Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Family Home Evening

This weeks Family Home Evening Lesson is on PROVIDENT LIVING. You can find it by clicking on the link: http://societystuff-fhe.blogspot.com/search/label/Provident%20Living. You will also find 2 new lessons, one is on THE PERPERTUAL IMIGRATION FUND and the other is on PREPARATION. Don't forget you can always find additional lessons (we have a ton of them) by going to the sidebar and clicking on the Family Home Evening Label. It is near the bottom of the page on the right.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Thanksgiving Advents for August Craft

Craft group is on the Tuesday, August 11 at Deborah Haynies's home at 7 p.m. We are making Thanksgiving Advent calendars. These are sample of what we are making. They will be a little different. Watch for sign ups and any cost.

Excellent Book . . . Start Reading

Book club is coming up so if you haven't finished yet start reading "1776" by David McCullough. It will be in September instead of August at Pam Ristine's home.

72 Hour Kits

This Tuesday, July 28 is the food storage group at Cynthia's home at 7 p.m. we will be learning about 72 hour kits, first aid kits, etc. Cynthia has lists for kits. You will also be discussing all the upcoming food storage groups for the rest of the year.

August Ice Cream Summer Social and Money Matters Mini Classes

Tuesday, August 18 at 7 p.m. will be a Relief Society Ice Cream Social. Bring any topping you want to share (ie. chocolate sauce, sprinkles, cookie crumbs, gummy worms . . . you decided). We will be socializing and also have three quick mini lessons on grocery and cooking savings, purchasing clothing and toy savings, and home and energy savings. We all could use a few money saving tips in this economy. It will be fun and informative. It will be held at Aundrea Ristine's home.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Just a thought....

Life is full of challenges. Many of them involve balance and temperance. Complete abstention may be much easier than moderation. It's easier for me to completely abstain from smoking than to try to balance my day-a little for this, a little for that, a little for him, a little for her.

Ralph Waldo Emerson expressed a majestic thought when he said: "It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude."
Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Sunday, July 5, 2009


Lesson by Aundrea Ristine

By learning to follow the Savior in loving one another we develop a stronger sisterhood. We do this when we work together for a good cause like quilting for the humanitarian center, lining caskets for the Garden of Innocence, celebrating and giving Christmas to the St. Clares Home for Women, Food Drives for North County Interfaith, preparing food for a funeral, fulfilling your visiting teaching assignments, attending baby showers, standing together in the protection of marriage, smiling and asking each other how they are doing and standing there waiting for an answer. All the things we do together build a stronger bond of sisterhood and help us become for like the Savior.

Cathy Bird thoughts on sisterhood, “Sisterhood is a profound feeling of trust. The trust that comes with understanding and caring. The trust that comes from knowing those who refrain from unkind words, gossip and criticism. It is a force that when lead properly bring about much good.
“Sisterhood brings to mind humanitarian projects, girl’s camp, temple attendance and visiting teaching. In the LDS faith, especially among those that are endowed, you find sisters with an amazing desire to help, a desire and commitment to accept a request and then do their best. You find women who have left self behind.”

Cathy Nielsen shared, “When I think of sisterhood I think of women of all ages bound together in love and in a common purpose and supporting each other through good times and bad.”

Karlie Draper had this to say about sisterhood, “I believe sisterhood is what holds women together . . . in all stages of life, from teenagers, to when women get married, to having babies, to growing old. It is a foundation of strength that allows for emotions and feelings and goodness to be shared within a trusting community. When you find a woman that you connect with . . . the bond of sisterhood is born and you will have that connection forever. Above all, it is mostly a spiritual bond that you share when you have something like the gospel, and the truth, and doctrine. I think sisterhood is a deeper level than just friendship. It is amazing to think and know that wherever you go and wherever you are . . . even half way across the world you can feel that same feeling of sisterhood in other counties. I visited the island of Tonga a few years ago and there was overwhelming warmth of sisterhood with those island women, I believe it is because we are share in the same spirit. Sisterhood goes deeper than just being cared for, it is a heavenly bond. . .”

