In Review of the Week: President Oaks’ BYU Devotion, plus 8 more stories

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During the week of September 11 and 17, Elder Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor in the First Presidency, spoke at a BYU church meeting and was featured in a Church News video talking about “teachings women” in his life. Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles addressed members of the Ukrainian Church.

Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Rosana Soares, returned to Portugal where they served as mission leaders. BYU–Idaho President Henry J. Eyring and Ensign College President Bruce C. Kusch spoke at school opening devotions for the fall semester. Temple updates this week included renovations to the Stockholm Sweden Temple and dates for the open house and dedication of the San Juan Puerto Rico Temple.

The Roots Tech took part in a Facebook live Q&A session on what RootsTech 2023 will look like. Community members from Leeds England and JustServe organization worked together to help children. Episode 101 of the Church News podcast featured what Church News editor Sarah Jane Weaver now knows after 100 episodes of the podcast.

1. President Oaks Speaks at BYU Devotional

As Brigham Young University celebrated its centennial in 1975, Church President Spencer W. Kimball delivered his “Second Century Address,” calling on BYU and its students to be unique.

President Dallin H. Oaks returned Tuesday, Sept. 13, to the same BYU Marriott Center nearly half a century later to review President Kimball’s speech. In remarks titled “Moving forward into the second century,” President Oaks, 90, called on BYU faculty and students to continue to be unique and to dare to be different.

Read what President Oaks said at the BYU devotional

2. President Oaks talks about the “teachings of women” in his life

After her father's death, President Dallin H. Oaks' mother suffered a severe nervous breakdown.  “I almost immediately became an orphan,” said President Oaks, First Counselor in the First Presidency.  In this Church News video titled “Teachings of Women,” President Oaks details his grandmother's influence during his childhood.

In a new Church News video released Sept. 15, 2022, President Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor in the First Presidency, speaks about the teachings of the women in his life, including his wife, Sister Kristen Oaks, pictured with him here.

After her father’s death, President Dallin H. Oaks’ mother suffered a severe nervous breakdown. “I almost immediately became an orphan,” said President Oaks, First Counselor in the First Presidency.

In this Church News video, titled “Teachings of WomenPresident Oaks details his grandmother’s influence during his childhood.

Watch the video as President Oaks reflects on the women in his life

3. Elder Cook addresses members of the Ukrainian Church

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Ukrainian missionaries currently serving in the Baltic Mission perform “Peace in Christ” during the Special Membership Meeting broadcast in Ukraine Sept. 11, 2022. Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke at the meeting.

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Exactly 200 days after armed conflict erupted in Eastern Europe, Quentin L. Cook promised Latter-day Saints in Ukraine that for those who focus entirely on the Savior, Jesus Christ, a better day will come.

Speaking at a religious meeting of members originating in Riga, Latvia, and broadcast in Ukraine on Sunday, September 11, Elder Cook said that among the questions most frequently asked of Church leaders were: “Why does a righteous God allow bad things to happen, especially to good people?” and “Why aren’t those who are righteous and serve the Lord safe from such tragedies?

Read what Elder Cook said to Ukrainian Latter-day Saints

4. Brother and Sister Soares return to Portugal

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Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles walks through the grounds of the Lisbon Temple in Portugal with his wife, Sister Rosana Soares, Sept. 9, 2022.

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In March 2000, Church leaders announced that Ulisses Soares, 41, and his wife would be the new mission leaders of the Portugal Porto Mission. He and his wife, Rosana Soares, had three young children and anticipated the new role would come with its own set of challenges for the whole family.

His return to Portugal two decades later, in September 2022, gave Elder Soares, now a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, an opportunity to reflect on how much has changed since that calling for his family.

Discover the experience of brother and sister Soares back in Portugal

5. President Henry J. Eyring speaks at the BYU-Idaho Devotional and President Bruce C. Kusch at the Ensign College Devotional

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BYU-Idaho President Henry J. Eyring speaks during the first devotional of the fall semester Sept. 13, 2022, on campus in Rexburg, Idaho.

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BYU-Idaho President Henry J. Eyring spoke at a BYU-Idaho Devotion Tuesday, September 13, on consecrated life, the fruits of consecration and parents.

Also that day, Ensign College President Bruce C. Kusch drew inspiration from some of the things President Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor in the First Presidency, shared from the same pulpit during a devotional last May in the Temple Square Assembly Hall.

Read what President Henry J. Eyring said at the BYU-Idaho Religious Meeting and what President Bruce C. Kusch said at the Ensign College Religious Meeting

6. Stockholm Sweden Temple Renovation and San Juan Puerto Rico Temple Open House and Dedication

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An artist’s rendering of the Stockholm Temple in Sweden scheduled for renovation in 2023.

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The Stockholm Temple in Sweden will close in 2023 for major renovations, with the planned three-year project to include an expansion to 31,000 square feet, nearly double its current 16,366 square feet.

The First Presidency also announced the dates for the dedication and open house of the San Juan Puerto Rico Temple, the Church’s first on the island in the United States and the third in the Caribbean.

Learn about the renovations to the Stockholm Sweden Temple and the dedication of the San Juan Puerto Rico Temple

7. In the live Q&A, the RootsTech team answers what the 2023 event will look like

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RootsTech team members – Jen Allen, middle, Jonathan Wing, left, and Brandon Beckstead, right – answer questions about RootsTech 2023 during a live Q&A on Facebook and YouTube on September 13, 2022.

The Roots Tech the team answered several questions during a live Q&A session on Tuesday, September 13, broadcast on FamilySearch Youtube and Facebook accounts. Questions were submitted by attendees around the world and answered by Jen Allen, events director at FamilySearch; Jonathan H. Wing, Creative Director of RootsTech; and Brandon Beckstead, Logistics Director of RootsTech.

Read what awaits you in 2023

8. JustServe and community members in Leeds, England come together to help children

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The Hawksworth Community Youth Club in Leeds, England welcomes approximately 160 children each week. Club participants pictured in February 2022.

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A youth club in Leeds, England has given dozens of children from an underserved community a place to belong – and the club is thriving thanks to JustServe.

The Hawksworth Community Youth Club began four years ago when Robert and Sam Esterine saw that children in their neighborhood needed a safe place to participate in activities and be with their peers.

Find out how community members in Leeds, England are partnering with JustServe to help children

9. Church News Podcast Episode 101 features what Church News Editor-in-Chief Sarah Jane Weaver now knows after 100 episodes of the podcast

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Church News Editor-in-Chief Sarah Jane Weaver reflects on what she now knows after 100 episodes of the Church News podcast.

On October 20, 2020, Church News launched a new podcast with the goal of connecting members and leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Almost two years later, the Church News has uploaded its 100th episode.

Thanks to a loyal and growing audience, producers are now looking forward to the next 100 episodes. To celebrate this milestone, this 101st episode of the podcast offers some “best” moments from past podcasts, as well as reflections on “what we all know now”, after listening to and learning from the many podcast guests.

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