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 Cameron (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

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Week of June 22nd



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

FAITH
Lesson Review: "Be Strong and of a Good Courage" by President Monson
Doctrine: "In order for us to make the correct decisions, courage is needed"

Invitation to Action:
"We will most certainly be called upon to defend that which we believe.  Will we have the courage to do so?"

"None of us would wish to wear such a label (hypocrite), and yet are we reluctant to declare our faith in some circumstances?"

Promised Blessings:
"As we move forward, striving to live as we should, we will surely receive help from the Lord and find comfort in His words."

"I love his promise recorded in the book of Joshua: "I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee...
"...Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest."
Lesson Schedule:
 June 29th - 5th Sunday lesson on covenants we make in the temple. 
 July 6th - President's Instruction
 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

FAMILY
Youth Curriculum: Priesthood and Priesthood keys

RELIEF

Visiting Teaching:

This month the Visiting Teaching message is:  The Divine Mission of Jesus Christ:  Minister
Sister Linda K. Burton has said, "To help us better [minister to] one another, I would like to suggest four words to remember:  First observe, then serve." Following this council, please think specifically about the Sisters you visit.  What small act of service or kindness could you render that would bless them in the next few weeks?
 
Heather J, one of our Visiting Teaching Supervisors shares this thought within which is a great example of "first observe, then serve":
"One day I was talking to one of our children about a job that they were going to do. I told them
that sometimes I think to myself, "If I don't do it, then who will?  I told them that if they thought about their cleaning chores in that way, they would be more careful to clean every nook and cranny.  If we think about visiting teaching in that way, we might understand better how important our responsibility is to watch over our sisters.

The Lord needs us. I have heard a few talks lately where the speaker will say, "The Lord doesn't need us.  He could accomplish His purposes without us."  Although I understand what they are trying to say, I also completely disagree.  We are the Lord's hands on the Earth.  He needs us in order to accomplish His work.  One of the ways that we can help Him is through visiting teaching.  The Relief Society President can't get into every home to visit every sister every month. Visiting teaching is such a divinely inspired concept and is designed to benefit both the person visiting and the person being visited.

When we faithfully visit our sisters, we will feel a greater love for them and our Savior and they will feel the Lord's love through you.  I was impressed with Brother Kirkham's talk in church today.  We do not know who amongst us needs a loving arm around them or a friend to talk to. Visiting teaching is one way that we can meet those needs.  I liked how he talked about his friendship with his home teacher and how the two of them had very little in common, yet they were able to find common ground and build a friendship from there.  I am sure that each of us has been assigned to visit someone that we felt like we had nothing in common with.  But we are all sisters and through consecutive visits we can find common ground.

Last year I was put in charge of the stakes Fourth of July float.  My visiting teacher didn't even ask me if she could come and visit me in June.  Instead, she asked me if her and her companion could come and help me work on the float one morning.  They did, and we had a nice visit as we worked together.  I was impressed that she knew beforehand what was going on in my life and understood that my need wasn't sitting down in my living room and having a formal visit.

One of the reasons that the Lord gave us visiting teaching is so that we would have to take time for each other.  He knew that our lives were going to be busy and that we would need something that would remind us that we need to care for one another.  And in the end "If we don't let our sisters know that someone cares, who will?" Perhaps, no one."

From Our Leaders:


“I love the women of the Church, young and old. I have seen your strength. I have seen your faith. You have something to give and are willing to give it. You do this without fanfare or publicity, drawing attention to the God we worship, not yourselves, and with no thought of what you will receive. That’s what disciples do!” —Linda K. Burton
Announcements: 
*We  welcome Shantell Stromberg and her family into our ward! They will be moving into Kerry and Grethe Powell's home.  
 *The Powell's have some items that they no longer need.  If you are interested, please check the Blog for a list of these items.

Service Needed:

We are grateful for the miracles that have taken place in the lives of the Haslam family.  They are all home and mending well.  Over the next several weeks, they will have need of help with meals and other service in their home.  Sister Barbara Smith is organizing that endeavor.  Please contact Barbara Smith or April Evans if you are able to help in any way with those needs. 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Week of June 15

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 #13 "Baptism"
Pinned because I like this baptism picture. Website includes a story related by Pres. Monson of his Baptism
Doctrine: "Baptism, the third principle and first ordinance of the Gospel, is essential to salvation and exaltation in the kingdom of God."

Invitation to Action: Ponder your efforts to keep the baptismal covenant.  How does this covenant influence your interactions with family members and others?

Promised Blessings: "That is what baptism is for; (entrance into the celestial kingdom) that is what the gift of the Holy Ghost, by the laying on of hands, is for - to prepare us that we may, through obedience, continue on and on, keeping the commandments of the Lord, until we shall receive the fulness in the celestial kingdom."

lesson Schedule:

June 22nd - Teaching For Our Time "Be Strong And Of A Good Courage" President Monson
June 29th - 5th Sunday Lesson

FAMILY
Youth Curriculum: Priesthood and Priesthood keys

RELIEF
Announcements:
*Relief Society temple activity this Thursday (June 19th) - 6:45 session.

*New family! Shantell Stromberg and her family will be moving into Kerry and Grethe Powell's home this month.

