Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Testimony of Prophets and Apostles - What Mormons Know Video

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In this video, members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and the First Presidency bear witness of Jesus Christ, His gospel and the Restoration of His Church to the earth. Though each of these men come from different walks of life, they are united by a common purpose: to share the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world.


Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Mormons, Blacks and the Priesthood

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In June 1978, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church) extended its lay priesthood to men of all races. Recently, this video was produced to celebrate the 30th anniversary of this historical event.



Sunday, May 18, 2008

Montreal Quebec Temple Video

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Here is a video of the Montreal Quebec Temple.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Parley P. Pratt and the Book of Mormon Video

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Parley P. Pratt was one of the original members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As the video describes, Parley felt prompted to leave his farm and his belongings to preach the gospel. On his journey in 1830, he came across a copy of the Book of Mormon, which had just been published a couple months earlier.

He later recalled:

“I read all day; eating was a burden, I had no desire for food; sleep was a burden when the night came, for I preferred reading to sleep."

After recognizing the authenticity of the Book of Mormon, the restored priesthood authority, and the truthfulness of the Restoration, Parley P. Pratt was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ on September 1, 1830 by Oliver Cowdery. Parley baptized his younger brother, Orson Pratt, just a couple weeks later on September 19. Orson also served in the original Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Together the Pratt brothers became two of the most prolific writers in the early Mormon Church, publishing dozens of books, pamphlets and tracts. They served numerous missions in the United States, in Europe, and even in South America.

Parley P. Pratt was murdered in 1857 at the age of 50 and Orson Pratt died in 1881 at the age of 70.

Have you ever read a book that you preferred to food and sleep?



The Mormons in Nauvoo Video

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Being forced to leave from Missouri because of persecution, the Latter-day Saints continued on to find a place of refuge where they could once again start over. In early 1839, Joseph Smith and the other Mormon Church leaders decided that the Saints would settle at a small town named Commerce, Illinois.

After purchasing the land, Joseph Smith later renamed the city Nauvoo, coming from the Hebrew word meaning "beautiful." As the video remarks, Joseph said, "This is the loveliest place and the best place under heaven."

The Mormons, through significant effort, established a beautiful city which grew rapidly until it reached approximately 20,000 in 1846. In fact, it even rivaled Chicago for the title of largest city in Illinois at that time.

These Mormon pioneers sacrificed greatly to build the Nauvoo temple. It stood as a grand and beautiful structure in the city of Nauvoo. However, when the Mormons were once again forced out of their homes in late 1846, they tearfully left their temple behind. The Nauvoo temple was later demolished.

On April 4, 1999, it was announced that a new Nauvoo Temple would be constructed on the same plot of land. Millions of members of the Church around the world were thrilled to hear the news. The new temple was dedicated on June 27, 2002 by President Gordon B. Hinckley.



What Do Mormons Believe about Jesus Christ Video

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A common question by those unfamiliar with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is "What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ?" The Church publishes a magazine each month, entitled The Ensign, with articles contributed from members. This past April, there was a special edition of The Ensign produced, with articles about the Savior from cover to cover. This is the magazine that is shown in the video below, mentioning some of the highlights of each article.

In addition, for more information about what Mormons believe about Jesus Christ, visit http://jesuschrist.lds.org/. The narration of the video is found below.



We testify of Jesus Christ. He is the central focus of our worship. He is our King, our Lord, our Master, the Living Christ who stands on the right hand of His Father.

Who is Jesus Christ? He is our Redeemer. He ransomed us with His blood.

Faith in Jesus Christ not only brings blessing in this life, but it is essential to our eternal salvation and exaltation.

The Atonement of the Only Begotten Son of God is the greatest expression of divine love this world has even been given.

Come unto Christ. It is the most important invitation you could ever offer to another person. It is the most important invitation anyone could accept.

Become a witness of Christ. People should be able to see in us something of Jesus Christ. The way we act, speak, look and even think should reflect Him and His ways.

His way is the path that leads to happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come.

Like the Polar Star in the heavens, regardless of what the future holds, there stands the Redeemer of the world, the Son of God, certain and sure as the anchor of our immortal lives. He is the Rock of our Salvation, our strength, our comfort, the very focus of our faith.

