mormon-missionaries-videoDo you wonder what Mormon Missionaries really do? Why do they call themselves “Elder?” Are they allowed to have fun?

LDS.net has created this video to answer these kinds of questions. The video’s host is Jamesthemormon.

I think you’ll enjoy watching and sharing the video 6 Things You’ve Always Wondered About Mormon Missionaries:

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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Video: Shower of Heavenly Blessings

video-shower-blessingsSometimes it can seem like God has impossible expectations, and unless we meet them perfectly, He won’t bless us.

Have you ever felt that Heavenly Father keeps blessings instead of freely sharing them? In reality, He showers us with blessings constantly and it’s up to us to decide how to let them reach us.

Watch the video “Shower of Heavenly Blessings” as President Dieter F. Uchtdorf describes how God is always raining blessings on us and how we can receive them with joy.

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My Favorite Family History Apps

Carissa Rasmussen has published a list of her favorite family history mobile apps in the article “My Favorite Family History Apps” published in Meridian magazine. Here are her top three:

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FamilySearch Tree, by FamilySearch International, Android and iOS, FREE

This app is an extension of the FamilySearch website. You can browse your tree and discover information you’ve never seen before, add stories and documents, record audio, and do research from within the app. It automatically syncs with your FamilySearch.org account so you can switch between devices seamlessly. It even works without internet.

I love that I can pull up my tree at anytime. For example, at Thanksgiving dinner, we started quizzing each other on facts from our tree, like, which lines traveled to the United States with the Pilgrims, and which family line immigrated to Utah the very latest. We learned about our family in a fun and interactive way and all from the convenience of our phones.

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FamilySearch Memories, by FamilySearch International, Android and iOS, FREE

Add photos already in your gallery or snap new ones straight from the app and add them to your tree. The audio recording feature is especially awesome because you never know when a family member will start sharing a story and you can record it right into the app and have it captured! Another great way I use this app is to help my grandma digitize her stacks of photos of and upload them right into the app. She can help me identify those in the photos and tag them to members in our tree right away.

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Ancestry: Ancestry.com, by Ancestry.com, Android and iOS, FREE

This app is similar to Family Tree but it’s the extension of the Ancestry website. Where FamilySearch is a global tree, I use Ancestry to build my trees and then share the information with FamilySearch so I can keep a separate record that doesn’t change. Ancestry has billions of records and photos you can search right on your phone. My favorite feature is the Hints that appear and I can go through those right in the app and add records, photos and stories to my family tree. It syncs with my Ancestry.com account automatically so I can pick up where I left off on any device.

See the other 10 apps on her list in the article “My Favorite Family History Apps,” including the following:

  • Shoebox: Ancestry.com
  • BillionGraves: BillionGraves.com
  • FindaGrave: Findagrave.com
  • TurboScan: Document Scanner
  • Day Journal: Personal Diary
  • Google Photos
  • Photoshop Express
  • Rhonna Designs
  • Chatbooks
  • Kid Chatteroo

 

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9 Ways to Use Technology to Share Your Beliefs

ways-share-technologyAn article on youth.lds.org lists these 9 ways that you can use technology to share your beliefs:

  1. Find ideas, examples, and cool content to share on the #ShareGoodness website.
  2. Share one of your favorite videos, a general conference talk, a song, or a scripture with a struggling friend or on social media.
  3. Find an inspiring quote on Daily Messages to text, tweet, or share.
  4. Participate in the ongoing Face to Face events and share videos and quotes from events. You can invite your nonmember friends to watch the Face to Face videos with you. Watch the previous LDS Face-to-Face events: David Archuleta, Lindsey Stirling, Elder and Sister Bednar, The Piano Guys, Elder Rasband, and Elder Holland.
  5. As you do family history, use the FamilySearch Memories app to share photos and stories of your ancestors with your relatives on social media.
  6. Watch, read, or listen to general conference talks each week and share your favorite quotes.
  7. Like or follow the Church’s social media pages.
  8. Watch inspiring videos and read stories about other Church members on the “I’m a Mormon” web page. If you are 14 or older, you can create your own profile and share it on social media.
  9. Comment, share your testimony, or share an experience on any article or video on the LDS Youth website (youth.lds.org). Click Share your experience at the bottom of any page on that site.

Enjoy this video, “Sharing Your Beliefs:”

“Read the article “Nine Ways to Use Technology to Share Your Beliefs.”

101 Ways to Hasten the Work Online, book by Larry RichmanFor more ideas on how to share goodness online, read the book 101 Ways to Hasten the Work Online.

