Week in Review: President Nelson, the Oldest Apostle, Announces Tithing

During the week of August 7-13, President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints became the senior apostle in this dispensation and invited others to share how they nourish their testimony. The Church also announced changes to the tithing settlement process.

President Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor in the First Presidency, celebrated his 90th birthday with an appearance on the Church News podcast, and he shared 12 lessons he learned over nine decades. A three-part series on religious freedom highlighted the importance of protecting this right for all of God’s children. The Church introduced a new Historian and Recorder.

Latter-day Saint artist Dan Wilson painted a Second Coming mural for the Washington DC Temple. Counselors and experts outlined resources for leaders and members for ministry in times of crisis. And a missionary from Texas has won a major award for his volunteer work in his mission of service.

Read more about these stories below.

1. President Nelson is the oldest apostle of the last days

President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints poses in his office at the Church’s Administration Building in Salt Lake City Wednesday, April 13, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Four months after becoming the senior President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Nelson has now become the Church’s senior apostle in this latter-day dispensation.

As of Aug. 8, 2022, President Nelson — who was born Sept. 9, 1924, in Salt Lake City — has lived a total of 35,764 days, or just a day short of 97 years and 11 months if you use calendar dates.

Compare dates with others who have served

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A screenshot of the Church’s online giving screen shows a new ‘General Offerings’ category which replaced ‘Book of Mormon’, ‘Temple Building’, ‘Lifelong Education’ and other discontinued categories .

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The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced changes to improve the tithing settlement process.

The term “tithing settlement” has now been replaced with “tithing declaration”.

“This change underscores that the primary purpose of this interview is to provide members with an opportunity to declare their tithing loyalty, not to ‘settle’ a score,” said the The First Presidency wrote in a letter to general and local priesthood leaders, dated Thursday, August 11.

Find out what’s different

3. President Nelson’s Invitation and Responses

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President Russell M. Nelson, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, tweeted Aug. 10. He said: “Recently I invited you to ‘take charge of your own testimony.’ Please share with me the steps you are taking to achieve this. I look forward to being inspired by you!

On August 10, President Nelson posted on social media, “Recently I invited you to ‘take charge of your own testimony.’ Please share with me the steps you are taking to achieve this. I look forward to being inspired by you!

View invitation and responses

4. President Dallin H. Oaks celebrates his 90th birthday

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In episode 96 of the Church News podcast, Elder Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor in the First Presidency, reflects on lessons learned over nine decades.

President Oaks celebrated a historic birthday on August 12. Born in 1932 to Stella and Lloyd E. Oaks, the First Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints turned 90.

Listen to the podcast, discover the 12 lessons he learned, reflect with him on his life through this video and read 9 quotes from the past year

5. Why is religious freedom important?

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President Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, smiles during an interview at the Rome Temple Visitor Center Tuesday, July 19, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

ROME, ITALY — President Oaks has spoken about religious freedom for much of his 38-year apostolic ministry.

It’s a topic he’s been prepared to address, said the first counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

See the 3-part series

6. Meet the New Church Historian and Recorder: Kyle S. McKay

Kyle S. McKay, a General Authority Seventy, smiles for a photo at the Church History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Kyle S. McKay, General Authority Seventy, smiles for a photo at the Church History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, Tuesday, August 9, 2022. Elder McKay began serving as the new Historian and Clerk of the Church on August 1. , 2022.

Cristy Powell, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Kyle S. McKay, a General Authority Seventy, has felt drawn to a certain scripture since becoming Church Historian and Recorder on August 1.

In Doctrine and Covenants 47John Whitmer was called to serve as Church Historian and Recorder in March 1831. Doctrine and Covenants 69 includes instructions for John Whitmer in his appeal.

“He was commissioned to collect stories, writings, and things that would be helpful to the Church and to the rising generations growing up in Zion, and I felt drawn to that,” Elder McKay said of Doctrine and Covenants 69:8. “Since I learned of this mission, I have felt drawn to the rising generations, to protect them and to build their faith.”

Get to Know Elder McKay

7. Meet the artist who painted a mural for the Washington DC Temple

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Artist Dan Wilson in his studio in Lehi, Utah.

Most budding artists begin their careers in a spare bedroom at home, crowding out other family needs. Dan Wilson was no exception – starting in an upstairs bedroom. Over the next few years, he moved on to the living room, then to a part of the unfinished basement that eventually had four walls and a door.

“The paint was everywhere,” smiles Heather Wilson, Dan Wilson’s wife of 13 years. “We still find paint in random places all over the house, even in the freezer. I thought it would always be like this.

See more of Dan Wilson’s painting of the Second Coming

8. How Psychological First Aid Can Help Church Leaders and Individuals Support Others During a Crisis

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Two women visit another woman at her home to help her after she hurts her leg.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Refugees fleeing a bombed city. Survivors of an earthquake. Families devastated by suicide. Witnesses to a tragic accident. There are so many who need support and care in a crisis. Learning Psychological first aid can help.

Psychological first aid was developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the National Center for PTSD. It is an evidence-based approach to helping anyone after a traumatic event.

Read Part 1 on Psychological First Aid and Part 2 on how those in the Europe Zone developed new training to help others serve during a crisis

9. Texas missionary honored for good works on mission of service

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Elder Caleb Wood with his mission leaders, Sister Julie Atkinson and Elder Mark Atkinson; and Courtney Weaver, front, director of operations at Trusted World, at the awards ceremony where Elder Wood received the Spirit of Volunteerism award in Dallas, Texas on May 4, 2022.

Elder Caleb Wood doesn’t think his story is special. But the standing ovation said otherwise. At a special banquet on July 21, Elder Wood was named Dallas, Texas, “Volunteer of the Year” by D CEO Magazine for his work with the non-profit organization world of trust.

“I have been asked many times why serving is so important to me,” Elder Wood said in his acceptance speech that night. “The more I answer this question, the more I realize my answer is a bit selfish – I like to make other people happy, and making other people happy makes me happy.”

Find out how Elder Wood helps overcome health issues

Jerry B. Hatch