Saturday, November 30, 2013
Spectators came out to watch as the Temple Square lights are turned on for the first time for the 2013 season on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013.
Thanks, Matt Gade, (of Deseret News) for the wonderful pictures
An assembly line of hundreds of missionaries at the Missionary Training Center spent Thanksgiving sporting bright red hair nets and smiles on their faces as they put together 350,000 meals destined for needy households throughout Utah.
Friday, November 29, 2013
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
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The First Presidency invites Church members and friends to view the satellite broadcast of the annual Christmas devotional, which will originate from the Conference Center on Sunday, December 8, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. mountain standard time.
The Divine Mission of Jesus Christ: The Only Begotten Son - Visiting Teaching December 2013 Message, handout
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Published: Saturday, Nov. 18, 1989 (Church News)
To say thanks is such a simple thing, but, oh, the message that it conveys.
Thanks is an expression of gratitude, and gratitude is a mark of greatness. There never was a great person who did not express appreciation or give thanks.The scriptures teach us many unforgettable lessons of thanksgiving.
The Savior of mankind - the greatest of all - expressed His thanks on many occasions. A few such references in the New Testament include:
- When Jesus fed the multitude, He took seven loaves and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before them. . . . (Mark 8:6.) (Italics added.)
- Jesus thanked His Father for revealing the gospel truths to the twelve disciples. (Matt. 11:25.)
- Before Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, He "lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always. . . ." (John 11: 41-42.)
- When Jesus instituted the sacrament, He first offered thanks before passing the sacred emblems. "And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them. . . . (Luke 22:19.) And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it." (Mark 14:23.)
We, too, must give thanks if we are to show our appreciation and gratitude to our Father in Heaven. At this time of the year when we pause in a national day of thanksgiving, it is an appropriate time to express our thanks and gratitude for the many blessings we enjoy. Indeed, they are bounteous, as we recognize the hand of the Lord in His goodness to us.
Even when we think life is difficult, sometimes to the point of being extremely heavy, there are still many blessings we can count, still many favors from God for which we can give thanks. President Ezra Taft Benson has said that, "Our prayers and the prayers of our children should ascend to heaven full of gratitude and love for the mercies of the Lord unto us." (The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 364.)
Our offerings of thanksgiving to our Heavenly Father should be that which is crafted with our hearts. "Let thy heart be full of thanks unto God," Alma tells us in the Book of Mormon (See Alma 37:37.) Our expressions of thanks should be molded by our righteous desires and could well center on those things that are most important in our lives, two of which stand out very prominently:
- Our families. How grateful we should be for our children, and for our parents and ancestors, and for brothers and sisters. How thankful we should be for the love of families and for knowledge that all can be welded together in one eternal family if we righteously live those principles and ordinances that this great blessing is predicated upon.
- Our membership in the Church, and for opportunities to render meaningful and helpful service to others. It is through service that we express through our acts that we, indeed, are thankful to a loving Heavenly Father for the great blessings of the gospel. How grateful we should be for an abiding faith in the divinity of Jesus Christ and for the universality of His love shown through His infinite atonement.
The Lord told the Prophet Joseph Smith in March 1832, "And he who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto him, even an hundred fold, yea, more." (D&C 78:19.)
When we give thanks to God, our lives are lifted, our burdens are made bearable, and our deeds are designed not for our own glory and honor, but the glory and honor of Him whose children we are.
We are the recipients of God's choicest blessings. No people on earth has had what we have. For that our hearts should be turned to God in gratitude and thanksgiving and not just during this special time of the year when families and friends gather to enjoy the bounties of the earth and the goodness of the Lord.
Each day of our lives should be a day of thanksgiving unto God. To show our appreciation and gratitude, can it be anything less?
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Friday, November 22, 2013
Button Flower Tutorial from Artsy-Crafty Babe
1. To make a button flower, you’ll need 5-6 smallish matching buttons, a larger button for the center, and if desired, a small button for the center of the big button. The key to making these is the glue. The three pictured above are some that I’ve used with success. What did NOT work was hot glue, craft glue, and E6000. Make sure the glue you use is meant for beads, glass, & plastics.
2. Make a ring out of your matching smaller buttons. Make sure the flattest side is facing up, this makes a better surface for adhering. Place a small dab of glue on each button.
3. Place the center button on top – flat side against flat side. **You can make the flowers with the ridge side up on the bottom layer, but it holds better with the flat side up – it’s your call.
Christ in Christmas Program - Sample for your December RS "Enrichment" night (see an example of it!)
