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Week in Review: President Nelson of DC, Elder Cook on Prophets

During the week of August 14-20, President Russell M. Nelson rededicated the Washington, DC Temple. This week marks his 100th anniversary of BYU Education Week, and Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke at his devotional on Tuesday, August 16. Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles welcomes all at the Savior’s Inn.

The First Presidency has announced the names of two temples, one in Idaho and one in England. The Church News reported that the First Presidency and other Church leaders met with Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud, Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the United States, and later First Lady of Gambia Fatumatta Bar during a visit to Salt Lake City.・It was reported that he had a meeting with Barrow.

This week’s Church News podcast features the Summers family who, amidst personal trials and debilitating illnesses, found healing solace in serving others and trusting in God’s plan. The Church and UNICEF are helping refugee children from South Sudan through Learning for Life. Plus, see how Canadian children commemorated the church reaching her 200,000 members in the country.

Below are summaries and links to these nine articles.

1. Calling all temples “symbols of Jesus Christ,” President Nelson rededicates the Washington, D.C. Temple

President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, walk on the grounds of the Washington, DC Temple in Kensington, Maryland, Saturday, August 13, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

As we walked the grounds of the rebuilt Washington, D.C. Temple, President Nelson turned to this iconic building and spoke of the “great work” that has been done to beautify and revitalize the sacred site. Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints rededicated the temple on Sunday, August 14, as a place for all who enter it to “feel Thy presence and know Thy love.”

Learn about the rededication, read the prayer, view the photo gallery, and watch the video with President Nelson.

2. Elder Cook at BYU Education Week: Listening to the Prophets

Elder Cook Gives Devotional at BYU Education Week

Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints speaks at a devotional during BYU Education Week in Provo, Utah, Tuesday, August 16, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

This year BYU Education Week marks a century since it began as Leadership Week in 1922. Elder Cook invited those in attendance to listen to the words of the prophet. The Sunday School presidency, the Young Men presidency, and the Primary general presidency were also present. Elder Clark G. Gilbert, the Church’s Commissioner for Education, spoke at BYU Education Week about why BYU is so popular.

Additional Church News coverage of more than 1,000 classes includes How the Church Helps Members with Disabilities, How to Build Emotional Resilience and Be Happy, Youth Classes, Young Single Adults Dating tips for girls, tools for family history, times when loved ones question gospel truths, and seeking truth and developing unwavering faith—plus our favorites from the week’s events. .

Learn more about Elder Cook’s remarks, look back at a century of education week, and learn more about Church News coverage

3. Elder Gong narrates a video about welcoming all at the Savior’s Inn

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An animated stained glass scene in the new church video titled “Inn Room” shows the central Savior surrounded by temples around the world and gospel ceremonies such as baptism and sacrament.

One afternoon several years ago, Elder Gong and his father visited the cathedral in Chartres, near Paris, France. A cathedral expert points to his three sets of Chartres stained glass windows of Adam and Eve leaving the Garden of Eden, the parable of the Good Samaritan and the Second Coming of the Lord, and they tell the story. I explained that there is

“Together, these stained glass windows can represent our eternal journey. A message video invites everyone to be welcome.

Learn more about the experience and watch the video

4. The First Presidency names two temples: Teton River, Idaho and Birmingham, England.

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BYU Idaho Campus and Rexburg Idaho Temple in Rexburg, September 23, 2019.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Two temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced in the past year are now officially named by the First Presidency.

According to the announcement on Monday, August 15, the second temple in Rexburg, Idaho will be called the Teton River Idaho Temple, and the one announced in Birmingham, England will be called the Birmingham England Temple.

Read more about temples

5. Princess Reema of Saudi Arabia meets with Church First Presidency, women leaders

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President Russell M. Nelson meets with Saudi Ambassador Reema bint Bandar Al Saud in Salt Lake City on August 9, 2022.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the United States, Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud, recently met with top leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She welcomed the ambassador to the First Presidency, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and Anthony D. Perkins, General Authority Seventy and president of the Middle East/North Africa Area of ​​the Church. was an elder.

She also spoke with Relief Society general president Camille N. Johnson, Young Women general president Bonnie H. Cordon, and Primary general president Susan H. He spoke on topics such as the need to strengthen the faith of our youth and children. As well as the role of women in faith groups.

Learn more about Princess Reema’s visit

6. Church leaders welcome first lady of Gambia to visit education and humanitarian settings

First Lady of Gambia Meets General Leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

President Russell M. Nelson meets with First Lady of the Republic of Gambia, Fatumatta Barbarrow, in Salt Lake City on August 17, 2022.

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After Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles visited The Gambia with national leaders in February, Mrs. Fatumatta Bar Barrow was appointed senior leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake that week. I met with city.

Her visit also included a tour of Church educational and humanitarian facilities outside Church headquarters. Members of the Church’s Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary general presidency hosted a luncheon for Barrow and her delegation.

Read more about the experience of Mrs. Fatumatta Bar-Barrow

7. Church News Podcast, Episode 97: The Summers Family Finds Healing Consolation in Trusting God’s Plan as Trials Continue

Jennifer Summers, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was featured on the Church News podcast.

Jennifer Summers joined episode 97 of The Church News podcast with her husband Stan to talk about staying loyal despite constant medical trials.

This episode of the Church News Podcast features a Latter-day Saint family from Box Elder County, Utah. They find healing solace in serving others and trusting in God’s plan in the midst of personal trials and debilitating illnesses.

The lives of Stan and Jennifer Summers have been changed by the illness of their son Taran, Jennifer Summers’ recent health issues and other griefs. The Summers family has found joy in serving the Church and community and sharing their testimonies of the restored gospel of Christ.

Listen to the podcast and see the transcript

8. Churches and UNICEF Helping Refugee Children from South Sudan

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Rubile primary school in Mpungwe village, Tanganyika province. UNICEF has built new classrooms and toilets in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The United Nations Children’s Fund, known as UNICEF, with funding and support from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is building early childhood classrooms and training teachers on how to help refugee children in several countries. .

UNICEF’s Learning for Life program focuses on psychosocial care, conflict management and promoting the reintegration of traumatized children into school.

Find out more about one boy’s experience

9. Virtual Canadian Children’s Choir to Commemorate 200,000 Church Members in the Country

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YouTube screenshots show some of the 183 Canadian Latter-day Saint children participating in a video commemorating the Church reaching 200,000 members in Canada on August 7, 2022 .

A recent video of a virtual Canadian children’s choir singing “I Love To See the Temple” helps commemorate The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reaching 200,000 members in Canada. With her 183 powerful voices, the choir reflects the Church of Canada, with all 53 stakes across the country represented by singers.

The video also presents the different cultures and languages ​​of the North American countries, and children can learn American Sign Language, Cantonese, English, French, Mandarin, Spanish, Tagalog, and the indigenous languages ​​of the Metis people of Canada. It is sung in the Misikh language.

Read more about milestones and watch videos