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Monday, December 1, 2014

Weekly Update November 16th - November 30th

Faith

Lesson Review:

"The Reason for Our Hope"

President Boyd K Packer Oct 2014 conference

Doctrine:

The Savior wrought the Atonement, which provides a way for us to become clean. Jesus Christ is the resurrected Christ. We worship and recognize Him for the pain He suffered for us collectively and for the pain He endured for each of us individually, both in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross. He bore all with great humility and with an eternal understanding of His divine role and purpose.
 
In His own words, the Savior has declared, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).

And from the Book of Mormon, He declares: “Behold, I am he who was prepared from the foundation of the world to redeem my people. Behold, I am Jesus Christ. … In me shall all mankind have life, and that eternally, even they who shall believe on my name; and they shall become my sons and my daughters” (Ether 3:14).



Invitation to Action: 

Those who will repent and forsake sin will find that His merciful arm is outstretched still. Those who listen to and heed His words and the words of His chosen servants will find peace and understanding even in the midst of great heartache and sorrow. The result of His sacrifice is to free us from the effects of sin, that all may have guilt erased and feel hope.
 Each member serves as a testimony of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. We are at war with the forces of the adversary, and we need each and every one of us if we are going to succeed in the work the Savior has for us to do. 
You might think, “What can I do? I am only one person.”

Certainly Joseph Smith felt very alone at times. He rose to greatness, but he started as a 14-year-old boy who had a question: “Which of all the churches should I join?” (see Joseph Smith—History 1:10). Joseph’s faith and testimony of the Savior grew as ours must grow, “line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little” (2 Nephi 28:30; see also D&C 128:21). Joseph knelt to pray, and what marvelous things have come about as a result of that prayer and the First Vision.


Promised Blessings:

"As one of the Twelve Apostles, I bear witness of the Lord Jesus Christ. He lives. He is our Redeemer and our Savior. “Through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved” (Articles of Faith 1:3). He presides over this Church. He is no stranger to His servants. As we move into the future with quiet confidence, His Spirit will be with us. There is no end to His power to bless and direct the lives of those who seek truth and righteousness. I bear witness of Him in the name of Jesus Christ, amen." - President Packer


Read or Listen to the entire talk here:  

 https://www.lds.org/ensign/2014/11/saturday-morning-session/the-reason-for-our-hope?lang=eng

 A couple of articles that go great with this lesson are:

The Loving Arms of Christ:

The Atonement and the Journey of Mortality:

FAMILY

The Country Kids 4-H Club, other cast member, and the Johnson and Ritchie families invite you to attend a live Nativity performance at 1200 South 6000 West in Rexburg at any of the following times:
Saturday, November 29th - 5:15 and 6:00 p.m.
Monday, December 1st - 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Monday, December 8th - 6:15 and 7:00 p.m.
Monday, December 15th - 6:15 and 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 21st - 6:15 and 7:00 p.m.
Monday, December 22nd - 6:15 and 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 24th - 5:30 and 6:15 p.m. 
Please arrive 10-15 minutes early, dress warmly for the outdoor performance, and remember to stay for homemade donuts and hot chocolate after.  Everyone is welcome.  


Other family home evening ideas for this month would be to enjoy some of these LDS Christmas videos :

https://www.lds.org/topics/christmas/christmas-videos?lang=eng

There are videos for all ages!


What are your families Christmas traditions?  Share some of them with me so we can share them on the blog!  You can email them to drbennett1@hotmail.com.

RELIEF

 

December is my absolute favorite time of year!  (With the exception of the snow and cold of course.)  This month we really focus on the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ and think about his perfect life of service and example.  How grateful we are for him.

I loved the First Presidency Message in the December Ensign by President Dieter Uchtdorf titled "Fill the World with Christ's Love." Wouldn't it be great if every family in our ward and stake made it a personal and family goal to really focus on giving to Christ this holiday season by serving others?


 "Think of the simple yet dignified way our Heavenly Father chose to honor the birth of His Son. On that holy night, angels appeared not to the rich but to shepherds. The Christ child was born not in a mansion but in a manger. He was wrapped not in silk but in swaddling clothes.

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."

