Children

November 23, 2021 03:00 PM MST
Presidents Bonnie H. Cordon and Camille N. Johnson each posted heartfelt thoughts to social media this week about the children in their lives.
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November 08, 2021 08:00 AM MST
With all the hustle and bustle of the season, make sure to share the true spirit of Christmas with your family. As the weather gets colder and Christmas gets closer, settle in and read these fantastic Christmas books with your children.
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November 04, 2021 04:46 PM MDT
One researcher has discovered that baby books are rich in history, but many parents see them as a source of stress. Here are some high- and low-tech solutions to help with the job.
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April 02, 2021 04:13 PM MDT
In this week's episode of This is the Gospel, after Julie's 14-month-old son Jonah passes away in a tragic choking accident, she is plagued with insomnia and nightmares. Following a prompting, she begins to share her feelings on a public blog, but little does she know that that blog will connect her to two women who will change her life in unexpected ways.
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By  Emily Abel
August 04, 2020 07:30 PM MDT
Conductor Ben Watson of the Rexburg Children’s Choir didn’t realize he was on a strict timeline when he reached out to David Archuleta about collaborating on a music video earlier this year. As it turns out, Archuleta and the children’s choir finished recording their music just one week before the COVID-19 shutdown. The group then had to film the video from separate locations—Archuleta in Nashville and the choir in eastern Idaho. Despite these challenges, the final music video, “From a Distance,” is a sweet reminder that as the song says, “God is always watching.”
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June 27, 2020 12:00 PM MDT
This article originally ran on LDS Living in October 2015.
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February 11, 2020 06:50 PM MST
The Salt Lake Temple may be closed for renovation, but children now have a new way to explore temples when visiting downtown Salt Lake City.
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By  LDS Living
October 09, 2019 10:00 PM MDT
It's hard to get kids to be reverent during sacrament meeting. Here are 16 great ways to entertain your kids while teaching them gospel principles at the same time.
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By  LDS Living
September 24, 2019 02:54 PM MDT
Thanks to thirdhour.com for making us aware of this video.
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September 21, 2019 12:35 PM MDT
Early one morning, I woke up and quickly asked my wife, “What day is it?”
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September 03, 2019 02:00 PM MDT
A decade ago, women of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Brampton, Hamilton and Kitchener, Ontario, decided to help women in custody. Since then, the women from the Church have made recordings of incarcerated women reading to their children. Through this experience, the volunteers from the Church have grown to love the women whose voices they record each week.
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September 02, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
The following story originally ran on LDS Living in September 2012.
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By  LDS Living
August 16, 2019 03:30 PM MDT
The Amazon River: the world's strongest river and the largest in the sheer amount of water that flows along its banks and eventually empties out into the ocean.
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By  LDS Living
August 15, 2019 07:38 PM MDT
As Latter-day Saints, families are a huge part of our doctrine and our membership. And at one time or another, we've probably had the responsibility of watching a toddler during sacrament meeting and experienced all the unique challenges and joys that provides.
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July 02, 2019 10:12 PM MDT
The following article originally ran on LDS Living in September 2014.
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By  LDS Living
June 26, 2019 01:40 PM MDT
When Leslie entered the temple, she expected an answer.
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June 22, 2019 09:19 AM MDT
The following article was originally shared on LDS Living in January 2016.
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May 28, 2019 06:15 PM MDT
My most painful experiences so far in mortality are centered around the struggle to grow my family. All the feelings rush in when I think about it—images of the horrific testing with hopeless results, the battle to fit in at family and church gatherings, burying the dream of feeling a baby grow inside me and the nightmare of adoptions that didn’t work out.
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May 22, 2019 08:00 PM MDT
Let's make this clear: all callings are equally important. From Nursery leader to bishop to Relief Society president and everything in between, each calling is vitally important to building up our fellow brothers and sisters in the gospel.
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May 11, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
Most of the stepmothers I know didn't grow up thinking, "Hey, someday I'm going to be a stepmom. I can't wait." Nevertheless, I grew up to be the stepmother to three and my sister—brave sister that she is—grew up to marry a man who is the widowered father of six. And the reality is, my sister and I both have friends who grew up to be stepmothers as well. If you are a stepmother or know someone who is, here are a few suggestions for making the most of blended family life.
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April 30, 2019 09:15 AM MDT
For Tarrin Philpott, years of diagnosed “unexplained infertility” led her and her husband, Tyrell, to adoption. And it was a shift in strategy and heart.
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By  LDS Living
April 26, 2019 05:05 PM MDT
The veil between us and the spirit world can often grow thin, allowing us to feel the love and influence of eternal family. Recently, Anne Hinton Pratt wrote a moving article for Meridian Magazine detailing the sacred experiences many Latter-day Saints have experienced feeling the presence of angels and family yet to be born. Among them was an account from Matt Hill, who felt the presence of his eternal family while in the temple being sealed to his wife.
