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Highland 28th Ward History for the Year of 2021

Highland Utah Central Stake (2000091)
Highland 28th Ward (433861)

March of 2020 marked the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic.  The world experienced a social lockdown due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus. 

Many say and feel this lockdown was a necessity to provide protection to the people.  Other’s see the lockdown as a blatant attack on individual freedoms, a political game of chess.  Individuals and families took a stance somewhere along this vase spectrum of opinion, while worldwide messaging spread fear and mistrust between political parties, ethnic groups, and various generation categories. 

2021 the pandemic continued and the chasm of opinion caused more widespread anxiety and panic.  In this era of individual technology and social media feeds, many looked for truth by “leaning upon their own understanding” and not being centered on the Lord and His Gospel.  Some questioned the teachings of the church and have taken offense to words reported by opinion outlets that produce propaganda that support their own agenda while trying to control the narrative.

20 Wo unto them that call evil good, and good evil, that put darkness for light, and light for darkness, that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

21 Wo unto the wise in their own eyes and prudent in their own sight! – 2 Nephi 15:20-21

Messages from the Lord and church leadership were centered around love, non-judgment,  acceptance, and finding truth through the Spirit. 

The messages to the 28th ward have been of the feeling of the Savior’s Love through forgiveness.  The Savior wants us to feel his Joy as we place our burdens upon the His Atonement.

“At the core of Love is Forgiveness” – Ric Elias

History approved by Bishop Jeff Anderson on February 15, 2022

Table of Contents

Highland 28th Ward – Calendar

Sunday School's Report for the Year

Primary's Report for the Year

Highland 28th Ward Primary

2021 Ward History

The Doctrine and Covenants: Come Follow Me 

Primary Leadership:

President: Annika McClure
1st Counselor: Mika McDaniel
2nd Counselor: Brittany Budinger
Secretary: Paige Foote
Piano: Karen Sell
Chorister: Michelle Wilkinson & Thomas Skousen

Baptisms:

Cora Foote
Miles Wirig
Bram McClure

Sunbeams Entering Primary:

Asher Wood
Cedar Wood
Quinn Durfey
George Budinger
Mattie Whittaker

Children Graduating Primary:

Emery Castleberry
Aubrey Foote
Kennedy Jones
Rune McClure
Eleanor McDaniel
Grace Rencher
Nalani Watabe
Hadley Daniels
Grace Duncan
Sophie Gardiner
Ava Laursen
Nona Tall
Anielle Wilkinson
Oliver Warren
Alyssa Jolley

 

Primary Program 2021

Song: “I Am Like a Star” (CS page 163)

Second Verse: Sunbeams and CTR 4

Valiant 10A

  • Kennedy: This year our Primary has had the opportunity to study the Doctrine and Covenants in our classes and at home with our families. 
  • Emery: We have learned about the Prophet Joseph Smith, the struggles and hardships of the early Saints, and the marvelous revelations given to these amazing brothers and sisters. 
  • Aubrey: We have developed our own testimonies and have increased our love for Heavenly  Father and Jesus Christ.
  • Nalani: “And the voice of warning shall be unto all people.” D&C 1:4. I like to listen to our  Prophet and ponder His words to me.
  • Eleanor: The Doctrine and Covenants are words and revelations that are given to us through the Prophet Joseph Smith.
  • Rune: I know Joseph Smith is a true Prophet.
  • Grace R: My testimony grows when I listen to our Prophet today, President Russell M. Nelson.  I know the Lord speaks to me through him.

Song: “Search, Ponder, and Pray” (CS page 109)

Sunbeams

  • George: I know that I am very special to Heavenly Father.
  • Quinn: I know that I am a blessing to Heavenly Father.
  • Mattie: Heavenly Father has blessed me by  ______________
  • Asher: I know that Heavenly Father loves me.
  • Cedar: I love my Heavenly Father. 

Song: “I Stand All Amazed” (Hymns number 193)

Valiant 8

  • Claire: “All those who humble themselves before God, shall be received by baptism into His  church.” (D&C 20:37)
  • Oaklee: We can follow Heavenly Fathers plan by being baptized and confirmed.
  • Cora F: I was baptized and became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day  Saints. 
  • Colt: My favorite thing about my baptism day was ____________________________.
  • Davis: When I was baptized, I received the gift of the Holy Ghost. 
  • Sophie L: The Holy Ghost will help us choose the right.
  • Trevor: The Holy Ghost has helped me by _____________________________________.
  • Christopher: I can feel the Holy Ghost when I make the right choices. 
  • Finn: I was excited to make covenants with Heavenly Father when I was baptized.
  • Olivia: When I take the Sacrament, I know I am renewing the promises I have made to  Heavenly Father.

Song: “When I Am Baptized” (CS page 103)

Second Verse: Liam, Miles, Castle, Hank D and Hank B

CTR 5

  • Betty: “Families are important in Heavenly Father’s plan.” (“The Family: A Proclamation to the  World”)
  • Wendy: I am grateful for my family. They make me feel ____________________________.
  • Beck: My favorite thing to do with my family is _____________________________________.
  • Liam: I am grateful for my family. They make me feel _____________.

Song: “Families Can Be Together Forever” (CS page 188)

Second Verse: Davis, Finn, Colt, Trevor, Cormac and Beckham

CTR 4

  • Jude: “I say unto you, be one; And if ye are not one ye are not mine.” (D&C 38:27)
  •  Ephraim: I love when new friends come to Primary. 
  • Hawkins: To welcome new friends to our Primary, I like to ____________________________.
  • Riggins: I know all of us are important to Heavenly Father and Jesus.
  • Kimball: I know my Heavenly Father loves me when ____________________.
  • Gavin: I know my Heavenly Father loves me because _______________________.
  • Kit: I can show love to others by ______________________________________.
  • Mac: Jesus Christ is my true example.

Song: “I Will Walk with Jesus”

Second Verse: Older Girls Primary Activities Group

Valiant 9

  • Nayvee: “I can follow Jesus Christ by believing in Him.” (D&C 49:12)
  • Cormac: I like to serve and help my family members by ___________________________.
  • Ellie: I like to serve and help my neighbors by ________________________________.
  • Alice: The Lord has blessed me with the gift of _____________ (talent). I can use this gift to  help others.
  • Beckham: I can be a light to others by _____________________________________________.
  • Eliana: I can share Jesus’ goodness with others by __________________________________.

Song: “I’m Trying to Be like Jesus” (CS page 78-79)

Second Verse: Betty, Bliss, Pearl, Lucy and Izabel

CTR 6

  • Bliss: “Be of good cheer, for I will lead you along.” (D&C 78:18)
  • Eva: I feel my Savior’s Love when ______________________________________.
  • Pearl: Before I was born on Earth, I lived with my Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother in  Heaven.
  • Lucy: This year while studying the Doctrine and Covenants I have learned ___________________________________.
  • Izabel: My favorite thing that Heavenly Father has created for me is _________________________________________.

Song: “I Feel My Savior’s Love” (CS page 74-75)

CTR 7

  • Miles: In the April 2016 General Conference, Elder Quentin L. Cook said, “for each of us,  wherever we live, to see ourselves in the temple.” I look forward to the day when I can go  inside the temple.
  • Hank B: “And that all people who enter the Lord’s house may feel thy power and that it is a  place of thy holiness.” (D&C 109:13)
  • Hank D: My favorite temple is the __________________________. When I see it, I feel  ______________________.
  • Castle: I can follow my Heavenly Father by going to the temple when I am old enough. Bram: I know I can feel peace when I visit the temple.
  • Adam: I love to see the temple. I know that temples of the Lord are holy places. 

Song: “I Love to See the Temple” (CS page 95)

Second Verse: Younger Girls Primary Activities Group

Valiant 10B

  • Sophie G: “None other than Jesus Christ has had so profound an influence upon all who have  lived and will yet live upon the Earth.” (“The Living Christ” Jan. 2000)
  • Anielle: This year the Doctrine and Covenants has helped me strengthen my testimony by ___________________________________________.
  • Nona: My favorite thing that I have learned from studying the Doctrine and Covenants is ____________________________________________.
  • Ava: Studying the Doctrine and Covenants has helped me become closer to Heavenly Father. Alyssa: “Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God.” (D&C 18:10)
  • Hadley: Studying the Doctrine and Covenants this year has helped me to know the love  Heavenly Father and Jesus have for us. 

Song: “He Sent His Son” (CS page 34-35)

Bishops closing remarks

Closing Song with congregation: “Choose the Right” (Hymns no. 239)

 

Young Women's Report for the Year

28th Ward Young Women’s History 2021

Theme: A Great Work

January:

  • We welcomed all of the new young women.

February:

  • 16th All young women spa night.  Over zoom. 
  • We were not able to meet in person because of COVID-19.  They did face mask and painting nails.  Each girl was given a “spa kit” beforehand that had nail files, nail polish, face masks, and lotion.  We did have a great turn out and the girls loved it. 

March:

  • Pizza night.  All young women.  It was fun to get together and laugh, eat, pizza, and enjoy seeing each other.
  • Planning of girl’s camp started.

April:

  • 20th Food Fight!  We had a great time tricking the kids into a pretend spaghetti dinner.  The leaders had all the kids sit down in front of all the food.  Bishop Anderson said the prayer on the food, after the prayer chocolate milk was poured over the bishop’s head and the food fight was declared!  After the activity all the leaders were saying how wonderful it was that we got to see the kids smiling and happy to be together.  This was the first time that all of the young women and young men had been together for a year.