Read the entire article here:  https://www.lds.org/liahona/2014/12/fill-the-world-with-christs-love?cid=HPMO120114531&lang=eng

Sweeping the Earth As If a Flood:


 Without doubt, the greatest gift of love we could give this holiday season—these holy days—is to share God’s gift with others. To help us do that, the Church launched a media initiative on November 28 titled “He Is the Gift.”

About this initiative, Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said: “Christmas is a time of reflection on what we can become because of God’s sacred gift. As we discover the gift, we learn of the immeasurable love of God and our absolute need for a Savior. As we embrace the gift, we strengthen our faith in Jesus Christ and our desire to become more like Him. As we share the gift, we follow in the Master’s footsteps, who invited all to hear His message.”1
The initiative includes a new Church website, christmas.mormon.org. Among the information on the website is a powerful video titled He Is the Gift. Also on the site is content helping visitors to:
  • Understand why the Savior is God’s greatest gift to mankind.
  • Embrace that gift by following the teachings of Jesus Christ.
  • Read inspirational stories of modern-day followers of the Son of God.
  • Share the video and website with others.
The hashtag #ShareTheGift can be used to send people to the website. The video and website are available in 20 languages.
To help members share the message of God’s love this Christmas, the “He Is the Gift” initiative includes images and messages on social media that members can share (including a YouTube campaign on December 7 in the United States, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Brazil) and displays in most Church visitors’ centers to which members can invite interested friends. A major display will be on view at Times Square in New York City, USA. Sharing our beliefs about Jesus Christ in these simple ways will likely result in natural invitations to meet with the missionaries.
Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles encourages every member to “visit christmas.mormon.org to find inspiring content to help discover, embrace, and share the gift of God’s love for us, made manifest in His Only Begotten Son. By using the hashtag #ShareTheGift, we can sweep the earth with timeless—and timely—messages of the Savior Jesus Christ.”2

Relief Society Announcements:
 
Please welcome home Sister Deanna Wade!

Becca Hansen and Jennifer Ball have both had their babies! Hopefully we will have pictures soon to share.

The Bishop has asked us all to remember to be reverent and listen to the prelude music as we come into Sacrament Meeting!

The First Evangelical Lutheran Church has invited our Relief Society to a Christmas Cantata and Luncheon on December 13th at 11:00 a.m.  We will meet at the Church at 9:45 to carpool to Idaho Falls.
Ward Christmas Party, Tuesday December 2nd.

 Upcoming Lesson Schedule:

December 7th - President's Message
December 14th - Joseph Fielding Smith #25 - The Birth of Jesus Christ: “Good Tidings of Great Joy”
December 21st - Joseph Fielding Smith #26 - Preparing for the Coming of Our Lord
December 28th - Teachings For Our Time

2015 Relief Society Curriculum:

Teachings of President's of the Church - Ezra Taft Benson

  Recipes on the blog:


Have you seen all the new recipes on the blog?  If you have a recipe you would like to share send them to:  drbennett1@hotmail.com or call or text them to 208-351-7083. We would love to have your favorite holiday recipes!

Visit the ward recipe blog:  www.burton4threcipes.blogspot.com



Monday, November 3, 2014

Weekly Update - November 2nd - 8th

Faith

Lesson Review:

"Individual Responsibility"

Joseph Fielding Smith Lesson 23

Doctrine:

The object of our being here is to do the will of the Father as it is done in heaven, to work righteousness in the earth, to subdue wickedness and put it under our feet, to conquer sin and the adversary of our souls, to rise above the imperfections and weaknesses of poor fallen humanity, by the inspiration of the Lord and his power made manifest, and thus become the saints and servants of the Lord in the earth.

Joseph Smith was asked how he governed so great and diverse a people as the Latter-day Saints. He replied: “I teach them correct principles and they govern themselves.”
This is the principle upon which we operate in the Church. We expect our members everywhere to learn correct principles and to govern themselves.


