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Being able to properly discern the consequences of our decisions is a gift from God. We need to pray for this gift and work to develop the ability to see if things are from God or not. In every decision, the Bible must be our standard - it alone is the true standard by which we must judge.

When faced with major trials, it's relatively easy to maintain spiritual focus and be diligent with prayer and Bible study. The challenge comes when life is relatively easy; it's still just as important to exercise the spiritual disciplines, but it's no longer urgent.

It is imperative that God's people maintain a sense of urgency and not slack off on reaching for the goal of the Kingdom. The true God is completely different from the pagan gods people have worshiped throughout history. He wants a relationship with us and wants to bless us. He even challenges us to prove Him and see that He'll keep His promises. We must come to see that God is true and take Him at His word. When problems arise spiritually, there are troubleshooting tools available for us to use.

As we seek solutions to problems in our relationships, difficulties in the Church, or whatever else arises, we should move from the known to the unknown. We need to see what God would have us to do and walk down that path. Satan hates the family because it's the tool God is using to build His family. God's people must actively resist Satan's influence and seek to build their marriages daily. In the Church we are bound together in a community by the Holy Spirit. Fellowship is both what we are and what we do as a result of that bond.

Proper fellowship can encourage, instruct and strengthen us and our brethren. Godly meditation is filling our mind with God's word. We need to do more than merely read the scripture; we must also think deeply about it in order to incorporate it into our mind. Meditation is key in making God's word part of our thinking.

The goal of worshipping God is eternal life. Keeping the commandments is an important part of that worship. In scripture God places extra emphasis on the command against idolatry. Israel never stopped worshipping false gods, and our society today is also awash in idolatry. Fasting in combination with the other spiritual disciplines is an especially effective means of developing a closer relationship with God. When we fast, we should be seeking God and His will, not trying to get our own way.

Fasting should be a regular part of our spiritual walk. Prayer is what we say to God; the Bible is how God communicates with us. Good communication is two ways; with conversation being contributed by both parties.

As we internalize God's Word, it will become part of our character. We must spend time with God in order to have a relationship with Him. In prayer, we need to be seeking God's will rather than merely presenting Him with a wishlist. We need to pray for others in addition to ourselves, and yearn for a relationship with God. The Bible has several prayers offered up by faithful men of God that we can study for examples of how we should pray.

We must be putting out spiritual leaven continually, not just during the Days of Unleavened Bread. Once sin is put out, it must be replaced with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. This Christian journey takes perseverance and is a blessing well worth the effort.

God's Holy Days tie the past to the present, and the present to the future. Israel's history serves as an example for us, a caution to not become disqualified, to keep running this Christian race. Christ came in the flesh to provide the blood that would cover the sins of the world. God has already given us the very best of gifts. We have been given all things that pertain to life and godliness - what an incredible blessing!

As an eternal member of the God head, uncreated, Christ's life was of more value than all of creation, and, as such, could pay the penalty of sin for all of mankind. In carrying out the plan of salvation, both the Father and Son work together in perfect unity.

This sermon also explores scriptures pertaining to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Tithing is an act of worship and an act of faith. Our tithes are holy, set apart for the purposes God intends.

All that we have comes from God; and He is well able to provide all our needs. Our course of action and whole way of life should be one containing humility.

We need to be in agreement with God; that won't happen without humility. Pride stands in opposition to God. We need to examine ourselves in the light of Christ's example as we more fully grow to walk with God.

We all love to have mercy extended to us, but do we equally love extending mercy to others? Mercy is an essential element of God's nature. As His people, we should seek wisdom in how to wisely and effectively become more merciful. God hates sin, and sent many warnings to repent to His people. More important than any rituals or sacrifices is our attitude and heart.

In this first of a 3-part series, the attribute of Justice is examined. The physical temple of God was a special place to Christ - it represented His Father's house.

Today the spiritual temple is being built with great care - as living stones we're being shaped so that we'll fit perfectly where God wants us. It takes humility, love, treating each other with respect, and submitting to God to become part of the spiritual temple. Understanding what the Church of God is constitutes one of our fundamental beliefs. The Church should be central in the lives of believers. We are incredibly blessed to be called to be part of the body of Christ, and need to live our lives in such a way that we are contributing, serving members of that body.

The word of God is truth. The ministry of the word of God is to teach truth. Truth is always the truth and does not change. Our opinion, whether right or wrong, does not change the truth. When we discover our belief is wrong we need to change.

As God's people, it is important to individually search the scriptures to prove what we hear. Let us be like the Bereans. The book of Hebrews shows how Christ fulfilled the role of high priest that had been carried out by the physical descendants of Aaron under the Old Covenant. The rules governing the priesthood were changed under the New Covenant, so that now we can approach the Father any time, without needing to offer a sacrifice or any of the rituals that Ancient Israel had to perform under the Old Covenant.

True wisdom ultimately comes from God. We are responsible for seeking after wisdom, and as God's people we should be growing in wisdom continually. There are a number of pillars to developing wisdom that we should be incorporating into our lives. Unwillingness to forgive will ultimately keep us out of the Kingdom of God. It is imperative that we learn to forgive.

Forgiving will bring us peace and enable us to have closer relationships with God and each other. It takes a long time to build a good reputation and only a moment to lose it. A good name is a choice that we make, day by day, with every decision. Our words, example, and how we conduct our lives determine our reputation. As the people of God, we need to not only uphold our own good name, but we should bring glory to God in the way we live.

Giving thanks is an important part of our worship. It's not enough to just feel thankful, but we must express that thanks. In times of trial we can either focus on the negative or focus on the blessings that we do have. We are admonished to give thanks for everything.

The Father and Son have emotions, and we can look to scripture to see their perfect examples of how to express them. While on Earth, Christ wept, had compassion, loved, grieved, rejoiced, and was angry. These emotions were balanced with His love and wisdom. We shouldn't try to avoid being emotional, but should seek to live in a balanced way.

Emotions are an essential part of our spiritual lives. God has a plan for all of us. In the long-term, God is bringing many sons to glory. For each of us individually, His plan is that we lead lives that bring glory to Him, that we seek Him, learn humility and bear fruit. When we examine scripture to find God's will for our lives, we need to make sure we don't take the verses out of context. We should be ordering our time such that we are pursuing the things of God and growing in spiritual wisdom.

When we put God first, we'll receive the blessing of God's involvement in our lives.

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And her cubs were killed also. The entire Four Corners is in the worst stage of drought and ready to burn. Drought monitor current map: He said the strategy made overly optimistic assumptions about how fast grizzly numbers are growing, which could prove disastrous if conditions change unexpectedly.

Well, brace yourselves — it was a wolf! The main reason is because to the north, Wyoming aims to limit wolves to the northwest corner of the state. Outside of the designated areas — 88 percent of the state — wolves are considered predatory and can be killed without consequence, which has kept the animals from migrating to Colorado. I would love this, if Colorado would step up to be the progressive Western state that it could really be. But Wenk recently told the Associated Press that he was being forced out of his job.

When that will happen remains unclear. I hope they take the wolves out of Idaho, Wyoming, Montana or Alaska out of those hostile, nasty, irresponsible states. Ontario, Michigan, and Minnesota would be better. Local genes, and less transporting. Also, we have more. How hostile or responsible we are remains to be seen — not that I think we can outperform those first 3 states. Wolves that know about moose might be good.

Studies of all kinds of exposures have been going on for years in both Europe and the US. Giant paper came out May 1. There are meta-analysis papers out there too. Did I mention ignorance? If anyone feels so moved to email that to the contest officials: Some good news on the Zinke front: NOW…back to business as usual: Turns out, humans are their most deadly predator.

They are beautiful birds. But to kill one just because she was there, and near a nest as well, is just pathetic. I just cannot imagine the mindset of the kind of person who would do that. Despite the fact that this clown is from my resident state, I really dislike how all his actions are underhanded, shady and morally suspect.

Researchers can upload images taken from the field, but a significant source of data comes from scraping sites like Flickr and YouTube for pictures and videos that people post from trips like whale watching tours and safaris. I wondered if maybe plant impacts could still be altered a bit. How about partly or even mostly bites the dust? Wildlife killing contests are still legal throughout much of the United States. How sad to have a life so devoid of meaning that taking the lives of others is somehow satisfying.

