Ann Arbor, Michigan: The annual crèche exhibit of local congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly known as “Mormons“) will be held November 30 through December 3. This year the exhibit will feature more than 1000 nativity scenes from 111 countries. The event is free and visitors from the community are welcome.
I thought this story was interesting, and it’s worth sharing. In Murietta, California, members of the United Church of the Valley were preparing to serve their first mission, and they turned to an unusual source for help: the Mormons, or members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
At a time when we hear so much about troubled teens and the problems they cause in society, it’s good to call attention to young people who are making good choices. Following are two accounts of youth who have gone the extra mile to help others.
An article by Edward R.K. Dwemoh about why he joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the “Mormons“) recently appeared in the Accra Daily Mail, a leading private newspaper in Ghana.
We all have “food stories” that we could share–tales of strange foods that we’ve tried, or even of foods that we really, really did not want to eat. As for my own food stories, the time we went to a Chinese wedding banquet and found ourselves at the “authentic Chinese food table” as opposed to the “Americanized Chinese food table” stands out in my mind. We ate some unusual dishes that evening–most of which I will be fine with never trying again.
One thing that many people know about members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (or “Mormons”) is that they don’t smoke. According to the Word of Wisdom, received by the prophet Joseph Smith in 1833, “tobacco is not for the body, neither for the belly, and is not good for man, but is an herb for bruises and all sick cattle, to be used with judgment and skill.” (D&C 89:8)
Julie Williams’ volunteer duties include taking pictures of babies at hospitals throughout Utah. But these aren’t the traditional baby pictures of the little ones visitors come to view through the nursery windows. These are the babies who didn’t make it.
Many of us think of ways to help those in need during the holiday season. We might present musical programs to people in nursing homes, bring goody bags to shut-ins, or contribute to “Sub for Santa” programs.
Here’s a sampling of what some members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been doing to celebrate the holiday season this year.
It just goes to show that people from different faiths can discuss their beliefs and differences together rationally and each come away enriched from the experience.