Family

September 20, 2021 07:00 AM MDT
Of all the places 12-year-old Karin slept when the sun slipped beneath the horizon at night, the Oakland California Temple grounds were her favorite.
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Lisa and Scott O'Neil had similar faith but different religions when they married 23 years ago, but they vowed to work together as a team through it all. Here's how their commitment to having a "house of faith" eventually led Scott to choose to become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through baptism nearly two decades after their wedding. Hear more of Scott's conversion and testimony in this episode of the ALL IN podcast: http://bit.ly/2J22cWO Still haven’t subscribed to LDS Living on YouTube? ► https://www.youtube.com/user/LDSLivin... CONNECT WITH LDS LIVING Web: www.ldsiving.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LDSLiving/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ldsliving/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/LDSLivingMag Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/ldsliving/ WANT EVEN MORE? BofM365: https://www.instagram.com/bofm365/ Brightly Beams: https://www.instagram.com/brightly.beams/ ABOUT LDS Living gives expression to what it means to live as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. By sharing practical information and seeking out the best things in Latter-Day Saint culture, we hope to empower our readers to make the most of the joys and challenges of life and enjoy their unique heritage to its fullest. We provide articles that inspire and uplift our readers with endless ideas, featuring articles online and in print on issues real-life Latter-day Saints are dealing with, recipes, self-help, parenting and relationship advice, behind-the-scenes looks, and in-depth coverage of a wide variety of topics important to Latter-day Saints.
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After struggling with health issues, Alo and Ashley Moli were led to adopt 6 foster siblings. Watch their story of hope and how they became a family. Adoption photos: Sadie Vaenuku @sjphotoandfilm Still haven’t subscribed to LDS Living on YouTube? ► https://www.youtube.com/user/LDSLivin... CONNECT WITH LDS LIVING Web: www.ldsiving.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LDSLiving/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ldsliving/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/LDSLivingMag Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/ldsliving/ ABOUT LDS Living gives expression to what it means to live as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. By sharing practical information and seeking out the best things in Latter-Day Saint culture, we hope to empower our readers to make the most of the joys and challenges of life and enjoy their unique heritage to its fullest. We provide articles that inspire and uplift our readers with endless ideas, featuring articles online and in print on issues real-life Latter-day Saints are dealing with, recipes, self-help, parenting and relationship advice, behind-the-scenes looks, and in-depth coverage of a wide variety of topics important to Latter-day Saints.
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Fun
By  LDS Living
November 09, 2020 01:27 PM MST
With touchscreen devices taking over more and more family time, it's hard to find screen-free activities the whole family will enjoy. The good news is that the holiday season is the perfect time to bond as a family over a new board game or puzzle. Whether your kids are still young or if they have kids of their own, there are plenty of great Christmas gift options with these entertaining activities. With so many to choose from, you're sure to find something your whole family will love!
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October 07, 2020 05:35 PM MDT
Moments before the 190th Semiannual General Conference concluded, President Russell M. Nelson announced six new temples that will be built in Tarawa, Kiribati; Port Vila, Vanuatu; Lindon, Utah; Greater Guatemala City, Guatemala; São Paulo East, Brazil; and Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
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By  Emily Abel
August 20, 2020 01:00 PM MDT
Walking away from my mission president in the Richmond, Virginia, airport was a tearful experience. I had come to see President and Sister Smith as almost a second set of parents, and I would miss their love and advice. But I found comfort in knowing that I would see them again in a year when they completed their mission.
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By  Emily Abel
August 14, 2020 08:54 PM MDT
Last month, millions of hearts were touched when 6-year-old Bridger Walker shielded his little sister from a charging dog at high cost to himself. His act of bravery caught the attention of major news outlets and several celebrities, who sent him messages and get well gifts. Many Latter-day Saints were pleasantly surprised to learn than Bridger and his family are members of the Church.
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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 14, 2020 04:00 PM MST
Editor's note: Our weekly Friday column “Found in the Footnotes” explores some of the footnotes from remarks given by General Authorities and General Officers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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By  LDS Living
January 27, 2020 11:00 AM MST
If you want to improve your family gospel study:
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Fun
December 23, 2019 10:18 PM MST
The holiday season is a time of reflecting gratefully on those experiences that have drawn us closer to our family and the Savior. These touching, true Christmas stories will warm your heart and help you remember the blessings in your own life.
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November 24, 2019 10:08 PM MST
The following is an excerpt from Ed J. Pinegar's book, The Little Book of Gratitude.
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November 18, 2019 04:19 PM MST
The following has been republished with permission from taylorhalverson.com and complements this week's Come, Follow Me study.
