Helen Keller, a well-known advocate for the deaf and blind, was presented with a Braille edition of the Book of Mormon. The following day, March 12, 1941, she shared a spiritual experience with many in the Tabernacle.
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In 1936, The American Printing House for the Blind printed a seven-volume Braille edition of the Book of Mormon. When it was printed, President Heber J. Grant said, “I am very thankful that the Book of Mormon has been printed in Braille…I am convinced that wonderful book, full of inspiration from Almighty God…will cause many a person to rejoice who has never been able to read the Book of Mormon heretofore.”
President Grant made sure one notable person was able to take advantage of the Book of Mormon in Braille—Helen Keller.
On March 11, 1941, President Heber J. Grant presented Keller with a copy of the Book of Mormon in Braille. The Deseret News reports that she “expressed her pleasure at the gift and read from the text with rapidity.”
The next day, under the direction and patronage of organizations like the Utah Commission for the Blind and the LDS Society for the Sightless, Keller visited Utah and answered questions in the Tabernacle on Temple Square. After answering questions about being deaf and blind and learning to read, type, and talk, Keller had a question of her own.
After the response to our first LDS inventions blog, we searched high and low to confirm more inventions made by Latter-day Saints like you! From artificial diamonds to Goretex fabrics, find out what things you use (some everyday!) that were invented by Mormons.
1. Improved Firearms
Often called “The Father of Modern Firearms,” Ogden-born John Moses Browning is credited with over 120 patents for firearms. His most noted achievement was the invention of the automatic gas-powered machine gun. Semiautomatic pistols and shotguns also litter Browning’s list of inventions and his guns were manufactured by both the well-known Winchester and Colt companies. His contribution to military weapons was vastly important during the outbreak of World War I, and his name is still familiar to firearm users today.
Every worthy, able young man is commanded to serve a mission. What if your child is worthy but not able to serve a proselyting? The Young Church-Service Missionary Program might be right for them.
“Formal missionary service is not limited to those who are able to serve proselyting missions,” says Elder Adrian Ochoa, a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy. “There are many young adults for whom a proselyting mission isn’t possible due to physical, mental, or emotional challenges. These young men and women do a great deal of good in Church organizations throughout the world as Church-service missionaries."
Who can serve as a young Church-service missionary?
Bishops and counselors pray long and hard over who they should call to serve in their wards. But what happens when, after your own prayer and counsel with the Lord, the answer you feel prompted to give is “no”?
It’s a word that can be extremely difficult to say, especially in a religion that often values service before self and expects a lot of its members. We don’t want to disappoint our leaders, and we especially don’t want to disappoint the Lord. Saying “no” feels like admitting we don’t trust the plan the Lord has in store for us, especially when we feel like we need to say no to an assignment as important as a Church calling.
Let me pause here and explain a little more about myself: I really struggle with children. I have a hard time interacting with them, and I have always dreaded a calling in the Primary. Being a young, active, LDS married woman, I know that getting called to the Primary isn’t a question of if, it’s a question of when. And when that day does come, answering “no” is an option I feel I need to at least consider, if only for the sake of my sanity and the sake of any potential future posterity I might one day decide to have.
It may be March, but believe it or not, swimsuits are out on the racks. And that means that spring is just around the corner!
Confession: I have a love/hate relationship with my swimsuit. I love it because it takes me to the pool, where I can finally enjoy some sun. But I hate it because it takes me to a million stores where I try to find a modest swimsuit for my six-foot-tall, imperfect body. I usually end up in a dressing room wading through a sea of swimsuits on the floor. This is why I'll wear one swimsuit down to bare threads before someone can persuade me to buy a new one. But this year, the modest swimsuits are everywhere! From Lime Ricki to Walmart, there is modest swimwear for all body and wallet sizes.
But here is my disclaimer: all bodies are different. What may be modest on one woman may not be modest on another. I know that some people don’t even like to wear swimsuits to the beach. To each her own! Wear what makes you feel modest and comfortable! I’m just so glad to have found some swimsuits that won’t plunge down my neckline or show off any midriff. And that won’t wipe out my bank account!
Lime Ricki: Top $42.50