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Friday, September 14, 2018

Miscellaneous Church News Reported

Hello again, everyone! In the last several hours, additional Church news has been reported. So let's get right into it all. First, the Newsroom on lds.org recently shared this article about how the Saints in the Philippines are being prepared for an incoming storm. I cannot say for certain that this will be the case, but I could see the Church potentially holding off on further action relating to the Urdaneta Philippines Temple until the storms clear the region. It will be interesting to see.

In connection to what I reported days ago about how Latter-day Saints in the Southern parts of the United States are preparing for the incoming tropical storm, this article highlights relief efforts that are already underway as the storm prepares to land. And this article (from the Church News) highlights both the devastation from the storm and what has been and will be done to deal with it as it progresses.

Next, as those following the conversations on the LDS Church Growth Blog might be aware, there was some confusion about how to correctly refer to Church members and the organizations of the Church in light of the newly reemphasized guidelines about the name of the Church. In my opinion, some of those concerns can be answered by the next story.

The main Newsroom on the Church's website had periodically gathered a set of articles from their international counterparts in a segment that has been known as "Mormons Around the World". With another edition published in that series this week, the name of the series has changed to "Latter-day Saints Around the World". which signals that "Latter-day Saints" is now the preferred term which is to be used to refer to the members of the Church. The latest article published in that series can be found here, with a collection of inspiring stories from all over the world.

Next, from the Church News, we have a couple of stories about preparation for the incoming natural disasters: namely, this one (describing general conditions) and this one (in which former UVU President Matthew S. Holland, who is now a mission president in Raleigh, describes more fully what the situation of members currently involve, what they are further preparing for, and what is being done to keep missionaries safe.

In two stories relating to President Nelson, we have this article highlighting testimonies about his prophetic calling from each of the members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and this article which shares insights from the members of the Quorum of the Twelve who have recently traveled with President Nelson.

There were two other stories which I found significant. A new missionary for the Church put her doubts and fears about her adequacy to serve into a song, which she wrote in the MTC and received permission to record once she arrived in the field. You can read more about that here. At the LDS Institute of Religion in Salt Lake City, Sister Reyna I. Aburto, Second Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency, shared 17 suggestions to help us deal with times when we feel inadequate, overwhelmed, or discouraged.

All of these articles are well worthy of your attention. I continue to monitor any and all Church news and temple developments and will do my level best to bring word of those to you all 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. If you enjoyed what you read here and would like to stay informed of newly-added content, please feel free to subscribe. 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.

An Apostolic Milestone and an Open House

Hello again, everyone! This weekend marks a couple of important dates in Church History. First of all, as many of you may be aware, the open house for the Concepcion Chile Temple is set to begin tomorrow (with tours continuing through October 13, with the exception of the relevant Sundays). This will, of course, mark the beginning of the first open house for a new temple in 2018.

Additionally, on Sunday September 16, President Dallin H. Oaks, who will have served as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for 8 months and 2 days, will pass David O. McKay to become the 26th longest-serving Quorum President in Church History.

As I previously noted, President Russell M. Nelson appears to be in very good health still, and all who have watched him out among the Saints report that he has often appeared to be 20-30 years younger than his actual age of 94. With that in mind, it seems entirely possible that we will see a fulfillment of Elder Andersen's expressed hope that President Nelson "will be with us another decade or two."

If that does turn out to be the case, then President Nelson will be around to observe several age and tenure milestones, and the same will likely hold true for President Oaks as well, who also appears to be in good health.

Whatever might happen in that regard, I will be tracking it all, and you can depend on my passing it along to you all as I am able to do so. That does it for this post. Any and all comments are, as always, welcome and appreciated. Thank you for the privilege of your time. If you enjoyed what you read here and would like to stay informed of newly-added content, please feel free to subscribe. 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.