President Nelson Asks Young Adults to Study About Jesus

russell-nelson-devotionalIn the worldwide devotional for young adults on January 8, President Russell M. Nelson issued a challenge to increase discipleship by devoting time each week to study everything Jesus said and did as recorded in the following books of scripture:

  • The Old Testament, because Jesus is the Jehovah of the Old Testament.
  • The New Testament, because Jesus is its Christ.
  • The Book of Mormon, for there is no book of scripture in which His mission and His ministry are more clearly revealed.
  • The Doctrine and Covenants, for He continues to teach His people in this dispensation.

You may find the following study aids helpful in completing this assignment:

  • Topical Guide, “Jesus Christ.” In addition to the text under that major heading, there are 57 subtitles about Him. You can use the Topical Guide in print, online, and in the Gospel Library mobile app.
  • For non-English languages, use the Guide to the Scriptures.
  • Harmony of the Gospels. Tables that compare the teachings of the Savior as found in Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and in latter-day revelation.

If you use the digital versions of these study aids, you can highlight, tag, and make personal notes as you study and everything is backed up and synced across all your devices. Learn more about using these study helps.

President Nelson admitted that this may seem like a large assignment. But he said, “If you proceed to learn all you can about Jesus Christ, I promise you that your love for Him and for God’s laws will grow beyond what you currently imagine. I promise you also that your ability to turn away from sin will increase. Your desire to keep the commandments will soar. You will find yourself better able to walk away from the entertainment and entanglements of those who mock the followers of Jesus Christ. I can recommend this assignment to you because I recently completed it myself and I know it has blessed my life.”

President Nelson said he would follow up with us at a later point to learn how our study is going and hear how it is changing our lives.

Watch President Nelson’s devotional address:

Watch the Sister Nelson’s remarks:

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Video: Where Justice, Love, and Mercy Meet

justice-love-mercy-videoThe new video “Where Justice, Love, and Mercy Meet” from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints tells the story of two brothers attempting to climb a sheer canyon wall without any safety ropes or harnesses. It dramatically illustrates how Jesus suffered, died, and rose from death to grasp us as we fall, hold us with His might, and lift us to eternal life.

It is based on a general conference address from Elder Jeffrey R. Holland titled “Where Justice, Love, and Mercy Meet.”

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500_familysearch-52-stories-bannerMaybe your New Year’s resolution is to write your personal history to share with your family and leave for future generations. The task, however, can seem daunting. Where do you start? FamilySearch can help with its #52Stories project.

Each week in 2017, FamilySearch, the world’s largest genealogical organization, will publish topic questions designed to trigger your memories. You just need to focus on the topic and write a response.

It doesn’t matter if you write a few paragraphs, a single page, or several pages. You can write in a journal or in a document on your computer, or you can make a video or audio recording. When 2017 concludes, you will have 52 stories about your life to enhance your personal history.

“This 2017 personal history challenge, called the #52Stories project, is an expanded version of a similar, very successful challenge offered by FamilySearch four years ago,” said Wendy Smedley, FamilySearch project manager for social media. “This year, however, instead of having a list of only 52 questions, the writer can choose his or her 52 questions from a list of 144 questions.”

You don’t have to look far for a great series of memory triggers. The #52Stories Project has divided the year into 12 themes, from “Goals & Achievements” to “Education & School” to “Holidays & Traditions,” providing 12 different questions for each theme. That’s a total of 144 questions, giving you plenty of options to choose from as you build your library of #52stories. The questions are available for download by theme on 12 colorful pages, and you’ll also see a different question highlighted each week on Instagram (@FamilySearch) and the FamilySearch Facebook Page.

500_familysearch-52-stories-goals-achievementsJanuary’s theme is goals and achievements. Sample questions include:

  • What goals are you actively working toward right now?
  • What was the greatest achievement of your life?
  • What is something you taught yourself to do without help from anyone else?
  • What role has failure played in your efforts to achieve your goals?

Your 52 stories, or your ancestors’ stories, can also be shared for free in a FamilySearch Memories profile, preserving these stories for future posterity. FamilySearch will not make these stories public while the person is living but will make them available for future generations after the person is deceased. New York Times bestselling author Bruce Feiler and faith leaders such as President Spencer W. Kimball of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have emphasized that recording and sharing glimpses of your life and your ancestors’ lives is an invaluable aspect of building strong families.

