Today (October 8th) is Elder M. Russell Ballard's 86th birthday! Learn more about the life of this amazing apostle here.
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1. Elder Ballard's nickname in college was "the bishop." When Elder Ballard was attending the University of Utah, he was known by his fraternity brothers as "the bishop." He got his nickname in part because his friends knew that he would live true to his standards and beliefs, no matter what happened.
2. Elder Ballard kids that getting his wife to marry him was "the greatest sales job [he] ever did." met his wife at a school dance, where they danced for approximately 30 seconds, he said. Soon afterward, they began courting. He knew he wanted to marry her from the beginning, but, according to him, she didn't feel the same way. Elder Ballard, who had worked in car sales, added, "I kid her now that getting her to agree to marry me was the greatest sales job I ever did."
Most missionaries have a wonderful mission experience, meeting new people and working together with them. But some experience more friction than others. Experts say that bullying can happen anywhere--at school, at work, at church, and yes, even on missions.
From the very first day, Elder Davis* knew it was going to be a hard transfer. He just didn’t realize how hard.
Most of his mission, he'd had the typical experience. Overall, he'd gotten along well with companions. Sure, there had been minor problems, but nothing like the things he experienced in what Davis would later dub his "transfer of darkness." Initial disagreements with his companion about following mission rules quickly led to more serious struggles. “Every time I offered a comment I was told I was being uptight and stupid,” Davis says. Even in front of those they were teaching, this behavior continued. “Every single day I was belittled and told how I was wrong and a freak.”
“I felt once again like I was in school, being mocked and humiliated.” Only, it was different from the playground bullies of youth. “It was worse than school because there was no relief. I had no home with parents waiting for me at the end of the day. I was, every minute, stuck to my bully.”
Ashamed that he was being bullied as a 20-year-old man and worried that reporting the verbal abuse would show a lack of faithfulness in working with his companion, Davis says, “I relegated myself to silent suffering. Once in the apartment I would lie on the ground silent, staring straight up at the ceiling, for our entire time planning. I could no longer function when it was just me and him. Alone in the apartment, I could not do anything.”
Dress up your car to impress at this year's ward trunk-or-treat activity. From the simple to the elaborate, here are 50 ideas to inspire you!
While the origins of "trunk-or-treating" are a mystery, the benefits of them are well-known: less walking for little kids, a safer environment for Halloween, and fun for everyone! While many LDS Stakes sponsor these events in various places around the US, if you've never had a chance to trunk-or-treat, try starting one in your ward or community this year.
The best part of this fun tradition? Decorating your car's trunk to match a specific theme you choose. Some people keep it simple, and others go all out. The "trick" to it seems to be finding something you're passionate about--or have a lot of stuff for--and displaying it in your trunk as creatively as possible. If you've got Christmas lights, sports gear, cardboard, or fake cobwebs, you can have a creepy or cool trunk in a flash. And if you're feeling a little more ambitious, your creativity (and budget) is the only limit!
Get inspired for your trunk-or-treat look by these 50 amazing trunk-or-treat decorating ideas, from the flashy and flamboyant to the simple and sophisticated:
1. Candy Land
Need a quick (and beautiful) reminder of your favorite conference talk from this weekend? Check out these top quote memes that you can pin or print to remember what inspired you from the 184th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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From Deseret News
We have a pretty good idea of what will happen at general conference every six months, but that wasn't always the case. From passing the sacrament to holding disciplinary councils, check out some of the things that used to be done in conference.
Photo of April 8, 1940 Conference from Salt Lake Tribune Archives
Every April and October, the Mormon community knows what time it is: conference time. But it didn’t start out that way. For the first several years of the church, a conference could be called at any time, usually when the Prophet Joseph Smith had business to discuss, problems to solve, or new revelations to announce. As conferences became more regular and Church membership grew, however, the purpose and practice of conference became more defined to the two-day spiritual feast it is today. Here are a few things that have been done during conference over the years, but that we no longer do nowadays.
1. Pass the Sacrament
The first recognized conference of the Church was held on June 9, 1830, only a short few months after the Church was organized. The first several conferences looked more like a modern-day sacrament meeting, with an opening hymn, passing of the sacrament, confirming of members, and teaching from the Prophet. Though this was discontinued as Church membership grew, the sacrament has also been passed in a special, more recent session of conference in October 1942 at the start of WWII. The passing of the sacrament at that conference session was followed by a testimony meeting.