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LDS New Releases

Check out these LDS books released TODAY!

what you don’t know about the 100 most important events in church history

by Casey Paul Griffiths, Susan Easton Black, and Mary Jane Woodger

1DID YOU KNOW…

  • Brigham Young made significant changes to the structure of the Church, most of which are still in place today?
  • Communist leader of East Germany invited the Church to build a temple in their country.
  • Serious consideration was given to building a temple ship that would visit seaports to make ordinances more readily available to Saints around the world?

These facts are just a few of those you’ll find in What You Don’t Know about the 100 Most Important Events in Church History, a fascinating look at nearly 200 years of the Restoration.

BYU Church history professors Casey Paul Griffiths, Susan Easton Black, and Mary Jane Woodger have written engaging vignettes about our history, ranging from familiar events, such as the First Vision, the trek west, and the origin of Primary, to not-so-familiar events, such as the retrenchment movement, the political manifesto, and the beginnings of seminaries and institutes.

IN 100 SHORT CHAPTERS, YOU’LL…

  • Discover intriguing facts about the Church, you didn’t know before.
  • Gain a greater appreciation for the role of living prophets in the unfolding restoration of the gospel and an ever-changing world.
  • Learn more about lesser-known and even surprising events in the history of the Latter-day Saints.

 

changed through His grace

by Brad Wilcox

2“Have you been changed by grace?” In this insightful book, Brad Wilcox explores this life-altering question in depth. Christians throughout the centuries have used grace to describe God’s favor, good will, and love. However, grace is more than a description of God’s attributes. It is the help, power, and strength He offers as we choose to engage with Him in striving to attain those attributes. Grace is different from the Atonement. It is not Christ’s suffering, death, and Resurrection. Rather, grace is the power that flows from those sacred moments. Grace is not a priesthood ordinance, but essential ordinances invite greater and greater endowments of grace into our lives. Grace is a divine gift, but like any gift, it must be received.

In this book, Brother Wilcox uses real-life stories and personal experiences to demonstrate how we can choose to receive Christ’s grace more fully. In addition to using Paul’s teachings in the Bible, Brother Wilcox draws from the scriptures of the Restoration, the teachings of modern prophets, and sacred hymns to explain complex doctrines in simple and memorable ways. This allows us to understand how a covenant relationship with God and Christ can help us and those we love escape the bondage of addictions. He teaches how through the Holy Ghost–the messenger of grace–God can strengthen and save but also transform us.

This book is filled with hope. God’s help is not a prize for the righteous. It is the source of righteousness. His grace is not a reward for the worthy. It is the source of worthiness. It is not waiting for us once we change. It is the power we need throughout the entire perfecting process.

 

at the pulpit: 185 years of discourses by latter-day saint women

From the banks of the frozen Lake Erie in early May 1831, Lucy Mack Smith admonished 3her despondent fellow Saints. “Where is your faith in God?” she asked. “If I could make my voice to sound as loud as the trumpet of Michael the archangel I would declare the truth from land to land and from sea to sea.”

At the Pulpit contains fifty-four discourses given by Latter-day Saint women throughout the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Like Lucy Mack Smith, these women drew on inspiration and experience to declare their understanding of eternal truths. This book illustrates the history of women’s public preaching in the church, but its most important feature is the actual words of Mormon women. From the time of Emma Hale Smith’s earliest exhortations at meetings of the Nauvoo Relief Society, Latter-day Saint women have been charged to instruct their families and neighbors, their congregations and Relief Societies, and other organizations. The talks featured in this volume show Mormon women doing the spiritual and intellectual work inherent in a life of Christian faith–seeking to do good works, understand the atonement of Jesus Christ, and strengthen their own faith and the faith of those around them. These women endeavored to live what they believed and to help their listeners do so as well.