May:

  • 18th All young women.  Treats and games. Ice cream and volleyball
  • Camp planning continued

June

  • 2-5th Girls Camp. History already summitted.

July:

  • 20th Combined activity with young men.  Movie night.

August:

  • 6th Stake Youth conference History already summited
  • 24th Combined activity with young men.  Paintball Heritage Park

September:

  • 28th Individual class activities

October:

  • Trunk ‘n’ treat ward activity

November:

  • 2nd Gift exchange all young women
  • 16th Movie night all young women

December:

  • No Activities

YW Girls Camp 2021

For girls camp this year we were able to rent an Airbnb in St. George. Camp was held on June 2nd to 5th. There were 5 leaders in attendance and 19 young women, plus 2 YW that had just graduated from high school. Four of the 19 YW served as the YCL’s. The Bishop came on Friday evening. The girls were each assigned a secret sister to buy gifts for and the YCL’s were put in charge of a group of younger girls.  They led them in devotionals each evening and looked out for their well-being throughout camp.

Our schedule included the following:

Wednesday – On the drive down to St. George, we stopped and ate lunch at the creamery in beaver.  After arriving at the Airbnb, the girls planned their meals and the YCL‘s went shopping for it all. 

Thursday – Amazing race to the church history sites in St. George, where we had to get a picture with our group at each of the sites. After this the girls made fleece blankets that were later donated to Project Linus.  They also spent time swimming in the pool and hanging out. In the evening we watched an episode of The Chosen, had a big group devotional and sang no one is an island.

Friday – Hike at Jenny’s Canyon followed by spending time at Quail Creek paddle boarding and kayaking. In the afternoon we rested back at the AirBnB, prepared and performed skits and swam in the pool.  After the skits, the Bishop prepared dinner for the YW.  We revealed secret sisters, participated in a faith walk, listened to a message from the Bishop and shared testimonies.

Saturday – packed up and returned to Highland

Young Men's Report for the Year

Deacons: We spent the first part of the year still doing zoom deacons quorum meetings. We divided the quorum into pairs and had each deacon take turns teaching and leading the quorum discussions. We worked throughout the year on having the deacons quorum presidency lead quorum meetings and discussions, and plan and facilitate activities.
 
Activities this year included:
  • sledding
  • Building snowshoes
  • Game night
  • Hiking
  • Rock climbing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Kayaking
  • Repelling
  • Dodgeball
  • Basketball
  • Yard cleaning/ ward service and trash pick up
  • Community park (Highland Glen Park) tree trimming and cleaning service.
  • Fast offering administration
 
YM camp:
We did combined deacons and teacher YM camp in June 2021. We camped along the Colorado river just outside of Moab, Utah. We set up camp, including 8 easy up tent shade/ awnings. After setting up camp, we went rock climbing along Wall Street in Moab. Then we went swimming in the river, and spent the afternoon floating on our backs up and down the river. The next day, we did a rafting trip down the Colorado river, and spent the day with water fights, rapids, and lunch on the river. After the river, we had a minor mishap in camp, when a wind microburst hit and ruined 7 of the 8 shade awnings, and several tents were ripped apart and gear was soaked in downpour rain. We had dinner that night at a Mexican restaurant in Moab. The third day of camp, we went rappelling down the Medieval Chamber canyon, which including two >110 ft rappels, the second of which including rappelling down an arch.
 
During this canyoneering adventure, the group all got down the first rappel into the canyon, which committed the whole group to the canyon. At the edge of the second rappel, there was one deacon who became very scared and did not want to continue down the canyon. At that point, we were stuck. We could not take him back up the canyon without very extensive cliff rock climbing. The only way to get him out was to either have him rappel the last cliff, or to send someone down and have them call search and rescue and bring a helicopter. After almost 35 min of trying everything to persuade him, he finally asked one of the YM leaders (Josh Castleberry) to offer a prayer. Brother Castleberry offered the most sincere, humble prayer and the deacon was able to work up the courage to finish the canyon.
 
We had great food, Dutch oven dessert, campfire stories and testimonies. We had at least 22 boys in camp this year from the teachers and deacons, as well as several dads, and YM leaders.
 
Deacons leaders:
Tyson Jones,
Spencer Scoville,
Rick Shepard,
Brian Jeppson

Relief Society's Report for the Year

Elder's Quorum's Report for the Year

Ward Committee's Reports for the Year

Ward Missionaries Report for the Year

Ward Hope and Help Committee's Report for the Year

Ward Service Committee's Report for the Year

Ward Emergency Committee's Report for the Year

Highland 28th Ward Blog

Bishopric Message – January 2021

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Dear Ward:

Wonderful news, we are coming back to church.  As we return there are still safety guidelines that will be followed to limit the risk and provide some safety for our friends and families as we return to meeting together to uplift and strengthen each other.  We will limit the in-person attendance to 99 individuals in Sacrament meeting and continue our 2nd hour being conducted virtually. 

Sacrament service will continue to be broadcast through the church broadcast system and the families that choose to remain at home can continue to prepare and partake of the sacrament at home.

This Sunday is Ward Conference.  The Conference Theme is: “The Necessity of Personal Inspiration and Revelation” based on Doctrine and Covenants 42:61.

61 If thou shalt ask, thou shalt receive arevelation upon revelation, bknowledge upon knowledge, that thou mayest know the cmysteries and dpeaceable things—that which bringeth ejoy, that which bringeth life eternal.

D&C 42:61

We are starting a new year, 2021 is here.  Let us start this new year with vigor and vitality, putting the trials of 2020 behind us as we remember our tender mercies from 2020. 

I’m so very grateful to the Lord for his support, comfort, and love during this past year.  I have leaned on Him and He has been there as my family has navigated the challenges of this existence.  As we continue to turn toward Him, He will support us in our efforts to improve our situations, one step at a time, moment by moment, day by day. 

Thank you for your patience with me as we navigate these unique times and work on continually organizing our ward.  I look forward to this new year as another starting point, a time to recommit to doing a little better, a little more.  I hope to continue to improve my relationship with my Savior, my wife, and my family.  I look forward to that day when I will hear the loving voice of the Savior say: “Well done thou good and faithful servant,.. enter into the rest of the Lord.”  But this day is not yet here.  There is still much to be done.  I look forward to the years to come as I continually watch for His return.  

I’m always telling myself and my kids that I will live to be 110 years old.  This helps me to stay young and not afraid to live.  It helps provide an optimistic perspective for my future and also allows me to visualize a time far off so I can plan my life without limitation.  Then if my life is cut short and I’m called home, I will be ready and hopefully not have any regrets. 

The Lord leads the church through our living prophet, President Nelson.  Your Savior is aware of you.  Learn to take him into your confidence and trust in him.

We love you and hope that you are doing well despite the pandemic that still disrupts our lives.  I have attached the Sunday School newsletter for January.

Love,

  • Bishop Jeff Anderson
  • Highland 28th Ward
  • 801-372-2072
  • bishopjeffanderson@gmail.com
  • Ward Blog: www.highland28th.org
  • “Stay Humble, Work Hard, & Be Kind”

Messages from our Stake Leaders – Ward Conference – January 10, 2021

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The Second Hour of Ward Conference included prerecorded messages form our stake organizational presidencies.  Links to the prerecorded messages are listed below. Is you would like to listen to any of the messages please use these links. The videos are shared via the Highland Utah Central Stake YouTube account.

Thank you to all those that participated in the Highland 28th Ward Conference and to our stake leaders for there time and effort in creating these presentaions.

Bishop Anderson

Bishopric Message – February 2021

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Hear Him to Find Peace During Turbulent Times – President Nelson

Dear Friends and Members:

During this time of continued isolation, we need to understand how to remain physically distant while staying socially, emotionally connected.  Each one of us has experienced this pandemic in similar ways. 

Think about this. 

This is the only time in history where everyone in the world is experiencing the same things at the same time.  This pandemic has affected every human being around the world in a similar fashion.  Altogether we have felt the limiting effects of wearing a mask.  Altogether we have felt the increasing fear of what might be coming or fear of the future.  We have together witnessed the social withdraw from society as our youth have experienced isolation while at school, isolation from large social interactions, and isolation from individual social relationships.  All mankind is experiencing this pandemic.  I’m reminded that we are social beings and “It is not good for man to be alone.”

In an Area Priesthood Leadership meeting, held on Saturday, January 23rd, Elder Ballard encouraged us as Bishops to, as sons and daughters, gather together to:

  • Put your arm around your loved ones and thank them for their support.  If you are single please place your arm around your Father in Heaven because he is close, He loves you.
  • He expressed, we have a duty to watch over our own and the whole world. 
  • He blessed us that we will fill with his love and feel strengthened in our work.
  • He pleaded with us to turn to your Heavenly Father about your troubles, in your prayers, and lean on him. 
  • He testified Jesus Christ loves you, this is his church and he watches over it and is close.
  • He requested we return and report through payer, expressing gratitude for the blessings and miracles in our lives.
  • He wants us to understand our own way of how we “Hear Him.”

In my study of our Sunday School Lessons, I have found much peace in reading the Doctrine Covenants this past week.  Especially Section 6. 

32 Verily, verily, I say unto you, as I said unto my disciples, where two or three are gathered together in my name, as atouching bone thing, behold, there will I be in the cmidst of them—even so am I in the dmidst of you.