Invitation to Action: 

He who sent his Only Begotten Son into the world, to accomplish the mission that he did, also sent every soul within the sound of my voice, and indeed every man and woman in the world, to accomplish a mission, and that mission cannot be accomplished by neglect, nor by indifference, nor can it be accomplished by ignorance.
We should learn the obligation that we are under to the Lord and to each other; these things are essential, and we cannot prosper in spiritual things, we cannot grow in knowledge of the Lord or in wisdom, without devoting our thoughts and our efforts toward our own betterment, toward the increase of our own wisdom and knowledge in the things of the Lord.
We have these two great responsibilities. … First, to seek our own salvation; and, second, our duty to our fellow men. Now I take it that my first duty is, so far as I am individually concerned, to seek my own salvation. That is your individual duty first, and so with every member of this Church.
It is my duty, as it is your duty, my brethren and my sisters likewise—for responsibility is placed also upon you—to do the very best that is within our power, and not to shirk, but endeavor with all our soul to magnify the callings the Lord has given us, to labor diligently for the salvation of our own house, each one of us, and for the salvation of our neighbors, the salvation of those who are abroad.
The Lord expects us to be industrious in seeking temporal and spiritual blessings.
Promised Blessings:

We believe it is by grace that we are saved after all that we can do, and that building upon the foundation of the atonement of Christ, all men must work out their salvation with fear and trembling before the Lord [see 2 Nephi 25:23; Mormon 9:27].
                 
It is an important fact, shown by direct acts and by implication in all the scriptures, that God has done for men all that men cannot do for themselves to secure salvation, but he expects men to do all for themselves that is in their power.


  

Read or Listen to the entire lesson here:  

 https://www.lds.org/manual/teachings-of-presidents-of-the-church-joseph-fielding-smith/chapter-23-individual-responsibility?lang=eng

 A conference talk that goes great with this lesson is, "Do We Know What We Have?" by Carole Stephens given in the Oct. 2013 general conference.



Daughters of God, do we know who we are? Do we know what we have? Are we worthy to receive the power and blessings of the priesthood? Do we receive the gifts given to us with gratitude, grace, and dignity? Do we embrace our roles and responsibilities to strengthen homes as mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sisters, and aunts? Do we show respect for men, manhood, and fatherhood?
As covenant sons and daughters, do we have faith in our Heavenly Father and His eternal plan for us?
Do we have faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement? Do we believe that we have a divine nature and destiny? And in our efforts to achieve this destiny and receive all that the Father has,12 do we understand the importance of receiving priesthood ordinances and making, keeping, and renewing our covenants with the Lord?


FAMILY

November is the start of my favorite time of year!  I love the Thanksgiving season that we spend more time thinking about gratitude and what we are thankful for.  Here are some fun family home evening ideas about gratitude:

How can you help your gratitude grow this month? You can think of things you are grateful for every day! Here’s a fun craft to fill your home with beautiful fall colors and your heart with gratitude.
https://www.lds.org/friend/2013/11/gratitude-tree?lang=eng&query=gratitude


Every night after I read my scriptures, I take just a few minutes to write about one thing I feel grateful for that day. Because the pages are small, there’s no pressure to write a lot, but I have to be creative to think of something new to be grateful for every day.
https://www.lds.org/new-era/2006/11/instant-messages/my-gratitude-journal?lang=eng&query=gratitude


The Lord wants you to have a spirit of gratitude in all you do and say. Live with a spirit of thanksgiving and you will have greater happiness and satisfaction in life. Gratitude will turn your heart to the Lord and help you recognize His influence and blessings in your life. Even in your most difficult times, you can find much to be grateful for. Doing so will strengthen and bless you.
https://www.lds.org/youth/for-the-strength-of-youth/gratitude?lang=eng



A grateful heart … comes through expressing gratitude to our Heavenly Father for His blessings and to those around us for all that they bring into our lives.  - The Divine Gift of Gratitude - President Monson Conference talk Oct. 2010
https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2010/10/the-divine-gift-of-gratitude?lang=eng


And remember it is our Attitude that effects Gratitude!

RELIEF


“After [you] have [prayed], if [you] turn away the needy, and the naked, and visit not the sick and afflicted, and impart of your substance, if [you] have [it], to those who stand in need—I say unto you, … your prayer is vain, and availeth you nothing, and [you] are as hypocrites who do deny the faith.” What a stunning reminder that rich or poor, we are to “do what we can” when others are in need. -  President Holland Conference talk - "Are We Not All Beggars?"  Oct. 2014


Sweeping the Earth As If a Flood:

This time of year is a great time to share your testimony of the gospel.  You can do this in open conversations with your family and friends or online.  I have seen many friends who use Facebook and Instagram to express gratitude daily. 

