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  • New Video: Evidence for Ancient American Cement
    by BMC Team on January 13, 2022 at 7:00 am

    Post contributed by BMC TeamJanuary 13, 2022Google Plus One Pinterest Tweet Widget Facebook Like Share on Facebook Could ancient Americans really have known how to make cement? The Book of Mormon says yes. As recorded in Helaman 3:7, the people in the land northward “became exceedingly expert in the working of cement.” They built houses and even cities of the stuff. Yet only in recent decades have scholars widely recognized that pre-Columbian peoples actually knew about this invaluable building material. Remarkably, the Book of Mormon’s statements align exceptionally well with the explosion of cement-building activities that occurred in Mesoamerican around 100 BC. No one in Joseph Smith’s day could have known about this concrete evidence for the Book of Mormon.     Subscribe Get the latest updates on Book of Mormon topics and research for free     Daily Book of Mormon KnoWhysWeekly KnoWhy Summaries     We respect your email privacy     DONATE TagsEvidenceEvidence CentralVideos

  • New Video: Finding Christ in the Creation
    by BMC Team on January 3, 2022 at 7:00 am

    Post contributed by BMC TeamJanuary 3, 2022Google Plus One Pinterest Tweet Widget Facebook Like Share on Facebook The Creation account in Genesis may be one of the best-known scriptural accounts, but what does it personally mean to you? In a new video, “Finding Christ in the Creation,” Daniel Smith looks beyond the literal creation to discover a more personal meaning in the Creation.     In this video, Daniel breaks down the events of the Creation, demonstrating where exactly Christ shows up in each day. By exploring Christ’s role in the Creation, Daniel also finds what the Creation means for us. For example, the darkness that marked the beginning of the Creation is comparable to the darkness each of us experiences in our lives. The separation of the waters can symbolize our choice to separate from the world and follow Christ. The symbolism of the Creation culminates in our purpose to bring forth fruit of repentance and life. You can find more videos like this on our Messages of Christ YouTube channel. Subscribe Get the latest updates on Book of Mormon topics and research for free     Daily Book of Mormon KnoWhysWeekly KnoWhy Summaries     We respect your email privacy     DONATE TagsMessages of ChristCreationOld Testament

  • Spiritual Goals for 2022 and How to Stick to Them
    by BMC Team on January 1, 2022 at 7:00 am

    Post contributed by BMC TeamJanuary 1, 2022Google Plus One Pinterest Tweet Widget Facebook Like Share on Facebook At the beginning of every year, lots of us try to make resolutions—resolutions about health, about relationships, about hobbies—but sometimes we need to make spiritual resolutions too. So today, we have a few ideas of spiritual resolutions for you— and some tips for how to stick with them. Tips for Sticking with Goals We all know the joke that no one really keeps their New Year’s resolutions. But we also all want to make changes for the better. The good news is that there are ways to keep your resolutions. It just takes some practice and discipline. First, pick realistic resolutions. If you choose a resolution that will stretch you a little but that you still feel you can accomplish, that’s a good resolution. Remember, we can make a lot of progress by making small changes, so if your resolution feels too big or difficult, break it down into smaller pieces and work on those pieces one at a time. Most important, your resolution should feel manageable, otherwise it’s way too easy to become overwhelmed and avoid working on it. Consider the time and energy you have available and work within those bounds. Second, be specific with your resolutions. It’s okay to say, “I want to be healthier this year,” but if you want to actually become healthier, you have to choose some specific things in your life to change, like going to the gym twice a week or eating an extra serving of vegetables every day. So look at the general things you’d like to accomplish, then break it into specific, realistic actions. Third, make a plan to accomplish your resolution. If you have a plan, you’re more likely to work on and complete your resolution because you know exactly what needs to be done to accomplish it. Each plan will look different but be as thorough as you can when you make your plan. Fourth, track your progress. Tracking progress helps you see how far you’ve come and helps build consistency. If a resolution seems difficult to track, a good option is to choose a number of days per week that you have to work on it. Then you can track your habit of working on your resolution. Fifth, find an accountability partner. Having to report your progress to someone else may be the motivation you need to accomplish your goals. Ideas for Spiritual Resolutions Now that you know how to set good resolutions, it’s time to look at some ideas for spiritual resolutions you could try this year. 1. Scripture Study One area you could focus on in a resolution this year is scripture study. Depending on what you want to improve in your scripture study, you could set resolutions like: I will read my scriptures for 10 minutes every day. I will schedule out my Come, Follow Me reading each week so I don’t fall behind. I will read one additional resource with my scriptures each day so I can understand the scriptures better. (If you want to do this, we recommend ScripturePlus to help you find the best resources for the scriptures.) 2. Temple Attendance Most temples in the world are at least partially reopened now, and that means it’s time get back in the habit of attending the temple. If that’s what you want to focus on in 2022, you could set goals like: I’ll schedule an appointment at the temple once a month. I’ll attend the temple prep class so I can be ready to receive my own ordinances. 3. Family History Despite temples reopening, access to many of them is still limited. If that’s the case in your area, you could instead make a goal about family history, such as: I will index names once a week. I will add memories to Family Search at least once a month. I will look for and add sources to family profiles for an hour each week. These are just a few suggestions for spiritual resolutions you can try in 2022. Even if none of these are resolutions you personally want to do, hopefully you started coming up with your own ideas as well. Good luck with your goals, and have a wonderful new year! Subscribe Get the latest updates on Book of Mormon topics and research for free     Daily Book of Mormon KnoWhysWeekly KnoWhy Summaries     We respect your email privacy     DONATE TagsNew YearsEventsGoals

