The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has sent out the following letter to all Elders Quorum and Relief Society Presidencies in regards to their new assignments for member missionary work and temple and family history work:

Notice
Date: October 6, 2018
To: General Authorities; General Auxiliary Presidencies;
Area Seventies; Stake, Mission, and District
Presidents; Bishops and Branch Presidents; Elders
Quorum Presidencies; Stake and Ward Relief Society Presidencies

The bishop holds the keys for the work of salvation in his ward. With his counselors, he oversees
member missionary work and temple and family history work (see Handbook 2: Administering the
Church [2010], 5.1.1, 5.4.1). The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles have
approved new policies regarding responsibilities of those serving in elders quorum and Relief
Society presidencies. These adjustments should be implemented no later than January 1, 2019, and
include the following:

* Under the direction of the bishop, the elders quorum president may be assigned to oversee
member missionary work and temple and family history work in the ward. Generally, the
elders quorum president would delegate these assignments to his counselors.

* When assigned these responsibilities, the elders quorum counselor responsible for member
missionary work will act in the role of ward mission leader or will supervise a ward mission
leader who is a Melchizedek Priesthood holder. Similarly, the other elders quorum counselor
will act as the ward temple and family history leader or will supervise a Melchizedek
Priesthood holder who is called to that responsibility. Whether a bishop calls a ward mission
leader and a ward temple and family history leader or the counselors in the elders quorum
presidency fill those roles is up to the inspired direction of each bishop.

*To facilitate priesthood-directed member missionary work and temple and family history
work, the Relief Society presidency may follow the pattern of the elders quorum, with one
counselor assigned to help with member missionary work and the other counselor assigned
to help with temple and family history work.

*The bishop coordinates all aspects of the work of salvation in the ward council. The ward
council includes the bishopric, ward clerk, executive secretary, and presidents of the elders
quorum, Relief Society, Sunday School, Young Women, Young Men, and Primary. Counselors in the elders quorum and Relief Society presidencies, the ward mission leader (if called), and the ward temple and family history leader (if called) may be invited to particular ward council meetings as circumstances dictate. The ward council normally meets weekly
but may meet less frequently. A ward council meeting typically does not last longer than one
hour.