Here are thoughts about #Gratitude on this Thanksgiving day:
If we do not feel grateful for what we already have, what makes us think we’d be happy with more?
See the page lds.org/topics/gratitude.
Watch the video “Thanksgiving Daily:”
Here are thoughts about #Gratitude on this Thanksgiving day:
If we do not feel grateful for what we already have, what makes us think we’d be happy with more?
See the page lds.org/topics/gratitude.
Watch the video “Thanksgiving Daily:”
Lindsey Stirling answered questions from youth on modesty, her mission, self-worth, and finding balance in her busy life Tuesday night in a live LDS Face-to-Face event. Question poured in from youth from around the world that poured in via Facebook, Instagram, and video.
Lindsey is a dancing, hip-hop violinist and YouTube success, who answered questions about how to uphold standards in the entertainment business, how to achieve your goals in life, and how to have a sense of self-worth when you feel like you are failing.
Lindsey was candid both about the anorexia that once plagued her and the fears she sometimes feels with so many eyes upon her and how she gained confidence.
This was the second of four live Face-to-Face youth events sponsored by the Church.
If you missed Tuesday’s live event, you can watch it below:
Here is Lindsey’s famous “Crystallize” video, which has been watched over 108 million times:
Here’s Lindsey’s “I am a Mormon” video:
The Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos is a series of videos portraying the life and teachings of our Savior Jesus Christ. These short videos are a gift to the world from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Church encourages wide use of the library of videos, images, and scriptural passages available on the website, mobile apps, YouTube, and now on DVD.
Mormons believe in Jesus Christ. The Church has undertaken the enormous effort to create The Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos series and give it to the world. The videos are free. The app is free. Only the physical DVD is sold, and at a value price of $5.00. The Church also publishes a website about Jesus Christ at JesusChrist.lds.org.
85 videos have been completed in English and 50 of them are available in 10 languages. A selection of 50 of these videos have been released on the new DVD.
Learn more at
The Church has just released The Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos: The Gospels on DVD. It is a compilation of 50 videos about the Savior’s life and teachings from the four Gospels. The DVD is a resource for family home evenings, for family and individual study, and for use in Sunday School Gospel Doctrine study of the New Testament during 2015.
Order it online at store.lds.org as a great Christmas gift for friends and family. It is also available in LDS bookstores. And it’s only $5 until the end of the year. (Next year, the price will be $10.)
Some photographs from the Bible videos footage are available at BibleVideos.org and in the Bible Videos mobile app. Many hundreds more are being added to the website and mobile app and also to the LDS.org Media Library in a new category Bible Images—The Life of Jesus Christ with subsections for the Nativity, Miracles, Teachings, and Final Week.
BibleVideos.org provides free Bible-themed ecards that you can send to your friends.
Beginning at noon today, through December 31, you can participate in the worldwide Christmas initiative titled, “He Is the Gift” (John 3:16) at Christmas.mormon.org.
I invite you to participate by viewing and sharing the video at Christmas.mormon.org. If you use the hashtag #ShareTheGift when you share it, we can sweep the earth with inspiring messages of the Savior Jesus Christ during this joyful time of year.
Below is a poster that has been mailed to wards.
The video will be featured on the home page of YouTube on Dec 7, and will be on billboards in Times Square in New York City the whole month of December.
The website will suggest things people can do to #ShareTheGift of Jesus Christ during the Christmas season. For example, it will encourage people to post on social media their answer to the statement “I will share the gift by _____.”
You can also find great references for Christmas at JesusChrist.lds.org and at Christmas.lds.org. Note that Christmas.mormon.org was developed primarily for nonmembers and Christmas.lds.org is more for members, although both sites have great things to share with everyone.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints publishes editions of the Bible in English and Spanish. In many other non-English languages, the Church has approved a non–Latter-day Saint edition of the Bible for use in Church meetings and classes.
The Church publishes an English-language edition of the King James Version of the Holy Bible. It includes LDS footnotes and chapter headings, a Topical Guide, Bible Dictionary, Bible Chronology, Harmony of the Gospels, Bible Maps, Bible Photographs, Guide to the Scriptures, and selections from the Joseph Smith Translation. The latest edition was updated in 2013 and is available in various printed, electronic, and audio formats.
