Firesides and Passover/Seder Gatherings
Daniel Rona, Chairman of the Ensign Foundation organizes and funds his various speaking engagements throughout the world. If you would like to have Daniel or Steven Rona conduct a Fireside or a Highlights of Passover Seder in your area, follow the information below.
A Fireside is a supplementary, usually an evening meeting among members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is most commonly held on Sunday evenings, but may be held any day of the week. A fireside usually either consists of a single speaker on a religious topic or a group discussion led by a Church leader. Sometimes, firesides are broadcast via satellite to stake (a regional group of congregations) centers and LDS Institutes of Religion meeting places throughout the world.
Firesides are most often held in a meetinghouse, Institute of Religion buildings, or sometimes a personal residence, depending on the number of people expected to attend. Often, light refreshments are served afterwards while the attendees mingle.
Daniel shares a testimony of the Savior as he fuses ancient scriptures and prophecies with current times and Middle-east ethnic cultures for a better understanding of the truth of the gospel, encouraging identity restoration of the peoples of Joseph (The Book of Mormon) and Judah (The Bible). Usually, live streaming video is shown from Jerusalem along with full-screen views of significant holy places and their scriptural associations.
The number of attendees depends on the location where the Fireside is to take place, the meeting room available, and the proper invitation/publicity done in the area.
Firesides usually run from 1 to 1 ½ hours in length.
A Seder is a Jewish ritual service and ceremonial dinner for the first night or first two nights of Passover. The Seder is a ceremonial meal performed by a community or by multiple generations of a family, involving a retelling of the story of the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. This story is in the Book of Exodus (Shemot) in The Hebrew Bible. The Seder is the more commonly celebrated of Jewish rituals. Each spring, Jewish people from around the world recount Passover's watershed story of redemption at this festive meal.
The centerpiece of this richly symbolic meal is the Seder plate. On the Seder plate there are five or six different Passover foods, each symbolizing a unique element of the Exodus story. At various points in the Seder (which means 'order' in Hebrew), participants partake in these different foods to tangibly and gastronomically reenact the events of the Exodus.
Connecting biblical verses with the Jewish traditions, Daniel and Steven Rona unfold the messianic meanings of the Children of Israel being delivered, the Deliverer, and the Jewish anticipation of a future, even greater deliverance. The application of modern day scriptures and the restoration connects the Jew’s anticipation prayers for their practice of “Wine (or water) and Bread,” with the Latter-day Saint’s remembrance prayers for their practice of “Bread and Wine (water).”
Daniel & Steven: I can't believe how powerful the spirit has been with you. You can just feel it in the sacred places we went to.