Love What You Share, Share What You Love

share-goodnessKristen Walker has just written a blog post titled “Love What You Share, Share What You Love.” She offers 5 simple tips about sharing goodness online. I summarize them below, but read the whole article for more help.

1. Use your own voice and your own life to share goodness. Rather than just sharing a quote or a post from someone else, add your own thoughts. Explain why you like the quote or what it means to you.

2. Share your talents! Discover your talents and share them with others.

3. Share all good things, not just church-related good things. It’s easy to share all the amazing messages, videos, and pictures from the Church, but also share other good things in this world.

4. Be genuine. Not everyone has perfect hair, perfect makeup, perfect relationships, and perfect lives. Goodness is genuine. Share your real life.

5. Use hashtags. Hashtags can make your posts more powerful. Read her article for a list of suggested hashtags.

101 Ways to Hasten the Work Online, book by Larry RichmanFor more ideas on how to share goodness online, read the book 101 Ways to Hasten the Work Online.

 

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LDS Youth Mobile App

lds-Youth-mobile-appThis free mobile app from the Church gives older children and teens access to uplifting content such as videos, articles, music, and Mormonads. It also allows youth to share content with their friends.

The app is also a great resource for parents and leaders of youth for teaching at home or in church settings.

It is available in English for Android and Apple iOS.

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Learn more about other LDS mobile apps from the Church.

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Video: The Book of Mormon in 60 Seconds

video-book-mormon-seconds-ldsThis short animated video “The Book of Mormon in 60 Seconds” explains that the Book of Mormon is a book of scripture that teaches about Jesus Christ and tells of His visit to the ancient Americas.

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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LDS Word Search Weekly Mobile App

lds-word-search-weekly-logoLDS Word Search Weekly is a mobile app that provides new LDS word searches every week. It can be a great reverence activity for children and is addictive even for mom and dad. You can search for words from the scriptures, discover the names of Prophets, or memorize the Articles of Faith.

You could play a word search for Family Home Evening based on a topic, and see who can complete it the fastest.

This game is made by LDS Apps by Lift LLC, who makes several other LDS games as well.

Available on iTunes.

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Learn about LDS mobile apps from the Church.

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Video: Jesus Christ’s Church

jesus-christ-church-ldsThis short animated video “Jesus Christ’s Church” 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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holland-videoThe Church has released a new video about depression titled “Like a Broken Vessel.” This touching video draws on teachings from Elder Holland’s conference talk “Like a Broken Vessel,” along with stories from people who experience mental illness. The video reminds us that hope and healing is possible through Jesus Christ.

The Church has also updated the Mental Health page on LDS.org (see MentalHealth.lds.org) with additional resources and help. This page offers more in-depth videos of the interviews with members who struggle with depression, sadness, eating disorders, sexual abuse, schizophrenia, and suicide. More videos to be posted to this page over the coming months.

Today, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland posted the following message on Facebook:

Three years ago, I felt impressed to speak at general conference about the painful, life-altering condition of depression that affects so many. You can read the address here.

We came to earth to face issues of mortality in the form of trials, temptations, disease, and death. It is essential for us to face personal struggles because opposition is a crucial part of Father’s plan. I suppose everybody will have some kind of an experience where they say, “I’m never going to be happy again.”

Well, we are going to be happy again. That is also a part of the plan. It’s the very nature of it. Hang on and hope. Never lose faith in your Father in Heaven, who loves you more than you can comprehend. Never, ever doubt His love for you. Hold fast to the Atonement. Believe in miracles. When you’ve done all you can do, endure to the end. And remember, hope is never lost.

Broken minds can be healed just the way broken bones and broken hearts are healed. While God is at work making those repairs, the rest of us can help by being merciful, nonjudgmental, and kind.

Whether you are just discovering the importance of caring for your own mental health, learning to cope with a mental illness, or searching for solutions to help a loved one, I invite you to visit the page MentalHealth.lds.org.

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random-acts-tvRandom Acts is a new TV show on BYUtv that highlights kindness using a hidden camera.

This unscripted, 30-minute hidden-camera show began April 4. It airs at 8:30p.m. MT (and repeats at 11:30p.m. MT). You can also watch episodes online. In an era often focused on catching people at their worst moments, this refreshing new reality show highlights the altruistic nature of human beings.

Below is a trailer for the show Random Acts:

Learn more about the show in this article from Meridian Magazine.

I love to share good deeds like this with the hashtag #PayItForward.

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Video: Earthly Father, Heavenly Father

video-earthly-father-heavenlyFor Father’s Day, enjoy the video
Earthly Father, Heavenly Father from the Church.

Men on earth have the opportunity to become fathers and experience some of the same joys that our Heavenly Father feels for us. Fatherhood is a divine responsibility to be cherished.

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Video: “Works of God”

workds-god-video-ldsIn the video “Works of God,” two families share how they have seen the works of God made manifest in their lives as ward members reach out in love and understanding to help them with their special needs children.

