Monday, September 15, 2014

Weekly Update - September 14th - September 20th


Faith

Lesson Review:

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


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:

 

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:  

 https://www.lds.org/manual/teachings-of-presidents-of-the-church-joseph-fielding-smith/chapter-18-living-by-every-word-that-proceeds-from-the-mouth-of-god?lang=eng

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:  https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2014/04/if-ye-love-me-keep-my-commandments?lang=eng

 

FAMILY

"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:
https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2005/10/what-matters-most-is-what-lasts-longest?lang=eng


RELIEF

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:  drbennett1@hotmail.com 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!

Family:
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)


Relief:

 

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


Faith


Lesson Review:

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


Doctrine:

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: "https://www.lds.org/prophets-and-apostles/unto-all-the-world/to-sweep-the-earth-as-with-a-flood?lang=eng"


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


FAMILY


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


RELIEF


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

FAITH
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

FAMILY
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:)

RELIEF
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
 missionary!

 All the love

 Caitlyn

Calendaring:
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
FAITH

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

FAMILY
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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:
https://www.lds.org/ensign/1998/09/mealtime-family-time?lang=eng



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.
RELIEF
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.

SPECIAL SPOTLIGHT:
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.

HAPPY AUGUST  BIRTHDAYS!!!

4th - Madeline Jonson
7th - Barbara Walters
11th - Cindy Sharp
23rd - Amy Nef
28th - Shandell Hinckley
30th - Carolyn Wright
31st - Deena McNair
Calendaring:
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: http://www.byui.edu/about/defining-aspects/pathway

Week of August 3rd

Purposes of Relief Society:
Increase Faith and Personal Righteousness
Seek Out and Help Those in Need
Strengthen Families and Homes
FAITH
Lesson Review:
We had a fantastic lesson on perseverance, but I can't trace down which talk the lesson came from! I will definitely "persevere" and have this section up for next weeks lesson though!!

FAMILY

Feeling the security and constancy of love from a spouse, a parent, or a child is a rich blessing. Such love nurtures and sustains faith in God. Such love is a source of strength and casts out fear (see 1 John 4:18). Such love is the desire of every human soul.
We can become more diligent and concerned at home as we express love—and consistently show it.
Elder Bednar
RELIEF
Please be thinking about a simple act of kindness that you can do for the ladies that you Visit Teach! Our goal is that every lady in the ward feels loved this month!
The best antidote I know for worry is work. The best cure for weariness is the challenge of helping someone who is even more tired.

Calendaring:
August
3rd - President's Message
5th - First day of Girl's camp
10th - Joseph Fielding Smith #16
17th - Joseph Fielding Smith #17
24th - Teaching For Our Time
31st - 5th Sunday - "The Law of Chastity

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Week of July 27th

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

Lesson Review: "Love - the Essence of the Gospel" by President Monson

Key Doctrine: "We cannot truly love God if we do not love our fellow travelers on this mortal journey.  Likewise, we cannot fully love our fellowmen if we do not love God, the Father of us all."

"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  
"This is the first and great commandment.
"And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
"There is none other commandment greater than these."

Invitations to Action – What opportunities are you given in your everyday life to show love and kindness to those around you?


"We must remember that those mortals we meet in parking lots, offices, elevators, and elsewhere are that portion of mankind that God has given us to love and to serve." 

"Some of our greatest opportunities to demonstrate our love will be within the walls of our own homes."

"I would hope that we would strive always to be considerate and to be sensitive to the thoughts and feelings and circumstances of those around us. Let us not demean or belittle.  Rather, let us be compassionate and encouraging.  We must be careful that we do not destroy another person's confidence through careless words or actions."

Promised Blessings - "Charity is the pure love of Christ,...and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him."

*Please see the “Relief” section of our blog for a follow-up to our lesson on love.


FAMILY

Protection From Pornography – A Christ-Focused Home

“The greatest filter in the world...is the personal internal filter that comes from a deep and abiding testimony.”


RELIEF

As a follow-up to our lesson on Sunday, we are encouraging every one to focus on a simple act of love or kindness you can do for the sisters you visit teach this month. Our goal is that every sister in this ward have some act of love shown to her in the month of August. We encourage you to seek inspiration in this endeavor!

Calendaring:

August

3rd - President's Message
5th - First day of Girl's camp
10th - Joseph Fielding Smith #16
17th - Joseph Fielding Smith #17
24th - Teaching For Our Time
31st - 5th Sunday - "The Law of Chastity

September

7th - President's Message
14th - Joseph Fielding Smith #18
18th - Relief Society Activity!
21st - Joseph Fielding Smith #19
28th - Teaching For Our Time