Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
2. It was lovely to see Helen visiting with us today, as well as Kath back on holidays, and also Kate from Melbourne who is here visiting with her family.
2. Just a reminder to everyone that the missionary meal roster is on the noticeboard for those who are in a position to feed the missionaries at some stage in January.
3. For music time today Sister Diana shared with us 2 christmas carols that are little known but originated in Austria and performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Beautiful.
4. Our lesson was lead by Sister Kristy today taken from the talk at the Saturday Morning Session of General Conference in April this year by Elder Russell M Nelson entitled Salvation & Exaltation. The difference between Salvation and Exaltation were discussed and each sister was given a handout to help us discuss the differences. Sadly, the lesson ended rather abruptly because of a fire drill. Thank you Kristy for your lesson today.
5. Just letting the sisters know that the Young Women will be with us next week in Relief Society for the whole lesson time - should be good.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Come on now, don't be shy, you can do it.
Let us know you are out there.
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and hope you will send us a quick hello at this time.
If anyone can do anything over the next week or so to lift their spirits, feed their souls or their tummies (or both) we hope you will do so. They are a long way from home, both experiencing their first Christmas away from loved-ones. Praying for them also will bless them.
We also hope you have remembered the missionaries serving from our Ward:- Brett, Scott and Tyler. It's always nice to receive a card or letter from someone at home.
Thank you so much sisters for all you do for these faithful and righteous young men who are striving to serve the Lord with all their hearts, might, mind and strength.
Here's an inspiring Christmas message from missionaries all over the world.
2. It was especially exciting to have Leah with us in Relief Society for the first time since turning 18!!! Yeah! Thanks for coming Leah, hope you enjoyed it.
3. We wished all the birthday girls in December a happy birthday - even though only Leah and Jill were blessed enough to have us sing to them!!! (No one else was there at that stage). So happy birthday to Zanny, Josephine, Betty and Chris who all have birthdays in December (as well as Mildred but we got to sing to her last week).
4. For 5 minute music Diana handed out a Christmas song quiz that Kristy had made up for a Ward activity she had organised at some stage in England - I think. Thanks Kristy it was fun and everyone enjoyed themselves. If any Primary or Young Women workers are interested in a copy just let Lindy know and she can email it to you. Everyone received a candy cane for participation.
5. Piret lead us in the lesson today which was Lesson 18 "Beyond the Veil: Life in the Eternities". We talked about the 3 degrees of glory, the fact that Joseph Smith has revealed to us that we don't just end up in 'heaven' or 'hell' (Piret did a fun illustration of this with Marianna and Bek). And we talked about the scripture in John that says 'In my Father's house are many mansions.' How blessed we are to have revelation from the Prophet Joseph Smith that has enlightened our minds and broadened our understanding of the eternal nature and direction of man.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
It looks like we will be farewelling Elder Payne this week as he has been in our Ward for so long now but hopefully Elder Page will stay and of course his companion will be someone who is new to the area. We know it is Elder Page's first Australian Christmas and it may be for his companion also. Please spare a moment to do something special to help lift their spirits and strengthen them at this special Christmas season when they are so far away from family and friends.
Kristy has sent us a lovely Christmas video for us all to enjoy. Check it out at
http://www.joytoeveryone.com. Thanks for sharing it with us all Kristy.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Kristy's striped jelly was a major hit with all the sisters at Enrichment last night. This dish is a christmas tradition that was part of Kristy's growing up and she made an enormous bowl to share with everyone.
I am sorry to say that I didn't get a photo of it because it was all eaten before I had a chance to snap a shot.!!! I think Kristy spent most of supper time explaining to sisters how to make it.
Hope you all had a nice thanksgiving - we're thankful Kristy is part of our Ward family and shared a family tradition with all of us. We hope she enjoyed her Thanksgiving here in Tassie.
PS Here is a photo of Kristy's quilt she made at the Quilting Enrichment Activity - hasn't she done a great job!
We especially wanted to thank the extremely hardworking Enrichment Committee - thank you so, so much Janet and Chris. We had so many meetings, they put in so many hours of work, and we really appreciate it.
Thanks for all those sisters who provided recipes and then cooked those recipes for us to taste on the evening. Thanks also for those who bought a plate of supper even when they were asked. (We have some fantastic, giving sisters in our ward.)
