LDS Study Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley in 2017

teachings-presidents-gordon-hinckleyIn 2017, Latter-day Saints will be studying the teachings of President Gordon B. Hinckley in Relief Society and Melchizedek Priesthood classes. Below is a list of resources you can use to study from his teachings:

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Gordon B. Hinckley

This is the key resource manual that is available in the following formats print (including large print and Braille), online text, PDF, ePUB, audio, mobi, iBooks, Kindle, and, of course, in the Gospel Library mobile app.

Gordon B. Hinckley Online Exhibit

The Prophets of the Restoration: Gordon B. Hinckley is an online exhibit created by the Church History department. It includes exclusive videos, photographs, and information about President Hinckley’s preparation, ministry, teachings, and testimony.



LDS Wards Should Update Meeting Times on

meeting-timesIf your ward or branch meeting times change at the beginning of the year, the ward or branch clerk should update the times so they display accurately in various systems, such as the meetinghouse locator at

Ward, branch, stake, or district leaders and clerks can log in to the Leader and Clerk Resources website at and click the Unit Settings link in the Other menu to update the meeting times.



Changes in the Friend Magazine in 2017

friend-coloring-kidYou’ll notice seven big changes in the Friend magazine, beginning in January.

Child-Friendly Paper

The friend is now printed on crayon-friendly paper. Beginning with the January issue, you’ll notice a thicker, textured paper that’s great for coloring and paper-and-pencil activities. The old glossy paper was not easy to color on.

friend-for-older-kidsExpanded Preteen Section

The “For Older Kids” section has been redesigned and expanded from four pages to eight. This section will have stories and features relevant to preteens. It will cover gospel topics like profanity, pornography, drug use, technology, and mental health.

“Share a Heart!” Invitation

The Friend invites children to fill the world with love—and then send in cutout hearts telling about their experiences. This invitation echoes President Thomas S. Monson’s plea: “May we begin now, this very day, to show love to all of God’s children” (Ensign, May 2014, 94). Each month the magazine will publish a photo story featuring “Friends with Heart”—children around world who serve and show kindness.

Friend CTR challenge cardMonthly CTR Stories

To support the 2017 Primary sharing time theme, “Choose the Right,” the Friend will publish a monthly CTR story that teaches a principle from My Gospel Standards, along with a CTR challenge card. Kids can cut out the cards and complete challenges to apply protective and empowering gospel truths in their daily lives.

Scripture Reading Chart

The January Friend has a reading chart to help families read from the Doctrine and Covenants, which they will be studying in Primary and Sunday School. Families can mark their progress by filling in sections of the illustrations on pages 24-25.

church-history-figuresChurch History Figures

Each month, the Friend will include a Church history figure that families and Primary teachers can use to tell Church history stories.

“Friend Connection” Page in the Ensign

To help parents and families even more, the Ensign will contain a monthly “Friend Connection” page. Parents will find help for using that month’s Friend to talk to children about challenging issues such as pornography, family conflict, gender issues, bullies, and good language.

You can access the Friend magazine online at

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New Year’s Eve Activities at LDS Temple Square 2016

eve-winterfest-new-years-lds-2016If you live in the Salt Lake area, come to Temple Square on New Year’s Eve for free family entertainment and activities.

Download a PDF of the booklet Christmas on Temple Square for a list of activities on December 29, 30, and 31.

Note: Tickets or passes are not required for the Temple Square activities, but other EVE events downtown require an entrance pass. Visit for more information.

Thursday, December 29

  • 5:00–6:00 p.m. Sing-along of favorite children’s songs; Assembly Hall

Friday, December 30

  • 7:00–9:00 p.m. Winter Wonderland Concert; Assembly Hall with guest artists: Mapleton Chorale; Jed Moss, piano; vocalists Kelly and Laura Griffiths; and Stone Deep, tenor trio.

Saturday, December 31

  • 5:00–6:00 p.m. Sing-along of Broadway show tunes; Assembly Hall
  • 5:30–11:45 p.m. Joseph Smith Memorial Building—variety of performers:
    • 5:30 p.m. Herbert Klopfer: piano prelude; Lobby
    • 6:00 p.m. SunShade ‘n’ Rain: nostalgic musical journey with world-renowned entertainers; Lobby
    • 6:45 p.m. Autumn Sky: variety show of country, gospel, and pop; Lobby
    • 7:30 p.m. The 4 Hims: zany barbershop quartet of brothers; Empire Room
    • 7:30 p.m. Jim Jensen: accordion entertainer; Bonneville Room
    • 8:10 p.m. “On the Air”: radio music of the 1940’s; Lobby
    • 8:55 p.m. Justin and Cecily Bills: Broadway show tunes; Empire Room
    • 8:55 p.m. Andrew Wiscombe: amazing one-man band performer; Bonneville Room
    • 9:30 p.m. Craig and Tamilisa Miner: husband and wife bluegrass duo; Lobby
    • 10:15 p.m. Cherie Call: singer-songwriter with storytelling lyrics and captivating melodies; Empire Room
    • 10:15 p.m. Shilaylee: Irish and American folk music; Bonneville Room
    • 10:50 p.m. Vocalist Valaura Arnold & the Preston Lloyd Jazz Band: jazz and big band favorites; Lobby
  • 6:00–11:45 p.m. Tabernacle—variety of performers:
    • 6:00 p.m. Brandon Clayton: upbeat and energetic organ prelude
    • 6:30 p.m. One Voice Children’s Choir: with Masa Fukuda, director
    • 7:15 p.m. Jenny Oaks Baker and Family Four: America’s violinist and her talented family
    • 8:00 p.m. Broadway at the Tab: featuring several talented local theater Performers
    • 8:45 p.m. Ultimi, tenor trio: Isaac Hurtado, Brian Stucki, and Tyler Nelson
    • 9:30 p.m. Octappella: popular a cappella recording group
    • 10:15 p.m. bless4: vocal and dance pop recording group of four siblings from Japan performing their chart-topping hits

