“We Believe” Music Video

we-believe-lds-videoEnjoy this music video “We Believe,” created by the YSA Pasay 2nd Ward in the Philippines.

Here is a list of other member-created videos I have shared. If you find other videos you think I should share, please post a comment below.

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Happily Ever After Project

happily-ever-after-imageThe Happily Ever After Project is a social media movement that inspires, supports, and celebrates families. LDS parents Kori and Katie Andrews produce and share videos with family thoughts, tips, stories, and ideas.

They say that “Happily Ever After is not a destination but a journey we take together as families.” See all their videos on the Happily Ever After Project YouTube channel. You can also follow their Facebook page.

Here is their video from Father’s Day, “I Love Being a Dad Because…,” featuring Hank Smith, Ty Detmer, Brad Wilcox, and other awesome LDS dads.

Here is a list of other member-created videos I have shared. If you find other videos you think I should share, please post a comment below.

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LDS Video: Staying Spiritually Fit

staying-spiritually-fitThe video “Staying Spiritually Fit” explains that now is the time to prepare to meet God. Just as an athlete prepares daily for game day; when we work on our spirituality daily and give our all to the Lord, we strengthen our testimonies of Him and of His gospel. This video was released by the LDS Church earlier this week.

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Quiet Games for LDS Kids Mobile App

quiet-games-lds-iconThe mobile app Quiet Games for LDS Kids has 6 games that are both quiet and fun—perfect for general conference, church, or a quiet Sunday activity.

  1. – LDS Bingo: The classic conference bingo now with different sizes and always randomized.
  2. Word Search: A fun word search game with LDS words that will keep children engaged.
  3. Memory: Try to match each picture with its matching counterpart. No score so the kids won’t fight.
  4. Prophet Matching: Learn each prophet’s name and face. Includes latter-day prophets and modern day apostles.
  5. Temple Matching: Match the temple to its correct name. Learn what each of the temples look like.
  6. Hangman: Try to guess the LDS word before the picture is completely drawn.

This app won first place in the “Primary” category of the LDSTech contest in 2014. It was designed by Clint, Rachel, and Kristen Jones.

Available in English from Google Play.

 

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Learn more about LDS mobile apps from the Church.

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retornados-video-sudThe YouTube series “Retornados,” or “returnees” in English, is a Spanish web series that features four friends experiencing life after their LDS missions.

Below is the pilot video:

The sketches cover the different challenges and triumphs that returned missionaries face upon returning home. Producer and director Hugo Dantés explains that he created the series in direct response to the many situations that return missionaries experience that aren’t addressed by the Church.

The cast is composed of Carlos Hernandez, Limnhi E. Lopez, Israel Cruz and Hugo Dantés, all returned missionaries from Tijuana, Mexico.

The pilot episode is about Ernesto, a recently returned missionary who reunites with his best friends Alex, Mahonri, and Carlos. Ernesto and his returned missionary friends try to readjust to normal life, experiencing trials and challenges along the way.

Watch more episodes of “Retornados” on YouTube.

For more Spanish and Portuguese LDS content written specifically for Latin America, see

Note that the resources described in this article are not produced by the Church, but by members. Here is a list of other member-created videos I have shared. If you find other videos you think I should share, please post a comment below.

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This Mormon Life

this-mormon-lifeThis Mormon Life is a site with articles, lists, reviews, and commentary about Mormon life. The site is run by Grady Kerr, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Take a look. I think you’ll enjoy the articles. You can also subscribe to their podcast “Third Hour of Power!” They have teamed up with This Week in Mormons to produce this series of overviews of upcoming lessons from the Teachings of the Presidents of the Church manuals.

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New Stories for Meet the Mormons

Meet-Mormons-Collage-new-storiesThe Church has just released three new stories as a continuation of the movie Meet the MormonsBeginning today, you can see these three new 30-minute segments at the Legacy Theater on Temple Square and at English-speaking visitors’ centers worldwide.

You can watch one, two, or all three of these continuously-playing vignettes:

1. The Horseman

Meet-mormons-HorsemanA horse trainer from Morgan, Utah, who compares our lives in the hands of God to training a wild horse. If we put away our own “wild,” we become more effective instruments in the hand of our Heavenly Father.

2. The Entertainers

Meet-mormons-entertainersThe story of four LDS siblings who make up the Japanese pop singing group Bless4. They talk about keeping Church standards in the entertainment industry and one of the girl’s struggle with an eating disorder.

3. The Artist

Meet-mormons-ArtistAn updated and expanded story previously available only as a bonus feature on the Meet the Mormons DVD. It features an Italian artist who shares her conversion story and some of the challenges that come from being in a part-member family. While inactive for many years, even her non-member husband acknowledged something was missing in their marriage and in their home. Returning to church re-ignited her faith, strengthened their marriage, and inspired an ongoing charitable act of service – a five-star dining experience for the homeless.

