LDS Daily https://www.ldsdaily.com A daily dose of what matters most Sat, 24 Feb 2018 04:28:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.5 Elder Stevenson Ministers to Shooting Victims in Florida https://www.ldsdaily.com/church-lds/elder-stevenson-ministers-shooting-victims-florida/ Sat, 24 Feb 2018 04:28:42 +0000 https://www.ldsdaily.com/?p=86803 News Release from Mormon Newsroom What does one say to comfort a grieving parent in the immediate wake of a daughter’s death — especially when her passing came by bullet in a school shooting that claimed her life and the lives of 16 others, while injuring a dozen others? On February 16, as Elder Gary …

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What does one say to comfort a grieving parent in the immediate wake of a daughter’s death — especially when her passing came by bullet in a school shooting that claimed her life and the lives of 16 others, while injuring a dozen others?

On February 16, as Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and General Authority Seventy Jörg Klebingat visited the home of Latter-day Saints Ryan and Kelly Petty, they pointed the family to the comforting Christian doctrines of God’s omniscience and the reality of life and joy in the world to come. The Petty’s youngest daughter, Alaina, was fatally wounded in the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

“[They told us that] although what happened last Wednesday was a surprise and a shock to us, it was not a surprise to our Heavenly Father — nothing is a surprise to Him and Alaina is continuing on,” Ryan Petty said. “[They also said] although we’re sad here, across the veil there are no tears — there she is not sad, she has a different perspective than we do. I’m sure she misses us like we miss her. She now has the different perspective that allows her to miss us but not to be sad. And that meant a lot to Kelly and me.”

Alaina and two classmates killed in the shooting were cadets in the school’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps and have received the Medal of Heroism for their actions in the shooting. Alaina also loved to serve in other ways, with her friends, even engaging in Mormon Helping Hands cleanup efforts in 2017 after Hurricane Irma.

“There’s a great group of young women in our [congregation] that she served with, and they found great joy in helping those that had lost almost everything [in the hurricane] sort through what was left, figure out what was salvageable, figure out what needed to be thrown away, and do that in a very tender and caring way,” Ryan said.

He also expressed thanks to be on the receiving end of sensitive, personal service from top Church leaders when they needed it most.

“To have Elder Stevenson and Elder Klebingat come and minister to us personally in our time of need was — well, we’re just so grateful for that.” Ryan added.

Prior to visiting the Pettys, Elder Stevenson and Elder Klebingat ministered to Latter-day Saint Madeleine (Maddy) Wilford and her family in the intensive care unit of the Broward County North Hospital. Maddy was shot twice — one bullet to a shoulder and another to her back — and underwent three surgeries. Miraculously, she was released from the hospital February 21.

Maddy said she found important comfort in the apostolic blessing Elder Stevenson gave her and her family during the visit. “It was very spiritual and [there was] an immense amount of peace throughout the room,” she said. “The peace I felt really helped.”

Maddy’s father, David, described the blessing as “an incredible experience. It was something I hadn’t seen before. He used it to bless the whole family. It was a really interesting gospel moment. There’s no question in my mind that’s why she’s doing so well.”

Prior to that blessing, Maddy and David said Elder Stevenson opened his Book of Mormon and read from 2 Nephi 2:2, which teaches that God “shall consecrate [our] afflictions for [our] gain.” God has a purpose for Maddy and she will grow spiritually from this, they said Elder Stevenson told them.

Maddy was the captain of the Stoneman Douglas girls’ basketball team and wants to attend Brigham Young University. “[God] has a plan for her. As her dad, I’ll support whatever that is and do what I can to help her with it.”

David also expressed deep gratitude for the Church leaders’ private visit.

“I was just dumbfounded that they would do that,” he said. “I was extremely grateful they came and took time to give that level of comfort and heal her.”

Maddy thanked the countless numbers of people who offered prayers in her behalf. “Knowing everyone was out there praying for me was overwhelming, learning how much love was out there for me from so many people,” she said.

She was heartbroken to learn of Alaina’s death. Though the two were a few years apart, they shared some good times at girls’ camps for two or three years.

“[Alaina] was amazing. I loved her,” Maddy said. “She always lit up the room. She was always so lighthearted and spirited. She always made people laugh. It was rough losing her, on finding out she was dead. … She was a tough girl. I know she’s in a good place.”

