JRCLS Happenings--Updates and Inspiration Volume 15: Issue 18



  • 2015 JRCLS Annual Fireside
  • 2015 JRCLS Annual Conference
  • JRCLS Membership Drive
  • 2015 Religious Freedom Conferences

2015 JRCLS Annual Fireside

The JRCLS Annual Fireside will take place on Friday, January 23, 2015 and will feature Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, Chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, as the speaker. The fireside will take place live in the Little Theater of the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah at 6:00 p.m. with a reception following at7:00 p.m. Chapter leaders around the world should plan now to hold local events.  The broadcast will be available through the LDS Church satellite system at 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Mountain Time.


2015 JRCLS Annual Conference

The JRCLS Annual Conference will take place February 12-14, 2015 at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law in Tempe, Arizona.  Speakers will include Elder Lance Wickman, Sherri Dew, and Elder Steven Snow.  Register now here.  To view the conference flyer, please see this link: http://www.jrcls.org/annual_conf/flyer.pdf.


JRCLS Membership Drive

Beginning January 5, 2015 we will be having a J. Reuben Clark Law Society membership drive with the goal of increasing our membership by ten percent in ten weeks.  Start thinking now about who you know in your area (or in other parts of the world) who would benefit from membership in the Law Society.  The Law Society "affirm[s] the strength brought to the law by a lawyer's personal religious conviction[, and] strive[s] through public service and professional excellence to promote fairness and virtue founded upon the rule of law." We welcome lawyers and law students of all faiths to join.


2015 Religious Freedom Conferences

The BYU International Center for Law and Religion Studies (ICLRS) is hosting its yearly Religious Freedom Annual Review at the BYU Conference Center in Provo, UT July 6-8, 2015.  For more information, please visit http://religiousfreedom.byu.edu.  ICLRS is also co-hosting a conference at Oxford in the United Kingdom June 21-24, 2015.  The conference will commemorate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.  For more information, contact wrightde@law.byu.edu or call (801) 422-6842.


Inspirational Thought

The simplicity of that first Christmas foreshadowed the life of the Savior. Though He had created the earth, walked in realms of majesty and glory, and stood at the right hand of the Father, He came to earth as a helpless child. His life was a model of modest nobility, and He walked among the poor, the sick, the downcast, and the heavy laden.

Though He was a king, He cared neither for the honors nor the riches of men. His life, His words, and His daily activities were monuments of simple yet profound dignity.

Jesus the Christ, who knew perfectly how to give, set for us the pattern for giving. To those whose hearts are heavy with loneliness and sorrow, He brings compassion and comfort. To those whose bodies and minds are afflicted with illness and suffering, He brings love and healing. To those whose souls are burdened with sin, He offers hope, forgiveness, and redemption.

If the Savior were among us today, we would find Him where He always was—ministering to the meek, the downcast, the humble, the distressed, and the poor in spirit. During this Christmas season and always, may we give to Him by loving as He loves. May we remember the humble dignity of His birth, gifts, and life. And may we, through simple acts of kindness, charity, and compassion, fill the world with the light of His love and healing power.

—President Dieter F. Uchtdorf


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