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 […]

10 FHE lessons that will take your family outside this summer

Utah may be known for its snow, but summers here are pretty darn great too. Who wants to stay inside for family home evening when the mountains are calling? Here are 10 ways to teach gospel lessons to your family while enjoying the great outdoors, complete with links to Utah County JustServe service opportunities for your […]

Creating ‘Trek: The Movie’ was a trek of its own spanning over a decade

Circle the wagons and pull in the handcarts — “Trek: The Movie” hits theaters April 6. “Trek: The Movie” tells the story of a teenager named Tom and his peers as they participate in a re-enactment of the pioneer pilgrimage across the plains and learn spiritual lessons along the way. Unlike the Primary song that […]

LDS Church releases annual Easter video — but you’ve seen it before

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released its annual Easter campaign on YouTube Thursday afternoon — but you may have seen the video before. For 2018, the LDS Church decided to return to its 2014 campaign, “Because of Him.” When the video was published in 2014, it garnered more than 5.2 million views […]

Countdown to conference: 10 ways to prepare

Believe it or not, general conference is just around the corner. And if it seems to you like it came faster than usual this year, you’re right — it falls on March 31 and April 1, which are the earliest possible dates for the conference that is always held during the first weekend of April. […]

Pleasant Grove father creates FHE app

In the 103 years since LDS Church President Joseph F. Smith instituted family home evening as a tradition in the Church, parents have done their best to “gather their boys and girls about them in the home and teach them the word of the Lord.” Some have been successful, others less so. But as Elder […]

13 cringeworthy Mormon valentines for 2018

Since 2014, our annual cringeworthy Mormon Valentine’s Day cards have made internet scrollers near and far roll their eyes. But if we are all being honest, this cheesiness also makes readers chuckle in an “oi vey” way. UtahValley360 continues the tradition with 13 more cringeworthy Mormon Valentine’s Day card for another “oh goodness” holiday celebration. […]

Sundance documentary highlights Imagine Dragons singer’s mission to protect LDS LGBTQ teens

How do you stop rising suicide rates among Latter-day Saint lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth? For Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds, the answers are love and listening. Reynolds’ crusade is the focus of “Believer,” a Live Nation Productions documentary released at Sundance Film Festival this week. “Believer” follows Reynolds as he wrestles […]

What I learned when I had lunch with President Nelson

On the first Tuesday of this year, President Thomas S. Monson passed away. On Tuesday, Jan. 16, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced President Russell M. Nelson as its new president. And on a Tuesday afternoon in January eight years ago, my husband and I sat down to have lunch with President Russell M. […]

What comes next?: What to expect when the new prophet is sustained

With the passing of President Thomas S. Monson, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are at a crossroads. While members mourn the loss of their beloved prophet, they also look to the future of the Church. A major part of the Church’s immediate future is the sustaining of a new prophet. […]

Helpful resources for 2018 Priesthood and Relief Society curriculum

In late 2017, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced a change to the Relief Society and Melchizedek Priesthood Sunday curriculum. Starting this year, the “Teachings of Presidents of the Church” series will no longer be the core curriculum. Instead, quorums and auxiliaries will study primarily from the teachings of living apostles and prophets. […]

LDS Church announces details for President Monson’s funeral services

The funeral services for President Thomas S. Monson will be held on Friday, Jan. 12, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced on Wednesday. President Monson died from causes incident to age on Tuesday, Jan. 2 at 10:01 p.m. The 90-year-old president, who was the 16th prophet for the LDS Church, was surrounded […]

10 New Year’s resolutions from the prophets for 2018

The Christmas decorations are put away, the gifts unwrapped, the holiday treats devoured. Now it’s time to turn over a new leaf, to set new goals, to start fresh. According to a recent report  by YouGov, the three most popular 2018 New Year’s resolutions are to (1) eat better, (2) exercise more, and (3) spend […]

5 oh-so-Mormon Halloween costumes

It’s Halloween — and, yes, Mormons can celebrate Halloween. Here are five costumes that say “I’m a Mormon”: Good news = Good costume Nephi seer of olden times EFY Leader Missionary A post shared by Andra Harlow (@lovelylevity) on Oct 31, 2013 at 2:12pm PDT Angel Moroni Have you dressed up in a Mormon-themed costume? […]

