Bring Meet the Mormons Movie to Your City

The cities have been announced where the new movie Meet the Mormons will be released on October 10. See the list of states and cities to see if it will be playing in your city.

If you do not see your city on the list, you can go to this web page to request it. If  enough people request it in a given city, it can be booked in a theater in that city. Please ask your friends and family to go to this page and request the movie.

Learn more about the Meet the Mormons movie.

Here is a trailer for the movie:

Watch the video below to hear what people are saying about the movie:

 
All net proceeds from the movie will be donated to charity.

You can download a poster that you can post in your meetinghouse.

You could share that URL with anyone so they can download and print the post to use as they wish.

Below are images about 3 of the 6 main characters in the movie:

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New Pocket-Sized Scripture Set

Pocket-sized scriptures-1A few years ago, the Church published a pocket-sized Book of Mormon. Now you can get a pocket-sized printed version of the entire standard works.

The new set contains the Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price. The Book of Mormon includes the Guide to the Scriptures (the first time this has been available in print in English) and color illustrations.

The new set has black covers and rounded corners to reduce corner curling. Each book fits perfectly in a front shirt pocket, side or back pockets of shorts or pants, and backpacks.

For years, the Church has published a pocket-sized scripture set for use by military personnel. But now anyone can buy this new set.

Many people prefer to study the scriptures digitally because they can search, highlight, and make notes, and all that syncs across your computer, tablet, and mobile phone. However, the new pocket-sized set allows a camper, hiker, or missionary to carry printed scriptures in places where they would not want to take a digital device.

Get the new pocket-sized scripture set at your local distribution center or order online. You can get the entire set, or each of the 4 books separately.

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Finding Purpose After a Full-time Mission

purpose-missionary-serviceThis month’s Ensign has a great article “I Found Purpose After My Missionary Service.”

Although the experience of being a
returned missionary can vary from person
to person, many find it a challenge to
reorient themselves after removing their
missionary name tags.

In this article, young adults share ways that they found a sense of purpose after returning home from a mission.

They give advice on setting worthwhile goals, pursuing an education, maintaining friendships, getting involved in Institute, and pursuing other purposeful activities.

Do you know a returned missionary you could share this article with?

 

 

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Mobile App Guide for Mormons

apps-mormonsLDS.net has published the ultimate Mobile App Guide for Mormons.

It’s a guide to all the best mobile apps for Latter-day Saints, including those provided by the Church and by others.

Read other articles on LDSMediaTalk.com about mobile apps.

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Online Seminary is a Home-Study Option

online-seminaryOnline seminary is a new option along with the existing daily, released-time, and home-study seminary classes.

It is not intended to replace established daily or released-time classes, but may be considered in situations where students cannot meet each weekday because of distance or other limiting factors.

Priesthood leaders can make online seminary available in areas that consist mostly of stake seminary programs (not released-time areas). Online seminary is preferred to home-study classes when students and teachers have daily access to a computer with a high-speed Internet connection.

The online curriculum isn’t just home-study materials posted online. The online class is interactive, with teachers and students sharing with each other.

To better understand the online seminary program, watch this video:

To help priesthood leaders understand this new type of seminary class, see the instructions and guidelines regarding the phased implementation of online seminary.

Learn more in the article “Online Seminary Available as Home-Study Option.”

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A Homemade Mormon Message

homemadeSome LDS youth got together and created this video, “A Homemade Mormon Message,” styled after the Church’s Mormon Messages.

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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general-conference-speakerLeaders at LDS General Conference have always delivered their talks in English, even if it wasn’t their native language. The talks were then interpreted from English into 90+ languages so that Latter-day Saints and friends around the world could hear them in their own languages.

However, beginning with the upcoming conference on October 4-5, 2014, speakers whose primary language is not English will have the choice to deliver their talks in their native tongue.

According to Dale Jones in the Church’s Public Affairs office, in cases when speakers give their address in other languages, “English subtitles will be shown on screens in the Conference Center and a live English interpretation will be provided for all other English-language broadcasts including satellite, cable, television, and the Internet.”

