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Family Home Evening

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormon Church or LDS Church) states, “Family Home Evening is a special time set aside each week that brings family members together and strengthens their love for each other, helps them draw closer to Heavenly Father, and encourages them to live righteously.” The Mormon Church places great importance on the time families spend together.  Indeed, they place so much importance on it...

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Young Mormon Missionaries

In 1974, then Mormon prophet, President Spencer W. Kimball, issued a call to all young men of the LDS Church, calling them to serve full-time missions. Within a few years, the number of young men and women in the missionary service doubled.  The enthusiastic growth didn’t stop there.  Today, about 55,000 Mormon missionaries proselyte throughout the world. Prophet Spencer W. Kimball’s call in 1974 didn’t mark the beginning of Mormon...

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The Importance of the Family

Elder L. Tom Perry Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles In a world of turmoil and uncertainty, it is more important than ever to make our families the center of our lives and the top of our priorities. Families lie at the center of our Heavenly Father’s plan. This statement from “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” declares the responsibilities of parents to their families: “Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love...

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Senior Mormon Missionaries

Not all missionaries are young.  After retirement, many Mormons go on missions.  They may have served missions when they were young, or they may not have.  What unites them is the desire to serve, whether they’ve served in the “mission field” before or not.  These late-life missionaries are called, as a group, senior missionaries. Like the more common and better-known young Mormon missionary, the senior missionary goes with a...

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Fasting Mormonism

Fasting, a voluntary abstinence from food, has been practiced for centuries as a way for the Lord’s people to humble themselves before Him and increase their ability to receive inspiration and blessings. Mormons today practice the fast for these same reasons; they fast to receive spiritual strength. In Mormonism, one Sunday each month is set aside as “fast Sunday.” On this day all members are encouraged to fast for twenty-four hours...

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We [Mormons] Bear Testimony to the World

President Gordon B. Hinckley The Lord is richly blessing His Church, and our duty is to do all we can to move it forward. My brothers and sisters, as we gather in another general conference, I am pleased to report that the [Mormon] Church continues to grow in strength and influence. In 1982, some 24 years ago, I noted this in my journal: “There will be in place for the October general conference more than 300 downlinks in our satellite...

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