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Chicago Tribune
Sunday December 09, 2018 @ 10:58:44 AM mt

Lee Smith Lou Piniella Harold Baines await Sunday's Hall of Fame announcement




Is this finally the year for Lee Smith? Lou Piniella? Harold Baines?

They will learn whether they are among the newest members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday night, when the Todays Game Era committee announces its decision on a 10-man ballot at the winter meetings.

Baines, Piniella,...

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Chicago Tribune
Sunday December 09, 2018 @ 09:39:36 AM mt

Cardi B brought the jams and the magic to the B96 Jingle Bash




Fresh off being nominated for five Grammys, including Album of the Year for her No. 1-charting debut LP Invasion of Privacy, Cardi B was riding high as the headliner for B96 Jingle Bash at the sold-out Allstate Arena on Saturday. The lineup was bookended by Camila Cabello, with Bash alumni Shawn...

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Sunday December 09, 2018 @ 07:37:02 AM mt

Book review: 'The Words of God' shows how the Book of Mormon supports Bible teachings




The Bible and the Book of Mormon work hand-in-hand to teach countless important principles, but there are prevalent themes in...
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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Sunday December 09, 2018 @ 01:50:59 AM mt

Elder Cook Shares 5 Ways to Have a Successful Quest for Faith




4. Be strong and immovable in matters of righteousness.I love the diversity of students that attend this great institution, Elder Cook said. Elder Quentin L. Cook and his wife, Sister Mary Cook, greet students at a campus devotional at BYUHawaii on November 20. Photo by Monique Saenz, BYUHawaii.Recognizing today is a time when almost every choice is debated and dissected, when people immediately oppose any righteous proposal or principle, and when many argue that accountability is not necessary, Elder Cook told listeners to not be discouraged.

Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles greets students at a campus devotional at BYUHawaii on November 20. Photo by Monique Saenz, BYUHawaii.

