Friday, August 6, 2010

Public Invited to Attend Kyiv Ukraine Temple Open House

 My Dear Brothers & Sisters,

I have the great blessing of hosting this blog, and am even more touched by the willingness of this entire Branch to lift where they stand... to embolden and reinvigorate all whom are edified by them. This has always rang true to me. There is no better time to be driven to continual reflection on why we believe what we do, and why it helps us. Sometimes we simply follow because we are commanded and compelled to; That is a powerful demonstration of faith without having to see a sign, or additional witness (Of which the Light of Christ inside us all, already does witness through magnification and desire to listen to the still small voice).

Consider the words first, of the Savior to one disciple named Thomas:

"Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed." (John 20:29)

And when it came to Alma, teaching and preaching unto those of the Zoramites after their seperation from the main body of Nephites, and more specifically unto those whom were cast out from the body of the Zoramites because of their poverty, Alma said this:

"And now, because ye are compelled to be humble blessed are ye; for a man sometimes, if he is compelled to be humble, seeketh arepentance; and now surely, whosoever repenteth shall find mercy; and he that findeth mercy and bendureth to the end the same shall be saved.
  14 And now, as I said unto you, that because ye were compelled to be ahumble ye were blessed, do ye not suppose that they are more blessed who truly humble themselves because of the word?
  15 Yea, he that truly humbleth himself, and repenteth of his sins, and endureth to the end, the same shall be blessed—yea, much more blessed than they who are compelled to be humble because of their exceeding poverty.
  16 Therefore, blessed are they who ahumble themselves without being bcompelled to be humble; or rather, in other words, blessed is he that believeth in the word of God, and is baptized without cstubbornness of heart, yea, without being brought to know the word, or even compelled to know, before they will believe.
  17 Yea, there are many who do say: If thou wilt show unto us a asign from heaven, then we shall know of a surety; then we shall believe.
  18 Now I ask, is this faith? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; for if a man knoweth a thing he hath no cause to abelieve, for he knoweth it.
  19 And now, how much amore bcursed is he that cknoweth the dwill of God and doeth it not, than he that only believeth, or only hath cause to believe, and falleth into etransgression?
  20 Now of this thing ye must judge. Behold, I say unto you, that it is on the one hand even as it is on the other; and it shall be unto every man according to his work.
  21 And now as I said concerning faith—afaith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye bhope for things which are cnot seen, which are true.
  22 And now, behold, I say unto you, and I would that ye should remember, that God is amerciful unto all who believe on his name; therefore he desireth, in the first place, that ye should believe, yea, even on his word.
  23 And now, he imparteth his word by angels unto men, yea, anot only men but women also. Now this is not all; little bchildren do have words given unto them many times, which cconfound the wise and the learned.
  24 And now, my beloved brethren, as ye have desired to know of me what ye shall do because ye are afflicted and cast out—now I do not desire that ye should suppose that I mean to judge you only according to that which is true—
  25 For I do not mean that ye all of you have been compelled to humble yourselves; for I verily believe that there are some among you who awould humble themselves, let them be in whatsoever circumstances they might.
  26 Now, as I said concerning faith—that it was not a perfect knowledge—even so it is with my words. Ye cannot know of their surety at first, unto perfection, any more than faith is a perfect knowledge.
  27 But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than adesire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words.
  28 Now, we will compare the word unto a aseed. Now, if ye give place, that a bseed may be planted in your cheart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your dunbelief, that ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves—It must needs be that this is a good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth to eenlighten my funderstanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me.
  29 Now behold, would not this increase your faith? I say unto you, Yea; nevertheless it hath not grown up to a perfect knowledge.
  30 But behold, as the seed swelleth, and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow, then you must needs say that the seed is good; for behold it swelleth, and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow. And now, behold, will not this strengthen your faith? Yea, it will strengthen your faith: for ye will say I know that this is a good seed; for behold it sprouteth and beginneth to grow.
  31 And now, behold, are ye sure that this is a good seed? I say unto you, Yea; for every seed bringeth forth unto its own alikeness.
  32 Therefore, if a seed groweth it is good, but if it groweth not, behold it is not good, therefore it is cast away.
  33 And now, behold, because ye have tried the experiment, and planted the seed, and it swelleth and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow, ye must needs know that the seed is good.
  34 And now, behold, is your aknowledge bperfect? Yea, your knowledge is perfect in that thing, and your cfaith is dormant; and this because you know, for ye know that the word hath swelled your souls, and ye also know that it hath sprouted up, that your understanding doth begin to be enlightened, and your dmind doth begin to expand.
  35 O then, is not this real? I say unto you, Yea, because it is alight; and whatsoever is light, is bgood, because it is discernible, therefore ye must know that it is good; and now behold, after ye have tasted this light is your knowledge perfect?
  36 Behold I say unto you, Nay; neither must ye lay aside your faith, for ye have only exercised your faith to plant the seed that ye might try the experiment to know if the seed was good.
  37 And behold, as the tree beginneth to grow, ye will say: Let us nourish it with great care, that it may get root, that it may grow up, and bring forth fruit unto us. And now behold, if ye nourish it with much care it will get root, and grow up, and bring forth fruit.
  38 But if ye aneglect the tree, and take no thought for its nourishment, behold it will not get any root; and when the heat of the sun cometh and scorcheth it, because it hath no root it withers away, and ye pluck it up and cast it out.
  39 Now, this is not because the seed was not good, neither is it because the fruit thereof would not be desirable; but it is because your aground is bbarren, and ye will not nourish the tree, therefore ye cannot have the fruit thereof.
  40 And thus, if ye will not nourish the word, looking forward with an eye of faith to the fruit thereof, ye can never pluck of the fruit of the atree of life.
  41 But if ye will nourish the word, yea, nourish the tree as it beginneth to grow, by your faith with great diligence, and with apatience, looking forward to the fruit thereof, it shall take root; and behold it shall be a tree bspringing up unto everlasting life.
  42 And because of your adiligence and your faith and your patience with the word in nourishing it, that it may take root in you, behold, by and by ye shall pluck the bfruit thereof, which is most precious, which is sweet above all that is sweet, and which is white above all that is white, yea, and pure above all that is pure; and ye shall feast upon this fruit even until ye are filled, that ye hunger not, neither shall ye thirst.
  43 Then, my brethren, ye shall areap the brewards of your faith, and your diligence, and patience, and long-suffering, waiting for the tree to bring forth cfruit unto you."

