President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, wave to attendees after a devotional in Lima, Peru, on October 20, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.Speaking from Chile—the final stop of a five-country, nine-day tour through South America—Sister Nelson said her husband’s focus on shifting to a home-centered, Church-supported curriculum; using the full and inspired name of the Church; ministering; simplifying and reducing; and emphasizing a covenant path comes from the Lord.Sister Nelson said President Nelson’s innovative approach has prepared him for some of responsibilities as President of the Church. “He’s not afraid to do something different. …Sister Nelson said she sees the Lord strengthening her husband. Being among the membership of the Church is energizing to him, she added. “If he is at home he’ll say, ‘It’s wonderful to be home, but I need to be with the people.’” President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, greet missionaries in Asuncion, Paraguay, on Monday, October 22, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.“He is not playing to the crowds with this at all,” she said. “He is only reporting to the Lord, and he is fearless with that focus.”“He is saying, ‘What really is needful?’ If we’re really preparing the Church and the world for the Second Coming of the Savior, he is sincere about that. He doesn’t want us spending money, time, energy on anything that isn’t really focused on that.”“I’ve never been to South America with the President of the Church,” she said.“He has seen the faith of the people. He’s seen the love of the people for the Lord. Now he’s seen the love of the people for the temple.”“What’s caught my attention about that is to see how much the people love the Lord, and therefore they’re so drawn to the prophet.”Sister Nelson said she has also changed during the last 10 months.In addition, when President Nelson was born in 1924 there were no Latter-day Saints in South America; today, membership in the Church there exceeds 4 million.“They feel very safe with him. They feel they can trust him.”In the 10 months since President Nelson has been prophet, he has found great happiness, said Sister Nelson. “He’s doing what he came to earth to do, so why wouldn’t he be happy?” she said. “He was foreordained to be the prophet of God on the earth today, and when you’re doing what you said you would do, of course you’re going to be happy.”President Russell M. Nelson is “fearless” in his focus as President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson.The historic trip to Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Chile followed President Nelson’s 94th birthday. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been officially organized for 188 years—exactly double President Nelson’s age.“He loves South America,” said Sister Nelson of President Nelson, who visited Uruguay and Chile as a cardiac surgeon before becoming an Apostle. President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, walk near the temple in Concepcion, Chile, on Saturday, October 27, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.“The reality of the Lord is more real,” she explained. “The reality of the truthfulness of the gospel is more real. The reality of … the previous 16 prophets of this dispensation is more real. The fact of Joseph Smith is more real. It is like everything that I have known is now on steroids and put in a beautiful gold frame.”And when he has the chance to worry, what does President Nelson worry about? “He worries about what is needful,” said Sister Nelson. “What does the Lord really want him to put in place? What does the Lord want him to get people doing?”
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, hug near the temple in Concepcion, Chile, on Saturday, October 27, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.Sister Nelson has been to South America with President Nelson many times. But this trip felt different, she said.CONCEPCION, CHILE President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, and Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles look over a few items given to them by Church members after the dedication of the Concepcion Chile Temple on Sunday, October 28, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.During the trip, President Nelson asked parents in every country to teach their children what it means to be a child of God. His sentiment is deep, Sister Nelson said.She spoke of being with the children in South America, who are “drawn to … the Savior’s love that my husband exudes.”
“I have found the gospel to be very simple but also very profound,” he said in his final conference address. “Once we have sufficient faith in the Lord Jesus Christ that we believe He has paid for our sins, then we will repent. And no one truly repents until they believe in Christ” (“Endure to the End in Charity,” Oct. 1994 general conference).During his time as a General Authority, Elder Rector completed various assignments including: interim president of the Florida Italy Rome Mission in 1969, the first mission president to preside over the Alabama Florida Mission from 1971-1972, mission president of the California San Diego Mission from 1977-1979; counselor in the Young Men General Presidency from 1986-1988; First Counselor in the Sunday School General Presidency from 1991-1992; and in the area presidencies of the North America Southwest Area, South America North Area, and North America Central Area. From October 1991 to August 1994, Elder Rector served as Assistant Executive Director of the Family History Department. He was also the managing director of the Genealogical Department from 1979-1988. He spoke in general conference seven times. (Browse his conference talks.) He married Constance Daniel on October 12, 1947, and together they have nine children. He studied at Murray State Teachers College and at the University of Southern California, and enlisted in the Naval Reserve Aviation Cadet program in 1942 and became a naval aviator and was commissioned an ensign in 1945. Although he was released from active duty in 1947, just three years later, in 1950, Elder Rector returned to being a Navy pilot with the outbreak of the Korean War and he remained on active duty until 1958.“I knew the book was true before I had finished 2 Nephi—Nephi had converted one more—and began to attend church in the old Valencia Park Ward in San Diego,” he said in his last general conference address in October 1994. “Because of my preparation for deployment, I was not able to study and attend church as I wanted to and longed for the time when I could.”At the time of his return to the Navy, he and his wife and two young children moved to San Diego, California. While he was away on a 14-week training course in Hawaii, missionaries knocked on the door of his home and his wife began learning about the Church. After he returned from Hawaii she gave him a copy of the Book of Mormon and he began to read.Hartman Rector Jr. was born on August 20, 1924, in Moberly, Missouri, to Hartman Rector and Vivian Fay Garvin. Preceding him in death is his wife, Connie, who passed away in February 2015.Nearly two decades after his baptism, he was called by President David O. McKay to be a member of the First Council of the Seventy. At the time, he was the first convert to be called as a General Authority since John Morgan, who had been called 86 years previously.Elder Hartman Rector Jr., convert to the Church, emeritus General Authority Seventy, and former member of the Presidency of the Seventy, passed away on November 6, 2018, in Orem, Utah. He was 94.While on an aircraft carrier headed to Japan, he read the standard works of the Church, and said he “was like a starving man who had found food and drink for the first time. I loved it.”At the time of his call, he was the only General Authority who had been baptized as an adult.Sustained to the First Council of the Seventy on April 6, 1968, at age 43, he served in that position until 1975. From October 3, 1975, to October 1, 1976, he served in the Presidency of the Seventy, at which point he was called to be a General Authority Seventy. He served in that calling until he was given emeritus status on October 1, 1994.While traveling he was able to study with other Church members and upon his arrival in Japan, he received permission to be baptized—despite not meeting the requirement of the time to investigate the Church for one-year's time—after much persisting. He was baptized a member of the Church on February 26, 1952. His wife was baptized that same year on March 1, and upon his return the couple was sealed in the Mesa Arizona Temple in May 1953.Funeral arrangements are pending.
Elder Hartman Rector Jr.
The November 5 roundtable was hosted by Andrzej Grzyb, Polish member of the European Parliament, and gathered EU officials with representatives of various churches and faith communities as well as humanist organizations. Those in attendance were invited to share their recommendations regarding a recent report by Mr. Grzyb on the mandate of the special envoy and their views on religious freedom throughout the world.“As a global Church, and because of its history, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a special commitment to religious freedom,” said Di Lillo during his remarks.He also shared recommendations regarding a mandate of the European Commission’s special envoy on the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU, which was created on behalf of the European Platform against Religious Intolerance and Discrimination, an organization of which the Church is an active member.The EU office of the Church opened in Brussels in September 2013, and, according to a recent video posted to their Facebook page, their mission is to “advise Church leaders on EU policy, focusing on the three pillars of faith, family, and freedom of religion and belief.”In discussing the status of religious freedom worldwide, Di Lillo said, “The general picture is quite grim. Vulnerable groups are still targeted and persecuted, harassed, and deprived of their most basic rights and freedoms.”According to a Facebook post by the EU office of the Church that detailed the event, among the EU officials in attendance at the roundtable were Mairead McGuinness, first vice president of the European Parliament; Jan Figel, special envoy on the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU; Peter van Dalen MEP, cochair of the European Parliament Intergroup on Freedom of Religion or Belief and Religious Tolerance; Waheed Kahn MEP; and Jan Olbrycht MEP.Regarding his recommendations for Mr. Grzyb’s report on the mandate, Di Lillo extended an invitation for the European Council to establish an EU special representative of freedom of religion or belief. He also recommended extending the mandate from one to five years and improving institutional coordination among EU institutions and the mandate holders. He noted that more financial and human resources will also be a key part of ensuring the work of the mandate is accomplished.In his closing remarks, Di Lillo explained that Latter-day Saint leaders have taught the importance of religious freedom for as long as the Church has been established. “I am sure we will all continue to embrace these principles, protect religious freedom for all, and work together towards a more tolerant society,” he said.He continued: “We feel it important to reaffirm that freedom of religion or belief protects not only individuals but also religious organizations that make faith communities possible, and also nonbelievers.”In a recent roundtable discussion at the European Parliament in Brussels, Francesco Di Lillo, director of the European Union Office of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spoke to EU officials regarding the Church’s commitment to religious freedom.
