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  1. Sometimes I think that if I were ever to write an autobiography, I would entitle it Amy Keim: The Real-Life Hunger Games and hope that Suzanne Collins wouldn't sue me. The title wouldn't refer to me living in a post-apocalyptic district, constantly shooting my crossbow, nor trying to decide between a compelling love triangle; rather, it'd be a direct reference to the fact that I'm literally always hungry. I just love food so much. That's why whenever I see articles about food storage, I panic. If an emergency were to happen, I'd first check on the whereabouts and safety of my family, and then I'd be like, "Where my food at? All this stress means I need a pizza and I need it now." But being a poor college student, I thought for a long time that I couldn't afford food storage, let alone find room for it in my apartment. Unsurprisingly, I was wrong. No matter how meager your circumstances, you can find room for food storage — and... View the full article
  2. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is full of talented artists that we all celebrate. In each of our church buildings, you're likely to find many beautiful illustrations of the Savior, often depicting Him teaching people during His mortal ministry, holding or conversing with children, or leading a flock of sheep — but what about paintings for people struggling with depression? Truthfully, while we love those paintings, we may at times feel separated from them — they don't always show Christ reaching out to us and loving us in our times where we feel most unlovable; when we are sad, despondent, and hopeless. But He does reach out to us, especially in those moments, and I think the following paintings (among many others!) illustrate that beautifully and can bring us peace in our hours of deepest need. Lost and Found by Greg Olsen "Lost and Found" by Greg Olsen Painting Description (as told by the aritst): "I received an e-mail from a young man who expressed his discouragement at not being able to find... View the full article
  3. While working on films during his undergraduate studies, LDS filmmaker Robert Machoian Graham, was struck by how negative some of the people on set were. They would criticize the director or bring other negative energy to the production. When it came time to make his own films, Graham made a conscious decision that his sets would be a safe environment. This lead him to make the decision to include his family in his films. Despite the fact that Graham’s family approach to film is a little less than mainstream, it has certainly worked. The filmmaker, who is also a BYU professor, has had four separate films accepted into the Sundance Film Festival in less than a decade. “You have a less than 1 percent chance of getting your film in, so it’s never not going to be the most amazing thing. The excitement isn’t going to wear off,” said Graham. “But my experience this time around I feel like I’m apart of Sundance. They are interested in the things... View the full article
  4. For those of you wondering why I wrote an article titled that, there’s a simple reason. Today is National Do a Grouch a Favor Day! I find it appropriate that it happens two days after Valentine’s day for two reasons. One, those of us who are still single me might feel a little grouchy me after seeing everyone else celebrating love since we want to meet the love of our lives me. We all know ways to serve. Now the important part is to fully understand the why. Via But the second reason. A reason I find much more appropriate. Valentine’s is a day about loving those who are closest to us. Celebrating those we want to keep in our lives. We all find it easy to serve those we love. Serving those we dislike comes much harder for us. Which is why we must make an effort to love those who we hate. And I will admit that hate is a strong word. But even though we should have charity... View the full article
  5. Yes, this is real. According to a February 15 news release published on the Church's Newsroom, Latter-day Saint missionaries are now allowed to communicate every single week with their families via "text messages, online messaging, phone calls and video chat in addition to letters and emails." WHAT?! As someone with a brother currently on a mission halfway across the world, this is HUMONGOUS NEWS. The news release references an official letter from the First Presidency to Church leaders around the world. Here's a copy of the letter: Click to enlarge. Overall, the new policy grants a huge amount of leeway to Elders and Sisters worldwide. Not only are they encouraged to communicate with their families every week on preparation day, but also on other special occasions such as family birthdays. According to the news release, "Elder Uchtdorf said the new guidelines offer several additional benefits, including accommodating varied family circumstances as well as better supporting those missionaries who would benefit from increased personal contact with family at home." What do you think about the... View the full article
