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Learn everything from why major sports magazines are talking about Mormon missions to how to fold scripture-inspired origami in these latest LDS news stories.
Back when I was in the Young Women program, I remember being told that RM needed to be at the top of my dating criteria list. Supposedly, dating and marrying an RM meant that my husband-to-be would honor his priesthood, love the Lord, and be everything a good Mormon girl wanted—short of being Prince Charming himself.
But I didn’t marry an RM.
It wasn't for lack of choice—I attended BYU for four years. There were RMs aplenty, and I dated my fair share. Missionary service was one of the things I asked my dates about, mostly because it made for easy conversation.
But that got me into trouble, more than once, when I asked sweet, active members about their missions—and they hadn’t served or had returned home early. It was always awkward, and I felt terrible for intruding into something they clearly found painful. What was a girl to do?
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).
Check out all the latest stories in LDS news this week. From a Church-released video on temple garments to dating advice from Elder Holland, there's a lot to inspire.
View this very honest and open video regarding temple garments recently released by the Church.
Elder Holland is tackles any topic with a fearless and unflinching honesty that can make even the most dauting or confusing topics relatable. Now, he's taken on dating. Compiled from a devotional by Elder Holland, this list provides a way singles can obtain success in their love life even while struggling with the realities of dating.
What are you sending your missionary for Christmas? Now is the time to send gifts to your missionary so that they arrive before Christmas. Here is the perfect gift guide full of inspiring and affordable gifts for your missionary and their investigators.
Even though it isn’t December yet, we have come up with the perfect missionary Christmas gift guide. We have included 9 affordable gift ideas for your missionaries to give their investigators. Also listed are 9 gifts, under $20, for your missionary, whether they are preparing to leave, laboring in the field, or returning from their service. So click and order now to ship your gifts to your missionary!
Please take into consideration each mission president’s rules and guidelines for the type of media their missionaries can consume.
Gifts For Investigators
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!
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!
The second performer was announced as Santino Fontana, who made an appearance with the choir earlier this year for the Pioneer Day concert. He is thrilled to return to Salt Lake City to perform again with the choir. Because of the performers this year, Wilberg also announced a special adjustment to the age limit of attendees, which has traditionally been age 8 and up, to age 5 and up.