LDS Living Blog
This week was full of LDS superstars, timely advice, and fun facts! The O'Learys became the first Mormon team to win "The Amazing Race," four childless women wrote about what not to say to childless couples, Shawn Bradley defended his faith on ESPN, and much more! These are the top five stories you won't want to miss from this last week!
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Dave and Connor O'Leary recently overcame multiple obstacles and broke multiple records to come out on top in the reality TV show "The Amazing Race." The O'Learys are the first father-and-son duo and the first Mormon team to win the $1 million prize.
Both father and son are cancer survivors, and they've had overwhelming support from the Mormon community and audiences everywhere. They beat incredible odds after a great season, where they kept a spot near the front of each leg of the race. The last challenge of the race was for Dave O'Leary to skydive to his father at the finish line.
Learn about five fabulous sites for free sheet music and find out the four-word-phrase Mormons use but don't mean in this week's top five must-read LDS stories!
Do you remember when President Monson was first called to be an apostle? Or Elder Scott, or President Uchtdorf? We've found and compiled photos taken when each of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve was first called to the apostleship.
Compared with more recent photos, it's easy to see just how much time and dedication these inspired men have given to the Church! Their appearances may change over time, but our love for them is timeless.
Check out this week’s best LDS stories! Apostles on Twitter, the benefits of meditation, giving to panhandlers, and much more!
As of 5/8/2014, 14 of the 15 Brethren in the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles have joined Twitter, making it that much easier to "follow" them. Elder Ballard sent the first official tweet from an apostle on Tuesday, and the others quickly joined him onthe social media site. According to LDS church spokeswoman Jessica Moody, each of the Brethren is handling his own account.
How did President Uchtdorf surprise BYU? Why has the increase in the missionary force not lead to more baptisms (yet)? Get the answers and more in this week's must-read LDS stories!
Abraham Lincoln, Joseph Smith, the Civil War, and Mormon doctrine make for an unlikely mix—but each is a critical component of an intricate theory that connects American history with the restoration of the gospel.
The evidence is interesting: while Lincoln was passing through what he called his “process of crystallization,” hehad a copy of the Book of Mormon which he himself had requested from the Library of Congress. Having kept it for nearly eight months, Lincoln finally returned it to the Library a mere seven days after issuing his first draft of the Emancipation Proclamation to his cabinet. Was this merely a coincidence? Did Lincoln begin to insert Book of Mormon principles—even Book of Mormon language—into his speeches and policies? After having the book, did he actually change his opinion on Mormons and begin to treat them more kindly than any American president up until that time? The evidence seems to add up to the affirmative, suggesting that the Book of Mormon had influenced the president.
Check out this week's can't-miss LDS stories, including an exploration of women and the priesthood and brand new temple construction pictures from the Phoenix temple.
Recent LDS events in the news have focused on a small group of women who are challenging longstanding traditions and even LDS doctrine. In light of this situation, many members are unsure how to respond when others ask about this hot-button topic.
To help you in your explanations to others, here are some important points to remember as you discuss women and the priesthood:
Doctrine is different from Church policy and LDS culture. Doctrine cannot be changed.
The Church has been making strides to change policy and culture where it can to promote gender equality--not gender sameness.
All members have access to priesthood power and blessings, even if we don't all hold priesthood keys or have priesthood authority.
The root of the issue is about gender equality more than female ordination.