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Whether baking the world’s largest loaf of bread or breaking 1,500 pounds of ice with a forehead, we Mormons can do anything. But don’t take it from me. Here are a number of incredible Mormons who made history with their record-setting feats.
Photo retrieved from Neil Zurcher's One Tank Trips
Developing Our Talents--Whatever They May Be
From the world’s fastest texter (Benjamin Cook, 2006) to the world’s fastest raw onion eater (Trevor Reilly, 2004); from the world’s strongest power-lifter (Lance Davis, 2004, 618.3 pounds) to the world’s fastest balloon animal inflator (KC Williams, 2003 & 2004), there is no doubt that the Church is full of impressive Mormons dedicated to developing the unique talents the Lord has given them. And the diversity of these talents has only added to the strength and notability of our Church and its members, proving that Mormons can be daring, whimsical, athletic, knowledgeable, and faithful.
Daring World Records
1977 Longest Firewalk and Bed of Nails
Prior cheese maker, horticulturist, and Indian-culture enthusiast Vernon Craig suffered puncture wounds and several second and third degree burns setting these world records. On May 6, 1977, Craig sandwiched himself between two boards containing 506 nails and then encouraged people to climb onto the top board until it reached the weight of 1,642.5 pounds. Later that same June, Craig walked across 25 feet of scorching coals that measured 1,494 degrees Fahrenheit. These impressive feats made Craig one of the first six inductees ushered into the Guinness World Records Hall of Fame. Speaking about the mental and physical strain of achieving these records, Craig said, “It’s your mind taking complete control of your entire body, and ordering it through the heat . . . Your mind is a powerful tool that can even ward off pain, if you ask it to” (The Skousen Book of More Amazing Mormon World Records, Paul Skousen, 2008).
We're so excited for Gerald Lund's new series, Fire and Steel, that we couldn't wait to share the first two chapters of the first book, A Generation Rising, with you!
A few weeks ago, renowned LDS author Gerald Lund announced his new historical fiction page-turner, Fire and Steel, would release one month from today, on Black Friday, in Deseret Book stores.
But we simply couldn't wait that long.
So in anticipation of the release, LDS Living brings you an exclusive (and 100% free!) inside look at the first two chapters of A Generation Rising, the premier book in the new series!
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Add some fun to your church handout, plan a fun Mutual activity, or try something new at FHE with these fun, Mormon-inspired origami projects!
Origami (pronounced or-i-GA-me) is a Japanese word that means “to fold paper” and is known as the Japanese art of folding paper into shapes representing objects. Paper folding has been practiced for thousands of years, first beginning between AD 100–200 in China. But even though origami began in China, it didn’t become widely popular until the Japanese took a liking to it in AD 600.
In the beginning, when paper was first invented & was expensive, origami was used for religious occasions such as weddings & Chinese tea ceremonies. But today, origami can be found in all types of settings, such as schools, churches, art galleries, and museums.
I hope you enjoy folding the designs in this book, which come from stories in the Book of Mormon, LDS Church history, and modern-day temples.
Skill Level 1: Shirt & Tie
From Mormon Origami
Brandon Mull, author of the bestselling Fablehaven and Beyonders series, is at it again making Halloween magic with his short story, “Monster Jamboree.”
Pictures retrieved from Book Zone.
Halloween is not only a cherished holiday at my house, it’s a month-long event. From ghost stories to ghoulish dishes, I’m always looking for the next Halloween treat to share with my family. But, with a six-year-old niece who loves coming over for sleepovers, it can be difficult finding spooky stories that everyone in my family finds enjoyable—especially after dark.
That's why I was so thrilled to discover "Monster Jamboree," a short story written by LDS bestselling author Brandon Mull. Witty, well-written, and brimming with that essence of Halloween that we all love, “Monster Jamboree” is relatable for everyone in the family, from Grandpa all the way down to my little niece.
Now, I can't wait for the chance to nestle underneath a pile of stuffed unicorns and Dora blankets with my niece and share this memorable Halloween story.
Check it out:
We're so excited for this annual concert, and with some great guest performers! Make sure you visit the website this Saturday for the ticket drawing!
This morning on KSL’s Doug Wright Show, Mormon Tabernacle Choir director Mack Wilberg gave listeners a sneak peek into some unique circumstances for this year’s Christmas performance. Traditionally there are two guest artists at the holiday concert, but one of those artists this year, Wilberg explained, is an entire neighborhood – Sesame Street Muppets. Elmo joined the announcement via phone, expressing excitement to be coming to Salt Lake as one of the special guests from Sesame Street. Some of Elmo’s friends who will also be joining the choir will soon be announced on the Mormon Tabernacle Choir social media outlets.
The second performer was announced as Santino Fontana, who made an appearance with the choir earlier this year for the Pioneer Day concert. Fontana also joined the announcement via phone and described how thrilled he is to be returning to work with the choir after a great experience over the summer.
Because of the performers this year, Wilberg also announced a special adjustment to the age limit of attendees, which has traditionally been age 8 and up, to age 5 and up.
Tickets will be available starting this Saturday, October 18. Concert dates will be Thursday, December 11 through Sunday, December 14, 2014. Visit the Mormon Tabernacle Choir website for more information.