Arts & Entertainment
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."
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