Are you hoping for more spiritual Sundays in 2014? Here are our best ideas for making your day of rest better and easier for the New Year.
Let’s face it—sometimes Sundays aren’t as enjoyable or fulfilling as we’d like them to be. Between the stress of getting the family—and yourself—ready for church, preparing lessons, preparing meals, and keeping the kids occupied for the rest of the day, our day of rest can be anything but restful. If you’ve been stuck in a rut, try some of these ideas to help reinvent your Sunday.
1. Simplify Sunday meals.
This was by far the most popular concept with LDS Living staff and readers alike. Here is a list of great suggestions to make feeding the family a little easier:
Get rid of the notion that we need to have a huge traditional meal after church. “It doesn’t really fit in with our day of rest,” writes Lisa Lemich Sherman on LDS Living’s Facebook page. “Use up those leftovers!” Another LDS Living Facebook friend, Sarah Gailey Emke, agrees. “I’ve done away with the big Sunday dinner. We have whatever I can think of that is easiest. It also makes for less dishes—a definite plus!”
If you didn’t see these five popular Mormon videos from 2013, you’ll definitely want to watch them now. And if you did watch them already, you know they’re worth watching again!
We all love to watch videos, whether on YouTube or a friend’s Facebook wall, whether humorous, or heart-warming. With all the videos you’ve seen this year we wanted to make sure you didn’t forget these five favorite Mormon videos featured on the LDS Living’s website during the year 2013 from various places around the web.
Mormon Man Recovering from Surgery Thinks he Meets his Wife for the First Time.
By far the most popular video in 2013, this touching video features an LDS man waking up from surgery. Imagine his delight when the "most beautiful women he's ever seen" turns out to be his wife! This amazing video ended up with semi-stardom for the couple when the Today show awarded them a "Most Memborable Moment" award for the viral video. Warm your heart and watch it now:
I Know Who I Am - LDS Youth Flash Mob at Temple Square
Be inspired while you watch 300+ youth singing and dancing their testimonies on Temple Square. Listen to the testimonies of youth from the South Jordan River Stake as they share their experiences with a challenge to read the Book of Mormon and a plan to share it through a carefully planned flash mob. (There's also a longer version you can watch here.)
Take a quick time out from the stress and bustle of the Christmas season to watch one of these short, inspirational movies to help recenter your Christmas on Christ.
With Christmas nearly here, days seem to fill up with wrapping presents and baking treats. But between the trimmings and the tree, take a brief break to relax and remember the true reason for the season with one of these inspirational Christmas videos:
An Unforgettable Christmas Eve
A father teaches his son a powerful lesson about the true meaning of Christmas, as he gives of himself selflessly to an elderly woman in need.
I'm Holding You.... An Unexpected Gift
Christmas is a time our hearts turn to the Savior Jesus Christ. This is the true story of one woman's experience as she learns that the Lord loves us and knows our specific circumstances.
The Coat is a children's story based on an experience from the life of President Heber J. Grant. This story of charity depicts a young boy giving selflessly to another child in need.
Celebrate light in the darkness of December by remembering Christ and checking out the beautiful lights display put on this year at Temple Square.
The Salt Lake Temple sits among dozens of carefully lighted white and red trees, including the Cedar of Lebanon (the red tree shown in this image).
While December is the darkest month of the year, the season is celebrated with light, a reminder of the light and hope Christ brought with him when he came into the world. For 48 years, the lights at Temple Square have reminded us of this reason for the season. But whether or not lights are a part of your holiday traditions, you can celebrate Christ's light with these gorgeous photos taken at this year's Temple Square lights display.
When President Monson visited his beloved Primary president one Christmas, a small miracle showed how tender the mercies of the Lord are to those who will be His hands in this season of service.
President Thomas S. Monson laughs with Florence Jacobsen at a luncheon. (August Miller, Deseret News)
In my childhood, everything wasn’t bliss in our ward Primary, for boys will be boys. The laughter of the boys and the chatter of the girls at times must have been most disconcerting to our Primary leaders.
One day as we left the chapel for our classrooms, I noted that our Primary president remained behind. I paused and observed her. She sat all alone on the front row of the benches, took out her handkerchief, and began to weep. I walked up to her and said, “Sister Georgell, don’t cry.”
She said, “I’m sad.”
I responded, “What’s the matter?”
She said, “I can’t control the Trail Builders. Will you help me?”
Of course I answered, “Yes.”
She said, “Oh, that would be wonderful, Tommy, if you would.”
What I didn’t know then is that I was the source of her tears. She had effectively enlisted me to aid in achieving reverence in our Primary, and it was achieved.