Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Standing Calf, $325 Now $163

Lat. Machine, $325 Now $163

Hyper Ext./Roman Chair, $165 Now $83

Adjustable Incline, $175 Now $88

Dumbbell Bars, $15 pr. Now $8

Weight Tree, $50 Now $25

Weights, 60 cents per lb. Now .30

4 Wall Charts Now $2

Water Dispenser with 5 gal. glass jug $35

Boots, Ruffouts, New, Size 12 $40

Bonny Briggs816-373-6661

Monday, January 30, 2012

Chili Cook Off / Supper for UCM

University of Central Missouri

Restoration campus ministries presents…

A chili supper/cook-off!

We’re on a search for the best-tasting chili and we need your help! This annual donation-based fundraiser is intended to support our spring break mission tripin March. We are looking forward to visiting the saints in Indiana, Alabama and Georgia!

Stop by Colbern Road Restoration Branch (9525 Main Entrance Drive: Lake Lotawana, MO 64086) when you’re available on…

Saturday,February 11, 2012 between 5:00-8:00 PM

If you think you have what it takes to enter the winning chili, let us know! We will accept 7 entries and the winner of the chili tasting contest will receive a delicious, homemade pie.

If you have any questions or would like to enter your chili in our contest, please email us at warrensburgrcm@yahoo.com or call Jessica Jecker at 816.838.3809

Car Wanted

A small car in good condition is needed.

Willing to pay up to $5000.

Please call Jack at 816-252-8410

Center Place Photography Club - February Meeting

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Dayn Cederstrom daynlarz@yahoo.com
It’s this Saturday! February 4 @ 9:30 am

The monthly meeting of the

Center Place Photography Club

Living Hope Restoration Branch
2425 S Crysler Ave
Independence MO

Tom Mitchell, professional photographer and professor at UCM, will be our guest speaker.

All interested in photography are welcome to come! Check us out on Facebook:

Center Place Photography Club

See you there!

2 bedroom duplex for rent

Grain Valley, 2 bedroom duplex for rent. One half is rented to an Oak Grove Restoration member and Lavon Stephens, the owner and a Restoration member, is hoping to rent the other side to another member. If interested, please contact Lavon at 816-807-1200. Here is a quick description:

$600.00 monthly
$600.00 deposit

No pets
No smoking

$30.00 application fee, copies of drivers license & last 2 pay check stubs
Renter is responsible for utilities, trash & lawn service

2 Bdrm
1 Bath

Fully Equipped Kitchen

Washer & Dryer
Smoke detector
1Car Garage
Fenced Yard
Storage Shed
Backyard faces pond

Full size bed & TV can stay, if needed.

Home for Rent - Independence

Lovely 2 bedroom ranch, 1.5 baths, appliances, basement,

1st floor laundry, fenced yard, large storage building,

No Smoking

$700 month, plus deposit.

Call 816-739-6217

Friday, January 27, 2012

Cow For Sale

--------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Dennis Moe moefarms4@embarqmail.com

I have 1 Herford meat cow left to sell for this year. It is ready now. It weighs about 1,000 to 1,100#.
No hormones. Farm fed, grass fed, hay fed
Perfect for organic meat eaters.
$2.00 a pound hanging weight (after it is butchered and hanging in cooler)
This cow will be about 500 to 600 pounds hanging weight.
Butcher charges about .50 a pound to cut and wrap
Kill charge (to have the animal killed and skinned and delivered to butcher) is $75.00
I use Winter's in Blue Springs but you can use someone else of your choice.
Many of our customers split meat and cost with other families
If interested please call
Moe Farms
Dennis Moe

CPRS Chamber Choir

From: Larry Cain

Saturday, January 28th - 7 p.m.

Center Place Restoration School

Come and support the CPRS Chamber Choir in the POPS Concert! There will be a variety of ensembles, duets, solos, and choir pieces from DISNEY! This is a magical evening you won't want to miss! So, come support:

Jenna Clark
Ethan Wood
Madelyn Cain
Joey Carrillo
Rose Hood
Taylor Ballentyne
Melody Oberg
Collin Smith
Johanna Peabody
Austin Ferraiuolo
Lesley Mark
Marcos Smith
Emma Levengood
Caleb Schoenamann
Jason Cain

Admission is free!!! However- DONATIONS will be gladly accepted at the door for future choir needs. The CPRS SENIOR CLASS will also be having an ice-cream/hot fudge sundae/brownie fundraiser during the concert! We look forward to seeing you!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Emily's 18th Birthday Celebration

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Melissa Scott

Emily's 18th Birthday Celebration

HEAR YE!!!! HEAR YE!!!!! Come one, come all!!

