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Our Heavenly Mother

Posted by Elise on October 25, 2015

church of ldsThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that all human beings, male and female, are beloved spirit children of heavenly parents, a Heavenly Father and a Heavenly Mother. This understanding is rooted in scriptural and prophetic teachings about the nature of God, our relationship to Deity, and the godly potential of men and women.1The doctrine of a Heavenly Mother is a cherished and distinctive belief among Latter-day Saints.2

While there is no record of a formal revelation to Joseph Smith on this doctrine, some early Latter-day Saint women recalled that he personally taught them about a Mother in Heaven.3 The earliest published references to the doctrine appeared shortly after Joseph Smith’s death in 1844, in documents written by his close associates.4The most notable expression of the idea is found in a poem by Eliza R. Snow, entitled “My Father in Heaven” and now known as the hymn “O My Father.” This text declares: “In the heav’ns are parents single? / No, the thought makes reason stare; / Truth is reason—truth eternal / Tells me I’ve a mother there.”5

Subsequent Church leaders have affirmed the existence of a Mother in Heaven. In 1909, the First Presidency taught that “all men and women are in the similitude of the universal Father and Mother, and are literally the sons and daughters of Deity.”6 Susa Young Gates, a prominent leader in the Church, wrote in 1920 that Joseph Smith’s visions and teachings revealed the truth that “the divine Mother, [is] side by side with the divine Father.”7 And in “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” issued in 1995, the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles declared, “Each [person] is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny.”8

Prophets have taught that our heavenly parents work together for the salvation of the human family. “We are part of a divine plan designed by Heavenly Parents who love us,” taught Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.9 President Harold B. Lee stated, “We forget that we have a Heavenly Father and a Heavenly Mother who are even more concerned, probably, than our earthly father and mother, and that influences from beyond are constantly working to try to help us when we do all we can.”10

Latter-day Saints direct their worship to Heavenly Father, in the name of Christ, and do not pray to Heavenly Mother. In this, they follow the pattern set by Jesus Christ, who taught His disciples to “always pray unto the Father in my name.”11 Latter-day Saints are taught to pray to Heavenly Father, but as President Gordon B. Hinckley said, “The fact that we do not pray to our Mother in Heaven in no way belittles or denigrates her.”12 Indeed, as Elder Rudger Clawson wrote, “We honor woman when we acknowledge Godhood in her eternal Prototype.”13

As with many other truths of the gospel, our present knowledge about a Mother in Heaven is limited. Nevertheless, we have been given sufficient knowledge to appreciate the sacredness of this doctrine and to comprehend the divine pattern established for us as children of heavenly parents. Latter-day Saints believe that this pattern is reflected in Paul’s statement that “neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.”14 Men and women cannot be exalted without each other. Just as we have a Father in Heaven, we have a Mother in Heaven. As Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has said, “Our theology begins with heavenly parents. Our highest aspiration is to be like them.”15


  1. Genesis 1:26–27; Moses 3:4–7; Romans 8:16–17; Psalm 82:6; Doctrine and Covenants 132:19–20.
  2. See “Becoming Like God”; see also Elaine Anderson Cannon, “Mother in Heaven,” in Encyclopedia of Mormonism, ed. Daniel H. Ludlow, 5 vols. (New York: Macmillan, 1992), 2:961. For an extensive survey of these teachings, see David L. Paulsen and Martin Pulido, “‘A Mother There’: A Survey of Historical Teachings about Mother in Heaven,” BYU Studies 50, no. 1 (2011): 70–97.
  3. Zina Diantha Huntington Young recalled that when her mother died in 1839, Joseph Smith consoled her by telling her that in heaven she would see her own mother again and become acquainted with her eternal Mother. (Susa Young Gates, History of the Young Ladies’ Mutual Improvement Association of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints [Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1911], 15–16.)
  4. See W. W. Phelps, “Come to Me,” in “Poetry, for the Times and Seasons,” Times and Seasons 6 (Jan. 15, 1845): 783.
  5. “My Father in Heaven,” in “Poetry, for the Times and Seasons,” Times and Seasons 6 (Nov. 15, 1845): 1039; “O My Father,” Hymns, no. 292; see also Jill Mulvay Derr, “The Significance of ‘O My Father’ in the Personal Journey of Eliza R. Snow,” BYU Studies 36, no. 1 (1996–97), 84–126.
  6. “The Origin of Man,” Improvement Era 13, no. 1 (Nov. 1909): 78.
  7. “The Vision Beautiful,” Improvement Era 23, no. 6 (Apr. 1920): 542. At this time, Gates was the recording secretary of the Relief Society general presidency.
  8. The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2010, 129.
  9. M. Russell Ballard, When Thou Art Converted: Continuing Our Search for Happiness (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2001), 62.
  10. Harold B. Lee, “The Influence and Responsibility of Women,” Relief Society Magazine 51, no. 2 (Feb. 1964): 85.
  11. 3 Nephi 18:19–21; Matthew 6:6–9; John 17:1, 5, 21, 24–25; see also Matthew 4:10; Luke 4:8; and3 Nephi 13:9; 17:15.
  12. Gordon B. Hinckley, “Daughters of God,” Ensign, Nov. 1991, 100.
  13. “Our Mother in Heaven,” Latter-day Saints’ Millennial Star 72, no. 39 (Sept. 29, 1910): 620. Rudger Clawson was the editor of the periodical and likely author of this editorial.
  14. 1 Corinthians 11:11.
  15. Dallin H. Oaks, “Apostasy and Restoration,” Ensign, May 1995, 84.

