New Ministering Resources for LDS Leaders

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Four new topics have been added to Ministering Resources (ministering.lds.org) to support stake and ward leaders as they minister to the following groups of members:

  • Caregivers
  • Missionaries who return home early
  • Couples who struggle with marital conflict
  • Individuals who struggle with mental health issues

These resources may be accessed by members of the ward council to help them learn how to better help members. They are available now in English and will soon be translated into 9 additional languages.

Other Ministering Resources topics:

  • Abuse (Helping the Victim)
  • Abuse (Helping the Offender)
  • Addiction
  • Employment
  • Family Finances
  • Missionaries who Return Home Early
  • Overcoming Pornography
  • Same-Sex Attraction
  • Single Expectant Parents
  • Support for Spouses of Pornography Users
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Resources for the Hearing Impaired in LDS Chapels

listening-device-signBy guest author Jonathan Javid

Working as an audiologist in Salt Lake City, I see multiple LDS patients per week who report that they have great difficulty hearing in church. This frustration leads to a lack of desire to attend and participate in worship services. As reverent as we try to keep our sacrament meetings, there will always be acoustical challenges for the hearing impaired. Large rooms with high ceiling make for a tough listening environment even if all of the children are perfectly quiet. Almost all of my audiology patients are unaware of the resources available to anyone that attends an LDS sacrament meetings.

Most chapels in the United States are equiped with a wireless FM system called a Comtek device. These were installed at the time of a building’s construction if the building was built within the past 30 years. But even most older buildings have been updated with this technology. This unit is essentially a radio that allows you to have a close-up listening experience. The device allows transmission from the chapel audio system directly to you through headphones. This provides the listener the benefit of getting the direct signal without any distracting noises and allows them to adjust the volume to their preference.

Devices are stored in the materials center (library) and can be checked out by any member or visitor. If the materials center is locked, please speak with the ward librarian or a member of your bishopric or branch presidency to get a device. Once a device is obtained, it can be turned on by inserting headphones into the jack. If the device does not power on, the batteries are likely dead. Almost all LDS meetinghouses in the United States should have an assistive listening device available for use, although many people are not even aware of them. If a device can not be found in your local chapel, please speak with your stake technology specialist and they will be able to assist you.

Please be aware that this device only works while in the chapel and will not work in Relief Society, Priesthood, Primary or Sunday School rooms. If you have difficulty hearing in those rooms, you are encouraged to sit in the front and be proactive by asking the speaker or instructor to use a microphone if one is available.

By using this device, it will help reduce the frustration of not being able to fully participate in sacrament meeting. The Lord has provided us with the amazing technology resources to aid us in overcoming our impairments. We just need to choose to use them.

Jonathan Javid, is a full time audiologist at the Veteran’s Hospital in Salt Lake City. He is also the parent of 4 children and runs the online store AudiologySupplies.com.

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Brian Olson has created an update to his infographic about LDS temples titled “Moroni Always Faces East (Except When He Doesn’t).” In this update, he has added additional temples, added the dedication order to new temples, and added a new design for the background.

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An older version of this infographic has been printed out and placed on the wall at the visitor’s center trailer for the temple in Star Valley Wyoming. That temple will face west, as will the statue, according to the rendering.

For more background about this infographic, see “Does the Angel Moroni on LDS Temples Always Face East?

Brian Olson has also made an online copy of his book Know Your Moroni, A Field Guide to Angel Moroni Statues. The book is available for download, but the online version has expanded information and galleries of additional works for most of the statue sculptors.

 

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Missed RootsTech 2016? Watch it Online

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Click the image above to access the archive of the sessions from the 2016 RootsTech Family Discovery Day.

New announcements at RootsTech:

  • Two new pamphlets to help teach new converts about family history work.
  • New beginner resource card “Strengthening Eternal Family Bonds through Temple Service.”
  • The booklet My Family and its website is now in 42 languages
  • You can now print family ordinance cards at home and take them to the temple (rather than having to print the cards at the temple).

Related article: What Is Family Discovery Day?

 

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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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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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