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Tuesday January 23, 2018 @ 05:34:42 AM mt

Viewpoint: Make a Difference Preserving Religious Freedom



This anecdote is included in a video featured on lds.org/religious-freedom.During a BYU devotional on September 13, 2016, Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles addressed elections, hope, and freedom. In these distressing times our freedom and hope can best be fostered by five actions, he said. One, we must concentrate on what we have in common with our neighbors and fellow citizens. Two, we must strive for mutual understanding and treat all with goodwill. Three, we must exercise patience. Four, we should all speak out for religion and the importance of religious freedom. And five, we must, above all, trust in God and His promises (Elections, Hope, and Freedom).Elder Holland told members that only in the living of their religion will the preservation of it have true meaning The young woman seeks out her classmate. Although they disagree on core beliefs, she expresses concern that they let a friendly conversation turn into religious conflict.People of faith should raise their voices and defend divinely inspired freedoms, said Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles during a symposium on Religious Liberty and the Law held in Los Angeles on November 3.Elder Cook cited two examplesa published book and a political challengethat put this concept into perspective. In the first example, claims against Christianity found in a recently published book were promoted by popular media, not challenged. In the second example, people of faith raised their voice, objecting to the inappropriate religious characterization of a nominee in a Senate hearing. The result was that a pause was created in the discourse and those who denigrated faith were suddenly on the defense, said Elder Cook.When allegations are made that are detrimental and often false to either faith or religious liberty, the members of that faith and their friends of other faiths, who feel accountable to God, need to defend them in a positive, statesman-like manner.Members dont have to defend religious freedom alone. This year, Church leaders hosted regional meetings on this important topic to help educate members. Additional resources can be found at lds.org/religious-freedom. On this site members can learn how religious freedom is defined, see why religious freedom matters, and learn what we can to protect it.Too many do not make their positive views known when their engagement is sorely needed, he added. (See related story.)Elder Ronald R. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said during a September 15, 2015, BYU devotional address that the opportunity to be involved in the political process is a privilege given to every citizen: Our laws and legislation play an important teaching role in shaping our social and moral culture. We need every individual in society to take an active role in engaging in civic dialogue that helps frame laws and legislation that are fair for everyone. (See related story.)The site asks members to do two things: First, become informed about the basics of religious freedom and understand their rights. Second, live and respectfully share their beliefs.Then the LDS student finds her voice, speaks articulately about the Churchs doctrines, and teaches her peer about the LDS belief that there should be fairness for all. The Mormon student helps her peer understand the Church is working to defend the rights of everyone to act on their beliefs.The LDS student becomes angry, then, after taking some time to ponder, she visits with her bishop. He counsels her to study the teachings of Church leaders, read her scriptures, keep her anger in check, and try to see things from others points of view.The great conflict between good and evil, right and wrong, the moral and the immoralconflict which the worlds great faiths and devoted religious believers have historically tried to addressis being intensified in our time and is affecting an ever-wider segment of our culture, said Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles during his 2016 BYU Education Week devotional address. And let there be no doubt that the outcome of this conflict truly matters, not only in eternity but in everyday life as well (Bound by Loving Ties).Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said during the Freedom Festival Patriotic Service, held in the BYU Marriott Center on June 26, 2016, that although religious freedom lies at the core of what America is and what it stands for, critics now openly ask whether religion belongs in American public life at all. Religious freedom is indeed under fire, he said. This is our moment to defend our fundamental freedoms (Religious Freedoma Cherished Heritage to Defend).Elder Christofferson said, With courage, conviction, and civility each one of us can make a profound difference.The scene is set. As part of a college classroom discussion, a student attacks her Latter-day Saint peer for the Churchs doctrine that marriage is between a man and a woman.The eleventh article of faith articulates the Churchs belief in religious freedom: We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.For members of the Church, religious liberty is important because agency is important. However, today in countries across the globe religious freedom is under attack.

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Tuesday January 23, 2018 @ 05:34:42 AM mt

