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LDS Week in Review: 5 Must-Read Stories (August 29-September 4)

Church Opens Online Tithing to All U.S. Members (& How to Do It)

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has made online tithing donations available to all wards and branches in the United States, though you can still choose to give donations or tithing to your bishop or branch president. 

In order to pay tithing or make a donation online, you must have an LDS account.

To create an account, go to ldsaccount.lds.org/signIn, click on "Create an Account" at the right-hand corner of your screen. Then, select "Register as a Member." Here, you will need to enter your birth date and membership record number, which you can obtain from your bishop or ward clerk, or which is also listed on your temple recommend. If you do not have access to your membership number, you can select "Skip This Step" and enter it later. Then, you will be asked to fill out your personal information. After filling out these fields, you can then register for an LDS account.

Once you have your LDS account and you are logged in, go to LDS.org and click on "My Account" in the top right-hand corner. From the drop-down menu, select "Donations," which can be found under the "My Ward" tab. Here, you will be taken to the new donations page, where you can make a donation, view your donation history, and view past donation statements.

--> Learn more about how to use these exciting new tools.

Huffington Post Reacts to Church's New 'Brutally Honest' Videos

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In honor of National Addiction Recovery Month, this week the Church launched "12 Steps to Change," a 12-part series focusing on the experience of 12 former addicts who share startlingly honest and real experiences of their fights to overcome drug, alcohol, food, sex, or pornography addictions.

These powerful and even heartbreaking videos have begun drawing the attention of national news outlets like the Huffington Post, which called the videos "brutally honest" and said: 

But these aren't your typical church videos. The LDS Church, to its everlasting credit, isn't holding back -- they are making a concerted effort to tackle addiction head-on. These videos are real, honest, raw, and in some cases, quite heartbreaking.

--> Watch the Church's "12 Steps to Change" videos.

Did Jesus Have a Wife? New Study May Point Toward 'Yes'

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Did Jesus have a wife? It’s a question experts, researchers and believers have debated for years.

A new study may point toward “yes.”

Researchers at Columbia University have started running new tests on the highly controversial papyrus text, called the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife,” which may validate its authenticity, according to The Independent.

The fragment, which is no bigger than a business card, allegedly includes a line that has Jesus saying “my wife” and referencing a disciple named “Mary.”

--> Find out more about this interesting text and the research behind it.

Elder Scott's 4 Essential Qualities to Look for in an Eternal Companion

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It's easy to get bogged down in long lists of what we want in our future spouse. But here is Elder Scott's list of essential qualities we should look for in a companion--ones that will simplify and bring perspective into our dating life.

There is more to a foundation of eternal marriage than a pretty face or an attractive figure. There is more to consider than popularity or charisma. As you seek an eternal companion, look for someone who is developing the essential attributes that bring happiness:
  • a deep love of the Lord and of His commandments,
  • a determination to live them,
  • one that is kindly understanding, forgiving of others, and willing to give of self,
  • with the desire to have a family crowned with beautiful children and a commitment to teach them the principles of truth in the home.

--> Read the rest of Elder Scott's great counsel.

Saturday's Warrior 2016 Cast Announced

Hopefully by now you've heard the hubbub about the new Saturday's Warrior  motion picture set to premier in 2016. (For more details about the film, click here). 

When the original Saturday’s Warrior stage musical opened in 1974, it ran for 246 consecutive sold-out shows in Salt Lake City, and in Phoenix it sold more tickets in two hours than Elton John did in two weeks. And now this classic in LDS culture is about to appear on the big screen, with a few celebrity surprises in the cast lineup.

Jimmy Flinders, the movies leading role, will be played by Kenny Holland, a young musician from Arizona and social media sensation. 

The heart-warming role of the heavenly guide will be played by none other than Alex Boye, long-time soloist for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir who recently amazed judges on "America's Got Talent."

-->Learn who else will be in Saturday's Warrior and see more videos from the cast.