Thank you to Simone who created our wonderful recipe book and made it unique and personal. Thank you to Brother Jim who photocopied 40 copies of the 14 Day Walk with Christ and printed 40 copies of the coloured front cover.
Thanks to Diana for provided (at her own expense) the delicious drink for the evening and it was nice to know Sister Harbeck is still very much thought of in our Ward (as not only the drink was Sister Harback's recipe but so was the shortbread!).
Above you will see two of our gorgeous YSA girls - thanks for coming girls. (We'll get you next time Rach)
Thanks to all the brethren who encouraged and supported their wives to enable them to come along.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I just registered for the stake website (which is replacing the “Vision” publication and probably the stake calendar).
It is amazing. I couldn’t believe what I found: calendar info, membership contact details, the RS lesson schedule and some great official LDS links.
How do you register for access to this exclusive and completely useful site?
obtain your baptismal confirmation date and membership number (see your temple recommend or the ward Clerk)
go to www.lds.org/units
click on “Obtain an account”
enter the information requested and “submit”
The level of security on this site appears very sound. I am totally impressed: I especially like the fact that I can happily lose track of most of my Sunday bits of paper and access the information from the internet instead. Brilliant!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
2. We reminded everyone about Enrichment Meeting on Thursday, 27 November at 7 pm at the Chapel. Please bring a small, inexpensive gift to exchange on the night.
3. Quilting group is meeting this Thursday evening (that wasn't announced today but they are!!)
4. 5 Minute Music with Diana - we were all asked to find our favourite scripture, find the basic theme of the scripture and then turn to page 415 in the hymn book and find a hymn that went with our scripture. Some sisters shared their scriptures and related hymn with the class.
5. Piret led us in the lesson today entitled "Revelation and the Living Prophet". She spoke about the great blessing we have in the church of having a living prophet. "We sustain the President of the Church and other church leaders by praying for them and heeding their counsel." A powerful lesson and her testimony at the end was a spiritual highlight.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
2. A reminder that our last Enrichment Meeting will be held on Thursday 27 November at the Chapel at 7 pm. Please bring a small gift to exchange on the night. We would love to see all sisters attend.
3. The enrichment activities will all conclude this month and will commence again in the new year. Check out the blog for more details.
4. The service craft group will meet this Tuesday at Yvonnie's and will commence again in February.
5. Diana helped us understand some of the 'old-fashioned' words in some of our hymns by giving us all a little quiz to do.
6. Miriam lead us in the lesson and I hear she did a wonderful job and the spirit was felt strongly. (I had the blessing of looking after Hannah who snuggled into my arms and went to sleep).
(Hey Ev, bring back some great ideas from Burnie to share with us in Relief Society please).
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Thanks Bron for organising this for Thursday evening. For those who missed out don't forget to check the blog regularly!!!
Here's what Bron had to say about the evening.
"This was great..it was a feast of goodies in the end and we had fun with Sing star...apparently Miriam needs some lessons singing..according to sing star...hee...its just she was being all creative with her harmonising and the sing star couldn't handle it...we loved it Looking forward to the next one"
So sorry sisters this has taken so long to be published - it's nearly a month since our Visiting Teaching Workshop and Rach wrote a lovely blurb and sent all these photos to be put on but I had a middle-aged computer blank with putting the photos into the blog!! I have FINALLY pinned my husband down (it can be really difficult sometimes) who only had to sit down with me for 30 seconds and the problem was solved - so after that very long-winded introduction here comes the post on the Visiting Teaching Workshop held last month.
">We had a lovely evening on Thursday night for the Visiting Teaching Workshop and dinner.
It was wonderful to see so many sisters there, enjoying the meal and each other's company.
We began the evening with an item from our beautiful YSA choir who sang 'The Olive Tree'. It was the perfect way to open the meeting. (Sorry I didn't get a photo of that)
Dinner was simple yet lovely, thank you to all who helped, especially those who volunteered to do dishes!!!