The Church acknowledges the contribution of scholars to the historical content presented in this article; their work is used with permission.


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Mistakes to Avoid During a Health Emergency

Posted by Elise on October 24, 2015


There are no two ways about it—medical emergencies fill us with fright, confusion and sometimes panic. While you may think that you can’t prepare for an unexpected health crisis, the truth is that you can—and should.

Whether you’re dealing with a stroke, heart attack or even a relatively minor injury such as a broken ankle, the consequences of not being prepared can be quite serious. In the most extreme cases, it can result in a preventable medical error, which studies show is a leading cause of death in the US.

Below are four common mistakes that patients make during the first 24 hours—and simple steps you can take to avoid them…

MISTAKE #1: Not calling 911. In the first moments of a health crisis, it’s hard to know what to do. Simply render aid? Call 911? Or load the patient in the car and take him/her to the hospital yourself?

 What to consider…

What’s the nature of the problem? If it’s a minor injury to a limb (arm or leg) or an extremity (hand or foot), it’s generally less urgent than an injury to the head or torso, where vital organs are located. (Note: If bleeding from a limb or extremity won’t stop even when pressure is applied or there is a very long or deep cut, the situation may be serious and warrants a 911 call.)

If there’s no visible injury but the person is experiencing troubling symptoms, be sure to pay close attention. Does he have unexplained shortness of breath? Is he clammy and cold or faint and dizzy? (All are potential heart attack signs.) Is the pain getting worse? Does he appear to be having an acute allergic reaction or asthma attack? Any of these scenarios could become life-threatening and should prompt an immediate call to 911.

If the patient is stable, talking coherently and none of the above symptoms are present, it’s helpful to call the patient’s primary care physician and ask if the situation can be handled in an office visit. If you can’t reach the doctor or you have any doubts, call 911.

What’s the age and health status of the patient? If you’re dealing with someone who’s in his 70s or older and/or has a chronic condition such as diabetes, heart disease or cancer, it’s best to err on the side of caution and call 911 if there is any question whether the person requires emergency treatment.

MISTAKE #2: Heading to the wrong hospital. When a patient realizes that he is at a hospital that simply doesn’t have the expertise and resources to properly render care, it can require dozens of phone calls over days and pushback from the insurance company to get a transfer to another hospital. Instead, get to the right hospital the first time. Here’s how…

Before there’s ever an emergency, check to see if you have a designated “trauma center” in your area. An emergency room is considered a trauma center when it has the manpower and technology to handle the worst physical injuries—such as those from car crashes, high falls, etc. There are five different levels of trauma centers—a Level I center has the most resources, while a Level V center would provide basic trauma care. To find out if you have a trauma center near you, go to

If your condition is not life-threatening, you can ask the ambulance driver to take you to your preferred hospital. If he resists, request that the driver contact his supervisor for permission. However, if it’s a true emergency, such as a heart attack, you should be taken to the closest ER available.

