Recently a living apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ (Yes, there really are living oracles of God in our very day! Ask us more, if you like.), Henry B. Eyring, shared some tender, powerful remarks about the mountains of adversity we climb in this life. Each of us has a story to tell, a time when the weight and burden seemed heavier than heavy, and almost crushing, when either the peace of the Savior and the reality of the atonement – the burden He carried for us — became even more intensely real and meaningful to us or we despaired of life, not knowing how to access Him. If you are standing alone, He beckons you, right now, every moment, to come unto Him. If you don’t know how, contact us or someone who can guide you through. You are a breath away from hope and from Him. Ask Him if He is real and to manifest Himself to you. That is real prayer—the outpouring of your soul . God is there. He delights in lifting and helping you and is not absentee, vague, obscure, distant or reluctant. It is often us who turn away, not Him.
Below this entry from a friend on her adversity and her struggles through a series of hurtful miscarriages, is a must-see video that encapsulates Elder Eyring’s remarks on the mountains of adversity some of us face, and overcoming through faith in Jesus Christ. God bless you in your journey. These are more than pat answers and platitudes. There is purpose in pain and there is relief and peace and hope and healing through faith in Jesus Christ. Let us know if we can guide you along your path to happiness and to a knowledge of God’s restored gospel and Church.
Heartache and Hope
I have had as many miscarriages as babies born: four of each. After I survived a foreclosure and bankruptcy, I thought I could handle any trial that the Lord sent me. So He tested me, and boy, was I wrong. The financial trials were humbling, but the next wave of adversity hit me to the very core of my being.Read More
Alfie 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.
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 Mormon.org (list courtesy of mormonwoman.org).
- O Holy Night - Download
- Gloria in Excelsis - Download
- Silent Night - Download
- Away in a Manger - Download
- Deck the Halls - Download
- Angels, From The Realms Of Glory - Download
- For Unto Us a Child Is Born - Download
- Hallelujah - Download
- Bring A Torch, Jeannette, Isabella - Download
- And The Glory Of The Lord - Download
Mormon Tabernacle Choir on YouTube
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir–the Spirit-filled renown volunteer cadre of singers gracing the globe with Sunday sounds and special concerts–launched their YouTube Channelearlier this week, making the Choir’s music available to fans throughout the world anytime, anywhere, for free. The announcement event was streamed live from the Conference Center Theater in Salt Lake City on the Choir’s Facebook page.
The Choir’s new YouTube page will feature a variety of content:
- Music videos, such as the one unveiled at the news conference featuring soloist Alex Boyé singing the African American spiritual “I Want Jesus to Walk Me” with the Choir.
- Popular past performances such as the Pioneer Concert with Katherine Jenkins.
- Music and the Spoken Word is also on the YouTube channel. Music and the Spoken Word is the longest continuing broadcast in the world, first airing on July 15, 1929 in the Tabernacle on Temple Square. Since then, over 4,300 episodes have aired.
- Musical highlights, inspirational messages, general conference music, and concerts.
Source: LDS Media Talk
Visit the Choir’s YouTube Page.Read More
Sandy Storm Relief Efforts
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (errantly called by the media from time to time, “The Mormon Church”) has started assisting those affected by Hurrricane Sandy and donations to continue funding that cause can be given through theLDS Charities website. The storm affected millions of people throughout the East Coast of the United States and the donations will allow LDS Charities to send additional food, clothing, medical supplies, and other emergency relief. You can also find out more ways to help at Humanitarian.lds.org.
Visit the LDS Charities website.
Teaching Children and Families about the Constitution
Constitution Day is today (Monday, September 17th). What a great opportunity to teach your family more about the Constitution and the principles of Liberty. In 1987, under the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ leadership of Ezra Taft Benson, Gordon B. Hinckley, and Thomas S. Monson (late and living prophets of God), an insert was included with the Ensign, an LDS magazine for those of all faiths, titled: “Family Home Evening Lessons for the Bicentennial of the Constitution”