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This week on social: Sister Eubank's thoughts on Typhoon Mangkhut and facing storms with confidenceFollowing an announcement of more details on the new youth initiative, and natural disasters around the world, Church leaders offered support and guidance through social media.
On the morning of Sept. 15, wind and rain pounded on Sister Eubank’s hotel room in Manila. Even from that distance, she felt the effects of Typhoon Mangkhut, which had descended on northern Luzon in the Philippines. She awoke early that morning to pray for those in the path of Mangkhut and Hurricane Florence, sharing a thought from Sister Grace Teh, the wife of Elder Michael John U. Teh.
Elder Bednar speaks in Mexico about the importance of applying the teachings of the SaviorElder Bednar traveled to central Mexico where he talked with members, leaders and missionaries about the importance of believing the Savior and personally applying His teachings.
Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shakes hands with members during his assignment to Mexico from Aug. 24 through Sept. 2, 2018.
Why Church leaders support medical marijuana but not Prop. 2Church calls on Utah Legislature to draft responsible medical marijuana laws to care for those in chronic pain.
Elder Jack Gerard, a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, center, speaks for a broad coalition of Utah community leaders at a press conference addressing Utah's medical marijuana ballot initiative during a press conference at the Utah State Office Building in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. Elder Gerard was joined by Sister Lisa Harkness, first counselor in the church's Primary general presidency, left, and Elder Craig Christensen, a General Authority Seventy with the church, right.
President Nelson visits British Columbia, shares priceless parenting advice During a devotional with 4,600 Latter-day Saints in British Columbia, President Russell M. Nelson directed his remarks to those teaching “precious children.”
Devin Roth holds his son Miles Roth as they wait to hear President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints speak at the Langley Events Center in Langley, British Columbia, on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018.
President Nelson shares 5 lessons 'life has taught me' with 49,000 in Safeco FieldFrom the heart of the Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington, President Russell M. Nelson shared the "lessons life has taught me" with 49,000 Church members — the largest non-sporting event ever held in the history of the iconic baseball stadium.
President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, speaks at Safeco Field in Seattle, Wash., on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018.
This week on social: What a plane ticket, a road trip and an errand teach about staying closer to GodSharing personal revelatory experiences, Church leaders posted about a variety of things they learned this week.
On Sept. 12, 2018, the Facebook page of Sister Michelle D. Craig, first counselor in the Young Women general presidency, posted about President Russell M. Nelson’s invitation for the youth to keep on the covenant path.
From Thailand to Zimbabwe: What President Nelson, Apostles have learned from their travelsThe prophet and members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles talk about what they've learned during their travels across the world.
Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and his wife, Sister Patricia Holland, are greeted and given flowers by Primary children in Bangkok, Thailand, on Friday, April 20, 2018.
Feeling discouraged, inadequate, overwhelmed? Sister Aburto has 17 suggestions to helpSister Aburto shares 17 pieces of advice to help students along their way.
Sister Reyna I. Aburto, of the Relief Society general presidency speaks, during a Salt Lake Institute devotional at the LDS Institute of Religion in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018.
Q&A: President Nelson, Elder Renlund on overcoming challenges and finding joy Following their historic visit to the Caribbean, President Nelson and Elder Renlund shared how joy can be found during times of trial.
President Russell M. Nelson enjoys an individual moment with a woman who attended the Sept. 1, 2018, member devotional in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Church leaders speak out against Utah's medical marijuana initiative on radio broadcastOn Sept. 12, Church General Authorities and a general auxiliary leader were invited to weigh in on KUER’s RadioWest about why the Church has joined a coalition opposing Utah’s medical marijuana ballot initiative.
FILE - LDS Church Office Building in Salt Lake City, Utah, July 18, 2008.
What Elder Cook and historians said about polygamy, seer stones and Church transparency during Nauvoo Face to FaceJoined by Church historians Kate Holbrook and Matt Grow in a worldwide “Face to Face” broadcast from Nauvoo, Illinois, Elder Quentin L. Cook answered significant questions from young adults about Church history on Sunday, Sept. 9.
A musical number is performed before Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles addresses young adults during a worldwide "Face to Face" broadcast on Sept, 9, 2018, focusing on the history of the Church. Also participating were Church historians Kate Holbrook and Matt Grow.