  • Everything You Need to Study the Old Testament in 2022
    by BMC Team on December 23, 2021 at 7:00 am

    Post contributed by BMC TeamDecember 23, 2021Google Plus One Pinterest Tweet Widget Facebook Like Share on Facebook Christmas Gifts At this splendid Christmastime, Book of Mormon Central is pleased to share some gifts that will continue giving all through 2022. As Latter-day Saints around the world begin their study of the Old Testament, we at Book of Mormon Central hope that you can supplement your Come, Follow Me study with these new, free, online resources that we have prepared for studying the Old Testament and the world of the Bible. These gifts are acquired without money and without price as the Book of Mormon directs (2 Nephi 9:50). Like all of the most significant things in life, these gifts will produce blessings commensurate with the heed and diligence you pay to them (Mosiah 1:16). They will help you increase your appreciation for and understanding of the precious word of God (Doctrine and Covenants 1:38). 1. Bible Central Our first gift is a major new website: Bible Central. With this important new resource that looks at the Bible through the lens of the Restoration, Book of Mormon Central has now built a “Central” for each of the four standard works. Would a biographical dictionary of people in the Old Testament help you keep everyone straight? Bible Central has it. How about a geographical reference of places mentioned in the text? Bible Central has that too. Book and chapter guides? Yes. Links to engaging videos? Absolutely. Bibliographies for further reading if you really want to dig deeply into the Old Testament? You will find them on Bible Central. Come and explore; keep coming back for more enlightenment. Webmaster Jasmin Rappleye and her team have organized a wealth of information on Bible Central that will continue to grow and develop throughout 2022 and 2023.   Visit Bible Central 2. Old Testament Videos in 3 Languages Our second gift is an outstanding lineup of Come, Follow Me presenters in 3 languages. These are some of the finest teachers in the Church today. This year, in addition to the popular show Come Follow Me Insights with Tyler Griffin and Taylor Halverson, Book of Mormon Central will be producing a daily, 5-minute video series on the Old Testament. With this new daily series, viewers can do their Come, Follow Me study in just a few minutes each day. In English, we have Taylor Halverson and Tyler Griffin, Marianna Richardson, Lynne Wilson, John Hilton III, Casey Griffiths, and Jasmin Rappleye. In Spanish, we have Pepe Valle, Walter Posada, and Cecy Gastelum, in addition to a terrific kid’s program, Ven Sígueme Kids. In Portuguese, we have Lucas Guerreiro, Eduardo Thomazini, and Marcus Martins. 350,000 families each week make Book of Mormon Central presentations part of their Come, Follow Me devotions. Come Follow Me Insights Daily 5-min Devotionals Lynne Wilson Podcast Spanish YouTube Channel Portuguese YouTube Channel 3. Messages of Christ YouTube Channel Our third gift is the outstanding YouTube Channel Messages of Christ with its Christmas message on the creation, fall, and atonement. If you love our Savior and Redeemer, you will enjoy spending time with Daniel Smith’s videos. If you appreciate temples, ancient and modern, then Messages of Christ has great content to expand your knowledge about them. If 3D models help you understand the Tabernacle in the wilderness or Solomon’s Temple in more detail, you’ll find plenty of models on Messages of Christ.   