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What a remarkable story of forgiveness taught Elder Renlund about Christlike attributes In teaching about developing Christlike attributes, Elder and Sister Renlund's most poignant examples came from describing influences from his mission to Sweden 40-plus years ago and from the wives of his two former mission presidents.
Elder Dale G. Renlund and his wife, Sister Ruth Renlund, speak during the 2018 Mission Leadership Seminar at the Provo Missionary Training Center on June 24-26.
'You don't have to ask again': Sister Becky Craven shares how she came to a testimony of the Book of MormonWhen Sister Becky Craven, second counselor in the new general Young Women presidency, considers the Church's Young Women program, she sees the past, the present and the future.
Sister Becky Craven, second counselor in the general Young Women presidency, and her husband, Brother Ronald L. Craven, in Salt Lake City on Monday, April 2, 2018.
This Pioneer Day, honor pioneers of 'every nation, kindred and tongue,' says Elder GongThe service-driven legacy of the Mormon Pioneers lives on in all who offering helping hands and warm smiles to others.
Elder Gerrit W. Gong introduces himself to 10-year-old Miriam Hurd prior to the July 16, 2018, devotional at This Is the Place Heritage Park.
Sister Craig talks her hardest high school moments, gaining confidence and being a believer“The young women of the Church are capable and needed,” said Sister Michelle D. Craig, first counselor in the Young Women general presidency. "I am excited to work side-by-side with them.”
Sister Michelle D. Craig, first counselor in the Young Women general presidency, and her husband, Brother E. Boyd Craig.
How an embarrassing moment, learning Portuguese and serving a mission taught Sister Cordon that she could do hard thingsToday’s young women are being asked to step up and move the work of the Lord forward, Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women general president, said, adding "and we can do it."
Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women general president, in Salt Lake City on Monday, April 2, 2018.
President Ballard gives 7 steps to get the ball rolling on your missionary workTaking moments to turn back the clock, President M. Russell Ballard, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, drew upon his experiences and those of his ancestors as he spoke at the 2018 Mission Leadership Seminar.
President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, speaks during the 2018 Mission Leadership Seminar at the Provo Missionary Training Center on June 24-26.
Elder Uchtdorf has historic visit with German chancellor, spreads message of loveWhen Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles met with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany on July 6, it marked the first time a senior Church leader had met with a chancellor of that European nation.
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany, July 6, 2018.
How the Twelve Apostles and 65,000 missionaries are fulfilling prophecyMembers of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles relish time spent meeting with missionaries around the globe and talk about their sacred duties.
Then-President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency and Provo Utah MTC President Lon Nally visit with missionaries who will serve in Germany; from left, Elders Ryan Short and Brigham Gallacher, Sisters Alexis Sanders, Emily Miller and Erin Clegg. President Uchtdorf delivered the Easter address at the MTC on Sunday, April 20, 2014.
President Eyring shares the best way to replace self-doubt with confidenceOnly the Father, His Beloved Son, and the Holy Ghost can provide the assurance Latter-day Saints need to go forward boldly in their service, said President Henry B. Eyring on June 26 during the Mission Leadership Seminar.
President Henry B. Eyring speaks with Sister Kristen Oaks, Sister Wendy Nelson and President Russell M. Nelson at the Provo Missionary Training Center in Provo.
Young Men general presidency asks youth to put on armor of God, claim spiritual blessingsThe Young Men general presidency and board invite all of the youth worldwide to lay claim to the blessings, power and promises of the Lord through His prophet, President Russell M. Nelson.
During the 2018 Youth Worldwide Devotional, President Russell M. Nelson invited youth to "Stand out. Be different. Be a light. Give to a friend one copy of the booklet 'For the Strength of Youth.'"
Elder Bednar teaches 5 lessons on the spirit of revelation, how it operates in the work of the LordReceiving, recognizing and responding to revelations from God are spiritual gifts for which Latter-day Saints should yearn and appropriately seek, said Elder David A Bednar during the 2018 Mission Leadership Seminar on June 26.
A mission president and his companion greet missionaries at the Provo Missionary Training Center during the 2018 Mission Leadership Seminar on June 24-26.
Elder Holland honors President McKay with phrase, 'What e'er thou art, act well thy part' in ScotlandOn July 5, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland presented a Scottish museum with the exact replica of an artifact that had great significance to President David O. McKay.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland presented a Scottish museum with the exact replica of an artefact that became linked with Scotland’s religious history. The event was held in Stirling, Scotland, home of the iconic Stirling Castle.
Why missionaries should own their gospel scholarshipEffective teaching draws from rich gospel knowledge combined with the guidance of the Spirit in both preparation and delivery, teach Elder and Sister Christofferson at the 2018 Mission Leadership Seminar.
Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles addresses new mission presidents and their companions during the 2018 Mission Leadership Seminar on June 24, 2018.
What the Amazon River and members of the LDS Church have in commonTurning to the geography of his native Brazil, Elder Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles likened the two separate rivers forming the Amazon River as a similitude of blending new converts to the Church with existing ward members.
