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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 2-8 so you don't miss a beat.
1. A New General Women's Meeting
Big news: after 20 years, the Church has announced that it is going to resume holding a "general women's meeting" the week prior to each general conference. The change, which unifies the seperate annual Young Women's and Relief Society meetings, will also include girls ages eight and up, a new twist on the old meeting parameters.
Though a specific reason for the change was not stated, the First Presidency has promised that “As the women of the Church gather together—sisters, mothers, and daughters—they, their families, and the Church will be strengthened and blessed.”
Online reaction to the news has been positive, with many members excited especially for the age allowance including younger girls.
The first reinstated general women's meeting will be held in March 2014.
1. Why Mormons Love John Stockton
What is it about NBA legend John Stockton that Mormons love so much? This story's popularity alone helps prove our point that people just can't get enough of this faithful, former Utah Jazz star. Members are certain to respect Stockton for his devotion to his Catholic faith and to his family. He left the NBA after 19 seasons with the Utah Jazz, holding a massive assist record, including the career mark (15,806). He also twice led the league in steals—with a career total of 3,265—and retired as the NBA’s all-time leader. To learn more about Stockton and his record-breaking career, grab his new autobiography Assisted at any Deseret Book store or deseretbook.com.
1. NYC Missionaries Draw Giant Plan of Salvation in Chalk
Missionaries Brad Witbeck and Aaron Potter in New York decided to take teaching the Plan of Salvation to a whole new level. These missionaries created a giant chalk mural of it!
The idea originated from a member who mentioned painting the plan on large sheets of paper while seriving a mission in Russia. Elders Witbeck and Potter took it from there.
After checking with the local police, they recruited members of a local Institute to come to the event. One of the students, Lara Mayfield, used her phone to film the footage shown in the video below.
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 October 12-18 so you don't miss a beat.
1. Jeopardy! Features LDS Category
This Tuesday, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was a question category on the popular gameshow Jeopardy!
"Producers for Jeopardy! approached us in July of this year about wanting to use the Church as a category during their 30th season," Ruth Todd of LDS Public Affairs told the Deseret News. Impressively, the contestants answered all the questions correctly. (Click here to read the full story or watch a clip from the show below.)
2. Missionaries Safe after Philippines Earthquake
An enormous 7.2 earthquake rocked the islands of the Philippines this week (for those of you counting, that's larger than the now well-known quake that devastated Haiti in 2010). All of the missionaries serving in the 20 missions in the Philippines survived the quake, which was described by a Filipino seismologist as releasing more than 32 Hiroshima bombs worth of energy. Needless to say, many missionaries' parents and families are really relieved that their loved ones are safe.
You might have missed what went on the last week, but we've put together our list of the week's most popular stories so you don't miss a beat. For September 28-October 4, 2013, these are LDS Living’s top hits.