Of the importance of not living off of borrowed light, Elder Cook spoke of the responsibility every person has to develop his or her own testimony. A choir performs prior to Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaking during a campus devotional at BYUHawaii on November 20. Photo by Monique Saenz, BYUHawaii.Lest we be discouraged, let us remember the outcome of the War in Heaven and the wonderful outcome that we know will be ushered in with the Second Coming of Christ, he said.It was the first time the 19-year-old had met a prophet, and he was impressed with his countenance and spirit.Sloane and Cox represent a continuing quest for knowledge to bless mankind, Elder Cook said. I relate these accounts because they exemplify the love of learning and the synergism of knowledge.It is more important to develop consistent, faithful, righteous dedication.Many of you, if not most, have a testimony, Elder Cook said. We each need a personal testimony.Over the years, and through many of his assignments as a General Authority, Elder Cook has seen how unity is an eternally significant principleespecially amid diversity.When basically decent people simply get caught up in the cares of the world, they lose their way, Elder Cook said.When he died, he [had] made provision for his collection to become the property of the British nation, he said. That was the beginning of the British Museum.5. Earn the heritage bestowed upon us as we make righteous choices.We student officers paid our own way but accompanied the football team on the same airplane, he recalled. President David O. McKay, who was then the president and prophet of the Church, learned of our trip and invited us to meet with him at Church headquarters. Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Mary Cook, greet students at a campus devotional at BYUHawaii on November 20. Photo by Monique Saenz, BYUHawaii.Elder Cook said he remembered the feeling of awe he had when he first saw the beautiful setting.Drawing from 2 Nephi chapter 9, Elder Cook spoke of the instruction for young people about learning, wisdom, wealth, labor, and the profound doctrine that allows all to follow the paths of righteousness that lead to the Savior.At a practical level you are preparing for family life and the means of supporting your family, he said. Faith, righteousness, and knowledge will greatly assist you in both areas. Any honest labor is worthwhile and to be admired. Work that includes values, meaningfulness, new ideas, and blesses mankind is particularly significant.Your principal goal is to build your personal faith, he said. World conditions increasingly require deepening individual conversion to and strengthening faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and His Atonement. The Church has made an incredible effort to give you a road map to assist you in making righteous choices.Listing a few of the actions on the road map, Elder Cook reminded listeners of the emphasis on honoring the Sabbath day, the strengthening of elders quorums and Relief Societies, ministering in a higher and holier way, as well as the home-centered, Church-supported Sabbath effort.Drawing from the words of Elder Neal A. Maxwell, Elder Cook said, The decent people to whom this happens havent engaged in major transgressions, as a rule, but they have distanced themselves from the Savior, and He has become a stranger to them. Elder Quentin L. Cook spoke to students about resolving to make righteous choices at a campus devotional at BYUHawaii on November 20. Photo by Monique Saenz, BYUHawaii. Elder Quentin L. Cook and his wife, Sister Mary Cook, greet students at a campus devotional at BYUHawaii on November 20. Photo by Monique Saenz, BYUHawaii.Elder Cook also spoke of Paul Cox, a BYU professor who has been part of several breakthroughs in treating diseases.He asked if we would meet with the students and administrators, give them his love and blessing, and encourage them in every possible way, he said.Righteously adhering to the counsel given will bless you now and throughout your life.Elder Cook shared five principles to help contribute to a successful quest for faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, righteousness, and knowledge.The choices we make are criticalthey are the key to our future and happiness, he said. Remember, we are the sum total of every decision we make.Your experience here at BYUHawaii and the education you are receiving prepares you for righteousness, unity, and happiness, he said.We live in a world that is emphasizing diversity over unity, Elder Cook said. Many assume that it is virtually impossible for people from different cultures and diverse backgrounds to be united in common goals. A unifying answer to these assertions is the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Righteousness is the underlying principle that brings unity and happiness.My mission president put all this into perspective for me and taught that, in some cases, seeking to perform a heroic effort can be a form of looking beyond the mark, he said.Elder Cook shared the story of Sir Hans Sloane, a physician in the mid-1600s who was interested in botany. In his work, he identified about 800 new species of plants and created the recipe for milk chocolate. After selling his recipe, he became wealthy and poured much of that money into creating a large collection of botanical and other specimens from around the world.1. Enthusiastically and righteously continue the quest for knowledge.Consecration is not a once-in-a-lifetime event, Elder Cook said. Rather, it is a daily devotion.Elder Cook added, It is essential that we place faith in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, at the center of our lives.He was warm and gracious to us, Elder Cook told BYUHawaii students during a campus devotional on November 20. President McKay then told us about this institution where we are today with great enthusiasm.The ocean, the mountains, the temple, the magnificent vistas are as inspiring today as they were then, he said.While there on that earlier trip, he met with the new governor of Hawaii, William F. Quinn. Just prior to his visit, Hawaii had been admitted as a new state in the United States on August 21, 1959.2. Righteous choices matter.The school had been in existence for only four years, and President McKay had dedicated the first permanent buildings the year before.3. Righteous day-to-day consecrated effort is better than occasional heroic actions.In the fall of 1959, Utah State University student body officer Quentin L. Cook made plans to visit Hawaii to watch the USU football team play against the University of Hawaii.Some members profess that they would commit themselves with enthusiasm if given some great calling, but they do not find ministering or gathering family history sufficiently heroic for their sustained effort, he said.

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Sunday December 09, 2018 @ 01:50:36 AM mt

Latter-day Saint Missionary Dies at South Africa MTC




Elder Zane Lamping, 19, of Moapa, Nevada, died Monday, November 26, after collapsing while exercising at the South Africa Missionary Training Center in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo courtesy of the Lamping family.

Elder Lamping had been assigned to the South Africa Johannesburg Mission and had entered the MTC on November 22.Zane Lamping, 19, of Moapa, Nevada, died at a local hospital after collapsing while exercising at the MTC. The cause of his death is unknown at this time, according to a Church statement.