Important: When you reach an emergency department (or even while in transit, if possible), call your doctor. This will enable the medical staff to more accurately place your diagnosis in the context of your medical history. Note: If you have the choice of going to a trauma center (not all locations will have one) or the hospital where your doctor has privileges (meaning he has been cleared to use the hospital’s facilities), you need to consider the specific situation. For example, if it’s a chronic problem that might require a lengthy stay, having your primary care physician present becomes more important. If you’ve been in a car accident, a trauma center is likely better.

MISTAKE #3: Not communicating clearly. Once you’re at the emergency room, you (or your loved one) will need to convey a lot of information fast. And that might not be so easy. What helps…

Don’t assume that electronic medical records will be in place. In this age of electronic medical records, that advice to carry an up-to-date medical information card in your wallet is no longer valid, right? Oh yes, it is! The electronic medical record systems of many hospitals and doctors’ offices are not compatible at this point, so it’s still wise to have that card with you at all times. Be sure to include any allergies, chronic conditions such as asthma or diabetes, medications (and dosages) and phone numbers for emergency contacts.

Make sure you are heard. Studies show that the average ER patient gets interrupted after 12 seconds of explaining his symptoms. For the best care, it’s crucial to give the medical staff your full range of symptoms and medical history, so be clear and detailed. Also, be assertive if you are interrupted and let your needs be known.

MISTAKE #4: Giving up your power. When illness strikes you or a family member, it’s easy to believe that if you simply obey the doctors and nurses, all will be well. Not so. The patient is ultimately in charge of his own health destiny. What helps…

Find out who is treating you. If you’re at a teaching hospital, it can be difficult to tell whether it’s an attending physician, a resident or an intern who might be working in the emergency room. It’s perfectly reasonable to ask, “Could you tell me what your title is?” If your health issue is complex, politely request to be examined by the attending physician. This way, you’ll be sure to have a doctor who has completed his training (and is actually supervising the others) caring for you.

Don’t forget your records. By federal law, all your medical records belong to you. Before you’re discharged after an ER visit, ask for copies of all of your medical records in case you encounter complications down the road and the doctors treating you need to know your medical history. The cost for these copies varies by state.

Source: Leslie D. Michelson, founder and CEO of Los Angeles–based Private Health Management, a consultancy that partners with physicians to develop state-of-the-art treatment plans for clients dealing with medical emergencies and complex conditions and coordinates all medical and logistical aspects of their care. He is the author of The Patient’s Playbook: How to Save Your Life and the Lives of Those You Love.

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How Hurricanes are Measured

Posted by Elise on October 23, 2015



Note:  When the wind speed doubles, there’s an eight fold increase in the wind’s power, making a Category 5 hurricane at least 8 times more powerful than a Category 1.

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Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill on October 15, 2015

Posted by Elise on October 6, 2015

Millions of people worldwide will practice how to

Drop, Cover, and Hold On

at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, October 15, 2015

during the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill.

Join Us.


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The Mountain Meadows Massacre

Posted by Elise on September 12, 2015

Mountain_Meadows-Massacre_gravesite_memorial_dedication5 Things Every Mormon Should Know

By:  Jake Healey,

On September 11th, 1857, a group of Mormon militiamen persuaded a band of passing emigrants to march down a trail in Mountain Meadows, Utah. Under the pretense of protection and following the orders of their local Church leaders, these militiamen proceeded to execute 120 men, women, and children.

This actually happened. And we Mormons need to know that it happened.

Over the last 158 years, many apologists, seeking to combat anti-Mormon sentiment, have tried to explain or rationalize away the event. At one point, stories suggested the train of Arkansas emigrants had deliberately poisoned a spring and an ox carcass that made locals ill—a claim that was later proven false. Some reports maintained that the emigrants had threatened the lives of the settlers, while another theory placed the majority of blame upon the Paiute Indian tribe (which also participated in the massacre).

After a careful analysis of historical evidence, however, none of these explanations holds weight—and even if they were true, none of them would justify the death of so many. The massacre was simply one of the most horrific acts of violence committed on early American soil, and members of the Church were responsible.

Though the Church has made great efforts in recent years to heal the wounds caused by this event, the flame that was kindled in September of 1857 will probably never truly be extinguished. The massacre remains a favorite topic of discussion in anti-Mormon circles, where false claims exacerbating the Church’s involvement are often presented along with the truth.

