Sunday, March 18, 2018

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Music & The Spoken Word - Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Music & the Spoken Word: A Week in the Life

The dedication, talent, and service of so many make this beautiful and uplifting music possible.  Enjoy!

“Music is given of God to further his purposes. Sweet melodies mellow the souls of men and help prepare them for the gospel. After men receive the truth, songs of praise to Deity help to sanctify and cleanse their souls.”
-- Elder Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine (1966), 521

One of my favorite parts of the Sabbath day is the beautiful music that is played and sung at church.  From our local worship services to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir & The Spoken Word on television and the Internet it always uplifts and inspires me to become a better person.  It brings a spirit of peace, happiness, and pure joy into my heart.  The music moves me and causes me to be more grateful for each of my blessings from our loving Heavenly Father.  Throughout the week I often turn on the Mormon Tabernacle Choir YouTube channel when I'm unwinding in the evening or working on tasks for my businesses.

October 22, 2017 - Music & The Spoken Word

“The singing of our sacred hymns, written by the servants of God, has a powerful effect in converting people to the principles of the Gospel, and in promoting peace and spiritual growth.”
-- President Heber J. Grant, Improvement Era, Sept. 1940, 522

This is one of my favorite hymnals...

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing - Mormon Tabernacle Choir

A very beautiful rendition of this song...

The Prayer - Katherine Jenkins and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

“Music is truly the universal language, and when it is excellently expressed how deeply it moves our souls.”
-- President David O. McKay, in Conference Report, Apr. 1945, 119

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Friday, March 9, 2018

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Hana wa Saku - Japanese Melody honoring victims of the Japan earthquake/Tsunami March 11, 2011

Hey everyone!
Seven years ago East Japan was struck with an awful earthquake and tsunami. The disaster happened on March 11th, 2011. Our mission area has made a video in memory of those who lost their lives and to instill hope in the rising generation! This video features ALL of Sendai’s missionaries singing a famous song called “Hana wa Saku” made soon after the tsunami. I’m in there too! For this video to reach the hearts of those all over the world, I need your help. Please like this video on YouTube using the link below!

The memorial date for this earthquake and tsunami is this coming March 11th. If you could share this video with your friends before that date that would be awesome! Thank you for your support and love!
-Elder Johnson

On March 11, 2011 there was a great earthquake and tsunami that hit the coast of Japan. Many people lost loved ones, family members and hope. During their time of crisis, missionaries and members from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) organized volunteers called Mormon Helping Hands. They provided various support in the disaster area. Each of these volunteers wore yellow vests and shirts which became a symbol that was highly regarded from those within and outside of the country. In addition, many provided humanitarian support that focused on self-reliance was widely deployed. Now, about 100 young missionaries are engaged in the same service. Many of them have taken time away from college, men for 2 years and women for 1 year and a half, to work as non-paid missionaries in the East Japan district. Their purpose is to teach people about the teachings of Jesus Christ from the Bible and the Book of Mormon. They teach how to be humble, live better lives, serve to people's spiritual needs and in a spiritual sense rescue them. These same missionaries, serving in the Japan Sendai Mission, came together and sang "Flowers Will Bloom." The song's message is that though there are hard and trying times in our lives remember all the good that has happened and that "flowers will bloom" or in other words things will get better. In this video of black and white, each of these missionaries are wearing something "yellow" to symbolize the spirit of service. Not only does it symbolize the service given from the yellow vested young men and women Mormon Helping Hands volunteers. it also symbolizes the enthusiastic service that these young people give as they work for the salvation of the people. Here is the translation of the song in English. My heart goes out to you when the winter snows give way to spring. My heart is longing now, longing for the town where happiness had been. Been a place of hope and of dreaming too, been a home where my heart always went back to you. But, for now I only dream of the people who I loved and knew. Someone is singing, I can hear singing now. Someone is weeping, I can feel their tears. Someone is smiling, showing me why and how to go on living for years and years. Flowers will bloom, yes they will..., yes they will for you who are here or yet to be born. They'll bloom, yes they will, and they'll bloom again until there's no missing sorrow and no reason left to mourn. My heart goes out to you when the morning sun lights up the pale blue sky. My heart is heavy now with the grief I tried so often to deny. I regret mistakes that I sometimes made. But I know our love will never fade and that you'll live on instead of me and that you will have whatever love can be. Someone is thinking, I can read ev'ry thought, someone is shedding tears for all that was lost. Someone is leading you to love that they sought, asking you to love all that you love the most. Flowers will bloom, yes they will..., yes they will for you who are here or yet to be born. They'll bloom, yes they will, and they'll bloom again until there's no missing sorrow and no reason left to mourn. Flowers will bloom, yes they will..., yes they will for you who are here or yet to be born. They'll bloom, yes they will, and they'll bloom again until there's no missing sorrow and no reason left to mourn. Flowers will bloom, yes they will..., yes they will for you who are here or yet to be born. They'll bloom, yes they will, and they'll bloom again until you'll live and remember and love us forever more. You'll live and remember and love us forever more. When the winter snows give way to spring.
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Monday, February 5, 2018

