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These stunning paintings, and the riveting stories that accompany them, are excerpted from Follow Me to Zion: Stories from the Willie Handcart Pioneers.
We've all heard stories of faith and heroism from the early Saints as they crossed the plains, but this book takes our understanding of those pioneers to a whole new level, allowing us to get intimately acquainted with several of the individuals and families who traveled with the Willie handcart company through photos, journal excerpts, inspiring stories, and biographical details. Throughout the book, the stories of these faithful are brought to life through the gorgeous and plentiful paintings of Julie Rogers.
Before James G. Willie helped the Saints cross the plains, he first helped others emigrate to the United States, after being released from his mission in England in 1856. Like many missionaries who were returning home, he was asked to assist the converts who were emigrating from Europe so they could gather to Zion. His first assignment came from his mission president, Franklin D. Richards, who appointed him to preside over the 764 Saints who were sailing to America on the Thornton. By the time the ship departed from Liverpool on May 4, 1856, James Willie had been away from his wife and three young children for nearly four years.
MR says: Sometimes when you cut your budget, there are unforeseen costs.
LDS women love Pinterest, and that's okay! I've got at least 5 reasons why I think this social media platform is perfect for Mormons.
Last month Buzzfeed ran an article of 25 Things Mormon Girls Love. #1 on the list? Pinterest.
And it’s true. Mormons LOVE Pinterest. I honestly don’t think I know a single female Latter-day Saint who doesn’t at the very least have a profile.
As with any social media platform or website, there are always the dangers of wasting away your life in a virtual world and neglecting real-time relationships. It's easy to wittle away the hours planning the beautiful nursery you'll design for your baby and drooling over photos of food as you think about how well your family is going to eat, but unless you actually go and do, Pinterest can easily become a vice rather than a virtue.
Beloved LDS author and speaker John Bytheway has been inspiring audiences for two decades. In celebration of the 20th Anniversary Edition of The John Bytheway Collection, Volume 3, here, in no particular order, are our five favorite uplifting, insightful, and just plain laugh-out-loud John Bytheway clips:
No matter where you go, the basketball standard remains 10 feet high. It doesn’t change to accommodate your ability. In the same way, the standard works give us a fixed target to shoot for: we cannot ask the expectations to change for us, but must apply ourselves to meeting the gospel’s standards.
In life, as in Cracker Jacks, you have to go through lots of peanuts and popcorn before you find the prize. Listening with our spiritual ears, we learn that despite our failings and trials, if we continue to sort through the challenges and fluff, we can find gifts and talents inside us that we don’t even know about yet.
If you're a fan of great music and phenomenal musical talent, you'll love Josh Wright's new album, and we'll even give you a free song from it.
Josh Wright's flying fingers at the piano have wowed us before, and his newest album of piano magnificence, My Favorite Things, fuses together classical and pop music, with music by Mozart and Chopin as well as favorites like "Stairway to Heaven," "Hedwig's Theme," and "Over the Rainbow."
You can also watch an awesome new music video from his most recent album, complete with lots of bright colors and an exploding piano, below.