Mother’s Day Videos for 2016

mothers-day-beautifulLDS Charities has just released the video “Help Make a Mother’s Day Beautiful.” Many mothers around the world face challenges they cannot solve themselves. LDS Charities helps mothers overcome those challenges so they can focus on what matters most—being a mom.

Here’s another video you may enjoy. The Piano Gal just released the music video “When She Loved Me Special Mother’s Day Message:”

I’ve written before about 13-year-old Sara, “The Piano Gal.” She has played the piano since she was 5 and has built a following on social media after several viral videos. This is now her singing debut. This music video shows the pain we feel when someone we love lets go of us. It shows the relationship between a mother and daughter from toddler to teen. The bond between mother and infant is strong, but as the child grows, a separation begins and this video portrays that separation and also the hope that, in the end, the mother-daughter bond will again become strong and continue forever.

See more Mother’s Day videos and images from the Church that you can share.

Related Mormon.org blog posts:

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Do Smart Things with Your Smartphone

cell phone-From the article “Do Smart Things with Your Smartphone” by Brother M. Joseph Brough, Young Men general presidency:

“The divine purpose of technology is to hasten the work of salvation,” taught Brother Randall L. Ridd, then serving as a member of the Young Men general presidency. “As members of the choice generation, you understand technology. Use it to accelerate your progress toward perfection.”

In his April 2014 general conference talk, Brother Randall L. Ridd, then second counselor in the Young Men general presidency, made the following statement: “Young men, don’t do dumb things with your smartphone. You all know what I mean. There are countless ways technology can distract you from what is most important. Follow the adage ‘Be where you are when you are there.’ When you are driving, drive. When you are in class, focus on the lesson. When you are with your friends, give them the gift of your attention. Your brain cannot concentrate on two things at once” (“The Choice Generation”).

I loved that talk and have been pondering the message “don’t do dumb things with your smartphone.” What if we changed that statement to “do smart things with your smartphone”?

DontDoDumbThings_350Read the rest of the article “Do Smart Things with Your Smartphone” to learn how to use technology to hasten the work of salvation.

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“Be Still, My Soul” LDS Music Video About Hope

be-stil-music-video-ldsThe LDS Church has just released the music video “Be Still, My Soul” on the Mormon Channel.

When life seems to fall apart and hope seems to disappear, let your soul be still and remember that God never leaves you.

Like this mother facing a life of addiction and the loss of her children, you can find comfort in the words of the song “Be Still, My Soul,” no matter your situation.

Watch the rest of this touching story and others like it at mormonchannel.org/12steps. Learn more about the Church’s 12 Steps to Change video series on addiction.

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Why Do Mormons Believe in Life After Death?

life-death-videoBelow are two videos that explain why Mormons believe in life after death.

The animated video “Life After Death” explains in simple terms that life after death is part of God’s plan of happiness.

The video “I’m a Mormon, Mother of Five, and Believer in Miracles” tells the story of Jenny Hess, a Mormon mother of five. When she lost a child to an accident, it was almost too much to bear. Believing in miracles didn’t bring him back but it did help her heal. You can share this video with others using the URL mormon.org/jenny.

Read about other Mormon beliefs at discover.mormon.org.

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Teaching in the Savior’s Way

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The Church has published a new booklet Teaching in the Savior’s Way that can help teachers transform learning and teaching in the Church. In addition, wards will begin monthly teacher council meetings.

As part of the ongoing effort to help members build faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ through improved gospel teaching and learning, the Church is implementing three initiatives:

  1. New teacher orientation for all existing and new teachers.
  2. Teacher council meetings, to be held monthly during the three-hour schedule of Sunday meetings. These meetings replace the course on teaching the gospel referred to in Handbook 2, 5.5.7.
  3. The resource booklet Teaching in the Savior’s Way, which supports teacher council meetings and new teacher orientation. This resource can also be used by members in their homes to learn principles of Christlike teaching. It is available in print, in the Gospel Library mobile app, and online in text and PDF formats. 30 printed copies will automatically be sent to each ward. It replaces Teaching, No Greater Call, which will continue to be available online as a resource.

Stake and ward leaders will soon receive instructions about these efforts. Download the guide “Implementing Teaching in the Savior’s Way.”

Learn more about this effort to improve teaching at teaching.lds.org.

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Mother’s Day: May 8, 2016

It-was-mom-2Mother’s Day is next Sunday, May 8, 2016. This year, I encourage you to look at some of the materials the Church has created. Pick out what is most meaningful to you and share it with a personal message.

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For Mother’s Day in 2015, the Church sponsored a #TimeForMom campaign that encouraged us to “Give Back to Mom.” The Mormon Channel shared what you and others did. Learn more about it, watch the video “Make Mother’s Day Happy,” and access several images that suggest ways you can give back to mom.

MoDay_Radiant_Memes_petThe topic for Mother’s Day in 2014 was #MomsHands. The Church invited you to do something to thank the hands that have guided your life. Learn more about this campaign and access images to share, including the video “Mom’s Hands” that you can share with others.

