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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Miscellaneous Church News

Hello, everyone! With my concentrated efforts in the last few days on monitoring temple-related news, and with everything that has been going on for me personally, there were a few Church news items well worthy of a mention on this blog that I haven't focused on. I will do so now.

First, and most significantly, changes are coming to the visiting teaching program in which all women 18 years of age and older participate. This article describes what those changes are, and why they are being implemented. It seems that the Church is gradually shifting its focus to teaching by the Spirit for everyone, regardless of age, gender, or calling. And that is something with which I, and hopefully all other Church members, can easily get on board.

This article describes the modern-day application for President Kimball's directive phrase: "Every member a missionary." That article meant a lot to me, because I was one who did not wear a missionary badge or even serve my mission full-time. And that idea that every member can be a missionary is much of what drives me now to focus so much on Church-related news and information. In that way, I hope I am fulfilling that directive, which was given years before I was born.

This article, from a man who felt his deceased mother's presence at a temple wedding, rang true to me as well. By the time my future wife and I had been friends for a year, her mother had passed away several months prior. So when we started dating, she wasn't around at all, except in spirit. As our relationship blossomed, we both expressed the hope that we would feel her mother's presence during our wedding ceremony. And we did. We have also felt her with us at various times and in various places. If there is one thing I have learned from that, it is that the veil is truly very thin, for which I am fervently grateful.

LDS Business College marked the inauguration of its 13th president, Bruce C. Kusch this last week as well. This article describes who was going to be in attendance (which likely became who was actually there). That was good to read about.

BYU-Idaho is preparing for its annual Sacred Hymns Festival, and has issued a call for texts of such hymns. You can find the details on that here.

The Church News also published articles about the numerous Area Seventies who were released, and introducing the one new Area Seventy who was sustained during General Conference earlier this month. But as that information can currently be found in the General Conference Ensign.

That does it for this brief update. Any comments are always welcome and appreciated. Thank you for the privilege of your time, and may the Lord bless you all in all that you do.