Written to the high scholarly standards of the Church Historian’s Press, this book provides a resource for contemporary Latter-day Saints as they study, speak, teach, and lead. Each discourse in this volume begins with an introduction that acquaints readers with the vibrant personalities of some of the women who have shaped the church. Introductions also provide glimpses into the circumstances and forces that shaped these women. Readers will encounter some familiar figures from church history and from the contemporary church–leaders like Eliza R. Snow and Linda K. Burton, current Relief Society general president. But they will also learn from women like Jane H. Neyman, whose stories are largely unknown to modern Latter-day Saints. Neyman applied to join the Nauvoo Relief Society in 1842, but her petition was rejected due to gossip about her daughters. Over twenty-five years later, she spoke in a Relief Society in Beaver, Utah, on charity, urging members to be forbearing and forgiving of one another.

The voices in these pages ring from Nauvoo’s red brick store to the National Auditorium in Mexico City to the Tabernacle on Temple Square and beyond. These discourses offer instruction on gospel principles while also revealing the particular concerns of individual women. At the Pulpit allows us to hear the historical and contemporary voices of Latter-day Saint women–voices that resound with experience, wisdom, and authority.

 

His Majesty and Mission

by Sheri Dew, Eric D. Huntsman, Daniel K. Judd, Camille Front Olson, Hank R. Smith, and Kevin J. Worthen

4Christianity rises or falls based on the reality of the Resurrection, and Christian religious leaders of all walks have commented on the importance of the Resurrection. “It is the living Christ of whom the Apostles testify. His Resurrection is the greatest single affirmation of His divinity and the power and reach of His atoning sacrifice,” says Elder Kevin J. Worthen, president of Brigham Young University. He continues, “Christ not only current leads His church; He is also active in our lives today–if we let Him. He knocks at the door and waits for us to invite Him into our lives, and when we do, we will find the truth of the apostolic witness that ‘His way is the path that leads to happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come.'”

Accordingly, this volume celebrates the living Christ and the miracle of the Resurrection. The essays published in this volume represent the papers presented at the annual Brigham Young University Easter Conferences in 2016 and 2017. In this volume, readers will find the personal witnesses and testimonies of faithful disciples who have devoted their lives to understanding the Savior’s majesty and mission. May their careful, heartfelt, and inspired words take root in your heart and bring you to a deeper, more personal conviction of the central role Jesus Christ and his Resurrection have in the eternal welfare of all God’s children.

 

one in charity

Talks from the 2016 BYU Women’s Conference

In an increasingly polarized world, what will bridge the gulf that divides us? How can such
a “small and simple thing” as care for others transform us into better people than we have been? One in Charity, with featured talks from the 2016 BYU Women’s Conference, supplies those answers and more.

            Elder Dale G. and Sister Ruth L. Renlund

Linda K. Burton5

Barbara Morgan Gardner

Kathleen Hughes

Kristen M. OaksCamille Fronk Olson

Virginia H. Pearce

Sandra Rogers

Kevin J. Worthen

Brad Wilcox

 

New Releases

Here are a few popular books that have come out in the last week:

CARVE THE MARK

by Veronica Roth

2Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power–something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive–no matter what the cost.

Then Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?

Carve the Mark is Veronica Roth’s stunning portrayal of the power of friendship–and love–in a galaxy filled with unexpected gifts.

 

THE GIRL BEFORE

by JP Delaney

PLEASE MAKE A LIST OF EVERY POSSESSION YOU CONSIDER ESSENTIAL TO YOUR LIFE.1

The request seems odd, even intrusive–and for the two women who answer, the consequences are devastating.

Emma

Reeling from a traumatic break-in, Emma wants a new place to live. But none of the apartments she sees are affordable or feel safe. Until One Folgate Street. The house is an architectural masterpiece: a minimalist design of pale stone, plate glass, and soaring ceilings. But there are rules. The enigmatic architect who designed the house retains full control: no books, no throw pillows, no photos or clutter or personal effects of any kind. The space is intended to transform its occupant–and it does.

Jane

After a personal tragedy, Jane needs a fresh start. When she finds One Folgate Street she is instantly drawn to the space–and to its aloof but seductive creator. Moving in, Jane soon learns about the untimely death of the home’s previous tenant, a woman similar to Jane in age and appearance. As Jane tries to untangle truth from lies, she unwittingly follows the same paths with the same people, and experiences the same terror, as the girl before.

