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Friday, June 14, 2019

Several More Church News Items Reported

Hello again, everyone! This will be the first post I publish to kick off a big weekend of new content for this blog. In this post, I will be covering several additional Church news stories which have been reported. That will be followed in around 1.5 hours with the publication of a post I have prepared in tribute to Elder David A. Bednar, who will be observing his 67th birthday tomorrow. Then this weekend,I will provide coverage of the rededication for the Oakland California Temple (over which President Dallin H. Oaks will preside, in company with his wife, Kristen M. Oaks, and Elder David A. Bednar and his wife, Susan, along with at least one representative from the Temple Department.

But I will also have the latest apostolic statistics published on this blog on Sunday as well.  At some point, I hope to provide temple updates, either through another new post, or through the comments on existing posts. With that said, let's dive right in to the Church news updates. We start with the Church News website, where the latest edition of "This Week on Social" features posts on a wide variety of topics from the following leaders:

*From the First Presidency: President Russell M. Nelson and his First Counselor, President Dallin H. Oaks.
*From the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: Acting President M. Russell Ballard, and Elders Dieter F. Uchtdorf, David A. Bednar, Dale G. Renlund, and Gerrit W. Gong
*From the general officers of the Church: Sister Reyna I. Aburto, Second Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency; Sisters Joy D. Jones, Primary General President, and her First Counselor Lisa L. Harkness; and Sister Becky Craven, Second Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency..

The Church News also reported several updates on the ministry of our apostles: President Nelson visited Florida and shared 7 truths that can change lives; President Oaks spoke at BYU-Hawaii, and Elder Holland spoke to CES instructors, In addition, several apostles have been spread across the world recently, with Elder Holland in Mexico; Elder Cook in Kuwait, where he thanked the govermnent for officially recognizing the Church as approved for religious activy; Elder Christofferson in West Africa;  and Elder Gong who both spoke at a Japanese Interfaith Forum recently and personal apostolic contribution to the ongoing  "Special Witnesses of Christ" video series.

Meanwhile, in other news, highlights include articles on how a Latter-day Saint beatboxer has received the national spotlight; how the impact of the Fortaleza Brazil Temple is already being felt; the new southernmost stake of the Church being established in Tierra del Fuego Argentina (for which further coverage can be found on the Church Growth Blog) and the lesson on enduring which the Church News editor learned while covering President Nelson's Pacific Ministry Tour; and an article about the Church's first African-American general authority, Elder Peter M. Johnson.

Additional news includes coverage on the June 8 groundbreaking for the Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple; remarks made at the aforementioned Interfaith Forum by Sister Sharon Eubank; coverage of remarks made by emeritus General Authority Elder Kent F. Richards at a devotional held at LDS Business College;. You can find additional Church news coverage which I have not mentioned herein on the Church News website, as well as the News & Events page on the Church's webiste and the official Newsroom.

In the meantime, I continue to monitor any and all Church news and temple developments, and will do my level best to keep passing along word of those to you all as I become aware of such things. That does it for this post. Any and all comments are, as always, welcome and appreciated, on any post at any time, as long as such comments are made in accordance with the established guidelines. Thank you for the privilege of your time. If you enjoyed what you read here and would like to stay informed nof 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.