Lessons in Christ-like love from Ghana

One summer, I traveled to Ghana, in West Africa, for a work assignment. It was a life-changing experience. I was struck by the humility and spirituality of the people in general. Many Ghanaians live in abject poverty, but they are a happy, God-fearing people. One of the first things I noticed when I arrived was […]

No new temples announced at LDS general conference, update on 182 current temples

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints currently has 157 operating temples with 12 under construction, 13 previously announced and 11 announced to undergo extensive renovation. While the LDS Church typically announces new temples during general conference, no new temples were announced during the 187th Semiannual General Conference. In April General Conference, President Monson […]

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 […]

Celebrity Lookalike: Lindon’s Glen Ricks and Elder Ronald A. Rasband

Local photographer Glen Ricks was first told he looks like Elder Ronald A. Rasband a couple years ago — but he actually met Elder Rasband more than 25 years ago when he photographed a wedding Elder Rasband officiated in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Glen was serving in an LDS Young Single Adult ward and […]

LDS teen Evie Clair performs in ‘America’s Got Talent’ semifinals

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ek0SgxbC-YQ LDS thirteen-year-old Evie Clair continued her journey on “America’s Got Talent” with a performance of “Yours” in the show’s semifinals. While Clair’s angelic voice captures the hearts of America, her story pulls at the country’s heartstrings. Her father, Amos Abplanalp, was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer a year ago with a 5 percent […]

Utah-Tube: ‘Studio C’ attempts to clear up bizarre Mormon misconceptions

“Studio C” released a new comedy sketch about the misconceptions of Mormonism, only this time the misconceptions are wild, wacky and sure to spark some laughter. Friends from college reconnect at a mutual friend’s wedding where one friend (played by Mallory Everton) good-naturedly tries to help her Mormon friend (Whitney Call) live her religion. From […]

9 lessons learned from Elder and Sister Renlund during LDS Face to Face in Africa

Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Ruth, presented the second regional Face to Face event in Africa on Saturday.  The Face to Face event originated from the Ghana Missionary Training Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Elder Renlund began the Face to Face […]

The conference talk that changed my life

General conferences of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are meant to inspire and uplift people around the world. Addresses teach doctrine, give council, provide encouragement, and uplift listeners. And sometimes a talk even changes someone’s life. A few Church members responded to an informal survey about which conference talks were game-changers for them. […]

New Provo MTC expansion is changing the way LDS missionaries study

When entering one of the new buildings at the Provo Missionary Training Center, missionaries encounter a life-size mural of the Book of Mormon prophet Nephi. A scripture accompanying the mural helps missionaries ponder on Nephi’s experience: “And I was led by the Spirit, not knowing beforehand the things which I should do” (1 Nephi 4:6). […]

Modern pioneers: 3 countries where first-generation Saints are thriving

If Pioneer Day brings to mind images of 19th-century converts pushing handcarts across an unforgiving prairie floor, you’re not alone. And you’re right — the pioneers who came to Utah in the late 1800s are important to remember and left a heritage all Utahns (and all Church members) can appreciate. But pioneers exist today all […]

Exploring the hidden LDS Church history sites

Latter-day Saint history is scattered throughout the United States, from Southern California to New England. The most prominent may follow the trail of the Mormon Migration, but here’s a look at several sites that get into a deeper dive of Latter-day Saint history that could be overlooked. Sailing Saints and more in San Francisco While […]

18 signs you attended EFY at BYU

EFY was the best week of your life. You made best friends, strengthened your testimony and made memories to last a lifetime. And it’s most likely that you also experienced these 18 things if you attended the Especially For Youth program hosted at Brigham Young University in Provo. You still have your bracelet on. Even though […]

What LDS Girls Camp is like around the world

When Young Women Camp began, a small group of young women from Salt Lake City went into the mountains near their homes for a weeklong excursion. Since then, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has grown to millions of members from all around the world. Today most church members are not within hiking distance of […]

5 ‘follow the prophet’ traditions to start right now

The April 2017 general conference is now two months behind us. In conference, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shared uplifting messages and gave directions on how to improve our lives. With two months past, we can now ask, “What have I done with what I’ve learned?” All five of the traditions listed […]