Charity

April 07, 2021 06:53 PM MDT
An article in the April 2021 issue of the Liahona offers tips on how to be more sensitive when talking about less active Latter-day Saints.
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February 17, 2021 09:19 PM MST
In the latest video of LDS Living’s5-Minute Fireside series, author Tom Christofferson shares a story of a friend who once had a problem with the rhythm of her heartbeat. A physician performed an intricate procedure to help with the issue and a year later, her heart had a new rhythm. Just like that physician helped his friend, the Master Physician can change each of our hearts.
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October 09, 2020 09:04 PM MDT
Retired Air Force Col. Gail S. Halvorsen, internationally known as the “Berlin Candy Bomber,” celebrates his 100th birthday tomorrow, October 10, 2020. After a century of life experience and service, he shared his gratitude and love for life in a recent article for Church News.
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October 09, 2020 04:27 PM MDT
Growing up, Jodi Orgill Brown felt unstoppable and ready to conquer the world. She completed a four-year degree in three years and built a life she loved with her family. But when Brown began having dizzy spells, frequent headaches, and immobilizing nausea, the life she knew came to a screeching halt.
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September 05, 2019 03:00 PM MDT
The following has been republished with permission from taylorhalverson.com.
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August 21, 2019 01:28 PM MDT
In 2002 while working as a reporter for the Church News, I spoke to a woman from Maryville, Tennessee, named Lola Reid.
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August 05, 2019 01:12 PM MDT
Newsroom features stories from its 80 international Newsroom websites as well as from those in the United States to share what members and leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are doing to better serve their communities throughout the world.
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By  Susan Wolf
June 19, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
The following article previously ran on LDS Living in December 2015.
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By  LDS Living
June 10, 2019 01:14 PM MDT
Written on meetinghouses of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around the world are the words "Visitors welcome." But what does that simple phrase truly mean? How can we be more loving, open, and accepting so that those words also become written on our hearts? Watch this touching new video from the Church for some ideas:
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June 03, 2019 09:23 AM MDT
In creating the world, God was organized and methodical. The foundations were built such that each step built upon the next. But when almost all the creative work was done, the Lord noted that Adam was alone: “And I, the Lord God, said unto mine Only Begotten, that it was not good that the man should be alone; wherefore, I will make an help meet for him…. And I, the Lord God, caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam; and he slept, and I took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh in the stead thereof; And the rib which I, the Lord God, had taken from man, made I a woman, and brought her unto the man” (Moses 2:18, 21–22). It was clear that Adam, on his own, was unequal to the tasks ahead of him. He needed a partner. It was then that Eve was brought forth. It was only after her creation that the world was complete.
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June 01, 2019 08:59 AM MDT
The following article originally ran on LDS Living in 2015.
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May 09, 2019 01:00 PM MDT
At first, I didn’t really understand that she was slowly slipping away. My father had died suddenly just as he was turning 65. He had been the stabilizing influence in our family, and without him, I remember feeling as though I was trying to balance my life on a two-legged stool. In addition, after he died I became aware of how much he had encouraged and supported our mother. He was the one who calmed her when she was anxious or fearful.
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May 02, 2019 09:20 AM MDT
Spoiler Alert: This article assumes the reader is familiar with the plot of the Harry Potter series. If you aren’t, you should stop reading now, pick up the first book, and have your mind blown by its excellence. Then come back and read this.
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April 27, 2019 12:00 PM MDT
Like many religious people around the world, Latter-day Saints affirm that humans are created in God's own image. And so the humanities—the academic disciplines of literature, history, philosophy, art, and more—give us opportunities to learn more about God’s image as we learn more about each other.
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February 08, 2019 10:00 PM MST
Recently, Reddit user naturalenergybyproxy asked, "What is the nicest thing a stranger has done for you?" and nearly 9,000 people responded with inspiring tales of kindness. We decided to ask the same question, and Latter-day Saints had plenty of uplifting experiences to share. Here are some of our favorite responses out of the nearly 200 we received.
