Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Food Storage Site

Website for bulk food that is really cool and reasonably priced.

January 21 Relief Society Temple Trip Cancelled

Monday, January 18, 2010

Andrea Bocelli & The Mormon Tabernacle Choir

I think you will enjoy this. It's beautiful. "The Lord's Prayer"

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

It's a new year and we have a new theme......
FLIGHT TIME: 11 months, 3 weeks (counting down to end of the year)
DESTINATION: Some place closer to God than you are today.
. Now that we have reached our cruising altitude, we invite you sit back, relax, and enjoy the view.

As your "flight crew" our goal this year is to help you use your flight time to EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS through service, increased knowledge, and spiritual growth.

Aundrea (your Flight Attendant) spoke to us about service. We are a service oriented people, dutifully answering the "call buttons" that are constantly being pushed. However, as we are instructed during the inflight safety presentation, we need to attach our own oxygen masks before assisting others. We all need to engage in service, but unless we take care of ourselves, we won't be very useful in the Lord's hands. It's not selfish to take time for yourself when it makes you better able to serve others. Attach your own "oxygen" first, then take care of your family and then reach out to your ward and community. Even the smallest acts of service make a tremendous impact for good in the lives of others. The service to which all of us have been called is the service of the Lord Jesus Christ. Take care of yourself so you can take care of others.

Angela (your First Officer) spoke about using time well and increasing knowledge. Once aboard a flight you are encouraged to take time to review the safety card. If there was an emergency, clearly those who studied the safety card would have a better understanding of what they should do. Joseph Smith said "knowledge does away with darkness, anxiety and doubt; for these cannot exist where knowledge is." He also taught that knowledge was a necessary part of our mortal journey, for "a man is saved no faster than he gains knowledge" and "whatever principle of intelligence we attain in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection" (Doctrine & Covenants 130:18). We also learn from verse 19, that the more knowledge we have the greater our advantage will be in the life to come. What are we doing with our time? How many of us could swap some time spent idly on the computer or in front of the TV, with time spent learning something new? In a recent conference address, President Uchtdorf said "For the members of the Church, education is not merely a good idea, it's a commandment." We are not just to increase our knowledge of spiritual matters, but also of temporal and secular. This year, make it a goal to become more knowledgeable about anything that is "virtuous, lovely" or of "good report".

Ginger (our Captain) spoke to us about spiritual growth. We cannot guarantee that you will not have some turbulence during your flight this year. And just as the seat belt will keep anchored down so will your personal spiritual strength. You might be able to loosen it for short periods of time but only during the smoothest part of the flight. Your spiritual excellence will grow as you gain an even greater understanding and knowledge of God, our Heavenly Father and your relationship to him as a daughter of God. The urge to rise above yourself is a recognition of your need for the Atonement to work in your life, and your need to be sure that it is working. When that change of heart comes to us, when we are cleansed and blameless before God, it will be because we have been made pure by the blood of Christ. You will have put yourself so often in the Master's service, bringing the cleansing, companionship of the Holy Ghost, that you will be on the front row, early, whenever and wherever the Master calls.

Have you ever flown on a cloudy day? As the plane ascends above the clouds, the horizon becomes an endless expanse of bright light. The goal for the Felicita Ward Relief Society in 2010 is to rise above the obstacles that obstruct our view and expand our horizons through service, increased knowledge and most importantly, growing spiritually. When this flight lands, we hope to be some place closer to Heavenly Father than we are today.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Soups and Chowders

Our food storage group is meeting at 7 p.m. on January 26 to learn to make soups and chowders.

2010 Book Club Books

Here is our list for the book club for the year.
February: Fire In the Bones – Michael Wilcox
March: Life After Death – Dinesh D’Souza
April: Heart and Soul – Maeve Binchy
May: The Color of Water – James Mc Bride
June: Lost Symbols – Dan Brown
July and August: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin – Benjamin Franklin
September: Half Broke Horses – Jeannette Walls
October: What Christians Believe – C. S. Lewis
November: Finding Noel – Richard Paul Evans

Make Dolls for the Police Department

Our craft group is getting together to make doll for the police department to give away to children when needed. Join us on Tuesday, January 12 at 7 p.m. in the Stake Center. You can bring treats to share if you want. Let's get together and make a difference.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Gospel Principles- Heavenly Father

There Is a God

  • • What are some things that testify to you that there is a God?

Alma, a Book of Mormon prophet, wrote, “All things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator” (Alma 30:44). We can look up at the sky at night and have an idea of what Alma meant. There are millions of stars and planets, all in perfect order. They did not get there by chance. We can see the work of God in the heavens and on the earth. The many beautiful plants, the many kinds of animals, the mountains, the rivers, the clouds that bring us rain and snow—all these testify to us that there is a God.

The prophets have taught us that God is the Almighty Ruler of the universe. God dwells in heaven (see D&C 20:17). Through His Son, Jesus Christ, He created the heavens and the earth and all things that are in them (see 3 Nephi 9:15; Moses 2:1). He made the moon, the stars, and the sun. He organized this world and gave it form, motion, and life. He filled the air and the water with living things. He covered the hills and plains with all kinds of animal life. He gave us day and night, summer and winter, seedtime and harvest. He made man in His own image to be a ruler over His other creations (see Genesis 1:26–27).

God is the Supreme and Absolute Being in whom we believe and whom we worship. He is “the Great Parent of the universe,” and He “looks upon the whole of the human family with a fatherly care and paternal regard” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith [2007], 39).

The Nature of God

  • • What are some of God’s attributes?

Because we are made in His image (see Moses 2:26; 6:9), we know that our bodies are like His body. His eternal spirit is housed in a tangible body of flesh and bones (see D&C 130:22). God’s body, however, is perfected and glorified, with a glory beyond all description.

God is perfect. He is a God of righteousness, with attributes such as love, mercy, charity, truth, power, faith, knowledge, and judgment. He has all power. He knows all things. He is full of goodness.

All good things come from God. Everything that He does is to help His children become like Him. He has said, “Behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39).

  • • Why is it important for us to understand the nature of God?

Coming to Know God

  • • How can we come to know God?

Knowing God is so important that the Savior said, “This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3).

The first and greatest commandment is “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart” (Matthew 22:37).

The more we know God, the more we love Him and keep His commandments (see 1 John 2:3–5). By keeping His commandments we can become like Him.

We can know God if we will:

As we do these things, we will come to know God and eventually have eternal life.

  • • Ponder what you can do to draw nearer to God.