Join in the fun of Emily Scott's 18th birthday Celebration!

Emily will perform two of her competition ballroom dances in the gym of the Truman Memorial Building in downtown Independence at 8:00 p.m. on February 11, 2012. Please arrive by 7:45 p.m.

Best of all its free.

There will be cake and appetizers following the dances.

The only present Emily wants is your presence at the dance.

The Scott Family

Friday, January 20, 2012


The word “BREASTPLATE” occurs only twenty-eight times in the Bible; Twenty-two times in the Old Testament, and just four times in the New Testament. In this exhortation, only the “Breastplate” of the Hebrew High-priests will be considered. “Breastplates” can be found twenty times in the Book of Exodus, and one time in the Book of Leviticus.
Exodus Chapters 25, 28, 29, 35, 39; in the Book of Leviticus, chapter 8:8.

Let us consider Leviticus 8:8-10, where it says, “And he (Moses) put the breastplate upon him (Aaron): also he (Moses) put in the breastplate the *Urim And the Thummim.” And he (Moses) put the **mitre upon his head; also upon the mitre, even upon his (Aaron) forefront, did he (Moses) put the golden plate, the holy crown; as the LORD commanded Moses. And Moses took the anointing oil, and anointed the tabernacle and all that was therein, and sanctified them.”

*The word “Urim” in the Hebrew is 'Uwrim (oo-reem'); meaning “light”. When used with the Urim, the will of God was revealed. 'Uwriym (oo-reem'); Noun Masculine, Strong #: 224 Urim = "lights" stones kept in a pouch on the high-priest's breastplate, used in determining God's decision in certain questions and issues. **The word “Thummim” in the Hebrew is Tummiym (toom-meem'); Proper Name Masculine, Strong #: 8550, and means “perfection”. The stones provided for the means of achieving a sacred lot; ***The word “mitre” is the Hebrew word Mitsnepheth (mits-neh'-feththat, and means the turban of the high priest, or the diadem.

In the Hebrew Bible, Leviticus 8:8-10 reads as follows. “He put the breastpiece on him, and put into the breastpiece the Urim and Thummim.” At this point it refers the reader back to Exodus 28:30, which reads as follows: “Inside the breastpiece of decision you shall place the Urim and Thummim, so that they are over Arson’s heart when he comes before the LORD. Thus Aaron shall carry the instrument of decision for the Israelites over his heart before the LORD at all times.” The “stones” that were in the breastplate/breastpiece are also of great importance, as we read in Exodus 28:15 “And thou shalt make the breastplate of judgment with cunning work; after (like, as) the work of the ephod (worn by the high priest - more costly, woven of gold, blue, purple, scarlet, and linen threads provided with shoulder-pieces and a breast piece of like material, ornamented with gems and gold). In verses 17- 21 we read, 17. “And thou shalt set in it settings of stones, even four rows of stones: the first row shall be a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle: THIS SHALL BE THE FIRST ROW. 18. And the second row shall be an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond.19. And in the third row a ligure, an agate, and an amethyst. 20. And the forth row a beryl, and an onyx, and jasper: they shall be set in gold in their enclosings. 21. And the stones shall be with the names of the children of Israel, twelve, according to their names, like the engravings of a signet; every one with his name shall they be according to the twelve tribes.

The word stones as used in these verses are the Hebrew word 'eben (eh'-ben); Noun Feminine, Strong #: 68, and means precious stones, stones of fire, gem stones.

Exodus 28:17-20 in the Hebrew

“Set in it mounted stones, in four rows of stones. The first row shall be a row of carnelian, chrysolite, and emerald; the second row, a turquoise, a sapphire, and an amethyst, the third row: a jacinth, an agate, and a crystal, and the fourth row: a beryl, a lapis lazuli, and a jasper. They shall be framed with gold in the mountings.”

According to the “Commentary on the Whole Bible” by Jamieson Fausset and Brown, the word Urim and Thummim means signify “lights” and “perfection”, and nothing more is meant than the precious stones of the breastplate already described in chapters 39:8-21 of Exodus, and 8:8 of Leviticus. They received the name because the bearing of them qualified the high-priest to consult the divine oracle on all public or national emergencies, by going into the holy place-standing close before the veil and putting his hand upon the Urim and Thummim, he conveyed a petition from the people and asked counsel of God, who, as the Sovereign of Israel, gave response from the midst of His glory. Little, however, is known about them. But it may be remarked that Egyptian judges wore on the breast of their official robes a representation of Justice, and the high priest in Israel long officiated also as a judge; so that some think the Urim and Thummim had a reference to his judicial functions”.