An enthralling psychological thriller with unexpected twists and turns, The Girl Before spins one woman’s seeming good fortune, and another woman’s mysterious fate, through a kaleidoscope of duplicity, death, and deception.

 

REALITY IS NOT WHAT IT SEEMS

by Carlo Rovelli

3What are the elementary ingredients of the world? Do time and space exist? And what exactly is reality? Theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli has spent his life exploring these questions. He tells us how our understanding of reality has changed over the centuries and how physicists think about the structure of the universe today.

In elegant and accessible prose, Rovelli takes us on a wondrous journey from Democritus to Albert Einstein, from Michael Faraday to gravitational waves, and from classical physics to his own work in quantum gravity. As he shows us how the idea of reality has evolved over time, Rovelli offers deeper explanations of the theories he introduced so concisely in Seven Brief Lessons on Physics.

This book culminates in a lucid overview of quantum gravity, the field of research that explores the quantum nature of space and time, seeking to unify quantum mechanics and general relativity. Rovelli invites us to imagine a marvelous world where space breaks up into tiny grains, time disappears at the smallest scales, and black holes are waiting to explode–a vast universe still largely undiscovered.

New Releases!

TRULY MADLY GUILTY

truly“Sam and Clementine have a wonderful, albeit busy, life: They have two little girls; Sam has just started a new dream job; and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. If there’s anything they can count on, it’s each other.

Clementine and Erika have been friends since they were little. A single look between them can convey an entire conversation. But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last-minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbors, Tiffany and Vid, Clementine and Sam don’t hesitate. Having Tiffany’s and Vid’s larger-than-life personalities there will be a welcome respite.

Two months later, it won’t stop raining, and Clementine and Sam can’t stop asking themselves the question: What if we hadn’t gone?”

FOR MAGNUS CHASE: HOTEL VALHALLA GUIDE TO THE NORSE WORLDS

“This can’t-live-without guide to the gods and goddesses, mythical beings,MC_HotelValhalla_CVRoptions_03.22.16FINAL-299x416 andfantastic creatures of the nine Norse Worlds was prepared just for you, honored guest. It provides essential stats, interviews, stories, and personal reflections, so you can avoid those awkward introductions and start your training for Ragnarok with both feet running on the ground. You’ll never see Ratatosk as a cute little rodent or confuse a dwarf and an elf ever again!

We hope the Hotel Valhalla Guide to the Norse Worlds brings you both enlightenment and entertainment during your eternal stay at our fine establishment.”

THE LAND OF STORIES #5 AN AUTHOR’S ODYSSEY

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“Traveling into the short stories had been all Conner could think about since he’d first had the idea. Naturally, the circumstances to warrant the trip were terrible, but he still felt like the luckiest author in the world. Who else got to visit the worlds and meet the people that existed only in their imagination? Conner often fantasized about seeing a film or a play based on his writing one day, but this would be much better than that. It wouldn’t be someone else’s interpretation or adaptation of his words; everything would be purely as he’d envisioned it.”

LDS New Releases!

Let God Love You

816bmFllCILby Wendy Ulrich
“We learn about relationships from our experiences with family members, friends, and others. And we often bring what we’ve experienced–whether good or bad–into our perceptions of our Heavenly Father. As we go through ups and downs in that most important of relationships, we may feel more distant from Him than we’d like–but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Let God Love You will help you see God more accurately, trust Him more completely, and become strengthened in His love.”

 

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by Treven G. Hatch

“This insightful book highlights overlooked but significant facts about the re-emergence of the gospel, shedding new light on well-known events and the divinely prepared culture of the time. From appearances of ancient individuals to visions seen by Joseph Smith and other early Saints, there is more to the Restoration than we know.”

 

Preaching Through the Veil

29879by Sherrie Anthony

“God sends angels to teach, protect, warn, and comfort each of us in our individual circumstances. Do we see them reaching through the veil? Do we comprehend their influence and power in our lives?

With tender stories and profound insights, this inspired book highlights the different types of angels, the roles they play in mortality, and how we can grow closer to our family members on the other side. Recognize with spiritual eyes the angels at work in your life!”

