parent-child-discussionAdolescents who have open communication with their parents–whose parents are talking to them about the hard topics–tend to have stronger self-esteem and be higher critical thinkers and be more aware of the dangers of things like pornography. 

The following article originally appeared in the Deseret News National Edition, “The porn talk works: If parents dislike porn, kids will too.

Talking to children about pornography may not just help them dislike it, it may also insulate them against lowered self-esteem if a future romantic partner chooses to view it, according to a recent study.

The study, by researchers at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, found that children of parents who regularly talked about how they don’t like pornography because of the messages it contains and how it negatively affects individuals and society expressed more negative attitudes about pornography as college students. Those negative attitudes then translated into less pornography use, said author Eric Rasmussen, an assistant professor in the College of Media & Communication.

“When parents are saying ‘This has negative effects,’ kids are internalizing that,” he said. “Those conversations in middle school and high school actually persist into emerging adulthood when kids are off on their own.”

While numerous studies show active parental mediation, such as talking and explaining things, is one of the most effective ways to reduce negative media effects on children, this is one of the first studies to look specifically at active parental mediation and attitudes about pornography, according to the study, which was published in the Journal of Children and Media.

“There’s so much to be studied here,” Rasmussen said. “This gives us hope that research shows parents should talk to their kids about pornography.”

Stronger self-esteem

Researchers asked more than 300 college students about conversations they remember having with their parents as adolescents regarding pornography, times they had been caught viewing pornography, current pornography use for themselves as well as their sexual partner, plus questions on self-esteem and attitudes about pornography.

Both girls and boys who were caught looking at porn got more anti-porn talks from their parents, and in addition to developing more negative views of pornography were less likely to report lowered self-esteem when they knew their romantic partner was viewing pornography.

“Talking to adolescents about the negative effects of pornography appears to build the resilience of emerging adults when they become involved in a relationship with somebody whose actions could otherwise damage their self-esteem,” according to the study.

Such a finding is interesting, says Rasmussen, because numerous studies have pointed out the damaging and traumatic effects, particularly for women, of a partner’s pornography habits.

Rasmussen said they don’t know whether their resiliency finding is tied specifically to conversations about pornography or if it’s simply an indicator of healthy parent/child communication and parenting styles, which have also been shown to increase self-esteem among adolescents.

“It makes sense, because adolescents who are in an open communication environment with their parents, whose parents are talking to them about the hard topics tend to have stronger self-esteem and be higher critical thinkers and be more aware of the media’s role in their life,” said Stacey Hust, an associate professor of communication at Washington State University and associate director of the Murrow Center for Media and Health Promotion Research who wasn’t involved with the study. “That finding wasn’t surprising but it’s a fairly novel thing for a study to do, (and) I hope that it sparks other researchers to examine that.”

Talking matters

Having conversations about important topics is a good way to convey a sense of trust and confidence in a child and support their autonomy, explained Michelle Givertz, an associate professor of communication studies at California State University, Chico.

Autonomy-supportive parents not only talk to their children about choices and consequences, but they let their children choose so they learn what it takes to choose wisely.

Helicopter parents, or those who shield their children from consequences, may not only prevent experiential learning, but they may also avoid talking about important topics like drugs, bullying, sex or pornography because they “don’t think the child can handle it,” Givertz said.

“So I would think that extrapolating from that back to pornography, it’s about teaching kids from a very early age and not being afraid of issues,” said Givertz, who was not involved with the study. “It’s about open communication, age-appropriate communication little-by-little as things come up.”

Parents can even use media, positive or negative, to spark conversations about real life, says Hust.

Whether it’s a commercial, movie or music video, parents can ask their children questions about an individual or character’s behavior, dress or attitude, and whether those expressions align with or stray from family values — conversations that should begin “as soon as you’re willing to let a child use media,” Hust said.

However, despite a body of research with encouraging findings, there are several reasons why parents may not be having these conversations.

