Friday, April 29, 2016

Scam targets families of LDS missionaries

The state Department of Commerce has received a report of a scam artist calling grandparents of LDS missionaries with a ploy that their grandchild was in trouble and needed them to send money. Anyone receiving a call should contact the LDS Church.

Read full article here

Thursday, April 21, 2016

UTubers: Hailey Devine awakes to surprise video from her husband on 4th wedding anniversary

by Deseret News

At 2:52 a.m. on the day of his wedding anniversary, Brad Devine was at the computer editing a surprise anniversary video for his wife.
Brad and Hailey Devine celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary Monday. Brad Devine created a video documenting moments from their relationship.

read about them here

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Church Members among 410 killed in Ecuador quake

A total of six members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have died and five more are injured, according to a news release posted Monday on Mormon Newsroom's Ecuador page.

Deseret News here

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Sister Carol F. McConkie: 'Young Women class presidencies are called to lead'

Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women general president, shares insight about the responsibilities of class presidencies. "Our young women are not just future leaders of the Church, they are leaders now, if we let them," she said.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Mother's Day cookies!

 Ladies’ Hat Piñata Cookies
Recipe here

Mother's Day treats ideas for big scale

Mother's Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. Here are some ideas for you.

Sweet Treat Cups

The ‘sweet treat cups’ are a Stampin’ Up! product

The Powerful Story Behind The Choir Member Who Cried at Conference, by LDS Daily

For many, music is a special conduit to the spirit of God and can express a depth of testimony that is inadequate with words. This is no more evident than in the powerful hymns performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. During the Saturday Morning Session of the 186th Annual General Conference of the Church, members were treated to a stunning rendition of “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.”

Aleah Ingram, of LDS Daily,  had the opportunity to talk with Belt about what touched him and how he’s dealing with all the attention. Belt has been in the Choir for almost nine years; this is his nineteenth time singing in General Conference.
C. David Belt
“Every time I sing with the Choir, I am so very profoundly grateful,” he said. “I am amazed that, out of all the very talented people out there who would love to sing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, I get to stand before my Maker and sing His praises with this marvelous group of people.”

One of Belt’s favorite things about being in the Choir is singing the arrangements done by Choir music director (and conductor/composer), Mack Wilberg. They are “so beautiful, so elegant, so thrilling,” Belt said. “It is as if he has bottled my Savior’s love, condensed it into the sweetest nectar, and I get to drink it.”
The special arrangement of “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” is no different. As Belt was singing, he felt the power of the Atonement wash over him.
“Elder Renlund had just told that story about the Aaronic priesthood administering the sacrament for one person, and that the Savior performed the Atonement for each of us individually.  I began to weep as soon as the song began.  I love songs about the grace of Jesus Christ, how He paid for my sins.  It’s very personal to me.  We had just sung, He to rescue me from danger interposed His precious blood.  He paid for MY sins, for ME.  Then we sang, Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it.  Prone to leave the God I love!  Here’s my heart.  Oh, take and seal it.  Seal it for Thy courts above.  
I love my Savior and I am so very grateful for what He did for me.  Songs like that one really touch me.”
Belt is humbled and grateful his testimony through music has touched so many.
“I pray that I will be able to help someone in some small way. I’m just one of 360 voices, and we all love the Lord and love to sing His praises.”
That was one thing Belt wanted to make sure everyone knew: We all have the power to change the lives of those around us by sharing our talents. He opened up about another powerful experience he had with the Choir.
An elderly gentleman, tall and so thin he was almost gaunt, approached Belt and asked to speak with him. He was wearing a dark suit and dark brown fedora. It was March 14, 2014 and the Choir had just finished their Sunday morning rehearsal for their weekly broadcast.
The old man extended a bony hand and introduced himself.
“I need to tell you,” he said with a slight tremor in his voice. “I’ve been going through a really rough time in my life lately. My wife has dementia. I’ve been her sole caretaker for two years now. I came down here today, hoping to meet you. Every Sunday, when I watch ‘Music and the Spoken Word,’ I watch you. You sing with such joy and enthusiasm. You have literally saved my life several times.”
Belt was stunned and could only mutter a ‘thank you’ as he gripped the man’s shoulder. It was a very emotional broadcast for Belt, who looked for the man in the audience, but couldn’t pick him out. The experience has stayed with him.

“I know we do good as members of the Choir. We touch lives and hearts. But this sacred experience brought that home to me in a very personal way,” Belt related. “We each affect those around us, people we love, our neighbors, co-workers, or even total strangers. It might be a deliberate act of kindness or just a smile and a friendly word. Or it could be just singing your heart out. And in most cases, you will never know whom you have touched and how.”

