Family-Discovery-Day-RootsTech-2016Want to learn more about family history? Find inspiration and help to get started at the 2016 Family Discovery Day at RootsTech. It will be streamed live on LDS.org on Saturday, February 6, 2016.

Speakers at Family Discovery Day will include Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Ruth Renlund, Primary general president Rosemary M. Wixom, Brother Stephen W. Owen of the Young Men general presidency, and other special guests.

General sessions and a sampling of technology and family history presentations will be streamed live. See the live streaming schedules for English and Spanish, French, and Portuguese translations.

If you can’t watch that day, videos of the messages will also be archived at  lds.org/discoverfamily for later viewing in the following languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

Family Discovery Day is especially designed for families and members of the Church ages eight and older. The messages and classes are designed to teach you how to find your ancestors, how to prepare names for temple ordinances, and how to teach others to do the same. The Church hosts the one-day event, which takes place at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City during RootsTech, the largest family history conference in the world, which is hosted by FamilySearch International, February 3–6, 2016. Learn more about attending the live event, which is free but requires preregistration.

Family groups and leaders of wards and stakes interested in hosting a local family history fair or family discovery day can learn more at lds.org/hostfair.

 

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2015 LDS Temple Infographic

Brian Olson has completed an annual update of his infographic about LDS Temples. In this update, he added several new temples. Go to the infographic, then click and drag right and left on it to see the whole infographic, or you can download it in a convenient zip file.

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The infographic page also includes versions from previous years.

Also see Brian Olson’s LDS Temple Models in 3D and his 3-D Rendering of the Provo City Center Temple.

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Online Exhibit on the Life of President Howard W. Hunter

hunter-howard-ldsThe Church History Department has published an online exhibit about the life of President Howard W. Hunter, the 14th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is a great way to get to know more about President Hunter, whose teaching we are studying this year in priesthood and Relief Society classes.

The exhibit has photographs and short videos about his life and teachings, showing his humility and his love for Jesus Christ. To view the exhibit, just click and drag on the pictures, or use the slider bar at the bottom of the page.

The exhibit shows key events in President Hunter’s life, such as his mother’s spiritual guidance, his marriage and family, his law career, and his service as a stake president, an Apostle, and President of the Church.

You can also watch video excerpts from President Hunter’s addresses to the Church at general conference and his testimony of the Savior. The online exhibit will be available in 10 languages.

The exhibit can be found at history.lds.org.

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Scripture Reading Charts

Here is a scripture reading chart, courtesy of MormonShare.com. Color in each day when you read. This is just one of several versions available. (Click the chart for a larger version.)

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Here are some additional charts for specific books of scripture:

Comment below with links to your favorite reading charts.

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Invitation from Elder Rasband at LDS Face-to-Face

The one-minute video below is an invitation from Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to get your questions answered:

Elder Rasband’s “Face to Face” Invitation An invitation from Elder Ronald A. Rasband.

Posted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Tuesday, January 26, 2016

This video segment is from the LDS Face-to-Face discussion held on January 20, 2016. In that live event, youth from around the world asked questions and received counsel from Elder Rasband, Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson (Young Women general president), and Brother Stephen W. Owen (Young Men general president). Learn more about this LDS Face-to-face event with Elder Rasband.

ldsface2face-rasband-missedIf you missed the Face-to-Face event, you can watch the video below:

In this event, Elder Rasband taught the youth about pressing forward with a steadfastness in Christ as part of a kickoff for the 2016 Mutual theme.

Watch the previous LDS Face-to-Face events:

 

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Videos About the Provo City Center LDS Temple

Here are three videos a member has created about the new Provo City Center Temple, which has some unique and interesting characteristics.

The  video “Architectural details of the Provo City Center Temple” shows some of the intricate, unique architectural details of this remarkable temple.

The video “Provo City Center Temple (1 of 2)” is a video tour of the renovated interior of the Provo City Center Utah Temple. The original Provo Tabernacle was dedicated in 1898. It stood for over 100 years until an accidental fire ravaged the building on December 17, 2010. After five years of construction and extensive renovation, the shell of the beautiful Tabernacle was rebuilt into the second LDS temple in Provo, Utah.

The video “Provo City Center Temple (2 of 2)“s part two.

The Provo City Center Temple is open to the public from January 15 through March 5, 2016. Reservations to tour the temple can be made online or by calling 855-537-2000. Learn more in the article “Video: Provo City Center Temple Completed.”

Related articles:

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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elder-holland-ldsFace2Face

Young single adults worldwide are invited to participate in a live Face to Face online event with Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on March 8, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. MST. Elder Holland will be joined by Sister Carole M. Stephens, first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, and Elder Donald L. Hallstrom of the Seventy.

“I cherish every chance I get to interact with the young single adults of this Church,” said Elder Holland. “I wish I could meet with each of them individually, look each one in the eye, and express my love personally. Constraints of time and distance make that impossible, but fortunately social media helps us loosen those constraints. That’s what is so exciting about our worldwide Face to Face events. We call them ‘face to face’ because it feels a bit like that—asking and answering questions in real time, in a setting that feels more intimate than what we might otherwise get.”

This will be the sixth #LDSface2face event the Church has sponsored—but the first directed specifically at young single adults. Face to Face events feature special LDS guests answering real questions sent in by participants and are viewed by tens of thousands worldwide during and after the broadcasts.

