Starting Friday, May 8, the Mormon Channel invites you to see how much time you can give back to moms within 48 hours. Visit MormonChannel.org/TimeForMom for ideas on how you can give back.
Then share your moments on social media using the hashtag #TimeForMom and the Mormon Channel will count the hours you are giving and share what you and others are doing.
Enjoy the video below, “#TimeForMom: Make a Mother’s Day Happy:”
Below is an image you may want to use as a header on your social media accounts. Additional images can be downloaded here.
Below are additional images you can share on social media:]]>
In the general marketplace, the cost of Bibles is rising.
In contrast, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints isn’t about to hike its prices. In fact, pocket-sized scriptures are still 50% off. You can also get scriptures free online at scriptures.lds.org and free in the Gospel Library mobile app. Also, very economical print editions are available at store.lds.org (Bible for $8.85; triple for $5).
Here’s a quick run-down on all the ways the Church provides the scriptures:
The Church provides the full text of the Bible, Book of Mormon, and other scriptures online for free at scriptures.lds.org. If you log in, you can also highlight and annotate verses online and sync all your study notes across your computer, tablet, and smartphone.
Scriptures are available in various printed formats, including hardcover, softcover, and handy pocket-sized editions (which are currently 50% off).
Read and listen to the scriptures with the Gospel Library mobile app. The app also has the other manuals and videos mentioned in this article.
Watch high-quality videos from the New Testament in the “The Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos” series available online at biblevideos.lds.org. You can also get a DVD of 50 videos from the four Gospels. You can also experience the videos and more with the Bible Videos mobile app.
The Church offers beautiful printed pictures of Jesus and other scriptural themes at reasonable prices, including new sizes of artwork to hang in your home. The Church also offers pictures that you can download in high-resolution so you can print them on your own.
Colorfully illustrated scripture stories are available online at scripturestories.lds.org. Each of the four books has downloadable text, audio, and video. They are also available as printed books and on a DVD set.
The weekly Scripture Stories radio series (New Testament, D&C/Church History, Book of Mormon) is designed to inspire children to come to know and love stories from the scriptures. Each episode features children sharing their insights and favorite experiences from the scriptures, along with music and readings of the best stories from the scriptures. New episodes are completed regularly, so check back often to see them.
The video “What the Scriptures Mean to Me” describes the personal value of the scriptures:
Please keep in mind that
Unreserving inactive temple reservations has become a priority due to the large number of ordinances that currently fit that two-year window, and is in line with instruction from the First Presidency to ensure that temple work for ancestors is completed in a timely manner. There are nearly 12 million ordinance reservations held by FamilySearch patrons in Family Tree. Amazingly, 5% of FamilySearch patrons hold 60% of those reservations. Users with large reservation lists will be alerted to this upcoming change through email and postal mail where possible.
What you can do
If you have a large reserved list, there are different things you can do to help ensure that the work for these ancestors is completed in a timely manner. Here are some ideas to help you get started.
Review your temple list: Your temple reservation list is located under the temple tab, which appears in the top navigation once you log in. You can also follow this link. We’ve added the ability to sort the ordinances by reservation date. Check to see which ordinances you will be able to do yourself, and which might be good candidates for sharing.
Share with family members via email: We have added the capability to share temple ordinances with family members and friends through email. This is a convenient, “cardless,” way to share the blessings of the temple with the living, and the dead. Click here to learn how this works, or read about someone’s experience with this feature on the FamilySearch Blog.
Share with the temple: If you don’t have family members that are able to perform temple ordinances, you can also share the ordinances with the temple. This is a great way to ensure that ordinances are performed expeditiously, as there are members all over the world who regularly attend the temple and need proxy names.
Un-reserve/re-reserve: If an ordinance has been on your list for two years, and, for personal or research reasons, it needs to stay there, you can unreserve the ordinance and then re-reserve it to restart the clock.
Do nothing: A final option is to just do nothing. The ordinances on your list that exceed the two years will automatically be unreserved and other family members will be able to snap them up.
If you don’t have a reservation list that fits this criteria, be on the lookout for ancestors who might be coming off of one of your relatives’ lists, and complete that temple work.
We’re excited about this new development and know that it will lead to many more of Heavenly Father’s children receiving saving temple ordinances.
