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Morgan Jones

Morgan Jones is the host of the All In podcast and the manager of audience engagement for Deseret Book. She previously wrote for the Deseret News where she published more than 480 stories. Her new book, All In: Exploring What It Means to Be All In the Gospel of Jesus Christ, shares what she has learned from interviewing over 130 people about their faith in Jesus Christ. Morgan is happiest when wearing sweatpants and will never get enough dark chocolate. She currently lives in Salt Lake City, but will forever be a North Carolina Tarheel. 

October 14, 2021 05:19 PM MDT
On Tuesday, Elder Dale G. Renlund's older brother, Gary Mats Renlund, passed away. On Thursday, Elder Renlund shared a tribute that gives insight into the influence an older sibling can have in someone’s life.
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September 02, 2021 11:00 AM MDT
Editor's note: This article is part of a new LDS Living series, “This may be one of the best talks you've never heard,” highlighting talks you may have missed through the years.
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August 23, 2021 06:20 PM MDT
Speaking to faculty at Brigham Young University at the outset of a new academic semester, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, who formerly served as the school’s 9th president, began by thanking those employed by the school for all of the good they do.
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August 10, 2021 12:00 PM MDT
I always love hearing my friend Rob Gardner talk about writing Lamb of God, an Easter oratorio about the final days of Christ’s earthly ministry. I think part of it is because while Rob is incredibly talented (arguably a musical genius), I also know him to be a pretty normal guy. We’ve seen movies together and gone to London together, and what I appreciate about Rob is that he isn’t and doesn’t pretend to be someone who has it all figured out. And yet, he wrote what I consider to be a masterpiece all about the Savior of the world. He was young at the time and was enrolled in a program for film music at USC. He had been fortunate to be admitted to the program and was really enjoying it when all of a sudden, he began having ideas for what would become Lamb of God. He hadn’t even begun writing the oratorio when he contacted the London Symphony Orchestra via email and asked if they would be willing to record his composition. They wrote back explaining cost and availability, and Gardner booked it. He then dropped out of his program at USC solely based on the good feeling he had about the project, and a few months later, it was finished. Gardner’s Lamb of God explores the end of Christ’s ministry through the eyes of those who knew Him best.
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August 01, 2021 08:05 PM MDT
Seven days ago, a headline on ESPN read, “MyKayla Skinner’s Olympic gymnastics experience did not have to happen this way.” It seemed that after dedicating the majority of her young life to the sport of gymnastics and after battling back from injury as well as COVID-19 in the last two years, Skinner’s Olympic dream was over after just one night of competition. It appeared she would return home before the Games were even finished. She described it as “devastating.” But on Sunday in Tokyo, Skinner became an Olympic silver medalist.
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July 21, 2021 12:00 PM MDT
Lisa Valentine Clark was working in San Francisco when she got a call from her husband that brought on the first panic attack she had ever experienced.
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June 29, 2021 12:30 PM MDT
President Russell M. Nelson’s decision to speak about the “repeated and miraculous tutoring” Joseph Smith received from heaven as the opening talk given during the 2021 Seminar for New Mission Leaders may have seemed like an interesting choice. But President Nelson provided a clear reason for that choice.
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May 18, 2021 01:09 PM MDT
My grandma, Mom-el, loved funerals so much that we used to give her a hard time about browsing the obituaries for her next social engagement. It was a joke and something I honestly didn’t understand then, but over five years after her own passing, I think I’m starting to realize why my Mom-el loved funerals so much. When someone we love is gone, we can find joy in remembering the best things about them. Certainly, there are cases that require healing, but little annoyances are cast aside after someone has passed and all we seem to remember are the things we loved about them. I have found that I especially love going to a funeral for someone I admired but didn’t know incredibly well. Such was the case two weeks ago as I attended the memorial service for Ann Crane Santini.
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May 12, 2021 01:00 PM MDT
On November 14, 2019, MyKayla Skinner Harmer achieved a goal she has dreamed of since she was a little girl sitting in Primary. It was a goal she has worked toward her entire life.
