Arts & Entertainment
Vote for your favorite Christmas hymn!
A few months ago LDS Living held a contest called The "Favoritest" Hymn of All where readers voted for their favorite song in the hymn book. (Click on the link to find out the winner of that poll!) Today we're doing the same thing, but with Christmas songs. Vote below for your most-loved Christmas hymn, and leave a comment of your favorite secular (or non-hymn) song.
I’ve been in the LDS publishing industry a long time, so a lot of books have washed over me through the years. Many have inspired me, uplifted me, and helped shape my testimony. But few have truly changed the way I see the world.
Increase in Learning, by Elder David A. Bednar, is one of those few. Its basic premise, that the answers to all of our questions are found in the truths of the gospel, is deceptively simple. It’s one thing to believe the answers are there. It’s quite another to figure out how to find them.
What this book does is give me a new way to approach the questions I’m asking. It helps me understand how to go deeper, both in my studying and in my praying. It gives me tools and makes me want to learn, to explore, to ponder—and I’ve got to admit, I don’t always feel that way. As Elder Bednar tells one young man on the DVD, “If this has taken you out of your comfort zone, I am deliriously happy!”
This reminds me to mention the DVD. It is a priceless opportunity to feel like you’re being taught directly by an apostle. There’s a wonderful Q&A session with a group of young adults and a personal interview with Elder and Sister Bednar talking about the concepts in the book; both are crucial connection points that help you digest the book’s contents much more effectively. The more you see the pattern Elder Bednar follows, the more excited you get to go out and try it out for yourself.
We occasionally have the blessing of coming into contact with living angels - those people who unfailingly encourage us to have hope and faith.
Here are a few essential books to curl up with this Christmas season.
As the holidays come each year, excitement builds, decorations go up, and Christmas songs play on the radio. In celebration of all the hubbub, we’ve compiled a list of essential Christmas stories to read, whether on your own, with your children, or the whole family.
“Bah!” said Scrooge. “Humbug!”
These famous words mark the beginning of a tale that renews the spirit of joy and caring that is Christmas. This book warms our hearts with favorite memories of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet-to-be—and will remind us with laughter and tears about the true meaning of Christmas.
Many people feel passionately about Twilight - whether they love it or hate it. And on the eve of the newest movie's release, we want to know: do you think it's worthwhile?
Tomorrow (or tonight at midnight for the Twihards) is an exciting day for Twilight fans. The latest movie in the franchise, Breaking Dawn: Part 1, is coming to theaters (insert screaming young girls).
The books and movies have found popularity among many Mormon moms and teens, as the author is LDS and we Mormons like to stick together and support one another. But they have also found themselves the topic of ridicule with other Mormons for their mature themes and risqué movie scenes.
Breaking Dawn: Part 1 was originally R-rated but was re-cut to give it a PG-13 rating. Whoa, Stephenie Meyer! I’m not here to judge whether or not members should watch R-rated movies (that’s a whole other can of worms), but can you imagine if this film was rated R? Absolute mayhem!
Some people think The Twilight Saga teaches good lessons, like morality, as the main characters remain chaste until marriage. For others, even bringing up the topic of sex (which it does, a lot) is reason enough not to read or watch them. Both sides make a good point. For me, I didn’t mind the books, the movies have been entertaining despite the horrific acting, and I’ll probably still see Breaking Dawn.