 

I Can Forgive with God

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“Are unresolved feelings of anger, resentment, and guilt keeping you from living your best life? It’s time to let go of the pain and make the life-changing decision to forgive. A stirring new work from best-selling author Ganel-Lyn Condie, I Can Forgive with God features the personal accounts of an incredible group of women who have harnessed the power of forgiveness after enduring the furnace of affliction. From divorce and death to addiction and abuse, these sisters’ experiences are linked by one common truth: the power of absolution is available to all through hard work and faithful reliance on our loving Heavenly Father.

The women spotlighted in these stories have come face-to-face with devastating tragedies and trials, ultimately learning to forgive those who have hurt them–including themselves. With the help of this book, you too can find strength in the Lord–the giver of grace–to see your mistakes and others’ through the lens of forgiveness.”

 

The Beautiful Balance

91dD8LcatoLby Michelle Wilson
“Whether in your family, your ward, or your community, you’ve observed them: those noble individuals who are strong, patient, and stalwart in the face of adversity. When times are tough, how do they manage the challenging shift from victim to victor? Chances are they have figured out the balance of control–what they have charge of and what is in the Lord’s hands.

Trying to manage the ups and downs of life can feel overwhelming, but fortunately we’re not alone on this journey. With inspiring doctrinal insights and a healthy dose of humor, author Micelle Wilson inspires readers to let go of fear and find peace, even in the midst of lost jobs, health challenges, or everyday chaos at home. In a world that seems so tempestuous, The Beautiful Balance is a sweet reminder of exactly what we can control–ourselves–and what God controls–all the rest.”

 

New in General Books

Looking for a great new book to read? Check out these new arrivals in our General Books department!

Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige

In this third book in the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die series, new girl from Kansas Amy Gumm is caught between her home—and Oz.

My name is Amy Gumm. Tornadoes must have a thing about girls from Kansas, because—just like Dorothy—I got swept away on one too. I landed in Oz, where Good is Wicked, Wicked is Good, and the Wicked Witches clued me in to my true calling: Assassin.

The way to stop Dorothy from destroying Oz—and Kansas—is to kill her. And I’m the only one who can do it.

But I failed. Others died for my mistakes. Because of me, the portal between the worlds has been opened. And if I don’t find a way to close it?

Dorothy will make sure I never get to go home again.

Now it’s up to me to: join the Witches, fight for Oz, save Kansas, and stop Dorothy once and for all.

Calamity by Brandon Sanderson

From the bestselling author of the Mistborn series and Words of Radiance comes Calamity, the final book in the New York Times bestselling Reckoners series. What started in the instant #1 New York Times bestseller Steelheart and continued in the instant #1 New York Times bestseller Firefight now concludes in Calamity.
When Calamity lit up the sky, the Epics were born. David’s fate has been tied to their villainy ever since that historic night. Steelheart killed his father. Firefight stole his heart. And now Regalia has turned his closest ally into a dangerous enemy.
David knew Prof’s secret, and kept it even when Prof struggled to control the effects of his Epic powers. But facing Obliteration in Babilar was too much. Once the Reckoners’ leader, Prof has now embraced his Epic destiny. He’s disappeared into those murky shadows of menace Epics are infamous for the world over, and everyone knows there’s no turning back. . . .
But everyone is wrong. Redemption is possible for Epics—Megan proved it. They’re not lost. Not completely. And David is just about crazy enough to face down the most powerful High Epic of all to get his friend back. Or die trying.

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

East Sussex, 1914. It is the end of England’s brief Edwardian summer, and everyone agrees that the weather has never been so beautiful. Hugh Grange, down from his medical studies, is visiting his Aunt Agatha, who lives with her husband in the small, idyllic coastal town of Rye. Agatha’s husband works in the Foreign Office, and she is certain he will ensure that the recent saber rattling over the Balkans won’t come to anything. And Agatha has more immediate concerns; she has just risked her carefully built reputation by pushing for the appointment of a woman to replace the Latin master.

When Beatrice Nash arrives with one trunk and several large crates of books, it is clear she is significantly more freethinking—and attractive—than anyone believes a Latin teacher should be. For her part, mourning the death of her beloved father, who has left her penniless, Beatrice simply wants to be left alone to pursue her teaching and writing.

