During the week of Oct. 16 through Oct. 22, President Russell M. Nelson spoke to Church members in Canada. Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles rededicated the Hamilton New Zealand Temple. Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke to Romanian Church members about the importance of covenants.
Elder Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles counseled young single adults. The Young Men general presidency, including President Steven J. Lund and his counselors Brother Ahmad S. Corbitt and Brother Bradley R. Wilcox, were featured on the Church News podcast to discuss the new “For the Strength of Youth” guide. Relief Society General President Camille N. Johnson spoke to the J. Reuben Clark Law Society.
Sister Kristin M. Yee of the Relief Society general presidency spoke at a BYU–Pathway devotional about trusting in the Lord. The Sunday School general presidency shared how “Come Follow Me” is impacting Church members’ relationships with the scriptures. The Kyiv Ukraine Temple was reopened, groundbreaking dates were set for four temples, a new video on the Washington D.C. Temple was released and pictures inside the Belém Brazil Temple were published.
Read summaries of these nine articles below.
1. President Nelson speaks to Latter-day Saints in Canada
Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ offer all a divine birthright and the potential of eternal life, said President Russell M. Nelson in a message broadcast Sunday, Oct. 16, to 125,000 Latter-day Saints in Alberta and British Columbia.
President Nelson, leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, intended to deliver his message from southern Alberta. But a mistake by an airline company prevented him and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson — who has deep Canadian roots — from making the trip; they instead broadcast their talks from Church headquarters in Salt Lake City.
2. Elder Uchtdorf rededicates the Hamilton New Zealand Temple
After an absence of more than four years, a dedicated temple of the Lord is once again operating in New Zealand, providing attending members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints here the blessings of ordinances and covenants for themselves and their kindred dead.
On a bright and sunny Sunday, Oct. 16, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles rededicated the Hamilton New Zealand Temple, following its closure in 2018 for extensive renovations and refurbishing. Built from the exhausting efforts of labor missionaries in the 1950s, the New Zealand Temple — as it was known then — was originally dedicated on April 20, 1958, by President David O. McKay.
3. Elder Bednar shares how covenants will change the lives of the Romanian people
Speaking to friends and visitors who came to the meeting and are not members of the Church, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles outlined how the doctrine, authority, and ordinances and covenants have been restored on earth again. As God spoke to His servants in the Old Testament and New Testament, He speaks now.
Elder Bednar invited them to learn more and prepare to be changed in remarkable ways.
4. Elder Soares offers counsel, blessing in response to young single adults’ heartfelt questions
Elder Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles — with the help of his wife, Sister Rosana Soares, and other invited guests — answered questions submitted by young adults during a devotional held at the Jordan Institute of Religion.
Young adults expressed concern about a variety of topics, including decision making, resisting temptation, standing up to opposition and preparing to serve a mission.
5. ‘For the Strength of Youth’ guide — Young Men general presidency on the Church News podcast
This episode of the Church News podcast features the Church’s Young Men general presidency, President Steven J. Lund and his counselors, Brother Ahmad S. Corbitt and Brother Bradley R. Wilcox. The presidency talks about the new guide, Latter-day Saint For the Strength of the Youth conferences, and the Church’s 2023 youth theme, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
The new “For the Strength of Youth” guide, subtitled “A Guide for Making Choices,” focuses on gospel principles, agency and inspiration. It is available at Youth.ChurchofJesusChrist.org and in the Youth section of Gospel Library.
6. Advocate in the Savior’s way, President Johnson tells BYU law society
Speaking to members of the law society and their spouses and friends gathered in the Relief Society Building on Temple Square Tuesday, Oct. 18, President Johnson said, “The way we go about accomplishing our work must be different from the world because of who we are and who we have covenanted to be.”
Prior to serving as Primary general president and now Relief Society general president, President Johnson was president of Snow Christensen & Martineau law firm in Salt Lake City. She practiced law for nearly 30 years, engaged primarily as a litigator.
7. Sister Yee at BYU-Pathway devotional about the need to trust in the Lord
Sister Kristin M. Yee worked for close to 13 years as an artist and producer at Disney Interactive Studios. One day as she pushed the elevator button at work, she felt impressed that it was no longer where she was supposed to be.
Sister Yee shared her own educational journey, including her decision to leave her career at Disney, to emphasize the need for students to deepen trust in God and a relationship with Him. “I’ve learned from personal experience that there is usually never a good time to go to school but it is always a good time to trust in the Lord,” Sister Yee said.
8. The Sunday School presidency asked Church members how ‘Come, Follow Me’ is helping them have ‘transformational’ experiences with the scriptures
The Sunday School general presidency expressed its gratitude and appreciation for the humility and diligence of Latter-day Saints as they willingly continue to follow the teachings of Church leaders in making home-centered scripture study a foundational part of gospel learning in their lives.
9. Church reopens Kyiv Ukraine Temple, and 4 temple groundbreakings are announced
“Earlier this year, the Kyiv temple was temporarily closed. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has carefully evaluated the current circumstances and decided to resume — on a limited basis — the sacred religious ceremonies in the temple,” said Church spokeswoman Irene Caso in a statement released Sunday, Oct. 16.
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced groundbreaking dates for four temples including the Miraflores Guatemala City Guatemala Temple, Managua Nicaragua Temple, Querétaro Mexico Temple and Torreón Mexico Temple.