Arts & Entertainment
In an age when trash is available at the click of a button, a few Mormon YouTubers are on the front lines, fighting filth with their faith and talents. Find out what makes these Mormon-made YouTube channels stand out and why their faithful creators are so popular not only among Latter-day Saints but the world at large.
Most family nights aren't complete without a game! Check out some of these fun, well-known games with a little Mormon culture thrown in.
How many of these fun Mormon spin-offs of popular games have you played? Let us know which ones we missed by commenting below!
Note: Photos retrieved from deseretbook.com or boardgamegeek.com unless otherwise indicated.
Book of Mormon Chess
It's Nephites against Lamanites in this scriptural version of an old classic! A great way to incorporate scripture discussions into the timeless game of chess.
The "Mormon moment" launched the LDS religion into the spotlight in recent years. Sometimes it was flattering—sometimes it was not. Check out these six documentaries about Mormons trying to let their light so shine. From a rock star convert to a presidential candidate, you’ll love these fascinating Mormon documentaries.
With unprecedented access, this documentary tracks Romney from his first effort to win the Republican nomination in 2006 up through the 2012 elections. It reveals the "man behind the sound bites" in an authentic view the public rarely glimpsed during the media frenzy of a national campaign. See how one Mormon family pulled together to support one another during years of an emotional rollercoaster.
Mark Twain's report of Salt Lake City was less than kind. But did you know he was a well-known satirical writer? And that he wrote about his visit five years after the fact?
Mark Twain—author of popular classics like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn—was celebrated in his New York Time obituary as the “greatest American humorist of his age.”
On June 8, 1867, the “father of American literature” set sail on the pleasure cruiser Quaker City for a five month trip through Europe and the Middle East. His record of that trip turned into one of his earliest works, a lampoon of the people and customs of the region titled The Innocents Abroad or The New Pilgrim’s Progress—proof that he was an equal-opportunity satirist who could find humor in just about everything (and everyone).
The Saints had gathered to Zion partly so they could be in a location remote enough that they could be left in peace to practice their religion. But that remoteness also encouraged the area to become “a gathering place and focal point for a myriad of jokes, myths, and distortions which would long go uncorrected.” As former LDS Church Historian Leonard J. Arrington believed, the well-attended public lectures and writings of eminent 19th century humorists—among them, Mark Twain—probably did much to influence national attitudes and, consequently, national policies regarding the Mormons.
MR says: This video from 1973 is like today's World Report.
Beginning around 1970, our department had sponsored newsreel-style movies under the series title The Church in Action. These annual or five-year retrospectives used existing footage to feature newsworthy events like the international travels of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Brigham Young University’s dance teams. Useful though they were in featuring Church events in multiple countries, these films did not begin to capture the depth of Church history around the globe. 
As a scholar of religion and media, my ears perked up. In what contexts & settings were such films screened? The notion of a pre-feature newsreel was completely passe by the 1970s, so this seems a fascinating model to have promoted in that decade. Were they broadcast before or between general conference sessions, as the Global Report is now? Were they sent or loaned or distributed out to church units somehow, or only kept centrally in Salt Lake as a form of denomination-wide journaling for the ages? The series doesn’t seem to have been digitized (yet), so we can’t go back and look in depth at each one (but if we could: master’s thesis, anyone??).