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Thursday October 18, 2018 @ 02:54:12 AM mt

Aurora man killed Chicago man wounded in shooting outside Aurora laundromat




One man was killed and another wounded during a shooting Wednesday evening outside a laundromat in Auroras Near West Side, police said.

A 25-year-old Aurora man and 22-year-old man from Chicago were inside a car in the parking lot of a coin laundry in the 800 block of West Illinois Avenue when...

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Thursday October 18, 2018 @ 01:31:51 AM mt

3 Things to Teach Children about the Proper Name of the Church




3. Teach children how blessed we are to be members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day SaintsThis is a wonderful opportunity to testify to our children of the truths we know and live. [We] belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because this is who we are, she said. This is who we stand for. This is who we follow. This is who we strive to be like.1. Teach children about revelationChildren will lead the way, said Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary General President. Children identify first and foremost as a child of God. When they say, I am a child of God, they believe it, she said.2. Teach the why behind the statementThe song, she said, echoes President Nelsons words.

Parents and teachers can use President Russell M. Nelsons statement about the proper name of the Church to teach children the importance of focusing on the Savior.

Parents can follow the example of their children, who sing the song The Church of Jesus Christ with enthusiasm and faith, said Sister Jones.In recent weeks, various Church leaders and departments have initiated steps to make this happen, according to the statement.

Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary General President, and Sister Lisa L. Harkness, First Counselor in the Primary General Presidency, greet a child in Manti, Utah, on June 20, 2018. Photo by Savannah Hopkinson.

They sing it like they believe it, she said. The power of what they are saying, the way they feel itit is an example to all of us.The Lord has impressed upon my mind the importance of the name He has revealed for His Church, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said the statement. We have work before us to bring ourselves in harmony with His will.I feel that President Nelson is calling us all to recognize our spiritual identity before our Savior, to stand up and be the best we can be as individuals and as a people in preparing for His return to the earth. What a meaningful, preparatory time this is.How can parents and teachers talk to children about using the proper name of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?Parents and teachers can ask children, Why is this change important? What is President Nelson teaching us about focusing on the Saviors name as the Savior directs the affairs of His Church?Sister Jones said parents can help children recognize that President Nelson is taught by the Lord. This is an opportunity to teach children about revelation and about the importance of a prophet, she said. President Nelson is being taught and guided by the Savior as the Savior directs the affairs of His children.
  • Teach children about revelation.
  • Teach the why behind the statement.
  • Teach children how blessed we are to be members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • When Sister Jones read a statement by President Russell M. Nelson about the official name of the Church, released on August 16, she instantly thought of the words of a Primary song:I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
    I know who I am.

    I know Gods plan.
    Ill follow him in faith.
    I believe in the Savior, Jesus Christ.
    Ill honor his name.
    Ill do what is right;
    Ill follow his light.
    His truth I will proclaim.
    (The Church of Jesus Christ, Childrens Songbook, 77).Remind them that every word in the inspired and official name of the Church is significant, she said.Sister Jones said parents and teachers can talk to children about the name of the Church and emphasize three things:

    Parents and teachers can remind children that every word in the inspired and official name of the Church is significant.

    Parents and teachers can also use this important statement to teach children, said Sister Jones. What an important time to focus on the Savior, she said.

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    Thursday October 18, 2018 @ 01:31:45 AM mt

