Getting Ready for General Conference

We all know it can be tricky to keep those little ones entertained during 4 sessions of Conference! Download and print these activity pages to keep those little hands busy.

For Primary kids:

Download the PDF for these activity pages here.

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For Young Men and Young Women:

Download the PDF for this General Conference notebook HERE.

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Word of Wisdom

“Don’t drink, don’t smoke, what do you do?,” is a question often asked to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in regards to abstaining from alcohol, tobacco and other addictive substances. Members of the Church (known as Latter-day Saints, but often referred to as Mormons) might explain that this is part of a commandment called the Word of Wisdom. Nonetheless, the Word of Wisdom is so much more than avoiding certain drinks or substances. 

In the New Testament, 1 Corinthians 6:19 it reads: 

“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”

Before we came to earth, we lived with God as spirits. When we learned as much as we could, we were sent to earth to receive a body to further progress. Our bodies are sacred gifts from God, our Heavenly Father, and after we die and are resurrected - our bodies will be perfected and united back with our spirits. It is this knowledge that enables Latter-day Saints to strive to take care of their bodies which are the temples of their spirits. When we take care of our bodies, it strengthens us physically and spiritually, so we can be our best selves to support the rigors of life, make important choices, serve our fellow man and all other matters that come our way.  

The Word of Wisdom was revealed to the prophet Joseph Smith on February 27, 1833 - well before the medical community knew the harmful effects of tobacco and alcohol! It can be found in Doctrine & Covenants section 89. However, not only has God revealed harmful substances, but there is also a focus on what we should be doing to strengthen and take care of our bodies. We are commanded to eat healthy foods in season, partake of meat sparingly and we are promised spiritual as well as physical blessings from following the Word of Wisdom. 

More recently, prophets of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have counseled us to avoid illegal drugs, abstain from abusing prescription drugs, avoid over-eating, get the appropriate amount of sleep, exercise regularly and fast for two meals once a month - all of which help us to master our appetites and be in control of ourselves. 

Members of the Laguna Niguel Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints share their feelings on the Word of Wisdom:

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Click below for more information about the Word of Wisdom:

Mormon Word of Wisdom beliefs

Latter-day Saint Topics/Word of Wisdom

Christmas Chalk Walk 2018

Aliso Viejo, Calif. – One of Orange County’s favorite Christmas traditions was back for a fifth year as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hosted the 2018 Christmas Chalk Walk on Friday and Saturday night (Dec. 14-15).

More than 500 artists participated in the festive event, including students from St. Anne Middle School, Kaiser Elementary, AME Church, and many more individuals, families and groups. 

The holiday affair entertained visitors of all ages as 4,000 people attended the two-day affair, enjoying art, complimentary cinnamon rolls & hot chocolate, holiday music and mingling with other patrons. Guests traveled from as far as Utah and other parts of California, in addition to local community members.

Christmas Chalk Walk organizer, Kristen Kamerman, remarked, “God created each of us with amazing gifts and talents. Mix those all together, sprinkled with lots of love and you have the 2018 Christmas Chalk Walk! A true masterpiece! Thank you for helping us to Light the World! God be with you until we meet again.”

Youth from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints participated in a live nativity as more than 50 young men and young women stood in as Mary, Joseph, angels, shepherds and wise men alternating during the two nights.

Creative talent was on display each evening from the beautiful chalk craftsmanship to the musical prowess delivered by the Aliso Viejo Singers Co, Zach Gibson, Catherine Clegg, The Wool Covers, Brooke Wilkins, Payton Aurora, Lauren Kimball, Adella Melon, and Nikki Lloyd. There was a Saturday night surprise when a large flash mob, led by Victoria Groskreutz, astounded guests with a smartly choreographed dance to Christmas songs.

Many city officials were on hand including Mayor Ross Chun (Aliso Viejo), Mayor Carol Moore (Laguna Woods), Mayor John Mark Jennings (Laguna Niguel), Mayor Pro Tem Paul Wyatt (Dana Point) and City Councilman Don Sedgwick (Laguna Hills) who all presented their Mayor’s Choice Award for their favorite chalk art piece.

