Day 7: #LightTheWorld with Music

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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.

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Enjoying beautiful music

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!

Love ThePianoGuys.com

Love the MormonTabernacleChoir.org featuring DavidArchuleta.com

and featuring BrianStokes.com

and Sissel.net …..

 

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#LightTheWorld 2017: #LetThereBeLight

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. 

PLEASE REMEMBER THE MONTGOMERY INTERFAITH NATIVITY EXHIBIT!

  1. If you have a nativity that you would kindly share with the Interfaith Community register online here. Drop off is Saturday and Monday!
  2. The Children’s Art Contest drop off is also this Saturday and Monday. Download your entry here. 
  3. Please, come share the joy in this season of hope and miracles. Be the light that draws not just children, but all unto Christ.

 

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#LetThereBeLight: The Sorbo Family

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.

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Church cancelled: Inclement Weather

When an event, like a hurricane or tropical storm, takes place that creates the need to cancel worship services for the safety of our congregation we are then encouraged

“to spend time together as a family in Scripture study and prayer as it is still the Lord’s holy day. Consider ways where you can come together as a family to be strengthened in faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.”  

In our home we are thankful to have electricity and to have weathered the storm without incident so we offer prayers of gratitude and read the scriptures.

We turn on the Roku and dial into YouTube where we find the Mormon Channel. We proceed to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir live feed to see their morning broadcast of MUSIC & THE SPOKEN WORD and we enjoy several more videos. 

From General Conference last weekend, we replay the Saturday morning session and then we each take some time to work on our respective callings, his as Bishop and mine as a Primary worker with the MoTab music feed streaming throughout the house. 

It is a great Sabbath Day.

   

FIRST ALERT: Nate downgraded to tropical depression, weather slowly improving

“Tropical Depression Nate (recently downgraded) is rolling through central Alabama. There is an area of gusty wind and heavy rain falling just east of the center; this will continue to affect Chilton, Coosa, Tallapoosa and Chambers counties over the next few hours…  montgomery.raycomweather.com

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Never too early for Christmas decor

There are folks who think nothing of Christmas should be seen before Halloween, but I say BRING IT ON! I love the Christmas decor, especially in the South where the seasons are not as obvious as they are up North. Of course I understand the commercialism side of not wanting to see the decor up too soon. However, knowing what the real meaning of Christmas is, it makes me ever so happy the moment the first of the fake trees or decorations or wrapping paper or whatever appears! Especially Music!

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Having a ton of decorations all over my house is not my thing. I have several Nativity sets that I love to display. Normally I have them in my hutch for display year round. Last year we moved to a smaller place in another state so I only have one out now and use the rest of the space to store all of my dishes, flatware, and glassware.

That reminds me to put in a plug for the MONTGOMERY INTERFAITH NATIVITY EXHIBIT  this year. It was so lovely last year. It was my first time attending the display. This year should really be lovely as members from many congregations bring their Nativity sets to share with the Montgomery community. It is an incredible display of unity where we can demonstrate that we truly are of one heart and one mind in celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

The photos below are some I took from last year’s event where I volunteered to be a hostess for a few sessions. Definitely, I will be volunteering as a hostess again this year and look forward to doing so with great anticipation.

The Music Event Coordinator, my dear friend Stephanie Ladner, invited me to sing for a twenty minute segment. That is a long stretch for me as a soloist. She smiled and said she would take fifteen if I was willing.

IF I say (teeth chattering) Yes, it will probably only be for fifteen because twenty is a long time. #LookingUpSheetMusicNow 

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General Conference: Robert D. Hales

This was one of those best General Conferences weekends ever. Even with the passing of beloved Elder Robert D. Hales between today’s sessions, it was a weekend filled with great rejoicing. Truly he is no longer suffering the limitations of his earthly body and he will, no doubt, be moving freely on the other side of the veil. 

Elder Neil L. Andersen was the concluding speaker. As soon as his remarks are posted I will post a link to them. They were beyond touching. His was an incredibly powerful sermon as he refreshed our memories through the words of the living prophet and the apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ.  

What a marvelous day. Truly a day of joy and gladness. Today was a day of hope, of peace, and prayerful thanksgiving as so many witnesses shared testimony of a loving Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, His Beloved Son.

Alleluia. Halaluyah. Hallelujah. 

From MormonNewsroom.org

Elder Robert D. Hales Dies at Age 85

Elder Hales was called to the holy apostleship in 1994

News Release

Elder Robert D. Hales died at 12:15 p.m. Sunday in the hospital at age 85 from causes incident to age. He was surrounded by his wife and family at the time of his passing.

Robert Dean Hales was born in New York City on August 24, 1932. He was a graduate of the University of Utah and held a master of business administration degree from Harvard. He also served in the U.S. Air Force as a jet fighter pilot. He married Mary Crandall, and they have two sons. 

Here is the link to Elder Andersen‘s sermon but it looks like lds.org is updating the site so I am not sure if it will look right until the update is complete.

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