    Primary Celebrates 140 Years This Month




    Louie B. Felt, the first official Primary General President, and her counselors, May Anderson and Clara Beebe. By Lumiere Studio of Salt Lake City.That is the one thing really that we carry through our livesknowing that we are sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father and that we are not alone going through this world and that we can depend on Him.Recently the presidency received some counsel: Dont underestimate [a child's] ability to understand doctrine.Although Sister Rogers never served as an official president of the Primary organization, she is considered the organizations founder. Children attend Primary in the Philippines. Photo by Haidi F. Fajardo.The influence of a Primary teacher has the potential to bless a childs entire life, the leader taught.Sometimes I like to walk downstairs [in the Relief Society Building] and look at the pictures on the wall of the past leaders, Sister Jones said. How we would love to have a conversation with them today. I do feel accountability to my Heavenly Father first and foremost, and also to these spirit sisters. They are watching, they are aware, and they care.Sister Snow responded in a letter: The spirit and contents of your letter please me. I feel assured that the inspiration of heaven is directing you and that a great and very important movement is being inaugurated for the future of Zion. President John Taylor fully approbates it.A great and very important movement Farmington Ward, South Davis Utah Stake, where the first Primary class was held. Children sing during Primary classes in the Torcelle Ward at the Petionville meetinghouse in Petionville, Haiti, on Sunday, May, 23, 2010. Photo by Mike Terry, Deseret News.With the approval from Sister Snow and the prophet, Sister Rogers began planning for their first meeting. Children ages 4 to 14both boys and girlswere invited to participate.Concerned the boys were becoming too mischievous and not receiving enough direction, Rogers decided she would gather with the boys to teach them basic principles and values.On Sunday, August 25, 1878, some 224 children met in the Farmington Rock Chapel, where they participated in singing, poetry, lessons, and activities. The idea was so effective that within a decade almost every Church settlement included a Primary.Recognizing the climate of the world today, the leaders said it is important for parents, leaders, and children to keep moving forward in faith.Since that time there have been 13 Primary General Presidents.Weve got Primary children who are powerful little missionaries, said Sister Jones. Weve got Primary children doing family history work. Weve got Primary children preparing family names to take to the temple when they are 12. We have children who are playing the piano in sacrament meeting. We have children who are bringing their classmates and teachers from school to church.While she was visiting, local leaders asked her to speak in sacrament meeting at one of the local wards. As Sister Jones looked out at the congregation she noticed a familiar face.Celebrating the childrens first meeting in the Farmington Church building, Sister Jones said, We look to the pioneers for their examples, but these children [today] are pioneers in their own right. If we can teach them that conceptto keep going one more step, one more mile, keep your eyes on the prize which is eternal, we will help them enter and keep on the covenant path.The one thing that never changed is the love those leaders had for those children and the love that our leaders today have for the children, Sister Jones said. And Heavenly Fathers love is what generates that love. Its all coming from and through Him, and what a gift it is because we want our children today to feel His love. They have got to feel His love and know that they are His.Since the first meeting in Farmington, Utah, in 1878 with 224 children, the Primary organization has continued to grow to more than 1 million membersthose ages 18 months to 11 years oldworldwide today.Aurelia Spencer Rogers, a mother of 12 living in Farmington, Utah, in 1878, noticed many of the neighborhood boys were running freely throughout the town during the day and night. Because of the demanding schedule of parents and older childrenboth on the farm and running a householdthe young boys were often left with little supervision.

    Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary General President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, enjoys a tender moment with a few Primary children.

    A mural depicting the first meeting of the Primary Association. Painted by Lynn Fausett and Gordon Cope. Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary General President, meets Primary children in Loma Rica, California, following a special sacrament meeting for fire survivors, October 29, 2017.Taking her concerns to Sister Eliza R. Snow, then-Relief Society General President, Rogers shared her idea with the Church leader in a letter.Like the organizations early leaders, the Primary Presidency today shares the same goal and missionto help children feel Heavenly Fathers love and develop an understanding of their divine identity.[The early leaders] may not have known what Primary was going to turn into, but Heavenly Father knew all along, said Sister Harkness. I feel the same way with whats happening in Primary right now. The inspiration of heaven is guiding Primary, and a great and very important movement is still taking place amongst Heavenly Fathers children.As she stood from the pulpit and looked at the womans face, she immediately remembered the good feelings she had as a child in Primary.There sat the Primary president from my childhood, she told the Church News.They are participating in the work of salvation as children, and we are seeing more and more examples of how powerfully they can be part of building this kingdom, Gods kingdom, here on the earth.I remember her light and that she blessed my life, Sister Jones said. Oh, that every Primary child can have a such a memory of their time in Primary. A group portrait of Louie B. Felt, President of the Primary Association; Emmeline B. Wells, President of the Relief Society; and Martha H. Tingey, President of the YLMIA.Some 140 years after the Primary organization was first established in August 1878, the Primary General PresidencySister Jones, Sister Lisa L. Harkness, and Sister Cristina B. Francosat down with the Church News to reflect on the history, goals, and mission of the Primary organization.A Primary for the futureUnderstanding their divine identity is one of the most important things a child can learn, said Sister Franco.

    Portrait photograph of Aurelia Spencer Rogers, the founder of Primary.

    Ethiopian Primary children are taught in an older building as construction for the new Debre Zeit building continues. Those traveling north to Ethiopias capital city, Addis Ababa, or south to Adama will inevitably see the beautiful, new Debre Zeit meetinghouse, located on Debre Zeit Highway (H4). Photo courtesy of Gary Hunt.Sister Louie Bouton Felt, a 30-year-old woman serving as the Salt Lake City Eleventh Wards Primary president, became the organization's first Primary General President in 1880. She served in that calling for 45 years, until 1925.Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary General President, recently returned to her hometown, The Dalles, Oregon. While there, she visited familiar places, including the church with the baptismal font where she was baptized.Although some of the official names and programs of Primary have changed over the years, one element remains the same.

