Faith-filled Service

Equipped with wheelbarrows, gloves, shovels, trash bags, and plenty of energy, youth from the Salt Lake Holladay South Stake joined with young members of the Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Greek Orthodox, and Catholic faiths to share similarities and offer service in the community. Braving a light spring drizzle, the group of about 200 teens filled the banks of a nearby river, clearing out weeds, laying fresh soil, and planting new shrubs. Eli Fullmer, a priest from the Holladay 18th Ward, explained how meeting youth of other faiths increased his desire to reach out. “I’m more ready to serve because I feel like I’m friends with everybody.”

By starting the project out with an interfaith worship service, the youth were able to focus on their common beliefs and devotion to God. After rendering service together, the teens participated in a memorial tree planting. They were reminded that they are all children of God. “We’re all similar,” reflected Danielle Chard, a Mia Maid from the Holladay 14th Ward. “We have similar standards. We’re all good people.”

Photographs by Julia Woodbury

“Prayer is your personal key to heaven. The lock is on your side of the veil.”

President Boyd K. Packer, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “Prayer and Promptings,” Ensign, Nov. 2009, 46.

By the Numbers

270,000

Number of books in the Church History Library collection. When stacked on top of each other, the books would be as tall as Mt. McKinley in Alaska.

The Church in South Korea

The first official missionaries arrived in Korea in 1954. They learned to speak the language and taught many young students. The Korean Mission was created in 1962, with seven branches of the Church.

The Book of Mormon was printed in Korean in 1967. The first stake was created in Seoul, South Korea, in 1973. Two years later, membership had increased to 9,000, and by 1983, it had reached almost 29,000.

The Seoul Korea Temple was dedicated in 1985. When the 1988 Olympic Games were held in Korea, the Brigham Young University Folk Dancers performed at the opening ceremonies, viewed by an estimated audience of 1 billion people worldwide.

Here are a few facts about the Church today in South Korea:

Membership

81,251

Missions

4

Temples

1

Wards & Branches

142

Family History Centers

24

Information from Newsroom at LDS.org.

Seoul Korea Temple, © 2000 George Epperson

Come Home Soon

The young women of the Pleasant Ridge and Grove Park Wards from Knoxville, Tennessee, got together recently to make personalized “military dolls” for the children of parents who are stationed overseas. The young women took pictures of the child’s parent who is away, transferred the image onto material, and sewed stuffed dolls for the children to have. Then the girls hand delivered the dolls along with thank-you cards to the families.

Photograph courtesy of Rebecca McCombs

Search the Scriptures

See if you can find these books of the Old Testament. Names of the books are hidden in the grid reading forward, backward, up, down, and diagonally.

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Kings

Song of Solomon

Obadiah

Exodus

Chronicles

Isaiah

Jonah

Leviticus

Ezra

Jeremiah

Micah

Numbers

Nehemiah

Lamentations

Nahum

Deuteronomy

Esther

Ezekiel

Habakkuk

Joshua

Job

Daniel

Zephaniah

Judges

Psalms

Hosea

Haggai

Ruth

Proverbs

Joel

Zechariah

Samuel

Ecclesiastes

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My Favorite Scripture

3 Nephi 9:14 is my favorite scripture because this is the scripture that gave me a testimony that Christ lives and wants us to follow Him.

Olivia K., 15, Heves, Hungary

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