Monday, September 29, 2014

Weekly update- September 28th - October 4th


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.

 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:

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.”



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)
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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 for several images you can share and use to invite.

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: or call or text them to 208-351-7083.
Visit the ward recipe blog:

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:

Monday, September 22, 2014

Weekly Update of September 21st - 27th


Lesson Review:

"In the World But Not of the World"
Joseph Fielding Smith - Lesson 19


The Lord expects us to forsake the evils of the world and live as becometh Saints.

We are living in an evil and wicked world. But while we are in the world, we are not of the world. We are expected to overcome the world and to live as becometh saints. … We have greater light than the world has, and the Lord expects more of us than he does of them.

“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” (John 17:15–17.)

If we are living the religion which the Lord has revealed and which we have received, we do not belong to the world. We should have no part in all its foolishness. We should not partake of its sins and its errors—errors of philosophy and errors of doctrine, errors in regard to government, or whatever those errors may be—we have no part in it.
The only part we have is the keeping of the commandments of God. That is all, being true to every covenant and every obligation that we have entered into and taken upon ourselves.

Invitation to Action:

"Brethren and sisters, let us keep the commandments of God as they have been revealed. Let us set the example before the people of the earth, that they, seeing our good works, may feel to repent and receive the truth and accept the plan of salvation, that they may receive salvation in the celestial kingdom of God. "

Promised Blessings:

The blessings promised to the faithful are far greater than the temporary pleasures of the world.

"If we shall search diligently, pray always, be believing, and walk uprightly, we have the Lord’s promise that all things shall work together for our good [see D&C 90:24]. This is not a promise that we shall be free from the trials and problems of life, for this probationary state is designed to give us experience and difficult and conflicting situations.

Life never was intended to be easy, but the Lord has promised that he will cause all trials and difficulties to result in our good. He will give us strength and ability to overcome the world and to stand firm in the faith despite all opposition. It is a promise that we shall have peace in our hearts despite the tumults and troubles of the world. And above all, it is a promise that when this life is over, we shall qualify for eternal peace in the presence of Him whose face we have sought, whose laws we have kept, and whom we have chosen to serve."





Read or Listen to the entire lesson here:


Preparing our Children for Conference


With less than 2 weeks to conference it is time now to start preparing ourselves and our families so we can make the most of the time we get to listen to our prophet and leaders.

“It is when children are young that parents must be innovative in helping them develop good habits regarding conference participation. As our children are given opportunities to observe and learn the role of these special witnesses, they will receive a spiritual confirmation of the sacred calling of their Church leaders, and they will feel a deeper love for and interest in these leaders and their message.”

Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Presidency of the Seventy, taught of many different ways we can prepare for conference and make the most of the experience.  His talk “Teaching Our Children to Love the Prophets,”  was printed in the Ensign, Apr. 1996.  

Do you have some great ideas that work for your family during Conference weekend?  Email them to  I will share those ideas next week.


Oh How We Need Each Other”














  "To be sisters implies that there is an unbreakable bond between us.  Sisters take care of each other, watch out for each other, comfort each other, and are there for each other through thick and thin..."

"It is a sociological fact that women need women.  We need deep and satisfying and loyal friendships with each other."  Sister Hinckley was right; oh, how we need each other."  (Sister Bonnie Oscarson)

 Relief Society Announcements:

 4th Sunday Lesson – “A Priceless Heritage of Hope” by President Henry B. Eyring


 General Women’s Broadcast:

 All women and girls age eight and older are invited to participate in the general women’s meeting on Saturday, September 27, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. mountain daylight time.
This meeting will provide an opportunity to gather as a worldwide sisterhood to enjoy inspiring messages from a member of the First Presidency and members of the general presidencies of the Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary organizations.
Sisters are encouraged to attend the broadcast in Church meetinghouses where travel distances permit. Those of other faiths are also welcome to attend.

Members are encouraged to invite friends and associates to participate in the meeting using the Facebook event or by changing their cover image to invite their friends. See more ways to invite others.

To participate in general women's meeting conversations on Twitter, use #WomensMeeting, or retweet quotes and images posted at @LDSchurch. See and use the list of speakers’ recommended hashtags to help extend their messages.
All social media posts will be consolidated and published on the Follow and Share the General Women's Meeting page for your convenience.
****The Rexburg Stake will be having a dinner at the Stake Center at 4:45 p.m. prior to the General Women’s Broadcast.  All Sisters 8 years of age and older are invited to attend! ***

Sweeping the Earth as with a Flood:


 Following Elder Bednar’s invitation to “sweep the earth with messages filled with righteousness and truth,” we are going to include a “Social Media” section in our Relief Society Blog.  This week we are including a link to the Media Library on  This is a good place to start learning about how you can use social media to “flood the earth with positive thoughts, imagery, and messages.”