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    Thursday October 18, 2018 @ 01:31:37 AM mt

    President Nelson Bears Witness of Jesus Christ in New Video




    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released a new video of President Russell M. Nelson testifying of the Savior Jesus Christ. President Russell M. Nelson at the BYU Jerusalem Center April 14, 2018. The visit was the second stop on his global ministry tour. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.Filmed in Jerusalem on the Mount of Olives during President Nelsons 2018 worldwide tour, the video is part of the Special Witnesses of Christ video series first published on LDS.org in February of 2011. The series shares the unique testimonies of the prophets and apostles called as special witnesses of the Savior.Special Witnesses of Christ videos by Elder Ronald A. Rasband, Elder Gary E. Stevenson, and Elder Dale G. Renlund were added to the web page in December of 2016, after they were called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. The view of the Dome of the Rock from the BYU Jerusalem Center on April 14, 2018.In the video, President Nelson says that in addition to testimonies of Christ found in the New Testament and those borne by modern prophets, I also declare that Jesus the Christ lives, that His Church has been restored to the earth, complete with His power and authority, with apostles and prophets and essential ordinances and covenants. I testify that He is the living Christ, our Lord and Savior, Exemplar, Redeemer, and Judge.

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    Thursday October 18, 2018 @ 01:30:08 AM mt

    President Nelson Assures Hurricane Survivors in Caribbean of Better Days Ahead




    And to the wives: Love your husbands. You are partners. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints line up to attend a special meeting with President Russell M. Nelson, Sunday, September 2, 2018. The meeting was held in the Coliseo de Puerto Rico Jos Miguel Agrelot. President Russell M. Nelson, far right, listens intently to a choir perform at the beginning of a September 2, 2018, member devotional in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Photo by Jason Swensen. President Russell M. Nelson traveled to the Dominican Republic to extend a message of love and encouragement to Latter-day Saints Saturday, September 1, 2018.

    A young Latter-day Saint girl was thrilled to see the prophet and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Russell M. Nelson, following his remarks in the Dominican Republic Saturday, September 1, 2018.

    We felt at peace inside our house, said Esteban. The words of the prophets and apostles rang true.Members of the Church worldwide have prayed for the Puerto Rican people, he said. Many have volunteered in relief efforts. The leaders of the Church at all levels remain mindful of the Puerto Rican members and are committed to their care.For Esteban Ojeda and his wife, Anali, Hurricane Maria will always be regarded as a family paradox.Better days await, he promised.Take care of one another Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles encourages members in Puerto Rico on September 2, 2018, to center their lives on Christ. Photo by Jason Swensen. Members from across hurricane-weary Puerto Rico gathered at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico in San Juan to listen to counsel from President Russell M. Nelson and other Church leaders. Photo by Jason Swensen. President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spent the weekend, September 12, 2018, consoling and encouraging Church members in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.Even those dealing with harsh personal difficulties can find strength in Christ, declared Elder Renlund. Joy and hope reside in Christ, who gives life direction and purpose.Personal revelation is essential in times of difficulty and trial, he added. I dont need to tell you that life doesnt always turn out the way we expected.President Nelson taught us today that we could find peace during difficult times through Christ, said Anali after the devotional. Thats how we overcame this past year, through Christ.Christ being the center of our lives changes everything, he said. It gives us power, stability, and direction. And no matter whats going on in our lives, if we focus on [Christ], were safe. After speaking to Latter-day Saints in the Dominican Republic September 1, 2018, President Russell M. Nelson greeted members of the congregation.Tomorrows great optimism

    President Russell M. Nelson spent the weekend, September 12, 2018, consoling and encouraging Church members in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