The Diniz family — parents Antonio Carlos de Oliveira Diniz and Margarete Torrente Diniz and their sons Vitor and Henrique — are joined by Elder Ulisses Soares, then a stake president, and Sister Rosana Fernandez Soares (second from right) on the day of their sealing in 1997 outside the Sao Paulo Brazil Temple.
Elder Andersen teaches that when repentance is more than a checkbox, baptisms will increaseTeaching repentance today is more important than ever, as the ways of the world increasingly diverge from the commandments of God, said Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “Repentance is not the back-up plan, it is the plan
Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during the Mission Leadership Seminar at the Provo Missionary Training Center on June 25, 2018.
President Oaks says Joseph Smith inspired Christian doctrine in these 10 waysWith the relationship of knowledge and testimony of Joseph Smith vital to missionary work, President Dallin H. Oaks detailed the Prophet's doctrinal contributions as well as his life and legal challenges in the hopes of strengthening understanding.
President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, speaks at the 2018 Mission Leadership Seminar on June 25, 2018.
The Primary general presidency shares the best way to jump-start your child's relationship with GodPrayer is the key to a life-long relationship with Heavenly Father. It opens up a spiritual line of communication that is essential, comforting and eternal.
Parents have the responsibility to help their children understand and incorporate the basic steps of prayer.
'Sacred times' — Elders Gong, Soares speak of first months as new apostlesWith three months of experience as the newest members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and the remainder of their lives still to serve, Elders Gerrit W. Gong and Ulisses Soares paused to share perspectives and the impacts of their new callings.
Elder Ulisses Soares and Elder Gerrit W. Gong answer questions during an interview in the North Visitors Center on Temple Square in Salt Lake City on Thursday, June 28, 2018.
New mission leaders prepare to take off from 'Missionary Training Center launch pad'A new name. A shortened schedule. And all sorts of new looks, updates and extended invovlement from the senior Brethren. Such was the 2018 Mission Leadership Seminar, which ran Sunday through Thursday, June 24-26, at the Provo MTC.
President Dallin H. Oaks of the First Presidency and his wife, Sister Kristen Oaks, greet new mission presidents and their wives during the Mission Leadership Seminar held in the Provo MTC June 24-26.
Elder and Sister Holland identify the most important figure in the Book of MormonMissionaries should cherish and use the Book of Mormon above all other proselyting tools God has given them, said Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and Sister Patricia Holland on June 25.
Numerous Church leaders, including Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and his wife, Sister Patricia Holland, spoke during the 2018 Mission Leadership Seminar.
'Watch for the miracles': Sister Joy Jones talks angels, temples and preparing for ordinancesPrimary general president Sister Joy D. Jones spoke on watching for miracles, angels and the importance of temples during two devotionals while in Manti on June 20 and 21.
Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary general president, speaks to performers in the Mormon Miracle Pageant in Manti, Utah at their pre-show devotional on June 20.
Elder Cook shares the 4 relationships that will make your mission Missionaries should embrace the “four loves of missionary work” and love their companions, the people where they are called to serve, their mission president and his wife, and the Lord Jesus Christ, said Elder Quentin L. Cook on Sunday, June 2
Missionaries sing a hymn during an MTC devotional address by Elder Quentin L. Cook held as part of the 2018 Mission Leadership Seminar on Sunday, June 24, 2018, which was broadcast around the world to the Church’s 14 missionary training centers.
Elder W. Mack Lawrence, emeritus General Authority Seventy, dies at age 91Elder W. Mack Lawrence, an emeritus General Authority Seventy, died on June 25, 2018, in his home in Salt Lake City at the age of 91.
Elder W. Mack Lawrence
Elder Uchtdorf hits 'bullseye' during mission presidents seminarThe interconnected teachings of God's two great commandments and the great commission to "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them..." are the bullseye for mission presidents and companions, said Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf.
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf and his wife, Sister Harriet Uchtdorf, address new mission presidents and their wives during the 2018 Mission Leadership Seminar held in the Provo MTC June 24-26.
President Nelson shares hopes, counsel at 2018 New Mission Leadership SeminarPresident Russell M. Nelson shares hopes with new mission leaders: “I have fond hopes for your marriages, your families, your missionaries, your local leaders and members who will look up to you," he said June 24.
Sister Wendy Nelson and President Russell M. Nelson greet Sister Elizabeth Appianti-Sarpong and President Patrick Appianti-Sarpong, who will serve in the Nigeria Ibadan Mission, during the 2018 Mission Leadership Seminar on Sunday, June 24, 2018.
Inside the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: What it's like to be a prophet, seer and revelatorThis week, as part of a Church News series of articles on the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, each member of the Quorum shares one thought or experience that is representative of his apostolic calling:
President Russell M. Nelson hugs Elder Ulisses Soares, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, left, while President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, hugs Elder Gerrit W. Gong, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, at the conclusion of the Saturday morning session of the 188th Annual General Conference at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on March 31, 2018. Elder Soares and Elder Gong were called as apostles during the Saturday morning session.
