Friday, January 29, 2016

LDS Church provides instructions to missionaries for avoiding Zika virus outbreak in Western Hemisphere

photo credit  Andre Penner, Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — The LDS Church will have its mission presidents provide guidance to missionaries about how to avoid the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease that is "spreading explosively" across the Americas.
The virus generally causes mild symptoms, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned pregnant women against travel to many Central and South American and Caribbean nations because Zika appears to cause brain damage in newborns.
"Missionaries throughout the world are instructed on how to stay healthy, including avoiding mosquito-borne viruses," LDS Church spokesman Eric Hawkins said Friday morning. "The disease prevention principles are the same for any disease that’s transmitted by mosquito. We will continue to monitor this mosquito-borne disease and will provide instructions on prevention to missionaries through their mission presidents.”...see more

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

When We are Getting Old

My dear girl, the day you see I'm getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I'm going through. If when we talk, I repeat the same thing a thousand times, don't interrupt to say: "You said the same thing a minute ago"... Just listen, please. Try to remember the times when you were little and I would read the same story night after night until you would fall asleep.

When I don't want to take a bath, don't be mad and don't embarrass me. Remember when I had to run after you making excuses and trying to get you to take a shower when you were just a girl?
When you see how ignorant I am when it comes to new technology, give me the time to learn and don't look at me that way ... remember, honey, I patiently taught you how to do many things like eating appropriately, getting dressed, combing your hair and dealing with life's issues every day... the day you see I'm getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I'm going through.
If I occasionally lose track of what we're talking about, give me the time to remember, and if I can't, don't be nervous, impatient or arrogant. Just know in your heart that the most important thing for me is to be with you.
And when my old, tired legs don't let me move as quickly as before, give me your hand the same way that I offered mine to you when you first walked. When those days come, don't feel sad... just be with me, and understand me while I get to the end of my life with love. I'll cherish and thank you for the gift of time and joy we shared. With a big smile and the huge love I've always had for you, I just want to say, I love you ... my darling daughter.
Original text in Spanish and photo by Guillermo Peña.
Translation to English by Sergio Cadena

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Elder Dallin H. Oaks speaks at Worldwide Missionary Broadcast: 'Our message for missionaries'

Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles teaches missionaries to focus on the doctrinal purpose of missionary work, which is to teach repentance and baptize converts.

Following a period of dramatic changes in the number of missionaries serving in the world, the Church now seeks improved focus on the doctrinal purpose of missionary work: teaching repentance and baptizing converts to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
That was the concluding message delivered by Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles at the Jan. 20 Worldwide Missionary Broadcast.
The meeting, which originated in the Conference Center Theater, was translated and broadcast to the Church's 75,000 full-time missionaries serving across the globe......Deseret News here

Colleen Hinckley Maxwell, wife of Elder Neal A. Maxwell, dies at age 87

Colleen Hinckley Maxwell, wife of the late Elder Neal A. Maxwell of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died at age 87 on Jan. 17, 2016.
Sister Maxwell was born on April 8, 1928 — Easter Sunday — in Salt Lake City, Utah, to George Erwin and Fern Anna Johnson Hinckley. She had two brothers, George and Ed, and was a first cousin to President Gordon B. Hinckley, the 15th president of the LDS Church.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Face to Face with Elder Rasband, Sister Oscarson, and Brother Owen

Youth worldwide are invited to participate in the Church’s next live Face to Face event with special guests Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Young Women general president Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, and Young Men general president Brother Stephen W. Owen on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. MST.
This Face to Face event will launch the annual Mutual theme for 2016: “Press Forward with Steadfastness in Christ.” Elder Rasband, Sister Oscarson, and Brother Owen will answer questions from the youth and share their testimonies of the Savior.
Watch the invitation by Elder Rasband here
More details to participate, here