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October 15, 2019 04:36 PM MDT
As they approach later life, Latter-day Saints share many concerns with people of all faiths, such as financial planning, maintaining good health, and future association with family and friends. But some things are unique. Latter-day Saints live longer and have a different set of values than people of other faiths, which impels them toward a more active life of service and personal development. The high value they place on family life also makes a significant difference. Finding fulfillment in later life will depend on a number of factors, several of which are within our own volition. As we “embrace the future,” with all its opportunities and challenges, we should remember with Longfellow that “age is opportunity no less Than youth itself, though in another dress.”1
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September 12, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
When our three oldest boys were little, they did what young kids do best—they explored. Behind our house they made huts in the weeds, dug holes, and corralled bugs. After backyard exploration lost its luster, the wider neighborhood seemed appealing, including the road. The idea of our babies running headlong in front of a car scared us to death. It was time for a fence!
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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 23, 2019 03:44 PM MDT
You know, there's just something about sibling rivalries—they just aren't fair.
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By  Emily Abel
August 08, 2019 04:00 PM MDT
The tragic death of Latter-day Saint YouTube sensation Grant Thompson has been reported by major news outlets including The New York Times, CNN, BuzzFeed News, The Washington Post, and more. With 11 million subscribers and billions of views on his videos, it is no surprise that Grant’s unexpected death has caused a stir. As these reporters review the highlights of his life, however, many are failing to mention what Grant may have considered his greatest accomplishment: his role as a husband and father in the gospel.
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August 03, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
My grandma is dying, and I’ve visited her almost every day this week. I thought the difference between living and dying would be more like a light switch: you’re either on or off; you’re there or you’re not. But my grandma has been like a dimmer, and every time I see her she’s a little bit less alive and less there than she was the day before.
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July 20, 2019 09:03 AM MDT
This article originally ran on LDS Living in June 2015.
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July 11, 2019 08:40 AM MDT
It's summer, and with most children out of school, it's the perfect time for brothers and sisters and cousins who live far away from each other to get together for a family reunion. If you are wondering what to do at your next reunion, here are 15 suggestions gleaned from families across the United States.
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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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June 25, 2019 09:30 AM MDT
The following article originally ran on LDS Living in May 2016.
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May 30, 2019 08:24 AM MDT
This is the third article in a three-part series on Jesus Christ's teachings about families found in the Gospels. Read part one, "How Christ’s Teachings Highlight the Ever-Present Emphasis on Families in the Gospels," and part two, "The Miracle of the Fishes + Other Ways Jesus Demonstrated His Focus on the Family." Honoring parents can shape the character of families and even how members interact with one another. In this short study, which continues the earlier two, we learn how Jesus and His disciples retained honorable ties to parents.
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May 30, 2019 08:23 AM MDT
This is the second article in a three-part series on Jesus Christ's teachings about families found in the Gospels. Read part one, "How Christ’s Teachings Highlight the Ever-Present Emphasis on Families in the Gospels," and part three, "How Jesus Honored His Family Despite Complicated Relationships." In light of the Gospels' interest in families and their proper nurture, we turn to reports, partially told, of how Jesus intentionally impacted families in enduring ways.
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May 30, 2019 08:22 AM MDT
This is the first article in a three-part series on Jesus Christ's teachings about families found in the Gospels. Read part two, "The Miracle of the Fishes + Other Ways Jesus Demonstrated His Focus on the Family," and part three, "How Jesus Honored His Family Despite Complicated Relationships."
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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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Fun
By  LDS Living
May 24, 2019 02:02 PM MDT
Audiobooks are the perfect way to keep your kids excited about reading, but quiet in the car. Whether you're looking for quality literature to share with your kids or to listen to yourself, here are a handful of great options perfect for all your summer road trips. The best part? All of these audiobooks are available on Bookshelf PLUS+. If you're not a subscriber already, you can try it for free for 30 days and enjoy unlimited access to all of the audiobooks on this list.
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May 14, 2019 04:00 AM MDT
From the name—“It’s just a bump in the road”—to the now 31 posts and counting, Kim and Ryan Dahlberg’s website is a typical blog spot about a sobering, atypical topic. After all, few people have battled with stage 4 metastatic melanoma, a disease which, in Ryan’s case, has resulted in 130 tumors growing throughout his body over the last year.
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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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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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April 25, 2019 07:00 PM MDT
Every so often, the whole sky comes crashing down. That was the case recently for a dear friend of mine who unexpectedly found out that his 2-year-old daughter, Hope, had cancer. Life has a peculiar way of marching forward after a shattering moment like that. The sun still rises, breakfast still has to be served, and diapers still need to be changed.
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April 13, 2019 09:29 AM MDT
My husband and I are infertility survivors. After learning that our mortal bodies were not able to create children, our hearts began to turn toward adoption. This decision came with serious prayer, contemplation, and faith. For me, there was even some healthy mourning for the dream of being able to physically carry and deliver a child.