Elder Zane Lamping, 19, of Moapa, Nevada, died Monday, November 26, after collapsing while exercising at the South Africa Missionary Training Center in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo courtesy of the Lamping family.

Our hearts go out to his family and loved ones, said Daniel Woodruff, Church spokesman. We pray they will feel the love of our Heavenly Father during this difficult time.A young missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints died Monday, November 26, after collapsing at the South Africa Missionary Training Center in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Sunday December 09, 2018 @ 01:50:19 AM mt

Unprecedented Visit to England Opened Doors for the Church Elder Holland Says




Faced with a staggering number beyond her reach, Elder Holland said, she could keep the commandment by serving those in her reach, with what resources she had.He said she was gracious on a day filled with genuine international tension.

The Palace of Westminster at the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday, November 21, 2018. Photo by Tad Walch, Deseret News.

The Rt. Hon. Sir Lindsay Hoyle, deputy speaker of the House of Commons, greets Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Sister Patricia Holland at the Palace of Westminster in London on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.On November 23, Elder Holland joined prestigious British political and religious leaders on the Inspiring Service panel at the University of Oxfords Pembroke College. The other panelists were Rowan Williams, a former Archbishop of Canterbury and a member of the House of Lords; Lord David Alton, a Catholic member of the House of Lords; and the Rev. Frances Young, an ordained Methodist minister and emeritus professor of theology at the University of Birmingham.He provided Mother Teresa as an example of one who did what she could. When a journalist told her that statistically speaking, she was accomplishing absolutely nothing, she said her work was not about statistics but love. Elder Holland enjoys a lighter moment during his visit to the House of Commons at the Palace of Westminster in London on Wednesday, November 21, 2018. Young married members of the Church visit after meeting with Elder Jeffrey R. Holland at the Pembroke College Chapel in Oxford, England, on Thursday, November 22, 2018. Photo by Tad Walch, Deseret News.I, for one, he said, would feel to walk on hot lava and chew broken glass if I could find a document, any document anywhere, containing any new words of Christ50 words, 20 words, one new word from the Son of Godlet alone hundreds of pages that record the appearance, teachings, covenants, and counsel He gave to a heretofore unknown audience.With notable openness in the chapel's intimate setting, Elder Holland shared pain from his own life about his father's opposition to his mission, his bout with depression as a young husband, a relative who is unable to conceive, and the tears he has shed over unanswered prayers. He told the young married members that when they feel pain or doubt to keep walking in faith. I know you will get to the meadowlands again.I said, Given the kind of day that you had and the week that you are having, this is meant to be a kind of a respite, Elder Holland said. And she said, This is a true interlude. This is a happy moment.The two men embraced after their conversation to delighted applause from the audience in a room that once was home to the first library of the oldest English-speaking university in the world.Elder Holland visited May in her office and gave her bound copies of her family history as well as a wall-hanging of her family tree and a gift copy of the Book of Mormon. The prime minister sandwiched the appointment between a contentious appearance in the House of Commons attended by Elder Holland and a flight to Brussels to meet with European Union leaders as she negotiated highly controversial terms for Brexit, the proposed British exit from the EU in March.In a first for the Church, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles met with British Prime Minister Theresa May on November 21 during a groundbreaking weeklong trip to Great Britain.LONDON, ENGLANDElder Holland also spoke alongside a former Archbishop of Canterbury on a panel blessed by the head of the Catholic Church in England, gave a lecture to theology students in a 1,000-year-old church at the University of Oxford, participated in a public interfaith conversation with a reverend of the Church of England, and more. Elder Alan T. Phillips, an Area Seventy; David Rutley, a Conservative member of the British Parliament; Yvonne Kerr, wife of Stephen Kerr, member of Parliament; Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; British Prime Minister Theresa May; Sister Patricia Holland; and Stephen Kerr, member of Parliament, pose together in the prime ministers office after Elder Holland presented May with her family history at the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday, November 21, 2018. Photo courtesy of the Prime Ministers Office.Elder Holland delivered a specially made copy of the Book of Mormon to the House of Commons Library, which had requested one. He deposited another to the Houses collection of sacred texts for use in swearing in new Latter-day Saint members of Parliament. He presented additional gift copies to the deputy speaker of the House of Commons and to the chaplain of the chapel in Westminster Hall. A painting in the Pembroke College Chapel in Oxford, England, on Thursday, November 22, 2018.
Photo by Tad Walch, Deseret News.Elder Holland also conducted a question-and-answer session with more than a dozen members of Parliament, including two Latter-day Saint members of Parliament, Stephen Kerr and David Rutley.There was a real sense of glowing and no falseness, no feigning at University Church, Rev. Teal said. My heart burnt within me. There was a real sense, God is here.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks about the beliefs and doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the Clore Old Library at the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin at the University of Oxford on Thursday, November 22, 2018.

