B'nai Shalom
Mormons with Jewish Lineage and Friends
in the Pacific Northwest
Jubilee Year (50 years) Est. 1967 in SLC

In celebration of B'nai Shalom's Jubilee Year (50 years),
Sister Lynda Cherry spoke the Jewish Holidays and Feasts -
What they mean to us as members of the LDS Church


Sister Cherry

We discussed the ancient feast days, their witness of Jesus as the Messiah, and their relevance to us now and in the future. She captivated us all as we joined together, as the whole house of Israel, learning of our heritage, honoring the Lord.

These holidays have much meaning for us today. They are important for us to know and to understand, to add to our testimonies.

She added much to our understanding.

Sister Cherry will return in the fall (October 26) to focus on the fall festivals, and share with us other insights.

And be aware that she continues to teach an inspiring, testimony-strengthening religion class in the Bellevue So Stake Center on Mondays at 10 am.

A quiz to you:

  • What are these holidays? What meaning do they have to us?
  • Are they important for us to know and to understand?
  • When Elijah appeared to the Prophet Joseph Smith on Pesach, what urgent message did he bring?
  • How can we apply Sukkot, the Festival of Booths, to our Temple practice in the fullest?
  • Was King Benjamin observing the most important festival?

As recorded in Leviticus 23, the Lord gave Moses instruction for seven holy "feast days": three in the spring, beginning with the Passover (Pesach), three at the end of the harvest in the fall, culminating with the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot), and one in the middle, Pentecost (Shavuot).

Many mistakenly believe that these holy feasts and festivals pertain only to the Jewish people and to the ancient temple in Jerusalem. However, the commandments and details pertaining to the feasts were given to the whole house of Israel. Prophets who saw the Millennial day prophesied that all nations would participate in Passover and Feast of Tabernacles celebrations (see Zech. 14:16; Ezek. 45).

Evidence of the ancient feasts and festivals may be found throughout ancient and modern scripture.

Elijah appeared, as promised, on a Passover, to restore the keys of the gathering of Israel and the sealing of families to Israel. Moroni directed Joseph Smith to remove the plates that would be translated as the Book of Mormon on the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah).

There is reason to believe that the Book of Mormon peoples kept and honored the feast days. King Benjamin followed the "temple script" for the Feast of Tabernacles. Alma followed the "Passover script" in counseling his sons.

Sister Cherry is willing to teach a series of firesides on each individual feast, its symbolism and meaning.

Sister Lynda Cherry has presented classes at BYU Education Week on the Feasts and Festivals, ancient temple practices, and divine symbolism. She has a deep understanding and love for Judaism (or Israelitism) and for its relevance to us today as a foundation for LDS practices and beliefs. She was converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in her youth, and was particularly drawn to the Church's teachings about covenants and temples. Sister Cherry has been a CES teacher for more than 12 years, and has taught the adult education class at the Bellevue South stake center for the last four years. She has presented at firesides and conferences for several Northwest stakes, and taught Gospel Doctrine for more than 15 years. She is working on three important research volumes. Her audiences have been spiritually strengthened, as you will be.

Appropriate Jewish cultural music will be played.

Testimonies will be invited.

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Here is a list of downloadable presentation handouts from our local Jewish Gen meetings in LDS Factoria. (Many of the great presentations are not listed here.)

Please enjoy the several issues of our ejournal, the New Shofar, and the original Shofars on our website: http://www.mormonsandjews.org/about/historical/Shofars-History.html.

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