Throughout the week of July 31 through August 6, the Church announced that President Russell M. Nelson would rededicate the Washington DC Temple on August 14. The new Relief Society general presidency with President Camille N. Johnson, Sister J. Anette Dennis and Sister Kristin M. Yeeas well as the new Primary presidency with President Susan H. Porter, Sister Amy A. Wright and Sister Tracy Y. Browningbegan their service on August 1. A Church News article featured how religious, legal, academic, and government leaders gathered in Rome, Italy, for the 2022 Notre Dame Religious Freedom Summit to discuss religious liberty.
Elder Massimo De Feo, president of the Church’s Central Europe Area, was interviewed on this week’s episode of the Church News podcast. Changes have been released to the Book of Mormon app to provide simpler, more natural sharing opportunities. On the anniversary of her Olympic silver medal, Latter-day Saint gymnast MyKayla Skinner shared what she’s been up to in the year since winning in Tokyo.
The Rojas family from Mexico shared their pioneering story. A group of 43 university students in Ghana have become the first to benefit from the Amos C. Brown scholarship benefits, offered by the Church. And the 2022 Church Music Festival was broadcast live from the Conference Center Theater in Salt Lake City.
Below are summaries and links to these nine articles.
1. President Nelson will rededicate the Washington DC Temple
The entire First Presidency of the Church is among 12 leaders who participate in rededication services after the major renovation of the temple.
President Russell M. Nelson will dedicate the renovated Washington, DC Temple on Sunday, August 14, with the entire First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints participating in the day’s three rededication sessions.
Learn about the history of the temple
2. Follow new Relief Society and Primary leaders on social media
Relief Society and Primary leaders posted on social media saying goodbye to some and welcoming others. The new Relief Society general president is Camille N. Johnson, with Sister J. Anette Dennis as first counselor and Sister Kristin M. Yee as second counselor.
President Susan H. Porter is now the Primary general president, and her first and second counselors are Sister Amy A. Wright and Sister Tracy Y. Browning.
Find links to their social media accounts
3. Article and video on religious freedom
Those who enjoy religious freedom should consider the situation of those who do not enjoy religious freedom, President Dallin H. Oaks said.
Religious, legal, academic and government leaders gathered in Rome, Italy for the 2022 Our Lady of Religious Liberty Summit. Those who care about religious freedom should unite to preserve, protect, restore and defend religious freedom in the United States and around the world, they said.
Read the article and watch it video
4. Church News Podcast with Elder De Feo
Massimo De Feo, General Authority Seventy and President of the Church’s Central Europe Area, joins this episode of the Church News podcast to talk about this important region of the world, which is affected by political conflict, a refugee crisis and secularism.
Listen to the podcast
5. Share the Book of Mormon and App in the Normal, Natural Way
Sharing the gospel is made easy with new Book of Mormon “Discover,” “Watch,” and “Share” tabs.
As Justin Lether learned, sharing the gospel and the Book of Mormon in “normal and natural ways” can happen just about anytime and anywhere—on the subway, at a tourist attraction, during a hotel breakfast or even soaking in hot water. bathtub on a cruise ship.
Find out how
6. Finding MyKayla Skinner
Prayer, the support of her family and the words of her patriarchal blessing helped the former University of Utah athlete on her unlikely journey to the Olympic podium.
Prior to the August 1, 2021 Olympics women’s vault final, Skinner had long been tagged as an elite international athlete and a “medal hopeful.”
But when her second-place finish was announced, she graduated from a rarefied endeavor that has no expiration date: Olympic medalist.
Find out what she did
7. Pioneers in all countries: the Rojas family
The growth of the Church in Mexico has been steady for 176 years. But that growth was far from a certainty and began unexpectedly for a family now in its seventh generation of Church membership.
“There were a lot of other churches in my neighborhood growing,” Amado Rojas said as he drove along the highway near that same town of Tecálco, Mexico, decades later. “And with the criticism from the members of these churches came the desire to learn the gospel and find the truth.”
Get to know the Rojas family
8. College students experience the Amos C. Brown Scholarship in Ghana
This week, 43 university students from the United States embarked on a 10-day trip to Ghana as participants in the inaugural Amos C. Brown Fellowship.
The trip comes a year after Church President Russell M. Nelson announced that the Church would establish the fellowship with an initial donation of $250,000 to help students learn about Ghana’s cultural heritage.
The scholarship is named after Rev. Dr. Amos C. Brown of the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco, who became a good friend of President Nelson. The two have collaborated on projects between the Church and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Read about it
9. Award-Winning Works Featured at the 2022 Church Music Festival
“I Will Say a Prayer” – lyrics and music by Janice Kapp Perry – was one of 17 award-winning original works featured at the 2022 Church Music Festival “Rejoice!” The live concert originated from the Conference Center Theater in Temple Square in Salt Lake City and was streamed online on the Church broadcast page.