Especially in modern times when there is absolutely no reason for these throwback activities except killing. These may have started out because of farming and ranching, and religious and other superstition in the cases of wolves and rattlesnakes, but in modern times, we should be well beyond this kind of meaningless brutality.

I absolutely love snakes and have never feared them but I do have a healthy respect for them if they are venomous. They are such interesting critters and I hope to have the good fortune to see or hear a rattlesnake in the wild one day. We have them on the East Coast, the timber rattlesnake. Yes, they are awesome. Park, and that snake was a whopper. You promised that process would not be repeated, and yet here we are. Jeff Darrah of Montana Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife said his organization looked forward to an opportunity to hunt grizzlies.

Grizzly bears are very different. For one thing, their rate of reproduction is very slow. And there have been lots and lots of mistakes with wolf hunting, and going over quota.

Oh, I can hardly wait for August, when all of this bluster by the sportsmen will be blown down by a judge. If the bears are hunted too and over-zealously, they could be relisted is what I meant.

Those have not changed to objectives. We just changed the strategy to say objectives. What kind of hocus-pocus is that? There do seem to be loopholes big enough to drive a semi through.

We conflate, however, different functions of our adulthood: For them, our 2 functions of adulthood are separated. Short-tailed weasels highlight a different way of splitting what we call adulthood.

This is the same time of year that their mothers come into estrus. A male that breeds with a mother also breeds with her daughters. Short-tails have an approx month delayed implantation and, therefore, the youngsters give birth to their first litters when they reach their first birthdays and have reached adult size.

Are 6-week-old short-tail females adults? Mayflies are really pretty. How violent, really turns my stomach. We need to open up a niche. I support complete extirpation of mutes in MI. They are feral semi-domesticated aliens, and are bad for trumpeter resurgence, which is a remarkable story of us succeeding at recovering a nearly extinct native species.

Four little greyish fluffballs swimming close to their parents. But I do believe that as evolved humans, violently killing wildlife is not something humane people do, especially since the mute swans were brought here by us. Mass killing off of living things and mass poisoning of non-native plants to go back to some arbitrary point in time is not only no longer feasible, but inhumane.

Swine were brought here by us. We are trying to save plants and animals from going extinct, but the way you are talking extinction of species is unimportant — we should do nothing. And right now if federal protections were removed, it would not be illegal by tribal law to kill a grizzly for any reason.

That definitely needs to be changed before the bears are delisted. For the federal agencies, these are areas you may not have built into your thinking. To them it may not be very important. It appeared to me that Dr. Chris Servheen can speak a little more freely about the best for the grizzlies as well, now that he is no longer constrained? This was on my local news last night. In a time of advancing climate change, does anyone, anywhere really believe that cutting down more trees and burning wood is a reasonable alternative?

Thank goodness for disgruntled exes. This is why it is impossible to know how many animals are lost to poaching, and I would think, to account for that loss in any meaningful way. Yes, it brings tears to the eyes. Why kill some of the small and fragile population? A nicely-done YouTube video is embedded below that examines the dams vs. Sometimes I think he is the only one who cares:. Video accompanies the article.

I just wanted to add that my milkweed plants have flowered. They are the common milkweed, smell wonderful, and I have several types of bees visiting. Cellphone and work records showed they were not where their compensation forms claimed they were on the days they bagged coyotes.

Ninety-five were actually killed in Nevada by other people. The new app will fix the fraud. Perhaps the bounty is just a performance by managers, and effectiveness is largely irrelevant. My DNR and state and federal government do it. If you love coyotes, you HAVE to see this photo! Nice nature photos too. My milkweed Shangri-la has had honeybees, bumblebees, saw a Monarch yesterday, a fritillary, a black swallowtail of some kind.

And a monarch, no less. I hope things will get better. It reminds me of how quickly rivers can repair themselves, or the relationship between prairie grasses and bison.

I will stand against all of the radical environmentalists and beat them into extinction. All has been quiet on the Western front! The article I read made note of the home being on the ever-shifting boundary between development and wilderness. Yet, collectively, these weather events begin to accumulate. No call for a June wood stove fire to take a bit of nip out of the air.

We are just entering July, the warmest month of the year. As more strong T storms begin to move in, the lush green of deciduous vegetation seems more indicative of land miles south of here. The ubiquitous mosquito is as ever ubiquitous. However, biting flies like deer flies seem to have appeared a month early and in exceedingly large numbers.

During my years up by the Canadian border, I have never experienced the number of deer flies hitch hiking inside on the dog. We consider ourselves leaders in this area of environmental preservation so we wanted to make sure that we were doing all we can. Residents are asked to remove or secure food attractants such as garbage and bird feeders and bird seed. Good grief, it is not enough to ASK! There needs to be laws with teeth—fines and ultimately jail time. I hope a tally is being taken and submitted in August.

I think it has no affect on quotas. More than near Yellowstone. Includes a link to the bill. When has that ever happened? So the bird would not be delisted, sage grouse conservationists took the word of those who said they would support a plan. For though the world has stood up and stopped the bastard, the bitch that bore him is in heat again.

At least it is only temporary? Putting this article out there for East Coast urbanites is a huge thing. There are some good comments too. But, it did appear slightly condescending to Dr. That I did not appreciate. He had the courage to speak out, and that to me has done big things about that Old Gang of theirs in the West. Someone had to speak out. Just read that and came to post it here, but see you and Jeff N already had.

I have not kept up on the papers — too busy with CWD and deer, and work. I did notice this paper earlier in the year. What a gorgeous bear! There was a story recently about a man who climbed over an enclosure fence and walked right up to a herd of bison.

The article called it an attack by the bison. Mountain bike riders who crash into unsuspecting bears is called an attack by the bear.

Apparently, a wild animal is supposed to stop whatever they are doing, yield and bow their heads when a human being walks by:. There was an incident in TN where a man climbed an enclosure fence and walked up to a herd of bison to pet them, and it was called an attack by the bison:. The media needs to change some of those old ideas in their reporting. The numbers are staggering…even anecdotally its hard to ignore but yet trophy hunters still excusing their vile habit and wildlife agencies ignoring and legalizing contest hunting, trapping, snaring and other unconsionable wildlife management efforts!

Rob Bishop at it again, trying to dismantle the ESA little bu little through no judicial review riders and other creepy tricks. This jerk is the chair of the Natural Resources Committee. Apologies if this was already posted. Read it and weep. Learning abilities are a vital component of the search for food in bees, because individuals must remember what type of flowers to visit, where to find them, which flowers they have recently drained of nectar, and how to find the way back to the hive.

Here are the differences between the hyper-partisan House Farm Bill includes a give-away to pesticide industry and the Senate version:.

It also struck me as fake news because there has been an uptick in pitchfork handle banging on the meeting room floors about delisting the wolves lately, in WA. A special study to locate those elusive varmints in the South Cascades. Are budgets really that strapped that they can only send in one person into wilderness, alone?

There was a story recently about a bear researcher going into the Cabinet Mountains alone, who was attacked by a bear. At any rate, the responsibility lies solely on the human being, who should not have gone in alone, should be able to prepare by finding out about the wildlife, in this case the location of a known wolf pack with radio collared members, and know their den site s? An ordinary person could make this mistake, but not a researcher, a scientist! And do these ranchers really think they can clear the landscape of wolves?

Not much has changed in years, has it. I will continue to walk, fish, hunt, or whatever, alone in areas with black bear and wolves. The risk is tiny — so quit making a big deal of it. Note that I did not mention grizzlies. Even for injuries non-related to wildlife, it is not a good idea to go out into wilderness alone. All the data suggests that a person should go with at least someone for safety reasons. If someone is injured, the wildlife will be blamed should there be a dangerous or fatal encounter, so it is selfish, and conditions are always changing and sometimes unpredictable in the wild.

One can take precautions, like letting someone know where you are going… otherwise as per your rationale, why take the chance of getting out of bed in the morning.

We all have to die sometime. Many people have been lost, the so-called experienced hikers, and the inexperienced, depending on what time of year they go, etc. Any wild animal could be dangerous and unpredictable in the right circumstance. Then you disqualify everyone who actually lives in the woods where wolves, bears, etc also reside. But people should not be living where wildlife resides IMO, nor too close to that shifting border, because of fires and the over-riding and overbearing hierarchy of people.

