Arts & Entertainment
Scripture stories and modern revelation speak of angels who watched over prophets. So is it the same today? Is someone watching over you?
Touching stories of angelic emissaries are commonly recounted in LDS meetinghouses. Since we believe in a God who is anxiously engaged in our lives, it’s a heart-warming thought to think that heavenly messengers can intervene for good on our behalf. But are there such things as “guardian angels”? Donald W. Parry, author of Angels: Agents of Light, Love, and Power, says there just might be angels among us.
While “ministering” angels are mentioned 37 times in the standard works, the term “guardian angel” is conspicuously missing. Not absent, however, are stories of angels protecting prophets and acting in a guardian-like role. Take the story of Daniel, for example. When he was unjustly cast into the lions’ den, the Lord sent an angel to shut the lions’ mouths. It was also an angel who delivered Peter from Herod’s prison and Abraham from the priests of Elkenah.
Whether your children are 1 or 18, these things can keep the spirit of spreading the gospel in your home and help you to raise future missionaries. And make sure to enter our GIVEAWAY at the bottom for the chance to win a free missionary CD!
What a great inspirational print to hang in your child's room--reminding us we are all called to share His gospel as member missionaries and planting the seed of an even greater call when he or she is older. You can get the prints in several different sizes and background colors.
Summer reading by the pool just can't be beat. We've tracked down some of the best new books for your summer reading list.
By Josi S. Kilpack, $18.99
All signs point to a relaxing Alaskan cruise for long-time amateur detective Sadie Hoffmiller and her family, but when her adult son Sean starts acting suspiciously around a female passenger who is discovered dead the first night at sea, it’s up to Sadie to sleuth out the truth.
Keeping the Sabbath day holy looks different for everyone. Should watching wholesome movies be part of your family's Sunday routine?
When I was nine years old, I had a brilliant idea.
“We need a new rule in our house,” I explained to my dad. “No movies on Sundays unless they’re rated G.”
My dad (the ward bishop who had zero free time on Sundays to watch movies anyway, G-rated or otherwise) wholeheartedly agreed, and the tradition began.
And it stuck.
To this day, my younger siblings—who live at home and are all 17-years-old and older—surely mutter under their breath when, on Sunday afternoons, they have to choose between A Goofy Movie or Robin Hood for the millionth time. I’m sure my name has been cursed more than once for coming up with such a seemingly restrictive rule, but I can take it.
I now have two kids of my own, and we follow the same rule in our house: only G-rated movies on Sunday. As soon as my 2-year-old son grows out of Lightning McQueen and Elmo Learns to Use the Potty (yes, the movie), I may have a small uprising on my hands, but for now, that’s the rule—and compared to some families, that’s generous. I know some parents who don’t allow any television viewing on the Sabbath—movies or otherwise.
Maybe that’s your rule. And I think you should enforce whatever rules help your family make the most of the Day of Rest. After all, we all honor the Sabbath in different ways, and what is right for me might not be right for you.
Are you looking for some outstanding books for your nine and older children to enjoy throughout the summer? How about a great read-aloud book to help settle kids of all ages down for the warm summer nights? This list of new books (that includes historical fiction, fantasy, humor, science fiction and mystery) will fit your hot summer nights and days. So enjoy!
The Vine Basket
by Josanne La Valley
This book is a look inside East Turkestan that has recently been taken over by Chinese rule. A young Uyghur girl is dealing with the oppression that is taking over, and her family fears they may lose their farm. She sets out for the market where she hopes to sell enough peaches to help her family, but a tourist sees her unusual vine basket. And this stranger brings hope to her little life. The story is written so well that you are constantly pulling and hoping for the best for this girl – and her people!