LDSface2face with Lindsey Stirling Nov. 25

Lindsey-Stirling_Youth-Activities-bannerLindsey Stirling will be the next featured guest in the LDS Face-to-Face series on November 25, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. MST. You can watch the event on Facebook, the Youth Activities page, and on the Mormon Channel.

The first #LDSface2face event was with David Archuleta in June.

Lindsey Stirling is a returned missionary and a world-famous violinist and dancer. She will share her own story—including how she learned to recognize her worth, how she shares the gospel, and how she has risen above criticism to make a unique contribution to the world.

Lindsey will talk about overcoming trials, embracing who you are, and not being ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Lindsey said, “I was told by so many people that I wouldn’t succeed because I was too different. Ironically, the very reason that people watch my channel and travel thousands of miles to see a show … is because it’s different. God didn’t send us to earth to just blend in. We are here to share what makes us unique.” Many of Lindsey’s YouTube videos get tens of millions of views, and a few over 100 million.

Lindsey will also perform live songs at the event–some familiar pieces and an original composition. One number will be a duet featuring a special guest.

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Youth around the world will have a chance to ask Lindsey questions, moderated by Young Men general president David L. Beck and Young Women general president Bonnie L. Oscarson.

Please  invite your friends to listen to Lindsey Stirling’s testimony and her music.

  1. Think about what you want to ask Lindsey. Your question could be featured on the live event. You can submit questions on this article, on the Youth Activities page, or on the Facebook page.
  2. Plan a Mutual activity. See the activity overview on the Youth Activities site.
  3. Invite friends of all faiths to attend with you.
  4. Enjoy spending an hour with Lindsey Stirling and youth from around the world at this live Face-to-Face event. You will feel the Spirit and be uplifted by her remarkable story of faith.

Parents and youth leaders should plan to watch this event with youth as a family or Mutual night activity.

Here’s Lindsey’s “I am a Mormon” video:

 

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“Glorious” Supercut Invitation from David Archuleta

archuleta-invitationYou are invited to record yourself singing your own version of the song “Glorious” from the soundtrack of the movie Meet the Mormons.

Submit your recording to win fun prizes and you might even be included in a supercut video featuring David and people from all over the world.

Watch this video invitation from David Archuleta.

Submit your video entry in 3 easy steps:

  1. Download the instrumental MP3 and lyrics or visit the YouTube page to sing along with the video with lyrics.
  2. Record a video of yourself singing “Glorious” with the instrumental track.
  3. Upload your video to YouTube.

When you upload your video, make sure your title follows this format: “Glorious” by David Archuleta from Meet the Mormons Cover By (first name, last initial). For example, “Glorious” by David Archuleta from Meet the Mormons Cover By Susan S. In your video description, include your location (city, state and country), and your message for David.

Your entry must be uploaded by Monday, November 3, 2014. Winners will be announced Friday, November 7, 2014.

Lyrics:
There are times when you might feel aimless
You can’t see the places where you belong
But you will find that there is a purpose
It’s been there within you all along

And when you’re near it
You can almost hear it.

It’s like a symphony – just keep listening
And pretty soon you’ll start to figure out your part
Everyone plays a piece and there are melodies
In each one of us, oh, it’s glorious

You will know how to let it ring out
As you discover who you are
Others around you will start to wake up
To the sounds that are in their hearts

It’s so amazing
What we’re all creating

It’s like a symphony – just keep listening
And pretty soon you’ll start to figure out your part
Everyone plays a piece and there are melodies
In each one of us, oh, it’s glorious

And as you feel the notes build you will see

It’s like a symphony – just keep listening
And pretty soon you’ll start to figure out your part
Everyone plays a piece and there are melodies
In each one of us, oh, it’s glorious

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Studying October 2014 LDS General Conference

2014-11-ensignThe text and PDF of the general conference issues of the Ensign, Liahona, New Era, and Friend magazines are now online and printed copies are 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.) These charts are no longer available through Distribution.

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 reading the article “Studying Conference Talks Together” from the April 2013 Ensign, which explains how reading the conference issue as a family can strengthen your family.

