Baptism: A Bible Story for Children

baptism-bible-childrenIn the video, “Baptism: A Bible Story for Children,” the Mormon Channel asked kids to tell in their own words the story of Jesus being baptized.

In this story, Jesus traveled to the Jordan River, where John the Baptist was preaching and baptizing. Jesus asked John to baptize him. At first, John said no; instead, he needed to be baptized by Jesus. But Jesus explained that he needed to be baptized by John to fulfill all the commandments of God and to set an example for God’s children. See Matthew 3:13-17.

When we are baptized, our sins are washed away. When we receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, we are promised the constant companionship of God’s love and guidance.

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Updated Edition of Icelandic Scriptures

icelandic-scriptures-ldsThe Church has just announced an updated edition of the Icelandic scriptures. The electronic versions are available now on LDS.org and in the Gospel Library mobile application.

Printed copies will be available by October 28, 2016, through local Church distribution centers.

Members are not expected to obtain a new set of scriptures as a result of this updated edition.

This edition incorporates various adjustments approved by the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve. Most of the adjustments are in the study helps, in the headings of the Doctrine and Covenants, or entail minor spelling and meaning corrections to the text. Scripture verses in the new edition have the same page numbers as the previous edition.

As members prayerfully learn and teach from the scriptures, their testimonies will grow and they will receive greater direction in their daily lives.

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holland-mitch-mobileElder Holland recently gave an incredible talk about doing our duty to God at a national meeting of the Boy Scouts of America. He said, “In a day when some people are using religious faith to divide the human family, this little gathering is a bold declaration that commitment to deity can and should be a powerful, uniting force in this world.” A video of Elder Holland’s talk appears below.

There is a moving segment in the talk, beginning at 7:24, where he shared the experience of young men in the Bountiful (Utah) 15th Ward who did their duty to God by helping a fellow Scout. Mitchell Fennemore was born with spina bifida and, although he wanted to participate fully with the boys in his quorum, was limited in many physical activities. So his fellow Scouts built a special contraption they named the “Mitch Mobile” to carry him on hikes and other activities. At the conclusion of a video presentation of the story, Elder Holland presented the Scouts on the stage.

“Fulfilling one’s duty to God is a way of life,” concluded Elder Holland. “It is not just something we do; it is who we are—or perhaps more accurately stated, who we are becoming!”

Learn more about Elder Holland’s comments:

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Leader and Clerk Resources Update June 2016

leader-clerk-resourcesAn updated version of Leader and Clerk Resources (LCR) is now available for use by members of ward and stake councils. Below is a list of new or enhanced functionality.

Membership Related

  • Ordinance recording:
    • Added the ability for ward leaders to record and edit the baptism and confirmation for children who are members of record.
    • Added the ability for ward leaders to record a member as “Not Accountable.”
    • Added the ability for ward leaders to record and edit Aaronic Priesthood ordinations.
    • Added the ability for ward leaders to electronically submit Melchizedek Priesthood ordination recommendations to the stake. With the transition of this functionality from MLS to LCR, ward leaders can no longer record or edit Melchizedek Priesthood ordinations.
    • Added the ability for stake leaders to record and edit Melchizedek Priesthood ordinations.
    • Added the ability to generate and print record forms for the following ordinances: baptism and confirmation, Aaronic Priesthood ordination, and Melchizedek Priesthood ordination.
    • Added the ability to generate and print certificates for the following events: child blessing, baptism and confirmation, Primary advancement, deacon ordination, teacher ordination, priest ordination, elder ordination, and high priest ordination.
  • Added the ability for stake presidents to request that an annotation be placed or removed.
  • Enhanced the recording of callings and home and visiting teaching assignments to prevent members with selected annotations from receiving certain callings and home and visiting teaching assignments.
  • Added the ability for bishops and stake presidents to view missionary My Plan documents.
  • Added the ability to print limited-use temple recommends for baptisms.
  • Added the ability to print a recommend for individuals participating in or witnessing a sealing.
  • Home and visiting teaching improvements:
    • Added a Home and Visiting Teachers report that allows ward leaders to view all households in the ward along with their home and visiting teachers.
    • Added a Home Teaching tab to the Young Men organization page, with assignment information for ordained teachers and priests.
    • Added the ability for elders quorum and high priests group leaders to edit each other’s data.
    • Made it easier to view prior months when recording visits.
    • Added the ability for stake leaders to view stake totals for statistics.
    • Made it easier to move households between the elders quorum and high priests group.
    • Moved the filters to the top of the page.
  • Other:
    • Moved the print icon on the member profile page to the top right corner for greater visibility.
    • Added an Actions button to the member profile page to allow ward leaders to place a move restriction or move the record out. Additional actions may be added in a future release.
    • Enhanced the Unit Settings page so that stake leaders can edit unit abbreviations for the units in their stake.
    • Enhanced the Ward Leadership page so that stake leaders can record a bishop without having to open the Ward Organization page.
    • Ward auxiliary presidencies can now view member details on the Unit Statistics and Quarterly Report pages.
    • Updated the Access Table to reflect new callings and functionality.
    • Enhanced the Full-Time Missionaries page by adding a tab for returned missionaries.

