Mormon Missionary Beat
By Christopher Cunningham
Around the web last week for stories of interest to future missionaries, missionary moms, returned missionaries, member missionaries, and missionaries of every sort and variety every morning once again.
- Associated Press “22 Mormon Missionaries Pulled from Ukraine”- After its missionaries out of the Crimean region, the Church has decided to further protect the missionaries by delaying missionaries leaving for Ukraine and taking out all those near where the recent tensions are occurring. “
- Catherine Reese Newton “LDS leader tells Mormons to embrace their history, keep their faith”- President Uchtdorf makes it clear that all of Church History can help grow testimonies and increase faith. “‘There will be times when it may appear that things are going badly for the truth of God, that the evidence of the world contradicts God’s utterances,’ Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor to church President Thomas S. Monson, told the audience in Salt Lake City’s Conference Center Theater. ‘For my part, I have learned to be patient, knowing that, in the end, things will work out.’”
- Janet Peterson “LDS Charities: ‘How Can We Not? These Are Our Brothers and Sisters’”- The humanitarian work of the Church is bringing attention to the Church all over the world. “In a historic first, the work of LDS Charities was featured at the United Nations headquarters in New York City on Feb. 27, 2014. Titled ‘Discovering Mormonism and Its Role in Humanitarian Assistance.’”
- Huffington Post “Mormon Church Building Deconstructed and Donated Entirely to Habitat for Humanity“ - What is one way to spread the message of God’s love while helping your community? The church recently donated an entire building to help the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge. “The Mormon church donated the land and the building to the American Cancer Society in 2011, and the Cancer Society has found a way to positively impact even more individuals by donating harvested building materials to Habitat for Humanity.”
- Genelle Pugmire “LDS anti-bullying video going viral” - A group of teenagers in Provo are taking President Uchtdorf’s conference talk seriously. They star in an anti-bullying Mormon Messages video that is beginning to go viral. “According to Church Public Affairs, ‘Mormon Messages producers originally planned for the film to be part of a youth video series, but they realized President Uchtdorf’s profound message would resonate with people of all faiths. Producers also wanted to address growing concerns over online behavior and the issue of cyberbullying.’”
- Virginia Postrel “Cutting-Edge Feminists of Latter-day Saints” - Bloomberg News Services came out with a story that shows how Mormon Feminism may help attract new members. “Younger members take personal and professional equality for granted and see the church’s distinctive attitudes toward family life as a positive attribute. . . . ‘By instead stressing the importance of parenting, family, devoted motherhood,’ [Carrie A. Miles] writes, ‘and by praising women and their innate virtues and strengths, the Church has found a way to turn its difference with society into an appealing feature.”
26 Days Left!
Elder David A. Bednar gave a powerful talk revealing the many blessings of paying tithing. He takes a detour to look at the metaphor Malachi uses to discuss tithing. He says “The imagery of the ‘windows’ of heaven used by Malachi is most instructive. Windows allow natural light to enter into a building. In like manner, spiritual illumination and perspective are poured out through the windows of heaven and into our lives.” One of the blessings Elder Bednar sees coming through the window is gratitude, and in turn contentment. It’s amazing the many gifts that come from giving.Read More
6 Reasons Mormons Love Legos
By Christopher Cunningham
In the Doctrine & Covenants, a collection of revelations that God has given to contemporary prophets, there is a parable about planting a large vineyard. The master says when the workers are finished they should build a guard tower. But they are tired when the vineyard is finished, and decide to take a break. That night the vineyard is ransacked. They should have built the guard tower. The prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the watchman on the tower, and the bricks are the commandments Mormons receive through him from God. We try to get all the bricks in place.Read More
At many colleges and school districts around the country next week is spring break. Unfortunately, spring break is often associated with drunken parties and girls gone wild videos. Here are five things anyone (but especially Mormons) can do to have fun this spring break.
1. Clean up your house. Have a Yard Sale
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sometimes called Mormons, want their homes and lives to invite the Spirit of God. A good spring cleaning can make our homes more orderly and functional.Read More
28 Days Left!
Elder Christofferson made a plea specifically to women in the church to be a power for good in the world. His advice applies to all of us. Elder Christofferson tells the story of Anna Daines, a woman he looked up to in his ward who turned prejudice around with hard work, kindness, and commitment to her community. Elder Christofferson’s memorial of Sister Daines is something we should all hope can one day be said about us. “Although she is no longer here, Anna Daines’s influence continues to be felt and reflected in the lives of her descendants and countless others, myself included.”
29 Days Left!
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf gave a moving talk during last conference. He gave an open invitation to all people to join with the Saints regardless of their circumstances. He spoke about the honest nature of doubts, and encouraged everyone to think honestly about their faith. And gave the moving advice to “Doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith.” Click Read More to see previous entries.Read More
It’s March, so that means March madness basketball. Here’s a look at 10 of the most interesting Mormon Basketball Players throughout history.
10. Scot Pollard
Scot Pollard may be best remembered for his-ahem-inventive hair styles. Pollard played basketball at the University of Kansas, and had a journeyman career in the NBA before retiring six years ago after winning a championship with the Boston Celtics.Read More