Unless people living in these remote areas have a dramatic attitude shift — meaning not leaving food and garbage out, not adequately protecting livestock, not cutesifying grizzlies and black bears by feeding, etc. Court proceedings on YouTube: Typically, they remove invasive weeds and build stock ponds that could be used by wildlife, he said.

A really rather unfortunate title for this article, since it applies to all of the animals, especially the migratory, exposed to high levels of the radiation from a nuclear disaster, and should have been an obvious conclusion from the get-go.

Which was why I was a little more restrained when all of the happy reports of the amazing wildlife recovery around Chernobyl were coming out. There could possibly be genetic damage. But instead of condemning the overwhelming risks vs. People cannot go in these dangerously high radiation areas now, so it must be confounding:. As the state prepares for its first legal grizzly hunt in years, animal advocates clash with hunting interests and state wildlife managers.

I have a little hummingbird who has been resting on my porch rail off and on all day. He seems fine and flying back and forth to the feeder, and the nesting area where the birds have been nesting for years. Tree frogs climbing on your screens? How cool is that?!? Our hummers black chinned continue to be terrorized by the ever-present Rufous who guards the feeders with such fervor that the food goes bad before anyone can drink it. Burgess, urging him to void the land swap signed Jan.

A bit of environmental history… https: I expected this back during the W years. I did as much as I could, while performing public outreach and ed, to dial people in about the ESA and what it says, means, and why we have it.

I hope those folks are helping fight this. Critics allege it is a scientifically unsound and illegal attempt to boost mule deer fawn survival rates and, therefore, mule deer populations.

Here is an article from the Missoulian about a wolverine family caught on a trail camera in the Sapphire Mountains east of Missoula.

I have to ask, is the proposed grizzly hunt a one-time thing? Because I cannot for the life of me understand how they can justify another hunt the following year although I am sure they will find a way.

If only one female bear in Idaho and Wyoming is all that they say can be lost now, what could they possibly do another year? It announces the enormity of the consequences of climate change. Life will never be the same again…. We humans are informed by instruments, computers, satellites, and sensors roaming the globe, telling us epochal upheaval is under way.

But every functioning ecosystem, every living array of biological complexity, has even more adept sensors. Wilderness has no reasoning, no wishes, no preferences. Instead, it deploys death and fire to prepare the way for whatever is to come. But most will never give up their gas guzzlers, big houses, and appetite for meat, or even cut down on it all. This is terrible now, but the Democrats were weak. Your email address will not be published.

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Sermon also raises the question, who is the God of the Old Testament? God is more merciful than we can imagine. We sin over and over again, and He doesn't immediately nail us. Instead He extends grace and divine love and favor. God's mercy toward us should inspire us to be merciful to those around us. We enter the Feast of Unleavened Bread clean; now we need to move on to become pure. We need to take care that our beliefs are based on the Bible rather than tradition, and always be open to scriptural teaching.

We have earned the death penalty, and have no way of paying that penalty ourselves. The Father redeemed us with the sacrifice of Christ's life. With our sins forgiven, we're freed from the bondage of sin and are free to serve God. Having the knowledge of God won't do a bit of good if we don't apply what we know.

We show the world we're followers of God by our love. Part of showing love is edifying one another, which is building each other up. Being doers of the Word makes us children of God. As the spring Holy Days approach, God's people begin their annual self-examination.

We all lead in various ways, and how we do that is one of the areas we need to look at. Christ demonstrated many examples of how to be a true leader; this message explores three of those areas. The threads of scripture follow from the beginning to the end of the Bible as we look at the plan of salvation. The continuity even appears in the numbering of events. The number "3" appears over and over in the portrayals of Passover, and this messages looks at some of them.

The "tree of life" represents an offer to be included in the "the book of life. The purpose of our calling is to pursue the will of God. In times of trials, God can see whether we will do His will or not. Our plans must be designed within the framework of God's Way. He will give us the strength we need to do what He wants. The word "creator" is only used a few times in scripture.

We are admonished to "Remember our Creator", so we need to know Who it is we are to remember. Our life decisions should be based on the Word of God. The Bible provides a framework upon which to build our life successfully.

The fate of the thief crucified next to Christ is examined in this sermon. The conditions one must meet in order to be in the first resurrection and receive salvation are also discussed. We are his sons and daughters, and He, as our Father, is intimately involved in our lives.

Every day God's people have the opportunity to acknowledge God by making right choices. Failing to recognize God's power and majesty is part of denying God.

So is setting a bad example. Putting God first is paramount. Not doing so will result in eternal death. Even though our physical bodies may be deteriorating as we age, our spiritual condition should be improving and growing stronger continuously. God's names and titles reveal His position of power and authority, as well as His eternal and unchanging existence. They reveal His many unique characteristics and qualities, which we must learn to depend on in this Christian life.

We are to be striving to have the same unity of Spirit that the Father and the Son have, to love as Christ loved us. We must choose respect, choose unity, choose to do good. That our opinions may differ does NOT mean we can't be united and live in peace. Christians need to endure to the end. A large part of that is patiently continuing to do good works.

Positive expectations, looking at service to God as a blessing, and continually walking forward doing good will enable us to arrive in the Kingdom. The Christian life is to be one of service, whether it's convenient or not. We need to look beyond ourselves, notice needs and fill them. Our job is to help each other grow. We have an obligation to care for others as the opportunity and needs arise.

This message contains practical tips on how to more effectively love our neighbor. We are to watch out for our brethren. Developing relationships with those in the Church is foundational to being able to properly care for them. There are several ways in which we can effectively be "our brother's keeper". Being led by God's Spirit goes beyond just having the Holy Spirit reside in us. It includes actively walking according to God's will. If we're led by the Spirit, we'll also be close to God and know what His will is.

We are to "work out our own salvation with fear and trembling" - do our part. Then we are to "be anxious for nothing" - we can absolutely trust God to do His part. God loves and values us; He will always catch us and care for us. If we do what is right, submit to God and do His will, even when it's not easy or not what we want, then we will arrive at justice, mercy and faith. We can have no regrets for past sins that have been forgiven.

God is most concerned about the end results of our life rather than the process. The result of righteousness is where God wants us to be. Just as we need regular physical washing, we need continual spiritual washing. The first step to becoming clean is baptism. From there we need to constantly be washed by the blood of Christ; with God's help we'll become the spotless bride of Christ.

The New Testament contains many quotes from the Old Testament, which are then expounded upon and clarified. Our knowledge of God and Christ can grow if we look up the Old Testament references given in the New and see what the entire passage says.

Abraham knew God; we need to as well. God gives us what we need when we need it. Our part is to put Him first, prepare as best we can through prayer and study and meditation.

Then we must trust and depend on Him to provide what we still lack after we've done what we should. The Jubilee was proclaimed on the Day of Atonement. It pointed to the future, when all Israel will be restored to their land and reconciled to God. In order for that to happen and for true peace, Satan must be bound.

The releasing of Satan at the end of the years is not a mistake but a vital part of God's Plan. All must be tested to see if they'll truly go God's Way. All must choose life every day, and not become complacent or caught up in the lusts of the flesh.

Assembling before God on His Holy Days is not optional; it's commanded. These days are holy because His presence is in them. We are coming before the Great King when we assemble, and we must conduct ourselves accordingly, with reverence and a proper fear of the Lord. The Feast of Trumpets heralds both good and bad news. Ultimately, Christ's government will be established on earth, but quite a bit of trauma precedes that wonderful event.

Our relationship with God determines where we'll end up when the events of this day are fulfilled. Having a sound mind is one of the attributes of God's Spirit. Delusions can ensnare us and compromise our sound-mindedness. We must test and prove the information that comes our way and make sure that what goes into our minds is sure and accurate.

The books of the Bible are incredibly unified in their theme and message, even through the entirety of the text was written by around 40 different authors from all walks of life over a time span of years.