Another video you could share is “Love Her Mother,” which is based on a talk by Sister Elaine S. Dalton. It addresses how a father can raise a happy, well-adjusted daughter in today’s increasingly toxic world.

See a list of Mother’s Day videos that you can watch and share with others.

Motherhood is the highest, holiest service assumed by humankind. It’s the definition of selfless service. It’s both a daunting responsibility and a glorious opportunity. The divine role of motherhood is a gift from God, and key to His plan of happiness for all His children.

Watch the video “It Was Mom: A Mother’s Day Tribute To Moms” to be reminded of all that has been done in our lives because of mothers.

Read the article “Mother’s Day: 5 Simple Ways To Show Your Mother You Care.”

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James the Mormon Tops ITunes Charts

not-rapper-james-mormonLess than a year ago, James Curran woke up with a strong feeling to start making original music, and to have that original music tell the truths of the restored gospel. Using the name James the Mormon, he raps as a hobby, but doesn’t consider himself a rapper.

However, his latest video, “Motivation – I’m not a rapper” proves he is a rapper. It released on April 17, and this week, his 6-track EP reached the #1 spot on the iTunes hip-hop/rap top albums chart and #7 on the chart for top albums overall.

You can buy the album on iTunes for only $4.99 and he is donating half the profits to the LDS Church’s missionary fund.

In this video, watch for cameo appearances by BYU head football coach Kalani Sitake and LDS blogger and speaker Al Fox Carraway.

Learn more about the video and James the Mormon’s music:

Watch other music videos by James the Mormons:

james-the-mormon 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 Music Video “Miracle” is a Tribute to Women

miracle-nik-dayJust in time for Mother’s day, my friend Nik Day just released a new music video, “Miracle,” dedicated to all the amazing women in our lives.

Nik’s video features real women learning what their friends and family really think of them. This is a perfect music video to share with the women in your life who have made a difference to you.

“Miracle” is the title cut from Nik Day’s new album “Miracle.” Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram (@nikdaymusic).

“Miracle” was written by Nik Day and produced by Scott Wiley at June Audio.

Lyrics

You were made for a reason
In an extraordinary way
Forget about your imperfections
Cause God doesn’t make mistakes
You’re so much more than you imagine
A priceless work of art
If you look deep inside
There’s something so divine
And that’s really who you are

Chorus:
You are a miracle
Sent here straight from heaven
A shooting star lighting up the sky
A daughter of a God of love
Who wants you by his side
He had to let you go
But he wants you to know
You are a miracle
One of his miracles

Verse:
You were born for greatness
It’s who you are
Follow him and give it time
And you won’t even recognize
The queen you will become

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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20 Ideas for Making the Sabbath a Delight

The LDS.org blog has published  the article “20 Do’s for Making the Sabbath a Delight” with a list of 20 great ideas on things to do on the Sabbath Day.

Since Church leaders issued the call for better Sabbath day observance a year ago, many individuals and families have tried to make their Sabbath days more holy in an effort to strengthen their faith in Jesus Christ.

Although attending church is an important part of the Sabbath, it’s only a small part of the whole day. This “bucket list” gives ideas on how to spend your time at home to make the Sabbath a delight.

Accept the challenge to be more deliberate in what you do on the Sabbath. You can print a high-resolution version of the list and check off each activity as you complete it.

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LDS Magazine Home Pages

ensign-home-pageThe home pages of each of the four Church magazines have summaries of the content from the current month’s issue of each magazine. These summaries and other resources are updated often to reflect the messages in the most current magazine issues.

At the top of the each of these four home pages is a large section that features General Authority messages and other key content from that issue of the magazine. Some of these are carousels with rotating content. (You can click to different items in the carousel by clicking the white and blue dots in the bottom center of the carousel.)

featureBelow that, are other featured articles from the magazine. Click on a featured link to find an easy-to-read summary of an article in the current issue of the magazine.

  • The Ensign home page has a section “From Our Readers” that includes experiences of how reading the Ensign has blessed people worldwide. Each month, a new experience or testimony is shown.
  • The New Era home page has a section of “Sunday Lesson Helps” for youth leaders.
  • The Friend home page features videos and activities for children.
  • The Liahona home page helps you quickly find content appropriate for adults, youth, and children.

I think you’ll find these magazine home pages to be a helpful way to zero in on key content from each month’s magazine.

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Life of Christ Exhibits Online

life-christ-exhibitsThe Church History website (history.lds.org) now has a section titled “Life of Christ” exhibits. These online exhibits feature artwork from the Church History Museum about the Birth of Christ, the Life of Christ, the Teachings of Jesus Christ, the Miracles of Christ, and the Atonement of Jesus Christ. The collections are extensions of the “Life of Christ” exhibit launched online last year.

The message and quality of the artwork is inspiring. The exhibits can be found at history.lds.org under Church History Museum.

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Above left: “Feed my sheep” by David Koch. 
Above right: “Saving that which was lost” by Michael Malm.