And in Smith’s Bible Dictionary we read: “URIM AND THUMMIM (Hebrew light and perfection). The twelve precious stones, when in position in the breast-plate of the high-priest, were consulted as an oracle. They were worn when the high priest entered the Holy of Holies (Ex. 28:30). The ceremony of placing the engraved gems in their proper positions in the breastplate was very solemn and imposing, for it typified the presence of the twelve tribes before the Altar of Jehovah.

I hope that this will give light to all those that read it in the spirit of love and discernment…,

Hans H. Hansen
Ministry of Restoration
Hammond, IN
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Hans Hansen hh1830@aol.com

Commute to Warrensburg

Person looking for someone who commutes to Warrensburg daily.

Are you interested in car pooling?

Please contact Jennie at:

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Mattress & Dresser For Sale

Pillow-top queen mattress. Perfect Sleeper by Serta. About 8 years old. Excellent condition. Rotated often and always used mattress cover. Very reasonable price to someone who needs it.

Also some chests of drawers and dressers.

Chuck Perry


Center Place Restoration School is celebrating our 20th Anniversary this year. Lots of special planning is under way for the weekend of April 27-29. Information about specific activities and times will be announced in the next few weeks. Be sure to check your Branch’s bulletin inserts, as well as our school website and our soon-to-be event page on Facebook. We hope everyone can attend and celebrate with us!

from Pam Chrislip cprsgoldeneagles@yahoo.com

Express the Light!

The Stone Church Ministry of the Arts is sponsoring Express the Light!, which is a day to explore the Book of Mormon through the arts. This will be at Stone Church on February 25, 2012, beginning at 9:00 am. The day will end no later than 3:00 pm (4:00 for clean-up).

We are hoping to have Book of Mormon believers from many denominations participate in Express the Light! I am including background information for the event. We also have a facebook page under "Stone Church Ministry of the Arts" that has information.

Individuals and groups are welcome to have a table(s) to sell materials and promote your events and activities. We would appreciate a donation of 10% of any proceeds to help cover our costs for the day.

We would especially to love to have junior high through adult ages participate in some of the day's events as Book of Mormon actors. Anyone who would be willing to participate may contact me at rivendell1977@yahoo.com. We would have some practice meetings on (probably) Sunday ( or Saturday--let me know your preference) afternoons in February.

See the information below for more complete information. Thank you for sharing this with anyone you think might be interested.

If you would like to be involved in any way, please contact Joanie Glandon: phone 816-739-2940 or email rivendell1977@yahoo.com. or Marcia Pugh: phone 816-254-0096 or email mrae47@sbcglobal.net

Joanie Glandon rivendell1977@yahoo.com phone 816-739-2940
From: Stone Church Ministry of the Arts

To: Those (in all denominations) who cherish the Book of Mormon and desire to join us as we "Express the Light!" through the arts

"Express the Light!" will be an opportunity to explore the Book of Mormon through the arts. Join us on February 25, at the Community of Christ Stone Church near the Independence Square, as we express our love for the Book of Mormon through various art forms. We will not be exploring theological issues or differences. This event will focus on artistic exploration and expression of the Book of Mormon themes, stories, and history.

(on facebook - Stone Church Ministry of the Arts, then click the invitation for Express the Light!)

Areas of participation:

Stories in Stone (Book of Mormon archaeology)

See stories of the Book of Mormon revealed in Mayan artwork as archaeologist Neil Steede presents "Stories in Stone."

"And It Came to Pass. . ." (a Book of Mormon history presented through the performing arts)

We are inviting junior high through young adult groups (ages 12 and over, and their leaders) to portray Book of Mormon stories for our time capsule of Book of Mormon history ("And It Came to Pass. . ."). This may be done through performing arts of your choice: dance, song, poetry, skits, etc. These performances will be at scheduled times during the day. Please notify us as soon as possible if you are interested, and we will notify you of your assigned story and length of performance time (generally, max of 10 minutes). Please inform us if you have a story preference. We will try to accommodate requests for specific stories, if we can.

We are also developing a group of actors/singers/musicians for some of the portrayals throughout the day, as well as a short drama. Please contact Celeste or Joanie if you would like to be part of this group.

The coordinator for these vignettes is Celeste Didericksen: Cell phone number 816-372-0760 (text preferred) or email kathleenceleste@hotmail.com Inform her of the name of your group and a contact person's phone and email.

