INTRODUCTION

From Chicken Soup for the Latter-day Saint Soul

Introduction

Whether you’re an investigator, a new member, a lifetime member, a less active member, a church leader or a missionary, we hope you’ll thoroughly enjoy this brand new, never-before-published collection of personal stories written by fellow Latter-day Saints from every corner of the world.

You’ll find delightful, inspirational stories about faith, family, gratitude, holidays, miracles, missionary work, overcoming obstacles, prayer and serving others. Stories that will make you laugh and cry, lift your spirits and inspire and motivate you. Stories you can use in sacrament talks and Sunday school, Primary, Young Men, Young Women, Relief Society and Priesthood lessons. Stories you’ll want to share with your family during family prayer or family home evening. Stories you’ll want to share while visiting or home teaching. Stories you’ll want to include in letters to missionaries. Stories you’ll want to give as gifts to family, friends, associates and investigators. Stories that will help others better understand and appreciate who we are and what we believe.

It is not coincidental that this volume is being published on the 200th anniversary of Joseph Smith’s birthday, as well as the 175th anniversary of the Church. It is also not coincidental that we were chosen to edit the book. If anything, our involvement in the project was providential.

Robert G. Allen, the bestselling wealth author and trainer, has been a client of ours for thirty years. A couple of years ago, he invited us to brainstorm with him and Mark Victor Hansen, with whom he was writing a new book.

In the course of conversation, we told Mark about our success with Especially for Mormons. Mark was sufficiently impressed enough to ask us to edit an LDS edition of Chicken Soup. We could not have been more honored or thrilled—or overwhelmed by the incredible responsibility.

Having collected, written and edited stories for five of the eight volumes of Especially for Mormons, we were tapped out and in need of all new contributors with all new stories. Enter Matt Kennedy, the founder and publisher of LDS Living magazine, who generously offered to place a call for submissions on his Web site and to e-mail his subscribers. Hundreds of submissions poured in from all around the world.

We began reading.We loved every story. Unfortunately, we could use only about a hundred. We set aside the others for potential use in future editions. Our long-time editor and friend Kathy Frandsen came on board to read, edit and proofread.

Though we have written and edited eleven books, we have never worked harder than we have on this book. We wanted to bring you the best collection of inspirational, uniquely LDS stories ever published. Stories that would give us a glimpse into the everyday lives of our fellow Saints from all around the world. Stories that would remind us of the marvelous work and wonder Joseph wrought 175 years ago—and the great blessing it is to be part of it.We think we have succeeded.We hope you agree.

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