Top 10 Takeaways from April Conference 2015
For those who were unable to attend the recent General Church Conference from April 17 to 19, here are our top 10 takeaways from the weekend.
1. As previously announced, Apostle Isaac Smith has now retired from the Quorum of 12. Brother Ike was given the opportunity to address the Conference on Sunday.
2. The Quorum of 70 Evangelists announced the pending ordination of two new Evangelists, Brother Tom D'Orazio (on May 17) and Brother Ken Lombardo (on May 24).
3. The Quorum of 70 also announced the development of a "Branch Assistance" program, which will seek to provide temporary help to branches or missions trying to grow.
4. The ministry participated in workshops to identify factors that may help increase the core membership of branches and missions.
5. A presentation on Jacob chapter 5 was given, describing how the prophecies relate to the latter day work. Copies of the PowerPoint presentation will be made available to ministers who desire to give the same presentation in their branches and missions.
6. Although Brother Abelardo Granados was not healed after the recent Church-wide fasting and prayer, he and his family were so affected by this effort that they will return to Oaxaca about two months after his upcoming knee surgery. Also, the General Ladies Uplift Circle generously donated funds to pay for the surgery. The outreach effort in Oaxaca will continue!
7. The General Ladies Uplift Circle celebrated its 95th anniversary with a luncheon and also presented a brief history of the Circle. Over the years, the Circle has donated over $500,000 to the work of The Church.
8. Many of The Church's current missionaries were captured on video answering the question, "Why do you continue to be a missionary?" The videos were shared with everyone during the IMOC presentation.
9. Hundreds of cards were distributed to everyone in attendance with the names and locations of different Native American tribes. Each person who received a card was asked to keep the card and pray for that tribe that they would eventually be exposed to the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.
10. Youth in Action posters highlighting this summer's YIA tours were on hand for members to take home and place on bulletin boards in the various branches and missions throughout the country.
If you weren't able to attend conference, we hope that this gives you a little taste of the happenings.
This article has undergone ministry review and approval.