God be thanked for the matchless gift of His divine Son.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Foundations of Mormon Belief Video

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This video portrays some the foundational beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

1. God has called prophets throughout history to teach about Jesus Christ
2. God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to the earth to fulfill His divine mission
3. While on earth, Jesus established His Church and called apostles
4. Because of persecution, these apostles were killed and an apostasy ("falling away") occurred
5. God once again called a prophet, Joseph Smith, to restore His Church

"Living prophets and apostles join their testimonies with those of prophets in the Bible and Book of Mormon to proclaim the good news that through the Savior Jesus Christ, we may be redeemed from sin and death, and live again with God."



This video clip comes from the movie "Joy to the World."

Mormons in Humanitarian Efforts Video

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Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ("Mormons") are extremely involved in humanitarian work around the world, donating money, food, supplies, and time to help those in need. The Lord Jesus Christ taught in Matthew 25:37-40:


“Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

The narration of the video is found below. For more information about specific projects and how you can help, visit the LDS Foundation.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a continuing commitment to promote self-reliance and to relieve human suffering among all people. Church members have responded quickly and substantially in times of need.

Since the 1930s, when many parts of the world suffered economic depression, the Church has had a substantial welfare program to take care of its own members' needs. It now operates large welfare farms where volunteers work to produce food, and canneries and processing plants where other volunteers prepare it for distribution and use. Other Church facilities recycle used clothing and other items donated by Church members for use by those in need.

When a person or family temporarily cannot provide for themselves, the Church's welfare program can give life-sustaining assistance. Part of this assistance comes from Church-owned food storehouses. No payment is required for the commodities that are distributed. However, recipients of this aid are given the opportunity, as far as they are able, to work for what they receive. Thus, the principles of self-reliance and self-esteem are taught and maintained.

Church resources are also used to help victims in urgent need around the world, regardless of their religion, race or nationality. Through its humanitarian service division, called Latter-day Saint Charities, the Church often works with local government and other agencies, such as the International Red Cross and the Catholic Relief Services.

For example, in 1985 when thousands were dying from famine in Africa, Church members in America fasted for two meals and contributed the money to the relief effort that they would have spent for their own food. In less than two weeks, millions of dollars were given to provide food and supplies to the starving people of Ethiopia. According to the International Red Cross, this was the largest single contribution to the famine relief effort by any organization in the world.

In 1993, the Church sent more than 16 tons of humanitarian aid supplies to Russia, the Ukraine and the Baltic States. During this same time, over 233 tons of food, mostly produced at Church farms, were sent to Kenya to feed drought victims and Somalian refugees. The Church also contributed hundreds of textbooks to China for use by that country's university students.

Between 1991 and 1996, many tons of relief supplies were distributed to the various peoples of the former Yugoslavia. And since 1995, the Church has sent over 2,600 tons of relief supplies, including flour, powdered milk, cooking oil, blankets and first-aid supplies to famine-stricken North Korea.

In addition to short-term emergency assistance, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsors local development programs around the world to promote long-term self-reliance for individuals and families. For example, new water systems in Africa help villagers water their crops and will provide drinking water for communities for years to come. A women's literacy program in India has helped improve economic conditions and family life. In Poland, a mammography machine and the training to use it was provided to aid in the fight against breast cancer. in the Philippines, a vocational training school teaches job skills needed to support families. In rural India, a retired Latter-day Saint dentist helped develop a mobile dentist clinic to teach local residents. And an opthomalogist and his wife spent a year at their own expense to train local medical professionals in modern eye-care techniques.

One foundation headed by Latter-day Saints sends nearly 50 medical and dental teams each year to more than 15 countries. These teams train, assist and provide supplies to local doctors and dentists. These local professionals perform over 7,000 operations each year to correct cleft feet, cleft pallette and serious dental conditions.

A special worldwide event took place on July 19, 1997 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the trek of the Mormon pioneers to find religious freedom in the American West. In celebration of this occasion, an international day of service was organized and millions of Church members throughout the world participated in service projects which benefited their local communities. More than 3 million hours of service were donated in over 20,000 projects in more than 150 countries.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its member seek to follow the example and teachings of Jesus Christ by serving God's children everywhere. The Church's goal is to help its members be self-reliant, contributing individuals in society and to ensure that the Church's presence is a blessing to all those communities where it is located.

