Handbooks and Callings
Summary of Recent Updates

“Summary of Recent Updates,” General Handbook: Serving in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (2020).

“Summary of Recent Updates,” General Handbook.

Summary of Recent Updates

March 2021

Chapter 5: Stake Leadership

Chapter 6: The Bishopric

  • Chapter 6 has been revised. The content has also been simplified and oriented around the needs of smaller units. The chapter also now features a section that explains differences between bishops and branch presidents.

Chapter 14: Single Members

Chapter 22: Providing for Temporal Needs and Building Self-Reliance

Chapter 23: Sharing the Gospel and Strengthening New and Returning Members

  • Chapter 23 has been revised. It is now organized around the work of salvation and exaltation. The content has also been simplified and reduced. The chapter emphasizes the responsibilities of elders quorum presidencies, Relief Society presidencies, and others for sharing the gospel and strengthening new and returning members. It also includes updated information about the callings of ward mission leader and ward missionaries.

Chapter 24: Missionary Recommendations and Service

  • Chapter 24 has been revised. It presents updated guidelines on preparing and qualifying for missionary service. It also clarifies the different types of missionary service, updates policies on maximum age limits for young sister missionaries, and updates policies on setting apart senior service missionaries.

Chapter 27: Temple Ordinances for the Living

Chapter 28: Temple Ordinances for Ancestors

Chapter 29: Meetings in the Church

  • Chapter 29 has been revised. It is now organized around the work of salvation and exaltation. The content has also been simplified, reduced, and oriented around the needs of smaller units.

Chapter 33: Records and Reports

Chapter 37: Specialized Stakes, Wards, and Branches

Chapter 38: Church Policies and Guidelines