33 aFear not to do bgood, my sons, for whatsoever ye csow, that shall ye also reap; therefore, if ye sow dgood ye shall also reap good for your ereward.

34 Therefore, fear not, little aflock; do good; let earth and hell combine against you, for if ye are bbuilt upon my rock, they cannot prevail.

35 Behold, I do not condemn you; go your ways and asin no more; perform with soberness the work which I have commanded you.

36 aLook unto me in every bthoughtcdoubt not, fear not.

D&C 6:32-37

As we learn how to gather together the Lord will be in the midst of us.  We need not fear, come what may.

We have so much to be grateful for.  I’m grateful for my wife and family.  I’m thankful for the Lord preparing a path for me to start my new second career.  I’m grateful to him for the illnesses I have experienced over this past year because of the truth that was found by the experience.  I recognize my shortcomings but know that the Lord accepts me for who I am now, yet encourages me to better myself by reaching out to others

I have seen so many discouraged and ready to give up.  In their time of despair, I have seen the comforting and healing influence of the spirit touch their lives because their hearts are tender and soft.  I testify that the Lord is using this pandemic/social isolation to soften the hearts of man, so they can see truth and light in the Savior of all mankind. 

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into adivers btemptations;

Knowing this, that the atrying of your faith worketh bpatience.

But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be aperfect and entire, wanting nothing.

James 1:2-4

Let us “look unto” Him “in every thought, doubt not, fear not.”  Knowing that he is “watching over us and is close.”

I testify that our Savior, Jesus Christ, knows you and I.  He understands the pains of mortality and has overcome it all, that we too might be lifted up and return back to live with him in our father’s mansions.  He loves you and is here to take our burdens from us if we but turn to him.  His atonement is enough for all if we place our fears upon him, we will find comfort.

I love and care for each and every one of you,

  • Bishop Jeff Anderson
  • Highland 28th Ward
  • 801-372-2072
  • bishopjeffanderson@gmail.com
  • Ward Blog: www.highland28th.org

“Stay Humble, Work Hard, & Be Kind”

Baptism of Cora Foote

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Cora Foote was Baptized and Confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by her father Steven Foote on Saturday, February 13, 2021, at 9:30 am in the Highland Utah Central Stake Center. Please congratulate her if you get a chance.

Congratulations Cora, it was wonderful to share this event with you and your family.

Bishop Anderson

Your Great Adventure: Overcoming Life’s Obstacles

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“Life’s not about doing things perfectly but doing things intentionally..”

When an experienced runner decides to train for a 100-mile ultramarathon in a hostile desert, he must face the daunting task of doing something that seems impossible.

What a wonderful message of endurance and faith. It makes me think about the choice we made to come down to earth, take the challenge of this existence, looking forward to the reward that is promised.

How do we show gratitude to our Father in Heaven for this experience in his beautiful creation? We live, love, serve and endure until he comes again. “The point is the climb, the adventure”. Place faith in the Savior, look forward with optimism for the future, and trust that he is there with us along this journey.

Bishop Anderson

2021 Temple and Family History Leadership Instruction – Thursday, February 25, 2021

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Elder David A. Bednar, Elder Gary E. Stevenson and Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will host training to instruct ward and stake leaders, youth quorum and class presidencies, and members with missionary or temple and family history callings and responsibilities.

On-demand viewing will be available anytime beginning on February 25, 2021.

The theme will be “Hear Him Through Temple and Family History Work,” with a focus on this promise from President Russell M. Nelson: “I promise that as you increase your time in temple and family history work, you will increase and improve your ability to hear Him” (“Hear Him,” Apr. 2020 General Conference).

Who Should Participate

Stake and ward councils, bishoprics and branch presidencies, elders quorum and Relief Society presidencies, Young Women and Primary presidencies, ward mission leaders and missionaries, ward temple and family history leaders and consultants, and Young Women class and Aaronic Priesthood presidencies are invited to participate.

Watch On-demand

On-demand viewing will be available starting Thursday, February 25, 2021, by going to ChurchofJesusChrist.org/family-history or to the Church broadcast page. Languages will include English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German, Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Swedish. A recording of the training will be available in the Gospel Library soon after the event.

Learn more about RootsTech Connect Family Discovery Day

RootsTech Connect Family Discovery Day – Saturday, February 27 at 12:00 noon

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Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Sister Patricia Holland will be the featured speakers at Family Discovery Day on February 27, 2021.

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The Family Discovery Day, for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is part of the completely virtual and entirely Free RootsTech Connect family history conference experience. Hosted by FamilySearch, the Family Discovery Day is designed to celebrate shared connections with people from around the world.

Elder and Sister Holland and their family will talk about how we can connect to our heritage, to our ancestors, to our immediate family and to God. Their address comes from Elder Holland’s hometown of St. George, Utah. The Hollands will share family memories and stories through a video that was recorded at various locations in the area.

“My family members and I have recently spent a considerable amount of time thinking about the sweet relationships we have with one another,” Elder Holland said in a recent social media post. “I could just tell you that my faith and my family are my most important possessions—and they are—but let me show you that instead.

“Please join me and my family virtually on February 27 at the RootsTech Family Discovery Day event hosted by FamilySearch as we take you with us to southern Utah and share some of the times and places that have touched our lives.

“In the meantime, I encourage each of you to continue to build memories with your own loved ones. Families are indeed an eternal blessing from our loving Heavenly Father.”

How to Watch

The Family Discovery Day will be streamed on ChurchofJesusChrist.orgYouTubeLatter-day Saints Channel and other media on Saturday, February 27, at noon (mountain standard time). Latter-day Saints around the world are invited to participate then or watch the broadcast recording anytime on demand.

Bishopric Message – March 2021

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This month the pandemic will hit its one-year anniversary.  Many people have lived in fear, not seeing much hope.  Isolation has impacted everyone at some level, of which we don’t know of its lasting effects.  Now the COVID-19 infection numbers are dropping, access to the vaccine is expanding, restrictions are gradually being lifted.  Spring is just around the corner, bringing warmer weather and outside activities.  There have many reasons to look forward with hope and optimism, looking forward to the blessing that our Father in Heaven is waiting to shower upon us. 

I noticed that during this pandemic, many found more free time as society slowed down.  I remember feeling it was nice to slow down and not be rushed.  I enjoyed the quiet time, time to ponder and study.  It is during these times of quiet that the spirit teaches me and testified of truth and light.

During this time, did you find yourself withdrawing and self-isolating?  The advisory uses the “noise” of this existence to distract us from the quiet, still small voice of the spirit.  Do you listen to the noise or get distracted by it?

What did you do to lift yourself or care for yourself?  Have you found new ways to serve others?  What blessings have you identified?  Do you continue to exercise your faith with patience, placing our burdens, anxieties, and shortcomings upon the Lord?

The church produced a presentation titled: “2021 Temple and Family History Leadership Instruction

During this presentation Elder Bednar of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles and Elder Hamilton of the Seventy referred to a quote from our Prophet, President Nelson in his the April 2020 address, “Hear Him”: 

“I promise that as you increase your time in temple and family history work, you will increase and improve your ability to hear Him.

We also hear Him more clearly as we refine our ability to recognize the whisperings of the Holy Ghost. It has never been more imperative to know how the Spirit speaks to you than right now. In the Godhead, the Holy Ghost is the messenger. He will bring thoughts to your mind which the Father and Son want you to receive. He is the Comforter. He will bring a feeling of peace to your heart. He testifies of truth and will confirm what is true as you hear and read the word of the Lord.

I renew my plea for you to do whatever it takes to increase your spiritual capacity to receive personal revelation.

Doing so will help you know how to move ahead with your life, what to do during times of crisis, and how to discern and avoid the temptations and the deceptions of the adversary.

And, finally, we hear Him as we heed the words of prophets, seers, and revelators. Ordained Apostles of Jesus Christ always testifies of Him. They point the way as we make our way through the heart-wrenching maze of our mortal experiences.”

President Russell M. Nelson – From <https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2020/04/45nelson?lang=eng>

We know-how important it is to have personal revelation.  Now our living prophet encourages us to “increase your spiritual capacity to receive personal revelation.” 

He continues to emphasize how “imperative” it is to know how the Spirit speaks to us.  He has asked leaders to testify how they “Hear Him” and asks the question of us.

How do you “Hear Him”?

We have been taught great lessons these past few weeks both in our sacrament meetings and our second-hour meetings.  Our learning has expanded as we have taken time to ponder these messages in our homes.

Elder Bednar taught, “Faith in the Lord Jesus of Christ is a principle of Action and Power.  1st we act in accordance with the teachings of Jesus.  Then we are blessed with the power of his spirit.”

I “Hear Him” in my times of quiet, that is when inspiration comes to me.  I acknowledge that all good comes from God.  These positive thoughts that come into my mind during these quiet times is the spirit enlightening my mind, testifying of Truth and Light. 

Elder Bednar continued, “If we are living the gospel and keeping the commandments, we’re living in Revelation.”

I testify that our Heavenly Father listens to our prayers and that as we keep the commandments and live according to the gospel of Jesus Christ, we are living within revelation.  I pled with you to place your burden on the atonement of Jesus Christ and allow him to take them from you.

