Scripture Fling Mobile App

scripture-fling-iconThe free mobile app Scripture Fling tests your knowledge of 100 Scripture Mastery verses by requiring you to quickly connect verses with their references.

With a new practice mode, the timer goes up instead of down so you can see how long it takes to get through the verses. Also, the cards will disappear for a second so you can see if you got it right or not.

It has 5 levels of difficulty. Can you unlock and pass the Impossible Level?

This app was the 2nd place winner in the “youth” category for the 2014 LDSTech contest. The app was developed by Kevin, Kammi, and Matt Pyles.

Available free in English on iTunes.

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Accounts of Joseph Smith’s First Vision

first-vision-joseph-smithLatter-day Saints are very familiar with Joseph Smith’s account of the First Vision as published in Joseph Smith—History in the Pearl of Great Price. But fewer members have studies the other accounts of the First Vision, which can give us a greater understanding of this important event.

There are four firsthand accounts of the First Vision, produced in 1832, 1835, 1838, and 1842. The Joseph Smith Papers project has published images of these documents, along with English transcripts, and translations into Chinese, FrenchGerman, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Each of these firsthand accounts was related by Joseph Smith at different times in his life, under different circumstances, and for different audiences. The accounts vary in detail, offering different perspectives of the same event, but relate an overall consistent story.

A detailed explanation of each of the accounts can be found on the Gospel Topics essay page “First Vision Accounts” on LDS.org.

Accounts of the First Vision by Joseph Smith

1832 Account

JS History, ca. Summer 1832, pp. 1–3. This is the earliest and most personal account, and the only one that includes Joseph Smith’s own handwriting.

1835 Account

JS, Journal, 9–11 Nov. 1835, pp. 23–24. In November 1835, Joseph Smith described his early visionary experiences to a visitor at his home in Kirtland, Ohio. His description was written down, and Warren Parrish later copied it into Joseph Smith’s journal. Parrish later re-purposed Joseph Smith’s 1835–1836 journal for inclusion in a history, and he included a lightly edited copy of this same account: JS History, 1834–1836, entry for 9 Nov. 1835, pp. 120–121.

1838 Account

This is the most widely-known account that is published in Joseph Smith—History in the Pearl of Great Price. This account began what was to become a six-volume history of Joseph’s life. It was copied by scribes into a large bound volume and was later canonized in the Pearl of Great Price. It has long been translated into many languages and distributed throughout the world in pamphlets and with the Church’s standard works.

1842 Account

JS, “Church History,” Times and Seasons, 1 Mar. 1842, 3:706–707. This brief history of the Church, often referred to as the “Wentworth letter,” was prepared at the request of a Chicago newspaper editor. The extent of Joseph Smith’s involvement in writing it is not known, but it was published with his signature. This account borrowed language from Orson Pratt’s A[n] Interesting Account of Several Remarkable Visions.

Accounts of the First Vision by Others

This page in the Joseph Smith Papers project also list five other accounts written by contemporaries who heard Joseph Smith speak about the vision.

In the video below, “Joseph Smith and the First Vision,” we are reminded that studying all the accounts of the First Vision can give us a greater understanding of this important event.

Also read “The First Vision: A Narrative from Joseph Smith’s Accounts.”

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LDS Billionaire Jr. Especially For Youth Mobile App

lds-billionarie-iconThe mobile app LDS Billionaire Jr. – Especially For Youth is a slightly modified version of the LDS Billionaire app to relate to youth and children. Like the original app, this version is full of interesting LDS trivia. The game is played like the well-loved game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

With several trivia topics, it’s a great app for seminary students, or even younger. The game features elements of LDS Billionaire, including poll the audience and cutting the answers in half. Have an LDS Billionaire Tournament with your family and see who can get the furthest!

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

Available in English on iTunes.

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Video: What Is a Church Community?

video-what-church-community-ldsThis short animated video “What Is a Church Community?” 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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LDS Face-to-Face with Studio C on Oct. 19

LDS-Face-to-face-Studio-CThe Church has announced its 7th Face-to-Face event, to be held October 19, 2016 with the cast of Studio C.

