Fathers

Happy Father’s Day!

We are so blessed to know the truths of our Heavenly Father and how fatherhood is a part of God’s Eternal Plan of Salvation for all of His children.  As you celebrate fathers today, remember their divine role in our lives.

The Potential

Yesterday I posted some of my thoughts about music.  Then today I saw this new video on the Mormon Channel.  I saw connections to what I wrote about yesterday and what I should be writing about today, namely missionary work.  Let the Spirit work in your heart as you watch this video and then please share in the comments what it taught you.

Sacred Music for Sacred Sundays

There is something sacred about the music that brings us closer to our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.  For me it is songs from The Messiah such as “For Unto Us a Child is Born” and “Worthy is the Lamb”, which I was so grateful to have been able to perform as a teenager in the St. Louis Stake choir during a Christmas season performance.   I received a powerful witness of Jesus Christ’s mission and atonement as I sang parts of the oratorio.

The Holy Ghost built my knowledge of my Heavenly Father and my Savior, Jesus Christ and their love for me often through music. I picture my testimony as a beautiful brick building with an immovable foundation, many of the bricks engraved with song titles, songs through which the Spirit testified and then mortared the bricks together to be a sure knowledge of the existence and love of God and Jesus Christ.

There are bricks in my foundation with names of many songs from the Hymn book. I can clearly remember the peace that flooded my heart in many Sacrament meetings as a child as I sang the hymns. The Spirit testified in song of the gospel truths we sang about.

Another brick is titled, “Will He Really Answer Me?” a song from a church video that came out when I was about 14 that I’m sure my parents were inspired to share with their seven children for a Family Home Evening.  I needed to hear the music and the Spirit speak to my heart that Heavenly Father does know me and care about me.

As a missionary in the choir at the Missionary Training Center I again felt the power of music and the Holy Ghost working together in my heart as we sang, “Consider the Lilies of the Field.”

My faith in and love for my Heavenly Father and my Savior are continually strengthened through the Spirit in music.  My testimony is built from songs such as “The Lord Bless you and Keep You,”  and  “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.”  And it keeps growing taller and stronger, with songs like “Behold the Wounds in Jesus’ Hands,”  “The Prayer,” and “Forever.”

Has music built and strengthened your testimony of Jesus Christ?  Is it a part of your Sunday making your Sabbath even more sacred?

Missionary Mondays

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We love our missionaries – every single one of our 70,946 full-time missionaries and our 33,695 church-service Missionaries.  We appreciate the sacrifices they make to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.  President Thomas S. Monson shares his gratitude for them also in the First Presidency message in the Ensign this month.  Do you have “desires to serve God” also?  Then you are called to be a missionary in whatever way you can.  We would love to hear how you find missionary moments in your day.  Please leave a comment below or email woodbridgestakeblog@gmail.com

The Enchanted Forest Mormon Prom

Video by Hope Knudson and Karly Brown Productions

 

Story by Karson Basham, from the Quantico Ward, Woodbridge Stake

I attended NOVA Mormon 2017 at Camp William B. Snyder with a friend from Quantico Ward; I’d been anticipating this day for weeks now (as it was both my first and my last prom), ready to see what awaited me at the site.

Arriving there at the venue, I could instantly see the hard work that was put into building this prom and making it memorable. A walkway was constructed and decorated, connecting the parking lot to the main building. Shuttle vans brought guests to and fro, leading them along the walkway to the center building. Outside was a large series of tents also connected with walkways, each containing seating and food. Towards the back of the tents sat the band (whose name I can’t remember), tuning their instruments for their performance.

Next to these tents ran a sidewalk alongside the building. Here, a veritable swarm of people with phones gathered for pictures, with both amateur selfies and professional photographers. After some time of waiting, my date and I had our photos taken.

Inside of the Marriot Center, where the event was primarily held, a massive room was filled to the brim with a series of decorations and incredible lights. Suspended from the air were hundreds of glass bottles, each with an individual light placed gently inside, adding a whimsical touch to the room. Still going with the theme of “The Enchanted Forest,” the walls were covered with handcrafted trees and forest sets, some towering to climb the pillars that held up the ceiling.

Looking around, hundreds of youth had filled the building, each with their modest prom styles. Knowing that this place was certainly safe from poor modern influences, the crowd was able to enjoy themselves immensely.

I personally thought that the aura of the event was absolutely incredible. Not only did it look amazing, I think it beat out most school proms by a long-shot. Since we knew that there would be appropriate music, modest attire, and no fee to get in, there was nothing holding us back from enjoying ourselves.

The hosting stakes did an incredible job pulling off the theme of “The Enchanted Forest.” I was really impressed with the amount of time and the level of detail that was put into planning and carrying out the prom. Looking back on it now, I feel incredibly glad that the volunteers who helped put this together did so; they took quite a lot of time to pull it off, but it was definitely worth the results. I’ll always be grateful for their hard work and effort put into this.

 

Thoughts about Mormon Prom from Alyssa Walburger from the Quantico Ward, Woodbridge Stake

“Prom was so much fun. The decorations were stunning! I liked how they had different quotes around the room and on the tables. The food was yummy. I liked the Italian soda bar and the smores bar. I thought the food names were hilarious.”