The first may be that they’re simply unaware of the extent and nature of what their children are watching, Hust said. Other parents are uncomfortable about certain topics and feel they lack the conversational tools, while others may simply be too tired and figure their teens won’t listen anyway — a finding that this study helps refute, says Hust.

She encouraged parents to become aware of their children’s media use, as well as consider their own feelings for certain media and then express those thoughts to their kids in the course of everyday life.

“Our kids are going to learn about sex and pornography from the media, whether their parents are involved or not,” Rasmussen said. “So if parents have any ounce of concern about how their kids approach media and pornography, this research shows that parents’ influence can be stronger than the media influence. Parents are in the best position to influence their kids’ media habits.”


New Resources in Gospel Library Mobile App

Gospel-Library-mobile-app-iconThis article describes recent updates to the Gospel Library mobile app and resources added to the library in April.

With the Gospel Library mobile app, you can download and study the scriptures, general conference addresses, Sunday manuals, and other Church content. The app allows you to search, bookmark, annotate, link, and highlight content. When you log in with your LDS Account, all your notes and highlights will sync across all your devices.  Available for most platforms. See

New Content

  • April 2015 general conference messages in text, audio, or video in 87 languages.
  • May 2015 Liahona or First Presidency and visiting teaching messages in 53 languages.
  • May 2015 Ensign, New Era, and Friend in English.
  • Book of Mormon in American Sign Language.
  • Hymns in 15 languages (Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Kekchi, Korean, Latvian, Norwegian, Romanian, Russian, Swedish, and Ukrainian).
  • Children’s Songbook in 8 languages (Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Kekchi, Lithuanian, Ukrainian).
  • Jesus Christ and the Everlasting Gospel institute cornerstone course in English.

Updated Navigation

The menus in the app were updated to make the documents in the library easier to find.

New Features

  • iOS 3.4.8 update:
    • Improved search (highlight results; display occurrences).
    • Made audio listening more prominent.
    • Optimized content layout for iPhone 6.
  • Began notifications within the app (Android) to notify users about new content.
  • Published a new User’s Guide in English for Android.


  • The mobile app is accessed by 2.5 million devices every month.
  • About 60 million sessions per month.
  • Users made 15 million annotations in April.



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Missionaries Who Return Home Early

brave-lds-missionaries-videoA group of LDS missionaries who returned home early from their missions have shared their feelings in a music video “BRAVE: A Message for Early Returning Missionaries.”

The video features 14 returned missionaries who ended their service short. Each missionary holds up cards that explain the difficulty of returning home early and words of encouragement for moving forward and keeping the faith.

The video was written and directed by Ashley Sargeant, who knows first-hand how hard it is to return home early from serving an LDS mission. Many missionaries who come home early feel ashamed, depressed, anxious, hopeless, and even judged. Ashley decided there needed to be more people speaking up and helping those who come home early—no matter what the reason—which led her to the creation of this new music video.

She has also created the website, a Facebook page, and an Instagram account as a network of support for both early-returning missionaries and those struggling to overcome mental health challenges.

I encourage you to share this video with those you know who have returned home early from a mission, are losing hope of moving forward with their life, or are considering abandoning their testimony.

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.

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phoneLDS Living has published an article “7 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do with the Gospel Library App.”

The article points out that the Gospel Library mobile app gives you access not only to the standard works and general conference talks but also to a variety of gospel materials, including Teachings of the Presidents of the Church manuals, Preach My Gospel, Church magazines, videos, and other materials.

The article then gives ideas on how you can use this app to maximize your gospel study.

