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Surviving Social Distancing: 10 LDS Living Staff Picks to Boost Positivity and Inspiration

by | Mar. 25, 2020

It has been quite a year so far! We know that many of us are experiencing high levels of stress and anxiety during this time of uncertainty and isolation. Because of that, the staff at LDS Living shared some favorite Deseret Book picks that have brought them peace and inspiration lately. We hope that they can do the same for you.


LDS Living Staff Picks COVID-19 pulled the emergency brake on my life. As I’ve been reading The Power of Stillness, I’ve realized social isolation doesn’t have to be all bad for my extrovert self. I have found peace in silence and developed a deeper connection with God by applying the principles of this book.
Recommended by Lindsey

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LDS Living Staff Picks One of the things that my husband and I have looked forward to over the last several weeks is listening to the newest volume of Saints. While I had heard many of the stories found in the first volume, I have been surprised at how much I have learned about early Latter-day Saints from this second volume. For instance, did you know the Salt Lake Temple foundation remained buried for years after the United States army came? Or that one former Latter-day Saint missionary took his authority a little too far and tried to build an empire in the Pacific islands? I’ve come to realize that we are more like our predecessors than we think. During this time of uncertainty and isolation (talk about social distancing—Saints in Salt Lake City and St. George were separated by 14 days instead of 3ish hours!), I have drawn strength from hearing the stories of people from our history who have faced and overcome hard things with the Lord’s help, and I know that I can too.
Recommended by Jannalee

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LDS Living Staff PicksThere aren’t any kids in my house, but all of the pencils, crayons, and colorful pens have been brought out in full force to create some relaxing, screen-free moments during times of uncertainty and anxiety.
Recommended by Kensie

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LDS Living Staff Picks I am a documentary junkie who loves a good, true story, and this documentary, written by Heidi S. Swinton (who also wrote President Monson’s biography, To the Rescue) does a beautiful job of being entertaining, informative, and inspiring in this film. It was produced for PBS and shown across the country, and it’s also the subject of a story told by Heidi on the This Is the Gospel podcast in our episode “The Heavens Are Open.” If we’re going to binge-watch during our social distancing, it might as well be with something that can help us follow the direction of the prophet!
Recommended by KaRyn

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LDS Living Staff Picks Reading this book during this self-isolation has reminded me that God is in charge and can make miracles happen in our lives. His tender mercies (or as Elder Lund calls them, “divine signatures”) are abundant and recognizing them gives us the ability to press forward with faith in a living, loving God.
Recommended by Morgan

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LDS Living Staff Picks As my family and I embark on home-centered church, we need a road map—a very detailed road map. The Don’t Miss This 2020 Journal has given our new Sunday meetings structure and allows everyone to feel prepared. I get much more out of my own personal Come, Follow Me study too!
Recommended by Greyson

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LDS Living Staff Picks The principles in this book are so applicable for right now. I was reviewing the second chapter in Sister Nelson’s book called “Focus on What Matters” and began recognizing what’s really important in life. I feel like right now it could be so easy to give in to fear of the unknown, but when it comes to our mindset, there is so much that is in our control. By prioritizing revelation and our relationship with God, we can make progress in life even if our circumstances feel stagnant.
Recommended by Danielle

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LDS Living Staff Picks I’ve been listening to The Divine Gift of Forgiveness audiobook, and there is just something so soothing about being taught by an apostle and hearing his voice. Audiobooks are a little easier for me because I can take in uplifting things throughout the day while accomplishing other tasks.
Recommended by Colin

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LDS Living Staff Picks The Book of Mormon Journal Edition is a great way to really dive into the Book of Mormon and become closer to Christ. I like that it gives you the room to really study and reflect while you read, and it is a perfect time to do so while we are in this time of isolation.
Recommended by Ashley

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LDS Living Staff Picks I think now more than ever, I need guidance on how I should study and what gospel topics to study so that I can continue to grow my relationship with the Savior in such an uncertain time. The Gospel Day by Day Workbook is just the way for me to do it.
Recommended by Jasmine

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