Daedan Olander

February 03, 2020 03:26 PM MST
This story originally ran on LDS Living in June 2019.
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August 31, 2019 08:00 AM MDT
The wildfire that burned through Paradise, California, in 2018 was the most violent in the state's history. With the containment taking nearly two weeks, the blaze destroyed nearly 15,000 homes and took 86 lives.
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August 29, 2019 09:10 AM MDT
President Daniel Bingham was lucky to be alive. But after waking hours following the accident, he couldn’t say as much.
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August 24, 2019 08:55 AM MDT
Basketball is one of my favorite things. I love playing, watching, and even talking about the sport that, to me, is the ultimate source of comparisons.
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August 15, 2019 08:51 AM MDT
The direction to magnify our callings can be an ambiguous, demanding one to follow. In a talk he gave in 2006, President Thomas S. Monson defined magnifying our callings as the following:
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August 05, 2019 09:05 AM MDT
The FitnessGram pacer test is a multistage aerobic capacity test that progressively gets more difficult as it continues.
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July 12, 2019 12:21 PM MDT
Many have found themselves in this situation: Religion is brought up, and we share that we are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Questions follow that we don’t know how to answer.
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July 09, 2019 02:00 PM MDT
A little over 100 years ago, Jack Dempsey became the heavyweight boxing champion of the world, defeating four-year defending champion Jess Willard in a title fight by way of corner retirement between the third and fourth rounds.
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July 06, 2019 02:21 PM MDT
In 2018, President Russell M. Nelsonplaced increased emphasis on using the full and correct name of the Church:
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July 04, 2019 09:36 AM MDT
With both Memorial Day and Flag Day having come and gone in the past couple months, the season of celebrating freedom in the United States is approaching its peak on July 4, when the country commemorates the day it declared its independence.
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July 02, 2019 08:52 AM MDT
If you happen to be hiking in Grove Creek Canyon, located on the outskirts of Pleasant Grove, Utah, during the week of July 4, you are likely to notice a flag fluttering above the trail. Stretching a fourth of an acre, with the familiar red, white, and blue stars and stripes adorning its 400-pound frame, it’s hard to miss. Big Betsy, as she’s been affectionately named, is the largest free-flying American Flag in the world, and every Independence Day she’s unfurled in the canyon, serving as an unforgettable reminder of what’s being celebrated to all those who see her.
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June 28, 2019 10:03 PM MDT
As the Second World War was raging across the globe and the U.S. was getting sucked into the conflict, artist Norman Rockwell petitioned The Saturday Evening Post for a commission to paint visual representations of four ideals. These fundamental freedoms were identified by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as basic human rights in a speech he delivered to Congress in 1941. He called them the four freedoms: the freedom of speech, the freedom of worship, the freedom from want, and the freedom from fear.
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June 21, 2019 10:00 PM MDT
Sometimes the Lord directs us to places where we never thought we would go. Discover how two women's trust in the Lord strengthened them to accomplish God's surprising will.
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June 20, 2019 10:00 PM MDT
Stake youth dances are a great way to have fun and meet new people. How many of these personalities have you run across at a stake dance?
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June 17, 2019 02:16 PM MDT
Can you believe the first Toy Story movie came out 24 years ago? Since then, we've loved, laughed, and cried with our favorite toy characters through four movies. But have you ever wondered what it might be like to serve with Buzz or Woody? Here's what we think that would look like:
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June 10, 2019 09:37 AM MDT
President Russell M. Nelson issued the following challenge to the youth of the Church in 2017:
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June 04, 2019 02:30 PM MDT
Carnegie Hall: It’s a hallowed name among musicians and stands among the preeminent performing arenas in the world.
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June 04, 2019 01:00 PM MDT
While no two treks are ever the same, most Church members who have been on one will recognize these 10 people amongst their trek families.
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June 01, 2019 01:37 PM MDT
You may never have gotten your acceptance letter to Hogwarts, but at least you got to go to seminary. Here are 10 GIFs that give you the best of both worlds.
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June 01, 2019 12:20 PM MDT
In a general conference address titled “A Chosen Generation,” President Gordon B. Hinckley said about the young people of the Church:
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May 30, 2019 06:50 PM MDT
In a tender moment that made national headlines, nearly 2-year old Emma Krall received a surprise visit from one of her favorite Disney characters—Princess Rapunzel from Tangled—while recovering in a Seattle hospital from halo-spinal traction surgery in April.
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May 26, 2019 10:47 PM MDT
Verdi was working the graveyard shift. He was relatively new to the police force—only two years in—and on this particular night, he was alone: no partner and no immediate backup.
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May 25, 2019 02:36 PM MDT
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, in his April 2019 general conference address, warned members against complacency in their Sunday worship:
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May 25, 2019 12:14 PM MDT
“One of my friends said, 'If God loves you, He’ll take you to a desert,'” Brittani McLeod says in an LDS Living This Is the Gospel podcast.
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