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Saturday, August 25, 2012

How to Share the Gospel Effectively

Taught by Holly S.

Our efforts to share the gospel are most effective if we love our brothers and sisters and have the companionship of the Holy Ghost.

President George Albert Smith said, 
"I would not seek to force people to live up to my ideals but rather love them into doing the thing that is right."

We all have a "gift basket" of gospel blessings that we need to be sharing with everyone.  We need to be sharing the gospel with non-members, in-actives, and even active members. Active members need it as well.  In life our testimony has its ups and downs that can be affected by life's trials and challenges.  We all need that love and strength to keep us strong no matter where we are in the gospel.  We need to be sharing our love with everyone all of the time.  We are commanded in the scriptures to share His gospel.  It is our duty.  The Savior instructed Peter to "Feed my Sheep".

Sharing the gospel is sharing of ourselves!  Sharing the gospel through love doesn't need to be complicated, scary or hard.  It is little simple acts that can make all of the difference.  Like a smile, a wave, a compliment, an invitation, friendships, an offer of help and acceptance.  These are simple was of reaching out in love.  They don't take a lot of time or money but can really have an impact. 

"Love is the great power to influence this world!" 
~President George Albert Smith~

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Mitten Strings to God / Promoting Positive Behavior in Children

"It is not what you do for your children,
but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings."

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Book of Mormon Class ~ Alma 25

Taught by Sue G.

The Lamanites destroy the city of Ammonihah.. The Amulonites who escape kill many Lamanite converts by fire after these battles. Many Lamanites become righteous and join the Anti-Nephi-Lehies, keep the Law of Moses, and look forward in faith to the coming of the Savior. The sons of Mosiah rejoice in the success of their missionary labors.

Many of the things that happen to the people in this chapter are not a matter of mere consequence as the adversary would have us believe, but are in direct fulfillment of prophecy. Alma 8:16, Mosiah 13:10.
In this complex series of events we see fulfillment of the words of Alma, who said that "The word of God must be fulfilled".  Alma 5:58

What consequences will we face for our obedience or disobedience to the Lord's commands?

     There is a story in the July 2012 Ensign by Julie Thompson entitled "Unspotted From The World".
She talks about going to the Temple to do a cleaning assignment. When she got there, there was an impressive turnout of volunteers. Her thought was a hope that she might be sent home and not have to help. She thought of a time she had volunteered to clean before and was given was she considered a menial job, one that she felt was given just to give her something to keep busy. She started becoming cynical. Why would they keep them there to clean something that didn't appear dirty!
     Her group was taken in for a devotional before receiving their assignments. The custodian conducting said something that forever changed the way she looked at temple cleaning assignments. He explained that they were not there to clean things that didn't need cleaning but to keep the Lord's house form ever becoming dirty. We as stewards of one of the most sacred places on earth, had a responsibility to keep it spotless.
     His message penetrated her heart, and she proceeded to her assignment with a different feeling. She took extra care as she dusted the baseboards and legs of furniture with a soft paintbrush. She carefully cleaned every crevice. Because this job was not taxing, she pondered and realized that she never paid attention to such minute details in her own home but cleaned those areas that others would see first, neglecting more hidden areas.
     She then realized that there were ties when she lived the gospel in a similar fashion - living those principles and fulfilling those assignments that were most obvious to those around, while ignoring things that were not known by everyone. 

     That night in the temple, she studied the paintbrush in her hand and asked herself, "What are the little crevices in my life that need more attention?" She resolved that rather than plan to repeatedly clean the areas of her life that needed attention, she would try harder never to let them become dirty.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Gifts of the Spirit

August 5 Relief Society Lesson
Taught by Terry S.

Elder Marvin J. Ashton of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said, " One of the great tragedies of life, it seems to me, is when a person classifies himself as someone who has no talents or gifts. When, in disgust or discouragement, we allow ourselves to reach depressive levels of despair because of our demeaning self-appraisal, it is a sad day for us and a sad day in the eyes of God. For us to conclude that we have no gifts, when we judge ourselves by stature, intelligence, grade-point average, wealth, power, position, or external appearance is not only unfair but unreasonable."

There are many gifts that are not always evident or noteworthy but that are very important. Among these may be your gifts.

  • The gift of asking.
  • The gift of listening.
  • The gift of hearing and using a still small voice.
  • The gift of being able to weep.
  • The gift of being agreeable.
  • The gift of avoiding vain repetition.
  • The gift of seeking that which is righteous.
  • The gift of not passing judgment.
  • The gift of looking to God for guidance.
  • The gift of being a disciple.
  • The gift of caring for others.
  • The gift of avoiding contention.
  • The gift of being able to ponder.
  • The gift of offering prayer.
  • The gift of bearing a mighty testimony.
  • The gift of receiving the Holy Ghost.
  • The gift of forgiving.

We must remember that to every man is given a gift by the Spirit of God. It is our right and responsibility to accept our gifts and to share them. We are taught that in order to receive any spiritual gift we must be worthy of it.
Doctrine & Covenants 46:9- "For verily I say unto you, they are given for the benefit of those who love me and keep all my commandments..."
To find the gifts we have been given we must pray and fast. Often patriarchal blessings tell us the gifts we have received and declare the promise of gifts we can receive if we seek after them.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

August Calendar

Presidency message
Thank you to all who attended the "Angels in Training". It was so much fun!! We are so glad for those of you who were able to come. We missed those who couldn't make it! Hopefully we will be able to do it again next year.

Of Note:
More of the neighborhood interest groups have started up as well as the ones that were already going, and the continued Relief Society Book of Mormon class. Here is whats up.....

*The Park Group is meeting at Smoot Park on Monday's at 10:00am. Bring a sack lunch if you like. You don't have to have kids to join. You can still come hang out and visit!

*Book of Mormon class is on Tuesday evenings at Sue G's house, 7:30pm.

*Hiking has begun and those who have been going are really enjoying it. Meet at Nancy S's house at 8:00am. Call her if you plan on going so they make sure not to leave without you.

*Water Aerobics has been a blast and a REALLY GOOD workout! Lugia B. has been teaching but her schedule will not allow it now. They will still meet and do the workouts Lugia has shown them or even better, they are hoping for a new volunteer teacher. They meet at Terry S's house Thursday evenings at 8:00pm.

*The pinterest group has been organized. They will meet the first Thursday of every Month starting on September 6th. The meeting place and item created will vary every month. September's will be at Sydney's house from 9:00am - 11:00am. It will be a Halloween item. There are a couple people who work that will meet at 7pm on the same Thursday if the item chosen is something they want to do. If you did not sign up and are interested, contact Sydney @801-597-0431.

*The quilting group is being headed up by Karen P. Contact her for info.

*The Happiness Project group is in the works. Details will be announced as we get it pulled together.

For a list of other interest groups and those who have signed up click below to go to the July Calendar post with details. If you would like to head one up that isn't going yet, 
call Sydney.


August 18th - September 15th,
The Open House for the Brigham City Temple is 
Tickets have gone fast. If you don't have tickets and want to go click here , then click on "You are invited to a Temple Open House" to get tickets.

August 18th, A special program to honor President Monson for his 85th birthday entitled, "Golden Days-a Celebration of Life" will be transmitted on and  

September 23rd,  The Brigham City Temple Dedication.

September 29th,  General Relief Society Broadcast.

October 6th and 7th,  General Conference.

October 13th and 14th,  Stake Conference.