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

Join us for the next semi-annual evening
of Fellowship, Food, Jewish/LDS Inspiration and Music
In B'nai Shalom's Jubilee Year (50 years)
SATURDAY, April 29, Evening*
in the Bellevue South Stake Center
(15205 SE 28th St, Bellevue, WA 98007)

See Description of usual B'nai Shalom gathering agenda.

Sister Lynda Cherry: the Jewish Holidays and Feasts -
What they mean to us as members of the LDS Church

*Come about 6:00 PM for potluck.
Or at minimum, come for Sister Cherry's talk - about 7:30 PM.

Sister Cherry

Please join us to discuss the ancient feast days, their witness of Jesus as the Messiah, and their relevance to us now and in the future. Let us join together, as the whole house of Israel, to learn of our heritage, and to honor the Lord. What are these holidays, and what meaning do they have? Are they important for us to know and to understand?

During the week of April 10-18th, many faithful Jews will observe Passover (Pesach). Six weeks later, they will celebrate Shavuot.

  • 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.

Depending upon interest and response to the overview, Sister Cherry is willing to teach a series of firesides on each individual feast, its symbolism and meaning. Let us join together, as the whole house of Israel, to learn of our heritage, and to honor the Lord.

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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