31 General Authorities speak languages other than English as their first language. See a list of the 12 languages they speak.

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Pioneer Historical Timeline

Below is an infographic from The Trek West page of history.lds.org.

The first section shows major events that took place in the lives of pioneers before and after they survived the trek to Salt Lake City. The graphic shows the timeline of the lives of two women whose lives spanned a 200-year period.

  • The first woman highlighted, Mary Ann Pulver Van Leuven, was approximately 84 when she crossed the plains. Before embarking on the journey west, she witnessed everything from the Declaration of Independence to the first Saints leaving Nauvoo and following Brigham Young to Utah.
  • The second woman, Hilda Anderson, trekked across the United States as a young girl. She lived to be 100 years old and had the opportunity to watch the wonders of the 19th century unfold. Hilda was alive from the time of the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad to the first successful human mission to space.

The next section of the infographic shows a day in the life of a pioneer traveling with a wagon train. The pioneers had a schedule throughout the day in order to accomplish everything they needed to do. They had to make all their food from scratch and plan for accidents or wagon repairs.

The last section of the infographic is a Then and Now comparison.

A larger version of the infographic below can be found at history.lds.org.
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More Language Content on LDS.org

languagesThe full LDS.org experience is available in 10 languages, but some content is available in over 100 languages.

Recent improvements to LDS.org in languages includes the following:

  1. Now you can navigate within LDS.org in more languages.
  2. You can search for content in your language and get search results in your language.
  3. Content in more languages has been added.

(Note: Gospel Library mobile app also just added more content in Spanish and Portuguese, such as the Hymns and Preach My Gospel guidebook and teaching pamphlets.)

The following language pages were recently updated on LDS.org:

  • Albanian
  • Amharic
  • Armenian
  • Bislama
  • Bulgarian
  • Cambodian/Khmer
  • Cebuano
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • Estonian
  • Fante
  • Fiji, Hindi
  • Fijian
  • Finnish
  • Georgian
  • Greek
  • Haitian Creole
  • Hiligaynon
  • Hmong
  • Hungarian
  • Icelandic
  • Ilokano
  • Indonesian
  • Kazakh
  • Kiribati
  • Kosraean
  • Laotian
  • Latvian
  • Lingala
  • Lithuanian
  • Malagasy
  • Malay
  • Marshallese
  • Mongolian
  • Norwegian
  • Papiamento
  • Polish
  • Romanian
  • Samoan
  • Serbian
  • Shona
  • Slovak
  • Slovenian
  • Swahili
  • Swedish
  • Tagalog
  • Tahitian
  • Thai
  • Tongan
  • Turkish
  • Twi
  • Ukrainian
  • Vietnamese
  • Xhosa
  • Zulu

The following language pages on LDS.org will be updated soon:

  • Arabic
  • Aymara
  • Chuukese
  • Efik
  • Guarani
  • Hindi
  • Igbo
  • Kekchi
  • K’iche’
  • Myanmar/Burmese
  • Navajo
  • Paluan
  • Pohnpeian
  • Quechua, Peru
  • Quichua, Ecuador
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Sinhala
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
  • Tswana
  • Urdu
  • Yapese
  • Yoruba
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Foundations of LDS Faith Exhibit Online

foundations-faith-exhibitThe Church’s new “Foundations of Faith” exhibit has now opened to the public. It includes 26 books, manuscripts and other historical documents that date back to the beginnings of Mormonism.

Items of note in the exhibit include the following:

  • A portion of the original manuscript of the Book of Mormon.
  • First editions of the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price.
  • A copy of the Book of Commandments, considered one of the rarest books in the collection
  • Joseph Smith’s journal from 1832 to 1834.
  • The minute book from the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo.
  • Some of the first non-English editions of the Book of Mormon such as the Danish edition printed in 1851 and translations in Hawaiian, Spanish, Maori, Turkish, Japanese, and Portuguese.

The items will be on display for at least several years in the Church History Library’s open reading room, located on the main level, during regular business hours. There is no charge to see the exhibit.