Meridian Idaho Temple Dedicatory Prayer



Thou hast sent Thy prophet Elijah to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to their fathers. This holy temple opens the gates to eternity that these purposes may be fulfilled.Interior features A view inside the brides room of the new Meridian Idaho Temple.We dedicate the grounds on which it stands with all its vegetation. We dedicate the building from the footings to the top of the dome with its crowning figure of Moroni. We dedicate the walls and windows that they may stand firm against the storms of nature and be looked upon with reverence and respect. We dedicate the interior structure, the baptistry, the endowment rooms, the celestial room, and the sealing rooms with their sacred altars. We dedicate all of the halls and spaces, the offices, and other facilities in this temple. The entry of the new Meridian Idaho Temple.We give thanks and pray for a blessing for the many who were instrumental in building this beautiful house of the Lord. May Thy blessings remind them of Thy goodness and the sacredness of this work. Exterior of the Meridian Idaho Temple. Photo by Marianne Holman Prescott.The following is the text of the dedicatory prayer of the Meridian Idaho Temple offered by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, on Sunday, November 19, 2017.We pray for the temple president and his counselors and for the matron and her assistants. And now, acting in the authority of the everlasting priesthood, and as Thy humble servants, we dedicate to Thee and Thy Beloved Son the Meridian Idaho Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.We are deeply grateful for Thy Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, and for the restored gospel. We thank Thee for the Prophet Joseph Smith, through whom Thou hast revealed eternal gospel principles and practices, including the ordinances of Thy holy house. We thank Thee for a living prophet in our days, even President Thomas S. Monson. O Father, we love President Monson, we sustain him, and we pray for him.Dearest Father, forgive us our many shortcomings. Strengthen our faith and fortify us against weakness. Give us power to resist the deceits of the adversary. May love for Thee and Thy Son grow in our hearts, and may it be expressed in our kindness and love to one another as Thy covenant sons and daughters.Prairie style centered upon three themes: agriculture, meridian, and mountains. Made of warm white precast concrete panels, fabricated and installed by Forterra/Hansen Precast Company headquartered in Irving, Texas. The octagonal copula cap is of titanium and shifts in color from a blue-gray to goldish hues, depending on the sun. The art glass features a seed element at the base of the window and stems leading to a lily-like flower blossoming at the top. Design by Richardson Design Partners and fabricated by Tom Holdman Studios of Lehi, Utah. Exterior of the Meridian Idaho Temple. Photo by Rachel Sterzer.Wilt Thou accept this Thy holy house as the gift of our hearts and hands. Wilt Thou honor it with Thy presence. May Thy Holy Spirit dwell here at all times and be felt by all who come within its portals. May a mantle of holiness come upon this sacred edifice. May it stand as a beacon of everlasting truth and light and as an invitation to come unto Thee. Wilt Thou protect this temple from any harm or defilement.We ask for Thy Holy Spirit to attend us during the dedication of the Meridian Idaho Temple.Accept our thanks and love, dear Father. We dedicate this temple and its surroundings unto Thee, and we rededicate ourselves to Thee and Thy service in the name of our Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ, amen.We thank Thee for the generations of faithful Saints who have gone before in this sacred work; for their sacrifices, courage, and faith. We are grateful for all who are building Thy work and kingdom today.O God, our Eternal Father, we bow before Thee this blessed and historic day with reverence, humility, and love. Our gratitude for the completion of this sacred and holy house fills our hearts with joy and praise to Thee.Murals depicting local landscape are found in both instruction rooms and in the baptistry. More than 100 pieces of art hang in the temple, including 10 original pieces. Exterior features Exterior of the Meridian Idaho Temple. Photo by Marianne Holman Prescott.We ask Thee to touch the lives and hearts of the people who live in this temple district and beyond, that they will seek out and hearken to the message of truth and come into the fold of Christ. Please continue to bring about the miracle of conversion among the great and good people of this land.Artwork The baptismal font of the new Meridian Idaho Temple.Flooring throughout the temple is Sunny Vinato, quarried in Egypt and installed by Global Stone of Lindon, Utah. The celestial room and sealing rooms feature carvings in the carpet depicting a lily-like flower. Woodwork is stained Sapele African mahogany, and fabrics and paint draw from the colors of the areacreamy white, gold, bronze, and turquoise. Bless the youth of Thy Church that they will receive an understanding of the eternity and divinity of Thy work. May they be true and faithful throughout their lives.May all who enter do so worthily. Wilt Thou seal upon them an endowment of righteousness that will become a guardian throughout their lives.Our Father in heaven, we love Thee and Thy Beloved Son. We thank Thee for His atoning sacrifice. All of the blessings of this temple rest upon that great divine act of the love of Thy Son, the Savior of all mankind. Exterior of the Meridian Idaho Temple. Photo by Marianne Holman Prescott. Sealing room inside the new Meridian Idaho Temple.We thank Thee for faithful tithe payers throughout the world whose consecrated offerings have made possible this and other temples. Open the windows of heaven and shower down blessings upon them. May they feel Thy love and may Thine encircling arms of mercy be round about them.Bless all who attend this temple as patrons, workers, or in any other capacity that Thy sacred covenants and ordinances may be deeply anchored in their minds and hearts. May they know that the service they give is service unto Thee, and may they find joy therein. Exterior doors of the Meridian Idaho Temple. Photo by Marianne Holman Prescott.

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Tuesday January 23, 2018 @ 05:34:42 AM mt

After Meridian Idaho Temple Dedication Members Say We Are Ready to Serve



MERIDIAN, IDAHOOn October 13, 1939, the construction of a brick building officially began, and after two years of construction the first LDS meetinghouse in Meridian was dedicated in June 1941.

The Meridian Idaho Temple. Photo by Marianne Holman Prescott.

A view from the temple grounds in Meridian, Idaho. Photo by Marianne Holman Prescott.For J. Craig Rowe, who has served as the temple committee coordinator, the end of the dedication marked the beginning of the next chapter for Meridian.Many of their children, and now grandchildren, have become leaders of the Church throughout the valley. The Church [is] strong and vibrant in this area, President Radford said.Local stake president Jason R. Radford, said, The Church has always been strong in this area, with a lot of good members.I love the Lord. I look forward to His Spirit, he said of his weekly service. For a little widower like me, it sustains me. It lifts me.

The Meridian Idaho Temple. Photo by Marianne Holman Prescott.