Our theme for the evening was 'Feed my Sheep'. We spoke of the importance of being nourished ourselves before we can nourish others - physically and spiritually. The Saviour fed His disciples physically, then He fed them spiritually as He taught them the Gospel. As Visiting Teachers we need to be mindful of feeding our sheep (our sisters) and being worthy of the Holy Ghost as our companion so we can serve more effectively.
I encourage you all to continue the wonderful service you provide through your Visiting Teaching. To those who struggle with their assignments, have a go, do your best, the Lord will bless you and provide a way if you try.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
We know that you have all put in a lot of work in preparation for Sunday and look forward to enjoying the beautiful spirit of the children in Sacrament Meeting on Sunday. We can't wait to hear the stirring 'new' song that sometimes wafts up through the ceiling into the Relief Society room - it sounds so beautiful. Thank you to all the Relief Society sisters who serve so faithfully in the Primary organisation.
PS Of course we can't forget the dedicated brother also! Sorry Paul.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
This Gourmet Girl has been a bit slack of late. We do plan to have a Sushi making evening but this probably won't be until some time in the new year.
There won't be a Gourmet Girls gathering this Friday evening. But Gourmet Girl Bron is having a chocolate night at her place on Thursday. Bring something chocolaty to share. Contact Bron if you would like more information.
2. Don't forget the Stake Relief Society Fireside this Saturday evening at the Stake Centre. Please wear Sunday attire. 7pm start. If you want to car pool please let a member of the Relief Society presidency know.
3. Our Ward Enrichment Meeting will be held on Thursday 27 November, 7 pm at the chapel. Please remember to bring a small gift to exchange.
4. Our lesson was about 'being prepared'. There are lots of things we need to be prepared for. Rachael spoke about being prepared to enter the House of the Lord and Miriam spoke about being prepared for our lessons.
Monday, October 20, 2008
2. We discussed Lesson 14 'Words of Hope and Consolation at the time of Death' from the Joseph Smith manual. It's a wonderful lesson to read, with many uplifting messages for us all. One quote from the lesson reads "..we have reason to have the greatest hope and consolation for our dead.." A message from the lesson when talking about the death of children reads "..the only difference between the old and young dying is, one lives longer in heaven and eternal light and glory than the other, and is freed a little sooner from this miserable, wicked world.." We are blessed to be able to have a feeling of hope as we mourn the loss of loved ones because of the knowledge of an eternal life. How blessed we are.
On Tuesday 14 October, seven sisters from the ward drove to Nubeena to visit Sister Jean who lives at the end of a steep road on a hill overlooking the entire bay.
Jean was delighted to see us and to show us the beautiful view from her cottage on what was a beautiful day. We shared lunch and memories together, with our chatter almost drowned out by the rooster in the backyard who was trying to control his “girls”. For some, it was a first trip to the Peninsula area which has regained much of its famous green lushness, so it was a very pleasant trip for all. The attached photo shows the group outside Jean’s cottage.
Photo Left to Right: Saro, Jean G, Jean, Ann, Yvonne, Anna and Jill.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Roberts Ltd also stocks bulk packs of washing powder.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
As part of that evening we are also asking that everyone bring a small gift to exchange on the night - if you wish it can be homemade but it doesn't necessarily have to be. Please do not spend more than $5.00. (Some suggestions: a sweet smelling bar of soap, a jar of homemade jam, some tasty nibbles).
We look forward to gathering together for our last event of the year.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Visiting Teaching Dinner & Workshop
Thursday 16 October
6.30 - 8.00 pm
A meal will be served as well as some brief presentations and songs etc.
DON'T FORGET YSA GIRLS TO BE AT THE CHAPEL JUST AFTER 6 PM FOR A FINAL PRACTICE OF YOUR ITEM!
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Pair of sharp scissors
Sewing machine (if they have one)
Tan or light brown thread
Hand sewing needle
Plus 2 fat quarters to make a top and trousers (or dress) to start with.
Wendy has stuffing sticks and is organising the calico, stuffing and paint for the hair so we can reimburse her on the evening. She doesn't think we'll get the clothes made on the first night but bring the material for the clothes just in case.
How To Gain the Most from General Conference
1-Make Personal Spiritual Preparation
2-Listen Carefully to the Speakers and the Spirit
3-Diligently Study the Conference Issue of the Ensign
4-Hearken to the Words of the Prophets and the personal promptings you receive
Consider if any of the following suggestions would help you enjoy general conference all year round:
1. Purchase extra copies of the conference issue of the Ensign—one for each member of your family. Encourage those old enough to read a bit each day and to mark favourite passages.
2. Download conference talks (from lds.org) onto your mp3 player or other audio-listening device and listen to them while you clean house, commute to work, walk the dog, or workout.
3. As part of your Sabbath day worship, watch one conference talk as a family, either on DVD or through the Internet.
4. Use conference talks for family home evening lessons. Read the Ensign article, Learning from Conference (October 2007, page 30), for specific inspiration on using general conference talks for family home evening.
5. Copy some of your favourite conference talk passages onto 3x5 cards and put them where you can easily read them.
6. Carry a conference issue of the Ensign with you to church so you can refer to it when someone mentions a particular talk or when someone’s talk or lesson reminds you of something you learned in conference that you’d like to share.
7. Revisit the stories told in conference with your children. Consider Elder Bednar’s story of making pickles (“Ye Must Be Born Again,” Ensign, May 2007, 19), Elder Wirthlin’s story of Snowman, the old gray gelding who became a champion jumping horse (“The Abundant Life,” Ensign, May 2006, 99) or any one of President Monson’s many engaging and heartfelt stories.
8. Encourage family members to use conference talks as a primary resource when preparing sacrament meeting talks.
9. Informally discuss what you have learned from conference talks with your spouse, your children, parents, siblings, around the dinner table, or even online.
10. Record your impressions of conference talks in your journal. As you write, contemplate questions such as these: How can I liken this conference talk to my life? What blessings have come when I have applied a particular general conference talk to my life?
Internet resources: including printable activities for General Conference (colouring in etc.)http://lds.about.com/od/generalconferencegames/General_Conference_Activities_and_Games.htm
2 - 4 pm for Saturday AM session
5 - 7 pm for Saturday PM session
8 - 10 pm for Priesthood session
11 - 12 noon 'On the Lord's Errand: The Life of President Thomas S. Monson'
12 - 2 pm Sunday AM session
3 - 5 pm Sunday PM session
2. Visiting Teaching Dinner & Workshop will be held on Thursday 16 October, 6.30 pm at the Chapel. We invite all sisters to attend.
3. Service Craft Enrichment Activity held on the 14 October starts at 10.00 am not the usual 12 noon - please see Sister Yvonne for more details.
4. Stake Relief Society Activity/Fireside will be held on 8th November, 7 pm at the Stake Centre. More details to come.
5. Barbara shared the Visiting Teaching message for this month - all about our divine potential as daughters of God.
6. The lesson today focused on our preparation for General Conference next week. Miriam provided a handout to help us gain the most from General Conference. This will be provided on a separate post for sisters to view.
7. Some beautiful testimonies were shared that uplifting and edified.
SEE YOU AT CONFERENCE
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
This dinner and workshop is for all sisters. Even if you haven't done your visiting teaching for a while please come along and be inspired.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
2. Visiting Teaching Workshop will be held on Thursday 16th October (so keep posted for a new date for Quilting in October)
3. Please remember Barbara in your prayers at this time. Don's funeral will be held at the Chapel at 2 pm Monday.
4. Could you also please remember Charmaine, Heather and Karenne who are, or will be shortly, in hospital and will need our prayers to help them at this time.
5. Sister Louella shared a brief message with us about missionary work (a reminder of the lesson the Stake presented in our Ward a few weeks ago at Ward Conference) and asked us how we were going praying for the courage to share the gospel - how are we going?
6. Sister Diana in 5 minute music spoke about Elder McConkie last testimony of the Savior, she read some of it, and then we sang the last verse of the hymn he wrote "I Believe in Christ". The spirit was very strong.
7. Sister Kristy shared the lessson today about testimonies from a talk by Elder Oaks. She quotes from Elder Oaks 'A testimony of the gospel is not a travelogue, a health log, or an expression of love for family members. It is not a sermon. President Kimball taught that the moment we begin preaching to others, our testimony is ended.' We discussed the steps in getting a testimony, and the importance of sharing our testimonies. She suggested we read this talk at home. Please do so, there is a powerful message in this talk for us all.