Stelas and Scribes (Visual and Literary Arts Display)

Do you have an original poem about the Book of Mormon? a picture of King Benjamin on his tower? a Book of Mormon verse in calligraphy? If you would like to share your gift for others to enjoy, please submit it for our "Stelas and Scribes" display. We will also accept sculpture or any other 3-dimensional art. Artists of any age are welcome to participate.

The coordinator for the "Stelas and Scribes" display is Marcia Pugh: phone 816-254-0096 or email mrae47@sbcglobal.net . Please plan to submit your artwork by February15. If possible, please mat or frame your artwork or poetry. All submitted artwork in frames will need wire on the back for hanging. Submissions should be labeled with title, name, age, and congregation/ward.

Quetzal Street Market (Book of Mormon interest groups and crafts)

Share your insights and special interests in the Book of Mormon at the Quetzal Street Market, and network with other Book of Mormon believers/seekers. Book of Mormon interest groups may sell Book of Mormon-related materials. Artisans may also sell crafts/products that might have been made in the Book of Mormon times (baskets, pottery, etc.)

Codex Corner (see below) will be included in the Market, and Stone Church will be selling lunch. The Stone Church Ministry of the Arts will also have items for sale. To reserve a market space (table), please email the Marketplace coordinator, Robyn Munn, at restorationsparkplug@comcast.net.

Codex Corner (Activities for children)
Codex Corner will include exciting activities for children, ages toddler through elementary ages. Watch your child create a codex, translate glyphs, and interpret Book of Mormon stories through creative movement. Dianne Nichols is the coordinator for this area. Please contact her at highground@ymail.com if you would like to assist in this area. We are also soliciting art/craft materials to use for the children's activities. If you have art or craft materials you would be willing to donate, please contact Dianne or Joanie for our list of needed materials.

Resource development
We will be creating a website to make photographs of the artwork, as well as the original songs, scripts, stories, poetry, etc. available for free download. If you are interested in developing a website, or if you would like to submit your original Book of Mormon-related works, they will be included on the website when it is completed.

For now, you may send pictures, mp3s, or written material to: Joanie Glandon, rivendell1977@yahoo.com phone 816-739-2940 Material may be submitted anytime, even following the event on February 25. We intend for this website to be a resource now and in the future.

Donations and Doorprizes

"Express the Light!" is a free activity--please come and invite your friends.

We have many opportunities for those who would like to support "Express the Light!" We will accept a freewill offering during "Express the Light!" to cover our operating and materials costs.

We also will gratefully receive donations of materials and time for:
art materials
fabric for costumes
items for door prizes--merchandise coupons, new art/craft items, Book of Mormon interest materials
sewing costumes
participation in set-up and clean-up crews
assistance with displays/signs
name tags
printing service
lumber/screws/labor for set-building

If you would like to be involved in any way, please contact Joanie Glandon: phone 816-739-2940 or email rivendell1977@yahoo.com. or Marcia Pugh: phone 816-254-0096 or email mrae47@sbcglobal.net

Please share this email with those who would be interested--Thanks!

Thoughts on Express the Light!

As I have been thinking about Express the Light! I think it might be appropriate to share some of my personal vision for this activity. It is really a result of four converging areas of concern.

Two of my daughters dance and love the personal expression that it provides for them. One of my daughters is an accomplished pianist, and all of them sing. They hope to use their gifts for God's purposes and are excited to find venues within the church where artistic gifts can be shared.

I see many other young artists at the same point in life. There are many contests, competitions, school events, etc., available to them, but not as many opportunities available in a religious venue.

Many mature artists also appreciate a religious venue. Once school is completed, people often move on to jobs and business, and their artistic gifts go unused and undeveloped. Who knows what untapped artistic potential we have within our congregations, and what inspiring insights a mature artist could portray?

The Ministry of the Arts program at Stone Church is attempting to address these needs and develop these potentials for God's glory and the work of His Kingdom.

My husband and I have worked with congregational youth groups at various times, and of course have concern for our own children and their friends. The young people that we know are very busy and pulled in many directions. Often fellowship within the church can be somewhat lost in other activities. We watch for avenues where the youth can feel engaged and be invested in the church and with God.

We are looking for opportunities to build bridges. We have many friends in the Community of Christ church, the Restoration Branches, the LDS church, the Renmant church, and the Temple Lot church, and others. Many of us are so close, yet so separated. With its unique witness of Jesus Christ in the Americas, the Book of Mormon might be one of the most exciting connections that we can find within such divergent theologies.

