Friday, December 16, 2016

New Updates to Gospel Library App


The latest update comes with video tutorials, improved study tools, and better functionality, and all content is now annotatable.


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Daily Quote: Give Without a Thought of Getting



"Let us make Christmas real. It isn’t just tinsel and ribbon, unless we have made it so in our lives. Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values. It is peace because we have found peace in the Savior’s teachings. It is the time we realize most deeply that the more love is expended, the more there is of it for others." 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Young Women Auxiliary Training New Training for Class Presidencies


New Video Resources                                                 


Dear Priesthood and Young Women leaders:
We see tremendous and often untapped potential in Young Women class presidencies. Just like adult Young Women leaders, these youth leaders have been called of God and have had hands laid upon their head under the direction of those who hold priesthood keys. They have been given responsibilities to prepare, counsel, teach, minister, and lead.
As a general presidency, we are excited to share three new videos for use in training class presidency members. These videos capture the heart and joy of working with young women.
We invite you to consider this important topic in your next stake auxiliary leadership meeting. The new videos and resources can assist you as you:
  • Help young women realize the trust that comes with their calling and empower them to function fully in their responsibilities. (See Handbook 2, 10.3.5.)
  • Maintain high but loving expectations for youth in leadership positions.
  • Take time to learn and practice leadership principles and skills from the Class Presidency Leadership Lessons available online.
Our sincere thanks for your service and example to young women,
The Young Women General Presidency

First Presidency sends Christmas message to members worldwide

Intellectual Reserve, Inc."Journey of the Magi," by James Tissot.

Like the Wise Men, who sought the Christ child and offered Him gifts, we too should seek Jesus and lay before Him our most precious gifts — a broken heart and a contrite spirit, our love, and our willingness to take upon ourselves His name and walk the path of discipleship.

"As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ this Christmas, we think of that sacred time when “The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6) came to earth as a newborn babe. Like the Wise Men, who sought the Christ child and offered Him gifts, we too should seek Jesus and lay before Him our most precious gifts — a broken heart and a contrite spirit, our love, and our willingness to take upon ourselves His name and walk the path of discipleship.
“I am the light of the world,” the Savior declared during His mortal ministry, and “he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12). We follow Him as we remember Him always, emulate His example, and go about doing good.
At this Christmas season, may our faith be strengthened as we follow Jesus Christ. Truly, He is our Savior and Redeemer, who was “wounded for our transgressions, ... and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). We solemnly testify that He lives and that because of His love and atoning sacrifice, He offers the gift of salvation to all of God’s children.
Thomas S. Monson
Henry B. Eyring
Dieter F. Uchtdorf"

Monday, November 28, 2016

Face to Face Event with Elder and Sister Christofferson (Spanish)

Elder D. Todd Christofferson and his wife, Kathy, will answer questions during the Church’s first regional Face to Face event on December 10, 2016. 
The event in Guatemala will be broadcast throughout the region in Spanish and Portuguese only.

The Church’s first Regional Face to Face will feature Elder D. Todd Christofferson and his wife, Kathy, on December 10, 2016. The event in Guatemala will be broadcast throughout the region in Spanish and Portuguese only.
 
All youth and their friends, leaders, and parents are invited to participate in the live, interactive Q&A on Saturday, December 10, at 1:00 p.m. Guatemala time.

Elder Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks Spanish and translates his own general conference talks into Spanish. “Yo fui misionero de tiempo completo en Argentina (...) A partir de esa experiencia y en muchas otras asignaciones subsiguientes como Autoridad General, gané un profundo respeto y amor por los miembros de habla hispana de nuestra Iglesia,” dijo el élder Christofferson. “Y en particular, por nuestros jóvenes de habla hispana, que son valientes y sensibles al Espíritu; es más, son un gran ejemplo para nosotros. ¡Me encanta participar con ustedes y servir a su lado!”

Youth are invited to prayerfully ponder what questions they might have for Elder and Sister Christofferson and submit them on the event page anytime before or during the event. Then plan to watch on the home page or at caraAcara.lds.org.


Monday, November 21, 2016

Groundbreaking Announced for New Mormon Temple in Canada


Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are welcoming the announcement of the groundbreaking date for the first Mormon temple in the province of Manitoba, Canada. Church leaders announced that the event will be held on Saturday, December 3, at 12:00 noon. The temple site is located at 2 Center Street in Winnipeg.