Issues Resolved

  • Fixed issues affecting the delivery of some messages sent using the Send a Message application.
  • Fixed translations for Spanish and Portuguese on the Officers Sustained form.
  • Fixed an issue causing the child organization to be listed on the Members with Callings page instead of the parent organization.
  • Fixed an issue causing formatting problems with the LCR menu in Internet Explorer.
  • Fixed an issue preventing temple recommend status from showing for certain members.
  • Fixed an issue preventing prospective elders from appearing on certain reports when assigned to an Aaronic Priesthood quorum.
  • Fixed an issue causing spouses to be grouped incorrectly on the Potential Missionary Couples section of the Bishopric Action and Interview List.
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This Week in Mormons

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To keep up on all things Mormon, subscribe to the website This Week in Mormons. It contains blog posts, Gospel Study Archives, and these three great podcasts:

  • This Week in Mormons. A 45-minute weekly podcast that summarizes news and culture relevant to the Mormon community. The hosts Geoff Openshaw and Al Doan have a humorous and sometimes slightly irreverent take on Mormonism and LDS culture.
  • Sunday School Bonanza. A 10-minute review of upcoming Gospel Doctrine lessons. Since “most people are too busy and/or lazy to actually study for Gospel Doctrine,” according to the show’s hosts, they give you a review of upcoming lessons.
  • Third Hour of Power! An overview of upcoming lessons from the Teachings of the Presidents of the Church manuals.

These three podcasts are available on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, RSS (for Podcatchers), and YouTube.

This Week in Mormons was founded 7 years ago and is still going strong.

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eric-malizia-his-day-ldsLDS father Eric Malizia wrote a song for his family to sing on the way to church each Sunday.

Watch the video “Eric Malizia – His Day” below:

Eric wrote this children’s song after hearing about the #HisDay Sabbath Day campaign by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Eric and his family sang it on the way to church. He then shared it using the hashtag #HisDay. Now the Church has shared it on the LDS.org blog. See “#HisDay Is Something to Sing About.”

His Day (Lyrics)
1. One day out of each week I put aside to rest
I gather with my family and wear my Sunday best
At church I take the Sacrament, I learn, I sing, I pray
This is how I glorify the Savior on His day
His day is Sunday so I’ll celebrate
By worshipping and honoring the Savior on His day

2. I read the scripture truths and learn the word of God
Each Sabbath day’s a gift to me to hold the iron rod
I learn my fam’ly history and stories of the past
When I’m ready I will pay my tithing and I’ll fast
His day is Sunday so I’ll celebrate
By worshipping and honoring the Savior on His day

3. I take a fam’ly walk or sing a sacred hymn
I read or watch a conference talk that testifies of Him
I visit with my relatives or serve a friend in need
Gather round the dinner table to a Sabbath feast
His day is Sunday so I’ll celebrate
By worshipping and honoring the Savior on His day

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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How to Raise Pornography-Immune Kids

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At this year’s conference of the Utah Coalition Against Pornography, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland said that pornography has become a public health crisis worthy of the same alarm and attention given to a medical epidemic. He said that pornography represents “the most destructive and evil works of modern times…” (Watch a video of Elder Holland’s talk.)

The good news is that many parents are beginning to see the benefits of teaching their young kids to reject pornography. When children are exposed to pornography, they need to learn to close their eyes, label it by saying to themselves, “That’s pornography,” and go and tell a trusted adult.

Parents can learn some helpful strategies in teaching their children in the article “Raising Pornography-Immune Kids: 7 Strategies for Parents.”

 

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Updated Edition of Russian Scriptures

russian-scriptures-ldsThe Church has just announced an updated edition of the Russian scriptures. The electronic versions are available now on LDS.org and in the Gospel Library mobile application.

Printed copies will be available by October 28, 2016, through local Church distribution centers.

