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Subject: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Date Posted: 11/12/2009 9:58 AM ET
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Anyone have any books written for the LDS audience?  I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, also known as Mormons. I am looking for religious books.


Jen

Subject: One book
Date Posted: 3/22/2010 12:02 AM ET
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I have one book...wish I had more.

Date Posted: 4/11/2011 6:16 PM ET
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I have a lot of LDS fiction...that is why I joined PBS!

Sara

Subject: LDS books
Date Posted: 4/17/2011 11:43 PM ET
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I have a few on my shelf...you are welcome to look.  Also, use the search and put in LDS - I saw several by just doing that.  You can put authors and titles in the search as well, if you are looking for something specific.

I am a fan of OLD books. :0)  If anyone has any old LDS books, I would be willing to look at their shelf!  Just let me know.

 

Karen

Subject: Cassette Tapes - Dramatized Church History
Date Posted: 4/18/2011 12:03 AM ET
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I have a set of cassette tapes of the dramatized Church History series from the Living Scriptures.  It is in two cases.  I think the full series was 24 cassette tapes, but this set is only complete to the first 18 tapes.  I would be willing to give both volumes for 1 credit, since the second volume is not complete.

Karen

Date Posted: 6/27/2011 7:04 PM ET
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Jennifer, check my bookshelf. I think I have a couple Spencer W. Kimball books, and some LDS fiction. I can't remember everything that's on there at present, but I often get more from ward members who are moving away and pass their books on to me for posting.

Date Posted: 8/30/2011 3:47 PM ET
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I just posted a bunch of audio casette books by LDS authors on my shelf.

Subject: LDS books
Date Posted: 6/20/2012 6:52 PM ET
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I'm adding some right now by Lynn Gardner.  Have you noticed that when you add them, they go pretty fast?  I wish we had our own BIG forum.  I just found this one because I knew there had to be one out there! 

Subject: I have a few
Date Posted: 8/13/2013 2:34 PM ET
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I have a few young adult stories by LDS authors.  Including one by Jack Weyland.  I'll have a few more after I get done reading the others on my shelf as well. Right now I have: Ashley and Jen is about an unlikely duo who become friends at girls camp.  Searching for Selene is about a young girl who finds out her past isn't what her family thought it was.

Date Posted: 8/18/2013 7:50 PM ET
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I have Renaissance Beauty by Heather Simonsen

Date Posted: 11/6/2013 8:31 AM ET
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Hi all,

I was thinking maybe we could get this LDS thread more active.  Share some stories, experiences, talk about your current missionary in the field if you have one.   The limits are eternal. LOL!

I'll start by shouting out that I received a new calling Sunday as the ward Librarian and I am feeling very overwhelmed by the position.  Who knew there was so much to do not me.  I will learn with time and hopefully lots of patience from my ward family.  The person I replaced was great and I am happy to say very willing to stay involved to help me learn.  So glad she isn't moving away.

I was thinking too, we could post any LDS books we are ready to part with here first before we put it out to FIFO or on our shelf.  What do you all think?

Let's hear some more stories and some feedback.

There is Sunshine in my sole today and I want to share it with all of you.

 

Date Posted: 11/6/2013 2:19 PM ET
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Thanks Janice for encouraging us to make this a more active thread.  

I am the 6th generation on my Mom's side of the family and the 5th generation on my Dad's side of the family to be members of the church. 

My dad's side of the family joined the church in Denmark, moved to Germany where they stayed for several years until they had enough money to sail to the US.  They had job offers in New York but opted instead to travel to Wyoming and settle in a small LDS community.  In the early 1900's my great grandfather and his 10 children and their families moved to southern Alberta where they ranched as well as did carpentry and stone mason work.  Several of those family members were involved in building the Alberta Temple.

My Mom's side of the family joined the church in England and Wales and immigrated to the US and several of them were with the Martin Handcart Company.  They lost 2 children on that trek but several others had significant health issues the balance of their lives due to the hardships they endured.  One of the journals tells of having 1/4 cup of flour per day for each adult and 1/8 cup for each child which was made into a biscut and that was often the only food they had each day.  In 1898, my great grandparents were asked by the church to move to Alberta Canada to help establish LDS communities.  My grandmother was the first child born near the community of Glenwood which is 20 miles from Cardston where the temple is located.  My great grandparents lived in a sod shanty for the first 4 years that they lived in Canada.  I remember the stories that they would tell about those years.  My great great grandmother was the local midwife and she delivered my dad and 3 of his siblings.  

