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Thursday, January 31, 2013

February 2013 Calendar

January  has been an incredible month of winter beauty! We experienced the wonder of nature, unseen here in 30 years, leaving our world cocooned in a magical layer of ice only to be covered the next morning in a silent soft layer of luscious marsh-mellow divinity, tempting enough to dip your finger in for a taste! The beauty was breathtaking!! 

But as life pushes through the beauty, we leave trails of mud and slush, making us long for the breath of spring.........seemingly so far away......awwhhh!  

We could all use a lift about now couldn't we???  

Come to the:

Stake Relief Society Birthday Celebration 
~ Women's Conference ~
"Looking Back, Moving Forward"

February 23rd,  9am at the Stake Center.

You can enjoy the company of all the Sister's and enjoy a wonderful brunch together.
This will be a warm happy spot amidst the cold and cloudy outside!!

Febuary CaleNdar: 

Monday, 11th:   *Empty Nester FHE
                         (Contact Terry S. for location)

Tuesday's:         Book of Mormon Class 7:30 
                        @ Sue G's     

Thursday, 7th:  *Pinterest Group 9-11am
                           Trisha Turner in charge

Thursday, 14th:  Valentines Day  :)

Saturday, 23rd:  Relief Society Birthday Social
                          ~Looking Back, Moving Forward"
                          9am @ The Stake Center

~Enjoy Valentines~ 
Show those you care about how much you love them!

Romans 12:10

10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another

Here is an idea for your Honey or your kids:  Make cinnamon roll hearts and a book of "52 Reasons I Love You" on a deck of red cards. 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Book of Mormon ~ Alma 45

Taught by Sue G.

Alma has finished his record and hands the plates over to his son Helaman who continues recording the affairs of the Nephites.  Alma verifies that Helaman believes all he has been taught and then prophesies powerfully of the destruction of the Nephite civilization because of unbelief.

Alma also prophesies that the few who remain of the Nephite nation will be numbered among the Lamanites.  Alma then both blesses and curses the land, blessing it because it is a land of promise, and cursing it because the wicked will be cast out.  

Alma is then translated.  The Church is re-established in the land but dissension grows in the church as the people become prideful.

In this chapter we learn that Alma was translated.....taken up by the spirit or buried by the hand of the Lord, even as Moses.  (Alma 45:19)  Joseph Smith said that Alma was translated because his body was needed for a future mission. 

In the Book of Mormon we read that both the Apostle John and the Prophet Moses were translated though these events are not mentioned in the Bible, other ancient documents support the Book of Mormon.  (Alma 45:10)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

"The Gospel Provides Us With a Reason For Gladness."

Taught by Leila J.

In our Relief Society this year we hope we can focus on this scripture:  D&C 68:6-- “Wherefore, be of good cheer, and do not fear, for I the Lord am with you, and will stand by you.”

What are words that are synonymous with good cheer?  Joy, happiness, peace, gratitude....

In 2 Nephi is says, “ are that they might have joy.” and that they “lived after the manner of happiness.”

We choose to be happy.  
It is a choice, not a consequence.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ brings us happiness.

Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley said, “The gospel is a thing of joy. It provides us with a reason for gladness. Of course there are times of sorrow. Of course there are hours of concern and anxiety. We all worry. But the Lord has told us to lift our hearts and rejoice. I see so many people, including many women, who seem never to see the sunshine, but who constantly walk with storms under cloudy skies. Cultivate an attitude of happiness. Cultivate a spirit of optimism. Walk with faith, rejoicing in the beauties of nature, in the goodness of those you love, in the testimony which you carry in your heart concerning things divine.”

 And again Pres. Hinckley counseled us, “Enjoy your membership in the Church. Where else in all the world can you find such a society? Enjoy your activity.Be happy in that which you do. Cultivate a spirit of gladness in your homes.... Let the light of the gospel shine in your faces wherever you go and in whatever you do.”

In the October 2012 General Conference, Sister Ann M. Digg, YW General Presidency gave a talk, “I’m a Mormon. I Know It, I Live It, I Love It.”  She tells of a time she met a young woman in a grocery store with a t-shirt that said, “I’m a Mormon. Are you?”

That bold statement made Sister Digg think what she might want her own declaration to be.  She came up with “I’m a Mormon. I know it  I live it. I love it.” 

May we each live in such a way that shows we are not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, that we know it is true and focus on what matters most, that we have integrity no matter what, and our love for the Gospel shows because of our vibrant, enthusiastic obedience.

4 Nephi 1-23 tells us that no happier people could be found on the face of the earth because they were living the gospel. 

Let’s try to remember the words from Pres. Hinckley, “The gospel is a thing of joy. It provides us with a reason for gladness.”

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Book of Mormon ~ Alma 44

Taught by Sue G.

The Nephite army has surrounded Zarahemnah's army.  Instead of destroying them, the Nephites make a proposal.  Moroni offers to spare the Lamanites if Zarahemnah will surrender his army's weapons and make a covenant that his men will not come to war against the Nephites.  Zerahemnah agrees to surrender their weapons but refuses to make the covenant.  Moroni insists on both and Zarahemnah refuses.  The battle continues, Zerahemnah is scalped by one of Moroni's soldiers causing many of the Lamanites to enter the covenant out of fear.  The Nephites defeat the Lamanites.  Those Lamanites who surrender their weapons and take an oath of peace are allowed to flee into the wilderness.  This chapter is the last of the records written by Alma.

Read:  Alma 44:3 & 4

But now, ye behold that the Lord is with us; and ye behold that he has delivered you into our hands. And now I would that ye should understand that this is done unto us abecause of our religion and our faith in Christ. And now ye see that ye cannot destroy this our faith.

 Now ye see that this is the true faith of God; yea, ye see that God will support, and keep, and preserve us, so long as we areafaithful unto him, and unto our faith, and our religion; and never will the Lord suffer that we shall be destroyed except we should fall into transgression and deny our faith.   
Do you wonder about the Lamanite warriors who made an oath to not take up arms against the Nephites ever again.  Did they keep the oath.  They were clearly afraid to go to war and determined not to.  Even so, treachery, deceit and carelessness prevailed and back to battle the Lamanites went. 

We need to remember this story, for someday circumstances might sneak through our back door and, if we are not careful, trick us into breaking our resolve.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Know Your Neighbor ~ February 2013

The Cox Family

Pam was born in Panguitch, Utah. Shortly thereafter her family moved to Moab where she spent most of her growing up years.  They then moved to Salt Lake City when she was a senior in high school.  She likes to sew, which she mostly learned from helping her mom when she was young.  She also enjoys golfing and gardening.  Pam works for a manufacturing company in Salt Lake.  They manufacture micronutrients for plants.  She has worked there since 1987 and does all the purchasing for the company.  She also oversees all of the shipping.  She enjoys the opportunity she has to work with her sister, who is her assistant.

Pam has one daughter and one son, who are both married.  Her son is a professional snowboarder and travels all over the world. Although Pam's children don't have any children yet, she loves being Grandma to Paul's grandchildren. She is currently teaching the five and six year old primary class and loves working with young children.

Paul grew up in Orangeville, Utah.  When he was a freshman in high school, his family moved to Moab.  He lived in Moab until about 6½ years ago when he moved to Salt Lake.  While living in Moab, Paul was a Justice Court Judge and a general contractor for many years.  When he moved to Salt Lake he retired from being a judge, but he is still working as a general contractor.  He is very talented at general contracting and built their beautiful new home here in our ward.  He is currently helping his son build a new home.

Paul has two sons, one daughter, and ten grandchildren. He likes to spend time with his sons in the outdoors while hunting and fishing. He also enjoys golfing and scuba diving.  His current calling in the ward is in the Young Men's organization working with the Priests.

Pam and Paul have been married almost seven years.  They enjoy golfing, bowling, and traveling together.  Some of the places they have traveled are Hawaii, Cozumel, Palm Springs and Scottsdale.

We are glad to have the Cox family in our neighborhood!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

January 2013 Calendar

We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a great start in 2013!
Happy New Year Sisters!!!

Here are the happinings for the Month,

Monday 14th, Empty Nester Family HomeEvening @ Karen P's, 7pm

Tuesday's,  Book of Mormon Class @ Sue G's, 7,30pm

Thursday 10th,  Pinterest Group @ Andrea P's 9am to 11am

Thursday 17th,  Relief Society Activity @ The Church 7pm
     Special speaker on how to talk to your kids about morality in an ever changing world.   
We have to be much more proactive in today's society to help protect our children!!

Have a wonderful Month starting the New Year.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Pinterest Interest Group

Happy New Year Everyone!!!

We have been having so much fun with the 
"Pinterest" Group each month!
We thought we would share what we have 
done to date.
If you are interested in joining email (or call) 
Andrea P. at, 
she is in charge for January.
Or you can contact Sydney G.
who is the interest group chairman.
We meet on the Second Thursday of each Month 
from 9 to 11ish AM.

Here was our 2012 fun!

September's crafts

Goggly eye frame.
Shannon P's turned out so fun....wish we had a picture of it!

Pottery Barn style,
Mercury glass pumpkins.

Mummy luminaries.

October's projects

Family height keeping board.

Twine pumpkins.

November's craft's

Felt Christmas tree.
So fun for the kids to play with!

Newsprint word art.....
We did this with Christmas sayings and colors.
(We didn't think to take pictures of our actual finished projects until December.)

December's projects

We had so much fun making vintage photo pillows!!
Here's Kerri H's fun one she made for her couch.

Ingar's darling personalized "Spirited and Joyful"
kid's pillows.
They turned out so awesome!

Sydney's G's Christmas gift for her daughter.
"Little Vivie-Bean"

Taylor D. tries a color one of adorable Hazel, 
and the one with a red boarder is Inger's cute girls.

Andrea P. made these fun Pier One look alike 
candle holders

It's so much fun hanging out visiting and 
creating together!
We women just have an innate need to create 
don't we??
We have 15 of us in the interest group and would love to have anyone else that is interested.
PS-you don't have to come every month just as often 
as you like.
Come and join us!