  1. Highlighting and underlining. You can mark words, verses, or paragraphs with many styles and colors.
  2. Creating notes, tags, and links to related materials. You can create your own subject tags and add notes to any word or paragraph.
  3. Bookmarks. Set multiple bookmarks to keep track of your reading.
  4. Plan a talk or lesson. You can compile your highlights, tags, and notes into a labeled study notebook. If you have previously tagged scripture or quotes, you can sort those into a notebook, or you can create a new “journal entry” and record your own thoughts or comments along with the quotes you’ve found.
  5. Hiding Footnotes and Menus. You can hide the footnotes to make the page easier to read.
  6. Font Size and Style. If you have trouble reading the text on the app, you can make it bigger or change the font style.
  7. Language. The navigation in the app, as well as the manuals, videos, and other materials are available in many languages.

Read the whole article “7 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do with the Gospel Library App” to get more details and tips on how to use the app.

Learn more about the Gospel Library mobile app.


LDS Videos of 72-Hour Service Challenge Go Viral

Two new videos highlight the 72-hour service sprees that a few LDS youth embarked on recently. A young man from California and two young women from Japan took a 72-hour service challenge to see how much service they could do in that time span. Hundreds of thousands have since viewed their service.

Below is the first video:

Below is the second video:

Learn more in the article “Videos of 72-Hour Service Challenge Go Viral.”


Meet the Mormons Now on Netflix

meet-mormons-movie-4Meet the Mormons is now on Netflix, so millions more people have access to it.

Need something to watch for Family Home Evening tonight? Have a neighbor you could invite to watch it with you? Have acquaintances who may want to watch it in the comfort of their own homes?

Meet the Mormons was ranked #10 for box office receipts the premiere weekend. The film has since made $5.8 million, making it the 32nd biggest documentary of all time. (All net proceeds were donated to charity.)

I encourage you to watch it and leave a rating on Netflix to encourage others to watch it as well. To rate movies, select the stars below the title. The stars will turn yellow and change from “Our Best Guess” to “Meet the Mormons Rating.”

You can also

Note: Originally, Netflix only offered Meet the Mormons on DVD, but now it is also available for Netflix streaming.

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Mother’s Day May 10, 2015: Time for Mom

TimeForMom-Give-back-to-momShare your time. Share the moment. Make a mother’s day happy.

Starting Friday, May 8, the Mormon Channel invites you to see how much time you can give back to moms within 48 hours. Visit for ideas on how you can give back.

Then share your moments on social media using the hashtag #TimeForMom and the Mormon Channel will count the hours you are giving and share what you and others are doing.

Enjoy the video below, “#TimeForMom: Make a Mother’s Day Happy:”

Below is an image you may want to use as a header on your social media accounts. Additional images can be downloaded here.


Below are additional images you can share on social media:


LDS Church Provides Economical Scriptures

economical-scriptures1The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is committed to providing free or economical access to scriptures as part of the mandate to fill the earth with the knowledge of the Lord (Habakkuk 2:14).

In the general marketplace, the cost of Bibles is rising.

In contrast, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints isn’t about to hike its prices. In fact, pocket-sized scriptures are still 50% off. You can also get scriptures free online at and free in the Gospel Library mobile app. Also, very economical print editions are available at (Bible for $8.85; triple for $5).

Here’s a quick run-down on all the ways the Church provides the scriptures:

Holy Bible page on scriptures site on LDS.orgOnline

The Church provides the full text of the Bible, Book of Mormon, and other scriptures online for free at If you log in, you can also highlight and annotate verses online and sync all your study notes across your computer, tablet, and smartphone.


Scriptures are available in various printed formats, including hardcover, softcover, and handy pocket-sized editions (which are currently 50% off).


Read and listen to the scriptures with the Gospel Library mobile app. The app also has the other manuals and videos mentioned in this article.


Watch high-quality videos from the New Testament in the “The Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos” series available online at You can also get a DVD of 50 videos from the four Gospels. You can also experience the videos and more with the Bible Videos mobile app.


The Church offers beautiful printed pictures of Jesus and other scriptural themes at reasonable prices, including new sizes of artwork to hang in your home. The Church also offers pictures that you can download in high-resolution so you can print them on your own.


