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This week was a doozy in Mormon news! Find out how Mormons are involved with the Superbowl and Martin Luther King in the top stories from January 18 - 24.
With 15 temples around the would under construction, 2 being renovated, and 14 more announced, there's a lot going on in the world of LDS temples. We peeked at the contruction status for just 5 of these 31 temples in transition: the Córdoba Argentina, Fort Lauderdale Florida, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Sapporo Japan, and Trujillo Perú Temples. Pop over to the full article to see pictures and read current projects for each of these, or get current information on the status of all temples under construction at LDSchurchtemples.com.
Check out the Gilbert, AZ temple interior and the newest temple film, or watch Mitt Romney dance--either way, there was a lot that went on in Mormondom this week you won't want to miss out on!
A new temple film in addition to the one released last year is now being phased into rotation. English versions of the second new film, which has no script changes, are being sent out to temples in the next few weeks, with translated versions to follow in the coming months.
Church spokesman Cody Craynor is quoted as saying, "As with previous films, this second instructional presentation is rotated with the film released this past July to give variety." Just another great reason to attend the temple if you haven't in a while.
The first full week of the new year has been jam-packed with Mormon news--from Jimmer Fredette to the Antiques Roadshow, find out what Mormons have been up to in the media for the week of January 4 - 10, 2014.
Photo from Normons.com
While Jimmer Fredette isn't your average Mormon, a new interview from Normons.com (Normal Mormons) reveals a lot about how his life as a Latter-day Saint in the NBA, an experience he says has brought him much closer to God.
"You’re definitely under a microscope when you’re playing professional sports or doing anything high profile," he shares. "But the thing is, I’m not doing all this to put on a show. I’m doing it because I truly believe in the church and believe in the gospel and this is how I want to live my life. So it doesn’t really bother me that people see what I’m doing because I know that in my heart that’s what I want to be doing." And of course it doesn't hurt that once after practice, he found a voicemail from Elder Ballard waiting for him!
From viral Mormons to mommy myths, the LDS news sure was something else this week. Don't miss out on these top 5 stories!
Remember the LDS dad who wore "short shorts" to teach a lesson about modesty, or the adorable Mormon man who woke up after surgery and thought he was meeting his wife for the first time? Here at LDS Living we love all things Mormon, and every once in a while, we see one or two Mormons turn into internet stars overnight in a phenomenon known as “going viral.” We picked our top 5 viral Mormons of 2013, and our collection of viral Mormons from 2013 almost went viral itself!
Pop over to the full blog to see what videos, posts, and pictures made the cut for our top 5 viral Mormons of 2013.
The LDS Church published a new article on plural marriage this week. This has created a flurry of excitement, both in and out of the Church. Find out some of the reasons the Church's well-written article is so significant for Mormons.
Now is an era of fascination with polygamy in American culture. This arguably started with the notorious HBO series Big Love; currently several reality shows depict polygamy, like Sister Wives and, more recently, My Five Wives. If America weren't oddly fascinated with it, these shows wouldn't keep getting picked up. (Aside from popular culture, polygamy is also in the news. Just a week ago, Federal Judge Clark Waddoups of Utah ruled part of Utah's polygamy law unconstitutional.)
Now, back to us modern Mormons. Who among you didn't get a little uncomfortable reading the names of those shows? For me, at least, something inside groans at the mention of polygamy––which is odd, because as a descendant of early Mormon pioneers, polygamy runs somewhat literally in my veins. Mary Branagan Crandall, Julia Ann Crandall, Catherine Greenwood, Mary Ann Payne––these are just some of my forebears who lived lives as plural wives; all strong women whom I am proud to have descended from, but participants in a controversial practice I know very little about.
And I think that's why Mormons are historically so uncomfortable with and defensive about the subject. Even though polygamy is likely what Mormons are best known for, generally speaking we know very little about it. Many LDS Church members when pressed on the topic could probably only respond with a simple "we haven't practiced polygamy since the 1890s." After all, outside of brief treatment in a Sunday School lesson on D&C section 132, that's all many of us have ever really heard about it from an official Church perspective.