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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Additional Developments Reported on Newsroom; President Nelson Reaches Prophetic Tenure Milestone

Hello again, everyone! Earlier this month, the Newsroom on the Church's official website shared a story which I neglected to pass along. In ongoing efforts to enhance the established relationship between the Church and the NAACP, the Newsroom reported on Saturday that leaders from both groups again met in Salt Lake City on that day and the day before.

The details can be found in this article, but, in summary, Church leaders invited the NAACP leaders to attend the Saturday Morning Session of General Conference in the Conference Center. Prior to that session, those leaders, including three apostles (Acting Quorum President M. Russell Ballard and Elders Ronald A. Rasband and Gary E. Stevenson), Presiding Bishop Gerald Causse, and Executive Director of the Church Public Affairs Department Elder Jack N. Gerard), among others, hosted a breakfast for the NAACP leaders. It is great to hear of the Church's ongoing efforts to build a good partnership with the NAACP.

In the meantime, the Newsroom also reported earlier today on how Church leaders have joined leaders in the community in a call for measures to prevent child abuse, who have signed a joint statement about this issue. Church leaders who signed included Primary General President Sister Joy D. Jones, and Elder LeGrand R. Curtis Jr., a General Authority Seventy who serves as First Counselor in the Utah Area Presidency.

Before discussing the one other subject I wanted to cover with this post, I wanted to note that the Church News has published an article about how two brothers and WWII veterans recently observed their 100th birthdays. Those brothers offered inspiring insights about how to live as long as they have been able to.

Finally, I wanted to note that Church President Russell M. Nelson will be observing the first prophetic tenure milestone of his presidency tomorrow, as the length of his service will have then been longer than that of President Howard W. Hunter. Also, although in some ways it hasn't seemed that long, and in other ways, it seems like he has been Church President for a longer period, this Sunday, President Nelson will have been President of the Church for 9 full months, to the day.

I continue to monitor all Church news and temple developments and will do my level best to pass word of those along to you all as I receive it. As I mentioned, my plan is to post the next updated apostolic age and tenure information on Sunday November 4. In the meantime, given the extensive amount of new developments reported just within these first 10 days of October, many more developments will likely be reported in the coming days as well, and when anything official is reported, I will devote future posts to those developments as well. And with tomorrow being Thursday, any official Church announcements for this week may come then.

That does it for this post. Any and all comments are, as always, welcome and appreciated, on any post at any time. 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.

Miscellaneous Church and Temple News

Hello again, everyone! This post will serve the dual-purpose of covering some updated information on temple progress and also some additional Church news developments. Let's get right into all of that.

We start with the temple updates. At the Rome Italy Temple, new information indicates that the monument sign (containing the name of the temple and the Church) has been completed, and that landscaping work has continued at a steady rate, as the installation of flower-beds on the grounds of the temple is making progress. There have also been updates noted on both the Durban South Africa and Port-au-Prince Haiti Temples, but I have not been able to ascertain whether these updates are newly-reported developments or simply a reiteration of what has been previously noted. I will do more research on that question and post those developments if they are new.

Turning now to updated Church news stories, we start with a somewhat interesting development. Apparently, around a month ago (just over a month after the August 2018 Area Leadership Assignments became effective), the Church announced a change in the Africa West Area Presidency, which officially became effective yesterday.

While Elder Marcus B. Nash continues to serve as Area President, his First Counselor, Elder Larry S. Kacher, has been released from his area assignment and has returned to Church headquarters to fill a different assignment. Elder Edward Dube, Elder Nash's former Second Counselor, has succeeded Elder Kacher as First Counselor, and Elder Hugo E. Martinez will now serve as the new Second Counselor in that Area Presidency.

As some of you may be aware, Elder Martinez has been serving as the Editor of the Church magazines, so that assignment will be given to someone else. I suppose Elder Kacher could be asked to step into that role, or that any of the advisers to the Church magazines (Elder Randall K. Bennett, who had previously served as Assistant Editor before being reassigned as an adviser; or Elders Randy D. Funk; Donald L. Hallstrom; Erich W. Kopischke; or Lynn G. Robbins). As soon as I have more information on that, I will pass it along.

In the meantime, we turn now to developments reported in the Church News. In response to President Nelson's invitation to the women of the Church to observe a 10-day fast from social media (which was issued during his address at the Women's Session of General Conference), women throughout the world have responded to that invitation with thoughts about why they are following that counsel and what they hope to gain through doing so.

Next, as some of you may know, President Nelson has penned poems, some of which have been set to music as hymns. One of those, which was originally performed following his introduction of it at the conclusion of the April 2003 General Conference, was also performed to close the recent General Conference. The hymn is called "Our Prayer to Thee", and was set to the music of a hymn currently in our hymnbook "O Home Beloved". The Church News has provided this report on the latest performance of that hymn.

And finally, for purposes of clarification, the Church News has given a week-by-week breakdown of what the Church schedule will look like on a two-hour Church schedule. In a time when the Church is reducing and simplifying the work of its' leaders and members, this latest development will help alleviate some of the burden on the time of Church members worldwide, and will allow Church members to spend more time as families on a weekly basis, for which I am profoundly grateful.

I do continue to monitor all Church news and temple developments on an ongoing basis and will, to the best of my ability, bring word of those to you all as I receive it. That does it for this post. Any and all comments are, as always, welcome and appreciated, on any post at any time. 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 fre 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.