This is the time, brothers and sisters, to make our voices heard. In the media today, as we would look at it from any vantage point, I think we'd have to say that Lucifer's influence has a far more dominant influence than the Lord's. We are in a war. This war is the same that [...]

"This would be like Martin Scorsese calling up Adam Sandler and telling him to stop making comedies because he didn't feel they were the kind of movies he would make." via 'God's Army' creator foresees better LDS films – Salt Lake Tribune.

I realized that I have a year to write whatever I want. Twelve months to use however I see fit. I might not write anything good. But on the other hand, I might write something amazing. Suddenly I had the feeling of, “Right here and now, anything is possible.” I have some great projects I [...]

Morality is a mark of Mormon literature. via Benson Parkinson’s “Three Kinds of Appropriateness” | A Motley Vision.

“I am hoping that people can see that you can have active energy with art by looking at an ordinary object,” Frioux said. “Also, that art can benefit people in more ways than one.” via

Packard said they also discussed the possibility of having a conference and religious film festival in the future that would include films from all denominations and not just Christian religions. via

The "Fifth Wave" is designated by the relative success of some LDS films in commercial theaters, separating it from the "Fourth Wave," from 1974-2000, which saw the advent of large format theater productions, such as "Legacy" and "The Testaments." Astle believes that current LDS filmmakers take themselves too seriously. "The best filmmaking is done when [...]

Latter-day Saints have been active participants in science and technology. Learning about those who have worked so hard to get technology to where it is today can inspire us to keep innovating.  Many of the innovations that we enjoy were either invented or influenced by Latter-day Saints. Mormons in Technology is a short series of [...]

"Whatever Heavenly Father tells you to do, do it. He will help you. Do it with the standpoint of fidelity to your god, spouse, children and you will change the world," said Mitch Davis, keynote speaker of the Leadership Summit Great Ideas Exchange that was held on November 6. via Newsroom Brigham Young University-Hawaii.

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Benedict met artists from around the world in the Sistine Chapel on Saturday and urged them to inject spirituality into their work, saying contemporary beauty was often "illusory and deceitful." via Reuters .

PROVO — Don't wait for someone else to start talking about Mormons and politics, Harvard law professor Noah Feldman says. via Deseret News

Still, much of the reaction is more anti-Mormon than anti-Beck. via

One of my best friends at Brandeis was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (also known as the Mormon church). Throughout my period of atheism, I had mocked and made rude remarks about her faith in ways that I have come to realize was completely unbecoming of a true [...]

Finally, Beck’s oft-ridiculed penchant for punctuating his tirades with tears is the hallmark of a distinctly Mormon mode of masculinity. As sociologist David Knowlton has written, “Mormonism praises the man who is able to shed tears as a manifestation of spirituality.” Crying and choking up are understood by Mormons as manifestations of the Holy Spirit. [...]

"I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I can't say I know where it all took place," Merrill said as he addressed a packed house as the conference's keynote speaker. "I'm the guy who made the biggest, most expensive film (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) has ever made, and I [...]

The filmmakers hope the compelling subject matter of "Cleanflix" will draw an audience. "People love movies about movies, and people are interested in Mormonism," James said, "and clearly our movie is about both of those things." via Salt Lake Tribune.

From The Glenn Beck Program-

Current director Jerry Bradford announced the special showing of “Messiah: Behold the Lamb of God,” a seven-part documentary series produced by the Maxwell Institute in collaboration with BYU Broadcasting. Parts one through three of the series are showing in the Joseph Smith Building auditorium through Friday, 4:30 until 6:45 p.m. The series is in its [...]

Carter began by outlining the three reasons Mormon publications are hitting some lean times: 1. Consumers think information should be free. 2. The recession is affecting Mormon publications. 3. The blogs are taking away the Mormon magazine and journal audience since they are real-time conversations. He advanced three ways traditional Mormon publications could once again [...]

Speaking Monday in a session of BYU's Education Week, Ballam said that just as hymns and songs can be inspired by God, so can music be inspired convincingly and beautifully by the devil. via MormonTimes

Finally, Bott spoke of how Abraham had to do something which was totally against his value system. He said most saints would never find themselves asked to do something in this category, but that there are examples where the Lord has asked something along these lines to allow his servants to learn something about themselves. [...]

Mormon mommy blogging follows the trends of mommy blogging in general. Women come together to discuss their experiences as mothers and to find answers to how better raise their children, help their spouses or even save their sanity. "Motherhood is learning on the job. You need community to learn how to deal with toddlers. You [...]

In his commencement speech at Brigham Young University Thursday, Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints urged Latter-day Saints to proclaim their belief in following Jesus Christ and to avoid being defensive. via  LDS Newsroom.

Elder M. Russell Ballard: Engaging Without Being Defensive – LDS Newsroom.

"You and I have an errand from the Lord to help the rising generation develop the Spirit of Zion so that all through their lives wherever they are they will build Zion," he said. via LDS Church News

What did Henry Louis Gates Jr. recently say about Mormons? How should a civil society handle battles of ideas? Which new books highlight Mormon themes? The Mormon Media Observer found some interesting answers this week. via MormonTimes

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland referenced the Harry Potter series as a positive morality tale, whose messages have practical value for parents and children. In a 2006 speech at the Fourth Annual Guardian of Light Award Dinner, Elder Holland said: “You are well aware of the Harry Potter books and movies by J. K. Rowling. One [...]

The way we use talent today evolved from the parable. Our ancestors took the lesson of the parable and recognized that any special ability a person is given is very much like the amount of money that the master in the parable gave to each of his servants. via MormonTimes

Knowledge doesn’t come all at once. It is a process that continues throughout life, and is added to “line upon line, precept upon precept,” he said. It is important to have the knowledge of how to worship and what to worship, he said via BYU NewsNet

Questions about Glenn Beck's faith are being posed by thousands of Internet-browsing Americans still exploring affiliations of the wound-up fury of fiery conservatism. Searches asking if Glenn Beck is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have recently reached an all-time high on the Web, according to an analysis of major [...]

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