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Luke Staley, the Angel Moroni and 'incredible' church members in Europe: The most-read stories of May 2016

A profile on former BYU running back Luke Staley was the most-read story on DeseretNews.com during the month of May.

Staley deals with chronic pain and sleepless nights on a daily basis due to injuries he sustained during his football days. Staley will have to undergo multiple surgeries throughout his life to compensate for the damage from the sport he thought he would play professionally.

“One of my biggest regrets is not preparing for a life after football," he said. "I didn’t know what I wanted to do besides the NFL."

Also among the most-read was a story on the Angel Moroni on the Bountiful Temple being damaged by a lightning strike. A second story detailed how the statue served its purpose as a lightning rod.

An account of President Dieter F. Uchtdorf's visit to Brussels and Paris from LDS Church News was also among the most-read stories. Both cities have experienced terrorist attacks within the past year. Despite the terror, members in the area joined together to provide aid and comfort.

"It is incredible how they reach out to those around (them)," President Uchtdorf said. “When bad things happen to us, it’s always a time to reach out to those who need help.”

A story from the previous month detailed how members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints rallied together after the Brussels bombing.

Other popular stories included a newlywed couple who drew attention on social media for dressing up as Rey, Finn and BB-8 from the new Star Wars movie. They were in costume for the Salt Lake Comic Con FanX event in March. Multiple people took pictures of the couple, and they went viral.

Other top stories included a gallery of iconic images from the Associated Press beginning in 1932, livestream coverage of prep baseball tournament games, an announcement from LDS leaders of a new teaching manual and teacher council meetings, a call for the public's help in finding a missing Mormon missionary in Ogden, a report on the recipients of the Governor's State of Sport Awards, and a story about how erroneous reports tied the LDS Church to the Panama Papers.

See the top photos of the month taken by Deseret News photographers.

Read some of the most-read stories from May 2016:

Former BYU running back Luke Staley paying a painful price for gridiron glory

Iconic images from the Associated Press, 1932-2006

Lightning damages Angel Moroni statue atop Bountiful Temple

LDS leaders announce new teaching manual, teacher council meetings

President Uchtdorf visits Brussels and Paris, calls members 'incredible'

Woman serving as LDS Church missionary in Ogden missing

From high school stars to a baseball legend, Governor's State of Sport Awards honor Utah's best

Erroneous reports tie LDS Church to Panama Papers

Newlywed viral Star Wars couple: 'The Force is eternally strong with this family'