We love you all,

Bishop Jeff Anderson & the 28th Ward Bishopric

A Palm Sunday Invitation from the Prophet

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This Easter season, President Nelson invites the world to remember Jesus Christ, follow His teachings and watch the Church’s April 2021 general conference.

Easter Is about Peace and Hope

In a video released on Palm Sunday 2021 (March 28), Prophet Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints invites people everywhere to focus on Jesus Christ this Easter.

During the week leading up to Easter, the Church president asks the world to “make this coming week truly holy by remembering — not just the palms that were waved to honor the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem — but by remembering the palms of His hands.” In Isaiah 49:16 of the Old Testament are the words, “Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands” — a promise, President Nelson says, that “[Christ] will never forget you.”

President Nelson also invites people to “do something this week to follow [Jesus Christ’s] teachings. You might make your prayers more earnest. You could forgive someone or help a friend in need. You can start today on a new spiritual quest.”Those looking for a place of worship on Easter are invited to watch the virtual sessions of the Church’s Easter Sunday general conference, the prophet says. “[The conference] will be filled with Christ-centered messages and music. … Let us worship and praise Him for the peace, hope, light and truth He brings to us.”

Additional Resources

Bishopric Message – April 2021

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What a wonderful General Conference.  I loved listening to our living Prophet, President Russell M. Nelson on Easter Sunday.  President Nelson in his talk titled: “Christ Is Risen; Faith in Him Will Move Mountains” he stated:

“Each of God’s children deserves the opportunity to hear and accept the healing, redeeming message of Jesus Christ.  No other message is more vital to our happiness-now and forever.  No other message is more filled with hope.  No other message can eliminate contention in our society.” 

What a marvelous message of hope and faith.  He teaches us: “The answer to each your challenges is to increase your faith.”

He pleads with us on “this Easter morning is to start today to increase your faith.”

  • First, study. Become an engaged learner.
  • Second, choose to believe in Jesus Christ…  Choose to believe and stay Faithful.
  • Third, act in faith… Then receive more faith by doing something that requires more faith.
  • Fourth, partake of sacred ordinances worthily.  Ordinances unlock the power of God for your life.
  • And fifth, ask your Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, for help.

Let us follow the Prophet of God’s counsel and as we do, He will pour out blessings in our lives.  He wants us to feel of his love and experience His Joy.

During our Bishopric Meeting these past few weeks, we have discussed why we enjoy doing certain things.  I enjoy building things.  I enjoyed working alongside my brothers and father as we built a cabin, converted homes to apartments, constructed decks, finished basements, covered canals, and built other homes.  My father was always in the middle of some kind of project or was planning a future project.  I’m realizing that I enjoy working in real estate selling new construction because of my experience with my father at a young age.  These are some of the things that bring me joy and I accomplished and finished projects.  I learned about joy from my father here on earth.   

This discussion sparked some personal thoughts, making me wonder about what I learned directly from my Heavenly Father?  What do I know about the joy our Heavenly Father feels when He sees us accomplish or finish His projects.  What joy do we feel while we are doing His will?

In John 15:9-12, the Savior explains the love he has for his disciples is the same love that his Father in Heaven has for him.  He wants us to feel His love, partake of the fruit of His love.

9 As the Father hath aloved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

10 If ye akeep my commandments, ye shall abide in my blove; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your ajoy might be full.

12 This is my commandment, That ye alove one another, as I have bloved you.

John 15:9-12

How did our Savior view those that followed him?  How does he view us?  He continues in John 15:15-16.

15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you afriends; for all things that I have bheard of my Father I have made cknown unto you.

16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have achosen you, and bordained you, that ye should go and bring forth cfruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my dname, he may give it you.

John 15:15-16

He calls us friends if we follow His plan and keep His commandments.

I’m grateful for Father in Heaven for the love that he expresses to me through the many gifts he has given me and ways he blessed my life.

Might we all continue to listen to these wonderful messages of this General Conference!  Let us feel his love as we study his words through our living prophet.  I look forward to the coming days when I can listen to the messages again.  I look forward to the evening when my son, Shawn plans an evening to spend with me listening to the priesthood session again and having a wonderful discussion about the “principles” of the gospel. 

We love you and miss you all,

  • Bishop Jeff Anderson
  • Highland 28th Ward
  • “Stay Humble, Work Hard, & Be Kind”

Girl’s Camp – ANNOUNCEMENT

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ANNOUNCEMENT Girls camp will be held in St George from June 2-5.  It is open to all young women between the ages of 12 and 18.  This year’s camp theme is ‘A Great Work’.  We expect to have a ton of fun, service, and spiritual growth. Please contact Christie Skousen, christie@peerymusic.com or 650-224-7529 if you have questions or want more info.

Highland Utah Central Stake Conference – May 2021

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Stake Conference Schedule – May 22 – 23, 2021

Priesthood Leadership Meeting – Saturday, May 22nd at 4:30 pm – In person at the Stake Center 

  • (All Bishopric, Elder’s Quorum Presidency, Adult Aaronic Priesthood Leaders)

 Adult Session – Saturday, May 22nd at 7:00 pm – All Stake members ages 18 years and older, 

  • in person by invitation from your Bishop
  • all others via broadcast

 Youth Session – Sunday, May 23rd at 8:00 am – All youth ages 12-18

  • in person all youth ages 16-18
  • all other youth 12 – 16 via broadcast

 General Session – Sunday, May 23rd at 10:00 am – All Stake members

  • in person by invitation from your Bishop
  • all others via broadcast

Highland 28th Ward – High Adventure 2021

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Who: Anyone in the Highland 28th ward boundary who turns 16 this year and their father if desired.

What:  A two night, three day trip to the Snake River in Idaho.  

When:  Thursday, June 3 to Saturday, June 5

Where: Highland, UT to Burley, ID

Why:  A good time, service opportunity, boating, hiking, fishing, wake surfing, razors and authentic mexican food.

Itinerary:

Date & TimeWhatWhere
6/3 8:30Meet at Rencher’s house10224 N yorkshire ct
6/3 8:30 – 10:30Drive to Burley Idaho42.535179, -113.921366
6/3 10:30 – 1:00Lunch and Tent setup42.535179, -113.921366
6/3 1:00 – 5:00Boating42.535179, -113.921366
6/3 5:00 – EODNight games / Boating42.535179, -113.921366
6/4 morning – 10:00Fishing / Breakfast42.535179, -113.921366
6/4 10:00 – 3:00City of Rocks National ParkAlmo, ID
6/4 3:00 – EODBoating / Razor / Oregon TrailWest of Burley, ID
6/5 8:00 – 11:00Chinese Mines & Cauldron LynneMurtuagh, ID
6/5 11:00 – 12:00Clean up, put away tents, pack42.535179, -113.921366
6/5 12:00 – 2:30Drive to Highland UT10224 N Yorkshire ct

What to bring:

All food will be provided.  Boys and their dads will need:

  • Tent [a large common tent will be provided if some want to share]
  • Sleeping bag, pillow, stuffed animal
  • Toiletries
  • Bathing suit, 2 towels
  • Change of clothes for 3 days and two nights
  • LIFE JACKET [if you do not have one, let a leader know]
  • Light Jacket
  • Fishing pole and fishing gear if you want to fish
  • Flashlight
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Camp chair
  • Good shoes you can walk in
  • Work gloves [service project will require them]

Leaders:

Alan Rencher     (208) 716-5027

Cory Wilkinson   (801) 831-7361

Greg Bean          (425) 351-6503

2021 Graduating High School Seniors from the Highland 28th Ward

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American Fork High School Graduation was held at Rio Tinto Stadium on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 9:00 am. We are so proud of those from our ward that graduated this year.

Daxton Adams

Anna Allred

Aiden Brookhart – 2021 Valedictorian (Listen to his speech – 1:06:00 in the video)

Mia Laursen

Lone Peak High School Graduation was held at Rio Tinto Stadium on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 12:30 pm. We are so proud of those from our ward that graduated this year.

Ashley Pettersson

Mackenzie Scoville

American Fork High School 2021 Graduation

Bishopric Message – June 2021

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On this Memorial Day my thoughts have been around the military service of my own family.  In my father’s family there were seven boys and one girl.  The four oldest boys served in the military during and after World War II and all returned home safe to their families.  His father served in the Air Service in WWI and was on duty in England that the time of the Armistice. 

I also have a brother who retired from the Air Force just a few years ago after completing more then a 100 missions during the conflict in the Middle East.  This holiday has found me reflecting on the service of many others.  I spend some time today looking on FamilySearch where I found records of 20 men just a few generations back that were drafted into the military during both WWI and WWII. 

My father served in the Air Force and was stationed in Germany shortly after the war (WWII).  I included a quote from my father’s history of his experience that completed his time of service.

“On 21 November 1957 my student, Captain Weltzel and I were flying formation with Captain Weltzel in the back seat.  He had already been trained as a pilot in the T-33 and was now in the instructor course.  Lt. Von Gorhen and his student were in the lead aircraft.  Captain Weltzel was at the controls in the back seat.  I was enjoying the flight and relaxed with my arms upon the sides of the cockpit.  We had completed our descent from 20,000 feet and were coming in over a radio beacon at 1,500 feet to enter GCA when the lead aircraft signaled they were lowering the speed brakes.  Captain Weltzel didn’t recognize the signal so as we were advancing on the lead aircraft he pulled back all the way on the throttle and stop cocked the engine.  I lowered the speed brakes and we slowed down.  By the time we needed thrust, there was none there. 