Elder Takashi Wada shares his conversion story to the LDS faith after growing up BuddhistAfter meeting the missionaries at age 15, Takashi Wada followed a path of faith that led to his education at Brigham Young University, a career in Church employment, service as a mission president and now General Authority.
Elder Takashi Wada, General Authority Seventy, and his wife, Sister Naomi Ueno Wada.
University of Utah honors President Nelson and Dantzel Nelson with endowed chair in surgeryPresident Russell M. Nelson and his late wife, Sister Dantzel W. Nelson, have been honored by the University of Utah for years of work and support in the field of cardiothoracic surgery.
Dr. Craig H. Selzman, a heart surgery professor in the University of Utah’s School of Medicine, sits for a photo with President Russell M. Nelson. Dr. Selzman is the recipient of the Dr. Russell M. Nelson and Dantzel W. Nelson Presidential Endowed Chair in Cardiothoracic Surgery, which was announced on Friday, June 15, 2018.
President Nelson asks LDS members to gather Israel, believe in Book of Mormon From their front-row seats on the rostrum as Area Seventies, Elders G. Lawrence Spackman and James E. Evanson personally witnessed the influence and impact of President Russell M. Nelson with Saints in the Canadian province of Alberta.
President Russell M. Nelson with his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, at his side, waves to members following a devotional on June 10, 2018, in Raymond, Alberta. Elder Ronald A. Rasband and his wife, Sister Melanie Rasband, are at left.
These 3 experiences were life-changing for this Church leaderElder Villar can point to three life-shaping experiences in his first year after becoming acquainted with the Church — a witness of the Book of Mormon, a confirmation that God knows each individual and the importance of a simple testimony.
Elder Juan Pablo Villar, General Authority Seventy, and his wife, Sister Carola Cristina Barrios Villar, in Salt Lake City on Monday, April 2, 2018.
What you didn't know about the fathers who raised the First Presidency For the three members of the First Presidency — President Russell M. Nelson, President Dallin H. Oaks, and President Henry B. Eyring — family life growing up as a boy looked a little different from one another.
Nelson family portrait taken in 1935: seated: Enid, Russell and Robert Nelson: standing: Marion, Marjory and Edna Nelson.
Inside the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: What President Ballard has learned in over 40 years of serviceWhen asked to describe the apostle’s sacred, ancient charge, President M. Russell Ballard cites Doctrine and Covenants 107, where members of the Twelve are defined as “special witnesses” of the Savior.
President M. Russell Ballard, acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints works in his office in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.
Elder Cook teaches that Church history doesn't have to be misunderstood — it can strengthen faithBy studying the lives of imperfect people, members of the Church can see how God helps them through their own weaknesses.
Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles waves after a BYU-Idaho devotional on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.
President Monson's revisit to a sacred site in GermanyOn a hillside overlooking Dresden, President Thomas S. Monson spoke to a small group about the day in 1975 that he offered a prayer on the German Democratic Republic. I was privileged to be among that group.
A photo taken on Aug. 26, 1995, shows President Thomas S. Monson walking from site where years earlier he offered a prayer upon the land of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany).
New 'Kirtlands' emerging in Asia, says Elder David A. BednarElder David A. Bednar's recent tour of four burgeoning Latter-day Saint nations — Mongolia, Cambodia, Hong Kong and India — confirms the promise of the Church in Asia.
Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Susan R. Bednar, meet with members in India.
'Dawning of a new day': How the Church in West Africa has grown to 300,000 members in 40 yearsElder Neil L. Andersen and Elder Ulisses Soares, both of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and Bishop W. Christopher Waddell of the Presiding Bishopric visited four countries in the Africa West Area.
Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles visits with members during his visit to the Africa West Area of the Church.
President Ballard: 'Preserved religious liberty is essential'Religious voices are being pushed out of the public square so there is no voice calling attention to the Lord’s commandments of decency, family duty, moral obligations, personal responsibility, and integrity, said President M. Russell Ballard.
President M. Russell Ballard with Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington.
Sunday School and Young Men leaders visit South Africa, discuss changes to curriculum and programsIn a recent visit to South Africa, Douglas D. Holmes, first counselor in the Young Men General Presidency and Devin G. Durrant, first counselor in the Sunday School General Presidency, discussed changes to youth programs and Sunday school curriculum.
Brother Devin G. Durrant meets with members at the Roodepoort South Africa Stake Center in Johannesburg.
1978 revelation on priesthood brought immediate success in Brazil, Elder Soares saysMissionary work in the apostle's home country of Brazil was forever changed by historic moment in 1978.
Elder Ulisses Soares, second row far left, was serving a mission in Rio de Janeiro when the 1978 revelation was announced, forever changing the Church in Brazil.
Elder Holland shares 'The Family: A Proclamation' with congress in ArgentinaAddressing Argentine Congress in the capital city of Buenos Aires, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland emphasized the importance of families as the foundation of society.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland shakes hands with Dr. Ursula Basset of the Pontifical Argentine Catholic University. Elder Holland spoke to members of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies in Argentina May 31, 2018.