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You ARE What You SHARE, Online!


You may not realize this, but YOU ARE WHAT YOU SHARE, online! What you choose to SHARE with others, through the use of Social Media, tells the story of YOU! When you send out a "MESSAGE", be it through Facebook, Twitter, Blogging, Email, etc -- you are essentially saying, "Hey Everybody -- THIS is ME!" You are telling others what is IMPORTANT to you. Ultimately, you believe that they will ALSO find it important. If not, WHY would you SHARE it?
Social media is online content created by people using highly accessible and scalable publishing technologies. At its most basic sense, social media is a shift in how people discover, read and share news, information and content. It's a fusion of sociology and technology, transforming monologues (one to many) into dialogues (many to many) and is the democratization of information, transforming people from content readers into publishers. Social media has become extremely popular because it allows people to connect in the online world to form relationships for personal, political and business use..." Wikipedia


Social Networking
is about making connections. We CONNECT with those, online - who have similar VALUES AND INTERESTS. We refer to these "connections" as our FRIENDS.

Social Networking In Plain English



In reality, because of the ability to connect with those that we DO know and who REALLY are our friends -- through Social Networking -- we are then able to easily make further connections with others, whom can potentially become good connections, too... even "FRIENDS". The possibilities of finding those with similar interest, values and concern as yours, online - are ENDLESS!

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - understands the POWER of Social Networking, and Social Media - for SHARING THE GOSPEL, online. On LDSMediaTalk, Larry Richman helps the Church by keeping a nice list on his of  Official LDS Church Websites, so that we have excellent Social Media to share with our non-member friends. They have invited members of the Church, to help distribute this media. Each time that we share a video, or an article from an LDS website, a widget, etc... WE are helping to share the gospel online, with our growing Social Network.

The internet is flooded with Social Media, of ALL kinds. It's really very cool. What we choose to share with others on and through our Social Networks, tells others WHAT we think, value and has meaning in our lives. It is a REVELATION, and a record of WHO we ARE!

If we are fortunate enough to have a VOICE - that others are willing to listen to - then WHAT we do SHARE - ought to be ONLY those things which are of "good report".

tDMg
Kathryn Skaggs

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The Last Days - As In The Days Of Noah


LDS Video about the LAST DAYS, and some of the stunning and EPIC circumstances and SIGNS -- that testify that we are truly living them -- and MUST PREPARE our families NOW!

Here's what Dave, who made this video, had to share about it:


"I have felt strongly the need for this video to be created. --- A friend of mine, Karen Boren, a wonderful author and researcher found the following quotes for me, which prompted me to create this video:
"There was only one time in history, where men were given in marriage to men, and women given in marriage to women. Want to venture a guess as to when? No, it wasn't in Sodom and Gomorrah, although that was my guess. Homosexuality was rampant there, of course, but according to the Talmud, not homosexual marriage. What about ancient Greece? Rome? No. Babylon? No again. The one time in history when homosexual marriage was practiced was during the days of Noah. And according to Satinover, thats what the Babylonian Talmud attributes as the final straw that led to the Flood."WorldNetDaily

"The generation of Noah was condemned to eradication by the flood because they had sunk so low morally, that, according to Midrashic teaching, they wrote out formal marriage contracts for sodomy and buggery--" Leviticus Rabbah 18:13. Quote from "Jewish Bioethics," Dr. Fred Rosner and Rabbi David Bleich, Ktav Publishing House, Israel, December 1999, page 219:

"Now, the video is not about same sex marriage, but it is interesting that we are experiencing all of the same things that happened in the days of Noah. Same-sex marriage laws have been passed recently in Connecticut and Iowa. Vermont and Maine will honor same-sex marriage in September and New Hampshire in January 2010. But rather, it is about the need we have to prepare both spiritually and temporally for what is to come...
"But as it was in the days of Noah, so it shall be also at the coming of the Son of Man; For it shall be with them, as it was in the days which were before the flood; for until the day that Noah entered into the ark they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage; And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be." JST Matthew 41-43.

We Live In The Days Just As In The Time Of Noah: LDS Mormon Prophets And Leaders Warn And Prepare Us

Be sure to visit Dave's YouTube channel and watch more of his well done LDS videos!