“A pilot should not be able to stop cock the engine from the back seat in the T-33 but later it was found that some of the planes were defective and the detent was worn and this could happen.”

“Without power, we started descending.  I took over and tried to restart the engine by gang loading the fuel switch and turning on the air start switch.  The cloud ceiling was 500 feet and when we broke out under the clouds I picked out a plowed field and headed for it, reflexively pulling up to miss some power lines and we landed with gear down which is recommended in this circumstance.  There were trees a short distance ahead so we were fortunate to reach the ground in time.  The hard landing caused my student and I to suffer compression fractures of the lower thoracic and upper lumbar spine.  I apparently bumped my head and was knocked unconscious.  Two German nationals, Gotgried Grad and Ludwig Siebenhutter were nearby and pulled me from the wreckage.  Captain Weltzel was able to get out on his own.  Apparently, a few minutes after they got me a short distance from the plane it went up in flames.”

My father had guardian angels watching over him that day.  He had a purpose, a family to raise, and the Lord’s errand to complete.  He was spared that we might learn from him. 

I’m so grateful and proud of all those who have risked their lives for the freedoms that we all enjoy.  There are many in our ward who have also served in different branches of the military and a few who are actively serving.  Thank you for your service to our country and community. 

As the isolation of this pandemic is ending, there are many who are still concerned with the lasting effects of the COVID-19 virus.  I ask that everyone be respectful of others, reach out in support of those in our neighborhood.  Find ways to connect with those that you hold dear. 

Please let me know your individual concerns so we can sensitive to your needs as we start coming back together. 

We look forward to the day when we all feel comfortable with coming back to church in person.  Continue to uplift and support each other. 

We miss you all and want to see you,

  • Bishop Jeff Anderson
  • Highland 28th Ward
  • 801-372-2072
  • bishopjeffanderson@gmail.com
  • Ward Blog: www.highland28th.org
  • Dave Summers, Ward Executive Secretary
  • 801-361-9224
  • dlsummers135@gmail.com
  • “Stay Humble, Work Hard, & Be Kind”

Baptism of Miles Wirig

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Miles Burke Wirig was Baptized and Confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by his father, Steven Wirig on Saturday, June 12, 2021, at 10:00 am in the Highland Utah Central Stake Center. Please congratulate him if you get a chance.

Miles Wirig & Parents

Congratulations Miles, it was wonderful to share this event with you and your family.

Bishop Anderson

Message about Fast Sunday – August 2021

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This Sunday the Aaronic Priesthood will be coming to your door on an errand for the Bishop, to deliver a message from the bishopric and collect fast offerings. 

Might I ask a favor of you!  When they come to your door please help me out by doing three simple things:

First, please express gratitude to them for doing their duty of “… assisting the bishop in administering all temporal things”. 

Second, consider some small task they might do for you.

Third, find a small offering that you can contribute as a fast offering that can be collected by the deacons.

These simple little gestures can help them more fully understand the law of the fast and will place an important value on their service of being on the Lord’s errand each fast Sunday. 

Thank you for your consideration and have a wonderful week.

Love,

Bishop Jeff Anderson

  • Highland 28th Ward
  • 801-372-2072
  • bishopjeffanderson@gmail.com
  • Ward Blog: www.highland28th.org
  • Dave Summers, Ward Executive Secretary
  • 801-361-9224
  • dlsummers135@gmail.com
  • “Stay Humble, Work Hard, & Be Kind”

Announcements – August 2021

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Youth Conference

Youth Conference is fast approaching. As a reminder, Youth Conference will be held on Friday, August 6th, and Sunday, August 8th. On Friday, the 6th, the event will be held at the Electric Park in between the Solution Reach and the Megaplex Theater buildings at Thanksgiving Point. The youth can start to arrive by 7:30 am and activities will begin around 8:00 am.

Seminary Registration

Reminder to register your children for seminary this coming fall. 

You can add seminary through their Skyward account. (Arena scheduling – Electives – Seminary. This quick tutorial shows how: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYrlYhYANaw

As always, the staff at the seminary stand ready and willing to help.  If you have any questions or suggestions, please reach out to:

  • Chris Powell
  • Lone Peak Seminary
  • M: 801-360-8229
  • W: 801-763-4554

Bishopric Message – August 2021

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Dear friends and members:

Only a few more weeks of this early schedule.  September 5th, our ward will be moving to the middle schedule which will start either at 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, or 11:30.  I know the suspense is driving you mad, but we will need to wait and see, a test of our patience.

Fall is just around the corner.  School is going to start soon.  For some, this is stressful.  For others, it is the routine that they look forward to.  For the world in general, there are so many unknowns. 

I look forward to the future with whatever challenges present.  It is not the challenge that defines me or presents my worth.  I am a child of God, created spiritually by a loving Father in Heaven who provided me with blessings and talents.  He has given me a family that accepts me with my shortcomings, come what may.

I’m so grateful for our Prophet and for the guidance he gives.  Here are a few quotes from this last General Conference.  His words inspire me and give me hope.  Please continue to feast upon his words:

…choose to believe in Jesus Christ. … Take your questions to the Lord and to other faithful sources. Study with the desire to believe rather than with the hope that you can find a flaw in the fabric of a prophet’s life or a discrepancy in the scriptures. Stop increasing your doubts by rehearsing them with other doubters. Allow the Lord to lead you on your journey of spiritual discovery. …

Do not minimize the faith you already have. It takes faith to join the Church and remain faithful. It takes faith to follow prophets rather than pundits and popular opinion. It takes faith to serve a mission during a pandemic. It takes faith to live a chaste life when the world shouts that God’s law of chastity is now outmoded. It takes faith to teach the gospel to children in a secular world. It takes faith to plead for the life of a loved one and even more faith to accept a disappointing answer

Faith takes work. Receiving revelation takes work. But “every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”13 God knows what will help your faith grow. Ask, and then ask again.

Your growing faith in Him will move mountains—not the mountains of rock that beautify the earth but the mountains of misery in your lives. Your flourishing faith will help you turn challenges into unparalleled growth and opportunity.

“Christ Is Risen; Faith in Him Will Move Mountains”
By President Russell M. Nelson
President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
From <https://abn.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2021/04/49nelson?lang=eng>

The Lord knows of your fears.  Lean on him and he will direct your path.  Look forward with an optimistic view and know that the Lord is standing by your side.  Live a life of faith, stay on the covenant path regardless of the outcome, “come what may.”

Love,

  • Bishop Jeff Anderson
  • Highland 28th Ward
  • 801-372-2072
  • bishopjeffanderson@gmail.com
  • Ward Blog: www.highland28th.org
  • Dave Summers, Ward Executive Secretary
  • 801-361-9224
  • dlsummers135@gmail.com

“Stay Humble, Work Hard, & Be Kind”

Stake General Priesthood Meeting – August 15, 2021

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On August 15th, we will be conducting our Stake General Priesthood Meeting at the Alpine Tabernacle beginning at 4:00 pm.

This meeting is for ALL Priesthood brethren, including Aaronic Priesthood holders.  

Please join all of the Highland Utah Central Stake Priesthood Brethren along with the Stake Presidency Sunday afternoon,

“Stay Humble, Work Hard, & Be Kind”

Emotional Resilience Review – August 15, 2021

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Sisters and Brothers,

On August 15th at 7:00 am at the Stake Center Chapel, the Stake Presidency will be conducting a review of the Emotional Resilience offering being provided by the Church and how it will be organized at the Stake and Ward level.  It’s expected to last an hour.

The following are invited to attend:

  • Stake Presidency
  • Stake High Council
  • Stake Relief Society Presidency
  • Stake Young Women Presidency
  • Stake Young Men’s Presidency
  • Stake Sunday School Presidency
  • Ward Bishopric
  • Ward Elders Quorum Presidency
  • Ward Relief Society Presidency
  • Ward Young Women’s Presidency
  • Ward Sunday School Presidency
  • Presidency Secretaries are optional

Please join us,

“Stay Humble, Work Hard, & Be Kind”

Message from the Stake Presidency

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

On August 12, 2021, the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a message regarding the ongoing efforts around COVID-19 and its variants (please read the attachment).

After counseling with the Bishops and Stake High Council, the following steps are being taken within our Stake boundaries:

  • Masks are now highly encouraged while in Meetinghouses within our Stake for both hours on Sunday. We ask all members to respect and love each other regarding their decision to wear or not wear a mask.
  • Aaronic Priesthood holders who prepare and pass the Sacrament are required to wear masks
  • The ability to view Sacrament meetings via broadcast and conduct the Sacrament ordinance at home with Bishop’s authorization is now available.

We appreciate the faith and understanding of every member of the Stake to ensure the health and wellbeing of our fellow Brothers and Sisters. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your Bishop, Organization, or Quorum President. 

Sincerely,

  • President Kent
  • President Lyman
  • President Johnson

Official Church Announcements

https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/first-presidency-message-covid-19-august-2021

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Updated Sunday Schedule Changes – September 2021

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Members,

Based on feedback from Bishops Council, the Stake Presidency has decided to return to the pre-COVID overlapping block schedule.

This means that all Wards will return either to the 8:30 am, 11:00 am, or 1:30 pm block as a natural progression from the 2021 schedule.  These blocks should not be modified as consistency across the Stake is important. Changes to weekly activity days can be modified by the Bishops based on the building if desired.

