These breathtaking pieces of LDS art by Annie Henrie vividly portray various aspects of the Plan of Salvation.
The most fundamental questions in our lives--questions about where we came from, why we are here, and where we are going--are answered when we have a true understanding of the Plan of Salvation. Such an understanding is deepened and enlivened by images illustrating God's eternal plan for His children, like these uniquely beautiful and newly released paintings from artist Annie Henrie.
These images are available in the new book Visions of Hope: An Illustrated Portrayal of God's Plan for Us.
The Creation: All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. John 1:2-4
So you want to write about your faith—maybe you have an LDS blog, maybe you’re keeping a journal, or maybe it’s something else entirely. If you're struggling with what to write about and want to keep it faith-focused, start with these 100 ideas!
President Wilford Woodruff is well known for his meticulous journaling habits, and he often taught that it's something we all should do.
It may be considered by some not important to write or keep a record of our work or the work of God, but I believe it is. Otherwise the prophets would not have been moved upon to exhort us to faithfulness upon this subject. The Lord has told us that what we seal on earth shall be sealed in heaven and what we record on earth shall be recorded in heaven, and what is not sealed or recorded on earth is not sealed or recorded in heaven [see D&C 128:7–8]. Therefore it appears to be very important that we do keep a true and faithful record in all things.
Some say [journal keeping] is a great deal of trouble. But we should not call anything trouble which brings to pass good. I consider that portion of my life which has been spent in keeping journals and writing history to have been very profitably spent.
(Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Wilford Woodruff, , Ch. 13: Journals: "Of Far More Worth Than Gold", 125-33)
We all love our Book of Mormon heroes. Which got us thinking, how would Buzzfeed (or any large web site) report the major Book of Mormon stories if they were happening today? Below we've included a few pretty good guesses.
1 Nephi 4: 5-18
The Hill Cumorah Pageant is one of the biggest and longest-running Church pageants in the world. To pull off a production this size with only a few days of rehearsal requires the combined efforts of over 800 cast and staff members. What was it like being one small part of this incredible experience? Keep reading to find out!
This year, while most Americans were sleeping, I was excitedly boarding a 1:00 a.m. flight. After one layover in Atlanta, Georgia, I would be landing in Rochester, New York, at around 11:00 a.m. local time before loading onto a bus with a handful of other weary but eager travelers destined for the Hill Cumorah in Palmyra.
Though many Mormons have heard of the Hill Cumorah Pageant – the enormous annual production presenting stories from the Book of Mormon and loaded with special effects like volcanoes, storms, and pillars of fire – few probably realize the short amount of time and the incredible amount of work and sacrifice required to put the show on each year. The experience really starts when applications and bishop’s recommendations are submitted in September, a year before. From there, each of the thousands of applications are read and prayed over, and the final cast is selected and notified by December.
Seven months later, on the afternoon of July 4th, I and nearly all of the 735 cast members have arrived by plane, train, or camper at the hill where everyone enjoys some dinner before the welcome devotional. Immediately after the devotional, casting begins. The women are cast first, followed by the men. Each group follows instructions to dance, recite a line, or show a certain emotion until everyone has their own special role assigned to them.
What do an NFL quarterback, a heart surgeon, and a four-star general all have in common? They're all now LDS general authorities!
One of the most beautiful things about the LDS Church is how it brings people together from different backgrounds, and the pasts of the Brethren leading this church are no different. Find out what unique jobs some general authorities have held before they were called to serve.
Giff Nielsen, number 14, playing for the Houston Oilers. Photo from blog.chron.com
Elder S. Gifford Nielsen of the First Quorum of the Seventy was a third-round pick in the NFL draft in 1978. He was selected by the Houston Oilers.
During the first three years of his NFL career, Nielsen's team was relatively successful. However, after he experienced two shoulder injuries, the fans blamed him for their team's failure, and he retired after a short six-year career in the NFL.