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Elder & Sister Gong Recovering at Home, Other Leaders Test Negative

Elder & Sister Gong Recovering at Home, Other Leaders Test Negative

On October 8, 2020, Church spokesman Eric Hawkins released the following update on Elder Gerrit W. Gong and Sister Susan Gong, who were diagnosed with COVID-19 earlier this week. He said: Elder and Sister Gong continue to experience very mild symptoms of COVID-19 and are recovering at home. They are grateful for the many prayers and expressions of concern and …

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First Presidency Encourages Latter-day Saints in the United States to Vote

First Presidency Encourages Latter-day Saints in the United States to Vote

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the following letter in English and Spanish on October 6, 2020, to Church members in the United States in advance of that nation’s upcoming election on November 3, 2020. Citizens of the United States have the privilege and duty of electing office holders and influencing public policy. Participation in the political …

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Church Commemorates Restoration with 200 Food Deliveries

Church Commemorates Restoration with 200 Food Deliveries

Two-hundred deliveries to food pantries and charities in the state of New York are being donated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the first appearance of God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, in Palmyra, New York, to Joseph Smith, prophet and first president of the Church. “We’re doing a …

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Significant Changes Made to Church General Handbook

A Look Inside the New General Handbook for Church Leaders and Members

In a news release on July 31, 2020, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints published updates to 15 chapters in its General Handbook. Eleven chapters have been updated and four new chapters have been created. To date, 16 of the book’s 38 chapters have been completely reworked, and minor changes have been made to several other chapters as …

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Latter-day Saint Leaders Honor Pioneers of Past and Present

Latter-day Saint Leaders Honor Pioneers of Past and Present

Each July 24th, Latter-day Saints in Utah and around the world celebrate Pioneer Day, an official holiday that the U.S. state celebrates to commemorate the first group of the faith’s pioneers that arrived in the Salt Lake Valley nearly 175 years ago. Church Newsroom and other media outlets recently spent time with several of the faith’s leaders at This Is …

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First Presidency Provides Guidelines for Safely Returning to Church Meetings and Activities

First Presidency Provides Guidelines for Safely Returning to Church Meetings and Activities

The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have authorized a phased return to some of the faith’s weekly worship services and activities. A letter sent today to general and local leaders around the world says this can be done only when local government regulations allow and after the faith’s Area Presidencies provide additional …

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First Presidency Updates Christ-Focused Art Policies in Meetinghouses

First Presidency Updates Christ-Focused Art Policies in Meetinghouses

When leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints lift the temporary suspension of weekly worship services, Church members around the world will again enjoy the centrality of the meetinghouse to their Sabbath experience. In a letter today, the First Presidency is asking local leaders to ensure that the aesthetic feel in the foyers and entryways to the faith’s weekly …

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Church Helps Repatriate Argentine Citizens During COVID-19 Pandemic

Church Helps Repatriate Argentine Citizens During COVID-19 Pandemic

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in collaboration with the Chancellor’s Office of Argentina, recently helped repatriate nearly 100 Argentine citizens who were stranded in Mexico because of COVID-19 imposed travel restrictions. In late April, a flight from Mexico landed at the Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with Argentine citizens and 150 Latter-day Saint missionaries from …

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Church Updates Handbook Chapters on Youth & Primary

Church Updates Handbook Chapters on Youth & Primary

Under the direction of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints published updates today, March 25, 2020, to chapters in its General Handbook about Aaronic Priesthood quorums, Young Women and Primary (the Church’s organization for children). The chapters are available in English online and in the Gospel Library app. General Handbook: Serving …

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All Large Gatherings for Latter-day Saints Indefinitely Postponed Due to Coronavirus

The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent the following letter Wednesday, March 11, 2020, to members of the Church worldwide. Their message details a notable restriction on large gatherings of Latter-day Saints. (See also two other letters from the First Presidency, sent Wednesday, that address important updates to the format …

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