On the Mend: The Conservation Lab at BYU Repairs Curated Treasures

If there were such things as book doctors, Christina Thomas would be a geriatrician. As a conservator at the BYU Harold B. Lee Library, Christina’s patients are rare books, manuscripts, photos and other historic items brought to the conservation lab by special collection curators. Armed with expertise in history, bookbinding and chemistry, Christina, along with […]

For the Books: Reid Moon’s Rare Book Collection Houses Stories of a Thousand Libraries

Reid Moon is a professional treasure hunter. His collection is never complete, although he has everything from a 1746 copy of Handel’s “Messiah” with an inscription from King George, to an original copy of Charles Darwin’s “Origin of Species.” He has collected documents from Mother Teresa, letters by Albert Einstein and artifacts from the JFK […]

5 online gems that will revitalize your scripture study

In the April 2017 general conference, then-President Thomas S. Monson invited every member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to read from the Book of Mormon every day. In a recent worldwide devotional for youth, President Russell M. Nelson built on this invitation. He said, “As you continue to read daily from […]

Man who plays Nephi in upcoming Book of Mormon videos receives mission call

Last summer, Jackson VanDerkwerken spent his summer across the country from his family in the desert of Goshen, Utah — not a typical summer for the then-17-year-old teenager — but when you’re cast as Nephi for the Book of Mormon videos, it’s necessary. And it turns out his role of Nephi and separation from his […]

Top 10 LDS stories on UtahValley360 in 2017

Before we head into the new year, we’re taking a look back at what we’ve done in the past. In LDS news during 2017, we saw tragedy and we saw hope. We saw laughter and we saw learning. Here are 10 of UtahValley360’s top stories from 2017.   10. The brothers who begin the Book Of […]

LDS Church buys printer’s manuscript of Book of Mormon for $35 million

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints purchased the printer’s manuscript of the Book of Mormon for $35 million from the Community of Christ church, both churches announced on Wednesday. “We hold the Book of Mormon to be a sacred text like the Bible,” said Elder Steven E. Snow, LDS Church historian and recorder, in […]

The most-referenced verses of LDS general conference by session

In just one month, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from around the world will join together to hear messages from the leadership of the church. The conference begins with the general women’s session on Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. The following weekend includes four general sessions on Sept. 30 and […]

5 scripture sections that focus on the atonement for Easter

The week prior to Easter is known as Holy Week, when Christians around the world remember the last days of the Savior’s earthly ministry that culminated in His sacrifice for all mankind. A careful study of the scriptures and the significance of the Savior’s atonement can enhance your observance of this important week. Here’s a list of passages that will […]

If Book of Mormon people were sorted into Hogwarts houses

The magical world of Harry Potter has captured the imaginations of millions of people worldwide, and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are no exceptions. The Twitter hashtag #MormonHarryPotter emerged a couple years ago, and one of UtahValley360.com’s most popular articles is “Who Said It: Dieter or Dumbledore?” For all you Mormon Potter […]

How to engage small children in scripture study

If anecdotes from general conference and other meetings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are any indicator of overall trends, getting young children to engage in scripture study can be laughably difficult. Elder David A. Bednar taught an important lesson about family scripture study, prayer and family home evening in his 2009 general […]

6 ways to bring variety to scripture study

In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the importance of personal scripture study cannot be—and seldom is—understated. “Scriptures are like packets of light that illuminate our minds and give place to guidance and inspiration from on high,” Elder Richard G. Scott taught. “They can become the key to opening the channel to communion […]

15 more cringeworthy Mormon Valentine’s Day cards

By Matt Bennett and Rebecca Lane How do you say “I love you” to a Mormon? With a Valentine’s Day card that puts the cheese in cheesy, of course. Here are 15 Mormon Valentine’s Day cards that say, “I hope you laugh this Valentine’s Day.” 1. 2.  3.  4.  5.  6.  7.  8. 9.  10.  […]

Sundance film ‘Don Verdean’ pokes fun at faith and fraud

BYU alumni Jared and Jerusha Hess returned to Sundance Film Festival’s center stage Wednesday with the premiere of “Don Verdean,” a film that’s every bit as outrageous as one would expect from the husband-and-wife creative team whose debut film, “Napoleon Dynamite,” stole the show at Sundance in 2004. “Don Verdean” takes a humorous look at […]

’16 Stones’ takes viewers on journey of faith

Action, adventure … and an examination of faith? The upcoming film “16 Stones,” which opens locally today, has all this and more. “16 Stones” tells the tale of three friends in 1830s Missouri who, in the face of severe religious persecution, go in search of tangible evidence to back up the Book of Mormon’s validity: […]

7 tender lessons from Book of Mormon fathers

In Latter-day Saint doctrine, a father’s purpose is to preside over, provide for and protect his family. But the best fathers do that and more. In this most important of male roles, fathers have good models to look to in the Book of Mormon. Here’s a look at seven tender fathers who show modern-day dads what […]

Elder Holland’s 10 best talks of all time

The following post by Nate Sharp originally appeared on aggielandmormons.org.  It is shared here with his permission. One of the first birthday cards I received from my wife following our wedding in 2003 contained a list she thoughtfully made of all my favorite things. It was no surprise to me that “Talks by Elder Holland” made the […]

14 cringeworthy Mormon Valentine’s Day cards

By: Matt Bennett, Rebecca Lane and Amy McDonald Because love doesn’t always need to be expressed in a sincere way — sometimes you just need to express your love with cheesy LDS references. Try these new, “spiritual” ways of saying, “Be my Valentine.”  1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. […]

2013 LDS scriptures: How they’ve improved

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints First Presidency  announced in March 2013 that the LDS standard works had been revised. That announcement was exciting—yet confusing—news. There were changes, but not so many that members needed to buy new scriptures. The new edition was improved, but not so drastically as to necessitate action. So, […]

BYU grads release ‘Mormon Games’ app

Mormon Games App

If “Angry Birds” isn’t your idea of uplifting Sunday entertainment, a new, free app from three BYU graduates might be just what you’re looking for. “Mormon Games” is an uplifting, educational game for members of the LDS Church that is as entertaining as it is enlightening. “Our goal was to create a game that was entertaining, […]