Studio C is a sketch comedy television show and one of BYUtv’s most popular original series.

Why is the cast of Studio C being featured on a Church Face-to-Face event? Because these successful entertainers (with over a million subscribers and more than 565 million total views on the Studio C YouTube channel) stick to their standards and live the gospel. They use their God-given talents to make others happy.

Tune in on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. MDT to hear about what they do and how they have found success while staying true to their testimonies of the gospel.

“People often associate Studio C with being funny, but it’s much more than that for me,” said Whitney Call, one of the cast members. “These people are my family and friends. And we all share the same faith. I’m looking forward to sharing all of that during Face to Face and relating to the challenges that our youth face today in any way that might help them in this critical time in life.”

“I’m kind of just excited to see what awesome life questions the youth have for us that we can face head on and talk as friends about,” said Stephen Meek, another cast member. “So send in your questions—or we’ll just awkwardly stare at each other the whole time.”

How to participate

  • Submit questions on the event page or by using the hashtag #LDSface2face on social media.
  • Join the live event on October 19, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. MDT. Watch it on the home page of LDS.org, on the event page, or on the LDS Youth YouTube channel. If you can’t participate live, you can view it later on the event page.
  • Participate in the event prepared to discuss what it means to you personally to press forward with steadfastness in Christ as you develop your unique talents and gifts.

Watch the previous LDS Face-to-Face events:

 

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LDS Church Announces 2017 Churchwide Events

temple-salt-lake-mormon-ldsThe Church has announced their schedule of worldwide events for 2017. These Churchwide events also appear in your ward and stake calendar on LDS.org and in the LDS Tools mobile app.

Find detailed information on Churchwide events at events.lds.org. Check that page often as additional details about each event will be added as they become available.

January

February

March

April

May

July

September

October

December

 

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Little Family Tree Mobile App

little-family-treeThe mobile app Little Family Tree helps toddlers and pre-school children connect with their family history. Playing Little Family tree helps children identify relatives, understand who they are and where they came from, and learn to navigate a family tree. Games include photo water coloring, photo scratch-off, picture puzzles, and photo matching.

This app was the 3rd place winner in the “Primary” category of the LDSTech contest in 2015.

Available in English on Google Play.

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Video: Following God

following-god-video-ldsThis short animated video “Following God” explains that following God is how we find lasting happiness in this life and salvation in the next.

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 Scripture Stories Mobile App

lds-scripture-stories-iconThe free mobile app LDS Scripture Stories teaches children about the gospel through beautiful illustrations and dramatized readings of scripture stories from all the standard works. Perfect to use for Family Home Evening lessons.

Share the faith and strength you find in the scriptures with your children! LDS Scripture Stories brings together beautiful artwork, abridged accounts from the scriptures, and dramatized narration to create a compelling experience that the whole family will enjoy.

This game is made by LDS Mobile Apps, who makes several other LDS games and helpful tools.

Available in English on iTunes.

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LDS Children’s Bible Videos

Life Jesus Christ Children NarrativesThe Life of Jesus Christ: Children’s Narratives is a set of 10 new Bible videos that parents and teachers can use as a fun yet spiritual way to include children in gospel conversations. Each video contains clips from the Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos series coupled with interviews of kids retelling the story from the scriptures in their own words. It’s an uplifting and entertaining experience.

This new Bible videos for children can help engage even the youngest children in the scriptures. The videos tastefully combine humor (such as a child explaining how Wise Men brought gifts of “gold, myrth, and Frankenstein”) with children’s sweet and pure testimonies of the Savior.

Read the article “New children’s Bible videos help kids understand gospel topics” to learn how the producers cast young children to express their child-like view of the stories, and then older kids to explain the stories correctly.

Below is one of the videos, The Birth of Jesus: A Bible Story for Children. You can find the rest of the Children’s Bible Videos in the following places:

Try these videos with your family as a springboard for a gospel conversations.

 

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liahona-aug-2016The Liahona is the international magazine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is published in print and online in 48 languages. Some languages have only one issue a year and others receive more, depending on the number of members that speak each language.

