The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released a new video Overcoming Pornography Addiction: The Healing Power of Jesus Christ. In it, Sister Linda S. Reeves talks about the dangers of pornography, in spite of the fact that the world generally disregards it as a threat. The video has an important message about the healing power of Jesus Christ.

“Healing from the effects of pornography takes time. Everyone’s situation is different. We need to know and have faith that the Savior knows us and our very situation and He knows how to heal us and heal those around us… Our Father in Heaven loves each and every one of His children. He knew about pornography, that this would be the plague of our day, and so He has provided an escape. Its almost beyond our ability to comprehend, but it is so true, our Father in Heaven has provided a way for our escape.” (Linda S. Reeves, Second Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency)

The Church provides help on avoiding pornography and healing from its use at OvercomingPornography.org.

See other resources on overcoming pornography.

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LDS Mutual Theme for 2015

by Larry Richman on August 27, 2014

The Mutual theme for 2015 is D&C 4:2:

“O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day.”

The theme may be used in Mutual opening exercises, as a topic for sacrament meeting talks by youth, and to provide focus for youth activities, including camps, youth conferences, and devotionals. It may also be used to guide youth in Christlike service in their homes, the temple, the Church, and the community.

Resources for introducing the theme, including videos and music, will be available online by the end of 2014. Additional materials supporting the theme will be made available in Church magazines and on LDS.org throughout 2015. Below are a few images relating to the theme that I found online:

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What is The Family: A Proclamation to the World?

August 26, 2014

The Mormon.org Blog has written this nice summary of The Family: A Proclamation to the World: In 1995, leadership from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as Mormons) released “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” a document outlining Mormon beliefs on families. Its purpose is to clearly “proclaim that marriage between a […]

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Gospel Library Mobile App for Windows 8.1

August 25, 2014

An updated version of the Gospel Library mobile app for Windows is now available in beta. You need Windows 8.1. to take advantage of these new features: A new user interface with new navigational controls and full support for keyboard and mouse, trackpad, and touch devices Rich content with inline images, videos, and page numbers in […]

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Free Member Access to Family History Sites

August 23, 2014

Latter-day Saints who haven’t yet received their email invitation for free access to Ancestry.com, FindMyPast, and MyHeritage can now get access at FamilySearch.org/partneraccess. In April, FamilySearch.org announced that Latter-day Saint users would be able to receive free access to these three commercial sites. Invitations to sign up for these sites have been sent to thousands of members each week since that time. […]

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Using the Internet in LDS Church Callings

August 22, 2014

The Church recently updated Handbook 2 with additional guidelines about the Internet (see chapter 21.1.22). The updated guidelines clarify that members may create websites, blogs, and social media profiles to assist with their callings. The new guidelines read as follows: Members may not create websites, blogs, or social media profiles on behalf of the Church or to officially […]

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LDS Handbook Encourages Personal Use of the Internet

August 21, 2014

The Church recently updated Handbook 2 with additional information about member’s personal use of the Internet (see chapter 21.1.22). The updated guidelines clarify that members are encouraged to use the Internet to flood the earth with gospel messages. The updated section of the handbook reads as follows: Internet When carefully used, the Internet can help coordinate the work […]

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New Movie “Meet the Mormons”

August 20, 2014

Meet the Mormons is a new feature-length movie that shows the diverse lives of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was filmed on location across the globe to take you on a journey into the day-to-day realities of members living in the Himalayan mountains of Nepal, to the rain forests of Costa Rica, […]

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Elder Bednar: The Gospel and Social Media

August 19, 2014

Today at Education Week, Elder David A. Bednar delivered an address “To Sweep the Earth As With A Flood.” He explained that technology and social media are gifts from God that will allow us—as we use them properly—to further His work in remarkable ways. We are blessed to live, learn, and serve in this most remarkable dispensation.  […]

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Pathway to a College Education

August 18, 2014

Did you know that you can get a bachelors degree for under $10,000 while staying near your home? Pathway is a low-cost educational opportunity that combines online courses with local gatherings. You can gain valuable skills that will serve you throughout your life. The cost is only $65 per credit hour. The Pathway program was introduced […]

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The Gospel and Social Media

August 15, 2014

What do you know about the gospel and social media? 1. Does the Church discourage social media? 2. Is technology good or evil? 3. Do Apostles tweet? You’re invited to watch Elder David A Bednar’s talk as he encourages the best uses of social media and technology during his live broadcast Tuesday, August 19 at […]

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New Content on Joseph Smith Papers Website

August 14, 2014

The Joseph Smith Papers website (JosephSmithPapers.org) has added over 200 documents. Almost 200 documents dating from 1839, including land sales for what would become Nauvoo, Illinois. Transcript of the 1830 edition of the Book of Mormon. Images for the Draft Notes to the Manuscript History of the Church. Transcript for the Grammar and Alphabet of the Egyptian Language. Images and […]

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Get Baptized Maybe Video

August 13, 2014

The “Get Baptized Maybe” video is a parody of the song Call Me Maybe set to a missionary theme. It was made by Jace Cox and members of the Ephriam 5th Ward. The lyrics are posted below the video on YouTube. Watch a video of outtakes and credits. Here is a list of other member-created videos I […]

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How to be Money Smart

August 12, 2014

You work hard for your money. This month’s New Era magazine  has a great article “How to be Money Smart” that gives a few simple principles that can make your cash go further. The article gives good advice on setting a budget that works and how to be smart about money and save when shopping and […]

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Joseph Smith Prophet of the Restoration Movie Now on Amazon

August 11, 2014

The movie Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration is now available on Amazon Instant Video. This movie was the first full-length motion picture the Church released on the Internet. The movie is about Joseph Smith, the founding prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Here are all the ways you can watch the movie: MormonChannel.org/Joseph (you […]

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