Church Leaders

Sister Jean B. Bingham, the Church’s Relief Society general president, was the keynote speaker at the fifth annual International Women-in-Diplomacy Day symposium. The event originated from Los Angeles and was held virtually this year because of the pandemic. The event was sponsored by the honorary consul of the Republic of Senegal.
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November 03, 2020 05:15 PM MST
You might recognize Elder Peter M. Johnson from his October 2019 general conference talk, “Power to Overcome the Adversary.” Maybe you recognize Elder Johnson as the first African American General Authority Seventy, or you might know him as President Peter M. Johnson, president of the England Manchester Mission.
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October 02, 2020 11:00 AM MDT
The night before she was called as Relief Society General President, Jean B. Bingham contemplated the purpose behind a meeting that was scheduled between her and President Thomas S. Monson the next morning. “What could he possibly want to talk to me about?” she remembers asking herself.
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May 28, 2020 04:30 PM MDT
When the list of new mission presidents and companions was released by Church News in January 2020, two of the 130 names may have been more easily recognized: Elder Peter M. Johnson, called to the England Manchester Mission with his wife, Stephanie, and Elder Ricardo P. Giménez, called to the California San Diego Mission with his wife, Catherine.
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March 20, 2020 05:00 PM MDT
Editor's note: "This Week from the Pulpit" highlights recent messages by General Authorities and General Officers of the Church.
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March 13, 2020 11:00 AM MDT
Editor's note: "This Week from the Pulpit" highlights recent messages by General Authorities and General Officers of the Church.
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March 06, 2020 05:02 PM MST
Editor's note: "This Week from the Pulpit" highlights recent messages by General Authorities and General Officers of the Church.
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February 21, 2020 07:00 PM MST
Editor's note: "This Week from the Pulpit" highlights recent messages by General Authorities and General Officers of the Church.
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February 14, 2020 12:30 PM MST
This story was originally published by LDS Living in June 2018.
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January 24, 2020 07:29 PM MST
From a devotional in the Philippines to the NAACP Luncheon in Salt Lake City, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have shared inspirational messages over the last week. Here are some highlights from their remarks.
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December 16, 2019 06:18 PM MST
Church leaders have been busy during the month of December, speaking at Brigham Young University, BYU-Hawaii, and Peru. Here are a few quick summaries of what they taught in each place.
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By  LDS Living
October 24, 2019 01:02 PM MDT
We saw many changes announced during the 2019 October general conference, including nine General Authority Seventies who received emeritus status: Elder Wilford W. Andersen, Elder Kim B. Clark, Elder Lawrence E. Corbridge, Elder Claudio R.M. Costa, Elder Bradley D. Foster, Elder O. Vincent Haleck, Elder Donald L. Hallstrom, Elder Steven E. Snow, and Elder Larry Y. Wilson.
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October 14, 2019 11:29 AM MDT
Elder James O. Mason, 89 — the former head of the U.S. Public Health Service who also served for five years as a General Authority Seventy for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019.
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September 10, 2019 12:55 PM MDT
In the tearful days after a wildfire devastated entire neighborhoods in California’s Sonoma County in October 2017, Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles traveled to affected communities to be with the Latter-day Saints.
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August 23, 2019 08:55 AM MDT
It's that time of year again. We wanted to help those who are pursuing their education to get back into the swing of things by finding some classic quotes from past and modern-day prophets and apostles to motivate you as you continue your education—in whatever way, shape or form that may be. Enjoy!
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August 22, 2019 03:37 PM MDT
Religious freedom and the crisis in Venezuela were among issues Vice President Mike Pence and leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints discussed in a brief meeting Thursday morning in Salt Lake City.
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By  LDS Living
August 07, 2019 04:35 PM MDT
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has more than 16 million members around the world. Yet the organization of the Church remains the same no matter where members live. Why is that?
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By  LDS Living
July 23, 2019 04:00 PM MDT
Elder Neil L. Andersen wound up on the pitcher's mound at Dodger Stadium on July 19, 2019, prepared to throw the first pitch. There to catch the pitch was Area Seventy Gary K. Wilde.
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July 13, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
The following article originally appeared on LDS Living in 2015.
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May 14, 2019 01:00 PM MDT
Like most evenings in the Netherlands, the wind swirled through the small attic room. Wooden beams creaked as the 9-year-old boy knelt and began to pray. Although he had prayed there many times before, this night was unlike other nights in the family home — just one floor beneath him, his mother was giving birth to his younger sister.
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April 30, 2019 12:09 PM MDT
Learn how newly called General Authority Seventy Elder Rubén V. Alliaud found the gospel as a teenager and later found his wife after receiving revelation through a dream.
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By  LDS Living
April 06, 2019 06:35 PM MDT
During the Saturday afternoon session of general conference, President Dallin H. Oaks announced the calls of 10 General Authority Seventies and 55 Area Seventies during the Saturday afternoon session of the April 2019 general conference.
