Missionaries and the growth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the east coast of the United States were the LDS topics of the week in newspapers around the country.
The Texas A&M student newspaper The Battalion in College Station reported on its campus Mormon missionaries and the sacrifice they make to serve, and in Wilmington, N.C., the local missionaries were featured in a Star News article there as well.
In Arizona, a group of moms have formed a support group while their sons are serving missions, and the East Valley Tribune in Arizona originally wrote about their struggles. The Associated Press picked up the story was it was published online by the San Antonio Express-News in Texas.
On the East Coast, the Altavista Journal, a newspaper in Virginia, reported on the celebration of 75 years of the organization of the LDS Church in the area. Also, controversy over a new LDS chapel in Albany, N.Y., has been resolved with the groundbreaking ceremony this month, the Times-Union reported.
Finally, the Star News in North Carolina, published a story about the growth of the LDS Church in the state during the past 17 years. The LDS stake in Wilmington went from about 1,600 members in 1995 to 4,500 in 2012.