Mormon Young Women Stand in Holy Places

Mormon Young Women Stand in Holy Places

I recently watched Shawna Edwards’ new song and video, “Stand,” which was posted to YouTube on July 29, 2013, and I was struck by the beauty and inspiration of the message. The video portrays young women serving others, developing talents, and learning about the gospel of Jesus Christ. Young women are invited to “stand in holy places, and be not moved,” a direction based on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ 2013 motto for youth: “Stand ye in holy places, and be not moved,” found inDoctrine and Covenants 87:8.

Stand ye in Holy Places and be not moved - D&C 87:8The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sometimes inadvertently referred to as the “Mormon Church,” has a program designed for young women ages 12-18, which is intended to teach them about the gospel of Jesus Christ, to apply it in their lives, and to prepare them for adulthood and their divine roles of wife and mother. Not too many years ago, I was a young girl attending Young Women, as the program is called, and heard countless songs very similar to Shawna’s beautiful new piece. However, it wasn’t until I left home, and Young Women, that I learned the vital importance of the song’s message to stand in holy places.

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Utah Unites to Fight Pornography

Utah Unites to Fight Pornography

Bringing your attention, friends, loved ones, of all faiths, to the UCAP Coalition Against Pornography’s upcoming conference in Salt Lake City, May 18th, 2013, 9 AM – 1 PM.

Since 2000, UCAP has worked to deliver training, instruction, and bring people together to combat the ills of pornography and its effects on individuals and families.  If you are struggling, or engaged in the desires to reduce the avalanche of pornography in your sphere, this conference may provide solutions, perspective, hope, and direction. Visit for more information.

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Mormon Helping Hands: California Day of Service

Saturday, April 27, 2013, is California’s statewide service day, in which thousands of members of The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints (nicknamed “Mormons”) coalesce with friends of other faiths in efforts to improve California’s communities. To become involved and find a project, visit


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Here are some of the California participants’ comments regarding “Mormon Helping Hands”–a global outreach of caring and community service, alleviating stress, assisting one another in times of need and emergency.

Pablo Paniagua ·

Coordinator/Director at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We in the Santa Ana South Stake have a major project at the Heritage Museum of Orange County. We will begin at 7am and conclude at 1:30pm we expect to have 180 people. We will paint, pour concrete, repair a wooden 150 covered walk way and many more. April 20, it’s our day. We are looking forward to an amazing experience.

Carmela Gonzalez ·

Owner-Operator at Social Media Services Santa Barbara, CA Stake-Carpenteria Ward, Santa Barbara Ward and El Camino (Spanish) Branch will be working together at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens. They will be planting, landscaping, and outdoor maintenace of the Gardens. The address there is 115 East Micheltorena St. in Santa Barbara and will go from 9-12am. Mesa Vista Ward will be working at San Marcos High School doing landscaping, and maintanence from 9-12am their contact is Lawrence Stehmeier at 570-4046 or El Camino (University) Ward will be at the Santa Barbara Zoo participating in the Zoo-to-Do work day from 8:30am to 1pm doing maintenance and upkeep at the zoo. Their Contact is Michael Gunson at Goleta Valley Ward is working at the Stow House Property (the old train depot and museum) at 304 North Los Caneros Rd. Gole…See More

Blythe Boozer Passanando ·

This is something for the ENTIRE community— If you have found yourself looking at this and thinking, “I’m not Mormon!” It’s okay, you can still participate! :-) This is an event to beautify our community and create unity. Come and help to clean grave markers, garden the grounds, and paint the necessary items at the East Lawn Memorial Park – Sacramento! Please come at 8:30a (or sooner) to sign up for your duty of choice…first come, first serve. **There will be a BBQ lunch served following the event**. Please invite family, friends, neighbors, and strangers to participate as we gather together to serve!

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Elder H. Burke Peterson – LDS Emeritus General Authority Passes

Elder H. Burke Peterson – LDS Emeritus General Authority Passes

Elder Harold Burke Peterson was a General Authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 6 April 1972 until the time of his death on Sunday, 14 April 2013.

Eagle Scout, Seabee, Educator, Family Man

Peterson was born on 19 September 1923 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was raised in Phoenix, Arizona where he eventually became an Eagle Scout. In 1940 he began attending Phoenix College, and in 1942 he joined the United States Navy. Having finished a course in civil engineering at the University of Oklahoma, he became a Seabee and worked on projects in the Pacific Ocean theater during World War II.

