With Sunday School focusing on the New Testament this year, it’s great to have resources to accompany each lesson. Whether you’re a teacher preparing next week’s lesson or a ward member anxiously engaged in gaining more from the Bible, these books are great additions to your personal or family scripture study.
Verse by Verse: The Four Gospels is both a reference resource and a biographical account of the Savior’s ministry. Additionally,
Did you know that Mormons don’t drink carbonated soda, can’t use mirrors, and don’t read the Bible? Neither did we! Check out these interesting misunderstandings some people have about Latter-day Saints.
As a lifelong member of the Church who’s lived in a few different geographic regions, I thought I’d heard it all. I’ve fielded questions about polygamy, pioneers, dancing and Donny Osmond. (Have I also mentioned that I’m not Amish?) But then we asked you, our readers, about misunderstandings you’ve encountered about your faith.
I hadn’t heard the half of it.
We were amazed by the number of stories we heard about well-meaning friends and neighbors who didn't quite have their facts about "the Mormons" straight.
From carbonated soda consumption to having horns and tails--and pulled straight from the real-life encounters of our readers--here are a few more things people get wrong about us Latter-day Saints.
Over 50 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. And we discovered that the truths he presented in his speech are just as applicable to the gospel as they are to civil rights. Check out these five gospel parallels from Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
1. God is no respecter of persons.
By virtue of being sons and daughters of God, all men and women—no matter their ethnicity—have unalienable rights: the right to freedom and the right to happiness through the gospel. King spoke boldly that
“All men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the ‘unalienable Rights’ of ‘Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.’"
In like manner, God denies no one the opportunity to change through the gospel. God is no respecter of persons, and as Nephi explained it,
“He inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto God” (2 Nephi 26:33).
2. Now is the time to change.
Both the gospel and King’s speech emphasize the urgency of now. King said,
“We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism.”
Missionaries sometimes struggle with their call to serve and wonder about themselves and their peers. Here are five questions your missionary might ask you, and how you can answer those questions with the scriptures.
Serving a mission is one of the hardest, great, extraordinary, and life shaping experiences a young man or woman will ever have. For most, it’s the first time they are away from the comfort of home. Often they are in a new culture, speaking a new language, and living 24/7 with a companion who is perhaps not anything like them. Suddenly they are pushed onto a stage where they are expected to teach with power and authority and to have answers to difficult gospel questions.
As the scriptures state, in the eternal scheme of it all, they are called and chosen to do incredible things. Says Paul, “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty” (1 Corinthians 1:37). The Lord further states, “Wherefore, I the Lord ask you this question—unto what were ye ordained? To preach my gospel by the Spirit, even the Comforter which was sent forth to teach the truth” (D&C 50:13-14).
Big-name stars like Adele, Julia Roberts, and even Angelina Jolie have shown us in past years that you don't have to bare all to be beautiful. Check out these gorgeous gowns from this year's Golden Globes.
A lot of people look to Hollywood stars for fashion inspiration--for good or ill. But at this year's Golden Globes, as we looked for that which is of good report and praiseworthy, we spied a few celebrities who showed less skin and more class with their fashion choices. We hope these more conservative styles start to catch on!