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This week was jam-packed with LDS news! Did you hear about the new BYU president? Or the LDS screenwriter who co-wrote the 'Despicable Me' series? From the anniversary of Helen Keller's Temple Square visit to a debate on if you should ever turn down a church calling, you won't want to miss this week's top 5 must-read stories!
Saying "no" can be quite hard--especially when that's what you want to say to a Church calling. Every member should feel comfortable taking these four steps to help affirm their calling: ask for time to consider the call, pray about the opportunity and seek personal revelation, counsel with your bishop, and then come to an informed decision. Sometimes, the answer might still be no--but hopefully, most often, it's a yes.
This topic sparked quite a debate among readers, who were concerned that turning down a calling meant you don't trust the Lord or his appointed servants, but sometimes, as others pointed out, man falls short of God's glory, especially when the Bishop and his counselors are working with incomplete information. If the steps above are followed, however, members can have greater confidence in their decision to accept or decline a church calling as they feel guided by the spirit.
Find out if modest was hottest this week in the top LDS stories of the week! From the Oscars to swimsuits, to Mormons shaping Hollywood, you won't want to miss these must-read stories!
After hearing every opinion about celebs and modesty at the Golden Globes, we set out to find fashions at the Academy Awards to better inspire modest Mormons. The photo gallery features eight beautiful dresses from celebrities like Naomi Watts and Glenn Close.
Here's to the hope that dresses like these continue to grow in popularity--and that these high-end styles eventually trickle down to stores near you! Until then, check out the gallery and pin the styles you like to be inspired later.
Mormon news was big this week--don't miss out on what actors Cary Elwes (Wesley in the Princess Bride) and Christopher Lloyd (Doc Brown in Back to the Future) are doing with BYUtv, the Mormon behind the new Star Trek movie, and lots more!
Tragedy struck this week for a pair of sibling missionaries: while they were serving in the mission field, their family at home, a mother, father, and two brothers, perished from overexposure to carbon monoxide gas (CO poisoning kills about 150 Americans every year). Both missionaries were given leave from the church to come home--love and concern continues to pour in for the two missionaries. Prayers are especially appreciated as this family continues to deal with this difficult trial.
From teaching girls about self-image to "letting your wife go," the best blogs this week sure hit hard. Don't miss these fantastic reads!
The media has played a big role in setting airbrushed, unattainable expectations for the "ideal" body. Just this week, Barbie was featured on the cover wrap for the 50th anniversary edition of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit accompanying the tagline, "unapologetic." Whether or not the doll icon has something to apologize for we can't say, but we do know that the "doll that started it all" plays a big role in showcasing what sorts of images and expectations our little girls (and boys, too) are soaking up.
To help combat this phenomenon, parents have to take a strong stance and help their children, especially their daughters, create a positive, powerful self-image. From watching how you yourself use words like "thin" versus "healthy" to encouraging a positive dialogue throughout your extended family, these 8 vital tips (along with easy ways to implement them) will help you boost the self-image of the girls in your life. It may be the most important story you read this year.
Check out all the greatest stories from this week. We've got everything from funny Valentine's Day memes to LDS Olympic updates. Don't miss out on the hottest stories!
The story of Mark and Jamie Lynn started out like any other--the pair met at BYU on a blind date and the rest, as they say, is history. Only, their relationship took an unexpected and terrifying turn when Jenny collapsed one day while making lunch in their kitchen at home. After being rushed to the hospital, doctor's discovered she'd had a massive brain stem stroke--and was completely paralyzed as a result.
While Jenny miraculously survived the trauma, doctors said her quality of life made it not worth living, and advised Mark to take his wife off life support. With communication limited, Jenny spent all her energy telling Mark to leave her bedside and go to the temple.