rain-pier-umbrellaThe article “Understanding Suicide: Warning Signs and Prevention” has been published in the October issue of the Ensign and Liahona magazine. This article is written for adults and youth by an LDS international expert who discusses the warning signs, prevention, and appropriate reactions to suicide.

It is important for members and leaders to be aware of these resources so we can actively support individuals who are affected by suicide.

Download a PDF of this article for printing.

Learn more:



LDS Church Now Has 80 Newsrooms Around the World

taiwan-familyAdapted from the MormonNewsroom.org:

The creation of a Mormon Newsroom website for Taiwan marks the 80th Newsroom website for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In addition to the Church’s worldwide MormonNewsroom.org, the official news resource for news media, opinion leaders, and the public, there are 79 other sites around the world managed in-country with primarily local content.

These international Newsroom websites provide information specific for Church members and public audiences in each country and cover a total of 29 languages. Information includes things like service projects, community discourse, and stories about members.

The main site, MormonNewsroom.org, features a series called “Mormons Around the World” that shares what leaders and members are doing in various countries.

Below is a list of Mormon Newsroom sites:


October 2016 LDS World Report

lds-october-2016-world-reportAt the LDS general conference every six months, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issues an official World Report of Church news and events around the world.

The video below is the October 2016 edition of The Word Report:

Below is the October 2016 World Report in Spanish:

Below is the October 2016 World Report in Portuguese:


Short URLs to Access LDS General Conference

conference-centerThe Church provides a number of short URLs you can use to quickly access general conference online.

Conference Page

Conference Music

  • gcmusic.lds.org takes you to the conference music playlist (lds.org/general-conference/music)

Conference Children’s Activities

  • conferencegames.lds.org takes you to general conference activities for children (lds.org/general-conference/activities-for-children)

See a list of short URLs to find many other Church websites.


Children’s Activities for LDS General Conference

children-activities-16x9The Church provides General Conference activities for children at ConferenceGames.lds.org in EnglishPortuguese and Spanish to help them enjoy and learn more from listening to general conference.

Please download and share these materials with others.

There are also useful conference activities available on other websites, such as the following:

If you have any suggestions to improve the Church’s conference activities for children, please comment below.


Invite Your Friends to Watch LDS General Conference

lds-general-conference-ldsconfLDS General Conference may be one of the best ways to introduce your friends to the Church. This article provides references to help you explain to others what general conference is all about and to invite them to watch the upcoming general conference. Below are images provided by the Church to share on your social media accounts.

Saturday, September 24, 2016
General Women’s Session (6:00 p.m.) for women, young women, and girls eight years of age and older

Saturday, October 1, 2016
Saturday Morning Session (10:00 a.m.) for everyone
Saturday Afternoon Session (2:00 p.m.) for everyone
General Priesthood Session (6:00 p.m.) for men and young men 12 years of age and older

Sunday, October 2, 2016
Sunday Morning Session (10:00 a.m.) for everyone
Sunday Afternoon Session (2:00 p.m.) for everyone

What is LDS General Conference?

Invite Others to Watch General Conference

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The Next Door Movie

next-door-filmTwo LDS missionaries become concerned when someone they teach goes missing. As they search for answers, they find themselves plunged into a world of danger and deceit. That’s the plot of The Next Door, a new independent short film produced by film students from BYU and UVU, most of which are in their freshman year of college.

This mystery thriller was produced on a shoe-string budget, independent of any BYU funding. Lead by director/writer Barrett Burgin, they were somehow able to recruit actors Michael Flynn (Best Two Years, 17 Miracles), Mason D. Davis (Saturday’s Warrior, The Cokeville Miracle, 16 Stones), Austin R. Grant, Alexander Woods, and Paris Warner (Once I Was a Beehive).

Watch the trailer for The Next Door:

The film has a limited premiere this Thursday and Friday, September 29–30, 2016. Tickets are only $5, available online:

  • Tickets for the Utah Valley showing, Thursday, September 29, 2016, Megaplex Theatres at Geneva
  • Tickets for the Salt Lake showing, Friday, September 30, 2016, Salt Lake Art Center

next-door-film-premiereAfter this week’s premiere, the film will immediately go into the festival circuit, submitted to festivals such as Sundance, the LDS Film Festival, the Student Emmys, and FilmQuest. After the film has gone through the festival circuit (and hopefully garnered some awards), it will be posted online for all to enjoy.

This 35-minute film has a non-linear story line set in the 1990s. The neo-noir film style gives it an interesting mystique. It’s not a kids’ film—it’s a little dark, and frankly they likely wouldn’t follow the twists and turns in the complex plot. It also isn’t your typical LDS film with inside humor or an underlying spiritual message. It could just be the first film in a new era in Mormon cinema.

