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.”
A 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.
Doctrine & Covenants and Church History Visual Resource DVD. This set includes 4 other movies, including Legacy and Only a Stonecutter. (When the DVD set was first released, it contained the original version of the Joseph Smith movie as it was released in 2005 in the Joseph Smith Building. The movie was later revised to make it more easily understood by a wider audience. All the online versions of the movie are this newer version, as are later versions of the DVD set. Learn more about the revised version of 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.
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!
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.
In 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.
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.
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.)
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, YouTube, Pinterest and Google+. You can also share your own experiences about how faith has influenced your life.
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.
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.
Remember that Meet the Mormons is our story. It is not just a story about 6 families. It is a story about all of us as members of the Church. If you want people to know who we really are, go see the movie and then invite your friends.
The movie Meet the Mormons was the number one film in 100 of the 317 total locations on opening day, with sold out showings reported across the country, including New York City, Detroit, Miami, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Dallas, Phoenix, and various locations in California.
In the opening 24 hours, the movie ranked #10 nationwide in total box office sales.
The documentary-style movie Meet the Mormons portrays the personal stories of six diverse Latter-day Saints and their families. All net proceeds from the film will be donated to the American Red Cross.
For the last several years, I have shown wordles (word clouds) of the text from each general conference, which show the frequency of use of words (except words like it, the,and and). More frequently-used words are in larger type size.
Below are two wordles showing an analysis of text from all the talks from the October 2014 general conference, including the General Women’s meeting. Other styles of this Wordle in higher resolution can be found here, courtesy of Connor Boyack.
On the LDS Media Talk blog,
Larry Richman shares ideas with LDS parents and youth about how to use
materials published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the
"Mormons") and others. The blog also shares ideas on using technology to
strengthen families and share the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.
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