January/February 2014 Issue

January/February 2014

Feature Stories: 

"Mormons & Hollywood: 25 Fun Facts" (Pg. 28)

By Jamie Lawson and Jannalee Rosner

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The history of Mormons and Hollywood is more exciting and far-reaching than most people realize. Check out these 25 ways Church members have left their mark in television and on the silver

"Mission Prep 2.0: Preparing for a Couples Mission" (Pg. 40)

By Sunny Morton

Mission Prep 2.0: Preparing for a Couples Mission

For many retired people, serving a senior mission can sometimes seem a distant dream, but recent changes to missionary service put this goal well within the reach of many couples. And no matter what your age, if you want to serve a senior couples mission, you can start preparing for it now.

Other Stories:

"Finding the Eternal You" (Pg. 18)

By Michelle Wilson

Finding the Eternal You

Believing in yourself is easier said than done. But when we try to see ourselves as God sees us, we can gain newfound confidence that will propel us forward to accomplish the work God has given us.

"Spiritual Pathogens" (Pg. 23) 

By Fiona Givens

Spiritual Pathogens

Questions are the basis of healthy faith. They can build faith and lead to enlightenment, but they can also lead to spiritual decline. Here are six challenges or “spiritual pathogens” that can attack our spiritual immune system. If left unchecked, they can distort faithful questions and lead to frustration and diminished faith.

"Love, Marriage, and Miracles" (Pg. 53)
By Kathy Aiken

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When mother of three Jenny Lynn suffered a massive brainstem stroke, doctors encouraged her husband, Mark, to remove her from life support. But for the Lynns, eternal marriage means more than temporal comfort—it means hope, love, and sacrifice.

The Church Around the World

"The Church in Japan" (Pg. 59)

By Brianna Stewart

The Church in Japan

At half the size of Texas, Japan may be small, but its gospel legacy packs a powerful, poetic punch. With divine dedication, its 126,000 Latter-day Saints are working to break cultural barriers. After all, this is where President Kimball called a temple dedication “the most significant and important event in the history of Asia,” an area that encompasses 4.2 billion people. Nothing small about that.

Home Cooking

"A Romantic Dinner for Two" (Pg. 69) 

From Sara Wells and Kate Jones

A Romantic Dinner for Two

If you’re hoping to woo your significant other this Valentine’s Day, look no further than this romantic dinner menu for two from the authors of Our Best Bites. Your special someone is sure to fall even more in love with you because, after all, the way to the heart is through the stomach.

Just Asking

Greg Olsen (Pg. 75) 

Just Asking: Greg Olsen

Greg Olsen’s stunning artwork can be found in LDS temples, churches, and homes around the world. As we talked with the artist, he revealed some of the trickier parts of painting the divine and gave us a glimpse at his sense of humor.

Pictures from Wikimedia Commons, Shutterstock, Our Best Bites, Greg Olsen