Family stories are a great gift that helps build individual identity in children and children’s children. These stories allow you to preserve and share the story of your life and your ancestors’ lives, your triumphs over adversity, your recovery after a fall, your progress when all seemed bleak, and your rejoicing when you finally achieved your goals.

Source: Write Your Life Story in 2017: FamilySearch #52Stories Project Will Make Your Task Easier

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Scripture Reading Charts

doctrine-covenants-scripture-reading-chartTo help you keep on schedule with reading the scriptures every day, below is a collection of charts your family can use. Color in each day when you read.

Doctrine & Covenants

Book of Mormon

New Testament

Old Testament

Comment below with links to your favorite reading charts.

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Video: What Is the Purpose of Family?

video-purpose-family-ldsThis short animated video “Why Are Families Important?” explains that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the complete Restoration of Jesus Christ’s original Church on earth.

This video is one of a series of videos providing basic, yet engaging answers to common doctrinal questions. Each of the videos is beautifully animated and perfect for sharing across social media platforms. Watch more videos from this series of videos from Mormon.org’s YouTube channel and share them with your friends.

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Ward and Stake Annual Histories

ward-councilAs a new year begins, wards and branches should be preparing their annual histories and submitting them to the stake, district, or mission.

This article provides some background and ideas on preparing this important record of the sacred work of the Church. It can also help us as members reflect on our individual efforts to be a record-keeping person and find ways to improve our efforts to keep records of ourselves, our families, and even our wards.

What is an annual history?

Each year, every ward, branch, stake, mission, and district in the world is to prepare and submit a written history to fulfill the Lord’s mandate to “continue in writing and making a history of all the important things…concerning my church,” (D&C 69:3).

An annual history is a summary of the events and work of the unit during the year. It includes sustainings, releasings, baby blessings, ward events, and faith-building stories.  It may also include copies of sacrament meeting programs. The typical history is text, but some wards get creative with pictures, videos, or even narrated PowerPoint presentations.

Why keep ward and stake histories?

Annual histories have three purposes:

  1. Bring members closer to Christ by helping them remember what God has done for His children and that He always fulfills His promises.
  2. Continually document the contemporary history of the Church.
  3. Present leaders with an opportunity to reflect on their efforts to help individuals and families qualify for exaltation.

How does the process work?

Wards and branches submit an annual history to the stake. These are then used in preparing the stake, mission, or district annual history, which is submitted to the Church History Department. Histories from around the world are preserved in the archives of the Church History Library.

To help clerks and church history specialists prepare a meaningful annual history, the Church provides the booklet Church History Guides: Stake, District, and Mission Annual Histories and an annual history folder. The booklet is available in 15 languages and the folder with simplified instructions is in 40 languages. These items can be ordered by leaders at store.lds.org or downloaded at lds.org/annualhistories. The website includes additional training that may be helpful to those preparing the annual history.

The Church History Department catalogs and archives the histories. They are kept restricted for 10 years, after which they can be requested and read by anyone doing research. If the histories contain sacred, private, or confidential material, they are restricted for 30 years and then re-evaluated.

How are the histories used?

The ward and stake histories are a great resource for anyone who wants to write a history about the progress of the Church in a country or wants to see how major events effected individual units and people.  These histories can provide a consistent global perspective of how the gospel is lived.

Annual histories are also great for family history research, since a lot of people don’t keep personal records. When researching an ancestor, you could review the annual histories of the wards your ancestor attended throughout his or her life in order to write a personal history. You may be able to find when the individual spoke in sacrament meeting, gave a prayer, had a farewell, or blessed a baby. It is a detailed history made possible only through the annual histories that were kept. The oldest ward history that we know of is from the Salt Lake Stake beginning in 1847.

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This picture is of Primary children in the Pretoria Stake in South Africa in 2014. Picture courtesy of Mormon Newsroom https://africase.lds.org/primary-children-at-the-mandela-celebration

“And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.” (2 Nephi 25:26)

The Lord cares about every single one of His children. For some of them, annual histories may be the only record that exists of their lives.

Source of information for this article: Megan Michaels, Marketing & Communications Assistant at the Church History Library.

