Out of the entire Children’s Songbook, which song is your personal favorite?
When someone asks you what Primary song you like best, you've already got an answer don't you? It seems like everyone has had a favorite, whether or not they even experienced Primary as a child. (My personal favorite will always be the little ditty that starts with "Whenever I hear the song of a bird . . ." So now that you know my favorite, tell us yours!
It was a tough internal struggle, but we’ve narrowed down the whole Children's Songbook to these beloved few. These are definitely some of the most beloved songs that we teach our Primary-age children. But which one is the favorite? We put the vote up to you! Take the poll and tell us which Primary song members love most!
In a church with testimony meetings, public praying, Relief Society and Priesthood activities, and all sorts of social gatherings, sometimes we lose those who are a little less outgoing. Find out what we can do for introverted people in the Church.
I have a confession to make. Sometimes, being a member of the church makes me feel very uncomfortable. When I stand to bear my testimony, I feel a bit embarrassed. When I’m scheduling appointments with my visiting teaching sisters, I sometimes secretly hope that they’ll cancel or postpone. Missionary experiences? I don’t often pray for them, and if I do, I pray that I’ll see them coming a few days ahead of time so I can prepare.
While I realize the Church is not always about being comfortable—it’s about changing and growing which are both very uncomfortable processes—this kind of discomfort is different.
The truth is that I’m an introvert, and as a member of a very social and outgoing church, I sometimes feel pretty awkward. I’m not the only one. A lot of brothers and sisters in your wards are introverts, too. They’re the ones who listen more than they speak, who don’t mind being alone, and who interact with people best one on one. Sometimes they’re shy, but most often, they’re simply quiet. Social interaction and attention are like exercise for them – rewarding, but exhausting.
In many ways, navigating the very social culture of the Church can be pretty difficult for us introverts, and even more so when introversion is misinterpreted as aloofness or even arrogance. It may be impossible to make church entirely comfortable for your introverted brothers and sisters all the time—especially when our doctrine stresses missionary work and stretching yourself through service--but there are many ways to rethink your activities, habits, and methods to make members like me feel more at ease. Here are a few things you can do:
When it comes to the origin of the Book of Mormon, there are two possibilities: either Joseph Smith translated it or he wrote it — and either way would have taken a miracle. Learn three reasons behind why.
As Elder Mark E. Petersen observed, “The Book of Mormon is a literary and a religious masterpiece, and is far beyond even the fondest hopes or abilities of any farm boy” (“It Was a Miracle!” Ensign, November 1977, 11). From its discovery to its translation and publication, the coming forth of the Book of Mormon was simply miraculous—and the book itself continues to be a miracle in the lives of people all over the world. Here are three reasons why the Book of Mormon is such a miraculous work.
Reason 1: There Have Been So Few Changes to the Text
For years critics have pointed out the 3,913 “changes” made to the first edition of the Book of Mormon. Their implication is that the book could not be true because corrections needed to be made. But, compared to other translated works, the fact that the Book of Mormon was translated in such a short time period and required so few changes is a miracle.
Any complex manuscript will need some corrections. For example, the Bible has undergone major revisions over the years. Speaking of the King James Version, Daniel B. Wallace, a professor of New Testament Studies noted that the Bible “has undergone three revisions, incorporating more than 100,000 changes”(“Choosing a Bible Translation,” christianity.com).
This year marks the 100th anniversary of James E. Talmage’s groundbreaking book, Jesus the Christ. Here are a few things every Church member should know about this inspiring work.
1. Jesus the Christ: A Study of the Messiah and His Mission According to Holy Scriptures Both Ancient and Modern was written by Elder James E. Talmage at the request of the First Presidency: Joseph F. Smith, Anthon H. Lund, and Charles W. Penrose.
In August 1915, just before Jesus the Christ was published, the First Presidency stated: “The sacred subject of our Savior’s life and mission is presented as it is accepted and proclaimed by the Church that bears His Holy Name. We desire that the work Jesus the Christ be read and studied by the Latter-day Saints, in their families, and in the organizations that are devoted wholly or in part to theological study.”
This list of tips, excerpted from House of Glory by S. Michael Wilcox, will help any member have more powerful and personal experiences within the walls of the Lord's house.
Most of us have a vivid memory of the first time we went to the temple to receive our endowments. I was a newly called missionary and had traveled to the Los Angeles Temple. I did not know what to expect. Although some aspects of my own endowment were wonderfully edifying to me, much of it was confusing. I left bewildered and a little frightened. I have since discovered that my experience was not unique. I have also discovered why my first experience was not all what I had anticipated. At the time, I did not understand the manner in which the Lord teaches His children in His house. Had I understood, my anxiety and confusion would have disappeared, even though my comprehension level might have remained the same.
We are all weak and cannot understand all that the Father has taught us. Occasionally we feel a bit guilty for not comprehending more, but guilt is not the proper response. Occasionally we feel apathetic and attend the temple less often, or we do not pay attention when we do come. These things are even more incorrect.
What must we do? Here are 10 pieces of advice to help when you’re not feeling inspired in the temple:
1. Make an Effort to Learn
In the temple, the Spirit is the teacher. It instructs us, most frequently, through the symbols that comprise the endowment. We must be alert and pay attention to all that we see and hear, thus allowing the Spirit to teach us and to bring to us understanding. If we go to the temple and just sit, without making an effort to learn, we will miss most of the greatest blessings the temple has to offer.