Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Three Mormon Missionaries Injured in Belgium Explosion - New Release Church News

(March 22, 2016, at 8:00 a.m. MDT)  Three Mormon missionaries serving in the Paris, France mission were seriously injured in Tuesday's explosion at the Brussels airport, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reported this morning.
The three had been accompanying a fourth missionary who was on her way to a mission assignment in Ohio, and who had already passed through airport security.
While detailed, accurate information is difficult to obtain because of limited communications in Brussels, mission president Frederic J. Babin has reported that three of the missionaries were in the proximity of the explosion when it occurred and have been hospitalized.
The injured missionaries, whose families have been notified, are:
    Elder Richard Norby (66) of Lehi, Utah.
    Elder Joseph Empey (20) of Santa Clara, Utah.
    Elder Mason Wells (19) of Sandy, Utah.
The missionaries were taking Sister Fanny Rachel Clain (20) of Montélimar, France, to the airport. Sister Clain had been serving in that mission while awaiting a permanent visa for the United States.
All missionaries in the France Paris Mission have been asked to remain in their apartments.
The First Presidency of the Church promptly issued a statement this morning in response to the bombings:
With much of the world, we awoke this morning to the heartbreaking news of the bombings in Belgium. Our prayers are with the families of the deceased and injured, including three of our missionaries who were injured and hospitalized. We also pray for the people of Belgium and France as they continue to deal with the uncertainty and devastation caused by the recent terrorist attacks.
Original post here

Notice to media:  Because of difficulty in communications in Brussels, media are asked not to call the mission office and occupy phone lines. Information and updates will be posted on Mormon Newsroom as they become available.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Sabbath Day Bucket List

By now, you’ve likely heard several talks and sat through plenty of lessons about the importance of making our Sabbath days more holy. Church leaders issued the call for better Sabbath day observance in April 2015 in an effort to help individuals and families strengthen their faith in Jesus Christ.

While attending church is an important part of the Sabbath, it’s only a small part of the day. It’s how we spend our time in our homes that can make the real difference in feeling the Spirit and truly making the Sabbath a delight.

Read the full article from lds.org and download your list  here

Church Releases Beautiful Easter Video and Campaign, "Follow Him" (See also in other languages)

#Hallelujah—An Easter Message about Jesus Christ

Published on Mar 13, 2016
Jesus Christ took upon Himself the sins and sorrows of the world. Though he was crucified, He rose from the dead. This Easter, find out how, through Jesus Christ, we too can find new life. #Hallelujah. Learn more at http://FollowHim.mormon.org.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Quote forToday - Succeed Gloriously

“Our Heavenly Father did not put us on earth to fail but to succeed gloriously.”
—Elder Richard G. Scott, “Learning to Recognize Answers to Prayer

Borrowed from the Blogs - 32 Inspiring Quotes from 16 General Relief Society Presidents

March 17th is the Relief Society’s 174th Birthday! Enjoy 32 great quotes with lovely memes from the 16 incredible women who have served as president. Find all here

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Face to Face for Young Single Adults with Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Young single adults worldwide are invited to participate in a live Face to Face online event with Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on March 8, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. mountain standard time. Elder Holland will be joined by Sister Carole M. Stephens, first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, and Elder Donald L. Hallstrom of the Seventy.
How to participate

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Howard W. Hunter, Chapter 6: The Atonement and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, handout

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March 2016 - Visiting Teaching Message: Created in the Image of God, handout

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Church Offers New Garment Options for Women

Based on feedback from LDS women worldwide, Beehive Clothing has created new garment options to help endowed sisters find a more customized fit.
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37,500 loaves and counting: ‘The Bread Man’ feeds hungry Mormon missionaries, visitors, members

