An announcement on Friday, December 14, from the First Presidency changes the timeline of when children and youth complete Primary, move from one class or quorum to the next, and attend the temple for the first time—and for when young men may be ordained to priesthood offices. These changes are effective in January 2019.
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Many Latter-day Saints believe that the confusion for some about the date of Christ’s birth has been resolved by revelation, making the study of why April 6, 1 BC fits so well with other dates in the life of Christ and other Biblical and modern dates all the more interesting. The story of how this happened starts with Elder James E. Talmage writing the landmark book Jesus the Christ in the Salt Lake Temple.
Beginning in the Prophet Joseph’s lifetime, the unfortunate creation and circulation of unproven artifacts, modern forgeries, and other hoaxes began. Some have connected a few of these forgeries to the Book of Mormon or Latter-day Saint history specifically, while other falsified artifacts have been associated with the Book of Mormon indirectly.
There are four books in the New Testament that tell the story of the life and ministry of Jesus. Each one does it quite differently. The gospel of Luke is related to the gospel of Mark—it appears to use Mark as its foundation—but changes Mark’s stories in specific ways and adds many others.
Lightning doesn’t cross A.J. Edwards’s mind when he wakes each morning. He doesn’t step outside and scan the skies for storm clouds. He’s not even rattled by sudden claps of thunder. “I can go a long time without even thinking about lightning,” he said. But don’t be mistaken—lightning has shaped, defined, and refined much of Edwards’s life over the past two decades.
I’ve read the Book of Mormon many times, but sometimes I hear a verse or a quotation from it in a talk and it’s like I’m hearing it for the first time. That’s how I felt when Elder Marion D. Hanks quoted from Alma in his talk, “My Specialty is Mercy.” The section he quoted was very short, just “Mercy claimeth all which is her own,” but I’ve been thinking about it ever since.