Those who can’t visit the exhibit in person can see a virtual tour of the historical documents online in 10 languages.

Below is an introductory video of the exhibit.

Learn more in the article “Church History Library Hosts Foundations of Faith Exhibit.”

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face2face-archuletaIf you haven’t yet watched the LDS Face to Face event with David Archuleta, I highly recommend it for a family home evening or church youth activity.

Back in June, LDS youth were invited to participate in a Face to Face live event with David Archuleta, professional singer and recently returned LDS missionary. It was an  interactive video discussion on Facebook moderated by Young Women general president Bonnie L. Oscarson and Young Men general president David L. Beck.

Youth from around the world asked questions in real time and heard about David’s decision to postpone a successful music career to serve the Lord. He shared his testimony in word and song, shared stories from his mission, gave advice for future missionaries, talked about how the temple helped him, and even answered a question about what he looks for in a future wife.

archuleta-06aOver 50,000 LDS youth participated in the event, which was held live in Spanish, then live in English. It has been watched more than 75,000 times since.

Read about the success of the event and see pictures from it.

If you missed the event, you can watch the Face to Face: Live Facebook Event with David Archuleta video in English below:

Watch the Cara a Cara: con David Archuleta en vivo por Facebook video in Spanish below:

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4 Simple Tips To Improve Your Daily Scripture Study

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The following is from the Mormon.org blog:

When life gets crazy, and your downtime is minimal, consider using these four simple tips for improving your daily scripture study.

1. Set a regular time every day

Make a point to sit down at the same time every day – whether it’s first thing in the morning, right before going to bed at night, or during your lunch break – to study the scriptures. It only takes 21 days to make a habit, so find a time that works best for you and keep a regular schedule of scripture study.

Additionally, set a daily reading goal. Whether it’s 15 minutes or 1 chapter per day, keeping a routine will help scripture study seem more doable.

2. Study by topic

Try mixing up your regular study.

Doctrines found in the scriptures are always found in more than one place, so rather than reading from front to back or chronologically, pick a theme or message you want to learn more about, and study the stories and verses around that doctrine.

3. Use scripture study tools and aids regularly

Use tools like the Topical Guide, Index and Bible Dictionary to define words or find additional meanings or connected doctrine for a verse or chapter. Join a Bible study group or read and discuss verses with your family members or friends.

4. Make it a priority

Dallin H. Oaks has said, “All around us we have the good examples of those who seek permanent treasures—those who “hunger and thirst after righteousness” (Matt. 5:6) and put the kingdom of God first in their lives.”

Take a moment to consider whether you are treating the Bible as the word of God and whether regular scripture study is a priority in your life.

Even implementing just one of these simple study habits will help increase your faith in God and boost your attitude every day as you begin to consistently study the word of God.

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BYU Education Week Talks About Church Digital Resources

byu-ed-week-2014The last week of August, Fernando Camilo presented two series of classes at the BYU Education Week.

The first series was about the Church’s digital offerings and the second was about the Church’s social and mobile presence.

Fernando’s presentations are now available through SlideShare, a website that lets you share PowerPoint presentations. You can view or download the slides. They also appear below.

You are welcome to use these slides as a basis for presentations in your ward or classroom, although some of the presentations consisted of app and website walk-throughs, which are not available in the slides.

The Digital Church – LDS.org, Part 1: Digital Resources. This presentation covers some of the digital resources available on LDS.org.

The Digital Church – LDS.org, Part 2: Productivity Tools. This presentation shows the productivity tools available through LDS.org.

The Digital Church – Mobile Tools. This presentation covers mobile-responsive websites, Gospel Library, LDS Tools, Mormon Channel, LDS Music, FamilyTree, and other mobile apps.

The Church’s Mobile and Social Presence – Mobile Apps. This presentation is an overview of the Church’s mobile apps: Gospel Library, Mormon Channel, Bible Videos, LDS Music, Scripture Mastery, LDS Tools, LDS Youth, and Book of Mormon.