    President Russell M. Nelson traveled to the Dominican Republic to extend a message of love and encouragement to Latter-day Saints Saturday, September 1, 2018.Most important, the Lord knows you, he said. Puerto Rico and other islands of the sea are very important to the Lord. These islands are rich with the blood of Israel. You are a vital part of Gods promises. Those promises are to be fulfilled by people from the islands of the sea. Those prophecies pertain to the gathering of Israel.Its been nearly a year since Hurricane Maria came, said President Nelson. You have not given up. We are proud of you. You faithful Saints have lost much, but through it all, you have fostered your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. You have learned that He is aware of you and that He loves you. And He will continue to help you as you keep His commandments.That is the course to follow, said Elder Renlund.They vividly remember the violence of the deadly storm as it tossed and churned outside their home in southern Puerto Rico on September 20. It was starting to get really scary, said Esteban.On Sunday, September 2almost a year after Hurricane Marias arrivalEsteban and Anali traveled under sunny skies to San Juan to hear the counsel from another of the Lords prophets, President Russell M. Nelson. From their shared vantage point in the member choir, the couple watched as the Churchs 17th President entered the Coliseo de Puerto Rico arena and began teaching divine lessons of peace during a Sabbath-day member devotional. Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles joined President Russell M. Nelson in the Dominican Republic Saturday, September 1, 2018. Young women of the Latter-day Saint choir sang for the special meeting with President Russell M. Nelson. He spoke to the congregation gathered in the Coliseo de Puerto Rico Jos Miguel Agrelot and acknowledged that they had lost much during Hurricane Maria.So with Maria raging outside, Esteban and Anali gathered their family about and opened the Book of Mormon.In their brief devotional remarks, Elder and Sister Gonzalez and Sister Renlund encouraged the Puerto Rican members and their friends to watch closely the example of President Nelson and the other prophets and apostles. There is safety in following their lead while seeking personal revelation.The Church President counseled the Puerto Rican members to keep their families united and strong in faith. Husbands should be kind and considerate of the wives. The best thing you can do for your children is to love their mother. Your highest priesthood duty is to care for your wife.Listening to their 93-year-old prophet testify in Spanish triggered smiles and tears for many in the audience. Many others scribbled vigorous notes in their journals and notebooks as they listened to the messages of President Nelson, Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Caribbean Area President Walter F. Gonzalez (a General Authority Seventy), Sister Ruth Renlund, and Sister Zulma Gonzalez.

    President Russell M. Nelson greets a young mother and her child following a member devotional in San Juan on September 2, 2018. Photo by Jason Swensen.

    SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO Latter-day Saints sang sacred hymns of the Church and listened to their prophet, President Russell M. Nelson. He spoke to congregations in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic September 12, 2018.

    Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles accompanied President Russell M. Nelson on his visit to the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, September 12, 2018.

    As you individually grow to become more of the person God wants you to be, you can know for yourself that better days are ahead for the people of Puerto Rico, he said. You can face your tomorrows with great optimism, knowing that the best days of your life are ahead for you and for your loved ones. People arrive early outside the Coliseo de Puerto Rico on September 2, 2018, for a member devotional featuring President Russell M. Nelson. Photo by Jason Swensen.Find safety and joy by living the commandments, he counseled. Be kind to one another and protect your family. And then the 93-year-old leader graciously dismissed his interpreter and shared his testimony and apostolic blessing in Spanish. Latter-day Saint youth in Puerto Rico wave to President Russell M. Nelson. He spoke to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Coliseo de Puerto Rico Jos Miguel Agrelot Sunday, September 2, 2018.But even in that moment of primal terror, the family discovered spiritual peace. Just days earlier, a special visitor to the islandPresident Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidencypromised the Puerto Rican members that if they prayerfully read the Book of Mormon all would be well.President Nelson testified of Christs role as the Atoner. Through His sacrifice, the Savior made immortality a reality for all. Meanwhile, the exalted blessings of eternal life are available to all who seek and follow Him. By keeping Gods commandments, we can find joy even in the midst of our worst circumstances.That gathering is spiritual, he added. People of the world are being gathered into the fold of Jesus Christ in each of their respective lands. And in their native lands, they take upon Christs name, are baptized, and faithfully keep Gods commandments. But even with those blessings, Gods children can expect difficulties. That is part of life. Its why were here. We are here to have a body and to be tried and tested. Some of those tests are physical, some are spiritual, and your trials here have been both physical and spiritual.Life offers many choices, he added. Seek and follow the direction of the Holy Ghost. Do what God would have you do.During his remarks, the Church President noted his deep admiration for the Puerto Rican Latter-day Saints who served and remained faithful during the awful weeks and months following the hurricane.

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    Thursday October 18, 2018 @ 01:29:57 AM mt

    Sacred Objects Help Connect Us to History Says BYU Education Week Presenter




    For the last year, Griffiths has worked with coauthor Mary Jane Woodger to take high-quality photographs of historic objects or relics from the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in hopes of publishing a book with the working title A History of the Church in 100 Objects. The project is in the writing phase, Griffiths said.Drawing upon material from the project, Griffiths discussed and showed a number of photos of historic Latter-day Saint objects, including the following items:Griffiths clarified that hes not suggesting people become hoarders and keep everything, but certain objects will stand out over time.PROVO, UTAHWith that in mind, I want everybody in here to start thinking about history in the sense that its not just words that are written down or stories told from person to person. Its things, Griffiths said. One of the unique things about our religion as Latter-day Saints is that were just a baby, speaking in terms of time. You can find things. Some of the most important discoveries in Church history have been found up in someones attic that no one knew about.