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Video: We Need Living Prophets

video-living-prophets“Because Heavenly Father loves His children, He has not left them to walk through this mortal life without direction and guidance.” —President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints across the world bear testimony of living prophets and apostles and speak of the blessings of peace and hope that arise from that knowledge. In the video “We Need Living Prophets,” members of the Church re-tell experiences in which their faith in prophets was strengthened and then bear witness of the reality of modern-day prophets and apostles.

“Because Heavenly Father loves His children, He has not left them to walk through this mortal life without direction and guidance,” President Dieter F. Uchtdorf said. “That is why He pleads so earnestly with us through His prophets. Just as we want what is best for our loved ones, Heavenly Father wants what is best for us.”

Prophets and apostles who speak today represent and carry out the Lord’s will as they lead His children in this dispensation. President Uchtdorf said, “Our fate and the fate of our world hinge on our hearing and heeding the revealed word of God to His children.”

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Share #HisDay

his-dayThe Sabbath Day is a gift to us. Share what you do with #HisDay.

The LDS Church invites you to help remind the world what the Lord’s day is all about. Share the good it brings to your life and the things you do to make it great each week. Make it heartfelt, make it joyful, and make your voice heard.

Enjoy this video, “Share Your Sabbath #HisDay:”

Post using the hashtag #HisDay. The Church will take ideas, stories, tips, traditions, and activities and share them through the Church’s media platforms.

Here are 5 simple things you can do to share and inspire others:

camera (1)Snap a Photo. Capture an uplifting moment, a weekly tradition, or the people and places you appreciate on the Sabbath. Share what you enjoy on the Sabbath by posting a picture on social media, along with a few sentences about what it means to you.

light (1)Share a Bright Idea.Share what you and your family do with your time on the Sabbath or explain that your family does to prepare for the Sabbath. Whether it is a Sunday-appropriate activity or an idea to help make a special day, sharing what works for one family may help another family.

books (1)Tell a Story. Write about your Sunday experiences. Jot down a thought you’ve had about a talk or lesson you heard in church. Write an essay about a gospel topic that you are studying. Tweet a thought. Share your memorable moments and lessons learned on social media or on a blog.

headphones (1)Record a favorite song or write your own. Get creative and use your special talents. Capture a video of your family or an activity. Write a song or create your own arrangement of your favorite song. Share your God-given talents with others and help your family develop their talents.

computer (1)Get Social. Post on social media using the hashtag #HisDay. Search #HisDay to see what others are posting.

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LDS Sing-Along Mobile App

lds-sing-alongSing along to your favorite children’s songs and hymns using the LDS Sing-Along mobile app. It is a delightful way for you and your family to learn the music and teachings of the Church. It makes an excellent Sunday activity and also serves as a great accompaniment to singing during Family Home Evenings, family prayer and scripture reading, and even Primary lessons in church.

With this app, made by LDS Mobile Apps, LLC, you can sing along with your favorite children’s songs and hymns. Experience a delightful combination of beautiful photos, inspiring music, and life-changing teachings with a bouncing ball as your guide.

  • Create your own playlists
  • Sing with the new karaoke mode
  • Watch beautiful photos and artwork synchronized to the lyrics
  • Personalize songs by replacing photos with your own
  • See what’s coming next with two lines of lyrics at a time
  • Jump to any point in a song with verse markings
  • Use the shuffle feature to learn new songs or just mix it up

You can download LDS Sing-Along 2 for free from the App Store, which will give you preview access to 20 popular songs and hymns. You can purchase the full upgrade from within the app at any time. A discount is available to those upgrading from one of the older sing-along apps. (Just make sure the older app is still installed when you upgrade.)

LDS Mobile Apps, LLC has been making apps for Latter-day Saints since 2010. See the LDS Mobile Apps website for various apps to teach and share the truths of the gospel.

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rescue-me-COVERrescue-meThe music video “Rescue Me” is the new theme song for the Operation Underground Railroad, an organization that saves children from human sex trafficking. The theme song was written and performed by Kendra Lowe and my buddy Nik Day.

The song “Rescue Me” was inspired by the cause of Operation Underground Railroad to rescue children who have been enslaved. The documentary The Abolitionists is currently screening in theaters across the country. Follow their Facebook page and support their cause so they can rescue more children.

There are over 2 million children currently suffering in captivity in the world today. They are sex slaves. These children are abused daily, thousands of them being sold every year into developed countries like the United States and Canada. Operation Underground Railroad was started by a Latter-day Saint man to rescue these children, place them into safe havens where they can be rehabilitated, and then go after the bad guys and break their organizations. 

