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July 2016

Have you ever heard of someone who walked into a tree or fell into a fountain while on their phone either texting or browsing a social media site? Or worse stepped into the street? According to the latest research, people in the U.S. check their Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts an incredible 17 times a day which is a least once every waking hour. For some, it is much more. That's a least a third of our day spent on our phone! Do you, as I do, find your schedule and to-do list constantly growing and the amount of time needed to accomplish everything shrinking? Elder Ardern, in his talk, "A Time to Prepare" from October 2011 General Conference invites us to identify... Read more →

We are all pioneers in one way or another. The definition of a pioneer in the Oxford English Dictionary is "one who goes before, showing others the way to follow". And isn't that true for almost all of us? We may not have had to cross the plains and lose our loved ones to make it to the Salt Lake Valley, but we help guide others. The prophet and his council are prime examples of pioneers, they show us the way to follow. As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we can show others the way to follow by being an example and sharing our testimony. It's our job to look inside and find that pioneer. In a talk President Thomas... Read more →

I bet you think know everything there is to know about the Conference Center. Well, did you know these fascinating facts? What if there was an earthquake in Utah? It's built to withstand one up to an 8.4 on the Richter scale! Just like Jerusalem's temple, the Conference Center sits on a 10-acre plot. The roof is so strong that you could put another 18 million pounds on top and it wouldn't collapse. How could such a roof be held up without columns you may ask? An estimated 620 tons of fabricated steel imported from Belgium holds it up! The balcony can sink 5/8 inches when there is full capacity to prevent too much strain on the supports. A three stories tall chandelier hangs in... Read more →

One of the most important things in a family is family council. Now what is that? Its the ability to talk to your family, or parts of your family, about events and problems in our lives. Its when parents listen to one another or their children. We even participated in a family council in the premortal life with our heavenly parents as their spirit children. It is very important to have. Without confiding and talking to members of the family, these feelings may build up inside us or we will seek guidance from people that may not have our best interests at heart. Its a time to bring light to issues or concerns. Now, this is different than Family Home Evenings. Family Home Evening is... Read more →

Have you heard whats going on during the remainder of 2016 on Temple Square? You don't want to miss out! July 16 - 30 Meet the Mormons at Joseph Smith Memorial Building - Legacy Theatre. From 9:30am to 8:30pm you can examine the very diverse lives of devout members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. July 22 and 23 Come listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra present “Music for a Summer Evening" at the Conference Center Auditorium. Conducted by Mack Wilberg, music director of the choir, and Ryan Murphy, associate music director, this is one concert you don't want to miss! September 24 and October 1 - 2 186th Semiannual General Conference! A chance to listen and receive guidance from... Read more →

Jesus Christ isn't living on the Earth anymore to help those in need, thus it is something that we all need to do. How often do you help someone? It can be something small, such as helping a child with his or her school work. Or something larger, like going to Africa and helping the people that live there. We have been asked to love and serve everyone. No one is less important than you. Everyone is on this road towards returning to Heavenly Father together. Ask yourself this, how can I help someone today? My family travels all of the time. People often say that they are jealous that we are always gone, but what they don't see is that we travel to help... Read more →

Have you read the Book of Mormon lately? Like actually sat down and read it. No, reading a little in front of Sunday School does not count. I've found myself guilty of skipping on my scripture reading. Lately, I've made it a point to take time out of my busy day and my late nights of Netflix to read. Many people, like myself, have been given the privilege of being born into the LDS church. Even though I was born into it, I often ask myself, am I truly a member? Sure, I am by the way of baptism, but am I spiritually a member? Even those that are born into the church need to be converted in a way and gain a testimony. Elder... Read more →