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Published: Friday, Dec. 3 2010 6:48 p.m. MST

Group fast seeks cure for diabetes

There is no cure for Type I diabetes. A special group fast, to seek divine help for a cure to the debilitating disease, will be Sunday, Dec. 5.

In November 2009 the Floyd and Carol Hatch family reached the humbling realization that the only place to turn for a cure for Type I diabetes that has attacked two of their five children is their faith. Until then, they held out hope that the world of research was progressing at a pace that did not need divine intervention. Finally, they realized that their experience with group fasts had many times produced miracles, so they organized a day of prayer and fasting in December 2009 and invited anyone they knew with immediate family members with the disease to participate. Hundreds united that day and have since dedicated themselves to join together on a biannual basis until Type I diabetes is cured.

"It is difficult to watch your children struggle with this disease. They are constantly battling the physical and emotional toll that it takes on its victims," said Carol Hatch. "Although millions of dollars are spent each year on research, we have been extremely frustrated that we are no closer to a cure than we were 15 years ago when our first child was diagnosed. Clinical trials, restricted by government agencies as well as pharmaceutical companies, take years to complete. Meanwhile, the number of children being diagnosed is skyrocketing. We understand that we will not receive cures overnight, we just want to do our part to speed up the process."

More information about research to find a cure for Type I diabetes is at www.faustmanlab.org/.

For further information on biannual days of prayer and fasting to cure Type I diabetes, e-mail diabetesfast@gmail.com.

Concert to feature Vivaldi's 'Gloria'

SALT LAKE CITY — First Presbyterian Church of Salt Lake, 12 C St., will present its Chancel Choir Christmas Concert, featuring Vivaldi's "Gloria," on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 4 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. A free-will offering will be taken to support the church's music program.

This year's concert features the popular "Gloria" by Baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi. The second half of the program will be made up of shorter works by John Rutter, Harold Darke, Tomás Luis de Victoria and others, with Pamela Atkinson reading seasonal lessons from the King James Version of the Bible. There will also be several familiar carols for the audience to sing along with.

For more information, go to www.fpcslc.org

Christmas story is re-enacted in Layton

LAYTON — The 13th annual production of "Journey to Bethlehem," the retelling of the Christmas story, will be presented nightly by Mountain View Baptist Church through Sunday, Dec. 5, at the church, 2585 E. 3000 North.

Hours will be 5-9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4,and Sunday, Dec. 5.

The journey lasts one hour and tours leave about every six minutes.

The event is held regardless of weather and visitors should dress warmly.

This is a free interactive drama using actors and live animals and is open to the public, for people of all faiths.

For more information, call 801-771-3204 or go to www.mountainviewbc.org.

Krishna temple to mark 10 years

SPANISH FORK — It has been almost 10 years since the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple opened in Spanish Fork.

Since it open on June 23, 2001, almost 400,000 tourists have visited it. It has hosted 80 major festivals and performed 300 "pujas" (housewarmings).

Radio Krishna broadcasts 24 hours a day over the Internet and the Krishna website, www.utahkrishnas.org, is accessed by some 500 visitors a day.

Theology of Twain is topic for Unitarians

SALT LAKE CITY — "The Theology of Mark Twain" will be addressed at the Sunday services of First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake, 569 S. 1300 East.

Celebrating the centennial of Mark Twain's death in 1910, services will be at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

For more details, go to www.slcuu.org.

Christmas exhibits at history museum

SALT LAKE CITY— The Church History Museum of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will welcome the Christmas season with a new exhibit and two holiday celebrations.

Holiday events planned include:

 Artwork and Cr?he exhibit — Open now and through the holidays, the exhibit will feature "Nativity," a large mural by Brian Kershisnik. This painting illustrates a host of angels surrounding Joseph, Mary and the infant Jesus. Other Christmas-themed artwork will be displayed, including paintings by LDS artists Elspeth Young and Walter Rane. The exhibit will also present cr?hes (nativity sets) from around the world.

 Pioneer Christmas: A Time for Celebration — This hourlong interactive program for children will illustrate a 19th-century Mormon pioneer Christmas through stories, games, dance, music and a visit from Father Christmas. The program will be presented twice, on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 3 and 7 p.m. Seating is limited, and tickets are required. Free tickets are available at www.lds.org/events.

