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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Weekly Update June 21st - June 27th

FAITH

"Seek the Spirit in All You Do"
Chapter 12 Ezra Taft Benson Lesson


Doctrine:

“We must remain open and sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Ghost in all aspects of our lives.”
 
Spirituality—being in tune with the Spirit of the Lord—is the greatest need we all have. We should strive for the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost all the days of our lives. When we have the Spirit, we will love to serve, we will love the Lord, and we will love those with whom we serve, and those whom we serve.

 

 

Invitation to Action: 



Spirituality—being in tune with the Spirit of the Lord—is the greatest need we all have. We should strive for the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost all the days of our lives. When we have the Spirit, we will love to serve, we will love the Lord, and we will love those with whom we serve, and those whom we serve.

This latter-day work is spiritual. It takes spirituality to comprehend it, to love it, and to discern it. Therefore seek the Spirit in all you do. Keep it with you continually. That is our challenge.

Pray to Heavenly Father to bless you with His Spirit at all times. We often call the Spirit the Holy Ghost. … The Holy Ghost helps you to choose the right. The Holy Ghost will protect you from evil. He whispers to you in a still, small voice to do right. When you do good, you feel good, and that is the Holy Ghost speaking to you. The Holy Ghost is a wonderful companion. He is always there to help you.

How do we obtain the Spirit? “By the prayer of faith,” says the Lord [D&C 42:14]. Therefore, we must pray with sincerity and real intent. We must pray for increased faith and pray for the Spirit to accompany our teaching. We should ask the Lord for forgiveness.

Search the scriptures diligently in personal study every day. Daily scripture study invites the Spirit.
 
Read and study the scriptures. The scriptures should be studied in the home with fathers and mothers taking the lead and setting the example. The scriptures are to be comprehended by the power of the Holy Ghost, for the Lord has given this promise to His faithful and obedient: “Thou mayest know the mysteries and peaceable things.” (D&C 42:61.)

We cannot know God and Jesus without studying about them and then doing their will. This course leads to additional revealed knowledge which, if obeyed, will eventually lead us to further truths. If we follow this pattern, we will receive further light and joy, eventually leading into God’s presence, where we, with Him, will have a fulness.



 
Promised Blessings:

Listen to the spiritual promise: “All saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, … shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures.” (D&C 89:18, 19; italics added.)

Some have thought this promise was contingent on just keeping the provisions of the Word of Wisdom. But you will notice we must walk in obedience to all the commandments. Then we shall receive specific spiritual promises. This means we must obey the law of tithing, keep the Sabbath day holy, keep morally clean and chaste, and obey all other commandments.
 
When we do all this, the promise is: They “shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures.” (D&C 89:19.)



 
 Read, study, or listen to the entire lesson here:  
 
 
 
 
An article was written in the January 2015 LDS Living Magazine highlighting this lesson.  You can read it here:
 
 
 

FAMILY

 
Sister Linda K. Burton, General President of the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, gave some inspiring council to young mothers and other busy LDS Church members relating to family history. “As we live—raising children, working jobs, caring for parents, fulfilling Church callings, and serving in our communities—we are putting together the puzzle of our lives, creating our own family history. Try adding small and simple things to intensify the Spirit of Elijah in your life and draw your family closer on both sides of the veil.”

She went on to say, “Think of the things you’re already doing and just make a small tweak. Piece by piece the puzzle will come together. If you don’t know how to fit in family history ask the Lord to help you.”

Here are a few ways you put her ideas to work:

Family Home Evening Fun

Energize your family with a fun family history lesson for family home evening. Visit LDS.org to discover lesson plans, videos, and activities that can help bring your family history to life.

It’s Sunday Afternoon—Help!

Sunday afternoon can feel like an eternity for parents AND children. Discover ideas for transforming those long afternoon hours into enriching family history time that will pay eternal dividends.

Discover Your Family Tree

Visit your family tree on FamilySearch.org to see what has already been added and preserved. You might find ancestor photos or stories that you’ve never seen before. What you find can be shared with family near and far. If your tree is a little thin, simple tools help you add what you know.
Sister Burton concluded, “He’ll (The Lord) show you the small and simple things that will draw your family closer together on both sides of the veil.”
 
 

 RELIEF 

 



SWEEPING THE EARTH AS IF A FLOOD:

 
 
Whatever our age, capacity, church calling, or location, we are as one, called to the work to help him in his harvest of souls until he comes again.
 


