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.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
- -Strengthen and Protect Families, and
- -Build Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and Teach the Doctrines of the Kingdom of God. (Quote from general handbook)
This manual can help us as families to strengthen and protect families and build faith in our Savior whilst teaching pure doctrine.
For this reason we are really excited about the new manual that has been produced, not only for those who serve in the Nursery but also for all families of young children. It is a wonderful resource, has beautiful pictures and teaches the basic doctrines of the church - and hey, don't we all need to be reminded of those basis truths that will help us to learn how to live so we can return to our Father in Heaven again.
Would make a great Christmas gift and can be purchased from the Distribution Centre in Sydney by calling 1300 304 045 or online at http://www.ldscatalog.com/. The cost is $8.20.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Check out their website for all their products. If you do have a bit of spare tax return money it's worth checking out.
And speaking of cans you probably all know about the cans that are on sale at Chickenfeed at the moment 5 cans for $4 - 410g size. I could only see pears but there may be other types of fruit available. They are canned in syrup but in a time of need you might need the added sugar kick!
"Now, concerning the state of the soul between death and the resurrection - Behold, it has been made known unto me by an angel, that the spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body, yea, the spirits of all men... are taken home to that God who gave them life."
Monday, September 22, 2008
2. Jill asked for those who were interested in having cottage meetings in their homes. Please let Jill know if you are able to open your home for these meetings.
3. The Young Mothers will meet together this week for a planning meeting (check your email)
4. Visiting Teaching Workshop will be held on the 9th October at the Chapel, a meal will be served. More details soon.
5. Diana shared with us some peaceful music from a CD that Fran has put out with the group she plays with.
6. The lesson this week was Lesson 13 - "Obedience: When the Lord Commands, Do It".
- "When we seek to know God's will and do everything He commands us to do, the blessings of heaven will rest upon us...
- 'As a Church and a people it behooves us to be wise, and to seek to know the will of God, and then be willing to do it" (that's the hard part - be willing to do it, it's easy to know what we are meant to be doing, it's another thing to actually do it!)
- "God gives laws that will prepare us for celestial rest if we obey them".
Sisters I know the Lord wants to bless us all and when we are obedient, great blessings are ours, and peace is a part of our lives. I hope we can all try a little harder to be obedient to God's commandments, I know our lives will be richer and happier if we do.
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Next month we are going to make a modern rag doll that can be chewing, thrown around and is almost indestructable to a little one. If you are interested in coming along please let Wendy know. Photos coming soon.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
2. Not many announcements this week.
3. I forgot to announce the Relief Society Broadcast coming up on the 27th of this month. I will let you know more details regarding this after our presidency meeting on Tuesday evening.
4. Poor Diana tried to play a piece of music on a CD for 5 minute music today but due to several unforeseen circumstances (ie Rachael taking the CD player home the evening before!) we sang a song instead called "Carry On, Carry On". Great job on the piano Rach, you redeemed yourself.
5. Miriam presented our lesson from the Joseph Smith manual regarding missionary work - Lesson 12. She did a great job particularly because two weeks before the Stake Relief Society had presented the lesson - also on missionary work. So hopefully we as sisters have caught the vision, received strength and courage to open our mouths and share these wonderful truths of the gospel with those around us. As well as radiating the light of the gospel by the way we live.
6. This has nothing to do with what happened on Sunday but hey - the Young Women and the Primary auxilliaries did a great job with their displays for the open house on Saturday - go sisters!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
Sorry everyone I can't seem to get this picture the right way up!!! Just reminding everyone about the events coming up on Saturday. And a reminder that Miriam would love to hear from everyone their feelings and thoughts about Relief Society - a few sentences is fine. Below are a sample of what some of the sisters have written already:-
Through Relief Society I have developed many talents that probably would have lane dormant otherwise
Wherever I go in the world, I know I will feel welcome in Relief Society.
A Roomful of Memories.
For me, this is a very special room; not just that it has been an extension of our home for over more than forty years, but that it holds so many treasured memories.
In this room I have learned to quilt, make and mend clothes, create Christmas decorations, how to grow a garden, to raise plants (and children) together with dozens of things I would not have thought possible forty years ago. I have learned how to be thrifty, how to educate myself and family, how to be self-sufficient, how to help others and to put into practice all those things which Jesus Christ taught during His time on this earth and which I have been taught in this room.
Equally so, and perhaps even more important has been the love and fellowship which I have felt here. Here, long-term friendships have been formed and nurtured through the years. These friendships have endured through many years, when Charity (The pure love of Christ) has been freely offered and thankfully received.
This room has spectacular views in a visual sense, but to me it represents an eternal view of what God has in store for us.
Karenne & Guy's Basic Bread Recipe:
8 cups of plain flour
3.5 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons of sugar
8 teaspoons of yeast
8 teaspoons of bread improver
3 cups of luke warm water
2 tablespoons of oil
Mix well and knead, let rise to around double the size. (Guy doubles it in the microwave!)
Punch down and keand again, divide into 3 portions and place in greased tins. Cover with a tea towel and let rise in a draught free spot to the desired size. Place in 200C for 10 minutes and then at 150 for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and place on a rack to cool.
THANKS KARENNE & GUY FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK AND THANKS ESPECIALLY FOR BEING SO WILLING TO SHARE YOUR SKILLS WITH US.
Sisters, if you didn't get your handout that Karenne & Guy prepared for you, from me on Sunday please check with me next Sunday and I will give you one.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
2. We welcomed Jill's daughter Helen & granddaughter who were visiting with us today. It was nice to have them with us.
3. Thanks to all the sisters who attended the Enrichment Activity on Friday and we are especially grateful to Karenne & Guy who put so much work into making it a really informative and tasty evening!
4. The General Relief Society Broadcast will be held on the 27th September - always a wonderful experience, put it in your calendars now.
5. Visiting Teaching slips were handed out today for September - please check your slip, some changes have been made.
6. We sang happy birthday to Rachael who had her birthday last Wednesday and we also send best wishes to Bron down in Primary for her birthday on Friday.
7. A reminder about this coming Saturday's events at the chapel for the 50th anniversary.
8. We would love to have sisters share their thoughts about Relief Society. Please email your photo (if possible) and your comments to Miriam who is compiling these for Saturday. Just one or two sentences is fine. We would love to hear from all our sisters in the Ward.
9. Barbara shared with us some points from the visiting teaching message for the month.
10. Rachael led an interesting discussion on the topic of modesty with lots of sisters making comments. We were reminded about not being too casual in our dress when attending church and the temple and the importance of respecting oursevles and others in the way we dress.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Would you like to do some Sunday reading?
There are some really helpful and insightful books available from LDS authors, but it can cost a lot to get them shipped to Tassie, and it takes time. Miriam was happy to find a free text online at http://deseretbook.com/mormon-life/news/story?story_id=1351 and wanted to use the blog to let other people know about it.
This novel, “The Peacegiver: How Christ offers to heal our hearts and homes” by James L. Ferrell uses examples from the scriptures and the story of a couple with relationship difficulties to teach about the atonement. Miriam says “this is a unique book which has made the atonement feel more personal and more real to me. I found it very helpful and very profound”.
Let us know if you find any other terrific links.