With the Boise River bottom, mountains, and buttes as a scenic backdrop, the Churchs 158th templethe Meridian Idaho Templestands as a representation of the faithfulness and growth of the people and Church in the area.I am humbled and grateful for all of the work [from members for the dedication], said Brother Rowe. Were excited; we are complete. Now it is time to go to work in the temple.At the groundbreaking for the new temple on August 23, 2014, however, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles noted, The construction of a temple is not about the number of stakes or number of members or any of those other metrics. The decision to build a temple in a particular location is about the hearts of the people. The Lord has inspired His servants to construct a temple here as a reflection of devotion and dedication and faithfulness.Although not far from its neighboring temple in Boise, located less than 10 miles away, the new temple will reduce demands on the Boise Temple and accommodate the development and growth in surrounding areas.The Churchs first organized meeting in Meridian was held on April 29, 1932, where 40 members met in a local parlor. Quickly, members faced the need for a larger space and Church meetings moved to a dance hall, where members would often go late Saturday night to clean up beer bottles and cigarette butts after the local dance was finished. Because of a leaky roof, members would hold newspapers over their heads to keep from getting wet during meetings.What used to house a cutoff to the Oregon Trail and has been dubbed the Treasure Valley for its cache of resources, the area has continued to grow since the first settlers arrived in 1893. In recent years, those resources have attracted many corporations to build headquarters or large manufacturing plants in the area. Since 1994, Meridian, Idaho, has been the fastest-growing city in the state.Today the temple district includes 14 stakes in Idaho and two in Oregon.In response to that challenge, President Radford said his stake has tried to become a self-sufficient stake with members finding ancestors names and preparing for the work to be done at the temple. Many wards have done a lot of unique things to prepare, he said, including youth firesides and combined activities.Bunderson will now serve as a sealer at the temple in Meridian, which is just down the road from his home. The Monday following the dedication he plans to participate in an endowment session and will perform sealings during his first shift the following Saturday.But growth is nothing new for the area.We have our names and we are ready to serve, said Bruce Richardson of the Eagle 8th Ward in the Eagle Idaho Stake. The Meridian Idaho Temple. Photo by Marianne Holman Prescott.For Vickie Lambert, watching the temple construction over the last few years has helped her keep the temple in her thoughts.Due to continued Church growth, soon after the first Church building was complete, it became too small and Church leaders began planning a larger building. Just 16 months later, on July 20, 1952, former Boise Stake president and then-Apostle Elder Ezra Taft Benson dedicated a larger building for Church use. In June of 1972 the first stake was created. View from the grounds of the Meridian Idaho Temple. The temple sits on a bluff that overlooks the Boise River. Photo by Marianne Holman Prescott.Members go to the temple to feel Gods love, Bunderson added. You will feel it anywhere in the temple. Bunderson said he hopes people who go will pause long enough to feel Gods love.During the groundbreaking, Elder Bednar issued a challenge to the members of the district to be a self-sufficient temple where members bring their own family names. At his home in Meridian, Idaho, on November 17, Hal Bunderson speaks about his service in the temple. Photo by Rachel Sterzer.She added, Some people say you dont appreciate it if its so close to you, but I have lived all over the country and we absolutely appreciate having a temple so close. It is my dream to work in the temple.My school is less than a mile away, and I can see [the temple] from some of the classrooms, Maxwell Christensen said. Seeing it a lot and being part of the cultural celebration has made it so we are more attached to the temple. The grounds of the Meridian Idaho Temple. Photo by Marianne Holman Prescott.Although Meridian has been on a map since the 1860s, it wasnt until the 1920s that Church members began to settle in the area. Descendants of colonizerssent by President Brigham Young to settle Bear Lake County in eastern Idahowere drawn to the fertile soil, abundant water sources, and longer growing season.The area was settled by homesteaders, pioneers who broke it out of sagebrush, President Radford explained.We have been waiting, she said. I live two minutes away and Ive been coming and watching as it has been under construction. To see it every day has been a blessing. There have been many times as they have been building the temple I have parked and watched. On those days you are having a hard day there is nothing quite like being at the temple.For many of the youth, preparing for the temple has brought an added measure of strength to their lives.Hal Bunderson moved to the Treasure Valley 39 years ago with his wife, Mary Kay. The two raised their three children here and were in attendance when the Boise Idaho Temple was dedicated on May 25, 1984.In just seven years, so many members of the Church had moved to the Meridian area that the Church decided that a meetinghouse was necessary.After he retired from his professional career, his sweetheart joined him as a temple worker. For the past several years, hes served as a sealer in the Boise Temple. Since his wife died four and a half years ago, hes served every Wednesday and Saturday in that temple.

Riki and Vickie Lambert of the River Heights Ward at the cornerstone ceremony during the Meridian Idaho Temple dedication on November 19. Photo by Marianne Holman Prescott.

More than 85 years after the first organized meeting of about 40 Church members was held in 1932 in Meridian, Idaho, the area houses eight stakes, 63 congregations, and more than 27,000 members of the Church, in addition to the recently dedicated house of the Lord.

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Tuesday January 23, 2018 @ 05:34:41 AM mt

Mormon Helping Hands Volunteers Serve in Australia New Zealand and South Pacific Islands



Chain saws were buzzing, mowers were humming, weeds were pulled, trees were planted, and hearts were lifted as Mormon Helping Hands volunteers in yellow T-shirts served their communities across Australia, New Zealand, and the islands of the South Pacific on Saturday, October 28.Director of public affairs for the Church in Auckland and Northland, Muriel Samuela, said, We serve our communities because we love God and our fellowman. Jesus Christ went about doing good, and thats what we strive to do. And when we lift others, we are uplifted ourselves.Some 140 volunteers in Auckland braved rainy and muddy conditions to plant 4,000 trees on the Rosebank Peninsula in the suburb of Avondale.

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Tuesday January 23, 2018 @ 05:34:41 AM mt

New Temple President to Serve in Preston England



Michael Alan Rigby, 66, Eastwood Ward, Nottingham England Stake, called as president of the Preston England Temple, succeeding President Joseph Leece, who recently passed away. President Rigbys wife, Carol Linda Redisons Rigby, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Linda A. Leece. He is the second counselor in the Preston England Temple presidency and is a former stake president, bishop, and high councilor. Retired director and partner, Anarda Career Development, he was born in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, to Cyril Clifford and Ellen Rigby.Preston England TempleSister Rigby is an assistant to the matron at the Preston England Temple and is a former stake Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary presidency member, stake Public Affairs director, and ward Relief Society president. Born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England, to Kristaps and Gladys Mary Osborne Redisons.

Michael A. and Carol R. Rigby

The First Presidency has called the following new temple president and matron. They will begin their service immediately.

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Tuesday January 23, 2018 @ 05:34:41 AM mt