At a youth fireside two days later in Orlando, Elder Stevenson told the crowd of 1,300 that though it’s difficult to understand the evil in the world, faith in Jesus Christ allows us to find purpose even in the face of incomprehensible cruelty.

“We know that Heavenly Father could have stopped this tragedy,” Elder Stevenson said. “And we ask, why didn’t he? The answer we have is that we know that there is a Father in Heaven, an Everlasting God, and he understands the purpose for everything. Our faith gives us the comfort in this knowledge. I know that the Lord knows why and one day we’ll know with a perfect clarity too, because we’ll be able to see through his heavenly perspective.”

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Temple News & Updates | Week of 18 February 2018 https://www.ldsdaily.com/world/temple-news-updates-week-18-february-2018/ Fri, 23 Feb 2018 23:13:15 +0000 https://www.ldsdaily.com/?p=86795 Thanks to members of the church worldwide and our friends at LDSChurchTemples.com for providing these updates. Please Note: We report all information we are given. It is possible that progress has been made on other temples worldwide that we have not been made aware of.  If you have updates (including pictures or video) about a temple near you, feel …

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Thanks to members of the church worldwide and our friends at LDSChurchTemples.com for providing these updates. Please Note: We report all information we are given. It is possible that progress has been made on other temples worldwide that we have not been made aware of.  If you have updates (including pictures or video) about a temple near you, feel free to send it to calledtoshare (at) ldsdaily.com. 

 

Changes in OKC

Framers set new studs for the entrance lobby of the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple this week. Once the studs were placed they began sheathing the walls. The new product provides more moisture protection than before, in hopes of minimizing the risk of mold. Renovations have been underway for four months; while no official completion date has been announced, the temple is expected to be reopened in 2019.

Courtesy of Gerald Roberts

 

Oakland California Temple Closes

Patrons filled the Oakland California Temple grounds this week to take photos before the temple officially closed for renovation. The temple is going to undergo a year-long renovation project; changes will include bringing the building up to code. The renovation will be followed by a public open house, cultural celebration, and a rededication.

 

Steeple Progress in Lisbon

Concrete walls have been poured for the steeple of the Lisbon Portugal Temple. Those walls will support a tapering gold-colored spire topped by a statue of the angel Moroni. Construction is progressing well and the temple is anticipated to be complete in mid-2019.

Courtesy of Construction of Lisbon Temple Facebook page

 

Scaffolding Removed in DRC

The Kinshasa  Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple is now visible without the obstruction of scaffolding. The driveways and parking are have been outlined in concrete blocks and shingles are being added to the roof.

Courtesy of Democratic Republic of the Congo Mormon Newsroom

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Virtue | 26 February 2018 https://www.ldsdaily.com/daily-dose/virtue-26-february-2018/ Fri, 23 Feb 2018 22:34:35 +0000 https://www.ldsdaily.com/?p=86679 Scripture “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” —Philippians 4:8 Quote “The call to “arise and shine forth” is …

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“The call to “arise and shine forth” is a call to each of you to lead the world in a mighty cause—to raise the standard—and lead this generation in virtue, purity, and temple worthiness.” Elaine S. Dalton

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1852: The Malta Mission is organized.
1989: President Gordon B. Hinckley, First Counselor in the First Presidency, speaks at the Church’s first fireside broadcast by satellite for single-adult members.
1996: The Church announces that Latter-day Saints living outside the United States outnumber members living in the United States.

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Sabbath Day | 25 February 2018 https://www.ldsdaily.com/daily-dose/sabbath-day-25-february-2018/ Fri, 23 Feb 2018 22:32:49 +0000 https://www.ldsdaily.com/?p=86677 Scripture “Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them.” —Ezekiel 20:12 Quote “The moment we begin to remember Him and keep His commandments every day—and not just on the Sabbath day—is when the remission of our …

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“Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them.” —Ezekiel 20:12

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“The moment we begin to remember Him and keep His commandments every day—and not just on the Sabbath day—is when the remission of our sins begins to gradually take effect and His promise of having His Spirit with us begins to be fulfilled.” Francisco J. Viñas

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1844: Joseph Smith prophesies that within five years the Saints will be beyond the power of their old enemies.
1883: The Wautu New Zealand Branch, the first branch organizes among the Maoris in New Zealand, is organized.
1990: The Church receives official recognition in Kenya.
1999: The First Presidency announces plans to build a temple in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico.

