The July/August issue of LDS Living magazine is in stores now! This magazine features beloved Latter-day Saint artist Walter Rane. His journey into religious art is a compelling story, and his passion for painting may inspire you to seek more creative outlets in your own life.
To see what else is in this issue, watch a sneak peak of the magazine in the video below, and then keep scrolling to read more about each of the articles!
Born to Paint: The Testimony, Craft, and Inspiration of Artist Walter Rane
For the past two decades, Latter-day Saints have been touched by the artwork of Walter Rane. From his Book of Mormon series to his portrayal of the First Vision to his depictions of the Savior, Walter’s paintings invite viewers to ponder and deepen their testimonies. They’re also a reflection of the artist himself—a creator who is dedicated not only to his craft, but to his family and to the gospel.
You can find this story, written by Danielle Christensen, in the issue or subscribe to our newsletter to read it when it goes online later this month.
All Souls Hunger: The Crisis that Led One Doctor to Reach for the Divine
As Sam Brown watched his wife suffer through cancer, he felt God showing him a need for change—both in the hospital and in his heart. A critical care doctor and former atheist, Sam testifies that no matter our history, we all have a soul that hungers.
You can find this story, written by Emily Abel, in the issue or subscribe to our newsletter to read it when it goes online later this month.
You can also found Sam Brown's book Where the Soul Hungers: One Doctor's Journey from Atheism to Faith at Deseret Book stores and on deseretbook.com.
Finding Belonging in the Word of God
Baptized at age 22 in Zimbabwe, Elder Edward Dube felt unmistakable joy as he read the Book of Mormon for the first time. But he wasn’t sure he belonged in a church where he seemed different from everyone else. That all changed, however, as the word of God and kind members helped him feel at home.
This article is an excerpt from Elder Dube's upcoming book Beyond the Shade of the Mango Tree. You can read the excerpt in the issue or subscribe to our newsletter to read it when it goes online later this month.
Why Grief Is My Greatest Teacher
Gabrielle Shiozawa writes, "I didn’t anticipate coming into the throes of grief as soon as I did. Yet it was in that harrowing space that I grew in profound ways. The spiritual experiences I had while struggling through my sorrow taught me lessons I would never exchange, despite the pain it took to get there."
You can read this article written by Deseret Book author Gabrielle Shiozawa in the issue or subscribe to our newsletter to read it when it goes online later this month.
You can also preorder Shiozawa's book, One Breath at at Time: Lessons on Grief and Growth, at deseretbook.com.
Seeing Others and Ourselves as A Child of God
Chantel and Mauli Junior Bonner’s new children’s book, A Child of God, is more than a picture book—it’s a resource for valuable discussions between parent and child about diversity and connection.
You can read this article, written by Lindsey Williams, in the issue or subscribe to our newsletter to read it when it goes online later this month.
God, OCD, and Me
Whitney Vogrinec writes, "I hadn’t ever considered that a mental illness could cause the spiritual paralysis I was experiencing. But by better understanding obsessive-compulsive disorder, I discovered how to finally experience joy in the gospel of Jesus Christ."
You can read the rest of the article, including how Vogrinec is learning to manage her mental illness, here.
Close Quote: Brittany Chapman Nash
Brittany Chapman Nash is passionate about Latter-day Saint women’s history. Before she left her job in the Church History Department to be with her two young children at home, she co-edited the series Women of Faith in the Latter Days. We recently asked her about her career, her family, and her newest book, Let’s Talk about Polygamy.
You can find this story in the issue or subscribe to our newsletter to read an extended version online later this month.
You can also preorder Nash's book, Let's Talk about Polygamy, at deseretbook.com.