The article “Studying General Conference (New Era, June 2013, pp. 40-42) gives seven ideas to help you learn more from the words of the prophets:

  1. Look for Invitations and Encouragements
  2. Watch for Cause-and-Effect Statements
  3. Prepare Questions
  4. Look for Lists
  5. Watch for Repeated Phrases and Overall Themes
  6. Study Particular Words, Scripture References, and Notes
  7. Set Goals to Practice What You’ve Learned
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Christmas 2014 on Temple Square

Christmas-temple-SquareVisiting Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, during the Christmas season is a yearly tradition for many families and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for others.

Tickets and reservations for the various 2014 Christmas programs and events are now available and due to the popularity of the events, tickets tend to get snatched up quickly.

Read the article “Christmas 2014 on Temple Square” to learn about the following events:

  • Savior of the World musical
  • Lights on Temple Square
  • Christmas on Temple Square Opening Concert
  • Christmas Devotional
  • Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert
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Suicide

suicideWatch the new Mormon Messages video “Sitting on the Bench: Thoughts on Suicide Prevention.” Every human soul is precious. Don’t give up. Show love to those who are struggling. Help guide people to resources that are available (see below).

Elder Ballard: “I say we keep our antennas up, we watch out for each other, we love one another, and we leave the eternal judgments to our Heavenly Father and to the Lord Jesus Christ who know all things.”


Resources about suicide:

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LDS-Face-to-face-ArchuletaA live face-to-face event with David Archuleta was broadcast on June 24, 2014. It went to more than 34,000 video streams around the world and has since been viewed 100,000 times. The video is a great resource for youth events, family home evenings, or devotionals.

It was the first time the Church had ever done a live face-to-face event for youth. And it was very successful.

Returned missionary and former American Idol finalist David Archuleta spoke with youth in 91 countries doing two separate one-hour events, one in Spanish and one in English. The broadcast went to more than 34,000 video streams around the world, some in front of up to 80 youth on one stream at LDS meetinghouses and in homes.

Read more in the story “Watch David Archuleta Facebook Event That Touched Thousands.”

If you and your family haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend it. The whole thing was authentic and spiritual. Bet you can’t keep dry eyes through the whole thing.

You may especially enjoy these excerpts:

Read more about the success of the #LDSface2face event.

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joseph-smith-prophet-restorationThe movie Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration is now available on Netflix.

The movie was first shown in the Legacy Theater in Salt Lake City, then released on DVD, and how on Hulu, Amazon, and Netflix.

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:

I encourage you to watch family-friendly movies like this on Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, and Roku because the more you watch them, the more likely it is that these companies will continue to carry such movies.

Here’s a trailer to the movie:

Learn more about streaming Internet television.

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Index of Resources to Learn About Missions

mission-prep-resourcesSugardoodle.com now provides an index of resources to learn about different LDS Missions. It is a portal of resources about each mission, including mission blogs, groups, addresses, maps, interviews with returned missionaries, and LDS-friendly travel videos.

The list points to the resources prepared by Alex Balinski at PrepareToServe.com.

The resources are constantly updated with new mission blogs and interviews with returned missionaries from each LDS mission. It’s a great resource to learn about the countries, languages, cultures, and people from around the world!

 

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LDS Church Statements on Moral Issues

In November, citizens in the United States will have the privilege and duty of electing people to political offices and voting on issues of public policy. The Church encourages its members to participate in the political process.

You can learn about the issues by researching information on the Internet, listening to debates, and talking with candidates.

lds-newsroomIn addition, the Church occasionally posts information at MormonNewsroom.org about particular moral issues on which it has taken a position.

The Church as an institution remains neutral regarding political parties and candidates. However, the Church also affirms its constitutional right of expression on political and social issues. You can find information about many of those issues at MormonNewsroom.org, particularly in the Topics and Background section.

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Explaining Temple Garments (Mormon Underwear)

St. Louis Mormon TempleThis article is one in a series of articles about explaining our Mormon beliefs to our friends. See other articles in this series.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released an official video and explanation about the sacred clothing members wear in the temple and the sacred underwear worn by members under their everyday clothing.

Some members of the Church are caught off-guard when they are asked questions about why we wear garments, often referred to as “Mormon underwear.” Because the garment is sacred and important to us, we often don’t talk about it much in public. However, there are ways to respectfully explain why we wear the garment and why it is  important to us.

I encourage you to read the article about temple garments and watch the video below:

Watch video in Spanish.

