Traditions

By  LDS Living
November 11, 2021 11:08 AM MST
Not all Christmases look the same year to year and family to family. So, whether you’re looking for a quiet moment alone, lively festivities with family and friends, or anything in between, here are a few traditions that you might like to start with your family.
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November 05, 2021 01:17 PM MDT
While Christmas traditions vary widely from country to country, there is one small tradition that you'll see almost anywhere in the world where the birth of the Savior is celebrated: the Nativity.
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By  LDS Living
October 28, 2021 08:00 AM MDT
It might seem early, but now is the time to send gifts to ensure that they arrive before Christmas. Here is the perfect gift guide full of inspiring and affordable gifts for your missionary.
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By  LDS Living
October 26, 2021 01:23 PM MDT
While most snail mail has gone the way of the floppy disk or phone book, sending a Christmas card is a sure way to continue a long-time tradition, send warm holiday wishes, and make sure your family and friends get something in their mailboxes besides bills and junk mail.
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December 24, 2020 12:00 PM MST
In this week's episode of This Is the Gospel, Matt finds himself in the thick of Christmas shopping and the hustle and bustle of the holidays. But after realizing neither he nor his children really remember the presents of Christmas past, Matt determines to create a simple tradition that changes his family's Christmastime practices forever.
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September 10, 2020 12:00 PM MDT
Editor's note: This article is part of a series on what the Church has actually taught about various topics. To read more about the Church’s teachings on cremation, garments, beards, and more, click here.
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By  LDS Living
December 13, 2019 09:00 AM MST
Editor's note: This article is part of a series on what the Church has actually taught about various topics. To read more about the Church’s teachings on cremation, garments, beards, and more, click here.
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By  Emily Abel
June 08, 2019 03:00 PM MDT
Utah State University senior Kaulin Curtis was sitting in class early Tuesday morning when he got a text from his girlfriend telling him to check his email. Little did Kaulin know that he was in for perhaps the happiest surprise of his life.
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April 17, 2019 03:18 PM MDT
Growing up hunting Easter eggs that my parents masterfully hid around the house, there were always those eggs that as soon as I found them zipped in the couch cushion or tucked into our house plants, I knew exactly what was inside.
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December 19, 2018 02:41 PM MST
Between the garland and holly, the cinnamon and turkey, there's something about Christmas that makes it more magical and memorable than any other time of the year. With family and friends gathered around, we share recollections of the past and create new stories to recount for years to come.
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December 08, 2018 12:00 PM MST
Like many of us I’m intrigued by symbols—perhaps because I’m active in a church that honors symbolism, or maybe because of a poet heart or that I like to think about things deeply, especially things that make me feel deeply. Most likely it has something to do with all of the above working in collaboration to teach me, or at least remind me of, what is significant.
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December 03, 2018 10:32 PM MST
The Christmas season is our favorite time of year. The sights and spirit of giving help you to remember what is most important. It can be so hectic trying to cram in family parties, work functions, and shopping for “the perfect gift.” But, it is the perfect time to really reconnect with your family and make memories that you will cherish for years to come. Straight from our family to yours, here are six of our favorite traditions, recipes, tips, and crafts to make your holiday more memorable.
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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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May 07, 2018 09:27 AM MDT
One incredible thing about being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that no matter where you go in the world, you can expect to find a ward or branch of fellow believers worshiping in a familiar way. All across the world Saints gather for a three-hour block, partake of the sacrament, teach and bear testimony to each other, and follow the same lesson manuals in a variety of languages. Ordinances are conducted by the same authority and manner in the Philippines as they are in France.
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By  LDS Living
December 22, 2017 09:17 AM MST
With Christmas nearly here, days seem to fill up with wrapping presents and baking treats. But between the trimmings and the tree, take a brief break to relax and remember the true reason for the season with one of these inspirational Christmas videos:
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April 08, 2017 02:00 PM MDT
Many people around the world celebrate Easter not just on Sunday, but all week long. Here are some great ways to bring your family closer to Christ and make Holy Week a tradition for LDS families.
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February 18, 2017 09:00 AM MST
"People expect Latter-day Saints to be a lot of things: white, rich, serious. They picture who they’ve seen in the media like Mitt Romney,” says Zandra Vranes, although then she adds, “But I’m black, broke, and funny, and I’m a Latter-day Saint too.” She and her longtime friend Tamu Smith are known as the Sistas in Zion: two soul sisters whose faith and humor unites them. Their shared mission? To provide “a relief from sobriety where hilarity never faileth.”
