New LDS Apostles Sustained in General Conference

lds-conference-sustainingNew Apostles were sustained today in LDS general conference, filling the vacancies left with the recent passing of President Boyd K. Packer, Elder L. Tom Perry, and Elder Richard G. Scott.

Elder Ronald A. Rasband, Elder Gary E. Stevenson and Elder Dale G. Renlund were named to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday, October 3, 2015

New-Apostles-ldsThey are the 98th, 99th, and 100th apostles ordained since the Restoration.

Learn more about these great men in the article “Three Named to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.”

After the church president calls new apostles, they are sustained by the Church membership at a general conference and ordained. Ordination involves members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve laying their hands on the new apostle’s head and bestowing specific “keys of the priesthood” that include “all the keys, all the gifts, all the endowments and everything preparatory to entering into the presence of the Father and of the Son,” according to Brigham Young, who served as second president of the Church.

Learn more in the following articles:


Children’s Activities for LDS General Conference

kids-activities-ldsconfThe Church provides several General Conference activities for children at in multiple languages to help them enjoy and learn more from listening to general conference:

Please download and share these materials with others.

There are also useful conference activities available on other websites, such as the following:

If you have any suggestions to improve the Church’s conference activities for children, please comment below.


Priesthood Restoration Site Interactive Map

aaronic-priesthood-restoration-siteThe Priesthood Restoration historical site near Harmony, Pennsylvania, was rededicated on September 19, 2015. This is where Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery baptized each other in the Susquehanna River on May 15, 1829 under the direction of John the Baptist.

In addition to a visitors’ center, the historical site includes the reconstructed homes of Joseph and Emma Smith and Isaac and Elizabeth Hale. Visitors can walk through the woods where John the Baptist restored the Aaronic Priesthood and visit the baptismal site at the Susquehanna River.

aaronic-priesthood-restoration-site-2For those who are not able to visit the historical site, the Church has created an interactive map where you can see a virtual tour with photos, information, and links to learn more about each place. You’ll gain insight on how the restoration of the Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthood unfolded as you read about how Emma Hale Smith met Joseph and see photos of the home where they lived while much of the Book of Mormon was translated.

You can watch the rededication of the Priesthood Restoratation site on

You can also see other Church historic sites online.


8 Ways to Access LDS General Conference

The First Presidency invites people around the world to participate in messages of inspiration and guidance at the LDS general conference this weekend and next

Saturday, September 26
6:00 p.m. General Women’s Session

Saturday, October 3
10:00 a.m. Saturday Morning Session
2:00 p.m. Saturday Afternoon Session
6:00 p.m. General Priesthood Session

Sunday, October 4
10:00 a.m. Sunday Morning Session
2:00 p.m. Sunday Afternoon Session

Here are 8 ways that you can participate in LDS General Conference:

#1: In Person

  • Attend the live satellite or Internet broadcast in your meetinghouse. For broadcast times and options, see the satellite broadcast details. To find a meetinghouse anywhere in the world, visit
  • Attend the live event in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City. See ticket information.

#2: Internet
Live video in 26 languages. Some languages will appear on the home page of and others will appear on the language pages.
Live video in the following 11 languages: Cantonese, English (including closed captioned), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese (including closed captioned), Russian, and Spanish (including closed captioned). and BYUtv International
Live video and audio in English
Mormon Channel
Live video in the following 11 languages: Cantonese, English (including closed captioned), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese (including closed captioned), Russian, and Spanish (including closed captioned).

English captions are available when a speaker speaks in his/her native language. On the Watch Live conference page you can hear the original language audio, accompanied by English subtitles. In the upper right corner of the web page, select the language audio you would like to hear. Then, in the lower right corner of the viewing window, click on the CC icon to enable closed captioning. You will then be able to hear the message in its original language, while reading the English subtitles.

Closed captions are available at in English, Spanish, and Portuguese by choosing the CC button on the LDS Media Player (Flash). Also available in English on Apple iOS devices by going to the video settings on the device and turning on closed captions.