The actual events of that fateful day, however, remain relevant for Church members around the world. So today, we at LDS Living seek both to memorialize the massacre’s victims and provide our readers with a factual understanding of the tragedy. Here are five facts surrounding the Mountain Meadows Massacre we should all understand.

1. The Church was under threat of government military attack.

In 1857, tensions were high between the Church and United States government. As a result of previous political wrangling, an army of more than 1,500 U.S. troops was reportedly marching toward the Utah Territory to put down perceived treason. In a 2007 Ensign article titled “Mountain Meadows Massacre,” Assistant Church historian Richard Turley said that “the Saints believed the army was coming to oppress, drive, or even destroy them.”

Brigham Young and other leaders in Church headquarters created and enforced policies based on that perception. Preparing for the possibility of attack and the need to live off of stored supplies, Church members were instructed to gather supplies on mountain trails and refrain from trading any grain or ammunition to passing emigrants, of which there were many. This frustrated emigrant groups, like the Baker-Fancher party from Arkansas, who could not restock as expected when they reached the Mormon settlement at Cedar City.

Contrary to popular stories, the emigrants do not appear to have been guilty of poisoning anything or anyone. Neither were they guilty of actual threats to the local residents’ safety. However, a few idle threats and claims were made by emigrants who were frustrated at not being able to restock at this last stop on the way to California. Though these threats were immediately rebuked by the emigrant captains, the words were taken quite seriously by the tense local members.

2. The massacre was planned and perpetrated by local Church leaders.

As a result of heated exchanges with the Cedar City members, the emigrant party departed toward Mountain Meadows, where there were enough supplies for their cattle. But mayor, militia major, and stake president Isaac Haight was unwilling to let the “offenders” leave in peace. He provided district militia commander William Dame (the mayor and stake president of nearby Parowan) with a list of grievances against the emigrants and requested permission to chasten them with military force.

Dame and his council did not originally grant this permission. “Words are but wind—they injure no one,” he replied. However, Haight and a neighboring militia leader, John D. Lee, were not so forgiving. They secretly planned to persuade a band of Paiute Indians to attack the emigrants, hoping to pin the impending blame on the tribe. Though the Paiutes were initially reluctant, Haight and Lee convinced them that the Baker-Fancher party was comprised of “enemy troops,” who would kill Indians as well as their Mormon friends.

Church members were stunned when told of the plan. They demanded to know whether Haight had consulted President Young before arriving at such an extreme decision. He replied that he had not, and agreed to send a letter to Salt Lake.

3. Brigham Young sent orders to let the emigrants pass in peace.

Though they had received no word from Church headquarters, Lee and the Indians made a premature attack. Several emigrants were killed, but the remainder successfully defended their camp. This failed action was not only a tragedy in itself, but it paved the way to an even greater loss of life: since the emigrants knew that they had been attacked by members of the Mormon settlement and not just Paiutes, Dame reluctantly granted Haight and Lee license to take offensive measure against them. This permission was an attempt to prevent retaliatory military action from the government, which they believed was likely if tales of Mormon involvement in the attack were spread.

On September 11th, an armed militia approached the emigrants under a white flag. The emigrants, with few other options, agreed to the militia’s proposal: They would guard the emigrants on their path past the Paiutes, provided the emigrants temporarily surrendered their weapons as a display of peace.

Turley recounts the following event: “As directed, the youngest children and wounded left the wagon corral first, driven in two wagons, followed by women and children on foot. The men and older boys filed out last, each escorted by an armed militiaman. The procession marched on for about a mile or so until, at a prearranged signal, each militiaman turned and shot the emigrant next to him, while Indians rushed from their hiding place to attack the terrified women and children. Militiamen with the two front-running wagons murdered the wounded. Despite plans to pin the massacre on the Paiutes—and persistent subsequent efforts to do so—Nephi Johnson later maintained that his fellow militiamen did most of the killing.”

President Young’s letter, dated September 10th, arrived two days later. “In regard to emigration trains passing through our settlements, we must not interfere with them,” he wrote. “You must not meddle with them . . . if those who are there will leave, let them go in peace. While we should be on the alert, on hand, and always ready, we should also possess ourselves in patience . . . always remembering that God rules.”

When Haight read President Young’s reply, he sobbed like a child.