The Death of Joseph Smith at Carthage Jail Video

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On June 27, 1844, brothers Joseph Smith and Hyrum Smith were murdered in Carthage Jail by a violent mob. Joseph Smith was the founder of the Mormon Church, the first prophet in this dispensation, and his brother Hyrum was the Presiding Patriarch of the Church.

Thomas Ford, the governor of Illinois, had promised them safety while they awaited trial. Throughout his life, Joseph Smith had been charged with many crimes, but had been acquitted each time. Unwilling to let justice take its due course in this matter, and fearing another acquittal and assurance of Joseph's innocence, an armed mob of approximately 200 men stormed Carthage Jail late in the afternoon to take justice into their own hands. The Carthage Greys, the group assigned to protect the jail, reportedly feigned defense and allowed the mob to pass.

I am continually surprised that some critics of the Mormon Church do not seem troubled by the way that Smith's life was taken. Regardless of whether one agrees with Joseph Smith or his teachings, the United States is a country founded upon principles of due process and justice.

Shortly afterwards, local newspapers ran the headlines, "Thus ENDS Mormonism." Nonetheless, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has continued to grow as a worldwide church, with hundreds of thousands of people being baptized each year. Truly, as the hymn says, "Millions shall know Brother Joseph again."



The Book of Mormon - We Preach of Christ Video

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Many people in the world scoff at the idea that the Book of Mormon is truly another book of scripture, like the Bible, that bears witness of Jesus Christ and His divine mission. However, what percentage of these people have actually read the entirety of the Book of Mormon, have read the words of the prophets, have read the testimonies about Jesus Christ?

In 2 Nephi, it is written:

And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.

The prophets of the Book of Mormon bear witness of Jesus Christ, each in their own distinct and personal way. Whether it is Abinadi testifying boldly in chains or Moroni finishing the record alone, the Holy Spirit can affirm in their words in our hearts. From their words and teachings, we too can come to better know the Savior, the Son of God, even Jesus Christ.

What is the message of the Book of Mormon? Come unto Christ.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Mormon Beliefs: Jesus Christ's Ministry in America Video

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This video clip comes from the movie Testaments: Of One Fold and One Shepherd, produced by the Mormon Church which showed in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building and other visitors centers. Mormons believe that just as Jesus Christ ministered to those in the Old World in Jerusalem and the surrounding areas, He also ministered to those in the New World in ancient America following His death and Resurrection.



One of the most remarkable aspects of the Savior's appearance on the American continent was His personal ministry as He invited each person to come and see for themselves. As recorded in 3 Nephi in the Book of Mormon:

And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto them saying:

Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may thrust your hands into my side, and also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet, that ye may know that I am the God of Israel, and the God of the whole earth, and have been slain for the sins of the world.

And it came to pass that the multitude went forth, and thrust their hands into his side, and did feel the prints of the nails in his hands and in his feet; and this they did do, going forth one by one until they had all gone forth, and did see with their eyes and did feel with their hands, and did know of a surety and did bear record, that it was he, of whom it was written by the prophets, that should come.

Joseph Smith in Richmond Jail Video

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Parley P. Pratt, an original member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the early Mormon Church, was unjustly imprisoned with the prophet Joseph Smith in 1838 in the Richmond Jail. Pratt later recounted that as guards in "dreadful blasphemies and filthy language" boasted of their participation in the Saints' persecution, the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith rose to his feet and rebuked them in the name of Jesus Christ in a "voice of thunder":

"SILENCE, ye fiends of the infernal pit. ... Cease such talk, or you or I die THIS INSTANT!"

The "quailing guards ... begged his pardon." Parley wrote, "Dignity and majesty have I seen but once, as it stood in chains, at midnight, in a dungeon in an obscure village of Missouri."



Though I can only imagine the "dignity and majesty" that Parley and the others witnessed that night, this short video gives me greater respect for Joseph Smith as a man and as a prophet.
Regardless of the situation, he always stood for justice and for right.

This is also one of the many reasons that I am grateful for Parley P. Pratt, and other early members like Wilford Woodruff, who kept diligent records so that we may know and enjoy these stories today. The more we learn and know about these men, the greater respect and love we have for them.

