LDS Children Tell the Story of Who is Jesus

who-jesus-lds-videoWatch this video as children tell the story of Who is Jesus in their own words.


The Life of Jesus Christ: Children’s Narratives is a set of 10 new Bible videos that parents and teachers can use as a fun yet spiritual way to include children in gospel conversations. Each video contains clips from the Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos series coupled with interviews of kids retelling the story from the scriptures in their own words. It’s an uplifting and entertaining experience. Learn more about this series of 10 children’s videos in the article “LDS Children’s Bible Videos.”

Watch the others in the series of Bible Children’s Narratives.

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#LightTheWorld Christmas Service Advent Calendar, Dec 5-11

light-world-lds-christmas-advent-calendarThis year, the Church’s Christmas initiative is called “Light the World” and the theme is “25 Ways Over 25 Days.”

The Church provides a service advent calendar with a service theme for each day from December 1-25. Each theme includes ideas on how to serve and an inspiring video.

Below are the videos from the advent calendar for this week, December 5-11 (see all days). Click on the heading of each to see the service ideas.

December 5: Jesus Healed the Sick and So Can You

December 6: Jesus Read the Scriptures and So Can You

December 7: Jesus Fed the Hungry and So Can You

December 8: Jesus Prayed for Others and So Can You

December 9: Jesus Visited the Lonely and So Can You

December 10: Jesus Helped People to Walk and So Can You

December 11: Jesus Ministered to Children and So Can You

Throughout the month of December, the Church invites you to share the light of Christ by participating in #LIGHTtheWORLD.

  • Invite your friends to watch a new Christmas video at Mormon.org/christmas.
  • Share your experiences using the hashtag #LIGHTtheWORLD.
  • Follow the advent activity calendar for ideas on Christlike acts of service you can do each day from December 1st to the 25th to emulate the many ways Jesus cared for others during His earthly ministry.

Learn more about the “Light the World” initiative,

 

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American Heritage Lyceum Philharmonic Lights the World

candlelight-carol-american-heritage-lyceum-philharmonicHere’s an example of a group who is helping to #LIGHTtheWORLD by sharing beautiful music about the birth of Jesus Christ. Enjoy this music video from the American Heritage School in American Fork, Utah. The Lyceum Philharmonic is sharing their talents to Light the World this Christmas

Enjoy the video “Candlelight Carol – Lyceum Philharmonic – #LIGHTtheWORLD:”

Learn more about the Church’s #LightTheWorld initiative.

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#LightTheWorld Christmas Service Advent Calendar

light-world-lds-christmas-advent-calendarYesterday, the Church began its “Light the World” Christmas initiative with a Worldwide Day of Service. The theme of the Christmas initiative is “25 Ways Over 25 Days.”

The Church provides a service advent calendar with a service theme for each day from December 1-25. Each theme includes ideas on how to serve and an inspiring video.

Below are the videos from the first few days of the advent calendar (see all days). Click on the heading of each to see the service ideas.

December 1: Jesus Lifted Others’ Burdens and So Can You

December 2: Jesus Honored His Parents and So Can You

December 3: Jesus Helped Others to See and So Can You

December 4: Jesus Worshipped His Father and So Can You

Throughout the month of December, the Church invites you to share the light of Christ by participating in #LIGHTtheWORLD.

  • Invite your friends to watch a new Christmas video at Mormon.org/christmas.
  • Share your experiences using the hashtag #LIGHTtheWORLD.
  • Follow the advent activity calendar for ideas on Christlike acts of service you can do each day from December 1st to the 25th to emulate the many ways Jesus cared for others during His earthly ministry.

Learn more about the “Light the World” initiative,

 

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580-face-to-face-christofferson-700x363On December 10, 2016, the Church will hold its first regional Face-to-Face event in Guatemala. (Previous events have been worldwide events.) Elder D. Todd Christofferson and his wife, Kathy, will answer questions live in Spanish from Guatemala City. (Read event information in Spanish.) The event will also be translated into Portuguese.

All youth and their friends, leaders, and parents are invited to participate in this live, interactive question and answer session.

How to participate

Invitation video in Spanish (subtitled in Portuguese):

Elder D. Todd Christofferson

Elder Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks Spanish and translates his own general conference talks into Spanish. “Yo fui misionero de tiempo completo en Argentina (…) A partir de esa experiencia y en muchas otras asignaciones subsiguientes como Autoridad General, gané un profundo respeto y amor por los miembros de habla hispana de nuestra Iglesia,” dijo el élder Christofferson. “Y en particular, por nuestros jóvenes de habla hispana, que son valientes y sensibles al Espíritu; es más, son un gran ejemplo para nosotros. ¡Me encanta participar con ustedes y servir a su lado!”

