Thursday, November 9, 2017

A New Direction for Melchizedek Priesthood and Relief Society Sunday Meetings

The new curriculum brings exciting changes to our Sunday meetings that build on Teaching in the Savior’s Way. Our first-Sunday meeting will be a time to counsel together about our responsibilities, opportunities, and challenges as we do the work of the Lord. On other Sundays, instead of a new Teachings of Presidents of the Church manual, we will focus on teaching messages from the most recent general conference and a topic selected by our general Church leaders. But these changes aren’t just the topics we will study—the new curriculum also affects how we prepare, teach, counsel and learn together, and receive and act on inspiration.
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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Repentance: A Joyful Choice

Elder Dale G. Renlund tells a childhood story of lighting a firecracker in the chapel right before church began. He relates his story to the joy of repentance.

Break Ground for LDS Temple in Haiti

The ground was broken for the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple on Saturday, October 28, 2017, as Mormons and community leaders gathered to participate in the event. The temple was announced by President Thomas S. Monson April 5, 2015.

Elder Walter F. González of the Seventy and president of the Caribbean Area for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints directed the groundbreaking ceremony. Elder Claudio D. Zivic and Elder Jose L. Alonso, counselors in the Area Presidency, also participated. They hosted Dominique Saint-Roc, mayor of the community of Pétion-Ville, a location of the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple.

Kids teach us great lessons - Harvey Mackay

A little girl visited a farm one day and wanted to buy a large watermelon.

The farmer said, "That will be $3."

"But I've only got 30 cents," said the young girl.

The farmer pointed to a very small watermelon in the field and said, "How about that one?"

"Okay, I'll take it," said the little girl.  "But leave it on the vine.  I'll be back for it in a month."

Now there's a young girl who is destined to succeed.

Children teach us many lessons.  For example, kids are more creative and are more imaginative.  Children don't know what is and isn't possible.  To them everything is doable.  They don't have the mental blocks that many adults have and haven't been curtailed by rules and regulations.

Similarly, kids also dream more and dream bigger.  If they can dream it, children believe they can do it.  They are more ambitious and enthusiastic.  

When I speak to business audiences, one of my messages is to believe in yourself, even when no one else does.  No one does this better than children.  They believe they can do anything and everything.  

Children are fearless.  They don't fear rejection or what people think of them.  They don't think about the future.  They are carefree.  Tomorrow is simply another day.

Children start every day anew.  They are not afraid to try new things.  They don't worry and, possibly most importantly, are happy.  And they strive to do what makes them happy.  Shouldn't we do the same as adults?  You can be as happy as you decide to be.  It also helps that kids laugh a lot.

Children forgive and forget.  If they get upset they are typically on to something else soon and they forget what was troubling them.  They don't hold grudges.  It is far better to forgive and forget than to resent and remember.

Children make friends easily.  They understand that the best vitamin for developing friends is B1.

Long gone are the days of "children should be seen and not heard."  Children of today are not just tech savvy; they are creating apps that will pay their college tuition.  

That's pretty amazing for a whole sector of society with no control over most areas of their lives.  Someone else is telling them when to eat, sleep and go to school.  They can't choose their living arrangements, make their own vacation plans, or set their own rules.  They are essentially powerless.  And yet, they manage to survive and thrive.  What are we adults doing wrong?

Perhaps we have set aside the childlike qualities that keep us excited about getting up every morning.  Remedy that problem pronto.  If enthusiasm and creativity are lacking, it might be time to reread some Dr. Seuss. 

Children are incredibly perceptive.  They can spot a phony with dizzying speed, and while tact isn't always among their strongest attributes, their blunt honesty is hard to argue with.  

Let me tell you the story about the father of a very wealthy family who took his son on a trip to the country with the purpose of showing his son how poor people live.  They stayed with a very poor family.  When they returned, the father asked the son what he thought of their trip.

"It was great, Dad."

"Did you see how poor people live?" the father asked.

"Oh yeah," said the son.  

"So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?" asked the father.

The son answered:  "I saw that we have one dog and they had four.  We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end.  We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.  Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.  We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight.  We have servants who serve us, but they serve others.  We buy our food, but they grow theirs.  We have walls around our property to protect us; they have friends to protect them."  

The boy's father was speechless.  

Then his son added, "Thanks, Dad, for showing me how poor we are."

Isn't perspective a wonderful thing?  Through the eyes of a child, the father learned wisdom beyond the ages.  

Mackay's Moral:  Kids will be kids, but they can be terrific teachers too.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Mormon Leaders Offer Hope to Fire Survivors in Northern California

Recovery efforts begin following recent wildfires

"We do love you. We do pray for you. And we're so grateful to those of you who are caring for each other,” Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints told fire survivors in Santa Rosa, California. Elder Rasband and other Church leaders, including Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary general president, were in Northern California over the weekend to visit with members who were impacted by the recent wildfires. 

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

New Release - Changes to General Conference

General Conference Sessions Consolidated.