In 2009, the LDS Church published a Spanish-language edition of the Bible entitled Santa Biblia: Reina-Valera 2009. The text is based on the 1909 version of the Reina-Valera translation, with modernized grammar and vocabulary. It includes LDS footnotes and chapter headings, as well as a Guide to the Scriptures and selections from the Joseph Smith Translation. It is available in various printed, electronic, and audio formats.
Below is a list of non–Latter-day Saint editions of the Bible that have been reviewed by the Church and approved for use in Church meetings and classes:
|Afrikaans||Die Bybel||Bible Society of South Africa||1933||1953 Edition|
|Albanian||Bibla||La Buona Novella of Italy||1994||1994 Edition|
|Amharic||Metshef Qdus||Bible Society of Ethiopia||1962||1962 Haile Selassie Edition|
|Arabic||Al-Kitab al-Muqaddas||Arabic Bible Society||Van Dyke Version||1966 Edition|
|Armenian (East)||Astvatsashoonch||United Bible Societies||Ararat 1896 UBS Version||1992 Edition|
|Bengali||Pabitra ba’ibela||Bible Society of India||Old Version||2012 Edition|
|Bikolano||An Biblia||Philippine Bible Society||1982||1992 Edition|
|Bislama||Baebol long Bislama||Bible Society in the South Pacific||1997 Version||1997 Edition|
|Bulgarian||Biblia||Bulgarian Bible Society||1914 Thompson Revision of 1871 translation||2005 New Orthography Edition|
|Burmese||Thammakyam||United Bible Societies||Judson Bible||1964 Edition|
|Cambodian||Prak Gumbi Parsut||United Bible Society||1962 Khmer Old Version (Hammond)||1989 Edition|
|Catalan||La Bíblia||Casal and Vall||1970 Montserrat Catalan Bible||1970 Edition|
|Cebuano||Ang Biblia||Philippine Bible Society||2000 Pinadayag version||2000 Edition|
|Chinese (Traditional)||The Holy Bible||Hong Kong Bible Society United Bible Societies||1989 Chinese Union Version||Traditional characters with new punctuation|
|Chinese (Simplified)||The Holy Bible||Hong Kong Bible Society United Bible Societies||1989 Chinese Union Version||Simplified characters with new punctuation|
|Chuukese||Ewe Kapasen God||United Bible Societies||1991 Version||1991 Edition|
|Croatian||Biblija||Kršćanska Sadašnjost||1996||1996 Edition|
|Czech||Bible Svatá||Česká Biblická Společnost||1613 Kralickeho Z Roku||1991 Edition|
|Danish||Bibelen||Danish Bible Society||1992 Revision||1992 Edition|
|Dutch||Bijbel||Royal Jongbloed||2010 Herziene Statenvertaling Version||2010 Jongbloed Edition|
|Estonian||Piibel||British and Foreign Bible Society||1968 Version||1991 Edition|
|Fante (Akan Fante)||Nwoma Kronkron.||Bible Society of Ghana||1988 UBS Version||1988 Edition|
|Fijian||Ai Vola Tabu||Bible Society of the South Pacific, Suva||1902 Langham translation||1987 Edition|
|Finnish||Raamattu||Finnish Bible Society
|1992 New Church Bible
|French||La Sainte Bible||Bible Society of France||Louis Segond 1910 UBS Version||1990 Edition|
|Georgian||Biblia||Institute for Bible Translation/United Bible Societies||2002||2002 Edition|
|German||Die Bibel||Katholische Bibelanstalt GmbH, Stuttgart||Uniform Translation
|Greek||ΤΑ ΙΕΡΑ ΓΡΑΜΜΑΤΑ||Pergamos Publications||1995 Spyros Filos revision of the Vamvas translation||4th Edition|
|Guarani||Nande Ruete Ne’e Bibli||German Mission Among the Natives of Paraguay||2006||First Edition|
|Haitian||Bib La||Haitian Bible Society||1992 Version||1999 Edition (New orthography)|
|Hiligaynon||Ang Biblia||Philippine Bible Society||1982||1982 Edition|