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At the Legacy Theater and at visitors’ centers, you can also see expanded versions of the six original stories from the movie.

If you didn’t get to see the original film when in appeared in theaters, then this is your chance to experience it in high-definition at the Legacy Theater. If you already saw the film, then you’ll appreciate the additional footage and a surprise ending to one of the stories. And if you love the Japanese culture, country living, or Italian cuisine, then you’ll enjoy the new stories.

Meet the Mormons premiered October 10, 2014. It opened in more than 400 theaters across the United States and ranked #10 in the nation in box office receipts the premiere weekend. The film quickly became the 34th biggest documentary of all time. All the net proceeds were donated to charity.

If you can’t watch Meet the Mormons at the Legacy Theater or at a visitors’ center, you can watch it on Netflix or in many languages on YouTube. You can also buy a DVD or watch it on video-on-demand (Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Comcast, DISH, DirectTV, Google Play, and Vudu).

But the new stories can only be seen at the Legacy Theater or in visitors’ centers and historic sites.

Enjoy this rendition of the song “I Am a Child of God,” sung by Bless4 from Meet the Mormons: New Faces / New Stories:

Download a free MP3 of this song from the film.

Learn more about the movie Meet the Mormons.

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The LDS-based Utah Valley Children’s Choir has released their first music video “Testimony- Utah Valley Children’s Choir.” This large children choir of nearly 200 members range in age from 8 to 18, and they sing all parts—not just soprano and alto like many children’s choirs.  The motto of the choir is “Sing For the Lord,” and they do a great job of bringing the Spirit with them wherever they perform.

You can follow the Utah Valley Children’s Choir on Facebook.

Here is a list of other member-created videos I have shared. If you find other videos you think I should share, please post a comment below.

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#ShareGoodness with #PokemonGO

Pokemon-1The game Pokémon GO has only been available for 6 days in a few countries. Already, it has been downloaded more than 7.5 million times in the USA alone and it is about to surpass Twitter in daily active users.

Pokémon GO is a new game that you play using a smartphone. Some say it’s the answer to childhood obesity because the game gets you off the couch and walking around the neighborhood. Have you noticed how many people are walking around your local park the last few days? Pokémon Go is having a massive social impact. But can you use Pokémon GO to share goodness?

A friend of mine posted this on Instagram:

This article gives some ideas on how individuals, families, wards, and stakes could use Pokémon GO to share goodness.

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What is Pokémon GO?

It is a mobile app based on the popular Pokémon game by Nintendo. It uses your smartphone’s GPS and camera to make Pokémon characters “appear” around you (on your phone screen) so you can try to catch them. As you walk around, you will find different types of Pokémon, depending on where you are and what time it is.

The idea is to encourage you to physically move around in “augmented reality” (the combination of a game and the real world interacting together).

Various landmarks are designated as “Pokestops” where players can “find” various items that help with gameplay. Other landmarks are designated as “gyms,” or locations where players can “battle” other players.

Why does it matter to Latter-day Saints?

Since many LDS meetinghouses appear in popular mapping software, like Google Maps, it is common that the game is making creatures or supplies appear at these buildings. That means that many more people are suddenly visiting LDS meetinghouses, visitors’ centers, historic sites, and temples as they explore these surroundings while playing the game.

What can LDS leaders do?

It’s a good thing that people are visiting our Church buildings, even if it’s just to play a game. What should you do if players show up while you’re having a ward or stake activity? How about a “Welcome Pokémon Players” sign to encourage them to stay and participate in your activity?  Perhaps you could hand out water bottles to show that we are friendly people.

Hosts at visitors’ centers and historic sites could welcome players to enjoy the displays and learn about the site. Visitors to temple grounds could be encouraged to respectfully enjoy their time there to feel the spirit and reflect on the significance of LDS temples.

What can you do?

pokemon-go-fitnessRecognize that within reasonable bounds, augmented reality games can be wholesome and encourage physical activity. Using fitness trackers, some players are recognizing their daily activity goals while they are out hunting Pokémon.

Parents may consider planning a family home evening walking around the neighborhood together trying to capture Pokémon characters. Many of the characters appear in public locations, such as parks or historic sites. Last Saturday, at our family reunion in a park, some Pokémon characters appeared next to plaques that explained the history of the park. Such an activity could help your children learn more about their surroundings. A member created a whole month of family home evening lessons with Pokémon activities that you may want to consider.

Some families have gone to Temple Square and taken pictures of their family tracking down Pokémon characters around historical statues and then posting the experience on social media. It’s possible to #ShareGoodness while sharing #PokémonGo.

What ideas do you have to make Pokémon Go a positive experience with your family or ward? Post your ideas in the comments below.

More about Pokémon GO

Right now, the game is available in only a few countries, but it will be released soon worldwide.

According to an article in vox.com, “Part of the reason Pokémon Go is popular is that it’s free, so it’s easy to download and play. But more importantly, Pokémon Go fulfills a fantasy Pokémon fans have had since the games first came out: What if Pokémon were real and inhabited our world?”