Family History Moment: Mother Tell Your Story



By just writing small stories, one at a time, we soon had a great history of Mothers life.Next she wrote what she remembered about the Indians in the early days in Panguitch when she was a child and then the great times she had at Old Saltair. She had many pictures in her photo album, so they made the stories even more interesting. Her Love of Poetry made another great story, as did Early Days in Pleasant Grove, Utah, where her grandparents lived as early pioneers. The Day I Wore Mothers Corset was a big hit with everyone. Later, when she wrote about False Teeth Stories and then her Memories of Home, we printed them in small booklets for her to give to her grandchildren at Christmastime. What treasures!The older I get, the more I appreciate these stories written by my mother. Even though I was busy teaching school, I decided if President Boyd K. Packer could get up at 5 a.m. to work on family history, I could too. During that early hour I was able to type Mothers stories and later fill a book with stories I collected about each of my ancestors.Mother enjoyed doing this, and our whole family and others have appreciated her stories. She often said, A task begun is a task half done, and that was so true for us.As my mother was getting older (she was 70, and I thought that was old, as I was 37), I realized that she had never written her history, so one day I said to her, Mother, why dont you write your history? My father had died years earlier, so I thought this would be a great project for her and a blessing for our family. That got her started. She wrote about her hobbies: making double wedding ring quilts, baby booties, Raggedy Ann dolls, and homemade candy, gathering and polishing rocks, etc. I found what she wrote about Life at Seventy was so interesting, that I typed it on my computer, mailed it back to her to proofread, and then I got her permission to mail it to The Homemaker. They wrote back and said they wanted to publish it, but they wanted some pictures. Pictures were taken, and they published it. Now we had a part of her history written down.She answered, I dont think I can. I dont know where to begin.I knew she had always read the Relief Society Magazinecover to coverwhen it was in print, and now she enjoyed reading The Good Old Days, Homemaker, Beehive History, and other magazines, so I decided Id first ask her to write about what life was like at age 70.Kathryn H. Ipson is a member of the Cedar 16th Ward, Cedar City Utah Cross Hollow Stake.

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Tuesday January 23, 2018 @ 05:34:34 AM mt

Viewpoint: Seeking a Place among Christs Disciples Serve



One woman traded a quick glance with her fellow sisters and then answered, No, Hermano, were not visitors. This is our neighborhood. We live in Grocio Prado.It is vital that we serve each other in the kingdom. So often, our acts of service consist of simple encouragement or of giving help with mundane tasks, but what glorious consequences can flow from small but deliberate deeds! (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball [2006], 82).All of us can incorporate some service into our daily living, said Sister Cheryl A. Esplin of the Primary General Presidency. We live in a contentious world. We give service when we dont criticize, when we refuse to gossip, when we dont judge, when we smile, when we say thank you, and when we are patient and kind. What time and resources do I have? Who in my circle of influence could I help today?Most of the women wore Church-issued Manos que Ayudan vests. They were Relief Society sisters eager to offer comfort at a difficult moment with a warm bowl of chicken soup.They were also true disciples of Christ. And all who found themselves within their tiny circle of service that day could trace the Lords loving hand at work. As Jesus Himself once taught: By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another (John 13:35). What might we do as a family? (He Asks Us to Be His Hands, Apr. 2016 general conference).As we make these choices, we might consider that the glitter and excitement of festive, fun-filled projects are interesting, but the shut-ins, the lonely, the handicapped, the homeless, the latchkey kids, and the abandoned aged are important.Other kinds of service take time, intentional planning, and extra energy. But they are worth our every effort. Perhaps we could start by asking ourselves these questions:In a moment of immediate insight, the reporter realized the service-driven Relief Society sisters were not simply helping the earthquake victimsthey were the victims.The Relief Society sisters in southern Peru followed a Christian impulse to put aside their own troubles and serve others during a desperate, dire episode of their lives. Fortunately, few of us will have to choose to serve after witnessing the destruction of our own home or neighborhood. But we will all face the choice to serve when there are other options vying for our time and attention.An array of things in our busy lives is interesting and enticing.But some things are important, said Elder William R. Bradford, a General Authority Seventy in his October 1987 general conference talk. The limits of time dictate that we must prioritize what we do. The divinely given and heaven-protected gift of agency allows us to determine to what degree we will serve others and allow them to serve us. The depth of involvement in that which is important, rather than just interesting, is our own choice. In what ways can I use my talents and skills to bless others?Perhaps charitable service helped the Grocio Prado Relief Society sisters cope with their own personal tragedy. Courage and community replaced their fear and emptiness as they discovered ways to ease their neighbors burdens.Many of you have put on Helping Hands T-shirts and worked tirelessly to relieve suffering and improve your communities. Through our heartfelt kindness and service, we can make friends with those whom we serve. From these friendships come better understanding of our devotion to the gospel and a desire to learn more about us (Finding Joy through Loving Service).The RVs and the TVs and retirement ease make it interesting to wander and play, but peoples needs for selfless deeds are important (Selfless Service).Worldly magazines, tabloids, and much of the multi-mass media mess of fast-track information we are receiving is interesting and enticing, but the scriptures are important.The love of the Savior is an active love, taught Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in his April 2011 general conference address. It is not manifested through large and heroic deeds but rather through simple acts of kindness and service (Finding Joy through Loving Service).With the approaching Christmas season, many are trying to find that perfect gift for a loved one, a neighbor, or maybe even a stranger. Consider President Spencer W. Kimballs timeless counsel:As the reporter walked through Grocio Prado, he encountered an unexpected oasis of hope, love, and grit.The reporter introduced himself, snapped a few photos, and then asked what part of Peru the Relief Society sisters had traveled from to assist the Grocio Prado quake victims.One of the regions hit hardest by the disaster was the Grocio Prado neighborhood in Perus Chincha province. Many of the homes were reduced to rubble in an instant. Hundreds were forced to find shelter at nearby Church meetinghouses or under makeshift awnings. It was a grim sight. Residents mourned their dead even as they picked through their collapsed abodes in search of heirlooms and other personal treasures. In August of 2007, a Church News reporter was dispatched to southwest Peru after a massive earthquake decimated several cities and claimed hundreds of livesincluding many Latter-day Saints.Whether you live in Grocio Prado, Peru, or in Draper, Utah, or in Accra, Ghana, or in any other community, there are opportunities to serve. Look around your neighborhood, your ward, or within the walls of your home. There are people in needand they need you.As a pure expression of our love and concern, we can reach out to those who have need of our help, concluded Elder Ballard.Another woman raised her hand and pointed to another toppled structure. And thats where I live.She then pointed across the street to a massive pile of brick, rebar, and dust. Thats my home, she said.A group of women were huddled around a roadside table chopping up chickens, carrots, onions, and potatoes to be added to a giant kettle of soup that would soon feed dozens of local quake victims. Despite being flanked by the stark, fallen reminders of the disaster, the women laughed and swapped stories as they went about their charitable work.

