MormonBasics.com provides simple explanations of LDS doctrine, lifestyle, and vocabulary. It answers questions about the hows and whys of what we do in the Church.
The website was created by a member of the Church who wanted to help make the gospel of Christ simple and accessible to the average member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Kelly Merrill, the author of the website, has taught in the Church his whole adult life. The more he taught those who were new to the Church, the more he began to see that their questions were very similar to those who were life-long members.
Mormonbasics.com has four goals to help the members of the Church:
The site includes a dictionary of LDS words and phrases. These definitions cover doctrine, titles in the Church, lifestyle words, and common usage words. The dictionary is a work in progress and anyone is welcome to suggest new words they would like to have defined.
The site also has doctrinal articles, such as “The Three Degrees of Behavior,” which explains how we can choose which of the three degrees of glory we inherit by the behaviors we choose each day.
An article about a modern topic explains how the priesthood relates to men and women alike. “To Have or to Hold – Women and the Priesthood” contains a summary of a general conference talk by Joseph Fielding Smith from 1970.
Under the goal of strengthening faith is an article that can help us when we begin to wonder if the Lord is with us. Why are our prayers not being answered? Why have we been left alone? The article “What to do When the Heavens Withdraw” talks about lessons we can learn from this trial of our faith.
There are also articles with commentary on the Relief Society and priesthood lesson manuals and on the hymns of the Church. There is a growing list of places for members to explore online.
Look through the list of Categories in the right margin of the site. Articles under “Expectations” explain what is expected of members of the Church. “Mormonism for Other Faiths” provides articles for those not of our faith. Articles in the “How Do I Do This?” category give simple explanations of how to perform ordinances.
The Church has launched a blog for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir at mormontabernaclechoir.org/blog.
This appendage to the choir’s website provides a backstory perspective of the choir. It has unique content for people who are interested in the choir, choral music, Church history, and the hymns. Nearly 80 stories were posted in the first two months.
To learn more, read Mormon Tabernacle Choir launches story-driven blog.]]>
At the recent LDS general conference, President Thomas S. Monson announced that there are 28 temples either announced or under construction. When these temples are completed, the Church will have 170 operating temples throughout the world.
“Although we are currently concentrating our efforts on completing the previously announced temples and will not be announcing any new temples in the immediate future, we will continue the process of determining needs and of finding locations for temples yet to come. Announcements will then be made in future general conferences. We are a temple-building and a temple-attending people.”
Today, 85% of Church members now live within 200 miles of a temple. This is a marvelous time to be alive, when temples are so accessible to people throughout the world!
#LDSconf #LDStemples #MormonTemples]]>
I hope you and your family have an inspiring Easter Sunday. Invite you to gather your family and watch the 3-minute video “Because of Him” from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Jesus is the Son of God, our Savior and Redeemer. Because of Him, death is not the end and life takes on new meaning. We can change, we can start over, and we can live again with God. This Easter, celebrate His life and discover all that is possible because of Him. I invite you to share with others your personal thoughts and feelings about Jesus Christ.
All this week, I have shared various Easter messages. See posts about Easter.]]>
Each day this week, I am sharing Easter messages. Today’s article is about the Facebook page Jesus the Christ.
If you use Facebook, I encourage you to follow the page Jesus the Christ. The page is a community of disciples of Jesus Christ of all faiths who love and follow Him. The page is sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Here are 3 easy steps to like and follow the page. (The steps correspond to the the red numbers on the image above.)
Once you begin following the page, it’s also important to interact with the posts you see. On Facebook, if you don’t Like, Share, or comment on posts, over time you’ll see fewer and fewer of them. Here’s why:
Because there is so much content on Facebook, they can’t show you every post from every page you have liked. Therefore, they filter the posts and only show you what you interact with the most. So, if you like, comment, or share the posts you enjoy, you’ll see more of that kind of content. If you don’t, you’ll see less and less of it.]]>
Each day this week, I am sharing Easter messages. Today’s article is about a website about Jesus Christ from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The website JesusChrist.lds.org is about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. It contains 6 sections that answer the following questions:
Using the words of latter-day prophets and apostles as its foundation, the site focuses on the life, teachings, and mission of the Savior and how we can come unto Him and invite others to do the same.
I invite you to share this website with your friends and link to the site from your personal blogs and websites.
Since the site was just updated yesterday, check back regularly to see additional resources that will be added, including more videos, music, and inspirational pictures to share.]]>
Each day this week, I am sharing Easter messages. Today’s article is about the Gospel Topics section of LDS.org provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The Gospel Topics section of LDS.org (topics.lds.org) provides a rich experience for personal and family gospel study. I recommend the following key topics for study this weekend to better understand our Savior Jesus Christ:
Each day this week, I am sharing Easter messages. Today’s article is about videos from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The video “To This End Was I Born,” reminds us that Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, and King of the Jews, was born to offer Himself as a sacrifice to atone for the sins of mankind.
In “None Were with Him – An Apostle’s Easter Thoughts on Christ,” Elder Jeffrey R. Holland explains that one of the great consolations of this Easter season is that because Jesus walked such a long, lonely path utterly alone, we do not have to do so.
The video “His Sacred Name – An Easter Declaration” reminds us to remember the sacred name, life, and sacrifice of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Watch other Easter videos from the Church.
See other Easter resources from the Church.]]>
On April 11, I posted an article asking the question How has the Book of Mormon changed your life?
In that article, I invited you to go to the website BestBookRead.com and vote for the one book that has transformed your life forever. On April 11, the Book of Mormon was #25 on the list, with 235 votes.
Today, the Book of Mormon is #1 on the list, with 4,555 votes. We took it from #25 to #1 in 5 days!
This is an example of what Latter-day Saints can do when we stand for what we believe and we share it with others. If you haven’t voted for it yet, just visit BestBookRead.com.
Read the Book of Mormon online or ask for a free copy of the Book of Mormon. It is translated into 109 languages.
See the article “The Book of Mormon claims No. 1 spot on list of life-changing books” in the Deseret News.
Update 4/16/2014 8:07pm: Apparently, someone has hacked the BestBookRead.com site and promoted a book by Hitler to #1. The site is still new, and I assume the site will fix this soon. I recommend that people continue suggesting to their friends to vote for the Book of Mormon.
Each day this week, I am sharing Easter messages. Today’s article is about a great message from Radiant, a new values-based organization owned by Boncom.
Starting Today inspires you to take a closer look at your life and make positive changes.
Christmas is a time of good will toward others. New Year’s inspires resolutions. But how does Easter go beyond the superficial themes of Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies? That question is the focus of the Easter message Starting Today.
The central message is that change can begin at any time because of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, who is the defining event of Easter. Christ’s life and teachings give us the hope to bring about real, positive change in our lives.
The website encourages us that Starting Today, we can
The website encourages you to post your personal resolutions on social media with the hashtag #StartingToday so you can inspire your friends and family to take action, too.
The Spanish version of the website is located at apartirdehoy.radiant.org.]]>