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How we could benefit from pondering the cross, the significance of the house of Israel, and other topics explored in the latest LDS Living magazine

by | Mar. 09, 2021

We are thrilled that the stories and messages in the March/April LDS Living magazine are now available. As spring begins and we feel the joy of sunshine and warmer days, the voices in this issue remind us that hope and joy can be found in days of both sunshine and rain.

Led to the Savior: How Sister Aburto found healing from both sides of the veil after tragedy

LDS Living is honored to have Sister Reyna I. Aburto, Second Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency, on our cover. She lost her brother in an earthquake as a child, went through a painful divorce with her first husband, and didn’t get to say goodbye to her father before he died by suicide. But despite the hardships in her life, Sister Aburto has found healing—a healing that comes from angels on both sides of the veil and, most importantly, from the Savior. Reading her story and testimony may inspire you to do the same.

Erin Hallstrom, our associate publisher, said of Sister Aburto’s story, “I don’t know that there is a better time to learn from such a thoughtful and inspired woman about the nature of God, the reality of angelic help, and the true meaning of consecration.”

Read Sister Aburto’s story, written by Lindsey Williams, here

God’s Promises to Covenant Israel 

In the October 2020 general conference, President Russell M. Nelson spoke of the gathering of scattered Israel and invited members to study the promises the Lord has made to His covenant people. But some of us may be wondering, What is the house of Israel and what does it mean in our lives? Author Robert L. Millet provides a clear explanation to those questions—an explanation that brings hope as we better understand the safety we can find in God’s plan for His children.

You can find this story in the issue or subscribe to our newsletter to read the story when it goes online later this month.

Finding Power in the Cross

Despite the cross being a well-known symbol of Christianity throughout the world, some Latter-day Saints are hesitant to embrace it as a reminder of the resurrected Christ. However, while the cross may not be found on Church buildings, Latter-day Saint leaders have never condemned its use. In this article, author and BYU professor John Hilton III explores some common questions about the cross. He also shares how taking time to contemplate the cross has forever changed how he thinks—and feels—about the Savior’s Atonement. 

You can find this story in the issue or subscribe to our newsletter to read the story when it goes online later this month.

What I Learned on the Set of ‘The Chosen’ about Christ's Healing Power

In this article, Morgan Jones, host of the All In podcast, gives us a glimpse of her experience spending a day on the set of The Chosen, the first-ever-multi-season TV show about the life of Christ. Jones later learned that her friend Julene Judd was an extra on set that day who had a special interaction with the actor portraying the Savior. Reflecting on both of these experiences, Jones wrote,

The pool of Bethesda is known in scripture as a place of healing. One October day, after standing by a replica of its waters on the Church’s Motion Picture Studio South Campus during a filming of The Chosen, I learned that the healing that people sought at Bethesda is still available to us—and in many cases, through us.

You can read the full article now here.

Recipes, Exclusive Interviews, and More! 

From cooking to art to inspiring messages, there are lots of great finds in this issue of the magazine. Here's a brief look at what you can expect.

  •  Are you looking for a new dish that your family, friends, and tastebuds are sure to love? Find tantalizing recipes from new cookbooks featured in the March/April issue. Raised in the Kitchen by Carrian Cheney has the know-how you need to discover the magic of cooking and eating as a family, Instant Cooking with Six Sisters’ Stuff will help you harness the power of a multicooker, and Live Life Deliciously by Tara Teaspoon is full of showstopping recipes from the culinary capitals of the world.
  •  Nnamdi Okonkwo is a new artist with Deseret Book. Many of his sculptures honor womanhood and use fluid lines and simple shapes to create a symbolic representation of humanity. Okonkwo is married and the father of three children. In this issue, you can read an exclusive interview about his faith, family, and what motivates his artwork.
  •  Plus, find excerpts from our best recent podcast episodes, comments from our readers, fun facts, and more!

Order your own copy of the March/April issue, or sign up for a yearly subscription. 

Watch a sneak peek of the magazine below.

Happy reading!

Profile

Emily Abel

Emily first found her love for storytelling as an editorial intern at LDS Living. She recently returned as an editor and loves that her job is to highlight the meaningful in life. Emily is a graduate of Utah State University in English. Hiking trails, dance studios, and behind the cover of a good book are some of her favorite places to be.

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