Through that “happy educational experience,” as well as many others, President Eyring has learned that the Holy Ghost is sent to individuals as each obeys God’s laws.Obedience is the first law of heaven, and as a person obeys they are promised an increase in faith, knowledge, wisdom, testimony, protection, and freedom.“That gave me the confidence to keep trying harder even when the learning was difficult.”“I know school can be a grind,” he said. “I know it seems difficult. I know you get discouraged at times. I know you wonder why you are attending school at all. But keep on. Keep on hammering away. Keep on learning. You will never regret learning—neither in this life, nor in the world to come. Indeed, you will treasure forever what you learn and what you learn about how to keep on learning.”When a person prays with faith in Jesus Christ, the Spirit comes to him or her. As a person prays less often and with less faith in the Savior, his or her desire to pray diminishes.“Less than an hour later, the chairman of the examining committee announced, without any discussion with the members of the committee, that I had passed the exam,” he said. “They all stood to shake my hand. While they were thanking me for my performance, I was silently thanking heaven for another verification of the promise of the Lord.”“I can remember it as if it had just happened,” he said. “Help came as a voice, an actual voice, in my mind. It was not my voice. It was a soft and loving voice—but firm. The words voiced were these: ‘When you realize who you really are, you will be sorry that you didn’t try harder.’”3. Keep the commandmentsPresident Eyring shared four ways in which a person might be diligent and obedient and receive the blessing of having the Holy Ghost upon them so that He can help in one’s efforts to learn.It was through that understanding—that he was a spirit child of God with inherent potential to learn what God knows and that he had the ability to utilize the Atonement of the Lord and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost—that President Eyring was able to “know the truth of all things.”“Obedience to God’s commandments invites the influence of the Holy Ghost,” President Eyring said. “Disobedience brings a feeling of darkness and discouragement as a certain result.” Audience members listen as President Henry B. Eyring speaks to LDS Business College students during a devotional in the Conference Center Theater in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.“Now—you are smiling—you may reasonably ask, ‘Well, once you knew who you really were and had the Holy Ghost as your companion, could you solve every physics problem and resolve every mathematical puzzle?”From his experience, President Eyring invited students to look at educational struggles as a great blessing.He was able to think clearly and complete the tasks in half the time allotted.Speaking to a capacity crowd of students in the Conference Center Theater, President Eyring remembered looking at the first question on an exam and determining to move to the next question when he didn’t know exactly how to proceed.As an undergraduate student struggling to learn something that seemed “was beyond me,” Henry B. Eyring felt he couldn’t sustain his efforts to keep trying.“I have learned that service brings inspiration,” he said.“I found that reading the Book of Mormon was the best part of my preparation for every examination in which I needed power to remember what I had tried hard to learn,” he said.The Book of Mormon is scripture filled with testimony of the divinity of Jesus Christ and the reality of His Atonement, President Eyring said. As individuals read the Book of Mormon, they are inviting the Holy Ghost to come to them.“This first happened long ago as I sought to learn physics and mathematics in my college years,” President Eyring, who now serves as Second Counselor in the First Presidency, told LDS Business College students on Tuesday, November 6. “I felt overwhelmed. It seemed to me that the other students could work the problems and master the material more quickly than I could.”Not knowing then exactly what that meant, President Eyring knew what he needed to do—he went to work.2. Feast on the word of God1. Pray alwaysOne night, during that time of discouragement, President Eyring received help that made all the difference for him.4. Serve others for the Lord Choir members sing prior to President Henry B. Eyring speaking to LDS Business College students during a devotional on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.“You know from your experience that when you become casual in your prayers, you feel less inspiration,” he said.The answer: “Of course not. But with the help of the Holy Ghost, I did learn how to learn things that were beyond my natural ability.” Audience members exit the Conference Center Theater after listening to President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency speak to LDS Business College students on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.“So, I give this counsel to you, as I do to myself,” he said. The organist plays the opening hymn prior to a devotional in the Conference Center Theater in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News. President Henry B. Eyring smiles at the audience as he takes his seat prior to speaking to LDS Business College students during a devotional in the Conference Center Theater in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.Closing counsel President Henry B. Eyring acknowledges the crowd as he exits after speaking to LDS Business College students at a devotional in the Conference Center Theater in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News. President Henry B. Eyring waves to the crowd as he and Elder Kim B. Clark, General Authority Seventy and Commissioner of Church Education, exit the Conference Center Theater on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.“I still remember the feeling of fear when I got to the last question and realized that I didn’t know how to answer any of them,” he said. “As time wore on, my discouragement led me to feel that it was useless to study. I began to … think of quitting, of doing something easier.”“I felt that I must have more ability to learn than I could see in myself,” he said. “That knowledge kept me hard at work through my college years, in graduate school, and then as a teacher when it seemed still that everyone was smarter than I was and that they could do things I couldn’t do.”“So don’t wait for a desire to pray to come to you,” he said. “Decide to pray, even when it is hard—especially when it is hard and the windows of heaven seem closed to you. If you keep trying, those windows will open.”Sharing the experience he had in his final oral exam for his doctorate degree, President Eyring said that after ministering to the little branches of New England on a Saturday and Sunday before his Monday exam, he was able to find a clear and complete solution to the main exam question.“President Russell M. Nelson’s challenge to the women of the Church to read the Book of Mormon by the end of the year is precious educational advice—for you men too, and for me,” President Eyring said.Just as missionaries and mission presidents see the connection between obedience and the companionship of the Holy Ghost, individuals also experience a “heart open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit” as they are obedient to the commandments.“With the influence of the Holy Ghost, we can learn things, know things, and do things beyond our personal powers.”“Believe that we have a divine mandate to go on learning for as long as we live and then into eternity. Believe that the Father can send us the Holy Ghost, who is the Spirit of Truth. Be patient and persistent in learning. With the help of the Holy Ghost, and by learning line upon line as we are diligent in our efforts and full of faith in Jesus Christ, we will be able to accomplish much more than we thought possible.”“That Monday morning, I felt perfect peace and calm,” he said.“When we disobey, we weaken our faith, we forget our knowledge, and we cloud our wisdom,” he said.President Eyring learned two things: the Lord knows all truth—in physics and in everything else—and that if he lives worthy of the Holy Ghost, he can learn “true things beyond my human ability.”
“When we love God and put Him first in our lives, everything else falls into place,” he said. “When we extend that love to those around us, we find joy and fulfillment.”Sharing a short fable about a bird, Elder Teixeira explained the importance of faith and the small things that help build a spiritual foundation. In the fable, a bird met with a traveling man each day and would trade one of his precious feathers—necessary to help him fly—for the delight of an easy meal of fresh worms.3. Don’t jeopardize your capacity“Your priorities of today will be your joy and fulfillment of tomorrow,” he said.The changes for Sister Teixeira’s family may have felt like a loss at the time, but the blessings they received from the knowledge of the gospel changed their lives for the better, he explained.Accompanied by his wife, Sister Filomena Teles Grilo Teixeira, Elder Teixeira underscored three lessons and principles that can help individuals find joy and fulfillment in their lives, make inspired decisions, and set wise priorities.Sharing a second story of how his own family came to find the gospel when he was 16 years old, Elder Teixeira explained that despite heavy opposition from friends and neighbors, his family decided to listen to the missionaries and subsequently join the Church and be sealed as a family in the temple.As students, Elder Teixeira said, their particular stage of life is an important time to make inspired decisions and set wise priorities. Elder José A. Teixeira spoke to BYU students on ways to find joy and fulfillment in a devotional on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Photo by Aislynn Edwards, BYU Photo.Pulling out his cell phone to show his audience in the Marriott Center on the BYU campus, Elder José A. Teixeira of the Presidency of the Seventy began his devotional address with a quote from his April 2015 general conference address: “Life is not confined to a four-inch screen.”2. Don’t be deterred from doing what’s rightElder Teixeira likened the feathers—essential to fly—to one’s faith and spiritual beliefs—essential to reach one’s divine potential.On Tuesday, November 6, as he held up his newly upgraded phone with its 6.5-inch screen, Elder Teixeira laughed with students at the small change and said, “Nonetheless, the statement remains true: ‘Life is not confined to a screen, no matter the size.’”Thinking that one feather at a time couldn’t possibly do much damage, the bird soon discovered that he had traded all his feathers to the traveling man and, unable to fly, he became prisoner to the young traveler.1. Remember your most important priorityThe way each individual spends their time is a reflection of their priorities, Elder Teixeira said. “Remember, where your heart is, there is your treasure also.”Setting Christ and His teachings as a central priority of one’s life is key to finding joy and fulfillment, he explained.Elder Teixeira shared a story from his wife’s youth, when her family was forced to leave their home and possessions in Angola and return to Portugal due to an outbreak of war. Although the family lost a great deal, their return to Portugal brought them the knowledge of the gospel as they were taught by the missionaries there.“Popular views or the conduct of others should not deter or constrain us from doing what we know is right,” he said.“Our most important priority will always be to do those things that will enable us to return to our Heavenly Father,” he said.“If we trade our beliefs for worldly pleasures,” he said, “we jeopardize our capacity to fly.”Finding joySpeaking of the many decisions and changes he has experienced throughout his life and career, Elder Teixeira told students: “The same will be true for each of you. In your own unique way, you will undoubtedly have to make decisions and choices and set priorities that will shape your lives.”
It is one of several Joseph Smith Papers volumes presented as a “facsimile edition”—with the volume featuring full-color photographs of all documents and typographic facsimiles.Found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ scriptural Pearl of Great Price, the book of Abraham follows the ancient Israel prophet Abraham and details his journey from Ur to Egypt and his activities in Egypt. It also shares an account of the Creation and doctrinal teachings on the plan of salvation, the premortal existence of spirits, and their eternal nature. This facsimile from the book of Abraham is among the images found in Revelations and Translations: Volume 4 of the Joseph Smith Papers. Photo courtesy of the Joseph Smith Papers.“This latest volume offers readers an unprecedented look at the manuscripts and earliest publications of the book of Abraham,” said Robin Scott Jensen, one of the volume’s coeditors, in a news release. “But it also takes readers inside Joseph Smith’s study of the Egyptian papyri before he dictated the book of Abraham—which is a history with which few Latter-day Saints are familiar.” This printing plate was used for publishing a facsimile from the book of Abraham in the Times and Seasons in 1842. The image is among many found in Revelations and Translations: Volume 4 of the Joseph Smith Papers. Photo courtesy of the Joseph Smith Papers.The publication looks at the book of Abraham and its development from the purchase of Egyptian papyri by Joseph Smith and others in 1835 through the publication of its text and related illustrations in 1842 in the Times and Seasons, a Church newspaper.Wilford Woodruff, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, wrote in his journal in February 1842 that “the Lord is Blessing Joseph with Power to reveal the mysteries of the kingdom of God; to translate through the urim & Thummim Ancient records & Hyeroglyphics as old as Abraham or Adam, which causes our hearts to burn within us while we behold their glorious truths opened unto us.”Revelations and Translations, Volume 4: Book of Abraham and Related Manuscripts was edited by Jensen and Brian M. Hauglid and published by the Church Historian’s Press. More information is available at josephsmithpapers.org.Volume 4 of the Joseph Smith Papers Project’s Revelations and Translations series—which focuses on the book of Abraham and related documents—has been published and was officially released Monday, November 5.A conference celebrating the volume’s publication was held October 26 in the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City. The conference included presentation themes on methods and reception of translation and insights into Joseph Smith’s Egyptian-language efforts in general and specifically in the book of Abraham.The book of Abraham was first published in 1842. While Joseph Smith did not know Egyptian or related ancient languages, the book of Abraham—like the Book of Mormon—is the product of divinely inspired translation.