“It helps me to know that everyone sitting in [our] congregation has some sorrow that I don’t know about, that isn’t obvious. They look all put together, and of course their family’s perfect. And to know we’re all here together, and I probably would not trade my trial for theirs–even though I don’t know what theirs is…”

You can also download this video from LDS.org to view offline.

Learn more about how to help people with special needs at disabilities.lds.org.

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Fair Mormon Website

fair-mormon-logoFairMormon is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing well-documented answers to criticisms of LDS doctrine, belief, and practices.

The FairMormon.org website is a great resource for anyone looking for answers to tough questions. Not only is there an expansive collection of questions and answers, but there are study aides, podcast episodes, an annual conference, and a support feature which lets you ask question that will be answered by FairMormon volunteers.

FairMormon was formed in 1997 by a group of LDS defenders of the faith who frequented the America Online Mormonism message boards. In defending the Church against detractors there, this small group realized that they had no way of sharing their information with each other, much less the rest of the Church. As a result of this, the non-profit organization was born. The Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research, Inc., or FAIR, put up its first website in March 1998. In 2013, the group became known as FairMormon.

The organization is staffed completely by volunteers who are students of the scriptures, ancient languages, early Christian history, early LDS history, and LDS doctrine and apologetics.

FairMormon’s annual conference is coming up August 4-5 in Provo, Utah.

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Video: Invite a Refugee to Dinner

invite-refugee-dinnerThe First Presidency issued a letter in October last year encouraging members to help refugees.

In the General Women’s Session of conference in March of this year, the Church invited women to help refugees in their local communities through an effort entitled “I Was a Stranger.”

Since that time, LDS Charities (the Church’s humanitarian arm) has published video vignettes for its “Give Back” series that show how some members are already reaching out to refugees.

In the video below, titled “Invite a Refugee to Dinner,” Michelle and her family invite Milan and her daughters to cook dinner together and learn about each other’s culture.

In the coming weeks, the Mormon Newsroom will share more examples of how Latter-day Saints are easing the burdens of refugees in their communities.

Watch videos from LDS Charities about several different issues.

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15 LDS Apps That Help Kids Love Gospel Learning

children-ipadLDS Living has published a list of “15 LDS Apps That Help Kids Love Gospel Learning.”

The list includes some great LDS-themed mobile apps that are perfect to keep you or your children engaged in learning the gospel. The list includes LDS Word Search Weekly, LDS Kids Videos, LDS Youth App, Scripture Mastery App, LDS Coloring Book, and 10 more!

Learn more about other LDS mobile apps from the Church.

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50 Sabbath Day Activities Your Family Will Love

sabbath-day-lds-familyThe Sabbath is a special day, but it can be difficult to think of what a family with children of different ages can do to make Sunday a special, spiritual day. But those families that stick with it until they find their own ways to successfully celebrate the Sabbath will reap blessings of stronger family relationships, kinder communication, spiritual depth, and more family fun.

LDS Living has published a list of “50 Sabbath Day Activities Your Family Will Love” with helpful ideas to get you started.

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New Doctrinal Mastery in LDS Seminary

seminary-classNext year, LDS seminaries around the world will be implementing a new Doctrinal Mastery that will replace the existing Scripture Mastery.

Instead of having students memorize specific scriptures, the new Doctrinal Mastery program will focus on doctrinal topics to help students learn to study, ask questions, and teach one another. It will help the youth make connections between the doctrines of the gospel and how to apply them in their everyday lives so that they can become spiritually self-reliant.

“These young people are immersed in a digital world where they are literally bombarded every day with voices and messages from the world,” said Elder Kim B. Clark, Commissioner of Education for the Church. “Many of those voices and messages raise questions and issues of the day directly related to what we believe.”

For the youth of the Church today, asking questions and being asked questions is common. The desire is that students can bring their questions to class and instructors can teach students in a setting of faith with someone they can trust instead of just going to the internet to find their answers.

Elder M. Russell Ballard said, “More than any time in our history, your students also need to be blessed by learning doctrinal or historical content and context by study and faith accompanied by pure testimony so they can experience a mature and lasting conversion to the gospel and a lifelong commitment to Jesus Christ.”

Learn more about this new program in the article “Seminaries to Implement New Doctrinal Mastery Initiative.”

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Baptism: A Bible Story for Children

baptism-bible-childrenIn the video, “Baptism: A Bible Story for Children,” the Mormon Channel asked kids to tell in their own words the story of Jesus being baptized.

In this story, Jesus traveled to the Jordan River, where John the Baptist was preaching and baptizing. Jesus asked John to baptize him. At first, John said no; instead, he needed to be baptized by Jesus. But Jesus explained that he needed to be baptized by John to fulfill all the commandments of God and to set an example for God’s children. See Matthew 3:13-17.

When we are baptized, our sins are washed away. When we receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, we are promised the constant companionship of God’s love and guidance.

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