But just as Beatrice comes alive to the beauty of the Sussex landscape and the colorful characters who populate Rye, the perfect summer is about to end. For despite Agatha’s reassurances, the unimaginable is coming. Soon the limits of progress, and the old ways, will be tested as this small Sussex town and its inhabitants go to war.

Journey to Munich by Jacqueline Winspear

Working with the British Secret Service on an undercover mission, Maisie Dobbs is sent to Hitler’s Germany in this thrilling tale of danger and intrigue—the twelfth novel in Jacqueline Winspear’s New York Times bestselling “series that seems to get better with each entry” (Wall Street Journal).

It’s early 1938, and Maisie Dobbs is back in England. On a fine yet chilly morning, as she walks towards Fitzroy Square—a place of many memories—she is intercepted by Brian Huntley and Robert MacFarlane of the Secret Service. The German government has agreed to release a British subject from prison, but only if he is handed over to a family member. Because the man’s wife is bedridden and his daughter has been killed in an accident, the Secret Service wants Maisie—who bears a striking resemblance to the daughter—to retrieve the man from Dachau, on the outskirts of Munich.

The British government is not alone in its interest in Maisie’s travel plans. Her nemesis—the man she holds responsible for her husband’s death—has learned of her journey, and is also desperate for her help.

Traveling into the heart of Nazi Germany, Maisie encounters unexpected dangers—and finds herself questioning whether it’s time to return to the work she loved. But the Secret Service may have other ideas. . . .

 

Mother’s Day Gifts

To Mothers Carrying the Torch of Faith and Family by Jeffrey R. Holland

“In this great, eternal work, mothers have carried the torch of faith and family from the beginning. The need for that torch to burn brightly and dispel darkness has never been greater,” writes Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. In this thoughtful book for mothers, Elder and Sister Holland reflect on the crucial role of motherhood in fulfilling the purposes of eternity, as well as the challenges that all mothers experience. Filled with hope and encouragement, their message will resonate with mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, and teachers. Concludes Elder Holland, “To all mother sin every circumstance, including those who struggle, I say, ‘God bless you. You are doing better than you think you are.”‘

She’s a Mom: If You Think Her Hands Are Full, You Should See Her Heart

All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”

—Abraham Lincoln

Who can overstate the joys and blessings of motherhood? There is no responsibility more sacred, no privilege more divine, no calling closer to heaven. The righteous influence of a mother on her children can be seen through countless generations; her love is eternal.

Our Heavenly Father treasures His precious daughters and wants them to remember their great worth. In She’s a Mom, encouraging words from prophets and other inspired leaders remind mothers everywhere that they’re doing a wonderful job. “As a mother, yours is the work of salvation.”

—Jeffrey R. Holland

Women of Influence by Jack R. Christianson

“We need women who know how to access the power that God makes available to covenant keepers.” – President Russell M. Nelson.

For His toughest battles, God requires His strongest warriors, and He does not leave them alone. As the chasm between good and evil broadens constantly in the latter days, the time to be neutral has passed, and the Lord has need of willing women who will fight for His cause and defend His truth.

Prophets and Apostles extend no greater praise than to the women of the Church for their compassionate service, integral devotion, and immeasurable faith. To you, a member of His royal army, God has promised to build you up and buoy your feet as you share your heavenly influence.

Sisters Arise! by Lynne Perry Christofferson

What do the wimples and crisping pins mentioned by Isaiah have to do with modern Latter-day Saint women? These unfamiliar terms represent the trappings of worldliness, a worldliness that is more accessible than ever as cyberspace opens the door into our homes, our hands, and our minds. InSisters, Arise! author Lynne Perry Christofferson presents Latter-day Saint women with a call to action—an appeal to work together to combat the dangerous attitudes and behaviors of the world and to stand as examples of virtuous living.

With no-nonsense discussion on how to avoid falling victim to spiritual deception, sisters are encouraged to escape the pitfall of simply being less worldly than the world. Through scriptures, quotes, stories, and music, the author addresses a range of topics—from modesty and self-esteem to the quest for perfection. Each thought-provoking chapter is an invitation for women to examine themselves honestly as they move closer to becoming the women the Lord intends them to be.

