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

Message from the Bishopric

Dear Banbury Ward,

Sacred music plays a powerful and pivotal role in carrying the Spirit unto our hearts and strengthening our testimonies of the Savior and His Atonement. Such music can even soften our hardened hearts and help the Holy Ghost "bring all things to [our] remembrance." 

As a missionary in Russia, I struggled to feel a deep sense of love for the Church members there. Russians are culturally very private and difficult to get to know on a personal level, especially if you are a foreigner. And I am not naturally gifted at loving other people. So it is little wonder that I still remember a special and sacred sacrament meeting more than a year into my mission when I was playing the piano. We were singing "Come, Come Ye Saints" and suddenly the Spirit washed over me like a warm flood, filling me with pure love for those marvelous people. I knew that I was feeling a portion of the familial love our Heavenly Father has for them, and that this love was carried on the strands of sacred music we were singing together. From that moment I was changed and have ever after felt a deep and abiding love for the members of the Church in Russia.   

Next week we are about to experience a historic event in the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For the first time in nearly 40 years (and only the 8th time since 1835) new sacred music will be introduced for regular use in church meetings and home worship. The Church News provides some details:

"After six years of work reviewing thousands of submissions and gathering hymns from across the world, 12 hymns of the new 'Hymns—for Home and Church' will be available on May 30, 2024. The selections will include 'Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing' and will be published in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French. The hymns will be available in the Sacred Music and Gospel Library apps, and in the online Music Library...More groups of new hymns will be released every few months until the full [English] hymnbook is complete in 2026...The new collection will contain up to 500 hymns and children’s songs in one printed hymnal. The same songs will eventually be available in 50 languages in the same order with the same hymn numbers. "

As a Bishopric, we invite and encourage you to learn, study, and sing the new hymns as they are released next week and over the next two years. We will be working with the Ward Council and those involved with music in our ward to develop and implement a plan to support you and your families in your efforts to learn new hymns and children's songs, bringing the powerful impact of this sacred music more fully into your lives. 

May the Lord bless you as you draw closer to Him through sacred music!

Bro. Bliss


Who wants pizza, treats, & FUN?! All youth eligible for FSY (those turning 14 in 2024 & any older youth) are invited to attend a Stake Youth Activity on May 29, 6-9 PM at the Stake Center. Please come even if you won't be attending FSY.

Multi-Stake End of School Dance - We invite all youth turning 14+ in 2024 to attend the Multi-Stake End of School dance to be held at the Boise East Stake center located at 8620 Goddard Rd.  The theme is “Aloha to School” so come dressed in your best, modest Hawaiian gear.  We hope to see you there! 

May 29 - June 1 - Young Single Adult AREA CONFERENCE


YSAs & high school seniors should sign up now! The $50 fee will increase after April 30 and includes a service project, a dance, Wahooz, beloved speakers Hank Smith & John Bytheway, a Nashville Tribute Band concert, and keynote speaker Sis. Yee.

Click here to register!

MAY TEMPLE & FAMILY HISTORY ACTIVITIES - Start a Journal in a way you enjoy and add to it once a week. Ideas include:

Hello Brothers and Sisters,

The Meridian Temple Presidency has asked our stake to clean the temple.  The times we are needed are:

Monday, June 3  8:45 am-Noon

Tuesday, June 4  9:30 pm-Midnight

Thursday, June 6   9:30 pm-Midnight

We need to provide at least 15 people for each of the above shifts.  Our help is critical for the temple to be clean and orderly.  If you are available to help, please click on the link to the sign-up genius.   If the date you would like to help is already full, you can still come.  Just let me know so that I can send you the information you will need. 

Thank you so much!  And please let me know if you have any questions.

Brian Bird

As a stake humanitarian committee we have decided to assist City Light, women and children’s center, with materials to encourage the children they serve enhance their learning. It is common over the summer break for children who are away from the classroom to forget some of the skills that they learned during the school year. Many of these children are already at a disadvantage as their families struggle obtaining the necessities. We are asking for donations of story books and activity books related to academics including puzzles, math workbooks etc. Also flash cards, games, anything that encourages thinking and problem solving as well as crayons, colored pencils, etc. are needed. We will be sewing book/activity bags to hold the items. Children/youth who attend our June humanitarian workday will be able to make bookmarks and other item to include as well.

Please give your donations to your ward humanitarian leader or member of your Relief Society President or bring them to our stake humanitarian workday on June 27.

Thank you,

Meridian North Stake Humanitarian Committee

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