LDS Magazine Articles About Suicide Prevention

choosing-to-live-overcoming-suicidal-thoughtsThe LDS Church has published the following age-appropriate articles about suicide in the September issues of the Church magazines:

  • September Ensign & Liahona: “Choosing to Live” and “How to Create a Suicide-Prevention Safety Plan.” The article is written for adults and youth. It includes a narrative written by a woman who overcame struggles with suicide, and the last page provides suggestions for creating a safety plan for those who struggle with thoughts of hurting themselves.
  • September New Era: “Dealing With Depression” and “UnderstandingSuicide.” These are written for teenagers. The first is a 4-page article about depression—how to help others and how to get help yourself—including signs of depression. The second is a 2-page article about understanding and reacting to suicide warning signs in yourself and others.
  • September Friend: “A Butterfly for Courtney” and “Don’t Give Up!” These are two age-appropriate stories for children. The first is an illustrated story about a girl who finds a way to uplift a friend struggling with depression. The second includes tips for children if they, or someone they know, feels sad a lot.

See the upcoming October issues of the magazines for additional articles.

Please share these resources with other members and their leaders and actively support individuals who are affected by suicide. Within the United States, September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. As you share this information, you may want to use one of these hashtags: #SuicidePrevention, #SuicideAwareness, #ItsOkayToTalk, or #ChoosingToLive.

Also learn about the recently updated the entry on “Suicide” in the Gospel Topics on

The following Mormonad is from the September New Era:





Gospel Topic: Suicide


The LDS Church has just updated the entry on “Suicide” in the Gospel Topics on The timing coincides with the national suicide prevention awareness month in September.

The Gospel Topic states, “Most people who have thought about suicide do not want to die; they simply want to find relief from the physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual pain they are going through.”

Suicide is a serious problem in our homes, schools, churches, and communities. The gospel topic continues, “Suicide is a global public health issue that can often be prevented. While it is a complex situation with no single cause, the risks can be reduced when family, friends, ward members, and mental health professionals come together to help those who are struggling. Everyone can play a role in suicide prevention and should learn the risk factors and warning signs. If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please reach out and talk to someone who can provide the right help.”

Please share this information with your family and friends and actively support individuals who are affected by suicide. When you share, you may want to use the hashtags #SuicidePrevention, #SuicideAwareness, #itsokaytotalk, or #ChoosingToLive.

This updated page on suicide is part of an ongoing effort to update the entire section of Gospel Topics ( Topic pages are being updated one-by-one as part of a long-term effort to provide more doctrinal and Church history resources, inspiring media, and practical support tools. Over time, the Church will add more subjects and make the entire learning experience more consistent, informative, and interactive. Learn more about the Gospel Topics upgrade project.

About Gospel Topics

The Gospel Topics section of ( provides a rich experience for individual and family gospel study. It is a place to find quick information about gospel questions. It’s also one of the best resources for studying the gospel by topic or for preparing a talk or lesson.

The Gospel Topics section is a collection of doctrinal subjects, history, and other information about people, places, teachings, and beliefs relating to the Church and the gospel. Each topic contains an overview of the principle, as well as links to scriptures, conference talks, magazine articles, videos, and Church websites.

Read the article “Gospel Learning: Seek Learning by Study and Also by Faith” for suggestions and resources for studying the gospel more effectively.



Live Broadcast: Teaching in the Savior’s Way

teaching-saviors-wayThe Church has announced a live broadcast on Saturday, November 5, 2016, to provide training on Teaching in the Savior’s Way. The training will focus on teacher council meetings and new teacher orientation. Interactive instruction will be provided by General Authorities and General Officers of the Church. Teachers and leaders are invited to submit questions prior to the event on the new training broadcast web page.

The event will be broadcast live on LDS. org and on the Church satellite system from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. MDT.

The following individuals are invited to attend the broadcast: a member of each stake presidency, a member of each bishopric, the stake high councilor assigned to oversee the Sunday School, all stake and ward auxiliary presidencies, all elders quorum presidencies and high priests group leaderships, and all called teachers.

Members may participate in the broadcast from their homes. Stakes and wards may also plan to view it in a meetinghouse. Those who cannot participate in the live broadcast can view it anytime after the event begins. For example, some wards may choose to show it in a meeting of teachers and leaders at a later date. All subsequent viewing must be done by streaming or downloading the broadcast from

The event will be broadcast in the following languages: American Sign Language, Cantonese, English (closed captioned), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese (closed captioned), Russian, and Spanish (closed captioned).



elder-cook-lds-worldwide-devoElder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will be the speaker at a worldwide devotional for young adults on Sunday, September 11, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. MDT.

All young adults (ages 18–30) and students finishing high school or the equivalent are invited to attend. Married institute and university students are also welcome to attend.

The broadcast will be transmitted over the Church broadcast system and will also be streamed live on the home page, YouTube, and other media. See the broadcast notice for specific broadcast information.


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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

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.”


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’s YouTube channel and share them with your friends.


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.



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, 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:



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 and in the LDS Tools mobile app.

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












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’s YouTube channel and share them with your friends.


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.


Learn more about LDS mobile apps from the Church.


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 and in the Gospel Library mobile app.


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, 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
  • Read it offline in the Gospel Library mobile app.
  • Listen to the audio in English, Spanish, and Portuguese by going to, 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 (

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