Natalie Murray shared her thoughts too, “Sisterhood means to me reaching out to others that are in need and treating them as your own sister. A bond of respect and consideration for each other, always being there for the person who needs you whether it’s just to go get an ice cream and talk or something more serious. To love one another and not judge them or to beat them down, but to always uplift. Sisterhood to me is one of the most powerful gestures that a woman can experience whether it’s being shown to you, or you are the one showing it. I have had countless experiences with sisterhood and I am grateful to this great ward for showing the kindness, a love of sisterhood, to my husband and I when we moved to the ward”

Sisters, we are mighty together. There is consolation in our caring. There is strength in our sharing. We are women of covenant! Every time we watch over one another, godlike qualities of love, patience, kindness, generosity, and spiritual commitment fill the souls of those we visit and enlarge our souls as well.

We can do any thing if we pull together, love one another and support one another. What power for good we can accomplish together.

Update from Deborah Romney

The summer moves on! Already, we’re into July and the Nauvoo Pageant begins on Tuesday. I admit to being very excited to see for myself all of the things I’ve heard discussed since arriving here last fall.

The city is full of Mormon visitors. The core cast of 20 professional actors and a support staff of 25 have been here for two weeks. The families that will be in it for the first one or two weeks arrived more recently, with the others coming in time to rehearse and prepare for their own assigned shows. By the end of the pageant, over 1000 people will have participated in it. It addition, there are daily vignettes on The Trail of Hope, King Follett’s discourse, Women of Nauvoo, Letter of Emma and Joseph, Youth of Zion, and “Go Ye Into All The World” with Parley P. Pratt, Wilford Woodruff, John Taylor,.Heber C. Kimball, and Brigham Young. I can hardly wait to see it all!!!!!

We continue to work at our sites and perform in our nightly shows. This schedule will continue until August 15th. Then our Young Performing Missionaries and Nauvoo Brass Band members will leave, the Pageant will have ended, and there will be a trickle of tourist until after Labor Day. All of these will leave great memories.

In our Fast and Testimony meeting today, I was moved by the testimonies of so many of young missionaries who have developed great testimonies of Joseph Smith, the Restoration, and the earlier, brave numerous residents of this old city. It is an honor to for us senior missionaries to learn about them, as well. We can’t help but compare our own struggles of daily survival with the incredible ones that they endured on a regular basis. My challenges pale in comparison to theirs. I will never be the same.

I have met some truly wonderful people here, missionaries and visitors. Serving a mission is a choice thing. So many of our Elders and Sisters here are on their third, fourth, or, in one case, eighth missions. Missions keep me thinking about others, and what I know that can help them. It’s a great way to live! I’m looking forward to serving others, as well.

Love from the Great Midwest. I have enjoyed hearing from many of you, and am excited to tell you all in person of the memorable times I have had. Much love, Sister R.

Temple Worship Lesson by Lee Baker

*Understand the doctrine related to temple ordinances, especially the significance of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
*While participating in temple ordinances, consider your relationship to Jesus Christ and His relationship to our Heavenly Father. This simple act will lead to greater understanding of the supernal nature of the temple ordinances.
*Always prayerfully express gratitude for the incomparable blessings that flow from temple ordinances. Live each day so as to give evidence to Father in Heaven and His Beloved Son of how very much those blessings mean to you.
*Schedule regular visits to the temple.
*Leave sufficient time to be unhurried within the temple walls.
*Rotate activities so that you can participate in all of the ordinances of the temple.
*Remove your watch when you enter a house of the Lord.
*Listen carefully to the presentation of each element of the ordinance with an open mind and heart.
*Be mindful of the individual for whom you are performing the vicarious ordinance. At times pray that he or she will recognize the vital importance of the ordinances and be worthy or prepare to be worthy to benefit from them.
*Recognize that much of the majesty of the sealing ordinance cannot be understood and remembered with one live experience. Substantial subsequent vicarious work permits one to understand much more of what is communicated in the live ordinances.
*Realize that a sealing ordinance is not enduring until after it is sealed by the Holy Spirit of Promise. Both individuals must be worthy and want the sealing to be eternal.