President Nelson turns 94 today — here are 31 unique photos to celebrate his lifeIn his 94 years of life, President Nelson has accomplished some remarkable things. Here are some of the numbers that have defined his life, work and service.
A family photo of President Russell M. Nelson on a swing.
See 12 classic photos of Elder Cook to celebrate his birthday todayOn Saturday, Sept. 8, Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles celebrates his 78th birthday.
At age 3, a young Quentin Cook stands between his parents, J. Vernon Cook and Bernice Kimball Cook in a family photo in the early 1940s. Not only was he born in Logan, but he grew up there, attending Logan High School and the city's Utah State University. He married high school sweetheart Mary Gaddie in the Logan Utah Temple on Nov. 30, 1962.
Church invites members to pray for those affected by suicideChurch leaders invited members to join other faith communities in praying for those whose lives have been touched by suicide — including those struggling with suicidal behavior or mental illness.
Elder LeGrand R. Curtis Jr. of the Seventy joined other faith leaders at the Utah State Capitol Friday, September 7, 2018, to promote the weekend of prayer and continue the Church’s participation in Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert’s Teen Suicide Prevention Task Force.
This week on social: Pleas from Church leaders on suicide prevention, how to face the future with hopeThis week, Church leaders' social media accounts offered words of encouragement to those who are struggling with hopelessness and other negative feelings, and gave personal experiences of times they have felt the same.
In a screenshot from Elder Ronald A. Rasband's Instagram account, people are encouraged to "follow the Savior’s example by reaching out to those around us who may be experiencing pain, loneliness, and despair." September is National Suicide Prevention Month.
The power of narrative: 'Saints' series brings a whole new perspective to Church history“So many things have been taken out of context and seen as in a minuscule way,” Elder Cook said, “and this now allows a complete picture that we think will bless the lives of the rising generation and our generation."
Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles looks over "Saints: The Story of The Church of Jesus Christ in the Latter Days" in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018.
3 easy things that you can do to get the most out of Sunday School each weekThe Sunday School general presidency responds to the question: "What can members do to prepare for Sunday School each week?"
A woman makes a comment during a Sunday Relief Society class.
President Nelson delivers historic message to Dominican Latter-day Saints in Spanish Speaking in Spanish, the 93-year-old Church leader testifies to Caribbean members of the importance of observing the Sabbath, paying tithes and worshipping in the temple.
President Russell M. Nelson greets a little boy following Sept. 1, 2018, member devotional in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles is at left.
This week on social: Elder Soares shares a photo mosaic of Christ, 4 phrases about the Atonement from Elder GongLeaders from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints used social media this week to remind their followers of the important role that Christ and his atoning sacrifice can play in the lives of His followers.
Screenshot of the photo posted to Elder Ulisses Soares' Instagram account.
A reunion of friends: Newest Apostle returns to Brazil for first official visit since his call to the TwelveBrazilian members had a chance to welcome home Elder Ulisses Soares in his first official visit to Brazil as an Apostle of Jesus Christ when President M. Russell Ballard and Elder Soares arrived in Sao Paulo on Aug. 24.
Elder Ulisses Soares visits with members in his native Brazil. Traveling with President M. Russell Balllard, Elder Soares returned to Brazil when he arrived in Sao Paulo on Aug. 24, 2018.
President Oaks talks Church history, LGBT issues, mental illness During a devotional held in the Los Angeles California Santa Monica Stake Center, President Dallin H. Oaks answered important questions raised by young married couples “on the frontline of what is vitally important to the Church.”
President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, greets members of a capacity congregation of young married couples from nine stakes in the Los Angeles area before a devotional, held in the Los Angeles California Santa Monica Stake Center on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018.
President Nelson bears witness of Jesus Christ in new videoThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released a new video of President Russell M. Nelson testifying of the Savior, Jesus Christ.
President Russell M. Nelson at the BYU Jerusalem Center in Jerusalem on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
Why is wheat so important to Relief Society? Sister Sharon Eubank shares her insights in this LDS.org blog postDo you know what the wheat on the Relief Society logo represents? Sister Eubank shared the crop's symbolism and history in an LDS.org blog post on Aug. 17.