The newest addition to the Joseph Smith Papers series is Revelations and Translations: Volume 4. Photo courtesy of the Joseph Smith Papers.The volume consists of three groups of documents—surviving fragments of the purchased Egyptian papyri, the “Egyptian-language documents” created as Joseph Smith and others tried to compile grammar and alphabet tools to assist them, and the manuscripts and first publication of the book of Abraham.
The newly completed temple is the Church’s second in the country in nearly 20 years—the first being the Bogotá Colombia Temple, which was completed in 1999. This will be the 161st operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the world and the 19th in South America.Additionally, the interior of the temple “features original art glass, custom rugs with Colombian motifs in blue and gold, wrought iron and bronze railings, and a grand staircase,” Newsroom stated. The official flower of Barranquilla City, the rose hibiscus, or “cayena” as it is called there, is featured in carved wood and glass in the temple.Highlighting the neoclassic architecture of the Republic period in Colombia, the Barranquilla Colombia Temple stands at 24,000 square feet and is 107 feet tall, according to Newsroom. The exterior is covered in limestone and has carved parapets, a dome, and a cupola. The Barranquilla Colombia Temple highlights the neoclassic architecture of the Republic period in Colombia.Learn more details about the Barranquilla Colombia temple here. The words “Holiness to the Lord—House of the Lord” are inscribed in Spanish on the Barranquilla Colombia Temple.Just days after the dedication of the Concepción Chile Temple, the public open house is set to begin for the Barranquilla Colombia Temple.For free reservations to attend the open house, click here. The open house for the Barranquilla Colombia Temple will run November 3 through November 24, 2018.The open house runs from Saturday, November 3, to Saturday, November 24, with the exception of Sundays. A youth devotional will be held on December 8, the evening before the temple’s dedication on December 9.
The statue of the angel Moroni sits atop the Barranquilla Colombia Temple.
The hurricane made landfall on October 23 with 120 mph winds toppling homes, ripping off roofs, and knocking out power to more than 100,000 homes in the Mexican state of Sinaloa.“One chapel was flooded and was quickly taken care of,” reported Church spokesman Daniel Woodruff.Emergency workers and federal troops initially struggled to reach beach towns left incommunicado even as the storm continued to force evacuations due to fear of flooding.Thousands of Mexican soldiers and sailors were being dispatched to affected communities to offer help.The 2018 hurricane season has exacted a heavy price on legions of Latter-day Saints—severely damaging hundreds of member homes and several meetinghouses in the southeastern United States.Now, finally, some good news.Despite making landfall on Mexico’s central Pacific coast as a category 3 storm, Hurricane Willa did not significantly affect members or Church properties. No members or missionaries were injured. Meanwhile, damage to member homes was limited to leaks and minor flooding.
Kristyne Torruella, Caserta Ward, Rome Italy West Stake“When President Nelson issued his 10-day media challenge, I felt burdened by my calling and was pondering how to proceed. I read in Saints that Joseph Smith could only translate the Book of Mormon after repenting and being in harmony with God and others. I realized that President Nelson’s invitation was to sanctify myself so God could give me power.Mindy Booth Baxter, Relief Society general board member, Olympus Hills Ward, Salt Lake Mount Olympus Stake“I am so grateful for a prophet who is extending specific invitations to act—invitations that come with promised blessings. The invitation to take a 10-day fast from social media, or any other media that has a negative influence, was a blessing. This was one invitation from a prophet that I was able to complete with exactness—and that felt good. I am not saying that social media has no merit, and we were asked to refrain for only 10 days—not a long period of time, but long enough to experience what it felt like to go without something that might not always influence us for good. I am grateful for this chance I had to sustain President Nelson, not only with my hands, but with the way I responded to a specific invitation.”In the women’s session of general conference held on October 6, 2018, President Russell M. Nelson issued a four-part challenge to the women of the Church. One element of his call to action included a 10-day social media fast. Here is what three women learned from heeding the prophet’s counsel.“I refrained from social media, television, and talk radio, as political news triggers negative emotions in me. I spent more time reading scriptures instead.Sister Michelle D. Craig, First Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency“The result was greater peace, answers to prayers, and inspiration for my calling, family, and work. Following the prophet has blessed my life!”“I’ve been reading the Book of Mormon daily, marking the scriptures related to Jesus Christ, and I’ve learned that Jesus Christ is kind, loving, committed to helping us, compassionate, forgiving, merciful, and a host of other things. So, by not spending so much time scrolling, I am spending my time doing other better things. Both things are good, but one is definitely better than the other. It’s one of those good, better, or best things.”
O God, our Eternal Father, prayerfully and humbly we come before Thee in the name of Thy Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. In this holy house, we bow in reverent prayer to praise and honor Thee and to dedicate this edifice unto Thee for its sacred purposes.We acknowledge those Chilean pioneers of faith and devotion who established the foundation of Thy work in this beautiful country. May their names be remembered and their legacy revered by all succeeding generations.Following is the text of the dedicatory prayer of the Concepción Chile Temple offered by President Russell M. Nelson on Sunday, October 28.We are most grateful that Thou hast blessed us with resources necessary to construct this house of the Lord. We thank Thee for faithful Saints who, in their prosperity or in their poverty, have made sacred offerings for this holy edifice. We thank Thee for every sacrifice of time and effort made to construct this beautiful building.Dear Father, wilt Thou bless the temple presidents and matrons who will serve here, that they may do so with Thine approbation. Bless all who serve here that exactness and love will prevail in their efforts. Bless those who come to worship and perform work for their departed ancestors and others. May Thy Holy Spirit bring inspiration, comfort, and joy to all who labor in this sacred edifice.We are grateful for the Prophet Joseph Smith and for the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ in these latter days. We thank Thee for the ministration of heavenly messengers who have restored priesthood keys that make possible the salvation and exaltation of Thy children.Wilt Thou bless those who depart this temple for missionary service, that they may go forth with power and determination to help in the gathering of Israel in preparation for the Second Coming of Thy Beloved Son.
President Russell M. Nelson dedicated the Concepción Chile Temple on Sunday, October 28, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.Holy Father, we praise and honor Thee and Thy Beloved Son. May Thy Saints here and throughout the world fulfill their responsibilities in the gathering of Israel, preparing a Zion people, and doing a work worthy of all acceptation.We pray for the government leaders of this great nation of Chile. Dear Father, soften their hearts and inspire their minds that this country may prosper under their direction. We pray for the citizens of Chile. Bless them according to Thy will for them. Strengthen those who will help to secure freedom and security for all. Bless the members of Thy Church who reside here that they may be exemplary citizens, with integrity and charity in all their labors.We express unto Thee our abiding love and sincere gratitude as we dedicate unto Thee this the Concepción Chile Temple, in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, amen.We pray for the families and individual members of the Church who reside in this choice land. As they are faithful and true to the covenants they have made and will make in this holy temple, wilt Thou prosper them and grant them the desires of their hearts. We pray for the youth, that they may be drawn to these sacred precincts. We pray for the children that their hearts may be turned to their fathers. May the ordinances and covenants of salvation and exaltation be provided to all on both sides of the veil who yearn for them.
A close-up of the steeple of the Concepción Chile Temple, photographed here the day before its dedication on Sunday, October 28, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.Now, Beloved Father, in the sacred name of Jesus Christ and in the authority of the holy Melchizedek Priesthood, we dedicate unto Thee this the Concepción Chile Temple. We dedicate the structure from the depth of its foundation to the height of its steeple, that it may withstand the forces of nature and the ravages of time. We dedicate each room for its sacred purpose. We dedicate the furnishings and fixtures that they may serve their function well and give comfort and utility to those who use them. We dedicate the grounds upon which this temple stands, with their flowers, trees, shrubs, and grass. Thwart the hand of any who would approach these premises with evil intent.We pray for members of the Church who direct Thy work here on earth. We pray for the general officers, local leaders, and faithful members of Thy Church. We pray that Thy love may sustain them according to Thy holy will for them.