I have recently found a new Facebook group called, " Preach My Gospel."  Daily inspirational quotes including conference quotes are posted to the group.  You can share the pictures on your own Facebook page for all your family and friends to see and include your own thoughts as well.  This is what I shared on my Facebook page tonight:


"So grateful the Lord is on our side. He has promised to never leave us. If we put our trust in him things will all work out."

Here is the link to the facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/PreachMyGospelMissionaryGuide
You can also save the images to use on other social media platforms.

Relief Society Announcements:

Our next Relief Society Activity will be THIS THURSDAY, November 6th.  Please remember to invite those you visit teach and bring your neighbors for a wonderful night out.



Stake Conference is November 8th and 9th. (Next Sunday)

The Ward Christmas Party is December 2nd.

 Recipes on the blog:

Have you seen all the new recipes on the blog?  I just added several soup and crockpot recipes.  Check them out and if you have a recipe you would like to share send them to:  drbennett1@hotmail.com or call or text them to 208-351-7083.

Visit the ward recipe blog:  www.burton4threcipes.blogspot.com




Saturday, November 1, 2014

Weekly Update - October 26th - November 1st


Faith

Lesson Review:

"Christ the Redeemer"

Confernce talk given by Carlos H. Armado - April 2014


Doctrine:

 Christ was the first to be resurrected and never die again, to possess forever a perfect, eternal body. In His resurrected state, He appeared to Mary, who as soon as she recognized Him, began to worship Him. Our Redeemer, with great tenderness, warned her concerning His new and glorious condition: “Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father” (John 20:17)—providing an additional witness that His ministry in the spirit world was real and complete. Then, using language that confirmed the reality of His Resurrection, He said, “I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God” (John 20:17). After going to His Father, He returned again and appeared to His Apostles. “He shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord” (John 20:20).



Invitation to Action: 

In the most sublime show of His love for humankind, and in the full exercise of His will, He walked bravely and determinedly to face His most demanding trial. In the Garden of Gethsemane, in utter loneliness, He suffered the most intense agony, bleeding from each pore. In total submission before His Father, He atoned for our sins and also took upon Him our illnesses and afflictions in order to know how to succor us (see Alma 7:11–13).


We are indebted to Him and to our Heavenly Father because His sacrifice blessed everyone, from Adam, the first, to the last of all human beings.

He gave us the greatest gift of his life and atonement.  Do you realize how much our Savior must have loved you as an individual?  Do you know the meaning of his infinite atonement in your life?



Promised Blessings:

"I testify that Christ will return in a way very different from His first coming. He will come in power and glory with all the just and faithful Saints. He will come as King of kings and Lord of lords, as the Prince of Peace, the promised Messiah, the Savior and Redeemer, to judge the living and the dead. I love and serve Him with all my heart, and I plead that we may serve with joy and dedication and that we may remain faithful to Him until the end.



Read or Listen to the entire lesson here:  

 https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2014/04/christ-the-redeemer?lang=eng

 

 

It isn’t as bad as you sometimes think it is.
It all works out. Don’t worry.
I say that to myself every morning.
It will all work out.
Put your trust in God,
and move forward with faith
and confidence in the future.
The Lord will not forsake us.
He will not forsake us.
If we will put our trust in Him,
if we will pray to Him,
if we will live worthy of His blessings,
He will hear our prayers.
From the funeral program for Marjorie Pay Hinckley, April 10, 2004; see also “Latter-day Counsel,” Ensign, Oct. 2000, 73.

FAMILY

Have you seen these gospel videos?  They are great resources for Family Home Evenings!




Bible Video Introduction:


RELIEF

Thank you for the service given to the Cutler family this past week!  Each week I hear of service that is rendered in our Ward, often quietly and without fanfare.  Thank you for your willingness to seek out and help those in need!  I am inspired and impressed by your examples.

How well are you doing as a visiting teacher?

 Sweeping the Earth As If a Flood:

Most of the missionaries in our ward and in our area are now using Facebook.  They share gospel messages daily that you can share with your friends.

