5 hymns added to (+5 hymns omitted from) the 1985 hymnal

Thirty years ago, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a newly revised version of its official hymnal. The release celebrated another milestone — it was 150 years after the publication of the Church’s first book [...]

10 powerful takeaways from ‘Jesus the Christ’

Elder James E. Talmage’s iconic book “Jesus the Christ: A Study of the Messiah and His Mission According to the Holy Scriptures Both Ancient and Modern” has taught and blessed countless readers in the 100 years since its [...]

10 successful Church programs that were discontinued (or changed)

On July 27, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced that its “century-long association with Scouting will need to be examined” following the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to admit openly gay leaders in [...]

3 times the brethren skipped church meetings (and it didn’t end well)

Keeping the Sabbath Day holy is a commandment with a promise. The Doctrine and Covenants reads, “But remember that on this, the Lord’s day, thou shalt offer thine oblations and thy sacraments unto the Most High, confessing thy sins [...]

Discover your pioneer heritage with this tool

Pioneer Day in Utah is a collective celebration of a shared heritage of sacrifice. Many people in Utah can trace their family lines back to the Mormon Pioneers, making this Friday’s state holiday personally meaningful for many. But [...]

8 fun facts about the LDS Church in Ireland

In March, more than at any other time of year, Ireland basks in the spotlight. St. Patrick’s Day is time to keep a green shirt handy, dust off the green food coloring for festive treats, and maybe learn a thing or two about the Church’s [...]

LDS General Women’s Session moved to front of Ensign (and 3 general conference changes that affect women)

In April 2014, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held the General Women’s Meeting — a combination of the prior Relief Society Meeting and General Young Women’s Meeting, with Primary-aged girls 8 and older also invited [...]

7 fun facts about the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo

Relief Society, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ organization for women, began in Nauvoo after the women sought Joseph Smith’s approval to organize themselves into a women’s organization similar to others [...]

5 love stories of latter-day prophets

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has always been a family-centered faith. President Boyd K. Packer said in 2010 that “The ultimate end of all activity in the Church is that a man and his wife and their children might be [...]

1984 to 2014: Evolution of the Christmas Devotional

The First Presidency’s Christmas Devotional, held last Sunday, is the most recent installment in a decades-long tradition in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The devotional began as a way for Church leadership to celebrate [...]

A peculiar parlance: Origins of 13 unique Church terms

Unlike other Christians, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints call the ordinance of eating bread and water in remembrance of Christ the “sacrament,” not “communion.” We also call our local congregations [...]

Act fast: 5 can’t-miss LDS Church history artifacts to see this week

After nearly 30 years, 7 million visitors and more than 108 different exhibits, it’s time for a renovation of the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City. The museum will be open through Sunday, Oct. 5 and close the next day for major [...]

11 unforgettable moments in recent LDS Church history

The phrase “church history” typically conjures images of Liberty Jail, Nauvoo and a dusty trail heading west. But you didn’t have to live in Joseph Smith’s time to experience Church history. Members of the Baby Boomer [...]

The Book of Abraham: 5 things you need to know

When the First Presidency released a statement about women and the priesthood on June 28, they mentioned the role of questions in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the importance of studying out the answers to questions [...]

9 LDS Church history day-trip destinations

Church history sites dot nearly every corner of Nauvoo, Illinois. Upstate New York and Kirtland, Ohio, have their share of historically significant places too. But families living in Utah County don’t need to drive across the country [...]

10 of the most indispensable LDS talks ever given

The April 2014 General Conference was inspiring and relevant, as all such conferences are. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are counseled to study the words of the prophets and find in that study ways to become better [...]

Memorial Day activity: New Civil War records released

In conjunction with Memorial Day, FamilySearch.org announced significant updates to its free Civil War historic records collection online. Families can discover ancestors who fought in America’s Civil War by browsing the Civil War landing [...]

Free subscriptions to Ancestry.com, MyHeritage, findmypast available to LDS Church members

In an ongoing effort to make genealogical records available to Church members, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has made an agreement with three major partners — Ancestry.com, MyHeritage and findmypast — to provide premium [...]

14 milestones in the history of LDS women

Conversations around dinner tables, water coolers and circular Relief Society tables have lately centered around women’s issues in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Although the role of gender in the Church is a hot topic, [...]

British Pageant comes to Nauvoo for 2014 season

Last year, a new Church Pageant opened in the British Isles. More than 300 volunteers gave nine performances of “Truth Will Prevail,” a musical production that tells the story of early Latter-day Saints in Britain. Audiences of [...]