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April 06, 2019 05:53 PM MDT
President Dallin H. Oaks of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the calls of 10 General Authority Seventies and 55 Area Seventies during the Saturday afternoon session of the April 2019 general conference. He also announced a new Sunday School General Presidency to replace Brother Tad. R. Callister, Brother Devin G. Durrant and Brother Brian K. Ashton, who have served as a presidency for five years. Brother Mark L. Pace is the new president, with Brother Milton Camargo and Brother Jan E. Newman as his counselors.
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By  LDS Living
April 06, 2019 03:47 PM MDT
For many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, general conference weekend is one of the most exciting and inspiring times of the year. Every April and October, Church leaders gather in Salt Lake City, Utah, and address the worldwide Church on matters involving faith, change, and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Here are GIFs that perfectly explain our conference experience.
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By  LDS Living
April 05, 2019 09:22 AM MDT
From the Tabernacle Choir’s beautiful renditions of cherished hymns to the dazzling floral arrangements and inspired messages from prophets and apostles, what’s not to love about general conference? Since its beginning, general conference has undergone many changes and many firsts—like the first time it was only two days long or the first time it was held in the tabernacle—that have made it look different over the years. However, its powerful, revelatory spirit remains. We asked our readers what their earliest memories of general conference were and loved the responses so much that we had to share a few. Are any of these memories similar to yours?
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March 25, 2019 07:14 PM MDT
About five years ago, Emily Belle Freeman and Nish Weiseth sat down to eat lunch together.
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February 26, 2019 02:35 PM MST
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January 28, 2019 11:46 AM MST
Elder William R. Bradford, emeritus General Authority Seventy, former president of the Houston Texas Temple and the Chile Santiago and Chile Santiago South missions, died on Jan. 24, 2019, in Bountiful, Utah. He was 85.
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January 26, 2019 12:40 PM MST
One in four people worldwide will be affected by mental illness or neurological disorders at one point in their lives.
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January 23, 2019 03:44 PM MST
Will you stand forever? Or will you go away?
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By  LDS Living
December 12, 2018 05:32 PM MST
In the two most recent episodes of All In, host Erin Hallstrom sits down with Elder Bruce C. Hafen, General Authority emeritus, and his wife, Marie K. Hafen, to discuss their new book, Faith Is Not Blind. The book offers readers “a pattern for how to think about your questions and how, through grappling with them, to nourish your faith.”
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November 11, 2018 10:54 PM MST
On February 24, 1834, Parley P. Pratt and Lyman Wight told a somber story to the Kirtland high council. Hundreds of Saints in Clay County, Missouri, were suffering after being driven from their homes in Jackson County by mob violence. They now found themselves impoverished and wondering what the Lord wanted them to do. How would the lost property in Jackson County be regained? When would the Saints be able to return to their beloved city of Zion? Pratt and Wight posed such questions to the high council, telling them that “the idea of being driven away from the land of Zion pained their very souls and they desired of God, by earnest prayer, to return with songs of everlasting joy.”
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November 08, 2018 05:53 PM MST
Elder Hartman Rector Jr., convert to the Church, emeritus General Authority Seventy, and former member of the Presidency of the Seventy, passed away on Nov. 6, 2018, in Orem, Utah. He was 94.
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November 05, 2018 05:58 PM MST
“I fear that our society is losing its ability to come together with respect and civility and to find solutions when we see things differently,” said Elder Craig C. Christensen, area president of the Utah Areas, who welcomed the NCAA Common Ground Executive Committee to Temple Square.
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November 03, 2018 12:36 PM MDT
I love rules. I’m satisfied when I ask a question and get a firm “yes” or “no.” I had a mini panic attack when I walked into my first day of class and my professor announced that there was no rubric for the course. Then I panicked again on the last day when he announced we would be grading ourselves based on the progress we thought we made.
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October 10, 2018 07:36 PM MDT
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other Utah community faith leaders called on the entire state Wednesday to “join with us in protecting Utah’s children and making their safety and well-being one of our highest priorities.”
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By  LDS Living
October 06, 2018 06:09 PM MDT
President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency announced the following changes to Church leadership at the Saturday afternoon session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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By  LDS Living
October 01, 2018 12:00 PM MDT
April 2018 marked a memorable and historic general conference, and our prophet asked us to study and apply the messages that were presented. In order to help us remember the incredible words of each speaker, here is one great quote from each talk from the April 2018 general conference.
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August 23, 2018 09:37 AM MDT
“Our stories are as big as we think they are.” That’s what Latter-day Saint film director Mitch Davis believes is the key to making a good film about Latter-day Saints: belief that they are important enough to be shared.
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August 16, 2018 04:46 PM MDT
Have you ever seen a bumper sticker that just resonated with you on a level you would never have expected? Though it might seem strange to receive enlightenment from a sticky piece of plastic, you're not the only one. Many general authorities have shared wisdom from these often quippy, sometimes serious phrases.
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July 13, 2018 12:18 PM MDT
While the Church maintains its stance on political neutrality, members are encouraged to "engage in the political process in an informed and civil manner." Since its establishment, Church leaders have been committed to public service.
