Witness-light-ipad-appWitness of the Light is a mobile app made for the iPad. It has 230+ photographs of historical sites and beautifully-written stories to help you relive the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It takes you from Joseph Smith’s birth in 1805 to his martyrdom in 1844. It follows Joseph Smith, his family, and other prominent and lesser-known historical figures.

  • Stories are put in context and chronology.
  • Touch any of the 230+ gorgeous photographs to see them in full-frame high resolution. Wherever you tap on the enlarged picture, it zooms towards that point. (These are the quality of photos that you would expect from National Geographic.) Many of the photographs were taken in the season that matches the historical context and from nearly every place Joseph Smith received revelations.
  • Watch slide shows and 15 videos from author/photographer Scot Facer Proctor.
  • With the swipe of a finger walk through the Sacred Grove, be in the room where the Church was organized, see the kind of tools that were used to construct the Kirtland Temple, or be a witness to the Carthage Jail. Or use the slider along the bottom of the page to quickly find a place in the app.

The mobile app was created by Maurine Jensen Proctor and Scot Facer Proctor, a husband-and-wife team who has created numerous books and films. They have also published the online Meridian Magazine (LDSmag.com) for the past 16 years.

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This app gives you a panoramic view of the early history of the Church and explains what happened in each historic location. You’ll find yourself spending hours exploring the stories and seeing the sites.

You may also read some stories you have never heard before. For example, look at the photo below of the courtroom where Joseph Smith was put on trial in Springfield, Illinois.

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Do you see the trap door in the ceiling above the judge’s seat? There was a young attorney whose office was upstairs above this courtroom. He used to open that trap door and observe the proceedings of the court. This young attorney would later become the President of the United States—Abraham Lincoln!

I just downloaded this app and love it so much I’m showing it to my coworkers. In addition to the gorgeous photography of places from the Restoration, I love the summaries and text about each place and the events that took place there. If you want to learn more than the brief summary that appears below a photo, swipe up to read more of the story. You can interact with every page in interesting ways.

Go to JosephSmithWitness.com to see more of the features of the mobile app.

Read more in the article “Spectacular New iPad App: A Photographic Journey in the Footsteps of Joseph Smith.”

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To get the app, go to the App Store on your iPad and search for “Witness of the Light.” Here’s the app’s detail page. You can buy this gorgeous, professionally-designed app for the bargain price of $8.99. Consider it for a Christmas gift to family, friends, or neighbors.

Note: The app is currently available for the iPad. They are working on an Android version for early 2015.

What do you like about the app? Do you also get lost in exploring it?

How could we make Church learning materials more like this?

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Kids Tell the Christmas Nativity Story

Christmas is a time when we can all learn from a child’s gratitude and love for Jesus Christ. See the meaning and the story of Christmas through the eyes of children in the video “Kids and Christmas.”

In the video “Picture a Christmas: Kids Tell the Nativity Story,” the youth of the Meadowood Latter-day Saint Ward ages 3-18 share the true story of Christmas through scripture, images, song and faith.

If you have other favorite Christmas videos, post them in the comments below.

Watch more Christmas videos.

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StoryBoxFamily.com

storyboxfamilyStoryBoxFamily.com offers curated family-friendly films and educational shows.

It is a subscription streaming service, where you pay a monthly fee and are able to watch as many films as you like. They screen every title and only provide films that are wholesome and appropriate for the family. It is available on iOS devices and soon on Roku.

StoryBoxFamily.com is a small start-up company that is aggressively finding more movies to add to their library. But they already have nearly 1,500 titles. Get a 7-day free trial now.

They have created a place where you can get great family content in one place–a place where families can enjoy wonderful stories together.

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The Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos on DVD

bible-videos-dvdThe Church has published The Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos: The Gospels on DVD. It’s a compilation of 50 videos about the Savior’s life and teachings from the four Gospels. And it’s only $5 until the end of the year. (After January 1, the price will be $10.)

Update December 9, 2014: Due to high demand for this DVD, it is sold out at store.lds.org.

