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8 Famous People Who Became Mormons

by Jamie Armstrong | May 2, 2015 | Famous Mormons Fun

Ricky Schroder                 photo courtesy of Bennie J. Davis III                    Ricky Schroder has spent most of his life in show business. As a child, he starred in the '80s sitcom Silver Spoons and successfully transitioned into a serious adult actor, starring in NYPD Blue and the western mini-series Lonesome Dove. In 2004 he began writing and directing, and he now has his own production company. Schroder married Church member Andrea Bernard in 1992. Despite taking the missionary discussions while they were dating, and again after they were married, he was not receptive to the gospel. At a 2008 single adult conference,...

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15 Conference Moments No One Saw Coming

by Arianna Rees & Janessa Armstrong | March 30, 2015 | News from Utah Fun Mormon Life

1 . When an Olympian Spoke During the Priesthood Session In 1985, Peter Vidmar, an Olympic Gold Medalist, addressed the brethren. This was the first time that anyone outside of the general Church leadership spoke at general conference. Brother Vidmir spoke on keeping the standards of the church and how a little extra effort can make all the difference in the end. 2. When President Benson Had Someone Else Deliver His Talk President Hinckley got up during the 1989 April Conference and gave President Benson's powerful rebuke against pride. President Hinckley opened the talk saying that President Benson felt more comfortable...

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5 Famous Mormons Who Served Missions (& Where)

by Jake Healey | June 12, 2015 | Mormon Life

Image retrieved from Mormon.org Being a celebrity probably isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Oh, there’s money, sure—but the price of fame ensures that every decision made will be highlighted, every fashion choice scrutinized, and every mistake magnified. Though this prominence may be taxing at times, it does provide those who have it with a unique opportunity to publicly express their opinions and stand for their beliefs. Many not of our faith have provided the Church with exposure and renown, both on the screen and on the stage. It’s been said that “any publicity is good publicity,” and that may...

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18 Mormons on Reality TV Who Stood for Their Standards

by LDS Living Staff | January 7, 2015 | Famous Mormons Fun

Members of the Church who have competed on reality TV shows know all too well how hard it can be to stay true to their faith under pressure. Of the many Mormons who have appeared on reality TV shows, here are a few of our favorite stories. The Amazing Race Competing on The Amazing Race was a dream come true for Connor O’Leary and his father, Dave . The  father-son team were strong competitors after they first beat Dave’s prostate cancer and Connor’s testicular cancer. “From the outset,” says Connor, “we wanted to race, hold our integrity, and show our true...

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11 Hollywood Movies with Unexpected Mormon Connections

by Jamie Armstrong | June 3, 2015 | Fun Mormon Life

Church members have some solid credibility in Hollywood, with classics like Napoleon Dynamite and more recent successes such as The Twilight Saga, Ender's Game, The Maze Runner, and Austenland all based on novels written by LDS authors. Here are 11 famous movies you might not realize have LDS connections. 1. Star Wars (1977) Some spiritual aspects of Star Wars were influenced by LDS film producer Gary Kurtz. A Los Angeles native, film producer Kurtz was born on July 27, 1940. His collaboration with George Lucas and Lucasfilm began in 1973 with the film American Graffiti, which was a huge box office...

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7 Mistakes LDS Parents Make and How to Avoid Them

by Mark D. Ogletree, Ph.D. | April 11, 2015 | Mormon Life

In the October 2012 general conference, President Thomas S. Monson announced that young men could now be recommended for missionary service at age 18, and young women could serve at age 19. At a press conference held between the Saturday morning and afternoon conference sessions, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland invited parents “ to take a strong hand in this preparation and not expect that it is somehow the responsibility of local church leaders, or the missionary department of the church or MTC’s to provide and direct all of that .” Notice where Elder Holland placed the responsibility to train the future...

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21 Mormon-Themed Cakes Almost Too Cool to Eat

by Jamie Armstrong | May 14, 2015 | Fun Mormon Life

Found on flickr.com Found on flickr.com Found on cakecentral.com Found on theperuvianmomrecipes.blogspot.com Found on mscakes.blogspot.com Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Found on letsgetcaking.blogspot.com Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Found on jhenwatson.webs.com Retrieved from Pinterest Found on cakecentral.com According to the baker, this cake design was taken from the Wizard of Oz and applied to LDS Young Women's Evening of Excellence. Each of the flower areas represent a value and the ultimate goal is the temple. The idea is, if you stray from the path, you will run in to disaster. Hence the tornado is labeled...

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My Experience in the Conference Center During the Opposing Vote

by Erin Hallstrom | April 6, 2015 | News from Utah Makes You Think

Photo from lds.org Thanks to my job, I am pretty plugged into LDS happenings. I was well aware of the strong possibility that a group of people were attending the afternoon session of conference with the express purpose to give an opposing vote. I watched with trepidation as President Uchtdorf began to read the names of the First Presidency, not sure if or how things would play out. The first round of "opposeds" were not made up of a large number of people--to me it sounded like around 10 (although I acknowledge I could be off on that count)--but the sounds...

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11 Modest Dresses from the 2015 Golden Globes

by LDS Living Staff | January 12, 2015 | Mormon Life

  A lot of people look to Hollywood stars for fashion inspiration--for good or ill. But at this year's Golden Globes, as we looked for that which is of good report and praiseworthy, we spied a few celebrities who showed less skin and more class with their fashion choices. We hope these more conservative styles start to catch on! For more inspiration, check out modest dresses from the 2013 Golden Globes  and  the 2014 Golden Globes . Note: While these dresses approach LDS modesty standards, not all of these dresses are perfectly modest. However, we think they can still certainly provide...

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Missionary Whose Family Died While She Served Reflects on Tragedy One Year Later

by Jensen Parrish | February 24, 2015 | Makes You Think

On August 24, 2013, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland came to visit our mission. All the missionaries gathered in a church building, anxious to meet him. He spoke with such power, and I remember the Spirit testifying to me that he was indeed an apostle of the Lord and that anything he said would be of God.  I remember he gave each of us a promise. He said, “As you serve your missions with all your heart, mind, and strength, your families will be protected.” I made a promise to myself right then that regardless of how tired or tested I ever...