Inside a Mormon Temple Video

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This video is a picture tour of the inside and outside of the Nuku'alofa Tonga Temple. The video shows:

1. The reception area
2. The foyer
3. The baptismal font
4. The bride's room
5. The marriage sealing room
6. The chapel waiting area
7. The endowment room
8. The celestial room

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints attend the temple to learn more about Heavenly Father's plan and to perform certain ordinances. For example, couples can be married in the temple. Latter-day Saints believe that this marriage can last for time and all eternity, and not just "till death".



After the construction of a new temple is finished, the temple is open to the public for a few weeks when everyone is welcome to come and tour the newly completed temple. During this temple open house, a guide walks the group through the temple, explaining the different rooms of the temple and the Mormon beliefs and purposes of a temple. The open house is typically discussed in the news--if you hear of one near you, I would encourage you to visit during the period of the open house to see the beauty of the temple and to learn more about its purpose.

Mormon Missionary Work: One Million Missionaries Video

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Since its earliest days, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been a proselyting church, sending out missionaries to all parts of the world. The formal LDS missionary program currently has approximately 56,000 missionaries in approximately 330 organized missions and 164 languages around the world. Mormon missionaries are a common sight in many areas, biking, going door to door, talking to people on the street, or doing service in communities small and large. These young men and women, typically 19 to 24 years old, dedicate 18 to 24 months of their lives to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.

In 2007, the Church reached a significant milestone, having sent out one million missionaries in its history. Approximately 40% of these 1 million missionaries who have served a full-time mission were called during the time that President Gordon B. Hinckley presided over the LDS Church from 1995 to 2008. Three members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles -- Elder Ballard, Elder Scott and Elder Uchtdorf -- visited the MTC to make the announcement.



The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ Video

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Members of the Mormon Church read, love and revere both the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon. Along with the Bible, Mormons believe that the Book of Mormon is Another Testament of Jesus Christ.

To those who love the Bible, we invite you to also read the Book of Mormon with an open mind and heart. In John 21:25, John ends his account by writing, "And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written." If there were more to know about the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, wouldn't every Christian want to read it? As another witness of Him, the Book of Mormon testifies that Jesus is the Son of God, the Savior of the World, and the Living Christ.



The narration of the video is as follows:

"The Bible is a record that testifies of Jesus Christ. It foretells His coming and bears witness of His saving role as our Redeemer. The Old Testament is an account of God's dealings with His people before the birth of Christ. It was written by prophets and contains commandments, as well as prophecies about the coming of the Savior.

"The New Testament is an account of the ministry and teachings of Jesus in the Holy Land. We read of His birth, His miracles, His doctrine, His death and Resurrection. There is also another testament of Jesus Christ -- the Book of Mormon.

"It is a record spanning the thousand year history of a people who lived on the American continent. Prophets among them foretold the coming of Christ. They described His visit among these people following His death and Resurrection.

"You can read the full account of the Savior's ministry among these people in the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ."

The Book of Mormon Video -- Could You Write One?

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Millions of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around the world believe that the Book of Mormon is the translation of an ancient record much like the Bible. This record, originally written by prophets, was translated by the gift of God through the Prophet Joseph Smith.

Nevertheless, in the world today, there are many who are quick to criticize the Book of Mormon, claiming that it is not a divine work, but rather was written by Joseph Smith. This criticism, however, ignores the important facts behind the coming forth of the Book of Mormon and of Joseph Smith.



Think you could write something like the Book of Mormon? These are the rules:

1. You must be between 23 and 24 years of age.

2. You cannot be a college graduate; in fact, you can have only three years of schooling.

3. Whatever you write must be on the basis of what you now know no research to be done.

4. You must write a book with 239 chapters, 54 of them about wars, 21 about history, 55 about prophesy, 71 about doctrine, 17 about missionaries and 21 about the mission of Jesus Christ.

5. You must write a history of an ancient country, such as Tibet, covering a period from 600 BC to 421 AD.

6. You must include in your writings the history of two distinct and separate nations, along with histories of different contemporary nations or groups of people, of which no one ever knew, existed.

7. Your writings must describe the religious, economic, social, and political cultures and institutions of these two nations.

