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Book review: 'Love at Home' shares inspiring stories from lives of LDS Church leaders

By Micah Klug

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, Jan. 18 2014 5:00 a.m. MST

"LOVE AT HOME: Insights from the Lives of Latter-day Saints" by Alonzo L. Gaskill and Steve T. Linford, Cedar Fort, $14.99, 112 pages (nf)

In an upside down world where professionals from various backgrounds and fields of study are shouting different messages on the family, authors Alonzo L. Gaskill and Steven T. Linford in their book titled “Love at Home” share a reminder of the importance to remember and reflect on the teachings of prophets and apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Through stories Gaskill and Linford have collected and sourced through talks, books and other publications, they share experiences from the lives members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve on a dozen topics, which affect the family in today’s society.

One they share is how President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency, and his wife were extended the call to go to then-Ricks College in the chapter "Counseling with Each Other and the Lord." They also share lighter experiences, including one from the late Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin and how he and his family learned to substitute laughter for anger in "Learning to Laugh at What Life Throws Your Way."

Gaskill and Linford also relate experiences from their personal lives. Each chapter also has "Quotes to Contemplate" with scriptures and thoughts from Mormon leaders and others.

The topics they include are about idea of having to have “the picture perfect family,” trying to balance and find time between personal career, ecclesiastical responsibilities, family time and personal time, along with topics of strengthening marriages and relationships with children.

“Love at Home” provides insight and inspiration help families draw closer and embrace the each one's imperfections. The examples used and related in relation the past and current church leaders can help open up a window of inspiration for the reader to gather hope knowing these leaders know what imperfection means along with sacrifice in creating a loving family.

Gaskill is a professor of LDS church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University where he has taught since 2003. Linford is the director of the Orem University Institute adjacent to Utah Valley University. Both authors reside in Utah.

Micah Klug graduated with her bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration from Brigham Young University-Idaho. She resides in Rexburg, Idaho.

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