  • The printers manuscript of the Book of Mormon
  • The 1833 plat map for Zion in Jackson County, Missouri
  • John Taylors damaged pocket watch
  • The pepperbox pistol supposedly used by Joseph Smith in Carthage Jail
  • A piece of stucco from the Kirtland Temple
  • A Masonic apron owned by Joseph Smith
  • The clothing Hyrum Smith was wearing when killed at Carthage Jail
  • The millstone from Hawns Mill
  • Joseph Fielding Smiths typewriter
  • The last all-Church basketball tournament trophy
  • The pulpit from the chapel where President Thomas S. Monson served as a young bishop
  • The radio used by Joseph Billy Johnson, a Latter-day Saint pioneer in Africa, to learn of the 1978 revelation on the priesthood
  • A Mormon Helping Hands T-shirt
  • Casey P. Griffiths, an associate professor of Church history at Brigham Young University, gives a presentation during BYU Education Week. Photo by Trent Toone, Deseret News.This is really an introduction to a type of history called material history, the most approachable type of history there is, Griffiths said. This is a part of history thats touchable, thats feelable, that all of us have participated in. You may not have written a history book, but if you ever had your grandfather give you his mission journal, if you ever got a card from a relative, if you ever had a lock of hair from your ancestors, youve participated in material history. Touching and feeling history is sometimes a way for us to connect to the past in ways that are surprising and unique.

    First edition of the Book of Mormon.

    While walking along the beach, Griffiths took photos of a tank still sunk into the sand. He also found what appeared to be a misfired 50-caliber shell in the surf. As he held the shell up for his audience to see, Griffiths said, It was so amazing to walk up and actually see and touch and feel an object that participated in this battle.

    A young man examines Stephen Markhams cane and John Taylors pocket watch, sacred relics of the Restoration, at the Church History Museum. Photo by Trent Toone, Deseret News.

    Material history is something everybody can relate to. Any object sanctified by our suffering, experiences, or sorrows can become a sacred object, Griffiths said.Pay attention to the objects of significance that get passed on to us and recognize that what you hold in your hand right now might seem like a worthless piece of junk, but in 200 years it might be a sacred relic that connects your ancestors to your time and connects people in the future with the struggles we have right now. In his BYU Education Week presentation, Sacred Relics of the Restoration, Casey Griffiths told about seeing this tank on the beach of Tarawa, an island in the Pacific Ocean. The tank was used in a bloody battle between U.S. Marines and the Japanese in World War II. Photo courtesy of Casey Griffiths.Griffiths, an associate professor of Church history at Brigham Young University, related the experience as part of his presentation, Sacred Relics of the Restoration, last Monday at BYU Education Week.

    A plat for the City of Zion in Missouri is featured in Joseph Smith Papers, Documents, Volume 3. The map is considered a sacred relic of the Restoration.

    A few weeks ago, Casey P. Griffiths was touring Tarawa, an island atoll in the Pacific Ocean where a bloody World War II battle was fought between U.S. Marines and the Japanese forces.

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    Thursday October 18, 2018 @ 01:24:12 AM mt

    New Addressing Pornography Website Offers Answers Hope Healing




    The age-appropriate lessons include basic doctrines and principles about the sacredness of the body, sexual intimacy, following the Spirit, choosing good media, appropriate action steps for when a child sees pornography, and repentance. They also include activities parents can select based on the ages and needs of family members.We are mortals; we all make mistakes. But God wants us to become more like His Beloved Son, President Nelson says in a video on the website. [We can] literally become more like Him with every passing day. We want to choose to be on the Lords side. We want to have Him as our God and let Him know that we are His people.Also included in the Resources section are family home evening lessons designed to help parents discuss pornography with their children and to equip children with skills to respond appropriately to pornographic content they likely will be exposed to.Individuals who wish to overcome pornography habits can learn about five key principles centered on the Saviors Atonement, love, and power on addressingpornography.lds.org.The website includes a link to attend or call intosupport meetingsthrough the ChurchsAddiction Recovery Program, as well as additionalChurchandoutside resources.