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Tuesday January 23, 2018 @ 05:34:26 AM mt

My Most Influential Teacher: I Knew He Loved Me



How are you doing, Bo?That week was hard, really hard. And yet, I learned I could do hard. More important, I discovered my teacher and leader believed in me and liked being with me.First, I remember the look in his eye when I walked in the class. I could always tell how glad he was to see me.Over 40 years later, I now realize that something much more significant and lasting was set in motion. I looked forward to being taught by K. F. in our Sunday deacons quorum meetings. I dont remember everything he said, but a couple of things stuck with me.K. F.s interest in me continued long past his calling to be my teacher and leader. He stayed connected with me through my high school years. He wrote me every month or two during my mission in Europe. In these letters, he encouraged me to continue to be exact in my obedience, enthusiastic about the work, and valiant as a witness of Christ. He expressed his love and confidence in me. And he always ended by saying, I pray for you every day.K. F. started lifting the backpack from my shoulders. Wow, he groaned, that is one heavy pack! He called ahead to one of the older, bigger boys, Hey, Kent, come here. Once he arrived, K. F. went on, Weve really loaded Bo up with some heavy pots. Could we strap a couple of them to your pack? And would you mind carrying this sleeping bag as well?I was in trouble. We were only an hour or two into a six-day, 50-mile hike. My skinny 12-year-old frame was struggling under the weight of a backpack that felt far bigger and heavier than I was. My embarrassment grew with each boy that passed me on the trail. Other than K. F. Nelson, my Aaronic Priesthood adviser who brought up the rear, I was last and falling farther behind. Fear about whether I could make it gave way to tears I did my best to hide.I honor this great and humble man, one of the most influential teachers of my youth. I knew he loved me most. And so did every other boy. And the Lord used the love of this man to lay a foundation stone of my faith in Him and His prophets that would last.After transferring the gear and pointing out some striations in the rock, K. F. said, Well, shall we hit the trail and catch up with the rest of the boys?As the week progressed, K. F. continued to take a special interest in me. One day he invited me to follow him down to the river. He asked if I would like to learn some of his secrets to great fly fishing. I had packed a fly rod because it was on the list but hadnt ever fished with anything but a standard pole. He helped me assemble it, then taught me how to tie a fly. He showed me his fly collection and explained how and under what conditions he used each one. He then helped me learn the beautiful motion of casting a fly. Before long, I caught my first fish. I was so excited. He told me how proud he was of me.He knew better. He spotted a big rock up around the bend and said, Hey, what do you say we take off our backpacks up ahead and check out that rock formation?Before long, K. F. strode up beside me. A conversation something like this followed:Second, I remember learning from him the great stories of the Book of Mormon. Most of all, I remember how much I grew to love the prophets of the Book of Mormon. Not only did he teach us about the prophets and what they taught, he inspired me to come know them and feel about them as he did. I wanted to be like them. I felt the power of the Spirit as he shared his love for them and as he bore testimony of what they taught. I could feel how much he and the prophets loved the Savior Jesus Christ. I knew I did too. I felt K. F.s commitment to be His disciple. I felt mine too.Off we went. I soon forgot the pain in my shoulders. What I would not forget was my teachers kindness and the way he helped me.Out of a boyish heart that wanted to be brave came the words, Im okay.Relieved, I said, Sure, if you want to.Sure. I can do that.

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Tuesday January 23, 2018 @ 05:34:26 AM mt

Pathway Students in Caribbean Encouraged to Work Hard Get an Education



Meetings held in Santo Domingo and Santiago, Dominican Republic, and Port-au-Prince, Haiti, brought Church members together both via broadcast as well as in Pathway sites.Education is a commandment; sometimes our doubts and fears get in the way, he said. Clark G. Gilbert, president of BYUPathway Worldwide, leads a discussion during his visit to the Caribbean Area December 16. Photo courtesy of the Caribbean Area.Education is an investment in yourself and, as President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency has taught, not merely a good idea but a commandment (Two Principles for Any Economy, Oct. 2009 general conference).President Gilbert described a student who is busy working two jobssometimes late at nightwho doesnt feel they have the time to stop work and get an education.Misplaced zealHe invited the young men listening to rise up and be the men you need to be for your families.During the devotional on December 16, held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, President Gilbert spoke to the Spanish-speaking audience with help from a translator.My father knew that if we did our best, over time, we would get better and the Lord would bless us. If you do your best, the Lord will help you and make up the difference, he said. But you have to build the habits and do the work.Speaking of a young woman who is worried whether she has the capacity, talents, gifts, or intelligence to complete an education, President Gilbert said, She doesnt know her divine potential as a daughter of God.Basic survivorThis student is not lazy, President Gilbert said. He is not a professional video game player. He works very hard, but he doesnt understand that to become who he needs to become, he has to take time to invest in his career.Focusing his remarks on the statement by President Uchtdorf, President Gilbert said, For members of the Church, education is not merely a good ideaits a commandment.Recognizing that sometimes it doesnt start out easy, President Gilbert spoke of his own life, when his father used to say to him, It doesnt matter how good your grades are, as long as you do your best. A woman participates during a Pathway devotional held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on December 16. Photo courtesy of the Caribbean Area.President Gilbert then shared the example of a young woman who wants to be married and become a mother.This returned missionary does not understand the gospel of Jesus Christ, President Gilbert taught. Heavenly Father expects him to become something more than he is, and He expects him to develop his talents and his career and his education to provide for his family and to serve in the Church.You might be one of these students that I talk about tonight, he said. Maybe you are all four types.

Elder Walter F. Gonzlez, General Authority Seventy and President of the Churchs Caribbean Area, speaks during a special devotional for Pathway students held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on December 16.

