Monday, 21 April 2014
- Tabernacle Choir performs Handel's 'Messiah' for Easter Concert (Deseret News - Utah)
In the eyes of an adoring public, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has owned Handel’s “Messiah” at least since the choir’s landmark 1959 best-selling recording of the oratorio in collaboration with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, an album placed by the Library of Congress in the National Recording Registry in 2005.
- Hallelujah! Mormon Tabernacle Choir celebrates Easter with a powerful ‘Messiah’ (Salt Lake Tribune - Utah)
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir served a musical feast on Easter weekend: Handel’s "Messiah" in all its unabridged glory.
Music director Mack Wilberg prepared a new edition of the venerable oratorio for the occasion. This was necessary to allow his 360-voice choir and large orchestra of mostly strings to sound more light and nimble, in keeping with current performance trends.
- Church Easter Video Hits 3 Million YouTube Views (LDS Newsroom Blog)
A weeklong social media effort by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to share the Easter story and to give hope through Jesus Christ is getting worldwide attention. The initiative, titled “Because of Him,” includes a YouTube video released in 20 languages that has been viewed more than 3.4 million times since it was posted on Palm Sunday, 13 April 2014. The video hit 1 million views on Wednesday and jumped to 2 million views on Thursday. English, Spanish and Portuguese have been the most popular versions of the video.
- Mesa Easter Pageant (LDS Church News)
Presenting the annual outdoor Mesa Easter Pageant, titled “Jesus the Christ,” could not happen without the hundreds of volunteers – on and off the stage – that make it all possible.
Each one has personal, testimony-building experiences in helping to present the life, ministry and mission of Jesus Christ through music, dance and drama on a massive stage on the north lawn of the Mesa Arizona Temple. For many, that motivates them to return year after year.
- Chart of General Authorities and General Officers of the Church (LDS Church News)
In the April 20 edition of Church News, a chart was published showing current General Authorities and General Officers of the Church.
- Annual project by LDS churches in Raleigh helps fuel Food Bank (Eastern Wake News - North Carolina)
The nine Raleigh branches of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are now in their seventh year uniting on what they call a month of service.
It’s not a month-long church service. It is the LDS Church Raleigh stake’s version of a Day of Service project that raises food and funds to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. The project also helps supply the food bank with other goods to help keep families afloat.
- Bountiful LDS mothers, daughters help collect, assemble food packs for children (Deseret News - Utah)
Activity Day girls and their mothers from the Bountiful Utah Heights Stake helped to assemble 700-plus Pantry Packs on Thursday, April 17, that will be distributed to at-risk children in Davis County through the Bountiful Community Food Pantry during coming weeks.
38 What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.
My brothers and sisters, we are surrounded by those in need of our attention, our encouragement, our support, our comfort, our kindness—be they family members, friends, acquaintances, or strangers. We are the Lord’s hands here upon the earth, with the mandate to serve and to lift His children. He is dependent upon each of us."
President Thomas S. Monson