 

I have also found that as soon as a book written by an LDS author or about the church is posted, it gets requested.  

  

Date Posted: 11/6/2013 2:24 PM ET
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Excellent idea, I`'ll go next. I just got released from primary after six yrs of service as Secretary and then teaching one class or another. I really miss the kids, and in fact the parents still come to me for help. But I got depleted myself, and needed to be taught and spiritually fed as well. I struggle with the mix of feelings. I am definitely getting so much out of my adult classes. 

I 've been librarian before, and enjoyed that too. 

I cyber school my two kids at home.

I love to read, usually the classics. Right now I'm wading through Anna Karenina, also a pretty thick tome by G. K. Chesterton. Anyone e les like him? And I love C. S. Lewis. 

Date Posted: 11/6/2013 6:57 PM ET
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Janice - this is a great idea!

Hi everyone!!!

I am not currently active due to chronic migraines.  The last time I attended church I made it to the beginning of the second verse in the opening hymn before I had to leave due to the pain.  Thankfully, my bishop is very understanding and we converse often.  The last calling I had was as the girls camp leader.  That was, by far, the most rewarding calling I have ever had.  Quiet for the majority of the year and then INSANE for about two months.

As for family history, I am adopted and was sealed to my parents in the SLC temple.  My dad's family settled in Northeast Utah at the direction of Brigham Young.  As for my mothers side of the family, I am not really sure.  My dad's grandparents insisted that all of their grandchildren be baptized.  Out of my dad's family, he is the only active member.  But this came about when he was in the military.  They didn't attend church when he was growing up.

My daughter is currently serving in the SLC South mission.  She has been out since July and truly loves the work.  My son returned home from his mission in Colorado Springs a year and a half ago.  His mission was quite unique as he lived in the area until he was a junior in high school.  He served in the same stake his grandma lived in as well as in wards where classmates lived.  I wasn't sure he would be happy about being sent "home" but he loved every second of it.

Last night, my family and I were talking about our favorite LDS books and it was unanimous that Blaine Yorgenson was the family favorite....although we differed on the books.  My brother's fav was The Windwalkers and mine was Double Exposure.  In fact, my son ended up with the old man's name.  Not because of the book, but I happened to have been reading the book when we were picking out names for him. :)  Coincidence.....I think not.

Lora - I have never read Chesterson, but I will have to check him out.

LaVonne - hello girlfriend!!!  I love your family history.  What a great inspiration to the generations that have followed.

Are we wanting to list any LDS books?  WL or otherwise?  I'm cool either way.  It will get me back into reading them. :)

Date Posted: 11/6/2013 9:40 PM ET
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So sorry about the migraines, I sometimes have severe allergic reactions to some of the perfumes at church. RS is sometimes a concentrated perfumery of sinus pain and so on.

I like this thread. I've despaired of ever having a civil conversation on the pbs forums ever again. I intend to come back here regularly. I need the cheer!

I don't read much lds fiction, but I read this great quote tonight by Elder Bednar:

"A grateful person is rich in contentment. An ungrateful person suffers the poverty of endless discontentment."

Love the personal stories as well. My mother was the first in the family to join the church, and now we have three living generations sealed to one another, and working our way back through the memories. I grew up in a big family here in the east and most live out west now, but we have our little family here. The trees have lost most of their gorgeous colors and the days are a mix of mild crisp chill and mellow sunny breezes, quite a tame Autumn this year. We had the chance to finish our lunch out in the back yard today- very unusual here. It was nice to slow down, step back, and soak up some sun.

Date Posted: 11/6/2013 11:13 PM ET
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Shout out to Lori over in CO, since my brother is currently serving his mission in Colorado Springs!  He's in Black Forest right now... no idea where that is except it's somewhere in the burbs of the springs.  :)  He just hit his one year anniversary and I am so, so proud of him! 

Janice, I would love the calling of a ward librarian.  My mom was one the whole time I was up at BYUI, and I would help her when I came down for the summers (I was scared to go to the YSA ward...LOL).  Our building was built in the 70s, and there's some stuff in there that's been sitting around for about that long.  One interesting thing is a painting of all the presidents of the church in what I'm sure is the celestial room in the SLC temple (haven't seen it myself, so can't confirm exactly).  The interesting thing is they're all wearing moden suits/ties, which isn't so weird for the recent prophets, but it was weird seeing Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, etc. in a suit and tie!