Here are some additional resources with information to help you explain the wearing of garments to your friends–or even to your children:

  • Read “Garments Signify Sacred Promises” on Mormon Topics. Be sure to click on the portraits at the top of the page to watch Mormons explain what the temple garment means to them.
  • Read the topic “Wearing the Temple Garment” on LDS.org. You can find it in the menu on LDS.org by clicking  Teachings > Gospel Topics > Temples. Then scroll down to the section “Wearing the Temple Garment.” (Click  View More to expand the page to see it.)
  • Read the article on the Church’s Newsroom, “Do some Latter-day Saints wear temple garments?
  • Watch the video “My Mormon Underwear.” It’s a video on the YouTube channel Understanding Mormonism, where a member of the Church posts videos explaining his Mormon beliefs in a simple, authentic way.
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“Meet the Mormons” was a Success Opening Weekend

meet-mormons-movie-4The opening weekend of the film Meet the Mormons was astonishing.

  • The film was #10 in the nation in box office receipts.
  • It was #1 in 100 of the 317 theaters on opening day
  • It had the top per-screen average of the Top 20 grossing films in the country this week.
  • It had sold-out showings across the country, including New York City, Detroit, Miami, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Dallas, Phoenix, Anchorage, Honolulu, and various locations in California.
  • It has already earned the #45 spot on the list of the Top 100 documentary films of all time.
  • It earned $2.5 million during the opening weekend, and to date has earned $3.9 million. (The net proceeds are being donated to the American Red Cross.)
  • Today, the film expands to 333 screens, with more expected for next weekend.

Read the article “How ‘Meet the Mormons’ Became a Hit Movie In One Weekend” from LDS Living to see how members engaged in social media to spread information about the movie that contributed to its successful opening weekend.

If you haven’t yet seen the movie, I heartily endorse it. Find a theater near you at MeetTheMormons.com.

Update (October 24, 2014): The film has made $4.9 million, making it the 36th biggest documentary of all time. Net proceeds donated to charity.

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morning-lightReligion is an important part of our social fabric and civil society. It calls on us to serve our fellow man, to focus more on family and to contribute to the common good of the community. What’s more, it provides the structure for the inner longing for meaning that many seek in life.

With a recent poll suggesting that religion is losing influence in America, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints knows that it’s more important than ever to strengthen faith’s role and prominence in society. The Church recognizes that this can’t happen without locking arms (as it has done for many, many years) with other faiths. Sure, differences in belief and opinion have and will continue to exist in our pluralistic society, but love for one’s neighbor surpasses these differences.

In that spirit, the Church has partnered with Faith Counts, an organization comprised of faith communities representing over 100 million Americans. Launched this week, its website (FaithCounts.net) includes videos and social media memes aimed at telling powerful stories about how faith inspires, empowers, motivates and comforts billions of people. You can find these stories on the website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTubePinterest and Google+. You can also share your own experiences about how faith has influenced your life.

Watch the video below, and then read the rest of the story on the Mormon Newsroom.

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Young Women Video Shares Goodness

Young women and young men in Las Vegas, Nevada, made a #ShareGoodness video about their Mormon beliefs.

They got the idea from an Instagram video they made at EFY this past summer. They were also inspired to share their beliefs online because of Elder Bednar‘s recent address at BYU Education Week about using social media to flood the earth with the gospel.

Beginning at this place on this day, I exhort you to sweep the earth with messages filled with righteousness and truth—messages that are authentic, edifying, and praiseworthy—and literally to sweep the earth as with a flood.

–Elder David A. Bednar

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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Activities Can Strengthen and Rescue Youth

youth-activitiesThe article “Strengthening Youth through Uplifting Activities” in the September Ensign explains the importance of well-planned activities and points out resources to help you plan them.

Successful activities provide youth with a wholesome setting to learn and live the gospel. They help youth prepare for their future roles, develop their talents and interests, learn leadership skills, and foster friendships as they interact with other young men and young women. Activities can provide opportunities for youth to perform meaningful service for others in the community. Activities can also help you build positive mentoring relationships with the youth.

Learn more about the LDS Youth Activities website, which can also be helpful in planning family activities.

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Video: Utah Names Part 2, Boy Names

utah-boy-namesLast year, I shared a video “Utah Names,” which I found very funny. The makers have now released “Utah Names Part 2: Boy Names.”

Here’s the first video:

And here’s their latest video:

Find more quirky names at VeryDifferentNames.com.

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