 New Year's Celebration — Special hands-on children's activities and historical presentations featuring the Living History Pioneers will be held on Dec. 29-31. Celebration hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Dec. 29-30, and 5 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 31. Guests are also invited to enjoy the "Latin American Celebration" children's exhibit while participating in the museum's holiday events.

The Church History Museum is located at 45 N. West Temple. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free.

For more information, visit www.churchhistorymuseum.org.

Mass on Dec. 11 at St. Olaf Parish

BOUNTIFUL — Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Mass will be Saturday, Dec. 11, at 5:30 p.m., at St. Olaf Parish, 1800 S. Orchard Drive, Bountiful.

All the music will be in Spanish.

Afterward, there will be Mexican/Latino treats in the McNamara Center.

Hanukkah event to take place in S.L.

SALT LAKE CITY — Celebrate Hanukkah at the Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main, Sunday, Dec. 5, at 3 p.m.

There will be free ice skating from 3-5 p.m., with a Grand Menorah Lighting at 5 p.m.

The event is open to the public and sponsored by Chabad Lubavitch of Utah.

Call 801-467-7777 for more details.

Holiday fair planned by Cosgriff School

SALT LAKE CITY — The annual holiday fair for J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Catholic School, 2335 Redondo Ave., will be Dec. 11-12, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. daily.

There will be crafts, food, ornaments and gifts.

Go to www.cosgriff.org for more details.

Benefactor loans statue to St. Mark's

SALT LAKE CITY — A benefactor wishing to express his gratitude for the exceptional care provided to a family member by St. Mark's Hospital has arranged for a generous gift — the loan of a full-sized, nearly exact replica of Michelangelo's La Piet?

Joseph Bishop has loaned the replica to St. Mark's Hospital, 1200 E. 3900 South.

This famous work of art depicts the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother, Mary, after the Crucifixion. The original La Piet?can be found in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.

This replica is licensed by the Vatican Observatory Foundation. The marble sculpture is faithful to the original in its detail and subtlety.

Its premier unveiling occurred in January 2010 during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City.

This is believed to be the first time it has been displayed in a health care venue anywhere in the world. The public is invited to personally experience the sculpture through the end of the year in the main lobby at St. Mark's Hospital.

Cathedral announces upcoming concerts

SALT LAKE CITY — Upcoming concerts at the Cathedral of the Madeleine, 331 E. South Temple, include:

 "A Ceremony of Carols," Op. 28, by Benjamin Britten, Friday, Dec. 17 and Wednesday, Dec. 22, 12:15 p.m.

 The Christmas Carol Service, Monday, Dec. 20; Tuesday, Dec. 21, 8 p.m.; and Friday, Dec. 24, 4 p.m., with music of William Byrd, Anton Bruckner and Herbert Howells.

For more information, go to www.saltlakecathedral.org.

LDS women urged to enter writing contest

Entry in the "Segullah: Writings by Latter-day Saint Women" annual personal essay, poetry, and fiction contest is open through Dec. 31.

Segullah welcomes unpublished entries that address any subject in harmony with its mission: to publish insightful writings that explore life's richness and complexity while reflecting faithfulness to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Entrants must be female members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Entries will be judged by Segullah editors.

Winners in each category will be awarded $100.

For more information, visit journal.segullah.org/contests/.

Springville museum displays religious art

SPRINGVILLE — The 25th annual "Spiritual and Religious Art of Utah" exhibition will be on display through Dec. 28 at the Springville Museum of Art, 126 E. 400 South, Springville.

Since 1986, the Springville Museum of Art has hosted this annual exhibition, which focuses on art that represents myriad aspects of belief and faith.

For more information, go to smofa.org.

LDS Church to hold Christmas Devotional

SALT LAKE CITY — The First Presidency Christmas Devotional for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will feature the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square, on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. in the Conference Center.

Members of the First Presidency will be the speakers.

Free tickets are required for the First Presidency Christmas Devotional.

Due to the very high demand, tickets have been distributed through a random selection process.

Archuleta to perform with Tabernacle Choir

SALT LAKE CITY — David Archuleta will join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for their annual Christmas concerts on Temple Square, Dec. 16-18.

The concerts will be presented on Thursday, Dec. 16, 8 p.m. (dress rehearsal); and Friday and Saturday, Dec. 17–18, 7:30 p.m.

On Sunday, Dec. 19, the choir's weekly "Music and the Spoken Word" broadcast will also feature Archuleta with a mini-concert immediately following.

All the concerts will be held in the Conference Center.

For more information, go to lds.org/events.

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