Where to find Census Records in your Area

So far we have discussed the United States Census 1790-1840, United States Census 1850-1930, Slave Schedules and State Censuses. Now we're going to talk about where to find the census of interest to you. Finding Census Information Locally 1) Your local historical...

FHE Idea: Giving Thanks to Someone

Two simple words can make someone’s day. As silly as it sounds, those two words are ‘Thank You.’ It can be one of the most beautiful and heart-felt ways to make someone’s day. I’ve written about it before, but I want to encourage everyone to do this just once for...

Mormon Young Single Adult Program

Once you’ve hit the magic age of eighteen and have graduated from high school, to the day you turn thirty or are married, you are officially considered a “Young Single Adult”. The Young Single Adult (YSA) program has only begun to find its’ place among the workings of...

Utilize Your Young Single Adults

One of the quickest ways to alienate and lose the Young Single Adults in your ward or branch is to leave them feeling unwanted. After my husband bought his house and settled into a new ward, he waited . In fact, his bishop tried to encourage him to attend a singles...

That They May Be One as We Are One

This title represents the words that Jesus prayed to the Father in Gethsemane. Mormons wholeheartedly believe in the oneness of the Father and the Son. But what is the meaning of this truth? How are the Father and His Son . . . one? Heavenly truths are not established...

The Internet For Children

Our eight year old loves to hear that it is his turn on the computer. As with most kids nowadays, he is quite adept at using the Internet. He mostly uses the computer to draw and to play games. Sometimes, he uses it to listen to stories. He is also pretty good at...

True Conversion Brings Happiness

As a newly baptized member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I had a strong testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel. I had felt the Holy Ghost s in the gospel lasted for about five months. Then I denied the truth I had once whole-heartedly...

State Censuses

When it comes to censuses, somewhat lesser known is the fact that many states within the U.S. have taken their own censuses, in differing years from that of the Federal census. These state censuses can be just as valuable as the federal census. They often ask...

Emergency Time – Do You Have Your Papers Ready?

Many people watched Californians running from those dreaded fires. What was it like, having such intense heat so close to your homes? To smell the choking smoke, to have it in your hair and your clothes so such degree that it won't leave - even after showering? What...

I Have My Important Papers – What Next?

As Mormons, we believe in being prepared. Why? Because in so have recommended. In the blog "Emergency Time - Do You Have Your Papers Ready?", I gave a few easy steps to get your important papers ready. Why? Because we never know when an emergency might send us...

The Little Closet Chalkboard

My husband and I have a little chalkboard. It is a sweet little thing - message leaving or instruction, but not so my husband nor myself. I'm not sure why dusty white chalk appeals so much to me. Could it be the way it lingers on my fingers, reminding me of early...

Frustration with Children

As Mormons, we believe children are a blessing. It's why Mormon families tend to be larger than average. But even Mormons struggle to raise their children with grace and to teach them gratitude, amongst other things. Two nights ago I had the bright idea I'd take my...

Scripture Study Resources – LDSCES.org

President Henry B. Eyring stated: “There should never be a conscious choice to let the not be obvious at first, nor may it ever be clear in mortal life. But remember, you are interested in education not for life, but for eternal life” (Education for Real Life [CES...

The Self-Discovery Paradox: Finding Your Life by Losing It

“And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" And Jesus said unto him, "Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God” (Luke 18:18,19): “but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. . . ....

An Eternal Perspective of Chastity

There was a time we all stood in the pre-mortal world and chose to follow God’s plan. Part of that plan included the opportunity to create families here on earth. Each spirit child had a hope to be born into a family that included a loving father and mother who would...

Strengthened by the Lord

I love to read stories of prophets called of God, and to watch them overcome their natural inadequacies and grow into men whom the Lord can truly work through. One of these prophets is Moses, and part of his story can be found in the book of Exodus. Raised by the...

Are You Having Fun Yet?

When I was a young adult, having fun usually involved going out with my friends to a bar or a club to dance and to drink. We had a great time, but there were always consequences to be paid. Sometimes the consequences were relatively minor, like a hangover or a broken...

Preparedness – an Urgent Matter

Ever had a sleepy feeling? You know it when you feel it. Whether sitting in a class or even at work, your body begins to feel heavier and heavier. It's hard to make your brain work, let alone keep your eyes open. Before you know it, the yawns are coming, one on top of...

Osmonds on Oprah

Approximately 125 Osmonds flew from Utah to Chicago to appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show that aired on November 9, 2007. Despite the recent passing of their father, the family chose to do the show anyway, feeling that he would have wanted them to do it. He had...

Video Game Violence

The recent release of a game touted as "the most violent video game ever" has again opened up the question of whether such violent entertainment really has an effect on viewers and participants. Many people would intuitively answer "yes" to that question, and there...

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