Why and how the Bible is unified is examined in this message. This amazing book was written by man, inspired by God, that we may study it and become complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Misunderstandings often exist because of the way the word "Ekklesia" is translated in scripture. Translating that word as "church" causes people to think of a physical entity instead of a spiritual entity, while translating "ekklesia" as "assembly" would more accurately communicate. Several places in the Bible are examined where our understanding can be skewed because of the incorrect use of "church" rather than "assembly".

If we live life with a positive expectation, we'll be healthier physically and spiritually. Fear will suffocate us, love will liberate us - we must choose love. In order to effectively reach out and communicate with people, we need to first understand their culture and find a way to connect that they'll understand. The apostle Paul did this, and we must as well. Living God's Word and being reconciled with each other are major parts of our calling.

To properly live this way requires that we do justly, love mercy, and have faith. We're called to labor in the word; God's word is truth, so this is very important. Swagerty examines a few of the Old Testament references contained in the book of Romans, and in so doing demonstrates how to search the scriptures as we ought. In times of trial and loss, we must not allow ourselves to become angry and bitter; anger held can end up being directed at God.

Instead we must reach for forgiveness and move on with life. When tragedy strikes, we need to reach out and help. God cares for the widows and those in need; so must we. We must develop relationships so we can better serve each other and effectively turn our compassion into action. Our first love must be the truth. We must primarily look to God's word, not what man says about God's word. Man's word can certainly be helpful but our first focus must be the scripture itself.

Where is the line where a person's salvation will be lost? What if we lose our first love? As God's people, we should spend time laboring in God's word to better understand Him. By studying diligently, we learn to rightly divide the word of truth. Grace is a key part of understanding salvation.

Although obedience is necessary, grace is something we can never earn; it is God's gift to us. A plant goes through a maturing process to be able to bear fruit. Likewise, we also go through a spiritual maturing process and must bear fruit to be a part of God's Kingdom. Graduation shows that we have attained a certain level of maturity.

One way to know that we have attained maturity is when we choose the most important thing over the thing that we most want. The living and true God is over everything. Always trust, as we glorify God, that for His Name's sake He will deliver us. The foundation for the new testament is found in the old testament. One of the ways we can see the continuity of the Bible is that the principles Jesus taught in the beatitudes are found in the pages of the old testament.

It is popular to have your own opinion on many matters. As people of God, our opinions should be based on the timeless word of God. We cannot be slaves to both sin and righteousness at the same time. The Days of Unleavened Bread point to the fact that we must choose righteousness and God's way over all else. The spring Holy Days remind us that we must eliminate sin from lives - meaning we must make changes.

Lasting change involves removing sin and living righteously. Trusting in God is different than having faith in God. God typically shows us His power and then leads us to a place where we have to trust Him; a Red Sea, or a mountain. We have to learn to be at peace as these trials come along, and rely on God.

We should take special consideration at this time of year for what has been done for us by Jesus Christ, and the implications of it. We have a very high calling. We need to repent and be reconciled to God. We are also supposed to be reconciled to each other. God reached out to us without waiting for us to move toward Him; likewise, we need to be willing to bridge the gap that exists in our human relationships.

Penance and repentance are two very different things. Penance is a pagan concept in which people punish themselves in an attempt to pay for their sins or to compel God to respond. We can do neither - nothing we do will ever compel God to respond to us nor will we ever pay for our sins. Christ's sacrifice covers our sins; when we repent and draw close to Him, God extends grace and mercy. As Passover approaches, preparation must not only include examining ourselves in comparison with the standards set by God.

We must follow through and act on what we've discovered - set sustainable goals and make changes. The mercy seat is not God's chair, but is part of the footstool of His throne.

The word seat represents God's act of mercy in accepting the atoning sacrifice of the blood of Jesus Christ for our redemption and covering of our sins. We are to bow down and worship before God's throne, humbling ourselves at His feet offering our sacrifices of service.

Any sprinter can run up to the head of the pack and be winning for a moment. We have to endure to the end and always put God first in our heart, mind, and soul. Swagerty reflects on this Christian walk: God watches to see how we handle and care for what He's given us: How we conduct our lives says something about our character. We need to remember that we are serving God and let that show in all we do.

Highlights of Africa trip. Mickelson admonished us to use all of God's Words. It sounds simple, but we often listen to other people tell us about God's Word, rather than studying it for ourselves. God is building His spiritual family and our relationships with one another should reflect Godly characteristics.

The book of Hebrews is a comprehensive treatise explaining the difference between the old and new covenants. The covenants are compared and contrasted, and the new covenant is shown to be better in every way. This should encourage us to look to Christ and choose right. The story flow of the bible can be divided into 7 parts historically. Swagerty looks at the portion of history from the creation of Adam and Eve through the time of the patriarchs and points out lessons that we can learn along the way.

If Christ examined your spiritual house today, would He find it in order? Mark Mickelson examines areas in which we must clean up our lives. Faulty reasoning leads to sin. Gail Allwine enumerates approaches to more effective Bible Study so that we will gain a much more complete, accurate understanding of Scripture.

Unity is more important to God than we realize. The Father and Christ have perfect unity, and we must strive to resolve differences and work together for unity in the Church, in our families, and in all our relationships. During Jesus' ministry He displayed zeal for His Father's house by cleansing the temple.

As Christians today we are the temple of God. We must be zealous to cleanse our hearts, minds and actions to be that vessel for holiness which God desires. We must not only put sin out, we must replace it with good. We are accountable for what we know and understand; actively look for ways to do good. Reach out to others and serve.

Our ultimate goal is to become like Christ. Dan Deininger examines 7 areas on which we need to focus. In 2 Peter 3: We desire blessings and gifts from God. God requires that we also give willingly. In part God actually measures His gifts to us while considering what we have given to others. Our will is usually pretty physically focused. We need to desire the things of God first, over our own comfort and convenience. God does not give us any commands that we are unable to fulfil; we never need to compromise in our obedience to Him.

Our spiritual examination should continue throughout the year to ensure that we will be counted worthy at the return of Jesus Christ. Correction is often times necessary for our growth. How do we handle giving and receiving correction from different sources including God and man?

Close personal friendships, such as that experienced by David and Jonathan, are very rare in this life. Components of having this friendship include loving each other and putting God first. God is holy, and we are to become holy, too.

Treating what is sacred in a profane, casual manner earned the death penalty in ancient Israel. God gives stewardship of His creation and will hold each of us individually accountable for how we fulfill our responsibilities. We must take care to correctly understand which person each scriptural reference applies to. We should have a healthy fear of the consequences of living outside the fences God provides for us.

God wants all men to be saved, but not all men will be saved. All the knowledge we need for salvation is in the scripture. Be grateful for your calling and what God has revealed to you in His Word. We must learn to have God at the center of our focus. Our lives should revolve around honoring God in all our choices.

This sermon was given on the Feast of Pentecost. Terry Swagerty compares physical farming with our spiritual lives and draws lessons from that comparison. Make sure that you value the birthright associated with being a firstfruit in the Kingdom of God.

Do not let anything else cause you to sell it cheaply like Esau did with his birthright. What lessons can we draw about God's perspective on growing His family during this season of graduation? In the midst of trials and test, Christians must not lose focus on the Kingdom of God.

God commands that we honor those who have responsibility and authority. God has given responsibility and authority to our parents. We must show them honor and respect as long as they live. The only true God John: They have always worked together that way and they will continue forever in that relationship. The Supreme God, the Father, is our savior. His Son, Jesus Christ, is also our savior as well. They are each referenced repeatedly throughout the bible in context of working and being together in unity as one.

We talk about doing the work but, in reality, we are the work and it is God and Jesus Christ who are actually doing it.

We need to look to God in faith and learn to trust His will. The Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread remind us of the price that was paid to bring us out of this world and into a reconciled relationship with God. In light of so great a sacrifice, our response must be to live lives of sacrifice before God and our fellow man.

Rather than complaining when difficulties arise, we must count our blessings and align our lives more fully with the will of God. This sermon was given on the First Day of Unleavened Bread. Peace in this world comes through resolution of difficulties and having our needs met. God gives those who completely surrender to Him peace in the midst of trials. God kept watch over Israel as they left Egypt and rejoiced. Jesus Christ was the Rock that led Israel to appear before God.