Colorfully illustrated scripture stories are available online at Each of the four books has downloadable text, audio, and video. They are also available as printed books and on a DVD set.

The weekly Scripture Stories radio series (New Testament, D&C/Church History, Book of Mormon) is designed to inspire children to come to know and love stories from the scriptures. Each episode features children sharing their insights and favorite experiences from the scriptures, along with music and readings of the best stories from the scriptures. New episodes are completed regularly, so check back often to see them.

The video “What the Scriptures Mean to Me” describes the personal value of the scriptures:



lds-temple-names-ReleaseStarting in the next few months, the Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will begin unreserving user temple reservations that have been inactive for more than two years. If you have reservations that you haven’t been able to complete, now is a good time to share them with family members via email, or with the temple.

Please keep in mind that

  • Reservations shared with the temple will not be unreserved.
  • Reservations for an individual will only be unreserved if the most recent ordinance was completed more than two years ago. (So, reservations with progress more recent than two years ago will not be unreserved.)

Unreserving inactive temple reservations has become a priority due to the large number of ordinances that currently fit that two-year window, and is in line with instruction from the First Presidency to ensure that temple work for ancestors is completed in a timely manner. There are nearly 12 million ordinance reservations held by FamilySearch patrons in Family Tree. Amazingly, 5% of FamilySearch patrons hold 60% of those reservations. Users with large reservation lists will be alerted to this upcoming change through email and postal mail where possible.

What you can do
If you have a large reserved list, there are different things you can do to help ensure that the work for these ancestors is completed in a timely manner. Here are some ideas to help you get started.

TempleReservationsReview your temple list: Your temple reservation list is located under the temple tab, which appears in the top navigation once you log in. You can also follow this link. We’ve added the ability to sort the ordinances by reservation date. Check to see which ordinances you will be able to do yourself, and which might be good candidates for sharing.

Share with family members via email: We have added the capability to share temple ordinances with family members and friends through email. This is a convenient, “cardless,” way to share the blessings of the temple with the living, and the dead. Click here to learn how this works, or read about someone’s experience with this feature on the FamilySearch Blog.

Share with the temple: If you don’t have family members that are able to perform temple ordinances, you can also share the ordinances with the temple. This is a great way to ensure that ordinances are performed expeditiously, as there are members all over the world who regularly attend the temple and need proxy names.ShareMenu

Un-reserve/re-reserve: If an ordinance has been on your list for two years, and, for personal or research reasons, it needs to stay there, you can unreserve the ordinance and then re-reserve it to restart the clock.

Do nothing: A final option is to just do nothing. The ordinances on your list that exceed the two years will automatically be unreserved and other family members will be able to snap them up.

If you don’t have a reservation list that fits this criteria, be on the lookout for ancestors who might be coming off of one of your relatives’ lists, and complete that temple work.

We’re excited about this new development and know that it will lead to many more of Heavenly Father’s children receiving saving temple ordinances.

This article was originally published on the FamilySearch Blog.


Free Chart of LDS General Authorities & Officers

The May issue of the printed Ensign and Liahona magazines include a 2-page chart showing the General Authorities and General Officers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

You can also download a printable PDF. It is available in many languages by going to the page for the May Liahona and selecting a language. Then scroll down to the row labeled “General Authorities and General Officers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” and click on the download link to the right.



Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Primer

This article is an overview of Search Engine Optimization (SEO). It contains best practices that may be helpful to you if you maintain a blog or website. The information is from the page Search Engine Optimization (SEO) on, provided as an SEO overview for those who maintain the Church’s country communication pages on

search-engine-optimization-seoAdvances in Internet technology have changed the way people find answers to questions or information related to topics they are interested in. Today, Google and other search engines serve as modern-day library card catalogs. The role of a search engine is to determine what a person is looking for (search intent) and then return the most relevant results.

