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Meditation: Living in a Valley of Neighborly Neighbors
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By Heath Nielsen

Bishop of the Rye Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

This is the second fall that our family has lived in the Greenhorn Valley. In a sense we still consider ourselves newcomers of sorts, though on the other hand the sense of community in this valley allowed us to feel at home in short order.

It’s been heart-warming to move here from out of state and to experience how welcoming and friendly folks are. Whether you find yourself in line at the store, cheering the ‘Bolts in the stands, or shoulder-to-shoulder at church – the exchanges are rarely anything but warm and friendly.

So as I ponder my blessings during this season of thanks I’m going to publicly count gratitude for just that: living in a valley where neighbors behave neighborly, and strangers are more likely to be treated as friends. I don’t know that that’s all that common in communities nowadays, and I don’t take it for granted.

It’s in that spirit of neighborly hospitality that I’ll extend a warm invite to all valley residents to a long-standing get-together at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel at the end of Coolidge Avenue in Rye. On Friday, December 7, we’ll host the annual Christmas In The Valley program of music and song celebrating Christ’s birth.

The yearly event features musical performances by members of the community of all faiths. This year’s theme is the “Savior of the World,” and we look forward each December to dedicating an evening of song to the Lord. As the Psalmist recorded in Psalm 28:7, “My heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise Him.”

Christmas In The Valley offers a great opportunity to soak up holiday cheer and worship alongside friends and neighbors. And the festivities won’t be complete without pie and hot chocolate.

We’d love to have you join us for an evening of camaraderie and musical praise to Jesus Christ.


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