Christ worships God through His service and sacrifice and following His lead we also worship God the Father through our service and sacrifice. Adds to our scriptural understanding of the relationship of God, our Father, "of whom are all things" with Jesus Christ, our Lord and Brother, "through whom are all things" along with further clarification of John: In your Christian life, it is essential that your foundational understanding and thinking be based on the word of God, not the words of man about God's word.

The heroes of faith focused on the Kingdom. We must trust that God has our best interests in heart, and serve Him no matter what. Eating of the wrong tree can bring instant gratification but it also brings sorrow, pain, and death. Eating of the Tree of Life takes work and self-control but the rewards are well worth it.

The Bible contains all the information necessary for salvation. Mike Iiams summarizes some of the key action items Christians must put into practice in their journey to the Kingdom of God. There are no quick fixes or secret formulas. Even the most skilled relay runners can have problems and end up losing a race because they mess up when passing the baton to the next runner.

There are several key components to successfully passing the baton and completing the race. God and Christ are one in a way that is hard for us to even image. We are supposed to draw nearer to God in such a way that we can actually partake of that oneness. We are capable of sinning all by ourselves, without satan. Prayer is one of the tools we use in our worship of God and to build a relationship with Him.

We need to worship God as Christ taught. We live in a society that tends to diminish the role of God the Father in salvation and that can impact our perspective as well. As the Assembly called by the Father, we must recognize Him as supreme, and also recognize the role He plays in our spiritual lives today. Greg Czech expounds on 4 things we can use to test our words and thoughts and bring them into line with what God would have.

In this increasingly hurried and busy world, it can be difficult to take time out to think and digest things. As with prayer and Bible study, meditation is a spiritual tool that we must make time for and build into our lives. This sermon introduces the Deuteronomy 6 United Youth Instruction program being implemented by the church.

God commands that each person learn God's way and live it in such a way that we internalize it into our own hearts through our experiences.

Each person is ultimately responsible for their own salvation. In addition to being responsible for ourselves, God also commands that we teach His way to our children and guide them so they may also wisely choose the way of salvation. There are several steps to purify and refine copper ore or any ore into a refined pure metal. God portrays the process of conversion as being like metal that is being purified and refined.

Our part is to live life being purified and refined through the process of our choices in obedience to God. After 50 years, man's predictions about when Christ will return have fallen through. But what has remained and always will remain is the spiritual things of God. We are instructed to build the church and focus on being fit building materials so we can become members of God's family when Christ does return.

After 50 years, many things have changed but one thing has not - God's instruction to His people to do the work. There will be a spiritual fulfillment to the physical temple Israel had. The heroes of faith focused on that spiritual temple and the New Jerusalem. We, too, must have a godly focus, choose to bear fruit and make godly choices. We need to examine our relationship with the material. This culture tends to seek external things in an effort to solve internal problems.

Truly putting God first will help us get our priorities straight and help us be much happier. We must live by every word of God, hold on to these precious truths, and pull together as a Church.

When the seventh trumpet sounds, the ekklesia called out ones or spiritual Israelites will rise to meet Christ in the air but the physical Israelites will also be gathered back to their homeland as God promised.

God is merciful and just when he deals with mankind and understanding the ultimate fulfillment of the Holy Days gives us hope and clarity in uncertain times.

In order to become a member of the family of God, we need to have a spiritual change of heart. We need to constantly work on purifying our hearts so that we can become more like Him.

We must take care not to be influenced and deceived by demons and false teachers. We must look to God and contend for the faith being led by God's Spirit. Remember, the converted yet foolish virgins through lack of commitment suffered the shipwreck of rejection.

God, the Father, wants children, and is building His family. Much focus is traditionally given to Jesus Christ, but the ultimate end of the promise is that we are the children of the Father. It is enlightening to see how this is laid out in the Bible. The trials that we experience are given to us by God to deepen our understanding. Do not make the Kingdom of God the deadline by which you decide to live God's way.

Wake up now and redeem the time so that when Christ returns, you will be found ready. A garden should be a reminder of the processes of God.

We have the opportunity to be firstfruits in the kingdom of God - the real garden of God. Will Christ return to find you faithful to Him? Avoid these four enemies of faith to make sure He does. The symbols of Passover are fulfilled not only in the death of Jesus Christ but also in the Kingdom of God.

The handiwork of God is evident throughout all of God's creation but most importantly in us. When we have doubts and frustrations we should look at the creation and be reminded that we have the opportunity to be children of God in the Kingdom. The testimony of Abel is that we are not righteous of ourselves and that we have to live by faith. Regardless of whether we in our human perspective understand why something is happening, God always knows what He is doing.

How does God's power, the Holy Spirit, come into us? Iiams presents 7 points to remind us of how the Holy Spirit is given. God's work in us is accomplished by His power - the Holy Spirit - and not by our own strength. How well we are able to stand firm in times of trials is dependent on how well we know God. The Song of Solomon is a pure, innocent look at the Godly institution of marriage and love, but it also contains a warning to us in the end time.

Mary lived a difficult life yet remained focused on God. She remained a virtuous woman in spite of the many challenges and losses she experienced. The highest, best reason for obedience is to give God glory. We represent God and Christ; we must live our lives accordingly and do all for the glory of God. If we can truly understand God and trust Him to do His part while we do our part, we will be well on our way to having peace.

True peace is a gift from God. The law acts as a safety net, to keep us physically and spiritually safe. This society pressures us to set aside godly values. Envy hurts us both physically and spiritually. Rather than envy others, we need to rejoice in their successes, and replace envy with love.

The destructive power of envy is well documented in scripture. To serve God we must understand Him versus what satan wants us to do, and we need to understand ourselves. We need to come to know God well enough that we can truly trust Him in uncomfortable situations. Our understanding of God and His Word will grow as we study the Bible. We need to come to the point where we can truly thank God for all that has happened in our lives, good and bad, recognizing that God is completely in charge and is working everything out for our ultimate good.

As we endure until the end, we must continue to do good works, overcome, choose not to be offended, and look to God. Offenses can cause us to stumble and turn aside; looking to God rather than to man can help us avoid those and continue on the path to the Kingdom.

God has extended special favor, which enables us to have redemption. Grace is foundational in our relationship with God and each other. Czech gives several pointers for growing in grace. To be holy, do what God says from the heart. God is good, and His will is perfect. Realize fully that God is in control. Moody gives several keys to staying the course. Sexton looks at the conditions immediately before World War I and compares them with the present age.

As we go through the difficult times that are coming, we must look to God and keep our garments white. Life is about working and accomplishing things in a productive way, which should be a rejoicing. In general, instant gratification is not in our best interest spiritually.

Whether or not something is boring depends on our attitude and approach. We must trust God through all our experiences and maintain a relationship with Him. The physical items in the physical tabernacle and temple have spiritual counterparts in the lives of Christians today.

Moody details a number of those items. Our relationship with God is strengthened as we make right choices. As the bride of Christ, we can makes ourselves ready and truly live happily ever after.

God is supreme, His will and purpose are perfect and complete. Suffering for doing good is actually a blessing and a growth opportunity, whether it feels like it or not. We need to be able to distinguish between what is just tradition and what is the actual truth of God. Physical treasure has the potential to be an obstacle to following God. Christians should use their physical blessings to pursue the Kingdom of God and be a blessing to those around them.

Above all physical treasure, we should treasure things that are important to God. This message was given on the Feast of Pentecost.

It is possible for us to quench the Holy Spirit in the Church as well as in ourselves. Deininger gives several pointers on how we can stir up the Holy Spirit as we should. But those melt-in-your-mouth gems have no real connection to Mormon church president Brigham Young, who built the house years ago for his plural wives and children. Russell Ballard will be a keynote speaker at next month's meeting of the World Congress of Families, an international organization billing itself as "the largest gathering of pro-family advocates in the world," the group announced Tuesday.

Improve the lives of women and watch the world improve as well, says top female Mormon leader Salt Lake Tribune - Utah November 13, - Relevance: President Uchtdorf, who was present during the traditional cornerstone ceremony, called on the assistance of local Latter-day Saints and Church leaders to join the ceremonious completion of the temple. Hansen, of La Canada, Calif. Clarke checked the sales figures of his newly formatted version of "Jane Austen: Did this biography get selected by a Salt Lake book club, school, or an Austen group in that region or were there other factors involved?