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Kathryn Skaggs


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Come Celebrate My 100th Post!


When I first created this blog, A Well Behaved Mormon Woman - I really didn't know how it would evolve... Just this week, I published my 100th post! Needless to say, I can hardly believe it.

This little blog, has become a sort of personal haven, for me. For those of you who have been following me over the past year or so, you will note that I write on a variety of topics. And that, is exactly why this particular blog of mine, has actually become my favorite place to write. I almost feel guilty saying it. That's not to say, that writing on my other blogs, does not have its rewards, as well. But I was just browsing over those 100 posts, and realized just how much fun I've been having here, with all of YOU!

So, thank you so much for hanging out with me:-)


At A Well Behaved Mormon Woman, I write mainly to an LDS audience. I just love you! I've tried to inspire you and inform you - the best way I know how; about those things that I am passionate about -- and that I feel are important to our little LDS community. Although, I am privileged to have many, not of our faith - who read and support this blog. I hope that you, too, have gotten a little bit more of a glimpse and understanding into the life of a simple Mormon gal.

That really makes me happy.

I tend to share more of my personal feelings and thoughts about things like my family, traditional marriage, current events, etc... and how that applies to my religious beliefs. I also get a little silly at times. On occasion, I will even expound doctrine. However, most of my expounding of LDS doctrine, is done over on Hubpages, as LdsNana-AskMormon . Over there, I write about Mormonism and our beliefs - with a focus on those who would like to know more about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Most of my energy in writing online - has been spent on Hubpages . Each article over there, averages approximately 2000 words per post. I think that is why I am so surprised with the fact that I have so many entries here, now.

I really do love that I can just write spontaneously here -- as little or as much as I feel like -- about whatever strikes me at any given moment, literally!


When I first started writing over on Hubpages, I was new to blogging and writing my own stuff, online. I was NOT new to interacting with those who either were wanting to know more about the Church, or dealing with apostate Mormons, as well as those who are our worst and most vile enemies, online. Yuck! I would say, that I became a good defender of the faith. Really good! When I finally decided to begin blogging on my own, it was right before Elder Ballard gave his landmark address, at BYU Hawaii. There seemed to be such a great need for more positive information about the Church, on the Internet. Needless to say, I was thrilled when he did, and felt I had made the right decision to do so.

In making the decision to "blog for the Lord", and after dealing with so much negativity online, in defending the Church - I decided to take a completely different approach to my time spent online. I made the decision that there were enough LDS apologist, who are well trained to do a good job at what they do best -- and that I could offer more of a basic approach -- with my solid LDS doctrinal background.

I'm so glad that I did. I much prefer teaching about the doctrines and principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ, than defending or debating them. However, I will always STAND UP when necessary! I've learned that there are so many more wonderful people online, genuinely interested in learning about the LDS Church, from a credible source. I've tried very hard to be, just that. It has been an extremely fulfilling way to go about sharing the gospel, online.

I also hope, that this blog encourages more LDS members, to go out and do the same...

I'm excited to see where and how A Well Behaved Mormon Woman will continue to progress - through my next 100 posts. I can promise you this for certain -- that as "that" Well Behaved Mormon Woman -- I will continue to be one to WATCH!

tDMg
Kathryn Skaggs

Note:
I'd love for you to FOLLOW this blog....

Other Places that I write, online:

The LDS GrandParent Place

Write On! on Hubpages

KooLDSgirlZ

LdsNana-AskMormon on Hubpages


You can also find me on KathrynSkaggs.com

See Ya!

Hawaii Mormon Temple Video



Thank you to Seth Adam Smith, for another beautiful LDS video. Here, we are treated to stunning pictures of the Mormon Temple in Hawaii - along with the most inspiring of music. Seth also shares with us a brief history about this very special LDS Temple...

This video is dedicated to the Polynesian Saints.

"The Laie Hawaii Temple is a temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) located on the northeast shore of the Hawaiian island of Oʻahu. The temple sits on a small hill a half-mile from the Pacific Ocean in the town of Lāʻie, 35 miles (56 km) from Honolulu. Along with Brigham Young University Hawaii and the Polynesian Cultural Center, the Laie Hawaii Temple plays an important role in the town of Lā'ie, with the temple Visitors' Center attracting more than 100,000 people annually.

