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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.
From presidents and popes to rappers and authors, the Book of Mormon has come into the hands of some incredible public figures, showing that nothing can stop the "Word" from going forth.
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Elvis didn't relish his title of King. As he said, “there is only one King,” and that was Jesus Christ (Brother Paul’s Mormon Bathroom Reader, Paul B. Skousen, 2005).
Deeply religious and a heavy reader of spiritual topics, Elvis showed considerable interest in the LDS Church and read many books by Mormon authors.
Elvis received his first Book of Mormon through the gates at Graceland, his home in Memphis. A young LDS woman and ardent Elvis fan, Cricket Butler, handed him this precious book, which was returned to her after his death. This 1976 version of the Book of Mormon took quite the journey, passing through the hands of Alan Osmond before finally ending up at Church headquarters.
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What Prophets Have Said About Santa Claus
You've probably seen the memes and messages flooding the internet, professing an undying love for Elder Holland. What is it exactly about this charismatic apostle of the Lord that Mormons love so much?
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“I’d listen to [Elder Holland] read the ingredients off a cereal box.” This comment—made on one of Elder Holland’s Facebook posts about general conference—sums up how most members of the Church feel when they see Elder Holland approach the pulpit. Ears perk up, eyes strain to see his animated expressions, and thoughts are arrested by the eloquence, the magnetism, and the power that is Elder Jeffrey Roy Holland.
But, what is it about this man that makes his counsel so riveting and impactful? How can he manage to speak so intimately, so personally, and so sincerely to every Latter-day Saint when his audience consists of thousands, if not millions? How does he manage to answer prayers, bolster broken hearts, and lift so many to the Lord’s endless reserve of love with only a few words?
As we celebrate Elder Holland’s birthday today, we wanted to celebrate the strengths of this devoted apostle and prophet. Here are just a few reasons that we appreciate and love Elder Holland and his counsel for the Church, but we would love to hear why you love Elder Holland in the comments below.
BYU professor Ed Gantt answers some of the most common questions pestering returning missionaries and explains why the post-mission "awkward phase" is actually quite normal.
"She's still adjusting." "He's caught in that awkward, post-missionary phase." "She just needs a little more time to normalize." We've all heard these comments about returned missionaries. Many of us have probably made them. And many of us were probably the missionaries being talked about.
There's no doubt about it, returned missionaries carry with them that lingering feeling of something being slightly askew--a post-mission "awkward factor" that friends and family can't help but notice. While it's funny to tease or joke about, there's very little funny about actually experiencing these awkward and sometimes painful adjustments as a returned missionary.
But, for future and current returned missionaries, it's important to realize that the post-mission "awkward factor" is quite normal. Healthy even.
BYU Professor of Psychology, Dr. Ed Gantt, answered five crucial questions every returned missionary faces in this post-mission phase--answers that provide insight into the psychological and spiritual adjustments returned missionaries face and offer advice for how to emerge from these changes stronger than before. Be sure to check out Dr. Gantt's inspiring insights below.
How does your mind cope with big life changes, like returning home from a mission?