We were also pleased with the strong spirit we felt from the students we met with in the Caribbean, President Gilbert told the Church News. In each area we saw examples of students coming back to Church or deepening what was already a strong testimony of the gospel.President Gilbert invited listeners, no matter what kind of a student they currently are, to rise up and become the person the Lord wants you to become. The Lord wants you to invest in who you are. We are an eternal Church, you need to invest in the eternal perspective, and the pain now sometimes helps with the joy later and brings more joy to your family and to your Church.The doubterPathway sites [are] growing all over the world, said President Gilbert. It is very unusual that we have the opportunity to be together here in the Dominican Republic, but at the invitation of Elder Gonzlez, we have come here to learn a little bit and hopefully share more with you.First he spoke of the young man, a returned missionary who loved his mission and worked hard. After returning home, the young man missed his mission so much that he began to think his work and career are not so important, compared to when he was a missionary.One of the reasons for the job improvements, President Gilbert said, is that English language ability appears to be particularly valuable in the Caribbean Area, especially with the high level of travel and tourism industries in the area.President Gilbert reminded listeners that education is an investment in a persons future.Thats the investment it takes to become able to have a better job and a better career, he said. If you spend two years now, the rest of your life you will have a better opportunity to provide for your family.While there, President Gilbert participated in a special devotional for studentsand potential studentsto share a message about the importance of education.We have been impacted by this declaration by President Uchtdorf that education is more than a suggestion, it is a commandment, Elder Gonzlez said in his remarks. It is a value we need to pass on to our children and the children of our children.Recognizing many of the programs and certificates available through Pathway Connect take two years, President Gilbert reminded students that education is an investment, one that will bless a person and their family for years to come.Too many of our sisters believe that they should focus just on their family and maybe a part-time job, he said. But they dont invest in themselves to become who the Lord needs them to become. That will help them with their family, when they need financial support, but it will also help them be effective mothers and leaders in our Church.Happy as I am A man participates during a Pathway gathering in the Caribbean Area of the Church December 16. Photo courtesy of the Caribbean Area.That was the message of BYUPathway Worldwides President Clark G. Gilbert to Church members living in the Caribbean Area during a special Pathway devotional held on December 16.Today President Gilbert has a sign in his family home that says Do your best.It appears that the outcomes in the Caribbean Area are encouraging, President Gilbert said. Students are completing Pathway at a high percentage, and those who complete are seeing job improvements. In fact, over 80 percent of those who complete Pathway find improved job opportunities when they are looking for better work.With more than 600 BYUPathway students in the Caribbean region, the Churchs Caribbean Area PresidencyElder Walter F. Gonzlez, Elder Claudio D. Zivic, and Elder Jos L. Alonsoinvited President Gilbert to visit in an effort to help members realize what is available to them and to expand the number of students across the area.Marriage is one of the most important things she will do in her life, but she does not yet understand how important an education will be for her role as a mother, for her service in the Church, and for her family, he said.Describing two peoplea young man and a young womanPresident Gilbert spoke of proper priorities.We are a people who believe in hard work, but we are also a people who believe in investing in our future. To invest in your future means you may have to spend a little more time investing in your education.Describing this person as someone who doesnt need to work or study or prepare because he is very good at video games, President Gilbert spoke of too many young men who spend their time watching TV, playing games on their phone, and not investing in themselves.

Elder Claudio D. Zivic, a General Authority Seventy and member of the Caribbean Area Presidency, speaks during a Pathway devotional on December 16.

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Tuesday January 23, 2018 @ 05:34:15 AM mt

