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Check out all the latest stories in LDS news this week. From Tabernacle Choir announcements to rare copies of the Book of Mormon, you'll love what you find! Missionaries Spread Gospel with Parody of "All About That Bass"
Check out how these missionaries are spreading the gospel with a new parody of the latest pop song!
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 – the Sesame Street Muppets. Elmo himself helped Wilberg release the good news!
Did you see the missionary whose dance skills impressed on the street, or the pictures of general authorities in everyday settings? See those stories and more in this LDS week in review!
Though this missionary is now an RM, this video of his mad dance skills just came out on the web this week. Check out his pop-n-lock freestyling in this dance off with a street performer!
When that Guy Photobombed the Closing Footage of Conference (April 2011)
If you were watching conference via satellite broadcast three years ago, you probably remember this young man who stood up directly in front of the camera, turned, and gave a huge grin during some of the last footage of the April session. Talk about a photo opportunity!
Fascinating Church sites, things people ask Google about the Mormons, and unexpected conference moments are all trending online. Check out these and more of this week's best LDS stories!
Throughout the world, there are sites that are deeply meaningful to members of the Church. Cherished for their beauty, history, or even their mystery, here is our list of 7 Wonders of the Mormon World.
1. The Tomb of Joseph
When the Saints were building the Nauvoo Temple, Joseph Smith Jr. had a family tomb built nearby, where he desired to be buried.
He wrote, "Let my father, Don Carlos, and Alvin, and children that I have buried be brought and laid in the tomb I have built. Let my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters be laid there also; and let it be called the Tomb of Joseph, a descendant of Jacob. And when I die, let me be gathered to the tomb of my father" Scott H. Faulring, ed., An American Prophet’s Record (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1989), 251.
In spite of how carefully planned general conference is, there are always unexpected moments that make us laugh or gasp. Here are nine of those moments in conference history that caught everybody off guard.
1. When President Hunter Fell Over Backwards in the Middle of His Talk (April 1989)
Conference goers were stunned when President Howard W. Hunter lost his balance in the middle of his talk and fell backwards into the choir conductor’s podium. Surprisingly, after being helped up by members of the Quorum of the Twelve, he proceeded to give the rest of his message as if the event hadn’t happened, even in spite of already being weak from recent surgeries.
Sometimes it's easy for us to be overwhelmed by our doubts, especially in the world we live in today. Read about how that doubt can in fact strengthen us if we use it properly.
It happens unexpectedly.
You might be catching up with friends via social media, looking for church history related content online, or sitting in the middle of a Sunday school class when you read or hear something that prompts prodding and uncomfortable questions.
"How do I know if this is right or if it isn't? What if the things I believe aren't true?"
It can be difficult to spiritually navigate in the world today without running into tough questions like these that challenge our faith and cause us to doubt. Often, that doubt is trying and hard to address, something we’d rather hide than admit to having.
According to scholars Terryl and Fiona Givens, however, doubt is an important piece of our mortal probation on earth. Rather than something to be ungrateful for and frightened of, they say, doubt can be a valuable and ennobling gift from the Lord.
Doubt Prompts Us to Ask Honest Questions
Terryl Givens says, “Doubt, for us, leads to the capacity to ask genuine questions, and a genuine question is a question born out of sincerity and a yearning to know.”
One of the most powerful examples of the ennobling doubt the Givenses refer to is found in the boy prophet, Joseph Smith. After months of searching for the truth in a religious environment that he called contentious and confusing, Joseph’s doubt pushed him to ask difficult questions.