Youth are invited to prayerfully ponder what questions they have for Elder and Sister Christofferson and submit them on the event page any time before or during the event.

Leaders may wish to make this Face to Face event a special Mutual activity. Youth may also choose to get together with family and friends and watch the broadcast together. Youth are also encouraged to pray about who might be ready to hear from one of the Lord’s Apostles and then invite a nonmember friend to participate in the event as well.

“No tengo ninguna duda de que la tecnología que maneja eventos como Cara a Cara ha sido preparada por el Señor,” dijo el élder Christofferson. “Tengo la seguridad de que Él nos sonríe cuando usamos dicha tecnología para que Su evangelio se extienda y llenemos la Tierra con la verdad; y para unir a Sus santos. Joven y jovencita: Te animo a invitar a tus amigos, vecinos y seres queridos al programa Cara a Cara. Y cuando este termine, espero que tú y yo hallemos la forma de compartir lo que hemos conversado con nuestros amigos alrededor del mundo.”

Watch Previous LDS Face-to-Face Events

Read event information in Spanish.

 

 

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Scripture-a-Day Advent Calendar for December

scriptures-365-calendar-decemberThe Facebook page Scriptures 365 has created a scripture-a-day advent calendar for December to help keep Christ in Christmas. Click the image above for a large version of the calendar.

Scriptures 365 will post daily scripture memes on their Facebook page and Instagram account each day in December.

Please share with your friends and family. If you make your own scripture meme from the calendar, please use the hashtag #RememberInDecember and Scriptures 365 will repost and share it.

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Share the Light at Christmas: 25 Days in 25 Ways

worldwide-day-serviceToday is a Worldwide Day of Service. Serve anyone you want, any way you want.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints invites you to find a way to serve others as Jesus did. Help a loved one, a neighbor, or even a complete stranger in simple ways.

Watch and share this video to encourage others to participate in the Worldwide Day of Service.

Read the article “Church Encourages “Small and Simple Acts” on Worldwide Day of Service” to learn about the 80th anniversary of the Church Welfare plan and how that effort serves others in Christlike ways.

Light the World. In 25 Ways. Over 25 Days

Throughout the month of December, the Church invites you to share the light of Christ by participating in #LIGHTtheWORLD.

  • Invite your friends to watch a new Christmas video at Mormon.org/christmas.
  • Share your experiences using the hashtag #LIGHTtheWORLD.
  • Follow the advent activity calendar for ideas on Christlike acts of service you can do each day from December 1st to the 25th to emulate the many ways Jesus cared for others during His earthly ministry.

Learn more about the “Light the World” initiative, with its advent activity calendar, pass-along cards, posters, and videos.

 

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The First Presidency invites you and your friends to watch the First Presidency’s Christmas devotional broadcast on Sunday, December 4, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. (Mountain Standard Time).

The program will include Christmas messages by General Authorities and General Officers of the Church, with music by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.

How to watch the First Presidency Christmas Devotional live:

To participate in conversations about the Christmas devotional on social media, use the hashtag #ChristmasDevo. (Learn about other standard hashtags about LDS topics.)

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LDS Children Tell the Story of the Sacrament

sacrament-lds-videoWatch this video as children tell the story of The Sacrament in their own words.


The Life of Jesus Christ: Children’s Narratives is a set of 10 new Bible videos that parents and teachers can use as a fun yet spiritual way to include children in gospel conversations. Each video contains clips from the Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos series coupled with interviews of kids retelling the story from the scriptures in their own words. It’s an uplifting and entertaining experience. Learn more about this series of 10 children’s videos in the article “LDS Children’s Bible Videos.”

Watch the others in the series of Bible Children’s Narratives.

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LDS Children Tell the Story of Baptism

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Watch this video as children tell the story of Baptism in their own words.


The Life of Jesus Christ: Children’s Narratives is a set of 10 new Bible videos that parents and teachers can use as a fun yet spiritual way to include children in gospel conversations. Each video contains clips from the Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos series coupled with interviews of kids retelling the story from the scriptures in their own words. It’s an uplifting and entertaining experience. Learn more about this series of 10 children’s videos in the article “LDS Children’s Bible Videos.”

Watch the others in the series of Bible Children’s Narratives.