Following the war, he earned a Bachelor Degree from the University of Arizona and taught at the Utah State Agricultural College where he eventually earned his Masters Degree. Upon graduation, he worked with the United States Department of Agriculture in Phoenix, Arizona. And in 1955, he and two other Latter-day Saints founded a civil engineering firm, the Engineering Corporation of America.

He was married for time and eternity to Brookie Cardon in the Mesa Arizona Temple in 1947. Together they had five daughters.

Church Callings and Responsibilities

Elder H. Burke Peterson MormonBefore he was ever called to be a General Authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Peterson served as both a Bishop and a Stake President in Phoenix, Arizona and later served as a regional representative for the Arizona Temple regions of Phoenix, Mesa, and Tempe.

From 6 April 1972 until 6 April 1985 he served as the First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric of The Church of Jesus Christ to Victor L. Brown, the Presiding Bishop. He served in this capacity until 1985 when Brown was succeeded by Robert D. Hales. In April 1985, he was called by President Spencer W. Kimball to serve as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy and served from 6 April 1985 until 2 October 1993 when he was granted General Authority Emeritus status by President Ezra Taft Benson. From 1985 until 1987, he served as the Temple President of the Jordan River Utah Temple. His wife, Brookie, served with him in the Jordan River Utah Temple as matron.

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Celebration of Marriage: Inspiring Videos

Celebration of Marriage: Inspiring Videos


The Utah Celebration of Marriage on March 26 attracted media coverage (here and here) and same-sex activists as well as hundreds of supporters of traditional marriage.

From the Deseret News story:

Even as the U.S. Supreme Court opened debate around marriage laws Tuesday, two different opinions converged in Utah’s Capitol rotunda. Supporters of Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act gathered for a night of music and speeches celebrating traditional marriage and families. 

But as the program got under way, they found themselves surrounded on all sides by banners and flags crying out in support of gay marriage. When seats for the concert filled up, Salt Lake residents Dominic and Jeana Jones stood on the sidelines, holding their two children in their arms. They came, they said, as an example of what they believe marriage and family should look like. 

“We’re trying to not redefine marriage,” Jeana Jones said. “It’s not just a valentine between two people. We respect people’s right to love whoever they love, but marriage is something more.”

Couldn’t make it to the celebration? Click here to watch for yourself what the amazing 13-year-old Amelia Summerhays, Sen. Margaret Dayton, Dr. Jenet Erickson, the Rev. Greg Johnson and others said in their speeches.

Courtesy of Sutherland Institute


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Alfie Boe Joins Mormon Tab Choir in Christmas Concert

Alfie Boe Joins Mormon Tab Choir in Christmas Concert

Tom Brokaw Mormon Christmas ConcertAlfie Boe, Tony-winning British tenor who never saw a live musical show until he starred in one, completely enraptured audiences once again in the 2012 Temple Square Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert.  Beloved and renown for his showstopping rendition of “Bring Him Home”–the Les Mis prayer-song of Jean Valjean which Alfie added to the musical numbers performed at the Choir Concert–brought him and the Choir and orchestra, an unsurprising standing ovation. The Christmas extravaganza featured distinguished journalist, Tom Brokaw, NBC News Nitely Anchor and Today Show host.  Brokaw narrated the story of the Salt-Lake City born, World War II Air Force Pilot “Candy-Bomber”–Gail Halvorsen, who dropped candy from C-47s to children he came to meet behind a barbed wire fence one day on his mission in Germany.

As the music crescendo-ed, Tom continued to recount Gail’s story of giving against the backdrop of airplanes and min-parachutes dropping candy on video sweeping across a white-screen floating vertically from top to bottom of the Tabernacle Choir Stage.  Just as Tom completed the story of the candy-bomber, the screen lifted.  The Candy-Bomber himself stood in uniform on stage, wrapping the audience in love and cheers.  Meanwhile, mini white real parachutes dropped from the ceiling of the Conference Center mirroring those dropping from those WWII planes. The audience was riveted and overcome with the Spirit of Christ–the spirit of giving, the spirit of Christmas–as children approached the Candy-Bomber, and he has came to share a few words with Tom and the audience about giving, about gratitude, about finding real joy in service.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert

Merry Christmas to each of you.

May you also enjoy various other Christmas songs performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra on Temple Square are available for download on (list courtesy of

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