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Attention gamers: after the success of this year’s Mormon games and app contest, LDSTech has announced plans for holding the contest again at next year’s convention. Get your designs ready!
You are probably already familiar with popular LDS apps like Deseret Bookshelf, but here are 10 other newly-created Mormon apps you might not know about.
From interactive scripture mastery games incorporating 300 animations to an app that creates an LDS version of Youtube, the LDSTech Conference had everything Mormon gamers and computer wizards could want.
As part of this year’s conference, LDSTech decided to hold their first Gospel Game and App Contest that featured games designed by Mormons, for Mormons. Over 150 contestants submitted some 80 designs, 16 of which were selected for awards.
Held on October 16th and 17th at the University of Utah Institute, the contest named three winners in each of three categories—Primary, Youth, and Family—as well as awarded nearly a dozen honorable mentions. In addition, a People’s Choice Awards was held following the competition to recognize the most popular designs.
At only 16 years old, Corbin Anderson was one of the competition's youngest and most promising contributors. Anderson won second place in the Primary category with his LDS Children’s Activity App. Now he's keeping himself busy gearing up for next year’s competition.
Madilyn Paige, top 20 finalist on Season 6 on NBC’s 'The Voice,' shares more about her faith, her experience, and her future songwriting career.
When Madilyn Paige sang “Everything Has Changed” in front of a live, international audience, her words became prophetic. Not long ago, Paige was just another insecure 16-year-old struggling to make her way through high school. Now, Paige is an up-and-coming musician and songwriter with a newly released single that has received a surprising amount of attention and success.
A young woman with unshakable faith, Paige gives all the credit for her miraculous transformation to her Heavenly Father.
“I have really bad stage fright before a show and I never wanted to go on TV especially,” Paige confessed. But, when her uniquely powerful voice put Paige through to the top 20 finalists on NBC’s hit reality show, The Voice, her dreams and her fears both became vividly realized.
“I had no idea how I was going to make it through and to this day I don’t know how I would have had I not had the Lord on my side helping me through it,” Paige said. “I was really, really blessed.”
Despite her young age, Madilyn quickly gained confidence as she not only faced but impressed judges and audiences that would intimidate even the most experienced musicians. “Before The Voice I was really insecure and unsure about myself,” Paige admitted, “[but] this whole experience really gave me a lot of confidence and helped me realize what I am capable of. “
We Latter-day Saints love filling our homes with faithful and beautiful artwork, from pictures of temples to depictions of Christ’s life. Other images representing scripture stories and LDS values are also just as inspiring. Read on to find new favorite paintings and sculptures for your home, and learn the significance behind each of these 12 stunning pieces of art that bring light and truth into our lives.
It took close to a year of on-and-off work for LDS painter Sandra Rast to complete Ruth, but the end result was worth the wait.
About the stunning painting, Rast says, “I put the beauty and softness in her eyes to represent the beauty of her inner attributes, that she’s good and gracious with dignity and charity on the inside. You have to paint the outside to show she internally had those characteristics we all seek.”
Other symbols found in the painting include the light around Ruth’s head, which represents revelation, knowledge, and truth. The heavy use of gold in the background and the color of the wheat symbolize things that are pure and precious, as well as the celestial kingdom, our ultimate goal. Ruth’s hands are a focal point of the piece, showing her strength and representing providence and blessings, especially those that come through work.
Why can't Mormons buy flowers? Get the answer in this funny list of Mormon mentions on sitcoms and other TV shows.
Golden Girls: Transplant
When Blanche's sister needs a kidney transplant, she doesn't know whether to donate her kidney or not. Luckily, she's saved by a donor match whose kidney is spic-n-span from a life of clean living.
Blanche: Oh, well the most wonderful thing happened. They found a donor, an excellent match. She was a retired Mormon schoolteacher.
Rose: Virginia's so lucky!
Blanche: Oh, I'll say! That kidney was showroom new! Why, the wildest thing that ever passed through there was Ovaltine!
"Call Me, Irresponsible"
Admiring a bouquet of flowers sent to Carla, Rebecca wonders why more men can't send flowers. Sam mishears her, and hilarity ensues.
Rebecca: "Oh, why can't more men send flowers?"
Sam: "I didn't know Mormons couldn't send flowers."
Rebecca: "I said more men, not Mormons."
Sam: "I know they can't dance."
Norm: "No, Sammy, that's the — that's the Amish."