Featured below is a list of 25 modern LDS classics that will leave you looking at life with a new perspective. With some recognizable titles and others you may have never heard of, this list compiles books that have received high ratings from their readers in regard to providing powerful, thought-provoking, and testimony-building material. With writings from beloved LDS prophets and apostles, LDS leaders, and motivational speakers, these modern classics help readers answer questions and gain a better understanding of LDS teachings.
The Infinite Atonement | By Tad R. Callister
Brother Tad R. Callister offers us what may be the most comprehensive, yet understandable, treatment of the Atonement in our day. He thoughtfully probes the infinite scope of this "great and last sacrifice," describing its power and breadth and explaining how it redeems us all.
Accomplishing the Impossible | By Russell M. Nelson
This insightful book explores some of the means God gives us—such as angelic help, prayer, and gifts of the Spirit—to help us accomplish the impossible. It then shows what we can do to take our place in fulfilling the destiny He has planned for us.
The Continuous Atonement | By Brad Wilcox
In a world full of challenges, temptations, and even addictions, it is easy to lose hope for ourselves and those we love. During times of discouragement, we must remember that the purpose of the Atonement of Jesus Christ is not just to cleanse and console, but also to transform — and that takes time. This book offers valuable insights about God, Christ, and our relationship with them. Each chapter contains clear examples that will uplift and motivate.
Our Search for Happiness | By M. Russell Ballard
Elder M. Russell Ballard explains the Church and LDS beliefs in a clear and inoffensive way as he discusses the Apostasy, the need for the Restoration, the Book of Mormon, the priesthood, the plan of salvation, the Articles of Faith, the Word of Wisdom, temples, missionary work, and benefits of living the gospel. Through personal experiences Elder Ballard reveals how the gospel has benefited him and concludes by bearing his testimony. You can feel confident in giving this book to nonmember — or less active — friends and family.
At the Pulpit | By Kate Holbrook, Jennifer Reeder
This book contains fifty-four discourses given by Latter-day Saint women throughout the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These women, including Lucy Mack Smith, drew on inspiration and experience to declare their understanding of eternal truths. This book illustrates the history of women's public preaching in the church, but its most important feature is the actual words of Mormon women.
For Times of Trouble | By Jeffrey R. Holland
Elder Holland explores dozens of scriptural passages from the psalms, offering personal ideas and insights and sharing his testimony that "no matter what the trouble and trial of the day maybe, we start and finish with the eternal truth that God is for us." Elder Holland's reflections on the psalms provide a powerful witness of that comforting truth.
Lighten Up! | By Chieko N. Okazaki
Chieko Okazaki, invites you to take literally the words of Christ, 'My burden is light.' Lighten Up! captures the vivid experiences of Sister Okazaki's conversion, shared with enthusiasm, zest, and a glowing trust in the Lord.
To the Rescue | By Thomas S. Monson, Heidi S. Swinton
This book chronicles the life and ministry of this extraordinary leader. It is filled with the heartwarming personal accounts so typical of President Monson — some that have become favorites over time and many others that have not been told before.
Worth the Wrestle | By Sheri Dew
Sheri Dew examines the process of asking good questions—whether those questions be doctrinal, procedural, historical, or intensely personal—and learning how to get answers. She demonstrates how to live by faith while seeking greater light and knowledge. And she testifies of principles that are worth wrestling for and of understanding that can be gained in no other way.
One by One | By David A. Bednar
Elder David A. Bednar offers a compelling look at a pattern the Lord uses to bless His people: He works with us on an individual basis, one by one. Demonstrating that pattern as it occurs throughout the scriptures, in the lives of many Church leaders, and in his own ministry, Elder Bednar invites us to open our hearts to the Lord's love. He also teaches that by ministering as the Savior does, one by one, we can be more powerful instruments in His hands to accomplish His purposes.
I Will Lead You Along | By Robert I. Eaton, Henry J. Eyring
Years of journals form the backbone of this personal biography, a candid look at Henry B. Eyring's walk through life with his beloved companion, Kathy. "The journal shows how a good-but-imperfect man works each day to win divine approval," write the authors, and this window into his past provides unforgettable insights about the man the Lord has shaped him to become.
To My Friends | By Jeffrey R. Holland
Elder Holland addresses these powerful messages "to my friends who love the Lord," "to my friends who want to change," "to my friends who face opposition," and more. Throughout, Elder Holland's powerful witness of the Savior shines through, for, as he writes, "I am grateful for the greatest friend any of us could ever have, in time or eternity, the Lord Jesus Christ."
