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A Mother Here – New Art and Poetry Contest

August 10, 2013 | 4 comments
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A Mother Here

There have been LDS art contests in the past, either sponsored by LDS church institutions or by private organizations, but none have yet focused on Heavenly Mother as their theme. That changed this month with the newly announced A Mother Here Art and Poetry Contest. Aiming to stimulate the visual and poetic expression of Heavenly Mother, as well as highlight the nascent divinity that resides in women as well as men, monetary prizes in excess of $2200 will be awarded to the best entries. The contest accepts two-dimensional art submissions to be considered in its visual arts awards, and... Read more »

Facebook Memes and the Property Tax

November 27, 2012 | 39 comments
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Facebook Memes and the Property Tax

There is, I've been told, a Facebook meme going around, juxtaposing a decaying house and the San Diego temple to support the argument that churches should not be exempt from taxation. And, like Facebook memes everywhere, this one is dumb. Dumb primarily because it is a tautology that doesn't say anything. Because of course a tax-exempt organization does not pay taxes that a non-exempt individual pays. That's pretty much the definition of tax exemption. Of course, saying that a Facebook meme is dumb and tautological makes for a pretty short and boring post. Far more interesting, imho, is to take seriously... Read more »

A Mormon Image: Cemetery in Carrol County

July 3, 2010 | 2 comments
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A Mormon Image: Cemetery in Carrol County

After retirement, my father turned to family history and temple work to fill his time.  Most of this work has focused on researching ancestors from Virginia and North Carolina.  I took this photo at a cemetery in Carrol County, VA, near the the birthplace of my father’s grandparents.  My father is shown in the picture.  While in the cemetery he was able to locate headstones of people for whom he had completed temple work.  It was the first and only time that my father has visited this place that has taken so much of his attention. As a side... Read more »

A Mormon Image: Brothers

June 23, 2010 | 3 comments
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A Mormon Image: Brothers

We’ve been teaching our oldest son Peter that he’s a big brother to our younger son Jeremy.  When Peter learned that Joseph Smith also had a big brother, he fell in love with the concept.  Now whenever we go somewhere church-related, he asks, “Will there be a picture of Joseph and Hyrum?” By Robert Gibbons ___ This picture is part of our ongoing series highlighting Mormon images. Comments to the post are welcome; all comments should be respectful. In addition we invite you to submit your own images to the Mormon Image series. Other images in the series can... Read more »

A Mormon Image: Hand in Hand on Temple Square

June 18, 2010 | 4 comments
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A Mormon Image: Hand in Hand on Temple Square

Walking hand in hand with my family on Temple Square in April 2009. Taking our one year old daughter for the first time was very special, and as we walked I looked around to ask someone to take our picture. We were alone. As I looked at our shadows, I thought that was a much more powerful image; for me, it invokes the feeling of moving forward and facing the future together. This is my favorite photo from that trip. By Christy D. ___ This picture is part of our ongoing series highlighting Mormon images. Comments to the post... Read more »

A Mormon Image: Mormon Helping Hands

June 2, 2010 | 2 comments
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A Mormon Image: Mormon Helping Hands

About 800 Members of the Sacramento California Stake and their friends donated more than 2,000 man-hours at the City of Sacramento’s William Land Park, which has seen its finding cut by 60 percent in recent years and its maintenance staff trimmed from 22 to seven employees. Volunteers focused on numerous work projects, including historic trail restoration, power-washing of park amenities, landscape maintenance, specialized gardening, and the cleaning out of the park’s three ponds. The volunteer service in Land Park has an estimated value of more than $70,000. by John S. McKinney ___ This picture is part of our ongoing... Read more »

Renewed Call for Photo Submissions

May 27, 2010 | no comments
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Since instituting the “A Mormon Image” series last fall, our submissions have slowed from a glut to a trickle.  As a result, we thought we would issue a new call for photographs to be considered for inclusion in the series. The instructions for submissions can be found here and the images we have featured since kicking off the series can be viewed here. Read more »

A Mormon Image: Nauvoo Temple at First Light

May 24, 2010 | 12 comments
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A Mormon Image: Nauvoo Temple at First Light

The Nauvoo Temple at about 4:15 in the morning.  I was up watching the equipment for the pageant and saw the Temple at the first early light. Read more »

A Mormon Image: Apostle and Cowboy

May 21, 2010 | 10 comments
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A Mormon Image: Apostle and Cowboy

Elder George Albert Smith at Sundown Ranch in Aripine, Arizona (1941). Read more »

This Mormon Life

April 24, 2010 | 17 comments
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This Mormon Life

Several weeks ago the NPR program This American Life aired a stunning segment on Gordon Gee, the Latter-day Saint President of Ohio State University, and his daughter Rebecca. The segment revolved around a series of letters Gordon’s late wife Elizabeth wrote to their daughter as she was dying of cancer.  Rebecca was 16 at the time of her mother’s death, and the letters were to be given to her each year on her birthday for thirteen years. Rebecca, however, gradually drifted from the Church, while the letters from her devout mother focused heavily on the deep yearnings she had... Read more »