The conference was immediately canceled, and Church leaders searched out a boat and food to make the 24-hour journey to the accident.“The people are just wonderful,” he told the Church News. “There are not a friendlier people in all the earth than the people here in Tahiti. The ones that came [to the rededication] came reverently this morning. I think it was a very spiritual experience for all of them.”The Papeete Tahiti Temple was the fifth dedicated in Polynesia, the fifth of six temples dedicated that year, and the 25th in operation at the time.Twenty years before, he had dedicated a meetinghouse on Maupiti Island, north of Tahiti. Afterward, as he was conducting a conference on Huahine Island, a telegram from a nurse named Clair arrived. A boat carrying members home from the meetinghouse dedication had hit a reef and 18 people—15 of them Relief Society sisters—had drowned.Clair survived the wreck by holding onto a pole for three hours. During that time, she prayed for rescue. She also prayed that God would show her the true Church so she could work for Him. Soon, Andre Manea, a fisherman, pulled her and eight others out of the sea. Rhett and Jolene Ogden from Lehi, Utah, standing in front of the Papeete Tahiti Temple. Photo courtesy of the Ogden family.At the dedication of the temple, President Hinckley called it a “great crowning day of 140 years of dedicated service.”After 203 days at sea, the Timoleon stopped at Tubuai on April 30, 1844. The missionaries received such a warm welcome from the islanders that Elder Pratt decided to stay there while Elder Grouard and Elder Rogers went on to Tahiti.Elder Perry's wife, Sister Barbara D. Perry, is a descendant of Thomas William Whitaker, a missionary who served in Tahiti in 1850. She accompanied Elder Perry to the original dedication of the Tahiti Temple.The dedication of the temple on the Pacific island of Tahiti was “a fulfillment of the dreams of thousands who have looked forward to this glorious day,” said President Gordon B. Hinckley, who was then serving as Second Counselor in the First Presidency.Over the course of three days—exactly 35 years ago—October 27–29, 1983, President Hinckley dedicated the long-awaited temple with about 2,500 Latter-day Saints attending the sessions. Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles accompanied him on the trip.Twenty-three years later, Elder Perry returned to Tahiti in 2006 for the rededication of the temple. At the rededication, he expressed love for the country.He met Clair, who was injured and emotionally distraught. After asking if she would like a blessing, then explaining what a blessing was, President Hinckley encouraged her to join the Church and serve the Lord.“I count it a great privilege to be here with you. It is a wonderful thing to come back to Tahiti. I don't know of a more beautiful place,” President Hinckley said.In 1843, the Prophet Joseph Smith called four men—Addison Pratt, Benjamin F. Grouard, Knowlton F. Hanks, and Noah Rogers—to open a mission in Hawaii, then known as the Sandwich Islands. They were unable to find a ship going there after three months, so they boarded a ship called the Timoleon, which was headed for Tahiti, then known as the Society Islands. Elder Hanks died of tuberculosis during that voyage and was buried at sea.
Church members in Tahiti gather on the temple grounds Sunday, November 12, 2006, for the rededication of the Papeete Tahiti Temple. Photo by Sarah Jane Weaver, Church News.Between dedicatory sessions of the Papeete Tahiti Temple, President Hinckley met Clair again. Shortly after receiving that blessing, Clair had joined the Church, believing it an answer to her prayer. She’d also married Manea, the fisherman who rescued her. He too had joined the Church and was serving as first counselor to President C. Jay Larson, president of the Papeete Tahiti Temple.
Elder L. Tom Perry and his wife, Sister Barbara Perry, leave the Papeete Tahiti Temple grounds after rededicating the Papeete Tahiti Temple on Sunday, November 12, 2006. Photo by Sarah Jane Weaver, Church News.Other missionaries to the Church’s first foreign-language mission soon followed, and some of their descendants attended the Papeete Tahiti Temple dedication in 1983.President Hinckley arrived a day later and described the scene. “Everywhere people were crying. We walked up and down the streets, holding the children whose mothers had been killed, trying to comfort the fathers.”
“We don’t have a lot of experience to be qualified for this call,” President Perrin said. “But we are willing to serve, and the instruction provided here has been extremely helpful for us to engage in our new calling.”“I think it was an indication to me that the Lord was tapping me on the shoulder as if to say, ‘Get ready, get prepared.’”“We’ve seen the importance of the temples now more than ever,” said President Dávila. “We’ve seen the First Presidency, the Quorum of the Twelve all present. They’re speaking to us, directing us, clarifying what it truly means—the mission, the vision, and, at the end of the day, the exaltation.”The return to Tahiti inches closer as President and Sister Perrin prepare to begin their three-year temple assignment on November 1. Key to that preparation was attending the 2018 Seminar for New Temple Presidents and Matrons, held October 16–18 in the Salt Lake Temple—an appropriate site given the sacred topics of the three-day instruction and discussion.For the Dávilas, they are returning once again to their second home city, after Bogota, the capital of Colombia. Shortly after his work as an architect with the design and building of the Bogota Temple in the late 1990s, the Dávilas were called soon thereafter to preside over the Colombia Barranquilla Mission. They were back in Barranquilla for the past several years while he was a project manager for the new temple.The Pilzes were married in that same temple in 1978, but the Frankfurt Germany Temple—which opened in 1987—soon became “our temple” for them and their children.Of the 69 president/matron couples, eight were training to preside in temples not yet dedicated or fully completed, including temples in Barranquilla, Colombia; Concepción, Chile; Durban, South Africa; Fortaleza, Brazil; Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo; Lisbon, Portugal; Port-au-Prince, Haiti; and Rome, Italy.At new temples
President Yves R. Perrin and Sister Kathleen Perrin, president and matron of the Papeete Tahiti Temple. Photo by Scott Taylor, Church News.With the Frankfurt Temple closed, members in Germany have gone not only to the country’s other operating temple in Freiberg but, if closer, to temples in Copenhagen, Denmark; The Hague, Netherlands; or Bern, Switzerland.With many of their returned missionaries serving in Tahiti in various callings, “it’s gratifying to be able to go back and see how they have progressed in the gospel,” Sister Perrin said.“To sit at the feet of the prophets, we learned the most important thing we can do is to love the people and to create an atmosphere of caring and kindness,” President Perrin said. “And even though we feel overwhelmed with all of our responsibilities, we feel like we can love and care for the people. We love them already.”Following the three-day seminar, participating president-and-matron couples felt more ready to begin their new assignments, most with the traditional starting of November 1 at the currently operating temples.Sister Pilz retains only fleeting recollections of that sealing that first time, soon after the temple’s 1955 dedication, with her family regularly traveling the three days each way from northern Germany. A highlight for the children was when they became old enough to participate in proxy baptisms for deceased relatives.Mixed emotions washed over them, ranging from the thrill of returning to where he had taken his young family to preside over the Tahiti Papeete Mission nearly three decades earlier to the overwhelming uncertainties of whether they could measure up and fulfill such a sacred call.With that temple all but complete, the Dávilas were packing their bags and ready to return to Bogota when they received their call from President Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor in the First Presidency. “He asked how we were doing, if we were healthy, and if we were ready to work,” Sister Dávila said. “We said, ‘Si, Señor’—yes, sir!”Members assigned to the districts of both new and recently closed temples will welcome the proximity of an operating temple, forgoing the great distances and time demands to travel in order to participate in sessions and ordinances.“Get ready, get prepared”Leading many sessions were members of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, with the First Presidency attending the morning sessions each day.“Being taught at the feet of the First Presidency in the temple has been so special,” said President Wolfgang Pilz, who with his wife, Sister Karin Pilz, has been assigned to the Frankfurt Germany Temple.Both President and Sister Pilz recalled their own initial temple experiences as young children dressed in white and brought into a room in the Swiss Temple—now the Bern Switzerland Temple—to be sealed to their respective parents.Back to Barranquilla
President César A. Dávila and Sister Miryam Hernández de Dávila, president and matron of the Barranquilla Colombia Temple. Photo by Scott Taylor, Church News.Those in northern Colombia in and around Barranquilla have traveled as much as 20 hours to reach the temple in Bogota. “We know, because we had that blessing to see them arriving at the temple by bus, and then staying for three or four days before returning,” said President Dávila, who with his wife had served previously in the Bogota Temple.“Among the most touching comments we received from all the acknowledgements of our call was a few of them that said, ‘Welcome home,’” said President Perrin.Everything leads to God’s promise of exaltation for His children, Sister Dávila added. “Everybody must go through that process. That’s our homework on earth.”Also, 12 are assigned to temples in South America, eight in Europe, four in the Oceania/Pacific area, and three each in Asia and Africa. Two of the 69 couples had been serving already, with the 2018 seminar the first opportunity for them to attend such a training. Couples attending the 2018 Seminar for New Temple Presidents and Matrons walk through Temple Square between seminar instruction inside the Salt Lake Temple and a photo session at the Salt Lake Tabernacle. Photo by Scott Taylor, Church News.Many of the president/matron couples are well accustomed with the area of the temple and its assigned membership, such as the Pilzes, who are from the Frankfurt area. Others are returning to familiar ground, such as the Dávilas and the Perrins, who presided over missions headquartered in the same cities where their assigned temples are located—the Dávilas over the Colombia Barranquilla Mission and the Perrins, the Tahiti Papeete Mission.“The Lord has a special way of blessing and aligning things so that things will work out,” said President Dávila of their Barranquilla connection.
Sister Karin Pilz and President Wolfgang Pilz, matron and president of the Frankfurt Germany Temple. Photo by Scott Taylor, Church News.Often, Barranquilla members were leaving the coastal city at the time of the weeklong “carnival” festivities. “While everyone else was partying, they were traveling to the temple and making major economic sacrifices to attend the temple,” she said.And with the benefit of a half-century’s hindsight, he begins his three-year temple service, mindful that his call came on the 50th-year anniversary of his baptism.President César A. Dávila, who will serve with his wife, Sister Miryam Hernández de Dávila in the Barranquilla Colombia Temple, spoke of how seminar participants felt valued, loved, and needed as they interacted with the prophets.Own temple experiences“I think the members have learned to appreciate the temple even more because they have had to travel much further, and they’re spending several days at a time at the temple,” said President Pilz, adding, “They’re all waiting for the day when they will come together into one temple.”Familiar territoryAnd when reopened, the Frankfurt Temple will convey both a sense of familiarity as well as considerable newness. “It will be completely different from what we know it to be,” Sister Pilz said. “While the outer walls are the same, everything inside will be different.”This year’s seminar for new temple presidents and matrons was the largest ever conducted—nearly two dozen more than the previous largest number attending.Another three will be over temples at the final stages of renovation in Asunción, Paraguay; Frankfurt, Germany; and Oakland, California.Fifty years to the day—in fact, nearly to the hour—of his convert baptism as a young man in his native France, Yves R. Perrin joined his wife, Kathleen, in receiving a call to serve as temple president and matron of the Papeete Tahiti Temple.Taught by prophetsNot only that, but it’s a chance for the Perrins’ children to return to sacred ground—their three children were preteens and younger when the couple served as mission president and wife. “So it’s a blessing for us to go back and hopefully have our children bring their children to see where they grew up,” Sister Perrin said.The Perrins were one of 69 couples involved in the training provided by Church and Temple Department leaders prior to starting their assignments across the globe.Largest-ever seminar
The 69 couples attending the 2018 Seminar for New Temple Presidents and Matrons gather for a group photo in the Salt Lake Tabernacle after seminar instruction held in the Salt Lake Temple. Photo by Scott Taylor, Church News.Returning after renovationOf that number, 39 couples are assigned to temples in North America—eight in Utah and another 18 throughout the rest of the United States with another six for temples in Mexico and three in Canada.Temple presidents and matrons often reflect on their own temple experiences as they prepare for their three-year service to assist others in temple work and worship. For the Perrins, it was attending the seminar in the temple of their 1974 marriage. And for the Dávilas, it was the mid-1990s trips from Colombia to the Jordan River Utah Temple, first for their own sealing as a couple, followed by being sealed as parents with their son and daughter.
