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This week's stories include several news releases from the Church and Google securing the internet against pornography.
Church Announces: New Temple Policy for Families, FHE Lesson on Sexual Intimacy, and Newest Temple Groundbreaking
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The Church had a busy week as they released a new temple policy, an FHE Lesson, and the next temple groundbreaking.
The new temple policy sets aside specific times that families can come and do temple work together without having scheduling conflicts with other groups.
The Church also released a new FHE lesson on Sexual Intimacy, designed to help give children healthier and correct view on what sexual intimacy is and isn't. "Whatever your hesitations or fears, it is vital that you discuss sexual intimacy with your children on an ongoing basis," the lesson begins.
"Children and teenagers are regularly bombarded with damaging ideas about sex, and you have the opportunity to help them create a positive, gospel-driven understanding of sexual intimacy. As you study these resources, counsel with the Lord to determine the approach that will allow you to have a meaningful discussion about sex with your children."
As Latter-day Saints, we understand tithing is a blessing, but sometimes, it can be difficult to see the ways it really does bless our lives. Check out these five incredible ways researchers have found tithing and charitable giving make us happier, healthier, and more prosperous people.
Tithing Leads to Prosperity
“The value of charity is not limited to those who receive the services that giving makes possible. On the contrary, charity unleashes substantial benefits to the givers themselves” (“Does Giving Make Us Prosperous?”).
In 2008, Arthur C. Brooks examined data from the 2000 Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey to determine the relationship between charitable giving and income. Brooks found that as income level rose, so did the percentage of people who gave charitable contributions. In the highest income category, 94% of people gave charitable contributions and 74% donated to religious causes specifically. Many argued that these findings fit the common economic explanation that with a higher income comes a greater ability to give, but Brooks’ study found this explanation too simplistic. Instead, he found, “charity and prosperity are mutually reinforcing,” meaning when we give more, we become more prosperous, and when we become more prosperous, we tend to give more (“Does Giving Make Us Prosperous?”).
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."