I feel very overwhelmed by my calling sometimes, so I know how that is.  I'm RS instructor on 3rd Sundays.  I tell you what, if there's one calling that will really humble you, it's teaching!  That's also what happens when someone asks you to sub one Sunday for them, do a really good job, and then the person you subbed for gets married and moves out of the ward.  Boom, shoo in for that calling.  Guess I kind of asked for it.  :)

Love the idea of posting LDS books here first.  Does anyone else despair of the fact LDS books are so expensive?  Makes me gag a little when I buy LDS fiction from Deseret Book, but the WL lines around here on those kinds of books don't move very fast. 

Date Posted: 11/7/2013 12:00 PM ET
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Alisa - hey hey hey!  I'm glad your brother is in the 'burbs. :)  Porter spent the majority of his time in Monument.  One of our Elders was called to serve in the CS Mission, but has been transferred up to the North.  In fact, there were many who were sent up north, so I was wondering if your brother was one and I was going to meet him.  Guess you answered that question for me. :) I loved being a teacher in the RS.  Much more so than being the 1st counselor. :)  I'm sure you do a wonderful job.

Lora - I agree about the overwhelming scents.  Smells nice, unless it causes you severe pain.

I stopped buying LDS fiction because of how expensive it was.  As far as NF goes, I buy it every so often as a gift for my mother but other than that, the only time I purchase LDS based books is when we need scriptures replaced...or for my missionaries.

Does anyone listen to LDS music?  I love Hilary Weeks, but haven't heard her newest CD and was just wondering.  My DD wanted some others for her birthday, but I can't remember what they are.  They may make it to her as a Christmas gift.

Date Posted: 11/7/2013 12:48 PM ET
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Oh yes, if anyone has recommendations of LDS music I would be so grateful.  My brother just asked for new music for him and his companion for Christmas and I don't know what to get him!  Most of the "missionary" CDs are just arrangements of hymns, which are nice, but you can only listen to so many versions of the same song for 2 years before you get sick of it.  I'm sorry to say I don't really listen to much LDS music.  Although I do have a few MoTab CDs (2 of my uncles are in the choir).  But I like several LDS muscians, especially the Piano Guys (Steven Sharp Nelson and Jon Schmidt).  I have  Jenny Oaks Baker CD, but it's a Disney one (LOL).

Lori, my brother did end up staying in the springs when the missions split, but our bishop's son got sent to Denver.  So if you run into an Elder Potts, that's him.  :)

Date Posted: 11/7/2013 1:09 PM ET
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I will tell my mom to keep a look out for him.  She sees the missionaries alot more than I as the Stake Geneology Library person.

I've invited a couple more people to join us.  I hope they can make it. :)

My daughter likes Eclipse.   Ooooooo, Jennie Oaks Baker has one called Silver Screen Serenade that sounds really good.  My sons favorite group is Jericho Road.

Date Posted: 11/7/2013 3:30 PM ET
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Yippee fun to see everyone here.

Love all the history.  Wish I could add to it but no.  Just lonely little old me in my family belongs to the Church.  I'm a convert twenty something years now.  Funny though way back a long time ago when I lived in Texas I would teach homemaking classes for a friend.  But I didn't have any  interest at the time.   I have often wished I could find her and let her know the seeds she planted finally grew.

EWW stinky perfume yep me too!  Sometime I have to go outside and clear my head between classes.  Also had to move a time or two from our usual pew to escape the unknowing persons assult on my sensitive nausal and lung passages.  We have had a bishop or two make annoucements asking the regular people to consider us poor allergic people.   That helps alot except of course for the visitors and since they don't know they can't help it.

Not familar with your authors Lora. Thank you for this "A grateful person is rich in contentment. An ungrateful person suffers the poverty of endless discontentment."  I do love this Elder Bednar Quote.

Oh Lori chronic migraines, I am so very sorry you have to suffer those.  I have had a few migraines they are awful.  So many people use the term migraine for a headache now a days and don't have a clue.  I want to say if your still out her shopping I'm afraid you don't really have a migraine  but I'll be nice.

Alisa definately agree LDS books are to expensive that is why I hold onto mine more than post them.  I also feel the same way about all Christian books but they do put them on sale alot.   I try to get CF on PBS as much as I can.  Don't have much luck with LDS books, have gotten a few from PBS though.

I'll try to remember to ask my kids what LDS music they like.  I just listen to my DD and don't pay attention to the names.

I have these three books to post

 



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Date Posted: 11/7/2013 5:38 PM ET
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Janice, you may not be pioneer stock, but you ARE a pioneer. Each of us has those people who bless us, accept us, pray for us. We may not even be able to see or feel them, but we are never alone.