 
 
 

 

Relief Society Announcements: 

 
Reminders:
 
*Please remember to pray for the Sisters you visit teach!
 
*As we continue to focus on Sabbath Day observance, we are working to help create a spirit of reverence in the Chapel as we prepare for the Sacrament.  Elder Oaks has taught:  This is not a time for conversation or transmission of messages but a period of prayerful meditation as . . . members prepare spiritually for the sacrament. . . .

The promise is that “When we do this, we are qualified for the companionship and revelation of the Spirit.  This is the way we get direction for our lives and peace along the way.”

Announcements:
 
*We want to make you aware of the pancake breakfast and 5K race on Saturday, June 27th at Beaver Dick Park in behalf of Graycee Roberts.  If you would like to volunteer or need more information, please contact Dana Rae Bennett @ 351-7083.
*For our Relief Society Activity in the month of July, we invite you to choose a day to invite someone to attend the Temple with you.  That may be your spouse, or a friend, your visiting teaching companion, or the sisters you visit teach.  You may want to attend a session, do sealings, initiatory work, or Temple baptisms.  We just invite you to make an effort to go sometime in the next month and to invite someone to go with you!
 
*We have the assignment to provide FHE for the Care Center on July 30that 7:00 p.m.  The program should last about 30 minutes.  If your family would be interested in providing this service, would you please email or call Wendy – monet@ida.net / 356-3531.

Calendar:

June 28th - "Blessings of the Temple" by President Monson
July 5th - President's Message
July 12th - Ezra Taft Benson - "Priceless Blessings of the House of the Lord"
July 21st - Ezra Taft Benson - "Marriage and Family - Ordained of God"
July 26th - Teachings For Our Time

 
Recipes on the blog:

If you have a recipe you would like to share send them to:  drbennett1@hotmail.com or call or text them to 208-351-7083. We would love to have your favorite holiday recipes!

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

Visit the Relief Society blog:  www.burton4thrs.blogspot.com





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Friday, May 29, 2015

Weekly Update May 24th - May 30th

FAITH

"The Sabbath is a Delight"
April 2015 Conference Talk by Russell M Nelson


Doctrine:

Though the doctrine pertaining to the Sabbath day is of ancient origin, it has been renewed in these latter days as part of a new covenant with a promise. Listen to the power of this divine decree:
“That thou mayest more fully keep thyself unspotted from the world, thou shalt go to the house of prayer and offer up thy sacraments upon my holy day;
 
“For verily this is a day appointed unto you to rest from your labors, and to pay thy devotions unto the Most High. …
 
“And on this day … let thy food be prepared with singleness of heart that thy fasting may be perfect, … that thy joy may be full. …"
 
 
 
Invitation to Action: 

How can you ensure that your behavior on the Sabbath will lead to joy and rejoicing? In addition to your going to church, partaking of the sacrament, and being diligent in your specific call to serve, what other activities would help to make the Sabbath a delight for you? What sign will you give to the Lord to show your love for Him?
 
The Sabbath provides a wonderful opportunity to strengthen family ties. After all, God wants each of us, as His children, to return to Him as endowed Saints, sealed in the temple as families, to our ancestors, and to our posterity.
 
We make the Sabbath a delight when we teach the gospel to our children. Our responsibility as parents is abundantly clear. The Lord said, “Inasmuch as parents have children in Zion … that teach them not to understand the doctrine of repentance, faith in Christ the Son of the living God, and of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of the hands, when eight years old, the sin be upon the heads of the parents.”
 
 
In addition to time with family, you can experience true delight on the Sabbath from family history work. Searching for and finding family members who have preceded you on earth—those who did not have an opportunity to accept the gospel while here—can bring immense joy.
 
Make the Sabbath a delight by rendering service to others, especially those who are not feeling well or those who are lonely or in need.   Lifting their spirits will lift yours as well.
 
Not pursuing your “own pleasure” on the Sabbath requires self-discipline. You may have to deny yourself of something you might like. If you choose to delight yourself in the Lord, you will not permit yourself to treat it as any other day. Routine and recreational activities can be done some other time.
 
 
 
Promised Blessings:

“And inasmuch as ye do these things with thanksgiving, with cheerful hearts and countenances, … the fulness of the earth is yours.”
 
Imagine the scope of that statement! The fulness of the earth is promised to those who keep the Sabbath day holy.  No wonder Isaiah called the Sabbath “a delight.”
 