  • If you placed an order by December 6, you will likely receive the order by Christmas.
  • If you placed an order after December 6, it will be delivered in early January.
  • You may be able to find some copies of the DVD at Deseret Book, distribution stores, or LDSBookstore.com. 

The DVD is beautifully bound in imitation leather similar to a set of scriptures.

Order it online at store.lds.org as a great Christmas gift for friends and family. It’s also available in LDS bookstores.

This DVD is a resource for family home evenings, for family and individual study, and for use in Sunday School Gospel Doctrine study of the New Testament during 2015.

Mormons believe in Jesus Christ. The Church has undertaken the enormous effort to create The Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos series and give it to the world. The videos are free. The app is free. Only the physical DVD is sold, and at a value price of $5.00.

You can also watch all 85 videos at BibleVideos.org, in the Bible Videos mobile app, and in the Gospel Library mobile app.

Learn more about The Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos series.

Watch an introductory video below.

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#ShareGoodness Idea: Christmas Pass-along Cards

Today’s #ShareGoodness Idea: Want to share the gift of Christmas? Use the #ShareTheGift pass-along cards included in the December Ensign magazine.

Subscribers received with their December magazine a sheet of 9 pass-along cards you can tear out and give to friends (see below).

You can download a PDF of the magazine insert with the pass-along cards.

Learn more about the LDS Christmas Invitation: He is the Gift.

This is one article in a series of ideas on how to #ShareGoodness with others. For more ideas of easy, practical things you can do, see the book 101 Ways to Hasten the Work Online.

 

 

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Gospel Library Mobile App for Windows Phones

gospel-library-windows-mobileAn updated version of the Gospel Library mobile app for Windows phones is now available.

If you have been using the beta version, you should now begin using the latest version.

New features:

  • A brand new, user-friendly interface with new navigational controls and full support for keyboard and mouse, trackpad, and touch devices
  • Rich content is now available, with inline images, videos, and page numbers in Church manuals and magazines, including the “Come, Follow Me” youth curriculum.
  • Ability to play streaming video content like The District, Bible Videos, and Mormon Messages.
  • Content in 106 languages, from Afrikaans to Zulu.
  • User interface in five languages, including English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Italian.
  • Sign into your LDS Account to view notes, bookmarks, highlights synched from LDS.org or other devices running Gospel Library. (The ability to add these within the app will come in a future version.)
  • Ability to resize text to customize your reading experience.

 

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LDS Products for Christmas

What better Christmas present than giving something from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? As you consider Christmas gifts this year, think about some of these items available at Church distribution centers or online at store.lds.org.

Bible-videos-dvd The Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos: The Gospels on DVDA compilation of 50 videos about the Savior’s life and teachings from the four Gospels. And it’s only $5 until the end of the year. (After January 1, the price will be $10.)

Learn more about the availability of this DVD.

Church magazines. Give a gift subscription to the magazines to a family member, college student, or neighbor. You can also subscribe to have the conference Ensignconference DVDs, or conference CDs sent to a loved one automatically every conference.
Scriptures-Christmas-lds-gift A new set of LDS scriptures, available in various sizes, colors, and bindings. Also consider the new pocket-sized Book of Mormon, Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price.
Special issue of the Ensign and the Liahona magazine that is focused entirely on the Lord Jesus Christ. You can order a copy of this issue of the Ensign (English) or Liahona (in languages) to give to a friend.
tab-choir-dvd Mormon Tabernacle Choir CDs or DVDs.
gospel-Art-lds Gospel Art. Learn more about high-quality printed and digital pictures from the Church.

These are just a few of the great items you can find at store.lds.org. See more Christmas items.

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LDS Christmas Music

You can find LDS Christmas music from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the following ways:

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New Gospel Art for the Home

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I previously explained that the Church is phasing out the printing of the large 11″ x 17″ printed pictures used in meetinghouse libraries in favor of using the Gospel Art Book and digital pictures online.