The video below, Discover Pokémon in the Real World with Pokémon GO! shows how the game works.

Learn more about Pokémon GO:

Be sure to share your experiences below.

 

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Updated Edition of Fijian Scriptures

Fiji-familyThe First Presidency has just announced a new triple combination of the scriptures in the Fijian language. The electronic versions are available now at iVolanikalou.lds.org and in the Gospel Library mobile application.

Printed copies will be available by December 30, 2016, through local Church distribution centers.

As members prayerfully learn and teach from the scriptures, their testimonies will grow and they will receive greater direction in their daily lives.

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Worldwide Indexing Event 2016 #TheWorldsRecords

worldwide-indexing-event-banner-2016During 72 hours from July 15-17, help index the world’s historical records, making them freely searchable on the Internet, helping families worldwide find their ancestors.

Help FamilySearch reach the goal of 72,000 volunteers to help make records accessible for generations to come.

Join and share the Facebook event page on your social media pages. As you share information about it, please use the hashtag #The WorldsRecords.

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LDSMediaTalk.com in July 2006

On Tuesday, I mentioned that LDSMediaTalk.com has been around for 10 years! Here’s an interesting retrospect on articles that appeared 10 years ago, during the first year of LDS Media Talk:

  • On July 6, 2006, I reported that 1 billion people were able to access the Internet. Today, that number is 3.17 billion.
  • On July 10, 2006, I reported that a beta version of LDS.org was available for review. Remember that version with the blue background?

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  • On September 25, 2006, I reported that the Spanish scriptures had just been made available online.
  • On November 9, 2006, the Church launched a redesigned Gospel Library online with improved search. (No, this wasn’t the Gospel Library mobile app—that wasn’t available until 2009. This was just the scriptures, magazines, lesson manuals, and general conference in digital format online.)
  • On December 27, 2006, I mentioned that in U.S. households, the ownership of DVD players (81.2%) surpassed VCRs (79.2%).
  • On January 5, 2007, the LDS scriptures were published at scriptures.lds.org in German, French, and Italian, in addition to the Spanish and English that were available previously.
  • On January 9, 2007, I reported that 55% of U.S. teens used social media sites. Today, 92% of teens report going online daily—including 24% who say they are online “almost constantly.”
  • On February 5, 2007, I mentioned that the Church had launched a technology website at ldstech.lds.org.
  • On February 8, 2007, the Church updated the Newsroom site.

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  • On March 7, 2007, I reported that a DVD of the movie The Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd became available.

It’s amazing how far we’ve come in 10 years!

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Video: The Holy Bible

holy-bible-ldsThis short animated video “The Holy Bible” explains that the Holy Bible is a sacred book that contains the word of God. It foretells the coming of Jesus Christ and describes His life, mission, and sacred role as the Son of God and Savior of the world.

This video is one of a series of videos providing basic, yet engaging answers to common doctrinal questions. Each of the videos is beautifully animated and perfect for sharing across social media platforms. Watch more videos from this series of videos from Mormon.org’s YouTube channel and share them with your friends.

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LDS Coloring Book Mobile App

lds-coloring-book-iconThe free mobile app LDS Coloring Book is an easy-to-use app that will keep children endlessly entertained with LDS-themed coloring pages about the scriptures, Church history, and gospel principles.

Children can color the pictures by selecting the virtual crayons included in the app or tap to fill shapes. You can even choose to color with crayons that magically stay within the lines! When they are done, you can print and share your child’s masterpiece.

The free app includes one coloring book of 12 stories and people from the Old Testament. There are 13 additional coloring books that you can purchase within the app.

This game is made by LDS Apps by Lift LLC, who makes several other LDS games as well.

Available in English on iTunes.

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Happy 10th Anniversary LDS Media Talk

Today is the 10th anniversary of the website LDSMediaTalk.com. This is my 2,623rd post, which means I’ve written about one post per business day for 10 years. Whew! That’s a lot of writing.

ldsWebguyThe site began on July 5, 2006 as ldsWebguy.com. (Note that I have no affiliation with the current web page at ldsWebguy.com.)

Two years later, on June 10, 2008, the blog was rebranded LDSMediaTalk.com.

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Learn more about the history and purpose of LDSMediaTalk.com. See the word cloud in the right column for the topics covered in this blog.

Reach of LDS Media Talk

ldsmediatalk-mobileHere are some fun statistics about the readership of LDS Media Talk.

That represents a total reach of nearly 75,000 people from 168 countries. Of course, some people follow more than one of these channels, so they are not all unique readers. However, it also doesn’t include people who read my syndicated articles across other sites and blog aggregators.

More To Come

Thanks for your continued support. If you like what you read on LDSMediaTalk.com, be sure to share it with family and friends. If you have any suggestions on topics you’d like to hear more about, please comment below.

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