Wednesday, March 18, 2009

What Will I Give?

The scriptures are full of examples of the Children of God making offerrings to the Lord as a symbol of their commitment to Him (including at temple dedications. See Ezra 6:16-17). Many Saints have offerred up their time, their talents, their money and their possessions to build temples in this last dispensation. For some, their offering has been to get themselver TO the temple...whether through spiritual preparation or very real sacrifices of time and money to travel to a temple this is still too far away.

It is a privilege to be living in a time and place where temples are so easily seen and so readily available. And though your time and talents and money might not be needed to build these particular temples, there is still an opportunity to COME UP TO THE MOUNTAIN OF THE LORD with YOUR unique offering.

Ask yourself: WHAT WILL I GIVE?

In addition to giving of your time and your talents in preparing for the Celebration Event, we invite all youth and their families, along with all adults involved in the Celebration, to participate in the WHAT WILL I GIVE? project!

You can choose to give anything that will show Him your commitment to "come up to the mountain"...perhaps a little bit better than you are today.

* Give more time in prayer or scripture study
* Give UP a habit that is keeping you from having the spirit with you
* Fast more frequently
* Participate in the temple more often
* Choose to spend more time in the Duty to God or Personal Progress programs

Whatever your offering, join the project!
Get your family & friend to join in too!
And share your offering here...

"Come unto Christ, who is the Holy One of Israel, and partake of his salvation, and the power of his redemption. Yea, come unto him and offer your whole souls as an offering unto him..." (Omni 1:26)

SO...beginning now...until the Celebration Event...what will YOU give?

27 comments:

  1. I am ao excited for this oppertunity. Last night, I had my first rehersal! And, I wrote on my What Will I Give Card?. I really think this is going to be an amazing experience!

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  2. My commitment will be that I will not use any harsh words any more. This will make me a better person and the spirit will be able to dwell with me more fully.

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  3. I'm very excited for this activity,too. We have our first rehersal on Saturday...and we're the 50's!!!

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  4. I had my first practice yesterday it was so much fun. Im in the baker dance group. it will be awesome. everyone at the practice got a wristband that says COME UP THO THE MOUNTAIN.

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  5. I am soooo excited! I wear my "COME UP TO THE MOUNTIAN" wristband all the time. And it is so cool to see other youth wearing them too. I am not LDS, but hope to become part of this beautiful church very soon. I am dancing in the celebration and I can't wait! Thank you everyone for participating! (i think i spelled that wrong. ha ha)

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  6. I want to finish personal progress in a month or so. I am going to work on that because that can help me become better at my scripture study! I also am dancing for the celebration, I am so excited! Thanks so much for all your time and effort in the blog and text messages!

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  7. I am so stoked for this it will be a once in a lifetime opportunity!!!!! Umm I am giving my Senior Ball thats on May 30th! My friends were going to get the limo and everything!! But that is good But I want the BEST!!!! I want to perform for fellow youth and for the prophet that will be simply amazing!!!

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  8. I am going to try and wear my wristband everywhere

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  9. I am going to try and read The Book of Mormon more. In personal Progress I only have to finish the Virtue Project and I'm done The project is to read the book of mormon

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  10. I am going to get a temple recamend to vist temples

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  11. This temple celebration truly is an amazing program! I am so excited to see it all come together!

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  12. I will be the absolute kindest I can possibly be!!! Not even someone I don't get along with can bring any harsh words from me!! :D

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  13. I am going to be a friend to everyone. And also i am going to read my scriptures more often.

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  14. i was the man that was twirling his drumsticks on stage

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  15. i will listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit more

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  16. Last night was the best day of my life and I will never ever for get this grand amazing opportunity that I had yesterday. It truly was wounder full for all the people that participated thanks a bunch to make this come all together. We all did amazing and I was in the haka ,yes sticking my long tung out looking funny !. I hope that we all can become better people from this beautiful experience , once again thanks to all how made this amazing experience possible. (Temples are so coooooooooooool ) joseph silva

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  17. Last night was such an incredible experience for me. It really made the decision for me to stay in this church and choose the right. I am so happy I participtaed, I wish I was a dancer, but I still had thebest experience of my life.

    I wish that they would have mp3s of the live performance of "Come to the Mountain of Lord" because the soloists were amazing!

    Great job everybody, and thankyou to al of the leaders and comittee for giving me this wonderful oppurtunity.