186th Annual General Conference - Quotes Cards Collections from all of us - Set II

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Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Howard W. Hunter, Chapter 8: Taking the Gospel to All the World, handout

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Howard W. Hunter, Chapter 7: Continuous Revelation through Living Prophets, handout

Friday, April 8, 2016

186th Annual General Conference talk summaries with respective links

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gathered in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, as well as in chapels and homes around the world, on March 26 and April 2-3 to participate in the 186th Annual General Conference.
Summaries of the talks are posted below. (click on the link)
General Women's Session
Saturday Morning Session
Saturday Afternoon Session
General Priesthood Session
Sunday Morning Session
Sunday Afternoon Session
by Deseret News

Monday, April 4, 2016

President Monson Announces Four New Temples (One of them: Belém, Brazil)

The Sao Paulo Brazil Temple—South America's first LDS temple—was dedicated on October 30, 1978.

Nearly 1.3 million of Brazil’s 204 million people are members of the Church. Six operating temples (Campinas, Curitiba, Manaus, Porto Alegre, Recife, and São Paulo) currently dot the country. Another temple is under construction in Fortaleza, and two others are announced for Rio de Janeiro and now Belém.
Brazil, a federal republic with a Portuguese-speaking population, covers almost half the continent of South America.
The first known Church member in Brazil was Max Richard Zapf, who was baptized in Germany in August 1908 and immigrated to Brazil in 1913. After many years with no Church contact, Brother Zapf and his family learned that Augusta Kuhlmann Lippelt and her four children, who had also joined the Church in Germany before immigrating to Brazil in 1923, were living in the small southern Brazilian town of Ipomoea. Augusta's husband Roberto, although not a member when he moved his family to Brazil, was baptized several years later. The Zapf family soon relocated to be with their new friends, the Lippelt family. These two families represented the beginning of the Church's permanent presence in Brazil.
The president of the South American Mission in Buenos Aires, Argentina, first visited Brazil in 1927 and returned with the elders to begin missionary work in September 1928. A branch was organized in Joinville in 1930 and the first Church-owned meetinghouse in South America was dedicated a year later in Joinville.
A mission was created and headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 25, 1935. A Portuguese edition of the Book of Mormon was published in 1939.
In 1954, President David O. McKay became the first Church president to visit Brazil. At the end of the 1950s, membership totaled 3,700 and by the time the Sao Paulo Temple was dedicated in 1978 it had reached 54,000. After 1978, in part due to the revelation extending the priesthood to all worthy males, Church growth became extraordinary. By 1990, membership exceeded 300,000, and as the 1990s ended, membership totaled more than 700,000.
The Brazil Area was created in August 1987. On February 2, 1986, with the creation of the Campinas Brazil Castelo Stake, Brazil became the third country outside the United States to have 50 stakes. When the Sao Leopoldo Brazil Stake was created December 5, 1993, Brazil reached 100 stakes, the second country outside the United States to do so.
In October 1993, construction began on Missionary Training Center in Sao Paulo, the Church's second largest MTC. The seven-story building, capable of accommodating 750 missionaries, was dedicated May 18, 1997, by Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. In October 1998, North American missionaries called to Brazil began receiving nearly half of their training at the Brazil Missionary Training Center. The program to send North American missionaries to Brazil for four weeks of training enabled them to be immersed in the Brazilian culture and Portuguese language in a controlled environment.
The program was so successful that in April 2000 the first 22 North American missionaries were sent to Brazil for their full eight weeks of training.
The Sao Paulo Stake, the first in South America, was organized on May 1, 1966. Ten years later, Brazil had ten stakes, and a temple had been announced for Sao Paulo. President Spencer W. Kimball presided over a cornerstone ceremony for the temple on March 9, 1977. The temple was dedicated Oct. 30, 1978. President Gordon B. Hinckley dedicated the Recife Brazil Temple on December 15, 2000. While President James E. Faust, second counselor in the First Presidency attended the groundbreaking of the Porto Alegre Temple, he also was made an honorary citizen of Sao Paulo, in recognition of his lifelong ties to that city and to Brazil, where he served as a missionary. President Hinckley dedicated the Recife Brazil Temple on December 15, 2000; the Porto Alegre Brazil Temple on December 17, 2000, and the Campinas Brazil Temple on May 17, 2002. President Thomas S. Monson dedicated the Curitiba Brazil Temple on June 1, 2008. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf dedicated the Manaus Brazil Temple on June 12, 2012.
(original article and about the others three Temples, here

LDS New Primary General Presidency

The presidency includes Joy D. Jones (center), Jean B. Bingham (left), and Bonnie H. Cordon (right).

186th Annual General Conference - Quotes Cards Collections from all of us - Set I

The 186th annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was held April 2 and 3; one week after the opening women's session was held. 

Quotes Cards - Set I