The Feasts and Festivals of the Messiah
Insights into the Israelite Feasts and How They Pertain to Us Today.
Presented by Sister Lynda Cherry Thursday March 29 2018
Our Special Evening
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- Liz Graden returned to conduct a great Israeli/Jewish dance instruction group.
- Special attractions (they continue while we are eating)
- Sister Mary Kozy, a well qualified genealogist and DNA lecturer from Jewish Gen WA set up the Geneology Corner like previous years.
- Daniel Smith set up his ancient priesthood attire presentation.
- Julie Gardner played some wonderful Jewish cultural music.
- We noshed with all kinds of variety while we kibitzed with old and new friends.
- After the thrilling talk, the evening was closed with a prayer by Sister Rona. (Dan Rona was in Israel.)
They Just Kept Coming: 242 in the audience,
greeting, eaing, filling the hall, enjoying, learnng, taking notes from Sister Cherry's talk!
The Inspirational Presentation
Lynda discussed the seven Holy Temple Feasts and Festivals ordained at Sinai under the Law. These instructions regarding the Feasts were given to the whole House of Israel, and prophecy states that they will be kept in the Millennium. These questions wre answered:
- What do the Feasts and Festivals teach us about the First and Second Comings of the Messiah?
- Are the Feasts and Festivals relevant to us today? Is there evidence of them in LDS culture?
- There is evidence that King Benjamin and Alma the Younger followed the ritual of the Feast of Tabernacles and the Feast of the Passover in the Book of Mormon. What can we learn about covenant renewal from these Feasts?
- How does understanding the ritual of the ancient Feasts and Festivals enrich our understanding of the temple today?
Elijah appeared, as promised, on a Passover, to restore the keys of the gathering of Israel and the sealing of families to Israel. And Moroni directed Joseph Smith to remove the plates that would be translated as the Book of Mormon on the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah).
Who Do the Seven Holy Feast Days Pertain to?
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).
About Sister Cherry
Sister Cherry 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. She has a deep understanding and love for the restored Gospel, and for Judaism and for its relevance to us today as a foundation for LDS practices and beliefs.
She was a CES teacher for over 12 years, and has been teaching adult education classes in the region for years. Lynda presented classes at BYU Education Week on the Feasts and Festivals, ancient temple practices, and divine symbolism. She presented at firesides and conferences for several Northwest stakes, and taught Gospel Doctrine for over 15 years. She is working on three important research volumes.
She brings to us great passion about UNITING Israel, and imparts a deepened understanding, an increased testimony and a passion for the gospel in a holistic sense.
Firesides in these contexts or titles:
Sister Cherry is willing to teach a series of firesides on each individual feast, its symbolism and meaning. Specialties are ancient temple practices, and how they testify of the Messiah, and also ancient Hebrew Feasts and Festivals. In addition, she can offer these subjects:
- “Looking for Ephraim” — Rabbi Israel’s Letter to the Ten Lost Tribes in 1830
- “The Redemption of the Bride”
- “The Promises Made to the Fathers”
- “I Have Called Thee by Thy Name” — The importance of names on the path to Covenant Discipleship
- “Between the Testaments” — The history between the last prophet of the Old Testament and the opening of the New Testament
- “Women of the Scriptures”
Daniel Smith's Display of Ancient High Priest attire
Daniel Smith displayed his replica of the clothing of the ancient high priest. The outfit was hand-loomed, and includes the breastplate with 12 engraved stones, the ephod, the golden crown, and other pieces of clothing as described in Exodus 28. The replica is one of only a handful in the United States that is actually hand-loomed.
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