Whether it’s talking to your children about your own temple attendance or making sure that you have pictures of the temple in your home, you can help make the temple a part of your children’s lives long before they have an interview with the Bishop.
Until the time a child turns 8, teaching is usually focused on baptism: its importance, its symbolism, its purpose. But what happens between 8 and 12? Are the 12-year-olds of the church prepared to enter the temple and do baptisms for the dead? Do they understand the sacredness of the place and the reverent respect it deserves? By making the temple a familiar and well-loved part of your child’s growing years, and by preparing even more after baptism, your child can have a greater appreciation for and be better prepared to enter the sacred house of the Lord.
Electronic devices are becoming the standard at church meetings, but how often are adults using them to play games, check Facebook, or browse the Web instead?
A few weeks ago, I was sitting in sacrament meeting when I realized I had become completely mesmerized by what was happening on a tiny screen one pew ahead of me.
The person sitting directly in front of me was engaged in an intense game of Flappy Birds on his iPad. I found myself not just watching but anticipating the next move and getting frustrated by each failure. I suddenly realized I had become distracted from the meeting and quickly focused on the speaker instead. The game continued for the duration of the meeting. Interestingly, it wasn't being played by a Primary kid or teenager. In fact, the player was a 46-year-old gospel doctrine teacher.
Love is in the air this February 14th. Impress your beloved with these little-known facts about love.
Light the candles and get out the love poems--it's Valentine's day! If you need some conversation tidbits to impress your special someone tonight, we got the scoop on marriage, love, weddings just for you. Check out what we found:
The History of Love
- The English word love comes from the same root as Sanskrit lubhyati, meaning “desire.”
- The first recorded wedding rings appeared in ancient Egypt. The circular bands represented several things, including eternity and the powerful Egyptian sun and moon deities.
- The ancient Greeks believed that the fourth finger on the left hand contained the vena amoris, or the “vein of love,” which supposedly ran straight to the heart. This is why wedding rings are worn on the left “ring” finger.
When mother of three Jenny Lynn suffered a massive brain stem stroke, doctors encouraged her husband, Mark, to remove her from life support. But for the Lynns, eternal marriage means more than temporal comfort—it means hope, love, and sacrifice.
“Go . . . to . . . the . . . temple.” Those were the first words Jenny Lynn communicated to her husband, Mark, on March 19, 2004. Words that took an agonizing 12 minutes to convey. Thirteen letters that formed the most powerful and miraculous words for Mark and their children.
Mark and Jenny first met on a blind date nine years earlier in December of 1993 at Brigham Young University. Mark grew up in Idaho and was majoring in psychology. Jenny, a native of Illinois, was studying elementary education and music.
“I liked him right away,” Jenny recalls. “I thought he was too attractive for a blind date. Funny thing is I always had a ‘thing’ for redheads but had never dated one until him!”
“I took her to the First Presidency Christmas Devotional in the Salt Lake Tabernacle,” Mark says. “She was so easy to talk to. I made sure I asked her out on a second date when I walked her to her door at the end of the first. I didn’t want this one to get away.”
Jenny loved the theater; Mark preferred the mountains. Jenny lived for Broadway; Mark enjoyed hiking. Despite their differences, they learned no matter what the activity, if they were together, they were happy. One year later, they were sealed in the Chicago Illinois Temple, which was a natural choice for the couple, Mark says, and “a beautiful start to a great relationship.”