A Mormon Image: Apostle and Grandfather

April 18, 2010 | 3 comments
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A Mormon Image: Apostle and Grandfather

Elder Spencer W. Kimball holding a grandchild, circa 1972 (Courtesy of Ed Kimball) Read more »

A Mormon Image: Never Too Old for Trunk or Treat

April 7, 2010 | 6 comments
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A Mormon Image: Never Too Old for Trunk or Treat

As I dressed my 3 year old in her Halloween costume for the ward trunk or treat, she asked “and mom, what are you going to be?”  Oh, I’m too old for this stuff, I thought.  Then as we walked in that night, I saw this 70 year-old clown and realized, we’re never too old to feel like a kid again. by Dana Willard of 88 Miles Per Hour ___ This picture is part of our ongoing series highlighting Mormon images. Comments to the post are welcome; all comments should be respectful. In addition we invite you to submit... Read more »

A Mormon Image: Saturday Afternoon Session

April 5, 2010 | 6 comments
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A Mormon Image: Saturday Afternoon Session

By Craig M. Read more »

A Mormon Image: Temple Lovers

April 1, 2010 | 2 comments
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A Mormon Image: Temple Lovers

The night after we buried my mother, in a hill at the foot of the Wasatch from where her second favorite temple can be seen. Her favorite was Logan, where she was sealed to my father, who would soon follow her to the grave. Read more »

A Mormon Image: Elijah

March 30, 2010 | 5 comments
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A Mormon Image: Elijah

The most recent baptism in our family. I wish I had a similar photo of our daughter, but, of course, I wasn’t in the change room with her. Read more »

A Mormon Image: Baby in the Cupboard

March 28, 2010 | 5 comments
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A Mormon Image: Baby in the Cupboard

Looking for some yummy snacks among the #10 cans. Good luck! Read more »

A Mormon Image: Ye are the Light of the World

March 26, 2010 | 3 comments
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A Mormon Image: Ye are the Light of the World

The Los Angeles temple at night. Read more »

A Mormon Image: Grandparents

March 25, 2010 | 5 comments
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A Mormon Image: Grandparents

This photo was taken the week before we moved across the country and left all of our family back home.   Just a warm summer evening, feeding the ducks with Grandma and Grandpa, and enjoying the experience.  I never understood why people said it was great to be a grandparent, until I became a parent myself.  Though some days as a young mom seem rough rather than fun, I cherish the moments that I get to kiss their warm cheeks, hug their small bodies, and then out of the blue they say “I love you mom”.   When my little ones... Read more »

A Mormon Image: Joy On A Cattle Truck

March 20, 2010 | 4 comments
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A Mormon Image: Joy On A Cattle Truck

This is a group of mostly single Latter-day Saints from D.C. and elsewhere who are on their way to volunteer in a remote Guatemalan village in the Polochic Valley– one of the poorest in the world.  Many of the villagers from this area are themselves Latter-day Saints. The volunteer work done be this group consisted of a variety of  humanitarian building projects, educational workshops and medical service. This photograph shows just one of several cattle trucks that transported the group to the village. This volunteer trip was recently featured in Meridian Magazine. by Juanita Verma ___ This picture is... Read more »

A Mormon Image: Sweaters for the Penguins

February 18, 2010 | 13 comments
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A Mormon Image:  Sweaters for the Penguins

The sweaters that these penguins are wearing are designed to save their lives after oil spills off of the Australian coast. They were knitted by Aussie Relief Society sisters. Who says that LDS service projects aren’t fun? (And as Nate asked last time: Who got to put them on the penguins?) (Picture courtesy of LDS Newroom; originally linked in this prior T&S post.) This picture is part of our ongoing series highlighting Mormon images. Comments to the post are welcome; all comments should be respectful. In addition we invite you to submit your own images to the Mormon Image... Read more »

A Mormon Image: Weighing Eternity

February 17, 2010 | 16 comments
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A Mormon Image: Weighing Eternity

An oft-quoted passage from our Bible Dictionary states that “only the home can compare with the temple in sacredness.” This statement has been concretely validated in the birth of our children. No experience I have ever had has compared in holiness with our experiences of welcoming our children into this world and into our home. For me, this picture captures a great deal of what my faith is. The baby, a few minutes old, is being weighed. In the mirror you see my wife (taking the picture), myself, our baby, and the midwife mediator who helped us bring our... Read more »

Letting Go

January 22, 2010 | 6 comments
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Letting Go

Thanks so much for all the fun. Before departing, I leave this layered perspective on parenthood and then return you to your regular T&S, already in progress. Read more »

Sacred Spaces, Holy Ground

January 20, 2010 | 9 comments
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Sacred Spaces, Holy Ground

We, the children of our Heavenly Father, naturally make places where we can draw closer to Him. Almost all of us do it- in some way- all over the world. The thoughts and efforts we put into these holy places reflect our theology, values, hopes and desires. Read more »

A Mormon Image: Smiles

November 20, 2009 | 7 comments
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A Mormon Image: Smiles

IMG_9305_crop “…make the world a better place by smiling all the while.” (Primary Song #267) From the author of salt lake architecture and green mormon architect blogs. Read more »

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