Beginning September 5th, and based on our 2021 rotation, 2022 blocks times are as follows:

  • 12th Ward – 8:30 am – Tuesday (for Youth Activities, Relief Society/Elder Activities, and Primary Activity Days)
  • 28th Ward – 11:00 am – Wednesday (for Youth Activities, Relief Society/Elder Activities, and Primary Activity Days)
  • 5th Ward – 1:30 pm – Thursday (for Youth Activities, Relief Society/Elder Activities, and Primary Activity Days)

If you have any questions please contact a member of the Bishopric.

Stake Adult Leadership Training – August 29, 2021

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Brothers and Sisters,

On August 29th at 4 pm at the Stake Center Chapel, the Stake Presidency will be conducting a Stake Adult Leadership training.  It’s expected to last up to one and a half hours.

Those who are invited include:

  • Ward Bishopric
  • Ward Elder Quorum Presidency (secretary optional)
  • Ward Relief Society Presidency (secretary optional)
  • Ward Young Women’s Presidency (secretary optional)
  • Ward Primary Presidency (secretary optional)
  • Ward Sunday School Presidency (secretary optional)
  • Ward Mission LeaderWard Missionaries

See you all there,

Bishopric’s Message – September 2021

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This month’s message is simple.

Our Heavenly Father knows you and sees you. He knows the gifts that He has given you. He loves you. Please trust Him, set your doubts, and lean on Him.

I see you and love you,

  • Bishop Jeff Anderson
  • Highland 28th Ward
  • 801-372-2072
  • bishopjeffanderson@gmail.com
  • Ward Blog: www.highland28th.org
  • Dave Summers, Ward Executive Secretary
  • 801-361-9224
  • dlsummers135@gmail.com

“Stay Humble, Work Hard, & Be Kind”

Liberia Village Well: Leon and Dorothy Kennedy Memorial

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Dear Family and friends,

We have decided to fund another village well, here in Liberia in memory of my parents.  Many of you have expressed wishes to support this cause and so we are sending the link to you.  We are excited to be a part of this project again.  We see so many of our sweet friends traveling such long distances for clean water and then carrying it back to their homes.  Reusing it over and over and over again for different things from cooking, washing food, to cleaning dishes, bathing and laundry.  Some villages using brown and dirty water from streams and rivers for their needs. 

This organization drills many of the wells here in Liberia and we know them personally.  Africa Heartwood Project has a local crew to do this work providing jobs for many Liberians.  Thank you for your support!

Elder and Sister Barker

 Leon and Dorothy Kennedy, Kim Barker’s Parents

Our family is grateful for all expressions of sympathy for our parents, Leon and Dorothy Kennedy.  In Lieu of flowers a fund has been established to drill a well for safe drinking water in a village in Liberia where their daughter Kim and her husband Steve Barker are currently serving a mission. 

Online donations are being accepted at: http://gofundme.com/f/LeonDorothyKennedy

Stake Conference – October 16th & 17th

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Dear Ward Family,

Next Sunday is our Stake Conference.  Attached is a letter from the Stake Presidency identifying our visiting Area Seventy and the sessions of the conference:

October 16th, 4:00 pm – Stake & Ward Leadership Council (Highland Central Stake Center)

All members that constitute Stake and Ward councils should plan on attending. This will be held in person

October 16th, 7:00 pm – Adult Session (Highland Central Stake Center)

All Stake members who are 18 years and older should plan on participating. Those who want to attend in person are invited to the Stake Center, in addition to it being broadcast

October 17th, 10:00 am (Highland Central Stake Center)

The Strasburg and 28th Wards are invited to attend in person.  All others are invited to join via broadcast.

Please plan on attending. We will see you all next Sunday.

Love,

Bishop Anderson

Finding Strength in the Lord through Emotional Resilience

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You can find the course here to do with your families or better yet, sign up to meet with a group to get the full experience.

Sign-up

Message from the First Presidency

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

The Lord has declared, “It is my purpose to provide for my saints” (Doctrine and Covenants 104:15). This revelation is a promise from the Lord that He will provide blessings and open the door of self-reliance, which is the ability for us to provide the necessities of life for ourselves and our family members.

This workbook has been prepared to help members of the Church learn and put into practice principles of faith, education, hard work, and trust in the Lord. Accepting and living these principles will better enable you to receive the strength promised by the Lord.

We invite you to diligently study and apply these principles and teach them to your family members. As you do so, your life will be blessed. You will learn how to act on your path toward greater self-reliance. You will be blessed with greater hope, peace, and progress.

Please be assured that you are a child of our Father in Heaven. He loves you and will never forsake you. He knows you and is ready to extend to you the spiritual and temporal blessings of self-reliance.

Sincerely,

The First Presidency

Bishopric’s Message – October 2021

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Dear Ward Family & Friends,

What a wonderful General Conference.  How comforting it is to listen to a Prophet’s voice as he challenged us to seek the guidance of the Spirit to receive answers to personal questions and feel support from him personally in our lives as we participate in this General Conference.

Many are struggling quietly, behind closed doors.  Some are being tempted beyond what seems fair.  The world is screaming with anger toward others while neglecting self-reflection. 

Over the past several weeks there seemed to be more darkness, more questions, and less hope.  I have struggled to stay optimistic.  The grind of the day has paid a toll on my heart as I have felt overwhelmed, down, and unappreciated.  These feelings have driven me to search for more meaning in what I do and a revived hope in the future.  I looked forward to hearing the words spoken at conference, knowing that my soul will be lifted.  While I waited I leaned on messages from the scriptures, leaders from the past, and positive messages.

5 aTrust in the Lord with all thine bheart; and lean not unto thine cown dunderstanding.

In all thy ways aacknowledge him, and he shall bdirect thy cpaths.

Proverbs 3: 5-6

37 aCounsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for bgood; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the cmorning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day. 

Alma 37:37

We are encouraged to look for truth as we listen to good music, received uplifting messages, and read good books.  I love listening to positive podcasts.  Many messages that ring true to me.  

a bit of Optimism – by Simon Sinek, author of the Book: Start With Why!

Simon Sinek started the podcast to interview individuals that he has been inspired by or has leaned on through the pandemic and personal struggles.  In one broadcast he quoted Dr. James Carse with his definition of Optimism.

“Optimism is not blind positivity and it is not naïve.  You can live in darkness, you can be in darkness, you can go through hard times but Optimism is the undying belief that the future is bright.  If you assume there is not hope, you guarantee there will be no hope.

Optimism is a strategy for making a better future.”

Dr. James Carse

I have listened to leaders from the past, hoping for some guidance and strength to help me keep moving forward.  Here are a few thoughts from a few talks I found as I searched “Optimism”:

In a devotional titled: There Is Always Hope by JOHN H. GROBERG of the Seventy on June 3, 1984

There is always hope. No matter how dismal things appear, no matter how problem-prone we seem to be, no matter what reversals and setbacks we suffer, there is always hope.

So you see, the battle lines are clearly drawn. Satan and his forces (the world) will do everything in their power to have you lose hope—to be constantly down on yourself, always discouraged, despondent, etc. We know people like that because we have been like that sometimes. Satan wants to discourage you, for he knows discouragement and hope cannot exist together. So if he gets you discouraged enough, out goes hope.

On the other hand, the Savior will do just the opposite. He will do all in his power to encourage you, lift you up, give you hope, help you in every way possible, so that with a “steadfastness in Christ” we may attain to that “perfect brightness of hope” and then discouragement and despair are gone. Can you see how clear that is?

Darkness, discouragement, pessimism, depression, anger, lack of hope—all come from Satan and his forces, whereas optimism, light, encouragement, hope, even to a perfect brightness of hope—all come from the Savior.

John H. Groberg

In a devotional titled: The Lord Is at the Helm by GORDON B. HINCKLEY  of the First Presidency on March 6, 1994

I picked up the Washington Post this morning and thumbed through it. It appeared to me a litany of negativism. If you were to read the Washington Post this morning, you might think the whole nation was going down the drain, and the whole world…

I contrast that with the optimism I feel concerning the Church. This is the greatest day—the greatest season—in the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in my judgment. How wonderful to be alive today. How wonderful to be a part of this great cause at this time in the history of the world and in the history of this church. Never has it been so large. Never has it been so strong. Never has it been so highly regarded. Never has it made the kind of progress that it is making today. I say that with great humility and with great appreciation. I don’t discount the glorious days when the Prophet Joseph Smith walked the earth and spoke as a prophet to the people. I don’t discount the great, marvelous days of struggle and sacrifice and pain when our people came west under the leadership of President Brigham Young. I don’t minimize the accomplishments of any other era of the history of the Church or the greatness of any president who has presided over the Church. I simply say that things are getting better and better. And I feel profoundly grateful for that.

I come this evening with a plea that we stop seeking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight. I’m suggesting that we accentuate the positive. I’m asking that we look a little deeper for the good, that we still our voices of insult and sarcasm, that we more generously compliment virtue and effort.

I am not asking that all criticism be silent. Growth comes with correction. Strength comes with repentance. Wise is the man or woman who, committing mistakes pointed out by others, changes his or her course. I am not suggesting that our conversation be all honey. Clever expression that is sincere and honest is a skill to be sought and cultivated. What I am suggesting and asking is that we turn from the negativism that so permeates our society and look for the remarkable good in the land and times in which we live, that we speak of one another’s virtues more than we speak of one another’s faults, that optimism replace pessimism.