I have always considered the Book of Mormon to be the scripture that God created for right-brained people because it portrays such powerful visual images. The history is engaging and colorful. It lends itself to hands-on exploration in a way that many parts of our scriptures, such as the letters of Paul (wonderful as they are), do not.

The imagery and excitement of the Book of Mormon stories make it an ideal vehicle for children and those with informational processing challenges. It was the easiest of all the scriptures for me to read when I was young. I have always had a strong personal connection with the Book of Mormon.

The idea of Express the Light! was born from this convergence of a desire for a venue where artistry can be developed for God's glory, concern for our youth, a searching for friendship and connections with others, and a personal appreciation for the many wonderful aspects of the Book of Mormon and its central focus on Jesus Christ.

Thank you for your contribution to make this activity an exciting and engaging opportunity for those who desire to Express the Light! Joanie

Monday, January 16, 2012

New Discussion Board

Dear Everyone,

I am sending this to my friends who may or may not be interested in discussing The Feasts of the Lord. I have set up a discussion board. It is a ProBoard, they are very nice boards which can be organized so that subjects can be easily found. Anyone will be able to read it. In order to post one must register. I am going to try very hard to make sure everyone's thoughts are respected and to keep things on topic. I would like people to share thoughts and sources of information. I think many people are finding an interest in this subject.

Here is my board.


Lois Anderson, Scripture Storyteller

For Sale - Printer / Fax

1) HP Laser Jet 1600 printer with printed-out manual. Works perfectly. Used by retired medical transcriptionist, no longer needed. $75.00

2) Brother dedicated fax machine. Works perfectly. Likewise no longer needed. $25.00

Call Gary at 816-518-5027

Wurlitzer Organ - Free to good home

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Dan Hood fineline@earthlink.net

Free to good home.....

We have a small Wurlitzer Digital Organ that belonged to my Mom...
We would like it to go to someone who would appreciate it and use it.
It has the split keyboard, rhythm sounds, and foot pedals, plus bench.

It is in good condition and FREE, and I could deliver if necessary.

Dan Hood

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Anna Lipscomb - Update

Anna is close behind second place as she continues to move up in the competition. Please remember to vote everyday!

If Anna Lipscomb wins the $50,000 grand prize for the America Inspired Contest she will donate the money to the Global Orphan Project. This money will build 5 orphanages and house 50 children. A vote for Anna will help save the lives of orphans in the poorest nations of the world.

America Inspired - Feature Outstanding Youth | Examiner.com
www.examiner.com Read the latest America Inspired - Featured Outstanding Youth news and view America Inspired - Featured Outstanding Youth pictures from our team of local insiders.

VOTE: http://www.examiner.com/america-inspired-featured-outstanding-youth

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Job opening - Software Engineer

Embedded Computer Software Engineer for Overland Park, Kansas Office – Involves set-up, installation, troubleshooting, development, support, and deployment of complete embedded infrastructures. Required experience: Linux, Object Oriented Programming, OSGi Java, and Eclipse Development Tools.

Jon Tandy

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Journal of History - needed

I need 3 volumes of Journal of History, published by the RLDS Church, to complete a set.

I need Volume 15, 1922, Volume 16, 1923, and Volume 18, 1925.

I want them in good condition in black hardcover (no unbound journals) with gold identification on the spines.

Please e-mail me at pludy@juno.com telling what you have and what you want for them.

(I would consider purchasing a complete set, if that is the only way they come.)

Thank you very much

Paul V. Ludy (816) 210-8450

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Interesting 4 minute video on Native American


Glenn Beck speaking of the connection between Egyptians measures ofdistance being the same as we have today. Interesting.

Interesting 4 minute video on Native American "I AM"


This is very interesting, for we know that the Jews will only accept a ONE GOD concept, and this same thing was accepted by the Native Americans.

Stationary Exercise Bike - $25

Stationary Exercise Bike - For Sale - $25

It is Performax 5000 in excellent condition.

Garland Schnack

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Carpenter Job Opening

Absolute Building Concepts LLC has an open position for a carpenter.

Absolute Building Concepts LLC is a restoration owned, General Contractor, specializing in residential and light commercial remodeling, maintenance, and repair.

Please forward inquiries or resumé to krissandra@abconcepts.biz or call 816-517-1145 for an application.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Worm Farm for Sale

I have a friend named Doug Tumbrel who owns Wind Swept Worm Farm in the caves where I have my gun range at I-435 & 23rd Street, Kansas City, MO. The business has been going for 11 years and is profitable. Doug tells me the worm farm nets $50-$60,000 a year for his family. Doug and his Dad also have a farming operation around the Kingsville area. Doug tells me the business can operate during the winter with just one person part time . During the summer (fishing season) he works the business full time and hires seasonal help. Worms and worm casings are shipped all over the country.