“I know it’s a little unconventional, but my hope is that doing something kind of bold and intense can garner some attention and be the first step in expanding the liturgy within Mormon Cinema,” said director Barrett Burgin.

“I was nervous about doing this. But I tried to be prayerful in it, and hope it can be a means to an end in creating gospel cinema that is interesting, truthful, and challenging.”



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The Spirit of the Game (Mormon Yankees) Movie

spirit-games-mormon-yankees60 years ago, in the far away land of Australia, the incredible true story of the Mormon Yankees was born. And now, this timeless, uplifting story about sport, spirit, and faith comes to the big screen. The opening night in Utah is October 7. It opens in Arizona and Idaho on October 14, and will expand to more cities across the USA and in Australia in the weeks that follow.

The Mormon Yankees made worldwide history in 1956 when they took on the task of helping the struggling Australian basketball team prepare for the Olympic games. In doing so, this small group of LDS missionary athletes unified an entire nation that was still reeling from the aftermath of World War II.

I attended a pre-release screening of the movie and found it to be engaging and uplifting. It will have you cheering in your seat. Whether you’re LDS or not, Australian or Yankee, the faith and sportsmanship of the Mormon Yankees will inspire you.

If you want to keep seeing quality, faith-based family entertainment like this in theaters, you have to turn out strong opening weekend! This is how we tell the theaters we want clean, wholesome family movies. When you share this with your friends on social media, please use the hashtag #MormonYankees.

Watch the trailer for Spirit of the Game:

Follow the Facebook page for The Spirit of the Game (Mormon Yankees) Movie

The Mormon Yankees were “the greatest thing that could happen to Australian basketball,” wrote newspaper writer Gunars Esins Berzzarins.

Here is another sneak peek clip from the movie:

Below is a photo of the Mormon Yankees circa 1956—the basketball team whose faith and sportsmanship inspired an entire nation! Many of the original Mormon Yankees players will attend the movie premiere in Utah.





Music Video OKAY by The Piano Guys

its-gonna-be-ok-music-video-piano-guysWe’ve all received bad news. We’re all struggling with something or someone we love is barely holding on. We hear about hate, terror, and despair. But that doesn’t mean that goodness is gone. Inside, most of us still genuinely want happiness not only for ourselves, but also our family, our friends, and our fellow human beings.

That’s the message of The Piano Guys’ new music video “This Is Exactly What You Need to Hear Today – OKAY:”

The essence of this song is that “No matter what you’ve been through, no matter if you think you’re falling apart, it’s gonna be okay. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow. But we believe that someday, somehow, all things will be made right. And as the Psalm says, ‘They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.'”

The Piano Guys explain: “In the meantime, there are so many more things to hope for and to work at while we yearn for the outcome we want so badly – more gratitude for what we have, more love for those we’ve taken for granted, more faith in ourselves and those we hold dear, and more confidence in a Divine purpose.

“We felt like the best way to spread the message of this song was to supplement our standard classically-influenced instrumental niche with a more pop-driven tune featuring Al’s superb vocal skills. As Oscar Hammerstein once said, ‘It is a modern tragedy that despair has so many spokesmen, and hope so few.'”

Please share this song with someone you think might need it today. Thank you!

Helpful websites from the LDS 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.


8 Ways to Access LDS General Conference

lds-general-conference-ldsconfThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints invites people around the world to participate in messages of inspiration and guidance at the LDS general conference twice a year. In these meetings, the First Presidency, members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and other General Authorities and General Officers of the Church deliver messages of inspiration and guidance.

Saturday, September 24, 2016
General Women’s Session (6:00 p.m.) for women, young women, and girls eight years of age and older

Saturday, October 1, 2016
Saturday Morning Session (10:00 a.m.) for everyone
Saturday Afternoon Session (2:00 p.m.) for everyone
General Priesthood Session (6:00 p.m.) for men and young men 12 years of age and older

Sunday, October 2, 2016
Sunday Morning Session (10:00 a.m.) for everyone
Sunday Afternoon Session (2:00 p.m.) for everyone

All sessions will be streamed live on the home page of LDS.org. They are also available via the Church satellite system, Mormon Channel, radio, television, satellite, and other digital channels. See Viewing Times and Options for more details. For specific times, languages, and rebroadcast information, refer to the Church broadcast schedule.

Here are 8 ways that you can participate in LDS general conference:

ldsconf-meetinghouse#1: In Person

  • Attend the live satellite or Internet broadcast in your meetinghouse. Check with your leaders to determine when and where it will be shown. For broadcast times and options, see the satellite broadcast details. To find a meetinghouse anywhere in the world, visit maps.lds.org.
  • Attend the live event in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City. See ticket information.