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LDS General Conference Ensign & Liahona Now Online

ensign-ldsconf-april-2016The text and PDF of the general conference issues of the Ensign, Liahona, New Era, and Friend magazines are now online and will soon be in the Gospel Library mobile app. Printed copies will soon be in the mail to deliver to subscribers’ doors.

The Ensign and Liahona magazines include a 2-page chart showing the General Authorities and General Officers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (Download a printable PDF copy.)

Did you know you can subscribe to get an extra copy of the conference Ensign? In addition to the regular 12 monthly issues, this subscription option includes one extra copy each of the May and November (general conference) issues.

You can also order DVDs and audio CDs at store.lds.org 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.

I recommend you take a look at the Ideas for Studying page. It gives ideas on how to improve your study of general conference, with ideas for both personal and family study.

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Book of Mormon Central

BookofMormonAs a new year rolls around, Gospel Doctrine classes across the world will once again turn the attention of Latter-day Saints to our “keystone” scripture: the Book of Mormon. It’s been 27 years since President Ezra Taft Benson stressed, “The time is long overdue for a massive flooding of the earth with the Book of Mormon.” Despite being close to 3 decades old, this prophetic injunction is needed now more than ever.

Back in 1988, President Benson felt that, “In this age of the electronic media and the mass distribution of the printed word, God will hold us accountable if we do not now move the Book of Mormon in a monumental way.” Now, a new generation of Latter-day Saints has risen up in an age of unprecedented information access, yet many bright, young Latter-day Saints do not know where to turn to seriously engage with the Book of Mormon. Lynne Wilson, a faculty member at the Stanford University LDS Institute of Religion, envisioned an organization capable of communicating the wonders of this text to a broad audience, including especially the rising generation of young people.

Generous donors came forward and Book of Mormon Central was born. Beginning January 1, 2016, frequent Book of Mormon research updates will appear in many social media venues. This new resource is designed and built by and for people who love, treasure, ponder, research, apply, and believe the Book of Mormon. Book of Mormon Central aims to provide free access to Book of Mormon research and scholarship and expects to become the largest on-line repository of all such materials in the world.

Read the rest of the article “A New Way to Study and Share the Book of Mormon.”

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Social Media Certification

social-media-certificationThe Voice of Scouting has created a Social Media Certification as one of their new interactive online courses for a new age of Scouting.

Have you ever been on Facebook and wondered how you got where you were? How about pin hopping on Pinterest; where was that first search that got you going anyway? Have you ever Tweeted your displeasure about a business’s poor customer service?

These are all symptoms of being a social media drifter, just going where the flow takes you. But there is a better way and it begins with adding purpose to your time online. This free Social Media Certification course will help you add deeper value to your time on the internet.

Why this course?

Every day billions of us interact electronically, but not always in meaningful or even safe ways. We send an Instagram to our friends and family. Why? That gripe we tweeted on customer service, was it helpful? We posted our granddaughter’s first step on Facebook so that everyone on the planet could see.  You viewed a hilarious YouTube and just had to share. But why did you share it and who did you sent it to?

For many of us, social media is an easy way to feel in touch with relative or past colleges. But you need to decide on the purposes of the social media you use. When you record that purpose in your profile and live by it, things will start to change. That what this certification will do for you. It will guide you step by step to more worthwhile posting.

If you have children and they certify, they will become safer and more responsible while using social media; you will find yourself feeling safer too. Your understanding of how to get involved in discussions happening in social media are bound to be more substantial and you will tend to find yourself connecting in important ways. You are going to encourage  family and associates to share their personal stories and thoughts on what is important to them; because you find meaning there. And best of all you will help to “flood the earth with good messages,” including messages on how Scouting is building youth and helping you accomplish the mission of your chartered partner.

Take the free Social Media Certification course now.

interactive-coursesThe Voice of Scouting provides online interactive and gamified merit badge courses where youth can learn merit badges through videos, games, quizzes, competition, trophies and more. You can track your progress and work on merit badges online or offline by also downloading the app on a mobile iOS device.

For more great ideas on Scouting, see the Voice of Scouting.

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VidAngel: Watch Movies Without Violence and Swearing

vidangel-logoWith VidAngel, you can stream movies for a dollar a night and filter out things your family doesn’t want to see.

VidAngel was created by an LDS entrepreneur who believes that individuals, in the privacy of their homes, should have the personal freedom to filter out the violence, sex, language, etc. that your family doesn’t want to see. The company tags all of the scenes of a movie that have questionable parts, and then you apply the filters for what you want removed as you watch the movie. You can set your own level of filtering for sex, nudity, immodesty, etc.

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In essence, you buy the movie for $20 (because ownership of the movie is necessary in order to legally filter the content), then you can sell it back to the company for $19 in credits, which you can spend on more movies. The net cost is $1/night for SD movies and $2/night for HD movies.

Watch “How $1 Movies Work on VidAngel Sellback:”

VidAngel provides the best of both worlds—a great price and the ability to clean up movies based on your personal taste.

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