(by Jen McPhie)
..."For our December Enrichment Night we focus it on "Keeping Christ In Christmas." This was a very awesome night.
We set up in the R.S. room and we removed the big table so the room was more open up front. We had different Nativities set up on the Piano. We had on the other side of the room a small class room table with a pretty table cloth on it and an empty Nativity Inn.
Next we had a small tree with gift bags under the tree numbered 1-9 with one piece of a Nativity starting with Mary, Joseph, (go along with Story). As the sisters entered, we handed out a little paper with a number 1-9 on it for that one sister to go up and unwrap a gift and set up the Nativity. We had a narrator read the scriptures from Luke and Matthew about the birth of Christ.
The program went as follows: ( we asked some sisters to sing or play a musical instrument one mother and daughter played the violin and flute together, do whatever, but get your sisters involved this will get them out and the spirit is always there when there is music.)
Luke 12: 1-5 ( read by narrator)
Everyone sang: Little town of Bethlehem pg. 208
Open gift #1 Luke 2: 6-7
Joy to the world pg 201
Open gift #2 Luke 2:8
While Shepherds Watch There Flocks pg. 211
Open gift #3 Luke 2: 9-11
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
Open gift #4 Luke 2:12
Away In a Manger
Open gift #5 Luke 2: 13-16
Far Far Away in Judea's Plains
Open gift #6 Luke 2: 17-18
What child Is This
Open gift #7 Matthew 2:1-2
With Wondering Awe Pg 210
Open gift #8 Matthew 2:9-11
Open Gift #9 Last present is the baby Jesus explain why it's important to keep Christ in Christmas and to slow down during the holidays. Remember the real reason for the season.
This was a great night and it only took about an hour which is great for this time of year when so many things is going on. It was a nice break.
We served Ice cream sundaes for dessert- Yummy! Then the enrichment night committee handed out 12'x1"x6" boards painted black with the words screen printed on "Keep CHRIST in Christmas." They turned out beautiful and it was a nice token gift to give for each sister to have in their home as a reminder every year.
Good luck and enjoy this special night with your sisters."
- Mix some solo voices, congregation and choir to performance the hymns (It will be easy to practice)
- Sing just few verses of the music (check in accord with your time)
- Use some Primary kids to identify the scriptures
- Make some copies of some scriptures and ask previously the congregation reading together in the proper time (As we do in classes)
WARD CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
(Written by Kimberly Cole)
St. John 1:1-4 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
Moses 6:57 Wherefore teach it unto your children, that all men, everywhere, must repent, or they can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God, for no unclean thing can dwell there, or dwell in his presence; for, in the language of Adam, Man of Holiness is his name, and the name of his Only Begotten is the Son of Man, even Jesus Christ, a righteous Judge, who shall come in the meridian of time.
Isaiah 7:14-15 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good. "Away in a Manger" pg 206
Helaman 14:1-5 AND now it came to pass that Samuel, the Lamanite, did prophesy a great many more things which cannot be written. And behold, he said unto them: Behold, I give unto you a sign; for five years more cometh, and behold, then cometh the Son of God to redeem all those who shall believe on his name. And behold, this will I give unto you for a sign at the time of his coming; for behold, there shall be great lights in heaven, insomuch that in the night before he cometh there shall be no darkness, insomuch that it shall appear unto man as if it was day. Therefore, there shall be one day and a night and a day, as if it were one day and there were no night; and this shall be unto you for a sign; for ye shall know of the rising of the sun and also of its setting; therefore they shall know of a surety that there shall be two days and a night; nevertheless the night shall not be darkened; and it shall be the night before he is born. And behold, there shall a new star arise, such an one as ye never have beheld; and this also shall be a sign unto you.
Helaman 16:13-14 But it came to pass in the ninetieth year of the reign of the judges, there were great signs given unto the people, and wonders; and the words of the prophets began to be fulfilled. And angels did appear unto men, wise men, and did declare unto them glad tidings of great joy; thus in this year the scriptures began to be fulfilled.
Matthew 1:18-24 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.