8. You must weave into your history the religions of Jesus Christ and a pattern of Christian living.

9. When you start to produce this record, covering a period over 1,000 years, you must finish it in approximately 80 days.

10. When you have finished you must not make any substantive changes in the text.

11. After pauses for sleep and food, if you are dictating to a stenographer you must never ask to have the last paragraph or last sentence read back to you.

12. Your record must be about 522 pages with over 510 words per page. You must add 180 proper nouns to the English language. William Shakespeare added only 30.

13. You must announce that your “smooth narrative” is not fiction but true, yes, even that it is a sacred record of history.

14. In fact, it must fulfill the Bible prophecies; even in the exact manner in which it shall come forth, to whom given, its purpose and accomplishments (respectively – Psalms 85:10-11, Isaiah 29:2-4, Isaiah 29:11-14, Ezekiel 37:18-21, etc.).

15. You must publish it to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people, declaring it to be the Word of God.

16. You must include with the record itself, this marvelous promise; “And when you shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, He will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.”

17. Tens and hundreds of thousands must bear record to the world fro the next 145 years that they know the record to be true. Because they put the “promise” to the test and found it to be true, the truth manifested to them by the power of the Holy Ghost.

18. Thousands of great men, intellectual giants, and scholars must subscribe discipleship to the record and its movement even to the point of laying down their lives for it.

19. Your descriptions of the culture and people in these civilizations of which you will write include the manner of their written and spoken language, type of buildings, geographic location, governmental types, monetary system, types of tools and materials used, and many other facts completely unknown to the rest of the world.

20. There can be no flaw whatsoever in the entire record.

21. Yet, you must not make an absurd, impossible, or contradictory statement.

22. Even so, many of the facts, ideas, and statements given us as true in your record must be entirely inconsistent, even the direct opposite of the prevailing beliefs of the world where very little is claimed to be known about these civilizations and their 1,000 years of history.

23. You must invite the ablest scholars and experts to examine the text with care. You must strive diligently to see that your book gets into the hands of all those most eager to prove it a forgery and who are most competent to expose any flaw in it.

24. Through investigation, scientific evidence, and archaeological discoveries for the next 175 years must verify your claims and prove even the minutest details of your history to be perfectly true, even to the types of roads they built.

25. After 175 years of extensive analysis, no claim or fact in the book is disproved, but all is vindicated. Other theories and ideas as to its origin rise and fall, leaving your claims as the only possible ones.

26. Internal and external prophesies must be confirmed and fulfilled in the next 145 years.

27. Three honest, credible witnesses must testify to the whole world that an angel from heaven appeared to them and showed them the ancient records from which you claim your record is translated.

28. You must call out of heaven the voice of the Redeemer, to declare to the three witnesses that your record is true and that it is their responsibility to hear the testimony.

29. Eight other witnesses must testify to the world that they saw the ancient records in broad daylight and they handled them and felt the engravings on the record.

30. The first three and the second eight witnesses must bear their testimony not for profit or gain, but under great personal sacrifice and severe persecution, even to their death.

31. You must find someone to finance your book with the understanding that neither he nor you will ever receive any monetary remuneration from it. You must sell the book at cost or at less than its production value.

32. You must tell the world that the written record you have translated from was engraven on gold plates, even though up until the time you make this claim no one has ever found anywhere in the past history any civilization using gold as a method of keeping records, and not until about 100 years later were any similar engraven gold plates found.

33. Many of the chapters and versus must be written in a chiastic style, characteristic of the Hebrew style of writing. This style of writing was discovered very recently, long after the publication of the Book of Mormon.

34. Finally, after suffering persecution and revilement for 20 years after you finish the book, you must willingly give your own life for your testimony that the record is from God.

The Mormons: Hurricane Katrina Video

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Last year, PBS showed a 4-hour documentary, by filmmaker Helen Whitney, about the history and growth of the Mormon faith. About the film, PBS says "AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and FRONTLINE, two of PBS' most acclaimed series, join forces to present The Mormons, a new documentary series about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." Though the documentary received mixed reviews from both members of the Mormon Church and non-members, this clip shows some of the Mormon Church's humanitarian efforts.