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March 16, 2019 09:45 AM MDT
Editor's note: Not every family's reaction to a child not serving a mission is the same, and LDS Living is not recommending there is only one way to address a child not serving a mission. The experiences highlighted in this article are varied, and we hope that they will give parents of a child who decides not to serve a mission insight on how to approach their child's decision.
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February 27, 2019 05:22 PM MST
From incredible trick shots to singing Disney songs, Latter-day Saint children have ruled the internet with their adorable home videos. Whether they are funny, sweet, or inspiring, these videos have garnered millions of views and impressed celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres, Steve Harvey, Jimmy Kimmel, and more.
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February 25, 2019 04:06 PM MST
CNN, Time, Fox, MSN, POPSUGAR, Daily Mail. One Latter-day Saint toddler has been capturing headlines across the globe.
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February 13, 2019 10:26 PM MST
Latter-day Saints Heather Fujikawa and Heidi Andrews are twins with a mother who was always pointing out beauty in the rare and obscure details most people seldom noticed.
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February 12, 2019 04:50 PM MST
Ever since they were little girls, Latter-day Saint twin sisters Brittany and Briana Deane dreamed of marrying twin brothers. Now, their childhood wish is coming true.
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February 11, 2019 12:00 PM MST
Kyra* knew something was wrong as soon as she turned on the lights and saw her husband, lying still in bed. “That moment is forever ingrained in my head, seeing that he just didn’t look right, that he wasn’t there. Something was wrong,” she says. “There are no words to describe that moment.”
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January 15, 2019 07:00 AM MST
More than 50 million remarried people currently live in the United States alone. Two of those people are my parents. In just over 14 months, they went from a couple of 25 years to divorcés to members of new blended families. I and my four adult siblings quite suddenly found ourselves with a stepfather, a stepmother, and five new stepsiblings. And for a long time, I wasn’t really sure where I fit.
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January 11, 2019 01:35 PM MST
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December 29, 2018 01:59 PM MST
There are few moments so touching in the New Testament as that memorable day when the Savior of the world bid the children in the crowds to draw near to Him. Said Jesus, "Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God" (Luke 18:16).
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November 30, 2018 06:59 PM MST
The Deseret News and The Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy at Brigham Young University recently revealed the results of their 2018 American Family Survey. They surveyed 3,000 American adults of different demographics on marriage, family, parenting, politics, and other relevant topics concerning families in the United States.
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November 24, 2018 11:02 AM MST
Children love to perform the Nativity, but sometimes they can lose interest faster than we would like. Check out these kid-friendly Nativity scripts to help keep things short and sweet.
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November 20, 2018 12:55 PM MST
On November 19, Elizabeth Smart announced the birth of her third child, a little girl named Olivia, on Instagram. In the post, she writes, "So happy to welcome Olivia to our family!"
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November 07, 2018 07:49 PM MST
Moms of young kids, I know you. I’ve been you. I’ve sat in sacrament meeting with children on all sides, pulling my clothes and my hair, trying to crawl under the pew, smashing Cheerios in the bench.
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November 04, 2018 10:42 PM MST
As the aunt of 10 nieces and nephews, I love to watch my brother and sisters raise their kids. Among the grandchildren in my family, we’ve got two daredevils, two wild-childs, one bossy pants, and the sweetest autistic boy you’ll ever meet. Needless to say, wrangling—I mean, parenting—these kids is never the same for my brother and sisters. So when the children near the age of eight, how do they—and parents everywhere—decide on the best way to teach their child about the importance of baptism? And how much does the child actually understand?
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October 19, 2018 03:25 PM MDT
“So many things could have gone wrong and everything went right,” Lane Stevenson says about his baby girl's unexpected delivery. “We’re so grateful she arrived safe and sound. It’s still hard to believe she’s here but everything went the best it possibly could have for our little miracle baby.”
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October 18, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article addresses the atrocity of child sex slavery—one of the fastest growing and most lucrative criminal industries in the world today. While we have made every effort to avoid graphic language, this article might be disturbing for some readers. In 2014, on a balmy February afternoon in the poverty-stricken country of Haiti, Timothy Ballard was thrown to the ground and handcuffed by local law enforcement. Lifting his head from the asphalt, he watched as the woman who just sold him two young children—a brother and sister ages 2 and 3—for $15,000 apiece was hauled away by police.
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October 05, 2018 04:37 PM MDT
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September 29, 2018 11:00 AM MDT
Growing up, I was never what you would call petite. I was usually taller than everyone, including the boys, and my early puberty helped to fill me out during the “awkward years.”
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One of the vital truths of the restored gospel is that “the spirit and the body are the soul of man” (D&C 88:15) and that when the spirit and body are separated, men and women “cannot receive a fulness of joy” (D&C 93:34). In this simple truth, we discover a key to help our children avoid the trap of sexual fragmentation and the foundation for helping them eventually develop sexual wholeness in marriage. This doctrine of the soul teaches us that all sexual experiences in this life affect both our bodies and our spirits. It also teaches us that our spirits are the source of our emotions and thoughts, and that in order to have true sexual fulfillment we need to appreciate how they are enmeshed with the physical reactions of our bodies.
