The Church’s Newsroom has published the following “2021 Year in Review: A look back at the past year of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:”
In 2021, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continued to carry out Jesus’s commands to love God and neighbor. Latter-day Saint Charities and individual Saints brought relief to millions in need. Church leaders and missionaries shared the hope of Christ around the globe. Worship opportunities in houses of the Lord expanded, helping people connect at a deeper level with ancestors.
Below are highlights from another busy year of helping people everywhere feel the love of Christ.
Lifting Weary Hands, Strengthening Feeble Knees: The Church’s Humanitarian Aid
The Church engaged in some 575 COVID-19 related projects in 74 countries. The faith met needs of all kinds in many locations. These places include Australia, Beirut, Botswana, Brazil, Florida, Germany, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, the Navajo Nation, Panama, Paraguay, the Philippines, Qatar, Sudan, Syria and the United States.
This work provided COVID-19 vaccines COVID-19 vaccinesto millions, fed scores of hungry children, aided refugee resettlement, helped immigrants live better lives, procured blood donations, and much more.
Come, Listen to a Prophet’s Voice: The Messages of President Nelson
From the beginning of the year to the end, Church President Russell M. Nelson’s messages focused on the Savior of the world. In the week leading up to Easter, he invited people to do something to follow Christ’s teachings. “You might make your prayers more earnest. You could forgive someone or help a friend in need,” he said. “You can start today on a new spiritual quest.” At general conferences in April and October, he encouraged listeners to increase faith, seek pure truth, strengthen spiritual foundations and make more time for God. In June he announced joint educational and humanitarian initiatives with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). At Christmastime, he asked us to “make room in [our] heart for those around [us] who may be struggling to see the light of the Savior and to feel His love. No gifts will mean as much as acts of pure love you offer to the lonely, the worn down, and the weary.”
The Acts of the Apostles
The First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles were active throughout the year. The First Presidency hosted a variety of government and religious leaders on Temple Square. As COVID-19 restrictions eased, members of the Quorum of the Twelve traversed the globe to meet with civic and religious leaders as well as Latter-day Saints. President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Twelve, joined Elders Jeffrey R. Holland and Quentin L. Cook to minister in England. Elder David A. Bednar spent a week in the Middle East. And Elder Ronald A. Rasband represented the Church at the G20 Interfaith Forum in Bologna, Italy…..
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