    Delaney A.
    Herriman South Stake

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  18. Jonathan CalderonMay 31, 2009 at 7:44 PM

    I will give more time to read my scriptures, because i'm on the swim team and during the summer we still have practice each morning and when i get home i'm always really tired so i'll usually either take a nap on the couch or in my bed and instead of taking that nap i'll have my scriptures there ready to be read and so that they can remind me of what I need to give!!! I encourage more people to GIVE WHAT THEY WILL GIVE and if you do you'll be even more blessed

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  19. This was truley the greatest experience of my life and ill never forget it, and it has literaly changed my life ive had second thoughts about going on a mission, but this has changed my mind and i hope i can stay to the standards of the church and go on a mission.. :)

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  20. i am going to keep wearing my wristband, say my prayers, read the scriptues, and invite my non-member friends and neighbors to the temple opehouse, and not complain about going to church. I LOVE THE TEMPLE!

    #5

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  21. i will read my scriptures, say my prayers, wear my mountain wristband. the temples i so gorgeous i went to the oquirrah mountain temple. it is worth giving, i love temples! TEMPLES ARE REALLY TRUELY AMAZING AND WE NEED TO GIVE BACK!

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  22. THE CELEBRATION WAS A BLAST! THANKS SO MUCH FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY! I LOVE MY WRISTBAND AND THE GOSPEL. IT REALLY IS THE TRUTH. I ALSO LOVE TEMPLES. THEY REALLY ARE A PLACE TO GO TO GET AWAY FROM THE HORRIBLE WORLD, WE REALLY CAN BE HAPPY THERE. IT IS A PLACE OF REFUGE, BEAUTY, PEACE, AND BETTER YET TEMPLE WORK FOR ANCESTORS, AND PEOPLE THAT PASSED ON. I AM SO HAPPY FOR ALL THE TEMPLES ACROSS THE WORLD, ESPECIALLY HERE IN UTAH. WE TRULY ARE BLESSED. IT IS A GIFT FROM OUR HEAVENLY FATHER. HE IS TRULY AMAZING, I'LL GIVE ANYTHING FOR HIM.

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  23. I WAS THE DANCE AFTER THE TRAIN DANCE FOR THE OQUIRRAH MOUNTAIN TEMPLE WE WERE CALLED "INDUSTRY"(PARK STAKE/HIGHLAND STAKE. IT WAS THE NEATEST EXPERIENCE EVER! I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER IT. I LOVE MY WRISTBAND AND WILL TRY TO CONTINUE TO WEAR IT. YOU COULD NOT BE AT THE CONFERENCE CENTER AND NOT FEEL THE SPIRIT. IT WAS SO STRONG. I WAS SO NERVOUS LOOKING AT THE CONGREGATION IN THE CONFERENCE CENTER. EVERYONE KNOWS WHAT THAT'S LIKE, BUTTERFLIES IN YOUR STOMACH, HEART RACING, SWEATING, BUT MY TESTIMONY GREW, AND IT TRUELY WAS WORTHWHILE, LIKE I SAID THE SPIRIT WAS SO STRONG, IT WAS COOL TO PERFORM IN FRONT OF PRES. MONSON. HE IS TRUELY AN AMAZING PROPHET AND A TRUE ONE TOO. THIS IS REALLY THE TRUE RESTORED CHURCH, THE GOSPEL IS REALLY TRUE. I WILL CONTINUE TO PRAY,FAST,READ THE SCRIPTURES, AND ALL THAT GOOD STUFF. I WAS ABLE TO ATTEND THE OQUIRRAH MOUNTAIN, AND DRAPER TEMPLES FOR THE OPENHOUSES, I WAS ALSO ABLE TO DO BAPTISMS AT THE DRAPER TEMPLE. I ENJOYED EVERY MINUTE OF IT. THEY ARE TRUELY BLESSED, SACRED BUILDINGS, THEY ARE SO BEAUTIFUL BETTER YET, WE CAN DO TEMPLE WORK.TEMPLES ARE THE BEST! WE NEED TO DO ALL WE CAN TO ATTEND THE TEMPLE, AND WE NEED TO PREPARE TO GET MARRIED IN THE TEMPLE! WE REALLY GET BLESSINGS FROM LIVING THE GOSPEL.

    ~BRIANNA P. UT PARK STAKE

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  24. nothing can compare to the celebration i saw.

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  25. I would like a copy of the celebration on DVD. I have two boys on missions who were not able to attend. I'd love for them to have the opportunity to see it. I would love for it to be in my collection.

    Karen Fehr Rivera

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  26. Yay! I finally got a copy of the temple celebration!
    That was an amazing experience. I still have a hard time believing that I was so blessed as to live in the right area and be at just the right age to get to participate in that incredible celebration. Still, nearly a year after it, I'm thinking about it and how significant it was that we got two more temples built right next to us! I'm so incredibly grateful for them and for the two temple celebrations that accompanied them!

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