LDS Week in Review: 5 Must-Read Stories (Feb. 1-7)

LDS Olympians In Sochi


LDS Olympian Noelle Pikus Pace will tear up the skeleton track in Sochi as she takes her last chance for goldPhoto from Pampers / Getty Images

Hidden among the 2500 US athletes competing in this year's Olympic games in Sochi, Russia, are 10 Mormons:  David Bisset (bobsled), Torah Bright (snowboard), Erik Fisher, aka the Flying Fish (alpine ski), Chris Fogt (bobslead), Kate Hansen (luge), Jessika Jenson (snowboard), Eric Neilson (skeleton), Christian Niccum (luge), Steve Nyman (ski), and Noelle Pikus-Pace (skeleton). 

Find out when and where you can watch these amazing LDS athletes and be sure to cheer! If you can't see them compete, you can always check back for updates on how they're doing throughout the games. 

This Week in Temples: Gilbert, AZ; Ogden, UT; and Rome, Italy

There were a lot of exciting temple updates this week!

1. Official photos of the new Gilbert Arizona Temple were released on Mormon Newsroom. The best word for the gallery is "stunning."
2. The Ogden Utah Temple finally has an approximate completion estimate, set for fall of this year. Open house preparations and scheduling are expected to begin soon with dates announced in the next few months. 
3. One of our favorite temples, the Rome Italy Temple, had the scaffolding removed from its sides to reveal some very appropriate and beautiful column details on its sides. Check out this picture:


Book of Mormon & DNA


The Church has released an official article explaining how stories and peoples the Book of Mormon relate to different DNA studies. About the reasoning behind the article, the Church says:

"Although the primary purpose of the Book of Mormon is more spiritual than historical, some people have wondered whether the migrations it describes are compatible with scientific studies of ancient America. The discussion has centered on the field of population genetics and developments in DNA science. Some have contended that the migrations mentioned in the Book of Mormon did not occur because the majority of DNA identified to date in modern native peoples most closely resembles that of eastern Asian populations."

So, what have DNA studies revealed about the Book of Mormon? "Much as critics and defenders of the Book of Mormon would like to use DNA studies to support their views, the evidence is simply inconclusive."

Still, the article explores and answers a lot of great questions--definitely a must-read

10 Questions to Ask Before You Tie the Knot13877

Before you tie the knot--not just for time, but also for eternity--you want to be sure you're in for marital bliss. And while learning to live with a second person will always cause some conflict, there are some very important things you need to know

Does your sweetie make you laugh? Do you want to become more like him or her? How do you each deal with stress? 

Favorite Proposal Stories


February is the month of love, and to celebrate, we asked our readers to share their proposal stories with us--the good, the bad, and the ugly. Enjoy this selection of some of our favorites. Everything from taped rings to reenactments of some cute chic flicks, these proposal stories will leave you stunned--for better and for worse.

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