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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Important Information from the Church As October Concludes

Hello again, everyone! As October draws inexorably closer to its' conclusion, there are a few informational items related to the Church about which I wanted to note here. First, as I may or may not have previously noted, the Utah Area Presidency has announced that the 9th Annual Hispanic Cultural Event Luz de Las Naciones (Light of the Nations) will be held on November 2, 2019 in the Conference Center at 8:00 PM. The celebration has been given a subtitle of “Un Hogar para Todos”, which translates to English as "A Home for All".

The celebration will be an evening of music and dance featured from various regions through Latin America. Although I anticipate several General Authorities (specifically the members of the Utah Area Presidency: Elders Craig C. Christensen, Randy D. Funk, and Walter F. Gonzalez, and likely either or both Elders Carolos A. Godoy and Jose A. Teixeira of the Presidency of the Seventy, who hail from Spanish-speaking regions of the world) will be in attendance, I would not be shocked if at least one member of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve were to preside at that event.

That presiding apostle could be any who are fluent in the Latin American languages of Spanish or Portuguese, which, at minimum, includes Church President Russell M. Nelson and Elders Jeffrey R. Holland (who spent two years from 2002-2004 as the President of the Chile Area), Neil L, Andersen, and Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (the latter of whom is the first Latin American apostle of the Church).  You may note one Spanish-speaking apostle who will not be in attendance at that event. That is Elder D. Todd Christofferson, who will, of course, be in Paraguay that same weekend presiding over the rededication of the Asuncion Paraguay Temple. Any of the other brethren named could be the presiding apostle at this event. Time will tell. 

The Church also released broadcast information, sent out by the Priesthood and Family Department (of which Elder Michael T. Ringwood, one of President Nelson's nine sons-in-law, is the Executive Director), for the Face-to-Face Event for Children and Youth that will be carried worldwide at 4:00 PM MST on Sunday November 17, 2019. The previously-announced broadcast will feature Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (who, among other assignments, serves as a member of the Priesthood and Family Executive Council) alongside the general presidents of the Primary, Young Women, and Young Men (Sisters Joy D. Jones and Bonnie H. Cordon and Brother Stephen W. Owen).

And, as we know, the purpose and intent of the broadcast will be to allow the leaders to explain in more complete detail what the new Children and Youth initiative will involve. I provided earlier analysis on the September 29 broadcast at which President Nelson, Acting President M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and those same general presidents spoke. For those wanting more details on either the broadcast schedule or the Luz de Las Naciones broadcast, with a Church user account, you can find them in the official communications library.

In the interim, I also wanted to note that, according to information provided by the Online Store for the Church's official website, beginning today, the store and all of its' ordering systems will be undergoing routine maintenance for roughly the next week, and, as a result of that, material ordered during that time from the online store may be delayed in shipping to orderees. I imagine this also means that the typical distribution and delivery schedule for the November 2019 Church magazines may be delayed longer than usual in their arrival. That said, the website maintenance of the store should not impact the timing within which the PDF version of those magazines is avaialbe.

As a result, I'd recommend to any of you that do not receive your November magazines within the first 1.5-2 weeks of November to use your location to find the appropriate customer service number to contact someone about that issue. Typically, that period of time is shorter (within a week after the end of the previous month) but given the maintenance that will almost surely impact the printing and distrbution of the November 2019 magazines (since General Conference issues are usually delayed). it seems wise to allow for extra time in this particular case.

With that noted, all that remains is to reiterate my continued commitment to bringing you all all the latest in Church news and temple updates here on this blog as I become aware of them. That does it for now. 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 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.