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February 05, 2019 08:00 AM MST
A few years ago, I had a good friend text me and ask what flavor of milkshake I would like. We hadn’t previously discussed her getting me a milkshake in any way. The text surprised me, yet she insisted on bringing me one, so I begrudgingly told her a flavor. I quickly tried to muster up a few dollars in my cashless purse before she arrived. When she kindly handed me my treat, I handed over the money. She politely declined. So, I politely insisted. Then she said something that has stuck with me ever since, “Just let me do something nice for you!”
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February 04, 2019 04:29 PM MST
"I was blessed with a second chance when I was younger! It’s moments like these that make me so grateful to be where I am today," second-time Super Bowl champion Kyle Van Noy posted on game day. "Don’t give up on your dreams and remember the man upstairs is always with, even when its the darkest times."
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January 23, 2019 04:14 PM MST
Before bidding farewell to a group of Brigham Young University students, Mother Teresa asked her visitors from distant Provo, Utah, a final question:
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January 21, 2019 01:24 PM MST
Here's a recent look at what Latter-day Saints have been doing to make the world and their communities a better place.
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January 08, 2019 03:00 PM MST
Christmas came a day early for the Mark and Sharon Honey family in 2018.
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December 24, 2018 07:11 PM MST
Amy Jukes was sitting at the family dinner table wondering and worrying aloud who could tackle a local “Silver Angel” grocery gift card drive to assist senior citizens in their hometown of Prosper, Texas. A longtime sponsor of the project had unexpectedly dropped it, and as president of the Prosper Ladies Association, Jukes and her team already had their hands full with other initiatives and year-end activities.
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December 22, 2018 02:00 PM MST
Recently, the Church announced a new approach to worship, with an emphasis on making gospel learning more self-reliant and family-focused. As with any change, we can become overwhelmed at first. So to help make this change just a little easier, here are a few techniques on how to be a self-reliant learner.
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December 18, 2018 01:43 PM MST
Most Americans recognize McDonald's Big Mac as two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, and onions on a sesame seed bun.
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December 12, 2018 10:00 PM MST
Stomach trembling, I looked up into my mom’s eyes as she tucked me into bed and arranged my menagerie of stuffed animals around me. Then I asked her the Santa question.
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December 07, 2018 05:00 AM MST
Conference Talk: For more information on this topic read "Be of Good Cheer," by Thomas S. Monson, Ensign, May 2009, 89-92.
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November 29, 2018 05:44 PM MST
"Doing good on this Giving Tuesday could be as simple as going to a vending machine in Manhattan," NBC News reports.
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November 09, 2018 09:18 PM MST
Conference Talk:
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October 26, 2018 02:44 PM MDT
“The mission of the American Red Cross cannot be fulfilled without consistent and generous partners. We are grateful for the continued collaboration with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to make a difference in the communities we serve,” said Heidi Ruster Chief Executive Officer/Utah and Nevada Region of the American Red Cross.
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October 19, 2018 09:10 AM MDT
On October 19, 2016, Jon and Michelle Schmidt discovered that their daughter was missing. After a three-week search, her body was discovered in Columbia River Gorge National Forest in Oregon. In this excerpt from her new book, Carried, Michelle shares the profound words Annie left behind.
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By  Yvonne Liu
August 15, 2018 07:11 PM MDT
“Dad, I can’t wait to go on a mission,” Chase Hansen told his father, John Hansen, after Chase got baptized and walked out of the baptismal font in 2017. John responded, “Son, we are already on a mission.”
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August 13, 2018 02:06 PM MDT
Conference Talk:
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August 11, 2018 02:00 PM MDT
Most of us are well acquainted with the responsibilities of service. I am sure many of you have baked cookies until your spatulas melted or baby-sat your neighbor's children until your brains sputtered. Occasionally when I am in such situations I fear my fatigue will slip into resentment, and then I wonder if being stretched so thin may not only prevent my developing new charity but actually diminish the supply I thought I had. I have learned, however, that though we may not have a completely willing heart every time we serve, such service molds our heart, blesses us, and does enlarge our capacity to give. We must remember, too, during periods of our lives in which we feel that all we can do is keep our own immediate circle of families or friends afloat, that emotional and spiritual service to others can sometimes be as important as physical acts.
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By  LDS Living
August 09, 2018 02:16 PM MDT
For more uplifting quotes and daily inspiration, be sure to follow @ctr.life on Instagram.