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Temptation | 24 February 2018 https://www.ldsdaily.com/daily-dose/temptation-24-february-2018/ Fri, 23 Feb 2018 22:30:00 +0000 https://www.ldsdaily.com/?p=86675 Scripture “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” —1 Corinthians 10:13 Quote “Once …

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“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” —1 Corinthians 10:13

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“Once we reach the age of accountability, trials and temptations are universal. Sometimes they can become heavy burdens, but they also give us strength and growth as we successfully overcome them.” Hugo Montoya

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1834: Joseph Smith receives Doctrine and Covenants 103, which calls for the organization of Zion’s Camp, a company of men who would travel to Jackson County to assist the Saints.
1937: Hilton A. and Hazel Robertson arrive in Hawaii to reopen the Japanese mission. From this beginning, many Japanese converts in the Hawaiian Islands are prepared to reopen the island of Japan following World War II.

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Revelation | 23 February 2018 https://www.ldsdaily.com/daily-dose/revelation-23-february-2018/ Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:30:16 +0000 https://www.ldsdaily.com/?p=86673 Scripture “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” —Matthew 7:7 Quote “We need revelation from God. And we will need not just one revelation in a time of stress, but we need a constantly renewed stream. We need not just one flash …

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“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” —Matthew 7:7

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“We need revelation from God. And we will need not just one revelation in a time of stress, but we need a constantly renewed stream. We need not just one flash of light and comfort, but we need the continuing blessing of communication with God.” Henry B. Eyring

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1856: George Q. Cannon publishes the first issue of the Western Standard, a Church newspaper in San Francisco, California.
1990: Elder M. Russell Ballard dedicates the South American country of Guyana for the preaching of the gospel.
1999: The First Presidency announces plans to build a temple Oaxaca, Mexico.

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Patriarchal Blessings | 22 February 2018 https://www.ldsdaily.com/daily-dose/patriarchal-blessings-22-february-2018/ Wed, 21 Feb 2018 22:30:49 +0000 https://www.ldsdaily.com/?p=86671 Scripture “And, finding there was greater happiness and peace and rest for me, I sought for the blessings of the fathers, and the right whereunto I should be ordained to administer the same; having been myself a follower of righteousness, desiring also to be one who possessed great knowledge.” —Abraham 1:2 Quote “You are never …

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“And, finding there was greater happiness and peace and rest for me, I sought for the blessings of the fathers, and the right whereunto I should be ordained to administer the same; having been myself a follower of righteousness, desiring also to be one who possessed great knowledge.” —Abraham 1:2

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“You are never too young to start learning about patriarchal blessings. When you receive your blessing, you get a glimpse of eternity. You begin to see a picture of what lies ahead for you because your blessing will refer to your eternal purpose and journey.” Julie B. Beck

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1849: The original nineteen wards in the Salt Lake Valley are organized, giving a model for the future establishment of Church units throughout the world.
1875: Elder Wilford Woodruff performs the marriage sealing of Sagwhitch and Mogogah and of Ohetocump and Minnie, two Shoshone Indian couples in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City. These are the first sealings of American Indian couples.
1970: Elder Gordon B. Hinckley organizes the Lima Stake, the first stake in Peru.

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1830 First Edition Copy of Book of Mormon Is On Sale https://www.ldsdaily.com/world/1830-first-edition-copy-book-mormon-sale/ Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:47:27 +0000 https://www.ldsdaily.com/?p=86789 EVERYTHING BUT THE HOUSE (EBTH), a premier estate sale marketplace, placed a fine and rare partially-restored copy of the 1830 first edition of the Book of Mormon up for auction today. The auction will go until February 27, 2018, at 8:30 p.m. EST. At the time of this report, the highest bid is at $1,051. …

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EVERYTHING BUT THE HOUSE (EBTH), a premier estate sale marketplace, placed a fine and rare partially-restored copy of the 1830 first edition of the Book of Mormon up for auction today. The auction will go until February 27, 2018, at 8:30 p.m. EST.

At the time of this report, the highest bid is at $1,051.

This copy of the Book of Mormon was published in Palmyra, New York, by E. B. Grandin. This edition notes that the work is “by Joseph Smith, Junior, / Author and Proprietor.” on the title page and is the only edition of the Book of Mormon to do so. All subsequent editions list Smith as the translator. Holding the earliest unique writings of the Latter Day Saints movement, practitioners regard it as scripture as well as a historical record of God and his interactions with the ancient people in the Americas. Joseph Smith said of the book, “I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion.”

