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This was shown at our Stake Enrichment Night last night, and I thought it was very moving and good. 

So, let’s all get out there and CREATE!!!

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This was released by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and I wanted to post it on here because I feel so strongly about this. 

Dated 13 August 2008: 

The Divine Institution of Marriage

Introduction 

The California Supreme Court recently ruled that same-sex marriage was legal in California. Recognizing the importance of marriage to society, the Church accepted an invitation to participate in ProtectMarriage, a coalition of churches, organizations, and individuals sponsoring a November ballot measure, Proposition 8, that would amend the California state constitution to ensure that only a marriage between a man and a woman would be legally recognized. (Information about the coalition can be found at http://www.protectmarriage.com/).

On June 20, 2008, the First Presidency of the Church distributed a letter about “Preserving Traditional Marriage and Strengthening Families,” announcing the Church’s participation with the coalition. The letter, which was read in Latter-day Saints’ church services in California, asked that Church members “do all [they] can to support the proposed constitutional amendment.”

Members of the Church in Arizona and Florida will also be voting on constitutional amendments regarding marriage in their states, where coalitions similar to California’s are now being formed.

The focus of the Church’s involvement is specifically same-sex marriage and its consequences. The Church does not object to rights (already established in California) regarding hospitalization and medical care, fair housing and employment rights, or probate rights, so long as these do not infringe on the integrity of the family or the constitutional rights of churches and their adherents to administer and practice their religion free from government interference.

The Church has a single, undeviating standard of sexual morality: intimate relations are proper only between a husband and a wife united in the bonds of matrimony.  

The Church’s opposition to same-sex marriage neither constitutes nor condones any kind of hostility towards homosexual men and women. Protecting marriage between a man and a woman does not affect Church members’ Christian obligations of love, kindness and humanity toward all people.

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I recently heard a song on the radio that made me stop, and reflect, and smile. In a world so filled with anger and bitterness and anti-religious sentiments, I found this a welcome refuge from the storm. I Saw God Today, by George Straight, is a song about a man who stops to notice all the amazing things around him, and realizes that what he is really seeing is the work of God. It was beautiful.
After listening to that, I began to reflect. Truly, everywhere we look, we can see the wondrous works of the Lord. Indeed, all things testify that there is a God. It is so comforting to know that we have a loving Father in Heaven, and His Son, Jesus Christ, who created this earth. When I really stop to think about it, and observe the little things, my testimony grows.

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“All about us there are many who are in need of help and who are deserving of rescue. Our mission in life, as followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, must be a mission of saving. There are the homeless, the hungry, the destitute.”
~President Gordon B. Hinckley, “Our Mission of Saving,” Ensign, Nov. 1991, 59

“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
~Matthew 25:40
Today I went and worked for the second time in the Humanitarian Service Room over at the Deseret Industries on Craig and Allen. It was really awesome! I just wanted to share my experience with you all, and encourage you to go, if possible.
Today we worked on making quiet books that will be sent out to orphanages. It was a blast. Not only did I get to work on solving some problems they were having with the books, but I got to do a fun and creative activity, have fun, and be spiritually uplifted. Last time I was there, I worked on finishing a baby quilt and worked on making handles for school bags. I thought that would be disastrous, as I was working on a commercial sewing machine, but the Lord must have been with me because it all worked out well. It was good practice, too. I have to tell you that these two experiences have been so rewarding, I can’t wait to go again! It’s just really gratifying to know that what I am doing will help a child somewhere. Sometimes we get so caught up with all that we have, that we forget how truly blessed we all have been. We have so much. It just feels so right to give something, even if it is just my time.
They have a picture on their wall there of a sweet little girl holding a little towel like she would a baby doll. The towel had been wrapped around something that had been sent over there. Since she didn’t have a doll, she just used the towel. That story touched me so much. I want to do whatever I can, in my own small way, to help people like this little girl and her family. There’s just something really right about it.
Both times I’ve gone, I haven’t wanted to leave when I needed to. I would gladly stay there all day and more, if I could. I have had a ton of fun, and been very gratified. I would really encourage anyone who has a spare hour or two to go down there, and help. I think most of us could probably find and hour or two a month. There is so much stuff to do there, and you can kind of pick and choose what you want to work on. They have all the materials, and all they need is the manpower. I believe you can even get stuff to take home and work on and bring back. You can also donate things there to be sent to Salt Lake, like hygiene kits, newborn kits, etc.
They are open right now on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 am to 4 pm, but according to their newsletter, they are looking to add Mondays and Fridays soon. You can also schedule an evening if you wish (649-8191 ext 134). They ask that you schedule for big groups, but individuals can just go in whenever. Go and try it. I promise you’ll love it!
For people that are not in Las Vegas, click here to find out how you can help. (And, you do not need to be a member of the Church.)
For more information on the Humanitarian Services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, click here.

 

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New First Presidency

We have a new First Presidency. President Thomas S. Monson, 1st Counselor Henry B. Eyring, and 2nd Deiter F. Uchtdorf.
Kind of surprised about President Uchtdorf, but I think this is really great. These are all great men and I’m sure they will lead and guide this Chruch as the Lord wants.

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A friend directed me to this wonderful tribute to President Hinckley. It was done by Glenn Beck, a conservative talk show host who is LDS.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPaZ65FDBAA

Very touching!

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President Gordon Bitner Hinckley, Prophet, Seer, and Revelator, and President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, passed away tonight. He was surrounded by loved ones and died of “causes incident to age.” He was 97 years old. He lived a life worthy of the highest glories of God. He has now joined his Heavenly Father, his beloved wife, and the prophets of old.
I joined the Church in June of 1996, when I was 14 years old. I immediately loved President Hinckley. Such a sweet and wonderful man that I have come to adore and admire. Whenever I heard him speak, I could just feel the Spirit so strongly and you could hear in his voice and see in his eyes an amazing outpouring of love for all of us. He genuinely loved all the members of the Church, as well as all mankind. He was inspiring. He was an active and strong leader. I couldn’t believe how much he was constantly doing, even in his 97 years of age. I’m sure his strength was given to him from the Lord. He will probably best be remembered for as the “Temple Prophet.” In a span of just a few short years, he more than doubled the amount of temples to over 120 worldwide. He was also known for his book Way to Be! He outlined some important things we need to “be,” like be clean, be honest, be smart.
He was an amazing man, and left an incredible legacy, and I will miss him.
Here’s the article from the Chruch’s website.

I’d like to post his testimony. It is truly uplifting and inspiring.

“I hope that all of you will remember that on this Sabbath day you heard me bear my witness that this is God’s holy work. The vision given the Prophet Joseph in the grove of Palmyra was not an imaginary thing. It was real. It occurred in the broad light of day. Both the Father and the Son spoke to the boy. He saw Them standing in the air above him. He heard Their voices. He gave heed to Their instruction.
“It was the resurrected Lord who was introduced by His Father, the great God of the universe. For the first time in recorded history, both the Father and the Son appeared together to part the curtains and open this, the last and final dispensation, the dispensation of the fullness of times.
“The Book of Mormon is all that it purports to be—a work recorded by prophets who lived anciently and whose words have come forth “to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations” (Book of Mormon title page).
“The priesthood has been restored under the hands of John the Baptist and Peter, James, and John. All the keys and authority pertaining to eternal life are exercised in this Church.
“Joseph Smith was and is a prophet, the great Prophet of this dispensation. This Church, which carries the name of the Redeemer, is true.
“I leave you my testimony, my witness, and my love for each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.”
~President Gordon B. Hinckley

April 1, 2006, Sunday morning session of the 176th Annual World General Conference

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