The ceremony will be directed by Elder Ulisses Soares of the Presidency of the Seventy and Elder Larry Y. Wilson, of the Seventy and executive director of the Church’s Temple Department. Community, government and interfaith leaders will also be in attendance. Due to limited space, attendance at the event is by invitation, with the general public invited to view the proceedings live from local Church meetinghouses.



January 2017 Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults


President Russell M. Nelson, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, will address single adults worldwide on Sunday, January 8, 2017.
The worldwide devotional for young adults—originating from the Marriott Center on the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah—will be transmitted live on the Church satellite system, lds.org, and other media.

2016 First Presidency’s Christmas Devotional DECEMBER 4, 2016


The First Presidency invites Church members and their friends to participate in the First Presidency’s Christmas devotional broadcast on Sunday, December 4, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. (Mountain Standard Time).
The program, originating from the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, will include Christmas messages by General Authorities and General Officers of the Church.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will provide the music.
The devotional will be rebroadcast over the Church satellite system in more than 50 languages. For specific times and languages, see the broadcast schedule. Video and audio recordings of the devotional—along with text from the messages in English, Spanish, and Portuguese—will also be provided on broadcast.lds.org and in the Gospel Library app within a week. These recordings may be used as part of local unit or family Christmas celebrations and gatherings.


Church Announces Plans to Film Book of Mormon Videos; Calls for Actors


The Church has announced it will soon begin production of a video library of scenes from the Book of Mormon, similar to the New Testament project The Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos (biblevideos.lds.org) that was just completed (see related story).

“These Book of Mormon videos will have the same purpose as the Book of Mormon itself—to bring people closer to Jesus Christ,” says Elder Larry R. Lawrence, a General Authority Seventy. “We hope the video library will build bridges of understanding and increase interest in God’s word, which in turn can change hearts and inspire people to live better lives.”
Church members will be able to use the library of Book of Mormon videos for personal study, family and Church classroom gospel teaching, seminary, and missionary efforts. The video footage will also be available to Latter-day Saints and those of other faiths interested in using video and image assets for various noncommercial projects.
Filming will begin in June 2017 at the LDS Motion Picture Studio’s South Campus near Goshen, Utah (located about one hour south of Salt Lake City). Filming may also happen at various North American locations. The first videos from this multi-year project are scheduled to be released in 2018.
The video series will be filmed in English and translated in additional languages.
Actors needed
A casting call was recently sent to ward and stake leaders looking for potential cast members. Seasoned actors, amateurs, and those with little or no experience are invited to learn more and apply at casting.lds.org.

2017 Changes to Friend Magazine Aim to Strengthen Children



Starting in 2017, the Friend will be printed on thicker, textured paper that’s perfect for coloring and paper-and-pencil activities.

It’s time to break out the crayons! In 2017, new paper and new features are coming to the Friend.
Here are five new things to look for in next year’s magazine.

1. New child-friendly paper
If you’ve ever watched a child write or color on glossy magazine pages, you know how tricky it can be—especially with crayons. That’s why, starting in 2017, the Friend will be printed on thicker, textured paper that’s perfect for coloring and paper-and-pencil activities. This change is designed to help children have a better experience with the activities in the Friend.
2. “Share a Heart!” invitation
In 2017, the Friend is inviting children to fill the world with love—and then send in cutout hearts telling about their experiences. This invitation echoes President Thomas S. Monson’s plea: “May we begin now, this very day, to show love to all of God’s children” (Ensign, May 2014, 94). Each month the magazine will publish a photo story featuring “Friends with Heart”—children around world who serve and show kindness.
3.  Monthly CTR stories
To support the 2017 Primary sharing time theme, “Choose the Right,” the Friend will publish a monthly CTR story. “We are striving to raise a sin-resistant generation unto the Lord, promise by promise and covenant by covenant,” said Primary General President Sister Joy D. Jones. Each CTR story teaches about a principle from My Gospel Standards, and each is paired with a CTR challenge card. Kids can cut out the cards and complete challenges to apply protective and empowering gospel truths in their daily lives.
4.  Church history figures and scripture reading chart
“Reading the scriptures as a family is one-way parents can raise their children in light and truth,” said Sister Jones. The January Friend will include a reading chart to help families read from the Doctrine and Covenants, which they will be studying in Primary and Sunday School. Families can mark their progress by filling in sections of the coloring page.
The Friend will also include monthly Church history figures that families and Primary teachers can use to tell Church history stories.
5.  Expanded preteen section
Preteen children are at a stage of important transitions—and they also face serious challenges such as profanity, pornography, drug use, technology, and mental health issues. To help older children strengthen their faith to meet these challenges, the Friend’s “For Older Kids” section has been redesigned and expanded from four pages to eight. Stories will cover gospel topics geared to older readers and also stories about children dealing with challenging situations.
Plus: monthly “Friend Connection” page in the Ensign
To help parents and families even more, the Ensign will contain a monthly “Friend Connection” page. Parents will find help for using that month’s Friend to talk to children about challenging issues such as gender, pornography, family conflict, bullies, good language, and more.
Visit friend.lds.org for past and current issues of the Friend. 
from lds.org