|Hindi||Pavitra ba’ibala||Bible Society of India||1983 Old Version||1992 Edition|
|Hmong||Txoj Moo Zoo Uas Yog Vajtswv Txojlus||United Bible Societies||UBS Version||2000 Edition|
|Hungarian||Szent Biblia||Hungarian Bible Society||Karoli Gaspar 1586 Version||1992 Edition|
|Icelandic||Biblian||Bible Society Reykjavik, Iceland||1981||1981 Edition|
|Ilokano||Ti Biblia||Philippine Bible Society||1982||1982 Edition|
|Indonesian||Alkitab||Indonesian Bible Society||1993||1993 Edition|
|Italian||La Sacra Bibbla||British and Foreign Bible Society||Revised Version(Luzzi Bible) 1924|
|Japanese||Seisho||Japanese Bible Society||1955||1955 Edition|
|Kekchi||Li Santil Hu||Bible Society of Guatemala||SBG Version||2006 Edition|
|Kikamba||Mbivilia||United Bible Societies||1974 UBS||1974 Edition|
|Kinyarwanda||Bibiliya Yera||Bible Society of Rwanda||1957||2001 Edition|
|Kiribati (Gilbertese)||Te Baibara||Bible Society in the South Pacific||1954 revision of 1893 version||1990 Edition|
|Korean||Seong Gyeong Jeon Seo||Korean Bible Society||Korean Revised Version Bible||2005 alternate terminology Edition|
|Kosraean||Bible Mutal||Bible Society of Micronesia||1976 Version||2006 Edition|
|Latvian||Bibele||Latvian Bible Society||1975||1975 Edition|
|Lingala||Biblia||Bible Society of Zaïre||1970||1970 Edition|
|Lithuanian||BIBLIJA arba Šventasis Raštas||Lithuanian Bible Society||1999||1999 Edition|
|Macedonian||Sveto Pismo||Bible Society of the Republic of Macedonia||2007||2007 Edition|
|Malagasy||Ny Soratra Masina||Bible Society of Madagascar||1965 Version||1991 Edition|
|Malay||Alkitab Berik Baik||Malay Bible Society||1996||1996 Edition|
|Maltese||Il-Bibbja Mqaddsa||Trinitarian Bible Society||1980||1980 Edition|
|Marshallese||Jeje Ko Rekwōjarjar||Words of Grace Ministries||2009||2009 Edition|
|Mongolian||Ariyun Bibli||Mongolian Bible Association||2000||2000 Edition|
|Navajo||Diyin God Bizaad||American Bible Society||1985||1985 Edition|
|Nepali||Pabitra Baibal||Nepali Bible Society||NBS New Revised Version||1997 Edition|
|Norwegian||Bibelen||Norsk Bibel A/S||1988||1988 Edition|
|Palauan||Chedaol Biblia||Bible Society of Micronesia||2004||2004 Edition|
|Pampango||Ing Biblia||Philippine Bible Society||1967 Version||1970 Edition|
|Pangasinan||Say Biblia||Philippine Bible Society||1982||1982 Edition|
|Persian||Kitab Muqadis||Elam Ministries||1895 Standard Version||1996 Edition|
|Pohnpeian||Pwuk Sarawi||United Bible Societies||1994||1994 Edition|
|Polish||Biblia Swieta||British and Foreign Bible Society||1975 Warsaw Bible||1991 Edition|
|Portuguese||Biblia Sagrada||Trinitarian Bible Society||1994 Corrigida e Revisada||1995 4th Edition|
|Rarotongan||Bibilia Tapu ra||Bible Society in the South Pacific||London Missionary Society 1851 Version||1888 Edition|
|Romanian||Biblia Sua Sfinta Scriptura||United Bible Societies||1586 Version||1993 Edition|
|Russian||Bibliya||Russian Bible Society||Synodal Version||1994 RBS Edition|
|Samoan||O le Tusi Paia||Bible Society in the South Pacific||1884 Version||1884 Edition|
|Serbian||Biblija||Yugoslavian Bible Society||Vuk Karađić-Gjuro Danačić version of Sveto Pismo||1993 Edition|
|Setswana||Baebel E E Boitshepo||Bible Society of South Africa||1908 Version||1992 Edition|
|Shona||Bhaibheri||Bible Society of Zimbabwe||1949||1949 Edition|
|Sinhala||The Holy Bible||Ceylon Bible Society||Sinhala Union (old) Version 1938||1975 Edition|
|Slovak||Biblia||Slovak Bible Society||1999 Revision of the 1979 Version||1999 Edition|