 

Relief Society Announcements:

Our next Relief Society Activity will be on November 6th.



Stake Conference is November 8th and 9th.

The Ward Christmas Party is December 2nd.

 Recipes on the blog:


Have you seen all the new recipes on the blog?  If not, you are missing out on some great and quick dinner ideas.  If you have a recipe you would like to share send them to:  drbennett1@hotmail.com or call or text them to 208-351-7083.

Visit the ward recipe blog:  www.burton4threcipes.blogspot.com




Weekly Update - October 19th - 25th


Faith:

Lesson Review:

"Prayer- A Commandment and a Blessing"

Chapter 22- Teachings of the Presidents - Joseph Fielding Smith

Doctrine:

It is a commandment from the Lord that we seek him constantly in humble prayer. When the Savior was with his disciples he taught them to pray and he set the example before them in frequent prayers to his Father. We may be sure, since it is a commandment from the Lord, that there is virtue in prayer, and when we seek the Lord it should be in the spirit of humility and reverence.

Few things in life are as important as communing with Deity in prayer. The Lord has drawn over our minds a curtain of forgetfulness so that we do not remember him and our association with him as members of his family in the premortal life. Prayer is the avenue of communication which he has provided for us to commune with him again. Thus, one of the chief purposes of our mortal probation is to see if we can learn with the spirit of prayer always in our hearts so that when the Lord chooses to speak, we shall hear his voice in our souls.



Invitation to Action:

 Yea, cry unto him for mercy, for he is mighty to save; yea, humble yourselves and continue in prayer unto him; cry unto him when ye are in your fields, yea, over all your flocks; cry unto him in your houses, yea, over all your household, both morning, mid-day, and evening; yea, cry unto him against the power of your enemies; yea, cry unto him against the devil, who is an enemy to all righteousness. Cry unto him over the crops of your fields, that ye may prosper in them; cry over the flocks of your fields, that they may increase. But this is not all; ye must pour out your souls in your closets and your secret places and in your wilderness; yea, and when you do not cry unto the Lord, let your hearts be full, drawn out in prayer unto him continually for your welfare, and also for the welfare of those who are around you. And now, behold, my beloved brethren, I say unto you, do not suppose this is all, for after ye have done all these things, if ye turn away the needy and the naked, and visit not the sick and afflicted, and impart of your substance, if ye have, to those who stand in need; I say unto you, if ye do not anything of these things, behold, your prayer is vain and availeth you nothing, and ye are as hypocrites who deny the faith.”
Promised Blessings:

 Our prayers are uttered more for our sakes, to build us up and give us strength and courage, and to increase our faith in him.

Prayer is something that humbles the soul. It broadens our comprehension; it quickens the mind. It draws us nearer to our Father in heaven. We need his help; there is no question about that. We need the guidance of his Holy Spirit. We need to know what principles have been given to us by which we may come back into his presence. We need to have our minds quickened by the inspiration that comes from him; and for these reasons we pray to him, that he may help us to live so that we will know his truth and be able to walk in its light, that we may, through our faithfulness and our obedience, come back again into his presence. 

 



Read or Listen to the entire lesson here:  


https://www.lds.org/manual/teachings-of-presidents-of-the-church-joseph-fielding-smith/chapter-22-prayer-a-commandment-and-a-blessing?lang=eng

 FAMILY

We all have a responsibility to our family to make the family unit work and be successful.  I saw this quote and thought it would make a great discussion for a family home evening.



RELIEF 



Sweeping the Earth As If a Flood:

Share conference talks and videos with your friends and family.  You can share quotes, video clips or the entire talk by email, Facebook, pintrest, or twitter! 

 https://www.lds.org/general-conference/invite-others?lang=eng



Relief Society Announcements:

Our next Relief Society Activity will be on November 6th.

Stake Conference is November 8th and 9th.

The Ward Christmas Party is December 2nd.

 Recipes on the blog


Don't forget to share your recipes for yummy soups and casseroles.  If you have a recipe you would like to share send them to:  drbennett1@hotmail.com or call or text them to 208-351-7083.


