This LDS musician keeps defying medical odds—and inspiring us all to live with the time we have.
“When I was born, the doctors said I had half a heart,” says Paul Cardall. “And essentially, that was right.”
Cardall, who was born with congenital heart defect (CHD), says doctors didn’t know if he had long to live. His tiny heart was missing the tricuspid valve (a condition called tricuspid atresia), a vital passageway that carries blood from the right atrium to the right ventricle. Without it, the heart cannot properly oxygenate blood for the rest of the body.
Cardall pulled through: when he was 22 hours old, doctors performed an open heart surgery that allowed him to live. But everyone knew that his life—however long it would be—would be difficult.
“I knew my heart had problems, and that was always in the back of my mind,” he says. “But my parents used it as a teaching tool. I’d always get priesthood blessings before treatments, and we came to see it as a blessing God gave us.”
Cardall’s childhood was punctuated by constant cardiologist visits and surgeries. By the time he was 15, he’d had a walnut-sized blister removed from his heart, had undergone a Fontan procedure (reconstructive heart surgery that redirects blood directly from the right atrium to the pulmonary arteries), and had a pacemaker installed.
What do Mormons believe about grace? The answers from these three LDS authors might surprise you.
In her new book, Amazed by Grace, Sheri Dew talks about the enabling power of grace and how we have constant access to it. She writes:
"When the Apostle Paul said, 'I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me,' he was describing grace." She goes on later to say that "the flow of divine help is continuous, everywhere present, waiting for us to seek help."
Illustrating this point with an analogy, she explains, "We shouldn’t treat or think about the Lord as we sometimes do about our visiting or home teachers when we’re ill and could use some help—we have to let them in to help us until we can solve our problems or clean the house first. If we think we have to conquer a bad habit or an addiction by ourselves, before we seek help, we most likely don’t understand grace."
In the face of so many self-righteous leaders, Jesus dared to defy cultural taboos against publicly associating with women by defending them and proclaiming their virtues.
In a bold disregard for male superiority, the Savior was not ashamed to describe Himself by using feminine images. He is the mother hen yearning to protect her own under her ample wings if they will come to Him in faith (Matthew 23:37; Luke 13:37), and the woman who searched her house until she found the lost coin (Luke 15:8–10). He invited all who were thirsty to come to Him and drink from His koilia (John 7:37–38), an interesting but debated image. The term refers to a “hollow of the body” and is typically translated as “belly” or “womb.”
MR says: Click here to learn 40 Things You Didn't Know About Temple Square.
Temple Square, a 10-acre complex owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is one of Utah's most popular tourist attractions.
In 2009, Forbes ranked Temple Square the 16th most visited site in the United States, with 5 million annual visitors.
As the 185th Annual General Conference of the LDS Church approaches, Temple Square is preparing for its semiannual influx in visitors.
DeseretNews.com has compiled this list of 18 must-see attractions for new and seasoned visitors who will flock to Temple Square in the next two weeks.
View from the Church Office Building
Visitors can take in a view of the Salt Lake Valley and the Wasatch Mountains from the 26th floor of the LDS Church Office Building.
Observation decks are located on the east and west sides of the building.
The Church Office Building observation deck is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (October through March) and Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (April through September).
While candy is a great treat for your children on Easter, these gospel-centered gifts help keep your family focused on Christ and His gospel.
These 12-piece puzzles feature fun and colorful illustrations of Christ. We like how nicely they fit into a church bag—and they're perfect for keeping your children entertained when it's time to stay quiet. Keep things mixed up by switching between all four available puzzles.