Once upon a time, my wife and I watched a TV movie on a basic cable channel — the TV-edited version of a movie that was originally rated R in theaters. It was okay, but the interesting part was what we didn’t see. via CleanFlix and Clean Flicks: A Look At Edited Movies | LDS [...]

"We have an awesome responsibility ahead of us," Witcher said. "In so many ways, we have history in our hands. What are we going to do with it? If we wait, if we relegate for someone else to take care of, we are endangering that history — that history may be lost." via The coming [...]

Why are they doing it? Perhaps the answer comes from the strong faith they've developed, pioneering the gospel in French Polynesia. Perhaps their culture and language help, with age-old expressions like, "Haere noa!" — "Keep on going!" and "A rohi!" — "Ever onward!" And for this trip at least, some strength must come from generations [...]

Palmyra, NY – Every year, Eric and Julie Lentz take their six children on a family vacation. Last year, the Lentz family — who are Mormons — drove across the country, visiting family and historical church sites in Ohio, Illinois and Salt Lake City, Utah. This year, they decided to drive an hour west to [...]

Sometimes fate will take you by the hand and lead you somewhere without you even realizing it. It's only when you look back that you notice. Some of the Mormon families that perform in Branson didn't call it fate when they spoke of their gradual emergence onto the stages there — many called it the [...]

Mormon sisters Ali and Christina Christensen were told early in life they would never sing in public because their cystic fibrosis would restrict their breathing and cut their lives short. via Mormon sisters fighting their way to 'America's Got Talent' finals | Mormon Times.

The pageant has been going on for 70 years, and involves hundreds of people performing on the stage at one time. One came from halfway around the world to be here. Army specialist Greg Doyle has been stationed in Afghanistan since February. When he found out he was getting leave, he knew exactly where he [...]

Ultimately, where the film really misses the mark is in its portrayal of Mormons—less than 2% of Americans belong to the church—as a threat to fundamental American political values. At various points in U.S. history, Protestant Christian majorities persecuted Quakers, Mormons, Catholics and Jews. Until recent decades, racial majorities deprived African Americans, Chinese Americans and [...]

To our young people, the glorious youth of this generation, I say, be true. Hold to the faith. Stand firmly for what you know to be right. You face tremendous temptation. It comes at you in the halls of popular entertainment, on the Internet, in the movies, on television, in cheap literature, and in other [...]

From time to time we hear great artists or athletes described as “Renaissance men.” Society marvels at the variety of their accomplishments—a football player who also excels as a musician or a writer who can also paint. via Music and the Spoken Word.

For those who work behind the scenes of summer pageants of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, there is little doubt as to what the driving force is behind these popular summer productions — the youth.Mormon summer pageants, which kick off in Manti, Utah, are well known for dramatic displays of history from [...]

Congress must ensure that obscenity laws are enforced so that children are not exposed to pornography on the Internet, researchers and advocates of Internet safety said Tuesday. Speaking at a briefing at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, researchers said because obscenity laws have not been upheld or enforced, illegal adult pornography has flooded and polluted [...]

Remember how your kindergarten teacher would yell "Stop, look, and listen!" when she wanted the class to pipe down? A good documentary should be something like that—something that makes you pay attention and, if youre lucky, learn something.Judging by that elementary standard, the film 8: The Mormon Proposition mostly flunks out. The film is a [...]

"In today's world our children aren't learning the traditional values of patriotism," said Sister Mitchell, who introduced the program to Vermont last year. "This program is a fun way to help them learn patriotic American messages. The people who wrote the music were inspired and are so willing to share." via LDS Church News – [...]

Featuring a Mormon church emeritus general authority and well-known poet-author as inaugural speakers, the Church History Museum is kicking off a new evening-event theme later this month. "The Story of My Life" — a new installment of the ongoing "Evenings at the Museum" series on Saturday, June 26 — will focus on the importance of [...]

It took just two days for 11 Mormons to make the mostly interstate drive from their homes in Provo and Orem, Utah, to Omaha, Nebraska. It's taken nearly two weeks for that same group of people to walk from Omaha to Grand Island while pulling a 190-pound, two-wheeled cart in a re-enactment of the final [...]

