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This week's stories include a mother letting her son dress her for a week and the CEO of Stampin' Up stepping down for a mission.
Book of Mormon Stands Up to Modern Criticism
The Book of Mormon was featured in two articles this week, one detailing how there are other records buried like the Book of Mormon was, and the other proving we don't need to see the actual plates to know the truth of the Book of Mormon.
From Modern Archeology: In the late 1820s, when Joseph Smith announced that he’d recovered an ancient book that had been written on metal plates and concealed by one of its authors in a stone box, his claim was widely derided. It still is.
But the idea of an ancient book hidden up to come forth at a future time no longer seems quite so ridiculous — not, at least, to those who’ve been following the relevant archaeological developments.
In 1945, for example, a number of Christian manuscripts were found in Egypt at Nag Hammadi, ancient Chenoboskion.
From the scholastic standpoint:
Yale student: Where is the original Book of Mormon today? Where are the gold plates?
In this week's news, the Church responded to John Dehlin's comments, and one man agreed to say yes to everything for 60 days--and then he met the missionaries.
TV Host Runs Into Missionaries
In a new Flemish TV show entitled Ja Jan, a TV host commits to say "yes" to every question asked of him for 60 days.
Including when he ran into two Mormon missionaries.
Episode 4 of the show, which aired on January 26th, follows Jan as he flips a coin leaving his house to determine the direction he'll walk that day. As luck would have it, he drops the coin, which then rolls to a stop on tails--directing him to walk forward instead of to the right.
As he walks, who should he find but a pair of American missionaries in a nearby square?
Church Responds to John Dehlin's Comments
Holding a disciplinary council for a member of the Church is not something that any local leader takes lightly. Such councils are always held in private, and the member is always invited to be a part of that discussion. The decision as to whether to hold a disciplinary council, when and for what reasons rests with the local leader who knows the individual best. Local leaders operate under general principles and guidelines of the Church.
President Uchtdorf shook hands with Spiderman and the Church asked for feedback on the garment in this week's LDS news.
The LDS Teen Who Turned Down $1 Million to Serve a Mission
Fresh out of high school, teenage athlete McKay Christensen was highly sought after by both baseball and football teams. As a running back, he held the California state record for touchdowns scored. In baseball, his batting average was .500 and he was named to the all-American team.
Everybody wanted him for either sport, but Christensen wanted to go on a mission. He was even offered a $1 million signing bonus to stay home and play Major League Baseball for the California Angels. A million dollars! Christensen's answer was classic—“My mission is not for sale.”
Pres. Uchtdorf Shakes Hands with Spiderman (Photo)
In a candid photo captured in Salt Lake's City Creek Mall, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf shakes hands with "Spiderman."
The Church held a news conference on religious tolerance and the LGBT community--find out what was said and catch up on other important LDS news from this past week.
Church Leaders Call for Protection of LGBT & Religious Rights
On Tuesday, the Church held a special news conference on Temple Square about "Religious Intolerance and Discrimination." Speakers at the conference included Elder D. Todd Christofferson, Sister Neill F. Marriott, Elder Dallin H. Oaks, and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland. Each took a few minutes to share some of the churches thoughts on the increasing concern over the place of religious freedom in our society.
The overall message of the conference was to support legal actions that affirm LGBT rights while still protecting religious freedom. As Elder Oaks put it in his statement, "When religious people are publicly intimidated, retaliated against, forced from employment, or made to suffer personal loss because they’ve raised their voice in the public square, donated to a cause, or participated in an election, our democracy is the loser.”
Catholic Leader Praises President Eyring for LDS Family Values
Did you know Elvis received two copies of the Book of Mormon and even visited an early morning seminary class?
Elvis didn't relish his title of King. As he said, “there is only one King,” and that was Jesus Christ (Brother Paul’s Mormon Bathroom Reader, Paul B. Skousen, 2005).
Deeply religious and a heavy reader of spiritual topics, Elvis showed considerable interest in the LDS Church and maintained many close connections with Mormons. In fact, after his death, a copy of the Book of Mormon was found in his room with the message, “Priscilla needs to read this” written within the well-worn cover (Brother Paul’s Mormon Bathroom Reader, Paul B. Skousen, 2005).
Elvis received his first Book of Mormon through the gates of Graceland, his home in Memphis. A young LDS woman and ardent Elvis fan, Cricket Butler, often sat vigilantly outside his home or hotel—coming early in the morning and staying late in the night—waiting for a chance to speak with her idol. Butler’s persistence finally paid off when late one evening Elvis walked out to his gates to visit with Butler. During their conversation on life and its purpose, Butler handed him a copy of the Book of Mormon.
Found in his room after his death, this ordinary 1976 version of the Book of Mormon took quite the journey, passing from the hands of Cricket Butler to Alan Osmond before finally ending up at Church headquarters (“Elvis Almost LDS?” Lynn Arave).