The First Fifty Years of Relief Society by Various Authors

This collection of original documents explores the fascinating and largely unknown history of the Relief Society in the nineteenth century. The story begins with the founding of the Nauvoo Female Relief Society, and the complete and unabridged minutes of that organization are reproduced in this book for the first time in print.

The large majority of the volume covers the lesser-known period after the Relief Society was reestablished in territorial Utah and began to spread to areas as remote as Hawaii and England. Not only did Relief Society women care for their families and the poor, they manufactured and sold goods, went to medical school, gave healing blessings and set apart Relief Society officers, stored grain, built assembly halls, fought for women’s suffrage, founded a hospital, defended the practice of plural marriage, and started the Primary and Young Women organizations. Prominent in the documents are the towering figures of Mormon women’s history from this period, including Emma Smith, Eliza R. Snow, Emmeline B. Wells, Zina D. H. Young, and many others.

Not only do we just have great books for your mother’s, but we also have a wide variety of cute scarves, jewelry, and even better, chocolate. Come stop by the Book Table to get your mother the perfect gift!

New in our LDS Department

Covenant Keepers by Wendy Watson Nelson

“When it comes to making and keeping covenants with God, nothing is more important. And nothing is more filled with power!” writes author Wendy Watson Nelson. “There has never been a more important time to understand the power to which we have access because of our covenants than right now.”

In Covenant Keepers, Wendy Watson Nelson relates personal experiences and insights that help us appreciate the profound importance of making and keeping covenants. She invites readers to take part in a unique twenty-one-day experiment designed to help participants experience greater spiritual power. By recognizing the connective powers of covenant making, the assistance we can receive from powers on high, and the integral role family history work plays in keeping our own covenants and allowing our deceased loved ones to make sacred covenants, we can truly come to understand what it means to be a covenant keeper.

 

Good Answers to Good Questions by Chris Huston

Are Mormons Christians? Do members of the Church worship Joseph Smith? Why can’t women hold the priesthood? Why don’t you accept gay people into your church? Misconceptions about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints abound. From common questions to obscure queries, it’s inevitable that members of the Church will be required to set the record straight.

The only question is, will you be prepared to answer? In Good Answers to Good Questions, author Chris Huston teaches readers how to prepare for opportunities to address questions about the doctrines of the Church. Following the example of Christ’s method of teaching, the author poses fifty common questions that nonmembers might ask about the Church and then discusses possible responses, ranging from lengthy explanations to short answers. Drawing on scriptural evidence and quotes from Church leaders, readers will gain confidence as they learn to avoid overwhelming or offending their audience. Strengthen your own testimony as you learn to invite those interested in learning more about the gospel to “come and see.”

Living Joyfully in Troubled Times by Toni Sorenson

Many of us remember our divine nature only when life’s blessings smile down on us. But God’s love for His children transcends all trials and trying times. No matter what we are going through, joy is possible for all of us. There are many things in this world that cause us to become discouraged and depressed, but we can make the choice to be happy regardless of our circumstances.

Just as Adam and Eve chose to fall that men might be, we, too, must choose to live so that [we] might have joy. We have the power within us to decide to face our adversities with faith, hope, and optimism. Joy is not an achievement; it s a journey, and a loving God wouldn’t have commanded us to find it without providing directions. Dear Reader, We live in a glorious world. More joy abounds than we can imagine. We just have to know how and where to find it. That s what I hope this book becomes to you a roadmap–to joy. Toni Sorenson

Music and the Spoken Word by Lloyd D. Newell

In homes around the world, Sunday morning is ushered in with the familiar strains of the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the cornerstone of weekly broadcasts of Music and the Spoken Wordfor more than eight decades. And woven between the choir’s glorious arrangements of music are powerful stories of faith, hope, and the strength of the human spirit.

Now, these stories take center stage in Celebrating Music and the Spoken Word, an inspiring collection of more than 150 of the most beloved messages from broadcasts narrated by Lloyd D. Newell over the past 25 years. A masterpiece of stunning illustrations and vignettes, each page of this treasured keepsake radiates the spirit of the spoken word with messages of peace designed to uplift the heart and stir the soul.

