Here’s a snapshot of what you may have missed on LDS Living this week. You can also subscribe to the LDS Living newsletter for daily inspiration right to your inbox.
Contributor Dr. David T. Morgan writes, “Studies suggest an increase in diagnosed cases of mental illness over the past 15 years in adolescents and young adults, and while I do believe more people are coming forward with a greater willingness to admit they have mental health problems, I think that mental health challenges are a bigger problem now than they ever have been. However, I also believe this is in part by divine design.” Read more.
In many ways, Christmas can be a chaotic and stressful time for families, but it certainly doesn’t have to be! Here are just a few ways to invite peace–and the Prince of Peace–into your holiday celebration.
Watch: Calee Reed’s 5-minute fireside on what Mary’s example teaches us about aligning our will with God’s
“Am I intentionally aligning myself with God’s will for my life?” This is the question Calee Reed invites viewers to ponder this Christmas in her 5-minute fireside.
• The latest Church handbook update includes a new section on prejudice, policies about members with intellectual disabilities, and more.
• The Church issued a statement congratulating President-elect Joe Biden.
• A new feature allows parents to manage their children's Church accounts.
• There will be changes to seminary in 2021 including studying Come, Follow Me for the entire year.
• Brigham Young University released its devotional schedule for the first semester of 2021. Two Apostles are included on the list.
Study Helps, Podcast Previews, and Other Weekly Series
• “Resources to follow Him” is a curation of study resources, teachings, and thoughts related to this week’s Come, Follow Me. This week, author Lindsey Williams compiled a testimony from each living Apostle about the Book of Mormon. You can also find this week's podcast episode of Sunday on Monday here.
• “This week from the pulpit” highlights recent messages by General Authorities, General Officers, and leaders of the Church. This week's article shares messages from Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Elder Tad R. Callister, and more.
• The bi-weekly Friday column, “Found in the footnotes,” explores some of the footnotes from Church leaders’ remarks. This week author Lindsey Williams explores a footnote found in every Christmas devotional talk given by President Nelson.
• In this week's episode of This Is the Gospel, Adam thinks he has the safe path for a career as a mechanical engineer planned out—until he discovers digital design. Read an excerpt from the episode, “How a Latter-day Saint ended up as an animator for major films.”
• On this week's episode of All In, host Morgan Jones is joined by photographer Eva Timothy. Read an excerpt from this week's episode, “Latter-day Saint artist Eva Timothy on why she doesn’t usually include faces in her Christ-centered art.”