While society has shifted away from the culture and morals of Jane Austen's world, Latter Day Saints still believe in abstinence before marriage and complete fidelity afterwards, as well as the idea that women are inherently different from men--although for us, it is Equal but different.

The former Minnesota governor's six-minute video explaining the importance and impact of the Christian faith to him and his wife Mary is something new, and it gives voters a glimpse of something real and substantive about Pawlenty, while drawing contrasts with each of the other Republican candidates in the race. I assumed I would be alone if they knew the real me.

In one page volume is the most complete compilation of facts and statistics arranged to tell the greatest story in the world. Williams was growing up, the miniseries "Roots" had a profound impact on her. The Web site features a wide range of documents that give insight into the experience of Americans during the War. It's a Mormon moment in new film about the faith NJ. And while most of the growth is attributable to an ingenious process of missioning young members all over the world, a blockbuster Broadway show keeps the Mormons in the spotlight.

I found a federal census record listing his great-grandfather's family — John Cullen Nevin and his wife Martha — living in Lodi in She's calm and at peace, but she doesn't just do good deeds and serve others; she actually shouts Hallelujah from high atop the Manti Temple Hill dressed in a gown of silvery white.

She dances and sings praises before an audience of thousands for 10 days every summer. We've all had encounters with young Mormon missionaries who fan out by the thousands across the world, but in my experience these missionaries, at least when you first meet them, aren't always keen to delineate the specifics of their faith. Family changing the world — one nativity at a time Deseret News - Utah November 29, - Relevance: I remember what I was doing when God spoke to me and said, 'You can do more,'" said the Mormon husband and father.

I didn't even watch it on TV. I'm doing the real Mormon pioneer thing next week. My editor - who has never liked me - assigned me and two other Tribune unfortunates to an LDS handcart trek. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has something to do with that, as do the acclaimed HBO series Big Love chronicling a fictional polygamist family that splits from its traditionalist Mormon roots and the real-life trial of polygamist Warren Jeffs.

People have the usual questions. What do Mormons believe? Are they really Christians? How many wives do they have, anyway? Keeping it all in the family The Oregonian December 4, - Relevance: Kirk Werhane, Mitch Mathews and Trevor Harman -- sophomores on the team -- had watched their older brothers play their last game for the Skyhawks. Their playoff run was exhilarating, but the ending was harsh. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, pp. Mormonism is global, but is it a 'world religion'? August 1, - Relevance: Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Yes, our own spirit of Christmas can be ours each and every day of our lives. We can be part of the solution to problems of the world as we live in accord with the teachings of the Creator of the world.

But the landmark that's most important to her is the Manhattan New York Temple. Karen works as an event planner in one of the most event-full places in the world. The demands and pace of her work are intense. The temple is the place where she goes to find peace in a high-pressure world. It is the place where she finds spiritual growth and comfort through serving as an ordinance worker. When Sister Wadsworth found herself raising 10 children on a large farm in Winnemucca, Nevada, she realized that Heavenly Father had a different plan for her.

The land is on the corner of First South and Fourth East. Latter-day Saints living in the United Arab Emirates participated in the conference, in which speakers addressed the topic: It was years ago at the October general conference that the as-yet-unfinished organ made its public debut. The thrill seeker in me bought into the idea in a millisecond.

The pageant was a difficult task; we met weekly and learned dance numbers and runway walking in gowns and swimsuits, which takes a lot more skill then you'd imagine. I enjoyed the friendships that were forged and continue to watch them flourish. Student may get expelled for list Utah March 9, - Relevance: It is a successful film for many reasons, but none more impressive than its ability to keep you in suspense when you already know the outcome of the story.

The Atlantic May 6, - Relevance: In another time, you'd wonder whether Plouffe was trying to build Huntsman up in order to avoid a tougher opponent, but Plouffe, while occasionally cagey, isn't that cynical. Garrek told one of them to call — this was a real fire, he told them. Here in California, of course, the Franciscan monks trudging up the coastline and establishing missions are seen as the real trekkers.

But I have to salute the battalion. It's hard to throw a stone in California without hitting an historical marker with their name on it. Do you have an interest in learning how to discover your roots? If so, Family Discovery Day is for you and you can attend or watch live from anywhere in the world. The final contest was on a Sunday. But for Mormons, the grand scope and scale of the event is merely backdrop to the real drama taking place in the individual life of each participant.

Real-life Mormons eschew musical satire St. Louis Dispatch - Missouri February 18, - Relevance: This has begun to change, as our two communities have begun to see each other as potential partners in addressing some of the key moral issues in our society.

But dialogue about the very real issues that divide us in understanding our eternal destiny is still a difficult matter. Death can be a sensitive — and for many, sacred — topic. He hopes to build a large housing community near the birthplace and monument honoring the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith.

But when the cannons firing the explosives start pointing at each other, it's even more interesting. In the case of San Bernardino, the battle was more figurative than real, but the tension at one of the city's first Independence Day celebrations in the s did lead to a few skirmishes. The event did not have a lot of precedence.

The holiday had only been significantly marked twice before -- one by little more than a protracted lecture -- by the still fledgling community. Mormons Around the World: Mormon temple opening in Idaho lifts spirits -- and the real estate market, too Associated Press article January 11, - Relevance: If only he could use that in his ads.

So the newspaper published this headline over a recent opinion column: Hooked on family history Oregon December 17, - Relevance: Good Samaritan a great example of kindness in the world NJ. He said that he was of the Mormon faith and quoted Scripture regarding helping others without recompense. He was a truly Good Samaritan and what an example of goodness in the world today.

My brother and I felt so blessed. I went by Sister Amalia's to listen to it last week. She wanted to see if I could find some chords on my guitar to go with it. Realists might have passed it off as short-lived idealism. Cynics might have seen it as a nice excuse to return to the old mission field and see friends.

Mormons store, donate food as part of their faith The Gazette - Colorado November 17, - Relevance: But the real interesting stuff is down the stairs past the family room, in a cramped storage area where the furnace sits amid Christmas boxes and all the other flotsam that families collect. Some have warned Christians to be wary of Beck, not because of his political views but because of his religious affiliation.

He is, they say, not a real Christian. I'm betting, though, that he is. I don't know Mr. Beck personally, but he belongs to the same church I do, and I'm a pretty mainstream member. I'll wager that his beliefs resemble mine. Who says Mormons aren't Christians? CNN October 13, - Relevance: Robert Jeffress, a leading evangelical minister, claimed last Friday that Mormons are not Christians.

Jeffress went on to declare that Mormonism is "a cult," meaning it's not a "real" religion, and he implored his followers to reject Mitt Romney, a Mormon, as a candidate for president because as Jeffress sees it: Despite the growth and gradual mainstreaming of Mormonism in recent years, the church is still regarded by many as disconcertingly exotic. Now, with the very real possibility that one of its own could wind up in the Oval Office, the LDS finds itself scrambling to adjust to life in the global spotlight.

Also, it transformed a band of frightened, worried disciples into a dynamic group of fearless missionaries who changed the world. Is Mitt Romney the real deal?

Market Watch October 20, - Relevance: New York Times August 20, - Relevance: But the proper term for what to call the faith and its followers is a mouthful. In an announcement on Thursday, President Russell M. There have even been former LDS missionaries on reality shows. After watching the entire conference three times, I must report that it did nothing of the sort.

But there's always weather and there's always news. When I was a kid, the minutes crawled by. So much time that I had no idea how to fill it. Or plastic American bricks this was before Legos got to the U. Steven Sandstrom, R-Orem, would stop games of chance, even if nothing of real value is at stake, in the state licensed establishments. The pageant, shown six times for three nights in a row, featured live actors, including a real baby, live animals and even a flying angel.

Sophronia, born in , had the companionship of two kind, gentle older brothers, Alvin and Hyrum. Her little brother, Joseph, was born two and a half years later on Dec.

This event is free and open to the public. It has sold millions of recordings and enthralled audiences in more than 28 countries. Why aren't other peoples mentioned in the Book of Mormon? Deseret News - Utah March 8, - Relevance: Such a position raises at least two questions: If the Lehites met "others" in the New World, why are they not mentioned? What about those verses that imply that the Lehites were alone in the Americas? That means during any given month, new, anxious missionaries from all over the world are leaving their homes to serve while others are returning home after their two years of voluntary service.