Visit the ward recipe blog:  www.burton4threcipes.blogspot.com


October Lesson Schedule:

4th and 5th – General Conference
12th – Joseph Fielding Smith #20 – Love and Concern for All Our Father’s Children
19th – Joseph Fielding Smith #22 – Prayer – a Commandment and a Blessing
26th – Teachings For Our Time




Weekly Update - October 12th - 18th

Faith

Lesson Review:

"Love and Concern For All Our Father's Children"
Chapter 20 - Teachings of the Presidents - Joseph Fielding Smith

Doctrine:

“I think if all men knew and understood who they are, and were aware of the divine source from whence they came, … they would have feelings of kindness and kinship for each other that would change their whole way of living and bring peace on earth.”



 Invitation to Action:

Because God is our Father, we have a natural desire to love and serve him and to be worthy members of his family. We feel an obligation to do what he would have us do, to keep his commandments and live in harmony with the standards of his gospel—all of which are essential parts of true worship.
And because all men are our brothers, we have a desire to love and bless and fellowship them—and this too we accept as an essential part of true worship.
Thus, everything we do in the Church centers around the divine law that we are to love and worship God and serve our fellowmen.
It is no wonder, then, that as a church and as a people we have deep and abiding concern for the welfare of all our Father’s children. We seek their temporal and spiritual well-being along with our own. We pray for them as we do for ourselves, and we try to live so that they, seeing our good works, may be led to glorify our Father who is in heaven. [See Matthew 5:16.]
Promised Blessings:

When we love the Lord with all our hearts and our neighbors as ourselves, we are in harmony with all sacred law.  If we were willing to live in harmony with these two great commandments—and we must do so eventually if we are worthy to live in the presence of God—then wickedness, jealousy, ambition, covetousness, bloodshed, and all sin of every nature would be banished from the earth. Then would come a day of eternal peace and happiness. What a glorious day that would be! We have been endowed with sufficient reason to know that such a state is most desirable and would establish among men the Fatherhood of God and the perfect brotherhood of man


Read or Listen to the entire lesson here:  

https://www.lds.org/manual/teachings-of-presidents-of-the-church-joseph-fielding-smith/chapter-20-love-and-concern-for-all-our-fathers-children?lang=eng

FAMILY

Are you having Family Home Evening?


"We cannot afford to neglect this heaven-inspired program. It can bring spiritual growth to each member of the family, helping him or her to withstand the temptations which are everywhere. The lessons learned in the home are those that last the longest.” - President Monson

RELIEF 


Sweeping the Earth As If a Flood:

Share conference talks and videos with your friends and family.  You can share quotes, video clips or the entire talk by email, Facebook, pintrest, or twitter! 

 https://www.lds.org/general-conference/invite-others?lang=eng

Relief Society Announcements:

Our next Relief Society Activity will be on November 6th.

Stake Conference is November 8th and 9th.

The Ward Christmas Party is December 2nd.

Congratulations to Jacob and Jen Walz who use to live in our ward.  They have recently welcomed Kinzlee Walz born July 18!



 Recipes on the blog


Don't forget to share your recipes for yummy soups and casseroles.  If you have a recipe you would like to share send them to:  drbennett1@hotmail.com or call or text them to 208-351-7083.


Visit the ward recipe blog:  www.burton4threcipes.blogspot.com


October Lesson Schedule:

4th and 5th – General Conference
12th – Joseph Fielding Smith #20 – Love and Concern for All Our Father’s Children
19th – Joseph Fielding Smith #22 – Prayer – a Commandment and a Blessing
26th – Teachings For Our Time



Monday, September 29, 2014

Weekly update- September 28th - October 4th

Faith

Lesson Review:

"A Priceless Heritage of Hope"
April 2014 Conference Talk Henry B Eyring



 
Whoever you are and wherever you may be, you hold in your hands the happiness of more people than you can now imagine. Every day and every hour you can choose to make or keep a covenant with God.

Wherever you are on the path to inherit the gift of eternal life, you have the opportunity to show many people the way to greater happiness. When you choose whether to make or keep a covenant with God, you choose whether you will leave an inheritance of hope to those who might follow your example.
 