To those who asked about unanswered prayers, he said, When you feel blocked or limited, maybe it is stretching, he said, adding, I have shed tears over prayers I did not think were getting very far, but with greater hindsight I could see that was a lesson in maturity and growth. The title page of the leatherbound copy of British Prime Minister Theresa Mays family history provided to her by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in her office at the Palace of Westminster in London on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.She seemed very taken by those and very touched, Elder Holland said. It is clearly a very personal gift. The Rt. Hon. Sir Lindsay Hoyle, deputy speaker of the House of Commons, left, talks with Stephen Kerr, member of the British Parliament; Yvonne Kerr; Sister Patricia Holland; and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles at the Palace of Westminster in London on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.She has done what she can, Elder Holland repeated. What a succinct formula.May shared brief family stories as she thumbed through the two volumes of her family historyone each for her maternal and paternal lines.We need God, he said, but He also needs us. It is an inspiring thought to think that not only humankind but divinity itself needs our heart and needs our helping hand. Surely that must be one way that we are heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ.Williams, who now is master of a college at Cambridge University, attacked as toxic fiction what he said is an increasingly popular notion that there is some way of literally or metaphorically fencing off what is good for me so that its completely irrelevant to whats good for youI can keep myself safe, and your security and your well-being are of no interest to me.The speakers shared lessons from their heroes of service and invited Christians to use service to confront an age of what Lord Alton termed toxic loneliness. They said service is the lifeblood of human connection and vital to Christianity, democracies, and communities. Elder Holland said that is true of families and marriages too.Elder Holland said significant differences between the churches have in the past interrupted what could be larger, warmer, wonderful conversation, and Rev. Teal said each sees themselves more clearly when engaged with the other.

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provided a signed inscription inside a gift copy of the Book of Mormon presented by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to the British House of Commons at the Palace of Westminster in London on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.

Elder Holland said Latter-day Saint doctrine is grounded in what I consider straightforward Biblical theology and used the Bible to explain how the Church is different from Christianity rooted in 4th- and 5th-century creeds. One difference is that the Church believes the scriptural canon is not closed, he said, describing the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ as the fulfillment of biblical prophesy (see Isaiah 29:11, 1819).Rev. Teal organized and conducted the panel on service. He also opened Pembroke College Chapel, where he serves as chaplain, to Elder Holland for the meeting with young married members. (See related story.)Between the visit with the Prime Minister and the panel on service, Elder Holland spoke November 22Thanksgivingto Oxford theology faculty and students at the storied University Church of St. Mary the Virgin. He outlined Latter-day Saint theology, then engaged for more about an hour in a rare interfaith question-and-answer session with the Rev. Dr. Andrew Teal of the Church of England.Elder Holland said service is Christs royal law and was the Saviors first and foremost duty prior to the Atonement and Resurrection. He called it a great honor to be instruments for inspired and inspiring service. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland speaks as part of a distinguished panel of religious leaders discussing Inspiring Service in Pembroke Colleges Pichette Hall at the University of Oxford on Friday, November 23, 2018. He also spoke at the colleges chapel to several scores of Latter-day Saint young married couples, answering their questions about their challenges and about the gospel. The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provided a signed inscription inside a gift copy of the Book of Mormon presented by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to the British House of Commons at the Palace of Westminster in London on Wednesday, November 21, 2018. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland shares a light moment with the Rev. Dr. Andrew Teal during a public conversation on Latter-day Saint beliefs and doctrine at the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin at the University of Oxford on Thursday, November 22, 2018.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland presents British Prime Minister Theresa May with a portrait of her family tree in her office at the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday, November 21, 2018. Photo by Tad Walch, Deseret News.