The Liahona has articles for children, teens, and adults, all of which are published concurrently in the Church’s English magazines (Ensign, New Era, and Friend) in the same month. The Liahona also has news pages that are tailored for a particular area of the world. See all the Church magazines at magazines.lds.org and in the Gospel Library mobile app.

Languages

The Liahona is published monthly in the following 21 languages: Cebuano, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russia, Samoan, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Thai, Tongan, and Ukrainian.

graphic-designerIt is published 6 times per year (2 conference issues and 4 regular issues in the months of Jan, Apr, May, Jul, Oct, Nov) in the following 3 languages: Hungarian, Indonesian, and Chinese Simplified.

It is published 6 times per year (6 regular issues in the months of Jan, Apr, Jun, Jul, Oct, Dec) in the following 2 languages: Cambodian and Mongolian.

It is published 4 times per year (2 conference issues and 2 regular issues in the months of Apr, May, Oct, Nov) in the following 10 languages: Albanian, Armenian, Bulgarian, Czech, Fijian, Malagasy, Polish, Romanian, Tahitian, and Vietnamese.

It is published 4 times per year (4 regular issues in the months of Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct) in Kiribati.

It is published 3 times per year (3 regular issues in the months of Apr, Jul, Oct) in Urdu.

It is published 2 times per year (2 regular issues in the months of Apr, Oct) in the following 5 languages: Bislama, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, and Marshallese.

It is published once a year in April in the following 5 languages: Croatian, Greek, Icelandic, Slovenian, and Swahili.

First Presidency Message and Visiting Teaching Messages

86 languages receive the First Presidency Message and the Visiting Teaching Message each month. They are published either as part of the Liahona or as a separate item if the language doesn’t get the Liahona in a given month.

The languages are as follows: Afrikaans, Albanian, American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Bislama, Braille (English), Bulgarian, Burmese, Cambodian, Cebuano, Chinese, Chinese (Simplified), Chuukese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Efik, English, Estonian, Fante, Fijian, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Haitian, Hiligaynon, Hindi, Hindi (Fiji), Hmong, Hungarian, Icelandic, Igbo, Ilokano, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kiribati, Korean, Kosraean, Laotian, Latvian, Lingala, Lithuanian, Malagasy, Malay, Maltese, Marshallese, Mongolian, Nepali, Norwegian, Palauan, Pohnpeian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Serbian, Sinhala, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tahitian, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Tok Pisin, Tongan, Tswana, Turkish, Twi, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, Xhosa, Yapese, Yoruba, and Zulu.

How to access the Liahona and the First Presidency and Visiting Teaching Messages

  • Subscribe to the Liahona to have the printed version delivered to you.
  • Read it online by going to liahona.lds.org, selecting “Current Issue,” and then selecting a language on the right side of the page. (You can also access the Liahona through the language pages at language.lds.org.)
  • Read it offline in the Gospel Library mobile app.
  • Listen to the audio in English, Spanish, and Portuguese by going to liahona.lds.org, selecting a month, then clicking the icon in the “Listen” column.
  • Stay up-to-date about the magazine by “Liking” the Liahona’s Facebook page (facebook.com/liahona.magazine).

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LDS Curriculum for 2017

teachings-presidents-hinckleyThe Church has announced the manuals that will be used in Sunday classes during 2017.

The Instructions for Curriculum 2017 outlines these courses of study for 2017:

Only two curriculum items are new: Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Gordon B. Hinckley and the  2017 Outline for Sharing Time.

sunday-school-class-digitalYou can find all the manuals online at lds.org/manual and in the Gospel Library mobile app. Where possible, members are encouraged to use digital versions of these materials. If you haven’t used the materials online or in the Gospel Library app, now is a good time to experience the ease of preparing, teaching, and learning from these digital resources.

If it is determined that members or teachers need printed copies, leaders should make a careful inventory of what printed materials are already available in the ward or branch and then only order printed copies for those who do not use digital versions of curriculum. Orders should be placed at store.lds.org no later than September 30 to ensure their arrival by January 1, 2016.