Search engine optimization (SEO) is the art and science of making websites findable in search engine results pages (SERP) when someone’s search intent matches content published online. There are standard guidelines provided by Google and tested by the SEO team and countless other SEO professionals that will help the church attract visitors who are searching for Internet content it publishes.

We view SEO as a method to spread the gospel online and encourage others to treat it as such. By being actively engaged in improving our websites for search engines, we help them (e.g., Google, Yahoo!, Bing, etc.) provide more relevant and accurate results to their customers. At the same time, we are able to introduce the honest and pure in heart to accurate and relevant truth as it relates to their search query. This document serves as a set of standard guidelines that must be followed on all church websites in an effort to effectively spread the gospel online.

Title Tag Information and Example

The title tag is one of the most important on-page factors in regards to ranking on search engines.

  • It is visible on both the website and the search engine results page (SERP).
  • It lets both users and search engines know what your webpage (URL) is about.

Best practice is to keep the title tag descriptive, succinct, and unique.

  • Keep the title tag’s length to 65 characters or less or else it will be cut off (by ellipsis) in the SERPs and/or could be seen as “spammy” by search engines.
  • Use hyphens (-) and pipe bars (|) to separate keywords (keyword phrases).
  • Every webpage needs to have a unique title tag.

Generally, targeting no more than three unique keywords per webpage is ideal.

  • Focusing on three root keywords avoids the practice and appearance of “keyword stuffing.”
  • A webpage will still be relevant for related long-tail keywords (i.e., “Mormon radio” will be relevant for “Mormon radio station,” “Mormon radio channel,” etc.), even if you just focus on three.


Example title tag for

Put the most important keywords at the beginning of the title tag.

  • Search engines put more weight/value to keywords at the beginning of title tags, so put the main keyword first.

Normally, title tags are short snippets of keywords or small phrases—not sentences.

  • Since these titles are displayed on the SERPs, they should be able to digest quickly at a glance. Normally, people don’t want to read a whole sentence while in the initial search phase.
  • The keywords that you use, if searched for by a user, will be bolded in the SERP.

Meta Description Information and Example

The meta description is very important for a URLs click through rate (from SERPs), as well as website usage stats and data.

  • It is not visible to users on the website (unless you view the source code), but is visible for users on the SERP.
  • This is an opportunity to go into more detail about the webpage, as well as offer a call to action and utilize a few targeted keywords.


Best practice is to keep the description relevant (to that particular webpage), write as a sentence, and keep it unique (per webpage).

  • Keep the meta description’s length to approximately 150 characters or else it will be cut off (by ellipsis) in the SERPs.
  • Shy away from excessive use of “sales” writing, but it is okay to have a relevant call to action where relevant.
  • Every webpage needs to have a unique meta description.

Utilize at least one (and up to three) targeted keywords in the meta description from the title tag.

  • Use keyword(s) naturally; keyword variations are okay (i.e., pluralizing).

Keyword Targeting Information and Page Content (HTML Text)


Naturally include keywords within the copy.

  • Either during or after writing the copy, be sure to check that the targeted keywords for that particular webpage have been used at least once each. Good practice is to not use a particular keyword more than three times, as it will appear unnatural and spammy to search engines, as well as users.
  • It is okay to use variations of the targeted keywords as long as you use each targeted keyword once “as is.” For example, if the targeted keyword is “Mormon,” the copy could use “Mormon,” “Mormons,” and “Mormonism” and still be okay—in fact, this usage will look more natural to search engines and users.
  • It is suggested (although not uber-imperative) to bold one usage of each targeted keyword using a tag. Even though this practice has lost some effectiveness over the years due to abuse and manipulation, there is still some value in doing so (as it is an indicator to search engines that it is an important word and also stands out for users).

Write in small paragraphs and structure them with subheadings (i.e., headings, headings, etc.).


Image File Name Information and Example

Every image used on church-owned websites should have a relevant file name and alt tag to help search engines determine what the image is about. We also recommend including the image size information in the tag.

