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See The Countries the First Presidency & The Twelve Visited in 2014
The First Presidency and Quorum of the 12 travel the world meeting with members and doing good. Find out all the neat places they visited and things they did in 2014!
5 Quotes That Show the True Character of the Prophet Joseph
Latter-day Saints often learn that Joseph Smith was generous and charismatic, but there is no better way to learn about his attributes than to study his own words. Here are five quotations from Joseph's own writings that reveal more about his character:
1. “I was grieved to hear that Hiram [Hyrum Smith] had lost his little Child I think we Can in Some degree simpathise with him but we all must be reconciled to our lots and Say the will of the Lord be done.”
Mormons have unique ways of showcasing their talents--and decking the halls should definitely be added to the list. Check out these spectacular Mormon-themed Christmas displays that add a little extra spirit to the holiday season.
For 44 years, Primary Children's Hospital has been providing a "Gift of Love" to children with their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Festival of Trees. This holiday festivity has quickly become a favorite tradition among many families, providing a way for people to see ornately decorated Christmas trees while supporting a good cause.
From a four-wheeler and camping stove to mint-condition classic comic books and a replica Thor hammer signed by Chris Hemsworth, the donors went above and beyond to make this year's festival simply spectacular. Over 700 families, organizations, and companies from all over Utah donated trees and gingerbread houses that were displayed and sold the first week of December. Every cent raised from the Festival of Trees went to support children at Primary Children's Hospital. Since 1971, the festival has raised over $35 million, and last year alone, it raised $1,871,546.91.
While it is impossible to cover all of the incredible trees and stories submitted to this year's Festival of Trees, we've compiled a few photos of some of this year's displays that exhibited a little extra Mormon flare.
And His Name Shall Be
Accompanied by a stirring statue of the Nativity, this tree reminds us of the true reason for rejoicing during this holiday season.
Find out which temples are being renovated and which will have their open houses in 2015 in this week's top LDS stories!
Temple Openings and Closures
The Cordoba Argentina Temple: This open house will run from April 17 through May 2.
The Payson Utah Temple: This open house will run from April 24 through May 23.
The Friberg Germany Temple: This temple will close on February 9, 2015 and remain closed through May 2016.
Between Santa visiting your house, unwrapping gifts, checking stockings, and visiting grandparents, who has time to make a gourmet breakfast? Check out these 20 festive and delicious breakfast recipes that will help you have a picture perfect Christmas morning meal—without the stress.
Christmas morning is already chaotic enough without the extra hassle of cooking. So, why not do all the prep when little kids are fast asleep and your waiting up for Santa? This is a great recipe to throw together on Christmas Eve.
Gooey Caramel Pull-Aparts
Recipe by Six Sisters
- 16 frozen dinner rolls (Rhodes rolls are the best)
- 1 pkg. (3.5 ounces) cook n serve butterscotch pudding (not instant)
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts)
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 6 Tbls melted butter
Thaw frozen roll dough in a zip lock bag for about 2 hours just until thawed. Don’t let them rise. Cut each roll into 6 pieces. We have found that scissors are the easiest way to cut the dough. Just make sure they are sanitized.
Grease bundt pan (or 2 bread pans). Sprinkle nuts on bottom. Arrange 8 of the cut rolls over nuts. Sprinkle 1/2 package of dry pudding over rolls. Mix sugar and melted butter together and drizzle half over rolls. Then repeat with the other 8 rolls cut up, pudding, and sugar/butter mixture. Can sprinkle with a little bit of cinnamon.
Stay up to date on the latest LDS stories--where you can get the Church's Bible videos on DVD, the official video for the world's largest live nativity (featuring the Mormon Tabernacle choir!), and more!
Church Releases Bible Videos on DVD
Favorite Bible stories, like the Parables of Wheat & Tares, Mustard Seed, and Leaven and Raising Lazarus from the Dead are now available in a single collection for your home, just in time to give as gifts for neighbors, missionaries, or relatives.