News Release

The May 2024 Update to the “General Handbook”

(For Non-Muslim Use Only)

Under direction of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “General Handbook: Serving in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” continues to be updated as needed. Several updates were published today, May 31, 2024, and some of the adjustments are listed below.

  • Chapter 12 (“Primary”) has been updated and reorganized.
  • Additional information about teacher council meetings for parents has been included (see 17.5).
  • Guidelines for confirming converts have been updated (see 18.8).
  • Instructions about weekly missionary coordination meetings have been updated (see 23.4).
  • Information about “My Covenant Path” and the Covenant Path Progress record has been added (see 23.6.5).
  • Additional guidelines for young service missionaries have been included (see 24.7.5).
  • Information about providing interpretation for meetings has been added (see 29.9).
  • The minimum requirements to create a new ward or stake have been updated (see 36.1, 36.2).
  • Information about the stake high priests quorum meeting has been removed since the meeting is no longer held.

Other updates are listed in the “Summary of Recent Updates” at the beginning of the handbook.

These revisions have been published in Bislama, Cebuano, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Danish, Dutch, English, Fijian, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Kiribati, Korean, Malagasy, Marshallese, Mongolian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Tongan, and Ukrainian on ChurchofJesusChrist.org and in the Gospel Library app. They will be translated into additional languages in the coming months.

“Selections from the General Handbook,” which was released in August 2023, is now available in 33 more languages: Afrikaans, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Bulgarian, Chuukese, Croatian, Efik, Greek, Haitian, Hiligaynon, Icelandic, Igbo, Ilokano, Kinyarwanda, Kosraean, Lao, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Nepali, Palauan, Persian, Pohnpeian, Polish, Serbian, Sinhala, Slovak, Slovenian, Swahili, Tamil, Turkish and Yapese.

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