 

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LDS Scripture Focus App: A New Way to Read the Scriptures

LDS-focus-mobile-appThere are many ways to study the scriptures. Here is a new way.

The company LDS Mobile Apps has released a mobile app LDS Scripture Focus that helps you focus on the word of God, one word at a time!

Rather than presenting a page full of text, this app presents the scripture one word at a time at an accelerated rate. This forces you to center your mind on the meaning of each word you read.

The LDS Scripture Focus app makes it easy to chart your reading progress, with reminders to help motivate you to engage in daily personal scripture study.

This app is made available by the folks at LDS Mobile Apps and is offered for free. The app is available for Apple iOS.

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Gospel Library 4.0 Provides Resources for Your Calling

gospel-library-mobileThe recent 4.0 update to the Gospel Library mobile app provides ward and stake leaders with access to calling-specific resources. For example, members of stake presidencies and bishoprics can now access Handbook 1, in the Leadership collection.

To ensure you are seeing all of the resources available to you, when you use the app, be sure you are signed in with your LDS account under the “Settings” section of the app.

Learn more about Gospel Library 4.0.

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Mormon Beliefs: Ordinances & Covenants

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Photo Copyright © 1978 Larry Richman

Latter-day Saints are big believers in ordinances and covenants.

An ordinance is a sacred, formal act performed by the authority of the priesthood. The ordinances that are essential to our exaltation are called saving ordinances. They include baptism, confirmation, ordination to the Melchizedek Priesthood (for men), the temple endowment, and the marriage sealing. (Other ordinances, such as naming and blessing children, consecrating oil, and administering to the sick and afflicted, are also performed by priesthood authority, but are not essential to our salvation.)

All the saving ordinances of the priesthood are accompanied by covenants. A covenant is a sacred agreement we make with God. God sets the conditions and He promises to bless us as we obey those conditions. For example, we make a covenant when we are baptized, and we renew that covenant each time we partake of the sacrament. Those who have received the Melchizedek Priesthood have entered into the oath and covenant of the priesthood. The temple endowment and the sealing (marriage) ordinance also include sacred covenants.

Ordinances and covenants help us remember who we are. They remind us of our duty to God. The Lord has provided them to help us come unto Him and receive eternal life. When we honor them, He strengthens us spiritually.

There are a number of LDS resources that can help in your study about covenants and ordinances.

 

 

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Register Now for RootsTech 2017

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The annual RootsTech family history conference will be held February 8-11, 2017 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.

Don’t miss the largest family history event in the world! You can save over $80 by pre-registering

The Family Discover Day is a free 1-day event on Saturday, February 11, that will inspire you to discover, celebrate, and cherish your family relationships—past, present, and future. Enjoy devotionals from LDS General Authorities, inspirational breakout sessions, and hands-on activities. Although the tickets are free, they usually sell out, so order yours today.

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Music Video: Hold On, by Nik Day

nik-day-hold-onBelow is the music video “Hold On” by Nik Day. It’s one of the tracks from his new album, “Miracle.”

Nik explains that he “wrote the song thinking about all the people who have been leaving the Church, whether it was because they were offended or they disagreed with some of the recent policies. I essentially wanted to help people realize that just because they don’t like one thing, it doesn’t mean they should leave everything else that’s good in their lives.”

Lyrics

Maybe you’ve been cheated
And you think that no one knows just how you’re feeling
You throw your hands up in the air you’re done defeated
I know you’ve got your reasons, yeah
Maybe you’ve been jaded
There’s a bad taste in your mouth from a conversation
You’ve tried, and now you’re losing all your patience
And you’re thinking bout changing, yeah

You think you’re better off alone
But please don’t go

Chorus
Just hold on to what you’ve got
You hurt a little but you’ve learned a lot
So whatever happens don’t give up
Whatever happens don’t give up
Just hold on
Na na na na
Na na na na na na
Just hold on
Na na na na
Na na na na na na

Maybe you’ve been hurting
You’ve done everything you can, but nothing’s working
You haven’t said a prayer in years, and you’ve stopped learning
Or maybe you feel unworthy, yeah

It’s been a bumpy road
But please don’t go

Chorus

Bridge
Just think about all the things you’ve done
Think about just how far you’ve come
You’ll see it’s worth all the pain
No matter what you’ve been through
He’s been through the same things too
And He can take it all away

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Family Safeguards for Using Technology

Safeguards for Using Technology

The Church booklet Safeguards for Using Technology is used to train missionaries on the appropriate use of technology. This booklet is now available for parents to use in teaching their children how to be safe with technology. You can get a printed copy or find it in the Gospel Library mobile app in the Missionary collection.