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September 11, 2018 09:10 AM MDT
“So, when are the babies coming?” is one of the most repeated questions I was asked on the night of my wedding reception. Because once you’re married it’s time to have babies, right? While I knew my neighbors, friends, and loved ones meant no harm in their questions of when we would grow our newly created family, I started to wonder a few things surrounding that question.
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By  LDS Living
September 11, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
A child's baptism is one of the most important events in his or her life. These traditions will help emphasize its value and celebrate that decision whether you're a parent, Primary teacher, ward missionary, or anyone else involved.
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August 29, 2018 10:03 PM MDT
Throughout history, the Lord has tried His chosen people by requiring them to make significant sacrifices. Though the sacrifices required of us today for the building of temples are very different from those required by the Saints in the early days of the Church, we are still blessed with opportunities to contribute and serve. Here are a few stories of children and youth who made their own contributions for the construction of the house of the Lord.
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August 27, 2018 01:51 PM MDT
“I feel that President Nelson is calling us all to recognize our spiritual identity before our Savior, to stand up and be the best we can be as individuals and as a people in preparing for His return to the earth. What a meaningful, preparatory time this is," Sister Joy D. Jones said.
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August 17, 2018 09:00 PM MDT
Purpose: To teach children the importance of the sacrament
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By  Zack Oates
July 25, 2018 03:37 PM MDT
We were thrilled when the test came back positive.
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July 21, 2018 12:56 PM MDT
Little children shall live! What more perfect evidence of an omniscient and all-loving God than the doctrine which proclaims that little children who die are heirs of celestial glory! From these no blessing shall be withheld and from such no opportunities will be denied. The testimony of the Book of Mormon and the latter-day oracles is certain and clear: children who die before the time of accountability shall come forth in the resurrection of the just and go on to enjoy all of the privileges associated with eternal life and the family unit.
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July 17, 2018 12:00 PM MDT
Among all the glorious gospel verities given of God to his people there is scarcely a doctrine so sweet, so soul-satisfying, and so soul sanctifying, as the one which proclaims—
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July 02, 2018 05:32 PM MDT
“I just really feel like the Lord led me where I needed to be to be an instrument in his hands because he had a plan for me,” the founder of Dolls of Hope, Sarah Parson, says. “I’m just doing the best to juggle all the things in my life and all the things that he’s asked me to do. He magnifies my efforts every day, and that’s why I’m able to do what I do.”
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By  LDS Living
June 28, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
Help your kids find a book that they won't be able to keep their nose out of this summer. From clean romance to mystery and fantasy these selections are sure to intrigue every young reader.
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June 25, 2018 09:24 AM MDT
Becoming a grandparent is an incredible gift from our Father in Heaven. In a merciful way, grandparenting extends the time that adults have to be with babies, children, and teenagers. In some ways, grandparenting can give older parents a “second chance” to improve upon some of their previous parenting experiences. Becoming a grandparent is certainly one of the most significant blessings in this life. Some have argued that being a grandparent is God’s reward for becoming old!
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June 16, 2018 12:00 PM MDT
It is important for parents and others involved with the family to help the surviving children cope with the loss of their sibling. These children can possibly be forgotten or overlooked, even though they are experiencing pain as well. Even very young children are affected by the loss of a baby and deal with the loss in their own way.
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June 16, 2018 09:39 AM MDT
We’ve all seen them—the sitcoms and movies, even television commercials that portray fathers as inept creatures bumbling through family life. In a culture where dads are often portrayed as the dunces of the family, researchers are only beginning to scratch the surface of just how important their role in the family truly is.
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By  Yvonne Liu
June 15, 2018 10:00 PM MDT
At a fast and testimony meeting, a father leads the way to the pulpit with a cane in his hand. His three sons follow, their hands on each other’s shoulders and canes in hand, too. They each stand and bear a heartfelt testimony of the divinity of the Savior and the promise of eternal families. But, just eight years ago, these four men were not members of the same family.
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June 15, 2018 01:48 PM MDT
"What did you do, make someone angry? That's like the worst calling."
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June 07, 2018 03:00 PM MDT
Your teen comes home from school one day, starry-eyed and completely distracted. Uh-oh. She’s in love. How you wish you could return to the time when boys and girls yelled “Cooties!” and ran away lickety-split. Your teen’s sigh brings you back to the present. You remember what it was like to be in her shoes, but how do you deal with it from the other side?
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May 30, 2018 10:27 PM MDT
With the Church's special worldwide event on June 1to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1978 revelation on the priesthood, now is the perfect opportunity for parents to discuss the priesthood and temple ban with their children. We hope the following article will help facilitate this important discussion in LDS homes.
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May 30, 2018 04:21 PM MDT
It's incredible to see good people go out of their way, even to the point of putting themselves in danger, to help their fellow spirit brothers and sisters. Like what happened earlier this week when a French man made a daring climb to save the life of a child he didn't even know. "I just climbed up and thank God, God helped me," Mamoudou Gassama said about his heroic rescue. "The more I climbed the more I had the courage to climb up higher, that's it.”
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