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MR says: We can tell these missionaries sure are happy about sharing the Plan of Salvation!
Mormons have been creating memes long before they were popular--35 years before Pinterest even launched, in fact. Don't believe me? Check out these unforgettable MormonAds that capture all of the sass and spirit from their glory days.
Every morning while I was growing up, I would awaken to a whimsical, fairytale image: a frog nestled among lilies and wearing a crown. I will never be able to forget the catch phrase that accompanied this poster, the words etched into my brain after reading it nearly every day: "There aren't any frogs--just handsome princes who don't know who they are." Anytime I think of that silly little frog a feeling of nostalgia seeps over me, making me smile.
Despite their corniness and outdated styles, MormonAds bring back a wave of warm memories for many of us. Their spiritual insights and witty phrases do more than just remind us of choosing the right, they remind us of who we were and who we have become thanks to their principles. So, to all the lovers of MormonAds out there, here’s a look back at MormonAds in their hay day—here’s a tribute to those little posters and tear out cards we loved so much.
Pioneers in Photoshop
Put a song in every child’s pocket! These old-fashioned music grinders are reminiscent of times past. Their simple arrangements of beloved children’s melodies will add delight and whimsy to your day. Crafted of wood, the mechanical movement is fascinating to watch as small hands turn the crank.
The missionaries in Hawaii are helping to preserve history at Pearl Harbor as they perform service aboard one of the world's best known battleships.
The USS Missouri has witnessed some of the proudest moments in US history, from serving as the place of final surrender in WWII to her final mission to Pearl Harbor on the 50th anniversary of the attack. When she was decommissioned on March 31, 1992, the USS Missouri stood as the last active battleship in the world—a legacy of the lives, the values, and the nation she defended over five decades and three wars.
For the past four years, LDS missionaries have played a crucial role in maintaining this battleship’s rich heritage—a task that has been no small feat. Since 2010, groups of missionaries from all over Oahu report for duty on the USS Missouri every Wednesday, performing maintenance work from patching the old teakwood deck to shining up handrails.
In that time, the missionaries have performed an estimated 10,000 hours of service renovating and cleaning the 887 foot long battleship. Over the past 10 years, LDS missionaries and Church members have donated the equivalent of over a quarter of a million dollars in service hours.
There is a special joy we feel when we partake in the gift of giving around this time of year. Whether we are giving to friends, family, or coworkers, we are creating magical memories during the Christmas season. To help you with your Christmas shopping, we have come up with Deseret Book's top gifts that cater towards LDS families.
"If you need a burden lifted, I want you to imagine I am in a personal, private, closed-door chat with you. I want to help you if I can." With those words, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland invites every reader of his latest book to become a friend, to receive instruction and encouragement, counsel and comfort, in any circumstance.