 
 
 Read, study, or listen to the entire talk here:  
 
 
 

FAMILY


  
 Sister Chery Esplin started off April's conference with her talk, "Filling Our Homes with Light and Truth."  She had a fun demonstration using pop cans that helped teach this gospel topic.
 
When filled with the Spirit and with gospel truth, we have the power to withstand the outside forces of the world that surround and push against us. However, if we are not filled spiritually, we don’t have the inner strength to resist the outside pressures and can collapse when forces push against us.
Satan knows that in order for us and our families to withstand the pressures of the world, we must be filled with light and gospel truth. So he does everything in his power to dilute, distort, and destroy the truth of the gospel and to keep us separated from that truth.
 
Many of us have been baptized and have received the gift of the Holy Ghost, whose role it is to reveal and teach the truth of all things.2 With the privilege of that gift comes the responsibility to seek truth, to live the truth we know, and to share and defend the truth.
 
 
One place where we best seek to be filled with light and truth is in our own homes. The words in the chorus of the song we heard remind us, “God gave us families to help us become what He wants us to be.”3 Families are the Lord’s workshop on earth to help us learn and live the gospel. We come into our families with a sacred duty to help strengthen each other spiritually.

Strong eternal families and Spirit-filled homes do not just happen. They take great effort, they take time, and they take each member of the family doing his or her part. Every home is different, but every home where even one individual seeks for truth can make a difference.
 
We are continually counseled to increase our spiritual knowledge through prayer and through studying and pondering the scriptures and the words of the living prophets.
 
Read or listen to her entire talk here: 
 

 

 RELIEF 

  

 
This coming Sunday will be our Visiting Teaching Conference.  We have been invited to watch the following videos in preparation for the topics to be presented:
 
Making Families Stronger: (1:50)
 
 
Focusing On Others: (1:31)
 
 
Questions To Ponder: (2:01)
 
 
 
There are occasionally good works that take place in our community that we would like to make you aware of!  Sister Dana Rae Bennett  is heading up a fundraiser to help raise funds to purchase a needed handicapped van for Graycee Roberts.  Upcoming events include a garage sale on June 13th and a 5K Pancake Breakfast and Auction on June 27th.  If you are interested in helping, please contact Dana Rae @ 351-7083.   There is also a Facebook page set up for Graycee called, "Driving Miss Graycee":  www.facebook.com/drivingmissgraycee.  Updates will be posted on this page of fundraising efforts and details, times, and dates of each one.


SWEEPING THE EARTH AS IF A FLOOD:

 

"Imagine what we can do in the world if we all join together, united as followers of Christ.  Simple daily acts of service...when considered collectively...will sweeten and nourish the world with the life sustaining nectar of faith, hope and charity."
-Elder Russell Ballard
 
 

 

Relief Society Announcements: 

Lesson Schedule:
 
May 31st – Visiting Teaching Conference
June 7th - Ezra Taft Benson #11 - “Follow The Living Prophet”
June 14th - Ward Conference
June 21st - Ezra Taft Benson #12 - “Seek the Spirit in All You Do”
June 28th - Teachings For Our Time

 
 
Recipes on the blog:

If you have a recipe you would like to share send them to:  drbennett1@hotmail.com or call or text them to 208-351-7083. We would love to have your favorite holiday recipes!

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

Visit the Relief Society blog:  www.burton4thrs.blogspot.com





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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Weekly Update May 17th - May 23rd

FAITH

"Flooding the Earth and Our Lives with the Book of Mormon"
Ezra Taft Benson - Lesson 10


Doctrine:



The Book of Mormon … was written for our day. The Nephites never had the book; neither did the Lamanites of ancient times. It was meant for us. Mormon wrote near the end of the Nephite civilization. Under the inspiration of God, who sees all things from the beginning, he abridged centuries of records, choosing the stories, speeches, and events that would be most helpful to us.
Each of the major writers of the Book of Mormon testified that he wrote for future generations. … If they saw our day and chose those things which would be of greatest worth to us, is not that how we should study the Book of Mormon? We should constantly ask ourselves, “Why did the Lord inspire Mormon (or Moroni or Alma) to include that in his record? What lesson can I learn from that to help me live in this day and age?”
 
And there is example after example of how that question will be answered. For example, in the Book of Mormon we find a pattern for preparing for the Second Coming. A major portion of the book centers on the few decades just prior to Christ’s coming to America. By careful study of that time period, we can determine why some were destroyed in the terrible judgments that preceded His coming and what brought others to stand at the temple in the land of Bountiful and thrust their hands into the wounds of His hands and feet. 