You will be pleased to know that the Church now provides more options for gospel pictures in the home:

  • Selection of 16″ x 20″ printed pictures, suitable for framing.
  • Selection of high-resolution pictures you can download and print on your own.
  • Selection of 5″ x 7″ printed pictures
  • Gospel Art Book with 137 pictures, most in 8.5″ x 11″ size

More information about these 4 options is found below.

16″ x 20″ Printed Pictures

The Church now offers the following 20 pictures printed in a 16″ x 20″ size, suitable for framing. They sell for $2.50 each at store.lds.org.

  1. Christ and the Samaritan Woman, Carl Bloch (item #67086)
  2. Christ with Children, Minerva Teichert (item #67092)
  3. Detail from Christ and the Rich Young Ruler, Heinrich Hofmann (item #67081)
  4. Detail from Christ with Boy, Heinrich Hofmann (item #67080)
  5. Detail from Christ’s Image, Heinrich Hofmann (item #67083)
  6. He is Risen, Del Parson (item #67084)
  7. Jesus Healing the Blind, Carl Bloch (item #67089)
  8. John the Baptist Baptizing Jesus, Greg Olsen (item #67090)
  9. Joseph Smith, Jr., Alvin Gittins (item #67096)
  10. Moroni Burying the Plates, Tom Lovell (item #67097)
  11. Praise to the Man (Joseph Smith), Jon McNaughton (item #67098)
  12. Rescue of the Lost Lamb, Minerva Teichert (item #67091)
  13. Restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood, Walter Rane (item #67094)
  14. The Angel Moroni Appears to Joseph Smith, Tom Lovell (item #67099)
  15. The Birth of Jesus, Carl Bloch (item #67085)
  16. The Desires of My Heart (First Vision), Walter Rane (item #67095)
  17. The Last Supper, Carl Bloch (item #67087)
  18. The Lord Jesus Christ, Del Parson (item #67082; also in 11″ x 17″ size, 62572 for $1.00)
  19. The Second Coming-Harry Anderson (item #67093)
  20. The Sermon on the Mount-Carl Bloch (item #67088)

High-resolution Pictures to Download and Print

The LDS.org Media Library now offers over 160 pictures that you can download in high-resolution so you can print them on your own. This high-resolution size (2400 x 3000 pixels at 150 DPI) provides a very nice quality up to a 16″ x 20″ size. For example, I downloaded several of them and sent them to an online photo lab and printed a 16″ x 20″ photographic print. (It cost me $5.99 at Costco.com and $12.86 at Walmart.com.) Not a bad price for a nice picture I can frame and hang in my home.

See the collection of high-quality images for print in the Media Library. (You can navigate to this section on LDS.org by selecting Resources > Media Library in the main menu, then select Images, then choose the category High Quality Images for Print.) Or just go to images.lds.org and select the category.

5″ x 7″ Printed Pictures

The Church continues to print the following 5″ x 7″ pictures available at store.lds.org:

  1. Brother Joseph (item #80878)
  2. Calling of the Fishermen (item #80208)
  3. Christ with Children (item #64002)
  4. Christ and the Children (item #80242)
  5. First Presidency (item #63051)
  6. First Vision (item #80213)
  7. Jesus Christ (item #80938)
  8. Jesus Praying in Gethsemane (item #80612)
  9. John Baptizing Jesus (item #80725)
  10. Joseph Smith, The Prophet (item #80190)
  11. Mary and the Resurrected Lord (item #80210)
  12. Second Coming (item #80722)
  13. The Lord Jesus Christ, Del Parson (item #64001)
  14. Thomas S. Monson (item #06891)

Gospel Art Book

The best resource for pictures in the home is the Gospel Art Book, an affordable ($3.50) spiral-bound book in 8.5″ x 11″ size with 137 color pictures for use in gospel learning and teaching. Most of these pictures are also available online at images.lds.org. Learn more about the Gospel Art Book.

Images Online

Before using any of these images, please consult the Rights and Use Information page (link found at the bottom of every page on LDS.org). That page explains the conditions upon which you may view, download, and print material from LDS.org for your personal use. Note that some images are marked “Do No Copy.”

