Church Issues New Proclamation To Mark ‘Bicentennial Year’
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued its sixth-ever proclamation to mark the 200th anniversary of the First Vision of founder Joseph Smith.
President Russell M. Nelson announced the proclamation during his remarks at the end of a solemn assembly held during the Sunday morning session of General Conference.
He said Church leaders wanted to mark the bicentennial year with a monument of some sort, but they determined a physical memorial would not be accessible to members across the world.
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Instead, he said, the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles decided a moment of words would be more appropriate.
The proclamation, titled “The Restoration of the Fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: A Bicentennial Proclamation to the World,” was read in a prerecorded video by President Nelson.
Following his reading of the proclamation, President Nelson led church members in a “Hosanna Shout.”
It was the sixth proclamation issued by the Church, and the last since 1996.
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