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Russell M. Nelson named 17th President of the Church

Russell M. Nelson named 17th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

President Russell M. Nelson was announced as the 17th president and prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. The announcement was made by Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles during a live broadcast from the annex of the iconic Salt Lake Temple. He was sustained and set apart in the Salt Lake Temple on Sunday, January 14, 2018.

For complete details please view:
- Mormon Newsroom

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

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President Thomas S. Monson Dies at Age 90

President Thomas S. Monson Dies at Age 90

With tender feelings we announce that Thomas S. Monson, president and prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died this evening at 10:01 pm in his home in Salt Lake City. He was with family at the time of his passing. He died at age 90 from causes incident to age.

President Monson, who has served as president of the Church since February 2008, leaves behind a legacy of service and good works. A successor is not expected to be formally chosen by the Church’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles until after President Monson’s funeral.

To the more than 16 million members of the Church around the world, President Monson was an example of one who followed Jesus Christ.

“He loved the cultures of the world, and deeply respected them. And particularly the faith of the people,” said President Henry B. Eyring, who served as first counselor in the First Presidency.

While he served in important Church leadership positions throughout his life, he also ministered quietly to thousands of individuals in homes, hospitals and care centers. “Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved,” President Monson taught.

“When I look at his life, he was a member of the Church everyone could relate to and everyone could feel comfortable in his presence," said President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency. "At the same time, when he walked with kings, with prime ministers, with presidents, with representatives of nations, it was the same way. They all felt that he was their friend.”

During his presidency Church membership grew from 13 million to more than 16 million members worldwide, and dozens of new temples were announced and dedicated throughout the world.

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Elegant Pioneer-Style Cedar City Utah Temple Is Dedicated

President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dedicated the Cedar City Utah Temple on Sunday, December 10, 2017.

Prior to the dedication, President Eyring conducted the symbolic cornerstone ceremony that signifies the construction is complete and the new temple is ready to be dedicated and ready for sacred use.

“This is a ceremonial moment when we mark this great occasion by sealing the cornerstone which represents, really, the Savior. The Lord is the cornerstone of the work,” explained President Eyring. “This is the house of the Lord.”

President Eyring said he feels that President Brigham Young must be watching this ceremony. “I just think we owe something to him and the pioneers who must be so aware of this day and yet we honor them as we now seal the cornerstone.”

Elder Holland remarked while observing the sacred occasion of the temple dedication. “I sit here looking at these people and looking at these mountains and think how lovely was the morning.”

- Mormon Newsroom
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Sunday, November 26, 2017

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Meridian Idaho Temple Dedication

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dedicated the Meridian Idaho Temple on Sunday, November 19, 2017.

Prior to the dedication, President Uchtdorf conducted the symbolic cornerstone ceremony that signifies the construction is complete and the new temple is ready to be dedicated and ready for sacred use.

Latter-day Saint temples differ from meetinghouses or chapels where members meet for Sunday worship services. Temples are considered “houses of the Lord” where Jesus Christ’s teachings are reaffirmed through marriagebaptism and other ordinances that unite families for eternity. Inside, members learn more about the purpose of life and make covenants to serve Jesus Christ and their fellow man.

I grew up in the beautiful state of Idaho and love how the work of the Lord is progressing there.  I have been gone from the state for seven years but it will always be home to me.  I love seeing temples being built as faithful Latter-day Saints continue to live according to God's laws in that great state.  These beautiful, sacred temples will bring blessings to thousands of people in each region where they're being built.

May you have a blessed Sabbath day today and if you live in the Boise area make an effort to go here as often as time permits.  Even if you just go to walk the grounds and feel of the spirit and love our Heavenly Father has for all of His children.

~ C.J. Poulsen 
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Sunday, September 3, 2017

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To Seal the Testimony - Joseph Smith's Martyrdom

So...Who is this Joseph Smith anyways? What has he done?  Why this verse of modern day scripture?