Laie Hawaii Temple was the first LDS Church temple built outside of the continental United States. The temple is also the oldest to operate outside of Utah, and the fifth-oldest LDS temple still in operation. The site of the temple was dedicated by Church President Joseph F. Smith on June 1, 1915, and the completed structure was dedicated by Church President Heber J. Grant on November 27, 1919. Laie Hawaii Temple was formerly known as the Hawaiian Temple or the Hawaii Temple until a standard naming convention for LDS temples was adopted in the early 2000s."




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Kathryn Skaggs


Please be sure to share this lovely video with others...

LDS Temple Report


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' - Public Affairs YouTube channel has just released this exciting segment from the Church World Report - on the fast paced building of the most recent LDS Temples.


We live in such an exciting time in the growth of the Church. It is truly a modern day miracle, to witness the building of temples throughout the world at such an unprecedented rate.



tDMg
Kathryn Skaggs

Polls Show Support For Same-Sex Marriage Wavering


Citizenslink.com is reporting today, that a "new poll finds only 33 percent of Americans favor [same-sex marriage], a 9-point drop since April". Now that's really good news! What this means, is that the more we keep educating about WHY it is important to preserve traditional marriage in society, the more people are forced to THINK about what such a fundamental change would mean to the future of THE FAMILY!

"The number of Americans who support same-sex marriage has plunged over the last few months, according to a new poll.

The CBS News/New York Times study found that 33 percent of respondents favor same-sex marriage. That represents a 9 point drop since April.

Everett Rice, legislative coordinator for the California Family Council, said he has a theory about the decrease.

"People really recognize their core and their values, their heritage," he said. "When people want to go in and redefine that, it really goes against everybody's individual cultural understanding."

I also believe that when people begin to understand that same-gender "unions", without the designation of "marriage", can actually obtain the same benefits -- and in many states already -- they begin to think a little more clearly on the subject. For some, IF this is about "equal rights", it is becoming more and more evident that "rights" are not being taken away from the gay community, simply because they are not allowed to rewrite the definition of marriage.

Most people ultimately agree, that legal unions should be made available to those who desire them, and such should benefit by law in the same ways as those who are "traditionally" married. However, changing the definition of marriage, which is between a man and a woman is not necessary, for those who practice homosexuality to get what it is - that they claim to really want.

It's also interesting to note, that President Obama has just recently backed off his earlier determination to repeal the "Defense of Marriage Act", on the federal level. Perhaps he got wind of this most recent poll -- and is finally realizing that Americans at heart, are still a fairly conservative, and religious bunch of folks. Needless to say, Mr. Obama is not nearly as popular with the gay community as once hoped.

Another positive indicator, as a result of this recent poll, shows that most people are not getting their information by which they are forming their opinions - through mainstream media. That tells me, that what many of us are doing online via social media, may be having a more powerful effect than we realize.

With that, I say keep blogging, keep sharing on Facebook and Twitter, etc...

tDMg
Kathryn Skaggs

Father, Consider Your Ways...

The following was published as “A Message from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” and was distributed as a pamphlet in December 1973.


Brethren, have you considered the challenge it is to be a successful father? It takes hard work and planning to rear your children in righteousness and have unity with your wife, to build a constant feeling of love and harmony in the home. Why is being a successful, righteous father such a challenge for almost any man?

The Lord’s plan of salvation requires that you pass through trials in this mortal life. Those trials seem to be greatest when you reach fatherhood, but be assured—fatherhood, in a sense, is an apprenticeship to godhood. This presentation will help give you a broader perspective of what it means to be a father; to give you an understanding and a feeling of your worth to your Father in Heaven. Father, consider your ways!

Fatherhood and the Plan of Salvation


Through His Son, Jesus Christ, God created the heavens and the earth. At this time you lived with Him as His spirit child, and you shouted for joy when this earth was formed. You knew the necessity of coming to earth, of gaining a physical body, and of passing through the many trials of earth life. You knew that at times you would make mistakes. You also knew that through the atoning sacrifice of your Brother and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, you could repent of these mistakes and be found clean.