*June 25-29 - Youth conference at Martin's cove

*We are going to miss Grethe!  As Grethe is moving, she has run into some things that she needs to get rid of.  Call her if you are interested in any of the following items:
-over the stove white microwave
-large desk with glass top (older)
-26" girls mountain bike
-desk for a child's room
-refrigerator (she has used it as a second frig in the garage.  Works well)
-temple dress that has never been worn; size 10
-6 drawer dresser
-A designer wedding dress, size 10-12

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Week of June 8


Purposes of Relief Society:
Increase Faith and Personal Righteousness
Seek Out and Help Those in Need
Strengthen Families and Homes
FAITH
{I was home with a sick baby Sunday.  I will post about the lesson here as soon as I get some information about it!}

Lesson Schedule:

June 15th - Joseph Fielding Smith #13 - Baptism
June 22nd - Teaching For Our Time "Be Strong And Of A Good Courage" President Monson
June 29th - 5th Sunday Lesson

Relief:

As many of you know, Sarah Haslem and her children were involved in a car accident this past Sunday.  Annabelle and Stephen have concussions, but were released from the hospital following the accident.  Sarah, Emily, and Josh have been hospitalized this week.  Sarah and Emily have been in the Idaho Falls Hospital, and Josh has been at Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake.  We are happy to report that both Sarah and Josh have had successful surgeries and that Emily is healing well from her lung injury and compression fractures in her back.  We do not know yet when they will be coming home.  Sarah broke several vertebrae in her neck and shattered her left hand.  She will have many weeks of recovery following her release from the hospital.  Our Compassionate Service Leaders will be organizing meals and help with other needs around the house over the next several weeks.  We will be sending a sign-up sheet around in Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary.  If you have questions about how you can help, or would like to sign up for meals or help with other needs, please contact either Barbara Smith or April Evans.

We also ask you to continue to remember their family in your prayers.
Visiting Teaching:


Something to Give:

https://www.lds.org/callings/relief-society/visiting-teaching-messages?lang=eng 

Announcements:

*Relief Society Temple Activity:
 

Please meet us at the Temple on June 19th for a 6:45 p.m. temple session.

      *New Family:
A new family will be moving into Kerry and Grethe Powell's home this month.  Please welcome Shantelle Stromberg and her family into our ward!

Idaho Falls Home Storage Center Open House:

Wednesday, June 18 6:00 pm - 8:00pm and Saturday, June 21st 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 
The Idaho Falls ID Bishop Storehouse and Home Storage Center Operating Committee, which is the Idaho Falls East Stake, has decided to have an Open House for the Home Storage Center.  The purpose is to help member be aware that the Home Storage Center is open and available to them.  With the closure of the Cannery, a large majority of the membership thought that the Home Storage Center was closed as well. The Home Storage Center support the long-term storage items, like wheat, beans, rice etc.  There are 23 different items.  
 There will be tasting tables where members can taste some of the products that are available for them to use in their food storage program, ie: (Hot Cocoa, Fruit Drink Mix, Potato Pearls, Pancake Mix and other products). 
Idaho Falls is one of the twelve remaining full service facilities that offers Bulk Product, Pre-Packaged Product and Self-Canning of the Church’s Product and loner can sealers that members can check out and can products at their homes. For more information about prices, call or visit the Idaho Falls Cannery! 

                            Phone:  529-2201
770 W. Anderson, Idaho Falls ID 83402
Regular Hours: M - Th 8:00am-4:00pm & Friday 8:00am - 2:00pm
(Please Make Appointments to help with scheduling)
Evenings & Saturdays: T - F 6:00pm - 8:00pm & Sat. 8:00as - 2:00pm
(by Appointment Only)

June Calendar: 
19th Relief Society Temple Activity

25th - 28th - Youth Conference- Trek at Martin's Cove



Sunday, June 1, 2014

Week of June 1st

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 12 "The Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood"
Doctrine: "The blessings of the Lord are offered to the Saints and to the world through the ministrations of those who hold his holy priesthood, who represent him."

Invitation to action: President Smith said that priesthood holders have a greater incentive to strive for eternal life when they understand their covenants and the Lord's promises.  How is this true for all members of the church?

Promised blessings: "The blessings of the Lord are offered to all people through the ministrations of those who hold His holy priesthood."

"What a glorious thing it is to know that the Lord has offered to each of us the fullness of the priesthood, and has promised us that if we will receive this priesthood and magnify our callings, we shall gain an everlasting inheritance with him in his kingdom!"

Lesson Schedule:

June 8th - President's Instruction - Sister Rigby
June 15th - Joseph Fielding Smith #13 - Baptism
June 22nd - Teaching For Our Time
June 29th - 5th Sunday Lesson

FAMILY
If you wonder what your children will be learning this month in the youth and primary auxillaries, please follow the links below:

Youth Curriculum: Priesthood and Priesthood keys

Here are some pictures from the Young Women's retreat to Salt Lake City!  
Primary Children's blanket donation
Tabernacle tour
Welfare Square tour
Christus Statue

 Primary Curriculum: Priesthood Ordinances and Temple Work Bless My Family

Also, I wanted to share something that I read, studied, and taught to my family last month!  It has helped reinforce in my mind the importance of righteous parenting and protecting and defending the family.

One of my favorite paragraphs:

'The role of mother and father is best understood in light of the overall plan of salvation. Brigham Young taught: “The Lord created you and me for the purpose of becoming Gods like Himself; when we have been proved in our present capacity, and been faithful with all things He puts into our possession.” Among the most important things God has put into our possession centers on the family. God has given to each of us a portion of His power to create. In so doing, men and women have the capacity to create mortal bodies for God’s spirit children. Upon the creation of a mortal body, parents begin one of the most important tests of not only mortality but of their eternal existence: to see if they will do all they can to raise a righteous family. Ultimately, it is through righteous parenthood that men and women can prove themselves worthy of godhood, for I believe that the ultimate test of godhood is parenthood!'

So powerful! I hope you take the time to read it for yourselves:)
RELIEF
Up-coming events:

Youth Conference - Trek to Martin's Cove
Wednesday June 25th - Saturday June 28th

Upcoming dates for Relief Society Activities:

June 19th - Temple Activity - We would like to attend a Temple session together @ 6:45 p.m.

September 11th  - To Be Announced

November 6th - To Be Announced