 

The route to publication was not an easy one. Egbert B. Grandin of Palmyra was first approached by Smith, but he declined as it was a large work (over 500 pages) and was convinced that the growing criticism of Smith might lead to a boycott of the book. Smith then approached two Rochester, New York publishers, Thurlow Weed, who twice refused, and Elihu F. Marshall who agreed. The original publisher, Grandin, upon being re-approached by Smith and Martin Harris, changed his mind and agreed to publish the book. Harris mortgaged his farm to provide the $3,000 needed for the printing of 5,000 copies, a large print run for the time and place. It was first sold for $1.25 to $1.75 in the bookstore of the publisher E. B. Grandin in Palmyra, New York on March 26, 1830. The building still stands and is the site of the Book of Mormon Historic Publication Site. It was two weeks later on April 6, 1830, that Smith organized the Church of Christ, which would later be known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

According to EBTH, this copy of the Book of Mormon has the follow details.

The book is divided into smaller books titled after the main narrator or leader and arranged mostly in chronological order, with the “Words of Mormon” and the “Book of Ether” being exceptions. Also included are are written accounts by eleven people who also stated they saw the golden plates: “The Testimony of the Three Witnesses” (Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, and Martin Harris) as well as “And Also the Testimony of the Eight Witnesses” (Chirstian Whitmer, Jacob Whitmer, Peter Whitmer, Jr., John Whitmer, Hiram Page, Joseph Smith, Sr., Hyrum Smith, and Samuel H. Smith). These are included on the recto and verso of a single leaf included after the main text.

There were several printing variations among the first edition. This copy has page iv printed correctly, the “97” on page 97 printed poorly, “exceeding great” is spelled correctly on p. 207, page 212 is misprinted as p. 122, p. 487 is printed correctly, page 575 has “elder or priest”. (Flake, 595) The paper has foxing throughout, which is typical of this publication, and the edges are flecked blue. The book retains its original spine, spine label, and back leather board. The hinges have been reinforced on both the exterior and interior and the front board has been replaced. The first front flyleaf has a bookseller’s pencil notation reading “Joseph Smith / Price 1 dollar”. The second flyleaf has “Mrs. G. C. Pugh” written in pencil. Housed in a custom cloth-covered clamshell case.

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Army Awards Slain LDS Teen Medal of Heroism https://www.ldsdaily.com/world/army-awards-slain-lds-teen-medal-heroism/ Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:21:31 +0000 https://www.ldsdaily.com/?p=86786 On February 14, 14-year-old LDS teen and JROTC cadet Alaina Petty was killed in the horrific shooting that left 17 dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Flordia. This week, the United States Army awarded Petty and three other slain JROTC teens Medals of Heroism, the highest medal for ROTC cadets. The other JROTC …

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On February 14, 14-year-old LDS teen and JROTC cadet Alaina Petty was killed in the horrific shooting that left 17 dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Flordia.

This week, the United States Army awarded Petty and three other slain JROTC teens Medals of Heroism, the highest medal for ROTC cadets. The other JROTC victims are Peter Wang and Martin Duque. Those awarded the Medal of Heroism have shown great character during an act of heroism, “exemplifying praiseworthy fortitude and courage.”

Courtesy of People Magazine

The Petty family received the medal on Monday, February 19, at the funeral service for their lost daughter, sister, and friend. Over 1,500 people were in attendance and Petty’s coffin was draped in an American flag.

 

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Obedience | 21 February 2018 https://www.ldsdaily.com/daily-dose/obedience-21-february-2018/ Tue, 20 Feb 2018 22:30:06 +0000 https://www.ldsdaily.com/?p=86669 Scripture “Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the Lord God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.” —Deuteronomy 6:3 Quote “Some rewards of obedience do come quickly; others come only …

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“Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the Lord God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.” —Deuteronomy 6:3

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“Some rewards of obedience do come quickly; others come only after we are tested. God will always bless us for our steadfast obedience to His gospel and loyalty to His Church, but He rarely shows us His timetable for doing so in advance.” L. Whitney Clayton

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1835: Parley P. Pratt is ordained an Apostle by Joseph Smith, Oliver Cowdrey, and David Whitmer.
1977: President Spencer W. Kimball begins a nineteen-day tour of Latin America.
1990: The Czechoslovakian government renews recognition of the Church; it had originally been granted in 1928.

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