You also knew that Jesus Christ was to be your example and would show you the way to return back to your Father in Heaven. “So God created man in his own image … ; male and female created he them” (Gen. 1:27). And He gave man dominion, or stewardship, over all things on the earth and made him accountable for them. His greatest stewardship and accountability would be for children.

Marriage, as ordained of God, is the lawful union of man and wife, not only for this earth life, but for all eternity. A paramount purpose of marriage is to clothe spirit children of our Father in Heaven with earthly bodies. When your first child is born, you become a father. The title father is sacred and eternal. It is significant that of all the titles of respect and honor and admiration that are given to Deity, He has asked us to address Him as Father.

Your Family


A father is the presiding authority in his family. On this earth your initial experience of being a father of a family gives you opportunities to learn to govern with love and patience, and with your wife to teach each of your children correct principles, to prepare them to become proper fathers and mothers. When you do this according to the pattern given us by the Lord and you endure to the end, your family will be added upon eternally. A righteous family is an eternal unit. On this earth, priesthood quorums and all other organizations of the Church aid you, the father, and your wife and family in achieving these eternal goals.

Father, with your wife you have entrusted to you from God the power to be cocreators with Him, to multiply and replenish the earth. As cocreators, you have delegated to you the opportunity and responsibility to bring into mortality and teach in light and truth spirit children of our Father in Heaven.

A Father Is a Teacher

When you recognize the importance of teaching your children, you become humble, because at once you realize that this is accomplished by precept and example. You cannot be one thing and effectively teach another. You must live and study and pray for the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost. You must purify and organize your life so that your example and leadership reflect the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

You must plan your day as guided by the Spirit of the Lord, earnestly seeking your own welfare and the welfare of your family before other cares blind you to these first responsibilities. As we have been taught by living prophets, “No other success in life can compensate for failure in the home” (David O. McKay, in Conference Report, Apr. 1964, 5) 1 and “The greatest work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own home” (Harold B. Lee, Strengthening the Home [1973], 7).

It must be emphasized that as a father, you are always teaching. For good or ill your family learns your ways, your beliefs, your heart, your ideas, your concerns. Your children may or may not choose to follow you, but the example you give is the greatest light you hold before your children, and you are accountable for that light.

At one time a young father acted somewhat unkindly to his wife. Three days later this same man saw his three-year-old daughter use his very words in acting unkindly to her mother. The man was sobered and came to ask himself this question, “Do I love my children and family enough to repent, to change my life for their welfare?”

The obligations, the burdens, the responsibility of being a proper father may seem overwhelming. Fortunately, you are not required to preside and judge and act without counsel, without assistance. You have a wife—a companion, a counselor, a partner, a helpmeet, a friend.

Is she one with you? Do you thank the Lord daily for her? Do you keep the covenants you made with her and with the Lord in the temple? Do you always strive to keep your thoughts and words and actions pure? Do you realize that when you offend her in any way it is like offending yourself, since you are one?

Does she know of your love for her? Is your relationship one of continual courtship? Do you regularly spend time together—alone, where your expression and actions reassure her of your appreciation and reliance on her companionship? Do you exercise righteous leadership with her?

Do you always keep sight of your marriage goal, the creation of an eternal unit bound together by love and by the power and ordinances of the priesthood?

What Will Be Your Report?


Father, you are accountable to the Lord for what you have and what you are. In the future you will surely stand before Him. What will be your report concerning your family? Will you be able to report that your home was a place of love, a bit of heaven? That daily family prayer and secret prayer were fostered? That it was a house of fasting? That in family home evenings and at other times you and your wife taught your children the basic principles of the gospel?

Will you be able to report that you created an environment in your home to build faith in a living God, to encourage learning, to teach order, obedience, and sacrifice? That you often shared your testimony of the reality of your Father in Heaven, of the truthfulness of the restored gospel with your wife and children? Will you be able to report that you followed the living prophets? That your home was where your tender children could feel protected and safe, and where they felt the love and acceptance and warmth [from] you and their mother?

