Thursday, December 29, 2016

"You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints"

We received our mission assignment in the mail on Thursday, December 22nd.  We opened it the next day with our children.
We have been called to the El Salvador San Salvador West/Belize Mission  We will begin our service on July 3, 2017 and serve for 23 months.  We will be serving in the country of Belize.

The light green areas are the mission boundaries.
If you ever wondered how mission assignments are made, you can click here to learn how the process is done.  

If you want to follow our mission you can go to our mission blog at: or click here.  

We are excited to prepare for this new adventure and know that we have lots to learn and do before we leave.  

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Out of the Mouths of Babes: Why was it important that Jesus was born?

These children understand why Jesus was born and the events surrounding his birth.  I agree with a comment that was left on about this video:  You can see and feel the boy's testimony of the birth of Christ at 2:57 to 3:02
You can also see the video here.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints produced several Children's narratives on the life of Jesus Christ.

The subjects are:
  • Baptism
  • Sacrament
  • Who is Jesus
  • The widow's mite
  • The Atonement
  • The birth of Jesus
  • The good Samaritan
  • Jesus heals a mon on the sabbath
  • Jesus organizes the church
  • Fishers of men
You can view them all by clicking here. My favorite ones are BaptismThe Atonement, and The Birth of Jesus.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Mr. Bean style

One of my favorite things to teach my seminary students at the beginning of each year was how to conduct music.

You can also see the video by clicking here.

Maybe Mr. Bean could use a few lessons on how to conduct music....or maybe not.  

Click here to learn how to correctly lead a song.  

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Forgiveness Will Change Bitterness to Love

In the April 2003 General Conference David E. Sorenson gave a very good talk on forgiveness.

Here is a quote from his talk that I liked.

The Savior said, “Wherefore, I say unto you, that ye ought to forgive one another; for he that forgiveth not his brother his trespasses standeth condemned before the Lord; for there remaineth in him the greater sin.”  D&C 64:9

This is not to say that forgiveness is easy. When someone has hurt us or those we care about, that pain can almost be overwhelming. It can feel as if the pain or the injustice is the most important thing in the world and that we have no choice but to seek vengeance. But Christ, the Prince of Peace, teaches us a better way. It can be very difficult to forgive someone the harm they’ve done us, but when we do, we open ourselves up to a better future. No longer does someone else’s wrongdoing control our course. When we forgive others, it frees us to choose how we will live our own lives. Forgiveness means that problems of the past no longer dictate our destinies, and we can focus on the future with God’s love in our hearts.

You can also listen the quote by clicking here.  

You can read or listen to the full talk by clicking here.