Living in New Zealand as a young child like I did, I’ve always had a fascination with rugby even though we didn’t play it in my neighborhood growing up. One of my favorite movies of all time is Invictus, about the South African rugby team (and Nelson Mandela), going up against the world famous usually-dominant New Zealand All Blacks. Rugby is a sport that seems … Continue reading LDS Rugby Coach: Larry Gelwix
Warning: this is a longer post than usual and may take a couple of sittings to get through it. I hope you will, though. It’s from the heart and shares some good insights into what makes me tick. I thought you might like to get to know me a little better … Patrick Laing, the author of this Daily Mormon blog, since we’re becoming good friends … Continue reading Who is This Daily Mormon Guy Anyway?
We’ve all seen them … full-time Mormon missionaries … with their white shirts and black name tags (or skirts and name tags in the case of the ladies). You see them in pretty much every corner of the world you can imagine. From Boise to Bangladesh and everything in-between, this force of some 60,000+ volunteer elders and sisters is doing a great work all over … Continue reading What Do Mormon Missionaries Do…?
We all know that Christ called his apostles to be “Fishers of Men” … and the Bible says they “straightway left their nets to follow him” (see Matt. 4: 18-22). What we may not remember, though, is that the same charge, the same invitation, is extended to all of us as well, especially as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That’s … Continue reading Christ Has Called Us To Be Fishers of Men
It’s late and I’ve gotta go to bed. I’m getting up in 5 hours (at 3:30 am!) to go fishing again with my atheist friend, Jerry, so I’m going to make tonight’s post short and sweet. Following are the current “Worldwide Statistics” for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the following … Continue reading Worldwide LDS Church Statistics
I wrote a post a little while ago about whether we members of The Church of Jesus Christ can laugh or not. You might snicker at that question, but it’s one of the “Mormon Misconceptions” some folks have at times. Some also wonder if we can dance, sing, go to the beach, drink caffeinated drinks, marry non-LDS; the list goes on. In most of these … Continue reading More Latter-day Saint Humor … T-shirt Style
Occasionally, I can’t help but look back on the blog posts I’ve written and other content I’ve “curated” and think, “Man, we’ve shared a lot of great insights about the Church as we’ve explored what it is we Mormons really believe.” The pictures and videos I’ve shared really say it even better than the words, I believe, but the best thing of all is that … Continue reading Pics of Faith – Worth Thousands of Words
If we’re going to speak of Salt Lake City as a priority destination (as part of your search into and study of Mormonism), we should also mention the Church’s University, BYU—Brigham Young University—an hour south in Provo, Utah (and also in Rexburg ID and Laie HI), mostly since they’re owned by the Church and are affectionately referred to as The Lord’s Universities. (We in the … Continue reading BYU: A College Experience Like No Other
If you read my post yesterday I spoke of the really lovely day I had fishing, discussing religion and life, and hanging out with a good friend and mentor of mine. I actually spent much of the time answering his questions about the Church, which I, of course, enjoyed … especially because he wasn’t critical or skeptical at all. He was quite “intellectually interested,” despite … Continue reading Are Latter-day Saints Allowed to Laugh?
You saw her if you watched the epic documentary I wrote of last week, Meet the Mormons. Comedian Jenna Kim Jones was the narrator of that film and she did a great job. She’s a New Yorker, a talented comedian, and also a Mormon. Thought you might like to get to know her a little better. Click Below to Watch Jenna’s “I’m a Mormon” Video: … Continue reading LDS Comedian: Jenna Kim Jones