The visit showed the Churchs image is improving in the United Kingdom, Elder Holland said: As a young British missionary, I would have loved to get in any door in the country and never had the idea that they would open the doors of Parliament to me. For a former British missionary, it is very gratifying to see the image of the Church elevated in the eyes of the people, in the press, and in the people holding political office. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles answers a question about the beliefs and doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during a public conversation with the Rev. Dr. Andrew Teal, chaplain and lecturer in theology at Pembroke College at the University of Oxford, in the Clore Old Library at the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin on Thursday, November 22, 2018. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and the Rev. Dr. Andrew Teal embrace after their public conversation about the beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the University of Oxfords University Church of St. Mary the Virgin on Thursday, November 22, 2018.He also provided an example from Christs life for those who would serve but feel overwhelmed by the immense needs of the world. He recalled how Judas Iscariot complained that Mary was wasteful when she anointed Christs head with expensive burial ointment. Christ told him, She has done what she can.It was a wonderful trip, Elder Holland said. I think for the combination of the experiences, it would be as important a trip as any apostolic visit I know of to the United Kingdom. In a single visit, the significance of that is, I think, without precedence in our apostolic ministry.There are more copies of the Book of Mormon in Parliament now than ever in history, he said. We may not have flooded the earth, but weve flooded the royal palace. The altar at Pembroke College Chapel in Oxford, England, on Thursday, November 22, 2018.
Photo by Tad Walch, Deseret News. Hannah Russell, head of Operations and Engagement at the British House of Commons, receives a Book of Mormon for the House of Commons Library from Sister Patricia Holland and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles at the Palace of Westminster in London on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.The head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols, sent a blessing for the event in which he called service crucially important to the health of our society.Rev. Teal, a Pembroke theologian, asked questions exploring Latter-day Saint doctrine on the Trinity, the Fall, priesthood ordination, temples, baptism for the dead, and even dancing. Teal said his goal was to ask questions with integrity and intellectual honesty and conduct a dialogue free of defensiveness or tribalism. Elder Holland said he succeeded and praised his preparation. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints presents a leatherbound copy of the Book of Mormon to Philippa Helme, principal clerk of the Table Office of the House of Commons at the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Sunday December 09, 2018 @ 01:50:10 AM mt

Elder Holland Answers Questions from Young Married Latter-day Saints in Anglican Oxford Chapel




