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Brother Bradley R. Wilcox was a keynote speaker during the Utah Coalition Against Pornography’s 4th Annual Rally for Hope & Healing on Nov. 11, 2023.

The festival typically features original compositions by members, but this year, the focus is on worldwide music.

Church News sat down with the Sunday School general presidency to learn what teacher council meetings for parents are, how wards should conduct them and how these councils can bless parents.

FamilySearch implemented record search changes a year ago but those changes are now feature prominently on the website’s homepage.

“Come, Follow Me” for Nov. 6-12 covers Hebrews 7-13, which includes writings on faith, chastening and the Melchizedek priesthood.

Conducted in 2010, millions of Instagram users are learning about the study in 2023.

BYU business professor Jeff Bednar recently helped research the impact of “organizational ghosts.”

Delia Rochon’s research led her to family she didn’t know she had. On Oct. 28, the cousins honored their shared ancestors with a new pioneer memorial.

David Dollahite, a professor in BYU’s School of Family Life, is a co-author of a new study exploring connections between religious practices and hope.

“Come, Follow Me” for Oct. 30-Nov. 5 includes writings on hope, the priesthood and how Jesus Christ “is able to succour them that are tempted” (Hebrews 2:18).

With nearby Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University boasting a collective 80,000 students, young adults are particularly excited about the new Orem Utah Temple.

“Come, Follow Me” for Oct. 23-29 includes the apostle Paul’s teachings on bishops, endurance and overcoming fear through faith.

The donations “are bringing the name of the Church... out of obscurity here in eastern Kentucky,” said JustServe specialist Samone Ratcliff.

BYU economics professor Olga Stoddard and researchers from two other universities conducted the study.

“Come, Follow Me” for Oct. 16-22 includes the apostle Paul’s writings on loving all men, abstaining from fornication and being “children of light.”

The storm caused billions of dollars worth of damage, but thousands of Latter-day Saints joined disaster relief efforts.

Anciently and modernly, prophets testify of the same eternal truths, said Bishop L. Todd Budge.

In the U.S.-Mexico border town where families are sometimes divided by literal and figurative walls, the temple represents peace and unity.

This week’s study guide includes the apostle Paul’s writings on doing “all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

The new temple will be dedicated Oct. 8, 2023, but the Church’s history in McAllen goes back much further.

Volunteers supplied families with necessities and connected them with health, legal and other services.

Texts of the October 2023 general conference messages have been added to the Church’s website in English. Other languages are expected to follow.

This week’s study guide includes the apostle Paul’s writings on “corrupt communication” and gathering in Christ.

President Henry B. Eyring, Elder Gary E. Stevenson and others taught members how to better hear and follow the Spirit’s promptings.

The Sunday morning session of October 2023 general conference emphasized the importance of relying on Jesus Christ.

“Some experiences in life make us realize that the natural prideful man often is very much alive within us,” said Elder Joni L. Koch.

“My dear brothers and sisters, do you want to be happy? Stay on the covenant path,” said Elder Yoon Hwan Choi.

“Each of us can be the one who can make a difference for good in the life of someone,” said Elder Ian S. Ardern.

The Apostle sat down with Qualtrics cofounder Ryan Smith for a question-and-answer session that touched on topics from education to finances.

The changes were announced during the October 2023 general conference leadership meetings on Thursday, Sept. 28.