Gordon B. Hinckley, 1994

In the October 1995 General Conference to talk titled: Stay the Course—Keep the Faith by GORDON B. HINCKLEY, President of the Church

So it was in the latter part of the last century. It seemed the whole world stood against us. But the faithful knew there was sunlight behind those dark clouds, and that if they held on the storm would pass.

Today we walk in the sunlight of goodwill. There is a tendency on the part of some to become indifferent. There are those who drift off seeking the enticements of the world, forsaking the cause of the Lord. I see others who think it is all right to lower their standards, perhaps in small ways. In this very process, they lose the cutting edge of enthusiasm for this work. For instance, they think the violation of the Sabbath is a thing of unimportance. They neglect their meetings. They become critical. They engage in backbiting. Before long they have drifted from the Church.

The Prophet Joseph once declared, “Where doubt is, their faith has no power” (Lectures on Faith, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1985, p. 46).

I invite any who may have so drifted to come back to the strong and solid moorings of the Church. This is the work of the Almighty. Whether we as individuals go forward will depend on us. But the Church will never fail to move forward.

Gordon B. Hinckley, 1995

During the month of October, please take President Nelson’s challenge to prayerfully ask for answers to your questions by listening to the messages from the conference and be touched and taught by the spirit. 

As life deals challenges, reach out to a close friend, a family member, your ward family, and to us.  Know that we are here for you.

I know He Lives and knows of our individual challenges.  Lean on our Savior, Jesus Christ for his cleansing, strengthening, and redeeming power.  His Atonement is enough, His Love is all reaching and everlasting. 

We LOVE you all,

  • Bishop Jeff Anderson
  • Highland 28th Ward
  • 801-372-2072
  • bishopjeffanderson@gmail.com
  • Ward Blog: www.highland28th.org
  • Dave Summers, Ward Executive Secretary
  • 801-361-9224
  • dlsummers135@gmail.com

“Stay Humble, Work Hard, & Be Kind”

Baptism of Bram Alrek McClure

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Bram Alrek McClure was Baptized and Confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by his father, Seth McClure on Saturday, October 9, 2021, at 10:00 am in the Highland Utah Central Stake Center. Please congratulate him if you get a chance.

Congratulations Bram, it was wonderful to share this event with you and your family.

Bishop Anderson

The UTAH OREM Mission

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We would like to ask you to please pass the following information along to your wards via email, ward bulletin, social media and word of mouth. 

Thank you

“You are part of the Utah Orem MISSION!

The Lord has asked us to sweep the Earth with a flood, and that flood is social media! The Utah Orem Mission has developed two Facebook pages to further His work.

The first page, The Road to Hope and Peace posts daily uplifting content that is non denominational. It provides a simple digital means to share the gospel with anyone.  If you’re concerned about not knowing how to use social media, there is no need to fear.

The Utah Orem Missionaries page explains HOW to share the gospel online and provides engaging challenges to inspire you to step outside of your comfort zone. You, the members, are our GREATEST resource in furthering the gospel here. 

We need your help!  Please “like” each of these pages and engage with both pages so you can get more involved in the work! They are reachable by the links below:


The Road to Hope and Peace: 
https://www.facebook.com/roadtohopeandpeace/
https://instagram.com/theroadtohopeandpeace?utm_medium=copy_link

The Utah Orem Missionaries Page:
https://www.facebook.com/utahoremmissionaries/

Thank you for your efforts!


Why I Believe – October 27th at 7:00 pm

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The Utah Orem Mission On Sunday, October 24th at 7:00 PM MDT, the Road to Hope and Peace will be hosting their next “Why I Believe.”

Tune in to hear from Jon and Michelle Schmidt from the “Piano Guys” as they explain how they’ve maintained faith through the storms of life.

The event will be accessible through the Road to Hope and Peace Facebook Page. It should be a spiritual experience to remember!”

The Road to Hope and Peace: 
https://www.facebook.com/roadtohopeandpeace/

Invitation from the Stake Relief Society

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Dear Highland Central Stake Members,

President Lyman asked that I share this invitation with you.

Our emotional resilience has been challenged by the uncertainty of these times. As just another demonstration of the Lord’s omnipotence and concern, the Church has developed an educational resource to assist ALL members in developing tools to help us, by offering the new Finding Strength in the Lord: Emotional Resilience course.

This is a proactive, educational, ten-week course that will truly help any member to learn and develop tools and skills to help themselves, their families, their friends, coworkers, roommates, and companions in many areas of emotional resilience, as they draw closer to and find strength in our Savior, Jesus Christ, through emotional resilience.  As you know, taking the course versus just reading it online can be much more beneficial and effective in making positive life changes.

This course covers well-thought-out and vetted topics to help us recognize and know how to help ourselves and those around us with emotional issues such as anger management, addiction, anxiety, and better communication skills, to name a few. Again, the intention is to give information and tools, and it is the hope that some things will resonate with each individual and help us to find more balance and emotional resiliency in our lives, drawing us closer to our Savior.

To sign up, just click on the link provided below. Course start times will be staggered and ongoing to best fit your needs.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeE65dnENGmNOXFg0Ss_314Jz5te6xq66zo65BOwPW4xlRBwg/viewform

Thank you so much!

Cassie Christiansen

(Stake Relief Society President)

Bishopric Message – November 2021

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Daily Reading from Book of Mormon

As a Bishopric, we felt it important to move forward challenging all the members of our ward to find time to be in the Book of Mormon each day.  For some this might take the shape of hours of scripture study, others it might be listening to the Book of Mormon through the LDS Library on the way to work, and yet others it might be simply reading a single verse from the Book of Mormon on a really hard day. 

This challenge is not about finishing a task, it is about creating a consistent habit.  Keep in mind Moroni’s Promise found in Moroni 10:3-5 as you read daily. 

3 Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.

4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.

5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.

From <https://abn.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/bofm/moro/10?lang=eng>

A testimony starts with a desire to believe.  Build your testimony on the words of Christ found in the Book of Mormon and hold tight to the Iron Rod, the Word of God which leads to the tree, the Love of God, and partake of the Fruit of the Tree, the Love of God, then feel His love grow within you.

I hope that all will partake of the Love of God by tasting of the Fruit and allowing it to fill our souls with Forgiveness and Love.

Love,

Bishop Anderson

Special Leadership Broadcast – November 18th at 7:00 pm.

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Dear Brethren:

Elder D. Todd Christofferson and the Utah Area Presidency will hold a special leadership broadcast on Thursday, November 18, at 7:00 pm. We will be discussing the role of Area Presidencies and the Utah Area vision, goals and progress measures. The broadcast will also be available for later viewing for your convenience.

We invite you, where possible, to gather as stake and ward councils to view the broadcast. Please see the meeting links below. Segments of the broadcast will be made available for use on Sunday, January 30, 2022, for wards and branches to discuss the principles taught and how leaders and members can engage.

We anticipate that as we work together to come unto Christ, we will help individuals and families to joyfully live His gospel and willingly let God prevail in their lives by choosing to place the Savior and sacred covenants at the center of their lives.

May the Lord continue to bless all of us in our dedication to Him.

Sincerely,

Kevin W. Pearson
Evan A. Schutz
Walter F. Gonzalez
Utah Area Presidency

English Broadcast

Grant Rencher in North Pole, Alaska

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Elder Grant Rencher has been serving in Alaska, awaiting his transfer to Brazil. He was called as a District Leader and transferred to North Pole, AK. He has received news that he will be flying to Brazil on December 2nd. From one extreme to another, a dry cold climate to a damp hot climate within the day. Here is a picture of the weather for this week in North Pole, AK.

Weather forecast in North Pole Alaska

Congratulations Elder, It is exciting to hear of your adventure.

Bishopric Message – December 2021

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Christmas and the season of giving is just around the corner.  Our hearts are full of the spirit of gratitude for all of our blessings.  Some struggle with health yet is grateful for the little things.  Some struggle financially yet hold on with hope for the future and exercise faith as they arise each morning and face a new day.  Some struggle with self-doubt not seeing their full potential.  Some plead with the Lord for comfort as their world seems to be crashing down around them, yet they are grateful for the strength to keep going, keep loving, and continually forgiving, for they know that “at the core of Love is Forgiveness” both of self and others.

Christmas is such a wonderful and giving time of year.  As we continue to turn our lives over to Christ might we all look for ways to lift someone else’s burden with a smile of gratitude and thanksgiving.  Can we look for someone that is downtrodden and offer a hand of friendship, support, and love.

There are some very close to us still fighting to survive, living day to day with hope in the future.  If you are one of those families that could use a little help, please reach out to a member of the Bishopric so we can council with you and provide some assistance. 

If you have been blessed with excess this year and have a desire to help someone close by donating to the ward’s other fund.  We welcome extra donations during this time of year.  We promise to search out those in need of a helping hand and any excess will be applied to the ward fast-offering account at the end of the month. 

Youth of our ward remember the challenge you have been given to read in the Book of Mormon every day and to watch for someone that isn’t included or is separate from others.  Take courage and introduce yourself to them, learn their name, and the next time you see them say hello and call them by their name.  Then take note and watch the miracles happen simply because you put someone else first.