Funeral del Presidente Thomas S. Monson: Honrando a un valente profeta de Dios



President Russell M. Nelson, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, speaks at the funeral services for President Thomas S. Monson on Friday, January 12, 2018, in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir provides the music during the funeral services of President Thomas S. Monson, January 12, 2018.Ella dijo que su padre amaba a sus padres, a sus hermanos y a su familia. Amaba a su querida compaera eterna, su hermosa, tranquila y fiel partidaria y habilitadora Frances. l amaba a su familia y a cada uno de sus misioneros del este de Canad. l amaba especialmente a sus nietos.Recientemente, cuando el Presidente Eyring y el Presidente Uchtdrof estaban a punto de partir despus de una visita a la casa del Profeta, el Presidente Monson los detuvo y les dijo: Amo al Salvador Jesucristo. Y s que l me ama a mi. Qu testimonio tan tierno y poderoso de un profeta de Dios, dijo el Presidente Uchtdorf. El Presidente Monson fue realmente un profeta para nuestro tiempo. Fue un hombre para todas las estaciones.El Presidente Monson, simplemente 'haciendo todo lo posible', dej un legado de amor inolvidable, dijo la Hermana Dibb. l amaba al Seor y amaba a la gente. l vio nuestro potencial y crey sinceramente en nuestra capacidad de cambiar y progresar a travs de la Expiacin de Jesucristo .Los extraos tambin sintieron el amor del Presidente Monson, dijo ella. Una vez, mientras visitaba un centro de atencin mdica, le di la mano a un hombre en una silla de ruedas. El hombre levant la vista y tmidamente dijo: Presidente Monson, me ha estrechado la mano, pero necesito un abrazo. Sin dudarlo, pap se agach y abraz tiernamente a este querido hombre. Members of President Thomas S. Monson's family arrive at the Conference Center for President Monson's funeral in Salt Lake City on Friday, January 12, 2018. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.El Presidente Uchtdorf record una visita a Hamburg, Alemania, cuando el Presidente Monson pregunt acerca de un miembro pionero de la Iglesia en ese pas, quien estaba postrado en cama y no poda asistir a la reunin.En el servicio del Seor durante toda su vida, el Presidente Monson cuid de aquellos con necesidades temporales y espirituales, dijo el Presidente Eyring. Cuando invoc al Seor en oracin, el Seor respondi. Y Thomas Monson supo con certeza que el Seor estaba all.El Presidente Monson deja un legado de crecimiento, dijo el Presidente Nelson. Desde su ordenacin como apstol en 1963, la membresa de la Iglesia ha aumentado de 2.1 millones a casi 16 millones. El nmero de misioneros actualmente sirviendo ha crecido de 5,700 a casi 70,000. Y los templos entonces solo 12 ahora son 159.Durante su discurso, el Presidente Henry B. Eyring habl de los millones de personas en todo el mundo que comparten la prdida del Presidente Monson. Fue amado por aquellos que lo conocieron por sus conmovedores e inspirados discursos y liderazgo, dijo el Presidente Eyring. El nmero de personas que lo amaron por sus bondades personales es conocido solo por el Dios que lo envi a cuidar de ellos.En 1988, los dos hombres viajaron con una pequea delegacin de nuestros lderes locales de la Iglesia a la capital, Berln Oriental. En este pas que haba estado cerrado a la obra misional por ms de 50 aos, sentimos la impresin de pedir permiso para que los misioneros sirvieran all. Tambin pedimos permiso para que lderes dignos de ese pas tuvieran la oportunidad de servir al Seor en otros lugares como misioneros. Sister Ann M. Dibb, daughter of President Thomas S. Monson, speaks at his funeral in the Conference Center on Friday, January 12, 2018.Despus de la peticin del Presidente Monson, todos esperaron la respuesta del Lder Honecker. Yo estaba sin aliento y con anxiedad. Nunca olvidar la respuesta del Lider Honecker: Presidente Monson, lo conocemos! Le hemos observado por muchos aos! Confiamos en usted! Su peticin con respecto a los misioneros est aprobada! People line up for President Thomas S. Monsons funeral outside of the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Friday, January 12, 2018. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.El Presidente Monson a menudo cit la promesa de que el Seor estara con sus hijos en su servicio fiel.Pero con todo esto, el Presidente Monson constantemente se enfoc en el individuo, dijo el Presidente Nelson. El nos record con expresiones como: Envale una nota al amigo que has estado descuidando'; 'Dale un abrazo a tu hijo'; 'Diga Te amo ms a menudo'; 'Siempre expresa tu agradecimiento'; y 'Nunca permitas que un problema por resolver se vuelve ms importante que una persona por amar'.Miles de personas se reunieron en el Centro de Conferencias en el centro de Salt Lake City y en otros lugares alrededor de la Manzana del Templo para el funeral, que fue traducido y transmitido en todo el mundo. Mourners listen during LDS Church President Thomas S. Monsons funeral at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. Photo by Spenser Heaps, Deseret News.Durante su discurso, el Presidente Uchtdorf dijo que en ste momento, los sentimientos y pensamientos son profundos y las palabras son inadecuadas para expresar nuestro amor, gratitud y dolor.El Presidente Nelson dijo que en 1985 se le di la responsabilidad de la Iglesia en Europa, una tarea que el Presidente Monson tuvo por muchos aos. Fui su compaero menor en gran parte de ese desafiante trabajo.Los hijos del presidente Monson tambin participaron en el servicio: Clark S. Monson ofreci la oracin familiar y Thomas L. Monson dedic la tumba de su padre. El Elder M. Russell Ballard y el Elder Jeffrey R. Holland ofrecieron las oraciones de apertura y clausura durante el funeral.Luego, bajo el destello de innumerables cmaras, el Presidente Monson fue invitado a hablar, record el Presidente Nelson. Muy directamente pero amablemente present su mensaje de cmo y por qu nuestros misioneros seran buenos para ese pas.Hablando de su influencia mundial, el Presidente Nelson dijo: Todos estamos mejor gracias a l. Y la Iglesia es mejor gracias a l.Mediante la ministracin de ngeles a Jos Smith, el profeta de la Restauracin, se restauraron las llaves plenas del sacerdocio, dijo el Presidente Eyring. Esas llaves fueron pasadas en una lnea ininterrumpida al Presidente Monson. Incluyeron el poder de unir a las familias para toda la eternidad. ... El Presidente y la Hermana Monson fueron sellados por ese poder. Oro por una bendicin para toda su posteridad para que tengan la seguridad de que el Seor los cuida y que pueden anticipar una reunin familiar gloriosa y eterna. Imam Muhammed Mehtar, of the Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake, arrives at President Thomas S. Monsons funeral outside of the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Friday, January 12, 2018. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.Extraaremos su voz, su firmeza, su confianza en el Seor, su sonrisa, su ingenio, su entusiasmo, su optimismo y sus historias, que considero las parbolas de un profeta moderno de Dios.

President Thomas S. Monson.

Ella le dijo a la congregacin que pueden continuar el legado de su padre sirviendo a otros. Mirndolo, me di cuenta de que mi padre saba cmo obtener el gozo verdadero, dijo ella. A travs de su entregado servicio, haba aprendido que el gozo viene de amar al Seor y servir a su prjimo. Ese gozo est disponible para todos nosotros.A pesar de que era un profeta, mi padre saba que no era perfecto, dijo la Hermana Dibb. Con todo su corazn, humildemente confi y trat de ser como nuestro Seor y Salvador Jesucristo.El Presidente Nelson se uni a los consejeros del Presidente Monson en la Primera Presidencia, el Presidente Henry B. Eyring y el Presidente Dieter F. Uchtdorf, y su hija, Ann M. Dibb, para pagar tributo al decimosexto presidente de La Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los ltimos Das durante el funeral de una hora. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings at the beginning of the funeral for President Thomas S. Monson at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Friday, January 12, 2018. Photo by Ravell Call, Deseret News.El Presidente Nelson dijo que el Presidente Monson nunca busc el centro de atencin. En un mundo ahora saturado de 'selfies', l model desinters. ... Di su propio tiempo para visitar, bendecir y amar a otros. Incluso en el atardecer de su vida, l continu ministrando, realizando visitas frecuentes a hospitales y centros para personas mayores.El Presidente Monson, de 90 aos, muri tranquilamente el martes, 2 de enero, por causas relacionadas con la edad, despus de haber servido 54 aos como apstol, incluyendo dcadas como presidente de la Iglesia.En la parte posterior del programa funerario, la familia del Presidente Monson imprimi las palabras de una escritura que tuvo gran importancia para su vida y servicio: ...ste anduvo haciendo el bien y ... Dios estaba con l (Hechos 10:38).La Hermana Dibb dijo que el deseo de su padre de servir a los dems a menudo exceda su capacidad para hacerlo, teniendo en cuenta sus muchas responsabilidades. Sin desanimarse, encontr una solucin: reclutara a otros para proporcionar el servicio necesario en su nombre. Members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles walk to their seats after President Thomas S. Monsons casket is brought into the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Friday, January 12, 2018. Photo by Ravell Call, Deseret News. President Thomas S. Monsons casket is brought into the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Friday, January 12, 2018. Photo by Ravell Call, Deseret News. A motorcade escorts President Thomas S. Monsons casket to the Salt Lake City Cemetery in Salt Lake City on Friday, January 12, 2018. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.Una reunin importante, celebrada el 28 de octubre de 1988, incluy a Erich Honecker, lder del consejo estatal para la Repblica Democrtica Alemana y su personal. El comenz con un discurso largo sobre los mritos del comunismo.El Coro del Tabernculo Mormn interpret Consider the Lilies, O Divine Redeemer, Dear to the Heart of the Shepherd y If the Way Be Full of Trial, Weary Not durante el servicio fnebre. The Utah State flag is flown at half-mast at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City honoring President Thomas S. Monson on Friday, January 12, 2018.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, President Thomas S. Monsons second counselor in the First Presidency of the Church, speaks at the funeral services for President Monson on Friday, January 12, 2018, in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City.

