- Russell M Nelson: Who is the new Mormon president? Will he reform Church of Latter-day Saints? (Independent - UK)
Russell M Nelson has been named as the new president of the Mormon Church following the death of Thomas S Monson, who led the religion for nearly a decade.
- Mormons: What does the powerful religious group actually believe? (Independent - UK)
On Sunday, in the Salt Lake Temple, Utah, “in a sweet, sacred experience in which the Lord’s will was clearly manifested” – according to the later announcement – the “Quorum of the Twelve Apostles” laid hands on Russell M Nelson and ordained him the new leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, (aka the Mormons).
- ‘I love and support the First Presidency,’ apostle Uchtdorf assures Mormons after his removal as counselor (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
LDS apostle Dieter F. Uchtdorf wants Mormons to know he’s “just fine.”
He took to social media Wednesday to assure members of that sentiment after reading so many posts bemoaning his removal from the LDS Church’s new governing First Presidency.
“I love and support the First Presidency,” the popular German wrote on Facebook, “and I am thrilled to again more closely associate with the other members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.”
- LDS Church postpones scheduled 'Face to Face' with President Russell M. Nelson (LDS Church News)
The scheduled "Face to Face" event with President Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Sister Wendy W. Nelson, has been postponed due to the recent passing of President Thomas S. Monson, according to a notice posted on LDS.org. Originally scheduled for Feb. 3, the event will be rescheduled later in 2018.
- President Oaks shares the two most important duties of missionary work with MTC presidents (LDS Church News)
Teaching repentance and baptizing converts is the fundamental duty of those involved in missionary work, and other endeavors must not divert attention from it, Elder Dallin H. Oaks admonished Jan. 11.
Speaking at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Salt Lake City, Elder Oaks spoke to a group of new missionary training center and visitors’ center directors and their companions, capping a four-day seminar in Provo and Salt Lake City. Earlier addresses from other General Authorities were reported in last week’s Church News edition and on the Church News website.
- Both heart and mind are essential to serving in the Church, BYU students taught (LDS Church News)
Both heart and mind — and humility — are essential to learning and serving in the Church, Elder LeGrand R. Curtis Jr., General Authority Seventy, told students during a campus devotional at Brigham Young University on Jan. 16.
- General Youth Leaders Hope Youth Learn to Find Peace in Christ in 2018 (Church News)
Take a careful look at the latter-day scripture above, which is the 2018 youth theme. It reads almost like a mathematical equation:
Learn of me + Listen to my words + Walk in “the meekness of my Spirit” = Have peace in Christ.
- BYU Study Finds Youth Who Serve Strangers Have a Higher Self-Esteem (Church News)
Youth who serve strangers feel better about themselves, new research out of Brigham Young University finds. Service to strangers has benefits that go beyond the immediate feelings and consequences.
- Petition to change Mormon bishops’ interviews of kids tops 11,000 signatures; activists call for practice to end ‘immediately, today’ (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
A petition campaign demanding a halt to the LDS Church’s practice of closed-door, one-on-one interviews by bishops with children — sometimes including inquiries about sexual matters — had collected 11,493 signatures as of Thursday.