At the 2016 Seminar for New Mission Presidents, when Elder David A. Bednar spoke about this new booklet, he explained:

“Almost all missionaries have access to technology on a regular basis in their service. We have a responsibility to help them learn to use these digital tools appropriately now and for the rest of their lives.”

Although written specifically for missionaries, this booklet has great ideas for teaching children, youth, and adults. I’ve summarized below a few of the key messages to show how they can be applied to help family members learn to use digital tools appropriately.

Family Safeguards for Using Technology

Download a printable copy of Family Safeguards for Using Technology.

Be in Tune with Spiritual Promptings

  • Filters can help protect your family from inappropriate content. However, even the strongest filters cannot provide protection 100% of the time. The best filter you have is your own will and desire to make righteous choices. The only really effective filter for lifelong technology use is the individual heart and mind.
  • Heavenly Father has given you two very special and powerful gifts that will help you: your moral agency and the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Be Focused on a Higher Purpose

  • Use a computer, mobile device, or phone for specific purposes. Decide beforehand what you intend to do and how much time you will spend. Experience shows that people are more likely to encounter inappropriate content on the Internet when they are casually surfing the web without a specific purpose in mind.
  • Limit the use of technology when you are feeling bored, lonely, angry, anxious, stressed, or tired, or when you feel any other emotion that makes you vulnerable or susceptible.
  • Select a background screen image that reminds you of your commitment to follow Jesus Christ.

Be Disciplined

  • When you are talking face-to-face with people, don’t check messages or answer calls. Take control of how you use these tools. Don’t let them control you. Elder M. Russell Ballard taught: “Handheld devices, such as smartphones, are a blessing, but they can also distract us from hearing the ‘still, small voice.’ They need to be our servants, not our masters” (“Be Still, and Know That I Am God,” CES Devotional for Young Adults, May 4, 2014).
  • Use settings and features on your device that allow you to minimize interruptions during meetings, appointments, and conversations. For example, when at Church, turn on Airplane Mode.

Be One

  • Encourage your whole family to follow these safeguards and to feel comfortable asking for help when needed. Nearly all challenges associated with the Internet or with pornography happen in isolation. Developing a culture of trust will help you avoid isolation, build and strengthen righteous habits, and protect one another from temptation.
  • Don’t use technology when you are alone. Make sure that someone else can see your screen at all times.
  • If it appears that a family member is not following the safeguards, approach him or her in a way that is non-threatening and non-judgmental. In a warm and understanding way, ask questions such as, “Can you help me understand why you did that?” Then make a plan together. Ask, “What do you think we should do?” and “How can we help each other?”
  • Family members who are struggling with misusing technology usually already know that what they are doing is wrong. When they reach out for help, they need to feel compassion, support, and love, not shame or guilt. React calmly, and always seek the Spirit’s guidance.
  • Family members should work together to agree on ways to support each other. If you find that your habits are slipping, talk with a family member to make a new plan, set additional safeguards, and to evaluate any circumstances that you should change to help you stay focused on your goals.

What Should I Do If I’m Feeling Vulnerable or Susceptible?

Be aware and acknowledge your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

  • Be aware of when you are feeling something that can make you more vulnerable to misusing technology. For example, being bored, lonely, angry, anxious, afraid, stressed, hungry, or tired can make it more difficult to use technology wisely. Admit to yourself what you are feeling and determine if there is a specific event or circumstance that you may be reacting to.
  • Honestly acknowledge feelings of vulnerability in order to help yourself choose a better response and overcome temptation.
  • Be open with family members so they can help you be aware of what you are feeling and support you.
  • In your prayers, be open with Heavenly Father about what you are feeling so He can help you and give you strength to overcome temptation through Christ’s Atonement.

Choose to act in righteous, productive ways to what you are feeling.

