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 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.
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.
In weekly Sunday School classes, Mormons study a volume of scripture in-depth each year. Last year, they studied the Old Testament, and they will study the New Testament in 2015.
Latter-day Saint youth also study the scriptures in their daily seminary classes during high school, and in college-level institute classes.
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.
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 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Three weeks ago, the Church completed a series of essays on the topic of plural marriage (polygamy). Much of the information in those essays had been published in various sources and had been known among long-term and well-read members, historians, and Church leaders for many years. To facilitate the study of Church history and doctrine, the Church gathered this information into a single location.
This has attracted the attention of the media, which has recently published many stories about it. The Church’s newsroom site just published the following commentary to give context to the various essays in the Gospel Topics section:
For many years the Church has had a reference section on its main website for various “gospel topics,” listed in alphabetical order. Beginning in November of 2013 the Church began supplementing the material there by publishing in-depth essays on topics of special public interest, including accounts of Joseph Smith’s First Vision, the Book of Mormon translation process and many more (see complete list below). The Gospel Topics page on LDS.org was then redesigned to better serve as a personal study resource for Church members.
Three weeks ago, the Church completed a series on the topic of plural marriage (polygamy), which has recently been the subject of a large number of media stories. Below is additional context for those essays.
Much of what you’ll find in the essays on polygamy has been published in diverse sources and known among long-term and well-read members, historians and Church leaders for many years. The Church has now gathered this information into a single location as a convenient means of placing these resources in the hands of all members.
The fact that Joseph Smith had plural marriage relationships is not new, of course. Indeed, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints publicly asserted Joseph Smith’s practice of polygamy—over a century and a half ago, especially in debate with other faith groups who traced their origin to Joseph Smith and who asserted that he did not practice plural marriage. But although polygamy was practiced among early Church leaders and members, its practice was officially discontinued more than 100 years ago.
The Church recognizes the wide interest in many of these topics. Recent research like the Joseph Smith Papers Project, has gathered more information than ever before about early Church doctrine and practice. The Gospel Topics pages are meant as a personal resource for members as they study and teach about the history and doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We live in a world where there is so much information available on every topic. And particularly in the age of the Internet, there are both good and bad sources of information. As a Church, it’s important for us to research and provide official, reputable, historically accurate information about our history and doctrine.
A complete list of the in-depth essays is listed below:
Version 1.7.0 of the LDS Music app for iOS has now been released in the Apple Store. Besides improving the app experience, it now includes content in several new languages!
The app now includes the following:
The hymnbook in German, Korean, Italian, Russian, Ukrainian, Finnish, Latvian, and Traditional Chinese.
The Children’s Songbook in German and Traditional Chinese.
Other updates were made to correct typos, combine the Authors and Composers tabs into the new People tab, provide faster downloads, use less storage space, add support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and simplify the screen to change languages.
If you already have the app installed, it should update automatically when you use it.
The development team needs more volunteers in several languages to help get more content out in the coming months.
Have you taken Elder Bednar’s challenge yet to #sharegoodness?
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. Beginning at this place on this day, 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.
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