“May our many small, individual efforts produce a steady rainfall of righteousness and truth that gradually swells a multitude of streams and rivers  - and ultimately becomes a flood that sweeps the earth.”  (Elder David A. Bednar)

Recipes on the blog

 Let's add to the yummy recipes already on the blog! This month please send me your recipes for snacks and breakfast.   Send them to: or call or text them to 208-351-7083.  You can also just bring them to church!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Weekly Update - September 14th - September 20th


Lesson Review:

"Living by Every Word That Proceeds from the Mouth of God"
Joseph Fielding Smith - Lesson 18



 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:


Our responsibility in the Church is to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth, and this we are seeking to do with all our heart, might, and mind. Jesus said: “Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” (Matt. 4:10.)

We believe that worship is far more than prayer and preaching and gospel performance. The supreme act of worship is to keep the commandments, to follow in the footsteps of the Son of God, to do ever those things that please him. It is one thing to give lip service to the Lord; it is quite another to respect and honor his will by following the example he has set for us. … I rejoice in the privilege of following in his footsteps. I am grateful for the words of eternal life which I have received, I am very glad to say, in this world, and for the hope of eternal life which is mine in the world to come if I will remain faithful and true to the end.

Promised Blessings:

"If we will walk in paths of virtue and holiness, the Lord will pour out his blessings upon us to a degree we have never supposed possible. We shall be in very deed, as Peter expressed it, “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people.” (1 Pet. 2:9.) And we will be peculiar because we will not be like other people who do not live up to these standards. …

Keep the commandments. Walk in the light. Endure to the end. Be true to every covenant and obligation, and the Lord will bless you beyond your fondest dreams.

Read or Listen to the entire lesson here:

A great conference talk that goes with the lesson is, "If Ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments" by Elder Hales.  Watch or read his talk here:



"Create meaningful family bonds that give your children an identity stronger than what they can find with their peer group or at school or anyplace else. This can be done through family traditions for birthdays, for holidays, for dinnertime, and for Sundays." -Elder Russel M Ballard

Read his conference talk here:


Have you done your visiting teaching?  We are half way through the month!


Relief Society Announcements:

Relief Society Activity - This Thursday, September 18th 7:00 p.m.
Meet at our ward building for a fun night of learning and visiting.  We will share ideas for having a successful Family Home Evening and also learn about using Social Media with the Young Women.  Prepare to learn how to share the gospel in both your family and word wide!

Recipes on the blog

 Let's add to the yummy recipes already on the blog! This month please send me your recipes for snacks and breakfast.   Send them to: or call or text them to 208-351-7083.

Congratulations to several members of our ward who were married this summer! 

Taylor Powell and Tyler Nelson

Damian Peck and Heather Ricks

Brycen Sharp and Taci Beckstrom

Janarae Widerburg and Andrew Rebarchik

Morgan Rigby and Nathan Maudsley

Friday, September 12, 2014

Some great articles to check out and new Relief Society callings!

The Importance of the Family:

"May it be our resolve this year to build a gospel-centered home, a safe harbor from the storms of the adversary."  (Elder L. Tom Perry)

Family History:

“The small details make a big difference when writing a quality family history.”  (David W. Smith – July 2014 - Family History and Geneology Conference)



Please remember the Sisters you visit teach.  Remember them in your prayers, remember them with a kind word or thoughtful gesture.  

“These simple, daily acts of service may not seem like much in and of themselves, but when considered collectively they become just like the one-twelfth teaspoon of honey contributed by a single bee to the hive.  There is power in our love for God and for His children, and when that love is tangibly manifest in millions of acts of Christian kindness, it will sweeten and nourish the world with the life-sustaining nectar of faith, hope, and charity.”  Elder M. Russell Ballard

New Relief Society Callings:

Sister Dana Rae Bennett – Blog and Information Specialist
Sister Julie Powell – Visiting Teaching Supervisor
Sister Julie Wilcox - Visiting Teaching Supervisor
Sister Kera Day – Relief Society Teacher
Sister Amy Nef - Relief Society Activities Committee

Monday, September 8, 2014

Week of September 8th


Lesson Review:

Flood the Earth With Goodness- Elder Bednar's talk at BYU Education Week


In this greatest and last of all gospel dispensations, “a whole and complete and perfect union, and welding together of dispensations, and keys, and powers, and glories should take place, and be revealed from the days of Adam even to the present time. And not only this, but those things which have never been revealed from the foundation of the world, but have been kept hid from the wise and the prudent, shall be revealed … in this, the dispensation of the fulness of times” (D&C 128:18).