from The Advocate

The aroma of fresh, warm bread fills Richard Dean Shuté’s small apartment as he lifts five loaves out of the hot oven and carefully dumps them out of their pans onto his kitchen counter.
Known as “The Bread Man” to hundreds of young men and women serving their two-year missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in this part of Louisiana, Shuté, 75, estimates he’s baked about 37,500 loaves of bread over the past 32 years.
He sorts through the cooling loaves and selects the best one for sacrament at Sunday’s service at the LDS Church and Temple on Highland Road. Then he sorts through five loaves baked earlier that day and gives one each to visiting Elders Christian Lisonbee and Nathan Lyons, both 20, to take with them. The rest along with more loaves he’ll bake throughout the week, he’ll take to Sunday services and give to visitors and friends.
Shuté cuts into another still-warm loaf and the two young missionaries spread butter on the thick slices and savor them as Shuté stands nearby, smiling.
“Brother Shuté is what we call a mission legend,” says Lyons, of Gunnison, Utah, in between bites of the sweet, wheat bread. “All the missionaries know who Brother Shuté is. He’s famous for his bread and famous for the sweaters he makes.”
When he’s not baking bread, Shuté crochets sweaters and sock hats for the young missionaries, many of whom will return to colder climates when their Louisiana stint is completed. A partially finished sweater for Lisonbee, who hails from Park City, Utah, lies on a pile of yarn nearby.
“He’s famous for being such a great guy,” Lyons says. “Brother Shuté invites us once a week to come here and eat with him. His bread is delicious. He puts a little extra sugar into it.”
“His bread is really delicious,” adds Lisonbee between bites.
Shuté smiles at the young men’s hearty appetites and kind words.
“This is just who I am,” he says. “If it were not for God and if it were not for the church, I would not have the talent.”
Baking bread, he says, keeps him active physically, emotionally and spiritually.
“It keeps me moving and lets me know I have my head screwed on straight because I’m doing (things) for other people,” Shuté says. “Spiritually, I just feel like I’m fulfilling and exercising a talent I was given because we all have talents, but if we don’t do anything with them they go away.”
His bread is so famous people from all over want his recipe.
“One man, a baker for 30 years, was passing through town and came to church with us at the Third Ward and I gave him and his wife an extra loaf,” he says. “When they got home they ate some of it, and he called for the recipe because he said it was the best bread he’d ever had.”
Making so many loaves can be expensive, but Shuté says the church and friends help. He was given 120 pounds of flour and 50 pounds of sugar for Christmas, but he buys his own olive oil, kosher salt and yeast.
“Sometimes I make as many as 15 or 20 a day,” he says. “The most was 75 loaves for Thanksgiving two years ago.”
As Shuté sits in his recliner waiting for the next batch to finish baking, he opens a small, leather-bound hymnal to number 219 and reads aloud the second verse of “Because I Have Been Given Much.”
“Because I have been sheltered, fed by thy good care, I cannot see another’s lack and I not share my glowing fire, my loaf of bread, my roof’s safe shelter overhead, that he too may be comforted,” Shuté reads, adding, “I really love that song. I want it sung at my funeral.”
He shares a tiny, two-bedroom Jefferson Lakes apartment with a nonreligious friend. According to that hymn, he says, he’s been blessed, in spite of living with epilepsy since childhood.
Shuté cannot drive and has lost several jobs due to his condition. On a spectrum of intensity his epilepsy is “about medium,” he says. Seizures can range from mild and brief to losing consciousness and violent convulsions that can last for many minutes.
There is no known cause or cure, he says.
“I’m donating my body to LSU for science. That way, if they can just find out what and why one person has these seizures, it will be worth it,” he says.
Shuté grew up in Alabama, was married briefly and worked in a beauty shop where he accidentally cut his own left wrist with a razor. His left hand doesn’t work very well and most tasks, like kneading the bread, are done with his right hand.
He grew up Southern Baptist and attended the Church of Christ as an adult. But after a visit from some young missionaries, he converted to Mormonism on May 20, 1981.
Was he born again, as evangelical Christians define salvation in Christ?
“Oh, yes! But it didn’t mean anything until I was baptized with the (LDS) authority and with the priesthood I hold,” Shuté says. “My authority actually comes from Jesus Christ through others down to me.
“We do believe in Jesus Christ,” he adds. “We get asked that question all the time. The name of the church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The background I had in Christianity, I would not be a member if they did not believe in Jesus Christ.”
Reed H. Hansen is president of the Louisiana-Baton Rouge Mission and oversees, along with his wife, Mary Anne Hansen, about 200 youthful missionaries.
“Brother Shuté is such a sweet guy,” Hansen says. “The missionaries just love him. He’s always looking for someone who needs cheering up or joy in their life. His bread is special.”
Sara C. Jacobs, one of Shuté’s many friends, says he personifies the scripture of Matthew 25:40, where Jesus said, “Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of these, the least of these my brethren, you have done it to me.”
“He is truly a disciple of Christ and shows his love for his fellow saints by his actions as ‘The Bread Man,” Jacobs says.