A special thank you goes out to Kamerman’s amazing “Dream Team” that work tirelessly throughout the year to put on an amazing community event, and Handel’s Ice Cream, Sabrosada, Baja Fish, Circus Trix and Big Air Trampoline Park who all donated prizes and food.  

"Saints: The Standard of Truth" - Have you read it?!!

REMEMBER.

In the Book of Mormon, Moroni 10:3 it reads, “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 in your hearts.”

Just as we are reminded in the Book of Mormon to remember all that the Lord has done for us, “Saints: The Standard of Truth” can help us remember the heritage of faith and endurance, of those that came before us, in the gospel.

Elder Quentin L. Cook, member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, commented on the creation of the series, “We feel that having a total picture that is transparent and tells the whole story, tells true accounts, that seen in context, almost everything will be faith-promoting and build faith. So many things have been taken out of context, and seen as in a minuscule way. This now allows a complete picture that we think will bless the lives of the rising generation and our generation, even those of us that are older.” (click here for the full story)

See what members of the Laguna Niguel Stake are saying about “Saints: The Standard of Truth”:

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So where can you find “Saints: The Standard of Truth”?
Read a printed copy: Chapters have been printed in each month’s Ensign or buy a copy for $5.75 from Deseret Book
Read it online: visit saints.lds.org or get the free Kindle version on Amazon
Listen to it: on the Gospel Library app/Church History/SaintsVolume1
Listen to the podcast: mormon channel.org/listen/series/saints

Temple Garments

The world is familiar with different religious apparel worn by men and women of many different faiths. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is generally not known for public religious apparel, but faithful adult members that make sacred promises to God's commandments and the gospel of Jesus Christ in the LDS temples, wear a garment under their clothing that symbolizes their commitment to these promises (which are also referred to as covenants). 

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are often asked about their "Mormon underwear." To some it may seem unusual, but it is a physical expression of fidelity to God that is also found in the book of Exodus 29:4-9; 21 in the Old Testament of the Bible. (See below for a video of the temple garment)

The temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are the most sacred and holy places on earth. They are a sanctuary and a safe place, in an often chaotic world. The temple garments are a way to bring a "piece of the temple back home with you to remind you of your covenants," Beth Garlock (Laguna Niguel Stake member). 

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The LDS garments are revered and cherished by those that wear them, so when they are ridiculed or made light of it can be offensive to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When talked about with respect, members welcome questions and discussion about their feelings about garments. The quotes in this post are from members in the wards (congregations) of the Laguna Niguel Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Our understanding of God's commandments and the love we can find in their value, promises and protection can make them easier to follow. It is also through the practice and daily application of following commandments where we can find freedom, in what before may seem like a limitation. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints view their temple garments no differently. In what may seem like a limitation to others, the wearing of the garment provides a freedom and protection in what they represent. 

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To learn more about Temple garments click here. Or view the video below which explains the importance of the garment along with other symbolic vestments worn during temple worship. 

Are Mormons Christians?

"Do you worship Mormon? Do you worship Joseph Smith?"

These are questions that are often asked of members of t

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known by the nickname - Mormons, and both can be answered "no!" 

Another common question has a different answer. "Are Mormons Christian?" The answer is emphatically "yes!" Mormons worship Jesus Christ.  Mormons have the same basic beliefs as most Christians, with a few significant differences: 

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is part of the Godhead

The Articles of Faith are 13 statements that explain the basic doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The first one is - "We believe in God the Father; His Son, Jesus Christ; and the Holy Ghost.

Many Christian denominations believe in the Holy Trinity - three Gods in one, or God without form. Mormons believe they are three distinct individuals, but united in purpose. God, the Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ have perfect physical bodies while the Holy Ghost is a spirit. In fact, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pray to God, the Father, in the name of Jesus Christ. They worship Jesus Christ as a member of the Godhead. 