Members are not expected to obtain a new set of scriptures as a result of this updated edition.

This edition incorporates various adjustments approved by the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve. Most of the adjustments are in the study helps, in the headings of the Doctrine and Covenants, or entail minor spelling and meaning corrections to the text. Scripture verses in the new edition have the same page numbers as the previous edition.

As members prayerfully learn and teach from the scriptures, their testimonies will grow and they will receive greater direction in their daily lives.

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10 Awesome LDS Websites

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In two separate articles, LDSDaily.com has named 10 LDS websites that are great resources. Some are provided by the Church and others are provided by members.

The article “5 Awesome LDS Websites You Really Need to Know About” names the sites listed below. Read the article for a more complete description of each. If you aren’t familiar with any of these sites, you should check them out.

  • Meridian Magazine. A premier resource for thoughtful, extensively researched pieces and LDS News.
  • Mormon Buzzz. A newer site with a great pulse on what members want to know.
  • LDS Smile. Fun and humor for youth and adults.
  • LDS.net. A website from the More Good Foundation full of resources and information about the Church for both members and non-members.
  • The Cultural HallA weekly podcast and online discussion of all things Mormon.

The article “5 MORE Awesome LDS Websites You Really Need to Know About” lists these sites:

  • LDS.org. The Church’s official site with scriptures, general conference, manuals and other publications, Gospel Topics, videos and other media, news, and daily inspiration. It also contains a wide variety of tools, such as directory, calendar, maps, and online donations.
  • LDS Media Talk. Highlights media and other resources published by the Church and its members, as well as ideas on  how to use technology and social media to strengthen families and share the gospel.
  • PreparetoServe.com. The ultimate resource for prospective missionaries, with thousands of interviews from missions all over the world.
  • FairMormon. Provides well-documented answers to criticisms of LDS doctrine, belief, and practices.
  • Mormon Newsroom. The Church’s site with official news, blog posts, media, and facts and statistics about the Church.

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mormon-missionaries-videoDo you wonder what Mormon Missionaries really do? Why do they call themselves “Elder?” Are they allowed to have fun?

LDS.net has created this video to answer these kinds of questions. The video’s host is Jamesthemormon.

I think you’ll enjoy watching and sharing the video 6 Things You’ve Always Wondered About Mormon Missionaries:

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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Video: Shower of Heavenly Blessings

video-shower-blessingsSometimes it can seem like God has impossible expectations, and unless we meet them perfectly, He won’t bless us.

Have you ever felt that Heavenly Father keeps blessings instead of freely sharing them? In reality, He showers us with blessings constantly and it’s up to us to decide how to let them reach us.

Watch the video “Shower of Heavenly Blessings” as President Dieter F. Uchtdorf describes how God is always raining blessings on us and how we can receive them with joy.

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My Favorite Family History Apps

Carissa Rasmussen has published a list of her favorite family history mobile apps in the article “My Favorite Family History Apps” published in Meridian magazine. Here are her top three:

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FamilySearch Tree, by FamilySearch International, Android and iOS, FREE

This app is an extension of the FamilySearch website. You can browse your tree and discover information you’ve never seen before, add stories and documents, record audio, and do research from within the app. It automatically syncs with your FamilySearch.org account so you can switch between devices seamlessly. It even works without internet.

I love that I can pull up my tree at anytime. For example, at Thanksgiving dinner, we started quizzing each other on facts from our tree, like, which lines traveled to the United States with the Pilgrims, and which family line immigrated to Utah the very latest. We learned about our family in a fun and interactive way and all from the convenience of our phones.

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FamilySearch Memories, by FamilySearch International, Android and iOS, FREE

Add photos already in your gallery or snap new ones straight from the app and add them to your tree. The audio recording feature is especially awesome because you never know when a family member will start sharing a story and you can record it right into the app and have it captured! Another great way I use this app is to help my grandma digitize her stacks of photos of and upload them right into the app. She can help me identify those in the photos and tag them to members in our tree right away.

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Ancestry: Ancestry.com, by Ancestry.com, Android and iOS, FREE

This app is similar to Family Tree but it’s the extension of the Ancestry website. Where FamilySearch is a global tree, I use Ancestry to build my trees and then share the information with FamilySearch so I can keep a separate record that doesn’t change. Ancestry has billions of records and photos you can search right on your phone. My favorite feature is the Hints that appear and I can go through those right in the app and add records, photos and stories to my family tree. It syncs with my Ancestry.com account automatically so I can pick up where I left off on any device.

