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

Message from the Bishopric

Dear Banbury Ward,

One of my great friends and mentors, Byron Adams, knows a lot about loneliness. Every year around Christmas time, he travels to Antarctica to conduct research for 6-8 weeks with a small team. It's a long, lonely time to spend away from his family each winter. This year, however, is different - and much worse. The funding for his research program was eliminated, so he traveled to Antartica by himself in October and will be there for another few months to salvage what he can from his 25-year-old project. I've been texting with Byron pretty regularly for the past month, and can tell that being alone in one of the most isolated places on earth is taking its toll on him. There is little I can do except text him and pray that the Lord will strengthen him and comfort him.

As I've thought about Byron, the Lord's promise to His disciples in John 14:18 has taken on added meaning: "I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you."

Like most things in the Kingdom of God, Christ keeps His promises through us. Members of His Church have each promised through the baptismal covenant to bear one another's burdens, mourn with those that mourn, and comfort those that stand need in comfort. When we stand in need of comfort, He will most often come to us by sending a ministering angel like a bishop, a ministering sister, or another ward member who has been seeking inspiration to know whom to help. 

If you experience loneliness this Christmas season, I invite you to trust in the promise of the Lord. He will not leave you comfortless. I also invite you to more fully keep your baptismal covenant and reach out to others who may be feeling lonely, sad, or stressed. Pray for inspiration to know who might be in need of comfort or strength, and then act. This is the pure religion, to lift up the hands which hang down and to strengthen the feeble knees.


Bro. Bliss

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




6:30:  Americana Jazz Saxophone Quartet

7:00:  The Capital City Community Band

7:50:  Dolce Piano Trio


6:30:  Treasure Valley Harpists

7:15:  Idaho Suzuki Strings

7:45:  Centennial Ward Choir, Mitchell Ward Choir, Northview Ward Choir

8:05:  Flotentrios (Flute group)

Light The World

The Stake Youth Council invites you to brighten up this Christmas season by spreading the Light of Christ through daily acts of service. This calendar was created by the youth and for the youth of our stake. See the calendar to learn suggested acts of service you can perform each day. You can also find the calendar on Instagram @meridiannorthyouth.

"EMMANUEL COMES" - Please come and see an original Christmas production about the prophecies and stories of Christ's birth, presented by the Boise, Meridian, and Nampa Service Missionaries. 

Dec. 10 at 7135 N. Linder Road, Meridian

Dec. 17 at 1111 Cole Road, Boise.  Both shows begin at 7 pm.

December 30 - Multi-Stake Youth Dance

2024 INSTITUTE SCHEDULE: Many daytime and evening institute classes are scheduled to begin in January.  See for details.

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