Mormons believe in Christ's established Church

Following the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the authority in His Church was gradually lost and changed. Many Christian denominations descended from these early beginnings of Christianity and created some of their own traditions and changes. Rather than being a "reformed" church from these traditions, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a restored church that Jesus Christ reestablished on earth with direct priesthood authority and living prophets and apostles.

Mormons believe in living prophets

If God sent prophets to lead and guide people anciently, wouldn't He still see the need for prophets for people living in modern times? Yes. Jesus Christ has called prophets and apostles who have been given authority to speak God's words and lead Jesus Christ's Church. 

Mormons follow Christ's Gospel as taught in the scriptures 

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints esteem the Bible as the word of God and believe that the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon is an ancient record of writings from prophets living in the American continents, that supports the Bible's teachings and clarifies its doctrine. It is proof that God loves ALL His children and it gives witness of the resurrected Jesus Christ. 

Find out more about Mormons and Christians

2017 Christmas Chalk Walk

Aliso Viejo, Calif. — The 4th annual Christmas Chalk Walk, hosted by the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Laguna Niguel Stake,  delighted revelers of all ages with beautiful art, festive music & nativity, inspiring community camaraderie and delicious treats on Friday and Saturday night (Dec. 15-16). More than 200 artists participated in the 2017 Chalk Walk which included many locals but also some from as far away as Bakersfield, San Diego, 29 Palms, Long Beach and St. George, Utah as they began their art pieces on Thursday (Dec. 14).  

Thousands of guests were treated to over 2,300 cinnamon rolls and hundreds of gallons of hot chocolate along with a changing live Nativity over the two nights. Patrons strolled through the wondrous stalls to holiday tunes as well as spectacular live performances Friday and Saturday evening. 

Saturday night began with Mayor Choice Awards as Mayor Dave Harrington (Aliso Viejo), Mayor Melody Carruth (Laguna Hills) and Mayor Elaine Gennawey (Laguna Niguel) presented a special accolade for their personal favorite chalk art of the event. 

Mayor Genneway remarked, “My favorite part about Christmas is that it is all about the family and family can come in many different forms. The reason I chose the penguin design to receive the Laguna Niguel Mayor’s Choice Award is because I felt that it best represented the idea of Christmas and family.”

Other council members in attendance included Ross Chun (Aliso Viejo), Bill Phillips (Aliso Viejo), Mayor Pro Tem Phil Tsunoda (Aliso Viejo), and Don Sedgwick (Laguna Hills.) 

The weekend’s success is due in large part to the community support, but the hours upon hours of thought, planning and work that event organizer, Kristen Kamerman, and her “Dream Team” devote to the Chalk Walk is what brings it all to life and makes it the Christmas event that everyone in the surrounding area has come to know and look forward to the each year. A huge thank you to Kristen and her team which included (but not limited to, because there were many extra helpers) Walt Hick, Leo Del Rosario, Bruce Chang, Kristin McBride, Paige and Scott Flora, ReahAnne Nobleza, Yvonne and Jeff McPherson, Trent Kamerman, Linda Zambrano, Elizabeth Muirbrook, Carrie Cook, Barbara Cook, Melissa White, Andrea Bunting, Jennifer Stewart, Lori and Dave Morse, Ken and Connie Johnson, John Thurman, Sharla and Chris Marocchi, Erik Hall, Kevin Bowcut, Ron Hoopes, Trevor Briggs and Shawn Hansen, the missionaries serving in Laguna Niguel Stake and so many others including the 48 people who helped bake! Community businesses were also amazing in their donations including CircusTrix, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Jimboy Tacos, Big Air, Baja Fish Tacos, Fresh Brother's Pizza and many more!

Kristen Kamerman reflected on the event, "The Christmas Chalk Walk is a wonderful event that brings people together of all walks of life. We are in this world together, all beloved children of our Heavenly Father, each of us have been given great gifts and talents and as we come together at this special time of year we can celebrate the spirit of Christmas and Light the World."