Luke 2:4-5 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. "Joseph, I was Not His Father, He was Mine" (optional ) - by Michael McLean - lyrics and mp3 here
3 Nephi 1:5, 10-14, 19 But there were some who began to say that the time was past for the words to be fulfilled, which were spoken by Samuel, the Lamanite. Now it came to pass that when Nephi, the son of Nephi, saw this wickedness of his people, his heart was exceedingly sorrowful. And it came to pass that he went out and bowed himself down upon the earth, and cried mightily to his God in behalf of his people, yea, those who were about to be destroyed because of their faith in the tradition of their fathers. And it came to pass that he cried mightily unto the Lord all that day; and behold, the voice of the Lord came unto him, saying: Lift up your head and be of good cheer; for behold, the time is at hand, and on this night shall the sign be given, and on the morrow come I into the world, to show unto the world that I will fulfil all that which I have caused to be spoken by the mouth of my holy prophets. Behold, I come unto my own, to fulfil all things which I have made known unto the children of men from the foundation of the world, and to do the will, both of the Father and of the Son—of the Father because of me, and of the Son because of my flesh. And behold, the time is at hand, and this night shall the sign be given. And it came to pass that there was no darkness in all that night, but it was as light as though it was mid-day. And it came to pass that the sun did rise in the morning again, according to its proper order; and they knew that it was the day that the Lord should be born, because of the sign which had been given.
Luke 2:6-7 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. "Mary's Lullaby" pg 44 Children's Song Book
Luke 2:8-14 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Luke 2:15-17 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. "O Holy Night" (Sally DeFord Music))
3 Nephi 1:20-21 And it had come to pass, yea, all things, every whit, according to the words of the prophets. And it came to pass also that a new star did appear, according to the word.
Matthew 2:1-2, 9-11 NOW when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. "Silent Night,"
3 Nephi 11:10-11, 14 Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world. And behold, I am the light and the life of the world; and I have drunk out of that bitter cup which the Father hath given me, and have glorified the Father in taking upon me the sins of the world, in the which I have suffered the will of the Father in all things from the beginning. Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may thrust your hands into my side, and also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet, that ye may know that I am the God of Israel, and the God of the whole earth, and have been slain for the sins of the world.
3 Nephi 15:9-10 (person not seen just voice only) Behold, I am the law, and the light. Look unto me, and endure to the end, and ye shall live; for unto him that endureth to the end will I give eternal life. Behold, I have given unto you the commandments; therefore keep my commandments. And this is the law and the prophets, for they truly testified of me.
You can do lots of thinks.
But what matters the most is the spiritual concern of Christmas!
Thursday, November 21, 2013
by KELSEY BERTEAUX AND JANNALEE ROSNER
Read on to learn "10 things you didn't know about the angel Moroni statue"
1. The first angel “statue” was actually a weathervane. The Nauvoo temple was the first to have angel on a spire, and it was a simple weathervane depicting a non-specific angel of the restoration.
2. Cyrus E. Dallin, the sculptor of the first modern angel Moroni statue, was not a Mormon. Dallin claimed not to believe in angels, but at his mother’s urging he accepted the commission and designed the first angel Moroni, which stands on the Salt Lake City Temple.
3. There are six different angel Moroni designs. The most common Moroni design was created for President Hinckley’s revolutionary small temples. It stands atop 74 temple spires.
4. Moroni wasn’t commonly put on temples until the late 1970s. Early angel Moroni statues were too heavy to be put on most temples’ spires. The first statues weighed more than a ton each. Current statues only weight about 350 pounds.
5. The Monticello Utah Temple originally had a white angel Moroni. Because it was hard to see, the white statue was taken down and redone in gold leaf. Today, the refinished statue is on top of the Columbus Ohio Temple.
6. The original angel Moroni statue was inspired by Revelation 14. Cyrus E. Dallin, who designed this original angel Moroni, suggested the upright design we see today based off of his study of Revelation 14 and other LDS literature.
7. Only 10 temples have Moroni holding something in his left hand. You can spy a plates-toting version of Moroni on the Los Angeles California, Washington D.C., Seattle Washington, Jordan River Utah, and Mexico City Mexico Temples. Or you can look for a scroll-carrying version of the Moroni statue on the Achorage Alaska, Bismarck North Dakota, Columbus Ohio, Kona Hawaii, and Caracas Venezuela Temples.
8. Most Moroni statues are made of lightweight fiberglass and leafed in gold. Early angel Moroni statues, however, were made from bronze, copper, or aluminum (but still leafed in gold).
9. Seven temples have had their angel Moroni added during renovations. Angel Moroni statues were added to the the Freiberg Germany, Ogden Utah, Provo Utah, Sao Paulo Brazil, Tokyo Japan, and Bern Switerland Temples, and London England Temples during renovations. Moroni statues can also be added if requested by the temple district, as happened with the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple.
10. Not all of the angel Moroni statues face east. Due to lot orientation and spire placement, the Seattle Washington, Manila Philippines, Taipei Taiwan, Spokane Washington, and Nauvoo Illinois Temples have a west-facing angel Moroni.