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LDS Week in Review: 5 Must-Read Stories (Aug 30 - Sep 5)

How Gladys Knight Became a Mormon

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Gladys Knight’s spiritual journey began when she was two years old. 

“We had an old banged up piano in the hall,” she recalls. “I remember even that far back having our own family home evening, if you will. My mom and dad used to play the piano and sing and tell Bible stories. As I grew, I started wanting more and more of that. Christ really became that person that I longed for. I wanted to be good for Him.”

That little girl from Georgia would have to wait decades before finding the fulness of the gospel, but that didn’t stop her from letting her light shine and sharing her talents in the meantime.

-->Read what happened next in Gladys's journey to find the Church

Favorite Hymns of All 16 Latter-day Prophets

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Only three months after the Church was officially organized, the Lord instructed Emma to make a selection of hymns to be used by the Saints: 

And it shall be given thee, also, to make a selection of sacred hymns, as it shall be given thee, which is pleasing unto me, to be had in my church.

For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads. (Doctrine & Covenants 25:11-12). 

Ever since Emma Smith compiled that first set of hymns in 1835, music has become an important part of LDS worship. Today, there are 341 hymns in the standard English hymnal, but we can each only have one favorite. 

-->From Joseph Smith to President Thomas S. Monson, find out the favorite hymns of the prophets

3 Mormon Moms Create Multi-Million Dollar Company

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Mormon moms and sisters Lyndsey Ekstrom, Christy Hepworth, and Keri Evans never thought their business would be a success. 

Huffington Post recently wrote a story about the sisters’ surprising business sucess. All stay-at-home moms, they often thought of ways that they could work together to earn some extra spending money. “We thought maybe we could each make an extra $400 a month and buy some cute clothes,” Lyndsey said with a smile. “That was our goal. $400 each would be amazing.”

-->Find out what where the sisters got their business idea and how it's rocketed to success

7 (More) Risky Apps Parents Should Know About

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You put filters on your computer, you monitor your child's messages, but sometimes even careful precautions have loopholes.

Even if your child doesn't seek out harmful material online, they can still be exposed unintentionally, especially through mobile apps. Current trends in mobile apps favor anonymous or untraceable messaging and photo swapping. Hashtags make it simple to find sources of inappropriate images and content.

This follow-up to "7 Risky Apps All Parents Should Know About" is meant to help parents by pointing out the dangers in these additional apps that may seem harmless but that each carry risks if misused. Some of these have great potential for spreading good in the world (see Elder Bednar's talk, which praises Pinterest and Instagram), but like all good things, the adversary always tries to find a way for us to misuse them.

-->Get the list of apps to watch out for

Missionary Throws First Pitch at Orioles Game

17072Elder Anthony received letters of interest from the Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels, Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, and Arizona Diamondbacks. And he turned them all down--at least temporarily--to serve a mission.

But there he was in a white shirt and black missionary nametag, standing on the pitcher’s mound at Camden Yards in Baltimore on Friday, Aug. 29, to throw the ceremonial first pitch at LDS Family Night with the Orioles.

In the process, he fulfilled a childhood dream he shared with a dear friend.

-->Read how Elder Anthony got this opportunity while serving the Lord as a full-time missionary