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Finding People in Early Census Records Using Digitalarkivet of Norway (Beginner)Family History Library classes and webinars. Online classes are noted on the schedule as webinars. Webinar attendees need to click the link next to the class title at the scheduled date and time to attend the class online. Those attending in person simply go to the room noted. Invite your family and friends.Thursdays—Research Classes at 1:00 p.m. MDTThe following webinars will be offered weekly on a track schedule throughout the month:Mondays—FamilySearch Catalog at 10:00 a.m. MDT See the calendar below for the complete list of classes. No registration is required.The FamilySearch Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, has announced its free family history classes and webinars for November 2018.Research classes will focus on records from Germany, Ireland, Norway, and the United States, and classes in Spanish. Beginning classes in how to use FamilySearch, such as the Family Tree and the new Memories app, and how to review and index Spanish and Italian records will be offered. Participants can attend in person or online.Tuesdays—FamilySearch.org and Family Tree Classes at 10:00 a.m. MDT
“When we understand the doctrine that explains our relationship to God, we also understand our relationship to one another,” he said. “All men and women on the earth are the offspring of God—spirit brothers and sisters. What a powerful idea! No wonder God’s Only Begotten Son commanded us to love one another. If only we would do so. What a different world it would be if brotherly and sisterly love and unselfish assistance could transcend all boundaries of nation, creed, and color.The balance between love and law in one’s personal life needs to be an “inspired balance.”“Such love would not erase all differences of opinion and action, but it would encourage each of us to focus our opposition on inappropriate actions rather than on actors. By doing so, we will follow Jesus Christ’s example of loving all people while also teaching and upholding the commandments of God.”President Oaks spoke of balancing the competing demands of love and law. He encouraged students to follow the gospel law in their personal lives while simultaneously showing love for those who do not. The audience listens as President Dallin H. Oaks of the First Presidency speaks at a BYU–Idaho campus devotional on October 30. Photo by Michael Lewis, BYU–Idaho.President Oaks encouraged listeners to study what the Savior taught about a balance between love and law. While every person is expected to love others as Christ has loved them—including the poor, the downtrodden, those who suffer from addiction, prisoners, adversaries, and sinners of all degrees—President Oaks reminded listeners that they are also required to obey the commandments and laws the Lord has set. President Dallin H. Oaks of the First Presidency speaks at a BYU–Idaho campus devotional on October 30. Photo by Cami Su, BYU–Idaho. BYU–Idaho students gather to hear the words of President Dallin H. Oaks on love and the law during a BYU–Idaho campus devotional on October 30. Photo by Sarah Jones, BYU–Idaho. President Dallin H. Oaks and his wife, Sister Kristen M. Oaks, greet students at a BYU–Idaho campus devotional on October 30. Photo by Michael Lewis, BYU–Idaho. President Dallin H. Oaks of the First Presidency speaks at a BYU–Idaho campus devotional on October 30. Photo by Michael Lewis, BYU–Idaho.Living with mutual respect for one another’s differences is difficult enough, but loving those who deliberately violate or even mock the commandments and laws of God is a challenge for a lifetime, he said. President Dallin H. Oaks of the First Presidency speaks at a BYU–Idaho campus devotional on October 30. Photo by Michael Lewis, BYU–Idaho.“But the Lord has taught us not to fear it.”“Difficult though it is, that is what the gospel of Jesus Christ requires,” he said. “Those who seek to keep all the commandments of God are almost always a minority among those who don’t.”That is when it is important to seek the inspiration of the Lord, President Oaks taught.“I have been helped by thinking of the dual obligations of love and law as a two-sided coin: keeping the commandments is one side of the coin and loving others is the other side,” he said. “We should keep each side in mind and not pursue or teach either side in a way that displaces or ignores the other.”It is important to see, recognize, and honor the good in all people, even those whose ideas and practices differ from one’s own.Many make the mistake of doing or teaching only one of the dual commandments of love and law at a time. For example, some fall short when trying to keep all the commandments but fail to show love toward those whom they consider to be breaking gospel laws.President Oaks asked, “How do we members practice a balance between two great directions: keep the commandments and love even those who don’t?”“At the most serious level, some even withhold love and relationships from members of their own families and friends,” he said. “To balance our commitments to love and law we must continually show love even as we continually honor and keep the commandments. We must strive to preserve precious relationships and at the same time not compromise our responsibilities to be obedient to and supportive of gospel law. …“The balancing I have described is not easy,” he said. “Experience teaches that when we seek to keep all the commandments in our personal lives, we are sometimes accused of having no love for those who don’t. When we show personal love and support loving causes, we are sometimes misunderstood as implying support for results that contradict our other commitments.”As a person attempts to apply that balance, they can expect opposition, he said.“Those teachings concerned love and law as separate principles, but what is taught about balancing between them?” President Oaks asked. “To understand the teachings and examples of our Savior, we must understand the nature of God’s love and the eternal purpose of His laws and commandments. One does not replace or diminish the other, and when we find the right balance between them we understand that there is no paradox in our Creator’s love and law. It is His plan and direction that we too should do both of these.”A follower of Christ must not only keep the commandments but also should be an example of civility and seek to live peaceably and lovingly with others who do not share similar values or have covenant obligations Church members have assumed.“How do we draw the line in showing love without seeming to abandon our commitment to the truths we understand about God’s law and the covenants we have made?”“There is no part of parental action that is more needful of heavenly guidance or more likely to receive it than the decisions of parents in raising their children and governing their families. That is the work of eternity.” President Dallin H. Oaks of the First Presidency waves to BYU–Idaho students who attended his BYU–Idaho campus devotional address on October 30. Photo by Cami Su, BYU–Idaho.“God’s love is so perfect that He lovingly requires us to obey His commandments because He knows that only through obedience to those laws can we become perfect and qualify for His choicest blessings,” he said.“However, these seemingly contradictory ideals are in fact a paradox,” added the First Counselor in the First Presidency. “Not only can we follow both directives of the Lord, but in finding an appropriate balance we can live both principles in a deeper, more complete way.”Like two sides of a coin, love and law are able to coexist, President Dallin H. Oaks of the First Presidency told Brigham Young University–Idaho students during a devotional on Tuesday, October 30.Speaking in the BYU–Idaho Center on the Rexburg, Idaho, campus, President Oaks referred to a talk he gave nine years ago titled “Love and Law.”“Those who honor God’s commandments may be seen as not having love for those who do not follow His laws,” he said. “Conversely, reaching out in love and kindness can at times be seen as condoning choices that are contrary to God’s laws.“I believe many in this audience are not familiar with that teaching,” he joked. “How old were you nine years ago?”
Mark Olson, president of the Mormon Miracle Pageant, told the Deseret News that while the Church’s direct support will no longer continue after its 2019 run, he believes local efforts by the community will be made to help a similar pageant continue in future years.Pageants currently produced by the Church include the following:In its October 27 statement, the Church also acknowledged the impact of its growth globally. “As this occurs, local Church leaders and members are encouraged to focus on gospel learning in their homes and to participate in Sabbath worship and the Church’s supporting programs for children, youth, individuals, and families.”In a statement released following the Church’s announcement on October 27, President John Ricks, president of the Nauvoo Illinois Stake, indicated that no changes are anticipated for the Nauvoo pageants. The two “will continue in the future the same as it has in the past, being fully supported and funded by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” said President Ricks in his statement. The Hill Cumorah near Palmyra, New York.
Speaking to reporters after the devotional held in the Bourbon Hotel Convention Center, President Nelson said that the best is yet ahead for members in South America. “We are just looking at the beginning now. It is a process.”Finally, President Nelson arrived in Concepción, Chile. On Saturday, October 27, just hours before the dedication of the Concepción Chile Temple, the prophet spoke to 1,500 youth meeting in the Talcahuano Chile South Stake center—and thousands more across the country watching it via a broadcast—about temple blessings and five topics to study. President Russell M. Nelson, center, Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, left, and Elder Enrique Falabella, General Authority Seventy, right, speak with media after leaving the Government Palace after meeting with the president of Peru in Lima, Peru, on October 20, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.In Spanish, he promised that Peruvians would find delight in the words of Jesus Christ by applying His teachings every day. “As you do this, you will have joy,” said President Nelson.After meeting with the president of Peru on October 20, President Russell M. Nelson addressed missionaries in Peru and Bolivia and spoke to almost 6,000 at a member devotional at Lima’s Coliseo Mariscal Caceres. The devotional, held in the indoor arena, was broadcast to meetinghouses across the country.Bolivia“You are beloved youth of the noble birthright,” he said. “I believe in you. I trust you. I love you. And I bless you with all that God knows that you need.”President Nelson promised that if the people will feast upon the words of Jesus Christ and apply His teachings, “you will prosper in the land and have joy in your posterity, if you are faithful in keeping the commandments.”Before that devotional, President Nelson met with missionaries from the Uruguay Montevideo Mission and the Uruguay Montevideo West Mission. While most missionaries could address the prophet as “President,” one elder greeted him as “Grandfather.” President Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, greet Governor Jorge Ulloa Aguillon outside at the Concepción Chile Temple in Concepción, Chile, on Saturday, October 27, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.Chile“You parents and teachers have a great responsibility to teach these children,” President Nelson said. “Teach them what it really means to be a child of God. They’re made in His image. … Teach them to pray to Him. … And teach them about the Savior of the world, the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us.”Some missionaries traveled over 48 hours for the opportunity to meet the prophet and hear him speak.The next day, he dedicated the Concepción Chile Temple, the first temple he has dedicated as President of the Church. The temple is an indication of the deepening and strengthening of the Church throughout South America—and the world.“We feel very grateful,” President Nelson said. “The people are so loving and so anxious to serve the Lord and to serve each other. … It really is a sacred feeling you have among them.”PeruIn a tent “transformed” into a chapel, President Nelson addressed some 4,200 Church members in Montevideo, Uruguay, on Thursday, October 25.