Hallowed Ground Sacred Journeys is a multimedia platform featuring Religious Educators from BYU. It consists of a website, virtualtours.byu.edu, a hardcover book, “Salt Lake City, Ensign to the Nations,” a Salt Lake City church history tour guide and a DVD-ROM that includes the virtual tours also found on the website. The educators teach about various [...]

“Your father loves you and so does your heavenly Father. … As long as we have today, we can change the world. … Marry for love, marry for laughs, but mostly importantly as my wife Tania taught me, marry for God. Without God, life’s storms are too strong to withstand. … Life is hard, and [...]

A Provo family will trek nearly 1,200 miles over the next three months, pulling a single handcart from Winter Quarters, Neb., to Salt Lake City in honor of the 150th anniversary of the 9th and 10th Mormon handcart companies that crossed the plains in 1860. Clive Haydon handed in his master’s thesis to the BYU [...]

The Lord’s command to keep the Sabbath Day holy has been a truly invaluable blessing in my life. Though it is tempting, from one perspective, to see Sunday as a test of faith and endurance, with a bevy of activities deemed inappropriate, those who keep this commandment with a sincere heart come to see that [...]

Ideally, collaboration works best with people you know and whose instincts you trust. That's what compelled Joan Woodbury to seek out her son as a collaborative partner 19 years ago when she was creating the dance "L'invasion," and why she has entrusted the family business to her daughter today. via Ririe-Woodbury: The art of the [...]

The Green River, Utah, native is on leave from the Phantom of the Opera tour as he and his wife are expecting their fourth child in a few weeks. He is scheduled to return to the tour at the end of May. Then resumes the family home evenings via Skype and phone calls for family [...]

And not that this has anything to do with the other, but I want to know your thoughts on the iPad. I read an article claiming computers as we know them would now change, and so I'm curious – have you bought an iPad? Do you plan on buying one soon? Are you interested in [...]

Neal McDonough is a marvelous actor who elevates every role he plays, whether it's in Band of Brothers or Desperate Housewives. So when he was suddenly replaced with David James Elliott 3 days into the filming on ABC's new series Scoundrels earlier this week, there had to be a story behind the story. The move [...]

That is what the arts can do for the stories of our ancestors—make them memorable, enjoyable, and repeatable. And the specific art used is almost inconsequential! It can be quilting, drama, storytelling, literature, music, dance, cooking, pottery, sewing, painting, puppetry, weaving, even architecture! (The control room in my recording studio is the “Joseph C. Clive [...]

Notable Mormon pioneers are returning to Salt Lake City. Visitors to the LDS Church History Museum during conference weekend will likely run into a blacksmith or a stonecutter — or perhaps Eliza R. Snow, Sarah Granger Kimball or Amanda Barnes Smith. Brigham Young also will be there. "It creates an experience," said Angela Ames, who [...]

LAIE, Hawaii — The Polynesian Cultural Center's new night show, "Ha: Breath of Life," has been released on DVD. The DVD features the complete production of Hawaii's most popular paid tourist attraction along with 28-minutes of bonus features. The DVD is available for $30 at all PCC gift shops and online at www.polynesia.com. The DVD [...]

If you've ever watched the classic movie "The Ten Commandments" by Cecil B. DeMille, it is so engaging it may have become your definitive version of Moses. But the 1956 film, starring Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner (which will be broadcast next Saturday, April 3, from 6-10 p.m. on KTVX Ch. 4), sprinkles more than [...]

s the curtains raised on opening night, the first voice and face Jed and Kathy Hansen saw onstage was that of their daughter Rhiannon. The Logan couple, who traveled to the crowded Rhode Island theater for their daughter's epic performance, smiled at each other and cried. "Here is a girl who had a dream and [...]

She co-sleeps, diapers her baby in cloth, eats almost strictly out of her garden, owns chickens, and sews her baby's clothes. But don't call her crunchy, granola or associate her with hippies, armpit hair and tofu — though she does like tofu. Amy Thompson is a progressive pioneer, author of the blog progressivepioneer.com. The new [...]

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