes hands with Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, right, during a press conference in Salt Lake City on Thursday, May 17, 2018.
'A higher and holier way': Relief Society general presidency shares more insight to the call to ministerSister Sharon Eubank, first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, and Sister Reyna I. Aburto, second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, speak during BYU Women's Conference on May 3.
Sister Sharon Eubank of the Relief Society general presidency meets with a woman during BYU Women's Conference on May 3.
New apostle Elder Gerrit W. Gong and his wife, Sister Susan L. Gong, speak during Women's Conference“Our covenants connect us to God and to each other,” Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles told participants of BYU Women’s Conference on May 4.
Elder Gerrit W. Gong, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the LDS Church, greets Mariama Olayemi, of Sierra Leone and now living in Salt Lake City, after Gong spoke at the BYU Women's Conference at the Marriott Center in Provo on Friday, May 4, 2018.
Church leader issues invitation to help LDS young adults overcome 'sense of emptiness and gloom'Elder Patrick Kearon of the Presidency of the Seventy invited young adults to commit to discover the transformative power of ministering during a worldwide devotional, broadcast from the BYU-Idaho Center in Rexburg, Idaho, on May 6.
Elder Patrick Kearon of the Presidency of the Seventy greets devotional attendees following the Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults held in the BYU-Idaho Center in Rexburg, Idaho, on May 6, 2018.
The Primary general presidency shares how to be a 'defender of Zion'The Primary general presidency — Sister Joy D. Jones, Sister Lisa L. Harkness, and Sister Cristina B. Franco — addressed participants about how individuals can be “defenders of Zion."
Women sit on the BYU campus during BYU Women's Conference on May 3.
Relief Society general president offers prayer at the White House during National Day of PrayerSister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society general president, asked God to help the United States become “a land of Good Samaritans” while offering a prayer in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 3 in honor of the National Day of Prayer.
President Donald Trump, right, shakes hands with Narayanachar Digalakote, priest at the Sri Siva Vishnu Temple in Lanham, Md., left, during a National Day of Prayer event in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 3, 2018. Sister Jean B. Bingham, general president of the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, looks on from center.
Why atheists (and everyone else) should support freedom of religionFreedom of religion or belief should be seen as a foundational freedom that sustains other critical freedoms and human rights and is fundamental to societal well-being, said Elder D. Todd Christofferson in a May 1 address in British Parliament.
Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during the All-Party Parliamentary Group meeting held at the United Kingdom Parliament on May 1.
'A vision for the future' — Elder Ronald A. Rasband visits the Europe AreaElder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles visits the Europe Area of the Church from April 11-22.
Elder Ronald A. Rasband and his wife, Sister Melanie Rasband, and Elder Paul V. Johnson and his wife, Sister Jill Johnson, visit a school in Praia, San Tiago, Cape Verde Islands.
This week on social: Elder Gerrit W. Gong and Elder Ulisses Soares post for the first time since initial posts as apostlesOn social media this week, Elders Gong and Soares posted for the first time since being called as apostles, while other apostles and Relief Society leaders shared insights from travels, addressed addictive technology and spoke about Mother's Day.
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf and his wife, Harriet, pose with members of the LDS Church in Eastern Europe.
'Our hearts have to be ready for the temple,' Elder Uchtdorf tells temple-anxious Russian saintsIn a late April series of meetings in Russia and Estonia, Elder Uchtdoft encourages Eastern Europeans to remain in their native lands and to prepare themselves for the announced temple for Russia.
A warmth was shared between Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Church members in Russia during his visits to Moscow and St. Petersburg in late April 2018.
How President Ballard has impacted the lives of Latter-day Saints throughout CanadaPresident M. Russell Ballard served as president of the Canadian Mission with his wife and their family from 1974-1977, but to the friends who gathered to see him at the Creditview Chapel in Ontario May 4, it seemed like yesterday.
President M. Russell Ballard greets Julia Sookhoo. She and her family joined the Church while President Ballard was president of the Canadian Mission. If the family missed Church, President Ballard phoned their home to make sure they were well.
Church leader shares how to develop spiritual resilience at BYU-Idaho devotionalElder Timothy J. Dyches, General Authority Seventy, spoke on how to develop spiritual resilience during a BYU-Idaho devotional held in the BYU-Idaho Center in Rexburg, Idaho, on May 8.
Elder Timothy J Dyches greets a student following a devotional held in the BYU-Idaho Center in Rexburg, Idaho, on May 8, 2018.
'We are going to start with the end in mind'Each stop on the tour had a significant tie to the temple. The prophet spoke of the ancient temple in Jerusalem; the announcement of a temples in Kenya, Zimbabwe, India and Thailand; or the blessings of the Church's historically significant temples.
