The Church News has covered a variety of topics in the past week including the fifth installment from our series on the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to some of the highs and lows of what it's like being a single member in the ward. Here's a recap of five stories that will keep you in the know of what's happening in the Church these days:
The Twelve Apostles recently detailed some of the misconceptions that people have about their lives and responsibilities. Addressing the misconception that the priesthood calling of the Apostles is greater than callings that members receive within their own wards and stakes, Elder Dale G. Renlund compared the service of his own father to that of President Monson. When asked how the men's service compared, Elder Renlund simply said, "They are the same."
2) Single but not alone: Sister Kristen Oaks opens up about the highs and lows of being single in the Church
Sister Kristen Oaks was nearly 53 years old when she married then-Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. In a recent Church News article, she shared her experiences and thoughts about being a single member of the Church and discussed the difficult transition from the singles' wards to the residential wards.
On Aug. 8, the Brother Brian K. Ashton of the Sunday School general presidency shared his thoughts on how to improve as a teacher by emulating the Savior, who used many different teaching methods.
"With the increased focus on inspired questions and discussions over the past few years, some teachers have almost exclusively used discussion as their sole teaching method," noted the Brother Ashton. "What’s more, the term teacher has sometimes been replaced by 'facilitator,' 'moderator' or 'discussion leader.' While discussion is one essential teaching method (see Doctrine and Covenants 88:122), the terms facilitator, moderator or discussion leader do not appropriately describe the complete role of a Christlike teacher. We should be striving to teach as the Savior did, which means helping students be taught by the Holy Ghost and come to know God using the best teaching methods and resources available for that purpose."
Detailing more than 30 years of service that LDS Charities has provided around the globe, an article on Aug. 11 shared some of the ways the organization has had an impact on millions of people worldwide. Through its various areas of outreach, LDS Charities has been among the first responders following natural disasters and has provided vision care, food and various health services to more than 175 countries.
5) We are family: Over 500 descendants of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith gather for one epic reunion
Descendants of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith met in Salt Lake City from Aug. 2-5 to celebrate their connection as one big family. President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, spoke at the gathering and encouraged those present to take time to ponder the gospel in their lives.
The gathering also allowed attendees to participate in a service project building beds for refugees. The project served as a reminder to all that the gospel of Jesus Christ is about more than belief in Christ — it's about action.