The Sabbath, Summer Vacation and Sacrifice

What does your Sabbath look like when you are on vacation? This article from the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints blog on lds.org has some great insights.  Check it out and tell us what you think.  Where are you headed this summer?  Or where have you already vacationed? How do you still make the Sabbath His Day when you are traveling?  Let us know in the comments below.

A New Perspective of Sacred Sundays

If you have a few minutes before going to church, you might consider reading The Chapel: Our Sabbath Sanctuary from Elder M. Russell Ballard.  It might enhance your perspective of the Chapel and your Sabbath experience.

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If you have some free time today and are looking for activities to help your children have the right perspective of the Sabbath, check out this article. It is full of ideas for Sunday activities for all different ages.

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We would love to post your thoughts about Sacred Sundays on this blog.  Please send an email to woodbridgestakeblog@gmail.com and let us know what helps you keep the right perspective on the Sabbath.

Sacred Sundays, His Day

Do you need a Sunday activity to help your family keep the Sabbath Day holy?  Help publish family history records to the world!  A new online indexing tool is now available. Now you can index on Familysearch.org

There is nothing to download.  You can easily find projects.  There is a guided tour to walk you through the simple steps of indexing.  Just use your lds.org account information to log in and you can get right to work helping make family history records available to anyone searching for family history information.  young-men-using-computers-argentina-1081034-tablet

Take some time to get to know FamilySearch a little better.  You can fill in your own family tree, discover information about your ancestors, and bring your family history to life with photos and stories.   You might be surprised to find some of your own family history already there in FamilySearch.  See what you can discover!

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.

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?