President Russell M. Nelson at a member devotional held in Polideportivo Heroes de Octubre in El Alto, Bolivia, on October 21, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.Over the course of nine days, President Nelson and his traveling party visited members and held devotionals in five countries in South America, concluding with the dedication of the Concepción Chile Temple.During that devotional, President Nelson dismissed his interpreter to speak to the Peruvian members in their native language. President Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, hug their grandson Elder Nicholas Nelson, a missionary serving in the Uruguay Montevideo Mission, prior to a missionary meeting in Montevideo, Uruguay, on Thursday, October 25, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.President Nelson’s third stop was in Asunción, Paraguay. The prophet met with missionaries from the two missions in Paraguay before later speaking in a devotional address on Monday, October 22.During a devotional held in the Polideportivo Heroes de Octubre in El Alto on Sunday, October 21, a healthy and unaffected President Nelson spoke in both English and Spanish in an address broadcast across the country.The devotional was held at the Landia Centro de Espectaculos and broadcast across the country. It marked the fourth stop on the South America ministry tour.ParaguayUruguayPresident Nelson’s next stop on the South America ministry tour was in El Alto, Bolivia. The city, which is the highest major metropolis in the world, is known for giving visitors altitude sickness.
“Let me begin by saying, in the wake of the tragic shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, Wednesday night, our prayers are with the families of the victims and with the members of the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston,” Elder Christofferson said to a nationwide audience on the occasion of the Freedman’s Bureau Announcement. “We pray that all who mourn may find the peace that comes only from God. There, unfortunately, regrettably, we saw hate. Here today we’ll talk about love.”“We express our deepest grief and solidarity with our Jewish friends around the world after the heinous violence perpetrated against congregants of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh,” the statement said. “It is our constant prayer that God will heal and protect those affected by such tragic events. When the security and religious freedom of our Jewish brothers and sisters is violated, we all suffer. Houses of worship should be safe, inviolate places for people of all faiths to join in sacred fellowship and seek communion with God.Responding to a question from author Sergio Rubin about how he copes with reports of violence, President Nelson told the Deseret News that mass shootings are “a great offense to God.” He said, “Hatred, violence, murder: all are against the teachings of the Lord.”The shooting resulted in 11 fatalities and six additional injuries, with a 46-year-old suspect taken into custody. The synagogue dates back to the 1920s.“We should love one another,” he said. “So violence has no place in society.”Following the tragic shootings in 2015 at the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Elder D. Todd Christofferson offered condolences to the communities affected.Following the Saturday, October 27, shootings in a synagogue located in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released an official statement expressing solidarity with those affected by the tragic event.“We condemn the environment of hate-filled rhetoric that has become so prevalent. Anti-Semitism has no place in our society. It is the responsibility of good people everywhere to speak out and stand up for each other’s rights to worship and live peacefully.”President Russell M. Nelson spoke on the topic of community violence two days prior to the shootings while on his South America ministry tour in Montevideo, Uruguay.
A new stake has been created from the Abeokuta Nigeria Stake. The Abeokuta Ibara Nigeria Stake, which consists of the Ilaro, Obada-Oko, and Olomore Branches and the Ibara, Ilewo-Orile, Lafenwa, Oke-Ata, Ope Oluwa, and Rounda Wards, was created by Elder Edward Dube, General Authority Seventy, and Elder Adeyinka A. Ojediran, an Area Seventy.
ABEOKUTA IBARA NIGERIA STAKE (September 2, 2018): President—Bamidele Olumuyiwa Fagbemi, 43, principal, Oyinade Memorial Computer College; wife, Oluyemisi Olubukula Adeosun Facibemi. Counselors—Joseph Boniface Akpan, 49, self-employed; wife, Oluwatoyin Jokotola Oke. Peter Hope Udoh, 44, self-employed; wife, Yemisi Veronica Ologun.
A new stake has been created from the Charlotte North Carolina South and Gastonia North Carolina Stakes. The Fort Mill South Carolina Stake, which consists of the Lancaster Branch and the Catawba, Fort Mill 1st, Fort Mill 2nd, Indian Land, Newport, Rock Hill, and York Wards, was created by Elder Vern P. Stanfill, General Authority Seventy, and Elder Matthew S. Harding, an Area Seventy.
FORT MILL SOUTH CAROLINA STAKE (August 26, 2018): President—Blake D. Smith, 44, plant manager, Terex; wife, Carrie Cook Smith. Counselors—William Taylor Ennis, 56, senior director of IT; wife, Marcia Leona Shumway Ennis. Craig L. Aeschbacher, 53, parts and service manager, Ford Motor Company; wife, Tina Maria Hanson Aeschbacher.
A new stake has been created from the Duran Ecuador North and the Guayaquil Ecuador Las Orquideas Stakes. The Samborondón Ecuador Stake, which consists of the La Aurora, La Joya, Metrópolis, Pascuales, and Samborondón Wards, was created by Elder Enrique R. Falabella, General Authority Seventy, and Elder Edgar A. Mantilla, an Area Seventy.
SAMBORONDÓN ECUADOR STAKE (August 19, 2018): President—Freddy Marlon González Pomeder, 36, business executive, Chevrolet; wife, Roxana Jully Borórquez Ramos. Counselors—Isidro Leonardo Cercado Morales, 39, project engineer and contractor; wife, Zoila María Herrera Alvarado. David Enrique Pérez Muñoz, 41, owner, Montanero Car Wash; wife, Paola Patricia Jaramillo de Pérez Muñoz.
A new stake has been created from the Orem Utah Suncrest Stake. The Vineyard Utah Grove Park Stake, which consists of the Suncrest 11th, Suncrest 12th, Suncrest 13th, Suncrest 14th, Suncrest 15th, and Suncrest 16th Wards, was created by Elder Joaquin E. Costa, General Authority Seventy, and Elder Raymond A. Cutler, an Area Seventy.
VINEYARD UTAH GROVE PARK STAKE (August 26, 2018): President—Andrew E. Dadson, 43, CEO, Ready2Teach LLC; wife, Millicent Afua Haizel Dadson. Counselors—Mark J. Keith, 39, associate professor, BYU; wife, Kathryn Jane Browning Keith. Andrew Scott Davis, 44, retina surgeon; wife, Deirdre Deastman Dans.
BARCELONA VENEZUELA STAKE (June 10, 2018): President—César Augusto Rincones Gamboa, 44, sales supervisor, Liven Editors; succeeding Kevin E. Palmero Villegas; wife, Yusmary Del Valle Cumana. Counselors—Jonathan Jose Paraqueimo, 26, general manager, Ferromateriales; wife, Eva Maria Castillo Martinez. Luis Jose Garcia Salazar, 35, assistant notary; wife, Lusmila Josefina Guanare Tornel.
BOUNTIFUL UTAH ORCHARD STAKE (August 19, 2018): President—Timothy Lowell Farnes, 49, entrepreneur; succeeding David R. Webster; wife, Linsey Anne Skinner Farnes. Counselors—Kelly David Sansom, 46, photographer; wife, Kelly Anne Posell Sansom. Jared Richard Wendel, 40, electrician and billposter; wife, Brandi Kay Hardy Wendel.
CAMPINA GRANDE BRAZIL STAKE (August 19, 2019): President—Sharles Barbosa de Aguiar, 44, consultant, SEBRAE; succeeding Liheldson de Assis Barbosa; wife, Aline Soares Marchesini. Counselors—José Ronaldo Lemos da Silva, 55, refrigeration mechanic; wife, Iracema da Silva Freitas. Von Brauner Medeiros de Souza, 34, federal public servant; wife, Mayara Vicentina de Medeiros Vital do Rêgo.
DAGUPAN PHILIPPINES STAKE (September 2, 2018): President—Gerardo Cababat Guerra, 42, self-reliance manager for the Church; succeeding Gregorio A. Karganilla; wife, Charmaine Napiza Gaw Guerra. Counselors—Charlemagne Espinosa Reyes, 52, manager and owner, Ladon Enterprise; wife, Gina de Leon Cuison Reyes. Rollroyce Dela Cruz Peralta, 38, manager, I Love Cakes shop; wife, Doneza Suarez Goyena Peralta.
DRAPER UTAH EASTRIDGE STAKE (August 26, 2018): President—Roger Houston Cook, 57, vice president of experiences marketing, Children’s Miracle Network; succeeding Alex C. Pulsipher; wife, Monica Lin Anderson Cook. Counselors—Todd Christian Hilbig, 46, assistant U.S. attorney; wife, Jennifer Johnson Hilbig. James Alan Barroso Jr., 46, network architect; wife, Tami Jane Tucker Barroso.
DURAN ECUADOR NORTH STAKE (August 19, 2018): President—Henry Omar Herrera Morán, 44, assistant mechanic; succeeding Freddy M. Gonzalez Pomander; wife, Fresia Sonia Herrera. Counselors—Jesús David Reinel Palma, 34, forklift operator; wife, María Alexandra Rodríguez Arboleda. Simón Wilfredo Benítez Alcivar, 47, accountant; wife, Sirley Jaqueline Zambrano Pulido.
FAYETTEVILLE NORTH CAROLINA STAKE (August 19, 2018): President—Jeffrey William Quick, 49, organizational change management consultant; succeeding David F. Lockhart; wife, Lisa Jeanette Cannegieter Quick. Counselors—Daniel Edward Penrod, 43, software engineering team lead, General Dynamics; wife, Anica Nicole Thomas Penrod. Paul Loran McAlister, 46, owner and director, PMSC LLC.; wife, Rebecca Ruth Horton McAlister.