View Messages of Christ YouTube Channel 4. Free Online Book: Old Testament Cultural Insights Our fourth gift is a series of short articles by biblical scholar Avram Shannon called Cultural Insights. These delightful nuggets shine light from ancient civilizations on interesting words or phrases in the Old Testament whose meaning is obscure or difficult to understand for most modern readers. Expect many “aha moments” as you come to appreciate Old Testament passages the way ancient Israelites would have understood them. Old Testament Cultural Insights Avram Shannon 5. Free, Online Book: The Jesus Christ Focused Old Testament Our fifth gift is a beautiful monograph by eminent biblical scholar Donald W. Parry entitled The Jesus Christ Focused Old Testament: Making Sense of a Monumental Book. An angel told Nephi that, in the beginning, the Old Testament was “plain and pure, and most precious and easy to the understanding of all men” (1 Nephi 14:23). With Parry as our guide, the Old Testament returns to its original grandeur as the First Testament of our Creator, Lord, and Savior, Jehovah, the Messiah—Jesus Christ. You will never read the Old Testament the same way again after you discover how truly Christological it is. The Jesus Christ Focused Old Testament: Making Sense of a Monumental Book Donald W. Parry 6. Free, Online Book: The Pearl of Great Price Study Edition Our sixth gift is a remarkable study edition of the Pearl of Great Price from young scholar Stephen Smoot in collaboration with established scriptural scholars John Gee, Kerry Muhlestein, John Thompson, and Jeff Bradshaw. The study edition presents the text with notes and commentary to help you better understand what you are reading in its ancient historical and cultural context. Much of this content is available in extended form on Pearl of Great Price Central which debuted in August 2019. The Pearl of Great Price: A Study Edition for Latter-day Saints Stephen O. Smoot 7. Free, Online Commentary: Old Testament Minute Book of Mormon Central and the ScripturePlus app have teamed up with Bible Central to produce a multi-author, biblical commentary for Latter-day Saints. This commentary provides historical, cultural, and doctrinal insights into the beloved stories of the bible, one passage at a time. It follows on the heels of the popular Doctrine and Covenants Minute by Casey Griffiths and the Book of Mormon Minute by Brant Gardner. It will take time to complete this massive project (39 books of the Old Testament!), but we hope that Latter-day Saints can glean valuable insights for their scripture study using this commentary that can be found on ScripturePlus, Bible Central, and the Book of Mormon Central Archive. Old Testament Minute Taylor M. Halverson, General Editor 8. ScripturePlus App Our eighth gift is the popular mobile app, ScripturePlus. Imagine the power of Book of Mormon Central, Pearl of Great Price Central, Doctrine and Covenants Central and Bible Central all in the palm of your hand. Imagine the scriptural insights that come when you read a verse of holy writ surrounded by comments, quotes, images, videos, etc. Imagine the convenience of reading plans that help you feast on the word of God in bite-sized chunks. ScripturePlus has all of this and more. For many, ScripturePlus has revolutionized their daily scripture study. It has been downloaded 213,000 times. It has facilitated over 100 million study events. And the best part is that ScripturePlus keeps getting better every day. A team of mobile app developers led by Israel Gonzalez and a second team of content curators led by Daniel Smith release enhanced versions of the app frequently on iPhone, Android, and Kindle. ScripturePlus is currently available in English and Spanish.   Download the ScripturePlus App 9. Come Follow Me App The ninth gift is the exciting new mobile app, Come Follow Me, from our partners Evan Fitzpatrick and Sheree Nixon at Come Follow Me Foundation. Think you don’t have time or energy for daily scripture study? Think again. You have five minutes each day you can devote to God’s word, and the Come Follow Me app makes it almost effortless. Enjoy moving daily video devotionals from interesting people around the Church and some of the best Come Follow Me content from many sources, including Book of Mormon Central, collected in one convenient place.   Download the Come Follow Me App These nine gifts will illuminate your path on your journey through life (Psalm 119:105). May your days be merry and bright. Merry Christmas from Book of Mormon Central! 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  • Celebrate the Season with a Collection of Christmas KnoWhys
    by BMC Team on December 17, 2021 at 7:00 am

