Worldwide Day of Service December 1, 2016 #LIGHTtheWORLD

worldwide-day-serviceThroughout the month of December, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints invites you to share the light of Christ by participating in #LIGHTtheWORLD. It begins December 1 with a worldwide day of service. Serve anyone you want, any way you want. Find a way to serve others as Jesus did. Help a loved one, a neighbor, or even a complete stranger in simple ways.

Light the World. In 25 Ways. Over 25 Days

Watch and share this video to encourage others to participate in a Worldwide Day of Service on December 1.

Then, each day in December leading up to Christmas, follow the advent activity calendar for ideas on Christlike acts of service you can do to emulate the many ways Jesus cared for others during His earthly ministry. For example, day 5 features the message, “Jesus fed the hungry and so can you,” and provides simple suggestions for service like donating to a food bank or inviting a neighbor over for dinner.

Learn more about the “Light the World” initiative, with its advent activity calendar, pass-along cards, posters, and videos.

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LDS Children Tell the Story of the Fishers Of Men

fishers-of-men-lds-videoWatch this video as children tell the story of Fishers Of Men 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.

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2016 First Presidency’s Christmas Devotional

first-presidency-christmas-devotionalThe First Presidency invites you to participate in a Christmas devotional broadcast on Sunday, December 4, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. MST.

The program will include Christmas messages by General Authorities and General Officers of the Church. Music will be provided by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.

View Live

You can view the live stream of the devotional as follows:

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Social Media Sharing

To participate in conversations about the Christmas devotional on social media channels, use the hashtag #ChristmasDevo.

Other Christmas Devotionals

 

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LDS Church Begins Book of Mormon Video Series

Today, the Church announced it will begin production of a video library of scenes from the Book of Mormon, similar to the New Testament project The Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos (biblevideos.lds.org) that was just completed.

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Jesus Christ Appears to the Nephites, by Arnold Friberg © 2016 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

This library of videos will serve many purposes, including providing materials for personal and family viewing, Sunday and seminary classroom viewing, missionary efforts, and other projects.

Filming will begin in June 2017 at the LDS Motion Picture Studio’s South Campus near Goshen, Utah. Other scenes will be filmed at various North American locations yet to be determined. The first videos from this multi-year project are scheduled to be released in 2018.

Today, a notice was sent to ward and stake leaders looking for potential cast members. They are looking for seasoned actors, amateurs, and those with little or no experience. Get more information at casting.lds.org.

The video series will be filmed in English and is anticipated to be translated into Cantonese, Cebuano, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Samoan, Spanish, Tagalog and Tongan.

The video footage will also be available to Latter-day Saints and those of other faiths interested in using video and image assets for various noncommercial projects.

Learn more in the article “Book of Mormon to Come to Life in New Church Video Series” from the Church’s newsroom site MormonNewsroom.org.

Learn more about the Church’s Jerusalem movie set:

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At the LDS Jerusalem movie set near Goshen, UT

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LDS Children Tell the Story of the Good Samaritan

good-samaritan-kid-video-ldsWatch this video as children tell the story of The Good Samaritan 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.

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New Triple Combination in Croatian

The First Presidency has announced a new translation of the triple combination of the scriptures in Croatian available online at Svetapisma.lds.org and in the Gospel Library mobile app. Printed copies of these new scriptures will begin to be available by March 31, 2017.

Croatian-speaking members are encouraged to obtain personal copies of the new triple when it is available.

See additional Church materials translated into Croatian.

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LDS Church Publishes Final Story in Bible Video Series

bible-videos-ldsThe Church has published the last of more than 100 videos in The Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos series. The last video features the account of the martyrdom of Stephen.

Each of these video segments brings to life a distinct scene from the life of Jesus Christ, as recorded in the King James Version of the Bible. Great care has been taken with these videos to stay true to the scriptural text and help viewers envision the people, culture, and time period surrounding Christ’s life and gain a greater appreciation for His ministry.

Where to Find Bible Videos

Use the following links to view, download, and share The Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos:

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Learn more in the article “Church Publishes Final Story in Popular Bible Video Series.”

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International Day of the Bible, Nov 14, 2016

philippine-woman-reading-bibleholy-bibleToday is the International Day of the Bible. Join with Christians around the world in sharing your love for the Bible. Simply share your favorite Bible verse or a thought on social media using the hashtag #BibleCelebration. You can also read the scriptures, sing a song, or watch a Bible Video.

The following are some Bible-related resources on LDS.org that might help you share your thoughts and feelings about this sacred book:

Related links:

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LDS Video: Choose the Light

choose-light-video-ldsEnjoy this new Mormon Message video for youth “Choose the Light.” A reckless biker finds himself in a battle against time and the elements when he enters a situation he can’t get out of. He discovers his only option is to choose the light.

Watch other videos for youth.

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Thanks to Veterans Who Serve Their Country

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In many countries, November 11 is a day set aside to honor those who have served their county in the military. It is a day to express gratitude to all those who have sacrificed so much—including their very lives—in the cause of freedom.

Many faithful members of the Church, from the days of the Mormon Battalion to the present, have courageously stepped forward as guardians of freedom and have served their country with distinction.

On Veterans’ Day, we join with others in honoring all veterans and their families for their dedicated and valiant service in such a noble cause.

