GRAND PRIZE WINNER 2017 CHRISTMAS PAST!!!

Posted by on Dec 24, 2017 in Christmas Past 2017 | 0 comments

Congrats to 2017 GRAND PRIZE DRAWING WINNER, !!KACEY OLIEKAN!!, who won a seat on our Missouri to Nauvoo to Winter Quarters Tour! she can pick between either our June 23-29 OR July 28-Aug 3 – Missouri to Navuoo to Winter Quarters Tour!!  June tour visits Carthage Jail on martyrdom date; July tour attends TWO incredible pageants –  BOTH the Nauvoo Pageant & Truth Will Prevail – British Pageant! Please contact MHA office 801-272-5601 or info@mormonheritage.com within 30 days to arrange for how to receive your prize. Merry Christmas to everyone and thank you for participating in our annual Christmas Past Contest this year!  Incorporate a little bit of Christmas past into your celebrations and keep Lighting the...

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12th Day Christmas Past Winner & Answer

Posted by on Dec 24, 2017 in Christmas Past 2017 | 0 comments

Answer 12th Day Christmas Past: Joseph Smith’s Liberty Jail “temple prison” experience teaches us that “man’s extremity is God’s opportunity, and if we will be humble and faithful, if we will be believing and not curse God for our problems, He can turn the unfair and the inhumane and debilitating prisons of our life into temples- or at least bring comfort and revelation, divine companionship and peace.” – Elder Holland Congrats to 12th Day drawing winner, Belinda Abraham, who won an Olive wood Holy Family in a cave and Bethlehem ornament with Christmas cards from Nazareth Village!  Please contact MHA office 801-272-5601 or info@mormonheritage.com within 30 days to arrange for how to receive your prize.  Story still available on yesterday’s...

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12th Day Christmas Past Question & Story

Posted by on Dec 23, 2017 in Christmas Past 2017 | 19 comments

On the 12th & Final Day of Christmas Past, rekindling history to enhance today’s Light the World – “I was in prison and ye came unto me.” What can we learn from someone who spent Christmas in a Temple Prison? Grand Prize Winner will be drawn tomorrow from all the entries, after the 12th Day Daily Drawing Winner is announced.  To be entered into today’s daily giveaway & FREE tour drawing, Read the story below; “Comment” & “Share” your answer on Facebook or our blog. On December 1, 1838, the Prophet Joseph, his brother Hyrum, and several other brethren were imprisoned in Liberty Jail in Missouri on trumped-up charges of murder and overt acts of treason, none of which was ever proven against them.  The Prophet and his companions found themselves in very difficult circumstances.  Liberty Jail was a basement dungeon of approximately 14 feet by 14 feet with only a trapdoor entrance from the main floor.  The ceiling was so low that the men couldn’t stand fully upright and were forced to sit or lie on the dirty, straw-covered floor, their legs shackled. There was no stove for heating, and when they used an open fire, inadequate venting caused the room to fill with smoke, which made breathing difficult.  They had few blankets – certainly not enough to keep them warm in the freezing winter conditions – and the food was so bad they could hardly eat it.  It was a difficult time.  Joseph endured 5 months under these trying circumstances, including Christmas 1838. The prisoners had suffered a week in the jail when Emma brought her 6-year-old son, Joseph, to visit.  Having no means by which to travel, Emma had borrowed a two-seat carriage and a “beautiful span of cream horses” to cover the 40 miles from Far West to Liberty.  With her were Phoebe Rigdon and Phoebe’s young son, John.  John remembered, “We started rather late in the morn and did not get to the jail til after dark and they would not let us go in till the next morn.  After taking breakfast at the hotel we were taken to the jail and there remained for three days.” Emma was able to make a return visit on December 20, just before Christmas.  In the midst of such dire circumstances, the prisoners were cheered by the presence of their loved ones.  Joseph asked Emma if she could possibly bring some blankets for him.  But the request reduced her to tears because the mob had recently attacked her home and destroyed all but two of her blankets.  If she brought those to Joseph, then their children would go without.  Emma’s visits were the closest the family got to a Christmas celebration that year. Just a week before Christmas, Joseph wrote words of encouragement to the Saints from the dungeon.  “Therefore God hath made broad our shoulders for...

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11th Day Christmas Past Winner & Answer

Posted by on Dec 23, 2017 in Christmas Past 2017 | 0 comments

Answer 11th Day Christmas Past: The Alvarez family wanted to invite Christ into their home for Christmas.  On a family home evening closest to Christmas they’d invite & recognize someone who had been a special example of Christ to them. Congrats to 11th Day drawing winner, Margaret Ford, who won an Olive wood Holy Family carving in a star with Christmas tree ornament!  Please contact MHA office 801-272-5601 or info@mormonheritage.com within 30 days to arrange for how to receive your prize.  Story still available on yesterday’s...

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11th Day Christmas Past Question & Story

Posted by on Dec 22, 2017 in Christmas Past 2017 | 13 comments

On the 11th Day of Christmas Past, rekindling history to enhance today’s Light the World – “That which ye have seen me do even that shall ye do.”  Question:  What creative way did the Alvarez family see others doing as Christ would do? To be entered into today’s daily giveaway & FREE tour drawing- Read the story below; “Comment” & “Share” your answer on Facebook or our blog. “Christmas with ‘Christ'” Recollections of the Past – Elder Lino Alvarez “Although we were not able to do it every year, we always tried to keep in touch with our family, and were able to teach our children about the importance of sharing this beautiful season with our beloved ones.  The experiences we shared together were great opportunities for our children to get to know their grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins and to strengthen our family ties. It was wonderful for our children to be able to see & hear their grandparents share their testimonies of Jesus Christ as well as the priceless teachings they had gained through their lives.  Their beautiful family histories helped us to know them better and to love them more.  We loved to watch our children light their sparklers and enjoy with their cousins the delicious Mexican food and treats. The most important experiences for us were those when, with our children, we talked about Christ’s life and his teachings in order to live more closely in accordance with his example.  There were times we could not visit with our extended family and we stayed together in our own home and tried to find ways to see Christ in our fellowmen. One thing we enjoyed was “inviting Christ” to our family home evening the Monday before Christmas.  In a family council some time earlier, we would select a family or individual from our ward whom we could invite to our home evening closest to Christmas Day.  We always invited those who had been a good influence in our lives, whose Christlike behavior was a good example to follow. At the start of our home evening, we explained to our guests that it was a special night for us, a night in which we wanted to invite Christ into our home, and that we were in fact inviting them because their lives were symbolic of Christ’s life.  We told them with humbled hearts that they had been a good example to us of how to live as the Savior lived. Every time we did so, we felt the Spirit of Christ flooding our home and hearts.  The friendship and love for our guests were strenghtened and we made effort to follow their good example throughout the year.” Taken from: Christmas Treasures – Stories and Reminiscences from General Authorities p....

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