The operation of the business involves a lot of heavy lifting. A chronic and worsening back injury is forcing Doug to sell the business. Doug is looking for a quick sale especially before the next selling season rolls around for a new owner.

This would be a good business for someone with summers off such as a teacher. This would also be a good family business. Doug has been a good neighbor to my business and I would like another good neighbor. For further information contact Doug directly and view a video of this operation at his web site: http://windsweptwormfarm.com/

Bruce Luedeman
Independence MO

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Amazing Ron Wyatt video many Biblical proofs found

Ron Wyatt presents a video-graphical history of his amazing discoveries that cover various topics including Noah's Ark, the Biblical Exodus, the Red Sea Crossing, the ancient cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and Ark of the Covenant. This video was not uploaded to argue or dispute with non-believers. The purpose of uploading this video is to encourage believers in God's Word and the truths contained within.




Restored Daughters of Zion

Restored Daughters of Zion - Saturday at Celebration Ministries

Daughter’s of Zion gathering on Saturday, January 7 at Celebration Ministries (Englewood Church), 1500 Northern Blvd. - just North of the USPS.

9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (stay as long as you can).

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Welcome and praise songs, sharing by Pat Chadwick who will speak on Restoration prophesy fulfilled and unfulfilled. This is an excellent presentation.

Pot luck lunch, more sharing with Pat; and Restored Daughters of Zion focus for 2012 and prayer.

Please invite your friends – men are welcome.

Marilyn Slaughter

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The first meeting of the

Center Place Photography Club

for 2012 is this Saturday, January 7 at 9:30 a.m. at

Living Hope Restoration Branch
2425 S Crysler Avenue
Independence MO

Anyone interested in photography is welcome to come!

- Bring a recent photo of the holidays for comment and critique.
- Demonstration on cleaning your camera (bring your camera)
- Shooting exercise

Hope to see you there!

Restoration Choir

Dear Singer,

The Restoration Choir will resume rehearsals on Sunday, January 15th at Atherton. We will be preparing for services celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. These services will be April 1st and April 8th. If you would like to be a part of this praise and worship ministry, please join us Sunday afternoons at 4:30 in the sanctuary.

Our music for these services will be mainly from the music collection "He Shall Arise" created by Tom Fettke with orchestrations by Don Marsh. This work comprises music from several composers including Jean Sibelius, Barry McQuire, George Frederick Handel, Ludwig Van Beethoven and Michael Card.

For more information, contact Larry or Diane Ward
at 252-8311 or e-mail us at laward.01@comcast.net

Please forward this to anyone who would be interested is singing with us this year.

We will again be using the Restoration Choir resources web page to help you learn the music. The address is http://www.restoration-choir.webs.com and will be updated as we are able. If you would like to listen to some of the music we'll be preparing, you can find links to the listening tracks on the Restoration Choir resources web page.

I look forward to working with you in this ministry of lifting up the name of Christ before all people!

In His Name,


Monday, January 2, 2012

The Magnet

Muriel Luedeman, December 31, 2011

Over dinner one night recently the family was discussing magnets. Bruce told about a magnet a friend showed him one time in a magnet manufacturing plant. It was huge, he said and from his description, I imagined it to be the size of an above ground swimming pool. The power of it, Bruce was told, was such that when turned on, it would attract anything of metal to it, including metal belt buckles and the persons wearing them. It could be incapacitating and even deadly.

Last night, the last of 2011, I dreamed I was in a large room of a manufacturing plant of some kind. A strange machine that looked like a large cattle trough was sitting on the floor in one quarter of the room. The sides of the machine were thick like stone,though it was made of gray metal. It had water in the bottom perhaps 2”-3” deep and there were small, slender, whitish looking things either lying or swimming in the water. It had a control box on the side of the tank at the top edge.

I wasn’t alone; there were workmates with me. One friend told me to be careful of the machine. It was a magnet and when turned on would draw anything close by to it. I would be powerless against its strength.Left in its grip I could suffer irreparable physical, emotional, and mental damage.

While in the room alone, my attention was drawn to the things in the bottom of the machine. I can’t say I had been instructed to do anything with them but I was working with them and my hands were wet. I am unclear what I was doing with them; it may have just been curiosity that drew me to the tank, like a little child. I could bend over the edge of it and reach them. While messing with the things, I rose up and inadvertently flipped the switch that turned the machine on and heard it begin to gradually power up.