  
Invitation to Action: 




Every Latter-day Saint should make the study of this book a lifetime pursuit. Otherwise, he is placing his soul in jeopardy and neglecting that which could give spiritual and intellectual unity to his whole life. There is a difference between a convert who is built on the rock of Christ through the Book of Mormon and stays hold on the iron rod, and one who [is] not.
 
We have an increasing number who have been convinced, through the Book of Mormon, that Jesus is the Christ. Now we need an increasing number who will use the Book of Mormon to become committed to Christ. We need to be convinced and committed.
 
… My beloved brethren and sisters, let us read the Book of Mormon and be convinced that Jesus is the Christ. Let us continually reread the Book of Mormon so that we might more fully come to Christ, be committed to Him, centered in Him, and consumed in Him.
 
I have a conviction: The more we teach and preach from the Book of Mormon, the more we shall please the Lord and the greater will be our power of speaking. By so doing, we shall greatly increase our converts, both within the Church and among those we proselyte. … Our commission then is to teach the principles of the gospel which are in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. “These shall be their teachings, as they shall be directed by the Spirit” (D&C 42:13).
 
The Book of Mormon is the instrument that God designed to “sweep the earth as with a flood, to gather out [His] elect.” (Moses 7:62.) This sacred volume of scripture needs to become more central in our preaching, our teaching, and our missionary work.
 
… In this age of the electronic media and the mass distribution of the printed word, God will hold us accountable if we do not now move the Book of Mormon in a monumental way.
We have the Book of Mormon, we have the members, we have the missionaries, we have the resources, and the world has the need. The time is now!
My beloved brothers and sisters, we hardly fathom the power of the Book of Mormon, nor the divine role it must play, nor the extent to which it must be moved. …
I challenge all of us to prayerfully consider steps that we can personally take to bring this new witness for Christ more fully into our own lives and into a world that so desperately needs it.
  
Promised Blessings:




It is not just that the Book of Mormon teaches us truth, though it indeed does that. It is not just that the Book of Mormon bears testimony of Christ, though it indeed does that, too. But there is something more. There is a power in the book which will begin to flow into your lives the moment you begin a serious study of the book. You will find greater power to resist temptation. You will find the power to avoid deception. You will find the power to stay on the strait and narrow path. The scriptures are called “the words of life” (D&C 84:85), and nowhere is that more true than it is of the Book of Mormon. When you begin to hunger and thirst after those words, you will find life in greater and greater abundance.

 Read, study, or listen to the entire lesson here:  
 
 
You can also view a few short videos.
 
 
 
 
I shared a talk given by Ezra Taft Benson in the October 1988 General Conference.  Here it is again since it goes along so well with this lesson:
 
 

FAMILY 

 
 
We have been challenged time and time again to read The Book of Mormon in our families.  I have personally noticed a huge difference in our home when we do.  The past few weeks we have studied the Book or Mormon and have learned about the many blessings it brings into our lives.  Is now the time for your family take another challenge to read it together?  Below is a few charts to help you complete it in your time frame and help you reach your goal. 

“We invite all men everywhere to read the Book of Mormon, to ponder in their hearts the message it contains, and then to ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ if the book is true. Those who pursue this course and ask in faith will gain a testimony of its truth and divinity by the power of the Holy Ghost. (See Moroni 10:3–5.)
 
“Those who gain this divine witness from the Holy Spirit will also come to know by the same power that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, that Joseph Smith is his revelator and prophet in these last days, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord’s kingdom once again established on the earth, preparatory to the second coming of the Messiah” (From the Introduction of the Book of Mormon).
 


 
We have also been invited to "Flood the Earth with the Book of Mormon."  Who do you know that you could share your testimony and this great gift with? 
   

 RELIEF 

 
 
Have you visited the churches new volunteer website?  I just happened to come across it last week.  There are some really fun ways we can all serve no matter what our experience, whatever stage of life we are in,  wherever we live, and wherever we would like to serve.  Below are some of the categories to choose from.
 

 

SWEEPING THE EARTH AS IF A FLOOD:

 

 


 

 

Relief Society Announcements: 

Lesson Schedule:
 
May 10th – Ezra Taft Benson  #9 – The Book of Mormon – Keystone of Our Religion
May 17th – Ezra Taft Benson #10 – Flooding the Earth and Our Lives with the Book of Mormon
May 24th – Teachings For Our Time - "The Sabbath Is a Delight" Russell Nelsons talk from the April conference
May 31st – 5th Sunday

Calendar Items:
  
Sunday May 31st – Visiting Teaching Conference
 
 

Congratulations to the 2015 Seminary Graduates!
 
