The Church Has Started a Conversation about Addiction

Mormon.org has a new series of videos illuminating the struggle of LDS members with various kinds of addiction, just in time for September’s National Addiction Recovery Month.

The videos interview people in the faith who have struggled with addiction.  This is an important conversation for the church to have, because addiction isn’t something that affects others.  Everyone probably knows someone who struggles with addiction, and if you can’t think of who it is, then they might be hiding it.

The series, which helps people understand the struggle, the shame, and the need for compassion, can be found at Mormon.org, and a video advertising the series is available at YouTube and is embedded below:

Celebrating 75 Years in Washington, D.C.!

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the very first stake center in Washington, D.C., there is a new exhibit that chronicles the journey of the church throughout the years, starting back when Joseph Smith visited the nation’s capital back in 1839.

The exhibit is called “Wherefore By Their Fruits Shall Ye Know Them” and it has some fascinating information about the growth of the church over the past one hundred years.  It is divided into three sections, and if you get a chance to check it out, you really should.

To read more about it, head over to the Deseret News and read up on it in THIS GREAT ARTICLE.

And in case you’ve never had a chance to see the Washington, D.C. temple up close, here is an amazing video with drone footage of the facility from every angle.  It’s quite a sight to behold:

LDS Musician Alex Boyé gives a brilliant performance on America’s Got Talent

Alex Boyé, a Utah resident by way of England, is a singer who has performed many times with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and just recently gave a dazzling and energetic performance on the national stage of America’s Got Talent.

Doing a cover of Shake it Off, Boyé demonstrated his impressive skill and infectious energy, and the crowd and judges were captivated.

Boyé made it through the audition, and will be performing on the series again soon.  If you didn’t get a chance to see the performance, check it out in this clip below, and then be sure to tune in to America’s Got Talent to see his next performances:

Word of Wisdom, Life of Health

Anyone who follows the guidelines of the LDS church’s Word of Wisdom already knows that there are benefits to doing so, even though our reasons for following them have less to do with health and more to do with obedience.

But, as is often the case, science bears out the reality of their benefits!

In a religion column written by Glenna Christensen for the Idaho Statesman, she talks about the massive health benefits for people who are living by the Word of Wisdom, and it’s a fascinating read with strongly motivating results.

So if you’re struggling with eating meat sparingly or steering clear of the coffee or cigarettes, maybe you should go check out the article and follow up with the study itself to see what it is that Heavenly Father wanted for us in terms of health.  And if you’re not following the Word of Wisdom, but you’re now interested in its health potential, try it and see!