Today was a fantastic Southeastern Area Conference broadcast from Salt Lake City, Utah. What made it especially great for me was 1) even though we were not in our Montgomery Alabama Stake Center and were here in the Cocoa Florida Stake Center, we got to see the very same broadcast live!, and 2) I got to enjoy it with my sister and her son, one of my nephews, who came to visit for the day.
It was truly heartwarming to see my many wonderful friends and their families at that same conference. It is always such a joy to see so many, firm in the faith, dedicated to serving the Lord in His Church.
Speakers for the day included
- Elder Ulisses Soares
- Sister Neill F. Marriott
- Bishop Dean M. Davies
- Elder David A. Bednar
After the worship service my extended family came home where we enjoyed a family meal together, like so many conferences over the last ten years. During our lunch we rehearsed the things we learned and felt, taking to heart the spirit we felt during the mighty and powerful sermons.
The call to action was plain and simple, yet cutting like a two edged sword. The chaining of scriptures, the pattern of teaching and learning was clearly articulated and demonstrated and testified to so there was no misunderstanding about that which we must do to know Jesus Christ, to apply His Atoning Sacrifice in our lives, and to remain faithful and true to His Gospel as wickedness abounds, or will increase.
The messages of faith and hope in Jesus Christ were uplifting and edifying. There was much to rejoice in and about.
God Lives. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to redeem us all.
Alleluia, Halaluyah, Hallelujah.
The music in our Sacrament Meeting was really wonderful today. I always love it when the congregation gets to sing a lot on Christmas day! It was absolutely joyous!
- Opening Hymn: Joy to the World
- Sacrament Hymn: Jesus, Once of Humble Birth
- Congregation: Come, All Ye Faithful
- Choir: Still, Still, Still
- Special Number, The Hoyt Family: When Joseph Went to Bethlehem and Once Within A Lowly Stable
- Special Musical Number, Flute – Kristen Lind accompanied by Mary Ann Crabtree: Silent Night
- Congregation: The First Noel
- Women’s Choir: It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
- Congregation: Angels We Have Heard On High
- Choir: Far, Far Away on Judea’s Plains
- Choir, Congregation joins on Verse 3: O Holy Night
- Closing Hymn: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
In my Church we are taught that the song of the righteous is a prayer unto God. That scripture makes me think often about the kind of music I listen to and sing. Especially when we are also taught that we must watch and pray always.
I want to be praying to the one, true God, not false ones.
via Daily Prompt: Compass
Yesterday I had the opportunity to sing in our Church service. The piece I chose was Gesù Bambino by Pietro Yon with the Frederick H. Martens translation, although I sang the first chorus in the orignal Italian. It is such a simple, beautiful hymn paying tribute to the sweet, humble birth of our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ.
Last year my Church invited all to particpate in the Light The World Christmas Initiative. In simple, meaningful ways we were invited to do a simple act of kindness, of service to others for 25 days. It was so much fun that my husband and I were excited that it was carried over into this 2017 Christmas season.
Just like the brightly shining star guided the Wise Men to where the Christ Child lay, we use the #LightTheWorld suggestions to act as our compass, guiding us with ideas for simple acts of Christlike love and service to others. Our actions, whether seen or unseen, become part of the #25Days25Ways “grateful chorus swell” that “acclaim His name.”
For truly as we adore others in Christlike service, we are showing that we truly “adore Him, Christ the Lord.”
When my little Charlie R. was born I did not meet him right away. But when meeting him a couple of weeks later and I got to hold him, one of the first things I did was sing to him.
That little bundle has become a big bundle of delightful joy. My little Wall Ball. He is almost 17 months old and I am still singing him to sleep with the very first lullaby I ever sang to him.
Now it is Christmas time. He is old enough to absorb the wonderful time of year that it is. He loves music. He loves to break out into a dance when he hears something he likes playing.
It is a great time of year to play and sing fun songs, songs of joy, and songs of hope to light the world with His Glory.
For the last few hours I have been going through some of my favorites songs on YouTube. My heart is filled with joy as I think about this Christmas season and how I want to #LightTheWorld.
Five days and counting! Thinking of the 25 ways in 25 days of service opportunities!
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and featuring BrianStokes.com
and Sissel.net …..
It was a great way to celebrate Christmas last year
and so we plan to do it again this year!
If you have not yet seen Kevin and Sam Sorbo’s movie, Let There Be Light, please make it part of your holiday celebration for Thanksgiving as a kickstarter to get you into the Christmas Spirit of serving others.
- If you have a nativity that you would kindly share with the Interfaith Community register online here. Drop off is Saturday and Monday!
- The Children’s Art Contest drop off is also this Saturday and Monday. Download your entry here.
- Please, come share the joy in this season of hope and miracles. Be the light that draws not just children, but all unto Christ.
Tonight we had the time to go to a movie so we planned to see Let There Be Light. It was written by Sam Sorbo, Kevin “Hercules” Sorbo’s wife. Their real life sons were in the movie as their family portrayed the family in the movie. It was absolutely the most charming, positive film and the fact that it was such a family invested venture made it all the more touching.
Seriously, take your family to it. It is worth supporting and watching no matter the denomination of church to which you belong. It is about hope and faith in Christ. It is about joy.