Arts & Entertainment
Gail "Hal" Halvorsen, known to the world as the World War II Candy Bomber, talks about hope, gratitude, and how sharing two sticks of gum changed the course of his life.
“It all started when I was maybe 10 or 12 years old,” explains Colonel Gail S. “Hal” Halvorsen. “I was raised on a farm. We had two teams of horses to pull a wagon, and one day after a storm, when it was muddy, my dad stopped and took me up to an old 2,000 pound draft horse.” Instead of the expected toothbrush lesson, Halvorsen was surprised when his dad said, “See this little bit? This bit that goes in the horse’s mouth? It turns around that whole 2,000 pound body."
Halvorsen continues, "My father quoted James, how out of little things proceed that which is great, and then repeated how we put bits in the horse’s mouth and we turn the whole body about, just like the helms of ships turn the ships about. He said, ‘As you go through life, any decision you make without the Holy Ghost is going to be dangerous.’”
With 141 operating temples, and 15 under construction with an additional 14 announced, temples truly have begun to dot the earth. We were blessed this year with gorgeous photo submissions from temples around the world, and the 2014 House of Faith calendar brings you some of the very best temple pictures around.
Each temple image includes an inspirational quote for you to ponder throughout the month. Here's a sneak peek of a few of our favorite images:
Make a memory this holiday season by starting a tradition or taking a moment for yourself to spend some quality time with these quality Christmas reads.
In the hustle and bustle of holiday activities, make time to enjoy the peaceful spirit of the season. To help you take your mind off of your dinner parties and visitors, we’ve put together a list of good holiday reads in the true spirit of the season for you and your family to enjoy.
1) Jacob T. Marley by R. William Bennett
Travel back in time with author R. William Bennett, long before the beginning of the famed A Christmas Carol, and discover the story of Scrooge’s miserly business partner, Jacob T. Marley, who returned in ghostly form to warn Scrooge away from his ill-fated path. Unravel the reason for Marley’s chains as the events leading up to his death are revealed in Dickens-style. Jacob T. Marley is a masterfully crafted story of remorse and redemption that is sure to become a Christmas favorite. Read an excerpt from the book here.
Twenty-two years ago, Michael McLean created a Christmas performance that has endeared itself in the hearts of thousands. Read the backstory, the challenges, and how McLean's own family is returning as part of the cast.
It started simply. Michael McLean was seated at his piano when he wondered: “What if I met the innkeeper who turned away Joseph and Mary?” And from that one thought, a new Christmas tradition was born—a tradition that would touch the hearts of countless people through original music and the stories of “forgotten” characters of the Nativity story.
With that first thought, McLean began composing a song from the innkeeper’s perspective called “Let Him In.” And as he wrote that song, another realization dawned: he wrote it because, as he says, “I’m that guy. I am exactly that guy. I’m not a bad guy. I’m just too busy. I miss great moments because I’m just trying to pay the light bill and keep the inn full.”