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August 01, 2018 08:51 AM MDT
Visiting teaching. In years past, these two words spoken in any Relief Society gathering evoked a myriad of conflicting emotions. Joy. Guilt. Gratitude. Annoyance. Peace. Guilt. Excitement. Frustration. Love. Guilt. Some loved the watchcare program set forth nearly 200 years ago—others, not so much. And most of us, whether we loved it or not, have carried some guilt associated with it. But now, no more guilt, and as of April 1, 2018, no more visiting teaching.
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July 27, 2018 02:55 PM MDT
After meeting with President Nelson, Elder Holland, and Sister Eubank, chairman of AMAR International Baroness Emma Harriet Nicholson tweeted it was a "special day" for the organization and a "pleasure and honour" to meet with Church leaders.
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July 13, 2018 08:00 AM MDT
I wonder if, when Paul penned the immortal words, “charity never faileth” (1 Corinthians 13:8) he had any idea it would be the mantra and motto for millions and millions of women nearly 2,000 years later. Probably not. Yet is it. It’s the theme of Relief Society. It is the greatest commandment. Mormon taught that charity, “is the pure love of Christ” (Moroni 7:47). That sounds beautiful, doesn’t it? But he also said that without it, we are nothing (See Moroni 7:46).
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July 12, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
A family tragedy would lead this LDS housewife down an unexpected path—one that would bring hope and healing to thousands of people half a world away.
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July 07, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
Lisa West has had what she calls a “very non-traditional journey” as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but this journey has led her to unique opportunities to connect to the community and build relationships with those of other faiths. As a convert, single mom, and active volunteer in her community, West now serves as a chaplain for the law enforcement of Sacramento County—the first LDS chaplain their unit has ever had.
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June 27, 2018 01:17 PM MDT
In 2014 the Ortonfamily purchased a sailboat they had never seen before, flew to the Caribbean, and began living on the 38-foot catamaran for an adventure that would change their entire family. Christening the boat the Fezywig, the family sailed from Sint Maarten to Manhattan on a journey designed to draw them closer as a family, teach their four daughters and one son to "have even greater confidence in their own abilities to navigate life," and provide their children "a greater appreciation for the earth and the people on it,"Emily and Erik Orton said.
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By  Zack Oates
June 12, 2018 06:32 PM MDT
With the change from home and visiting teaching to “ministering,” I’ve heard many people say that it is really just the same thing with a new name.
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June 04, 2018 08:05 AM MDT
Everyone wants to be happy—and for good reason. Happy people earn more money and are more likely to get married and stay married. They also attract more friends, are more productive at work, and even outlive their gloomier counterparts by about nine years.
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By  LDS Living
May 30, 2018 01:28 PM MDT
Authorsand Time Out for Women presenters Tamu Smith and Zandra Vranes have long been a voice for black members of the Church under the name "Sistas in Zion." Now they've brought their witty humor to LDS Living readers in this fun and insightful new video. Here is a taste of one of their tips:
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May 29, 2018 09:18 AM MDT
A mother's note: One of the reasons I've never shared this before is because I am fiercely protective of my daughter. I do not want anyone to judge her harshly or see her in a negative light. A traumatic childhood can create issues for nearly any person. She is an amazing young woman. This post is about me and my struggles—not a letter of dissatisfaction or complaint about her. I share these thoughts with her permission.
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May 28, 2018 11:15 AM MDT
Many years ago when my children were small, my wife prevailed upon me to “be a good father” and buy a swing-set for the family. She envisioned the children swinging and playing happily in a yard full of neighbor kids, and then she could be a “Kool-Aid mom” by providing treats. In contrast to her vision of all the great things a swing-set would do for our children, I envisioned fights, broken arms, and worn spots on my grass.
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May 11, 2018 08:51 AM MDT
As a newly called Relief Society president, I felt the weight of the needs of the sisters in my ward. I prayed fervently for direction, peace, wisdom, and strength. I wanted to give every sister everything they needed. It was a heavy and sacred privilege. But, one that I learned wasn’t mine.
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May 09, 2018 12:48 PM MDT
The volcanic eruption from the Kilauea volcano has impacted many Latter-day Saints in Hawaii. Hilo Hawaii Stake President Samuel Erbe said the fumes from the lava “make you feel light-headed; it burns your skin and eyes and makes you nauseated. It makes your life miserable.” Despite these difficulties, Latter-day Saints are rallying to help others in the community.
