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


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Week of July 22nd

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 15; "Eternal Marriage"

Key Doctrine: "The fullness and blessings of the Priesthood and Gospel grow out of Celestial marriage. This is the crowning ordinance of the Gospel and crowning ordinance of the temple."

Invitation to Action: What does it mean to be faithful and true to the marriage covenant? What are some things parents can do to "teach their children the sacredness of the marriage covenant?" (For ideas, see the "FAMILY" section of this blog.)

Promised Blessings: "As husband and wife faithfully observe all the ordinances and principles of the gospel, their joy in marriage grows sweeter."

Lesson Schedule:
July 27th - Teachings for our time - "Love - the Essence of the Gospel" from President Monson's General Conference talk in April (2014)


FAMILY
In Relief Society during the lesson, we were discussing what we can teach our children about the temple.  Sister Briggs brought up a talk given by President Benson entitled:
What I Hope You Will Teach Your Children About the Temple:

https://www.lds.org/ensign/1985/08/what-i-hope-you-will-teach-your-children-about-the-temple?lang=eng
For those who are interested, click on the link above and read it.  It is great!

RELIEF
Some quotes from Linda K. Burton, Relief Society general president:

"When each of us has the doctrine of the Atonement written deep in our hearts, then we will begin to become the kind of people the Lord wants us to be when he comes again.  He will recognize us as His true disciples."

"Making, keeping, and rejoicing in covenants will be the evidence that the Atonement of Jesus Christ is truly written in the hearts of Latter-day Saint women."


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Week of July 13th

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 #14, "The Gift of the Holy Ghost"
Doctrine:
"We may after baptism and confirmation become companions of the Holy Ghost who will teach us the ways of the Lord, quicken our minds and help us to understand the truth."

Invitation to Action:
What can we do to prepare to receive the companionship of the Holy Ghost?

Promised Blessings:
"We come back to the presence of God our Father, at last, through the guidance of the Holy Ghost."

Lesson Schedule:

July 20th - Joseph Fielding Smith #15: "Eternal Marriage"
July 27th - Teachings for our time

FAMILY

July Youth Curriculum: Ordinances and Covenants

July Primary Curriculum: We Become Members of The Church Through Baptism and Confirmation

RELIEF
We are already half-way through the month!  If you have not gone Visiting Teaching yet this month, take some time to ponder this question from the lesson before you go: "As a disciple of Jesus Christ, how does the message of His life and mission help you minister to your sisters?"

Sister Spotlight:

I am so excited to introduce Shantelle Oliphant to you! As I have talked with Shantelle, I have been impressed with what a capable person she is. She has been married for two years to her husband, David, and is the mother to two daughters:  Emerson, (9), and Kamryn (7).  She is also expecting a baby in January!  She is the step-mom to five children: Alison (16), Emily (15), Rachel (10), Phillip (9), and Daniel (3).

l-r - Emily, Rachel, Emerson, David holding Daniel, Cameron kneeling, Shantelle, Phillip and Alison

After talking to Shantelle a little, I realized that she had a slight accent, and no wonder!  She has been all over the world.  She figures that the accent is a result of learning to talk while living in Germany as a young child of 3-5. After Germany her family lived in Utah.  Then, Shantell served a mission in Brazil, and later taught at an international school in Malasia.  She taught first grade while living in Hawaii.  She has also traveled the world when she worked for Delta Airlines in marketing. Currently she teaches at Lincoln Elementary here in town while she works on her Doctorate degree! Whew!  I don't know how she does it all. 

Welcome to the ward, Shantelle.  We are glad that you are here!

BIRTHDAYS
Happy Birthday Cake and balloons

I realized this morning that I failed to get the birthdays from earlier in the month put on the blog.  Happy belated birthdays to: Malinda T (July 2), Jennifer B. (July 4), Kera D. (July 5), Afton W. (July 5).

Happy up-coming birthdays to: Andrea M. (July 17), Debbie L. (July 25), Rae J. (July 27) and Diane P. (July 28)!


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Week of July 6th

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

FAITH
Lesson Review: "Women of Righteousness" by Elder Ballard
Doctrine: More than ever we need women of faith, virtue, vision, and charity who can hear and who will respond to the voice of the Lord.

Invitation to Action: 
"Never lose your precious identity by doing anything that would jeopardize the promised eternal future your Heavenly Father has provided for you."

Between now and the day the Lord comes again, He needs women in every family, in every ward, in every community, in every nation who will step forward in righteousness and say by their words and their actions, “Here am I, send me.”

Promised Blessings:
I make you a promise. It is a simple one, but it is true. If you will listen to the living prophet and the apostles and heed our counsel, you will not go astray.


Lesson Schedule:
 July 13th - Joseph Fielding Smith #14 - The Gift of the Holy Ghost
July 20th - Joseph Fielding Smith #15 - Eternal Marriage
July 27th - Teachings For Our Time