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This week a statement by the Boy Scout President, Lindsey Stirling's Billboard Music Awards dress, a new temple, and a parody of "Uptown Funk" all dominated headlines.
Church Responds: Boy Scouts May Allow Gay Leaders
This week, Boy Scouts of America President Robert Gates delivered his National Annual Business Meeting Remarks. As part of that address, Gates discussed the BSA's membership policy, specifically as it related to recent developments in national LGBT legislation.
Giving context to the discussion, he said, "I remind you of the recent debates we have seen in places like Indiana and Arkansas over discrimination based on sexual orientation, not to mention the impending U.S. Supreme Court Decision this summer on gay marriage."
Noting that several BSA chapters are in open defiance of the policy, he explained, "The status quo in our movement's membership standards cannot be sustained. We can expect more councils to openly challenge the current policy." Instead of revoking these chapters' charters, Gates suggested that doing so not only would deprive thousands of boys from the benefits of scouting, but that such a position would make the BSA "vulnerable to the possibility the courts simply will order us at some point to change our membership policy." This, he said, would likely happen "sooner rather than later."
See construction progress on some of the temples, learn about Elder Scott's health, and get excited for the Saturday's Warrior remake in this week's stories.
Elder Scott 'Not Fully Able to Participate in Meetings of the Quorum of the Twelve,' Elder Perry Resuming Responsibilities
A statement is made on President Monson's Health, the Church releases beautiful interior temple pictures, and an LDS model takes the fashion world by storm.
Church Sets the Record Straight on President Monson's Health
In light of other news about apostles' health, Church spokesman Eric Hawkins said in a statement:
"President Monson is 87. It’s natural that he and others in Church leadership are feeling the effects of advancing age. However, he spoke publicly at General Conference earlier this month and attended all the meetings. He comes to the office every day, attends all First Presidency and committee meetings, leads the discussion, and makes decisions. The workload of the First Presidency is up to date. President Monson has always been private about his health, but appreciates the prayers and sustaining support of Church members, as do all of the First Presidency and the Twelve."
Elder Scott and Elder Perry are doing well, the search continues for a missing RM, and the Church prepares for online tithing payments in this week's stories.
Elder Scott and Elder Perry Doing Well
Elder Scott was released from the hospital, according to a new update from the Church. "Elder Richard G. Scott, who was recently hospitalized with gastrointestinal bleeding, has been released from the hospital this afternoon and is recuperating at home."
Word also came that Elder L. Tom Perry, who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer last week after being taking to the hospital with breathing difficulties, is also resting at home. However, the Church statement said, "He is receiving General Authority visitors and conducting Church business. The 92-year-old apostle continues to receive medical care."
The Church has expressed that both men "are grateful for the prayers and kindnesses expressed on their behalf."
Elder Perry and Elder Scott face some health issues, photos of the Payson Temple are released, and a beautiful version of the new 2015 Mutual theme is available in this week's stories.
Elder L. Tom Perry to Receive Treatment for Cancer, Elder Richard G. Scott Hospitalized
Earlier this week, Elder L. Tom Perry was hospitalized for breathing troubles. Though the Church announced that Elder Perry was released from the hospital and was resting at home Wednesday night, Friday, the Church gave an important update on Elder Perry's health:
“Elder L. Tom Perry will begin radiation treatment this morning after being diagnosed with cancer in the thyroid gland." They noted that, "Elder Perry is the second most senior apostle in terms of length of service in the Quorum of the Twelve, and the oldest living apostle."
In addition to Elder Perry's health concerns, the Church statement also noted that Elder Richard G. Scott was hospitalized this week.
"Elder Richard G. Scott, age 86, was hospitalized last evening due to gastrointestinal bleeding," shared Eric Hawkins, Senior Manager of Media Relations for the Church Public Affairs Department. "The bleeding was brought under control and he is resting comfortably."
Additionally, the Church noted, the two brethren "are grateful for the prayers and kindnesses expressed on their behalf.”