Ever run up against a tough question about Church doctrine that you didn't know how to answer? Here are five strategies to help you know how to make an educated reply.
Once again, general conference has come and gone, and members of the Church are left with the words of prophets and apostles of the Lord who expressed key fundamentals for sharing the gospel. These fundamentals included: gaining a larger view of the plan of salvation, possessing a sound understanding of the scriptures, and sharing without a contentious spirit. In addition, authorities counseled against trying to prove the gospel’s truth; however, they urged members to work diligently to spread the message of the Restoration so it can be heard above those who misrepresent LDS beliefs.
The Gospel Library app gives you access not only to the standard works and general conference talks but also to a variety of gospel materials including Teachings of the Prophets manuals, Preach My Gospel, Church magazines, and various other materials. Find out how you can use this great app to maximize your gospel study!
With hundreds of pages of scriptures, manuals, and Church magazines, it seems impossible to use it all. But tools like the Gospel Library app are a wonderful way to study the scriptures, general conference, or the teachings of latter-day prophets anytime and anywhere. Check out these seven things you didn’t realize the Gospel Library app could do to make your studying more effective.
**Note: While the general functions of the Gospel Library app are the same, the way they are accessed may vary slightly from device to device.**
Organize Study Information and Locate it Anywhere
Highlighting and underlining
In all the materials in the Gospel Library app, you have the ability to mark your favorite passages or quotes, just as you would mark them in your paper copies. By holding your finger on the word or section you would like to highlight and adjusting with the indicators on each end, highlight anything from one word to a few paragraphs or verses. Take it a step further by clicking on the colored icon and choosing an underline instead of a highlight, or a different color. Sometimes I even like to add an extra highlight of a different color or style within a previous highlight.
*Tip: Many versions of this app also allow you to post your favorite highlights or talks on a social media site. Just click on the “share” option.
By living the gospel, you're already prepared for being sealed to your forever family, but here are six ways you can "polish" your sealing experience.
My husband and I are infertility survivors. After learning that our mortal bodies were not able to create children, our hearts began to turn toward adoption. This decision came with serious prayer, contemplation, and faith. For me, there was even some healthy mourning for the dream of being able to physically carry and deliver a child.
Growing up, I remember my mom telling me how spiritual the delivery room was for her when I was born. She testified of feeling so close to heaven. I wanted that for myself, but came to realize that this specific experience was not going to be part of my journey in mortality. It was a hard reality to come to terms with.
Arm your family against the fiery darts of the adversary with these small and simple daily devotionals that will help them make good decisions and strengthen their testimonies.
We are raising our children in a volatile world. The lines between right and wrong, good and evil continue to fade. We worry about our children and pray that they are strong enough to handle it all.
They absolutely are. But we can fortify them even more.
One way we can strengthen our families is to share 5-minute messages or theme-based devotionals with your family. These messages should be quick and simple, yet very powerful.
Each week, offer a scripture, thoughtful questions, quotes, or a video. You can use each mini-devotional as a guide to engage your children in conversations that draw them closer to Heavenly Father through the scriptures.
Although each daily devotional can be customized to your family’s needs or concerns, here are five such devotionals that you can use in your home this week:
We are used to different styles of teaching in the Church because we emphasize the doctrine rather than the ability of whoever happens to be teaching. But we can learn something from every teacher and get something out of every lesson with these five questions to ask ourselves during Sunday School.
Let’s be honest. Not all Sunday School lessons are created equal. Some are thought-provoking and stay with us for weeks, and some leave us feeling unsatisfied.
In a church with a volunteer and everchanging “clergy,” we are simply going to connect with some teachers more than others. Some personalities click differently with others, so it’s quite normal to be sitting in a lesson that leaves us bored while our neighbor is practically glowing in rapt attention. It’s a great experience when the lesson grabs us, and the teacher expresses things in a way that really hits home, but how can we get the most value from any lesson or talk?
Actively molding our participation and expectations can help us get the most out of any Sunday School lesson. As we listen to a lesson, here are five questions we can ask ourselves that create a more positive and beneficial learning experience for each of us.
1. Who is this lesson intended for?
It is helpful to remember that even if what the teacher is saying or the way they are saying it doesn’t sit perfectly with us, it may be exactly what someone else needs to hear.
If a teacher says something that seems contrary to the way we think about things, chances are the underlying doctrine is the same, even if your perspectives are different. There are often different angles of looking at a specific topic, and it’s important to remember that though the teacher may be emphasizing one angle, they are not invalidating others. Often, it’s helpful to cut the teacher a little slack and give them the benefit of the doubt.