 
Recipes on the blog:

If you have a recipe you would like to share send them to:  drbennett1@hotmail.com or call or text them to 208-351-7083. We would love to have your favorite holiday recipes!

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

Visit the Relief Society blog:  www.burton4thrs.blogspot.com





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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Weekly Update May 10th - May 16th

FAITH

"The Book of Mormon - Keystone of Our Religion"
Ezra Taft Benson - Lesson 9


Doctrine:

“Is there not something deep in our hearts that longs to draw nearer to God? … If so, then the Book of Mormon will help us do so more than any other book.”

 

The Book of Mormon is the keystone in our witness of Jesus Christ, who is Himself the cornerstone of everything we do. It bears witness of His reality with power and clarity. Unlike the Bible, which passed through generations of copyists, translators, and corrupt religionists who tampered with the text, the Book of Mormon came from writer to reader in just one inspired step of translation. Therefore, its testimony of the Master is clear, undiluted, and full of power. But it does even more. Much of the Christian world today rejects the divinity of the Savior. They question His miraculous birth, His perfect life, and the reality of His glorious resurrection. The Book of Mormon teaches in plain and unmistakable terms about the truth of all of those. It also provides the most complete explanation of the doctrine of the Atonement. Truly, this divinely inspired book is a keystone in bearing witness to the world that Jesus is the Christ

  
Invitation to Action: 


 
“Now we not only need to say more about the Book of Mormon, but we need to do more with it. Why? The Lord answers: ‘That they may bring forth fruit meet for their Father’s kingdom; otherwise there remaineth a scourge and judgment to be poured out upon the children of Zion’ [D&C 84:58]. We have felt that scourge and judgment!
 
“… The Book of Mormon has not been, nor is it yet, the center of our personal study, family teaching, preaching, and missionary work. Of this we must repent.”
 
“We have not been using the Book of Mormon as we should. Our homes are not as strong unless we are using it to bring our children to Christ. Our families may be corrupted by worldly trends and teachings unless we know how to use the book to expose and combat falsehoods. … Our missionaries are not as effective unless they are [teaching] with it. Social, ethical, cultural, or educational converts will not survive under the heat of the day unless their taproots go down to the fulness of the gospel which the Book of Mormon contains. Our Church classes are not as Spirit-filled unless we hold it up as a standard.”

  
Promised Blessings:



“I feel certain that if, in our homes, parents will read from the Book of Mormon prayerfully and regularly, both by themselves and with their children, the spirit of that great book will come to permeate our homes and all who dwell therein. The spirit of reverence will increase; mutual respect and consideration for each other will grow. The spirit of contention will depart. Parents will counsel their children in greater love and wisdom. Children will be more responsive and submissive to the counsel of their parents. Righteousness will increase. Faith, hope, and charity—the pure love of Christ—will abound in our homes and lives, bringing in their wake peace, joy, and happiness” (Ensign, May 1980, p. 67).
 
These promises—increased love and harmony in the home, greater respect between parent and child, increased spirituality and righteousness—are not idle promises, but exactly what the Prophet Joseph Smith meant when he said the Book of Mormon will help us draw nearer to God.


 Read, study, or listen to the entire lesson here:  
 
 
 
President Benson gave a conference talk in Oct. 1986 titled, "The Book of Mormon-Keystone of our Religion" that goes great with this lesson.  You can read it here:
 
 
 

FAMILY 

 
 
 
In the recent copy of the Church News there was an article entitled, "Friends Campaign Invites Children to "Give Us A Hand.""  - What a FUN idea to do as a family!

Hands, just like service, come in all sizes. The Friend magazine incorporates both into its new “Give Us a Hand” campaign.

The campaign, which was introduced in the January 2015 Friend and Liahona, encourages children to find ways to serve. It invites them to find and do an act of service and then trace their hand on a piece of paper, write their act of service on the handprint, and send it to the Friend or Liahona. Handprints are being published in both magazines during 2015 for children to see.

The inspiration for the campaign comes from President Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s April 2010 conference address entitled “You Are My Hands.” President Uchtdorf told the story of a certain statue of Jesus Christ damaged in World War II. The townsfolk, unable to replace the statue’s hands when restoring it, added these word s to the base: “You are my hands.”
 
The response to the “Give Us a Hand” campaign so far has been incredible. Already, more than 8,300 hands have come in from children all around the world, from Amsterdam to Argentina and from Bangkok to Brazil, with more arriving every day.
 
