First Presidency

December 01, 2021 11:05 AM MST
With this year’s Christmas devotional just five weeks away, and the celebration of Christmas Day shortly after, here’s a look back at the last five years of Christmas devotionals and some of our favorite stories that were shared.
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The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following Christmas message on Friday, November 26:
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November 11, 2021 07:00 AM MST
Many of our prophets and apostles have served in their respective country's military, including each member of our First Presidency. Here are powerful spiritual lessons these prophets and apostles learned during their military service.
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October 01, 2021 03:13 PM MDT
Keeping track of all the members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles may be a challenge for many of us—but not for 18-month-old Oliver Austin.
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The First Presidency released the following Easter message on March 25, 2021:
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December 18, 2020 01:00 PM MST
Editor's note: Our bi-weekly Friday column, “Found in the footnotes,” explores some of the footnotes from remarks given by General Authorities and General Officers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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By  LDS Living
December 07, 2020 09:51 PM MST
On Sunday, December 6, the First Presidency Christmas devotional was broadcast from Temple Square. Church leaders focused their messages on the Savior, Jesus Christ.
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November 06, 2020 09:40 PM MST
The Christmas devotional with the First Presidency is just around the corner, and Latter-day Saints, their families, and their friends are invited to participate.
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The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the following letter in English and Spanish on October 6, 2020, to Church members in the United States in advance of that nation’s upcoming election on November 3, 2020.
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July 20, 2020 12:23 PM MDT
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following message on Monday, July 20, 2020, about changes to the temple endowment ceremony:
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November 06, 2019 05:06 PM MST
"I do want to congratulate you. I am really surprised to see that level of work you are offering here. You are inspiring to others," His Excellency Dr. Mohammad Abdulkarim Al-Issa said after touring Welfare Square.
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April 10, 2019 01:12 PM MDT
The First Presidency released the following Easter message on April 10, 2019:
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By  LDS Living
March 11, 2019 03:12 PM MDT
After a historic weekend where President Nelson met with Pope Francis and all 15 apostles attended the Rome Italy Temple dedication, the First Presidency and members of the Quorum of the Twelve shared beautiful testimonies of the Savior on social media.
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December 06, 2018 03:19 PM MST
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released a 2018 Christmas message:
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December 03, 2018 02:01 PM MST
President Russell M. Nelson highlighted four gifts offered by Jesus Christ and promised that true followers of the Savior “have the privilege of experiencing unspeakable joy forever” during the First Presidency's Christmas Devotional on Sunday evening, Dec. 2.
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November 30, 2018 02:32 PM MST
The First Presidency invites Church members and their friends to participate in the First Presidency’s Christmas devotional broadcast on Sunday, December 2, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. mountain standard time.
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October 11, 2018 11:45 AM MDT
This general conference was incredible. We heard so many inspired messages and each talk was a reminder that Jesus Christ lives and this is His church. I was especially touched by the testimonies of the apostles and members of the First Presidency.
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October 04, 2018 12:00 PM MDT
"Saturday of April conference of 1984 has been circled on our calendar for many years, for that date was targeted as the first time in my life that our only son would be old enough to attend general priesthood meeting with me," President Russell M. Nelson said the first time he stood at the pulpit in general conference as an apostle. "Brothers and sisters, little did we know that on that day my name would be presented as a member of the Council of the Twelve."
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August 06, 2018 04:40 PM MDT
From the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Idaho Falls, Idaho, the First Presidency has called 27 new stake presidents and their wives to serve in stakes around the world.
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July 06, 2018 03:39 PM MDT
On Friday, the First Presidency announced a series of resources to help members study the scriptures at home. The first of these resources will focus on the 2019 Sunday School and Primary curriculums.
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June 25, 2018 07:08 PM MDT
The First Presidency has called two new mission presidents and their wives to serve in missions in Pennsylvania and California.
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June 18, 2018 01:25 PM MDT
“Thanks to the gospel of Jesus Christ, I know I will see my father again. Families are forever,” President Oaks testified.