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By  LDS Living
November 29, 2016 06:01 PM MST
It's that time of year again when parents start wondering what they should tell their children about Santa Claus and what family traditions they should start or continue.
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May 06, 2016 06:16 PM MDT
Flowers. Chocolate. Breakfast in bed. Few moms tire of the Mother’s Day classics. But why not try a new tradition this year for the moms you love most? Here are 10 Mother’s Day traditions that’ll guarantee you’ll make this the best day of mom’s year.
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February 12, 2016 01:10 PM MST
What fun ideas--and simple too. You should try using one in your family!
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December 22, 2015 03:48 PM MST
Ho, ho, ho or no, no, no? The great Santa question can be a tough one for parents to tackle. But, check out the pros and cons of this topic before you make up your mind.
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December 10, 2015 03:59 PM MST
As in all majority Christian nations of Africa, Christmas in Kenya is a time of celebration, rejoicing, and reconnecting with family. Almost everyone, irrespective of faith or religious belief, puts aside the cares of career and work and travels “upcountry” to be with loved ones. The big cities and towns have a ghost feeling as a temporary migration takes place for about 10 days—from a day before Christmas to the second day of the new year.
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December 03, 2015 03:28 PM MST
When you think about Christmas, what do you picture?
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As I’ve grown up, I’ve noticed that more and more, my Sabbath activities involve a screen. Whether I’m reading scriptures on my iPad, watching Bible videos on my laptop, or FaceTiming with an old friend, many of the Sabbath activities I used to do as a child have become lost in a world of busy screens and technology. But, while skimming through Kimberly Bytheway’s book Traditions: Creating Memories to Draw Your Family Close, I was reminded of the peace that these simple Sunday traditions could bring—even without a screen.
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June 27, 2015 08:57 AM MDT
Parenting kids of different ages is hard.
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April 02, 2015 06:32 PM MDT
With a request from FamilySearch that asked people to share their own Easter traditions, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints responded and shared their personal experiences.
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By  LDS Living
December 09, 2014 09:11 AM MST
Put a song in every child’s pocket! These old-fashioned music grinders are reminiscent of times past. Their simple arrangements of beloved children’s melodies will add delight and whimsy to your day. Crafted of wood, the mechanical movement is fascinating to watch as small hands turn the crank.
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By  LDS Living
December 05, 2014 09:56 AM MST
"If you need a burden lifted, I want you to imagine I am in a personal, private, closed-door chat with you. I want to help you if I can." With those words, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland invites every readerof his latest book to become a friend, to receive instruction and encouragement, counsel and comfort, in any circumstance.
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December 03, 2014 10:10 PM MST
When I was growing up, every December we would read the Christmas story from Luke 2 and Matthew 2 about Christ's birth in Bethlehem, the shepherds, and the wise men. But as Latter-day Saints, we know there's more to that story—there's a second Christmas account about what was happening in the Americas at the same time, found in the Book of Mormon.
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By  LDS Living
November 24, 2014 09:04 AM MST
Don’t miss out on these unreal Black Friday deals from Deseret Book. With savings up to over 70%, you’ll be sure to find a meaningful gift for everyone on your list.
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November 13, 2014 07:13 PM MST
When converts join the Church, the new vocabulary takes some time to master. But where did all these unusual terms come from? Here’s the origin of 13 commonly used terms unique to the LDS Church.
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April 09, 2014 04:01 PM MDT
I first became acquainted with the Jewish Passover feast on a study-abroad semester at the BYU Jerusalem Center. We had a Jewish rabbi take us through an abbreviated Seder meal which is a central part of the Passover celebration. I was enchanted. I felt some pangs of righteous “holy envy” for the rich symbolism of this ancient feast practiced by faithful Jews for thousands of years.
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March 06, 2013 05:02 AM MST
All religions struggle with finding a balance between core values and acceptable traditions. As you travel around the world, you will see how all religions are entrenched in traditions. Whether it is a Christian church, a mosque, a synagogue, a Buddhist or Hindu temple the challenge is the same. Some traditions are good, but many traditions are not, and the original principle upon which the tradition began has been lost in a foggy maze of ritual.
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