General women's session and general priesthood session to be held annually

In a message sent to Church leadership and to be read in worship services throughout the world, the Council of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced changes for future general conferences.

The letter states that "beginning in April 2018, the general women's session will no longer be held on the Saturday preceding the other sessions of general conference. Rather, the general priesthood and general women's sessions will each be held annually, with the general priesthood session being in April and the general women's session being in October." It continues, "These meetings will originate from the Conference Center on Saturday evening following the morning and afternoon sessions of the conference."
According to the letter, consolidating general conference sessions into one weekend furthers Church efforts "of reducing and simplifying the work of the Church and the demands made upon leaders and members."

Missionaries Temporarily Transferred from Madagascar

Emerging outbreak of plague' cited as precautionary measure.

Read the official statement here.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Relief Society and Young Women Leaders Visit Peru’s First Lady

“Meeting with the first lady of Peru was delightful,” said Sister Carol F. McConkie, first counselor in the Young Women general presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Sister McConkie and Sister Sharon Eubank, first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, met with Nancy Lange Kuczynski, wife of Peru President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, in Lima, Saturday, October 14, 2017.

Read full article here

Thursday, October 26, 2017

God alone keeps you standing - Quote

"Good days give you happiness. The bad days give you experience. Both are essential for life. Happiness makes you sweet, problems keep you strong, pain keeps you human, falls keeps you humble, success keeps you bright. But God alone keeps you standing."
- Unknown author -

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

A Yearning for Home - General Conference October 2017

"Turn your soul toward the light. Begin your own wonderful journey home. As you do so, your life will be better, happier, and more purposeful."

A Yearning for Home, by President Uchtdorf

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Becoming True Disciples

In every sacrament meeting, we have the privilege of promising Heavenly Father that we will always remember the Savior and keep His commandments so that we may have His Spirit to be with us. Remembering Him will always come to us naturally as we take His name upon us. We do so in many ways but especially when we serve others in His name, read His holy words, and pray to know what He would have us do. 
—President Henry B. Eyring

2017 First Presidency’s Christmas Devotional

President Thomas S. Monson and his counselors, President Henry B. Eyring and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf,
 attend the 2015 First Presidency's Christmas Devotional.

The First Presidency invites Church members and their friends to participate in the First Presidency’s Christmas devotional broadcast on Sunday, December 3, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. mountain standard time.
The program, originating from the Conference Center, will include Christmas messages by General Authorities and General Officers of the Church.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will provide the music.

Church Releases Standard Missionary Interview Questions

The First Presidency has released a set of standard questions for bishops and stake presidents to use while interviewing prospective full-time missionaries.
“Church leaders desire that this sacred time of service be a joyous and faith-building experience for every missionary, from young men and women to senior couples,” according to materials that accompanied the official letter dated October 20 to stake presidents and bishops.
The questions are intended to help prospective full-time missionaries understand and better prepare so they are not only “worthy, but physically, mentally, and emotionally prepared for missionary service.”

Friday, October 20, 2017

A Primer on Coming Changes to the Missionary Program

Changes are coming to the way The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints engages in missionary work around the world.

Changes will include standard questions for missionaries and smartphones

 instead of tablets.

Read here

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Young Single Adult Face to Face with Elder Oaks and Elder Ballard

Young single adults worldwide are invited to participate in the live Face to Face event with Elder Dallin H. Oaks and Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on Sunday, November 19, at 6:00 p.m. mountain standard time.

“Of course, we wish we could spend time with each young adult in person,” said Elder Ballard. “That’s not possible, but fortunately the Lord has provided a way for us to connect through modern technology. I hope that during our Face to Face event, we can feel as if we really are speaking face to face. Most of all, as we talk together about this glorious gospel, I hope that we can feel that the Lord is with us. I know that we can, for He has promised, “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20).
“We know that some young adults feel isolated in their Church membership and in their commitment to the gospel,” said Elder Oaks. “This Face to Face event is an excellent opportunity for young adults to feel connected to each other, to Church leaders, and especially to the Lord.”

Learning How to Minister: Relief Society Leaders Explain Changes to Visiting Teaching

Beginning January 2018, changes to the monthly visiting teaching message will help sisters “minister” to each other in a more personal way.
Rather than providing a specific message, each month a “Visiting Teaching Principle” will provide ideas to help sisters minister more effectively to each other.

The changes are meant to help visiting teachers look beyond a universal prepared message and figure out what the sister they visit personally needs.

Read here the complete information

Teachings of Presidents of The Church - Gordon B. Hinckley - Chapter 21, handout




A Witness of God
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Elder Andersen describes how all of God's children are pieces of a large puzzle in preparation for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ

Open House Begins for Meridian Idaho Temple

A public open house is set to begin for the Meridian Idaho Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the suburbs of the capital city of Boise. The 67,331-square-foot temple is made of structural steel and a precast white exterior and is topped with an angel Moroni statue that stands 13 feet tall.

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"Where there is love there is life" - Quote Card