LDS Week in Review: 5 Must-Read Stories (Jan 10 - 16)

Church Announces 11 New Missions

The LDS Church announced the creation of 11 missions.  (Deseret News)

As of January 7th, the Church had 84,728 missionaries serving--a surprise figure that has held strong after the initial surge that came with the age change announcement almost two and a half years ago. 

To help alleviate the continued increased load, Church officials last week announced the creation of 11 new missions worldwide, from Utah all the way to Bolivia to Portugal. Over time, the goal of creating new missions like these, Church officials explained, is to have no more than 200 missionaries in each mission area. (Currently, 100 of the Church's 407 missions have 250 missionaries or more apiece.)

-->Learn more about why the Church is making more missions

Court Bans Polygamist Group from Using Mormon Name

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The Canadian Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Church in a recent lawsuit concerning a polygamist group's use of the name "Mormon," "Latter-day Saints," or other names that create confusion. The group is now legally prohibited from using such names. 

Church officials responded to by saying they were "pleased with the decision."

-->Learn more about the lawsuit

LDS Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney Is Considering Another Run

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Though as-yet undecided, Mitt Romney has discussed with potential campaign donors another presidential run in 2016. In a private meeting, he reportedly told those present that they could tell their friends that a Romney 2016 campaign was under serious consideration. 

This falls in line with what he said at a political rally last year in New Hampshire, where he said he would "get behind the one who [he thinks] has the best chance of winning." And if that's Romney himself, that's who he'll campaign for. 

Keep an eye out for an official announcement--Romney will need to make a decision soon.

-->Read more about the challenges Romney would face in a third run

9 Things You Have Forgotten About Your Premortal Life

9 Things You Have Forgotten About Your Premortal Life

In virtually all of us, there is some sort of innate yearning to know what was before this life and how it affects us here.

Fortunately though, for Latter-day Saints, we need no special revelation to tell us we had a life before. Such revelation exists.  Latter-day scriptures and prophetic teachings not only confirm our intimations but also paint a clear picture of just who we are, where we came from, and why we are here. Without this modern revelation we could only guess at what it all means, but with it, the scriptures unveil something hidden to the rest of the world—the premortal heavens are no longer a mystery. 

Here are just a few insights into the life we lived before mortality and how that life continues to shape who we are today.

-->Find out what you have 'forgotten' about your life in Heaven

11 Modest Dresses from the 2015 Golden Globes

Modest fashion at the 2015 Golden Globes

Big-name stars like Adele, Julia Roberts, and even Angelina Jolie have shown us in past years that you don't have to bare all to be beautiful. Check out these gorgeous gowns from this year's Golden Globes.

-->See all 11 gorgeous (and modest!) gowns

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