Monday, August 20, 2012

Elder Holland to Address Young Adults in September

At 6:00 p.m. mountain daylight time on September 9, 2012, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will address young adults ages 18 to 30, married and single, in a CES devotional broadcast originating from St. George, Utah.

Words from President Monson - Baseballs and Service


“Stand Ye in Holy Places - 2013 Mutual Theme

A notice dated August 21, 2012, will announce the 2013 Mutual Theme, “Stand Ye in Holy Places.” “Stand ye in holy places, and be not moved, until the day of the Lord come; for behold, it cometh quickly, saith the Lord” (Doctrine and Covenants 87:8).
Leaders are encouraged to use the theme as a focus of “special cultural events and other dance, music, and drama activities.” Leaders may also introduce the theme with a new DVD, Strength of Youth Media 2013: Stand Ye in Holy Places, which will be sent to units in December 2012. Additional resource material in support of the theme will be available in the New Era and Liahona magazines and on at the beginning of 2013.

Special Needs and Service Rendered - Visiting Teaching September 2012 Message - handout

Special Needs
Necessidades Especiais
Necesidades especiales

First Presidency September 2012 Message, handout

Sharing the Gospel Heart to Heart
Compartilhar o Evangelho de Coração  para Coração
Compartir el Evangelio de Corazon a Corazon

Golden Days: A Celebration of Life - Broadcast

Program Front and Back Cover

Saturday, August 18, 2012

LDS Church adopts new tithing slips

Source: LDS Living

The Church has changed the design for tithing slips, including fewer item lines. The new slips will soon reach every congregation.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has approved and adopted new tithing slips for worldwide distribution to Church membership. 

This change, which actually began in the early months of 2012, is now seeing more widespread effect as wards and branches restock tithing slips.

On the new slips, members will no longer find an address line; the new line asks for membership record number, which is not required for non-member donations or if one is donating in his or her home unit. Additionally, several lines of the old slip have been eliminated, specifically, lines designating funds for Book of Mormon, Temple Construction and Perpetual Education. Church members may still designate funds previously specified on the tithing slip (as well as various other Church funds) by writing them in the “other” field. 

Finally, a change has been made to the language at the bottom of the slip, explaining how funds will be used. The previous explanation said, “All donations to the Church’s missionary fund become the property of the Church to be used at the Church’s sole discretion in its missionary program.”

The new explanation takes a more general approach to donated funds: “Though reasonable efforts will be made globally to use donations as designated, all donations become the Church’s property and will be used at the Church’s sole discretion to further the Church’s overall mission.”Scott Trotter, spokesman for the Church, said of the changes, “We feel a sacred obligation to make sure that tithing and other donations made to the Church are used prudently and wisely. The new language on the donation slips simply gives some flexibility to meet the changing needs of a growing, global faith as circumstances require.”

These new slips are similar to slips that were previously distributed outside of North America.

This article is edited from an earlier version to clarify the use of membership record numbers.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

General Relief Society Meeting

The general Relief Society meeting will be held in the Conference Center auditorium on Saturday, September 29, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. mountain time and will be broadcast to many areas of the world.
Relief Society sisters worldwide are invited to view the satellite broadcast of the general Relief Society meeting. All sisters 18 years of age and older are encouraged to gather together in meetinghouses to view the broadcast.

International Hymnbooks Unify Saints around the World

By Heather Whittle Wrigley, Church News and Events
Victoria Bol Cucul sits in a building in Senahú, Guatemala, her eyes reverently focused on the choir at the front as she listens to the official LDS version of “A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief” in her native language of Kekchi (pronounced kek-chee) for the first time ever. (full story.....)

Young Women, Manual 1, Lesson 34 - Handout and video clip link

Worthy Thoughts
Pensamentos Dignos
Los pensamientos puros

Download a short video clip of President Packer’s “Worthy Music, Worthy Thoughts.”

Friday, August 10, 2012

Missionary hit by bus amazes doctors and therapist with his recovery

 Elder Britten Schenk was severely injured in March when he was hit by a bus while serving a mission in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Less than five months after his accident, he is talking and walking

by Carole Mikita, Deseret News 

LOGAN — A few months ago Elder Britten Schenk, a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was hit by a bus while serving in Brazil and suffered severe injuries. The doctors there never expected him to recover.
But less than five months later, doctors are calling his case a miracle.
On March 16, Elder Schenk was hit by a bus as he started across a street in Sao Paulo. He suffered traumatic brain damage, and his parents expected the worst when they arrived a few days later.
"They had told us that there had been no blood or oxygen supply to his brain, so we were going to the hospital to tell him goodbye," Britten's mother, Karla Schenk, said with tears in her eyes.
The neurosurgeon handling Schenk's case told them things had changed. He told them he thought their son would survive, but that it was not necessarily a good thing. Doctors in Brazil didn’t give him much of a chance of any type of recovery. 
The couple found comfort in their faith. "We just had the feeling that he was going to be OK. Even when they gave us the bad news, it was OK," said Steve Schenk, Britten's father.Britten Schenk was in a medically induced coma to help reduce the swelling in his brain. The first few weeks in the hospital he was fighting infections and pneumonia. After four weeks in the hospital in Brazil, he was transferred to University Hospital in Salt Lake City. He spent seven weeks at the U., where he had to relearn everything.
Britten now works with speech pathologist Kathy Gantz at Intermountain Regional Hospital in Logan and has daily physical therapy sessions with Nick Smith at Sports Academy."I can walk pretty much normal now. I can talk really good," Britten said.
His parents, who live in Hyde Park, have shared emails with his Brazilian neurosurgeon. "He told us they continue to talk about Britten every day, and his recovery, and he said, ‘We truly witnessed a miracle,'" Karla Schenk said.When Britten was injured, the Schenks started a blog.
Soon, hundreds and hundreds offered support. The blog was a way to communicate with family. The Schenks found great comfort from perfect strangers.“There were many days that we sat in the hospital discouraged, and when we could look at the blog and read the testimonies, it just gave us such strength, that we can get through this,” she said.
read more here

Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Influence of Women

At a training meeting for Church employees, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles was asked, “What have you learned from your wife about leading as the Savior would lead?” He gave this response:
“I know what it means to have God say to Adam that everything he had and everything that was done up to that point in the Creation was not enough, not sufficient, not complete. No, the crowning act of Creation was the creation of a woman. That is true in my life, and I think it’s true in all the annals of eternity. … It [is] the women in our lives who have saved our hopes and encouraged our dreams.
I think in some ways women are often more sensitive to the Spirit and to righteousness than men are. I’m in this Church primarily because of the efforts of two women. Whatever I’ve been in my life and in the gospel, I owe to my mother and my wife. I owe my mother for my birth and the first 20 years of my life, and my wife for five decades of devotion since then. That is the simple truth. Pat is, to this day, the most clarion call of truth in my life. There is no voice, no communication, no inspiration from any mortal in my life that compares with the influence she has. And I think that’s the way it is supposed to be. …
“It was my mother who made sure I went to Primary. It was my mother who every Sunday had me in my Aaronic Priesthood duties with a clean, pressed shirt. She did everything to bless my life. Then Pat picked up that challenge as we courted and married. She bore our children and raised them. She gave me her life and supports me in whatever I do and wherever I go.”

Monday, August 6, 2012

Mormons in Italy Rejoice, Church Granted Country's 'Official' Status

The Italian government has granted The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints official status as a church and “partner of the state.” This legal status gives the Church greater freedom to do more good, both as a church and as a social institution.