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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.”
Learn what the Church wrote to the US Supreme Court in defense of traditional marriage and discover some LDS connections to the Titanic in this week's stories.
Church Adds More to Discussion on Same-Sex Marriage and LGBT Rights
In a “friend of the court” brief, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joined a number of other religions to ask the US Supreme Court to rule against same-sex marriage becoming legal nationwide.
The LDS Church filed an amicus brief alongside faiths such as the Southern Baptist Convention, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, the National Association of Evangelicals, the Free Methodist Church – USA, and the International Pentecostal Holiness Church in urging the court to uphold a traditional definition of marriage.
A few weeks ago, the state of Utah passed two bills that simultaneously protect religious freedom and ban discrimination against LGBT people in the areas of housing and employment. “Fairness for all” was the call around which all parties rallied. This compromise demonstrated that opposing viewpoints can come together to achieve agreeable ends. While the specifics of the Utah law may not translate into every locality around the country, it was the approach that was significant. The Utah Legislature demonstrated that the tension between religious freedom and gay rights does not have to be a battle in which the victor takes all and the defeated get nothing. Instead, we can live together with our deepest differences.
We have our Conference recap and some great ideas for decorating a cultural hall for a wedding reception in this week's stories.
Dissenting Votes at Conference
Church members participating in the afternoon session of the 185th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints witnessed a rare event in general conference history: a sustaining vote that was not unanimous.
Though unexpected, some used the moment to reaffirm their faith.
Many members in support of President Thomas S. Monson and the other Church leaders have responded in the way of today: social media. The #isustain campaign has flooded Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with users posting their love and support for their beloved leaders.
US President Barack Obama and famous author J.K. Rowling were both part of Mormon news this week. Find out why!
Obama Meets with Apostles in SLC to Talk About National Issues
Obama met with LDS Church leaders at the hotel, including President Henry B. Eyring and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of First Presidency, and Elder L. Tom Perry and Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
Deputy White House press secretary Eric Schultz said they were expected to talk about the church's long record of service, including its work on disaster relief and other humanitarian issues, and the need to fix the nation's broken immigration system.
The leaders were also to discuss the need to forge more common ground across differences and to promote service to neighbors, both in the United States and around the world.
25 Conference Moments You Don't Want to Forget
From the unexpected to the hilarious, we've got a collection of unforgettable conference moments for you to enjoy.
Last general conference, we released 9 moments no one saw coming. For this upcoming conference, we've added 6 moments in conference history that caught everybody off guard.
1. When an Olympian Spoke During the Priesthood Session