Arts & Entertainment
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.
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.