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May 17, 2018 01:25 PM MDT
On Thursday, the First Presidency and leaders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) met together for the first time in a historic meeting in Salt Lake City. After the meeting, President Russell M. Nelson and President Derrick Johnson of the NAACP released the following statements during a press conference:
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April 26, 2018 08:23 PM MDT
From Japan to Jamaica to and Argentina to Thailand, the First Presidency has called the following mission presidents and their wives to serve in missions around the world.
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April 26, 2018 07:56 PM MDT
From Utah to Brazil and Australia to Canada, the following eight temple presidents and their wives have been called by the First Presidency to serve in temples around the world.
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April 25, 2018 05:35 PM MDT
From Scotland to Taiwan and Bolivia to the Philippines, the First Presidency has called eight new mission presidents and their wives to serve in missions throughout the world.
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April 10, 2018 07:52 PM MDT
On Tuesday, the First Presidency released the following statement about the Utah marijuana initiative:
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March 31, 2018 07:54 PM MDT
Following the Saturday afternoon session of general conference, the First Presidency issued the 2017 statistical report for the Church.
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By  LDS Living
March 26, 2018 11:03 PM MDT
On Monday, the First Presidency shared updates in a resource document for Church leaders that specified adults are allowed to be included in bishop or stake president interviews with their children.
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By  LDS Living
March 26, 2018 08:51 PM MDT
On Monday, the First Presidency released a letter to Church leaders about preventing and responding to abuse among members.
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March 16, 2018 03:53 PM MDT
A note at the bottom of the First Presidency Message in the online April edition of the Ensign shared an important message with readers—monthly First Presidency messages in the magazine are changing.
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By  LDS Living
March 05, 2018 06:37 PM MST
Prayer is a powerful tool; it is a way for us to invite the Spirit into our lives so that we may know how to bless the lives of those around us. Through prayer, we can ask that our neighbors and our Church leaders be blessed. This month’s visiting teaching principle and First Presidency message invite us to consider ways that prayer can help us minister to our assigned families and prepare for the upcoming general conference.
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By  LDS Living
February 06, 2018 10:00 PM MST
Each Sunday, when we take the sacrament, we remember our covenants, our promise to mourn with those who mourn and to comfort those who stand in need of comfort (Mosiah 18:9). This month’s visiting teaching principle and First Presidency message encourage us to remember our Savior as we keep our covenants and get to know those we teach.
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January 18, 2018 12:41 PM MST
On Wednesday evening, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf responded publicly on Facebook addressing questions and concerns Church members raised regarding him no longer being a counselor in the First Presidency:
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By  LDS Living
January 17, 2018 04:53 PM MST
On Wednesday, President Russell M. Nelson shared his first Facebook message as prophet, reaching out specifically to women, youth, and those struggling with doubts or challenges in the Church:
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By  LDS Living
January 17, 2018 02:30 PM MST
On Tuesday, our new prophet, President Russell M. Nelson, announced the Church's new First Presidency, an event noted by news outlets across the nation. Here is a glimpse into what these outlets are saying about our new Church leadership:
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By  LDS Living
December 29, 2017 09:24 AM MST
Our general Church leaders have active Facebook accounts, and as we've reviewed the year, we've pulled out a few favorite posts from each of them that have inspired, elevated, and motivated us to come closer to our Savior and sustain His servants on the earth today. Was there a post we missed that you loved? Share it with us at comments@ldsliving.com.
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December 17, 2017 10:00 PM MST
As we remember Christ and His birth, we also reflect on happy times with our family and Christmases where we felt His love strongly. We all have our special Christmas memories, and members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve are no exception. Here are some Christmas memories from their youth that general authorities have shared over the years.
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By  LDS Living
December 14, 2017 08:20 PM MST
The Church announced major changes for all priests holding the Aaronic priesthood and young women with limited-use temple recommends on Thursday, according to lds.org.
