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Jannalee Sandau

Jannalee worked as a writer and editor at LDS Living for seven years before hanging up her press badge and starting the journey of stay-at-home motherhood. While at LDS Living, she particularly enjoyed diving into the past and writing articles about little-known Church history stories or the Salt Lake Temple, though she wrote about a variety of topics. Today, you can find her happily organizing and reorganizing her house, playing cars with her son, taking spontaneous family outings to the park, or still writing an occasional freelance article.

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October 07, 2021 10:00 AM MDT
Have you ever listened to a song over and over, and one day you suddenly realize that the words you always sing at the top of your lungs are not the right ones? Primary children sure have! Check out some of the funniest misheard Primary song lyrics.
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June 10, 2021 12:00 PM MDT
As Latter-day Saints began gathering in Utah, the need for meetinghouses and other facilities quickly grew. Before the more standard style and floor plan of current meetinghouses, many early meetinghouses started as small one-room log structures that were replaced and expanded as the wards grew. But what happens when those buildings are replaced by larger facilities?
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April 30, 2021 12:00 PM MDT
This year marks the 175th anniversary of not only the Saints’ exodus from Nauvoo but also the anniversary of the dedication of the original Nauvoo Temple. As the first temple where baptisms for the dead and eternal marriage ordinances were performed, the Nauvoo Temple played a critical role as the Saints were forced west. Nearly 6,000 Latter-day Saints received their endowment in the two short months the temple was in operation, and those temple blessings and covenants sustained them through future hardships. Many of the stories about this beloved temple are familiar, but we’ve searched for some lesser-known but just as inspiring stories about the original and present-day Nauvoo temples to celebrate.
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February 23, 2021 05:57 PM MST
As I pulled out the kid-sized table and chair and tried to convince my almost-2-year-old to sit down before the Friend to Friend event, I wasn’t sure how things were going to go.
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January 11, 2021 03:40 PM MST
Start off the new year with a look at the life of Latter-day Saint animator and director Don Bluth.
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December 25, 2020 12:00 PM MST
This story originally ran on LDS Living in 2017 and has been updated to include more recent guests.
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December 03, 2020 07:06 PM MST
“I Know That My Redeemer Lives” might not be what comes to mind when you think of Christmas music. But as a beautiful new video put out by the Church reminds us, if Christmas is all about Christ, then perhaps this is one of the most fitting songs we could listen to at this time of year.
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December 03, 2020 02:56 PM MST
Editor's note: "Scenes from Saints" is a series of articles highlighting interesting facts from Saints volume 2. This is the fifth article in the series.
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November 26, 2020 12:14 PM MST
Editor's note: "Scenes from Saints" is a series of articles highlighting interesting facts from Saints volume 2. This is the fourth article in the series.
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November 25, 2020 10:34 PM MST
Before President Russell M. Nelson’s challenge to turn social media into our own gratitude journals, there were dozens of lists online of things to be grateful for in the year 2020. Since his invitation, millions of ideas have been added by those using #GiveThanks. But there are a few spiritual things that I think we have become more grateful for this year, as we have either relied on them more or had to do without them. Everyone’s list will look a little different depending on personal circumstances, but here are a few things that I think many of us have come to appreciate more than ever this year (in no particular order).
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November 19, 2020 11:11 AM MST
Editor's note: "Scenes from Saints" is a series of articles highlighting interesting facts from the second volume of Saints. This is the third article in the series.Part one shares facts about the building of the St. George, Logan, and Salt Lake temples,and part two shares facts about early missionary work. Articles will be posted weekly during November and December 2020. You can purchase both volumes ofSaintsthrough Deseret Bookor read and listen to the volumes on the Gospel Library app under the “Restoration and Church History” section.
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November 12, 2020 11:20 AM MST
Editor's note: “Scenes from Saints” is a series of articles highlighting interesting facts from the second volume of Saints. This is the second in the series. You can find part one, which shares facts about the building of the St. George, Logan, and Salt Lake temples, here. Articles will be posted weekly during November and December 2020. You can purchase both volumes ofSaintsthrough Deseret Bookor read and listen to the volumes on the Gospel Library app under the “Restoration and Church History” section.