I will get to that in just a moment...

Today I had the opportunity to facilitate our adult gospel doctrine class during Sunday School.  I was given this opportunity to serve at the beginning of the year and be the instructor once every five weeks.  I, along with four other members of our ward were called to serve in this capacity.  As the instructor, we prepare the content and lead the discussion during this class.  The true teacher of the class, however, is the Holy Ghost which is always present when truths are being discussed.  It is a highlight of my join with other Latter-day Saints and discuss the truths of the restored gospel and be inspired and uplifted by the spirit.

Today was no different; I felt the witness of the spirit testify and confirm to me the truths surrounding the prophet Joseph Smith's life and his martyrdom.  

Modern day scripture reveals the following truth:

2 Nephi 27:23
23 For behold, I am God; and I am a God of miracles; and I will show unto the world that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and I work not among the children of men save it be according to their faith.

God has always called prophets in each dispensation to lead His children upon the earth.

He was the first prophet called in this dispensation by our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, to restore the precious truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ and establish His church once again upon the earth in preparation for the return of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

What exactly happened during the Restoration?

So what exactly did Joseph Smith do during his time as prophet as mentioned above in Doctrine and Covenants 135:3

Here are some of Joseph Smith's major achievements and revelations:

     Truths about the Godhead
D&C 130:22-23.  In the King Follett sermon given 7 April 1844, the Prophet taught: “God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens!  That is the great secret. If the veil were rent today, and the great God who holds this world in its orbit, and who upholds all worlds and all things by his power, was to make himself visible,—I say, if you were to see him today, you would see him like a man in form—like yourselves in all the person, image, and very form of man; for Adam was created in the very fashion, image and likeness of God, and received instruction from, and walked, and talked and conversed with him, as one man talks and communes with another”(Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, sel. Joseph Fielding Smith [1976], 345)  
·        The authority of the priesthood
Through the prophet Joseph Smith, heavenly messengers restored the Aaronic Priesthood, the Melchizedek Priesthood, and the keys of the priesthood.  Then, the Lord gave revelations about priesthood offices, organization, covenants, ordinances, duties, and blessings.  Without those revelations, we would not understand the priesthood power or its operations.
·        Truths about our origin and our relationship to God
D&C 76:23-24; Abraham 3:22-28 teach that we are literally children of God and that we lived with him before we came to this earth as mortals.  Think about how this knowledge affects your daily life.
·        Scriptures
While serving in the Quorum of the Twelve, Elder Gordon B. Hinckley said: “[Joseph Smith] translated and published the Book of Mormon, a volume of 522 pages which has since been retranslated into [many] languages and which is accepted by millions across the earth as the word of God.  The revelations he received and other writings he produced are likewise scripture to these millions.  The total in book pages constitutes the equivalent of almost the entire Old Testament of the Bible, and it came through one man in the space of a few years” (Ensign, May 1977, 65)
·        Truths about the plan of salvation
·        Truths about the salvation of the dead
The Prophet taught that those who died without an opportunity to receive gospel ordinances and covenants would have an opportunity to accept or reject these ordinances and blessings just as if they had had the opportunity in this life.   He also taught that we need our dead and they need us for the whole human family to be joined together as the Father intended.  See D&C 128:18.
·        The building of temples and the performance of temple ordinances
The receipt of endowments and the sealing of families together forever were revealed through Joseph so that we might enjoy the blessings of eternal families.
·        Other contributions included:
The Church was restored through him
He began the gathering of Israel and the missionary work to spread the gospel throughout the earth
The Law of Consecration, a celestial principle, was revealed through him
The Lord’s law of health, the Word of Wisdom, was revealed through him
We learned about the future building of latter-day Zion and the New Jerusalem through him
He also wrote the Articles of Faith

I am very grateful for the prophet Joseph Smith.  Because he acted in faith and continued to do the Lord's will we have been greatly blessed in this last dispensation.  As I study and learn more about the prophet's life I am filled with gratitude.  I have gained a deeper understanding and greater appreciation for all that he went through to bring forth these revealed truths in our day.  These truths and the blessings that come from accepting them are available to all who will trust in the Lord.  If this post has touched you in anyway I invite you to pray unto your Heavenly Father and seek His will and confirmation of these truths.  I promise it will bless your life and enhance it in ways you may not have experienced  yet.

~ C. J. Poulsen

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