  • Leaderswho need guidance and supportto better minister to individuals, spouses, parents, and youth impacted by pornography who are in their care. Additional videos can be found in thecounseling resources section.
  • Overview for Individuals
  • Overview for Spouses
  • Overview for Parents
  • Overview for Leaders
  • Videos and resources feature real people telling their stories and qualified therapists and experts giving explanations.The site also includes guidance from PresidentRussell M. Nelsonand President Dallin H. Oaks of the First Presidency, members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and members of the Church General Auxiliary Presidencies.
  • Parentswho wish to help their childrenprepare for inadvertent exposuresto pornography, handle early experiences with pornography, or recover from compulsive use.
  • Throughout 2019 and 2020, the Church will develop content for youth as well as adapt the site for different cultures and additional languages, Gibbons said.We are encouraging parents to take a new, importantly different approach to protecting and preparing, responding with love, and supporting their childs healing, depending upon their childs specific needs, said Gibbons.Addressingpornography.lds.orgwhich replaces overcomingpornography.orgrepresents a new way of talking about pornography and addresses the particular needs of parents and spouses of pornography users.Visitors to the site will find answers to specific questions about how to protect against, respond to, and heal from pornography, whether they are:Five key principles emphasized throughout the experience center on the Saviors Atonement, love, and power. The site also includes opportunities for study, reflection, and application.On addressingpornography.lds.org, parents can learn about safeguarding against and responding to childrens exposures to pornography.There really is no single secret to success for what is a unique healing experience for each person, said Gibbons, except to trust in the Lord and follow the five Atonement-based principles.The goal is to help affected spouses focus on finding healing for themselves as they learn to understand and work through the unique issues they face, said Lee Gibbons, a senior product manager in the Priesthood and Family Department.
  • Individualswho have developed pornography habits they wish to overcome.Resources answer questions like Why do I feel so bad about myself? Why does this keep happening? and Where can I turn for help?
  • Parents can find answers to questions such as How do I respond when I discover my child has viewed pornography? and How can I help my child progress spiritually after pornography use?As we act in accordance with the teachings of Christ, the power of the Spirit comes into our lives to do and become what we could never otherwise do or become, the site states. There is hope, through the Savior, for us to be clean and to again have a brightness of hope.The Churchs new Addressing Pornography website offers a more helpful and hopeful approach for Latter-day Saints wanting protection, help, and healing from pornography use.
  • Spousesof pornography userswho have just found out about their spouses addiction, or are trying to move forward and heal. Questions they can find answers to include How can I best help my spouse? and Will the pain and suffering ever end?
  • A section for spouses on addressingpornography.lds.org helps them focus on finding healing for themselves as they learn to understand and work through the unique issues they face.The lessons are designed for a family home evening setting, but the references and activities can be used in a variety of situations.For a quick overview of the new site, check out these handy overviews:

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    Thursday October 18, 2018 @ 01:24:04 AM mt

    Elder Renlund Visits Peru and Bolivia Presides over Religious Freedom Conference




    A young sister missionary asks Elder Renlund a question during a conference in Bolivia. Photo courtesy of Dalene Griffin. Elder Renlund presides over a religious freedom conference in Peru. Photo courtesy of Dalene Griffin.Elder Hugo Montoya, First Counselor in the Area Presidency, summarized Elder Renlunds visit: The Saints in the South America Northwest Area have been greatly blessed with the visit of Elder and Sister Renlund and Elder and Sister Teixeira and their great love for the Savior and for the members. Their teachings and witness have inspired us to be better and to minister to one another as the prophet and the Savior have taught us.Elder Enrique R. Falabella, Area President, concluded: We are better people because of the visit of Elder and Sister Renlund.The visit of Elder Renlund as an Apostle of Jesus Christ to Peru and Bolivia will surely bless all those who have heard his voice and follow his words full of wisdom and love, said Elder Held, Second Counselor in the Area Presidency.Looking back on his recent visit to Peru and Bolivia, Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said the country just takes my breath awayboth in jest about the altitude (13,600 ft., or 4,150 m) and earnestly referencing the joy of meeting with Church members.Elder Renlund reminded the displaced members that they are graven upon the palms of [Christs] hands (Isaiah 49:16) and that He will not forget or forsake them. He asked them to receive the blessings promised by the Savior in keeping the Sabbath day holy and honoring the law of the fast, reiterating the Lords promise that if they will, they can raise up the foundation of many generations, and they will ride upon the high places of the earth (Isaiah 58:1214).While visiting Lima and Iquitos, Peru, and El Alto, La Paz, and Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Elder Renlund was accompanied by his wife, Ruth L. Renlund; Elder Jos A. Teixeira, of the Presidency of the Seventy; his wife, Filomena Teixeira; and Elders Enrique R. Falabella, Hugo Montoya, and Mathias Held, the Presidency of the South America Northwest Area. In a series of leadership, stake, and missionary conferences from September 8 through 16, Elder Renlund thanked members for exercising faith, accepting calls, and caring for the children of Heavenly Father. He asked leaders for a report on ministering efforts and taught the importance of ministering in a newer, holier approach, citing President Nelsons direction for ministering to our brothers and sisters.He also focused on the importance of following the Saviors example in Christlike caring for others. Parents and leaders, Elder Renlund reminded, can touch more hearts if they follow the Lords counsel in Doctrine and Covenants 121:3941 to use persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned rather than unrighteous dominion.In a special devotional, Elder Renlund counseled and comforted displaced Venezuelan members, like Jose and Yarenmys Garcia. The Garcias arrived in Peru from Lara, Venezuela, six months ago to look for better opportunities. Though they have faced many challenges, they are grateful to have met the missionaries and to have been baptized while living in Peru.For the first time in Peru, Elder Renlund presided at a religious freedom conference held in the Limatambo Peru Stake Center. Sister Renlund, an attorney by profession, participated in a panel discussion with Sister Denise P. Lindberg, a former district court judge of the 3rd judicial district of Utah; Dr. Moises Arrata, a Peruvian attorney; and Brother Guillermo Estrugo, public affairs director for the area. They answered questions such as What can I do to protect and promote religious freedom? and How can members establish civil dialogue with others about the importance of religious liberty?