It has been thrilling to observe. Stephen Cleobury is considered one of the world's finest organists; he is a recording artist, associated with King's College, Cambridge, and the BBC. With the help of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, medical communities around the world are setting their sights on making a difference through vision care.

He talks too much sense. Mormon teens relive fragments of ancestors anguish, courage LIVE! Atrice left the Air Force Academy and its football team a little more than two years ago to go on his mission.

Then his older brother died without any real cause after a boxing match in Atlanta. Creating the Lord's Way: The need is constant. Media professionals, highly skilled amateurs and missionaries from around the world help the Church create uplifting content. The Catholic Church helped preserve Roman civilization. Can Mormonism do the same for America? Slate August 8, - Relevance: As the world's leading military, economic, and cultural power since World War II, the United States will linger in the global gene pool and influence whatever comes next.

But how exactly will Americanness get transmitted to the civilizations that replace us? Jensen of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Saturday evening that while there is much to be learned through studying the life and teachings of the founding prophet of the LDS Church, the real key is how that knowledge impacts the way we live our lives.

Should LDS insulate their children? Deseret News - Utah August 5, - Relevance: And every decade since then has proven even more problematic for a church that cautions its members to be "in the world but not of the world. These blessings associated with literal gathering of Israel and the Second Coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ, is what I believe we have an opportunity to become participants in—if we choose to do so.

He will help you. Do it with the standpoint of fidelity to your god, spouse, children and you will change the world," said Mitch Davis, keynote speaker of the Leadership Summit Great Ideas Exchange that was held on November 6.

Davis pictured right, receiving a CAMIE, the highest recognition in the entertainment world for entertaining and uplifting motion pictures without offensive content , famed director and screenwriter of the movie The Other Side of Heaven, expressed to his audience that as future leaders, they had the capacity to change the world as President David O.

They will be the ones volunteering and traveling to third world countries to dig ditches, train midwives and build schools. They will also be the ones reaping the rewards that come from selfless service, says one of the founders. General Conference is held the first weekend every April and October, with two sessions on Saturday and two sessions on Sunday for two hours per session. It unites people from all around the world through the addresses from the leadership members of the church. But there are signs that its influence on the nominating process could be ebbing and that the nature of the voters who tend to turn out for the Republican caucuses — a heavy concentration of evangelical Christians and ideological conservatives overlaid with parochial interests — is discouraging some candidates from competing there.

World's tallest Mormon temple lights up the sky Your4State. Would BYU-Provo ever drop sports? Monson has traveled to many places in the world, addressing members, meeting with government leaders, and dedicating temples. Monson joked with hundreds of onlookers Friday as he presided over the traditional mortar ritual at the first dedication ceremony for the Draper Temple.

Real professionals will come along later and fix it. Bednar and Quentin L. Cook, members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, were recently in three areas of the world visiting with and speaking to Church members.

Madsen, a world-renowned LDS educator and scholar, died at home in Provo on Thursday at age 82, after a year-long fight with bone cancer. Madsen is known for his many books, DVDs and lectures on church history and doctrine, as well as his career as a professor at BYU and a guest lecturer around the world. We need a world that unites us. First, the ongoing global war on terrorism has been waging for more than 15 years. It might, however, keep him from winning the GOP nomination.

A Mormon might have an easier time running as a Democrat. The first group and the one that gets the most respectful, nuanced and researched treatment in the play are missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The second group, getting painted with more stereotypical simplicity, are poverty-stricken Ugandans. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles explained the power of combining family history with the blessings of the temple. He speaks in clear Mandarin, and listens carefully to their replies.

But he's tall and blond, and sticks out in this part of Sunset Park, home to many Chinese immigrants. His real name is Trevor Hess, and he's a Mormon missionary. Though he's studying Chinese, he has no plans to visit China, which bars Mormons from doing missionary work. He's instead been sent to proselytise in a Chinatown.

Who will the red dot in a blue state be by ? Christian Science Monitor June 15, - Relevance: Most Christian churches take great issue with the Mormon explanation of God and creation. Many evangelicals will especially want to delve into his religious convictions. It's impossible to reconcile Mormon beliefs with those of most Christian conservatives.

But abandoning his beliefs wouldn't earn Romney much admiration. Thanks to a world-wide proselytizing effort that has sent missionaries to locales across the globe to find, teach and baptize people for more than a century and a half, the Church can sometimes resemble one massive, extended family. Members everywhere seem to know someone who knows someone who knows someone. The musical is based on scriptural accounts of the birth and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, and will include musicians sharing testimony through drama and song, according to lds.

A Question of Faith: Yesterday was like a dream: Local boy makes good. Today, though, is as concrete-real as LaVell Edwards Stadium, which hulks in the distance.

The year-old from Tulsa, Oklahoma, started a serious research project when students in her homeschool group were encouraged to interview three veterans. And it faces terror attacks from Islamic extremists who organize in desert camps in the north of the country. There are currently temples in operation around the world with another 23 announced or under construction.

That's how Kenneth Mays, a Church Educational System instructor and a church history enthusiast, feels about it. There is a new reality that emerges.

It becomes more than just a story. In a Valentine's Day post on her blog, Stokoe opened up about her family's experience in an effort to provide others with hope. On the upper campus of BYU, in buildings overlooking the nice athletic facilities, all that yardage gained is meaningless -- and admirably so. That's the lesson of the administration's ruling that denied Cougars running back Harvey Unga readmission to school until January, effectively costing him his senior season of football.

Behind Buswell there is an array of anatomical drawings of oxen, photographs of the large animals in various positions and stages of movement, and a collection of real ox skulls. There is even a television playing videos of oxen moving around on a farm for additional reference. Buswell is meticulous and precise.

The year-old, her older brother and two youths from their ward in Nova Scotia, Canada, meet most days at 6: They then gather around the kitchen table where her mother -- who doubles as her seminary teacher -- imparts a lesson.

With over one million followers on Instagram alone, it's safe to say the Spanish Fork teen is a pretty popular guy. The real story, though, and the one that drew the attention of Ellen, is how he became popular. Then the mother of four set out to make it happen. As the authors, all students of Pamela Goodfellow, owner of Goodfellow Publishing, worked toward publishing their first books, they learned that they shared some real-life stories in common as well.

Each of their lives had been touched by cancer in one way or another. It was really quite amazing. The producers think you'll like the story anyway.

The Mormon leader sent out his first-ever tweet Sunday — "Thank you to all who tuned in to the devotional. It was a joy to be with you, both those in San Diego and throughout the world.

I was incredibly disappointed and blamed myself. I didn't watch basketball or go to the gym for several days. But I soon realized the real test is how we handle defeat and I laced my shoes and headed to the student rec center to play some pick-up. It reminded me of how much I loved the game, but it was only a temporary reprieve. As soon as I got back, I turned my attention to one of the hardest decisions I've had to make up to this point in my life: I've been thinking of him.

For a critic wanting to reject Joseph's own account, there are, broadly speaking, only two logical alternatives for explaining him: Either he was a false prophet but thought he was a real one, or he was a false prophet and knew that he was a false prophet.

That is to say, again in general terms, that he must have been either dishonest or delusional, or some hybrid of the two. Other tools available from the church Web site, www. Most of us are fairly young, we have a desire to serve God and we come from all over the world. We dedicate two years of our lives to be missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

We're assigned to serve in specific areas around the world. Currently there are over 50, missionaries worldwide and over missions. But real-estate magnate Donald Trump is making waves as a surprise alternative amid grumbling about a weak GOP field.

How are Mormons seen in world? Deseret News - Utah August 6, - Relevance: But of course we always do. For one thing, the ability of our missionaries to teach people the gospel is strongly affected by what people think they already know about us. Controversy isn't always bad for our purposes -- when we take a stand and become known for it, there are those who are drawn to us because of it.

Todd Christofferson joked in August when he accepted the World Peace Prize in India that the large trophy that came with the award would have to be shipped back to Utah because it wouldn't fit in his suitcase. Sheri Dew opens Women's Conference: Here are 10 easy ways Church websites can help you keep the Savior the focus of this Christmas season Members of the First Presidency, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and auxiliary presidencies generally speak at these trainings.