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June 26, 2018 01:47 PM MDT
When Elder W. Mack Lawrence was called as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy, the Ensign published an article that shared his faith and testimony. “Family and church—those two things are the things that matter, the things that last,” Elder Lawrence said. “That’s really all there is. . . . It’s hard to put in words, to record on paper. But I know the gospel is true. I want to share that with others so they can find peace and happiness and purpose in life. There’s no one secret to helping others and sharing the gospel. It’s a continual, loving, patient process. It’s an arm around a shoulder, both figuratively and literally. That’s how we build the kingdom. That’s how we do the Lord’s work.”
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June 26, 2018 01:32 PM MDT
Learn how Elder Takashi Wada, who was raised Buddhist, and his wife, Naomi Ueno Wada, who was raised Shinto, discovered The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and sacrificed much to follow their new faith.
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May 18, 2018 01:17 PM MDT
The following was released on Newsroom about our latest General Authority Seventy, Brook P. Hales, who was called on May 17, 2018:
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May 14, 2018 01:31 PM MDT
We are grateful for Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone's service in the Church. He is survived by his wife, Merlene Miner Featherstone; six of their seven children; 33 grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren.
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May 12, 2018 09:49 AM MDT
We know the First Presidency and apostles sacrifice much to serve the Lord and members around the world, but sometimes we fail to recognize the women who travel with them, stand beside them, and sacrifice just as much for our Church. Learn a little more about the wives of the apostles.
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May 03, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
Only three months after the Church was officially organized, the Lord instructed Emma to make a selection of hymns to be used by the Saints:
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April 18, 2018 03:33 PM MDT
In the April 2018 general conference, we sustained 55 new Area Seventies who will serve all over the world. Let's take a moment to get to know these brethren.
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April 09, 2018 01:11 PM MDT
In order to help us better understand our new Church leaders called this past general conference, lds.org has published a series of articles introducing us to our new Young Women general presidency, the new General Authority Seventies, and our new Primary general presidency counselor. We wanted to share these articles so you can learn more about these amazing men and women.
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By  LDS Living
April 05, 2018 04:11 PM MDT
On April 5, 2018, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced new area leadership assignments for the 21 global geographic regions around the world, and this year's announcement includes the calling of area presidencies for regions in the U.S. and Canada.
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April 01, 2018 02:06 PM MDT
After many historic announcements in general conference yesterday, the Church released updated pictures of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, general authorities, and Young Women presidency.
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March 27, 2018 12:40 PM MDT
When the prophets, apostles, and leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints congregate every six months to speak to the world, members and nonmembers are invited to tune in and hear their inspired counsel. With so many ears to hear, hearts to listen, and minds to enlighten, Church leaders turn to the Spirit.
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By  Jenny Hunt
March 27, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
As Bryan Hall walked up to a group of general conference protesters one cold October morning, he never thought that he would one day become friends with the ringleader, Ruben Israel, a man he had come to hate—a man he had never even met.
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By  LDS Living
March 24, 2018 02:02 PM MDT
With their bright blooms and endless varieties, it is little wonder that flowers have inspired Church leaders’ talks for years. For your springtime pleasure, we’ve compiled a list of flower analogies and stories from general authorities and auxiliary leaders.
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March 12, 2018 01:27 PM MDT
Elder Von G. Keetch passed away on January 26, 2018. In honor of a man who spent his life dedicated to serving others and the Church, his family has found a special way to celebrate his birthday.
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February 22, 2018 03:56 PM MST
The gospel isn’t a celebration of God’s power to work with flawless people. The gospel is a celebration of God’s willingness to work today, in our world, in our lives, with people who clearly aren’t. To demand that church leaders, past and present, show us only a mask of angelic pseudo-perfection is to deny the gospel’s most basic claim: that God’s grace works through our weakness.
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February 21, 2018 01:49 PM MST
Mormon Newsroom released a report Tuesday outlining how Utah government and community leaders are coming together for teen suicide prevention. On Tuesday morning, Governor Gary Herbert invited members of the Teen Suicide Prevention Task Force to share their recommendations regarding teen suicide prevention.
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February 14, 2018 02:09 PM MST
“I remember what starvation looks like as I sit down to abundance three times a day,” said Elder Alexander B. Morrison, an emeritus member of the Quorum of the Seventy who was known for assisting the poor, hungry, and mentally ill as a renowned scientist, according to Deseret News. “Carrying this burden keeps me, on the most fundamental of all levels, human.”
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January 29, 2018 02:18 PM MST
"One of the coolest parts for us was to not only see how much he loved the church and believed in the things the church was doing," said Elder Keetch's daughter, Steffani Keetch Dastrup, "but also that he wanted to defend and support all churches and all religious beliefs and all people's rights to believe and act the way they feel is right. That was a big part of his work."
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January 27, 2018 04:45 AM MST
The Church released the following statement on January 26:
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