Jon Cooper

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By  Jon Cooper
April 27, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
It‘s no question that in the past few years, superheroes have saturated our movie theaters worldwide. While opinions are divided on whether this is a good or a bad thing, a franchise this successful is clearly resonating with and engaging audiences. Whether you support the movies or not, anyone willing to take a closer look may be surprised to see some gospel symbolism in many superhero movies. Here are just a few examples:
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By  Jon Cooper
March 18, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
There are so many Church doctrines and gospel principles that giving you only 14 explanations didn't cover nearly enough. So here are 13 more explanations to help you clarify certain concepts for your nonmember friends and neighbors.
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By  Jon Cooper
January 24, 2019 10:45 PM MST
How do we explain Church doctrine and gospel principles to our friends and neighbors who are not Latter-day Saints? If you’re having trouble knowing how to clarify certain concepts, here are some ideas.
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Fun
By  Jon Cooper
January 03, 2019 10:00 PM MST
We often talk about our heroes from the scriptures, like Captain Moroni, Nephi, and Alma the Younger, but do you know how much they have in common with the superheroes we see on the big screen? Find out by taking this short quiz!
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By  Jon Cooper
December 08, 2018 03:00 PM MST
I saw a post a while ago that has stuck with me for months. This post referenced a choice someone had made—a choice contrary to the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which they claim membership. After explaining their choice and their feelings surrounding it, they shared that they found peace in their choice by focusing on Heavenly Father’s love for them. They had determined that God’s love and their own happiness was the most important part of this situation.
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Fun
By  Jon Cooper
November 15, 2018 10:24 PM MST
After its organization in 1830, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints traveled across the United States. Whether they serve as the birthplaces for their leaders or the sites of wondrous miracles, each of the 50 states has a footprint left by Latter-day Saints.
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By  Jon Cooper
November 01, 2018 08:00 AM MDT
From children to adults, everyone has hobbies—activities they particularly enjoy doing. But sometimes the types of hobbies we pursue, the amount of time and money that is spent on them, and how helpful or relevant our hobbies are can influence our decisions about which hobbies to pursue. Often, our hobbies stem from our talents. In the scriptures, we are told that “every [one] is given a gift by the Spirit of God” (D&C 46:11) and that these gifts, also known as our talents, are given to us “for the benefit of the children of God” (D&C 46:26). One interpretation of several of Christ’s parables (Matthew 5:15-16, Matthew 25:15-30) implies that we are to improve and share these talents with the world. It doesn’t matter what your talent is—kayaking, dancing, public speaking—we are given these talents so that others may see our good works and glorify God. No one talent (or hobby) is greater than any other. The what of our hobbies matters little when compared to the how and why we do them.
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By  Jon Cooper
October 20, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
When I was younger I had a very unpleasant "tradition." Twice a year my throat was attacked to where each time I swallowed, it caused me immense pain and my throat constantly burned. Every time, my mother took me to the doctor, who identified the problem as strep throat. Visiting him for my diagnosis quickly joined my "tradition" of having a burning throat. After years of catching—and healing—from strep, I finally had my tonsils removed. Not only was the following week one of the best of my life, but since that day I have never had strep throat again.
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By  Jon Cooper
October 19, 2018 12:52 PM MDT
During the Saturday morning session of the October 2018 general conference, President Russell M. Nelson announced a change to the Church schedule with the aim of strengthening families through a home-centered and Church-supported plan. Although the announced schedule is new, the desire for home-centered and Church-supported gospel learning may not be as new as you think.
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By  Jon Cooper
October 15, 2018 11:49 AM MDT
Most of us were raised on stories of the prophets of God. We were told of their many strengths and taught to emulate their righteousness. Yet, just as they had strengths that we can learn from, it is also important to remember that every prophet had weaknesses that we can learn from, too. Moses, Nephi, and even Brigham Young; they all had them. Here are five prophets and the weaknesses that made them strong.
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