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Pull out your pie-making supplies and skills and celebrate the ultimate pi day! The traditional celebration of the mathematical ratio 3.1415 (usually abbreviated to 3.14) has a little more significance today, on 3-14-15.
Pioneer Louisa Mellor Clark, a member of the Martin handcart company, told the story of how a pie saved her mother after she had given up on life and their journey:
"My mother, still being weak, finally gave up and said she could go no further. The company could not wait for her, so she bade my father goodbye and kissed each one of the children Godspeed. Then my mother sat down on a boulder and wept. I told my sister, Elizabeth, to take good care of the twins and the rest of the family, and that I would stay with mother. I went a few yards away and prayed with faith that God would help us, that He would protect us from wolves, and that He would let us reach camp. As I was going back to where my mother was sitting I found a pie in the road. I picked it up and gave it to mother to eat. After resting awhile we started on our journey, thanking God for the blessings. A few miles before we reached camp we met my father coming out to meet us. We arrived in camp at 10:00 p.m."
Why was Hollywood actor Ryan Gosling part of Mormon news this week? Find out in this week's can't-miss LDS stories.
Church Explains Involvement in Prop 8 + Current LGBT Stance
Church involvement in LGBT issues has been a hot topic in recent months and years. This week Mormon Newsroom released a list of comprehensive answers to common questions about the Church's views on LGBT politics.
Will the Church support gay marriage if it becomes law?
No. The Church is not sanctioning gay marriage or allowing its ecclesiastical leaders to perform gay marriages. The Church recognizes that it is now legal in most states and accepts the reality in those places as far as the law of the land is concerned. But same-sex marriage will not become a part of Church doctrine or practice.
Sister Missionary Dies in Argentina
This week we were saddened to hear about the passing of Sister Brittany Scadlock. The sister missionary from Utah died from an E. coli while on her mission in Argentina. She left in August 2014.
This week's stories include a new adoption policy, a dog welcoming home his missionary, and one woman's battle with pornography.
Church Announces New Adoption Policy
David McConkie, LDS Family Services adoption group manager, explains the gist of the new arrangement: "The Church has signed an agreement with Adoption.com where the Church, through LDS Family Services, will be able to have Adoption.com post profiles for eligible couples through the end of February 2016."
In other words, for the next year, LDS couples looking to adopt can use the Adoption.com website—a subscription that usually costs $199/month per family—and the Church will pick up the tab. Following the February 2016 date, members can still use the service, but at a substantial discount.
"The Church really has never done anything like this," explains McConkie. "We’re moving from our agency model that just helped a very limited number of LDS members around the country to a model where any family that meets some basic criteria can be eligible to take advantage of this new program which will give them so much more exposure than we’ve ever done."
This week's stories include several news releases from the Church and Google securing the internet against pornography.
Church Announces: New Temple Policy for Families, FHE Lesson on Sexual Intimacy, and Newest Temple Groundbreaking
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The Church had a busy week as they released a new temple policy, an FHE Lesson, and the next temple groundbreaking.
The new temple policy sets aside specific times that families can come and do temple work together without having scheduling conflicts with other groups.
The Church also released a new FHE lesson on Sexual Intimacy, designed to help give children healthier and correct view on what sexual intimacy is and isn't. "Whatever your hesitations or fears, it is vital that you discuss sexual intimacy with your children on an ongoing basis," the lesson begins.
"Children and teenagers are regularly bombarded with damaging ideas about sex, and you have the opportunity to help them create a positive, gospel-driven understanding of sexual intimacy. As you study these resources, counsel with the Lord to determine the approach that will allow you to have a meaningful discussion about sex with your children."
As Latter-day Saints, we understand tithing is a blessing, but sometimes, it can be difficult to see the ways it really does bless our lives. Check out these five incredible ways researchers have found tithing and charitable giving make us happier, healthier, and more prosperous people.
Tithing Leads to Prosperity
“The value of charity is not limited to those who receive the services that giving makes possible. On the contrary, charity unleashes substantial benefits to the givers themselves” (“Does Giving Make Us Prosperous?”).
In 2008, Arthur C. Brooks examined data from the 2000 Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey to determine the relationship between charitable giving and income. Brooks found that as income level rose, so did the percentage of people who gave charitable contributions. In the highest income category, 94% of people gave charitable contributions and 74% donated to religious causes specifically. Many argued that these findings fit the common economic explanation that with a higher income comes a greater ability to give, but Brooks’ study found this explanation too simplistic. Instead, he found, “charity and prosperity are mutually reinforcing,” meaning when we give more, we become more prosperous, and when we become more prosperous, we tend to give more (“Does Giving Make Us Prosperous?”).