HENDERSON NEVADA GREEN VALLEY STAKE (August 26, 2018): President—Grant Darren Cox, 47, chief public defender, Clark County Public Defender’s Office; succeeding Kevin D. Romney; wife, Rachelle Tracy Cox. Counselors—Jonathan Franz Camp, 65, managing partner, Children’s Bone and Spine Surgery; wife, Kristi Woodbury Camp. Brian Joseph Kochevar, 54, attorney; wife, Susan Jean Mathis Kochevar.
HERMISTON OREGON STAKE (August 26, 2018): President—Joseph Rozenboom Sharon, 40, dentist; succeeding Allen D. Rice; wife, Elizabeth Nelson Sharon. Counselors—Jason Hollis Blake, 45, general contractor; wife, Jodi Ann Hawes Blake. Kevin Paul Christensen, 57, substation operator; wife, Tonya Lynn Estes Christensen.
LEHI UTAH EAST STAKE (June 10, 2018): President—Bryan David Atwood, 44, senior director of international product marketing, doTERRA; succeeding James P. Davidson; wife, Jennifer Lynn Devin Atwood. Counselors—Scott Francisco Bunker, 50, assistant director, Provo Power; wife, Dawn Maeling Luke Bunker. Kyle Rodney Kimball, 45, VP corporate tax, NuSkin; wife, Rachelle Palmer Kimball.
LIMA PERU CENTRAL STAKE (September 2, 2018): President—Freddy Molina Diaz, 46, manager, Aniates Inversiones EIRE; succeeding Hugo C. Flores Lopez; wife, Sandra Celinda Gutierrez Rubio. Counselors—Rafael Alexander Garrido Rojas, 28, computer technician; wife, Thadecumis Sicilia de Garrido Pedemonte. Johnathan Christhofer Rojas Calderon, 28, coordinator of external commerce, Grating Peru S.A.C.; wife, Cinthya Liseth Condori Chavara.
NYSSA OREGON STAKE (August 19, 2018): President—Rod Pace Nielsen, 51, owner and manager, Pace-Nielsen Farms; succeeding Alan B. Peterson; wife, Gayle Dowdle Nielsen. Counselors—Kurt William Romans, 39, president and owner, Romans Parts and Machinery; wife, Rachel Richards Romans. Robert Lloyd Wagstaff, 53, farmer; wife, Kim Folkman Wagstaff.
OLINDA BRAZIL STAKE (August 12, 2018): President—Rinaldo da Silva Neres, 53, manager; succeeding Vilmar Assis Costa; wife, Rejane Lima da Silva. Counselors—Tércio Cavalcante da Silva Santos, 50, developer, Olinda City Hall; wife, Luria de Madrade Limeira Cavalcante. Leonardo José Bezerra Portela, 37, attorney; wife, Ahida da Silva Falcão.
PLEASANT GROVE UTAH GROVE CREEK STAKE (August 19, 2018): President—David Brown Porter, 47, chief procurement officer, Vivint; succeeding Dennis G. Gleason; wife, Nola Kiene Porter. Counselors—Gordon Earl Whitehead, 56, CEO and chairman, Ascend Group; wife, Diane Laurine Ramos Whitehead. Craig Allen Veenker, 46, owner, Designs by Craig Veenker; wife, Cynthia “Cricket” Helen Peterson Veenker.
RIO DE JANEIRO MADUREIRA STAKE (August 19, 2018): President—Marco Antonio Nogueira de Campos Jr., 37, senior sales executive, DB Schenker; succeeding Carlos Alberto Ricardo de Oliveira; wife, Danielle Dantas Soares. Counselors—Emerson dos Santos Ferraz, 56, Seminaries and Institutes senior coordinator; wife, Marcia Regina Abrantes Nunes. Angelo Govêa Miranda de Sales, 33, unit director, BRASAS English Course; wife, Talita da Silva Costa Souza Sales.
RIO GRANDE BRAZIL STAKE (August 26, 2018): President—Apeles Fernandes de Medeiros, 34, instrument technician, Riograndense Petroleum Refinery; succeeding Valmor G. Goulart; wife, Juliana Lima de Medeiros. Counselors—Luiz Andre Cardoso Martins, 41, letter carrier; wife, Selma de Melo Tarouco. Marcelo Gomes da Silva, 35, associate director, Safernave Maritime Services; wife, Bruna de Souza Biscarra da Silva.
ROY UTAH MIDLAND STAKE (August 19, 2018): President—Jared William Bird, 50, ad and sales manager, Standard Examiner; succeeding Scott L. Miller; wife, Julie Louise Langeveld Bird. Counselors—Lee Erik Cragun, 50, CAD drafter; wife, Heather Brinkerhoff Cragun. Jed Robert Noorda, 39, supervisory contract specialist, Department of Defense; wife, Kellie Walters Noorda.
RUPERT IDAHO STAKE (June 10, 2018): President—Mark Dewain Sanderson, 51, farm hand, Laverle Farms; succeeding Timothy R. Eames; wife, Sharon Walton Sanderson. Counselors—Michael Del Garner, 56, self-employed; wife, Toni Stringham Garner. Jeffrey Scott Miller, 48, president, Miller Research; wife, Shaura Parker Miller.
SAHUARITA ARIZONA STAKE (June 10, 2018): President—Aaron David Kretschmer, 47, engineer, Raytheon; succeeding Thayne W. Hardy; wife, Marianne Holdaway Kretschmer. Counselors—Brent Reid Jackman, 40, mechanical engineer, Raytheon; wife, Miranda May Robertson Jackman. Marco Antonio Astrain, 53, president, Nogales Glass & Aluminum Co.; wife, Theresa Sara Hall Astrain.
SALT LAKE GRANITE STAKE (June 10, 2018): President—William Nathaniel Carson, 49, IT director, Younique; succeeding James C. Thompson; wife, Erin Raye Worthington Carson. Counselors—Mark Allen Unruh, 58, counselor, SLC School District; wife, Deborah Farnsworth. Ryan Bradford Westwood, 35, CEO, Simplus; wife, Erin Christina Harvey Westwood.
SILVER SPRING MARYLAND STAKE (June 10, 2018): President—Eric Shawn Baxter, 45, vice president and senior counsel, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty; succeeding Eric L. Denna; wife, SaraLyn Wilcox Baxter. Counselors—Robert Coleman Brown, 63, plant operations manager, Adventist Healthcare Inc.; wife, Creusa Maria Cardeias. Harry Pablo Reategui, 55, driver instructor, Silver Star Driving School; wife, Karina Beatriz Reategui.
SHELLEY IDAHO STAKE (August 19, 2018): President—John James Andersen, 44, owner, Yansa Labs; succeeding Mark L. Searle; wife, Amber Ann Reed. Counselors—Gary Merlin Dial, 48, farmer; wife, Sharon Marie Grow Dial. Scott L Searle, 51, farmer; wife, Tausha Ann Spaulding Searle.
SPRINGVILLE UTAH STAKE (August 26, 2018): President—Clinton Bert Mortensen, 45, Seminaries and Institutes area director; succeeding Rodney H. Oldroyd; wife, Natilee Bird Mortensen. Counselors—Brian Lynn Tolley, 49, division manager, Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction; wife, Jill Ann Beggs Tolley. Tyler Jay Griffin, 44, professor of ancient scripture, BYU; wife, Kiplin Crook Griffin.
Jose Altamirano became the first branch president, and then district president, in Talcahuano. When the Talcahuano Stake was created in 1977, he became the first stake president.Months after the temple was announced for Concepción, a magnitude 8.8 earthquake struck Chile, triggering a tsunami and generating a blackout that impacted 93 percent of the country’s population.Hundreds gathered the following morning on the temple grounds, located at 1525 Pedro de Valdivia in Concepción, Chile, for one of three dedicatory sessions and a cornerstone ceremony. Historically held to mark the setting of the foundation stone of the temple, the ceremony today is a way to honor Jesus Christ, “the cornerstone of the Church,” said President Nelson.President Nelson, who has now visited Chile 11 times, first traveled to the country as a cardiac surgeon. He returned as an Apostle, and Sunday marked his first time in Chile as President of the Church. President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, right, and Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, left, speak during a news conference after the dedication of the Concepción Chile Temple on Sunday, October 28, 2018, in Concepción, Chile. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.The dedication of a temple is an important conclusion to the tour, said President Nelson’s wife, Sister Wendy Nelson.EarthquakeRising generationElder Gary E. Stevenson, the member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles who accompanied President Nelson on the South America ministry tour, said he was impressed with Chile because in addition to a strong foundation of pioneer members who worked to build the Church in Concepción, there is also an impressive rising generation.
Laura and Alicia Ovalle place mortar in the cornerstone of the Concepción Chile Temple on Sunday, October 28, 2018, in Concepción, Chile. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.Attendees photograph President Russell M. Nelson during the cornerstone ceremony of the Concepción Chile Temple on Sunday, October 28, 2018, in Concepción, Chile.Seeing the new temple in Concepción would make his parents very happy, said Altamirano of the Talcahuano Chile North Stake. “They worked so hard at the beginning of the Church here. [A temple] here is the culmination of all their work.”Like Altamirano, Nuriz Rosario Cuevas Mardones was a small child when missionaries knocked on her family’s door during the winter of 1958. Her parents had just lost two children and were seeking information about the afterlife. “They were angry with God for what had happened to them,” said Mardones, of the Concepción Chile Stake.In 1960, when missionaries arrived in Talcahuano, Chile, the Church was not yet organized in the area. They prayed and were directed to Alberto Altamirano’s home. Alberto’s parents, Jose and Luz, listened to the message. They believed the missionaries to be men of God.The missionaries taught the family about the plan of salvation and invited them to attend Church meetings. But when the family arrived at the rented house where they held meetings, they heard laughter and singing and assumed they were in the wrong place.“We are witnesses to a process of restoration,” he said. “If you think the Church has been fully restored, you are just seeing the beginning. There is much more to come.”The dedication marked the fifth and final stop of President Nelson’s South America ministry tour, which began October 19 and included stops in Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Uruguay before concluding in Chile.When President Nelson was born in 1924, there were no members of the Church in South America. During his lifetime, however, Church membership in South America has exploded, now surpassing 4 million members, with 18 temples.
