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This week was BIG in Mormon News: David Archuleta's back, there are brand new temple pictures to enjoy (and even win!), and we took a hard look at Mormons and timeliness. Get all the details in this edition of the LDS Week in Review!
He's back! After two years of service in Chile, David Archuleta returned from his mission this week, as was announced by this video posted to his YouTube channel Monday:
We're so excited to have him stateside and hope to hear more from him in the coming weeks!
Robert A. Boyd released fifteen brand new, stunning pictures of LDS temples all over the world online this week--we'll just let some of our favorite images stand for themselves:
LDS writers tackled some hard issues this week: attractiveness in marriage and marrying too young. Don't miss these top stories!
This wonderful story of discovering a lasting sense of self-worth comes from a new title at Deseret Book, Why I Don't Hide My Freckles Anymore: Perspectives on True Beauty. The language is so personal and moving, and the message so vital, you simply can't miss this story:
"Six months after our wedding, my husband and I gingerly approached a topic that was becoming obvious to both of us—he was not physically attracted to me.
"No, he was not gay. He was, however, embarrassed to be discussing with me feelings he didn’t have for me. He felt shallow and ashamed. He was still certain I was the very best choice for a life companion, but he had never really thought of me as attractive."
Find out the amazing realization of true beauty the anonymous author comes to in the full story.
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.