May/June 2014 Issue

May/June 2014


Feature Stories: 

"Sistas in Zion" (Pg. 28)

By Kelsey Berteaux

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The gospel may be the same everywhere, but its faithful followers are as different as can be. And for two black women who call themselves Sistas in Zion, the gospel is about more than just Sunday worship—it’s about friendship and family, trials and testimony. And laughter. A lot of laughter.


"The Lincoln Hypothesis" (Pg. 40)

By Timothy Ballard, excerpted from The Lincoln Hypothesis

The Lincoln Hypothesis

Abraham Lincoln, Joseph Smith, the Civil War, and Mormon doctrine make for an unlikely mix—but each is a critical component of an intricate theory that connects American history with the Restoration of the gospel.



Other Stories:

"The Girl with the Sweet Feet" (Pg. 18)

By Sierra Sivertson

The Girl with the Sweet Feet

In November 2012, Brent Gordon helped his daughter Samantha share her story of meeting BYU football sensation Luke Staley. Along with the story, Samantha, who goes by Sam, shared a link to a video her dad made of her football highlights. The rest, as they say, is her-story.


"Be Still: Finding Peace through Meditation" (Pg. 23) 

By Sheldon Lawrence

Be Still: Finding Peace through Meditation

Between all our obligations—going to school, working, being a parent, and fulfilling church callings—the business of life can be overwhelming. But in just 10 minutes a day, we can take up the Savior’s command to “Be still, and know that I am God.”


"What Not to Say to Childless Couples" (Pg. 53)
By Jamie Wilcox, Liberty Sproat, Katie Jennings, and Janell Gehmlich

What Not to Say to Childless Couples

When the Lord’s timing does not include children in this life, couples experience a special kind of heartbreak. But understanding from friends, family, and fellow Church members can make it easier to go through life as a family of two.


The Church Around the World

"The Church in Dominican Republic" (Pg. 59)

By Heidi Oliver

The Church in the Dominican Republic

Sounds of bachata and merengue music blasting from brightly painted buildings. Boys playing baseball in the street with a piece of pipe for a bat. Welcome to Dominican Republic, where you’ll find members of the Church with big hearts, serving hands, and pure faith.


Home Cooking

"Backyard Barbecue" (Pg. 69) 

LDS Living Readers andWhere There's Smoke, There's Barbecue!

Backyard Barbecue

Dinnertime should be quality time, not a battle over food. If you have a picky eater or two, check out these tried-and-true family favorites. Simple yet delicious, these recipes are sure to please even the most finicky kids.


Just Asking

Brad Wilcox (Pg. 75) 

Just Asking: Brad Wilcox

LDS speaker Brad Wilcox, author of The 7-Day Christian, The Continuous Atonement, and The
Continuous Conversion
, has helped countless members through his books and firesides. We sat down with him to find out what inspires him to keep inspiring others.


Pictures from Justin Hackworth, Shutterstock, Sylvia Brass, Brad Wilcox