Families and entire Primaries have sent in handprints as well. When Michelle Rodgers of Folsom, California, saw the activity in the Friend, she thought it would be an excellent family home evening idea. “It was really easy and quick, and I thought, ‘Perfect, this is just what we need tonight.’”
 
If you would like to participate, learn more at https://www.lds.org/friend/2015/01/friends-who-care or at https://www.lds.org/liahona/2015/01/children/give-us-a-hand?lang=eng. Parent or guardian permission must be given to have the handprint appear in the magazines. Fill out the form on this page and send it in with the handprint and the child's photo so it can be used.  Join in to see just how much of a difference your hands and service can make!

Read the entire article here to see and read what some families are doing: 
https://www.lds.org/church/news/friend-campaign-invites-children-to-give-us-a-hand?cid=HP_TU_5-12-2015_dCN_fCNWS_xLIDyL2-3_&lang=eng

   

 RELIEF 

 
 
 
 
Isn't the Humanitarian efforts of the church amazing?  I just read about their new efforts in the Church News.
 
New LDS Charities Training Program to Improve Health of Mothers and Babies Worldwide!

Elza Kunelashvili, a midwife from Akhaltsikhe, Georgia, was on duty at the hospital when a baby was born with no heartbeat. The staff knew that the baby was most likely dead. As Elza took the baby in her hands, the situation changed.

Elza explained, “When I put him in my palm, I felt a heartbeat. Luckily I had taken a neonatal resuscitation training course…I started ventilating the baby with a bag and mask, and by the end of the first minute, he was alive. Just imagine my joy and the joy of his parents.

Read the entire article here:
https://www.lds.org/church/news/new-lds-charities-training-program-to-improve-health-of-mothers-and-babies-worldwide?cid=HP_TU_5-5-2015_dWEL_fCHAR_xLIDyH-3_&lang=eng

Learn more about the work of LDS Charities and the humanitarian arm of the church:

http://ldscharities.org/?lang=eng 
 

SWEEPING THE EARTH AS IF A FLOOD:

 
 
 

The most effective missionaries, member and full-time, always act out of love. … If we lack this love for others, we should pray for it. - Dallin H Oaks, "Sharing the Gospel" 
 
To proclaim the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ is a fundamental principle of the Christian faith. Three of the gospel writers report this direction by the Savior.
 
The book of Mark records: “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
 
“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned” (Mark 16:15–16).
 
Matthew quotes the Savior’s command, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matt. 28:19).
 
Luke states, “Thus it is written … that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations” (Luke 24:46–47).
 
President Gordon B. Hinckley has given the clarion call for our time. In a worldwide satellite address to missionaries and local leaders, he asked for “an infusion of enthusiasm” for missionary work “at every level in the Church” (“Find the Lambs, Feed the Sheep,” Ensign, May 1999, 107).
 
Though missionaries must continue their best efforts to find persons to teach, he declared that the “better way … is through the members of the Church” (105). He asked each of us to give our very best efforts to assisting missionaries in finding persons to teach. He also asked that each stake president and each bishop “accept full responsibility and accountability for the finding and friendshipping of investigators” within their units (107). President Hinckley also invoked the blessings of the Lord upon each of us “in meeting the tremendous challenge that is ours” (104).
Though it has been two and a half years since our president made this plea, most of us have not yet acted effectively upon his challenge.
 
As I have prayerfully studied President Hinckley’s words and pondered over how we can share the gospel, I have concluded that we need three things to fulfill our prophet’s challenge. First, we need a sincere desire to share the gospel. Second, we need divine assistance. Third, we need to know what to do.

 

 

Relief Society Announcements: 

Lesson Schedule:
 
May 10th – Ezra Taft Benson  #9 – The Book of Mormon – Keystone of Our Religion
May 17th – Ezra Taft Benson #10 – Flooding the Earth and Our Lives with the Book of Mormon
May 24th – Teachings For Our Time
May 31st – 5th Sunday

Calendar Items:
  
Sunday May 17th – Seminary Graduation.  6 p.m. at the Stake Center
Sunday May 31st – Visiting Teaching Conference
 
 
 
 
Recipes on the blog:

If you have a recipe you would like to share send them to:  drbennett1@hotmail.com or call or text them to 208-351-7083. We would love to have your favorite holiday recipes!

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

Visit the Relief Society blog:  www.burton4thrs.blogspot.com





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