Text & Video from LDS General Women’s Meeting

LDS_womens_meeting_Sept_2014The text and video from Saturday’s LDS General Women’s Meeting is now online as outlined below.

Read a summary article about the LDS General Women’s Meeting.


Invite Your Friends to Watch LDS General Conference

general-conference-lds-2014LDS General Conference may be one of the best ways to introduce your friends to the Church. This article provides references to help you explain to others what general conference is all about and to invite them to watch general conference.

What is LDS General Conference?

Invite Others to Watch General Conference

  • Invite people to go with you to your meetinghouse to watch conference. Yesterday’s article “8 Ways to Access LDS General Conference” described the various ways that you can watch general conference. The sessions on Sunday are especially good for those who don’t know much about our faith. Tell people how they can access conference in their homes on radio, Internet, broadcast TV, cable TV, and Roku Internet TV.
  • Share an introductory YouTube video with your friends through social networking sites. The link to the video is http://youtu.be/A8Vxspr1dag

What other ways can you think of to share General Conference with others?

Did you use any of these last conference? Any feedback for us?


8 Ways to Access LDS General Conference

General Conference is this Saturday, October 4, and Sunday, October 5.

Meetings are held both days from 10:00 am to noon and from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm MDT. A priesthood meeting is also held on Saturday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

The First Presidency invites the world to participate in messages of inspiration and guidance.

Here are 8 ways that you can participate in LDS General Conference:

#1: In Person

  • Attend the live event in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City. See ticket information.
  • Attend the live satellite or Internet broadcast in your meetinghouse. For broadcast times and options, see the satellite broadcast details. To find a meetinghouse anywhere in the world, visit maps.lds.org.

There is power in the Spirit you can feel by attending the live event. If possible, I encourage you to arrange your schedules so you can attend live.  The Savior promised that “where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20). What could be more important on Saturday and Sunday than listening to Prophets and Apostles of God giving us advice on how to live in an increasingly evil and confusing world?

#2: Internet

Live video in 26 languages. (The previous live audio streams in additional languages have been discontinued.)
Live video and audio in English and Spanish
Live video and audio in English
LDS General Conference YouTube Channel
Live video in English, Spanish, and Portuguese
Live video in English, Spanish, and Portuguese

Closed captions are available at conference.lds.org in English, Spanish, and Portuguese by choosing the CC button on the LDS Media Player (Flash). Also available in English on Apple iOS devices by going to the video settings on the device and turning on closed captions.

#3. Mobile App

Mormon Channel mobile app
Video and audio in English and Spanish


#4: Television

Video and audio in English
BYU-tv International
Video and audio in Spanish and Portuguese
Mormon Channel on Roku
Video in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and ASL. (Search for general conference under the “Spiritual” category.) Available in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Canada.
Local TV Check local program listings for availability in your area or visit bonneville.info or KSL.com.


#5: Radio

Audio is available through various radio stations, including Mormon Channel HD Radio, KSL Radio, BYU Radio (online and SiriusXM), and Internet radio stations  throughout the world. For listings, visit bonneville.info.

#6: Social Media

Quotes and video highlights will be posted on Church social media channels (as well as on LDS.org) shortly after each talk. They will appear at twitter.com/ldschurchpinterest.com/LDSChurch, and on the individual Facebook, Google+, and Twitter accounts for each of the Brethren.

#7: Archives

  • Video cached streams of the full sessions will be available right after each session ends. Divisions into individual talk and song segments in many languages will begin appearing after 8 hours and will be completed within 24 hrs of the broadcast on conference.lds.org, podcasts, iTunes, and YouTube.
  • Audio in 83 languages will be available on LDS.org and on the Mormon Channel in iTunes within 8 hrs of the broadcast.
  • Video highlights of each session will also be posted within a few hours on LDS.org.
  • English text will be available at conference.lds.org and in the Gospel Library mobile app a few days after conference. Text in other languages will be posted in the following weeks.
  • Read more detailed information about when general conference addresses will be available in video, audio, and text formats.

#8: Physical Copies

You can read and study general conference afterward using the following:

  • Printed copies of the EnsignLiahonaNew Eraand Friend magazines.
  • Physical DVDs and audio CDs, which you can pre-order now at store.lds.org and they will be shipped as soon as they are available. (You can also subscribe to have the DVDs or CDs sent to you automatically every conference.)



Interesting Facts about the LDS Conference Center

conference-centerLDS Living has published an article “30 Things You Didn’t Know about the Conference Center.”

That place is huge.

Did you know that the entire Salt Lake Tabernacle could fit in the stage area of the Conference Center?


Meet the Mormons Movie Opens October 10

meet-mormonsMeet the Mormons is a documentary film commissioned by the First Presidency to be released in commercial theaters on October 10, 2014.

