Arts & Entertainment
We Mormons love our LDS culture and heritage. We love them so much, we produce movies about them all the time (I don’t see any other religions making movies like Sons of the Vatican, or Mobsters and Muslims.)
Everyone has their favorite, whether it’s a drama like Charly, or the oh-so-funny Singles Ward, and LDS Living thought it would be fun to host a contest to determine the most-loved LDS film. Now, these aren’t films produced by the Church (like Legacy, or Testaments) because that wouldn’t be fair or appropriate to compare these to ones like The RM. But everything else is fair game.
Vote for your favorite films within each category, and if you feel like we’ve left out your favorite, leave a comment below. If we get enough write-ins for a particular film, we’ll make sure to include it in the next round.
Did you know there is only one picture of President and Sister Uchtdorf as young newlyweds? The catch is, however, if you were to search for it on Google, you wouldn’t find it. Want to know why? Its existence was discovered only a couple of months ago. (President and Sister Uchtdorf didn’t even know it existed.)
Doug Halladay, a former missionary who served in Germany, was going through his mission photos and slides and came across this photo of a very young (and super classy, if you ask me) version of Dieter and Harriet Uchtdorf in Berlin. Mr. Halladay sent it to President Uchtdorf’s office in Salt Lake City and the picture was promptly sent to Deseret Book Publishing in order to be included in President Uchtdorf’s new book, Your Happily Ever After.
I love looking at this picture and getting a glimpse into President and Sister Uchtdorf’s earlier years. Kind of neat to see this picture and think about him as a young pilot having all those experiences he talks about in general conference!
Our “'Favoritest' Hymn of All” poll was so popular, I thought another mini poll would be fun.
With the Fourth of July next week, you’ve probably been singing patriotic hymns in sacrament meeting lately. I LOVE these hymns and wish we would sing them all year long. I have a favorite, but I want to know yours.
Vote for your favorite patriotic hymn below.
The votes are in and we have a “favoritest” hymn. Congratulations to …
I Know that My Redeemer Lives
I’m not really surprised this classic hymn won, but I am intrigued with the first runner-up, Come, Thou Fount. It only lost by one percent of the total votes, so clearly it’s a popular hymn. But the funny thing is, it’s not actually in the current hymnbook.
Come, Thou Fount was the most requested write-in hymn from round one of voting, so we added it to the list of others. But if it’s not even in the hymn book, why is it so popular?
The answer is, it used to be, so a lot of members are familiar with this hymn and still consider it a favorite. When the newest version of the hymnbook was printed in 1985, Come Thou Fount was missing. The Church wrote an article in the Ensign about the changes, but there wasn’t a reason as to why specific hymns made the cut and others didn’t. Here’s what they had to say:
“Just as some hymns have been added to the book, some have also been deleted. ‘Through the years a number of hymns have only rarely been sung,’ said Elder Pinnock. ‘Wanting to keep the book to a reasonable size, and needing to add new hymns, we felt it would be wise to remove some of the little-used hymns.’ Members may want to keep their old hymnbooks as a treasure, Brother Moody suggested, and continue to sing the hymns they love that may not appear in the new book. …
Last night I couldn't sleep. Sometime around 3:00 a.m., I tired of tossing and resorted to watching videos of what many girls were already peacefully dreaming about: Jimmer Fredette. Thanks to the new followjimmer.com (new content posted daily!), I found a constant stream of videos to entertain and inform me during my wakeful vigil. And thanks to all those videos, I am now a perfectly qualified Jimmer expert, just in time for the NBA draft this Thursday. I now present to you my top six Fredettrivia:
1. When Jimmer doesn't have enough friends to play basketball with him, he uses trash cans to stand in for the other players.
2. Even famous people go through an ugly duckling stage—his brother used to call him “Cheeks” because of his chubby facial features and then John Goodman (after the actor) and Clemenza (from the Godfather).
3. Jimmer owns more shoes than I do. “Living simple” and “as compact as I can” includes—just from what I counted in one video—13 pairs of athletic shoes, one set of church shoes, and one pair of sandals (worn with socks).
4. Eating healthy includes tortilla chips, organic toaster pastries, and chocolate milk. Don't worry though, the Diet Coke in his fridge was only stocked there to keep his girlfriend, Whitney (also featured in some of the videos), happy.