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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Piano Guys Christmas

Just incase you have never seen the piano guys.......
This video is from the Mormon Channel
It is beautiful.
Check out the link below

May the spirit of Christ 
and the magnified feelings of 
love and charity we feel for our families, 
and each other during this time of the 
celebration of his birth, 
carry with you through out the coming year.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Relief Society Christmas Social 2012

Last Month we had an early Christmas Social.

Once again we pulled out our best 
"White Elephants"!

We had so much fun for Christmas 2010
we decided to do it again!

The excited gift givers and receivers start to show up 
bringing yummy Christmas favorites.
The first things to show up were:
Taco bites
Chips and dip
Crackers and cheese balls
Bacon wrapped chestnuts
Dipped Oreos

Carmel popcorn snack
White chocolate popcorn
Peppermint bark
White chocolate pineapple cake

We mixed and mingled and munched!

Can you see that GIANT package in the middle of all these 
White Elephants.....
What in the world!!

Becky's number is up and she goes for it!

Hahahaha! Just what every women wants! A giant Monkey!

For the love of a Monkey!
Becky happily shares some stuffin huggin.

Carrie's is obviously a good one by the look on Terry's face!

Hahaha, it says,
"The Bigger The Handbag....
the smaller your butt looks"

Guess we will all be getting big handbags from now on!

Becky's turn and she steals the Monkey!

Ahhhh a tingler!

You just never know what you will get.
How about a Resue Heros Video!

Sue gets some soap that washes away your sins.

Carolyn gets a bunny....and another bunny....and another bunny....and another.....
I think they were reproducing in the bag!

Kim loves her new tee!

Taylor get a homemade box of tid bits of whatever was left over from memory lane. 
Including a melted (or slightly sucked on) gummy bear.

Oh ya Tiffany! Just what you asked Santa for!! Haha

Tenneal Spjut gets the fattest mermaid we've ever seen.

Heidi gets a rockin colorful bra. 

Then it's stollen by Melanie!

Perfect fit don't you think.

Not sure what this little gem is but we know that 
Katie will hold it dear to her heart!

Sue's soap gets stollen so she picks another and gets a home made crocheted blanket and pillow. 
Perfect for her grandkids!

Oh!!! Just what Gabby always wanted! 
A School of fish for her Garden!

Sydney Steels the Monkey for her Grandson
"The Monkey Man" His birthday is December 20th. He loves monkeys and he collects stuffed animals.
Totally perfect!!!

Sharon gets a bag of mismatched odds and ends silverware.
We all laugh, then she say's, "The Scouts will LOVE this"!  Haha

Kathleen gets something we all want!
Spanx body shaper

Chocolate lover's relate.....
Chocolate cures everything!

To many funny gifts to name!
We had a great time once again with about 35 sisters together this night.

I wonder what might show up next year!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Powerful Promises of the Book of Mormon

Alma 42
Taught by Sue G.

Alma continues to teach his son Corianton, focusing now on the fall and the Atonement.  In one of the best treatises on justice and mercy, Alma testifies that redemption comes through Christ to those who repent alma teaches that mercy is given to these who repent, but those who do not repent are subject to God's justice.  He teaches that repentance and mercy come through the Atonement, and that only the truth penitent are saved Alma counsels Corianton to repent and resume his missionary labors.

Hope is a precious doctrine that gives optimism to life.  It helps us carry on when we are down hearted and discouraged.  It helps us repent.  Hope is continually activated when we understand and appreciate any doctrine or principle of the gospel.  Our understanding then becomes a key to hope.  Alma 42:

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Finding Joy in Life

Taught by Terry S.

During the past year we have been focusing on "Having a heart like His".  Each month something was handed out in Relief Society to help us remember to do our visiting teaching with 
"A Heart like His".  The following story by Sister Virginia Pearce, reminds us of one way of opening our hearts.

"Several years ago I took my mother shopping for a winter coat.  Shopping is not my favorite activity, and it was getting close to dinner time before we finally found the right coat.  It was a soft grey wool with raglan sleeves that brushed the tops of her shoes.  The sales woman sent for the alterations lady, who helped mother onto the raised platform and went to work.  I sank into a chair in the corner of the fitting room, lost in my own little world, wondering if I had time on the way home to stop at the grocery store to pick up something for dinner.