And what will be your report concerning the temporal welfare of your family? It is God’s plan that you work for what you get. Your occupation should be honorable and should provide sufficiently to meet the needs of your family. Are your duties and labors undertaken with a joyful and thankful spirit? Do your wife and children feel secure because you feel good about your occupation? Do you practice frugality and thrift and avoid debt by living within your income, your tithed income? Do your wife and children feel a sense of tradition and stability because the family home is not relocated on a whim, for unsound reasons?

Father, are you committed to the eternal welfare of each of your children? Do you labor and love and strive with them as long as they live?

A Father Is a Leader

Fatherhood is leadership, the most important kind of leadership. It has always been so; it always will be so. Father, with the assistance and counsel and encouragement of your eternal companion, you preside in the home. It is not a matter of whether you are most worthy or best qualified, but it is a matter of law and appointment. You preside at the meal table, at family prayer. You preside at family home evening; and as guided by the Spirit of the Lord, you see that your children are taught correct principles. It is your place to give direction relating to all of family life.

You give father’s blessings. You take an active part in establishing family rules and discipline. As a leader in your home you plan and sacrifice to achieve the blessing of a unified and happy family. To do all of this requires that you live a family-centered life.

Prepare Your Family

Now, you are a son of God. You were sent to this earth to gain a physical body and to prove yourself in the trials and experiences of this earth life. It is the plan of your Father in Heaven that you have been or will be sealed for eternity to a companion. In marriage you and your wife are one in purpose as you strive to fulfill the purposes of the Lord. As a cocreator with God you bring forth children.

You prepare your family and each member in the family to serve their fellowman, to build the kingdom of God on earth. You conscientiously provide for their material well-being. In the family you learn to govern righteously. You teach your family generally and each child individually the doctrines of the kingdom.

The day will come when you will stand before the Lord and report your stewardship as a father on earth. Father, consider your ways. What will be your report?
Fathers and Mothers Work Together

Following are teachings for fathers by [other] Church leaders:


“We are trying to preserve the traditional family—father, mother, and children—working together in love toward a common goal. In large measure we are succeeding against great odds. We advocate a family home evening, for instance, one night a week reserved for family activity together. Lessons from the scriptures are taught. Family business is discussed. Vacations are planned. We sing together. We pray together. It works!” (Gordon B. Hinckley, “Excerpts from Recent Addresses of President Gordon B. Hinckley,” Ensign, Jan. 1998, 73–74).

“I repeat that plea to all fathers. Yours is the basic and inescapable responsibility to stand as head of the family. That does not carry with it any implication of dictatorship or unrighteous dominion. It carries with it a mandate that fathers provide for the needs of their families. Those needs are more than food, clothing, and shelter. Those needs include righteous direction and the teaching, by example as well as precept, of basic principles of honesty, integrity, service, respect for the rights of others, and an understanding that we are accountable for that which we do in this life” (Gordon B. Hinckley, “Bring Up a Child in the Way He Should Go,” Ensign, Nov. 1993, 60).


“In the home it is a partnership with husband and wife equally yoked together, sharing in decisions, always working together. While the husband, the father, has responsibility to provide worthy and inspired leadership, his wife is neither behind him nor ahead of him but at his side” (Boyd K. Packer, “The Relief Society,” Ensign, May 1998, 73).


“Is yours a culture where the husband exerts a domineering, authoritarian role, making all of the important decisions for the family? That pattern needs to be tempered so that both husband and wife act as equal partners, making decisions in unity for themselves and their family. No family can long endure under fear or force; that leads to contention and rebellion. Love is the foundation of a happy family” (Richard G. Scott, “Removing Barriers to Happiness,” Ensign, May 1998, 86).

Some Points of Emphasis



1. Your fatherhood is, in a sense, an apprenticeship to godhood.

2. Your earth life is a part of the plan of salvation that enables you to become like your Father in Heaven.

3. Jesus Christ is your example to show you the way to return to your Father in Heaven.

4. A righteous family is an eternal unit.

5. You are the presiding authority in the home.

6. The Church exists to assist you to return with your family to the presence of our Father in Heaven.

7. You and your wife are cocreators with God for the eternal welfare of His spirit children.

8. You teach most effectively by example.

9. The greatest work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own home.

10. You must seek the Spirit of the Lord in leading your family.

11. The mother sustains the father and is his helpmeet, his counselor.

12. You and your wife are one in purpose.

13. You have the responsibility for the physical, mental, social, and spiritual well-being of your children.

14. You have the responsibility to lead your family by:


a. Governing, correcting, nurturing, and blessing them in meekness, tenderness, and love on the principles of righteousness (see D&C 121:34–45).


b. Creating an environment in the home conducive to order, prayer, worship, learning, fasting, happiness, and the Spirit of the Lord.


c. Teaching them the principles of faith in Christ, repentance, baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost, enduring to the end, and praying vocally and in secret.


d. Loving God and keeping His commandments.