Elder Holland: Of all the things in the world that are worth your whole soul and devotion, it should be your spouse and your children. Short of being in the very presence of God, literally, you will never be more proximate to divinity than you are in the presence of your spouse and children. They deserve godly loyalty. They deserve divine attention. Husbands, when your wife asks you to do better, shes not talking about perfection. Shes not criticizing you. Shes saying, I need you. I need you to be here. I need you to listen. I need you to be nearby. Wives, when your husbands are troubled or worried, and they will be because they would like to be perfect too, what they need you to say is, You are OK now. You are all right now. We will work on perfection later. I love you like crazy right now, just the way you are.Her husband, Harry, age 32, took a half-day off work to attend. He said he felt the strong impression that Elder Holland was representing Jesus Christ, but the couple felt like they were having a conversation with him as a friend.Leaning on a slim lectern in front of the stone marble altar in the dimly lit chapel, Elder Holland also expressed joy about recent changes in the Church and joked about the Quorum of the Twelves coping strategy for keeping up with President Russell M. Nelson.A sampling of the heartfelt questions and answers include:And thats what Jesus Christ would do if He were here, Harry Jest said. I really liked how he said the closest well get to divinity is the role well play as spouses and parents, he said.To some who expressed concern that they felt less of the Spirit than they did while as missionaries or at other times in their lives, he said that he too had shed tears like theirs when his prayers have gone unanswered, but said he had learned that God needs His children to stretch themselves, that he has learned God will eventually answer all their prayers, and that he has seen in hindsight the growth that he has found when God took a step or two back to allow him to learn and gain his own experience.He moved the lectern aside and sat in a chair to listen to and answer deeply personal questions from women and men in their 20s and early 30s that drew him to relate relevant personal experiences. One woman said the Church has been the source of her greatest joy but that some policies and past history have been the source of pain and confusion for her and for family and friends who have left.One young father asked Elder Holland what questions he and other Apostles ask as they seek revelation.Elder Holland: When the Savior washed the feet of the Twelve, He was teaching that great lesson of stewardship and leadership and love. If you could attain that spirit, I would never, ever worry about you being a husband and a father, if you were that devoted to your wife and that devoted to your children that they meant everything that they could and should mean to you, and in that deferential way you would wash their feet and change the babys diapers and take time with your wife to listen to Beethoven together.The windows of revelation seem free and open and abundant, he said. Since the moment he became President of the Church, Russell Nelson has been particularly open, particularly receptive, and particularly entitled to revelation that is more public, is more sharable.I would like to stay, she said. I would like to not let my doubts-slash-pain get the better of me, she said. Id love to hear your insight to people like me.The Jests said it was deeply meaningful to meet as a peer group. Many couples went out together after the meeting.There is not enough pain, there is not enough cost, there is not enough difficulty that could tear from my heart the conviction that this is Gods Church, he said. This has been everything in Gods earth to me. There is nothing that could take me from this.He told a young woman concerned by her parents hostility to her conversion to the Church that she is the first sermon to them.We travel with him by relay, he said of the Twelve, and he laughed along with the members. We pass the baton to the next one to keep up with him.While you bide time, you be the best you can be, and that will be an undeniable witness to them, he told the woman. No parent can deny the sweet experience in the life of their child.The group also laughed together as Elder Holland talked about the administration of President Nelson.Question: I struggle with mental health, and at times I feel blocked in the Spirit. I know you talked about that. How does one overcome mental health issues blocking the Spirit?With notable openness, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland shared struggles from his own life with young married British members of the Church who gathered in a 300-year-old chapel this week as the member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles continued his weeklong trip to England.

The altar at Pembroke College Chapel in Oxford, England, on Thursday, November 22, 2018. Photo by Tad Walch, Deseret News.

