Downy or Hairy???

 I read an article by Rhiannon L. Crain on the differences of 2 types of woodpeckers, the downy and hairy.

Part of the article is featured below:

“……Downy and hairy woodpeckers have similar coloration and behavior. But there are two big differences that separate them.

 How to identify them: This is where things get tricky. Downy and hairy woodpeckers have similar black-and-white banding on the wings, a large patch of white down the back and two white stripes on the sides of the head. In males, these stripes on the head are accompanied by large, flashy patches of red, while the females have just the black-and-white patterning.

President Thomas S. Monson

We are mourning the loss of our dear prophet, President Thomas S. Monson.  Below are few thoughts about him and his extraordinary example of how to be a better person.  These thoughts were taken from the lds.org website.

President Thomas S. Monson

Thomas Spencer Monson, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, passed away on January 2, 2018, at the age of 90.

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“We are the Lord’s hands here upon the earth, with the mandate to serve and to lift His children. He is dependent upon each of us.”

THOMAS S. MONSON


Dedicated Servant of the Lord

On October 16, 1963, Thomas Spencer Monson, age 36, stood at the pulpit in the Salt Lake Tabernacle at general conference. Newly called to lifelong service as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, the youngest in 53 years, he bore testimony, saying, “I know that God lives, my brothers and sisters. There is no question in my mind. I know that this is His work.”

Watch his first general conference addressAt age 36, Thomas S. Monson was the youngest to be called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 53 years.

“The Sweetest Experience in Life”

His life, not just his years of service in the highest quorums of the Church, were marked by his constant attention to those in need. For more than 50 years, President Monson reached out to rescue the lonely, bereft, unnoticed, and unrecognized. He gave the clothes off his back and the shoes off his feet; he spent countless hours with widows and those in care centers and hospitals; he gave comfort and encouragement to those discouraged, lacking faith, or far from home; he shared his cheerful nature with anyone in his path; and to the delight of youth, he wiggled his ears. Read more.

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Young Tommy Monson, the oldest son of G. Spencer and Gladys Condie Monson.

Humble Beginnings

Thomas Spencer Monson was born on August 21, 1927, the first son and second child of G. Spencer and Gladys Condie Monson. He grew up on the west side of Salt Lake City, Utah, during the Great Depression. President Monson would be the first to admit that he was a typical boy and that his boyhood good deeds coexisted with a mischievous streak that sometimes led to a scolding. Read his life story.

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Young Monson family of Ann, Tom, Clark, Thomas S., and Frances Monson in the 1960s.
President Monson and Sister Monson
President Thomas S. Monson and Sister Frances Monson traveled and served together as companions for nearly 65 years before her passing in 2013.

“He was beloved by members and nonmembers alike for his true Christlike living. In His ministry, Jesus of Nazareth ‘went about doing good, … for God was with him.’ President Monson took that example to heart and did the same.”


Teachings of a Prophet

President Monson often shared personal stories to teach important principles in general conference. Visit a collection of past general conference addresses given by President Monson.

President Monson shaking a young boy's hand at conference
President Thomas S. Monson shakes hands with a boy at the Saturday afternoon session of general conference, October 5, 2013.

“‘Love thy neighbor’ is more than a divine truth. It is a pattern for perfection.”

THOMAS S. MONSON


President Monson with members in Haiti
“I know that the sweetest experience in all this life is to feel His promptings as He directs us in the furtherance of His work.” —Thomas S. Monson

Facts at a Glance

  • Born August 21, 1927, in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
  • Served in the U.S. Naval Reserve.
  • Studied business at the University of Utah.
  • Married Frances Johnson on October 7, 1948, in the Salt Lake Temple.
  • Called to be a bishop at age 22, a counselor in the stake presidency at age 27, and a mission president in Canada at age 31.
  • Became an Apostle in 1963 at age 36—the youngest Apostle called since 1910.
  • Earned a master’s degree in business administration while serving as an Apostle.
  • Served as a counselor in the First Presidency for 22 years.
  • Set apart and ordained as the 16th President of the Church on February 3, 2008.

 

  • Funeral services for President Thomas S. Monson, leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be held in the Conference Center on Temple Square Friday, January 12, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. MST. The funeral will be open to the public ages 8 and older. A public viewing open to all ages will take place Thursday, January 11, from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Center.

#LightTheWorld–Day 25

DAY 25
Jesus taught:

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

—Matthew 5:16

Jesus is the Light of the World, but every person can shine his or her own light into the world. Follow Christ’s example and be a light in the lives of those around you this Christmas season and all year long.

WAYS YOU CAN SHARE THE LIGHT OF JESUS CHRIST




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#LightTheWorld–Day 24

DAY 24
Jesus taught:

“Ye must watch and pray always.”

—3 Nephi 18:15

Prayer is the simple communication between God the Father and His beloved children. God has promised to answer the prayers of those who humbly ask.

WAYS YOU CAN MAKE YOUR PRAYERS MORE MEANINGFUL




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#LightTheWorld–Day 23

DAY 23
Jesus taught:

“I was in prison, and ye came unto me.”

—Matthew 25:36

Some prisons are literal, physical institutions, but other “prisons” include physical and mental afflictions, and addictions. Reach out to those who are feeling trapped and let them know they’re not alone.

