Perhaps we will be in person again in the fall, with a hybrid gathering that includes our good friends who have joined online!
Jewish Recipes if you are inclined... for your family
Through visuals, videos, 3D models, and historical context, Daniel seeks to bring to life the events of the Last Week of the Savior's life. A special emphasis will be given to the spring feasts of Passover, Unleavened Bread, and First Fruits. There is so much beauty that can come as we better understand the setting of Holy Week, and through this presentation you can go back in time to better understand the events of this week of weeks.
Daniel Smith is a video producer for Book of Mormon Central. His YouTube channel "Messages of Christ" has over 140 videos, 13.6 million views, and 107,000 subscribers. He is a member of the BYU Virtual Scriptures team, which created the ScripturePlus app which brings the scriptures to life through virtual tours, videos, and interactive experiences.
His passion is teaching about Holy Week, the life of Christ, ancient temples, and the Jewish Feasts. He has recreated several ancient artifacts (including the clothing of the High Priest), hosted over 28 ancient Jewish Feasts, and blogged on numerous subjects. He has presented at various conferences and events, including Education Week, the 2016 Temple on Mount Zion Conference, firesides, and 10 youth Tabernacle camps throughout the nation.
He has visited over 90 religious sites throughout the world (including Buddhist, Catholic, Islamic, Jewish, Mormon, and Quaker) and have lived in Peru, Israel, and China.
Of all the Jewish holidays, Pesach is the one most commonly observed, even by otherwise non-observant Jews. It is the first of the three major festivals with both historical and agricultural significance (the other two are Shavuot and Sukkot. Agriculturally, it represents the beginning of the harvest season in Israel. The primary observances of Pesach are related to the Exodus from Egypt after generations of slavery.
In 2013, Chaplain Emily Christensen wrote this for the Deseret News:
"My favorite part of Passover is the ecumenical celebration of deliverance from oppression. Gathering with Messianic Jews and experiencing the Seder meal through the lens of LDS doctrine, we unite together to honor the God who does for us what we cannot do for ourselves. It is a sharing of history, an effort at peace, and a time of gratitude. It would have been enough for God to rescue us, but He also restores us to the full promises He has made.
"Everything points to deliverance from bondage and freedom from oppression and to the hope that we will all be free from what keeps us captive, whether physically or emotionally or spiritually. Celebrating freedom reminds us to use it for good and for the benefit of others."