The "Mormon moment" launched the LDS religion into the spotlight in recent years. Sometimes it was flattering—sometimes it was not. Check out these six documentaries about Mormons trying to let their light so shine. From a rock star convert to a presidential candidate, you’ll love these fascinating Mormon documentaries.
With unprecedented access, this documentary tracks Romney from his first effort to win the Republican nomination in 2006 up through the 2012 elections. It reveals the "man behind the sound bites" in an authentic view the public rarely glimpsed during the media frenzy of a national campaign. See how one Mormon family pulled together to support one another during years of an emotional rollercoaster.
As Latter-day Saints, it can be easy to get caught up and let life happen instead of taking control of our days. Here are five habits LDS families might have—and why they should stop doing them right now.
1. Thinking that preparing and eating food is the goal at mealtime
Sometimes we slip into thinking that our need for nutrition is the objective of preparing and eating food. We grab breakfast, if at all, on the run. We eat lunch over work or alone to escape the hustle and bustle. We eat dinner in haste or whenever we are able.
Eating meals together during the week has all but disappeared in our society. President Ezra Taft Benson taught that “mealtime provides a wonderful time to review the activities of the day and to not only feed the body, but to feed the spirit as well” (“Strengthening the Family,” Improvement Era, Dec. 1970, 51).
Barbara B. Smith, former general president of the Relief Society, said, “Let us make our kitchens creative centers from which emanate some of the most delightful of all home experiences” (Ensign, “Follow Joyously,” Nov. 1980, 86). May I suggest that preparing and consuming food ought to be done with family relationships in mind, from start to finish. Children can help make a salad, butter the French bread, set the table, or stir a pot. Food preparation is an excellent time to talk to each other. The time we use to prepare food can and should be a family affair because preparing and eating food is not the primary objective of mealtime. Building relationships and fostering love is.
Having a hard time staying focused on the Savior during the sacrament? Try using these amazing ideas from the writings of beloved religious scholar Truman G. Madsen.
1. Get Inspired Introspection
In His sacrament—and in all the other ordinances—the Lord gives us glimpses of ourselves. In self-examination we are most blessed when we begin to see ourselves as we are seen by Him and know ourselves as we are known by Him (see D&C 76:94). Knowledge of the Savior and self-knowledge flow together. “Let a man examine himself,” Paul counseled (1 Corinthians 11:28). . . .
Whatever our present soul-sicknesses, the Savior sees beyond them. He knows our glorious past—who we were in the premortal spheres. And He can and does envision our destiny and what we are to become. In contrast, we live under the blur of amnesia of our past, and we are subject to fits of blindness and disbelief about our real potential. Said George Q. Cannon:
Now, this is the truth. We humble people, we who feel ourselves sometimes so worthless, so good-for-nothing, we are not so worthless as we think. There is not one of us but what God’s love has been expended upon. There is not one of us that He has not cared for and caressed. There is not one of us that He has not desired to save and that He has not devised means to save. There is not one of us that He has not given His angels charge concerning.
The Gospel Library app gives you access not only to the standard works and general conference talks but also to a variety of gospel materials including Teachings of the Prophets manuals, Preach My Gospel, Church magazines, and various other materials. Find out how you can use this great app to maximize your gospel study!
With hundreds of pages of scriptures, manuals, and Church magazines, it seems impossible to use it all. But tools like the Gospel Library app are a wonderful way to study the scriptures, general conference, or the teachings of latter-day prophets anytime and anywhere. Check out these seven things you didn’t realize the Gospel Library app could do to make your studying more effective.
**Note: While the general functions of the Gospel Library app are the same, the way they are accessed may vary slightly from device to device.**
Organize Study Information and Locate it Anywhere
Highlighting and underlining
In all the materials in the Gospel Library app, you have the ability to mark your favorite passages or quotes, just as you would mark them in your paper copies. By holding your finger on the word or section you would like to highlight and adjusting with the indicators on each end, highlight anything from one word to a few paragraphs or verses. Take it a step further by clicking on the colored icon and choosing an underline instead of a highlight, or a different color. Sometimes I even like to add an extra highlight of a different color or style within a previous highlight.
*Tip: Many versions of this app also allow you to post your favorite highlights or talks on a social media site. Just click on the “share” option.
Do you ever find yourself in the same room with your spouse, but not actually spending time together? Check out these five tips to strengthen your marriage and spend better quality time together.
As a young couple struggling to establish a spiritual foundation in a temporal world, my husband and I have often found it challenging to reconcile demands of our educational pursuits, jobs, church callings, and other activities with the commandment to “cleave unto” one another (D&C 42:22). Preoccupations from daily responsibilities make it difficult to disconnect from the world and be present for each other.
President Spencer W. Kimball said, “A husband or wife who places children, friends, careers, hobbies, or church callings before the marital relationship is in direct violation of the commandment [to cleave unto one another and none else] . . . We must therefore take special care to build, nurture, and deepen the marriage relationship” (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, ed. Edward L. Kimball (1982), 311.)
Like many Latter-day Saints, we want to work toward a Celestial marriage, and we recognize that when it comes to fortifying our marriage, there's a difference between spending time in the same room and spending time together. How can we use our time to strengthen our marital bonds? Here are some tips we’ve discovered.
Set Goals Together
For one of our first family home evenings as a married couple, my husband, Mike, suggested creating a goal poster. We discussed specific things we wanted to accomplish together (like graduate college, have children, and travel through Europe), then printed pictures that represented those goals and glued them to a poster board that we've hung in our room ever since. We’re always adding new goals, and we try to take time regularly to plan and discuss our progress. When we reach one, we stick a gold star on its picture to symbolize the accomplishment.