President Nelson released this video today inviting members of the church and all people of faith in fasting for relief from the Covid19 pandemic. Will you join us?
General Conference is a month away. Six months ago, in his closing address of October General Conference, Pres. Nelson invited us to prepare for April Conference by studying the Restoration of the Gospel.
If you have yet to start your preparations (ahem, that’d be me), you still have time. My friend Montserrat Wadsworth has written a 30 day study guide over on her blog, A Gospel Centered Home. She has some great ideas to get you started.
If you get emails from the Church, you’ve probably seen this already. If not here is a link to the announcement for changes in how the Church will advance girls and boys throught the Young Women program and the Aaronic Priesthood quorums.
Beginning in January 2019, children will complete Primary and begin attending Sunday School and the Beehive class or deacons quorum as age-groups, not on their individual 12th birthdays as they have in the past.
In addition, young men will be eligible to be ordained to a priesthood office in January of the year they turn 12, 14, and 16, and youth will be eligible to obtain a limited-use temple recommend beginning in January of the year they turn 12—based on their “individual worthiness, readiness, and personal circumstances.”
The announcement has a few more details. We encourage you to read through this announcement, and let us know what you think in the comments. It’s exciting times to be a member of the Lord’s church. My husband just remarked he wished Pres. Nelson would slow down just a smidge, not all of us are as fast and good at skiing as he is.
This week there are two broadcasts from the Church that you will want to tune into watch.
Friday, June 1st, 7:30 MDT the Be One concert, which commemorates the 40th anniversary of the revelation on the priesthood, will be broadcast from the Conference Center on Temple Square. Featured performers include, Gladys Knight, Alex Boyé, the Bonner family, the Unity Gospel Choir International, and members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The broadcast will be live on the Church satellite system, LDS.org, MoTab.org, mormonchannel.org, Facebook, Instagram, Mormon Channel for Roku, and the Mormon Channel on YouTube.
Next Sunday, June 3rd, Pres. and Sister Nelson will be speaking at a worldwide devotional for youth. Pres. Nelson has given us all an assignment of reading from The Book of Mormon everyday and to ask in our prayers to have our hearts prepared to receive what the Lord would have us learn from the broadcast.
If you miss either of these programs, they will be avalible for streaming at broadcasts.lds.org shortly after they end.
Finally, Facebook recently changed what shows up in your newsfeed — which means you are probably not seeing Millennial Star updates. If you get your Millennial Star updates via Facebook, make sure to go to our facebook page and choose the “See First” option on the Following button to keep seeing our posts.
This morning Pres. Nelson and other church leaders met with the leadership of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People). Watch the press conference from this morning HERE.
Pres. Nelson spoke about this meeting today on his Facebook page. He said,
“It was my pleasure today to meet with national officials of the NAACP to affirm the fundamental doctrine—and heartfelt conviction—of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that all people are God’s precious children and are therefore brothers and sisters. Nearly a quarter century ago, the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles proclaimed that “all human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny.”
Today, in unity with such capable and impressive leaders as the national officials of the NAACP, we are impressed to call on people of this nation and, indeed, the entire world to demonstrate greater civility, racial and ethnic harmony, and mutual respect. In meetings this morning, we have begun to explore ways—such as education and humanitarian service—in which our respective members and others can serve and move forward together, lifting our brothers and sisters who need our help, just as our Savior, Jesus Christ, would have us do. These are His words: “I say unto you, be one; and if ye are not one ye are not mine” (D&C 38:27).
Together we invite all people, organizations, and governments to work with greater civility, eliminating prejudice of all kinds, and focusing more on the many areas and interests that we all have in common. As we lead our people to work cooperatively, we will all achieve the respect, regard, and blessings that God seeks for all of His children.
Considering the toxic environment of most social media, the online public square and the real public square, this is good council for all people to follow. Latter-day Saints can and should lead the way in promoting civility. Let’s get to it!