WAYS YOU CAN BE A LIGHT IN SOMEONE’S LIFE




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#LightTheWorld With Piano Guys and Friends……

#LightTheWorld is a worldwide effort to share the light of Jesus Christ through serving, lifting, and helping others. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/2jIRvJt Our LIVE Christmas concert with Special Guests was held Dec. 12th @ 5:00 PM EST from YouTube New York. Watch and Share the event with your friends and help #LightTheWorld – Merry Christmas — Click the links below to view your favorite segments — David Archuleta: Angels From the Realms of Glory LightTheWorld Performance: https://youtu.be/t7Fa1GUf-LE?t=2m32s YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/theofficialarchuleta Peter Hollens: Angels From the Realms of Glory LightTheWorld Performance: https://youtu.be/t7Fa1GUf-LE?t=2m32s YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/peterhollens Lexi Walker: O Holy Night / Ave Maria LightTheWorld Performance: https://youtu.be/t7Fa1GUf-LE?t=11m1s YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/leximaewalker Claire & Dave Crosby: Let There Be Peace on Earth LightTheWorld Performance: https://youtu.be/t7Fa1GUf-LE?t=20m34s YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/claireandthecrosbys The Piano Guys: I Saw Three Ships LightTheWorld Performance: https://youtu.be/t7Fa1GUf-LE?t=27m4s YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/thepianoguys Taylor Davis: Mary Did You Know? LightTheWorld Performance: https://youtu.be/t7Fa1GUf-LE?t=33m44s YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/violintay Peter & Evynne Hollens: December Song LightTheWorldPerformance: https://youtu.be/t7Fa1GUf-LE?t=41m22s YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/peterhollens YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/evynnehollens The Piano Guys: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel LightTheWorld Performance: https://youtu.be/t7Fa1GUf-LE?t=49m53s YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/thepianoguys Tiffany Alvord: When Love Was Born LightTheWorld Performance: https://youtu.be/t7Fa1GUf-LE?t=59m46s YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/tiffanyalvord The Piano Guys: Carol of the Bells/Pirates of the Caribbean LightTheWorld Performance: https://youtu.be/t7Fa1GUf-LE?t=1h8m54s YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/thepianoguys Nathan Pacheco: The Prayer LightTheWorld Performance: https://youtu.be/t7Fa1GUf-LE?t=1h16m48s YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/nathanpachecomusic David Archuleta: The Prayer LightTheWorld Performance: https://youtu.be/t7Fa1GUf-LE?t=1h16m48s YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/theofficialarchuleta Silent Night Finale: https://youtu.be/t7Fa1GUf-LE?t=1h26m10s

#LightTheWorld is a worldwide effort to share the light of Jesus Christ through serving, lifting, and helping others. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/2jIRvJt Our LIVE Christmas concert with Special Guests was held Dec. 12th @ 5:00 PM EST from YouTube New York. Watch and Share the event with your friends and help #LightTheWorld – Merry Christmas — Click the links below to view your favorite segments — David Archuleta: Angels From the Realms of Glory LightTheWorld Performance: https://youtu.be/t7Fa1GUf-LE?t=2m32s YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/theofficialarchuleta Peter Hollens: Angels From the Realms of Glory LightTheWorld Performance: https://youtu.be/t7Fa1GUf-LE?t=2m32s YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/peterhollens Lexi Walker: O Holy Night / Ave Maria LightTheWorld Performance: https://youtu.be/t7Fa1GUf-LE?t=11m1s YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/leximaewalker Claire & Dave Crosby: Let There Be Peace on Earth LightTheWorld Performance: https://youtu.be/t7Fa1GUf-LE?t=20m34s YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/claireandthecrosbys The Piano Guys: I Saw Three Ships LightTheWorld Performance: https://youtu.be/t7Fa1GUf-LE?t=27m4s YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/thepianoguys Taylor Davis: Mary Did You Know? LightTheWorld Performance: https://youtu.be/t7Fa1GUf-LE?t=33m44s YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/violintay Peter & Evynne Hollens: December Song LightTheWorldPerformance: https://youtu.be/t7Fa1GUf-LE?t=41m22s YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/peterhollens YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/evynnehollens The Piano Guys: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel LightTheWorld Performance: https://youtu.be/t7Fa1GUf-LE?t=49m53s YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/thepianoguys Tiffany Alvord: When Love Was Born LightTheWorld Performance: https://youtu.be/t7Fa1GUf-LE?t=59m46s YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/tiffanyalvord The Piano Guys: Carol of the Bells/Pirates of the Caribbean LightTheWorld Performance: https://youtu.be/t7Fa1GUf-LE?t=1h8m54s YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/thepianoguys Nathan Pacheco: The Prayer LightTheWorld Performance: https://youtu.be/t7Fa1GUf-LE?t=1h16m48s YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/nathanpachecomusic David Archuleta: The Prayer LightTheWorld Performance: https://youtu.be/t7Fa1GUf-LE?t=1h16m48s YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/theofficialarchuleta Silent Night Finale: https://youtu.be/t7Fa1GUf-LE?t=1h26m10s

#LightTheWorld–Day 22

DAY 22

Jesus taught:

“That which ye have seen me do even that shall ye do.”

—3 Nephi 27:21

No one else has provided a better pattern for living than Jesus Christ. As we seek to emulate Him, we can improve our own lives and the lives of people around us.

WAYS YOU CAN FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF JESUS CHRIST




Visit JustServe.org for more ways to #LightTheWorld in your community (U.S. and Canada only).

Visit mormon.org/download to download this video to share and to find other #LightTheWorld content.