Family Christmas Videos

christmas-videosBelow are Christmas videos I think you will enjoy.

After you watch these videos, click the YouTube logo in the bottom right of the videos so you can go to YouTube and click Like. That will make them more popular on YouTube so they will be more likely to be seen by others. If you see a video I should share, please leave a link to it in the comments below and I’ll feature it in a future post.

Garth Smith Music teams up with vocalist Calee Reed to bring us “O Little Town of Bethlehem” in the historic Joseph Smith Memorial Building on LDS Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Jesus the Christ (in HD) – David Archuleta Mormon – Angels We Have Heard On High” is a picture slideshow with the song “Angels We Have Heard On High” sung by David Archuleta.

What Child is This,” Lindsey Stirling

Below is “Where Are You Christmas? (Live in Concert)” – ThePianoGuys

The video “Good Tidings of Great Joy,” shows beautiful scenes from the Bible Videos series about the birth of Jesus Christ, along with teachings from the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In “Christmas Spirit,” a young girl quietly teaches her preoccupied family the true meaning of Christmas. President Thomas S. Monson, Prophet of the Lord Jesus Christ, shares his testimony of how to put Christ back into Christmas.

In “Look to the Light,” several people remind us that Jesus Christ is the Light of the World for all who seek Him.

A Gift to the World” was part of the First Presidency Christmas Devotional in 2011.

The Coat: A Story of Charity,” is a children’s story that depicts a young boy giving selflessly to another child in need.

Below is a video about a group of young women who were inspired by the above video “The Coat,” and they did something about it.

Below is the video “O Come, Emmanuel” featuring ThePianoGuys, Jon Schmidt and Steven Sharp Nelson (piano/cello).

Watch more Christmas videos on and on the Mormon Channel.

Here is a list of other member-created videos I have shared. If you find other videos you think I should share, please post a comment below.


BYU Noteworthy’s Stunning “Gloria” Music Video

gloria-byu-noteworthy-christmasEnjoy this Christmas music video by BYU Noteworthy, entitled Gloria (Angels We Have Heard on High).

  • Get BYU Noteworthy’s Gloria (Angels We Have Heard on High) on iTunes
  • Get their new album Ready For a Miracle at iTunes or at, which includes “Amazing Grace,” “O Holy Night,” and more.

Follow BYU Noteworthy on

This is one of the many Christmas videos created in support of the #LightTheWorld initiative from the Church.

Here is a list of other member-created videos I have shared. If you find other videos you think I should share, please post a comment below.



LDS Children Tell the Story of The Birth Of Jesus

birth-jesus-lds-videoWatch this video as children tell the story of The Birth Of Jesus in their own words.

The 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. Learn more about this series of 10 children’s videos in the article “LDS Children’s Bible Videos.”

Watch the others in the series of Bible Children’s Narratives.


light-world-lds-christmasUpdate (13 Jan 2016): A  report released by the Church’s Missionary Department shows the videos, produced in 33 languages, received nearly 83 million views in 194 countries and territories before the campaign ended on January 1, 2017. Read more.

From the article “‘Light the World’ Christmas Initiative Reaches Global Audience” on the Church’s Newsroom blog:

Tens of millions watch videos, share online content

An effort to encourage people to perform acts of Christlike service during the Christmas season is receiving global attention. Videos produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for its “Light the World” Christmas initiative have received nearly 69 million views.

The Church’s “Light the World” initiative was launched November 25 on to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and invite people around the world to follow Christ’s example by serving others. The initiative includes a main video produced in 33 languages and a 25-day advent calendar, “In 25 Ways. Over 25 Days.”

The main video has picked up nearly 35 million views, and nearly 31 million video views have been received to date on 25 short videos that offer daily ideas for service. A preview video posted in November garnered 3.5 million views.

Participants have been posting their experiences and sharing the videos on social media channels. Others have been quietly participating in the initiative. Such was the case of a Utah man (name withheld to protect privacy) behind bars who performed a simple act of service by sharing a cherished candy bar with a new prisoner.