  6. I am an avid window shopper... Or whatever the online equivalent of window shopping is. (Tab shopping? Virtual storefront surfing? I have no clue.) At any given moment, my Amazon cart has approximately 25 things in it as I not-so-patiently wait for the price to be right. Just, you know, with less Drew Carey and more Kindle deals. Because of my window shopping fascination, I'm always on the lookout for cool, unique products — and this slate of Latter-day-Saint-themed merch did not disappoint. 1. The New Testament: A Translation for Latter-day Saints Description: "This new translation renders the New Testament text into modern English and is sensitive to LDS beliefs and practices. This translation is readable and accessible for a wider range of readers than the King James Version. The original structure of the New Testament is restored and highlights features such as quotations, hymns, and poetic passages. New and extensive notes provide alternate translations, commentary upon variant manuscript traditions, and historical insights. Where applicable, the Joseph Smith Translation has been included. The... View the full article
  7. 1. "Are you the first book of Nephi? Because I can't seem to stop coming back to you." More like the first CHAPTER of Nephi, AMIRITE? 2. "Did you bring the brother of Jared across the sea? Because that body is tight like unto a dish!" 3. "I think you need to reread the Word of Wisdom, because you're SMOKIN'." #STEAMY 4. "Are you Laban's sword? Because you're exceedingly fine." 5. "Are you a good cause? Because I'd like to become anxiously engaged to you." ^This line sounds like something a returned missionary would say to the first girl he meets after he gets home. 6. "The tree of life called — it wants its sweetness back." 7. "I know you're not Ammon, but I find you completely disarming." 8. "Are you Jonah? Because I can't figure out where you've been hiding all my life." "Jonah on the Beach at Nineveh" by Daniel A. Lewis Although hopefully you haven't been hanging out in a whale's belly, because... I mean, yuck. 9. "I lived in Heaven a long time ago, it is... View the full article
  8. As a twenty-something-year-old who lives in Provo, I’ve had my fair share of awkward, weird, and just plain awful dates. Luckily, all of this was not for naught since I can share some of the tips I learned with you. If you’re a young single adult (YSA) reading this, then you probably know by now that dating is a serious endeavor. You’re not out in the battlefield to have fun; you’re trying to find an eternal companion. And what better opportunity to do so than Valentine’s Day? Use these four tips to make sure you find the perfect date for Valentine’s Day. 1. Show Your Marriage-Hungry Side No one wants to waste their time dating, show your potential valentine you mean business by flashing your marriage-hungry side. This one’s a little tricky since you don’t want to come off too strong. However, working in questions like “How many kids do you want to have?” or “What temple do you want to get married in?” are goods ways to introduce the... View the full article
  9. What do you do when you feel nothing? What do you do when you have been pleading with God—for weeks, months, years—and you receive no answer? This is the question that Michael McLean asks in Mormon Channel’s video “What Do We Do When We Feel Nothing?” After Michael experienced a moment of intense heartbreak, he sought for God’s guidance and light to help him through. He searched for nine years, but he felt like heaven was closed to him. So how do we hold on to hope through heartbreak when we don’t feel God’s presence? Have I Offended God? The first thing I think when I don’t receive an answer from God is that I have done something wrong. Is there a sin I haven’t repented of? Am I not reading my scriptures enough? Did I not pray long enough/hard enough/in the right way? How can I become worthy of an answer? This is the wrong way to think (though occasionally reevaluating our lives every once in a while is probably not... View the full article
  10. I can't even count the number of times I've wondered if my missionary service was worthwhile. Firstly, because I can't count very high (math is my nemesis now and forever) and secondly, because I question all the time whether I made even the slightest difference in anyone's life. It's easy to become discouraged and to feel like all that time I spent as a missionary was a huge waste. After all, almost all of the people I taught that were baptized are no longer active despite my efforts to stay in touch and encourage their gospel activity. Then, on top of that, I look back and see all of the mistakes I made as a missionary. I was inadequate in so many ways. So I wonder, did I even do any good? Was there any point to my service? Did I make a difference at all? Not to toot my own horn — like I said, I made A LOT of mistakes as a missionary — but the answer is yes.... View the full article