    Elder Renlund greets a woman after a stake conference in Bolivia. Photo courtesy of Dalene Griffin.

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    Thursday October 18, 2018 @ 01:23:56 AM mt

    Overcome Your Doubts with Study and Repentance BYUIdaho President Says




    President Eyrings wife, Sister Kelly C. Eyring, also spoke at Tuesdays devotional, comparing the process of gaining a testimony to collecting small coins.A single penny isnt worth much, she said. In fact, we may feel that it is not worth the time and effort to pick it up.When President Henry J. Eyring was a young law clerk, a supervisor who knew of his Church membership told him new research had invalidated the book of Abraham. I was shaken by that accusation, he said.When those feelings came to me, as they had to them, I knew in both my heart and my mind that those stories are true. I could not deny that Enos and Alma the Younger were real people whose stories had been compiled by the prophet Mormon and revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith.Whenever following the cycle of recognition and repentance, he is not just relieved of the pain of feeling untrue but also has re-proven to himself that the Church and its sacred teachings are true, he said.Who does President Henry J. Eyring turn to when he begins to question the Church?One might think the BYUIdaho president would immediately call his father, President Henry B. Eyring, Second Counselor in the First Presidency.That phone conversation didnt help him out much at work, President Henry J. Eyring explained in a university devotional address held Tuesday, September 18, in the BYUIdaho Center auditorium. However, it has caused him to reflect for the past 30 years on his own testimony of the book of Abraham and other works of scripture revealed to Joseph Smith.Whenever I am tempted to doubt the Church or any of its leaders, past or present, I need only to reevaluate my own spiritual state, President Eyring said. I ask myself the question, Am I true? Students walk out of the BYUIdaho Center in Rexburg, Idaho, following the devotional presented by President and Sister Eyring. Photo courtesy of Cami Su, BYUIdaho.After pondering this regret long enough to feel a softened heart, one should seek direction from Heavenly Father, consider talking with his or her bishop, then follow the example of Enos and Alma, President Eyring said. Pray for feelings of remorse and for guidance in making things right. Having done that, pray for feelings of forgiveness.From reading the stories of Enos and Alma the Younger in the Book of Mormon in his teenage years, President Eyring learned the need for heart-changing repentance. Following their examples, he prayed for forgiveness and peace. President Henry J. Eyring and his wife, Sister Kelly C. Eyring, talk to a student on the way to a devotional. Photo courtesy of Cami Su, BYUIdaho.President Eyring invited anyone battling doubts about the Church to try a spiritual experiment. Assume that the Church is true, notwithstanding the human frailties of its members and leaders. Then look for at least one way in which you are not being true to the teachings of the Church.As this happens, you can recognize not only the miracle of forgiveness but also the power of the doctrines of the Church, through which forgiveness has come, he said. You can once again prove the truthfulness of the Church, notwithstanding the imperfections of its members.Good, I admitted. Sister Kelly C. Eyring speaks on the process of gaining a testimony during the September 18 devotional in the BYUIdaho Center. Photo courtesy of Cami Su, BYUIdaho.He simply asked, Have you read the book of Abraham?Likewise, the habit of looking for and picking up the seemingly small experiences that Heavenly Father places in our day can fill our testimony banks to overflowing, Sister Eyring said. The key is to recognize and pick up those experiences and put them into our spiritual bank accounts where they can be added to and grow larger, rather than being lost to memory.He asked, How do you feel when you read it?What else do you need to know? he asked.Yes, I replied.To the examples found in the scriptures, he said.There is always some weakness I can identify, some failure requiring repentance, he said.So where does he turn if not to his own father?But he had a secret weapon. His father had just been called as a General Authority.In order for a statement to be true, all parts of it must be true. One part of falseness makes the whole statement false. By that standard, the answer to President Eyrings question is always No.More than that, he knew that in this dispensation the Lord has restored His gospel in its fulness and His Church in its completeness, with priesthood leaders authorized to speak for Him, President Eyring said. Thus, he gained an unshakeable testimony that the Church restored through Joseph Smith is still led by a living prophet and by other leaders, called under His direction, he said.However, accumulating many pennies over a long time produces financial fortunes.So he called his father on the phone, described his situation, and awaited the answer that would surely refute these accusations. But his fathers answer surprised him.

