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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

BREAKING NEWS: President Nelson & Elder Holland to Tour Europe, Africa and Asia in April

Hello again, everyone! Not sure when this was posted on the Church's official website, but my local news ran a story about half an hour ago sharing that President Nelson and his wife, accompanied by Elder Holland and his wife, would be touring Europe, Africa, and Asia in April.

According to this news release from the Church website, the tour will go from April 10-23, and will allow these Brethren to visit Church sites in these nations, which will almost certainly involve looking over temples under construction in Africa and also perhaps scouting out potential future locations for future temples in all three continents, in addition to holding gatherings for members and missionaries in these areas.

This is exciting news, primarily because it has been a while since a Church president has been able to travel extensively like this. I have not verified this through personal research, but I seem to recall that President Monson began gradually scaling back his duties in 2014 or so, which included limiting his travel and the number and length of his addresses in General Conference. So it may have been a couple of years prior to that that President Monson traveled to such an extent.

And this is the first time since 2006 or so that I can recall an older Church president doing such extensive traveling. This suggests that, in accordance with what he said in the press conference for him and his counselors on January 16, he is earnest in his desire to be out among the people as long as he can be, and to understand the local issues members throughout the world are dealing with.

I observed this on Facebook, but it is worth mentioning here as well: The fact that President Nelson is intent on serving and being out among the people for as long as he can has been perfectly verified by how fully he and his counselors have gotten right to work to get things done.

And that is no more evident than in the fact that he has done quite a bit since his ordination. He has spoken at the funerals of the longest-serving Area Seventy of the Church (Jon M. Huntsman) and of Elder Von G. Keetch, who unexpectedly passed away from a brief, sudden, and fatal illness. He and his counselors have also announced the rededication for the Houston Texas Temple and the renovation that is scheduled to occur for the temple in Hamilton New Zealand.

I never got around to mentioning this before now, but just a couple of days ago, Mormon Newsroom shared this report about how President Nelson and his wife spoke to a group of young adults in Las Vegas.

So it is plain that President Nelson is very committed to ministering to Church members. And it is interesting that this tour will begin about 1.5 weeks following his first General Conference as Church President. Mormon Newsroom indicated in the release about the tour plans that articles about that tour would be published as the tour progresses. So you can be sure to find coverage there.

Additionally, you can be sure I will be keeping my eyes open for more information on that tour, and on any and all other Church and temple news and updates and I will continue to do my best to pass those updates along to you as I become aware of them.

That does it for this post. Any and all comments are, as always, welcome and appreciated. Thank you for the privilege of your time. Until my next post, I wish each one of you all the best and pray that the Lord will bless you all in everything you do.