Learn more about how these undercover teams of former CIA and Special Ops personnel to go into the darkest corners of the world to help local law enforcement liberate enslaved children and dismantle the criminal networks:

Thanks to Nik Day & Kendra LoweDoug Lowe, and Stratusfilm for using their incredible talents to create this video. Share to inspire others to join the fight in saving these children from slavery! When you share, please use the hashtags #‎theabolitionists‬, ‪#‎rescue2m, or‬ ‪#‎OURrescue‬. For a $10 donation the song “Rescue Me” can be yours.

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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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James the Mormon: Treasure

treasureJames The Mormon has just released the song and music video “Treasure” featuring Yahosh Bonner.

The message is to stop treating people like trash, and start treating ALL people the way God sees us—as treasure.

Watch and share “Treasure” on Facebook. You can also listen to the song only on YouTube.

James the Mormon’s previous song, “Motivation – I’m not a rapper” reached the #1 spot on the iTunes hip-hop/rap top albums chart and #7 on the chart for top albums overall. See Jamesthemormon’s music on iTunes.

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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Mormon Beliefs Animation Videos

video-who-jesus-christThe Mormon.org YouTube channel has several animation videos about Mormon Beliefs.

You can watch a whole playlist of these videos on the Mormon.org YouTube channel.

 

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Help Center on LDS.org

The Help Center on LDS.org (lds.org/help) provides help articles on several LDS applications and resources as well as local unit record keeping policies and procedures. You can reach the Help Center by clicking “Help” in the footer of any page. Below are sections within the Help Center:

LDS.org Navigation

Find what you’re looking for on LDS.org with up-to-date information about the latest changes to LDS.org.

Getting Started

After you log in, you will see specific help about the sections of LDS.org that you have access to because of your Church calling.

LDS Applications

This section contains help information on various LDS applications.

Learn More about LDS Mobile Apps

Tips for using and troubleshooting LDS mobile apps.

Leader and Clerk Resources (LCR)


Learn about the latest updates to the Leader and Clerk Resources (LCR) application, including a list of updates and new features.

Update Your Photo in Your Ward Directory

These instructions will help you upload or update your photos in your online ward and stake directory.

Learn More about Notes on LDS.org

This section describes how you can enhance your online study of the scriptures, manuals, and other Church publications by highlighting and making notes. These notes will be stored and synced across all your devices.

Broadcast Schedules

Access a schedule of Church broadcasts, such as devotionals, general conference, and specific training meetings. It also provides information about languages and scheduled times worldwide.

LDS Account Help

Need help with your LDS Account username or password? This username is used across all Church systems, such as LDS.org, FamilySearch, and others. When you log in with your LDS Account, you will get access to additional information that pertains to your calling, your ward, and your stake.

Get Specific Help with Your Calling

Find helpful resources for your calling.

Downloading Videos

Need to show a video to your class? Here are a few pointers for getting it ready. Specific information is provided for how to show videos using a laptop, tablet, smartphone, or DVD player.

Family History Help

Stumped by family history? This section provides tips and help on getting started.

 

 

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Sunday-SchoolWith the recent release of the Teaching in the Savior’s Way booklet and the announcement of teacher council meetings, Sunday School presidencies have an increasingly important role in elevating teaching and learning throughout the Church.

When teachers learn to teach like the Savior, they help members to learn and grow for themselves. Members of the presidency can bless all members by helping teachers understand the simple but powerful principles in Teaching in the Savior’s Way. Sunday School leaders can bless teachers by effectively leading teacher council meetings where they can learn and counsel together about teaching like the Savior.

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Selfies or Scriptures?

selfie-scripture-videoAre you plugged in to what matters most? Enjoy this video “Selfies or Scriptures?” from the LDS Youth YouTube channel.

“Feasting on the word of God each day is more important than sleep, school, work, television shows, video games, or social media.” -Richard G. Scott

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360-degree Online Tour of LDS Conference Center

confernce-center-tour-ldsEnjoy an incredible 360-degree view of the LDS Conference Center. Click on the video below and drag your mouse right and left, up and down, to see the inside of the conference center.

The Conference Center has the largest auditorium of its kind in the world and does not have any visible support columns. It seats 21,000 people, has a 7,667-pipe organ, and an additional 900-seat theater.

The LDS Conference Center was completed in 2000 and is home of the semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. General conference, held every April and October, is attended by Church members from all over the world and broadcast in over 90 languages to the millions that cannot attend in person.

Throughout the year, other events are held in the building, including Mormon Tabernacle Choir concerts, Church meetings, and civic events. The building also houses a number of original paintings including the famous Book of Mormon gallery by Arnold Friberg. Learn more about the Conference Center at TempleSquare.com.

Below are a few of the beautiful images of the LDS Conference Center from the TempleSquare.com site.

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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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