|Slovenian||Sveto Pismo||Slovenian Bible Society||1996||1996 Edition|
|Swahili||Biblia||British and Foreign Bible Society||Holy Bible in Kiswahili, Union Version||1989 Edition|
|Swedish||Bibeln: Svenska Folkbibelen||XT Media||1998||1998 Edition|
|Tagalog||Ang Biblia||Philippine Bible Society||1982||1982 Edition|
|Tahitian||Te Biblilia Mo ‘a Ra Bible||British and Foreign Bible Society||1884 Version||1884 Edition|
|Tamil||The Holy Bible||Bible Society of India||1850 Tamil OV (Old Version)||1990 Edition|
|Telugu||The Holy Bible||Bible Society of India||1904 Telugu Old Version||1972 Edition|
|Thai||Prakrittham Kampi||Thailand Bible Society||2011 Revision of 1971 Thai Standard Version||2011 Edition|
|Tongan||Koe Tohi Tabu Katoa||Bible Society in the South Pacific||1884 Version||1884 Edition|
|Tok Pisin (Neomelanesian)||Buk Baibel||Bible Society of Papua New Guinea||1989 Version||1989 Standard Edition|
|Tshiluba||Mukanda wa Nzambi||Bible Society of D.R. Congo||1964 Version||1993 Edition|
|Turkish||Kitabi Mukaddes||Turkish Bible Society||1941||1941 Edition|
|Twi (Asante)||Twerεw Kronkron||United Bible Societies||UBS 1964||1964 Edition|
|Twi (Akuapem)||Twerεw Kronkron||United Bible Societies||UBS1964||1964 Edition|
|Ukrainian||Bibliya||Ukrainian Bible Society||1991 Protestant Version||1991 Edition|
|Urdu||Kitab Muqadis||Pakistan Bible Society||1990 Revised Protestant Version||2008 New Font Edition|
|Vietnamese||Kinh Thanh||United Bible Societies||1982 Edition of the 1926 Protestant Version||2010 Revision|
|Waray||An Baraan Nga Kasuratan||Philippine Bible Society||1983||1983 Edition|
|Xhosa||Izibhalo Ezingcwele||Bible Society of South Africa||1859||1975 9th Edition (Revised Standard Orthography)|
|Yapese||Bible Ni Thothup||Bible Society of Micronesia||2007||2007 Edition|
|Yoruba||Bibeli Mimo||United Bible Societies, Lagos, Nigeria||United Bible Societies 1969||Corrected Edition|
|Zulu||IBhayibheli Elingcwele||Bible Society of South Africa||1959||1997 First South African Edition|
Today is the “International Day of the Bible,” sponsored by the National Bible Association.
Everyone is encouraged to read, share, or express creatively your favorite passages from the Bible at noon today using the hashtag #BibleCelebration.
My favorite scripture is from Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
I look forward to studying the New Testament in our Sunday School Gospel Doctrine class in 2015.
Learn more about the International Day of the Bible.
Learn about the language editions of the Bible we use in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Learn more about The Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos.
Today’s #ShareGoodness Idea: It’s easy to reshare Church videos and quotes, but there are more creative ways you can show the joy of the gospel in your own life.
Below is a video from the Church that illustrates creative ways you can share goodness through social media:
Below are two 20-second videos that may give you some good ideas.
The following video shows Diana Salvador making breakfast for her mother who experienced a stroke and is lying in bed. She happily works along and feeds her mother. “I believe there is a scripture that says if you take care of your parents, your life will be longer upon the land,” said Sister Salvador. “I live that scripture and that scripture comes back to me. … I believe in family with all I’ve got.”
