The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints concluded its 188th annual general conference with two more major announcements. The news pertained to the discontinuation of home and visiting teaching, and the pronouncement of seven new temples to be constructed.
President Russell M. Nelson announced during the Sunday afternoon session, the change that will replace the practice of members visiting each other on a monthly basis. He said for months church leaders had been seeking a better way to minister to member’s spiritual and temporal needs.
“We have made the decision to retire home teach and visiting teaching as we have known them,” explained President Nelson. “Instead, we will implement a newer holier approach to caring and ministering to others. We will refer to these efforts as ministering.”
This new endeavor will be overseen jointly by the presidencies of a local congregation’s elders quorum (adult men) and Relief Society (adult women). The new ministering concept will also include young women ages 14 to 18 as companions to older women, the same way young men ages 14 to 18 have been participating with adult men for decades.
President Nelson later said during his closing remarks, the changes announced during the two-day conference marks a new era in ministering to others.
“The Lord has made important adjustments in the way we care for each other. Sisters and brothers, old and young, will serve one another in new holier way.”
President Nelson concluded the conference announcing the upcoming construction of temples in Layton Utah, Richmond Virginia, Salta Argentina, Bengaluru India, Managua Nicaragua, Cagayan de Oro Philippines and a major city yet to be determined in Russia.