Friday, 02 December 2016
- First Presidency sends Christmas message to members worldwide (Deseret News - Utah)
As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ this Christmas, we think of that sacred time when “The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6) came to earth as a newborn babe....
- Elder Stevenson opens the Festival of Lights in Washington, D.C. (Deseret News - Utah)
Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles joined His Excellency Kenichiro Sasae, ambassador of Japan, to officially open the Festival of Lights at the Washington D.C. Temple and Visitors’ Center on Nov. 29. Together they switched on more than 650,000 lights around the temple grounds and encouraged dignitaries from the diplomatic corps, government, business and diverse religious faiths to reflect that glow by becoming personal beacons of light and hope.
- 4 places to see D.C.’s best Christmas lights (Washington Post)
Festival of Lights
Washington D.C. Temple, 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, Md.; through Jan. 1, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (lights illuminated at dusk), free (tickets are required for concerts).
Returning for its 39th year, this celebration at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temple includes nightly concerts, a display of Christmas trees and creches, and a life-size outdoor Nativity scene. Visitors can wander the temple grounds while trying to figure out how to take good pictures of lights with an iPhone.
Fun fact: Basically every kid who grew up in the D.C. area thought at one point that the temple was Disney World.
Light count: More than 650,000
- South America's best days belong to the future (Deseret News - Utah)
Latter-day Saints across South America can draw great strength from a rich regional Church history of devotion and remarkable growth. But the continent’s “golden years” are not relegated to history books. South America’s best years are yet to come.
That was the hopeful message delivered by Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles during his recent assignment (Nov. 9 – Nov. 20) to the South America South Area.
- 20 years after serving in the country, Elder Cook returns to the Philippines (Deseret News - Utah)
Two decades ago as a newly called General Authority, Elder Quentin L. Cook served in the Philippines. Twenty years later, Elder Cook — now of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles — returned to the country, where he observed meaningful Church growth, youth engagement in family history work and an increasing number of temple marriages among young adults.
- UTubers: YouTube stars post videos for LDS Church's #LightTheWorld day of service (Deseret News - Utah)
Dec. 1 marks the beginning of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' monthlong "Light the World" Christmas initiative. To celebrate, several UTubers posted videos online to share their light.
The Piano Gal, Sara Arkell, shared the story of Matt and Amber from YouTube channel "Matt and Amber Plus 3," who found out on Christmas Eve of 2013 that their baby boy would be stillborn.
- FamilySearch observes 10 years of online indexing by volunteers (Deseret News - Utah)
FamilySearch International, the Church’s internet family history service, is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its web-based, volunteer-driven indexing initiatve, which began in 2006.
The observance is in conjunction with International Volunteer Day on Dec. 5.
- Wright Words: Meet a former heroin addict, dealer, who is now a returned LDS missionary (Deseret News - Utah)
On Thanksgiving day, Kayden Carlos stepped off a plane in Salt Lake City after completing a two-year assignment for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Maryland Baltimore Mission.
For some, his tearful and cheerful family reunion at the bottom of the airport escalators seemed like the classic final scene of an honorable Mormon mission. But for Carlos, the traditional removal of his cherished black name tag isn’t the end of the real mission that matters most.
- LDS Chapel hosting concert, live Nativity and crèche display (Ahwatukee Foothill News - Arizona)
The Ahwatukee chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is throwing a Christmas party for the community.
The chapel, 2955 E. Frye Road, Ahwatukee, is hosting its nondenominational Ahwatukee Community Christmas Celebration 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday.
Besides music from local choirs and ensembles, there will be a live Nativity, crèche exhibit and free hot chocolate and cookies.
4 And thus we see, that there was a time granted unto man to repent, yea, a probationary time, a time to repent and serve God.
Understanding the Savior’s freely given atoning love can free us from self-imposed, incorrect, and unrealistic expectations of what perfection is."
"Becoming Perfect in Christ" - Elder Gerrit W. Gong, July 2014