Mormon Minute: Weekly LDS News Recap for July 22, 2015

1218’s Mormon Minute recaps LDS news that’s happening in the Mormon world. This week, we talk about: Russell M. Nelson being called as the new president of the 12, the Pioneer Day campaign #IAmAPioneer, changes in missionary training programs, and more.

0:07 – Elder Nelson Set Apart as President of the Twelve

With the passing of President Boyd K. Packer, the Church has set apart Elder Russell M. Nelson as the new president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. President Nelson will not only continue his work as a special witness of Jesus Christ, but will also take on administrative responsibilities to oversee the development of the global church.

0:24 – #IamaPioneer

With Pioneer Day this Friday, the Church is encouraging members to think about ways that they are pioneers too. Familysearch is also using the “I am a Pioneer” campaign to encourage users to discover their pioneer ancestors.

0:38 – ‘My Plan’ Resource for Returned Missionaries

The Church will release a new resource this August called ‘My Plan’ to help missionaries adjust to life after the mission. The online program has eight sections that the missionary will complete before, during and after their missionary work. You can find more information about the program at

0:55 – Twin Sisters Sent to Serve in Same Area

And twin sisters had the shock of their lives when they received missionary calls to very similar places.

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Whitney studied Communications with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism at BYU. She also served as Miss Utah 2009 and spent her year promoting Children's Miracle Network, fundraising for anti-bullying/suicide prevention programs, and speaking to mutual groups.