President Thomas S. Monsons casket is brought into the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Friday, January 12, 2018. Photo by Ravell Call, Deseret News. The casket of President Thomas S. Monson at funeral services held in the Conference Center January 12, 2018.El Presidente Uchtdorf dijo que servir como consejero del Presidente Monson fue una experiencia muy satisfactoria y espiritualmente gratificante que incluy felicidad y angustia, risa y tristeza, conversaciones profundas y muchos momentos profticos inspirados.El Presidente Thomas S. Monson influy en las vidas y molde el destino de millones de personas en todo el mundo, dijeron los oradores rindiendo homenaje al valiente profeta de Dios durante un funeral pblico el viernes, 12 de enero.President Monson lived a remarkable life, said President Nelson. There will never be another like him.

President Henry B. Eyring, President Thomas S. Monsons first counselor in the First Presidency, speaks at the funeral services for President Monson on Friday, January 12, 2018, in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City.

Alemania y su gente fueron especialmente bendecidos por el Presidente Monson, dijo el Presidente Uchtdorf, hablando de su tierra natal. Su fuerte fe ayud a extender la nuestra durante los aos de la Guerra Fra. No solo trajo maletas llenas de ropa y otras cosas para los miembros en Alemania del Este, sino que su poderosa oracin apostlica en 1975 prometi bendiciones espirituales inconcebibles.

Sister Ann M. Dibb, daughter of President Thomas S. Monson, speaks at his funeral in the Conference Center on Friday, January 12, 2018.

Thomas S. Monson fue un hombre para todas las estaciones, es verdaderamente un gigante espiritual, dijo el Presidente Uchtdorf. Abund en conocimiento, fe, amor, visin, testimonio, valor y compasin, liderando y sirviendo, nunca desde un pedestal, pero siempre de cara a cara. Tena un lugar especial en su corazn para los pobres y los necesitados.El Presidente Monson vivi una vida extraordinaria, dijo el Presidente Russell M. Nelson, presidente del Qurum de los Doce Apstoles. Nunca habr otro como l.Durante su discurso, la Hermana Dibb, ex-consejera de la presidencia general de las Mujeres Jvenes dijo que est profundamente agradecida por su padre y por el legado que cre un legado de amor y servicio. People line up for President Thomas S. Monsons funeral outside of the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Friday, January 12, 2018. Photo by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.Como saba que esa promesa era una realidad, el Presidente Monson se mostr optimista dijo el Presidente Eyring. Tambin lo hizo valiente. Cuando tuvo que tomar decisiones difciles e importantes, esperaba que el Seor contestara su oracin y le mostrara el camino a seguir. Cuando lo llamaron en situaciones que parecan peligrosas arriesgadas, otros podrian tener miedo, pero l no sinti miedo. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, President Thomas S. Monson's second counselor in the First Presidency of the Church, speaks at the funeral services for President Monson on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City. President Henry B. Eyring, President Thomas S. Monson's first counselor in the First Presidency of the Church, speaks at the funeral services for President Monson on Friday, January 12, 2018, in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City.A pesar de haber sido recientemente operado del pie, el Presidente Monson subi al quinto piso de un edificio sin ascensor para hacer la visita. Fue una subida muy dolorosa para el Presidente Monson, pero subi alegremente, dijo el Presidente Uchtdrof. Llegamos donde el hermano postrado en cama y el Presidente Monson le di una maravillosa bendicin del sacerdocio, le agradeci su vida dedicada al servicio y lo anim con una sonrisa.La Hermana Dibb dijo que hace un ao su padre estaba trabajando en su oficina. Una copia de la revista Ensign estaba abierta mostrando su fotografa. Mi padre seal la imagen y dijo: 'Conozco a ese tipo. El trata de hacer lo mejor posible'.El cuidado de los dems ocurri a menudo en el ministerio del Presidente Monson, dijo el Presidente Eyring. El ira a visitar a alguien que lo necesitaba, sentira mientras estaba all una impresin de ir a otra persona, y luego a otra, Dijo l. Muchas veces, esa persona dijo: 'Saba que vendra'. l ella pudo haber sabido, el Seor pudo haber sabido, pero el Presidente Monson no saba cuando comenz. Sin embargo, aquellos que saban que vendra tambin saban que Dios los amaba lo suficiente como para enviar a su siervo. Sintieron el amor de Dios a travs de la bondad del Presidente Monson hacia ellos.

Program cover for the funeral services of President Thomas S. Monson, January 12, 2018. Photo by Sarah Jane Weaver.

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