Sister Sharon Eubank, first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, enjoys taking ambassadors and other international visitors to Welfare Square. One of her favorite places to stop on the tour is in front of the tall white grain elevators.
'Enticement' goes both ways, Primary general president says at BYU Education WeekSpeaking to thousands of people gathered in the Marriott Center on the University’s campus on Aug 21, Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary general president, said to use "enticements" as a catalyst for spiritual growth.
Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary general president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sits with her husband, Robert B. Jones, before speaking during BYU Education Week in Provo on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018.
Why President Nelson, Elder Andersen visited Canada and what it meant to Church membersAn in-depth look at President Nelson's recent visit to Canada and the messages he shared with Latter-day Saint members in the area.
A cityscape of Winnipeg, Manitoba, where President Russell M. Nelson stopped during a three-day trip to central and eastern Canada Aug. 17-19.
We're not changing — we're correcting the name of the Church, says President NelsonPresident Nelson made his first public comments on the name of the Church during a devotional in Montreal, Canada.
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, await the start of the Aug. 18, 2018, devotional in the Palais des congrès de Montréal auditorium in Montreal.
President Nelson speaks about using full, proper name of the Church during visit to CanadaSpeaking of his recent call to identify The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by its full, formal name, rather than nicknames and abbreviations, President Nelson said the direction does not constitute a name change but rather a course corre
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, enter the Palais des congrès de Montréal auditorium prior to the start of the Aug. 18, 2018, devotional in Montreal.
This Week on Social: Elder Andersen talks about traveling with President Nelson, Elder Bednar on receiving revelationThe social media accounts of Church leaders have been recently updated with messages about resurrection and learning from the Prophet.
A screenshot from the Instagram account of Elder Neil L. Andersen.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints releases statement on name of organizationThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued an important statement from President Russell M. Nelson on Aug. 16 regarding the name of the Church.
A meetinghouse for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City.
Here are 6 reasons to call The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by its full nameOn Aug. 16, the Church released a statement from President Russell M. Nelson regarding the correct usage of the name of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is a subject that has come up repeatedly for several years.
The Salt Lake Temple reflects in the reflection pool in Salt Lake City on Jan. 3, 2018.
'How is your heart?' Elder Brent H. Nielson encourages grads to assess and improveSpeaking to the 2095 graduates and their supporters in the Marriott Center on the BYU campus, Elder Brent H. Nielson reminded listeners that no matter their current situation, their future is very bright.
Professor Alex Woods celebrates his wife Aubrey's master degree with their sons George and John during Brigham Young University summer commencement in Provo on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018.
'Mormon' is out — Church releases statement on name of organizationThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a statement from President Russell M. Nelson on Aug. 16 regarding the name of the Church.
Church meetinghouse
Japanese youth meet Face to Face with an Apostle in their own languageYouth in Japan received a special gift from Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles during the first regional Face to Face broadcast in their country on Aug. 15 — the apostle spoke entirely in Japanese.
Youth in Japan listen during a Face to Face event with Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Lesa Stevenson, on Aug. 14.
What does it really mean to sustain Church leaders? Here's what the Apostles sayAs a concluding element of the Church News series about the Apostleship, several members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke of what it means to be sustained by their fellow Latter-day Saints.
President M. Russell Ballard, acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, waves as he leaves the Saturday afternoon session of the LDS Church's 188th Annual General Conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday, March 31, 2018. Behind are Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife Sister Patricia T. Holland.
Perfection, self-worth, technology and other topics addressed during the first Face to Face in AsiaIn an area of the world with more than one million Church members, the event, held in the Manila Missionary Training Center, brought youth together in the Philippines — as well throughout the entire Asia Area via live broadcast.
Youth in the Philippines participate in the Face to Face event on Aug. 11, 2018, with Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Lesa Stevenson.
We are family: Over 500 descendants of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith gather for one epic reunionReflecting on the life and sacrifice of the Prophet Joseph and members of his family, President M. Russell Ballard reminded their descendants that it is during times of trial that they can draw closer to God the Father and His son.
President M. Russell Ballard, a great-great-grandson of Hyrum Smith and Anina Mackay Luff, a great-great-granddaughter of Joseph Smith participate in a Smith family reunion, held in Salt Lake City on Aug. 4, 2018.