My kids like Jericho Road, but I tend away from LDS music and I like Christian stuff like Tenth Avenue North. I also like Josh Groban for inspirational stuff, although some of his warbling gets on my nerves. And then I like a lot of other stuff- I confess I now have an Andy Williams Christmas cd and I'm waiting as long as I can to listen to it. I usually deplore Christmas music before Thanksgiving, but these days, I sometimes think I need Christmas music all year round. Especially something sentimental like Andy Williams. Oh, no! I'm turning into my mother! Well, that's not so bad, really, over all...

I also want to be clear that GK Chesterton didn't write Anna Karenina. He wrote a lot of Christian apologist stuff, as well as some great fiction.

Perfume isn't the worst thing to waft up in RS. I've been harshly judged at church and I get hyper sensitive when I think I see it. It often happens among women, but it can also happen between adults and children, when adults assume that children can't know something or other. The adversary wants us building barriers between us, isolating one another like the weak member of a herd so that he can move in and pick us off one by one. What we need to remember is that one way or another, we are all weak. We can also be extraordinarily strong!

I think I might go read a couple of those non-fic LDS books I have on my shelf. They deserve a second look.

Date Posted: 11/7/2013 5:59 PM ET
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I love Christmas music which I listen to all year long.  I have lots of it on my I-Pod.  I even sing along when one is playing when I am taking my dogs for their daily walks. The dogs do not seem to mind my off key voice.  My family all know that I want O Silent Night sang at my funeral.  Odd I know but that song just touches my heart everytime I hear it.  

Our pioneer stock were very strong and I do not know that I could have had the faith or the strength to do some of the things required of them to live their beliefs.  This book - True Sisters Author: Sandra Dallas - was not written by a member of the church but the research that went into it was very good and it is a great portayal of the hardships some of our early church members went through.   In my review of this book I mention that although fiction this book tells of some of the same types of situations that my ancestor wrote about.  It felt at times like I was reading from my ancestors journals.  

I am very fortunate that members of my family not only wrote journals but that the next generations kept them.  In some cases the journals have been published and bound for us so that we can read their words of faith even in the midst of hardships.  

Date Posted: 11/7/2013 7:34 PM ET
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That's a great heritage to have- especially that people took care of their journals and passed them along.

Maybe I won't be so reluctant to listen to Christmas music 'too early' now!

One of my family heritages was a dreadful one- but my father, who never joined the church in mortality, made sure to break those chains of the false beliefs of forefathers and create something better. He was the first living person I ever realized could be a pioneer. He had to turn away from the darkness and make something new.

I think each of us does this on some level in the details of our every day lives, too. I hope we keep our journals up to date and worthy of passing along! My daughter has been bugging me to keep writing mine, she doesn't want to lose the family stories, the living testimonies, etc.

Date Posted: 11/7/2013 10:27 PM ET
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I don't write a journal.  Haven't since my mom would read mine while I was a teenager.  Even as a mother of adults that fear is still there and well ingraned.  My kids, on the other hand, write in their journals all the time.  I'm so glad that I was able to instill the importance of keeping a journal, even if it wasn't by example.

I don't listen to Christmas music.....even at Christmas.  Sadly, I am not a fan of the holiday.  The reason why celebrate it, yes.  The rest, nope.  But my DD loves Christmas and my kids have always known that I will supply the decorations, but won't put them up (except when they were too little and I had to do the grunt work so they could do the fun work).  As they've gotten older they have grasped why I don't participate and that the holiday is actually more enjoyable for all of us if I'm not involved.  But the kid would listen to Christmas music year round if I let her.

My favorite music is rock, pop, indie....Christian music doesn't even blink a glimmer on my radar unless I'm in the mood.  And I definately have to be in the mood. :)

Janice - That would be awesome if you could locate your old friend who you went to homemaking with.  It truly is amazing how seeds can be planted and some may never know.  You are a true pioneer in every sense of the word.

 

Date Posted: 11/8/2013 8:25 AM ET
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What kind of indie music do you like, Lori? I kind of go alternative from time to time. In fact, Tenth Avenue North comes up as alternative, not Christian, on my all wise and all knowing mp3 player. ;)

My tastes have been changing a lot lately, and I like to sample. I mean, sure, I love Andy Williams, but I also listen to Evanescence.

And here's a fun one for the kids: Steam Powered Giraffe. Absolutely love these guys, they cheer me up when I'm stuck in the kitchen (not my favorite place to be). Quirky steampunk nostalgic creative stuff.

 

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