In honor of the 103rd anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, here's a look at LDS connections to that fateful voyage, including six missionaries, a mother, and a defender of LDS rights.
On the cold evening of April 14, 1912, the Titanic, a brand-new ocean liner carrying 2,224 people, struck an iceberg, creating a large gash on the ship’s side. Hours later, at 2:20 a.m. on April 15, the massive ship sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Millions around the world mourned the loss of more than 1,500 people when the “near unsinkable” Titanic sank on its maiden voyage from England to the United States.
Now, 103 years later, LDS Living looks back at the disaster and those with ties to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The Missionaries Who Missed Their Voyage
Returning Missionary Alma Sonne
Alma Sonne and his companion, Fred Dahle, were heading home along with four other elders—George B. Chambers, Willard Richards, John R. Sayer, and L. J. Shurtliff—after completing their mission in England. But when the time came to meet in Southampton, Elder Dahle was delayed. Elder Sonne, who had convinced Elder Dahle to serve a mission in the first place and had booked their passage on the Titanic, decided they should not leave anyone behind. Instead, he canceled the reservations so they could depart the next day, when Elder Dahle would arrive.
This young man found that in just six short words from his dying uncle, his entire outlook on love and life changed. Find out what those six words were.
Death was slowly reaching out his shaky fingers toward my Great Uncle Paul.
This dear man, a silent example of charity, was nearing the end of his year-long, bed-ridden battle with a degenerative nerve disease in his home—a home he built with his own hands for his barely budding family ages earlier. His body was feeble, and his words were scarce. In fact, he would say maybe three or four sentences a day.
I tried to visit him and his sweet wife, Della Mae, as often as I could—always finding myself a better person when I left for just being around their fairytale-like love (some people just have that effect on others, I guess).
When I stopped by one day, almost a week before he passed away, I had a life-changing experience (completely unexpected, as most are).
Della Mae was busily tiding up the living room around Paul's bed. Unassumingly, quietly, and deliberately, Paul raised his gentle hand a few inches from the sheets where it lay.
"Della Mae . . ." It was too quiet; she didn't hear. He rattled out a raspy cough. "Della Mae . . ."
She turned and rushed to his side, eager to accomplish any need of her beloved spouse.
"Yes, Paul?" she cheerfully asked.
I assumed he wanted something to eat, or some medicine, or just have his pillow rearranged.
But what he said surprised me. And his words forever changed me.
The bar has been raised for future missionaries--which means it's been raised for parents teaching those future missionaries, too. Find out seven LDS parenting pitfalls to avoid.
In the October 2012 general conference, President Thomas S. Monson announced that young men could now be recommended for missionary service at age 18, and young women could serve at age 19. At a press conference held between the Saturday morning and afternoon conference sessions, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland invited parents “to take a strong hand in this preparation and not expect that it is somehow the responsibility of local church leaders, or the missionary department of the church or MTC’s to provide and direct all of that.” Notice where Elder Holland placed the responsibility to train the future missionary force—not on local church units or missionary training centers but on mothers and fathers!
Since parents have the primary responsibility for teaching their sons and daughters the gospel of Jesus Christ, raising the bar for our future missionaries means raising the bar for parents as well!
Over the years as a family counselor, priesthood leader, and parent, I have noticed several key mistakes that many contemporary parents consistently make. If we want to drastically improve the effectiveness of our missionary force and help our children be better prepared for the real world of “adulthood,” we must be willing to learn from these mistakes and make course corrections. Here are seven common parenting mistakes—and how to fix them.
As much as the LDS world talks about modesty, do we truly understand this principle in all its various aspects? Here's a new look at what modesty means.
Discussions about modesty have saturated the internet and the news feeds of Church members for a while now, leaving a lot of us with little desire to read yet another article about it. I’d hazard to say that interest in the topic has begun to die down, after endless rounds of “Yes, yoga pants!” “No yoga pants!” and of course, “Stop talking about yoga pants!”
I won’t be discussing the merits of spandex as outerwear in this article, because that’s been done to death. I’d rather address the subject of “modesty” from a Book of Mormon standpoint. We believe that the Book of Mormon was written for our day, so the principles about modesty taught therein should be especially poignant to us.
Surprisingly, references to clothing in the Book of Mormon never talk about covering up, unless you consider the war stories. (Who goes to war in a loin cloth? Check yourselves, Lamanites!) Rather, the references to clothing in the Book of Mormon are nearly always focused on the pride that goes hand in hand with “costly apparel.”
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Whatever You Choose To Be
For today’s young adults, the possibilities and opportunities are exhilarating and limitless. But sometimes it's confusing with no clear-cut paths for major life choices after earning a degree. In this new gift book, inspired by a commencement speech she gave in 2014, Ann Romney puts forth eight key life lessons, the pieces of advice she wishes someone had given her when she graduated college.