  11. Peter’s Denial by Carl Heinrich Bloch shows Peter moments after he denied Christ three times. An incident so important, that all four gospels include it. Peter’s deep shame at having denied knowing the Son of God is clear on his shadowed face. We often interpret Peter’s actions as an act of cowardice. How in these final moments he couldn't stand with the Savior. That he chose his own life over Christ. But could Peter have had different reasons for his denial? In 1971, President Spencer W. Kimball gave a talk at Brigham Young University titled “Peter, My Brother.” In it, President Kimball recounts of a time when he heard a minister condemn Peter for his cowardice. But President Kimball could not reconcile this minister's words with his own beliefs. He saw Peter as a man of tremendous faith and courage, befitting an Apostle of the Lord. Peter may not have had enough faith to stay afloat, but he had enough faith to take the first step. President Kimball recounts times before Christ’s crucifixion... View the full article
  12. These New Testament Valentines are not just clean, they are almost holy. Impress your sweetheart by downloading one or two of these to go with your flowers or chocolate this Valentine's Day. Submit one of your own, and if it's good, we'll add it to this article. Go for 800x800 px. Good luck! 1. I feel like I could walk on water 2. Light of my world 3. You're a good reason to come home 4. I'd leave the 99 for you 5. Not a whited sepulcher 6. Where my treasure is 7. More valuable than sparrows See our Book of Mormon Valentines here. See our D&C Valentines here. See our Old Testament Valentines here. View the full article
  13. The scriptures refer to us as a “peculiar people” for a reason; sometimes we do things that don’t make sense. Even within the Church we catch ourselves doing things that probably aren’t considered “normal” by the rest of our congregations. If you do any of these seven things, you might be a highly peculiar Latter-day Saint. 1. Be the epitome of the phrase “LDS Standard Time” We’re all guilty of being late to church. In fact, just a few weeks ago on my first Sunday in a new ward, I walked into sacrament meeting half of the way into what I thought was the opening hymn. Sadly, it was actually the closing hymn. I don’t know if you can get any later than that honestly. But just because we struggle with being on time — maybe you even struggle every Sunday — doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to be better. Doctrine and Covenants 132:8 states: “Behold, mine house is a house of order, saith the Lord God, and not... View the full article
  14. Just a year ago, Deseret News released the article “Why young adult fiction — and YA authors — thrive in Utah.” The article explores the culture of Utah and how it creates countless YA novel-aholics. How many writers and writing groups thrive throughout the state. How young adult fiction is gaining reputation as a genre. It even mentions that Salt Lake City sells more YA novels compared to similarly sized cities. Clearly, a pandemic of YA novels plagues Utah. (And I for one, welcome it). Friendship, family, choosing the right. No wonder Latter-day Saints love Harry Potter. But the article made me wonder how this all started. And why specifically YA? The article mentions how YA novels have cleaner content. Or maybe it's because Utahns are also Harry Potter-aholics. The latter a topic not foreign to us, as we've published nearly a dozen articles about Harry Potter. From Mormon Moments from Harry Potter, to the quiz General Authority or Harry Potter? But I think there's more to it than that. I think there... View the full article
  15. Music is undeniably powerful. It can inspire you to be a better person (thank you, brother Groban), it can comfort you when you're down, it can invite the Spirit of God. OR ... it can incline Libyan rebels in the 1990s to say, "I only listen to 2Pac before going to shoot Gaddafi boys." Music has consequences. We readily recognize and embrace the positive influence of music, but how often do we brush off lyrics promoting violence, sex, sexual violence, or illicit drug use, as something that "doesn't affect" us? It does. And that's why the top music charts I'm looking at right now are deeply troubling to me, as they should be to you. Take a look at just the first half of the United States Top 50 playlist, according to Spotify as of January 29, 2019 (click to enlarge): This is a problem Notice something? Out of 25 songs, 21 are marked "EXPLICIT." The second half of the list is slightly better, but not good by any means (total of 34/50 explicit). These are cold,... View the full article