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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Church Begins Reporting on the Annual Seminar for New Mission Presidents

Hello, all! The Church today began reporting on the talks given during the annual Seminar for New Mission Presidents. While we only have the report of the addresses given by Presidents Eyring and Uchtdorf, the seminar also featured talks by each member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (except for Elder Hales; we also know that the talks given by Elders Rasband and Stevenson involved presentations by their wives), Bishop W. Christopher Waddell, representing the Presiding Bishopric, and presidents of the women's auxiliaries.

There were likely other speakers, but we do not yet know who those might have been. More information will come in the days ahead. The seminar took place between June 24 and today. For the details that are currently known (which will be updated with additional articles as those are published) here.

I had wondered until know what to anticipate regarding the health of both President Monson and Elder Hales, but this is the first year in a long time that this seminar has not included President Monson, and this is not the first time that I know of that Elder Hales has missed.

I had been wondering whether or not President Monson would speak at all in future General Conferences. It is looking like he might not. And I don't know what this means in terms of whether or not Elder Hales will speak next General Conference either. As I find out more, I will pass that along. For now, just wanted to share this. Thanks.