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December 04, 2017 03:28 PM MST
On Friday, the First Presidency sent a letter to Area Seventies and stake and district presidents announcing the Church would discontinue its annual Priesthood Leadership Conference on Scouting at the Philmont Scout Ranch.
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By  LDS Living
December 01, 2017 09:25 AM MST
This month's messages remind us of the Savior, His birth, and the Spirit of Christ, which we can invite into our life not only during the Christmas season but for the whole year.
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By  LDS Living
November 30, 2017 12:23 PM MST
Recently, the Church Newspublished the First Presidency's Christmas messagefor 2017:
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November 27, 2017 02:41 PM MST
"The First Presidency invites Church members and their friends to participate in the First Presidency’s Christmas devotional broadcast on Sunday, December 3, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. mountain standard time," lds.org states.
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November 06, 2017 01:41 PM MST
In response to the generous help given following a series of recent unprecedented catastrophes, President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, expressed his gratitude. “In the midst of this suffering, people throughout the world have rallied to come to the aid of their brothers and sisters,” he said in representing the First Presidency.
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October 10, 2017 02:52 PM MDT
In an October 9, 2017, letter, the First Presidency announced a new process the Church will follow for upcoming translations of the scriptures.
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September 29, 2017 04:14 PM MDT
From Canada to Brazil and France to Louisiana, the First Presidency has called 17 new stake presidents and their wives to serve in stakes across the world.
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September 05, 2017 03:17 PM MDT
From Utah to South Africa and Venezuela to Japan, the First Presidency has called 53 new stake presidents and their wives to serve in stakes around the world.
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The First Presidency just released the following letter:
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July 25, 2017 08:16 PM MDT
From Switzerland to Brazil and from Mozambique to Alberta, the First Presidency has created three new stakes and called 14 new stake presidents to serve in stakes around the world.
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By  LDS Living
July 17, 2017 02:55 PM MDT
Thanks to the Deseret News for making us aware of this story.
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June 02, 2017 07:30 PM MDT
With the addition of two new buildings at the Provo MTC, the First Presidency has announced open house dates for the public to take tours of the new expansion.
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May 20, 2017 11:40 PM MDT
On Saturday, the Church announced the merger of two missions, the Russia Vladivostok Mission and the Russia Novosibirsk Mission, that will take effect July 1. According to a statement from the Church, the Europe East Area Presidency will supervise the merger, which will result in result in fewer volunteers to staff the combined mission.
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May 17, 2017 05:21 PM MDT
With so many outdoor activities members of the Church often participate in during the summer months, the First Presidency has encouraged members to be safe using guidelines found on safety.lds.org.
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By  LDS Living
May 11, 2017 12:51 PM MDT
The First Presidency announced in a letter on Thursday that the Church will no longer charter Varsity and Venture Scouting programs and released the new Church program for young men ages 14–18.
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May 05, 2017 03:04 PM MDT
From Alaska to the Philippines and Mexico to Japan, the First Presidency has called seven new mission presidents to serve around the world.
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April 28, 2017 06:36 PM MDT
From Idaho to Hawaii and Peru to Mexico, learn more about the new stake presidents called by the First Presidency.
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April 17, 2017 02:30 PM MDT
From Tahiti to Mozambique and Michigan to Ecuador, the First Presidency has called eight new mission presidents to serve around the world.
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By  LDS Living
April 11, 2017 07:42 PM MDT
Easter is a wonderful time to remember Christ's life and reflect on the great love He has for us.
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April 10, 2017 07:04 PM MDT
From Mexico to Nigeria and South Carolina to Guam, the First Presidency has called eight new mission presidents and their wives to serve in countries around the world. They will start their service in July.
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April 06, 2017 07:03 PM MDT
On April 6, the anniversary of the Church's organization,the First Presidency released a statement on homelessness. In our Church history, many Saints have been forced from their homes due to persecution or poverty, but homelessness continues to be a serious concern today.
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