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 9-15 so you don't miss a beat.
1. Typhoon Haiyan Devastates the Philippines
Over the past week the news lines have been busy with stories and updates on the devastating typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The monster storm hit last Friday, November 8th, and by Monday all missionaries impacted were declared safe and accounted for. Tacloban and the Tacloban Mission were hardest hit, and now the 204 evacuated missionaries from that area are being temporarily housed near the Manila Temple. These missionaries are waiting to either be reassigned, or if they were near the end of their mission, most likely to return home a little early. Haiyan did not leave enough time for complete preparation by local mission authorities, but Tacloban missionaries were well taken care of, moved to secure areas, and provided with 72-hour kits before the storm. They were generously provided with necessities by other missionaries and the Church after the traumatic storm left them near destitute.
Even Primary children know the iconic angel Moroni statue goes on top of their pictures of the temple, but when was the last time you actually stopped to look at it? Is Moroni actually holding something in his left hand? Is the statue made of fiberglass or bronze? Read on to learn 10 things you didn’t know about the angel Moroni statue.
2. Cyrus E. Dallin, the sculptor of the first modern angel Moroni statue, was not a Mormon. Dallin claimed not to believe in angels, but at his mother’s urging he accepted the commission and designed the first angel Moroni, which stands on the Salt Lake City Temple.
3. There are six different angel Moroni designs. The most common Moroni design was created for President Hinckley’s revolutionary small temples. It stands atop 74 temple spires.
The Joseph Smith Papers Project has undertaken a huge effort to gather all existing documents relating to Joseph Smith. Here are 10 lesser-known facts about Joseph Smith and the early Saints from the newest book in the series, The Joseph Smith Papers: Documents, Volume 1, July 1828–June 1831.
1. Not all of Joseph Smith’s revelations were published in the Doctrine & Covenants.
Joseph Smith received multiple revelations that were apparently never written down at all, but even some of the revelations that were recorded ended up not being included in published revelation collections. For instance, Joseph Smith received a revelation on 15 May 1831 which explained what was to be done with Frederick G. Williams’s farm in Kirtland which he had allowed Joseph Smith Sr.’s family and other Church members to live and work on. The revelation also counseled members arriving in Ohio from New York what to do with their money. They were told to “save the money that it may be consecrated to purchase lands in the West for an everlasting enheritance.”
Ann Romney, former First Lady of Massachusetts and wife of 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney, talks faith, family, trials, and traditions.
You wouldn’t know it by looking at her today, but Ann Romney was once 100 percent tomboy.
“When I was a little girl, I was out catching snakes, catching frogs. I would go by myself with my fishing rod to the lake,” she recalls.
So how did this independent, rough-and-tumble girl become the elegant and articulate public figure she is today, all while keeping her marriage strong, raising five successful sons, and serving as a loving grandmother to nearly two dozen grandchildren? It had a lot to do with finding the gospel.
Ann was born in Detroit, Michigan, on April 16, 1949, to Edward and Lois Davies. One of three children, she grew up in a home where organized religion was not practiced, yet she searched for answers.
I was a Survivor fan back in the day. I have a weakness for America’s Next Top Model and Project Runway. I’ll even catch an episode of The Amazing Race here and there. But I definitely don’t keep up with the Kardashians, and I definitely have no plans to watch a new reality show that’s supposedly in the works: Mormon Wives of Utah.
Yes, you read that right. No doubt inspired by The Real Housewives series of shows that started with Orange County back in 2006, the proposed show Mormon Wives of Utah can only mean trouble. And here’s why:
1. TV media is full of sensationalism. What makes so-called reality TV so compelling is that there is drama in nearly every minute of every episode. More often than not, it’s the thrill of this sensationalism that keeps us watching. I get it. But while that’s great for ratings and a good time, it’s not the best thing for showcasing what life is like in “reality” for Mormon women.
In describing the show, producer Wayne Allyn Root said, “In ‘Mormon Wives,’ pretty housewives moan about their husbands and fight about religion, because some wives are Mormon and some are ex-Mormons. They all go to therapy weekly.” I don’t know about you, but that does not sound like a fair depiction of my daily life as a Mormon, woman, and wife.