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May 08, 2018 01:02 PM MDT
"To me, when you strive to lighten another’s burdens, you are truly angels of mercy in the most literal sense," Elder Holland powerfully testifies in a new Ensign article. Here is just a portion of his message. Read the full article here.
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May 04, 2018 08:48 PM MDT
"The song of our risen Savior’s redeeming love celebrates the harmony of covenants that connect us to God and to each other and the Atonement of Jesus Christ," said Elder Gerrit W. Gong at the closing session of the BYU Women's Conference on May 4.
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April 23, 2018 05:08 PM MDT
In many ways, Kiconco Bassler seems like a typical seventh grader. She likes art, particularly chalk pastels, enjoys running the 100 meters and hurdles in track, and is a nimble gymnast. But Chi Chi, as her friends call her, is anything but typical. Last year she raised $3,000 to build a home for a family in Uganda.
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April 22, 2018 10:22 PM MDT
Visiting teaching. In years past, these two words spoken in any Relief Society gathering a evoked a myriad of conflicting emotions. Joy. Guilt. Gratitude. Annoyance. Peace. Guilt. Excitement. Frustration. Love. Guilt. Some loved the watchcare program set forth nearly two hundred years ago. Others, not so much. And most, whether you love it or not, have carried some guilt associated with it. Because that’s what we women do. When we don’t live up to the expectations of ourselves or others, we feel guilty. But now no more. No more guilt, and as of April 1st, 2018, no more visiting teaching.
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April 20, 2018 09:13 AM MDT
On a chilly January evening in 2017, a joint youth activity was in full swing in Herriman, Utah. Guys, gals, basketball, and food—it was the quintessential gathering of Latter-day Saint youth. Fourteen-year-old Tanner Sorensen stayed late. A leader walked around the gym offering the last cookies to the stragglers.
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March 29, 2018 05:21 PM MDT
We do not understand with perfect clarity the activities of those in Paradise, but I have wondered what Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were doing during the reigns of Jeroboam and his appalling successors. We know they are Gods now (see D&C 132:37), but in those early years of apostasy, the view from above must have been heartrending.
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March 15, 2018 01:45 PM MDT
What a beautifully written piece about what it means to love fully and walk with genuineness before God. "Letting virtue garnish your thoughts is a call to avoid self-deception. It’s an invitation to self-awareness, self-acceptance, and complete honesty."
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March 12, 2018 01:27 PM MDT
Elder Von G. Keetch passed away on January 26, 2018. In honor of a man who spent his life dedicated to serving others and the Church, his family has found a special way to celebrate his birthday.
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February 26, 2018 02:37 PM MST
What an incredible example of those using their experiences to accomplish good in the world.
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February 16, 2018 01:26 PM MST
While we as members of the Church are familiar with the yellow Mormon Helping Hands vests, we also recognize that Mormons are not the only group of people working to make the world a better place. In fact, a brighter world is born in reaching across boundaries and working with those of other beliefs and backgrounds to champion the greater good.
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January 29, 2018 09:25 AM MST
In 2002, my oldest son returned home from his mission after only five months. I was shocked, confused, and had no idea what to do—this is not something a parent expects or prepares for. While I was wrestling with my own feelings, I also felt great compassion and sorrow for my son, who was struggling. Over time, my son adjusted to post-mission life, was sealed to a wonderful woman, started a family, and moved to another state to pursue better employment. But then, in 2010, it happened again—my youngest son returned home after four months due to anxiety. He was deeply disappointed and did not want to be released. He worked hard to get back out into the mission field only to be released again when the anxiety returned. Feeling a deep sense of failure, he fell into inactivity and moved away, hoping to escape the shame he felt.
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January 22, 2018 02:56 PM MST
Rt. Reve. Scott B. Hayashi defended the charity work Mormons do in a Facebook post on Thursday, noting claims that Mormons only help Mormons are "far from the truth."
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January 18, 2018 10:00 PM MST
The following is an excerpt from President Oaks' book Life's Lessons Learned.
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December 26, 2017 06:11 PM MST
Here's a little something to inspire you to continue lighting the world all the way into 2018.
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