See the other 10 apps on her list in the article “My Favorite Family History Apps,” including the following:

  • Shoebox: Ancestry.com
  • BillionGraves: BillionGraves.com
  • FindaGrave: Findagrave.com
  • TurboScan: Document Scanner
  • Day Journal: Personal Diary
  • Google Photos
  • Photoshop Express
  • Rhonna Designs
  • Chatbooks
  • Kid Chatteroo

 

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9 Ways to Use Technology to Share Your Beliefs

ways-share-technologyAn article on youth.lds.org lists these 9 ways that you can use technology to share your beliefs:

  1. Find ideas, examples, and cool content to share on the #ShareGoodness website.
  2. Share one of your favorite videos, a general conference talk, a song, or a scripture with a struggling friend or on social media.
  3. Find an inspiring quote on Daily Messages to text, tweet, or share.
  4. Participate in the ongoing Face to Face events and share videos and quotes from events. You can invite your nonmember friends to watch the Face to Face videos with you. Watch the previous LDS Face-to-Face events: David Archuleta, Lindsey Stirling, Elder and Sister Bednar, The Piano Guys, Elder Rasband, and Elder Holland.
  5. As you do family history, use the FamilySearch Memories app to share photos and stories of your ancestors with your relatives on social media.
  6. Watch, read, or listen to general conference talks each week and share your favorite quotes.
  7. Like or follow the Church’s social media pages.
  8. Watch inspiring videos and read stories about other Church members on the “I’m a Mormon” web page. If you are 14 or older, you can create your own profile and share it on social media.
  9. Comment, share your testimony, or share an experience on any article or video on the LDS Youth website (youth.lds.org). Click Share your experience at the bottom of any page on that site.

Enjoy this video, “Sharing Your Beliefs:”

“Read the article “Nine Ways to Use Technology to Share Your Beliefs.”

101 Ways to Hasten the Work Online, book by Larry RichmanFor more ideas on how to share goodness online, read the book 101 Ways to Hasten the Work Online.

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Video: We Need Living Prophets

video-living-prophets“Because Heavenly Father loves His children, He has not left them to walk through this mortal life without direction and guidance.” —President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints across the world bear testimony of living prophets and apostles and speak of the blessings of peace and hope that arise from that knowledge. In the video “We Need Living Prophets,” members of the Church re-tell experiences in which their faith in prophets was strengthened and then bear witness of the reality of modern-day prophets and apostles.

“Because Heavenly Father loves His children, He has not left them to walk through this mortal life without direction and guidance,” President Dieter F. Uchtdorf said. “That is why He pleads so earnestly with us through His prophets. Just as we want what is best for our loved ones, Heavenly Father wants what is best for us.”

Prophets and apostles who speak today represent and carry out the Lord’s will as they lead His children in this dispensation. President Uchtdorf said, “Our fate and the fate of our world hinge on our hearing and heeding the revealed word of God to His children.”

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Share #HisDay

his-dayThe Sabbath Day is a gift to us. Share what you do with #HisDay.

The LDS Church invites you to help remind the world what the Lord’s day is all about. Share the good it brings to your life and the things you do to make it great each week. Make it heartfelt, make it joyful, and make your voice heard.

Enjoy this video, “Share Your Sabbath #HisDay:”

Post using the hashtag #HisDay. The Church will take ideas, stories, tips, traditions, and activities and share them through the Church’s media platforms.

Here are 5 simple things you can do to share and inspire others:

camera (1)Snap a Photo. Capture an uplifting moment, a weekly tradition, or the people and places you appreciate on the Sabbath. Share what you enjoy on the Sabbath by posting a picture on social media, along with a few sentences about what it means to you.

light (1)Share a Bright Idea.Share what you and your family do with your time on the Sabbath or explain that your family does to prepare for the Sabbath. Whether it is a Sunday-appropriate activity or an idea to help make a special day, sharing what works for one family may help another family.

books (1)Tell a Story. Write about your Sunday experiences. Jot down a thought you’ve had about a talk or lesson you heard in church. Write an essay about a gospel topic that you are studying. Tweet a thought. Share your memorable moments and lessons learned on social media or on a blog.

headphones (1)Record a favorite song or write your own. Get creative and use your special talents. Capture a video of your family or an activity. Write a song or create your own arrangement of your favorite song. Share your God-given talents with others and help your family develop their talents.

computer (1)Get Social. Post on social media using the hashtag #HisDay. Search #HisDay to see what others are posting.

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