Gradually, on the edges of my consciousness, I began to hear a conversation.  Mother would ask a question, and the alterations lady would answer.  At first the answers were rather brief, but as the questions and interest from Mother continued, the answers became longer.  By the time we left, the two of them were laughing together like old friends.  And I was left out- a shriveled, self-absorbed, tired little soul in the corner.  I looked at Mother.  She had come in just as weary as I but was leaving with an added spring in her step.

I learned something about opening hearts from the coat-buying encounter.  An open heart often coaxes open someone else's closed heart.  It's almost magical.  An open heart or a "Heart like His", presents a safe place that others sense, and they respond, sometimes immediately and sometimes more slowly.  No matter, however, whether they respond or not, because in the meantime, we feel so much better living this way.

Take the initiative to get outside yourself and express an interest in those you encounter.  Pray for the courage to do so.  You will find greater joy in life.  

Our new theme for 2013 is found in Doctrine & Covenants 68:6
"Wherefore be of good cheer, and do not fear, for I the Lord am with you, and will stand by you..."

Elder Richard G. Scott says, "It is clear that no one who has an inclination to live the commandments of God would intentionally do things that would separate him or her from the lord..  I am confident you have the intention of doing all the right things.  Yet I wonder, are you doing them as fully and completely as you are capable of doing?  That is not an accusatory question.  It is one asked in sincerity to help you, if needed, to open your eyes and evaluate each day's decisions to confirm that what you are doing will lead you to where you most desire to be".

Elder Scott suggests a list of things you can do for happiness:
  • Pray with faith to Jesus Christ.
  • Love and serve others.
  • Receive the Temple ordinances. Return to bless others.
  • Listen to the prophet and obey his counsel.
  • Be grateful for what you have.
  • Smile more!

Please remember sisters, that we are not perfect.  Perfection can sometimes be the enemy of righteousness.  When we get caught up worrying about being perfect it's easy to become discouraged, because none of us will ever be perfect in this life.  Even though our Savior commanded us to be perfect like Him, He has no expectations that we will accomplish that in this life.  It's impossible.  Remember, He taught Moroni that He gives us weaknesses so that we can be humble.  And if we humble ourselves, His grace is sufficient to make those weaknesses become strengths but not perfections.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Powerful Promises of the Book of Mormon

Alma Chapter 38
Taught by Sue G.

Alma counsels his son Shiblon, who had been persecuted for his righteousness.  Alma testifies to Shiblon about his own experience with the angel and his subsequent conversion and testifies that salvation comes only through Christ, who is the light and life of the world.  He counsels Shiblon to bridle his passions so that he can be filled with love.

Some religions teach that passions are evil and should be done away with as completely as possible. This is false doctrine. True doctrine is that we should "bridle" them.  When powerful horses are controlled by means of a bridle, they bring pleasure to the owner and rider.  Passions, like wise when bridled accordingly to the laws and counsels of God, provide much satisfaction and enjoyment.

Shiblon the son of Alma was described by Mormon as a just man who walked uprightly before God. He continually did good and obeyed the commandments of God.  Alma 63:2

In the year 56 BC, Shiblon received the sacred records from his older brother Helaman. He suceeded Helaman as keeper of the records.  Read Alma 38:9

Saturday, December 1, 2012

December Calendar

December is here!

Celebrate the Birth of the Savior!

We had a great Christmas Relief Society Social last week! 
Ton's of fun laughing, talking, eating yumminess and getting "crazy" white elephant gifts! 

We are truly grateful for the Sub-for-Santa donations for the Father and his three boys. 

Becky S. has a few candy canes left with gift items attached if there is anyone who is still wanting to donate a gift. 

Cash donations are also very welcome. You can do this by filling out a tithing slip under "other" and specifying "Sub-for-Santa". You can give it to Terry or a member of the Bishopric.

All donations need to be turned in by December 15th. 
*If you have a gift donation you can take it to Terry S. 

Calendar items:

Sunday, December 23rd 
will be a wonderful special 
Relief Society Christmas Lesson! 
 *We ask that you leave your Sunday School class at 10:45 to be seated in Relief Society so we can begin just a little early.  (Don't worry, we have support and approval for this action.)