[illustrations] Illustrated by Cary Henrie
Source: About.com
"Father, Consider Your Ways," Ensign, Jun 2002, 12.

New Mormon Channel iPhone App Released!

As planned, the new Mormon Channel radio station has just released their iphone app, which has been anxiously awaited by all of us who have an iphone. Perfect timing too, considering that Apple has just released the awesome 3.0 software upgrade for the iphone; and the fact that just yesterday the NEW IPHONE 3G S was released, too! Currently I am seeing how long I can exercise self restraint, before I break down and indulge myself with the new iphone. I REALLY LIKE THE WHITE MODEL:-)



It's an "Apple Party" this week!!! FYI: The Mormon Channel iphone app, also works with your ipod!

And the best part, the Mormon Channel iphone application is FREE!

You may not know this about me, but I LOVE Apple! I love my Mac laptop, my iphone, my ipod, etc... LOL Anyway, I'm really excited that I can now access and listen to the Mormon Channel, via this new iphone application. Way to go, guys!



The new iPhone application is finally here! Get the new app for free in the iTunes store. And for users of other mobile phones, don't worry. Other applications are currently in development.



Enjoy!
tDMg
Kathryn Skaggs

Fathers, We NEED You!


Forty years ago, when I was only 10-years-old, my parents announced to me and my two sisters, that they were getting a divorce. After that night, my father and mother never lived under the same roof, again.


I can't really say for sure, how my life would have been different now, IF I had had both my mother and father to raise me through the remainder of my childhood.

However, I do know - that the vacancies were felt at such deep levels of emotion, that even today, at almost 50 years of age - I feel the effects; and have operated from this place - throughout my entire life.

Because of the effects of not having my own father around, during the most critical times of my childhood, I am certain that I am more committed to my own immediate family, now. The fallout of divorce is tragic.

Children are entitled to both a mother and a father.
Both parents are needed, to ensure healthy and happy children; and ultimately well adjusted adults. Adults who themselves, then become parents. Children deserve two committed parents, who understand the importance of THE FAMILY.

As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are blessed to understand the eternal significance of the family unit. We support, defend and educate others on the importance of traditional marriage, for all of these reasons. Traditional marriage, is what creates, supports and sustains the ability of the Plan of Salvation to fulfill its great work.

Currently, the importance and understanding of the "traditional family" in society, is at risk of becoming extinct. Proponents of same-gender marriage refuse to acknowledge the natural laws that create families. In so doing, they devalue both mothers and fathers, in the raising of healthy individuals.

Church leaders have taught clearly, that the FAMILY is the adversaries main target for thwarting the individual progress of God's children. When traditional marriage is threatened, it really comes down to our birth-RIGHT!

It is the NATURAL birthright of every individual born, to have both a FATHER and a MOTHER. There is NO other way to enter into this LIFE! Through eternal covenants, it is the ONLY way, that we can enjoy the full blessings that Heavenly Father, through His Son, Jesus Christ - has ensured, for those who are true and faithful to Him.

A PLEA TO FATHERS...


I am so grateful to have a husband, who honors his priesthood covenants, through his commitment to me, and our children. I couldn't ask for anything more, throughout all ETERNITY!

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Kathryn Skaggs


Note: Thank you to PearlDiver, for this beautiful video.

The Desire Of Our Hearts

I love sharing the Mormon Messages videos. This week, the video is particularly touching - it's called "Trusting in the Lord".

We all have times, when the desire of our hearts doesn't materialize in the timely manner, that we would like. Those are the times, when we truly must trust that Heavenly Father knows what our needs are, and is preparing us to receive His blessings, on His timeline, for us.

