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LDS Week in Review: 5 Must-Read Stories (July 11-17)

Elder Nelson Set Apart as President of the Quorum of the Twelve

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Russell M. Nelson is president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He was set apart (an official appointment) to this calling by President Thomas S. Monson Wednesday, July 15, 2015. As president of the Twelve, he is referred to as President Russell M. Nelson and succeeds the late President Boyd K. Packer, who died July 3, 2015. It is the Church's practice that the senior member by date of assignment to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles becomes quorum president.

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Church Responds to Boy Scouts of America's Resolution to Allow Gay Leaders

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On Friday, July 10, the Boy Scouts of America Executive Committee unanimously adopted a resolution to allow chartered organizations to select Boy Scout leaders without regard to sexual orientation--a decision which the National Executive Board will meet to ratify later this month.

In response to this decision, the Church issued this statement on Monday, July 13:

“As a chartering organization, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has always had the right to select Scout leaders who adhere to moral and religious principles that are consistent with our doctrines and beliefs.  Any resolution adopted by the Boy Scouts of America regarding leadership in Scouting must continue to affirm that right.”

Church Announces New Resource for Returning Missionaries

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a new resource for missionaries: My Plan, an online course designed to help missionaries develop post-mission goals.

The resource was announced in the July 2015 issue of the Ensign magazine and on LDS.org. Beginning in August 2015, LDS missionaries can participate in the online course, which includes eight learning experiences that are designed to be completed before, during and after missionary service.

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5 More Famous Returned Missionaries (& Where They Served)

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Often standing out in areas such as modesty, chastity, and clean living habits, LDS celebrities are under a lot of pressure to represent the Savior and their faith well in an increasingly critical public eye. We’ve already talked about five famous returned missionaries who have successfully faced the pressure—here’s another list, compiled by YOU, of five more.

1. Jon Heder

In 2004, Jon Heder became a legend. Though initially undertaken as part of a school project, his portrayal of Napoleon Dynamite—the wolverine-hunting, tetherball-playing, moon boot-wearing high school hero—won the hearts and wallets of moviegoers around the nation. In the years since, Jon has been a staple of comedic cinema, starring alongside household names like Ben Stiller, Jeff Bridges, and Will Ferrell.

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Top 10 States with the Most Mormons

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Members of The Church of Jesus Christof Latter-day Saints live all over the world and across the United States. Here are the top 10 states with the highest populations of Mormons (as a percentage of the overall population). (All numbers based on numbers from the Pew Research Center and Mormon Newsroom.)

1. Utah — 55 percent

Total Church Membership: 2,000,554
Missions: 9 (There are now 10 missions in Utah with the edition of the Orem Utah Mission.)
Congregations: 4,971
Temples: 16 dedicated, 1 under construction

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