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Church Releases New Website: Mormon and Gay



The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently launched a new website, Mormon and Gay, which provides resources for Church members who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual and their ward and family members.

Take a look!

Why does God give us commandments? Part 2

"We know we should respect other people's agency and love them despite any differences we may have. But this cute, animated video shows us why, if we truly love them, we should explain to them our reasons for living the way we do and
 help them understand the purpose of God's commandments."
(LDS Living Staff)




Why does God give us commandments?

Have you ever wondered why God gives us commandments? It can feel restricting, but is that the reality?

Friday, October 14, 2016

Face to Face Broadcast Features ‘Studio C’ Cast





Mormon youth are being encouraged to submit their questions for the upcoming Face to Face broadcast hosted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. The guests for the live event are all 10 cast members of BYUtv’s comedy show “Studio C.” The performers, who are all members of the Church, include Whitney Call, Mallory Everton, Jason Gray, Matt Meese, Adam Berg, Stacey Harkey, Natalie Madsen, Stephen Meek, James Perry and Jeremy Warner.

Read full article (Mormon Newsroom) here

Quote for today!


If we would advance in holinessincrease in favor with Godnothing can take ... to give prayerdaily prayersecret prayer—a foremost place in your lives. ... We need to get onto our knees in prayer and gratitude. .... And so I pray and calmly wait.
President Ezra Taft Benson


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Halloween and Trick or Treat Safety Tips for Parents, Children & Students



First Presidency 2016 Letter Encouraging Political Participation, Voting in US



The following letter was issued by the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 5, 2016, to be read to Church congregations throughout the United States:
Dear Brothers and Sisters:
Political Participation, Voting, and the Political Neutrality of the Church
As citizens we have the privilege and duty of electing office holders and influencing public policy. Participation in the political process affects our communities and nation today and in the future. We urge Latter-day Saints to be active citizens by registering, exercising their right to vote, and engaging in civic affairs.
We also urge you to spend the time needed to become informed about the issues and candidates you will be considering. Along with the options available to you through the Internet, debates, and other sources, the Church occasionally posts information about particular moral issues on which it has taken a position at www.MormonNewsroom.org.
Principles compatible with the gospel may be found in various political parties, and members should seek candidates who best embody those principles.
While the Church affirms its institutional neutrality regarding political parties and candidates, individual members should participate in the political process. The Church also affirms its constitutional right of expression on political and social issues.
Sincerely yours,
Thomas S. Monson
Henry B. Eyring
Dieter F. Uchtdorf
The First Presidency


Thanksgiving silverware holder inspiration


How lovely your table will be!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Worldwide Auxiliary Training on Teaching in the Savior’s Way


All teachers and leaders who supervise teaching are invited to participate in a worldwide auxiliary training broadcast on Teaching in the Savior’s Way on November 5, 2016.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and members of the Auxiliary General Presidencies will provide training and answer questions about teaching in the Savior’s way, teacher council meetings, and new teacher orientation, which were recently introduced as part of an ongoing effort to “help members build faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ through improved gospel teaching and learning” (see May 2 official Church notice).


Members also may participate in the broadcast from their homes. Stakes and wards may also plan to view it in a meetinghouse. Those who cannot participate in the live broadcast can view it on LDS.org any time after the event begins. Some wards may choose to show a recording of the broadcast in a meeting of teachers and leaders at a later date. Stream or download the broadcast later at lds.org/broadcasts/training.
For additional details, please see the broadcast schedule.