Each one of us holds deep within our heart, a strong desire for "something" to come to pass, that would bring us the joy that we believe will complete our lives. Often times, we must wait, and wait... and wait. Many of us, are still waiting.

Our ability to "endure to the end" I believe, has much to do with these deep inner desires that we yearn for - which often must be equal to our FAITH in the Lord.

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Prov 3:4,5

MORMON MESSAGES VIDEO- TRUSTING IN THE LORD


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Kathryn Skaggs

Great LDS Media Resources Online


Joel Campbell, Mormon Media Observer - over on Mormon Times, posted an article this morning that highlights some of the great Mormon Media that is now available, online - for LDS members, and those interested in learning more about
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
I had been thinking of doing pretty much the same thing. I mentioned not too long ago, of how lacking these types of LDS resources were, on the Internet - for those wanting to share the gospel, or access credible information about Mormonism.

Here's what I said:


"Thinking back to about two years ago, prior to all the amazing upgrades to official LDS websites, such as LDS.org and Mormons.org - there really wasn't a whole lot of tools to help members accomplish this great effort. Since then, the Church has really stepped things up. I now feel bad, that I ever murmured about the lack of credible information to access, online."


Things have changed so much, just in the last year or so. It is really quite thrilling to see how the Church HAS really stepped up their game, and joined the online Social Media platform, to share the gospel.

Here's what Mormon Times said, today:

"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is taking the whole new media experience seriously as it offers new formats and channels for uplifting and faith-building messages.

While this column frequently addresses how secular media report about Mormons, it is important to note the advancements of media within the church. Here is a guide to some of the offerings:"


And so the list of great Mormon Media resources
that should not be missed, follows...

The Mormon Channel
A new radio service from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


The World Report Semiannual news program produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Mormon Messages Channel on YouTube Mormon Messages is an official channel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


Mormon New Era Messages channel on YouTube
Official videos from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints featuring videos from the New Era, a magazine for Mormon teens.

The Friend Website Official website for The Friend magazine.

The Ensign Magazine Official monthly publication for
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The New Era Magazine Official monthly publication for youth of
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

LDS Church Magazines Church Publications in Compressed Audio Format.

Make sure and head over to Mormon Times, as Joel shares more of his "favorite" links from church and church-related resources:

Mormon Media Observer: Favorite LDS online media

tDMg
Kathryn Skaggs

Do YOU Think I Look Like Olivia Newton John, Too?


This is just silly, but I thought I'd share it with you, so that you could have a good laugh as well. As most of you know, I write over on Hubpages, as LdsNana-AskMormon. I really enjoy writing about Mormonism, for those who are interested in learning more about the LDS Church. I also really enjoy the community over on Hubpages. There are so many talented and funny writers, that share information on a variety of topics.

Recently, on one of my Hubs - another "Hubber" blondepoet left a message with a link for me - in the comments section, that simply said "You are a celebrity". (or something like that) I thought, huh? So, I followed the link. This humorous Hubber had posted a very clever Hub, about "Hubber Celebrity Look-A-Likes" And what do you know, she had compared ME to Olivia Newton John!

ROTFL!!!


Here's what blondepoet had to say:

"Ever thought you resembled someone famous. When you look at that handsome, rugged clean-shaved face in the mirror do you see a Clint Eastwood staring back at you? They say everyone looks like someone and here on Hub-pages, it is indeed true. There are many Hubbers here that I am sure you are all familiar with, that bear an uncanny resemblance to celebrities, objects and even animals."


Needless to say, I've had a good laugh! When I was younger, I had people tell me that I looked like Maria Osmond, of all people. That's when I was a dark brunette. If the truth be known, this Olivia thing is kind of flattering. Who wouldn't want to look like her?

It gets even funnier, because she has a poll on the post, that asks people to vote on the best or favorite "Look-A-Like" amongst her selection of Hubbers. I'm currently winning! LOL

What I really wish, is that I could see what others are seeing. Cuz I just don't see it!






So, what do YOU think -- do I really look like Olivia Newton John?




Video: Olivia Newton John - You're The One That I Want!


Have people ever told YOU, that you look like a celebrity... if so, WHO is your "Look-A-Like"?

tDMg
Kathryn Skaggs


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