  • Once you are aware that you are feeling vulnerable or that you are not following one of the safeguards, decide what you will do to follow the safeguard, and then choose to act on that plan.
  • Pray for strength and protection against temptation. Tell Heavenly Father how you feel.
  • Share, explain, and talk through your feelings with a family member.
  • Get up and move. Go for a walk or go exercise.
  • Recite a scripture or sing a hymn that will help you focus on the Savior.
  • Evaluate your physical state. Do you need water, a snack, or some rest? Address your needs.

Learn from your experiences and improve.

  • As you work to follow the safeguards, learn from your experience. To learn and improve is to repent, which brings you closer to Christ as you apply His Atonement. As you turn to Him, He will help you improve.
  • When you find yourself being tempted to misuse technology, you can learn from your experience by paying attention to the choices you make and the results that come from them.
  • Learn to recognize patterns in your thoughts, feelings, or behaviors that make it difficult for you to use technology righteously. You can avoid temptation by avoiding these patterns. For example, you may find yourself more likely to get distracted on your device when you don’t have meaningful and specific plans for the day. By choosing to always plan meaningful activities, you are less likely to be distracted on your device.
  • Your family will also help you learn and improve. While the adversary uses secrecy and isolation to lead people into darkness, the Lord encourages us to seek light through honesty and truth. Building strong, righteous relationships with your family is one of your best protections and allows you to form a culture of righteous and purposeful behavior.

Learning to live the safeguards is not as simple as saying you will do it; it requires effort and practice. Even after the safeguards have become a natural part of how you think and act, you will have times when you may feel vulnerable or susceptible. Remember that you do not have to overcome challenges on your own. Rely on the strength that comes through Christ’s Atonement as you strive to live the safeguards and overcome personal weakness.

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LDS Media Talk Year 2016 in Review

top-10-2016-This has been a great year at LDSMediaTalk.com. I have enjoyed sharing with you information about the latest LDS resources from the Church and from other members. Below is a list of the most popular articles from the year and also a summary of visitors to LDSMediaTalk.com this year.

To keep up with the latest articles, you can subscribe to get the daily article emailed to you or you can follow LDS Media Talk on Facebook or Twitter.

Top 10 Articles Viewed on LDSMediaTalk.com in 2016

  1. Light the World: 2016 LDS Christmas Initiative, Advanced Information
  2. LDS Broadcast Schedule for 2016
  3. Manage Your Magazines Online
  4. Does the Angel Moroni on LDS Temples Always Face East?
  5. Leader & Clerk Resources: Manage Home & Visiting Teaching Online
  6. LDS Church Recreational Properties Camping.lds.org
  7. Resources for 2016 Mutual Theme Now Available
  8. LDS Curriculum for 2017
  9. Register for LDS Seminary Online
  10. I Was a Stranger Initiative

Summary of Visitors to LDSMediaTalk.com in 2016

  • Unique visitors: 171,754 (year); 35,666 (month)
  • Page views: 272,689 (year); 48,863 (month)
  • Twitter followers: 37,800
  • Facebook followers: 3,934
  • Total reach on all channels: 86,000
  • Visitors from 200 countries

Typical LDSMediaTalk.com Followers

Gender

  • 54% male
  • 46% female

Age

  • 27% 18-24
  • 34% 25-34
  • 15% 35-44
  • 13% 45-54
  • 11% 55+

Deviced used to access LDSMediaTalk.com

  • 51% desktop
  • 38% mobile
  • >11% tablet

 

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LDS Study Doctrine & Covenants and Church History in 2017

reading-scripturesIn Sunday School in 2017, Latter-day Saints will be studying the Doctrine and Covenants and Church history. This article reviews the extensive resources that have been created by the Church to help in your study.

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History: Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual

Supplemental material has been added to the digital version of the Doctrine and Covenants and Church History: Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual found on LDS.org and in the Gospel Library mobile app. The printed manual has not been updated.

  • The “Helps for the Teacher” section (before lesson 1) has been updated with additional resources.
  • The “Preparation” section in many of the lessons has been updated with links to new resources.
  • The right column of many of the lessons now includes links to related images, videos, Gospel Topics, and articles about events in Church history.

