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!
Like the "Ghost Army" tactics used in World War II, Satan uses similar methods to deceive us in our day. Learn about three of his tactics and how you can avoid them.
March of 1945, nearing the end of WWII, the Americans were preparing to cross the Rhine River into Germany’s heartland, the most direct route to Berlin. It was expected to be one of the bloodiest battles of the war. The Nazis said the river would run red with blood, and after the causalities of D-day, the Allies believed them.
For days, the Nazi soldiers could hear the movement of American tanks and artillery into the area. The information received through their intelligence estimated at least 30,000 troops were assembling to cross into Germany. Immediately Hitler’s army was summoned in preparation—but the attack never came. Instead, when the enemy ventured into the supposed American camps, they found nothing—not a tank, not a soldier, not a gun.
Meanwhile, 10 miles upriver, American Troops of the Ninth crossed the Rhine en masse with little resistance and very few casualties, thus numbering the days of Hitler’s Berlin.
How could this be? Hitler’s Army had once again been fooled by the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, nicknamed “The Ghost Army,” a special unit under the command of General Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The 23rd were masters of deception and deceit, a group of carefully selected artists, actors and sound technicians with great skills of showmanship and flair. They used balloon tanks, guns, and planes supplemented with sounds transmitted by loudspeakers and fake radio transmissions meant to be intercepted. And then, just before the enemy descended upon them, they’d disappear.
Mormons have had their fair share of the limelight—and have let their light so shine at the same time. Find out where some Latter-day Saints have made appearances on reality TV shows, read about their successes, and learn how they stood for their values and beliefs through it all.
Members of the Church who have competed on reality TV shows know all too well how hard it can be to stay true to their faith under pressure. Of the many Mormons who have appeared on reality TV shows, here are a few of our favorite stories.
The Amazing Race
Competing on The Amazing Race was a dream come true for Connor O’Leary and his father, Dave. The father-son team were strong competitors after they first beat Dave’s prostate cancer and Connor’s testicular cancer. “From the outset,” says Connor, “we wanted to race, hold our integrity, and show our true character, which is what you do in everyday life.” But theirs was a dream cut short. Like their LDS predecessors on the show (Lena and Kristy Jensen, who were eliminated early in Race 6 in a challenge that came down to luck), the O’Learys also went home early after Dave tore his Achilles tendon in Leg 2. “That,” Dave says, “at least mentally, put an end to the Amazing Race for us.”
Losing 140 pounds is no easy feat. Just ask Trent Heppler. Never in a million years did he believe that he would one day shed the weight, let alone run a marathon. But Heppler learned that the power to overcome his physical weaknesses—whatever they may be—comes from a spiritual strength gained through the Savior, Jesus Christ.
Photo by Marissa Gifford.
Growing up overweight and self-conscious, Latter-day Saint Trent Heppler always felt that exercise was just another form of torture invented to make him feel inadequate.
But he masked his insecurities well. “I learned at a very early age to poke fun at myself and get a laugh before anyone else could,” says Heppler. “I now realize that was a common coping technique. That is why I became the ‘funny fat friend.’”
It was a role that Heppler played well, but it never made him truly happy. Year after year passed with no real change. It wasn’t until Heppler was nearing 35 that something switched in his mind. After hovering somewhere around 350 pounds for some years, he set a lofty goal: to run a marathon.
“I thought I needed something big and personal in my life to reach for,” says Heppler, “and this goal would help to accomplish many results like weight loss, fitness, and the praise of man. Where it took me was way beyond those first thoughts.”
The goal to run a marathon didn’t become a reality for many years. But on the eve of his 40th birthday, he decided that the time had finally come.
So on what seemed like a whim, Heppler asked his friend and fellow in the Young Men program in their ward, Scott Gifford to become his personal trainer and help him train for a marathon—and Gifford said yes.
But before you start studying the New Testament this year in Sunday School, here are six things you need to know about how the New Testament Gospels were written.
How did we get the New Testament Gospels? As it turns out, the process was quite complicated, but very interesting. Here are a few important things you should know about how the New Testament Gospels came to be.
1. Matthew and John were not eyewitnesses to all the events they wrote about.
There may be some who assume that Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John simply wrote down what they saw as they accompanied the Savior throughout His mortal ministry. Certainly apostles like Matthew and John were eyewitnesses for some of the events of the ministry of Christ. But some events they record these apostles never saw for themselves.
For example, it is not likely that Matthew was present at the birth of the Savior (Matthew 1-2) nor the events of the Savior’s ministry before his own call to be an apostle (Matthew 9:9). Similarly, it is not likely that John was present when Jesus spoke with Nicodemus (John 2) or the Samaritan Woman (John 4). It is possible, if not likely, that there are other events in the Gospels of Matthew and John for which those apostles were not eyewitnesses.
2. Mark and Luke were not eyewitnesses to the mortal ministry of the Savior.
Luke tells us that when he compiled his Gospel, he received his information “even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word” (Luke 1:2). The King James Version translation of this verse can be misleading. At first glance, it may sound like Luke is saying he was an eyewitness who received information from others. But that does not make much sense. If Luke was an eyewitness, why would he need to receive his information from others?