Brigham Young: Tithing

In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we pay a 10% tithe. Brigham Young, the second modern-day called prophet of the Lord in the Mormon Church, taught us some good thoughts on the principles of tithing and consecration. “If we live our religion we will be...

Teachers Who Misrepresent the Church

Soon after I joined the church, one of my college instructors attacked the church over the large families most members had then. He said we had so many in order to more easily take over the world. I took this environmental science class just after my Institute of...

Single and Mormon Life

You know, looking at the focus on the family in the LDS Church can seem difficult to those who are single. I didn't marry until I was almost 32 years old, and it's only been 12 years. So I was single a lot longer than I've been married. As I grew older and marriage...

The United States Census 1850-1930

In a previous post we discussed the United States Census 1790-1840. Today we’ll be taking a look at the 1850-1930 censuses and what they can tell you. 1) 1850 Census – Though remember this doesn’t necessarily mean they were all related. But from 1850 onward, it...

Keeping Families Connected

On September 23, 1995, President Gordon B. Hinckley presented what has become the Church's definitive statement on the family. This inspired proclamation is titled "The Family: A Proclamation to the World." Families are important to the Church of Jesus Christ of...

Lost in the Woods

Within the borders of Indiana, where my sister-in-law Melanie grew up, there lies a wooded area right next to her parents’ home, owned by a railroad company. Nestled in the middle of the wood is a large field (she thinks it’s wild corn). If she were to start walking...

Youth: Ways to Keep the Sabbath Day Holy

We’ve discussed why we should keep the Sabbath Day holy. For those of us who aren’t the quickest to think of ways to keep it holy, I’m here to help. When you go to church I challenge you to take a look at the members, especially those in your peer group. Is someone...

In Times Like These

Wars and rumors of wars . . . this is a phrase I’ve read and heard so much in the very short forty-four years I’ve lived on this earth. The Lord has said that in the last days there will be “wars and rumors of wars, and the whole earth shall be in commotion, and men’s...

Reverence for Life

He is happy for us. He is disappointed in us. He hurts for us. He cries for us. But through it all the value we hold in His eyes is immeasurable, even incomprehensible to mortal minds and hearts. The life of a child born into this world is precious beyond all things...

Mormon Missionaries Profiled in Michigan Paper

I remember the first set of Mormon missionaries I met that had been assigned to my university campus when I was in college. Having come from a small branch that covered a large geographical area, I was surprised that there was a set of missionaries that was assigned...

Joseph F. Smith: True Blue, Through and Through

“It's not what happens to you that matters most, but how you respond to what happens that determines the difference between a bitter life . . . or a better life. Depth of character is tested at the edge of adversity; the way you respond to trials and troubles reveals...

David O. McKay: The Way, The Truth, The Life

David O. McKay, the ninth prophet, seer and revelator to be called in these modern times spoke eloquently of his testimony of Jesus Christ. The prophets of God have testified of this since the beginning of time. David O. McKay was no exception: “No one can preside...

November’s Treasures

Since this segment on Reviews of Church Related Sites and Blogs is going to be ongoing and frequent, I thought I'd give it a title other than "Reviews of Church Related ..." If nothing else, it will help me distinguish one from the other. Otherwise, if I just title...

Learning to Read the Scriptures

When I first began investigating the church, the missionaries asked me to read the Book of Mormon. Faithfully, I began: “I, Nephi, born of goodly parents…” That wasn’t so hard. I understood that and the stories were interesting. I was sure this would not prove to be a...

Why New Members are a Blessing

As a new convert, you may be very focused on how others are helping you. Have you ever wondered how you are helping others? Sometimes, those of us who have been in the church a long time start to take it that we forget how amazing they really are. We’re so used to...

Keeping a Family Record

I’ve always been fascinated with journals, but horrible about keeping one myself. Every time the urge to start writing one came over me I’d buy a new diary and fill the first twenty or so pages. After a while my fervor would wane and yet another partially completed...

Teens: Why Keep the Sabbath Day Holy?

For most everyone in this very large world Commandment number eight doesn’t seem hold quite the same meaning as it did many years ago. In Exodus 20:8 we read, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” Sounds simple enough, right? The problem with the idea of...

Happiness Is … Remembering

The morning light shone warmly on Sarah's eyelids. She only sighed and let her body sink more deeply into her sleep-warm sheets. She had only just begun to drift back into sleep when she felt a tiny little something tracing over her face and heard the barely...

Using Archives in Genealogical Research

Digital picture of my 10th Great Grandmother's Will, housed at the Maryland State Archives in Annapolis An Archive refers to a collection of public records and/or Also known as Archival Repositories or Archives, these places often hold items of great interest to...

A Modern Day “Army of Helaman”

The Army of Helaman is one of my favorite stories from the Book of Mormon. I am inspired by the faith and courage of the two thousand sons who went to battle to defend their families and their homes. They were young men of character and honor. We know that they were...

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