#3. Mobile App

Mormon Channel mobile app
Video and audio in English and Spanish


#4: Television

Video and audio in English
BYU-tv International
Video and audio in Spanish and Portuguese
Mormon Channel on Roku
Video in the following 11 languages: Cantonese, English (including closed captioned), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese (including closed captioned), Russian, and Spanish (including closed captioned). (Search for general conference under the “Spiritual” category.) Available in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Canada.
Local TV Check local program listings for availability in your area or visit or

#5: Radio

Audio is available through various radio stations, including Mormon Channel HD Radio, KSL Radio, BYU Radio (online and SiriusXM), and Internet radio stations  throughout the world. For listings, visit

#6: Social Media

Quotes and video highlights will be posted on Church social media channels (as well as on shortly after each talk.

#7: Archives

  • Video cached streams of the full sessions will be available right after each session ends. Divisions into individual talk and song segments in many languages will begin appearing after 8 hours and will be completed within 24 hrs of the broadcast on, podcasts, iTunes, and YouTube.
  • Audio will be available on (in 83 languages) and on the Mormon Channel in iTunes (in many languages) within 8 hrs of the broadcast.
  • Video highlights for many of the speakers will be posted within a few hours of each session in the Media Library on
  • English text will be available at and in the Gospel Library mobile app a few days after conference. Text in other languages will be posted in the following weeks.
  • Read more detailed information about when general conference addresses will be available in video, audio, and text formats.

#8: Physical Copies

You can read and study general conference afterward using the following:

  • Printed copies of the EnsignLiahonaNew Eraand Friend magazines.
  • Physical DVDs and audio CDs, which you can pre-order now at and they will be shipped as soon as they are available. (You can also subscribe to have the DVDs or CDs sent to you automatically every conference.)

For more information, see The Complete Guide to Attending General Conference.


LDS-Themed Movies on Netflix

famous-mormons-lds-moviesThe website FamousMormons has a 12-page list of LDS-themed movies on Netflix. These are movies with Mormon actors, directors, or producers.

LDS Movies are sometimes hard to find because of the large number of movies available on Netflix. These are movies and television programs available through streaming or on DVD.

Some of the more popular titles include Granite Flats, The Saratov Approach, 17 Miracles, and Forever Strong. But the list also includes some lesser-known films such as Gordon B. Hinckley: Honoring the Life and Legacy of a Prophet, American Mormon, and Sacred Stone: Temple on the Mississippi. Be sure to click though to all 12 pages.

They are all available through Netflix DVD, and some are also available through Netflix streaming.

Related articles:


Movie: Just Let Go

just-let-go-movieAfter surviving a drunk driving accident that killed his pregnant wife and two kids, Chris Williams struggles to “just let go” and forgive the young man who caused it.

The movie Just Let Go opens in theaters nationwide today. It is based on the true story of LDS bishop Chris Williams and his journey to forgive. Read Chris Williams’ story. His story has already been the subject of the Mormon Messages video (see below).

Here is the official movie trailer:

Watch the Mormon Message “Forgiveness: My Burden Was Made Light:”

Watch the short video “Let It Go” from Shadow Mountain, who published the book Let it Go (available at Deseret Book and Amazon).

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Prepare for LDS General Conference October 2015

Facebook-conference-Oct-15General conference can be like a community race. Some people choose to fully participate in the race. They prepare themselves for it in advance and run the entire race. They get the full experience. Others come to the race and run a little, but walk most of the race. They only get a partial experience. And some people just show up for the social aspect and to see their friends. They may walk part of the race, but not really engage themselves.

So it is with general conference. Some people really prepare themselves spiritually before conference. They then listen intently to all the sessions, they take notes, and afterwards they ponder and study what they have learned. They get the full experience. Others watch or listen to some of the sessions of conference, but they may not pay full attention. They may listen to some sessions on the radio or on the Internet while doing other tasks around the house. They only get a partial experience. And some people casually watch the Sunday sessions with their family, but they don’t really invest themselves in conference.

Which type of participant are you in general conference? This conference, with vacancies in the Quorum of the Twelve to be filled, it should be an especially rewarding spiritual feast. It is a special opportunity to learn from living prophets and apostles and to receive personal revelation.

Tomorrow is the General Women’s Session of LDS General Conference. I encourage you to watch it. See the Viewing Times and Options page of

Watch this short video “Find Answers to Your Questions:”

Why does preparing for general conference matter? What questions and challenges do you need direction and guidance on?