The Church’s Mobile and Social Presence – Social Media . This presentation includes information about Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other social media channels the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints uses to share the gospel

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Teaching Children About Bullying

bad-news-kidThe article “The Bad-News Kid” in the August issue of the Friend magazine teaches children how to be nice to others and not shun them.

Here are other resources about bullying:

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Making Good Family Media Choices

sharing-the-gospel-through-social-media“Parents can sometimes feel trampled by the stampede of tablets and smartphones and overwhelmed by the accessibility of media on the Internet. It’s true that media and technology can be dangerous when left to run unchecked in our families; however, like wild horses, when tamed they can become valuable tools—tools our children can use to become a strong influence for good in the world.”

That’s a paragraph from the excellent article “Taming the Media” in the August issue of the Ensign. Below are summarized ideas from that article.

Children’s use of media and technology
One parent comments as follows: “We purchased a tablet for the family to use for educational benefits, but we quickly realized that we hadn’t given enough thought about how to regulate what games our kids could play and for how long. We came to the conclusion that our children were just too young to have so much access to this device, because we preferred to see them playing outside after school and we didn’t like where the road of ‘gaming’ might lead them. However, we were worried about how our eight-year-old son would react to a rule change.”

ipadInternet filters
Sister Linda S. Reeves has taught that “the greatest filter in the world, the only one that will ultimately work, is the personal internal filter that comes from a deep and abiding testimony of our Heavenly Father’s love and our Savior’s atoning sacrifice for each one of us.” (See “Protection from Pornography—a Christ-Focused Home.”)

Making a family plan
Understand good media standards, learn to follow the Spirit, formulate a plan for good media use, and consistently emphasize excellent content in media choices.

Understanding media standards

  • Read “The Choice Generation” by Brother Randall L. Ridd.
  • Read the principles in “Entertainment and Media” in For the Strength of Youth
  • Study the words of the thirteenth article of faith: “If there is anything virtuous, lovely, of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.”

Following the Spirit
“The Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil” (Moroni 7:16). Help children pay attention to how they feel when they watch, listen to, or read something.

Online help and safety tips

  • Websites like kidsinmind.com, commonsensemedia.org, and ok.com have content reviews of movies, TV shows, and video games
  • Google and YouTube have safe-search options that you can use and teach to your children.
  • Many popular websites have filter options. For example, Pandora has a filter to block songs with strong profanity and Facebook lets you label ads and posts as offensive.

Movies, TV shows, books, music

  • Check the rating and content of movies and other media.
  • Establish family standards, such as not using media that is violent, immoral, vulgar, or degrading.
  • Discuss as a family which TV shows and movies are appropriate, and then turn on the TV only for those programs.

teen-mobileInternet, computers, mobile devices

  • Discuss together the location of computers in the house and when and where it is appropriate to use mobile devices.
  • Decide on guidelines for mobile devices, such as what kinds of apps are appropriate and what media use is appropriate.
  • Establish Internet rules such as which websites are appropriate

Time and technology management

  • Decide how much time can be spent on the Internet, playing electronic games, or watching TV or movies.
  • Decide what media and technology use is appropriate for Sundays, both at church and at home. For example, Elder M. Russell Ballard has suggested putting phones and tablets in airplane mode during church so that digital scriptures may still be used without the distraction of incoming messages.
  • Decide what media and technology use is appropriate when you are with other people.

Responding to problems

  • Decide how to respond when you or your children come across something inappropriate in your media use. What will you do? Whom will children tell? Whom will parents tell? What measures will you take to avoid such material in the future?

Emphasizing the excellent

Bring good media into your home to help your children avoid the bad.

  • Visit the Church websites with your children and watch Church videos together.
  • Take advantage of the free music downloads on youth.lds.org.
  • Talk about good books you’ve read and seek uplifting music and movies.
  • Encourage your children to make positive uses of their time on the Internet.

watchgldsconfThe Lord will bless us as we help our children make good media choices and as we seek to bring uplifting media into our homes. Not only will we feel the satisfaction of knowing that our families are making good media choices, but more important, we will be giving our children the opportunity to feel the Spirit more strongly in our homes.

 

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