When will the Second Coming be and how can we prepare for it? Find out the truth behind 5 myths about Christ's return to earth.
In working as a religious educator for almost four decades, I have been delighted to witness a significant rise in what might be called scriptural literacy or gospel scholarship among the young people of the Church. This is a tribute to devoted mothers and fathers, advisers and teachers, seminary and institute instructors. Our members are simply more capable and adept at utilizing the standard works in finding answers to their questions, seeking divine guidance, and explaining or defending the teachings of the restored gospel to those not of our faith.
And yet, there are certain misleading concepts, unsupportable ideas—myths—that persist among our members. Recently I wrote of five myths about the Millennium. Let me now suggest some mistaken notions I have encountered about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
Myth #1: Every person on earth will have heard the message of the restored gospel before the Lord returns in glory.
I suppose this idea has spread because of the Savior’s declaration on the Mount of Olives: “And again, this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world, for a witness unto all nations, and then shall the end come, or the destruction of the wicked” (Joseph Smith-Matthew 1:31).
Every Monday, we're excited for FHE, but a lot of hard work goes into it! Follow the 10 emotional stages parents go through as they get ready for this night of family learning and fun.
Mondays are the worst. But Monday nights are the best! Time for family home evening!
Wait. You haven’t actually planned FHE yet. You have no lesson plan, the house is a mess, and there's nothing in the cupboards for dessert.
You can do this. You do this every week. Just delegate some tasks to the kids, shove the kids' toys into the hall closet, and throw some store-bought cookie dough in the oven.
You've shopped, cleaned, and planned, but nobody else is ready for the epic FHE you've prepared.
Time to round up the kids.
Make sure they pay attention.
They won't sit still long. You've got ten minutes tops before they run off again.
After someone attempts or commits suicide, the things we say to those affected can help heal--or cause hurt. Find out what and what not to say to someone whose loved one has attempted or committed suicide.
When I was in high school, my father attempted suicide several times. He ended up committed into psychological and addiction institutions more than once across a range of months. As a family, we desperately struggled to cope with this trial.
I remember that we had to lock up everything that could hold an edge, from my shaving razor to seam rippers to straight pins. I remember wondering if I would come home to find my dad alive or not. And I remember the things that people said--both good and bad.
My heart goes out to the children of beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams, who committed suicide earlier this week. Some of the things said over social media about him and to his children have ranged from caring and supportive to thoughtless and downright cruel.
In light of the Williams' experience and mine, I'd like to propose my list of things you should and shouldn't say to the loved ones of someone who has attempted or committed suicide:
Click here to find out what you should and shouldn't say to someone with depression.
Technology has come a long way in the past twenty years--and so has the Church's use of it. Just take a peek at how LDS websites looked back when the internet was new.
Did you know that LDS Living wasn't originally a magazine? Back in the day, it was just an online product catalog. Just check out what the original LDS Living website looked like when it was launched in 2000:
Of course, LDS Living has come a long way in the past 14 years. And so have other great Church websites. From LDS.org to the Deseret News, take a look at the original form of popular LDS websites--and how they've evolved through the years.
With over 26 million combined views, these five most-watched "I'm a Mormon" videos continue to share the diverse lives of Latter-day Saints from around the globe!
I'm a Sculptor for Harley Davidson and a Mormon
Released in February 2013 and now has just over 8 million views.
I'm a Mormon, Trainer, and National Judo Champ
Released November 2012 and now has over 6 million views.
I Believe That Art is Inspirational and That All Inspiration Comes from God
Released in February 2013 and now has almost 5 million views.
I'm a Mormon, and Immigrant, and a Banker
Released April 2014 and now has nearly 4 million views.
I'm a Mormon, Mom of Two Autistic Boys, and a Teacher
Released in March 2014 and now has just over 3 million views.