With Love,

  • Bishop Jeff Anderson
  • Highland 28th Ward
  • 801-372-2072
  • bishopjeffanderson@gmail.com
  • Ward Blog: www.highland28th.org
  • Dave Summers, Ward Executive Secretary
  • 801-361-9224
  • dlsummers135@gmail.com
  • “Stay Humble, Work Hard, & Be Kind”

Announcements:

  • Sunday, December 5th at 6:00 pm – First Presidency’s Christmas Devotional
  • Saturday, December 18th at 9:00 am (Updated Time) – Ward Christmas Breakfast – Heritage Park Building
  • December 19th – Christmas Program
  • Sunday Meeting Time Change:  10:00 am Sacrament Meeting – Starting December 26th we will be going back to the wards overlapping schedules.  (8:30, 10:00 & 11:30)
  • December 26th – Sacrament Meeting Only – 10:00 am
  • Remember Tithing Settlement – two Sunday evenings remain, December 12th & December 19th – from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.  Please go to the Ward Blog to Sign-up for a time.  www.highland28th.org

Please enjoy the enclosed Sunday School Newsletter along with a calendar for the Come Follow Me for next year as we read and study the Old Testament.

Ward Christmas Party starts and 9:00 am on December 18th

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Date: December 18, 2021

Time: 9:00 am

Place: Heritage Park Building (On Alpine Highway, south of Heritage Park)

Come mingle with your friends and neighbors and eat breakfast.

Side effects include but are not limited to:

  • Connecting with people
  • Laughing
  • Spending time with good people
  • Filling your belly
  • Starting your day on a high note
  • and Having fun.

Special Fast – 28th Ward

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Saturday, December 11 to Sunday December 12, 2021

Dear Ward Members,

I wanted to let everyone know about a member in our ward that has been struggling this past week with COVID and has been hospitalized.  I have talked with the family and have received permission to pass along this information. 

Greg Hunsaker was hospitalized this past week and has been struggling with his breathing and oxygen saturation.  He is stable but his progress has been very slow.  In talking with the family and the Relief Society Presidency, the idea was raised of having a special ward fast. 

We invite you to join with the Bishopric in fasting and prayer on Greg’s behalf, starting tonight through tomorrow. 

We are in contact with Liane and the family regarding his condition and I will update everyone tomorrow at church.  If you have any questions please reach out to a member of the bishopric or a member of the Relief Society Presidency.

We are concerned for his health and he welcomes everyone’s prayers on his behalf.

Love,

Bishop Anderson

This invitation was sent to the adult members of the 28th Ward, the Stake Presidency, and the High Council.

Status Update on Greg – 12/15/2021

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Dear Ward Family,

Just wanted to give you an update on Greg Hunsaker.  He is home from the hospital and doing much better but is still quite weak.  Doctors say it will take him 6 to 8 weeks to build back his strength and full lung capacity.  

Someone should encourage him to take a break, slow down, and allow his body to recover.  

The Hunsaker family has expressed their gratitude for all those that fasted and prayed on his behalf.  

Love,

Bishop Anderson

A Message of Christmas Hope

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Christmas is a wonderful time of year.  It is a time to reach out beyond ourselves to touch the lives of others.  It could be an estranged family member, a long-lost friend, or just reconnecting with our neighbors.  Might we share a message of Hope to all.

Here are some descriptions of true HOPE.

“Hope embodies happy feelings, anticipation of good things, the best of the gospel, and zest for life.  In this church, we celebrate “a perfect brightness of hope.” (2 Ne. 31:20.)  What a light, ebullient phrase that is. I’ve stood on a mountaintop at sunrise and thought of that phrase.  Hope—what it does to my soul when I feel it! Hope—what it does for the world when we act on it!” – Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President – 12 April 1991. 

“Hope is not a lottery ticket you can sit on the sofa and clutch feeling lucky.  Hope is an axe that you break down doors with in an emergency.  Hope should shove you out the door because it will take everything you have to steer the future away from endless” hardship – Rebecca Solnit book; Hope in the Dark

The prophet Moroni taught, “Whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God” (Ether 12:4).

As this world seams progressively worse, year after year, let us remember the message of hope promised to us by our living Prophet who leads the Lord’s church:

“I bring a message of hope. Regardless of how desperate things may seem, remember, we can always have hope. Always! The Lord’s promise to us is certain: “He that endureth in faith and doeth my will, the same shall overcome” (D&C 63:20). I repeat, there is always hope!” – President Russell M. Nelson – January 8, 1995.

May we all enjoy this Christmas season with our families and loved ones, while looking for a way to lighten the load of those that meet along the way.  Merry Christmas.

Love,

  • Bishop Jeff Anderson
  • Highland 28th Ward
  • 801-372-2072
  • bishopjeffanderson@gmail.com
  • “Stay Humble, Work Hard, & Be Kind”
  • Ward Blog: www.highland28th.org

Christmas Program – Highland 28th Ward

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Sunday, December 19, 2021

Opening Song: #202 Oh, Come All Ye Faithful

Sacrament Song: #173 While of These Emblems We Partake

Christmas is a wonderful time of year.  It is a time to reach out beyond ourselves to touch the lives of others.  It could be an estranged family member, a long-lost friend, or just reconnecting with our neighbors.  There is no better way to spread the good news than through music.  Just the sound of a simple bell ringing can lighten our hearts.  Just listen to the lyrics of this music and let your heart feel the spirit of Christmas.    

In the quaint little village of Bethlehem, the world stood still as the baby child was born. 

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.  And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

A Way in a Manger – Primary

The gifts that we give to each other should remind us of the gift that God, our Heavenly Father, gave to the world, even his only begotten son.

Silent Night – Sister Jennifer Rencher, Cameron Jones, Kennedy Jones, Sophie Gardiner, and Grace Rencher on the Violin

The night before the fulfillment of these prophesies, the Savior himself appeared to Nephi saying:  “Lift up your head and be of good cheer; for behold the time is at hand, and on this night shall the sign be given, and on the morrow come I into the world, to show unto the world that I will fulfill all that which I have caused to be spoken by the mouth of my holy prophets.

The First Noel #213 – congregational hymn

What Child is this – Chante Engh and Catia Brookhart (Harp & Cello)

As the star in the heaven showed the shepherds the way to the Christ child – The world witnessed the star and the humble understood its meaning.  These next few songs describe that night, the signs that were given, and the sounds that were heard. 

Angels we have heard on High – youth

How it would have been if we were there to witness that wonderful event – the birth of the Savior of the World.

Were you there on that Christmas Night – Ward Choir

While these events were going on in Bethlehem, great wonders were occurring among the Nephites on this hemisphere as prophesied by Samuel the Lamanite.  “And behold, this will I give unto you for a sign at the time of his coming; for behold, there shall be great lights in heaven, insomuch that in the night before he cometh there shall be no darkness, insomuch that it shall appear unto man as if it was day.

Joy to the World #201 – congregational hymn

During these times of world turmoil, let us enjoy this holiday season while remembering the true meaning of Christmas, our gifts we bring, and present at the foot of the manager.  We celebrate the birth of our savior and redeemer, Jesus Christ.  Hallelujah and Merry Christmas

In the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen

Hallelujah Chorus – Sister Sell and Skousen (Piano Organ Duet)

Closing Prayer

Bishopric Message – January 2022

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Dear Friends and Ward Family,

Sacrament Meeting on December 26th was wonderful to hear which hymn is your favorite and why then to sing the song as a congregation.  From the stand, we witnessed many tears as the spirit bore witness of the Love the Savior has for us.  His love is all-encompassing.  Because of his love for us we have the potential to return.

I wanted to share one of my favorite hymns.  There are many fond memories of hearing my father and his six brothers sing this hymn when the family would gather, “Brightly Beams Our Father’s Mercy”.

First, he shows his light of mercy:  Brightly beams our Father’s mercy, From his lighthouse evermore, But to us, he gives the keeping Of the lights along the shore.

Second, he tells us that sin is dark.  Sin doesn’t need to keep a grip on us if we but look toward him:  Dark the night of sin has settled; Loud the angry billows roar.  Eager eyes are watching, longing, For the lights along the shore.

The last verse of this song along with the chorus has always had profound meaning to me as the Lord asks us to always be watchful as we shine his light in a troubled world:  Trim your feeble lamp, my brother; Some poor sailor, tempest-tossed, Trying now to make the harbor, In the darkness may be lost.

Let the lower lights be burning;  Send a gleam across the wave.  Some poor fainting, struggling seaman You may rescue, you may save.

2022 is here.  With a new year, we have the opportunity to start a new. 

Last week I thought a lot about how I hear him.  I listened to the messages from our Prophet and the Twelve on how They hear Him.  Each gives a different explanation of how they hear Him.  Might I ask the question; how do you hear him?

I hear him as I look outward toward others.  It is a wonderful blessing to be a Bishop because it provides a means to look outside myself, setting my own needs aside for the moment and extending a hand of friendship and love to others.  This is when I feel of His love.  Impressions come and I do my best to ack on these impressions.  I also hear him when I take a moment, silence the noise around me, and am still.

Might I ask, How do you hear him?  Are you willing to share your impressions?  I would love to have you respond and tell us how you hear him.

I testify that he is there.  He is aware of you and loves you.

Love,

  • Bishop Jeff Anderson
  • Highland 28th Ward
  • 801-372-2072
  • bishopjeffanderson@gmail.com

Ward Blog: www.highland28th.org

“Stay Humble, Work Hard, Be Kind, and Forgiving”