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Class Member Study Guide

The Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Class Member Study Guide is available to each class member. The guide provides the week’s reading assignment, along with questions and other information to enhance your study. You may use the questions to improve personal application of the scriptures and to prepare to make meaningful contributions to class discussions. Each section also has a scripture chain—a list of scripture passages that relate to the reading assignment. Pages 25–26 of the study guide contain the complete text of “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” to refer to as you study lesson 45. The study guide also contains a chronology of Church history on pages 27–28 and three maps of significant Church history sites pages 29–31. The guide is available onlinein print, and in the Gospel Library mobile app.

revelations-context-ldsRevelations in Context

The Church History Department has published a new book, Revelations in Context, that provides helpful insights to the stories behind the revelations in the Doctrine and Covenants.

It is helpful to understand the historical context behind each of the sections in the Doctrine and Covenants to better understand and appreciate the experiences and perspectives of Joseph Smith and other early Church leaders.

The Revelations in Context series is available online on the Church history website, in the Gospel Library app (in the “Church History” category), and in print in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. It is part of a larger effort by the Church to improve transparency about its history, which includes the Joseph Smith Papers, the Church history website, and the Gospel Topics essays.

Church History Study Guide

This guide at history.lds.org/studyguide provides additional resources for each lesson in the Gospel Doctrine Teacher Manual.

our-heritageOur Heritage

The small book Our Heritage: A Brief History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gives background information on Church history. Many of the lessons in the course include a reading assignment from this book. The book is available onlinein print, and in the Gospel Library mobile app.

Historic Sites Pages

The Church History website (history.lds.org) offers Historic Sites Pages. These are online exhibits that show the sites of the restoration of the gospel and provide history about places, such as Palmyra, New York, and Jackson County, Missouri.

Other

The following additional resources may be helpful for teaching and studying the Doctrine and Covenants:

External Resources

For those interested in an in-depth stufy of the Doctrine and Covenants and Church history this year, the following external resources may be of help.

  • Joseph Smith Chronology jschronology.byustudies.byu.edu Events in Joseph Smith’s life are listed in chronological order and can be searched by date (year and month) or category. Entries contain summaries and links to additional information.
  • Scripture Citation Index scriptures.byu.edu Allows for side-by-side comparison of conference talks, Journal of Discourses speeches, and the writings in Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith to the scriptures. Includes a reverse citation index.
  • The Scriptures, Mapped scriptures.byu.edu/mapscrip Pinpoints (known) locations that are referenced in each chapter of scripture. Works best for Old and New Testament locations.
  • Scriptures Bibliographyatom.lib.byu.edu/scriptures Connects scholarly articles to the specific books, chapters, and verses of scripture they reference. Atom.lib.byu.edu/ includes other indexes compiled by ATOM Collections.
  • The Interpreter Foundation mormoninterpreter.com Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture is a free, peer-reviewed journal devoted to the study of Latter-day Saint scripture. Their Scripture Roundtable Index includes helps for studying and teaching Gospel Doctrine lessons.
  • BYU Studies byustudies.byu.edu/doctrine-covenants-lessons Doctrine and Covenants lessons are connected with relevant BYU Studies Quarterly articles and chapters from the Encyclopedia of Mormonism.
  • Book of Mormon Central bookofmormoncentral.org Provides access to scholarly evidence about Book of Mormon questions.
  • Blue Letter Bibleblueletterbible.org Bible index of each word in the Bible. Includes Strong’s Concordance reference ID and definition, outline of biblical usage, and Greek/Hebrew root forms.
  • Bible Browserbiblewebapp.com Allows for side-by-side comparison of multiple biblical translations in a single page. Languages include English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, French, Greek, Hebrew, Turkish, and Western Apache.
  • Webster’s 18281828.mshaffer.com or webstersdictionary1828.com This dictionary published in 1828 sheds light on how words may have been understood in at the time the Book of Mormon was published. 1828.mshaffer.com allows for side-by-side comparison in three different dictionaries. You may also check out the Oxford English Dictionary (subscription required). This will show how a word has transformed over time.
  • Book of Mormon Onomasticononoma.lib.byu.edu Includes possible etymology of names in the Bible and Book of Mormon. Works best in Firefox browser.

Thanks to Ryan in Church History for compiling this list.

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2016 Year in Review: LDS Church-Related Stories & Events

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The Church’s newsroom has published a page that reviews some of the significant Church-related stories and events covered on MormonNewsroom.org in 2016. See 2016 Year in Review.

The Church News has also published a 2016 Year in Review.

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