4. Church members involved in the massacre faced discipline and trial.

In those days, legal proceedings did not work as efficiently or quickly as they do today—but some measure of justice was still delivered. In the same Ensign article, Turley continues, “Although Brigham Young and other Church leaders in Salt Lake City learned of the massacre soon after it happened, their understanding of the extent of the settlers’ involvement and the terrible details of the crime came incrementally over time. In 1859, they released from their callings stake president Isaac Haight and other prominent Church leaders in Cedar City who had a role in the massacre. In 1870, they excommunicated Isaac Haight and John D. Lee from the Church.

“In 1874, a territorial grand jury indicted nine men for their role in the massacre. Most of them were eventually arrested, though only Lee was tried, convicted, and executed for the crime. Another indicted man turned state’s evidence, and others spent many years running from the law. Other militiamen who carried out the massacre labored the rest of their lives under a horrible sense of guilt and recurring nightmares of what they had done and seen.”

5. Some Church members today are descendants of the massacre’s survivors.

During the massacre, 17 children were spared, considered “too young to tell tales.” They were raised by local families until 1859, when government officials returned them to surviving family members in Arkansas. Some of these 17 children have descendants in the Church today. James Sanders, a great-grandson of massacre survivor Nancy Saphrona Huff, says that learning his ancestor had been killed at Mountain Meadows “didn’t affect my faith because it’s based on Jesus Christ, not on any person in the Church.” He continues, “I still feel pain; I still feel anger and sadness that the massacre happened. But I know that the people who did this will be accountable before the Lord, and that brings me peace.”

At the 2007 sesquicentennial of the massacre, President Henry B. Eyring said, “The truth, as we have come to know it, saddens us deeply. The gospel of Jesus Christ that we espouse abhors the cold-blooded killing of men, women, and children. Indeed, it advocates peace and forgiveness. What was done here long ago by members of our Church represents a terrible and inexcusable departure from Christian teaching and conduct. We cannot change what happened, but we can remember and honor those who were killed here.”

For a more detailed analysis of the tragedy, read Massacre at Mountain Meadows by Glen M. Leonard, Richard E. Turley, Jr., and Ronald Walker. 

You can also learn more by visiting the topic page titled “Mountain Meadows Massacre.”

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First Presidency Response to 9/11

Posted by Elise on September 11, 2015

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Just after the horrific events of September 11, 2001, President Gordon B. Hinckley gave an address in the Tabernacle on Temple Square. In it, he said:

Dark as is this hour, there is shining through the heavy overcast of fear and anger the solemn and wonderful image of the Son of God, the Savior of the World, the Prince of Peace, the exemplar of universal love, and it is to him that we look in these circumstances.

It was he who gave his life that all might enjoy eternal life. … May the peace of Christ rest upon us and give us comfort and reassurance and, particularly, we plead that he will comfort the hearts of all who mourn

Just a month after this address, President Hinckley spoke in general conference, highlighting once again the “vicious and ugly attack” as well as the fear and uncertainty it brought. He recognized that:

We are people of peace. We are followers of the Christ who was and is the Prince of Peace. But there are times when we must stand up for right and decency, for freedom and civilization, just as Moroni rallied his people in his day to the defense of their wives, their children, and the cause of liberty (see Alma 48:10). . . .

Occasions of this kind pull us up sharply to a realization that life is fragile, peace is fragile, civilization itself is fragile. The economy is particularly vulnerable.

But even in recognizing the frightening and uncertain times in which we live, President Hinckley pointed us towards the one source of light, hope, and life.

Now, brothers and sisters, we must do our duty, whatever that duty might be. Peace may be denied for a season. Some of our liberties may be curtailed. We may be inconvenienced. We may even be called on to suffer in one way or another. But God our Eternal Father will watch over this nation and all of the civilized world who look to Him. He has declared, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Ps. 33:12). Our safety lies in repentance. Our strength comes of obedience to the commandments of God.

Let us be prayerful. Let us pray for righteousness. Let us pray for the forces of good. Let us reach out to help men and women of goodwill, whatever their religious persuasion and wherever they live. Let us stand firm against evil, both at home and abroad. Let us live worthy of the blessings of heaven, reforming our lives where necessary and looking to Him, the Father of us all. He has said, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:10).