“The other exciting thing about Face to Face events is the way their messages seem to spread far beyond the audience we originally anticipated,” Elder Holland said. “Again we have social media to thank for this, not to mention the young people who eagerly share these messages with friends—and friends of friends of friends. That has been our experience with Face to Face events for youth, and I can only imagine what our experience will be with our young single adults.”

How to participate

The Spanish event page is at JAScaraAcara.lds.org.

Watch the previous LDS Face-to-Face events:

 

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Map of All 150 Operating LDS Temples Worldwide

lds-temples-mapThe Church has released a map of all 150 operating temples around the world.

Latter-day Saints are a temple-building people and temples are a high priority for the Church. The 150 operating temples are as unique as the members who attend them, ranging in size and design. Although the look of the buildings may differ, the sacred work done inside remains the same.

In the Church’s first 150 years, only 21 dedicated temples dotted the globe. After the dedication of the Provo City Center Temple on March 20, the Church will have 150 operating temples, 5 temples undergoing renovation, 12 temples under construction, and 11 announced.

Read more about this map and the building of temples in the article “Hosannah!” Church to Have 150 Operating Temples in the Church News.

Click on the image above to view a larger map.

Read related stories.

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Digital Copies of LDS Patriarchal Blessings

patriarchal-blessing-ldsDid you know that you can request an electronic copy of your patriarchal blessing that you can view online or download to your computer or smart phone?

You can also get copies of blessings for deceased direct-line ancestors, deceased children, or a deceased spouse by mail.

Patriarchal blessings are given to worthy members of the Church by ordained patriarchs. Learn more about patriarchal blessings in the Gospel Topics section of LDS.org (topics.lds.org).

Two new online tools have been created to help submit gather, preserve, and share patriarchal blessings.

  1. A new online submission tool helps leaders create patriarchal blessing recommends and submit the official blessings to the Church.
  2. An online request tool allows members to request a digital copy of their own blessing and then view the copy online.

To request a digital copy of your blessing, go to LDS.org, click My Account and Ward in the upper right corner, then select Patriarchal Blessing.

Learn more on the Patriarchal Blessings information page.

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Watch the LDS Face-to-Face with Elder Rasband

ldsface2face-rasband-missedOn January 20, 2016, youth from around the world participated in an LDS Face-to-Face discussion with Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women general president; and Brother Stephen W. Owen, Young Men general president. Youth asked questions and received counsel from their leaders. Learn more about this LDS Face-to-face event with Elder Rasband.

If you missed it, you can watch the video below:

Watch the previous LDS Face-to-Face events:

 

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Mayan Language Scriptures Online in Audio & Text

Mayan_Language_MapThe Church publishes translations of the Book of Mormon in the six Mayan languages listed below. (The Mayan language family includes languages spoken by about 6 million people who live primarily in Guatemala and Southern Mexico.)

Many of the people who speak these languages are illiterate, or if they have learned to read, it is usually in Spanish, so they are unable to read their native language fluently. (To learn more about this plight, read the paragraph about Education in Guatemala.) Therefore, the Church has made audio recordings of some of these translations and makes them available online, along with the text.

I served my mission in Guatemala and learned to speak Cakchiquel and later helped in translating several Church materials into Cakchiquel. Read a history of Cakchiquel translation in the LDS Church.

 

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LDS Recreation Camp Website

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Camping.lds.org is a Church website that provides information about many of the recreational properties owned or managed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Recreational properties are camp facilities developed for use by youth and families of the Church. For example, these recreational properties provide a location for holding Young Women camp programs. They also provide a setting where youth and families can enjoy outdoor experiences together.

On the website, you can search for and reserve available campsites. An LDS Account is required to log into the site.

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New LDS Facility Issue Reporting App

facilities-issue-reportingFacilities Issue Reporting (FIR) is an application that allows LDS unit leaders to report issues to local facilities management. A leaky faucet, a damaged wall, and a malfunctioning heating or cooling system are just a few examples of the maintenance work performed by local facilities management.

FIR simplifies the interactions between facilities management offices and local ecclesiastical leaders. It enables leaders to submit, track progress of, and view details of facilities issues in their respective buildings. Facilities managers can easily and instantly provide updates to unit leaders through the application.

FIR has now released a mobile app to make reporting facility maintenance issues easier. The app is currently available in English for the USA and Canada. Download the app for Apple iOS and for Android. Throughout 2016, the mobile app will be released to more localities and in additional languages.

You can also report facilities issues online at lds.org/fir.

Here is a list of the leadership positions authorized to report facilities issues:

  • Stake/District: President, First Counselor, Second Counselor, Clerk, Executive Secretary, clerks, High Councilor, Stake PFR, Physical Facilities Representative.
  • Ward/Branch: Bishop/Branch President, First Counselor, Second Counselor, Executive Secretary, clerks, Elders Quorum President, ward council members, Ward Building Representative.
  • Other: Various positions in facilities management offices, area offices, Family History Centers, temples, missions, LDSFS offices, seminaries, institutes, bishops’ storehouses and other welfare locations, distribution services locations,
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1000+ Activities To Enrich Your Sabbath Day

The makers of the LDS Kids Video mobile app have published a free guide called 1000+ Activities to Enrich Your Sabbath Day.

The guide gives families lots of ideas on how to better observe the Sabbath and spend quality time with the family.

You can get your own free copy of this guide emailed to you by visiting TenCowsInc.com. I hope you enjoy the guide!

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Memorable Sermons From LDS leaders in Fewer Than 10 Words

The Deseret News has published a list of “Memorable sermons from LDS leaders in fewer than 10 words.” Below are the memes from the sermons. See the Deseret News article for more details about each one.

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