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November 05, 2020 11:19 AM MST
Editor's note: This is the first in a series of articles, “Scenes from Saints,” a series highlighting interesting facts from Saints volume 2. Articles will be posted weekly during November and December 2020. You can purchase both volumes of Saints through Deseret Bookor read and listen to the volumes on the Gospel Library app under the “Restoration and Church History” section.
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November 04, 2020 04:13 PM MST
Do the names Emily Belle Freeman and David Butler sound familiar? What about “Don’t Miss This”? If you’ve followed along with Emily and David, you’ll be excited to see the two teachers featured on the cover of our November/December 2020 issue. But if you haven’t heard of this dynamic teaching duo, we invite you to join us in learning about their popular Come, Follow Me-based YouTube channel, “Don’t Miss This.” With new insight into how they produce the popular videos that have resonated with those young and old who are studying the gospel from home as well as a sneak peek of their plans for the Doctrine and Covenants study next year, we’re sure you’ll be just as charmed with their gospel knowledge and love for their viewers as we are.
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November 03, 2020 02:15 PM MST
As the Taylorsville Utah Temple groundbreaking began on Halloween morning, the sun was just rising, warming the backs of the handful of attendees. It was a beautiful, crisp October day, complete with blue skies and a few Canada geese flying overhead. People who lived nearby perched on backyard shed roofs to view the proceedings or watched through the chain link fences from a distance as the freeway traffic roared by on one end of the field.
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October 23, 2020 08:23 PM MDT
This article was originally shared on LDS Living in 2017 and has been updated to reflect additional recent counsel.
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October 22, 2020 05:28 PM MDT
My immediate response is to think that I need to simply get more sleep, this delightful animated video from the Church was a reminder that spirituality and energy go hand in hand.
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October 15, 2020 09:42 PM MDT
Is your internet out? Or is your family impatiently waiting for the spinning wheel to load the rest of your video? The Church's new Book of Mormon videos are available in a number of convenient ways onlineand in the Gospel Library app, but if you're like me and are nervous about trusting part of your lesson to the fate of internet loading speeds, you can now have all of the released videosavailable at your fingertips!
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September 23, 2020 05:11 PM MDT
Temporary front doors, exposed foundations, and removed stonework may change the appearance of the Salt Lake Temple, but the lessons we can learn from it are as powerful as ever.
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August 13, 2020 12:00 PM MDT
A few weeks ago, I was listening to Music & the Spoken Word as I was getting ready for home sacrament meeting. It was a celebration of 90 years of the program being broadcast, and as the familiar voice of Lloyd Newell began to share the “spoken word,” he said something that struck me.
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August 11, 2020 03:58 PM MDT
Editor's note: “Resources to follow Him” curates study resources, teachings, and thoughts to deepen your study of this week's Come, Follow Me.
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August 05, 2020 10:49 PM MDT
If you have read or had a lesson on the New Testament, chances are you encountered something related to the Pharisees and their rigid adherence to 600+ rules based on the Law of Moses. We often talk about the religious leaders’ unwillingness to accept a higher law and how their litany of laws interfered with their ability to truly live the gospel. But as emeritus General Authority and former Sunday School General President Tad R. Callister points out in a recent article for Church News, Pharisees didn’t just exist in the time of the Savior. Even today, we are at risk of becoming Pharisee-like in our lives and especially in our parenting, when we become too focused on rules instead of principles and don’t give others an opportunity to exercise agency first.
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July 23, 2020 11:30 AM MDT
When you think of pioneers, you most likely think of converts from England, Scandinavia, or the East Coast of the United States. But these early members of the Church actually came from all over the world. The new Saints series presents a number of stories about pioneers from different countries, including Denmark, England, South Africa, and the Pacific Islands. But there were also pioneers from countries that aren't highlighted in the books. For example, a Saints video released last year briefly highlights how one member of the Willie handcart company was from India. Here is a little more about her in celebration of Pioneer Day.
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July 08, 2020 01:42 PM MDT
I think most if not all of us have experienced a hit to our mental health over the past few months. It’s hard not to think negatively in a time when disasters are dropping one after another, we have been isolated from others, and we’ve been at home with our social media more often than we might otherwise be. It is also becoming easier and easier to distrust others as we read the news, inundated with stories highlighting the volatile flaws of human nature and generating fear of interacting with others during this highly contagious pandemic.
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