Thursday, July 31, 2014

Every Family Has A Story, Discover Yours - 4 Family Search movies for you!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Junk at Home - A Back to School Song for You

(tune “Love At Home”)

There are knick-knacks all around when there’s junk at home.
Many things that can’t be found when there’s junk at home.
Drawers and closets will not close, there are runs in all my hose.
Certain items decompose, in the junk at home

Junk at home, junk at home
Many items decompose
In the junk at home.

In the cottage there’s no room, cause there’s junk at home.
Living space is all consumed, with the junk at home.
In the garage the car won’t go, `cause of all the overflow.
Oh it’s hard for me to throw away the junk at home.

Junk at home, junk at home
Oh it’s hard for me to throw
Away the junk at home

Kindly will the family be, when no junk’s at home.
When the floor they’ll finally see, cause no junks at home.
From the neighbors you won’t hide, you will welcome them inside.
And you’ll finally say with pride…there’s no junk at home

De-junked home, de-junked home.
You can finally say with pride

I wish I knew who to give credit to for these words but I have no idea who wrote them.

2014 Seminary Binder Cover - Register for Seminary Online!

It's that time of year again; time to think about what classes you want to take for the next school year. With all the excitement that a new school year brings, don't forget to make time for seminary! Click here for information on how to register online. 

Seminary Binder Cover for you!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

from Family Search Blog

FamilySearch Volunteers Set Historic Record

FamilySearch volunteers are amazing! On July 20th and 21st, FamilySearch indexers and arbitrators from around the world joined together to set an international record for the greatest number of indexing participants in a single day! We hoped to have an unprecedented 50,000 contributors in a 24 hour period. FamilySearch volunteers excelled, surpassing that goal by 16,511! That’s right—66,511 participants in one day! Incredible! We are grateful for the patience and persistence of many volunteers who faced technical difficulties due to an overwhelming response. Full story

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith, Chapter 15:Eternal Marriage, handout

Funeral held for 6 slain family members in Texas

Cassidy Stay, center, is comforted as she watches the caskets of her family be loaded into waiting hearses outside The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after a funeral service for her family Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in Houston. 

Slaying victims Stephen Stay, 39, his 34-year-old wife, Katie, and their four youngest children were shot to death last week in their suburban Houston home. The oldest child Cassidy, 15, survived the attack by playing dead, called police and identified her uncle, 33-year-old Ronald Lee Haskell, as the gunman. David J. Phillip, Associated Press (Deseret News)

"In a description of his loved ones' lives, Randy Cousins, an uncle, said the extended family was grateful for support from "friends, family and people we have never met."
"If there's one thing we've learned as a family, it is that the world is a good place," Cousins said. "If you watch the news all the time, you might not remember that."
"Families are forever," Jeff Stay, one of Stephen's brothers, said, his voice halting. "We know we will meet them again."
They were the people, despite the chaos of life, who were always looking for happiness and looking to do something better. Katie Stay was adamant about teaching her kids to do better every day and to treat people better every day. And because of that we all wanted to be better and wanted to be around them.” (Tom Mixon)

President Monson Sends Condolences to Texas Shooting Survivor at Family Funeral 

........."Concluding the service was Elder Bradley Foster who began with a personal letter from Church president Thomas S. Monson. In the heartfelt letter of condolence, Monson marveled at Cassidy’s remarkable strength, testimony, and courage.
The letter encouraged her to continue in fasting and prayer for help, reminding her that she was sealed to a family, an ordinance that binds families together forever.
Monson also promised that she would find strength as she followed the Savior.".........

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith, Chapter 14:The Gift of the Holy Ghost, handout

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith, Chapter 13:Baptism, handout

LDS Church begins using a 3rd new temple film

A year after the LDS Church began using a new film for temple instruction for the first time in 20 years, and six months after introducing a second, a third new film is in rotation.
The latest film presentation began showing Tuesday in 30 of the 143 operating temples of The Church of Jesus 
The new film is only in English for now. Like the others, its use will expand to other temples around the world over time and as translations are prepared.
The script in each of the films is the same. The films are shown in a rotation to provide variety to temple instruction.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Family Search indexing challenge set for July 20

SALT LAKE CITY — FamilySearch is looking for 50,000 or more indexers and arbitrators to help set a record for the most volunteer indexing participants online in a single day, according to a news release.
The Worldwide Indexing Event is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. MDT on Sunday, July 20, and go for 24 hours to 5:59 p.m. on Monday, July 21. Local start times and status updates can be found on the FamilySearch Facebook event page.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Church Expands Use of Digital Devices for Missionary Work

More missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be using digital devices as they preach the gospel in the United States, Canada, Japan and western Europe. The First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles are expanding the use of mobile devices following a successful pilot program that has been in place since last fall involving 6,500 missionaries in 30 missions in the United States and Japan. Missionaries are equipped with specially configured iPad minis for studying and teaching the gospel.