This video features a Spanish-speaking man named Leslie, a single dad who raised his young children alone. Often he left home at 5 a.m. and worked until 5 p.m., at which time he returned home to make dinner for his children. He says, “I believe that the difficulties we have in this life make us stronger and build character. They help us increase our faith in our Savior Jesus Christ. He takes upon Himself our burdens.”
These new videos and 4 others are part of a campaign to share messages of goodness using the hashtag #ShareGoodness. The campaign and website at social.lds.org were created to help you get started with Elder Bednar’s challenge to flood the earth with goodness. Versions of the videos are also available in the LDS.org Media Library.
“These videos were created specifically to show how we can share ourselves and our lives with others and be the light that Elder Bednar invited us to be,” said Fernando Camilo, a social media manager for the Church who produced these videos. “We want members to be a force for good online. There is a lot that they can share. It doesn’t need to be hard or invasive. Members can be authentic and positive in their posts.”
“Our goal as people is to become the message that we are spreading,” Elder L. Tom Perry recently taught. “We can always do more to reach out and set examples of Christlike behavior to those who are not of our faith. … There are individuals out there who need our examples of faith.” (“Become the Message,” Church News, Oct. 19, 2014, p. 6).
Every three years, artists from around the world participate in a theme-based competition hosted by the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City.
Many well-beloved pieces of LDS artwork have come from these competitions. Jury-selected artworks for each competition are exhibited at the museum and are eligible to receive one of several awards. The museum purchases a select number of art pieces from those exhibited to expand its collection and for future Church use.
Entries can be submitted between November 3, 2014 and February 27, 2015. Visit the Church History website for more information.
On November 24, the National Bible Association is sponsoring an “International Day of the Bible.”
People are encouraged to read, share, or express creatively their favorite passages from the Bible at noon on the 24th.
In addition, those who wish to post or promote scripture online are encouraged to use the hashtag #BibleCelebration. The event is also supported by the American Bible Society and the YouVersion Bible App. Other organizations are encouraged to participate. Learn more on their website, Facebook page, and on Twitter.
Last year, the National Bible Association named Salt Lake City as the National Bible City for 2013, which included a concert on Temple Square and public Bible readings.
In English, the Church publishes the King James Version of the Bible complete with study aids, such as Bible maps, a Topical Guide, and a Bible Dictionary. All these study aids are also available in the Spanish LDS edition of the Reina Valera edition of the Bible.
The Church provides the full text of the Bible online at scriptures.lds.org where you can also listen to a high-quality audio recording. When in any chapter, just click Listen in the right margin, or click Download to get your own MP3 file for listening offline. (If you want to download entire books, or the whole Bible at once, you can get a convenient .zip file at audio.lds.org).
Latter-day Saints are counseled to study the scriptures daily and apply Biblical teachings in their lives as they seek to live as disciples of Jesus Christ.
Mormons study the Bible in their homes with their families. They regularly read scriptures with their families, and on Monday nights traditionally have a “family home evening” where they teach the gospel to their children.
Watch the video “The Miracle of the Holy Bible:”
The video “What the Scriptures Mean to Me” describes the personal value of the scriptures:
The Church has published a series of family home evening lessons to help parents discuss pornography with their children and to equip children with skills to respond appropriately to pornographic content they likely will be exposed to.
The following lessons can be accessed on the OvercomingPornography.org website:
The lessons include basic doctrines and principles about the sacredness of the body, sexual intimacy, following the Spirit, choosing good media, appropriate action steps for when a child sees pornography, and repentance. They also include age-specific activities parents can select based on the needs of their family.
Some parents may feel uncomfortable discussing the topics of sexual intimacy and pornography with their children, or they may not feel like it is necessary until children are much older.
Elder Richard G. Scott counseled, “Parents, be aware that the addiction of pornography can begin with youth at a very early age. Take preventative action to avoid that tragedy” (“To Acquire Spiritual Guidance,” Oct. 2009 general conference).