This major motion picture examines the diverse lives of six devout members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Meet the Mormons takes you into the homes of people in the United States, Costa Rica, Nepal, and beyond to see what Mormons are really like. It shows their individual passions and daily struggles and challenges stereotypes that surround the Mormon faith.

Request It
The cities have been announced where the new movie will be released on October 10. See the list of states and cities to see if it will be playing in your city.

If you do not see your city on the list, you can go to this web page to request it. If you have friends and family who live in a city not on the list, ask them to go to this page and request the movie. If enough people request it in a given city, it can be booked in a theater in that city.

Share It
Help ensure a successful launch for the film by getting the word out using social media. On the Meet the Mormons website (MeetTheMormons.com), you’ll find banners, memes, and images that you can share on your social networks. Please pass them along to friends and family.

You can download a poster that you can post in your meetinghouse.

Experience It
I invite you to attend the film on opening weekend. Be sure to mark October 10 on your calendar and go see it with friends and family.

You may also consider organizing a group to buy out a theater.

Learn more
Learn more about the Meet the Mormons movie.

All net proceeds from the movie will be donated to charity.

Here is the trailer for the movie:


President Thomas S. Monson’s First Tweet

monson-tweetToday, President Thomas S. Monson (@ThomasSMonson) posted his first Tweet: “Love is the very essence of the gospel, and Jesus Christ is our Exemplar.”

Elder M. Russell Ballard (@BallardMRussell) was the first apostle to post a Tweet back in May. Two days later, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland (@HollandJeffreyR) posted his first tweet.

Update September 26, 2014: Elder Oaks (OaksDallinH) has posted his first tweet.

See a list of Church Twitter accounts.



Summary of Elder Bednar’s Talk: The Gospel and Social Media

bednar-youtubeBelow is a condensed version of Elder David A. Bednar’s talk at BYU Education Week inviting us to participate in sweeping the earth like a flood using social media. It is a powerful talk and a good reminder of how the Lord is hastening his work.

This short version was put together by the Pacific Area of the Church.

Read or watch the complete version of Elder David A. Bednar’s talk.

For ideas on how you can implement Elder Bednar’s call to action, you may be interested in reading the book 101 Ways to Hasten the Work Online.


Visit Palmyra Online

historic-palmyraA new website from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints lets you experience the historic places and sacred events that occurred in Palmyra, New York.

Visiting a historic place can be a powerful experience which confirms the reality of the Restoration. Unfortunately, most people will never have the opportunity to stand in the Sacred Grove or climb the Hill Cumorah.

But now you can experience historic Palmyra online with immersive photography and interactive narratives and maps. You can also read the spiritual experiences of people who have visited the place.

In the coming months, these web pages will be available in ten languages. Additional web pages are being developed for the Joseph Smith Birthplace, the Peter Whitmer Farm, the Priesthood Restoration Site, and the Handcart Sites. And in the next four years, online visitors from around the globe will be able to experience all 24 historic places operated by the Church.

These webpages are a section of  history.lds.org.

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101 Ways to Hasten the Work Online

Hasten-Work-book-coverNeed some good ideas on how to ‪#‎HastenTheWork using the Internet and social media? I’ve compiled some easy, practical ideas into a book titled 101 Ways to Hasten the Work Online. It is an easy-to-read, 80-page book that has 62 color illustrations. The book has 4 parts:

  1. Introduction. It defines “hastening the work” and explains why is it important. It describes how God has inspired men to invent technologies to assist in the hastening of the work in the latter days. Finally, it provides quotes from our Church leaders about using the Internet and social media to flood the earth with testimonies of the Savior and His restored gospel.
  2. Internet and social media basics. This section gives a brief overview of the Internet and provides a quick tutorial on some of the major social media channels (Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, Hashtags, and blogs).
  3. Tips on hastening the work online. A few matters to consider about how to interact faithfully and kindly with people online.
  4. 101 Ways to Hasten the Work Online. This is the major part of the book, listing 101 easy, practical things you can do. Each idea is explained simply in a few short paragraphs.

Here’s some encouragement to hasten the work online:

Elder David A. Bednar at BYU Campus Education Week, August 2014:

Brothers and sisters, what has been accomplished thus far in this dispensation communicating gospel messages through social media channels is a good beginning—but only a small trickle.  I now extend to you the invitation to help transform the trickle into a flood….I exhort you to sweep the earth with messages filled with righteousness and truth—messages that are authentic, edifying, and praiseworthy—and literally to sweep the earth as with a flood. (“To Sweep the Earth as with a Flood”)

Church’s Handbook 2:

Members are encouraged to use the Internet to flood the earth with testimonies of the Savior and His restored gospel. They should view blogs, social networks, and other Internet technologies as tools that allow them to amplify their voice in promoting the messages of peace, hope, and joy that accompany faith in Christ. (Handbook 2, chapter 21.1.22)

Learn more at HastenTheWorkOnline.com, including a list of places you can get the book in printed and e-book formats. I’ve also worked out quantity discounts for wards, stakes, and anyone who wants to get multiple copies.