#2: Internet

Live video in 27 languages. Some languages will appear on the home page of LDS.org and others will appear on the language pages.
Mormon-Channel-icon MormonChannel.org
Live video in the following 12 languages: American Sign Language, Cantonese, English (including closed captioned), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese (including closed captioned), Russian, and Spanish (including closed captioned).
BYUtv.org and BYUtv International
Live video and audio in English
Mormon Channel
Live video in the following 11 languages: Cantonese, English (including closed captioned), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese (including closed captioned), Russian, and Spanish (including closed captioned).

Closed captions are available at LDS.org in English, Spanish, and Portuguese by choosing the CC button on the LDS Media Player (Flash). Also available in English on Apple iOS devices by going to the video settings on the device and turning on closed captions.

ldsconf-mobile#3. Mobile App

Mormon Channel mobile app
Video and audio in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

#4: Television

Video and audio in English
BYU-tv International
Video and audio in Spanish and Portuguese
Mormon Channel on Roku
Video in the following 11 languages: Cantonese, English (including closed captioned), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese (including closed captioned), Russian, and Spanish (including closed captioned). (Search for general conference under the “Spiritual” category.) Available in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Canada.
Local TV Check local program listings for availability in your area or visit bonneville.info or KSL.com.

#5: Radio

Audio is available through various radio stations, including Mormon Channel HD Radio, KSL Radio, BYU Radio (online and SiriusXM), and Internet radio stations  throughout the world. For listings, visit bonneville.info.

#6: Social Media

#7: Archives

  • Video cached streams of the full sessions will be available right after each session ends. Divisions into individual talk and music segments in many languages will begin appearing after 8 hours and will be completed within 24 hrs of the broadcast on conference.lds.org, podcasts, iTunes, and YouTube.
  • Video and audio will be available on LDS.org in over 80 languages and on the Mormon Channel in iTunes (in many languages) within 8 hrs of the broadcast.
  • Written summaries of the talks will be posted shortly after each session.
  • English text will be available at conference.lds.org and in the Gospel Library mobile app a few days after conference. Text in other languages will be posted in the following weeks.
  • Read more detailed information about when general conference addresses will be available in video, audio, and text formats.

#8: Physical Copies

You can read and study general conference afterward using the following:

  • Find all conference talks in printed copies of the November issue of the Ensign and Liahona magazines. The November issues of the New Era and the Friend also contain conference messages and features. You can subscribe to get an extra conference issue of the Ensign and Liahona.
  • Physical DVDs and audio CDs, which you can pre-order now at store.lds.org 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.)

For more information, see The Complete Guide to Attending General Conference.


Music Video: You Can “Hit Undo”

hit-undo-videoSometimes we are told that change isn’t possible. And sometimes we actually believe it. But Nadia Khristean wants to send a clear message in this video that YOU CAN hit undo, that second chances do exist, and that you CAN change.

Watch the video “Hit Undo (Original) – Nadia Khristean, featuring Colby Ferrin:”

Note that some of the images in this video are a bit raw. (For example, drug use.)

Find out “How to Hit Undo” at AddictionRecovery.lds.org.

“This video is really near to my heart. I have had a lot of family members suffer through addiction and I have seen the powerful change that can be brought in anyone. I believe it’s a matter of looking up and finding a strength that is beyond our own to help us stop,” writes Nadia Khristean, who pulled together some friends and others to put together this video to spread a message of the Atonement and hope to as many people as can see it.

In making this video, they attended a few addiction recovery meetings and invited anyone who wanted to share their story to be a part of this video. All the participants in this video are recovering addicts, and their stories are real. “Meeting these incredible individuals was an amazing experience,” writes Nadia. “I look up to them for taking the initiative to change and finding strength to do it. None of us are perfect, we are all human, so when we choose to share our story, we inspire others to become something greater. We may not know what kind of impact our story may have, but our deepest experiences could save someone’s life.

“Don’t ever be afraid to be who you are, and don’t worry. We’re all not perfect. We’re all on the same journey to become someone better. So take a deep breath, and realize that you are more than what you may think of yourself! And your story may hold the power to change someone forever.”

Nadia Khristean is a public speaker, co-founder of the Daddy Come Home foundation, a BYU student studying commercial music, and a singer/songwriter who writes music for causes such as anti-bullying, women and inner beauty, families of fallen soldiers, adopted special needs children, and most recently addiction recovery.

Having seen the suffering of those going through addiction in her own family and in those she met while serving an LDS mission in Peru, Nadia knows the powerful impact of the LDS Church’s Addiction Recovery 12-Step Program. (Learn more about the 12 Steps to Change Video Series on Addiction.)

