Banbury Ward of
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Message from the Bishopric

Dear Banbury Ward,

Review with me the words of a Primary song (sing along if you know the tune):

I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

I know who I am. I know God’s plan. I’ll follow him in faith.

I believe in the Savior, Jesus Christ. I’ll honor his name.

I’ll do what is right; I’ll follow his light. His truth I will proclaim.

I belong!  Those are powerful words, when there is a real connection to our Father in Heaven, to our Savior Jesus Christ, and to the community of saints.

Belonging is about more than just being baptized.  President Gordon B. Hinkley taught us that everyone needs three things from their church experience to feel like they belong.  A friend, a responsibility, and nourishing by the good word of God.

I love how Pres. Emily Belle Freeman put it in the leadership session of the last general conference: "No matter our age, each of us has a need to belong, as we gather at church.  Our youth can help! This could simply include a warm welcome for everyone who enters the building.  But youth could also help people find seats, if needed, answer visitors' questions, and simply help all feel that they have a home here in Christ -- that they belong."

"Inviting the youth to serve others in sacrament meeting creates opportunities to help others feel God's love and prepare to hear messages of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.  This weekly service will also help the youth prepare to serve missions and for other future callings in the church."

"As this becomes a weekly practice, the youth will come to know that their contribution is essential to the success of sacrament meeting.  They will feel belonging, even as they help others to do so."

I hope you've noticed some changes in the past two months.  The youth are arriving early.  They are setting up chairs.  They are in the foyers, opening doors, welcoming people by name, handing out programs.  Even the oldest two primary classes have joined in!

I wish everyone could have the experience I've had this past month, trying to end our Bishopric meeting on time so we could go join the young women in setting up chairs, and often finding that they were already done!  Their camaraderie and cheerfulness has been contagious! 

The Primary General President, Susan H. Porter, reminded us recently that sacrament meeting is a meeting for every member, not just the adults.  As your bishop, I promise that as we create more opportunities for our youth to serve others before and during our sacrament meeting, the more they'll feel connected to the community of saints, and feel that sacrament meeting is less of a "holding place" where they sit quietly during an adult meeting, and instead feel that it is more of a "holy place" where they belong.


Bishop Price

The resources from the "Planning for Life" firesides are available here:


March 13 - "UNITY IN CHRIST" YOUTH EVENT -  All youth turning 14 this year & 14+ are encouraged to invite friends to attend this community youth night of music and inspiration. This fun event will include Christian music performed by teens and refreshments. Wednesday, March 13, 7pm at Rocky Mountain High School Auditorium, 5450 N. Linder Rd.

"LAMB OF GOD" CONCERT: Celebrate Easter and Holy Week by attending a performance of Rob Gardner's stunning "Lamb of God"a sacred work of the passion of Jesus Christ for choir, orchestra and soloists. There will be three performances: Fri. & Sat., March 29 & 30, 6:30 PM, Meridian North Stake Center, 5555 N. Locust Grove Rd.; Sunday, April 14, 7:00 PM, Settlers Park Stake Center, 2515 W. Ustick Rd. Free general admission tickets will be available on Mon., March 4 and are recommended to guarantee seating. See LAMBOFGODMERIDIAN.COM for tickets and more information. Performances are 90 minutes and the recommended age for attendees is 6+ years old.

The Family History Centers have a new name! They are now called FamilySearch Centers. Did you know that as a member of the LDS church you can get a free subscription to Ancestry.Com, and and several others? Go to Third-party Access • FamilySearch to sign up for your free accounts.  Pro tip: many of the Temple and Family History Consultants use Ancestry.Com for research. It has more than twice the number of records as FamilySearch. 

Did you know that the Banbury Ward has a Temple and Family History Plan?  A copy has been included for you to review and consider.  Our ward has a team of 12 family history consultants whose calling is to assist you with your family history needs.  You can find their contact information on the Family Tools app.  Contact any one of them and they will be happy to assist you.

Worldwide Church Events

The following link will take you to the church website with a list of all the upcoming and recent church events