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Thomas S. Monson speaks during the LDS Church Christmas Devotional in 2009.

Church of Christ hosts family history class

"Family History Basics" will be presented on Wednesday at 7 p.m., at the Congregational United Church of Christ, 3350 Harrison Blvd., Ogden.

Janic Byington, of Clearfield, an expert with FamilySearch, will make the presentation.

The public is welcome to the free-of-charge sessions.

For more information, 801-392-5012.

Avoid religion, game developers urged

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, made a recent statement last month stressing that religion is one of the most complex and powerful force of human life, so people must take religion seriously.

"Video-games should not attempt to trivialize the highly revered concepts and symbols of religion just for mercantile greed," Zed stated.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, argued that freedom of expression was important, but faith was something sacred and attempts at belittling it hurt the devotees.

He said video game developers should be more sensitive while handling faith-related subjects, as these games leave a lasting impact on the minds of impressionable children and teens.

Rajan Zed pointed out that unless the developers could accurately and authentically deliver religious imagery and symbolism, they should not unnecessarily poke into religion.

Entertainment, escapism, etc., being the purposes of video games, it is tough for developers to do justice to religion and treat it fairly or provide it with the real depth it needs, he said.

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Segullah welcomes unpublished entries that address any subject in harmony with its mission: to publish insightful writings that explore life's richness and complexity while reflecting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

'American Vision' at First Unitarian Church

"American Vision" will be presented by the Rev. Tom Goldsmith at the Sunday services at the First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake, 569 S. 1300 East.

Services will be 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

There will also be "Jazz Vespers" presented at 7:30 p.m., on Sunday.

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Church Women to meet Saturday

Church Women United in Utah will meet today at 9:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1339 W. 400 North, Marriott-Slaterville. Registration is $3.

Call Barbara at 801-262-1109 to RSVP and for more details.

St. Joseph Villa to hold fundraiser

St. Joseph Villa Catholic volunteers will hold their annual fundraiser today at 11:30 a.m. at St. Ann Social Hall, 430 E. 2100 South.

There will be a buffet, bake sale, boutique, entertainment and more.

For more information, call 801-287-7557.

St. James Parish to hold 'Festive Follies'

The 12th annual "Festive Follies" will be held at St. James Catholic Parish, 495 N. Harrison Blvd., Ogden, today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There will be 60 booths, a café, silent auction and local artists.

Call 801-782-5393 for more information.

St. Thomas Moore Parish hosts boutique

The 26th annual "Holiday Boutique and Luncheon" by the Ladies of Saint Thomas Moore Catholic Parish will be Friday, Dec. 3, 5-8 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Call Dona at 801-942-1413 for more details.

Exhibit of spiritual art in Springville

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

'Holiday Bells!' to ring on Temple Square

Ring in the holiday season with the Bells on Temple Square as they present their "Holiday Bells!" concert on Friday, Nov. 19, 2010 at 7:30 p.m., in the Tabernacle on Temple Square.

This year's program features the 28-member Bells on Temple Square bell choir conducted by Tom Waldron. Leanna Willmore, assistant conductor for the bell choir will also lead the ensemble for several songs on the program.

The evening will also include performances by instrumental ensembles comprised of members of the Orchestra at Temple Square and Temple Square organists, Bonnie Goodliffe and Linda Margetts. With a touch of Bach and Holst, a dollop of American folksong, and a dose of holiday standards, "Holiday Bells!" will combine music from around the world to enchant delighted audience members and welcome in the Christmas season.

Free tickets can be obtained at or by calling 801-570-0080 or toll-free 1-866-537-8457 (1-866-LDS-TIKS). There is a limit of four tickets per person.

LDS Church to hold Christmas Devotional

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, 6 p.m. at 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

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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.

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