In 2018, many historic changes occurred for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We took a look back on some of the most memorable news stories of the year.
Death of President Thomas S. Monson – Original Article
The Church began the year on a somber note when President Thomas S. Monson, 16th President of the Church, died on the night of January 2 due to incidents to age. Since his calling as an apostle at age 36, President Monson dedicated his life to God and to the people he served.
President Russell M. Nelson Named 17th President of Church – Original Article
On January 16, 2018, Russell M. Nelson was announced as the 17th President of the Church. He named President Dallin H. Oaks and President Henry B. Eyring as his first and second counselors in the First Presidency. The announcement was made from a special live broadcast from the annex of the Salt Lake Temple.
Two New Apostles Announced – Original Article
During the solemn assembly, held on March 31, 2018, to open the Church’s General Conference, two new apostles were called. Elder Gerrit W. Gong and Elder Ulisses Soares were sustained as the newest members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. They filled the vacancies left by the passing of President Monson and Elder Robert D. Hales
Changes Announced to Adult Priesthood Quorums – Original Article
President Nelson announced two significant organizational changes at the Priesthood Session of the April 2018 General Conference designed to help everyday Latter-day Saints in congregations throughout the world minister more like Jesus Christ.
“In each ward, the high priests and the elders will now be combined into one elders quorum . . . [and] the composition of [the stake high priests] quorum will be based on current priesthood callings,” President Nelson announced.
‘Ministering’ to Replace Home and Visiting Teaching – Original Article
The Church’s home and visiting teaching programs were retired and replaced by a coordinated, more personalized approach to meet the spiritual and temporal needs of Latter-day Saints known as “ministering.” The new method focuses on flexibility to the needs and circumstances of individuals throughout the world, coupled with quarterly face-to-face interviews between leadership and everyday members about personal and family needs.
Church Announces New Worldwide Initiative for Children and Youth – Original Article
In May, the Church announced a new initiative to teach and provide leadership and development opportunities to all children and youth, to support families and to strengthen youth everywhere as they develop faith in the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The new initiative included the formal conclusion of the Church’s relationship with the Boy Scouts of America.
Church to Make Significant Changes to Hymnbook, Children’s Songbook – Original Article
Under the direction of the First Presidency, committees have been assembled to recommend revisions to the current music collections.
The new music will be compiled into one hymnbook and one children’s songbook, offering the same hymns and songs in all languages. In addition to the printed books, new audio of the hymns and songs will be recorded.
President Nelson Releases Statement on the Name of the Church – Original Article
In August, President Nelson released a statement about the importance of the name of the Church. New guidelines were introduced and the statement began an effort by members worldwide to follow President Nelson’s direction. He would later speak at length about the subject in the October 2018 General Conference.
Prospective Missionaries Will Now Receive Their Calls Online – Original Article
The Church began rolling out a new initiative in September, one in which missionary candidates receive their assignments online instead of in the mail. This process has been tested in various parts of the world for the past several months and will now be expanded to all of Utah and Idaho.
Later in the year, the Church would also announce changes to the recommendation process for young missionaries.
Church Officially Announces 2-Hour Church Schedule – Original Article
After months of rumors, it was officially announced the Church would take on a 2-hour meeting schedule each Sabbath day and launch a brand new curriculum to help focus on creating a “home-centered church.”
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