This article was originally published on the FamilySearch Blog.]]>
You can also download a printable PDF. It is available in many languages by going to the page for the May Liahona and selecting a language. Then scroll down to the row labeled “General Authorities and General Officers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” and click on the download link to the right.
Advances in Internet technology have changed the way people find answers to questions or information related to topics they are interested in. Today, Google and other search engines serve as modern-day library card catalogs. The role of a search engine is to determine what a person is looking for (search intent) and then return the most relevant results.
Search engine optimization (SEO) is the art and science of making websites findable in search engine results pages (SERP) when someone’s search intent matches content published online. There are standard guidelines provided by Google and tested by the SEO team and countless other SEO professionals that will help the church attract visitors who are searching for Internet content it publishes.
We view SEO as a method to spread the gospel online and encourage others to treat it as such. By being actively engaged in improving our websites for search engines, we help them (e.g., Google, Yahoo!, Bing, etc.) provide more relevant and accurate results to their customers. At the same time, we are able to introduce the honest and pure in heart to accurate and relevant truth as it relates to their search query. This document serves as a set of standard guidelines that must be followed on all church websites in an effort to effectively spread the gospel online.
The title tag is one of the most important on-page factors in regards to ranking on search engines.
Best practice is to keep the title tag descriptive, succinct, and unique.
Generally, targeting no more than three unique keywords per webpage is ideal.
Example title tag for http://www.lds.org/churchmusic/:
Put the most important keywords at the beginning of the title tag.
Normally, title tags are short snippets of keywords or small phrases—not sentences.
The meta description is very important for a URLs click through rate (from SERPs), as well as website usage stats and data.
Best practice is to keep the description relevant (to that particular webpage), write as a sentence, and keep it unique (per webpage).
Utilize at least one (and up to three) targeted keywords in the meta description from the title tag.
Naturally include keywords within the copy.
Write in small paragraphs and structure them with subheadings (i.e., headings, headings, etc.).
Every image used on church-owned websites should have a relevant file name and alt tag to help search engines determine what the image is about. We also recommend including the image size information in the tag.
Where appropriate, keywords relevant to the image should appear close to the image itself before and after the code. This will give even better signals to Google and other search engines regarding the content of the image.
Information about images on each page should be contained also in the XML sitemap. Doing so may help search engine robots find, index, and rank images on our websites quickly and more accurately.
The file name for images is a key indicator to search engines of what the image is about.
Example file name for this image: wilford-woodruff-mormon-prophet.png
Are you planning to participate in the next LDS Face-to-Face event with Elder and Sister David A. Bednar? It is perfect for an LDS Mutual or family activity.
The event will be streamed live on May 12, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. MDT in 10 languages. You can watch or join the conversation at
Elder and Sister Bednar will talk about how to strengthen your testimony as you learn a pattern for receiving answers to your questions.
Youth from around the world will be able to ask Elder and Sister Bednar questions before and during the event. All youth are invited to participate and are encouraged to invite their friends and family to join in.
You can submit questions before the event by commenting on the youth activities page. You can also send questions during the event on the same page or you can post questions on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #LDSface2face. Before submitting a question, seek the guidance of the Holy Ghost. If you had only one chance to ask an Apostle and his wife a question, what would it be?
Watch the 2 previous LDS Face-to-Face events:
Although they are not comic books, the Church offers free downloadable graphic novel versions of the scriptures. Below are the download links (and they are available year-round, not just on Free Comic Book Day.)
