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Members and friends gathered in the semi-annual conference of the Boulder Colorado Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 701 W. South Boulder Road, Louisville, on Sun., Feb. 27.

The visiting authority, Elder Richard K. Melchin of the Seventy, presided while President Michael Williams conducted the 10 a.m. general session. The Boulder Stake Women’s Choir and congregation sang the opening hymn “Come, Come, Ye Saints,” one of the best-known hymns of the Church.

President Williams’ talk focused on the conference theme taken from John 15:5: “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” He asked the congregation to examine their lives, to study and to develop Christ-like attributes. He said no matter what anyone’s faith is, we need to “help one another thrive.”

The choir sang, “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” before President Williams’ talk and “Beautiful Savior” as the closing hymn. In addition to singing the opening hymn together, the choir and congregation sang “I Am a Child of God” after the first hour of the meeting.

Elder Melchin began his talk saying he loved “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” and the speakers’ talks before him. He voice softened as he said he loved the Primary song, “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus.” Then, he told stories of Jesus for about 30 minutes without notes. Among the stories he told were of Jesus teaching “as one having authority,” turning water into wine, and fasting in the wilderness for 40 days. He told of many of Jesus’ miracles, including bringing back to life a widow’s only son, a young girl, and Lazarus. Elder Melchin told of Jesus calming the Sea of Galilee and restoring sight to a man blind from birth. He told of Jesus giving the “new commandment” to love one another. And, he told of Jesus’ crucifixion.

Before he ended his talk at the end of the conference, Elder Melchin bore his testimony of the nature of God and the Godhead and that Thomas S. Monson, the Church’s president, is a true prophet of God.

Music links:

1. “Come, Come Ye Saints”

(Mormon Tabernacle Choir with Mormon pioneer enactment as the song was sung by Mormon pioneers as they crossed the plains)

2. “I Am a Child of God”

(Mormon Tabernacle Choir)

3. “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”

(Mormon Tabernacle Choir)

4. “Beautiful Savior”

(Sally DeFord arrangement)

5. “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus”

(Mormon Tabernacle Choir)

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Town of Superior welcomes home Michele O'Donnell

The Town of Superior uses its sign to welcome home Michele O'Donnell.

The Town of Superior in Colorado showed its support to one of its residents returning home for the first time in a year. Michele O’Donnell, 42, will come home tomorrow at 1 p.m. Family, friends and supporters will greet her with a “grand celebration” complete with balloons and fireworks at her home.

The town posted on its sign, “Welcome Home Michele O’Donnell Sat 1pm Alma Lane.” I don’t believe I’ve ever seen such support by a city or a town for only one of its residents. That’s amazing and touching at the same time.

“Miracle Michele,” so named on the blog John O’Donnell set up to tell his wife’s recovery story, left home a year ago. Since then, she’s undergone multiple surgeries, overcome numerous infections, been in and out of drug-induced comas, and engaged in intense physical therapy sessions.

Michele fell on Jan. 27, 2010, while on vacation in Cancun, Mexico, and sustained a serious brain injury, an acute subdural hematoma. She was rushed into emergency surgery and spent the next month in intensive care in Mexico. The next leg of her trip home took her to Miami where she endured another hematoma, several surgeries and infections. After she was stable enough to make the trip to Colorado, she underwent yet another surgery that replaced part of her skull that was removed and discarded in Miami. Two weeks in intensive care was followed by 5 months in an acute care hospital and 2 months in a skilled nursing facility. Now, she’s heading home after completing over 50 days of intense physical, occupational and speech therapy at a center that specializes in rehabilitation for patients with brain injuries.

The blog tells in a personal way of near-death experiences, the struggles and the triumphs. The family obviously has faith in God and hope for Michele’s recovery. I think they are amazing how much they support Michele.

One story I’d like to underscore here, too, is the financial need. The family’s home has been foreclosed on though they are living there for now and even renovated it to meet the new needs. However, that’s a tough place to be.

Donations to the O’Donnell Family Fund can be delivered or brought in to: 1stBank, 500 S. McCaslin Blvd., Louisville, CO 80027, to Account No. 868-290-1625. Donations can also be made via PayPal on the blog, miraclemichelle.blogspot.com.

Read more:

Daily Camera story about “Miracle Michele”
“Miracle Michele” blog

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My Camera Editorial Advisory Board comment published on June 6, 2009 as it ran on my Camera blog, which has a few more sentences than the EAB comment:

In April when Susan Boyle, then 47, auditioned on “Britain’s Got Talent,” the audience scorned her for her unsophisticated, vintage looks before she sang a note. Then, Boyle shocked the audience and judges with her sensitive but powerful rendition of “I Have a Dream” from Les Misérables. Suddenly Boyle, from Blackburn, West Lothian, Scotland, became the favored competition winner.

Boyle dreamed cautiously to win the BGT contest but more importantly of becoming a professional singer. In the semi-finals, she sang beautifully “Memory” from “Cats” to earn a spot in the finals. Her performances garnered her international press coverage and over 280,000,000 hits on YouTube. However, when she came in second on May 30, the Mirror, a British paper, erroneously declared her dream dead.

Just like back when America was suffering in the Great Depression, it looked for inspiration, so it does today in its current depression. It was Seabiscuit and Shirley Temple then. Now, among other inspirations, it’s Boyle with her extraordinary voice and common touch. Like Boyle placing second and her little setback of recovering from the competition’s exhaustion, Seabiscuit raced 35 times as a 2-year-old and only came in first five times and second seven times.

Nevertheless, in 1938, Seabiscuit won against War Admiral, the favored winner in “The Race of the Century” as the nation listened on the radio and crammed into the racetrack. Now, while America feels inspired, Boyle will see her dream fulfilled with record deals, concerts, interviews and possibly a movie of her life.

*This title was not part of the Camera publication.

Source: Daily Camera

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