Where appropriate, keywords relevant to the image should appear close to the image itself before and after the code. This will give even better signals to Google and other search engines regarding the content of the image.

Information about images on each page should be contained also in the XML sitemap. Doing so may help search engine robots find, index, and rank images on our websites quickly and more accurately.

The file name for images is a key indicator to search engines of what the image is about.

Example file name for this image: wilford-woodruff-mormon-prophet.png


  • Best practice is to keep them unique, descriptive of that particular image, and utilize a targeted keyword or variation (if possible).
  • It should be a keyword phrase that describes the image.
  • Sentences or very long file names are discouraged.
  • Separate words with hyphens (avoiding underscores).

Image Alt Tag Information and Example

  • The alt image tag serves as an indicator to search engines on what the image is about and displays if the image does not load.
  • It is not visible to users unless the image does not load.
  • In addition, for users that have vision impairments and special website browsers, the alt tag will be read aloud to users.
  • Best practice is to keep them unique, particular to that image, and utilize a targeted keyword or variation (if possible).
  • It should be a keyword phrase that describes the image.
  • Sentences or very long image alt tags are discouraged.
  • Can closely resemble or even be the same as the image file name.
  • If the image is only aesthetic in nature and has nothing to do with the content/text of that webpage, it is okay to leave it null (i.e., alt=””).


Are you planning to participate in the next LDS Face-to-Face event with Elder and Sister David A. Bednar? It is perfect for an LDS Mutual or family activity.

The event will be streamed live on May 12, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. MDT in 10 languages. You can watch or join the conversation at

Elder and Sister Bednar will talk about how to strengthen your testimony as you learn a pattern for receiving answers to your questions.

Youth from around the world will be able to ask Elder and Sister Bednar questions before and during the event. All youth are invited to participate and are encouraged to invite their friends and family to join in.

Elder-Sister-Bednar-Face2FaceYou can submit questions before the event by commenting on the youth activities page. You can also send questions during the event on the same page or you can post questions on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #LDSface2face. Before submitting a question, seek the guidance of the Holy Ghost. If you had only one chance to ask an Apostle and his wife a question, what would it be?

Watch the 2 previous LDS Face-to-Face events:


The first Saturday in May is Free Comic Book Day, a day when people celebrate comic books and some comic book shops give away free comic books.

Although they are not comic books, the Church offers free downloadable graphic novel versions of the scriptures. Below are the download links (and they are available year-round, not just on Free Comic Book Day.)

Old Testament Stories from the Bible
English PDF | Español (Spanish) PDF |Français (French) PDF | Deutsch (German) PDF | Nederlands (Dutch) PDF | Italiano (Italian) PDF | Русский (Russian) PDF |Українська (Ukrainian) PDF | Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian) PDF | Tagalog PDF| Faka-tonga (Tongan) PDF | Gagana Samoa (Samoan) PDF | Suomi (Finnish) PDF | العربية (Arabic) PDF | 中文 (Chinese) PDF | 简体中文 (Chinese, Simplified) PDF |日本語 (Japanese) PDF | 한국어 (Korean) PDF

New Testament Stories from the Bible
English PDF | Español (Spanish) PDF |Français (French) PDF | Deutsch (German) PDF | Nederlands (Dutch) PDF | Italiano (Italian) PDF | Português (Portuguese) PDF| Русский (Russian) PDF | Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian) PDF | Cebuano PDF| Tagalog PDF | Faka-tonga (Tongan) PDF |Gagana Samoa (Samoan) PDF | Suomi (Finnish) PDF | Հայերեն (Armenian) PDF |中文 (Chinese) PDF | 日本語 (Japanese) PDF| 한국어 (Korean) PDF | Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese) PDF | Hrvatski (Croatian) PDF | Ελληνικά (Greek) | Kreyòl Ayisyen (Haitian Creole) PDF | ພາສາລາວ (Laotian) PDF | Malagasy PDF |Polski (Polish) PDF | Română (Romanian) PDF

