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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints published updates today, July 31, 2020, to 15 chapters of its General Handbook: Serving in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This includes significant changes to five chapters. These follow adjustments made to the new digital handbook in February and March of this year.

To date, 16 of the book’s 38 chapters have been completely reworked, and minor changes have been made to several other chapters as part of an ongoing revision under the direction of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. The organizing framework for the handbook is the work of salvation and exaltation. The chapters are designed to help leaders around the world serve with Christlike care when implementing and adapting the Church’s various programs, policies and procedures to their circumstances. The text is available to the public in English online and in the Gospel Library app. Translations into other languages will soon be underway.

The new handbook supersedes Handbook 1 (for stake presidents and bishops) and Handbook 2 (for all leaders).

Content published on July 31, 2020, features significant revisions to five chapters. The “Elders Quorum” and “Relief Society” chapters are now organized around the work of salvation and exaltation. The word count in each has been reduced by nearly half. The word count has also been significantly reduced in the new “Sunday School” and “Teaching the Gospel” chapters.

Chapter 38, “Church Policies and Guidelines,” includes eight policies that are either updated or new.

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