Author: John Huntinghouse

Church Announces Revisions to the Church Hymnbook and Children’s Songbook

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have announced that “under the direction of the First Presidency, committees have been assembled to recommend revisions to the current hymnbook and children’s songbook. When the revisions are complete, there will only be one hymnbook and one children’s songbook, offering the same hymns and songs in all languages. The new collections will be created over the next several years to reflect the needs of members around the world.” According to the website: “All are encouraged to submit their original hymns, children’s songs, hymn texts, and children’s song lyrics to be considered...

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Why So Many LDS Influencers and Youth are Deleting Snapchat on June 1st

Instagram influencer Collin Kartchner (@collinkartchner) has launched a National Delete Snapchat Day campaign that will be starting June 1st. His post on Instagram is below.   As Colin told LDS S.M.I.L.E. when we asked him about the campaign: “As I travel around the state in the country talking to junior high and high school kids at assemblies about the negative effects of social media on their self-esteem and self worth, I’m constantly talking to kids about Snapchat and hearing from them how this is what sucking their life and their self-esteem away. Snapchat is an app that was created...

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Fake Mormon Newsroom Website Posts Inaccurate Statement from President Nelson

For those that don’t know, S.M.I.L.E. stands for “spiritually minded is life eternal” that comes from 2 Nephi 9:39. This is a perfect gift for the grandchildren, missionaries, baptisms or any other special occasion that you may be having.” Three days ago the domain was created and today they posted a fake article with the titel of “President Nelson Meets With NAACP; Offers Apology for History of Racism.” The website looks identical to the official Mormon Newsroom website and all of the other links, links to the official church pages.  We (LDS SMILE) urge members to be very...

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What Parents Don’t Know About Their Children and Social Media

*Disclosure: While this post is sponsored by Websafety, this post is written by me and all opinions stated below reflect my very real feelings on this issue.* Lets get to the chase. Every parent is worried about their children and their online activity (if you’re not, you should be).  We posted on LDS S.M.I.L.E. before about a Jr. High teacher here in Utah asking her students to finish the sentence “What my parents don’t know about social media is _____”.  The responses where startling.  These are good kids (many of which who are LDS) whose parents think they know...

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Church to Drop Boy Scouts in 2019, Launch Worldwide Initiative for Youth

[wp_ad_camp_3 In a statement from the Mormon Newsroom: “The children and youth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints worldwide are precious. They represent the future, and ministering to their needs is a significant focus for the Church. For years, Church leaders have been preparing a new initiative to teach and provide leadership and development opportunities to all children and youth, to support families and to strengthen youth everywhere as they develop faith in the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. This new approach is intended to help all girls and boys, young women and young men discover their...

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