The Prophet Joseph further expounded: “All the ordinances and duties that ever have been required by the Priesthood, under the directions and commandments of the Almighty in any of the dispensations, shall all be had in the last dispensation … , bringing to pass the restoration spoken of by the mouth of all the Holy Prophets” (Teachings: Joseph Smith, 511).

As the Apostle Paul declared, “In the dispensation of the fulness of times [God will] gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him” (Ephesians 1:10).

Invitation to Action:

"My beloved brothers and sisters, what has been accomplished thus far in this dispensation communicating gospel messages through social media channels is a good beginning—but only a small trickle. I now extend to you the invitation to help transform the trickle into a flood. Beginning at this place on this day, I exhort you to sweep the earth with messages filled with righteousness and truth—messages that are authentic, edifying, and praiseworthy—and literally to sweep the earth as with a flood." - Elder Bednar

Promised Blessings:

"We have been and are blessed in so many ways; and where much is given, much is required. As an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, I invoke this blessing upon you: that you may come to understand more fully the spiritual significance and blessing of living in the dispensation of the fulness of times, that you may have eyes to see clearly both the possibilities and the pitfalls of the remarkable technologies that are available to us today, that you may increase in your capacity to use these inspired tools appropriately, and that you may receive inspiration and guidance about the role you should play in helping to sweep the earth as with a flood of truth and righteousness. As you press forward in this holy work, I promise you will be blessed in mortality in the individual, specific, and necessary ways that will prepare you for eternity. I so bless you." - Elder Bednar

You can watch or read Elder Bednar's full talk here: ""

Lesson Schedule:

September 7th - President's Message
September 14th - Joseph Fielding Smith #18 - "Living By Every Word That Proceeds From the Mouth of God."
September 21st - Joseph Fielding Smith #19 - "In the World but Not of the World."
September 28th - Teaching for Our Time


Please welcome Jake and Madison Silcock to the ward. They are living in the Jonson's apartment.


Relief Society Announcements:

September 9th - Ward party!! Dinner and activities, beginning at 6:00 at the Stake Center pavilion. Please bring a dessert representing the theme "Upward."
September 18th- Relief Society Activity 7:00 p.m. - Great food, classes, and company!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Week of August 17th

Purposes of Relief Society:
Increase Faith and Personal Righteousness
Seek Out and Help Those in Need
Strengthen Families and Homes

Lesson Review: Joseph Fielding Smith lesson #17: Sealing Power and Temple Blessings

Photograph of the Bern Switzerland Mormon Temple

Doctrine: To prepare for salvation in its fullest, we must receive, and help others to receive, temple ordinances through the sealing power.

Invitation to Action: President Smith said, "May I remind you that when we dedicate a house to the Lord, what we really do is dedicate ourselves to the Lord's service, with a covenant that we shall use the house the way he intends that it shall be used." What can we do to follow this counsel?

Promised Blessings:  "All those who have worked in this goodly cause {family history work and temple work} shall find their treasure and riches in the celestial kingdom of God.  Great shall be their reward, yea, even beyond the power of mortals to understand."

Lesson Schedule:
24th - Teaching for our time
31st - 5th Sunday - The Law of Chastity

School is going to be starting up again in less than a week!  Some of my children are excited; some are anxious.  ALL of them appreciate a back-to-school blessing from their father!   In fact, this may take place during our Family Home Evening next week, along with a discussion on a great talk (with great stories) about priesthood blessings from Elder Oaks:

(Go ahead!  Check it out! I don't mind if you copy:)

Missionary spotlight:
LDS Sister Missionaries

I am so excited that Sister Grethe P. has shared this letter from Caitlyn this week! 
Caitlyn Powell, who is serving in the California Roseville Mission had the opportunity to return to her first area of missionary service last week to attend the baptism of a man, whose wife she taught and was baptized nearly a year ago. She wrote:

 The best part of the week though was going to Yuba City for Keith's baptism!!!
 Before I left I was pretty  nervous. I don't want to go to my beloved Buttes Vista ward and feel  out of place or politely remembered, but there was nothing to worry  about. I couldn't have planned it any better and I felt like I was  coming home.

