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Teen Essay Contest Winners!

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!! 🙂
5 amazing teens have been selected as WINNERS of our ESSAY CONTEST! Each will receive a seat on our June 19 Palmyra-Kirtland tour–please give these stellar teens a round of applause: Joey Cox, Gabrielle Culley, Gracie Hoch, Zachary Larsen, Claire Timothy–let’s hear it for our winners! Competition was tough and the essays from these youth rose to the top!  Their essays about their ancestors’ heroic examples of righteous living were excellent and each teen did a great job of sharing how they can learn from their ancestors.  Good job!

CONGRATULATIONS! (Your paperwork has been mailed to your home; be sure to respond in a timely manner.)

2017 TEEN TRAVEL ESSAY CONTEST

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We are excited to hear from the valiant youth of today via insightful essays submitted to our teen travel/essay contest – PRIZE is ONE SEAT on our JUNE 19-24, 2017 PALMYRA to KIRTLAND  Tour – this tour includes one night at NIAGARA FALLS, CANADA!  (Current passport required.)  Youth 14-19 years (age as of June 19, 2017) are eligible. Essays should highlight specific examples from the 1800’s LDS Church History and/or someone from your own family history.  Share what these heroes have done and how you can apply their valiant examples to your life today and in the future. Contest starts January 14, 2017 and entries must be submitted by February 14, 2017. All contestants must submit their essay along with a completed and signed Contest form. Click here for heroes-from-history-2017-essay-contest-rules and entry form. PLEASE SHARE THIS CONTEST INFORMATION WITH THE VALIANT YOUTH IN YOUR LIFE–let’s give these amazing young people a hand and a boost to their testimony and understanding. Questions may be sent to info@mormonheritage.com. Contest form and essays are to be submitted by email or mail to:  info@mormonheritage.com or Mormon Heritage Association, 2367 W Goldenpointe Way, West Jordan, Utah...

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Heroes from History – Teen Travel/Essay Contest

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We are excited to hear from the valiant youth of today via insightful essays submitted to our teen travel/essay contest – PRIZE is ONE SEAT on our JUNE 19-24, 2017 PALMYRA to KIRTLAND Tour – this tour includes a night at NIAGARA FALLS, CANADA! Youth 14-19 years (age as of June 19, 2017) are eligible. Essays should highlight specific examples from the 1800’s LDS Church History and/or someone from your own family history.  Share what these heroes have done and how you can apply their valiant examples to your life today and in the future. Contest starts January 14, 2017 and entries must be submitted by February 14, 2017. All contestants must submit their essay along with a completed and signed Contest form. Click here for heroes-from-history-2017-essay-contest-rules and entry form. PLEASE SHARE THIS CONTEST INFORMATION WITH THE VALIANT YOUTH IN YOUR LIFE–let’s give these amazing young people a hand and a boost to their testimony and understanding. Questions may be sent to info@mormonheritage.com. Contest form and essays are to be submitted by email or mail to:  info@mormonheritage.com or Mormon Heritage Association, 2367 W Goldenpointe Way, West Jordan, Utah...

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GRAND PRIZE WINNER 2016 CHRISTMAS PAST!!

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Congrats to 2016 GRAND PRIZE DRAWING WINNER, !!JANET HARRIS!!, who won a seat on our Missouri to Nauvoo to Winter Quarters Tour! On July 15-21, 2017 she will enjoy amazing sites sites as well as 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...

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12th Day Christmas Past Winner & Answer

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Answer 12th Day Christmas Past : Each of us can re-create that familiar scene in Bethlehem in our own lives by works of righteousness, we can come unto Him each day of our lives just as if we had trod in our sandaled feet the rocky path to Bethlehem, holding a staff or bearing gifts:  The scriptures can light our way, and our testimonies can be a light from within like a star to follow just as the Wise Men. The voices of angels can be the voices of our beloved prophet and His servants. We can kneel at the feet of our Savior just as literally as the shepherds and the Wise Men, but we do it in prayer. The gifts we bring are our talents. We can shout “Hosanna” like that angelic choir and spread the good news by bearing our testimonies and sharing gospel.  Congrats to 12th Day drawing winner,  Elizabeth Saderup, who won a Nauvoo Temple tapestry bell pull and an hand carved olive wood bell with Holy Family nativity from Israel! Please contact MHA office 801-272-5601 or info@mormonheritage.com within 30 days to arrange for how to receive your prize. Thank you everyone for your insights on both FB and our blog. The Story still available on yesterday’s Question website blog...

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12th Day Christmas Past Question and Story

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On the 12th and final Day of Christmas Past, the question is to be – Question: How can each of us as Latter-day Saints re-create that familiar Christmas scene in Bethlehem in our own lives? To be entered into today’s daily giveaway & FREE tour drawing- Read the story; “Comment” & “Share” your answer on Facebook or our blog. “By Way of Invitation” (Alma 5:62) By Betty Jo N. Jepsen (past General Primary Counselor) A friend of mine was encouraging her children to get into the car so they would not be late for their Sunday meetings. “Please hurry, Matthew,” she said. “I’m coming, I’m coming,” came a voice from somewhere in another part of the house. Mother replied, “Yes, and so is Christmas!” At that moment three-year-old Matthew appeared in the nearby doorway, and he said, “Oh, goody, goody, I just love Christmas.” Today I am here to tell you that I just love Christmas, too. And one of the wonderful things about being members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that we make the events of the Christmas season a part of our day-to-day living. As I read the account of the birth of my Savior, I long to have the experience the Wise Men had—to be led by a star; or to experience what the shepherds did—to be invited to Bethlehem, invited by a choir of angels. I want to kneel at the manger and smell the clean straw and see that tiny baby with His earthly mother, to witness for myself this miracle. I believe that in every mortal there is an instinctive desire to come unto Christ. Perhaps we have a basic human need, because each of us is a child of God, to make that commitment to the spiritual part of our being. We each try to meet this need according to what we know. As members of His true church, perhaps we do not need to be taught new things as much as we need to be reminded of what we already know. This is what pondering the birth of our Savior does for all of us. I believe it reminds our mortal minds of things our spirits already know. In this latter day I have been invited to witness marvelous things for myself. The invitation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Come unto Christ” and “Come back,” is meant for each of God’s children. This invitation has stood true since Jesus said to His disciples, “Come, follow me.” (See Matt. 4:19.) Through the dispensations, prophets have issued the same invitation to all who will listen. The prophet Alma, the son of Alma, carried this important message to the members in Zarahemla who needed to be reminded. The prophet said, “Behold, he sendeth an invitation unto all men, for the arms of mercy are extended towards them, and he saith: Repent, and I will receive you. … “Yea, come unto me and bring forth works of righteousness.” (Alma 5:33, 35.) As a baptized member of the Church, I hear the invitation, and I wonder, How do I get there from here? Because I know the Lord intends to include all of us in this invitation, my personal, honest response is the same as my friend...

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11th Day Christmas Past Winner and Answer

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Answer 11th Day Christmas Past: Joseph F. Smith was in Sharon, Vermont the birthplace of the Prophet Joseph (his uncle) dedicating a memorial in his honor.  Today is the Birthday Anniversary of Prophet Joseph Smith! Congrats to 11th Day drawing winner, Linda Carver, who won an olive wood Holy Family star nativity hand carving and package of 10 hand carved olive wood ornaments from Israel! 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 and Story

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On the 11th Day of Christmas Past, the question is to be – Question:  On Christmas time of 1905 (111 yeas ago today), where was Pres. Joseph F. Smith and why? To be entered into today’s daily giveaway & FREE tour drawing- Read the story; “Comment” & “Share” your answer on Facebook or our blog. “A Memorial to Joseph Smith in Vermont” Joseph F. Smith was ordained and set apart as President of the Church on October 17, early in 1905. At the request of President Joseph F. Smith and members of the first presidency, Junius F. Wells visited the farm once belonging to Solomon Mack.  This farm was in the townships of Sharon and Royalton, in Windsor County, Vermont.  Solomon was the grandfather of Joseph Smith, Jr. and it was on his homestead atop Dairy Hill that the Prophet was born to Joseph and Lucy Mack Smith on Monday, December 23, 1805. Through township records, interviews, and available historical sources, he was successful in purchasing the property and was authorized by the brethren to build a memorial cottage on the site of the original home. It was likewise agreed that he would commission the erection of a thirty eight and one half foot granite shaft with appropriate inscriptions to be dedicated and unveiled at that location on December 23, 1905, the 100th anniversary of the Prophet’s birth. Elder Wells completed his arduous task, the memorial shaft, still standing today, weighs forty tons and was set in place with great difficulty. A special road had to be built from the railroad to the site of the monument, and a specially constructed wagon transported the shaft to its resting place. President Joseph F. Smith and the centennial memorial party were greeted as they arrived at South Royalton, Vermont on December 22 (111 years ago today!). The group of thirty persons was comprised of Smith family members, general authorities, and other invited guests. During the services held the following day, December 23, in the Joseph Smith Memorial cottage, President Joseph F. Smith dedicated the home, the polished shaft of Vermont granite, and all appurtenances. The opening words of President Smith’s dedicatory prayer read, “Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy most holy name. We thy servants and handmaidens representing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have gathered here to dedicate this monument to the memory of thy servant Joseph Smith, the great Prophet and Seer of the 19th century, who was born into the world near this spot on the 23rd day of December 1805, one hundred years ago.” President Smith and certain members of his party spent Christmas Eve in transit to Boston by way of the railroad. On Christmas Day, the Smith family members drove to Topsfield and Boxford, Massachusetts and there visited the home sites of Joseph Smith’s ancestors, including that of Joseph Smith, Sr.  At the Pine Grove Cemetery in Topsfield, they paid homage to certain of these honorable men who had preserved the “watched bloodline” of the Lord’s servant Joseph Smith the prophet.  The party then returned to Boston and boarded the night train for the West via Palmyra, New York and Kirtland, Ohio where they stopped to tour Church Historic sites. They visited the old Smith farm and the Hill Cumorah,...

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10th Day Christmas Past Winner and Answer

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Answer 10th Day Christmas Past: Walter Lyman gave his town water for Christmas.  After great effort of hiking miles in cold and tiring conditions, he found where their local water source had been diverted and cleared the way for the water to flow back into town again.  The townspeople woke Christmas Day to water flowing freely again. Congrats to 10th Day drawing winner, Brenda Dawson, who won an olive wood Jesus and the children hand carving from Israel! 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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10th Day Christmas Past Question and Story

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On the 10th Day of Christmas Past, the question is to be – Question:  What gift was a little community in Blanding, Utah given? To be entered into today’s daily giveaway & FREE tour drawing- Read the story; “Comment” & “Share” your answer on Facebook or our blog. “His Christmas Gift” “It was during the very early days of the settlement of Blanding, Utah and the little community was dependent for their water supply on the stream that came down the ditch from the nearby mountain.  On the 23rd and 24th of December the water failed to appear and we were under the necessity of hunting small patches of snow, or of carrying water from West Water Springs down in the canyon half a mile away. The comfort and progress of the town was first in the mind of Walter C. Lyman, from the time he was shown the place in a wonderful dream, eight years before.  He was eager and watchful for the well-being of the town.  On the morning of the 24th of December, Walter took his shovel and started off up the ditch to see what had become of the little stream of water up on which we were depending.  He took no lunch with him, having no notion of how far he might go or how long he would be gone, but the farther he went the more interesting the hunt became.  He knew there was water up there somewhere if it had not all frozen solid and he figured that he might find it in the next rod ahead. He walked on and on.  He had brought no extra coat, having left on the spur of the moment, and when it began to snow he still would not turn back when at every step forward he might find the illusive water.  So he went on mile after mile, and late in the day, soaked and hungry, but warmed with hope at the thought of getting the water down to the needy little community, he found where an ice-jam clogged the ditch and turned the stream off into the brush. He shoveled away all the stoppage of ice, cleaned out the ditch below and got the water headed again for the town.  Coming down the ditch he scanned every foot of it for any other places where the stream might be hindered, or stopped again, and paused to remove obstructions here and there, leaving the channel clear and open all the way.  It was after dark Christmas Eve when he got home, wet and weary, but exulting in the fact of his having found and removed the trouble; yet he was fearful that in all that long distance the stream might choke up again with floating ice, or the ice which might form in it as it came slowly along. As he lay thinking about it after having gone to bed, he resolved to go back the next morning if the water had not reach the town.  The ditch ran near his home, so near he could almost venture out in his night-clothes to see if the water was in it.  He was awake very early, ready to go, when he heard the welcome trickle of the water in the ditch.  The town heard it,...

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9th Day Christmas Past Winner and Answer

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Answer 9th Day Christmas Past: Elder Perry had a very memorable postwar Christmas with orphans overseas by helping to open an orphanage and planning a Christmas for them. The children, to show their thanks, learned how to sing, “You Are My Sunshine” in English. Congrats to 9th Day drawing winner, Margaret Davies, who won a Nauvoo Temple sunstone & moonstone pillar and a package of 10 hand carved olive wood ornaments from Israel! Please contact MHA office 801-272-5601 or info@mormonheritage.com within 30 days to arrange for how to receive your...

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