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.
"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."
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.
“If we would advance in holiness—increase in favor with God—nothing can take ... to give prayer—daily prayer—secret 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.
October 31st is a fun-filled night in which we can pretend to be someone or something else, and enjoy candy and sweets while we do it. What we sometimes don’t realize is that Halloween night can also be a very dangerous one, with many risks to your safety. While the Halloween safety tips that college students should utilize are different from those of young children, there are still safety measures that they should abide by to ensure a safe holiday.
Some safety tips from ADT for children and adults alike to ensure everyone has a fun and safe evening this Halloween.
A Halloween safety tip of prime importance for college students is never to allow or invite strangers into your dorm or apartment.
Avoid areas that are not well-lit, and try to walk in high-traffic areas.
Travel in groups as much as possible. If you must go alone, let a trusted friend or family member know where you are and who you are with.
Keep your cell phone handy in case you get separated from your group or need to contact emergency services.
Make use of secure forms of transportations such as cabs.
If you are going to a party venue, familiarize yourself with the fire exits when you arrive so that you are prepared if an emergency evacuation occurs.
Be cautious when approaching strangers while in your costume so that you do not draw any unnecessary or negative attention.
While you and your friends may have coordinated costumes, strangers may not be as knowledgeable about your costume and its accompanying props. Don’t carry fake weapons. Not only do you want to avoid scaring those around you, but you also want to avoid alarming the police.
Don’t eat any opened or unwrapped food or candy.
PARENTS & TRICK-OR-TREATERS
Watch for children in the street and on medians when driving.
Prepare your home for trick-or-treaters by clearing porches, lawns, and sidewalks.
Keep lit pumpkins away from where children will be walking.
Establish a curfew for your kids.
When leaving the house, make sure you lock your doors and set your security alarm system.
Go only to well-lit houses, remain on porches rather than entering houses and stay in familiar neighborhoods.
Travel in groups and be accompanied by an adult.
If possible, carry a cell phone for an emergency, and make sure your trick or treaters know how to call 911.
Walk, don’t run and obey all traffic signals (cross only at corners).
Make sure costumes don’t drag on the ground and make sure your costume or mask does not obstruct your vision.
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.
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.