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Partaking of the Fruit of the Tree

December 23, 2013 | 9 comments
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One of my favorite parts of Christmas is sitting in the darkened living room, gazing at the lighted tree. There is something magical and transfixing about the warm, gentle light, the fragrance of pine, and the palpable presence of nature that fills my home with its incongruous beauty. I have many memories of reading Scripture by the light of the Christmas tree. Usually we read from Luke, with Matthew’s bit about the Wise Men added in; sometimes we expand into Isaiah, either spoken or set to Handel. This year, though, when I stole a moment of stillness out of... Read more »

Book of Mormon Word Cloud [updated]

July 27, 2012 | 17 comments
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Book of Mormon Word Cloud [updated]

I’ve been curious what a word cloud of the Book of Mormon would look like, so , just for fun on a Friday, I finally made one. I don’t have a lot to say about it, other than that “unto” seems to be a very popular word (which doesn’t really surprise me, but I didn’t expect, either). “Lamanite” shows up more than “Nephite,” though the usage of both is dwarfed by “people.” I took the text from the 1830 edition of the Book of Mormon, and I copied it from here, and I made the cloud using WordItOut. (Note... Read more »

A Mormon Image: Surrender Dorothy

June 28, 2011 | 9 comments
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A Mormon Image: Surrender Dorothy

I grew up in the Washington DC area, and fondly remember driving on the capitol beltway from the east toward the Temple and seeing the “Surrender Dorothy” graffiti on a railroad bridge, soon after the Temple had appeared to rise from the ground in front of me. I’ve regularly laughed at the sly commentary on the Temple’s architectural similarity to the Emerald City of the Wizard of Oz. Yesterday, the Washington Post’s answerman ran the above photo and asked for information about who the graffiti artist was and why he risked life and limb to repeatedly make this statement.... 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: Joseph’s Birthplace Memorial At Dusk

June 28, 2010 | 4 comments
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A Mormon Image: Joseph’s Birthplace Memorial At Dusk

“I was born in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and five, on the twenty-third day of December, in the town of Sharon, Windsor county, State of Vermont.” Joseph Smith History 1:3 By Gary Boatright Jr. ___ 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 be found here. Rules and instructions, including submissions guidelines, can be found here. 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: Knocking on Dracula’s Door

June 4, 2010 | 5 comments
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A Mormon Image: Knocking on Dracula’s Door

Even Dracula and his minions deserve to hear about the Book of Mormon. by Dan Dubei 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 »

A Mormon Image: Generations

May 4, 2010 | 7 comments
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A Mormon Image: Generations

In honor of my grandfather, who passed away yesterday at the tender age of 93, I thought I’d post a few photographs.  He was a kind and generous man who was always upright in his dealings and loved to surround himself with family.  He was not a member of the Church (my mother is a convert), but he led a moderate and principled life that will continue to serve as an example to me. His memory will be carried by his children and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  This last fall, my wife and I were lucky enough to sneak... Read more »

A Mormon Image: San Diego Temple at Sunrise

April 21, 2010 | 13 comments
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A Mormon Image: San Diego Temple at Sunrise

Early morning at the San Diego Temple (just 1 of over 100 photos I took of the Temple that morning!). 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 »