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By Michael J. Arvizu | July 16, 2009
For members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ is at the cornerstone of their beliefs. Mormons, as members of the LDS church are commonly known, spend their entire lives performing this task, either by going door to door or traveling to the corners of the world to preach the message of Christ, or in other capacities. For young Mormons, their duties as a preacher of the Gospel begin with their first mission trip, a right of passage that often begins thousands of miles from home.
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February 17, 2005
Served as pastor of Montrose Community Church from 1947-1979 Rev. Charles N. Svendsen, pastor of the Montrose Community Church for 32 years, (1947-1979), died Saturday, Feb. 12, in San Gabriel. He was married to Audrey Talbot for 55 years. They had been living at the Atherton Baptist Homes in Alhambra. The Svendsen family made their home in La Cañada for over 50 years. Rev. Svendsen was born October 24, 1919 in Elgin, Ill. The family moved to Los Angeles in 1925. His father sold and repaired shoes on Pico Boulevard and his mother cared for their seven children.
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July 24, 2013
A man who has spent the past two years in Africa will share his experiences at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in La Cañada Flintridge on Sunday. Elder Jeff Facer was teaching and helping people in Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan and Ethiopia as part of a mission for the church. The public event will begin at 1 p.m. in the chapel of the church. The church is located at 1830 Foothill Blvd. -- Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com Follow on Google+ and on Twitter: @LATiffanyKelly .
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July 26, 2007
A life-changing experience at a Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA camp set Mark Blair on a journey halfway around the world ? from Catalina Island to the central Asian nation of Kazakhstan. Blair, a 1973 graduate of Crescenta Valley High School, is a Christian missionary in Kazakhstan with his wife Dayna. He will talk of his work during services on July 29 while preaching the sermon at all three of La Cañada Presbyterian Church's worship services at 7:55, 9:25 and 10:55 a.m. Mark says his spiritual journey began when he was in high school and attended a summer camp on Catalina Island.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | January 12, 2011
On Christmas Day, Zachary Wetzel walked 20 miles through the mountains and jungles of Paraguay to a hotel that could receive phone calls from the United States. He made the journey to receive a call from his parents in La Cañada. Wetzel is one of 28 Mormon missionaries from La Cañada serving around the world, the most ever at one time, according to Jay Johnson, a father of another student serving as a Mormon missionary. The missionaries only have two chances each year to take calls from their families — on Christmas and on Mother's Day. "When you only get two chances a year to speak with your family, it's worth it," Mick Wetzel, Zachary's father, said of his son's trek.
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June 22, 2006
St. Luke's of the Mountains Anglican Church will welcome its Bishop, the Right Reverend Evans M. Kisekka of the Diocese of Luweero (Province of Uganda), to the 8 and 10:30 a.m. services on Sunday, June 25, when the bishop will preach, celebrate and administer the Sacrament of Confirmation. St. Luke's invites the community to attend this time of special blessing. St. Luke's ongoing ministry work in Uganda includes the following: Numerous St. Luke's parishioners have served as missionaries in Uganda, and the church has supported other missionaries in Uganda.
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August 24, 2006
Verdugo Valley Baptist Church has located a church which will share its facilities for Sunday morning, Sunday School and worship services as well as Sunday evening services. First Lutheran Church, located at 1300 E. Colorado St. in Glendale, will allow its Trinity Room to be used as the new home for Verdugo Valley Baptist Church. Sunday School will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by a worship service conducted by Pastor Jesse Johnson at 10:30 a.m. Children's Bible classes are also offered through the fifth grade from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
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July 30, 2009
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Missionaries to speak Sunday Three missionaries, one returning and two departing, will be speaking at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ La Cañada temple at 1 p.m. Aug. 2. Returning from the Tuxtla-Gutierrez Mission in southern Mexico after two years is Elder Eric Scott, a 2006 graduate of La Cañada High School. Departing is Josh Newton and David Bentz, both 2008 LCHS graduates. Newton will be serving in the Milan, Italy, Mission.