See the Ideas to Prepare page to learn how to make the most out of your conference experience.

You may also want to read the chapter “General Conference” in the manual Teachings of the Living Prophets Student Manual, pages 70–83.


“Come, Follow Me” LDS Youth Curriculum for 2016

come-follow-meThe article “LDS Curriculum for 2016” outlines the manuals to be used for Sunday classes in 2016. This article clarifies the Aaronic Priesthood, Young Women, and youth Sunday School curriculum Come, Follow Me: Learning Resources for Youth.

The lessons will be updated online for 2016. However, if you use a printed version of the curriculum, you should continue to use it in 2016, because the printed version will not be updated for 2016. You can download a printable PDF of the 2015 manual from the Come, Follow Me website,

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LDS Wards to Order 2016 Curriculum Materials by Next Week

teachingWard and branch leaders in the United States and Canada have until next week (September 30) to order their 2016 curriculum materials to ensure they arrive by January 1, 2016. So Sunday is your last chance to coordinate with auxiliary and quorum leaders to determine how many to order.

Here are some key points to remember:

  • For a list of materials for Sunday classes in 2016, read my article.
  • To guarantee on-time delivery, please order materials by September 30, 2015 at
  • As appropriate in your ward or branch, encourage members to use digital versions of curriculum materials rather than printed copies. Most curriculum materials are available for free online at and on the free LDS Gospel Library mobile app.
  • Quorum and auxiliary leaders should help the ward clerk determine how many printed copies of materials to order. They should assess what printed materials are already available in your ward or branch and then order printed materials only for members who do not use digital versions.
  • The 2016 Outline for Sharing Time: I Know the Scriptures are True is not available to order. Each ward and branch will automatically be sent 3 copies of it before January 2016.

Read the article “Church Materials: Print or Digital?

Watch this video, “The Power of the Gospel in Your Pocket:”


Invite Your Friends to Watch LDS General Conference

Facebook-conference-Oct-15LDS General Conference may be one of the best ways to introduce your friends to the Church. This article provides references to help you explain to others what general conference is all about and to invite them to watch the upcoming general conference. Below are images provided by the Church to share on your social media accounts.

Saturday, September 26
General Women’s Session – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 3
Saturday Morning Session – 10:00 a.m.
Saturday Afternoon Session – 2:00 p.m.
General Priesthood Session – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 4
Sunday Morning Session – 10:00 a.m.
Sunday Afternoon Session – 2:00 p.m.

What is LDS General Conference?

Invite Others to Watch General Conference

  • Invite people to go with you to your meetinghouse to watch conference. See the page Viewing Times and Options to learn the various ways that you can watch general conference. The sessions on Sunday are especially good for those who don’t know much about our faith. Tell people how they can access conference in their homes on radio, Internet, broadcast TV, cable TV, and Roku Internet TV.
  • Share your favorite quotes and stories from General Conference through social media and blogs.
  • Put an image on your website or blog. See the images below provided by the Church to share.
  • Click the Share and Like buttons on your favorite talks at
  • Share the member-created video The Opportunity, The Chance, The Time: LDS General Conference.

What other ways can you think of to share General Conference with others?

Did you use any of these ideas last conference? Any ideas to share with others?

Cover image for Facebook:


Cover image for Google+:


Cover image for Twitter:


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missionary-ldeaders-lds is a website that helps ward mission leaders succeed in their calling.  It can also help ward missionaries and other leaders and members of the Church to share the gospel successfully.

It has the following sections:

  • New Ward Mission Leaders
  • Leading a Great Ward Mission
  • Building a Ward Mission Plan
  • Inspiring Others to Share
  • Helping Investigators
  • Helping New Converts
  • Lesson Plans
  • Videos
  • Resources

This website and the materials offered are not provided by the Church, but are created by Clayton Christensen and others in a desire to be proactive and teach one another.

For more great ideas:


Church Handbooks: The Written Order of Things

lds-church-handbooksThe article “Church Handbooks: The Written Order of Things” in this month’s Ensign (pp. 60-65) and Liahona (pp. 30-35) explains why we need the Church handbooks.

“As we follow the handbooks and use the collective wisdom they offer, the Lord will help us and those we serve to become ‘complete in him.'”