Are these perilous times? They are. But there is no need to fear. We can have peace in our hearts and peace in our homes. We can be an influence for good in this world, every one of us.

The following year, in the October 2002 General Conference, President James E. Faust shared a “very poignant and heroic” story about a “retired army Colonel Cyril “Rick” Rescorla, who was working as vice president for corporate security of Morgan Stanley Dean Witter.” From the story, President Faust points out that we can learn how even small acts can be heroic and how even a smile or a kind word can change the lives of those we know.

Rick was a very experienced ex-military combat leader. He was in his office when “the first plane struck the north tower at 8:48 A.M. … He took a call from the 71st floor reporting the fireball in One World Trade Center, and he immediately ordered an evacuation of all 2,700 employees in Building Two,” as well as 1,000 more in Building Five. Using his bullhorn, he moved up the floors, working through a bottleneck on the 44th and going as high as the 72nd, helping to evacuate the people from each floor. One friend who saw Rick reassuring people in the 10th-floor stairwell told him, “Rick, you’ve got to get out, too.”

“As soon as I make sure everyone else is out,” he replied.

“He was not rattled at all. He was putting the lives of his colleagues ahead of his own.” He called headquarters to say he was going back up to search for stragglers.

His wife had watched the United Airlines jet go through his tower. “After a while, her phone rang. It was Rick.

“‘I don’t want you to cry,’ he said. ‘I have to evacuate my people now.’

“She kept sobbing.

“‘If something happens to me, I want you to know that you made my life.’

“The phone went dead.” Rick did not make it out.

“Morgan Stanley lost only six of its 2,700 employees in the south tower on Sept. 11, an isolated miracle amid the carnage. And company officials say Rescorla deserves most of the credit. He drew up the evacuation plan. He hustled his colleagues to safety. And then he apparently went back into the inferno to search for stragglers. He was the last man out of the south tower after the World Trade Center bombing in 1993, and no one seems to doubt that he would’ve been again last month if the skyscraper hadn’t collapsed on him first.”

Amid the great evil and carnage of September 11, 2001, Rick was not looking for what might be in it for him; instead he was unselfishly thinking about others and the danger they were in. Rick Rescorla was the “right man in the right place at the right time.” Rick, “a 62-year-old mountain of a man cooly [sacrificed] his life for others.”  As the Savior Himself said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” 

Most of us don’t demonstrate our unselfishness in such a dramatic way, but for each of us unselfishness can mean being the right person at the right time in the right place to render service. Almost every day brings opportunities to perform unselfish acts for others. Such acts are unlimited and can be as simple as a kind word, a helping hand, or a gracious smile.

The Savior reminds us, “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.”  One of life’s paradoxes is that a person who approaches everything with a what’s-in-it-for-me attitude may acquire money, property, and land, but in the end will lose the fulfillment and the happiness that a person enjoys who shares his talents and gifts generously with others.

Source:  LDS Living | Mormon Life

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September is National Preparedness Month

Posted by Elise on September 2, 2015


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Disaster Proofing Your Home

Posted by Elise on March 31, 2014

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The federal government declared 86 major natural disasters in the first nine months of 2011, more than in any full year in the past. Ten of those disasters topped $1 billion in damage, and at least three—Hurricane Irene along the Atlantic coast up to Vermont…the Virginia-based earthquake…and wildfires as far north as Minnesota—remind us that disasters can strike homes that are not built to withstand them. There’s no way to make a house completely disaster-proof, but there are home-improvement projects that can significantly limit damage and/or improve the odds that a home will survive. Not all of these projects make financial sense for every home owner, but many provide considerable protection at a reasonable price.

Helpful: Insurers sometimes offer discounts to home owners who invest in home-protection upgrades. Read the rest of this entry »

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Earthquake Myths

Posted by Elise on March 31, 2014

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MYTH #1: ” Big Earthquakes Always Happen in the Early Morning!” Read the rest of this entry »

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“Sell By” Dates and Other Misleading Labels

Posted by Elise on December 30, 2013

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How and Where to Replace Your Important Documents

Posted by Elise on November 10, 2013

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DENVER – Not only were Colorado homes damaged by the recent severe storms, flooding, landslides or mudslides, but many survivors also lost valuable personal documents.  The documents include everything from Social Security cards to driver licenses to credit cards.

