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April 15, 2024
  • Associated Press Embarrasses Itself in Conference Coverage

    The following first appeared on Public Square Magazine.

    The Associated Press (AP) one of the most influential news organizations in the United States published an article about the most recent general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    The result is a disaster of journalistic credibility. This article makes it clear the AP is unfit to publish authoritative news about the Church, at least until it makes significant changes in its processes.

    Rod Dreher, the influential writer and editor, quipped in response to the AP’s most recent article, ”I thought this was a Babylon Bee headline.” That reaction has become a bit too common in responses to coverage of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in national media. But it’s usually aimed at publications with established editorial bents, like Rolling Stone Magazine. That the AP has joined its ranks is sad.

    The AP article …

  • “I’m Sorry” Shows A Lot

    In the past week, I’ve received multiple apology texts from friends related to a variety of topics. Two apology texts stick out to me more than the others. One apology was clearly for social posturing. The person was sending it because they knew that they looked bad to others and didn’t want the stain of their misstep hanging over their reputation. The second apology text was offered without me even thinking that the person needed to apologize for anything. This apology wasn’t about saving face, it was about clearing conscience. Behind the second apology was a soft and humble heart.

    The words, “I’m sorry,” are said to be some of the sweetest that a person can ever hear; second only to hearing your own name and hearing “I love you.” However, not every apology is created equal. What do apologies show, and, how can we bravely harness the power to …

  • Interfaith Collaboration Blossoms in Pordenone, Italy: Latter-day Saints and Muslims Unite for Ramadan

    The following is excerpted from the Church Newsroom. To read the full article, CLICK HERE

    In the city of Pordenone, Italy, an inspiring collaboration has blossomed between the Muslim faithful and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. During this year’s Ramadan, members of the Church in that city generously opened their premises to provide a space where Muslims can gather for morning and evening prayers and break their fast (a meal known as the iftar).

    A tent in the garden of the Pordenone district chapel allowed participants to find shelter in case of bad weather during the morning prayer, which took place very early, when the chapel was still closed. The evening prayer was held in the chapel, while the building’s multipurpose room was used to consume the iftar after the evening prayer.

    The cooperation to prepare and organize this initiative took place well before the holy …

  • Is it possible you need to do LESS, in order to grow?

    To read more from Jacob, visit his blog: Publish Peace

    A Japanese Zen master named Nan-in lived during the Meiji era (1868-1912). During his days as a teacher, he was visited by a university professor curious about what he was teaching. Being polite, Nan-in served the professor a cup of tea.

    As he poured, the professor’s cup became full, but Nan-in kept on pouring. As the professor watched the cup overflow, he could no longer contain himself – exclaiming, “It is overfull. No more will go in!” Nan-in turned to the professor and said, “Like the cup, you are too full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you [more] unless you first empty your cup?”

    That story hit me hard after hearing it years ago. I wonder how often we likewise can’t receive anything more (insight and inspiration we dearly need), because we’re so full-of-other-stuff?…

  • Emphasizing covenants, First Presidency updates temple recommend interview questions, shares statement on the wearing of the temple garment

    The following is excerpted from the Church News. To read the full article, CLICK HERE.

    Emphasizing the importance of the garment of the holy priesthood, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has alerted general and local Church leaders worldwide of changes to the temple recommend interview questions and the statement on the wearing of the temple garment.

    “The garment of the holy priesthood is a sacred symbol of Jesus Christ and is a reminder of our covenant relationship with Him and Heavenly Father,” wrote President Russell M. Nelson and his counselors, President Dallin H. Oaks and President Henry B. Eyring.

    “As endowed members keep the covenants they have made, including the sacred privilege to wear the garment, they will have greater access to the Savior’s mercy, protection, strength, and power.”

    With a subject title of “The Garment of the Holy Priesthood,” the …

  • Jacob’s Answer to Parental Despair

    In the past nine years I have loved and lost hundreds of precious sons and daughters. And I have seen inexplicable miracles in the lives of hundreds more. I know what it means on one day to have “joy and great hopes… that they would walk in the paths of righteousness”[1], and to feel the searing agony of seeing them throw it all away on the next. Through it all I’ve learned that almost all losses are temporary, and that much of my parental misery comes from my misunderstanding of redemptive labor.

    My extended family lives at an unusual school called The Other Side Academy. Adult men and women come to us after decades of homelessness, scores of arrests and after perpetrating innumerable acts of evil. They live with us for free for 2-4 years. We labor with them as they struggle through confronting monstrous demons. I’ve …

  • Come Follow Me Podcast #16: “He Works in Me to do His Will”, Enos-Words of Mormon


    I remember, following Enos’s example, of going to the woods to pray in my life, in fact, more than once. Then, I recently was talking about Enos with a friend, and he said he, too, had gone to the woods to pray. I know, Scot, that you took Enos’s example, but went to a mountain. I don’t think the location matters because it can be right in our own bedroom, but there is something magnificent to learn about prayer from Enos in his book.


    Welcome to Meridian Magazine’s Come Follow Me podcast on the Book of Mormon. We’re Scot and Maurine Proctor and today’s lesson is called “He Works in Me to do His Will” which covers the chapters from Enos to the Words of Mormon. If you are looking for the transcripts to this podcast they are at That’s  While you are there read some …

  • Your Hardest Family Question: Is there hope for me to have an eternal family?


    I was born into a loving Latter-day Saint family. I was raised in the Church and was active until I reached my teenage years. I lost my testimony in high school and chose to become inactive when I left for college. I dated non-Latter-day Saint men and, as a result, I married my husband 36 years ago. After learning about Mormonism, he didn’t take kindly to my religion but because I was inactive, it didn’t matter to me.

    Then, our sons came along and I had a desire to have them blessed. My husband reluctantly agreed and my father gave them both their blessings, but my inactive life kept going along, nothing changed.  I always believed the Church was true but just didn’t want to make the effort to go, especially knowing my husband’s anti-Mormon feelings. I also knew he did not want our sons to become Mormon. Every …

  • Cartoon: Crazy Hair Day

  • Poetry for April

    April celebrates poetry and I have gathered some wonderful picture books full of rhymes. Poetry is one of my most favorite genres because language can flow with the ebbs of description while clinging to nuances. You’ll find the ages best suited on each book.

    Poetry Comics, by Grant Snider, cleverly demonstrates poems through comic panels. Vibrant artwork illustrates each phrase, sentence, or question, bringing the words to life in a captivating visual narrative. Spanning various seasons, these evocative poems culminate with an inspiring call to action, urging readers to craft their own verses. Rendered in pen, marker, and colored in Photoshop, the artwork exudes brightness and charm. Don’t miss the delightful end-pages. Recommended for ages eight to twelve.

    Stomp and Chomp: My First Book of Dinosaurs, by Simon Mole and brightly illustrated in full-page spreads with mixed media by Matt Hunt, seamlessly merges imaginative poetry with fascinating facts …


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