Elder David F. Evans Discusses Expanded Missionary Efforts

4 risky places to swipe your debit card

When it comes to fighting fraud, debit cards are trickier than their credit card cousins.
Would you give a thief direct access to your checking account?
No? Unfortunately, you may be doing just that by regularly using your debit card. Debit cards may look identical to credit cards, but there's one key difference: With credit cards, users who spot fraudulent charges on their bill can simply decline the charges and not pay the bill. On the other hand, debit cards draw money directly from your checking account rather than from an intermediary such as a credit card company.Because of that, even clear-cut cases of fraud where victims are protected from liability by consumer protection laws can cause significant hardship, says Frank Abagnale, a secure-document consultant in Washington, D.C.
He cites the example of the TJX Companies Inc.'s T.J. Maxx data breach that exposed the payment information of thousands of customers in 2007. The incident resulted in $150 million in fraud losses, and much of it was pulled directly from customers' bank accounts. Although credit card users got their accounts straightened out and new cards were in the mail within a few days, the case created major problems for debit card holders, who waited an average of two to three months to get reimbursed, Abagnale says.
While debit card fraud is always a possibility, being careful where you use it can help keep your checking account balance out of the hands of criminals.

Skimming ATMs

The idea that outdoor ATMs are among the most dangerous places to use a debit card seems a little bit absurd. But some ATMs present a perfect opportunity for thieves to skim users' debit cards, says Chris McGoey, a security consultant based in Los Angeles.
Skimming is the practice of capturing a bank customer's card information by running it through a machine that reads the card's magnetic strip. Those machines are often placed over the real card slots at ATMs and other card terminals.
"Any transaction you do outdoors at an open ATM is going to be higher risk exposure," McGoey says. "If the public has access to it, then someone has the ability to add skimming devices to it, position cameras on it and position themselves in a way where they could surveil it."
He says you're better off using an ATM inside a retail outlet or other high-trafficked, well-lit place.
Julie Conroy, research director at Aite Group LLC, a Boston-based financial services research firm, says even the card terminals that card users must swipe to get into ATM vestibules are being used as a skimming site by criminals. You can spot ATM skimmers by checking for ATM components that look beaten up or askew, she says.

Stealing PINs at gas stations

Gas stations are another danger zone for debit card use.
"You go to a gas station and you stick your debit card in there and you swipe it through a machine," Abagnale says. "I'm sitting across the street with a laptop and an antenna. I put a skimmer in there, and I'm picking up all the information. Before you even get home, I've debited your account."
Gas station payment terminals have many of the characteristics card fraudsters love, Conroy says.
"In a gas station, where you do have a whole bunch of pay-at-the-pump kinds of things and minimal supervision, it's pretty easy for a bad guy to put a skimming device on and put a little pinpoint camera there and compromise debit cards that way," Conroy says. Thieves often use small cameras to capture footage of debit card users entering their personal identification number, or PIN, so they can have free access to their money.
She says that even if the thief doesn't manage to get your debit card PIN from such a device, he still may be able to duplicate the card's magnetic strip and use it for "sign and swipe" Visa or MasterCard transactions.
With the high potential for fraud in pay-at-the-pump debit transactions, it might make sense to use an alternative such as cash or credit cards the next time you fill up.

The Web is a risky place

Debit cards are a convenient way to buy products online, especially for those who don't like to use credit cards. Unfortunately, the Web is one of the most dangerous places to make purchases, Conroy says.
"Online is the No. 1 place where consumers should not use their debit cards," she says. "It's susceptible at so many points. The consumer could have malware on their computer, so it could be at their endpoint that the data get compromised. It could be a man-in-the-middle attack where somebody is eavesdropping on their communications via the wireless network. And then at the other end, that data goes into a database at the merchant. As we've seen with some of the higher-profile breach events over the last year or so, that data is going to be vulnerable if (they're) not properly cared for."
Aside from the potential for hacking at many different points in a transaction, Abagnale says a fundamental problem with using debit cards online is that it's impossible to know who is handling your information.
"Buying stuff online, you have to be careful because you have to know who you're doing business with. When you buy things online, what always kills me about that is people say, 'This is a safe site,'" Abagnale says. "Who works there?"

Restaurants keeping customer data on file

"Would you care for a side of debit card fraud with that?"
Restaurant servers don't ask that question, but they might as well with the standard practice of taking customers' debit cards to run them behind closed doors.
"Any place where the card is out of hand" can increase the chances of fraud, says McGoey. "The guy comes to your table, takes your card and disappears for a while, so he or she has privacy," giving the person the opportunity to copy your card information.
Even restaurants without sit-down service can present a threat. Conroy says using debit cards to order delivery can be risky because cashiers tend to keep customer payment information on file. That may make future orders more convenient, but small businesses rarely take the steps necessary to safeguard payment information, she says.
Overall, she says, regardless of whether you use your debit card at a small restaurant or a big-box store, the possibility of fraud is always there. She cites the example of Michaels Stores Inc., which two and a half years ago saw its customers' debit card information stolen by debit card terminals doctored by thieves.
"Even if you do exercise caution ... there are still the Michaels-type incidents that will happen," Conroy says.