Tag Archives: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Mormon Helping Hands serve in Colorado flood relief

Members of the Boulder Colorado Stake wore Mormon Helping Hands vests and lifted many people’s spirits on Sept. 29, 2013, in their ongoing efforts to help neighbors clean up their properties damaged by the flood. This video puts faces and voices with the vests. Continue reading

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Good Fathers

The Monday after Father’s Day, I watched the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s 2012 Father’s Day special that had been published less than a week earlier on YouTube. The words and music uncovered memories and feelings I had not expressed before. I hope it’s not too late now.

The new father I wish to honor held his newborn daughter in his arms and looked into her eyes with deep love and awe. As the work began of raising her, he shouldered new responsibilities while juggling his university studies, full-time work and other family needs. He carried extra laundry to the laundromat on weekly trips he and his wife made and later used the family’s limited funds to buy a washing machine.

A couple of years later, the young father held another precious newborn daughter with loving tenderness and joy. Love doubled in their home as did demands on his time and resources. After graduation, he secured a new job and moved the family into their own home. He worked at his job then tamed the weeds at home and made the yard a lovely place. He put in clothesline poles and strung the lines. A dryer was out of the question.
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How to obtain miracles

The simple story on how to obtain miracles stood out as Sister Wendy Watson Nelson spoke in a fireside (evening meeting) last night at the Boulder Colorado Stake Center, 701 W. South Boulder Road, Louisville.

The former marriage and family therapy professor, author, and wife of Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints told of a conversation between a mission president and a missionary. The missionary was excelling in the work, and the mission president wanted to know why.

The president asked the Elder, “What are you doing to be so successful?” The Elder responded, “Obedience brings blessings.” The mission president said, “Yes, yes, everyone knows that.” Then, the Elder added, “Exact obedience brings miracles.” Continue reading

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Celebrating Mormon pioneers today

Utah is celebrating today the Mormon pioneers entering the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847. While Salt Lake City celebrations will include a big Days of ’47 Parade, nothing can inspire more than the last entry in last weekend’s Bountiful Handcart Days Parade.

In the city, a few miles north of Salt Lake City, 2,060 young men dressed in tunics with ties around their heads. They carried staves and pounded them on the ground in unison as they followed their leader. That was impressive enough. However, they represented an even more impressive and inspirational army of young men defending their families.

As told in The Book of Mormon, Helaman, the prophet and soldier, led 2,000 stripling warriors he called his sons into battle. The sons took up arms to protect their families instead of having their parents break their oath to God not to shed blood ever again. The sons were valiant with faith in battle, and not one was lost. Continue reading

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From humanitarian dentist to dental missionary

A 5-year-old Guatemalan girl told Dr. Richard L. Call, a dentist from Westminster, Colo., in a temporary dental clinic in Guatemala,” I just want to eat my food and not have it hurt. Can you help me?” Call said, “When I looked inside her mouth, I found 12 abscessed teeth. The rest all had cavities. Broke my heart.”

This little girl would have suffered throughout her life without help. Her nutrition and over-all health would have been affected. I’m glad to say humanitarian dentists and the Hirsche Smiles Foundation came to her aid.

Many thanks to Call and his wife, LeeAnn Call, Dr. Garry Brown and his wife, Ann Brown (from Utah), Dr. Lee Olson and his wife, Peggy Olson, (formerly from Broomfield, but now from Utah). Many thanks, too, to Dr. Wayne Tomkinson and his wife, Suzanne Tomkinson (from Arizona), and Dr. Paul Fillmore and JoAnne Fillmore, (currently full-time dental missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).
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Preserving religious freedom

Religious freedom is diminishing. People with religious faith increasingly are told to keep their beliefs out of public discussions. I’m sure you’ve seen it, maybe even more than I have online and elsewhere. Yet, religious freedom is one of those guaranteed by the Constitution even before freedom of speech.

Too many times I have seen locally people calling to have churches taxed and to have religious people keep their beliefs to themselves. They show a particular intolerance for Christians and all churches that teach of a god that decides what is right or wrong. However, the problem is much bigger than a local one and has far-reaching implications.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints describes the contributions religions provide that make them worthy of their protected status. In his speech at Chapman University School of Law on Feb. 4, 2011, Elder Oaks opened my understanding as to the need for religious people to unite in preserving our religious freedom. Continue reading

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Fourmile Fire victims’ tremendous support

As the Boulder County Fourmile Fire donation center at 3111 28th Street closes today and volunteers and victims are directed to the distribution center at 5395 Pearl Street, I reflect on the tremendous support I’ve witnessed for victims.

On Fri., Sept. 10, the first day the center was open, a small army arrived close to 8 a.m. Mormon Helping Hands volunteers wearing their yellow vests from Boulder and Longmont stakes, geographical subdivisions of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, volunteers from other faiths, Army personnel of some sort, business associates and individuals set up tables. They posted signs to aid in sorting, received bags of donations, formed a “bucket brigade” to unload trucks, sorted clothes by age and gender and fulfilled many other tasks. Continue reading

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