New in our LDS Department

Needing a new great read or a new CD to listen to? Here are just a few new releases in our LDS Department that are perfect!

I Know the Scriptures Are True Primary CD

Clive Romney has been teaching and energizing children through great songs for years. New for 2016, the beloved musician shares traditional selections as well as new songs to go along with the upcoming Primary theme and program. Each song conveys a brightness and sincerity and captures the spirit that is ignited within children as they sing about the gospel. This album also features instrumental versions of each song, which can be used as I Know the Scriptures Are True: Songs for Children 2016accompaniment tracks for performances or to sing along to in family home evening or elsewhere. Children of all ages will delight in sharing and expressing their faith through these lively songs of the heart.

Songs include: If I Listen with My Heart * I Will Follow God’s Plan * Stand for the Right * He Dies That We Might Live Again * Praise to the Man * My Faith Leads Me to Jesus * I Love to See the Temple * The Lord Gave Me a Temple * Scripture Power

Planted by Patrick Q. Mason

Planted

For all its beneficial advances, our secular age has also weakened some people s ties to religious belief and affiliation. Latter-day Saints have not been immune to this trend. In recent years, many faithful Church members have encountered challenging aspects of Church history, belief, or practice. Feeling isolated, alienated, or misled, some struggle to stay. Some simply leave. Many search for a reliable and faithful place to work through their questions.

The abundance of information online can make them feel frustrated. Planted: Belief and Belonging in an Age of Doubt offers people who struggle with questions and people who love those who struggle practical ways to stay planted in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Rather than attempting to answer every possible question or doubt, Planted presents an empathetic, practical, and candid dialog about the relationship of doubt and faith.

Primary Greatness by Covey

Many of us are hurting. We have chronic problems, dissatisfactions, and disappointments. Although we generally make it through the day, a lot of us feel overwhelmed by burdens we carry. We try to “lift the load of life” each day and sometimes it’s just too much. The idea of living a “great life” seems a distant dream.

Too often, however, we have the wrong idea of what a great life is. We think if only we had enough money, enough leisure, enough good looks or popularity, everything would be great. If that’s what makes for a great life, no wonder so many of us feel so weighed down by the demands of everyday living.

Stephen R. Covey believed there were only two ways to live: a life of primary greatness or a life of secondary greatness. Through his classic books and seminars, he taught that the intrinsic rewards of primary greatness—integrity, responsibility, and meaningful contribution—far outweighed the superficial rewards of secondary greatness—money, popularity, and the self-absorbed, pleasure-ridden life that some people consider “success.”

More Than The Tattooed Mormon by Al Carraway

 

Being baptized and following the Lord has made Al’s life harder than it ever was before. She endured criticism from friends and family for becoming a Mormon. She faced harsh judgments from Church members for her appearance. She gave up everything and felt more alone than she ever had in her life. All because she chose God.

Now she shares an up-close look at how trusting God has led her to places she never expected. As a blogger, YouTuber, and award-winning public speaker, her message has reached millions. Sharing her love of the Savior, Al goes beyond her own conversion and encourages readers to choose God above anything else. This uplifting book inspires readers to build a true relationship with the Lord that will bring them real, lasting happiness.

New Missionary Books!

We recently got in a great selection of new missionary books and are so excited to share them with you!  These are perfect for any missionary who is about to leave on their mission and for those who have just returned home.

Will My Child Be Ready? by Emily Freedman

Will My Child Be ReadyA missionary’s training does not begin when he or she enters the doors of the MTC. Well before that, each missionary’s mother can begin laying the groundwork that will prepare her child to diligently and wholeheartedly serve the Lord and His children.

Mothers have an immeasurable influence and a significant responsibility in raising up young men and women who are prepared to do the work of the Lord. The good news: that responsibility can begin wherever you and your child are on the path of preparation. Whether your child is two, eight, or eighteen, this unique resource written by mothers who have sent children on missions (and some who have also served as mission presidents’ wives) will help you build the foundation of faith, endurance, and hard work that every missionary needs.

