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Saturday, October 27, 2018

Clarification Provided On Church Pageants; President Nelson Prepares for the Dedication of the Concepcion Chile Temple

Hello again, everyone! I posted web addresses for additional content which clarifies the Church statement released earlier today, but since I needed to post here again anyways to pass on some other news, I will also be sharing those contextual clarifications of the Church statement. Let's get right into all of that. First, to the clarification of the Church's statement. KSL posted this article on how the most well-known Church pageants will be affected by that statement. Meanwhile, the Church News and Events page provided additional context on the changes announced today.

My most interesting takeaway from that last article was the fact that it was stated point-blank that cultural celebrations the night before temple dedications had been discontinued, and that these would be replaced by a devotional for youth with presiding Church leaders that night. I would just like to interject a thought of my own here: Some may see this as President Nelson just undoing another thing President Monson lauded and supported (as the latter had spoken repeatedly about how much he enjoyed those celebrations), but there is more to it than that, aside from the Lord having instructed President Nelson to take this action.

It occurred to me that if the youth of the Church get too busy preparing to participate in the cultural celebration, that might be detrimental to and potentially take away from their ability to fully prepare for, enjoy, be inspired by, and get as much out of the dedication of the temple the following day. So reducing and simplifying things by letting the youth not focus on the pressure of performance and instead enjoy the opportunity to hear addresses from leaders directed to them on the night before the temple dedication definitely seems more appropriate to me.

Now, to the available report on this weekend's dedication of the Concepcion Chile Temple. The Newsroom released this article spelling out what will be involved in the celebrations of this weekend. President and Sister Nelson and Elder and Sister Stevenson have addressed the youth at the devotional tonight (since it is now almost 11:00 PM Chilean time), and tomorrow, with dedicatory sessions held at 9 AM, noon, and 3 PM (which will be 6 & 9 AM and noon Utah time).

Joining the Nelsons and Stevensons for the dedicatory sessions will be Elder Larry Y. Wilson, Executive Director of the Temple Department, and Presiding Bishop Gerald Causse, who may be accompanied by their wives. The Newsroom notes that "other leaders" will be in attendance at the dedicatory sessions, but does not specify who else that will be. Within the next several hours, a report of the devotional will likely be made available, and I will pass word of that along to you all as I receive it.

In the meantime, I also continue to monitor any and all other Church news and temple developments and will keep doing my level best to pass word of those along to you all as I become aware of it. I am additionally working on assembling my initial predictions for the April 2019 General Conference and hope to have those posted before the end of this month, if all goes well.

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.

Church Releases Official Statement on Local Celebrations; Other Church News Reported

Hello again, everyone! Earlier today, the Church released this official statement on local celebrations. The wording of this statement seems to explain why the Church has shifted from cultural celebrations the night before a temple dedication to holding a devotional for the youth that night instead. Local celebrations will still be encouraged, and adjustments will be made in the future to continue, end, or modify larger-scale productions such as pageants. This is an interesting development. In the coming days, we will learn more about the extent of these changes, and I will be sure to pass word of those along to you all as I receive it.

In the meantime, there have been a few big Church news stories on which I wanted to focus here as well. I reported several days ago about how Bishop Dean M. Davies, Second Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric, dedicated a new Deseret Industries facility in Arizona. Yesterday, Bishop Davies represented the Church in presenting a $1.5 million check to the American Red Cross.

The Church has been a partner with that organization for many years in such endeavors as blood drives, donation collections, and so on. In light of the Church's numerous contributions to that organization, the Church was honored by the American Red Cross as the first-ever organization to be named a "Mission Leader", a title which emphasizes how much the American Red Cross values their partnership with the Church.

Bishop Davies was joined by Bishop W. Christopher Waddell, Second Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric, and Sister Jean B. Bingham, who serves as Relief Society General President. More complete reports on this development can be found in the Church News and the Newsroom on the Church's official website.

We now shift our attention to yet another edition of "This Week on Social". The latest article in that series is unique, as it only features social media posts from 6 of the 9 members of the female-led auxiliary presidencies of the Church. Their posts covered the topics of abuse, receiving and following revelation, finding peace, and the importance of serving.

I have mentioned this before, but it bears repeating: Since President Nelson became Church President at the beginning of this year, I have noticed a significant increase in the number of Church news stories sharing highlights of service and counsel provided by the women of the Church on both the general and local level.

The first address President Nelson gave as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles was directed to the women of the Church, and he has demonstrated how much the Church and its' leaders value the contributions and opinions of women. This article, focusing solely on social media posts from the women leaders of the Church, continues that tradition. And that is wonderful to see.

Next, roughly 35 years ago, President Gordon B. Hinckley, then Second Counselor in the First Presidency, dedicated the Papeete Tahiti Temple as the fifth for Polynesia, the 25th operating temple of the Church, and one of six temples which were dedicated in 1983. The process of planning, constructing, and dedicating that temple had a miraculous history which is well worthy of review.

And finally, as noted in a previous post, the Church News had solicited feedback from women who had taken President Nelson's counsel about having a 10-day fast from social media. The Church News shared 3 quick takeaways from among the many responses on that subject. All of these articles were wonderful to read, and I can heartily and without hesitation recommend them to you all.

I do continue to monitor any and all Church news and temple developments and will keep doing my level best to pass word of those along to you here as I become aware of them. This weekend marks the dedication of the Concepcion Chile Temple, so there will be coverage of that provided here as such information becomes available.

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.