Women and the Priesthood | By Sheri Dew
Sheri Dew discusses the varying responsibilities of men and women in the context of key doctrine of the Church, including the eternal truths that women are vital to the success of the Lord's church, that God expects women to receive revelation, and that both men and women have access to God's highest spiritual blessings.
Counseling with Our Councils | By M. Russell Ballard
"There is no problem in the family, ward, or stake that cannot be solved if we look for solutions in the Lord's way by counseling — really counseling — with each other." The insights and ideas in this book are an invaluable resource for Church leaders, parents, and anyone who wishes to minister more effectively with others in the Church or in the family.
Elder Bednar Collection | By David A. Bednar
The titles included in this bundle include: Increase in Learning, Act in Doctrine, and Power to Become. Going hand in hand, these three works emphasize concepts, patterns, and processes that invite each of us to act and learn fundamental truths as we explore the gap between what we know and how we act. Elder David A. Bednar also explores how the Savior makes possible His divine commission, to be perfect even as he is and highlights the importance of the Atonement, the spiritual gift of personal peace, the importance of priesthood ordinances and the responsibility to obey willingly.
The Melchizedek Priesthood | By Dale G. Renlund, Ruth Lybbert Renlund
Understanding the doctrine of the priesthood and the principles that govern its use is a pursuit worth of any member of the Church, but one that should be of special concern to those who hold or are preparing to hold the Melchizedek Priesthood. This careful explanation offers a perfect way to enhance your knowledge and appreciation of priesthood power and how to use it.
We're With You | By Deseret Book Company
President Thomas S. Monson urges a generation of young adult members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to find the best within themselves. He is joined in this exciting new book by the remaining members of the Church's First Presidency and all twelve members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Authoritative yet approachable, this uniquely designed and formatted book offers great insights on navigating life in challenging times.
Glimpses into the Life and Heart of Marjorie Pay Hinckley | By Virginia H. Pearce
Dozens of family members and friends share experiences and feelings that demonstrate the character of a quietly remarkable woman. These vignettes combine with the words of Sister Hinckley herself, gleaned from talks, letters, and conversations, to create a portrait that is engaging and inspiring.
Hearing the Voice of the Lord | By Gerald N. Lund
In Hearing the Voice of the Lord, Elder Gerald N. Lund provides profound insights into both the doctrine and the application of personal revelation. He discusses ways in which revelation comes, what we can do to avoid being misled as we seek heavenly guidance, how we can increase our sensitivity to the promptings of the Holy Ghost and much more.
Eve and the Choice Made in Eden | By Beverly Campbell
Beverly Campbell writes of three levels from which the story of Eden must be viewed: as historical fact, as a series of symbols and metaphors, and as a place for a beginning our own search for spiritual understanding and relevance in life. This compelling book may change forever your perception of our first parents and the choice they made.
The Power of Everyday Missionaries | By Clayton M. Christensen
Clayton Christensen admits that he and his wife, Christine, felt how uncomfortable and intimidating member missionary work could be. But they also recognized the tremendous blessings associated with the work, and they wanted to learn how to share the gospel in ways that would be natural and rewarding. Clayton's expertise as an innovator kicked in, and he set out with friends and family to find a more effective approach to the work.
The Joseph Smith Papers | By Dean C. Jessee, Ronald K. Esplin
The Joseph Smith Papers, Journals, Volume 1: 1832-1839 features Joseph Smith's first five journals. These documents give the reader an appreciation for Joseph Smith's character, his private piety, and his sense of mission. The papers also convey Joseph Smith's perspective on the spiritual manifestations experienced in the Kirtland, Ohio, temple, the origins of the 'Mormon War' in Missouri, and the founding of Nauvoo, Illinois.
What Would a Holy Woman Do? | By Wendy Watson Nelson
Wendy Watson Nelson offers a three-day experiment to several friends. For three days each woman chose one of her normal daily activities and asked herself "How would a holy woman do this?" And then followed through on the answer. Their experiences are both eye-opening and encouraging and help readers understand how gifts of the Spirit can help us become the women that the Lord needs us to be.
That We May Be One | By Tom Christofferson
In That We May Be One, Tom Christofferson shares perspectives gained from his life's journey as a gay man who left The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and then returned to it. After having asked to be excommunicated from the faith he was raised in, Tom spent two decades in a loving relationship with a committed partner. But gradually, the love of family, friends, and strangers and the Spirit of the Lord worked on him until he found himself one night sitting in his car in front of the bishop's house.
The God Who Weeps | By Terryl Givens, Fiona Givens
This book is an elegant meditation on the basic tenets of the Mormon faith. The Givenses write with precision and poetry. Their literary and religious references are unusually rich and varied: they include the classic texts of the Bible, early Christian thinkers, Enlightenment philosophers, Romantic poets —and many more.
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