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[Editor’s Note: This article will be updated throughout the Relief Society meeting and each session of conference, so check back often.]
Church News and Events will be posting live updates throughout the weekend of the 182nd Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. See below for announcements and summaries from each session of conference October 6 and 7, 2012.
On September 29, 2012, Relief Society sisters worldwide participated in the general Relief Society meeting. Updates and announcements from the meeting are posted below.
UPDATE: Saturday Afternoon, 10/6/12, 2:16 p.m.
President Henry B. Eyring announced the following releases during the Saturday afternoon session: Elder Jay E. Jensen as a member of the Presidency of the Quorums of the Seventy and Elder Marlin K. Jensen as Church Historian and Recorder.
Elder Craig C. Christensen and Elder Steven E. Snow were called to serve, respectively, as a member of the Presidency of the Quorums of the Seventy and as Church Historian and Recorder.
Elders Keith K. Hilbig, Jay E. Jensen, Marlin K. Jensen, and Octaviano Tenorio were released as members of the First Quorum of the Seventy and designated as emeritus General Authorities.
Elders Keith R. Edwards and Larry W. Gibbons were released from the Second Quorum of the Seventy.
UPDATE Saturday Morning, 10/6/12, 1:30 p.m.
President Thomas S. Monson opened the 182nd Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with an announcement of new temples, a new Church policy regarding missionary service, and a call for many more senior couples.
New temples are planned for Tucson, Arizona, and Arequipa, Peru, President Monson revealed. Exact locations of the temples will be announced at a later date.
He went on to announce a new Church policy that will allow all worthy and able young men the opportunity to be recommended for missionary service at the age of 18 instead of 19. Able, worthy young women who have the desire to serve may be recommended for missionary service at the age of 19 instead of age 21. (Read more at Newsroom.)
President Monson then echoed a message he gave two years ago, calling for many more senior couples to serve: “As your circumstances allow, as you are eligible for retirement, and as your health permits, I encourage you to make yourselves available for full-time missionary service,” he said. “Both husband and wife will have great joy as together they serve our Father’s children.”
Read a summary of Elder Shayne M. Bowen's talk. (coming)
UPDATE General Relief Society Meeting, 9/29/12
The Relief Society general presidency taught about the power of Jesus Christ's Atonement to relieve sorrows and change hearts, and how understanding the Atonement can help women cleave to their covenants and provide service to others.
President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency, spoke about the importance of giving and receiving service. He taught, “Caring for those in need takes a team, a loving and unified society. That is what the Lord is building among you. He loves you for any part you play.”
Audio and video of the meeting in multiple languages are available now on the general Relief Society meeting archive page. English text is also available, and additional languages will be archived as they become available.