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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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Church Releases Statement Regarding BYU’s LGBT Policies

Church Releases Statement Regarding BYU's LGBT Policies

As reported by the Deseret News, a written statement from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been given from spokesman Doug Andersen in response to a rally outside the Church Office Building. The rally came after many tumultuous days of conversation and confusion regarding Brigham Young University and its policies regarding same-sex relationships and behavior from students. …

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

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

The new handbook for leaders and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (first announced in January) is now available in English online and in the Gospel Library app. Nine of the 38 chapters have been completely rewritten, and one section of another chapter has been updated. See the summary of the changes below. Also see a …

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Church Releases Statement on “Use of the Lord’s Sacred Funds”

Church Releases Statement on "Use of the Lord's Sacred Funds"

In a new statement posted on Church Newsroom, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints discusses how the sacred funds of the Church are used. The full text of the article is below: In 1991, then Church President Gordon B. Hinckley said, “The tithes of the Church are sacred. They are appropriated in the manner set forth by the …

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