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May 07, 2021 11:00 AM MDT
Newly called General Authority Seventy Elder Clark G. Gilbert still remembers the first time he received a testimony of the restored Church.
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May 04, 2021 01:04 PM MDT
Nearly 13 years have passed since a plane crash left 80% of Stephanie Nielson’s body burned. In the years since she has served as a beacon of hope for other burn victims and as a reminder to the rest of us of the value of life. On April 29, 2021, Stephanie and her husband, Christian, were honored by the Arizona Burn Center at Valleywise Health as part of their “Night of Heroes.” A short documentary about the Nielsons created for the event is now available to view online. In the video, Stephanie says it was seeing her eyes for the first time following her accident that changed her perspective and her outcome.
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April 29, 2021 07:36 PM MDT
If you missed the opening session of BYU Women’s Conference, we are here to help. See talk summaries of the messages below. You can also watch the entire first day of the conference here.
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April 20, 2021 09:38 PM MDT
Jordan Ricks Hanks was my college roommate my senior year at BYU. She is also one of the most upbeat, positive people on the planet.
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March 12, 2021 09:43 PM MST
I’ll be honest, I’m not sure how the connection between heaven and earth works, but I’m hoping that somehow you can read this letter.
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February 26, 2021 08:34 PM MST
In high school, Brett Hansen was a standout left-handed pitcher. He was the 12th-ranked pitcher in his 2018 high school class and was even drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 38th round of the 2018 MLB draft. He originally committed to play baseball for Stanford, but he was denied by admissions. Although he was never given a reason, he says it was implied that the Stanford Trees didn’t want to hold his spot for two years.
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February 23, 2021 02:11 PM MST
This Easter, Rob Gardner's Lamb of God will make its way to the big screen.
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February 09, 2021 07:18 PM MST
Have you ever had a mental flashback to something that happened years earlier? For me, these flashbacks often include a singular moment from my time as a missionary. It is often something I hadn’t thought about in years, but all of the sudden I will be taken back to that time and place. I had one of these moments last week when I was seemingly transported back to an apartment in Pasco, Washington, into the home of a family I came to love. The mother’s name was Alma, and one night we were teaching her about the Great Apostasy. We explained to Alma that when Christ was on the earth, He gave His Apostles the priesthood—the authority to bless and baptize, among other things—but that this authority was eventually taken from the earth.
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January 25, 2021 09:20 PM MST
When Steven Sharp Nelson, cellist for The Piano Guys was just 2 years old, his mother was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She outlived all medical prognoses but passed away 18 years later. However, at a recent TEDx event, Nelson testified of the power of music to bring those we love back to us.
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January 22, 2021 07:32 PM MST
Humans of New Yorkhas told the stories of over 5,000 people. It is one of the most popular storytelling channels on social media, and on Thursday, the account featured one of our very own. Ashley Evanson is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the author-illustrator of the Hello, World! board book series. Her incredible story wasliked on Instagram by over 425,000 people as of Friday afternoon.
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January 06, 2021 09:35 PM MST
In May 2019, following his call as an Area Seventy in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Elder Vai Sikahema told Deseret News columnist Doug Robinson, “I’m willing to give everything I’ve got, and I just don’t know if it’s enough. I don’t have the gilded résumé.”
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December 29, 2020 12:00 PM MST
If there were any perks to 2020, one was that we all spent a little bit more time (virtually) with President Russell M. Nelson than usual. Outside of general conference, the Church released special video messages throughout the year from our prophet. Additionally, President Nelson co-authored a piece with NAACP leaders calling for racial harmony. He reminded us of the need for gratitude to find healing, he invited us to fast with him, he prayed for us, and he reminded us that “we are all children of a loving God.”
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December 22, 2020 02:14 PM MST
Watching Jimmy Stewart in the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life is a yearly holiday tradition for many. That has definitely been the case in my family, but there is another Jimmy Stewart holiday film that has also been a staple in our home—Mr. Krueger’s Christmas. The film was directed by Kieth Merrill and was released by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1980, making this Christmas its 40th anniversary.
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December 22, 2020 01:16 PM MST
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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