Read sample pages from the book.

For continuing ideas on hastening the work, follow the Hasten the Work Online Facebook page.


Healing Teenagers of Pornography


Nearly all of today’s teenagers will come in contact with pornography by the time they turn 18. Unfortunately, the question seems to be no longer if our children will be exposed to pornography but when—and how they will cope. Indeed, we can expect many of our youth to be wounded in this battle. But that doesn’t mean they will perish.

The article “Healing Hidden Wounds” in this month’s Ensign gives parents some actions to take.

  • How to instill in your youth the desire for a virtuous life.
  • How to recognize signs of addiction.
  • How to help a child who is addicted to pornography.

In addition to the article, see the Church’s website OvercomingPornography.org for help on avoiding pornography and healing from its use.

Read other articles on LDSMediaTalk.com about pornography.

See other resources on overcoming pornography.


DateNight Chloe: Women are Beautiful

chloeThe newly-formed, Provo-based band DateNight teamed up with BYU Women’s Services and Resources to redefine how the world sees beauty in women. The band wrote the song “Chloe” that reminds women they are each unique and beautiful.

The guys took to the streets and asked girls, “What is the most beautiful thing about yourself?” How they responded will melt your heart. Watch the video “DateNight – Chloe” below.

Learn more in the article “In music video, boy band tells Provo women they are beautiful.”

Here is a list of other member-created videos I have shared. If you find other videos you think I should share, please post a comment below.


Meet My Grandma

meet-my-grandmaToday, FamilySearch launches the Meet My Grandma campaign. The goal is to gather 10,000 grandma stories in 10 days (from today until September 29, 2014).

What are your fondest stories about grandma?

The idea is to share and preserve online or through a mobile app the fond memories or charming stories about your grandmothers. FamilySearch wants you to capture for future generations the stories that make your grandma special.

If you are fortunate to have a grandma still living, you can use a free mobile app (iOS only for now) to audio record your grandmother and save the recordings online. And there are 20 fun questions you can ask your grandma to help write and preserve her personal history in her own words online. The stories are saved to a dynamic online profile dedicated specifically to your grandma, along with any photos and digital artifacts you want to submit.

When you share this on social media, please use the hashtag #MeetMyGrandma.

Find out more at FamilySearch.org/MeetMyGrandma and watch the video below:



New Social Media Pages About LDS Church History

church-history-social-mediaThe Church has just launched several new social media profiles about Church history, including a feed on Tumblr (LDSChurchHistory.tumblr.com) and a channel on YouTube (youtube.com/user/LDSChurchHistory).

See a list of all the Church history social media pages.


LDSBookstore.com Serves LDS Community

lds-bookstoreLDSBookstore.com just launched an updated website with Rewards Points, mobile browsing, and an affiliate program.

LDS Bookstore has been serving the LDS community since 2005 by selling LDS art, books, jewelry, music, scriptures, DVDs, CDs, calendars, and home decor.

Brandon & Caitlin YoungI spent some time recently visiting with the owner, Brandon Young, at their warehouse and outlet store in Orem, Utah. Brandon started the business in 2005 shortly after returning from his LDS mission. While serving in Madrid, Spain, he noted that it was difficult for people to get LDS products if they didn’t live in an area with lots of Latter-day Saints and stores that cater to them. Hence his idea for an online store that could sell LDS products to people everywhere.

This innovative, fun company was recently rated #18 on a list of fastest-growing companies in Utah Valley. In addition to LDS products, they have also branched out into Christian-themed music and jewelry.

Follow LDS Bookstore on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, and Google+.


Resources for Spouses and Families of Pornography Users

wife-support-pornographySpouses and other family members carry heavy burdens when a loved one is involved with pornography. To help leaders better meet the needs of spouses and family, the following resources are now available:

  • Ministering Resources at ministering.lds.org have been updated with specific guidance about ministering to those who are affected by the use of pornography. These resources can be accessed by members of ward and stake councils. You must sign in with your LDS Account and be listed in MLS with a calling that is included in the ward or stake council.
  • Spouse and Family Support Guide at AddictionRecovery.lds.org is designed to help spouses and families of those dealing with addiction. Priesthood leaders may use it during interviews and in Addiction Recovery Program meetings.
  • Overcoming Pornography website at OvercomingPornography.org helps people find healing, forgiveness, protection, and power through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. It includes practical guidance and resources for pornography users, their spouses and family members, and Church leaders.
  • Confidential group meetings offered by the LDS Family Services Addiction Recovery Program. These meetings can help spouses and families find peace and healing by applying gospel principles. Visit AddictionRecovery.lds.org to learn how to join these meetings.

See other resources on overcoming pornography.

See articles on LDSMediaTalk.com about pornography.