The inmate’s family has been mailing him daily service ideas during the initiative, but they weren’t sure how he could respond to the challenge on December 7: “Jesus Fed the Hungry and So Can You.” His mother said, “I wondered if I should send it at all — it made me pretty sad to ask him to share his food when I know he really doesn’t have any to share, and if he did, it would be such a small amount.”

Earlier in the week, the inmate had ordered the candy bar from the commissary with money sent to him by his family for snacks. After looking forward to eating it all week, he decided to give it to the other prisoner who had nothing. In a letter, his family said the “sacrifice” made by their son made him “feel better than he had for a long time.”

The inmate’s mother wrote that the candy bar stands as a symbol for several reasons. “This ‘Light the World’ project is giving me some happiness and the feeling that I can do something for him and myself that is positive,” she said. The mother said it “uncovers [her] gratitude” for her son’s “repentant attitude in his situation and his willingness to be kind in the awful environment he is in.” She added, “Being reminded that no matter how little we might think we have, no matter where we are, or what our situation is, we can always serve and give to others, no matter what.”

“It’s amazing how we can still find ways to be happy and focus on the most important thing, which is our Savior,” she said.

The “Light the World” website is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese. The Christmas initiative also features billboards in cities around the world, including New York City’s Times Square, and displays in the Church’s English-speaking visitors’ centers and the Mexico City Visitors’ Center.

The Christmas initiative runs through January 1, 2017. Those on social media are encouraged to share their experiences by using the hashtag #LIGHTtheWORLD.

Last December, the “A Savior Is Born” Christmas video had more than 50 million views. Millions also participated in last spring’s “Follow Him” Easter initiative.


Photo Gallery: LDS Temple Christmas Lights Around the World

lds-temple-christmas-lightsLDS Living has published a beautiful photo gallery of Christmas light displays at LDS temples around the world.

See the gallery at “Photo Gallery: Temple Christmas Light Displays Around the World.”


Christmas is About Jesus Christ

easter-christ-floppedChristmas is a great time of year to to share with others your testimony of Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Redeemer.

See the article “Explaining Mormon Beliefs: Jesus Christ” for a list of online resources that explain more about our belief in Jesus Christ.

Review the website and then share your thoughts with others.




gardiner-sisters-angels-highEnjoy this Christmas music video by the Gardiner Sisters, “Angels We Have Heard On High.”

This is one of the many Christmas videos created in support of the #LightTheWorld initiative from the Church.

Here is a list of other member-created videos I have shared. If you find other videos you think I should share, please post a comment below.



#LightTheWorld Christmas Service Advent Calendar, Dec 19-25

light-world-lds-christmas-advent-calendarThis year, the Church’s Christmas initiative is called “Light the World” and the theme is “25 Ways Over 25 Days.”

The Church provides a service advent calendar with a service theme for each day from December 1-25. Each theme includes ideas on how to serve and an inspiring video.

Below are the videos from the advent calendar for this week, December 19-25 (see all days). Click on the heading of each to see the service ideas.

December 19: Jesus Calmed the Storm and So Can You

December 20: Jesus Saw Potential in Others and So Can You

December 21: Jesus Forgave Others and So Can You

December 22: Jesus Showed Gratitude and So Can You

December 23: Jesus was a Peacemaker and You Can Be One Too

December 24: Jesus Cared for His Loved Ones and So Can You

December 25: Jesus’s Disciples Followed Him and So Can We

Throughout the month of December, the Church invites you to share the light of Christ by participating in #LIGHTtheWORLD.

  • Invite your friends to watch a new Christmas video at
  • Share your experiences using the hashtag #LIGHTtheWORLD.
  • Follow the advent activity calendar for ideas on Christlike acts of service you can do each day from December 1st to the 25th to emulate the many ways Jesus cared for others during His earthly ministry.

Learn more about the “Light the World” initiative,



Christmas Activities for Children

The website for the Friend magazine ( offers coloring pages, videos, stories, and activities that celebrate the birth of the Savior.



silent-night-redeemer-lives-evie-clair-chrimstasEnjoy this Christmas music video “Silent Night/I Know That My Redeemer Lives by Evie Clair #LIGHTtheWORLD.”

See Evie Clair’s website.

This is one of the many Christmas videos created in support of the #LightTheWorld initiative from the Church.

Here is a list of other member-created videos I have shared. If you find other videos you think I should share, please post a comment below.



Music Video: December Song by Nadia Khristean #LIGHTtheWORLD

december-songEnjoy this beautiful Christmas video “December Song by Nadia Khristean” as she helps to #LIGHTtheWORLD. She reminds us, “Don’t let the kindness stop after December.”

Nadia Khristean is a singer/songwriter who has created music videos for causes such as anti-bullying, addiction recovery, inner beauty, families of fallen soldiers, and refugees.

Here is a list of other member-created videos I have shared. If you find other videos you think I should share, please post a comment below.