They wont show up for church soon, he said. The best you can do is be the best Latter-day Saint you can be, and you dont condemn them or treat them the way they treat you. My dad was quite opposed to me going on a mission. I know what it is like to walk that path and not get angry. I used to get angry. I wanted to know why he needed to be that way. Why did he need to take it out on me and provide that kind of opposition? I lived to repent of that. I understand him a lot more than I did then.When you feel blocked or limited, maybe it is stretching, he said, adding, I have shed tears over prayers I did not think were getting very far, but with greater hindsight I could see that was a lesson in maturity and growth.Elder Holland asked them to be fair with God and promise Him they would count their blessings too, any time they begin to count their problems.The conviction I felt from him, Kimberly Jest said, was that we could trust God as much as the pioneers, who trusted Him so much that they were willing to bury their children and go through what they went through. There was a conviction that there is meaning in that suffering, that its not arbitrary or from a malicious God. Theres divinity in that suffering.Elder Holland: My case was very limitedan incident in a moment over a problem. That isnt what a lot of people experience, which is more clinical issues that are more permanent. I cannot begin to say I know what that is like. I had a spirit of depression. The very fact that we talked about it from the pulpitthat it is not an indictment, it is not a failure, it is not a weaknessI think a lot of good was done then by just talking about it, by being open about it so we can talk about what we can do. It is true that there are very real experiences, very real phenomena that do cause that blocking. All I know how to do is to get all the professional help you can and continue to pray and trust and to keep as reasonable and rational about the blessings of the gospel and trust in the future.Elder Holland welcomed the question, leaning forward in his chair to listen and respond. He said he had many answers but not all and spoke of the pain and deaths experienced by Peter and Paul, whose statues flanked a painting of Christ in a red robe on the wall above and behind him. He said the impact the gospel has made on his life, after growing up without its consistent presence in his childhood home, has marked him forever, as has the gospel influence of his wife, Sister Patricia Holland.Elder Holland expressed a wish that members could be with him in the weekly temple meetings of the Council of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He noted that not all revelation in those meetings is shareable, but he promised that, after a year in which the Church has announced multiple major initiatives, more are to come.Elder Holland said he asks about things he does not know and about what the long-term policies of the Church should be.I was feeling the pain in the room from the people who were hurting, she said, and I was feeling overwhelmed by the gratitude of having such a personal experience with an Apostle because of his calling and the mantle he holds.He urged the members, some of whom had taken a half-day or days worth of vacation to travel through a gray, cold afternoon to attend the meeting, to keep walking when their personal journeys grow most difficult, and I know youll get to the meadowlands again.Question: What advice do you have about spouses and children?OXFORD, ENGLANDThe 40 couples from the Reading, Staines, and Watford stakes sat in the chapels wooden benches that run lengthwise down the chapel and face each other across the room in the collegiate style of a monastic church. They are designed for recitation of Psalms, with one side saying the odd-numbered verses while the other responds with the even verses.In an intimate setting in the Oxfords Pembroke College Chapel, he spoke frankly about pain from his own life about some who opposed his mission, a depressing moment as a young father worried about finances, a relative who is unable to conceive, and the tears he has shed over seemingly unanswered prayers.It was really lovely that it was so personal and the setting was so intimate, said Kimberly Jest, 32, of Reading, who cried through much of the event.

Young married members of the Church visit after meeting with Elder Jeffrey R. Holland at the Pembroke College Chapel in Oxford, England, on Thursday, November 22, 2018. Photo by Tad Walch, Deseret News.

Question: We just had our first son three months ago, and that changed our world for us. Can you teach me, what does it mean for a husband to preside in the family?The chapel setting they were in added to the experience, the members said.

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Sunday December 09, 2018 @ 01:50:02 AM mt

