During the week of January 22-28, the second video in a Church News video series entitled “Five Years of Leadership” featured President Russell M. Nelson. Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles held his second live Q&A on Instagram. Church leaders testified to students at a BYU Hawaii devotional of the importance and power of making covenants with God.
Youth are invited to participate in a worldwide devotional with Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Steven J. Lund, Young Men president, spoke at the Provo Missionary Training Center. The Church reviewed the renovation of the Salt Lake Temple and Temple Square, which recently completed its third year of projects and progress.
The Anchorage Alaska Temple is being reconstructed and relocated. Elder Clark G. Gilbert, Church Education Officer, highlighted five prophetic themes during the January 27 annual seminary and religious institute training session. In the latest Church News podcast, Matt Heiss of the Church History Department spoke about collecting, preserving, and sharing records.
Read the summaries and find links to these nine articles below.
1. Video: Favorite Moments from Church President Nelson’s 5 Year Ministry, Part 2
This second video in a Church News video series entitled “Five Years of Leadership” shows President Nelson speaking with the NAACP and Rev. Amos Brown and reflecting on the two temple dedications he attended in Washington, DC Sister Wendy Nelson to speak about the prayer and Christlike love shown through the church’s response to COVID-19.
2. Questions and Answers by Elder Bednar on Instagram
Elder Bednar delivered his second live Q&A on Instagram on Tuesday, January 24, answering questions from social media followers and sharing his testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ.
Modeled on his first Instagram question-and-answer session, Elder Bednar spoke from his office in the Church Administration Building in Salt Lake City to thousands of people who tuned in live.
3. Church leaders testify to BYU Hawaii students the importance and power of making covenants with God
The weekly devotional at the Coastal University campus in Laie, Hawaii, on Tuesday, January 24, was attended by members of the Church Educational System Executive Committee—including Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; Camille N. Johnson, Relief Society general president; Elder Clark G. Gilbert, General Authority Seventy and Church Educational Officer; and Elder Paul V. Johnson of the Presidency of the Seventy.
4. Youth invited to upcoming worldwide devotional with Elder Gong on “doing all things through Christ”
Youth are invited to attend an upcoming devotional with Elder Gong, according to a November 2022 release to ward and stake youth leaders.
On Sunday, January 22, thousands of youth in the Salt Lake City area participated in the recording of the worldwide devotional with Elder Gong at the Temple Square Conference Center.
5. “The shortest and surest path to happiness” is through the covenant path, President Lund tells MTC missionaries
President Lund shared anecdotes of President Nelson’s cheerful response to unplanned moments and addressed missionaries at the Provo Missionary Training Center on Tuesday, January 24. His wife, Sister Kalleen Lund, and Brother Bradley R. Wilcox, Second Counselor on the General Staff of the Young Men Presidency, both also made brief remarks, all of which focused on finding happiness in Christ despite unplanned moments.
6. Salt Lake Temple and Temple Square Renovation: Review of 2022 Progress and Projection of 2023 Efforts
The latest update on the multi-year renovation project — linked to a Wednesday, January 25 post on ChurchofJesusChrist.org — also included photos from this month’s work and links to a video that gives a full explanation of the Salt Lake Temple renovation and contains a long detail on TempleSquare.org of the processes and projects.
7. Plans for the Anchorage Alaska Temple—resize, rebuild, and relocation
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced future rebuilding and relocation of the Anchorage Alaska Temple. The significantly larger temple will be built on the same site—but relocated to where a meetinghouse currently in use now stands.
And during construction, which is expected to begin in early 2024 and be completed by the summer of 2026, the existing Alaska Anchorage Temple will remain open and operational.
8. The Church Education Officer shares 5 prophetic focus areas for teaching
Elder Clark G. Gilbert, General Authority Seventy and Church Education commissioner, in a speech broadcast during the annual religious seminaries and institutes training Jan. 27, highlighted five prophetic themes he encourages educators to include in their curriculum and in the way you should use it to teach and mentor students.
9. The latest Church News podcast reports on the collecting, preserving, and sharing of records by Matt Heiss of the Church History Department
Matt Heiss is the Global Assistance and Training Manager for the Church History Library in the seven areas of the Church in Europe and Africa. He is the guest on this episode of the Church News podcast. Since 1987, Heiss has worked with the Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to acquire, administer, and train others in Church history collection.