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Covenant Eyes: Freedom from Pornography

family-happyOn this site, I maintain an ongoing page that lists resources in overcoming pornography. I know that pornography is a big problem in the world today, and it is growing bigger.

One of the best programs I’ve seen to help your family stay clear of pornography is Covenant Eyes, a Christian-based program that combines filtering with a system of accountability. Sure, they provide internet filtering, but the real strength is in their Accountability System.

Integrity is who you are and what you do when you are alone.

One of the best ways to escape the temptation is to remove the secrecy of the Internet. With the Accountability System, you identify an Accountability Partner–someone to whom you give permission to help you stand strong. It’s someone you trust because they genuinely care for you. Because the allure of temptation is strongest when no one is looking, an Accountability Partner helps defeat temptation’s pull by looking over your shoulder when you’re on the Internet. The software reports all your web activity and scores websites so your partner can easily identify mature web addresses, searches, and links. Learn more about the Accountability System.

I’ve studied several programs, and for about ten dollars a month, I think this is one of the most effective. I believe in their system so much that I set up an affiliate relationship with them to help spread the word.

Questions to consider:

  • Do you really know which websites your family is viewing?
  • Are members of your family spending unusual amounts of time on the Internet?
  • Do family members try to hide their Internet use?

I invite you to try Covenant Eyes to help protect your family. Rather than just trying to block bad stuff, this program helps your family learn to be accountable for their choices. The video below explains more.

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“Workin” by Jamesthemormon & David Archuleta

workin-james-mormon-david-archuletaToday, Jamesthemormon and David Archuleta released a song called “Workin.” Below is the music video that so far today has been viewed on Facebook alone over a half million times! Watch it below. [Editor’s note: As of August 11, the video has nearly 1.3 million views on Facebook and YouTube.]

working-cover-art“Workin” is the final song on the re-release of the album titled PMG that subtly goes through all the lessons of Preach my Gospel.

You can download the song at jamesthemormon.com/workin. You can also watch the music video on YouTube.

This past April, James the Mormon released an album, and with the help of his fans, it hit #1 on both iTunes and Billboard. Let’s help promote this song as well to show the music industry that there is a demand for clean, uplifting music. Can you imagine if we got a single to chart that was attached to album that literally taught the gospel?

Here’s how you can help get this song into the top 100 of Billboard:

  1. Download “Workin” from iTunes and write a review. (See jamesthemormon.com/workin for links.)
  2. Follow Jamesthemormon (one word) on Spotify, Apple Music, or another streaming service. Then listen to “Workin” a lot!
  3. Share the “Workin” video on social media and invite your friends to help the cause!

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Editor’s note: Below is a message that Jamesthemormon sent to his fans on August 13:

Guys! Thank you..

Because of you some really cool things have happened.

1. We passed 1 million views in 2 days
2. We got to #19 on the Hip Hop Charts
3. Billboard wrote an article about us! What!?

I just got a call from Billboard and it look like we are very close to charting for both “workin” and the ep “PMG.”

Apparently we would have for sure been in the top 5 for hiphop singles, but some people bought the pink single of “workin” and some people bought “workin” of off PMG and for some reason the don’t count the same. I want to invite you to help make the last big push before the chart is released Monday, if you havent gotten the Pink “workin” to get it, and to grab a digital copy of “PMG”. Please leave a review as well!

Also as a last effort I would like to invite you to get on your social medias and post a video letting people know that were so close, explain what happened with the two “workin”s / post that link and invite your friends and family to help download and stream and a last stich effort before the chart releases on Monday.

Link here – http://www.jamesthemormon.com/workin

Also If you haven’t heard I’m throwing a FREE all ages “Thank You Concert” to say thank you to every one who has supported what we are doing. The concert will be Aug 20th in Provo, Utah and we will have free food, local artists, prizes from me. I honestly would not be here with out all of you.

Click here for Show details – https://goo.gl/etIi5D

Love you guys!

James

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Video: Mormon Temples

video-mormon-temples-ldsThis short animated video “Mormon Temples” explains that LDS temples are the houses of God on earth, holy places where we seek guidance and peace and become closer to our Father in Heaven.

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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