Looking Back: Receiving the Blessings of the Gospel in a POW Camp




After the war ended, Joseph Beuchert went to Freiburg, Germany, where he met Karl Bechert, who baptized him. Beuchert served as a missionary from 1949 to 1951 in Germany and then emigrated from Germany to Canada, where he met Fern Baker. They married and later, in 1960, moved to Utah. At the time of our interview, the Beucherts had three sons serving as missionaries.Within three weeks, miraculous things began to happen. The guard started giving us 10-minute breaks. Then he started bringing us sandwiches from home, and he eventually arranged to have us work on the kitchen truck with him. This was the most envied position in the camp.I met a former German soldier, Joseph F. Beuchert of Heidelberg, who was a young man when he was conscripted into the German army. He spent four years as a prisoner of war, an experience filled with physical deprivation. In hindsight, he came to regard one of the POW camps as a gateway to an abundant and fulfilling life. In that camp, he found one of his greatest blessings: knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ.The three prisoners became close friends as they discussed the teachings of the gospel. Hans and I wanted to be baptized, but the guards wouldnt give us permission, so we decided to escape.There was one guard who always picked the three of us for the hardest details. We nearly starved to death in that camp. This one guard was very abusive. We had been assigned to a road-building detail. When wed stop to rest, this guard would hit us with his rifle butt. I hated him so much I wanted to kill him.One of the first things he told me about his capture was that the American guards allowed the POWs to read the Bible. I set out to investigate every Bible study group in the camp, he said. I went to seven or eight, but none of them seemed to have the complete truth as taught in the Bible.They were captured and sent to another camp. They grieved at being separated from their Latter-day Saint friend, but a while later, Walter was transferred to their camp. The three men spent many hours telling other prisoners about the Church and sharing faith-promoting and character-building experiences. I remember Beucherts account of one of those experiences, which I have shared with others many times:He saw his bunkmate, Hans Ruckdaschel, reading a book and asked to borrow it. The book wasA Voice of Warningby Parley P. Pratt. Walter had given it to Hans. I started reading the book and was convinced I had found the truth, Beuchert said.Heres the story I heard in 1975 from Joseph Beuchert, who was captured by an American unitthe Thunderbird Divisionin southern France in 1944.The American-operated POW camp was dissolved about a year and a half after Beuchert had been sent there. He was transferred to a French-operated camp, where he noticed a healthy-looking German POW. I figured he had some connections with the kitchen, so I decided to make friends with him, he said.Walter said it would not do any good to kill the guard. I said something had to be done because I couldnt take any more of his abusive treatment. Walter suggested that we fast and pray in the guards behalf.We went about the countryside gathering food for the prisoners. On the way back to camp, the guard would stop at his house, where his wife usually had snacks fixed for us.Ive never seen anything manifest the power of prayer as much as this to make that guard change so much. By the time we left that camp, we were the best of friends. Ive often wondered what happened to him; Id like to see him again.He soon discovered his new friend didnt have any connections with the kitchen. An elder in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Walter Ruthenberg told him he lived the Word of Wisdom and that helped preserve his health. Of course, that didnt mean anything to me, Beuchert said.

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Sunday December 09, 2018 @ 01:49:54 AM mt

Liahona Magazine to Publish Freestanding Childrens Section in 2019




The new section, titled the Friend, will include additional material created specifically for children, containing more stories, music, visuals, and content for home-centered learning. It will be printed on thicker paper that children can easily draw on or cut. It will also have special features to help children learn to read. The Liahona will continue to offer content for adults, young adults, and youth.Starting in January 2019, copies of the Liahona, the international magazine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will arrive with a new addition. Content usually found in the childrens pages of the Liahona will now appear in an expanded, separate childrens section of the magazine.The children's section will be delivered with every issue of the Liahonathe two cannot be ordered separately. Those who dont have children in their homes are encouraged to share the new section with children in their ministering families, Church units, or extended family, or other adults who work with childrensuch as Primary presidents or teachers.Fortifying children to become sin-resistant is a responsibility for parents, grandparents, family members, teachers, and leaders, said Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary General President. We are thrilled that the new Friend section of the Liahona will make more gospel resources available for children and families to use in the homeand for teachers to use in Primary. We hope that this new stand-alone childrens section will be a valuable aid toallwhoare helping to bring up [our] children in light and truth (Doctrine and Covenants 93:40).

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Sunday December 09, 2018 @ 01:28:03 AM mt

Download a Brief Summary of Each October 2018 General Conference Talk




Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gathered in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, as well as in chapels and homes around the world, to participate in the 188th Semiannual General Conference on October 67.View and download the PDF here. Watch, read, or download entire talks at conference.lds.org.As a service to readers, the Church News has created a downloadable PDF summarizing every talk in the historic October 2018 general conference.During the historic conference, President Russell M. Nelson emphasized the correct name of the Church and announced a new focus on home-centered, Church-supported instruction, requiring a new Sunday meeting schedule. The womens session of general conference was also held for the first time on Saturday evening, between the Saturday and Sunday general sessions.

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