Wednesday, January 29, 2014

February 2014 - Visiting Teaching Message - The Divine Mission of Jesus Christ: Good Shepherd, handout

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith, Chapter 5: Faith and Repentance, handout

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith, Chapter 4: Strengthening and Preserving the Family, handout

Parents Can Now Register Students for Seminary Online

By Suzanne Young, Seminaries and Institutes staff writer

Parents can now register their children for seminary in a matter of minutes thanks to a new online seminary registration program available in the United States and Canada. 
Online seminary registration for the 2014–15 school year is as simple as a parent logging into with his or her LDS Account name and password; providing the eligible child’s name, age, grade, and school; and clicking a box giving parental consent for the child to participate in seminary.

Fort Lauderdale Florida Temple Open House and Dedication

The First Presidency has announced the dates for the Fort Lauderdale Florida Temple open house, cultural event, and dedication.
A media/VIP open house will be Wednesday through Friday, March 26-28, 2014. 
The public is invited to visit the temple during an open house from Saturday, March 29, through April 19, 2014, excluding Sundays (March 30, April 6, and April 13, 2014). 
Free reservations for the open house can be made through the website or on at in the coming weeks.

In conjunction with the dedication of the temple, there will also be a cultural event featuring music and dance on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
The temple will be formally dedicated on May 4, 2014, in three sessions. The 9:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, and 3:00 p.m. dedicatory sessions will be broadcast to all stakes and districts in Florida. To enable the Saints to participate in the temple dedication and to place appropriate focus on this sacred event, the three-hour block meetings will be cancelled that day for these units.

Save the Date! Sister Linda K. Burton to Speak at March CES Devotional

Sister Linda K. Burton, general president of the Relief Society, will address young adults—single and married—in a CES devotional broadcast on Sunday, March 2, 2014, from the campus of Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg, Idaho. 

Mark in your calendar!

Daily Quote, January 29th, 2014

You can now share yout faith through personalized, printable pass-along cards offers a personalized, printable pass-along card feature that allows LDS Church members to share the gospel in a simple, innovative way.

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who have accounts with can now print off pass-along cards personalized with their profile information to hand out to people with whom they wish to share the gospel.
“Personalized printed pass-along cards in English and Spanish were added to the site in November 2013,” said Ron Wilson, senior manager of Internet and advertising for the LDS Church.
Members and missionaries alike are now either using the feature or something similar to spread the gospel.

5 Easy Steps to Preparing Family Names for the Temple

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Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are finishers. Mormons are a fully invested bunch, serving full-time missions, paying a full tithe and striving for the full and abundant life. But there’s one aspect of gospel living many Church members are doing only halfway.
“Temple and family history work is one work divided into two parts,” Elder Richard G. Scott said. “They are connected together like the ordinances of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
Attending the temple is great, but bringing the names of deceased family members to the temple allows Church members to fully participate in all the blessings of the temple. If you’re not sure how to go about preparing names for the temple, here’s how in five easy steps. (For more detailed instructions, see this resource from

1. Identify your ancestors

First, identify the names of ancestors who have not yet received all their temple ordinances. Photo courtesy

First, identify the names of ancestors who have not yet received all their temple ordinances. 

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This is the first and most difficult part of the process. Genealogical research can be complicated and time-consuming, but resources like and Provo-based can help.
But before you jump into piles of census records, check your existing family tree. Your family members may have already done the hard part for you. Many family trees have people identified who are waiting for someone to do the temple work.
Log on to using your LDS account, then click on “Family Tree.” As you add people to your family tree through your own research and browse through previously identified names, look for the green arrow pointing to the temple icon on’s Family Tree. This means the names are prepared for temple work.
(Note: You can also click “Temple” and check the “Opportunities” tab for names that are ready.)

2. Reserve temple ordinances


Click on the green arrow to open the “Reserve Temple Ordinances” page. Here you will be able to review what ordinances need to be done and whether there are any possible duplicates.
Work from this screen to resolve errors and duplicates before you proceed. Press “Continue” when you’re ready.
When you do, you will notice a statement of Church Policy. Review this page carefully before proceeding to ensure you are in compliance with Church guidelines. Church members are discouraged from submitting the names of people they aren’t related to, including the names of famous people, Jewish Holocaust victims or names gathered from unapproved extraction projects. If a person was born within the last 110 years, special permissions are required. When you are sure you are in compliance with Church policy, check the box indicating so and continue.

3. Choose cards you’d like to print

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On the next page, choose which ordinances you’d like to reserve by checking the boxes next to them. By doing so, you are taking responsibility for their completion. Only choose as many ordinances as you can be sure to finish in a reasonable amount of time. Click “Print.”

4. Print Family Ordinance Request form

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You will need Adobe Reader to print the request form. Choose ordinances you’d like to print and check to make sure they are included in the form that comes on the screen. When you’re sure you have all the ordinances listed, print the form.

5. Go to the temple

Bring the printed Family Ordinance Request form with you to the temple. Take the sheet to the Recorder’s office, where temple workers will print pink, blue or yellow ordinance cards for you to take as you stand proxy in the ordinances.
If you have a lot of cards, you can distribute these cards to family members or request that the temple distribute them to be completed by patrons.
As Church members bring their own names to the temple, they more fully participate in the blessings that come from temple worship.
“When we research our own lines we become interested in more than just names or the number of names going through the temple,” said President Boyd K. Packer. ”Our interest turns our hearts to our fathers—we seek to find them and to know them and to serve them. In doing so we store up treasures in heaven.”