President Russell M. Nelson and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, look over a possible temple site in Bengaluru, India, on Thursday, April 19, 2018. They are accompanied by Elder Randy D. Funk, General Authority Seventy, and Elder Robert K. William, an Area Seventy.
African Mormons still buzzing about President Nelson's visitAfrican Mormons are still talking about the visit of President Russell M. Nelson to their continent last month — and will be for years. He compared them to the pioneers who crossed the plains with Brigham Young in the 1800s.
A child runs outside the Rongai meetinghouse on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
From Mud Lake to Washington, D.C. — Hard work and integrity are hallmarks of new General Authority Seventy, Elder Jack GerardFrom Idaho farm boy to the president of an international corporation, new General Authority Seventy Elder Jack Gerard has tried to uphold the virtues of hard work and honesty.
Elder Jack N. Gerard, General Authority Seventy, and his wife Sister Claudette Neff Gerard, in Salt Lake City on Monday, April 2, 2018.
Elder Holland tells BYU graduates to 'Get out there and ... be a ray of light'Speaking to a capacity crowd in the Marriott Center on the BYU campus, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve addressed the 6,087 BYU graduates on Aptil 26.
BYU graduate Chanel Kostich, of Rolling Hills Estates, California, uses her cell phone while attending Brigham Young University's commencement ceremony in the Marriott Center on Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Provo. BYU is awarding nearly 6,300 degrees to graduates this week.
New mission presidents called to Colombia, Nigeria, Philippines and moreThe following eight new mission presidents and their wives have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin their service in July.
Patricia Z. and Juan C. Borja
An invitation for the youth from President Russell M. NelsonPresident Russell M. Nelson invites the youth of the Church to prepare for the upcoming devotional with him and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, to be held on June 3.
President Russell M. Nelson invites the youth of the Church to prepare for an upcoming devotional by reading the Book of Mormon every day before the event on June 3.
A memory 'we will never forget': Homestretch of President Nelson's tour includes 3 Asia stopsThe final leg of President Nelson’s world ministry tour included three countries in the Church’s Asia Area, home to half the world’s population. Meetings in Bengaluru, Bangkok, and Hong Kong each marked large gatherings of Latter-day Sai
President Russell M. Nelson — joined by his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Patricia Holland — waves goodbye after the devotional  in Hong Kong on Saturday, April 21, 2018.
Meet Elder Matthew L. Carpenter: ‘Your life will unfold in a beautiful pattern’Elder Matthew L. Carpenter, recently sustained General Authority Seventy, shares how the Spirit's guidance has helped him through his life.
Elder Matthew L. Carpenter, General Authority Seventy, and his wife, Sister Shelly B. Carpenter, in Salt Lake City on Monday, April 2, 2018.
Elder Steven R. Bangerter: A love for people of all faithsPracticing religious law has enabled Elder Steven R. Bangerter, newly called as a General Authority Seventy, to see and understand how people of all faiths desire to draw nearer to God.
Elder Steven R. Bangerter, General Authority Seventy, and his wife, Sister Susann A. Bangerter, in Salt Lake City on Monday, April 2, 2018.
London, Nairobi demonstrate cultural diversity of international Church during President Nelson's tourLondon and Nairobi were matching bookends for the Church by the end of the first week of President Russell M. Nelson's global tour.
Rashid Agesa, left, Fidel Martial and Ann Kerubo sing during a special devotional with President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Nairobi, Kenya, on Monday, April 16, 2018.
Prophetic pattern of ministeringPresident Nelson follows example set by past presidents of the Church. The following list, compiled by the LDS Church History Libary, details international travels of LDS Church presidents, beginning at the turn of the 20th Century.
Joseph F. Smith, Charles W. Nibley and A. William Lund pose in front of a train.
New apostles reflect growth, diversity of the ChurchReflecting the ever-increasing diversity of the Church, members worldwide sustained Elder Gerrit W. Gong and Elder Ulisses Soares to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles Saturday morning, March 31.
Elder Ulisses Soares and Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles chat before the start of the Saturday afternoon session of the 188th Annual General Conference of the LDS Church at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on March 31, 2018.
Meet the new Young Women general presidencyChurch members sustained a new Young Women general presidency during the 188th Annual General Conference held on March 31 — Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, president; Sister Michelle D. Craig, first counselor; and Sister Becky Craven, second counselor.
Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women general president, and her counselors, Sister Michelle D. Craig, left, first counselor; and Sister Rebecca Lyn Craven, second counselor, right.