When I stepped off that plane at the end of those 18 months, I was excited and terrified. Here I was, now back to what should have been home, but I didn’t feel at home. I felt displaced and uncomfortable, like a fish out of water. We are given so much preparation to become missionaries, but how can we prepare to become returned missionaries?
More Nephi’s Bountiful Features
In the days following the initiative announcement, the leaders of the Primary, Young Women and Young Men general presidencies are sounding a unified call: Keep moving forward.
When the LDS Church announced its split with the Boy Scouts of America on the evening of May 8, the media reporting and pundit reaction was predictable in many ways, but both commentators and reporters missed some important points.
Even the brightest lights in the kingdom may flicker and dim over certain matters. A small dishonesty in business to get a little gain seems insignificant. But sins have a way of spreading like cancer, from one part of a life to another, until the entire spirit is affected. Such is the case with William Law, once a Counselor to the prophet, Joseph Smith.
Following sound financial principles over an extended period of time, the Church has grown from meager beginnings into a worldwide organization able to support its divine mission. Its current relative prosperity only reflects the faith of its members in keeping the law of tithing. Here is a list of FAQs and answers about the Church Finances and how sacred funds are used.
We had just moved into the house where we now live when we met Marie. She was a sweet widow, a little grandmotherly lady that our children soon referred to as “Grandma Moon.” Marie was fiercely independent. Though she only had a small social security check to support herself, she was determined to pay her way through life.
Annie Mae studied and embraced The Book of Mormon and the LDS faith and was baptized by my mission companion, Michael Bruce Smith, in 1991. Annie Mae Denton, at some point, transitioned from “Sister Denton” to “Mama” for me in the same subtle way that I passed from “Elder Marks” to “Marks” to “my fair-skinned boy” to “son” for her. Here are some of the remarkable lessons she taught me.