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

MotivationUS - Movie - Must see it!

In this compilation video, good people do good things for strangers out of the kindness of their own hearts. While there is very little reward or recognition for their actions, these peoples' good deeds are captured forever on camera for the world to see.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Joke for Ladies - Breakfast in Bed

Life can have its problems, as we all know.  We also know that the best medicine there is, is laughter. So, read, laugh, relax, and pass them on.  

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

How to Back up a Trailer With Your Car

I just need to post that information for someone around!
The original post is from Grit Magazine.

Trailer backing can be one of the more vexing of human activities: More so if someone is watching you and especially so if someone is fussing at you about how to back up a trailer while you try to learn.
Although proficient trailer backing is no mystery, it takes practice: Much of the trailer-towing public would simply rather not run their rigs in reverse. Check the number of pull-through sites at the local RV campground for proof. But into each life, some backing up must come, so it’s important that you master this skill if you’re going to haul a trailer.
Moving in reverse requires only low speed, a cool head, vigilance with your mirrors, and knowledge that the trailer will move in the opposite direction that you steer the tow vehicle. A handy trick for getting used to this sometimes confusing characteristic is to place your hand on the bottom of the steering wheel and remember that if you push your hand to the left (turning the wheel clockwise), the trailer will tend to veer to the left and visa versa.
This advice probably isn’t going to make sense conceptually. You’re going to need to get out in the rig and try it out. For many, learning to back is easier without an audience or a guide, and the first backing exercise can be accomplished on your farm’s lane — simply pull ahead, put the truck in reverse, and back up as slowly as you can while watching the side view mirrors. If the trailer veers to one side, move the bottom of the steering wheel in the opposite direction to correct.
When you can keep your outfit headed straight in reverse, experiment with backing around a corner. This maneuver is not only handy, but it might be the only way to get your trailer into the shed, or up to a loading dock.
Once you find a good location for this exercise (best to avoid tree-lined lanes), pull your trailer past the corner and back up slowly. Watching the mirror on the same side as the turn, push the bottom of the steering wheel toward the curve — the trailer will begin to veer in that direction. When the trailer begins arcing through the curve nicely, gradually push the bottom of the steering wheel away from the turn to straighten the truck and trailer. Watch the front of the truck so that you don’t inadvertently hit a fence post as it swings around.
Beginners can seldom back through a sharp curve without pulling ahead at least once and there is no pride lost in that. However, with enough practice, you will be able to place your trailer wherever it needs to be and neatly extract yourself from situations that you accidentally pulled straight into. Better yet, you can take advantage of all the parking spots and dock bays left unoccupied by those who prefer to pull through.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Arizona Governor Brewer Visits Gilbert Temple

Elder Walker takes Governor Brewer on a tour of the Gilbert Arizona Temple.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer toured the new Gilbert Arizona Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with legislators, local government and religious leaders, and educators. She visited the temple during an open house and luncheon with Elder William R. Walker of the Seventy. Also attending the event was Elder David E. Lesueur who will be the temple president, Elder Todd B. Hansen, and Elder Jim L. Wright of the Seventy.

“This temple is a beacon of hope, faith and love to all those who come to this sacred building and its beautiful grounds,” said Governor Brewer. “It is a special place, a place of spiritual refuge in this troubled world.”
Governor Brewer talked of the Saints who came to Arizona more than 100 years ago. “With faith, fortitude and devotion to God, Mormon pioneers settled much of this state, including what would become the town of Gilbert,” she said.
 This is the fourth temple the Church will have in Arizona, with others located in Mesa, Snowflake, and Gila Valley. Governor Brewer said she’s looking forward to the completion of the Phoenix Temple this fall that will be in her “backyard.” A sixth Arizona temple has been announced in Tucson. 
There are currently more than 400-thousand Latter-day Saints now living in Arizona. “What a remarkable legacy,” she added. “I am proud to call you my neighbors and my friends.” 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

LDS Church begins using another new temple film

By Deseret News
Six months after the LDS Church began using the first new film for temple instruction in 20 years, a second new film is in rotation.
“An additional temple film is now in use," said Cody Craynor, spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "As with previous films, this second instructional presentation is rotated with the film released this past July to give variety.
"Like the first film in use there have been no changes to the script. English-language copies of the new film are being sent to temples over the next few weeks and will subsequently be translated into other languages.”
Since the 1970s, a portion of LDS temple instruction has been provided through pre-recorded media, including film.
Mormon temple worship occurs in 141 dedicated temples around the world. LDS temple worship differs from regular Sunday worship services held by 29,014 congregations in buildings called chapels or meetinghouses.
Instead, temples are used for the faith's highest and most sacred ordinances, such as marriage, and making covenants with God to be more like Jesus Christ. Due to the sacred nature of temples, they are reserved for active church members who are observing the basic principles of the faith, whereas weekly Sunday services in meetinghouses are open to people of all ages and faiths.
Out of reverence for what Latter-day Saints consider the sacred nature of temple worship, Mormons are admonished to be circumspect about discussing the details of temple instruction.
The church's 142nd temple will open this spring in Gilbert, Ariz. The public is invited to tour the new temple during an open house beginning Saturday and running through Feb. 15. That temple will be dedicated on March 2.
More information about LDS temples is available at