    Post contributed by BMC TeamDecember 17, 2021Google Plus One Pinterest Tweet Widget Facebook Like Share on Facebook How was there a night without darkness? What does the Virgin Mary have to do with the Tree of Life? Did the Nephites have a “Holiday Season” like we do today?  Find the answers to these and other questions in this second edition of Because There Was No Darkness – The Birth of Christ: A Book of Mormon Perspective. This collection of Christmas KnoWhy articles can bring the Spirit and give you a greater understanding of Christmas. The forward of the book illustrates this: The time just before Christ’s birth was a dark period in history. In Judea, Rome had conquered and oppressed the Jews. They were looking for their Messiah to free them. In the Americas, the people waited for prophecies to be fulfilled, but those who didn’t believe had decided that time was up. Anyone who did believe in a coming Messiah would be put to death. Fear hung heavy in the hearts of many. Then Christ came. And when He came, a new star appeared as a sign of His light entering the world. In Judea, the angels rejoiced and the shepherds testified of the newborn Messiah. His was a miraculous birth. But in the Americas, His birth had an even more miraculous effect. The very day the believers were slated to die, Christ came, and “at the going down of the sun there was no darkness” (3 Nephi 1:15). He brought that additional sign of light to the Nephites, and in so doing, saved the lives of many. Think of that; Christ’s first act on earth was saving the lives of those who believed in Him. His birth foreshadowed His ultimate mission to save mankind. Christ truly is, as He taught the Nephites years later, “the light and the life of the world; and I have drunk out of the bitter cup which the Father hath given me, and have glorified the Father in taking upon me the sins of the world” (3 Nephi 11:11). From His birth to His death and on to today, Christ has fulfilled prophecies and brought light and life to us, God’s children. Book of Mormon prophets prophesied of Christ’s coming and His mission for centuries before He was born. His birth and life fulfilled many of those prophecies. At Book of Mormon Central, we’ve written KnoWhys about several of these prophecies of Christ’s birth over the past several years. We’ve compiled them now into this new edition of Because There Was No Darkness—The Birth of Christ: A Book of Mormon Perspective. We hope this collection of KnoWhys helps bring the light of Christ and understanding of His salvation into your life this holiday season. May we remember and experience His light and love this Christmas season! This collection is our gift to you this Christmas. We wish you the best during the holidays and are so grateful to you for joining with us in our study of the scriptures this year. Merry Christmas! Book of Mormon Central Free, Online Book Subscribe Get the latest updates on Book of Mormon topics and research for free     Daily Book of Mormon KnoWhysWeekly KnoWhy Summaries     We respect your email privacy     DONATE TagsChristmas

Mormon Tabernacle Choir

  • Choir Music Streaming for Beginners
    on January 21, 2022 at 10:34 pm

    Times have changed. It used to be that you found your favorite album at the local music store—yes, vinyl—and took it home to play on your record player. You were careful not to scratch the LP. Then along came the tape deck with its 8 tracks and it worked in your car, then cassettes, handy, small and easily portable. The next innovations were CDs and CD players, and they became your favorite listening medium. Usually there were a handful of favorites on an album, and you listened through the others. And then came iPods, iPads, and iPhones and the world really changed.

  • Taking a Step Back on the Ice
    on January 14, 2022 at 11:43 pm

    Even though the Choir organization has been cautiously moving forward with pandemic precautions one step at a time, it has become necessary to take a step back “on the ice” as the current surge in COVID cases continues to set new records each day. (See “The Tabernacle Choir ‘Walking on Ice’” for details.) After careful consideration of advice from state health care officials, the Choir’s medical team, and creative and administrative leaders, The Tabernacle Choir presidency has temporarily paused all of The Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square, and Bells at Temple Square rehearsals and live performances through the end of January.

  • An Unusual Year for Choir’s International Broadcast Growth
    on January 11, 2022 at 1:53 am

    It has been an unusual year for The Tabernacle Choir organization and its members who for the past year have been watching Music & the Spoken Word from home with the rest of the world. As pandemic restrictions have continued, the weekly Music & the Spoken Word program—now in its historic 92nd year of continuous broadcasting—has still found increased international viewership.

  • “Good Tidings of Great Joy”
    on December 22, 2021 at 6:56 pm

    How many times have you read and heard these poignant words, “. . . and she wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger?” There’s no need to explain who “she” is, or who “he is.”  The familiar account is drawn from Luke 2:1-14 describing the fateful night when over shepherd’s fields near Bethlehem the heavens were filled with angels proclaiming, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

  • Stream Choir’s Christmas Music: Our Gift to You
    on December 17, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square invite you to stream our Christmas music—our gift for you!