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Mormonism Online: In Your Own Words |22 January 2015

In Your Own Words is a regular sampling of online articles, blog posts and social media that represent some of the current conversations about Mormonism. The posts in this series do not necessarily represent the views of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, nor are they meant to be a comprehensive summary of the online conversations about the Church. The intent is to highlight social media content from individuals that will help journalists and the public better understand Mormonism.


Joseph Smith and Brigham Young Recognized

With the appreciation of many, Smithsonian Magazine named LDS prophets Joseph Smith and Brigham Young as two of the most influential religious leaders in America. The feature ranks historical figures based on what they accomplished and how well others remember and value them.

Joseph Smith, the first president of the Church, is known for founding the Church and for his translation of the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. After Joseph Smith’s death, Brigham Young became the second president of the Church, which entailed leading thousands of religious refugees across uncivilized terrain to Utah and establishing new communities America’s “frontier.”

Life Stories Demonstrate the Value of Faith

Rich Millar shares his story of faith in a new Mormon Channel video as he describes what he learned after doubting the value of religion and God in his life. Millar describes how he came to realize that there is a God and the need to follow Jesus Christ.

In a follow-up article, he outlines 18 lessons he learned, which continued to inspire those following his story.


In a Mormon Women Project blog post Latter-day Saint Ashlee Birk shares another personal story of faith. In the interview Birk recounts the moment she learned her husband had been cheating on her after he was murdered by his partner's spouse. With five children to comfort and a murder trial in process, Birk says that her faith helped her better understand Jesus Christ's Atonement. 

Birk also says her hope is for people to "look for the good in every day." She continues, "Even those people who wrong us have good in them that Heavenly Father sees."

"This makes it a bit easier to see you are not alone, and to forgive."
-Sara Darrington-Dias on Mormon Women Project Facebook Page, January 22, 2015

"Wow, good for her to go in our Heavenly Father's help is a powerful tool, be happy."
-Vicky Treto on Mormon Women Project Facebook Page, Januray 22, 2015

"I've spent hours reading her blog and was just blown away by her experience. She's a remarkable woman who has touched my life."
-Jana Riska Shakespeare on Mormon Women Project Facebook Page, January 22, 2015

Washington D.C. Temple Model Gives Additional Insights

With the new Washington D.C. Temple model now on public display, visitors are noticing the detailed replica. Unlike meetinghouses where regular Sunday worship takes place, temples are reserved only for Latter-day Saints in good standing. The new model helps visitors better understand the sacred nature and purpose of temples, which are believed to be the “houses of the Lord.”

"Went to the #dctemple visitor's center to pick up my nativity and saw the most detailed and beautiful replica of the temple. #foreverfamily" @chia1

"This is cool! #Repost" @htamberchen

Mention of the visitors’ center’s exhibit also reminded visitors of their experiences with the temple.

"I love the dc temple and I am constantly amazed at how many different ways there are to photograph this temple and each way has it's own unique beauty. I feel like this view points straight to heaven. #ldstemple#dctemple #mormon #denisebeattyphotography" @Neeceebee

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