• Quote of the Day

    “Surely the reason Christ said, ‘Father, forgive them,’ was because even in that terrible hour He knew that this was the message He had come through all eternity to deliver.”
    —Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Image Gallery: Pray Always

The Ensign has posted an image gallery based on the article “Pray Always” from the October issue. The article is a collection of artworks and captions related to prayer. This image gallery allows you to see them all in a similar format and size. Hopefully the Ensign will continue to post such image collections.

Our Creative Friends Slideshow

The Friend’s Web site has posted a slideshow of “Our Creative Friends” from the September issue. For those unfamiliar with this feature, “Our Creative Friends” showcases children’s drawings, usually on Church-related themes, that are submitted to the Friend for publication. These drawings are now available online for the first time. Enjoy.

How Long Are You Going to Keep Me?

This month’s New Era contains a sweet little story about an LDS family who adopted a Chinese girl, who always asked them a certain question. In “How Long Are You Going to Keep Me?” the author, Ryan Marie Lusvardi, tells of the various ways his family answered his new sister’s question, telling her that they were going to be with her forever. In addition, he mentions his sister’s attempts to identify with her family:

“Lily had her own system of deciding who was Chinese. She decided our mother, who has dark brown hair, was Chinese because, as Lily put it, ‘Your hair is like mine.’ When my skin became brown in the sun, Lily would say, ‘You’re kind of Chinese because your skin is like mine.’” Lily looked for and found ways each member of our family was like her.”

One of the nicest parts of the story is the artwork, which is by an artist from mainland China. You can see it in the PDF.

Motley Vision Blog on Teichert Article

The LDS blog A Motley Vision recently commented on the article “And Thus We See,” which appears in the August Ensign and features several of Minerva Teichert’s Book of Mormon paintings. As blogger William Morris says, “The Ensign’s art direction is sometimes criticized in Mormon cultural circles. Often justly. But I think it should also be applauded when it delivers.” Can’t fault that logic.

It seems that opinions about Minerva Teichert are divided in the general LDS populace. Some love her, and some, well, don’t. Personally, I like her style. And though I also like Friberg in a way, I enjoy the differences in Teichert’s paintings (for instance, depicting Abinadi as a fully clothed, young to middle-aged man instead of a sinewy octogenarian).

The article is now online and includes links to large versions of the images.

By Divine Design

This month’s Ensign and Liahona contain an article that uses images from Asian culture in order to highlight important teachings found in “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.” “By Divine Design”includes several examples of Asian art, which are a refreshing change of pace from what you usually see in the Church magazines.  


Liahona-By Divine DesignThis artwork is featured on the cover of this month’s Liahona and probably would have been on the cover of the Ensign as well if that magazine hadn’t included the article about the new First Presidency (though the cover photo of them at their press conference is also quite good). Check out this article, particularly the pictures, which you can view in context in the PDF version.