The following is a partial list of ways to get duplicates of destroyed or missing documents: Read the rest of this entry »

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Church Manners

Posted by Elise on October 25, 2013

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We at LDS Living were curious about etiquette within Mormon culture. With the help of our readers and Facebook friends, we’ve tackled a few situations that seem to come up on a regular basis.

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Some members have embraced the new wave of smart phones and iPads, using these devices to store scriptures, manuals, and other LDS apps. (Many of our readers shared how these devices have blessed their lives, engaged their families more in the scriptures, or saved them from the arthritic pain of carrying heavy scriptures.) Others, including some bishops and stake presidents, insist that scriptures are not scriptures unless they are made of paper and bound in a book. So are electronics appropriate at church? Read the rest of this entry »

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Hurricanes Are Coming!

Posted by Elise on August 22, 2013

hurricaneThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) recently updated its 2013 Hurricane Season Outlook. Because the season has already produced several named storms in the Atlantic hurricane region, NOAA now predicts an above-average hurricane season, with the possibility of being very active.

This season is expected to produce 13-19 named storms, of which 6-9 are expected to become hurricanes and 3-5 to become major hurricanes.  The season ends November 30 but peak season runs mid-August to late October. Read the rest of this entry »

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Emergency Planning for Vacation

Posted by Elise on June 26, 2013

Its summertime! Kids are out of school, parents and adults are taking advantage of the warm weather and planning vacations locally and outside of their area.  Some people live in areas where there is minimal risk of weather causing a major affect on the planning and excitement of the vacation, so when they move to other parts of the country or outside of the U.S., preparedness needs to be considered.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by Elise on June 24, 2013

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 — It Doesn’t Look Like You Think It Does

Every summer, I hear at least one sad story of a person who drowns in a place where there is plenty of help to be had — whether boating… at a crowded beach… or in a pool with lots of people nearby. Why do we let this happen to each other? The answer, all too often, is that most of us are clueless about what a drowning person actually looks like. So I set out to educate myself — and all of you — about signs that indicate a person may be drowning. Read the rest of this entry »

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Afraid to Give a Talk in Sacrament Meeting?

Posted by Elise on May 13, 2013

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Fear of Public Speaking? Talk Yourself Out of It

Do you dread public speaking? There’s a simple but very effective way to reduce your anxiety. It doesn’t involve any drugs and it works quickly. The secret: An anxiety-reducing form of “self-talk” that makes it much easier to address a crowd without feeling as though you’re going to explode, pass out or throw up from nervousness.

In fact, a new study reveals that this technique works not only for people who simply feel anxious about speaking in public, but also for those with social anxiety disorder, for whom public speaking and other social situations provoke severe distress. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sinkhole Danger!

Posted by Elise on May 1, 2013


How to tell if there could be one in your yard

After a Florida man was killed in February when a 20-foot-wide sinkhole opened under his bedroom, many people wondered, Could that happen to me?

Thousands of sinkholes appear in the US each year—but sinkhole deaths are very rare. Only two other people are known to have been killed by sinkholes in the past 40 years in the US. Both were in Florida, and both people were operating heavy well-drilling equipment at the time. Serious injuries are rare, too, though minor injuries such as twisted ankles from small, overlooked holes do occur. In March, a man playing golf suffered a dislocated shoulder after he fell into an 18-foot-deep sinkhole on a golf course near Waterloo, Illinois.

While the risk to life is low, the risk to property can be considerable. What you need to know… Read the rest of this entry »

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Toothache Relief

Posted by Elise on March 15, 2013

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Ouch! Do you have a nagging toothache? And the dentist can’t see you till when? Calm the throbbing with nature’s painkiller—cloves. Read the rest of this entry »

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Fainting First Aid

Posted by Elise on February 20, 2013

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Why People Faint

Fainting is a frightening experience—especially when you don’t know the cause.

What you may not realize:

 Up to half of all Americans will faint at least once during their lives.

The cause is often relatively harmless, such as standing up too quickly, getting overheated, becoming dehydrated, receiving bad news or experiencing intense fear. You can even faint when a vigorous cough stimulates nerves that trigger a decrease in blood pressure and brain circulation. But in some cases, fainting can be a red flag for a potentially serious medical condition that affects your heart, lungs or nervous system. Read the rest of this entry »

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