Monday, November 9, 2009

R.S. Weekly Activities for November 2009

RS Weekday Activity Nov 12th: Leslee Wessel's house @ 10 am / Cooking with Squash

RS Weekday Activity Nov 16th: Diana Lucas' house @ 11 am / Cooking with Food Storage: making wheat burgers and apple crisp

Nov 16th: Book Club @ Marie Haught's house. The book is Sarah by Orson Scott Card

Nov 21st: Super Saturday 10 - 3pm. There will be a Soup & Bread Potluck Lunch

The Restoration of All Things: The Dispensation of the Fulness of Times

“… We feel disposed to go forward and unite our energies for the upbuilding of the Kingdom, and establishing the Priesthood in their fullness and glory. The work which has to be accomplished in the last days is one of vast importance, and will call into action the energy, skill, talent, and ability of the Saints, so that it may roll forth with that glory and majesty described by the prophet [see Daniel 2:34–35, 44–45]; and will consequently require the concentration of the Saints, to accomplish works of such magnitude and grandeur. " Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, (2007),507–16

Sister Bri Merrill gave a GREAT lesson yesterday! Two lessons actually, she taught Sunday School and Relief Society! What a dedicated woman! We are so lucky to have her in our ward!

I think the message for the lesson yesterday is that we all have a mission here on this earth. As Bri said;" Only I can do what Bri Merrill was sent here to do.". We are all on a mission for the Lord. Some tasks are easy to see, some are not. The beautiful part of it is, we are not left to figure it out on our own. Our Father in Heaven has given us so many resources! The Holy Ghost, The Priesthood, Prayer, Fasting, the Scriptures, Families, Wards, Friends etc...what we need is a desire to complete our missions. With that and the use of the resources listed, WE CAN DO IT!!It's so exciting!

We have a great group of sisters in our ward! We are ORGANIZED. That helps us full fill our missions too. Sister Kathy Owens shared that the women in our ward are always ready and willing to step in. No matter what is asked of them! She is so right. I myself have been on the receiving end of the service in this ward. The love I feel from you ladies is so precious to me!

Great job yesterday Bri! We love you "marathon teacher"!

Yesterday was Fast Sunday. Our sweet sister, Holly Haught, shared a very tender and priceless testimony/lesson with us. We are so blessed to be in Holly's ward!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Stake Adult Meeting & Stake Conf.

Saturday October 31st @ 2pm is the Stake Adult Meeting.

Sunday November 1st Stake Conf. is from 10am to 12pm on .

Thursday, October 29, 2009

"Trunk or Treat"

Saturday October 31st (HALLOWEEN). At the Ward Building in Pinetop. Trunk or Treat starts at 4:30pm. Bring the kids in their costumes and have a ball! Back your vehicle up to the sidewalk and decorate the trunk. This is always so much fun!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

"Standing in Holy Places" by Julia Eckel

The lesson today was taken from two different General Conference talks.
The first is "Temple Worship, The Source of Strength and Power in Times of Need" by Elder Richard G. Scott.
The second is "Sacred Homes, Sacred Temples" by Elder Gary E. Stevenson.

Elder Scott shared some personal experiences from his life. The loss of two of his small children, and later in life the loss of his beloved wife. He said that attending the temple once a week has been such a comfort for him over the years. He says we should all attend the temple regularly so that "our strength will be there when we need it."

Being in the temple will help us focus on the important things in this life. We can find comfort and answers as we learn and serve in the temple. The spirit is always there. The temple is a peaceful place that is uncluttered and very organized. It is easy to feel the love of our Father in Heaven in such an environment.

In Elder Stevenson's talk we learn how to make our homes a holy place as well. Julia asked for suggestions from the sisters on how to do this:

1. keep home clean like the temple
2. remind children that it is a blessing to have a home and to care for it
3. respect one another
4. listen to uplifting music
5. limit TV and Internet viewing
6. teach children from young age that home is sacred

Julia told us that in the Snowflake Temple they have a motto:

"LRS" (love, reverence, service). I bet that if we shared this motto with our families we would see changes for the better. After all, our homes should be a place of refuge, a safe haven, a holy place.

We are always so thrilled to hear from our RS teachers! They all put so much into their lessons. Thank you Julia! We love you!

Remember, you are never lost if you can see the temple.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Diana Lucas' Food Storage Blog

Diana and Coco have created a totally cool blog with yummy menu ideas that can be made with your year supply. (and a pumpkin too. ;)) Just click on the link on the right of this page. It says Lucas Family Food Storage Ideas. Thanks so much sisters!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Lesson #42 Family: The Sweetest Union for Time and for Eternity

Jenny Keith taught a lovely lesson yesterday. She asked four sisters to share their testimonies about different family relationships, temple sealings, and honoring our parents. The Spirit was strong.

Jenny reminded us of the comparison made by Elder Bednar in this last General Conference:

"In my office is a beautiful painting of a wheat field. The painting is a vast collection of individual brushstrokes—none of which in isolation is very interesting or impressive. In fact, if you stand close to the canvas, all you can see is a mass of seemingly unrelated and unattractive streaks of yellow and gold and brown paint. However, as you gradually move away from the canvas, all of the individual brushstrokes combine together and produce a magnificent landscape of a wheat field. Many ordinary, individual brushstrokes work together to create a captivating and beautiful painting.

Each family prayer, each episode of family scripture study, and each family home evening is a brushstroke on the canvas of our souls. No one event may appear to be very impressive or memorable. But just as the yellow and gold and brown strokes of paint complement each other and produce an impressive masterpiece, so our consistency in doing seemingly small things can lead to significant spiritual results. “Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great” (D&C 64:33). Consistency is a key principle as we lay the foundation of a great work in our individual lives and as we become more diligent and concerned in our own homes."

During the lesson we discussed how trials in our relationships occur. Suggestions were given on how to overcome. One quote came to my mind.

" If for a while the harder you try, the harder it gets, take heart. So it has been with the best people who have ever lived." Jeffrey R. Holland

We are not left here on our own to figure things out! The Lord loves us all. There is a plan. Our families will help us follow that plan. In return, we can love and serve and help our family members follow it too.