All that being said, brethren, I now wish to share with you, the story just published by the LDS Newsroom:

The public is invited to tour the newly completed Kyiv Ukraine Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the first temple of the Church built in Eastern Europe.
The First Presidency of the Church has announced a public open house beginning Saturday, 7 August 2010, and continuing through Saturday, 21 August 2010, excluding Sundays. Public tours are available on Mondays from 8:00 to 17:00, and Tuesdays through Saturdays from 8:00 to 20:00. 


The temple is located on Yabluneva Street in Sofiivska Borshagivka Village. Tours consisting of a 12-minute video presentation and a 25-minute walking tour will begin at the meetinghouse adjacent to the temple. Free parking is available at the temple site. 

Following the public open house, the temple will be formally dedicated on Sunday, 29 August 2010. Three dedicatory sessions will be held to accommodate Church members in the area who will be served by the new temple. 

The Kyiv Ukraine Temple is the Church’s 134th operating temple worldwide and the 11th on the European continent. Other European temples of the Church are located in Bern Switzerland (dedicated 1955), London England (1958), Freiberg Germany (1985), Stockholm Sweden (1985), Frankfurt Germany (1987), Preston England (1998), Madrid Spain (1999), The Hague Netherlands (2002), Copenhagen Denmark (2004) and Helsinki Finland (2006). A temple to be built in Rome, Italy was announced in October 2008.  

The Kyiv Ukraine Temple was announced on 20 July 1998. Ground was broken for the temple’s construction on 23 June 2007. The temple’s exterior covered in Amarelo Macieira granite, which is a light in color and has quartzite crystals designed to reflect sunlight. The spire of the temple is 42 meters tall, and is crowned with a gilded Angel Moroni statue. Moroni is significant to members of the Church for his role in the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Latter-day Saint temples differ from the meetinghouses or chapels where members meet for Sunday worship services. Temples are considered “houses of the Lord” where Christ’s teachings are reaffirmed through baptism and other ordinances that unite families for eternity. In the temple, Church members learn more about the purpose of life and make covenants to follow Jesus Christ and serve their fellow man. 

Though only recently introduced in 1991, the Church has grown steadily in Ukraine. At the end of 2009 there were 10,722 Church members organized into 64 congregations. Overall, the temple will serve approximately 31,000 members of the Church living in nine European nations. 

When the temple is formally dedicated, it will be open to members of the Church who are actively engaged in the faith — unlike the thousands of standard church meetinghouses that are open to everyone for regular Sunday services, regardless of religious affiliation (see Newsroom article explaining difference between chapels and temples). 

Formal temple work will commence at the Kyiv Ukraine Temple on Monday, 30 August 2010.
****************************************************** Lubbock Texas Stake
Sunday, August 8th 8:30a.m. Branch Council

Saturday, August 14th 10:00a.m. Baptism of Trey Beardsley @ Branch Building- ALL INVITED

Saturday, August 14th 3:00p.m. Beardsley Family Sealed In Lubbock Temple- ALL INVITED

Sunday, August 15th 8:30a.m. PEC Sunday,

August 22nd 8:30a.m. Branch Council Saturday,

August 28th 10:00a.m. Primary Activity Day Sunday,

August 29th Combined Priesthood/Relief Society Sunday,

August 29th 1:15p.m. BYC
 ************************ Plainview Branch Elders & High Priest Lessons By Date:

8-8-10 Chapter 15 "The Lord's Covenant People" (Gospel Principles)

8-15-10 Chapter 16 "The Church of Jesus Christ In Former Times" (Gospel Principles)

8-22-10 Conference Talk "The Blessing Of The Scriptures" (By D. Todd Christofferson)

8-29-10 Joint Meeting (5th Sunday Agenda)

9-5-10 September First Presidency Meeting (Ensign)

9-12-10 "The Church of Jesus Christ Today" (Gospel Principles, Chapter 17 - Page 95)

9-19-10 "Faith in Jesus Christ" (Gospel Principles, Chapter 18 - Page 101)

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