LDS Living Blog
Have you heard about the new Sunday School program? It's just one of our five must-read stories that broke in the past seven days in Mormondom! Don't miss this week's review!
Updates to the Church's Sunday School program may be right around the corner. The changes, modeled after the new youth "Come, Follow Me" curriculum, don't yet have a solid timeline, but are progressing forward with rapidity. Several congregations have already been piloting the program with success, as one of our online fans shared:
"Our ward was one of the 10 pilot sites these past few months and it was fantastic. This method was utilized in Sunday School and in Relief Society. Much better learning environment and engagement with discussions. Removes the lecture style way of teaching and allows for thoughtful, honest sharing. We loved it, the teachers loved it and there is opportunity to apply the learnings each week in each of our lives." Katie Bezak Dill
The week before conference is always full of great conference content--check out our picks for the top 5 must-read conference stories from this past week!
Impress your friends with all the fun conference trivia packed into this beautiful, shareable infographic. For instance, did you know conference was cancelled once due to a flu outbreak? Or that early in its history, conference was held in St. George and Provo? And it was only in 2009 that Conference was streamed online for the first time (not so long ago)!
Check out the full graphic--and then join the buzz by sharing it with your friends!
Speaking of sharing, the weekend of general conference is a great time to get into the online church scene. (Have you spied the #LDSconf in the corner of the broadcasts recently? It trends nationally on Twitter!)
This week was BIG in Mormon News: David Archuleta's back, there are brand new temple pictures to enjoy (and even win!), and we took a hard look at Mormons and timeliness. Get all the details in this edition of the LDS Week in Review!
He's back! After two years of service in Chile, David Archuleta returned from his mission this week, as was announced by this video posted to his YouTube channel Monday:
We're so excited to have him stateside and hope to hear more from him in the coming weeks!
Robert A. Boyd released fifteen brand new, stunning pictures of LDS temples all over the world online this week--we'll just let some of our favorite images stand for themselves:
LDS writers tackled some hard issues this week: attractiveness in marriage and marrying too young. Don't miss these top stories!
This wonderful story of discovering a lasting sense of self-worth comes from a new title at Deseret Book, Why I Don't Hide My Freckles Anymore: Perspectives on True Beauty. The language is so personal and moving, and the message so vital, you simply can't miss this story:
"Six months after our wedding, my husband and I gingerly approached a topic that was becoming obvious to both of us—he was not physically attracted to me.
"No, he was not gay. He was, however, embarrassed to be discussing with me feelings he didn’t have for me. He felt shallow and ashamed. He was still certain I was the very best choice for a life companion, but he had never really thought of me as attractive."
Find out the amazing realization of true beauty the anonymous author comes to in the full story.
This week was jam-packed with LDS news! Did you hear about the new BYU president? Or the LDS screenwriter who co-wrote the 'Despicable Me' series? From the anniversary of Helen Keller's Temple Square visit to a debate on if you should ever turn down a church calling, you won't want to miss this week's top 5 must-read stories!
Saying "no" can be quite hard--especially when that's what you want to say to a Church calling. Every member should feel comfortable taking these four steps to help affirm their calling: ask for time to consider the call, pray about the opportunity and seek personal revelation, counsel with your bishop, and then come to an informed decision. Sometimes, the answer might still be no--but hopefully, most often, it's a yes.
This topic sparked quite a debate among readers, who were concerned that turning down a calling meant you don't trust the Lord or his appointed servants, but sometimes, as others pointed out, man falls short of God's glory, especially when the Bishop and his counselors are working with incomplete information. If the steps above are followed, however, members can have greater confidence in their decision to accept or decline a church calling as they feel guided by the spirit.