For Utah, the pivotal change came in , when Cal Rampton was elected governor of Utah, according to current Gov. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve said Jan. They come from government, private and religious organizations. One of the target areas is South America. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has several programs aimed at creating major social change in this part of the world.

Wat heet, huizen zijn er veel meer waard dan een jaar geleden. In the midst of all the misery on the U. What is known, houses are much more than a year ago. What does He expect of women in His Church? More critically, how do we, as women, learn what Christ would have us "be" and "do"? Things might have been different if one of the Tahitians' top strikers had played.

And at that time, my mom and I didn't get along," said Weller, still trying to comprehend Friday's loss of the year-old King and King's parents in a car crash. King's granddaughter, 8-month-old Nevaeh Spicer, was clinging to life with a severe head injury at Spectrum Health Butterworth hospital. David Burton, presiding bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, discussed recent land acquisitions by the Church, its historical relationship with Salt Lake City leaders and its real estate philosophy.

A case in point: On Saturday, 13 November , the Church distributed a new administrative handbook to hundreds of thousands of lay leaders around the world. The handbook provides guidelines for administering local Church programs, serving members and ensuring continuity of Church operations around the world. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is commemorating the anniversary by participating in the release of a video in a joint project with other faith groups.

Crunch time for Bright: As one of the world's best snowboarders, the year old spends her time following the snow across the US, Australia and New Zealand - apart from a few weeks each year promoting a snow wear label. The event was a half-hour away from home, and with my wife off in California for the weekend visiting our older daughter, there was no point in my driving home, doing nothing for an hour and a half and then driving back.

So after grabbing a bite to eat, I came back to the dance and stayed. I meant only to read a book till it was over, but instead I went to watch what was going on. Each person can be a light, doing a small act of service each day, bringing change to the community and to oneself. We can truly brighten the world. BYU ranks 70th in new U. Churches use social media to reach members, spread faith Deseret News - Utah March 3, - Relevance: A few members of the nondenominational evangelical Christian church in Salt Lake City made a video about their experiences in a financial seminar the church sponsored.

Someone saw it on Facebook, stopped by the church to see if it would be offered again and ended up coming regularly: Virtual interaction became real contact. Now that former FBI official Mark Felt has revealed that he was Deep Throat and Post reporter Bob Woodward has confirmed it, Bennett hopes legions of Watergate enthusiasts and conspiracy theorists will turn their attention elsewhere.

Latter-day Saints around the world also watched or listened from chapels and homes around the world. September 15, - Relevance: Speaking as a professor of Islamic studies and Arabic at Brigham Young University, there is no real resemblance between Mormons, even in the nineteenth century, and adherents of Wahhabi Islam. As the focal point of the Mormon faith, a new temple tends to raise property values because church members like to live nearby. And for those outside the faith, temples have a reputation of being good neighbors and can anchor the long-term quality of an area.

For some, his tearful and cheerful family reunion at the bottom of the airport escalators seemed like the classic final scene of an honorable Mormon mission. Evangelical Christians and Mormons. In the same room. And — believe it or not — getting along famously. Millet, former dean of Religious Education at BYU, who has been participating in the meetings since their inception.

All your wildest dreams will come true Universe - Utah October 29, - Relevance: Fox has only ordered six episodes thus far, according to Jared Hess. The Netherlands, which had maintained a policy of neutrality during World War I had hoped again to remain neutral, but the Dutch military was unable to hold against the Germans Peter and Erica VanAmerogen were too young to fully understand what was happening to their country.

But now their childhood memories are a fascinating testimony to the strength of the human spirit. The purpose is to draw individuals and groups closer to Christ by serving as He served. Some people told me it would be easy to pick up again, but my "bike" is now a different model.

And I like it. I can talk about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all I want, because the show is about Mormons and for Mormons — as well as anyone else who likes inspiring stories and values-driven content. For three decades, he visited sub-Saharan Africa again and again, until he returned April 16 as the man Latter-day Saints revere as a prophet to the world to visit an emerging continent where a stake or district is created about every other week.

He dropped candy attached to handkerchief parachutes from his World War II plane to the German children. The tall, blond missionary speaks in clear Mandarin and listens carefully to their replies.

The Mormon missionary, whose real name is Trevor Hess, sticks out in this part of Sunset Park, which is home to many Chinese immigrants. So his church instead sent him to proselytize in a Chinatown. And it could be a real tearjerker. Hatch, a songwriter, has written a ballad for the Senate's ultimate liberal lion, his dear old friend and longtime legislative ally, Sen.

Missionaries, Mormons and Moonies, oh my! Baltic Reports April 30, - Relevance: More than half of the men who graduated from high school with me went on missions for the Mormon Church, issuing forth with their Bibles, suits, and nametags to save the world. David Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints combined their efforts to give their young people aged 14 through 18 a real-life handcart experience.

Most dressed in pioneer attire -- women in aprons, long skirts and sunbonnets, men in jeans, long-sleeved shirts and wide-brimmed hats -- and came prepared to push or pull or just walk along with the authentically constructed wooden handcarts.

A June CDC report says alcohol abuse accounts for 1 in 10 deaths among working-age adults ages in the United States — 88, deaths per year between and And a May WHO report says 3.

They helped set a new world standard Saturday and they are hoping the record is broken as soon as possible. School of Science and Mathematics in Durham raised , pounds of food for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina over the weekend, unofficially shattering the Guiness World Record of collecting the most food in one location in a hour period by more than 31, pounds. Apex Herald - Morman church hopes to have record broken.

One side of the magazine pages will feature Duty to God, and the reverse, Personal Progress. A special middle section will feature real responses from young men and women sharing what they find appealing about those who keep Church standards. From his perch atop the steeples of LDS churches around the world, statues of the Angel hold trumpets to their lips and stride steadfastly towards the east in anticipation of the second coming of Christ. BYU ranks 79th in latest U. Bain, who was also named Mr.

Soccer by The Deseret News, joined the BYU men's soccer team in the semi-professional Premier Development League for part of the summer, registering a goal in the Cougars' loss to Real Monarchs that closed the season.

He said if former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney were to become president, he would have his "first lady, second lady, third lady". The Mormon church outlawed polygamy in the 19th Century. Religious freedom under increasing pressure around the world, latest Pew report finds Deseret News - Utah January 15, - Relevance: Sharing water with a Christian contaminated the well, the Muslim women said. When Bibi spoke back, they accused her of blaspheming the Prophet Muhammad.

That was five years ago. She has been in prison ever since, and in the interval two Pakistani politicians who stood up to defend her have been killed. The Asia Bibi case is just one piece within a much larger puzzle of religious friction around the world captured in a new Pew Research Center report released Tuesday. This is Pew's sixth annual report tracking religious persecution around the world, a dense 90 pages of data, with scores of drafts and charts.

We are both minorities in America. They wear special undergarments, we wear special undergarments. You know, what is he doing here? Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles created the first stake similar to a diocese of the Church in Yerevan, Armenia.

The first edition of the Book of Mormon has always been the cornerstone. Its appeal as the first printing of the scripture of a major world religious denomination, released just days before the official establishment of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is obvious.

Rocky Spiker — Elder Spiker to his colleagues — held open the door as ticketholders rushed to get out of the cold. Drive past that sign down a tree-lined lane that follows the Provo River and you will come to a guard shack, the only opening in a chain-link fence that surrounds a wonderland of modern technology which the Church, and occasionally BYU, uses to prepare and broadcast messages to the world.

It can unite and bring peace and harmony to large groups, but it can also cause anger, strife, and long-lasting, deadly wars. Throughout history these ten cities have been significant spots for major religious events. They continue to be pilgrimage sites for millions. For The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it represented groundbreaking methods of taking the gospel message to multitudes.

How a cowboy made it big by taking risk out of real estate Richmond-Times Dispatch - Virginia May 10, - Relevance: Today his companies and their 80, shareholders own more than hotels, almost exclusively top-line Marriott and Hilton brands, in 31 states, making them one of the nation's largest hotel owners. Locally, he owns the Richmond Marriott Hotel downtown. Here is a rundown of how the other four Mormons fared in their Game 7 starts.

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