LDS Living Blog
What do David Archuleta, a zombie apocalypse, and the Book of Abraham all have in common? They were all topics covered on LDS Living this week! Catch up on what you might have missed!
In a new essay released [this week], "Translation and Historicity of the Book of Abraham," the Church addressed some concerns over the historical accuracy and translation process of the book of scripture, which was canonized in 1880.
Earlier, in 1835, entrepreneur Michael Chandler came to Kirtland, Ohio, selling ancient Egyptian artifacts. The Church purchased several mummies and papyrus scrolls--the remainder of the collection being sold. The article says, "After Joseph Smith examined the papyri and commenced 'the translation of some of the characters or hieroglyphics,' his history recounts, 'much to our joy [we] found that one of the rolls contained the writings of Abraham.'"
The First Presidency addressed priesthood, member questions, and apostasy this week. Don't miss their statement along with other must-read LDS stories, including a personal account of LDS marital intimacy and a list of Mormons who rock the music industry.
In light of recent events sensationalized by the news media, the First Presidency in conjunction with the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles released a statement this week concerning priesthood roles, member questions, and the nature of apostasy:
"In God's plan for the happiness and eternal progression of His children, the blessings of His priesthood are equally available to men and women. We understand that from time to time Church members will have questions about Church doctrine, history, or practice. Members are always free to ask such questions and earnestly seek greater understanding."
This week we saw changes to missionary teaching methods, the Church defending traditional marriage, #trekprob tweets, and much more! Don't miss these great LDS stories!
Our neighbor (and fellow ward-member) told us the story of how her young boy (he's only in the second grade) was exposed to pornography.
Pornography… in the second grade.
My world stopped.
I looked over at my son and daughter. Two of the most precious people in my life. Two of the three most important things to me in the entire world. My thoughts raced. How was I going to protect them? How could I keep them from being exposed to such disgusting filth at such a young age? How could I keep them innocent for as long as possible?
As I've had a few weeks to recover from the initial shock of the moment, I realize it's impossible to put my children in a bubble and protect them from everything bad in the world (even though I plan to try my hardest for as long as I can).
But I can make a plan to keep pornography out of my home.
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..."