Below is a list of Church resources for those who serve in the military:

  • Military Relations page on LDS.org. This site is designed to help priesthood leaders understand their responsibilities and to provide resources to help strengthen and support Church members in the military.
  • Becoming a Self-Reliant and Resilient Family. This manual contains gospel-centered instructions to help individuals and families respond to the challenges of military life. It includes principles for building a strong marriage, overcoming the trials of family separation and reintegration, and developing deeper faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement.
  • Supporting Military Families. This guide helps Church members who are serving in the military understand some of the challenges they and their families will face and identify resources available to help them.
  • Serving God and Country video online.
  • Video “Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled” available online (also available on DVD). Messages to help members in the military understand gospel teachings as related to war and help them find comfort and peace.
  • Bishops can also provide the following: Serving Your Country (brochure and DVD), small set of scriptures, Principles of the Gospel book, and an LDS identification tag.

The Church’s military relations program consists of (1) Church orientation for members who enter military service, (2) support from stakes and wards regardless of where military members are stationed throughout the world, (3) the organization of service member groups when members in military service are unable to attend local wards or branches, and (4) endorsement of qualified individuals who desire to become military chaplains in the various branches of service.

Find a veteran or active serviceman today and tell him or her thanks for their service!

The video below is a beautiful performance by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in recognition of Veteran’s Day in the U.S.

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Family History Coloring Book

family-history-coloring-bookThe Church has published a children’s coloring book about family history. It has 11 fun coloring and activity pages designed to introduce Primary-age children to the doctrine and blessings that come from family history. Activities include dot-to-dot, mazes, and puzzles as well as fun things to do as a family.

This 8.5 x 11 book can be used at home, in Primary, and at Family History Centers to engage children in family history. You can download a free PDF of the book or you can order a printed copy for 85 cents.

This coloring book is similar in style to the Book of Mormon Stories coloring book.

Download other free family history coloring pages.

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LDS Gospel Videos Mobile App

lds-gospel-videos-iconThe mobile app LDS Gospel Videos makes it easy for the whole family to enjoy great gospel art, photos, and videos in a safe environment.

The Church has produced a lot of great videos on YouTube. That’s great for adults, but they’re largely inaccessible to children, and you probably don’t want your kids wandering around on YouTube anyway. That’s why LDS Apps by Lift LLC created this fun way to explore, enjoy, and share these videos for the whole family.

The free version of the app includes topics starting with the letters A, B, and C. You can upgrade to the full version to unlock the entire alphabet, adding more than 260 additional videos.

Note that this app is not produced by the Church. The app only includes image, music, and video metadata and it downloads the content itself as a specialized web browser on your behalf, on demand.

See other LDS games made by LDS Apps by Lift LLC.

Available on iTunes.

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Learn more about LDS mobile apps from the Church.

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jesus-heals-sabbath-lds-videoWatch this video as children tell the story of Jesus Heals A Man On Sabbath 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.

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The Church has prepared a Christmas initiative for 2016 to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Last weekend, the Church sent information to ward and stake leaders that may be used in planning Christmas gatherings and activities. This information may also be useful for families.

This year’s initiative is entitled #LIGHTtheWORLD. It focuses on celebrating and sharing the Light of Jesus Christ with others. The initiative begins Friday, November 25, 2016 and runs through Christmas Day.

Invite your friends to visit Mormon.org/christmas, which will be available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

“Light the World” Video. The video will be available on mormon.org and in the Gospel Library app beginning Nov‌ember 25 for viewing and downloading. The video will be available in the following 29 languages: Albanian, Armenian, Cebuano, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Thai, and Ukrainian.

light-world-25-days-calendar_page_1Advent Activity Calendar. Each day in Dec‌ember, the calendar focuses on a different Christlike behavior and provides suggestions for ways we can emulate His example. You may find it useful in generating ideas for ward Christmas dinners and gatherings. Youth groups and ward councils could consider activities to involve their neighbors in service to the community. Download the advent calendar.

Pass-Along cards and posters are available for downloading and printing at mormon.org/download.

I invite you to use these resources with you family and friends to plan Christmas activities.

Below are pages from the presentation that is available in PDF format at mormon.org/download.

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Download the full advent calendar in PDF format

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2016 Christmas Resources for LDS Leaders

Yesterday, the Church sent the following email to stake presidents and members of ward councils who are subscribed to the My Calling email. Learn how to subscribe to LDS Church email subscriptions.

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The Church has prepared a Christmas initiative to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. As you plan your Christmas gatherings and activities, we want to make you aware of the initiative and the resources that will be available for your use.

This year’s initiative, entitled #LIGHTtheWORLD, focuses on celebrating and sharing the Light of Jesus Christ with others. The initiative will begin Friday, November 25, 2016 and run through Christmas Day.

Resources for Local Leaders Include:

“Light the World” Video. The video will be available on mormon.org and in the Gospel Library app beginning Nov‌ember 25 for viewing and downloading.

Advent Activity Calendar. Each day in Dec‌ember we will focus on a different Christlike behavior and provide suggestions for ways we can emulate His example. You may find it useful in generating ideas for ward Christmas dinners and gatherings. While the complete advent calendar will not be available until Nov‌ember 25, a planning version is available for download.

Pass-Along Cards and Posters. Pass-along cards and posters are available for downloading and printing on mormon.org/download.

The download page also has a presentation that leaders could use in ward council meetings.

We invite you to use these resources both in your missionary efforts and as you plan Christmas activities and events for your congregation.

 

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