Doctrine:

 The Lord has given to man a code of laws that we call the gospel of Jesus Christ. Due to lack of inspiration and spiritual guidance, men may differ in relation to these laws and their application, but there can hardly be a dispute in regard to the fact that such laws do exist, and that all who seek entrance into that kingdom are subject to them.

We have every truth, every doctrine, every law and requirement, every performance and ordinance needed to save and exalt us in the highest heaven of the celestial world.

 “Behold, mine house is a house of order, saith the Lord God, and not a house of confusion.” (D&C 132:8.)


Invitation to Action:



The Lord has given us all the source of hope as we struggle to help those we love accept their eternal inheritance. He has made promises to us as we keep trying to gather people to Him, even when they resist His invitation to do so. Their resistance saddens Him, but He does not quit, nor should we. He sets the perfect example for us with His persistent love: “And again, how oft would I have gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, yea, O ye people of the house of Israel, who have fallen; yea, O ye people of the house of Israel, ye that dwell at Jerusalem, as ye that have fallen; yea, how oft would I have gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens, and ye would not.”

We can depend on that unfailing desire of the Savior to bring all of Heavenly Father’s spirit children back to their home with Him. Every faithful parent, grandparent, and great-grandparent shares in that desire. Heavenly Father and the Savior are our perfect examples of what we can and must do. They never force righteousness because righteousness must be chosen. They make righteousness discernible to us, and They let us see that its fruits are delicious.

Promised Blessings:
 


"After all we can do in faith, the Lord will justify our hopes for greater blessings for our families than we can imagine. He wants the best for them and for us, as His children."

"We are all children of a living God. Jesus of Nazareth is His Beloved Son and our resurrected Savior. This is His Church. In it are the keys of the priesthood, and so families can be forever. This is our priceless heritage of hope. I testify that it is true in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, amen."

Read or Listen to the entire lesson here:  

 https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2014/04/a-priceless-heritage-of-hope?lang=eng



As we ponder our opportunities to leave a “priceless heritage of hope” to our posterity, consider the following quote from Sister Julie B. Beck:

“I spent quite a few months this last winter studying about Rebekah from the Old Testament. I have been taken by her mission and what she had to do. I love Rebekah and I have learned so much from her. I feel that she is one of the women at the head of the house of Israel. . . . I have loved studying her characteristics, her circumstances, her blessings, her journeys, her family, her experiences, and her challenges. She had a very full mortal experience. It had its highs and its lows. I have learned that she was one of the most pivotal and important people in the history of mankind, certainly in the house of Israel. Without a Rebekah, the house of Israel would not have been brought forth. Without a Rebekah who knew who she was, the house of Israel would not have been brought forth. Without a Rebekah who knew her responsibilities in the house of Israel, that house would not have come to pass. Without a Rebekah who knew how to receive revelation, the house of Israel would not have been brought forth. Without a Rebekah who understood the blessings of the priesthood, the house of Israel would not have been brought forth.

 The lesson for me in all the hours and months of studying Rebekah and her family is that each of us in our day is as important to our generation and to our time as Rebekah was in her time. We each are pivotal in our families, and the success of the house of Israel is now dependent on millions of Rebekah’s who understand what their place and mission is on the earth. Each of us is a daughter of heavenly parents, and as part of the house of Israel, we come from royal blood.  When we choose our mission, we have power and influence in that royal house and in the Lord’s work. He is depending on us.”


FAMILY

 

Is your family prepared to listen to conference this weekend?  


General conference is intended to be a revelatory experience as participants learn from living prophets and apostles through the power and influence of the Holy Ghost. Proper preparation will help ensure that you get the most out of your conference experience.

Resources to Help You Prepare



Strengthening Faith and Testimony

By Elder Robert D. Hales
Oh, how we need general conference! Through conferences our faith is fortified and our testimonies deepened.... (watch or read more)


Activities for Children

Print activities for children like a general conference notebook or conference coloring pages. Play online games like the prophets and apostles matching game. (download or play here)


Three Basic Steps of Preparation

By President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
In preparation for general conference, let me suggest three basic concepts that may help us to better receive, remember, and apply the words spoken by the Lord’s servants. (read more)


Individual Impact of Conference

“If we teach by the Spirit and you listen by the Spirit, some one of us will touch on your circumstance, sending a personal prophetic epistle just to you.” –Jeffrey R. Holland (watch video & read more)


Why We Need Prophets Today?