I felt a tingling sensation in my hands. Fearing not only the magnetism, but also electrocution, I attempted to pull myself away from the machine. I could feel the power of the magnet immediately and it took all my strength to resist the pull of it as its power in creased. I managed to pull myself a few feet away, but I realized the magnet was an overcoming force and it would take all my might to free myself.

I thought to myself there must be a limit to the magnet’s field of power like a band around it and if I could reach beyond that band I would be safe. I was going to work as if that was a fact. At that moment I began to think of my life, my family, my friends and my God. It was the love of all these people and the desire to continue with them that made me resist with all the strength I had to get beyond the machine’s magnetic field.

At the last I was crawling, and pulling myself along the floor away from the tank. It seemed to help to make myself as small and low as possible before the machine. As I reached the outside edge of the magnetic field, before my eyes I saw a flash of sparks and felt a sudden release of my body. I was free. I was completely drained and lay there resting and thinking how close I had come to who knows what kind of captive life and eventual death.

Some of my work mates returned to the room at that point and saw the state of things. One of the men knew what to do to turn the power off at the machine. He was able to walk up to it and quickly flip the switch. It made no sense to me that he could do that and not be harmed by the magnetic power, but that is the way dreams are sometimes. But I also realized his knowledge of the machine and expertise was greater than mine. He knew what to do and how to handle the machine.

The Holy Spirit gave me several things to think about in this experience. For a long time I have struggled with temptation and a lack of desire to resist the world. Things like food,frivolous activities, and wasteful spending plague me. I feel powerless most of the time, but in the dream I was able to overcome as I thought about my great desire to live and be with my family, friends and my God. It was LOVE that broke through the powerful magnet’s ring.

The magnetic pull of the machine represented the world and all its attractions toward self gratifications. I am very weak and give in too often, but this dream showed me that the Holy Spirit which resides in man is strong enough to help overcome many, many temptations on our own.

There are times when I am in such a “pit”, others must lift me out, for the pit is too deep and I am too deep in the mire, but there are also many times that strong resistance on mypart will bring release. LOVE does conquer all. My love for all those I hold dear conquers some. The LOVE of Godand others for me overcomes the rest. Sometimes victory comes when both sources of love are applied.

The Spirit speaks further to say that the magnetism of the world is nothing to play around with. The fact that I didn’t know why I was doing what I was with the things in the bottom of the tank, describes the times I give no thought to my behavior. I stumble through life and find myself in the middle of something that I know nothing about and is not good for me to be dealing with at that moment. I have not prayed about it and asked Christ to guide me and show me his plan.

The machine in itself was not a bad thing, but it has a great deal of power and must be handled with care and knowledge, neither of which I was using. Curiosity is a powerful thing,which can lead to death or life. Abiding in Christ alone leads to life andmaintains it. Even good and godly ventures attempted too soon can be devastating.

The Spirit also pointed out that I was alone in the room when I got into trouble. If the other workers had been there the incident would not have occurred. Going it alone in the work of bringing forth Zion is not the will of the Lord for any saint. That is why He gave varying gifts to all His children. That is why we have a voice and are able to communicate. For safety as well as speed of achievement, we are meant to work in pairs and teams, and in a large unified body.

Further, I was shown that dropping to the floor to make myself very small and low, was a position of humility. I needed to be it to escape. Humility gains deliverance and salvation.

The Spirit is pleased with my desire and willingness to be God’s hands and feet, but my foolish ways of the past will be no match for the days ahead. They must give way to much more consistent, prayerful behavior, praying diligently and continuously for knowledge, wisdom, God’s timing, and family and friends to accomplish the work God has given me. Be patient, but persistent; any movement in that direction Christ assures me He will bless with more strength and power.

I believe this was a warning and a blessing for the days of 2012 and beyond that I might live successfully and in victory in Zion. I pass this along for those who may benefit by it.

Muriel Luedeman

The Sign Post to the Land of Lehi

-----Original Message-----
From: bmaf@googlegroups.com [mailto:bmaf@googlegroups.com] On Behalf of
Book of Mormon Archaeological Forum
Sent: Sunday, January 01, 2012 11:55 PM
Subject: BMAF:118 IZAPA

The Sign Post to the Land of Lehi
By Garth Norman
edited by Alan Miner

1. Evidence of Near East connections

a. Using an analogy of colonization on the planet Mars, If you found building measurements of Metric scale you would say the colony probably came from earth. If both Metric and English measurements using feet and inches were found you would say "the colony would have had to come from earth." In Izapa, two cubit measurements are found. Both CUBIT measurements were used in the Middle East prior to 600 BC, a sure sign of Near East connections.

b. Dates found on various Stelae record all the Jewish holidays
celebrated by Jews prior to 600 BC. John Pratt's chronology shows that by using Jewish holidays, established by Moses, the date of Christ's birth can be determined as I BC, and His death can be established as occurring exactly 600 years from time Lehi left Jerusalem.