So Nadia teamed up with Colby Ferrin, a returned missionary with several hit videos, who’s all about sending out positive messages through the media. They wrote a song and shot an inspiring music video, with the message “I can hit undo.” The video is about second chances within addiction recovery and they hope for it to reach anyone who may be suffering through addiction or family members who are struggling with loved ones who may be passing through these kinds of trials. They send the clear message to viewers that you can hit undo, second chances do exist, and you can change.

Video Production by Nick Sales at Aevium Films.

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.


elder-cook-to-lds-young-adults-we-should-not-have-fearElder Quentin L. Cook recently said that the internet and social media ­­contribute much good to modern society, but can also distract people from accomplishing their true calling in mortal life. That was part of the message he delivered at a worldwide devotional for young adults on September 11, 2016.

“My earnest plea is that all of us will evaluate how and when we use the internet and social media,” he said. “The bright-line test should be: Does it assist our other worthy and important goals, or does it seriously impede our progress? Are we obsessed with social media for fear of missing out if we don’t check it constantly? Does the self-promotion of some social media cause us to have self-doubt and feel inadequate?

“Worse yet, does the internet lead us to images and content that is impure, inappropriate, or contains half-truths that destroy faith? Do we ever hide our identity and subject others to unkind comments or opinions? Does social media interfere with the time we would normally spend with religious observance in the home or quality family time? Is the amount of time spent on the internet with games and trivia preventing us from effectively pursuing serious goals? These are decisions I challenge each of us to contemplate, make adjustments, and repent where necessary to bless our lives.”

Elder Cook left the young adults with an additional thought on the subject. “We hear a lot about being authentic in social media,” he said. “Being sincerely Christlike is an even more important goal than being authentic.”


Teaching the Gospel in a Digital World


LDS leaders have prophesied for decades about inspired advancements in technology and how these miracles will hasten the Lord’s work in preparation for the second coming.

Using smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other devices is one way to enhance discussion and teach the gospel, said Ron J. Schwendiman in a series of classes on “Teaching the Gospel in a Digital World” at BYU’s Campus Education Week.

To learn more about what Brother Schwendiman taught, see the following:


Video: Refuge from the Storm

refuge-from-storm-videoWatch this Mormon Message video “Refuge from the Storm.”

Tens of millions of people have been displaced from their homes due to conflict and famine—half of these individuals are children.

In the April 2016 general conference, Elder Patrick Kearon spoke of the Savior’s connection to refugees, “At various points in His ministry, Jesus found Himself threatened and His life in danger, ultimately submitting to the designs of evil men who had plotted His death.”

Christ’s response to these situations can inform our reaction as well. Elder Kearon said, “Perhaps, then, it is all the more remarkable to us that He repeatedly taught us to love one another, to love as He loves, to love our neighbor as ourselves. Truly, ‘pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction’ and to ‘look to the poor and the needy, and administer to their relief that they shall not suffer.’”

Have you wondered how you can get involved with refugee efforts in your community? For information and ideas visit the Church’s website at IWasAStranger.lds.org.

Watch or read Elder Patrick Kearon’s full talk “Refuge from the Storm.”

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Music Video “If You Could Hie To Kolob” by Nick Sales

nick-sales-hie-kolobLDS musician Nick Sales has released this music video of “If You Could Hie To Kolob.”

For over four years, Nick has been working on the arrangement and planning the music video. The idea first came to him as he started his mission. He would flip through the hymn book and coming up with interesting arrangements to his favorite hymns.

Nick explained, “As the arrangement started coming together for ‘If You Could Hie To Kolob,’ the idea hit me that this would make an awesomely epic music video. I instantly knew that I wanted to film it at the Salt Flats in Utah, because since this hymn talks about Kolob, which is another planet, I wanted to film at a place that looked like another planet, and the Salt Flats fits that image perfectly.”

Nick explains that his goal for this video has two parts. “Part one: to give members of the church the opportunity to listen to a modern arrangement of a timeless sacred hymn, and part two: to have those who aren’t members of the church listen to this song and think ‘Wow, this is pretty good!’ and then realize that it’s actually a hymn from the LDS church.”

Nick feels that God is doing missionary work in unique ways, and he feels blessed to be a part of it. “I’ve seen too many miracles happen for this video to come together, and I know that this is a small thing I can do to help bring others closer to Christ.”

If you like this video, follow Nick’s Facebook page or subscribe to his YouTube channel because he plans on making modern arrangements of more hymns. The lyrics of this song bring a powerful message: “There is no end to glory, there is no end to love. There is no end to being, there is no death above.”

Download a free MP3 of the song “If You Could Hie To Kolob.”

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.