What To Know Before You Go by Don H. Staheli

What to Know Before You Go: Developing the Heart and Soul of a MissionaryMissionaries need to begin their exciting time of service with as much personal preparation as possible. How can they create a spiritual foundation that will help them stand strong when times are difficult? What do they need to know even before they enter the Missionary Training Center?

Each short chapter includes a great tidbit of loving advice and spiritual counsel (the sort you would get if you were sitting across the table from your own mission president), as well as a true, inspirational experience shared by a full-time elder or sister missionary.

The Lord is hastening the work of salvation. He needs missionaries who know not only how to do missionary work but how to be missionaries. This insightful book will help you start off on the right foot as you work to develop the heart, mind, and soul of a missionary.

Missionary: Possible by Eric Rigby

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, starts with you and the scriptures. Learn how ordinary people became extraordinary and how their stories can build your testimony and prepare you for serving the Lord. Funny and full of practical ideas you can use, this book is perfect for teens and young adults as it leads them through the scriptures and solidifies their testimonies and preparedness.

Taking Off The Tag by Clark B. Hinckley

Taking Off the TagTaking off your missionary name tag, and all that goes with it, is unlike anything you have ever done before. With so many changes and important life decisions ahead, you might be thinking, “I wish there was an MTC for life after the mission!”

Regardless of where you served, returning home has its own challenges.

This handbook, written by a former mission president and his wife, with input from more than fifty returned missionaries, is designed specifically to help you and other recently returned elders and sisters move into life beyond full-time missionary service.

Great adventures and miracles still await you—the best is yet to come!

New in Young Adult and Mystery!

Here are just a few books of what’s new in young adult and mystery!!

The Good Girls by Sara Shepard

When Nolan Hotchkiss, Beacon Heights’s golden boy and overall jerk, ends up dead, suspicion immediately falls on five senior girls who devised a prank to pay him back for all of his torment. Despite evidence to the contrary, the girls maintain their innocence and hope that his death is simply a coincidence. Unfortunately, Nolan is not the only person placed on their “payback” list, and someone is working to exert justice on their behalf. As each enemy experiences an untimely death, the girls race to find the killer before he or she can complete the mission. With each piece of evidence, however, the girls realize that the killer knows too much to be an outsider. Sometimes it is better to keep friends close, except for when one is a killer.

Finders Keepers by Stephen King

What would you do if you found a buried treasure? Thirteen-year-old Peter Saubers asks himself this very question when he finds an old trunk buried under a tree. His family has fallen on hard times following the economic downturn in 2008. Aside from a relatively small amount of money in the chest, there are over 100 handwritten notebooks. Peter realizes that they were penned by John Rothstein, a renowned novelist who was murdered long before Peter was born. Peter was one of the millions who had been touched by Rothstein’s works. Also influenced by the novels is Morris Bellamy, an obsessed fan who killed the author years ago and buried the trunk. He’s in prison for a different crime, and about to be paroled. Now the protagonists King introduced in “Mr. Mercedes”–Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson–are charged with protecting Peter and his family from Bellamy. VERDICT King’s many, many fans will want this, especially those who loved “Misery”, but the second volume in King’s projected trilogy will appeal to anyone who enjoys suspense and action, or anyone who finds enlightenment in reading about the internal struggle between right and wrong. It’s not necessary to have read the previous book to enjoy this one.

Palace of Treason by Jason Matthews

Captain Dominika Egorova of the Russian Intelligence Service (SVR) has returned from the West to Moscow. She despises the men she serves, the oligarchs, and crooks, and thugs of Putin’s Russia. What no one knows is that Dominika is working for the CIA as Washington’s most sensitive penetration of SVR and the Kremlin.

As she expertly dodges exposure, Dominika deals with a murderously psychotic boss; survives an Iranian assassination attempt; escapes a counterintelligence ambush; rescues an arrested agent and exfiltrates him out of Russia; and has a chilling midnight conversation in her nightgown with President Putin. Complicating these risks is the fact that Dominika is in love with her CIA handler, Nate Nash, and their lust is as dangerous as committing espionage in Moscow. And when a mole in the SVR finds Dominika’s name on a restricted list of sources, it is a virtual death sentence…