Read more in the article “New FHE Lessons Help Teach Children about Pornography.”
Members of the YSA Temple Beach Ward in Laie, Hawaii, created the video “Why Are You Mormon?” to inspire people to think more about the question “why do you believe what you believe?”
Today’s #ShareGoodness Idea: Think about the real reason why you are a member of the Church. When you tell people “I’m a Mormon,” explain why your life is better because you are a member. Explain the joys of the gospel.
The young single adults in Hawaii created this video as part of a stake-wide assignment to help boost missionary work. The stake president assigned each ward to make an “I’m a Mormon” video that incorporated Jesus Christ or #BecauseOfHim as the main focus.
The ward mission leader and another member teamed up to film ward members doing things that they loved to do, just living their regular lives in beautiful Hawaii. They wanted people to see that members of the LDS faith are just normal people.
When all the videos from the wards in the stake were finished, they were shown in a stake leadership training meeting. They then posted it on Facebook, where it went viral.
They feel that the video was a big success and look forward to making more videos that can be used as missionary tools to flood the earth with goodness. Mahalo.
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.
Registration is open for RootsTech, February 11–14, 2015, the world’s largest family history conference with tens of thousands of participants worldwide.
The Family Discovery Day is on Saturday, February 14, 2015. It is a free, fun, and informative day to help families discover, share, and connect their ancestor relationships. Speakers and guests at the free RootsTech Family Discovery Day will include Elder Quentin L. Cook, Elder Neil L. Andersen, Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, the cast of BYUtv’s Studio C, Olympian Noelle Pikus Pace, blogger Al Fox Carraway, and a special guest performer to be announced soon.
The rest of the conference features an innovator summit, expo hall, well-known keynote speakers, more than 200 classes, hands-on computer labs, and nightly entertainment. It will be held at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Live streaming is also available so people can participate worldwide. Learn more about what will be at RootsTech.
Over 420 people posted their versions, which have been watched collectively over 720,000 times. Here is a playlist of the top 30 submissions, sorted by most viewed. The most viewed (by Working with Lemons) has over a quarter of a million views.
Here is the final supercut video featuring people from all over the world:
Here is a playlist of all the Glorious submissions.
Thanks to everyone who submitted videos and to those who participated by watching and supporting this cause in any way.
Stephanie Mabey wrote the song “Glorious,” and it was originally released on her album “Wake Up Dreaming.” The rendition sung by David Archuleta was used in the soundtrack for the movie Meet the Mormons.
Watch the movie exclusively in theaters. Browse theater locations.
Stake and ward council members now have access to a new Church web page called Ministering Resources, available at ministering.lds.org, to help individuals and families with their temporal and spiritual needs, including difficult and sensitive issues. Access is available to those with current callings in stake and ward councils through their LDS Account.
Resources previously available only to bishops and stake presidents have been updated and expanded with specific guidance about how to help victims of abuse, those who struggle with addictions, single expectant parents, pornography users, those who experience same-sex attraction, and those struggling with financial and employment issues.
Under the direction of the bishop, ward councils can use Ministering Resources to counsel together for the benefit of individuals and families within their ward boundaries.
From the Ensign, November 2014.
These resources will be translated into Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish in the coming months.
The Facebook page Help Your Teens Play it Safe offers a few tips parents can use to keep their kids safe on Facebook.
Facebook lets you control the audience of your posts. Therefore, encourage your kids to review their privacy settings and to make sure they consider the audience when sharing content on Facebook.
Facebook encourages parents to set clear boundaries with their teens and use the same rules for online social activity as they would in real life. Think of social media as a get-together at one of your child’s friends’ houses. You should give permission for your teen to attend, and even though you aren’t there to monitor his or her behavior, consider your level of trust for your teen to have good judgment and act responsibly.
You need to find a healthy balance between your safety concerns and your teen’s growing independence and need for privacy.
The page Help Your Teens Play it Safe talks about the features on Facebook to help teens and children stay safe. I encourage parents to review the page and have discussions with their children about how to use Facebook responsibly.
Adapted from “Social media sites offer safety tips for parents.”