“…he began to tell of a book, a STRANGE BOOK, a VERY STRANGE BOOK!”

I am the Stake Institute teacher, and this school year (we started in September), we started studying the Book of Mormon. I’ve read the Book of Mormon lots in my time in the church, but I’ve never gotten more out of it than I have this time. It has been fantastic. This past Sunday, I […]

Why don’t Mormons wear masks for Halloween?

I’m a little late in posting this question, but better late than never. A month or two ago in our BYC (Bishopric Youth Committee) meeting, we were planning the youth and ward Halloween parties. One of the youth spoke up and reminded others not to wear masks, and another youth asked why. One of the […]

Paying Tribute to Mormon Church’s Ohio Roots

The New York Times has a nice article about the Church’s “Historic Kirtland”. It quotes some locals, as well as people from both the LDS and CoC churches. Tim Powell remembers when the “Utah Mormons” first came to town with their plans in the early 1990s. The Mormon faith’s first temple has stood for 174 […]

Hill Cumorah crew: A voluntary labor force

From MPNnow.com: When the Latter-day Saints come to town, much work gets done — beyond Hill Cumorah. During their stay, cast members from the pageant provide more than 1,800 hours of volunteer labor in Wayne and Ontario counties. They do everything from pull weeds and mulch gardens to clean high school lockers and paint picnic […]

Exploring how media changed the church

Mormon Times has a short, but good, article about how the Church has changed as media has changed. There is a link to a lengthy document (113 pages) by Associate Professor Sherry Baker that covers the period from 1827 to 2007. It covers printing the Book of Mormon, to creating a temple video, to using […]

Happy Anniversary to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Today marks the 179th anniversary of the founding of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. What kind of a gift do you get for that number? 🙂 Doctrine and Covenants 21 was received on April 6, 1830. A portion of the section mentions how we should listen to Brother Joseph (and the other […]

173rd anniversary of dedication of Kirtland Temple

I am located near the Ontario/New York border, and am 2 hours away from Palmyra and 4 hours away from Kirtland. Since we are so close, I’ve been to both places many times. I love visiting them. The Church does an incredible job in restoring the sites, and making them quality destinations. I’ve always been […]

April 1957 Juvenile Instructor – Draw It With Chalk

As I mentioned before, I borrowed a few old Church magazines from a long-time member of my ward. I previously shared some from a May 1958 issue that had a picture of the Romney family (including a young Mitt). Here is the cover of the April 1957 Juvenile Instructor (note: this and all other pictures […]

10 Religious Holidays Not Yet Exploited by Hallmark

Last week mental_floss blog posted about 10 Religious Holidays Not Yet Exploited by Hallmark. Coming in at #4 was Pioneer Day. After a brief history of the Church, it describes the day as follows: And what better reason to set aside Pioneer Day every July 24 for some fireworks, picnics, Mormon folk music, and, of […]

See Church History through old Life Magazine photos

You may have heard that Google has added photos that were previously published by Life magazine. The announcement was as follows: Only a very small percentage of these images have ever been published. The rest have been sitting in dusty archives in the form of negatives, slides, glass plates, etchings, and prints. We’re digitizing them […]

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