Friday, August 17, 2018

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issues new name guidelines, dropping terms Mormon, LDS in most uses

SALT LAKE CITY — President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Thursday that church leaders have launched a major effort to use the full name of the church instead of nicknames or abbreviations.

"The Lord has impressed upon my mind the importance of the name He has revealed for His Church, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," President Nelson said in a statement. "We have work before us to bring ourselves in harmony with His will. In recent weeks, various Church leaders and departments have initiated the necessary steps to do so."

A style guide released by the church alongside the statement said, "Please avoid using the abbreviation 'LDS' or the nickname 'Mormon' as substitutes for the name of the Church, as in 'Mormon Church,' 'LDS Church,' or 'Church of the Latter-day Saints.'"

Read the full article  at Deseret News

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

New video takes 'practice what you preach' to a whole new level

Church begins on Sunday, but does it end there? Imagine if church extended beyond the four walls of a building to inspire us every day. released a video on Aug. 8 about the difference between attending church on Sunday and actually practicing religion to its fullest. Watch it!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

About The Red Brick Store

In this Red Brick Store at Nauvoo, Illinois, the Prophet Joseph Smith prepared his successors to carry on the "great and mighty work" of God. Originally built in 1841, the store became headquarters for the Church shortly after its completion. A dry goods store was located on the ground floor, and Joseph's office and a meeting hall occupied the upper level.

Here, priesthood keys to govern the Church were "rolled on to the shoulders" of the Twelve Apostles. The Prophet spent many hours instructing these brethren during the last months of his life so that they could lead the Church in his absence.

In the upstairs room, Joseph organized the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo, "not only to relieve the poor, but to save souls." Here the Prophet administered to some Church members sacred ordinances that would later be made available to all worthy Saints in holy temples. And here, Joseph Smith recorded the revelation on the new and everlasting covenant of marriage, completed the translation of the Book of Abraham, and wrote the famous Wentworth letter containing the Articles of Faith.
The building was demolished in 1890. The Community of Christ reconstructed the Red Brick Store on its original site in the late 1970s and opened it to visitors in 1980.


Joseph Smith Quotes
In front of the stairs opens the door to my private office, or where I keep the sacred writings, with a window to the south, overlooking the river below, and the opposite shore for a great distance, which, together with the passage of boats in the season thereof, constitutes a peculiarly interesting situation, in prospect, and no less interesting from its retirement from the bustle and confusion of the neighborhood and city, and altogether is a place the Lord is pleased to bless. (History of the Church, 4:491.)
I spent the day . . . in council . . . , instructing them in the principles and order of the Priesthood, . . . and so on to the highest order of the Melchisedek Priesthood, setting forth . . . all those plans and principles by which any one is enabled to secure the fullness of those blessings which have been prepared for the Church. (History of the Church, 5:1–2.)


William Clayton, Clerk and Scribe for Joseph Smith
After receiving his endowment in the Red Brick Store, William Clayton recorded: "This is one of the greatest favors ever conferred on me and for which I feel grateful. May the God of Joseph preserve me and mine house to walk in the paths of righteousness all the days of my life and oh that I may never sin against him or displease him. For thou oh God knowest my desire to do right that I may have eternal life." (Quoted in James B. Allen, Trials of Discipleship (1987), 128.)

Key Events

Revelations Received
  • D&C Section 127  — Sept. 1, 6, 1842. Performance of ordinances for the dead without any organization or record keeping led to the instructions relative to baptisms for the dead in these two letters from the Prophet.
  • D&C Section 129  — Feb. 9, 1843. Satan’s continued efforts to deceive the Saints necessitated instructions on how to perceive if a being was from God or the devil.
  • D&C Section 132  — July 12, 1843. This section came at the request of Hyrum Smith for a written revelation to convince Emma Smith of the truthfulness of the principles of eternal marriage.

    The Community of Christ, which manages the Smith Family Cemetery, also maintains the Red Brick Store (where the Relief Society was organized, among other things) and the Mansion House, where Emma lived after the Saints traveled west. Admission to the store is free, and the other sites maintained by the Community of Christ can be visited for a small fee.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Members’ Help Needed to Create Gospel Messages Online / How to Refer Friends to the LDS Missionaries

More needs to be done to increase awareness of, access to and confidence in trusted resources by Latter-day Saints and seekers of truth,” said Elder Kevin W. Pearson of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when he spoke today at the FairMormon Conference.

Elder Pearson said the Church’s effort to take the gospel of Jesus Christ to all the world presents a “massive challenge” due to a lack of awareness of the Church. 6.6 billion of the 7.6 billion people on earth have never heard about the gospel. “Of the remaining 1.0 billion people who likely have heard of the Church, approximately half have an unfavorable impression about us.”

Read more of Elder Pearson’s address in the article “Elder Pearson Says Independent Voices Are Needed to Sustain Faith.”

How to Refer Friends to the LDS Missionaries

No matter where your friend lives, when you submit a name to the missionaries, you can:
  • Be part of the process by helping the missionaries understand your friend’s needs, interests, questions, and preferred method of communication.
  • Participate in missionary lessons or gospel discussions in person or through phone or video chat.
  • Follow up with your friend between missionary appointments to answer questions and provide support.
After submitting your friend’s contact information, you are encouraged to call, text, or email the missionaries directly at the phone number or email address that will be provided. You can view more information here that explains the process in more detail.