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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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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Best Sermons for #LDSConf so far

Every conference is the best conference and all of the talks are inspiring and yet there is always something that speaks to my heart the most. What I really love is how quickly things can be posted so quickly following a conference session.

First the notes of the talks are posted almost immediately after a speaker has completed his or her sermon.

Then shortly thereafter so are the entire video’s for individual speakers.

I have mentioned in social media before, and through the years as things so rapidly have changed, my amazement because 30 years ago, while living in Germany, I had to ask family or friends in Utah to VHS conference (VHS had taken over Beta by then) and snail mail it to me because it would be months and months before getting the talks compiled in magazine form let alone being able to order one on VHS.

Then a few years later DVDs became available but we still had to wait months to get a copy, even once we were stateside but by then cable access became an option as more carriers began to add BYUtv to viewer packages.  

Moving forward, the timespan started to narrow until internet viewing became an option but the replay was not available for several weeks. (Funny how impatience in waiting to retrieve information also shortened through the years.) 

But now. Now we have almost instant access post conference. It is truly amazing to me. 

Okay, enough retro yammering and onto reveal my first watch favorites. Once conference concludes tomorrow and I go back over all of the talks online and then read them, something else will probably speak to me. But for today here is what has touched my soul:

Sharon Eubank   Sharon Eubank – Turn On Your Light

Joy D. Jones   Joy D. Jones – Value Beyond Measure 

Neill F. Marriott   Neill F. Marriott – Abiding in God and Repairing the Breach

Dieter F. Uchtdorf   Dieter F. Uchtdorf – Three Sisters

Dallin H. Oaks   Dallin H. Oaks – Saturday Morning Session

Jeffrey R. Holland   Jeffrey R.Holland – Saturday Morning Session

Russell M. Nelson   Russell M. Nelson – Saturday Afternoon Session

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Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy

Inspired by a wonderful sermon today on the importance of reverencing the Lord’s Day, a sacred and holy day, here is a sermon on how and why, as a Christian, it is important to keep the Sabbath Day Holy. 

Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy by attending Sunday service and partaking of the sacrament is, to borrow a phrase from Neal A. Maxwell, placing one’s heart upon the alter: 

Quote:

So it is that real, personal sacrifice never was placing an animal on the altar. Instead, it is a willingness to put the animal in us upon the altar and letting it be consumed! Such is the “sacrifice unto the Lord of a broken heart and a contrite spirit,” (D&C 59:8), a prerequisite to taking up the cross, while giving “away all [our] sins” in order to “know God” (Alma 22:18) for the denial of self precedes the full acceptance of Him. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.”

 

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Improve myself each day

If you followed me on Twitter or Facebook today you saw that I mostly posted quotes from speakers at the General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  If you ask me which was my favorite quote or talk it would be impossible to choose just one. Each speaker has something wonderful to preach and teach regarding the Word of God. 

What I can tell you is that 1) this conference was really wonderful and 2) the power of the Word was directed in a way I have not felt before (and I say that after every conference). The Spirit was pointed, powerful, and perfectly placed over me in a way that I felt strengthened, edified, and called to make changes in my life so that I can become a better disciple of Christ

Yeah. I have a lot to work on. Thank God for His Beloved Son, my Brother, Jesus the Christ and his Atoning Sacrifice. I have Hope. I have Faith. And yes, I am working on that Charity-thing

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