When Hurricane Katrina hit, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) was able to quickly respond because of its distribution network to deliver food and other supplies to those in need. Along with the Red Cross, the Catholic Church and countless other groups, the Mormons helped thousands of people in the aftermath of Katrina. Some of this service has continued even until today with now more than 10,000 days of service having been contributed by LDS Church members.



In the video, author Terryl Givens remarks, "The efficiency of the Mormon welfare apparatus is really legendary. In Katrina of 2005, the Mormon relief trucks were on the way before the hurricane had even made landfall."

Furthermore, a local remembers, "We were hearing stories on the radio of troops coming in, helicopters were flying over. We even heard that the President was flying over. But nobody was there on the ground with us, except for the Mormons in their yellow t-shirts who helped us clean up. And they didn't just come in to hand us a piece of food and say 'Here's something to eat while you're working.' They actually got down and cleaned and worked."

Emma Smith: My Story Trailer Video

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On April 11, 2008, Emma Smith: My Story was released into theaters. This new movie focuses on the life of Emma Smith, wife of the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith. Starring Katherine Thompson as Emma Hale Smith and Nathan Mitchell as Joseph Smith, the movie depicts Emma recounting the events of her life, from her childhood through the Nauvoo era.


Those who have seen the movie Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration, currently showing at visitors centers, will recognize many of the characters, as some of the same footage and the same actors were used in the production of this film.




In addition, the score comes from Merrill Jenson, who also produced the music for Legacy: A Pioneer Journey, The Testaments: Of One Fold and One Shepherd, Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration and many other films.

Though I haven't yet seen it personally, I have heard and read some wonderful reviews about the movie. If it is in a theater near you, I'd encourage you to see it and comment on how it is!

Mormon Temple Video - Ancient and Modern Temples

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In this video, Between Heaven and Earth, religious scholars of various faiths discuss the importance of temple worship from the time of Adam and Eve to modern man and provide a broad insight in the concept and need for temples. The religious scholars are from Harvard Divinity School, New York University, and other universities and also includes interviews with Truman Madsen, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Elder Boyd K. Packard and others.

This first clip compares the modern Mormon temple to ancient temples (and tabernacle) as recorded in the Bible. Frank Moore Cross, professor of Ancient History at Harvard University, remarks at the beginning, "I am both interested and delighted to see so much of ancient religious tradition, particularly Biblical tradition, taken up into the religious structures and rituals of the Mormons."



Some of my favorite quotes from this video:

"And a lot of that is done by a combination of two things: aesthetics, the beauty of the place, and symbolism. All of these symbols are designed to invoke in a person this spirituality and the feeling that a human being can obtain closeness to God." --Lawrence H. Schiffmann, Director, Judaic Studies, New York University

I find in Mormonism, in its enduring temple perspective and in its transcending breaking through making porous the wall between time and eternity. It speaks to me as something good to hear about." -- Krister Stendahl, Dean of Divinity Emeritus, Harvard University

Family and Mormon Women Video

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In 1995, the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the LDS Church issued The Family: A Proclamation to the World. This document outlined the Mormon beliefs about the sanctity of family, gender roles and responsibilities, and the importance of the home. President David O. McKay, leader of the Mormon Church from 1951 to 1970, taught that "No success can compensate for failure in the home."

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints encourages families to hold a "family home evening", or family night, each week. Often done on Monday night, this is a time for parents to share a lesson about the gospel and the scriptures, and also to play games and build family bonds. These and other activities strengthen family relationships.

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also believe that families can be together forever. Through the power of the priesthood and in holy temples, families can be "sealed" for time and all eternity. Mormons believe that marriage does not have to be "till death do us part" but rather can span through the eternities.




A favorite song amony many children is "Families Can Be Together Forever." The lyrics are:

I have a fam’ly here on earth.
They are so good to me.
I want to share my life with them
through all eternity.

[Chorus]Fam’lies can be together forever
Through Heav’nly Father’s plan.
I always want to be with my own family,
And the Lord has shown me how I can.
The Lord has shown me how I can.


2. While I am in my early years,
I’ll prepare most carefully,
So I can marry in God’s temple
for eternity.

[Chorus]Fam’lies can be together forever
Through Heav’nly Father’s plan.
I always want to be with my own family,
And the Lord has shown me how I can.
The Lord has shown me how I can.