LDS Coloring Book Mobile App

lds-coloring-book-iconThe free mobile app LDS Coloring Book is an easy-to-use app that will keep children endlessly entertained with LDS-themed coloring pages about the scriptures, Church history, and gospel principles.

Children can color the pictures by selecting the virtual crayons included in the app or tap to fill shapes. You can even choose to color with crayons that magically stay within the lines! When they are done, you can print and share your child’s masterpiece.

The free app includes one coloring book of 12 stories and people from the Old Testament. There are 13 additional coloring books that you can purchase within the app.

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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Happy 10th Anniversary LDS Media Talk

Today is the 10th anniversary of the website LDSMediaTalk.com. This is my 2,623rd post, which means I’ve written about one post per business day for 10 years. Whew! That’s a lot of writing.

ldsWebguyThe site began on July 5, 2006 as ldsWebguy.com. (Note that I have no affiliation with the current web page at ldsWebguy.com.)

Two years later, on June 10, 2008, the blog was rebranded LDSMediaTalk.com.

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Learn more about the history and purpose of LDSMediaTalk.com. See the word cloud in the right column for the topics covered in this blog.

Reach of LDS Media Talk

ldsmediatalk-mobileHere are some fun statistics about the readership of LDS Media Talk.

That represents a total reach of nearly 75,000 people from 168 countries. Of course, some people follow more than one of these channels, so they are not all unique readers. However, it also doesn’t include people who read my syndicated articles across other sites and blog aggregators.

More To Come

Thanks for your continued support. If you like what you read on LDSMediaTalk.com, be sure to share it with family and friends. If you have any suggestions on topics you’d like to hear more about, please comment below.

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lds-mormon-pioneer-lifeThe Bible and the Book of Mormon teach that the marriage of one man to one woman is God’s standard. However, during specific periods in the Bible, in the Book of Mormon, and in early Church history (in the 1800s), God commanded some men to have multiple wives.

Here are resources from the Church to help you understand the practice of polygamy:

Below are two videos created by members that also may be helpful.

The website LDS.net (not from the Church) has just created the video “Why Did Mormons Have Multiple Wives (Polygamy)?” that explains that Latter-day Saints practiced polygamy (also known as plural marriage) for about 50 years during the nineteenth century.

The video, “What Mormons Believe: Polygamy,” was created by Jolie Hales as part of her What Mormons Believe video series to help people understand questions about the Church.

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Photos in LDS Ward Directory

photosDid you know that you can upload individual and family photos to your ward directory using LDS.org or the LDS Tools mobile app? You can then choose who can see the photos: just your ward, your stake, or only your leaders.

A new image service was released last month that lets you edit and size your photos. The household photos are rectangular and the individual photos are circular.

How to Add Photos

Read specific instructions on how to add, edit, or delete photos on Android and Apple iOS devices.

Once you have added your photo, you can then choose who can see the photos: just your ward, your stake, or only your leaders.

Reminder: While there, be sure to update your phone numbers and e-mail addresses for your family.

approve-new-photosBefore your photos will be viewable, they have to be approved by an administrator (usually a member of the bishopric). Administrators do not receive e-mail notifications about new photos awaiting approval, so they need to regularly check the New Photos section in the directory. They should verify that the photos match the member names and that the photos comply with the guidelines for photos. Administrators can also upload a photo on behalf of a member who needs help.

How to See Photos

To see photos of the families in the ward, go to LDS.org and choose Directory.

 

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Mormon SUD Websites in Spanish and Portuguese

mormon-sud-spanishMormonSUD is a website where members and friends of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can learn about the latest news, announcements, and inspirational stories of faith in Latin America and in the world. The site also teaches members how to share their beliefs in social media. MormonSUD is not run by the Church, but by individual members.

There are two versions of MormonSUD:

This video “¿Qué es mormonsud.org?” describes the Spanish site:


Mormonsud.org es el espacio independiente sobre La Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Últimos Días donde amigos y miembros de la iglesia pueden conocer más sobre las noticias y creencias basicas de esta fe. Director General: Isaac Angulo

This video “O que é a mormonsud.net ?” describes the Portuguese site:


Mormonsud.net é o site independente sobre a Igreja de Jesus Cristo dos Santos dos Últimos Dias mais visitado do Brasil. Existimos há 10 meses e foram meses incríveis! Tem sido um privilégio enorme para nós compartilhar nossas crenças com milhares de pessoas e de alguma forma sermos ferramentas nas mãos Dele. Tudo isso não seria possível sem a ajuda da nossa equipe de quase 50 voluntários, nossos diretores e de você que nos acompanha diariamente e compartilha nosso conteúdo! Obrigado! Continuaremos fazendo nosso melhor para que mais pessoas conheçam a alegria de fazer parte dessa religião maravilhosa! Acesse: mormonsud.net.

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MormonSUD.org (Spanish) and MormonSUD.net (Portuguese) are good sources of independent LDS content in these two languages.

  • These sites also have popular social media accounts. The posts on the MormonSUD.org (Spanish) Facebook page have an average reach of 1.5 million and the MormonSUD.net (Portuguese) Facebook page have an average reach of 500,000. During General Conference, these pages share videos, quotes, and announcements using #LDSconf.
  • They have created a series of short videos about basic beliefs. One was watched 1.4 million times.
  • These sites have become a reference for Church members to learn what is going on with the Church in their countries.
  • They produce content that members are excited to share with their non-member friends.
  • They also support the area offices by promoting their initiatives, such as Mormon Helping Hands and Face-to-Face events.

Although MormonSUD.org and MormonSUD.net support the mission of the Church, they are not affiliated with nor are they the property of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. MormonSUD.org and MormonSUD.net are administered by the More Good Foundation, a non-profit organization. Learn about their website and Facebook page.

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A new series of dramatized videos produced by the LDS Church gives members ideas on how to navigate the landmine-laced terrain of the sensitive social and religious issues of the day and at the same time, defend religious freedom.

videos-defend-ldsThe video “Respecting Our Differences While Defending Religious Freedom” shows “Samantha,” a Latter-day Saint, learning to engage respectfully and effectively with “Miki,” a college classmate who disagrees vehemently but sincerely with the Church’s view on gay marriage. Although at first both were overly defensive in their views, Samantha and Miki learn to ask questions and come to a deeper understanding of each other’s’ views. Importantly, the video shows that civil dialogue need not mean both sides agree on every point. “Hey, we should talk again,” Miki says to Samantha at the end of the video.

Elder Von G. Keetch of the Seventy introduced this first video on June 14, 2016, during a devotional at Brigham Young University-Idaho.

We can learn 5 lessons from the dialogue between Samantha and Miki:

  1. Engage others with love, respect and understanding, never abandoning our religious truths.
  2. Avoid “large group free-for-alls” and engage people one-on-one.
  3. Respect your interlocutors and seek understanding.
  4. Stand up for the basic civil rights of others.
  5. Recognize that mutual understanding will take time.

The Church will release two more videos in this series in the coming months. The videos can be used in classroom settings where instructors can lead in a sharing conversation for youth and young adults.

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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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