Old Testament Stories from the Bible
English PDF | Español (Spanish) PDF |Français (French) PDF | Deutsch (German) PDF | Nederlands (Dutch) PDF | Italiano (Italian) PDF | Русский (Russian) PDF |Українська (Ukrainian) PDF | Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian) PDF | Tagalog PDF| Faka-tonga (Tongan) PDF | Gagana Samoa (Samoan) PDF | Suomi (Finnish) PDF | العربية (Arabic) PDF | 中文 (Chinese) PDF | 简体中文 (Chinese, Simplified) PDF |日本語 (Japanese) PDF | 한국어 (Korean) PDF
New Testament Stories from the Bible
English PDF | Español (Spanish) PDF |Français (French) PDF | Deutsch (German) PDF | Nederlands (Dutch) PDF | Italiano (Italian) PDF | Português (Portuguese) PDF| Русский (Russian) PDF | Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian) PDF | Cebuano PDF| Tagalog PDF | Faka-tonga (Tongan) PDF |Gagana Samoa (Samoan) PDF | Suomi (Finnish) PDF | Հայերեն (Armenian) PDF |中文 (Chinese) PDF | 日本語 (Japanese) PDF| 한국어 (Korean) PDF | Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese) PDF | Hrvatski (Croatian) PDF | Ελληνικά (Greek) | Kreyòl Ayisyen (Haitian Creole) PDF | ພາສາລາວ (Laotian) PDF | Malagasy PDF |Polski (Polish) PDF | Română (Romanian) PDF
Book of Mormon Stories
English PDF | Español (Spanish) PDF |Français (French) PDF | Deutsch (German) PDF | Nederlands (Dutch) PDF | Italiano (Italian) PDF | Português (Portuguese) PDF| Русский (Russian) PDF | Cebuano PDF |Tagalog PDF | Faka-tonga (Tongan) PDF |Suomi (Finnish) PDF | العربية (Arabic) PDF |中文 (Chinese) PDF | 简体中文 (Chinese, Simplified) PDF | Hrvatski (Croatian) PDF| Ελληνικά (Greek) | Kreyòl Ayisyen (Haitian Creole) PDF | Hiligaynon PDF |Hmoob (Hmong) PDF | ພາສາລາວ (Laotian) PDF | Malagasy PDF | Polski (Polish) PDF |Română (Romanian) PDF
Doctrine and Covenants Stories
English PDF | Español (Spanish) PDF |Italiano (Italian) PDF | Português (Portuguese) PDF | Русский (Russian) PDF| Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian) PDF |Cebuano PDF | Tagalog PDF | Gagana Samoa (Samoan) PDF | العربية (Arabic) PDF| Հայերեն (Armenian) PDF | 中文 (Chinese) PDF | Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese) PDF | हिन्दी, हिंदी (Hindi) PDF | Hmoob (Hmong) PDF |ພາສາລາວ (Laotian) PDF
This article is based on the post “Free Comic Book Day: Graphic Novels of Bible, Book of Mormon, D&C.” See it for several additional languages, as well as a printable PDF of pass-along cards with a QR code to make it easy to get to the original article, which will be continuously updated.]]>
The Ensign and Liahona magazines include a 2-page chart showing the General Authorities and General Officers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (Download a printable PDF copy.)
Did you know you can subscribe to get an extra copy of the conference Ensign? In addition to the regular 12 monthly issues, this subscription option includes one extra copy each of the May and November (general conference) issues.
You can also order DVDs and audio CDs at store.lds.org and they will be shipped as soon as they are available. You can also subscribe to have the DVDs or CDs sent to you automatically every conference.
I recommend you take a look at the “Get More Out of Conference” section of LDS.org. It gives ideas on how to improve your study of general conference, with ideas for individuals, families, and teachers.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has approved an electronic method for members in the United States to pay tithing and submit other charitable donations.
The Online Donations system will allow members in the United States an additional method to submit their contributions to the Church. Historically, donation envelopes and contributions were given to priesthood leaders in each ward and branch. In the future, this same process may still be used. However, for those who wish, they may make their contributions through the online donation system developed by the Church.
The Church Online Donations website will be rolled out to congregations in the US throughout 2015, and the Church will notify local leaders when it is available in their area.
The Church’s Finance and Records Department says the initial site not only demonstrated a simplified donation process for members, but also showed that this new approach reduced the load on local leaders and clerks charged with processing donations.
And for those with a friend or family member serving a mission, the website allows anyone with an LDS Account — Church member or not — to donate to help financially support that missionary.
For Latter-day Saints, tithing is a natural and integrated aspect of their religious belief and practice. By the biblical definition, tithing is one-tenth, and Church members interpret this as a tenth of their “increase,” or income, annually. It is paid on the honor system. No one asks to see income statements or pay slips.
Tithes and other charitable donations help the Church carry out its mission of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ, caring for the poor and strengthening members’ faith and commitment to Jesus Christ. (Learn more about tithing and charitable donations.)
Below is a screenshot of the Donations History portion of the Church Online Donations website:
Watch Sister Stone’s testimony about family history work in the following video:
Read the rest of the story in the article “I Am Not a Son” from the April 2015 Ensign.]]>