Book of Mormon Stories
English PDF | Español (Spanish) PDF |Français (French) PDF | Deutsch (German) PDF | Nederlands (Dutch) PDF | Italiano (Italian) PDF | Português (Portuguese) PDF| Русский (Russian) PDF | Cebuano PDF |Tagalog PDF | Faka-tonga (Tongan) PDF |Suomi (Finnish) PDF | العربية (Arabic) PDF |中文 (Chinese) PDF | 简体中文 (Chinese, Simplified) PDF | Hrvatski (Croatian) PDF| Ελληνικά (Greek) | Kreyòl Ayisyen (Haitian Creole) PDF | Hiligaynon PDF |Hmoob (Hmong) PDF | ພາສາລາວ (Laotian) PDF | Malagasy PDF | Polski (Polish) PDF |Română (Romanian) PDF

Doctrine and Covenants Stories
English PDF | Español (Spanish) PDF |Italiano (Italian) PDF | Português (Portuguese) PDF | Русский (Russian) PDF| Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian) PDF |Cebuano PDF | Tagalog PDF | Gagana Samoa (Samoan) PDF | العربية (Arabic) PDF| Հայերեն (Armenian) PDF | 中文 (Chinese) PDF | Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese) PDF | हिन्दी, हिंदी (Hindi) PDF | Hmoob (Hmong) PDF |ພາສາລາວ (Laotian) PDF

This article is based on the post “Free Comic Book Day: Graphic Novels of Bible, Book of Mormon, D&C.”  See it for several additional languages, as well as a printable PDF of pass-along cards with a QR code to make it easy to get to the original article, which will be continuously updated.


Studying April 2015 LDS General Conference

The text and PDF of the general conference issues of the Ensign, Liahona, New Era, and Friend magazines are now online and in the Gospel Library mobile app. Printed copies are in the mail to deliver to subscribers’ doors.

The Ensign and Liahona magazines include a 2-page chart showing the General Authorities and General Officers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (Download a printable PDF copy.)

Did you know you can subscribe to get an extra copy of the conference Ensign? In addition to the regular 12 monthly issues, this subscription option includes one extra copy each of the May and November (general conference) issues.

You can also order DVDs and audio CDs at and they will be shipped as soon as they are available. You can also subscribe to have the DVDs or CDs sent to you automatically every conference.

I recommend you take a look at the “Get More Out of Conference” section of It gives ideas on how to improve your study of general conference, with ideas for individuals, families, and teachers.


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From the Church’s site:

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has approved an electronic method for members in the United States to pay tithing and submit other charitable donations.

The Online Donations system will allow members in the United States an additional method to submit their contributions to the Church. Historically, donation envelopes and contributions were given to priesthood leaders in each ward and branch. In the future, this same process may still be used. However, for those who wish, they may make their contributions through the online donation system developed by the Church.


The Church Online Donations website will be rolled out to congregations in the US throughout 2015, and the Church will notify local leaders when it is available in their area.

The Church’s Finance and Records Department says the initial site not only demonstrated a simplified donation process for members, but also showed that this new approach reduced the load on local leaders and clerks charged with processing donations.

And for those with a friend or family member serving a mission, the website allows anyone with an LDS Account — Church member or not — to donate to help financially support that missionary.

For Latter-day Saints, tithing is a natural and integrated aspect of their religious belief and practice. By the biblical definition, tithing is one-tenth, and Church members interpret this as a tenth of their “increase,” or income, annually. It is paid on the honor system. No one asks to see income statements or pay slips.

Tithes and other charitable donations help the Church carry out its mission of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ, caring for the poor and strengthening members’ faith and commitment to Jesus Christ. (Learn more about tithing and charitable donations.)

Below is a screenshot of the Donations History portion of the Church Online Donations website:


Below is a screenshot of the Donor Statements portion of the Church Online Donations website: