Monday, March 24, 2014

8 LDS books women should read


One of my favorite scriptures reads... 
And as all have not faith, seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith. (D&C 88:118) 
For me reading provides a great relief from the day-to-day stresses that occur. Reading the right book can set the tone for how I'm feeling throughout the day. It can lift me up and inspire me to become more than what I am. Aside from the scriptures, these are some great books for moments in life when you need a little inspiration.

When you want to learn from your past.

This book includes teachings, stories, and examples from the history of Relief Society. The introduction explains that, "as you study this history you will see that our Heavenly Father knows His daughters, that He loves them, that He trusts them with sacred responsibilities, and that He guides them as they fulfill those responsibilities."

When you need to relax.

Finding June Series
by Shannen Crane Camp
Get to know June, a teenage girl discovering how to stand up for what she believes in, as she goes through work and school. This series is a fun, clean read when you have some down time. So far, each book had been nominated for a Whitney Award, an awards program for LDS authors, and it is a great series to share with teenage young women.


When you feel lonely.

Forget Me Not
by Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Based off of one of his most influential talks, this book reminds us of five things we should never forget. The most important of these things being that our Heavenly Father loves us infinitely. No matter how small we may feel we are never forgotten. 


When you need someone to look up to.


This book is best described by the author herself who said, "This book is not a recipe for others to follow, but just one more example of the gospel in action in the life of a fellow sojourner, [but] maybe, just maybe, we who read it will be inspired to try a little harder to be a little better — to become the people the Lord knows we can be."


When life gets hard.

It is clear, life is hard. However, by learning to rely on the Lord, hard things can become easier. Dew's word help lessen the trials we have and see the good in the trials we must experience.


When you want to feel closer to the Savior.

Infinite Atonement
by Tad R. Callister
A comprehensive view of the Atonement that can lead to greater understanding and appreciation for what the Savior has done for us.

When you need some everyday inspiration.

Stand a Little Taller
by Gordon B. Hinckley
Containing 365 quotes and scriptures, you can read this book a little every day for an uplifting moment.

When you wonder how to improve.

What Would A Holy Woman Do?
by Wendy Watson Nelson
Nelson asks several women to go on a three day challenge doing a task the way a holy woman would do it. The experiences gained are very interesting and may inspire you to do your own three day challenge.

— Lisa Devey

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

12 People You May Be Surprised to Know Are Mormon




Starting with the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City and followed closely by Mitt Romney's 2008 and 2012 U.S. presidential campaigns, heightened media coverage of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members led to what many in the media referred to as the "Mormon moment." Today, there are more than 15 million Mormons worldwide. Some of them are people you will recognize--but may be surprised to learn are Mormons. What follows is our list of 12 well-known Mormons who have been in the spotlight in sports, music, writing, and politics.

1. Jabari Parker is a freshman basketball phenom at Duke University this season, only the fourth freshman in Duke history to score 30 points in a single game, and tied for the second highest number of 20-point games by a freshman in ACC history.


2. Noelle Pikus-Pace was a silver medalist in skeleton in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Her story of overcoming adversity and her celebratory rush into the stands to join her husband and children after her final run became major story lines in this year’s Olympic games.


3. David Archuleta was runner-up on the seventh season of American Idol in 2008 and sold over 1 million copies of his albums before leaving to serve as a full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chile in March 2012.


4. Gladys Knight is a seven-time Grammy Award winning recording artist and songwriter who became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1997 and performed at President Gordon B. Hinckley’s 90th birthday celebration in 2000.


5. Brandon Flowers is the lead singer of the Las Vegas-based rock band The Killers, whose 2010 solo album Flamingo charted in the top ten albums in ten countries including the U.K. where it charted at number one.


6. Stephanie Meyer is the author of the popular Twilight book series that has sold over 100 million copies and spawned a movie series. Time magazine named Meyer one of the 100 Most Influential People in 2008.


7. Jimmer Fredette is a professional basketball player with the NBA’s Chicago Bulls and was the leading scorer in NCAA Division 1 basketball during his 2010-2011 senior season at Brigham Young University, earning every major Player of the Year honor.


8. Torah Bright is a professional snowboarder from Australia who competed in the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics. In 2010, she became only the fourth Australian in history to win gold at a Winter Olympics; she took silver in Sochi in 2014.


9. Glenn Beck is a politically conservative, outspoken radio and television host, author, commentator, and television producer.


10. Senator Harry Reid has served as a Democratic U.S. senator from the state of Nevada since 1987 and as U.S. Senate Majority Leader since January 2007.


11. Mia Love, former mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, spoke at the 2012 Republican national convention after which she narrowly lost her race for U.S. House of Representatives in Utah’s 4th district. She is running for the same office in 2014.


12. Steve Young played professional football for 14 seasons in the NFL, earning league MVP honors in 1992 and 1994 and MVP of Super Bowl XXIX.




Tuesday, March 11, 2014

7 Mormon Messages videos your kids will love

Mormon Messages are short videos from the LDS Church featuring the words of Prophets and Apostles about values and principles important to society. LDS.org has many more of Mormon Messages videos about many different topics, including family, friends, happiness and Jesus Christ.


1. The Shiny Bicycle



2. Moments That Matter Most



3. Earthly Father, Heavenly Father



4. The Coat: A Story of Charity



5. I Am a Child of God



6. Good Things to Come



7. Lessons I Learned As a Boy



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