Category Archives: Religious themes

Ribbon-cutting ceremony: Home for Christmas

Many stake members joined the Rodriguez Family and others for the ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday, Dec 10.   Janae Rodriguez was given the keys to the house, and then stake members helped her and her daughters move in—finally home for Christmas.  President Moon emphasized the service and human warmth of the project, and how fitting it was that it culminated at Christmastime.  He observed that when we remember our real home is with our Father in Heaven, and we yearn for and serve Him through the holiday season, it gives special meaning to the sentiment, “I’ll be home for Christmas.”

These shall dwell in the presence of God and his Christ forever and ever. (D&C 76:62)

 

Adding life

From December Newsletters:

Even with months of effort and care from our volunteers, until this month, the house has been just an empty shell.  Without people living inside, it isn’t complete. Once the family moves in, however, their activity, energy, and spirit will fill the house and make it a home, a place full of life—which has been the purpose of the project all along.

Similarly, our bodies are not finished without our spirits, and the power of God connects them to make us complete. The scriptures talk about the idea of “quickening,” where the Spirit binds body and spirit to create an eternal, living soul.  The idea of quickening goes beyond that as well: although we may be “alive” by definition—a spirit in a body—the quickening of the Holy Spirit brings life to our spirits, giving us light, meaning, and fullness.  To be whole and complete, we need God in our lives.

And the power of my Spirit quickeneth all things. (D&C 33:16) 

Quicken me, O Lord, according to thy lovingkindness.  (Psalms 119: 159)

“Behold, I make all things new” (Revelation 21:5)

We expect to start painting at the end of this week.  As we paint and finish a polished new home, we can ponder the many gospel themes of being made new through Christ.

First, through Christ our natural selves are remade.  We may have the same frame and structure, but we are completed and given a new purpose.  Second, Christ invites us to seek daily renewal through activities that connect us to His spirit.  Repentance also gives us a way to be renewed, like having a fresh coat of paint, no longer marred by the scratches and marks of the world.  Finally, we look forward to the resurrection, when we will all be restored and made new again, as will the entire earth.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

After the rain . . .

Everything emerging again after weeks of rain, fresh and new.

“And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.” (2 Samuel 23:4) 

Starting out: building together

“For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.” (Hebrews 3:4)

Hopefully everyone has heard about our stake’s long-term service project of building a house for a deserving family.

The stake presidency looks forward to the opportunities this project allows for families to serve together as well as youth and adult groups. Even primary children can help by earning money to contribute to the project. The stake presidency hopes the sustained and significant work will help us to more regularly notice the real needs of others, and also help us to apply the spiritual symbolism of building within our own lives.

To see a street map, satellite view, and street view through Google Maps, click here: Google Map of Alpine House.

Our stake needs to raise a significant amount of money for this project. Although the stake has already raised 25% of what is needed, there is a long way to go.  You can contribute through the website for Habitat for Humanity of Utah County. Click on “Donate,” and be sure to choose the fund for the Alpine Stake Home.

To sign up to work on the house, look at the calendar page on this web site for upcoming service needs. Then fill out the contact form below the calendar.

The stake and building crews expect to prepare the lot for excavation and possibly break ground around the end of this month!