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Family Christmas Movies

reindeerWondering when all your favorite Christmas movies will be on TV?

Here is a complete list of Christmas shows that will be broadcast on the major networks in the USA.

 

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First Presidency’s Christmas Devotional 2014

Christmas-devotionalThe First Presidency cordially invites Church members and their friends to participate in the First Presidency’s Christmas devotional on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 6:00pm MST.

Editor’s Note: The English talks are now online, as well as audio and video in scores of languages.

The program will include Christmas messages by President Henry B. Eyring, Elder D. Todd Christofferson, Elder Richard J. Maynes, and Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson. Music will be provided by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square.

To prepare for the devotional and to celebrate the Christmas season, you can download and share 5 free Christmas songs from the Mormon Tabernacle choir.

The devotional will be available live in various languages at LDS.org, broadcast.lds.org, MormonChannel.org, on BYUtv, and in meetinghouses worldwide. See language information. The text of the addresses will also be posted in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Below is an invitation video you can share with your friends:

See Facebook events.

 

 

 

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#ShareGoodness Idea: Write Reviews of the Book of Mormon

Book-mormonToday’s #ShareGoodness Idea: Write a review of the Book of Mormon and post it online on Amazon.com and other sites.

These reviews will help people notice the book and you can share your testimony of its truth.

A friend of mine has launched a Facebook event “25,000+ Amazon Reviews of The Book of Mormon during Cyber Week” in an attempt to get 25,000 reviews of the Book of Mormon posted to Amazon. This would boost its rank and increase exposure to the Book of Mormon on Amazon.

On Amazon, be sure to review both the printed and Kindle editionof the Book of Mormon. The more people that download the free Kindle edition, the higher it will appear on the sales charts and the more people will see it.

While you’re at it, you could post your review on all the sites below. You could also post a review of other good LDS books.

This is one article in a series of ideas on how to #ShareGoodness with others. For more ideas of easy, practical things you can do, see the book 101 Ways to Hasten the Work Online.

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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“Glorious” Supercut Submissions from Meet the Mormons

archuleta-invitationThe final supercut video of “Glorious” from the movie Meet The Mormons was released on November 14.

To wrap up the contest and highlight some of the additional fan finalists, #MeetTheMormons showcased several of the submissions in various categories.

Here is a playlist of their favorite international submissions: Dominic Blome, Maegan Fletcher, and Nana D.!

Here is a playlist of most talented youth: Benson B., Payton K. and Sydney L!

Here is a playlist of most creative covers: Itunu B., Ashley Hess, and Candice303

Here is a playlist of the judges’ choice submissions: Nick S., Becca B., and Evie C.!

Here is a playlist of the favorite group submissions: PS22, One Voice Children’s Choir, the Cardston Girls, and Elenyi!

Here is a playlist of all the Glorious submissions:

 

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#ShareGoodness Idea: Share News About the Church Online

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Today’s #ShareGoodness Idea:  Share and comment on news articles about the Church.

The Internet is a major source of news for most people. You can help shape public perceptions and conversations about the Church by participating in the following activities:

  • Share with your friends links to stories about Mormons in the news in your area.
  • Check the Church News (news.lds.org) and the Church’s Newsroom (MormonNewsroom.org) for information about the Church’s position on key news issues. Share these links with others.
  • Create your own news blog where you can comment on current issues.
  • Post links on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter to positive news stories about the Church.
  • Submit news stories about the Church to Reddit.com or StumbleUpon.com so they can be seen by more people.

This is one article in a series of ideas on how to #ShareGoodness with others. For more ideas of easy, practical things you can do, see the book 101 Ways to Hasten the Work Online.

 

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Christmas on Temple Square 2014

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Temple Square will once again become a wonderland of festive lights and nativity scenes from November 28 until December 31.

All the detail are in this article and in this downloadable booklet.

Learn about concerts, the Savior of the World musical, Lights on Temple Square, the Christmas Devotional, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert.

You can also follow the Temple Square Facebook page.

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