LDS church ends monthly First Presidency message in Ensign magazine

LDS church ends month First Presidency message in Ensign magazine (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) The LDS church is doing away with its monthly First Presidency message, published in its magazine the Ensign.

The change was announced in the April edition at the bottom of what is the last such message with new church leader President Russell Nelson.

Monthly First Presidency Message to Be Discontinued
This message will be the last First Presidency Message published in the Ensign on a monthly basis. In the future, the First Presidency will share important messages as needed through the Church’s various channels, including Church magazines and LDS.org.

The April address was taken from a Jan. 16 broadcast from the annex of the church's Salt Lake City temple. It says in the message that Nelson requested his words to be published in the issue.

So far the LDS church has not responded to inquiries about the reasons behind the change.

The messages are available at LDS.org, dating back to 2008 but the printed version of the messages from the top governing leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- often called the Mormon Church -- stretch back much further. The three men who make up the church's first presidency and the highest leaders of the church with the church president considered God's spokesman on holding the top position.

The messages are believed to be older than the Ensign, although it was the monthly magazine that popularized the frequency and delivery of the messages.

The Ensign has been published since 1971.

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