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By Sara Cardine ? | February 4, 2010
Crescenta Valley residents got a history lesson at their new county library last Friday when town leaders dedicated a plaque honoring three different and competing elements in the area?s founding. Fallbrook artist Geri Gould, a La Crescenta native and member of the local native Tongva tribe, set out to tell the unincorporated town?s real history, a complex interweaving of Native American, Spanish and early American influences. The large, bronze floor medallion depicts the profiles of Toypurina, an 18th century Tongva woman-warrior who led a rebellion against encroaching Spanish missionaries, her captor, Don José Maria Verdugo, who was awarded the first Spanish land grant in 1784 and Benjamin Briggs, the American doctor who eventually settled and named La Crescenta in 1848.
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February 5, 2009
During ?Bible Month? at Verdugo Valley Baptist Church, Pastor Jesse Johnson?s preaching is focused on the No. 1 selling book of all time ? the Bible. Last week, Pastor Johnson spoke of the ?Importance of the Bible.? It convicts, converts, cleanses, corrects, conquers and comforts. Over the next two weeks Pastor Johnson will be preaching on the ?Inspiration of the Bible? and the ?Inerrancy of the Bible,? respectively. Pastor Johnson?s topic for the Wednesday night Bible study over the next month is the doctrine of the church.
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July 24, 2013
A man who has spent the past two years in Africa will share his experiences at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in La Cañada Flintridge on Sunday. Elder Jeff Facer was teaching and helping people in Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan and Ethiopia as part of a mission for the church. The public event will begin at 1 p.m. in the chapel of the church. The church is located at 1830 Foothill Blvd. -- Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com Follow on Google+ and on Twitter: @LATiffanyKelly .
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | January 12, 2011
On Christmas Day, Zachary Wetzel walked 20 miles through the mountains and jungles of Paraguay to a hotel that could receive phone calls from the United States. He made the journey to receive a call from his parents in La Cañada. Wetzel is one of 28 Mormon missionaries from La Cañada serving around the world, the most ever at one time, according to Jay Johnson, a father of another student serving as a Mormon missionary. The missionaries only have two chances each year to take calls from their families — on Christmas and on Mother's Day. "When you only get two chances a year to speak with your family, it's worth it," Mick Wetzel, Zachary's father, said of his son's trek.
FEATURES
By Michael J. Arvizu | July 16, 2009
For members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ is at the cornerstone of their beliefs. Mormons, as members of the LDS church are commonly known, spend their entire lives performing this task, either by going door to door or traveling to the corners of the world to preach the message of Christ, or in other capacities. For young Mormons, their duties as a preacher of the Gospel begin with their first mission trip, a right of passage that often begins thousands of miles from home.
FEATURES
July 26, 2007
A life-changing experience at a Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA camp set Mark Blair on a journey halfway around the world ? from Catalina Island to the central Asian nation of Kazakhstan. Blair, a 1973 graduate of Crescenta Valley High School, is a Christian missionary in Kazakhstan with his wife Dayna. He will talk of his work during services on July 29 while preaching the sermon at all three of La Cañada Presbyterian Church's worship services at 7:55, 9:25 and 10:55 a.m. Mark says his spiritual journey began when he was in high school and attended a summer camp on Catalina Island.
NEWS
February 17, 2005
Served as pastor of Montrose Community Church from 1947-1979 Rev. Charles N. Svendsen, pastor of the Montrose Community Church for 32 years, (1947-1979), died Saturday, Feb. 12, in San Gabriel. He was married to Audrey Talbot for 55 years. They had been living at the Atherton Baptist Homes in Alhambra. The Svendsen family made their home in La Cañada for over 50 years. Rev. Svendsen was born October 24, 1919 in Elgin, Ill. The family moved to Los Angeles in 1925. His father sold and repaired shoes on Pico Boulevard and his mother cared for their seven children.
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