January/February 2015 Issue

January/February 2015


Feature Stories: 

"A New Normal: Finding Hope after Most of My Family Died" (Pg. 30)

By Jensen Parrish

A New Normal: Finding Hope after Most of My Family Died

While I was serving as a sister missionary in the Vancouver Washington Mission, my family at home—including my father, mother, and two brothers—died from a carbon monoxide leak. But there’s hope for healing that can only be found through the gospel of Jesus Christ.


"Mormon Reality TV Stars: Standing for Something" (Pg. 40)

By LDS Living Staff

Mormon Reality TV Stars: Standing for Something

Mormons have had their fair share of the limelight—and have let their light so shine at the same time. Find out where some Latter-day Saints have made appearances on reality TV shows, read about their successes, and learn how they stood for their values and beliefs through it all.



Other Stories:

"5 Questions to Get the Most from Sunday School" (Pg. 18)

By Sarah Allen

5 Questions to Get the Most from Sunday School

We are used to different styles of teaching in the Church because we emphasize the doctrine rather than the ability of whoever happens to be teaching. But we can learn something from every teacher and get something out of every lesson with these five questions to ask ourselves during Sunday School.


"Running with the Lord" (Pg. 23) 

By Jenny Spencer

Running with the Lord

Losing 140 pounds is no easy feat. Just ask Trent Heppler. Never in a million years did he believe that he would one day shed the weight, let alone run a marathon. But Heppler learned that the power to overcome his physical weaknesses—whatever they may be—comes from a spiritual strength gained through the Savior, Jesus Christ.


"52 Weeks of Bite-Sized Service" (Pg. 53)
By Jannalee Rosner

52 Weeks of Bite-Sized Service

Sometimes the idea of service can seem daunting. Commit to giving more service this year with this simple list of 52 ideas for small acts of kindness that you can easily incorporate into your everyday life.


The Church Around the World

"The Church in Antarctica" (Pg. 59)

By Carly Springer

The Church in Antarctica

In today’s global world, the Church has spread so far that it even has a presence in the polar desert of Antarctica. Despite their small numbers, the Saints and scientists who live and work in the middle of this icy tundra continue to share their testimonies with boldness. And that’s not all these Saints are doing to spread the gospel in the most unlikely of places.


Home Cooking

"A Culinary Mystery Masterpiece" (Pg. 69) 

From Josi Kilpack Novels

A Culinary Mystery Masterpiece

Over the years, Josi Kilpack has concocted some recipes that are simply to die for. Kilpack’s culinary
mystery series has featured more than 100 killer recipes. And now you can have them all in one handy cookbook: Sadie’s Little Black Recipe Book, available in Deseret Book stores now. To whet your appetite, here are Josi Kilpack’s personal favorites.


Just Asking

Scott Christopher (Pg. 75) 

Just Asking: Scott Christopher

Scott Christopher, LDS actor and star of BYUtv’s hit show Granite Flats, talks about how he stays faithful—and successful—in the acting industry and how he balances his calling, his career, and his family.


Pictures from Jed Wells, Jensen Parrish, LDS Living, Shutterstock, Marissa Gifford, Adler Dillman, Scott Christopher