Week in Review: President Nelson Turns 98, Plus 8 More Stories

During the week of September 4-10, President Russell M. Nelson celebrated his 89th birthday. The First Presidency has issued a statement following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Patricia T. Holland, opened up about their health issues and their faith in a new Church News video.

Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke to missionaries at the Provo Missionary Training Center. Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke about the Church in Africa on the 100th episode of the Church News podcast.

A video was posted about the open house at the Hamilton New Zealand Temple, and the 2023 youth theme was announced by the Young Women and Young Men general presidencies. Brazil celebrated the 200th anniversary of its independence. BYU President Kevin J Worthen and BYU-Hawaii President John SK Kauwe III spoke at their schools’ devotions at BYU and BYU-Hawaii.

1. President Nelson celebrates his 98th birthday

Church President Russell M. Nelson celebrates his 98th birthday by enjoying the many cards and letters received wishing him a happy birthday, in Salt Lake City, Utah, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022.

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President Russell M. Nelson celebrated his 98th birthday on Friday, September 9. Born to Marion C. and Edna Anderson Nelson in 1924, just five years before the stock market crash of 1929, he grew up in Salt Lake City. He continued his career in medicine, which included doctoral degrees from the University of Utah and the University of Minnesota and additional advanced work residencies in Massachusetts and Washington, DC. He contributed to the development of the artificial heart-lung machine.

Read 98 Statements of Counsel from President Nelson and see how he spent his birthday

2. Statement by the First Presidency on the Death of Queen Elizabeth II

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she receives Swiss President Ignazio Cassis and his wife, Paola Cassis, during an audience at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England, Thursday April 28, 2022. Queen Elizabeth II, the Britain’s longest-serving monarch and a rock of stability through much of a turbulent century, has died. She was 96 years old. Buckingham Palace made the announcement in a statement on Thursday, September 8, 2022.

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The First Presidency issued a statement of admiration, respect, and gratitude shortly after the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday, September 8. Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s longest-serving monarch, died aged 96 at her home in Scotland’s Balmoral Castle, having reigned for 70 years.

Read what the First Presidency had to say about Queen Elizabeth II

3. Elder and Sister Holland in the “Earned Empathy” video

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Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Sister Patricia Holland, pose at their home in Salt Lake City Thursday, April 14, 2022.

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Jeffrey R. Holland and his wife, sister Patricia T. Holland, have both faced major health issues in recent years. In each case, their health deteriorated to the point of death or death.

In this Church News video titled “Earned Empathy,” Elder and Sister Holland talk about their health. While some may wonder why those who are faithful suffer, Elder Holland explains that trials and challenges have come to “the best people I have ever known, and certainly the best people I have ever heard of.”

Watch Elder and Sister Holland’s Video

4. Brother Uchtdorf at Provo Missionary Training Center

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Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during a religious meeting at the Provo Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, Tuesday, September 6, 2022.

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Missionary success “is doing well the things that you have control over,” Dieter F. Uchtdorf taught missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints training around the world.

“Take comfort in knowing that God will work through you—even if you don’t see evidence that He does,” the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles member said during a Tuesday, Sept. 6, devotional at the training center. Provo missionary. . “And He will bless the work all over the world in ways that you cannot know.”

He recounted the experience of a friend who learned how a missionary visit to a foreign prison nearly half a century earlier resulted in unexpected influences that would reverberate through eternity.

Learn more about what Elder Uchtdorf told the missionaries

5. Elder Rasband on the 100th episode of the Church News Podcast

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Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles joins the Church News podcast for its 100th episode.

Elder Ronald A. Rasband joins this special 100th episode of the Church News podcast with Elder S. Mark Palmer of the Presidency of the Seventy to talk about the Church in Africa. Sister Sheri Dew, executive vice president of Deseret Management Corp. and former member of the Relief Society general presidency, is the guest host.

Listen to Elder Rasband in the 100th episode of the podcast

6. Hamilton New Zealand Temple Open House Video

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Hamilton Temple in New Zealand

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With less than 10 days to go until the Hamilton Temple Open House in New Zealand, the Church’s Pacific Newsroom has released a video about the special opportunity to tour the renovated temple ahead of its rededication. .

The four-minute video features K. Brett Nattress, a General Authority Seventy who presides over the Pacific Region, local Latter-day Saints with ties to the missionary laborers who built the temple more than six decades ago, and guests who visited the temple. .

Watch Video of New Zealand Temple Open Day

7. 2023 Youth Theme Announcement

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A group of girls laugh while attending a Young Women camp.

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The youth theme for 2023 was announced by the Young Women and Young Men general presidencies. According to a notice sent to local leaders on September 6, the youth theme chosen for 2023 is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).

Learn more about the upcoming year’s youth theme

8. 200th anniversary of Brazilian independence

Statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, May 6, 2022.

Statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, May 6, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

The fruits of leadership, membership and more can be seen with the 10 temples dedicated and nine more announced or under construction across the Luso-Afro-Brazilian world.

As Brazil celebrated the 200th anniversary of its independence on September 7, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can contemplate the role of the nation – one of three in the world with more than one million members of the Church – in the preaching of the restored gospel on three continents linked by the same language.

Learn more about the 200th anniversary of Brazil’s independence

9. College Presidents Speak at BYU and BYU-Hawaii Devotions

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BYU President Kevin J Worthen speaks during the fall semester commencement devotional at the Marriott Center in Provo, Utah on Tuesday, September 6, 2022.

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During his opening devotional for the fall semester, BYU President Kevin J Worthen drew his message from an “extraordinary event” he witnessed in May when President Russell M. Nelson – the Prophet of the Lord – invited young adults from around the world to a special meeting. .

BYU-Hawaii President John SK Kauwe III and his future wife Monica Mortenson were partners before they were romantic partners. He gave several personal examples from his life of how to use prayer to ask Heavenly Father to make important decisions.

Read what BYU President Worthen and BYU-Hawaii Kauwe President told students

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