I believe that every member should read the first three chapters of Handbook 2, which outline the purpose of families and the role of the Church in supporting families and in providing essential ordinances and covenants.

  1. Families and the Church in God’s Plan
  2. Priesthood Principles
  3. Leadership in the Church of Jesus Christ

Anyone can access and read Handbook 2 on and with the Gospel Library mobile app, which gives the doctrinal framework for administering the Church, as well as guidelines for ward councils and the programs of the Church. Handbook 1 is also available online and in the Gospel Library mobile app to bishoprics and stake presidencies. It outlines the responsibilities of stake presidents and bishops.

Other helpful guidebooks for the family include:

The Family Guidebook has a section titled “Priesthood Ordinances and Blessings” that is a helpful reference on how to give blessings and perform ordinances.

The Lord expects every man to learn his duty (D&C 107:99), and then He expects us to gain personal inspiration to guide us in our lives. The scriptures and handbooks can help us learn our duty.



RootsTech 2016 Open for Registration

rootstech-2016-ldsRegistration for RootsTech 2016 is now open. RootsTech 2016 will be held February 3–6, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The website for registration is

RootsTech is a global conference where people of all ages celebrate family and are inspired to share their memories and connections. The annual event attracts tens of thousands of people worldwide.

The conference includes inspirational keynote speakers, over 200 educational classes, exciting hands-on activities in the expo hall, and entertaining evening events, all designed to help celebrate families across generations! This year, classes will start earlier in the week, on Wednesday, February 3, with the first class beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Early bird discount pricing is available now for full passes starting at just $149 and $169 for the RootsTech plus Innovator Summit pass.  Passes for the Getting Started track start at $19 for a limited single day and $39 for a limited 3-day.

Family Discovery Day

Registration for Family Discovery Day is also now open. This event will be Saturday, February 6, 2016, and is designed for families and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You can register as families and  groups up to 10 at a time. This free one-day event includes devotionals, classes, interactive activities, and entertainment to help families and members discover, preserve, and share their family connections. Event details, including speakers and classes, will be made available soon at

Scheduling Tool

For RootsTech 2016, you will be able to use a new scheduling tool at to build, edit, and print your class schedule. All RootsTech and Innovator Summit classes, including speakers, class titles, and descriptions, are now available in the scheduling tool. Start now to create and edit your schedules. The online tool will sync with the mobile app available later this year.

Innovator Summit & Showdown

As part of RootsTech, the Innovator Summit returns to offer developers, business leaders, and entrepreneurs access to the latest content and resources that provide insight on family history data, services, and inspiration for current and future projects.

Along with the Innovator Summit, the Innovator Showdown also returns to RootsTech 2016 and is even bigger than before. Innovators of all kinds in any industry are invited to compete with their latest hardware and software apps and services. The top six finalists will be invited to demo live onstage for over 23,000 people. The audience and a panel of renowned judges will decide the winners!



20th Anniversary of LDS Family Proclamation

family-problamationSeptember 23, 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of The Family: A Proclamation to the World

This proclamation was read by President Gordon B. Hinckley as part of his message at the General Relief Society Meeting held September 23, 1995, as part of the semiannual general conference.

We of the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles now issue a proclamation to the Church and to the world as a declaration and reaffirmation of standards, doctrines, and practices relative to the family which the prophets, seers, and revelators of this church have repeatedly stated throughout its history. I now take the opportunity of reading to you this proclamation:

He then read The Family: A Proclamation to the World (beginning at 19:50 in the video below).

You can print a letter-size copy of the family proclamation or buy a nice copy in letter size or 11″ x 17″ size.

LDS retailers also sell framed copies in various formats.


LDS Photographers Needed


Church Service Missionary Photographers

Did you know you can apply to become a Church Service Missionary Photographer? In August, the Church News wrote an article about missionary photographers from around the world. Read the article “What words can’t say: LDS photographers around the world share talents” to learn more about this exciting mission!

General Conference Photos Wanted

The Church magazines have an urgent need for photos of members around the world attending and watching General Conference on September 26th (General Women’s Session) and October 3rd and 4th (General Priesthood Session and General Sessions).

Submit your photos through When uploading the photos, include in the description the words “General Conference” and the city, state, and country where the photos were taken.

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