Interest Groups:

Tuesday Evenings at 7:30pm ~ Book of Mormon Class @ Sue G's

Monday, 10th Empty Nester FHE @ Terry's

Thursday, 13th ~ Pinterest Group ~ 9:00 to 11:00am ~ Contact Sydney @801-597-0431

*Mark your calendars for our Relief Society activity on Thursday, January 17th.

We will have a Guest Speaker teaching us 
"How to talk to your kids about MORALITY". 
Times have changed so dramatically we can no longer be casual teaching our children about what is 
OK and what is NOT! 
Kids are more confused than you would believe. 
We have to empower them with knowledge and the tools to navigate an ever changing liberal world. 
Don't miss this opportunity. 
We all have a great need to help our children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, or any other youth you have influence with.


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Powerful Promises of the Book of Mormon

Alma 35 & 36
Taught by Sue G.

Abandoning evil ways and converting to the truth can result in persecution, but the Lord blesses those who follow.

Alma testifies to his son Helaman about the experience of being converted by an angel of God and bears powerful testimony of what it is like to be born again.  The "murders" to which he refers describe spiritual death not physical death.  He testifies of seeing concourses of angels praising God.  He tells Helaman of the souls he has converted and testifies that they too have experienced being born again.  "I could remember my pains no more; yea, I was harrowed up by the memory of my sins no more. And oh, what joy and what marvelous light did I behold; yea; my soul was filled with joy as exceeding as was my pain."  Alma 36:18-19

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving 2013

*An Attitude of Gratitude
"This is a wonderful time to be living here on earth.  Our opportunities are limitless.  While there are some things wrong in the world today, there are many things right, such as teachers who teach, ministers who minister, marriages that make it, parents who sacrifice, and friends who help."
"We can lift ourselves, and others as well, when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude.  If ingratitude be numbered among the serious sins, then gratitude takes its place among the noblest of virtues." 
Thomas S. Monson - Ensign, May 1992

Even in our trials we have much to be grateful for.
Let us have gratitude 
for even the smallest of blessings in our lives.
Here's some ideas for the kiddo's  for 
Thanksgiving this year.
Help them make a "Thankful For" 
Turkey for your table center piece.

Play Gingerbread Man blackout
*Draw a gingerbread man for each player, put lines through him and randomly 
put numbers in the sections

Here are the rules:

Going around in a circle, each player takes a turn rolling a dice or die. 

The player then gets to color in one of the segments with that number in it. 
Then, it's the next player's turn to roll and color.
The first player to color in their whole gingerbread man wins!
Have fun playing!

*Here is a link to some ideas from last year.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving 8000 calorie poem:

May your stuffing be tasty 

May your turkey plump, 

May your potatoes and gravy 

have nary a lump. 

May your yams be delicious 

and your pies take the prize, 

and may your Thanksgiving dinner 

stay off your thighs! 


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Prophetic Priorities

Taught by Nancy S.

The topic of my lesson came from a BYU Speeches series titled “Prophetic Priorities” by Richard G. Hinckley.  As I read this talk I couldn’t help but think of the many conference talks I’ve listened to…talks from about 100 General Conferences, where our prophets teach of what the Lord would have us do.  I want to make an observation and I hope you’ve noticed this too.  Our Prophets teach, they joke, they encourage, they warn, they sometimes even chastise us, but always they are full of optimism.  They give us a feeling that there is great hope for the future, I never feel discouraged but rather encouraged to be better, to serve better, to love more, and to be more forgiving of myself and my fellowman. 

“In the year 1652 when through England all things sacred were either profaned or neglected, a church was built by Sir Robert Shirley….whose special praise it is to have done the best of things in the worst of times and to have hoped them in the most calamitous.”

The things our Prophets have been asking us to work on and pay attention to for years and years, are all things that if we heed their words we will experience blessings.  These are difficult and trying times.  It would be easy to become discouraged as we look to the future.   I hope we will look to our prophets for hope and encouragement as they move forward boldly in the best of ways even in the worst of times, and they continue to look forward with faith in the most calamitous.