Happy July 24th Pioneer Day

by Larry Richman on July 24, 2014

pioneer-day-july-24Today is July 24th, also known as Pioneer Day–a Utah state holiday that commemorates the entry of Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847.

On this day, Utahns enjoy parades, fireworks, rodeos, and other festivities to commemorate the event. But one of the best ways we can honor our pioneer ancestors is to learn more about them. Below are a few great resources you can use to better appreciate the Mormon pioneers:



Pioneers_move_westPast Pioneers
Pioneers todayModern Pioneers

“The days of the pioneers are not past. … In every nation, in every worthy occupation and activity, members of this church face hardships, overcome obstacles, and follow the servants of the Lord Jesus Christ as valiantly as the pioneers of any age.” — Elder Dallin H Oaks


Take Time and Listen

by Larry Richman on July 23, 2014

listenBe willing to take time away from technology and distractions and “be there” for your children and grandchildren.

In the video below, “Parenting: Touching the Hearts of Our Youth,” Elder Robert D. Hales pleads, “Mothers and fathers, as you drive or walk children to school or their various activities, do you use the time to talk with them about their hopes and dreams and fears and joys? Do you take the time to have them take the earplugs from their MP3 players and all the other devices so that they can hear you and feel of your love? The more I live, the more I recognize that the teaching moments in my youth, especially those provided by my parents, have shaped my life and made me who I am.”

Listen. Really listen. Then listen some more.

What have you found helpful to not let technology and the cares of the world distract you from what matters most?


Plan of Salvation Graffiti

July 22, 2014

Below is a video of LDS missionaries from the Redmond 3rd Ward using a creative way to share the Plan of Salvation on the art wall at the Redmond Skate Park.     If you find videos of missionaries finding new ways to teach the gospel or provide service, please share them with us. See a list of other member-created videos I have […]

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Video: VanHulst Family Story

July 21, 2014

Enjoy watching this amazing video “Unto All the World: VanHulst Family Story” about one couple’s struggle to create a family. I love seeing how important their family is to them. Families are being grounded—they are being founded—in the gospel. x

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Ogden Utah Temple Open House and Rededication

July 18, 2014

Artwork by Brent Borup Free tickets for the open house of the Ogden LDS temple are available online beginning Monday, July 21 at templeopenhouse.lds.org. Public Open House: Friday, August 1, 2014-Saturday, September 6, 2014, except for Sundays (August 3, August 10, August 17, August 24, and August 31, 2014) Cultural Event: Saturday, September 20, 2014 […]

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Video: Home Teaching Story

July 18, 2014

In the video “Home Teaching Story,” a member gives an insight in the life of one of his home teaching families in the Philippines. Key insights: The less we have, the more we appreciate, but the more we have, the less we appreciate. Happiness is found in simplicity  

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Scan Your Old Family Photos, Letters, Documents

July 17, 2014

FamilySearch has announced a new, free service to digitally scan, save, and share your photos and documents. The scanning machines are available in 2,800 family history centers in North America (and coming soon to international centers). Just take your pile of photos and documents to a FamilySearch family history center. The family history centers use customized Lexmark multifunction […]

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12 Ways Pornography Leaks Into Your Home

July 16, 2014

LDS Living has published an excellent article “12 Ways Pornography Leaks Into Your Home (and How to Stop Them).” The article describes ways pornography may be leaking into your home without you even knowing it. The article also includes recommendations on how to fix those leaks that may cause spiritual damage to your family. Also see LDS Resources […]

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Smartphone Wallpaper Images

July 15, 2014

The New Era magazine this month provides several inspirational images you can use as the background wallpaper for your phone, tablet, computer, or music player to help you: Make time for good things, like service and family history. Be wise in how much time you spend surfing the web or gaming. Choose media that matches […]

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LDS Mission Calls to Twins

July 14, 2014

In the video “LDS Mission Calls to Twins,” twin brothers Preston and Dalton open their LDS mission calls together. 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.  

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Home-Centered Approach for Teaching the Gospel

July 13, 2014

I would love to hear your ideas about a home-centered approach for teaching the gospel, with Church programs playing a support role. We are taught that “the home is the basis of a righteous life and no other instrumentality can take its place.” That means that parents have the primary responsibility for teaching their children […]

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Video: LDS Youth in New York City Follow Jesus Christ

July 12, 2014

In the video “Strengthened in the Lord,” LDS Youth in New York City share how following the Savior has strengthened their lives. How has following Christ strengthened you?

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Worldwide Indexing Event

July 11, 2014

Update from FamilySearch on July 23, 2014: Thank you to everyone who joined in the worldwide indexing event! You set a record for the greatest number of indexing participants in a single day. A total of 66,511 volunteers participated and more than 5.7 million records were indexed! Share this badge [see below] with your friends to […]

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How the Temple Helped Me: David Archuleta

July 10, 2014

In the LDS Face to Face Youth event on June 24, returned missionary David Archuleta spoke about postponing his successful music career to serve the Lord on a full-time mission. I was impressed with his comments about how the temple helped him prepare for a mission.  In the video below, skip to 37:40 and watch to 38:35. Watch the […]

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Research Shows Religious Teens Are More Successful in Life

July 9, 2014

Recent studies show that while most religious youth are devoted to their faith, they are uneducated in their doctrine. They believe their doctrine, but they have an impoverished ability to talk about their faith, possibly because they are rarely encouraged to critically think through their faith. However, these studies show that Mormon youth can eloquently explain […]

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