Author: John Huntinghouse

Church Announces Age Changes for Youth Progression and Ordination

From the Mormon Newsroom: The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced a change Friday designed to strengthen children and youth through increased faith in Jesus Christ, deeper understanding of His gospel, and greater unity with His Church and its members. See the full letter from the First Presidency, as well as an accompanying FAQ, below. A PDF version of the letter and FAQ is also available. December 14, 2018 To: General Authorities; General Auxiliary Presidencies; Area Seventies; Stake, Mission, District, and Temple Presidents; Bishops and Branch Presidents; Stake, District, Ward, and Branch Councils (To be read...

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26 Free Latter-day Saint Books & Apps That are FREE Today On Amazon for Black Friday

*LDS SMILE is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com* I don’t know how long these books will be free, so download them right away. Together the total value of these items is over $100! I only chose books that were very highly rated in their Amazon reviews.   1 – Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture, Volume 23 (2017)   2- Behold, I come quickly: Handbook for the second coming of Jesus Christ   3 – The Gift...

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Everything There is To Know About the Giving Machine for the 2018 #LightTheWorld Campaign

First of all, if you haven’t heard yet or you would like to know more about this year’s #LightTheWorld campaign that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is doing, make sure to check out this link here…#LightTheWorld – Give as He Gave So last year Elder Brent H. Nielson, General Authority Seventy and Executive Director of the Missionary Department, explained the vending machines were a part of the Light the World campaign that as he put it a “simple way to donate to charities.” Well this year is no different except for the fact that they are...

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Releases a Statement on Local Gospel Related Pageants.

From the Mormon Newsroom: “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is growing across the earth. As this occurs, local Church leaders and members are encouraged to focus on gospel learning in their homes and to participate in Sabbath worship and the Church’s supporting programs for children, youth, individuals and families. The goal of every activity in the Church should be to increase faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and to share His gospel message throughout the world. Local celebrations of culture and history may be appropriate. Larger productions, such as pageants, are discouraged. As it relates to...

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Our Amazing Family Trip to Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort!

Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort – Amazing views, Amazing Resort Just sitting right outside of the beautiful Zion’s national park in southern Utah you can find a hidden little gem called Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort. At least I thought it was a hidden gem but I am actually surprised at how many of my friends have either stayed there before or heard of it once I started talking about it. I had never heard of it before and couldn’t believe such a fun family friendly place existed so close to a place we’ve been several times before. We decided to take our family there for the weekend. It was John and I and our three kids who are 10, 7 and 6. We packed up and left Friday afternoon at the end of September. The drive down to the ranch was so beautiful and we highly recommend this time of year for going. We arrived right at dinner time and the kids could not wait to see our cabin we were staying in. We went straight there and I popped our dinner into the oven (Having a fully stocked kitchen while in the middle of the mountains is AWESOME!) and we all went exploring. The land around our cabin was so pretty and we had hiking trials everywhere to chose from. The kids loved the cabin and especially the bunk...

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