 Jessica (the member wife) looked so at peace and confident and relaxed, Ashley (their daughter) was even  more spoiled than I remembered, and Keith was barely containing his  glory--even his parents came who he thought he would have to bury
 before he could be baptized. He asked me to play the piano which I did
 gratefully but my heart was pounding and I kept staring around at all
 the people I remembered. Bradly (another former investigator) came and I was glad to see him getting  along with the young men there. Keith is their scoutmaster. I was
 holding my joy pretty well until I looked up and saw Rose (also  a former investigator who has a female partner) standing in the corner. I failed to fight back tears as I hugged her, the person I was  most excited to see. We didn't get to talk long afterwards but  she told me she's now read the book of Mormon 14 times and the   Doctrine and Covenants twice. I also learned she's been talking to  Bishop Jukes about receiving help moving out so that she could be  baptized at the end of the month. I'm almost scared to hold my breath.  I can't even express how much I love her. If I only came on my mission to meet her it would have been worth it.

 Everyone else was so happy to see me and so kind and I felt my heart
 was full to bursting. Even Brother Ross snuck in afterwords in his
 "longer" kilt (to show respect) and said they still miss me. It was
 almost overwhelming but I didn't want to leave.  It still felt like my ward and I
 felt like I was home. Couldn't have asked for a better day: my
 strength was renewed and my joy was full. How wonderful to be a

 All the love


August 21st- 23rd - Varsity scout high adventure
September 3rd - Youth temple trip
September 9th - Ward party!! Dinner and activities, beginning at 6:00 at the Stake Center pavillion.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Week of August 10th

Purposes of Relief Society:
Increase Faith and Personal Righteousness
Seek Out and Help Those in Need
Strengthen Families and Homes

Lesson Review: Joseph Fielding Smith lesson #16, "Bringing up Children in Light and Truth"
Doctrine: "The first duty pertaining to the training of the children of the Church belongs in the home."

Invitation to Action: 
What are some things you and your family are doing well?  In what ways might you improve? What can you do to help the youth of the Church strengthen their testimonies?

Promised Blessings:
"If parents have done all in their power to teach their children correctly by example and precept and the children then go astray, the parents will not be held responsible..."

"The adversary is using every clever device, influence, and power within his control to undermine and destroy [the family]. Only the gospel of Jesus Christ applied in family relationships will thwart this devilish destructiveness."

Lesson Schedule:
17th - Joseph Fielding Smith lesson #17
24th - Teaching for our time
31st - 5th Sunday - The Law of Chastity


In Relief Society, we had a discussion about family mealtime.  Sister Beck has some very motivating things to say about this topic!:
Powerful Nurturing

Mothers, who are "primarily responsible for the nurture of their children," can be a powerful force for strengthening families when they use mealtimes to gather loved ones.  They follow the example of the Savior to calm, teach, and help their families remember important things as they feed, cultivate, educate, and rear at the consecrated tables in their homes."

I also thought this was a fantastic article, from the 1998 Ensign:

Also, if you need some new recipe ideas for your family meals, check out the recipes on this blog!  I try to frequently up-date those with tried and true favorites.
Camomiles in the shape of heart
We still have three more weeks to do our visiting teaching, but that time could be lost before we know it with all the distractions that the end of summer brings! Please get your visiting teaching appointments scheduled, and continue to think about an act of kindness that you can perform for those that you visit teach.

Most of us, at one time or another, need materials from our church library.  Sometimes it's easy to take for granted the resources that can be found there, and these wonderful ladies that are there to help us out with what we need:
Sisters Michelle P. and Rae J.  Also serving in the library (but  not pictured) are Sister Talisha M., and Kera D.
Along with this calling, these ladies often give up class times and the associations that can bring; but they love this calling!!!  They say it is the best in the church. Often times when I am forced into the hall with an extra-noisy baby, I stop in and chat with them a bit. They are such great ladies doing such a wonderful service!  Stop in and say hi for yourselves sometime.


4th - Madeline Jonson
7th - Barbara Walters
11th - Cindy Sharp
23rd - Amy Nef
28th - Shandell Hinckley
30th - Carolyn Wright
31st - Deena McNair
August 21st- 23rd - Varsity scout high adventure
September 3rd - Youth temple trip
September 9th - Ward party!! Dinner and activities, beginning at 6:00 at the Stake Center pavillion.

Special information:
For anyone considering going back to school, the Church Education System has the "Pathways" program as an option. Following is a brief explanation of what the Pathway program is:
Pathway classes are conducted online, but students also gather in small groups at least weekly at their local Institute of Religion to work on course assignments and collaborate on educational activities. Husband and wife teams serving as volunteer missionaries in each location donate their time to help these students and provide additional support. After a sequence of preparatory courses, Pathway students can be officially admitted to BYU-Idaho and continue on to earn certificates as well as associate and bachelor's degrees.

For more information, please visit their site at: