St. Arnold – A Really Interesting Ancestor

I have one line of my family history all the way back to Adam. Now, obviously, I was a little suspect when I connected these ancestors, so I traced them all the way back to be certain they were indeed . . . my ancestors. In doing so, I’ve run across some really...

Brigham Young: The Lion of the Lord

I wanted to thunder, and roar out the gospel to the the Lord is doing in the latter days" (DNW, 24 Aug. 1854 1.) He was known as the Lion of the Lord for this very specific reason. He knew no shame in his testimony of Jesus Christ and His gospel. He had no hesitation....

Where Do We Go From Here?

There are so many ideas about heaven, including the "it doesn't exist" theory. Some picture us floating on a cloud, others picture it all ending in a cold, dark grave. Let me shed some light on the subject, literally. Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the...

Adam – The First of Us All

The Bible itself attests that life existed before the physical Creation of the earth (see Gen. 2:4–5). he “created all things … spiritually, before they were naturally upon the face of the earth. … And I … had created all the children of men, … for in heaven created I...

Who Do I Ask for Help?

When I first joined the church, I went to the bishop for everything. I didn’t even realize there were other choices. The church puts many people into our lives and it can be confusing to know who you go to in each situation. Following is a list that can help you...

A Knowledgeable Parent – The Best Filter

If your home is anything like mine then you probably have at least one television set in the family room plus a couple more in the bedrooms. You have a landline telephone line for the house favorite music while you're cooking dinner in the kitchen and yet another one...

D & C 4: An Overview

Section 4 of the Doctrine and Covenants is a great example of a little scripture that says a lot. The book is considered by through the prophet Joseph Smith for his own father. There are several sections of the Doctrine and Covenants that came about in the early days...

Family Home Evening Basics

Family home , our leaders have promoted it as something that will bring families together and effectively teach the gospel to the next generation. President Joseph F. Smith, the sixth president of the Church, began promoting this in 1915. One of the most important...

Too Many Commandments?

The first time I attended church, the lesson was on preparing to . To me, it appeared you had to be perfect. I wrote in my journal that I thought I was a pretty good Christian, but that I could never live up to the Mormon standards. What I didn’t understand, of...

When Your Clothing Isn’t Appropriate

When I was first invited to visit an LDS church, I a many churches, I opted for a dress and a hat, figuring too much dressiness was better than not enough. When I arrived, I saw no one else had a hat, so I removed mine. All the girls wore dresses, and I was relieved...

Teaching Kids the Value of Money

In a credit-crazy world, it’s more important than ever to teach our , and spending within their means. Setting Up Ideas Your first step should be sitting down and making a list of things your kids can do to earn their very own money. This will obviously vary from...

Playing Pharaoh with My Children of Israel

Today, during our family scripture study we were reading in Exodus 5. This is the first time Moses and Aaron approach Pharaoh about letting the children of Israel go three days into the desert like you have some time on your hands, Israelite slaves, if you want to...

What is Mortality About?

We’ve talked about Premortality (Where Did I Come From?) So lets examine the next phase in our eternal existence is mortality, our Second Estate. From Teachings of the Presidents: Spencer W. Kimball, we read: We understood well before we came to this vale of tears...

Spencer W. Kimball (1895-1985) – The Mission Years

Spencer W. Kimball had shown a remarkable ability to accomplish did not come easily to him, but he practiced and practiced until he was proficient. Such was the case when Spencer graduated from Gila Academy in 1914. He had every intention of entering the University of...

Promised Blessings for Missionaries and Their Families

Have you ever heard a passage of scripture spoken from the pulpit, a scripture you may have read a dozen times before, and then, in a moment of bursting epiphany, the words of Christ come to your awareness as if for the first time? This . (This being my third MTC...

Searching the Internet Effectively

I have previously mentioned gathering genealogical their ancestry into an online Family Tree but who may have a web page devoted to their ancestry. Likewise, some genealogists may have a Family Tree online but may also have a personal web site that presents more in...

Authority to Act in the Name of Jesus Christ

There are two basic ways that a church might be organized: 1) Mortal men negotiate and initiate an organization to the praise, and worship, and glory of God--this is good; or 2) Christ appoints prophets and apostles, ordaining them with authority to act in His name,...

Family Scripture Study and Prayer

LDS families are counseled to study the scriptures daily as a family. I’ve found that it’s a great foundation for gospel instruction and a starting point for gospel discussion. Beyond that, it has been a personal anchor to me in the tempests of life. When I have been...

Inis Hunter, Beloved Wife of 14th Mormon Prophet

I was saddened to hear of the passing of away on Sunday, October 14, 2007 in Laguna Hills, California due to causes incident to age. She was 93 years old. Her husband served only briefly as our prophet, but we have many fond memories of him and his service. I was...

Mormon Response to Fires in California

As wildfires blaze through southern California, we are mindful of , The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has reported that all the missionaries in the area are safe. Missionaries are assisting in shelters and are also helping with evacuations. At least...

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