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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.
From Josh Groban to Sheri Dew, this week sure was packed with great LDS stories. Catch up on what you missed with these must-read stories!
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Polygamy and Mormons have long been a hot topic among members and non-members alike, but few members really knew enough to explain it. This week a new article was release on the Gospel Topics page entitled “Plural Marriage and Families in Early Utah.” It is a great new resource for understanding and explaining about polygamy in the early days of the Church. Read what we at LDS Living think about it.
If you've been buried in your Christmas to-do list, don't worry. We'll catch you up on the best LDS news of this week!
He was first dubbed the “Husband of the Year,” and now his reaction while coming out of anesthesia and seeing his wife has earned Jason Mortensen a new title: Winner of the “Most Memorable Moment” award on the “Today” show. This is the first year the show has hosted its own video awards, and chose its winner from a handful of top viral videos highlighted this year.
You might have missed what went on in "Mormondom" last week, but we've put together our list of "5 Must-Read Stories" for the week of November 2-8 so you don't miss a beat.
1. A New General Women's Meeting
Big news: after 20 years, the Church has announced that it is going to resume holding a "general women's meeting" the week prior to each general conference. The change, which unifies the seperate annual Young Women's and Relief Society meetings, will also include girls ages eight and up, a new twist on the old meeting parameters.
Though a specific reason for the change was not stated, the First Presidency has promised that “As the women of the Church gather together—sisters, mothers, and daughters—they, their families, and the Church will be strengthened and blessed.”
Online reaction to the news has been positive, with many members excited especially for the age allowance including younger girls.
The first reinstated general women's meeting will be held in March 2014.
1. Why Mormons Love John Stockton
What is it about NBA legend John Stockton that Mormons love so much? This story's popularity alone helps prove our point that people just can't get enough of this faithful, former Utah Jazz star. Members are certain to respect Stockton for his devotion to his Catholic faith and to his family. He left the NBA after 19 seasons with the Utah Jazz, holding a massive assist record, including the career mark (15,806). He also twice led the league in steals—with a career total of 3,265—and retired as the NBA’s all-time leader. To learn more about Stockton and his record-breaking career, grab his new autobiography Assisted at any Deseret Book store or deseretbook.com.