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    Thursday October 18, 2018 @ 01:18:54 AM mt

    Coverage of October 2018 General Conference General Womens Session




    Following the women, the First Presidency spoke at length of the important roles that women and mothers hold in the Church and in Gods plan of happiness. They expressed their gratitude for the women of the Church and emphasized how much the Church needs the strength and kindness of women of all ages.The women leaders each spoke of the privilege and blessing of service.In his concluding remarks, President Nelson stated that all women have a divine endowment to nurture and love and that each woman is a mother by divine right. He explained that women play a key role in the gathering of Israel.Although no two women will have the same experiences in this life, President Eyring said, Whatever your personal circumstance, you are parta key partof the family of God and of your own family, whether in the future, in this world, or in the spirit world.My dear sisters, we need you! President Nelson said. We need your strength, your conversion, your conviction, your ability to lead, your wisdom, and your voices.

    Gabriela Gonzalez, left, and Kamilah Baltrons are reunited before the start of the general womens session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City on October 6, 2018. Gonzalez and Baltrons became friends while Gonzalez was serving a mission in Oakland, California. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.

    President Russell M. Nelson shakes hands with Sister Jean Bingham, Relief Society General President, after the general womens session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.

    Staci Hansen, left, of North Ogden and Kashia Palmer of Ogden run into each other before the general womens session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. The two women used to work together. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.

    Catalina Dufour of Chile hugs her mother, Valentina, before the general womens session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.

    Sister Jean Bingham, left, Relief Society General President, greets President Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor in the First Presidency, before the general womens session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. At right is Sister Reyna Aburto, Second Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency, and President Henry B. Eyring, Second Counselor in the First Presidency. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.

    Women gather outside before the start of the general womens session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.

    President Russell M. Nelson greets Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary General President, before the general womens session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.

    Sister Jean Bingham, Relief Society General President, speaks during the general womens session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.

    Women gather before the start of the general womens session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.

    Catalina Dufour of Chile hugs her mother before the general women's session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018.Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.

    Women and children line up to attend the general womens session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.

    Women head to the general womens session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018.
    Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.

    Women and children line up to enter the general womens session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.

    Eliza Van Drimmelen, 10, and her mother, Marquessa, point out Church leaders as they enter the general womens session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.

    General board members of the Relief Society chat before the general womens session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.

    President Henry B. Eyring, left, Second Counselor in the First Presidency; President Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson; and President Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor in the First Presidency, wave to the audience after the general womens session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.

    The remarks from the three women leaders demonstrated the power of service in strengthening individual relationships with Christ and providing better understanding for each individuals own purpose in their mortal life.

    President Russell M. Nelson waves to audience members during the general womens session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.

    Women gather outside before the start of the general womens session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.

    The session was conducted by Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society General President, with music provided by a choir of young women from stakes in Pleasant Grove.
    The invocation was provided by Sister Memnet Lopez and the benediction was given by Sister Jennefer Free.
    Speakers were Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary General President; Sister Michelle Craig, First Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency; Sister Cristina B. Franco, Second Counselor in the Primary General Presidency; President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency; President Dallin H. Oaks, Second Counselor in the First Presidency; and President Russell M. Nelson, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as the concluding speaker.

    Women walk to the general womens session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.

    Marking a historic moment in general conference history, the womens session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference was held in the Saturday evening spot of conference weekend on October 6, 2018. The change to alternating priesthood and womens sessions of conference was announced the year before, in October 2017.Sister Craig centered her address on the idea of divine discontent, which she explained is the feeling experienced when one compares who they are with who they have the power to become. She explained that such discontent can move us to act through service to others, and by so doing, as daughters of Heavenly Father, we are better able to live up to the prophets call to live and care in a higher and holier way.After sharing a story from when she was in Primary and was served selflessly by her Primary leader, Sister Franco explained how unselfish service is often the best way to follow Gods great commandment to love one another.We gather tonight in unity, in strength, in purpose, and in testimony that we are loved and led by our Heavenly Father; our Savior, Jesus Christ; and our living prophet, President Russell M. Nelson, Sister Jones said as she began her opening address.The address given by President Oaks emphasized the importance of motherhood and the role that the rising generation of women will have in shepherding Gods children along the covenant path toward exaltation.This gathering is the greatest challenge, the greatest cause, and the greatest work on earth today! he said.He then extended four challenges to the women of the Church. He invited them to take a 10-day fast from social media, read the Book of Mormon before the end of the year, make temple attendance a habit, and participate more fully in Relief Society.He cautioned young women to limit the amount of time they spend on their cell phones and to remember to be kind to one another and to not engage in petty or mean behavior.

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