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LDS #LighttheWorld Christmas Video

light-world-lds-christmasWatch the Church’s new Light the World Christmas video:

This Christmas season, follow the example of Jesus Christ. Visit Mormon.org/Christmas for simple ideas to share His light through service during the month of December.

Please share this video with your friends and family using the hashtag #LIGHTtheWORLD.

Learn more about this 2016 initiative from the Church.

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Video: Run To Me

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A group of LDS young women from Carson City, Nevada, created a music video this summer.

The song “Run to Me” was written by Juliet Favero, a member of the young women group. The song reminds us that we can always run to seek help from our Savior.

Here is a list of other member-created videos I have shared. If you find other videos you think I should share, please post a comment below.

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LDS Temple Square Christmas Performances 2016

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Temple Square will once again become a wonderland of festive lights and nativity scenes from November 25 until December 31.

In addition to the lights at Temple Square, three are many reasons to visit Temple Square during the Christmas season.

christmas-booklet-2016_page_1Choirs and music groups from schools and communities around Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming perform daily in the Assembly Hall, North Visitors’ Center, Church Office Building, Church History Museum, and the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.

Download a PDF of the booklet Christmas on Temple Square for a list of concerts and performances.

In addition to these free concerts and performances, you may be interested in the following that require tickets. (For tickets, call 801-570-0080 or visit lds.org/events.)

  • Savior of the World (November 18 to December 31 in the Conference Center Theater) A musical drama based on scriptural accounts of the birth and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Tickets $10.00 per person.
  • The First Presidency Christmas Devotional (Sunday, December 4 at 6:00 p.m. in the Conference Center). Christmas messages from the First Presidency and music by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square.
  • Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square Christmas Concerts, featuring tenor Rolando Villazón (December 8, 9, and 10 at 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Center) All tickets have been distributed for this event, but a stand-by line will begin at the North Gate of Temple Square for those without tickets.
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Thanksgiving Day: Gratitude

thankfulGratitude is a feeling of appreciation and thankfulness for blessings or benefits we have received. As we cultivate a grateful attitude, we are more likely to be happy and spiritually strong. We should regularly express our gratitude to God for the blessings He gives us and to others for the kind acts they do for us.

On this Thanksgiving Day, you may want to enjoy some of the following resources with your family and friends:

  • Video “In the Spirit of Thanksgiving.” Random people on the streets of New York City share a variety of grateful responses to one simple question: What are you thankful for?

When you share these resources on social media, use the hashtags #thankful, #grateful, or #gratitude.

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“A grateful heart … comes through expressing gratitude to our Heavenly Father for His blessings and to those around us for all that they bring into our lives.” —President Thomas S. Monson, “The Divine Gift of Gratitude

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If we do not feel grateful for what we already have, what makes us think we’d be happy with more?

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Lesson Schedules Tool on LDS.org Discontinued

lessons-hpThe Lesson Schedules function on LDS.org will be discontinued effective December 31, 2016.

Lesson Schedules (lds.org/lesson) is a function on LDS.org that wards and branches can use to post the schedule of priesthood and auxiliary lessons. It is an online place where members can see which lesson will be taught each Sunday. It is a good idea in theory, but here’s the problem—only 750 of the Church’s 30,000 wards and branches use it.

Here’s the next problem—it has several technical problems that frustrate users, which aren’t easy to fix because the system runs on old technology that would need to be updated. A cost-benefit analysis showed it was too expensive to update, given that so few wards and branches actually use it.

Furthermore, in today’s world, there are a wide variety of alternatives, such as the following:

Old Fashioned Printed Lists

Our ward prints a small bookmark at the beginning of the year and gives a copy to each member. One side lists the schedule of Gospel Doctrine lessons and the other side lists the lessons for Melchizedek Priesthood and Relief Society.

Some wards list in the weekly announcements (often distributed with the sacrament meeting program) the lesson schedules for the current and upcoming weeks.

Digital Solutions

Some wards prefer a digital solution posted online.

You could post the information in the ward calendar, which is accessible on LDS.org and in the LDS Tools mobile app. The calendar appointment could list the lesson number (with a link to the teacher manual) and the lesson reading assignment (with a link to the reading assignment at scriptures.lds.org). If different teachers teach the class from week to week, the appointment could also list the name of the teacher.

Some wards may find it more convenient to list all the lessons in a Word document and post it in a shared location, such as on Facebook, Google Docs, or Dropbox. (These are all free services.) To make it easy for your ward members to find, you could use a free service such as bit.ly to create a short URL that is easy to type. You could then publish that URL in your weekly announcements.

If you use online resources, please refer to the Church guidelines at internet.lds.org.

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