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Fun
By  LDS Living
April 06, 2019 03:47 PM MDT
For many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, general conference weekend is one of the most exciting and inspiring times of the year. Every April and October, Church leaders gather in Salt Lake City, Utah, and address the worldwide Church on matters involving faith, change, and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Here are GIFs that perfectly explain our conference experience.
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April 05, 2019 11:10 AM MDT
As we prepare for another inspiring general conference weekend, we wanted to reflect on and share past messages shared by our Church leaders over the pulpit. The following story was originally told in 1976 by Jacob de Jager during general conference.
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March 23, 2019 09:06 AM MDT
Many Latter-day Saint families have a parent or spouse who is less-active or not a member of the Church. But that doesn’t mean we can’t find ways to love and include them in our own ward and family activities. Find out how you can better support those part-member families you know.
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Need a flavorful twist on your standby recipes? From breakfast to dessert, these recipes provide a fresh flair that your family will love.
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March 20, 2019 03:09 PM MDT
Two Latter-day Saint volunteersdetained for nearly three weeks in Novorossiysk, Russia, have left for the United States and their families are rejoicing and expressing relief.
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March 13, 2019 04:31 PM MDT
Isabela’s* depression first manifested as anxiety, hitting during her seventh-grade year of school. Her mom, Luiza,* remembers it coming on suddenly. The only signs that anything was off-kilter masked themselves as the typical worries and changes that accompany the move to middle school and making new friends. One day Isabela seemed fine, the next, “I really felt like her soul had been kidnapped from her,” Luiza says.
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March 08, 2019 09:30 PM MST
For daily Gospel-based relationship insights join Jonathan’s Facebook group. To submit a question for Jonathan, click here. Republished with permission from Your Family Expert.
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March 04, 2019 10:00 PM MST
Erik Orton jokes that he was once the poster child for failure—literally. In 2006, his face graced the cover of Crain’s New York Business magazine after an off-Broadway musical he produced closed after just five weeks. But that setback worked as a catalyst, leading Erik and Emily Orton and their five children—Karina, Alison, Sarah Jane (SJ), Eli, and Lily—on a decade-long journey and to a 38-foot-long catamaran dubbed Fezywig.
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February 28, 2019 01:33 PM MST
It’s your classic tale as old as time.
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February 26, 2019 02:02 PM MST
The following was originally published in LDS Living magazine in February 2015. This month marks the five-year anniversary of when Jensen Parrish lost her mother, father, and two brothers while serving her mission. We are republishing this article to commemorate their lives and to reflect on the powerful lesson's Jensen shared following her sudden loss.
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Fun
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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February 05, 2019 02:15 PM MST
"Do you want a big rock or a little rock?" Dave Evertsen asked, weighing one in each hand.
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February 05, 2019 02:09 PM MST
Here’s what Latter-day Saint youth wish their parents knew about what it’s like being a teenager today.
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February 04, 2019 12:00 PM MST
Marriage has its ups and downs, and there's always room for improvement. Whether you feel your relationship is on the rocks or smooth sailing, these recommendations might make you think about your marriage in a different way.
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January 30, 2019 02:45 PM MST
Huddling together with their 2-year-old and newborn in the remote and frigid Wyoming wilderness, Eric and Dana Hold waited for rescue crews to find their small airplane—a Piper Archer single-prop engine fixed-wing.
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January 28, 2019 10:00 PM MST
One evening in a counseling session, I asked a couple who was struggling with financial differences to create a budget together. I gave them an outline of a budget and told them they had 15 minutes to work it out while I left the room.
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By  LDS Living
January 22, 2019 04:11 PM MST
"We know we will see him again someday and that families are forever," the Stokoe family said in a statement after David Stokoe's body was found hidden in an apartment he owned.
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January 21, 2019 12:15 PM MST
At the start of 2019, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began a new meeting schedule that consisted of two hours of church, replacing the previous three-hour schedule. Members are now instructed to use that time to learn the gospel at home with the guidance of the Come, Follow Me— For Individuals and Families curriculum from the Church.
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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
For daily gospel-based relationship insights, join Jonathan’s Facebook group. To submit a question for Jonathan, click here.
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January 09, 2019 05:06 PM MST
Before Cristina and Ivan Mesco met, they both felt like something was missing in their lives. And when Ivan prayed and asked God to help him find someone he could spend his life with, the answer would lead him and Cristina to the gospel.
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January 07, 2019 10:00 PM MST
Missionaries can deal with a slew of issues, and as a parent, sibling, or friend reading and writing letters from afar, you may feel helpless. But you’re not. Check out some ways you can help them with some of these most common struggles, and some prophetic counsel that may help as well.
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December 26, 2018 01:46 PM MST
When you were married, you pledged your fidelity and gave your commitment to do your best as your wife’s husband and as the father of her children. These are sacred trusts, responsibilities that cannot be fulfilled casually or without considerable effort on your part.
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