By President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Today is not different from ages past. The Lord does not love the people of our day any less than in past times. One of the glorious messages... (read more)

Highlights from Last Conference

Read, watch, listen, download, or share highlights from April’s general conference messages. (read more)


Preparing Children for Conference

Several members share how they have helped their children prepare for, participate in, and learn from general conference. (read more)


General Conference Blessings

By Paul V. Johnson
Decide now to make general conference priority in your life. Decide to listen carefully and follow the teachings that are given. (read more)
Official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

RELIEF

Missionary Spotlight:  Elder and Sister Wade



We are serving in the Edmonton, Alberta, Canada mission working with the YSA wards.  There are six wards in Edmonton that meet in two different locations.  We attend three wards one Sunday in the historical Whyte Ave Chapel, which was dedicated by President Nathan Eldon Tanner who was serving as branch president at the time.  Dedicated in 1951, it was the first LDS church building in Edmonton and is located in a unique, busy part of old town Strastcona.  The missionaries will often set up booths outside the building on the sidewalk and hand out pamphlets and talk about the church.  

 The next Sunday we attend the three wards that meet in the Institute Building located across the street from the University of Alberta campus.  This building is busy all week as it is used for classes, institute and ward gatherings, and just a refuge from busy campus life.  Our assignment is to make member, missionaries, and investigators feel welcome in this building.    We bake cookies, make and serve waffles with all the trimming, help with a weekly dinner sponsored by one of the six YSA wards, and provide a meal and speaker for Friday Forum.     We often joke, “If you feed them, they will come.”  Elder Wade also comments, “We knew we were called to serve, but we didn’t realize it would be serving cookies, dinner, lunch.” 

 We so enjoy working with the YSA.  They are intelligent, capable, giving, loving, into missionary work and fellowshipping, and they have such strong testimonies.  We have learned from them as they share the stories of their lives.  We are excited when they share news of mission calls, engagements, graduations, new job, and weddings. 
 We also invite the young missionaries to our apartment for dinner so we can get to know them better.  They will often call us to go with them to teach lessons, which is always a great experience to watch them teach the gospel.  The young missionaries are so great.  We love each one of them.  We are also assigned to check six missionary apartments once a month scattered all over the city.  We are lucky enough to check the missionaries that are serving in Edmonton finding investigators that speak Mandarin, Tagalog, and Spanish.  They have an extra challenge as they serve and we love to visit them once a month, check their apartment for cleanliness, and visit with them about their missionary service. I can’t stress enough how we enjoy our association with these outstanding Sisters and Elders that are working so hard, are so obedient, and have such strong testimonies. 
 We miss home, family, grandchildren, the Burton Ward, and the small town living of Rexburg, but enjoy our service with the Young Single Adults in Edmonton, Canada and meeting the wonderful members of the church in Canada. 



  Sweeping the Earth As If a Flood:

Invite your friends and family to watch conference using Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google, or your blog!  See Lds.org for several images you can share and use to invite.   

https://www.lds.org/general-conference/invite-others?lang=eng


Relief Society Announcements:

Many of you have met Cheyenne Peterson in Relief Society.  Her family just moved into the Ranova's home.  She will be getting baptized on October 11th @ 2:00 p.m. in the Stake Center.  We would like to invite you to attend her baptism.


Recipes on the blog


Fall is in the air!  It's time to collect recipes for soups and casseroles.  If you have a recipe you would like to share send them to:  drbennett1@hotmail.com or call or text them to 208-351-7083.
Visit the ward recipe blog:  www.burton4threcipes.blogspot.com

The recipes shared at the last Relief Society Activity will also be printed there.


October Lesson Schedule:

4th and 5th – General Conference
12th – Joseph Fielding Smith #20 – Love and Concern for All Our Father’s Children
19th – Joseph Fielding Smith #22 – Prayer – a Commandment and a Blessing
26th – Teachings For Our Time



Did you miss the General Women's Broadcast last Saturday?  Read, listen, or share the talks here:

https://www.lds.org/general-conference/sessions/?cid=HP14GC&lang=eng