2. Evidence of existence of Father Lehi.

a. Stela 5; The Tree of Life stone.

(1) Nearly all of the points recorded in the Book of Mormon record of Lehi's dream are recorded graphically on the Stela. Some that are not could very well be on an eroded area. Examples: Six figures: Lehi, Sariah, Laman, Lemuel, Sam and Nephi. Name Glyphs for Lehi: (Jaw bone), Sariah: (Princess headdress with meaning of Sariah or princess.
Nephi: (headdress of grain, which represented an Egyptian Grain God named NEPI. The Tree of Life, Cherubim, the Rod of Iron, and the Spacious Building are all mentioned in Lehi's dream.)

b. It is possible that on another Stela figures which appears to be ear ornaments could in reality represent a jawbone, which is the name glyph for Lehi.

c. A ship on the ocean on another Stela could represent the voyage to America by Lehi and family.

3. A figure on another Stela has a breast ornament, which has been deciphered as ZORAM.

4.There are seven Stela arranged to represent the seven major
Mesoamerican families or tribes in the area--four on one side, three on the other. The Book of Mormon names seven major tribes with the names of Nephi, Jacob, Joseph, and Zoram on the good side and Laman, Lemuel, and Ishmael on the bad side.

5. The Stela are arranged semicircular as well as in elevated steps as if it were a temple or a sacred area.

6. Of all Mesoamerican sites mentioned in Book of Mormon, all seem to be destroyed except this area. This could mean that the area was sacred to both the Nephites and Lamanites just as Mount Moriah with its Dome of the Rock was sacred to both the Jews and the Moslems, it being the place where Abraham was to sacrifice Isaac. Both Jews and Moslems consider it to be a future site for their temple.

7. Idle Lamanites are recorded as the inhabitants of this area. "Idle" could be translated as neutral.

8. Names for this area are recorded in Indian histories as "Bountiful". A city "Bountiful" in the Book of Mormon could be located here. The Book of Mormon also describes it as the "Land of their Inheritance", "Judea" and "Joshua" (which could be translated as "Jesus", or "The Land of Jesus")

9. It is quite possible that the temple at "Bountiful" where Jesus
taught his Sermon at the Temple could have been in this sacred area.

10. During the final wars, Mormon's army drove the Lamanites back and reclaimed the "Land of their Inheritance". Was this the area?

Editor's note: V. Garth Norman is recognized as the leading authority in iconographic research of the early Mayan Izapan culture. He worked with the New World Archaeological Foundation at the ruins of Izapa for 11 years and has published books and papers on that culture. He is President of the Ancient America Foundation (AAF) for professional and scriptural archaeology research, and is Director of Archaeological Research Consultants (ARCON Inc.). He began his professional archaeology career in 1965 and worked as a research associate with the BYU-New World Archaeological Foundation's Izapa, Mexico project, completing the major work on the Izapa Sculpture project in 1976; a study which includes the Stela 5 "Tree of Life" stone. He taught seminary for ten years and has graduate degrees in Ancient Scripture and in Archaeology/Anthropology. He has had a life-long research interest in archaeological exploration of the Book of Mormon as well as Archaeo-Astronomy, ancient units of standard measurement, Book of Mormon geography and more. Brother Norman has published a comprehensive map of his proposed Book of Mormon geography model along with a study guide. You can read about this project at: www.ancientamerica.org He also has a very comprehensive personal/professional website which highlights his lifetime research with the ancient Royal Babylonian cubit and the Royal Egyptian cubit, showing how both were used by ancient artisans in the high civilizations of Mesoameria. His latest article is on the BMAF website at: www.bmaf.org/node/312 and at www.vgarthnorman.com

(Materials, concepts, maps or conclusions presented at our forums, appearing on this website, or emailed to BMAF members and guests are the sole responsibility of the contributing author(s) and do not necessarily imply that members of the Board of Directors or members of BMAF agree with all or any part of the subject matter and are not
sponsored in any way by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.)

You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "BMAF" group.
To post to this group, send email to bmaf@googlegroups.com.
To unsubscribe from this group, send email to
For more options, visit this group at