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Emily W. Jensen: Today in the Bloggernacle: Letters from Carthage Jail and black Mormon pioneers

Published: Wednesday, June 29 2011 5:30 a.m. MDT

Mormon Message: “I was a criminal. If you knew anything about me during that time, you’d be definitely crossing the street.” So begins one of the featured testimonies in the new Mormon Messages video about three people who are able to find happiness through gospel teachings. Learn more about how “We Can Find Happiness.” Wonderful.

Carthage Jail: I don’t know if you realized it, but Monday was the 167th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum. Instead of spotlighting one of the many blogs that commemorated the event, I’m going to point you to the actual letters Joseph Smith wrote while in Carthage Jail, courtesy of the Church History Library (and pointed out by Ardis E. Parshall). Wow, check it out!

Black pioneers: Looking to learn more about the black Mormon pioneers? Well, if you live in Los Angeles, you’ll get a chance to watch the “A Special Destiny” Fireside at the end of July in the Los Angeles Temple Visitors' Center. Click to find out more. If you don’t live in L.A., have no fear, they have recently launched the entire text to this presentation called “Blacks in LDS History” to read and enjoy. Awesome.

Congo mission: What do you do when you have “An Hour to Kill with the Elders” in the Congo? You hold an impromptu family home evening with the local children, playing games, singing songs, telling stories, and finishing with a testimony (via song). I love this photo-diary of fun but memorable mini-mission moment.

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Emily W. Jensen updates “Today in the Bloggernacle” on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, presenting the best of what we've seen from the world of LDS-oriented blog sites. Her extended “Bloggernacle Back Bench” appears on MormonTimes.com on Tuesdays.

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