My father named me Muhammad after the prophet of Islam. He expected me to emerge as a leader among clerics, capable of leading a jihad, or holy struggle, to convert nonbelievers to Islam throughout our entire Nigerian homeland. And though I spent more than two decades striving to fulfill his dream for me, my life took an unexpected turn when I found the gospel of Jesus Christ and joined the LDS Church—a decision that would cost me my family and my freedom.
The guards unlocked a sliding cell door that led to a common area packed with fanatic Islamic terrorists of one sort or another. They were all looking at me.
“This is the Al-Azhar student who converted to Christianity,” one of the guards announced, shoving me through the door. “This is the infidel.”
The guards barely had time to exit and lock things down before a throng of inmates converged on me. The hatred in their eyes terrified me. I dropped to my knees and wrapped my arms
around my newly shaved head as they pummeled me with fists and feet.
Halloween is almost here, and if you're still searching for your Halloween "look," we've got you covered. Here are five great LDS-themed costumes we love.
It's that time of year again, and with Halloween fast approaching, it's time to talk costumes. Sure you can go as a witch or mummy for the fourteenth time, but to break you out of your costume slump, we've brought you the very best easy and LDS-inspired costumes.
Of course, there are many more "LDS-themed" costume ideas out there, from going as green
Jell-O or the CTR shield to doubling as Napolean Dynamite and Pedro. But out of all the different options, these are our five favorites:
Angel Moroni Statue
The historic live broadcasting of the Priesthood session of general conference last weekend got us thinking: how and where did you watch it?
At this year's conference gathering something new happened that hasn't ever before in the 183 year history of LDS conference: Priesthood session was broadcast, on TV, radio, and internet, live. The annoucement was met with open arms by Latter-day Saints everywhere, and there are a lot of great benefits to having the session broadcast more openly available, as some of our Facebook fans were quick to point out in their comments:
"This will make it easier for my husband--who has a lot of illness and resulting physical disabilities to deal with--to watch in real time. He's so happy about this, as am I."
—Heidi Lott Page
"Now my husband will be able to see it even when he is at work!"
—Nola Hansen Bergquist
Check out some of these ideas to help you--and those around you--feel the genuine spirit of general conference.
General Conference is one of my favorite times of the year. The season is changing, and along with these beautiful changes, we get to hear from our prophets. I'm hard-pressed to think of another time during the year that I feel more reinvigorated and energized to press forward.
Conference always gets us at LDS Living thinking--what are some of the best ideas we can suggest for making the most of this for your own family? I've tried to come up with feasible ideas, along with links to previous articles, for getting the most out of general conference.
For 183 years, general conference has been blessing Saints who thoughtfully prepare for the amazing opportunity to receive modern-day revelation from living prophets. With the next set of sessions right around the corner, we asked our readers to look back and tell us your favorite general conference moments. And we loved your answers so much, we wanted to share.