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, and Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Lesa Stevenson, lead out a group of Church and temple officials participating in the cornerstone ceremony of the Concepción Chile Temple on Sunday, October 28, 2018, in Concepción, Chile. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.Youth wait to cover shoes prior to a dedication service of the Concepción Chile Temple on Sunday, October 28, 2018, in Concepción, Chile. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.
Gabriela Rojas stands outside the Concepción Chile Temple on Sunday, October 28, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.Nowhere is that more evident than in Concepción, Chile, where President Nelson dedicated the new temple on October 28—the second in the country and the Church’s 160th worldwide. As such, the Concepción Chile Temple is an indication of the deepening and strengthening of the Church throughout South America—and the world.“We feel very grateful,” said President Nelson. “The people are so loving and so anxious to serve the Lord and to serve each other. … It really is a sacred feeling you have among them.”After adding mortar to the stone, President Nelson invited other Church leaders and two children—Agustin Escobar, 5, and Lilieth Rojas, 5—to do the same.There is much gratitude for the new temple, said Vivian Maldonado of the Independencia Ward, Talcahuano Chile North Stake. She remembers when President Thomas S. Monson announced, during the October 2009 general conference, that a temple would be built in Concepción. Gathered with other members in her stake center, she felt a surge of excitement. When the session ended, however, the members did not get up or leave the chapel. Instead, they knelt and offered a prayer of gratitude, said Maldonado. A choir sings at the cornerstone ceremony of the dedication of the Concepción Chile Temple on Sunday, October 28, 2018, in Concepción, Chile. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, stand with attendees Augustine Escobar and Lilieth Rojas during the cornerstone ceremony of the Concepción Chile Temple on Sunday, October 28, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.Gratitude Attendees line up prior to one of the day’s three dedication services of the Concepción Chile Temple on Sunday, October 28, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been officially organized for 188 years—exactly double the age of President Russell M. Nelson.President Nelson said it is his calling to reach out to those members in Chile and South America and across the world.They could not deny the joy they found in Latter-day Saints. The family was baptized later that year.“This is a global ministry. We are prophets for the whole world, all of God’s children, not just the members of the Church,” he said. Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Lesa Stevenson, watch as President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints places mortar in the cornerstone during the dedication of the Concepción Chile Temple on Sunday, October 28, 2018, in Concepción, Chile. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.From a room overlooking the newly dedicated Concepción Chile Temple, President Nelson spoke about the “young Church,” which has only spanned about two lifetimes.With more than 200 countries in the world, the five President Nelson and Elder Stevenson visited on this tour in South America seems like a “small drop in the bucket.” Sylvana Flores joins attendees of the dedication of the Concepción Chile Temple on Sunday, October 28, 2018, in Concepción, Chile. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.CONCEPCION, CHILELocated near the Biobio River along the Pacific Coast in central Chile, the Concepción Chile Temple will serve some 122,000 Church members living in southern Chile and southwest Argentina.On the eve of the dedication, President Nelson met with Chilean community and political leaders, who called the new temple a symbol of the larger impact of the Church in their country—where there are 584,654 members, 77 stakes, 10 missions, and now the two temples. The Santiago Chile Temple was dedicated on September 15, 1983. President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, center, and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, right, and Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, left, look over a few items given them by Church members after the dedication of the Concepción Chile Temple on Sunday, October 28, 2018, in Concepción, Chile. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.Still, President Nelson said he will embark on another ministry tour soon. Tools used for the cornerstone ceremony, part of the dedication of the Concepción Chile Temple on Sunday, October 28, 2018, in Concepción, Chile. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.The missionaries carried a picture of the Savior. Soon Alberto’s mother—followed a few months later by his father—entered the waters of baptism in the laguna of San Pedro Lake.“We will get around, but we will still miss more than we will touch,” said President Nelson. “But we will try. We won’t give up just because it is a big job.”Located between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Mountains, Chile derives its name from an Araucanian word meaning “where the land ends.” Chile’s fertile ground—with an average width of just 100 miles—stretches up the west side of South America.
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, look to attendees during the cornerstone ceremony of the Concepción Chile Temple on Sunday, October 28, 2018, in Concepción, Chile. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.Vania Petit, Lilieth’s mother, could not see her child or the prophet through the cornerstone crowd. But then she saw her child’s image in the viewfinder of a video camera. “I started crying,” she said. “The most important thing to me is family. That is why the temple is so important to me, because it is about family.”Luis E. Fuentes, local temple committee chair, said the new temple exceeds building standards in Chile and is constructed on a floating foundation. Inside the temple, for example, a 10-magnitude earthquake would feel more like a 2-magnitude earthquake, he said.“It was a very special moment for us. We never thought we would have a temple here in Concepción,” she said. Daniella Figueroa laughs with friends on the day of the dedication of the Concepción Chile Temple on Sunday, October 28, 2018, in Concepción, Chile. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News. Fog covers the trees outside the Concepción Chile Temple on its dedication day Sunday, October 28, 2018, in Concepción, Chile. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.President Nelson addressed 1,500 youth Saturday night during the Concepción Chile Temple youth devotional, noting that temples stand as a “symbol of our faith.” The devotional was broadcast to the 28,000 youth in the temple district.“That is why I am really emotional and thinking about the temple, because I am thinking about them too,” said Mardones, mindful of her parents.GrowthMissionary work“He has seen the faith of the people,” she said. “He has seen the love of the people for the Lord. Now he has seen the love of the people for the temple. That means everything to my husband to see that.”
“We cannot reach God’s eternal celestial glory without the ordinances of the temple,” said President Nelson. “Obedience to sacred temple covenants qualifies us for eternal life—the greatest of all of God’s gifts to His children.”Speaking at the Concepción Chile Temple youth devotional, President Nelson addressed the 28,000 youth in the temple district—1,500 of which were gathered in the Talcahuano Chile South Stake Center, where the devotional originated and from where it was broadcast across the nation. Attendees wait to enter the Talcahuano Chile Stake Center for a meeting with President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Concepción, Chile, on Saturday, October 27, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.Anyone willing to prepare well may enter the temple, he said. “You as wonderful youth are especially welcome and wanted in the temple.” Attendees sing during a youth devotional in Concepción, Chile, on Saturday, October 27, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.Hours before dedicating the Concepción Chile Temple—the 18th in South America and the second in the country—President Russell M. Nelson reinforced his invitation to young people to enlist in the youth battalion and gather Israel.Bishop Caussé asked the youth to spiritually pitch their tents on the temple grounds and look to the temple. “I hope the temple in Concepción will never become commonplace in your life,” he said. “Never take it for granted.” President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gestures to attendees after a youth devotional in Concepción, Chile, on Saturday, October 27, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.Sister Stevenson spoke of her son turning 12, receiving the priesthood, and being able to go to the temple. “What an amazing experience for the youth of the Church to go to the house of the Lord,” she said.Why do Latter-day Saints gather Israel? “Because Israel is being gathered in to enjoy the blessings of the temple. There the highest blessings are conferred upon the children of God.”Speaking with a “broken English accent” that was translated to “beautiful Spanish,” Sister Caussé asked the young adults to never fear difficult things. “When we have the Holy Ghost, nothing is impossible.”Each temple—160 in the Church—stands as “a symbol of our faith in God and as evidence of our faith in life after death,” said President Nelson. President Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, meet with youth in Concepción, Chile, on Saturday, October 27, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.Before the devotional, President Nelson met with a few young men and young women from the temple district and answered questions about gaining testimonies, keeping the commandments, preparing spiritually, and repenting.The meeting, said President Nelson, is about the youth of the Church in Chile—where there are 584,654 members, 77 stakes, and now two temples. The Santiago Chile Temple was dedicated on September 15, 1983.CONCEPCIÓN, CHILEAs part of the Church’s initiative to simplify and reduce, the event marked a shift away from the youth cultural celebrations that have been associated with temple dedications for more than a decade.“Keeping a covenant with God is both protective and empowering,” said President Nelson. “When we choose to deny ourselves of all ungodliness, we lose nothing of value and gain glory known only to those who obtain eternal life. It is the kind of life that God lives. It is truly well worth your effort.”The temple is the object of every activity, every lesson, and every progressive step in the Church, he said. All of the Church’s efforts to proclaim the gospel, perfect the Saints, and redeem the dead lead to the holy temple.Elder Stevenson promised the youth, “You are never lost if you can see the temple in your lives. If you are worthy to hold a recommend, you can see the temple.”“Many of you have already responded to my invitation to be members of the youth battalion,” President Nelson said. “You want to help to gather Israel on both sides of the veil.”“You are beloved youth of the noble birthright,” said President Nelson on Saturday evening, October 27. “I believe in you. I trust you. I love you. And I bless you with all that God knows that you need.”Ordinances of the temple relate not only to eternal glory but also to that of a person’s ancestors as well. “Their salvation is necessary and essential to our salvation. They without us cannot be made perfect—neither can we without our dead be made perfect.”Also participating in the devotional were Sister Wendy Nelson, President Nelson's wife; Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Lesa Stevenson; and Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé and his wife, Sister Valérie Caussé. Attendees try to get a glimpse of President Russell M. Nelson after a youth devotional in Concepción, Chile, on Saturday, October 27, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News. The audience listens as President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints speaks during a youth devotional in Concepción, Chile, on Saturday, October 27, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.President Nelson invited all youth to prepare spiritually for the temple by studying five topics in the Bible Dictionary: “Anoint,” “Atonement,” “Covenant,” “Sacrifices,” and “Temple.”