In case you missed it: President Oaks on the Forgotten Man painting, plus 8 more stories

During the week of November 6-12, President Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, shares what the painting Forgotten Man means to him. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke to Ukrainian refugees in Germany and to Latter-day Saints in Germany and Sweden. Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke to missionaries at the Provo Missionary Training Center.

Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles encouraged BYU Pathway students to believe in themselves and trust in the Lord. Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke at the R20 Forum in Indonesia. Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women general president, wrote of three “spiritual treasures” she received through accepting callings.

The Primary Presidency has introduced new tools to help children and youth understand covenants. Suzanne Bates, national policy editor at Deseret News, spoke on what the American Family Survey is revealing about family and marriage on Church News’ latest podcast. The Church has established an ASL Education Council to support Deaf youth and young adults.

Read the summaries of these articles below.

1. President Oaks shares what the painting “Forgotten Man” means to him in a new Church News video

President Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, poses for a portrait next to the painting Forgotten Man by Maynard Dixon Salt Lake City in his office in the Church Administration Building in New York Wednesday 27 July 2022.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

When President Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor in the First Presidency, was President of Brigham Young University from 1971 to 1980, there was a painting in the school collection that he said “spoke to my heart.” .

watch the video

2. Elder and Sister Holland promise Ukrainian refugees in Germany: “Everything will be fine”; Apostle also speaks to German and Swedish Latter-day Saints

Elder Holland meets with Ukrainian refugees in Hanover, Germany

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meets with Ukrainian refugees November 6, 2022 in Hanover, Germany.

Simon Jones, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

During a ministry visit to Europe, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles met with Ukrainian refugees, thanked the German Saints for their help, and then returned to Sweden to reflect on the importance of Sweden in Church history.

Read about Elder and Sister Holland’s promise to the Ukrainian refugees in Germany and what Elder Holland said to members of the German Church

3. Elder Bednar to MTC Missionaries: Learn the Importance of Sequences and “Putting Christ First”

Elder Bednar speaks from a pulpit to missionaries seated at the MTC in Provo, Utah

Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during a devotional Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at the Provo Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah

Adam Fondren, for Deseret News

“Put Christ first,” said Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and that changes everything. As young men and young women put Christ first in their lives, they want to make sacred temple covenants. You will want to serve a mission. As they put Christ first, they begin to understand the ordinances and covenants they make with the Savior, and they want to do His will and become more like Him.

Find out what Elder Bednar taught about missionaries at Provo Missionary Training Center

4. Elder Andersen encourages BYU Pathway students to “believe in yourself; trust in the Lord’

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Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles addresses BYU Pathway students during a devotional broadcast on Tuesday, November 8, 2022.

Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles sat in his office in the Church Administration Building while filming a BYU–Pathway Worldwide program and held up a rock he carried with him from his four years as a General Authority Seventy in Brazil had brought home.

From one side it appeared to be a simple, ordinary stone, but when Elder Andersen turned it over, it showed that “there is so much more inside than what meets the eye.”

Discover what Elder Andersen recommended for BYU Pathway students

5. “All are equal before God,” said Elder Stevenson at the R20 forum in Indonesia

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Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints speaks during the G20 Religious Forum November 3 in Bali, Indonesia.

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The gospel of Jesus Christ calls Latter-day Saints to “love men of every creed, culture, race, and nation for the common good—all are equal before God,” said Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles during the G20 -Religious Forum on November 3rd in Bali, Indonesia.

Known as R20, the forum mobilized diverse religious, political and economic leaders to find common ground and promote peace and understanding.

Read what Elder Stevenson said at the R20 forum in Indonesia

6. President Bonnie H. Cordon: Lead with power, promise, and holiness

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A young woman is set apart for a calling. In an essay, Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women general president, shares what she has learned through priesthood key setting apart.

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Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women general president, writes in an essay: “We, women and men, are appointed by priesthood keys to act with priesthood authority as authorized agents of the Lord to do His work with His power. President Russell M. Nelson reminds us, “The Holy Ghost will be your personal teacher as you seek to understand what the Lord wants you to know and do. … What could be more exciting than working with the Spirit to understand God’s power—priesthood power?’”

Learn about three “spiritual treasures” President Cordon received through accepting callings

7. The Primary Presidency introduces new tools to help children and youth understand covenants

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Father and son spend time together outdoors. The Primary Presidency recently announced new materials for parents and Primary leaders to help children and youth understand the blessings and privileges of making and keeping sacred covenants.

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The Primary Presidency recently announced two new materials for parents and Primary leaders to help children and youth understand the blessings of making and keeping covenants.

Hear what the Primary presidency said about new sources to help children and youth understand covenants

8. The latest Church News podcast reports on what the American Family Survey reveals about family and marriage by a national policy editor

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On Episode 109 of the Church News podcast, Suzanne Bates, National Policy Editor at Deseret News, shares what the American Family Survey reveals about family and marriage.

This episode of the Church News podcast is dedicated to the American Family Survey, an annual nationwide study conducted by Deseret News and the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy at Brigham Young University. The 2022 poll found Americans are politically divided and losing faith in marriage but committed to their own families.

Suzanne Bates, national policy editor at Deseret News, provides insight into the survey and what its results say about marriage and family.

Listen to the podcast episode

9. Church establishes ASL Board of Education to support deaf youth and young adults

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The newly formed ASL Board of Education of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints poses for a photo on Friday, November 4, 2022 at the church office building. Elder Peter M. Johnson, General Authority Seventy, center back row, serves as moderator.

Hunter Winterton, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

To better support the needs of deaf youth and young adults in the United States, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently established an American Sign Language Board of Education.

The first board meeting was held on Friday, November 4, in the church office building.

Read more about the ASL Church Board of Education

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