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This week, the Church got a lot of attention! Church spokeswomen responded to media controversy about Church discipline, a photo of missionary service went viral, and LDS Family Services discontinued their adoption agency. Find those stories and more in our weekly recap!
LDS Family Services is a private, nonprofit corporation owned and operated by the Church. For decades, it has been operating one of the largest, private nonprofit adoption agencies in the world.
This week, LDS Family Services announced that it will shift its focus to counseling for birth parents and prospective adoptive parents, and will no longer operate a full-scale adoption agency.
This was a big decision, but the corporation hopes that it will broaden options for prospective adoptive parents.
This was a big week for Latter-day Saints! Don't miss our Top 5 stories. Read all about NPR's review of the MTC, find tips for feeding hungry missionaries, and see how the Church responded to news media questions about Church disciplinary actions!
The internet has recently been abuzz about the Church disciplinary actions surrounding Kate Kelly and John Dehlin. In response to questions from the news media regarding Church discipline, the Church released this statement:
"The Church is a family made up of millions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and opinions. There is room for more questions, and we welcome sincere conversations. We hope those seeking answers will find them and happiness through the gospel of Jesus Christ..."
This week we saw an updated time lapse of the Provo City Center Temple, the story of an LDS girl football star, missionary advice, and much more! Check out this week's top 5 stories. You won't want to miss them!
Sam Gordon was only nine years old when her dad posted a video of her football highlights and the world fell in love with the LDS girl whose "sweet feet" were unbeatable on the football field.
Now known as "Sweet Feet" both on and off the field, Sam attributes her success to the knowledge she has that, with hard work and determination, all her big dreams are possible.
Now, at 11 years old, Sam is the author of a book that encourages children everywhere to pursue their goals, no matter how impossible they may seem. She's seen how empowering it is to believe in yourself, and she hopes to share that message with everyone. "I don't think this story is just about me," she says. "It's about what we can accomplish even when other people think we can't."
Be sure to check out this week's top five stories! The last seven days have seen lots of LDS activity, including #MormonProbs tweets, a letter from the Church's PR spokesman, and newlywed advice!
On Thursday, Michael Otterson (Managing Director of Church Public Affairs) released a five-page letter to address the Church's concerns about the context missing from many online discussions about women and the Church.
The document responded to three specific criticisms that the Church faces: that the Church only wants to hear from women who are "blindly obedient"; that there is nowhere for women who don't feel safe in their wards to have conversation about some of their negative experiences; and that by not engaging with the more extreme groups, the Church is not acting as Christ would.
This week was full of LDS superstars, timely advice, and fun facts! The O'Learys became the first Mormon team to win "The Amazing Race," four childless women wrote about what not to say to childless couples, Shawn Bradley defended his faith on ESPN, and much more! These are the top five stories you won't want to miss from this last week!
Photo courtesy of CBS
Dave and Connor O'Leary recently overcame multiple obstacles and broke multiple records to come out on top in the reality TV show "The Amazing Race." The O'Learys are the first father-and-son duo and the first Mormon team to win the $1 million prize.
Both father and son are cancer survivors, and they've had overwhelming support from the Mormon community and audiences everywhere. They beat incredible odds after a great season, where they kept a spot near the front of each leg of the race. The last challenge of the race was for Dave O'Leary to skydive to his father at the finish line.