Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Visiting Teaching Message for February 2010

Managing Resources Wisely and Staying Out of Debt

Managing Resources

“‘Provident living’ … implies the [conserving] of our resources, the wise planning of financial matters, full provision for personal health, and adequate preparation for education and career development, giving appropriate attention to home production and storage as well as the development of emotional resiliency. … If we live wisely and providently, we will be as safe as in the palm of His hand.”1

President Spencer W. Kimball (1895–1985).
“What skills do we need to help us become self-reliant? … In the early days of the Church, Brigham Young pled with the sisters to learn to prevent illness in families, establish home industries, and learn accounting and bookkeeping and other practical skills. Those principles still apply today. Education continues to be vitally important. …

“I asked several bishops what self-reliance skills the sisters in their wards needed most, and they said budgeting. Women need to understand the implications of buying on credit and not living within a budget. The second skill bishops listed was cooking. Meals prepared and eaten at home generally cost less, are healthier, and contribute to stronger family relationships.”2

Julie B. Beck, Relief Society general president.

Avoiding Debt
“May I suggest five key steps to financial freedom. …

“First, pay your tithing. …

“Second, spend less than you earn. …

“Third, learn to save. …

“Fourth, honor your financial obligations. …

“Fifth, teach your children to follow your example.”3

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin (1917–2008) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

“When we go into debt, we give away some of our precious, priceless agency and place ourselves in self-imposed servitude. We obligate our time, energy, and means to repay what we have borrowed—resources that could have been used to help ourselves, our families, and others. …

“To pay our debts now and to avoid future debt require us to exercise faith in the Savior—not just to do better but to be better. It takes great faith to utter those simple words, ‘We can’t afford it.’ It takes faith to trust that life will be better as we sacrifice our wants in order to meet our own and others’ needs.”4

Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Helps for Visiting Teachers
Counsel with your companion about how to sensitively adapt this message to each sister’s circumstances. What self-reliance skills can you share with her?

Personal Preparation

Malachi 3:10

Matthew 6:19–21

Luke 12:15

D&C 38:30; 88:119

Visiting Teaching Corner

Please make sure you attend our Visiting Teaching Seminar, February 11th.
Please report any needs your sisters may have that need more than your attention to
Sis Trezise our new Visiting Teaching Coordinator.

Lesson Schedule

February
1st Sunday – 2/7/10
RS Presidency
Taught by:
Carol Langford


2nd Sunday – 2/14/10
Gayla Behrmann
Lesson 3 - Jesus Christ, Our Chosen Leader and Savior
pg 13


3rd Sunday – 2/21/10
Carma Morris
Lesson 4 – Freedom to Choose pg 17

4th Sunday – 2/28/10
Stake Conference
10 am

Birthdays

Happy Birthday to YOU!
February:
4 Kera Nicole White
6 Sue Franks
7 Pam Loree High
12 Patricia Balt
17 Christina Walker
19 Natalie Priest

Dates to Remember

Feb 11 Visiting Teaching Conf.
Feb 13 Stake Youth Dance – 7pm
Feb 15 Adult Singles Pot Luck – 6pm
Feb 19 Stake Winter Ball – 7pm
Feb 20 Stake Canning Day – 8am
Feb 25 Scout Leaders Round Table
Feb 27 Stake Conf Adult Session 7pm
Feb 28 Stake Conf Gen’l Session 10am
Mar 5 BYU Young Ambassadors @ Mingus High School
Mar 5 Stake Single Adult Activity
Mar 6 Stake Scout Leader Training in Flagstaff 8am

From My House To Yours

The rules:
These items are not for resale.
They need to be used by the person or the person’s family.
No Returns
No money is exchanged

To list an item:
Email: Leslie@colvilleconsulting.com
Or call a member of the presidency.

We’re developing this to be done through email. Please fill out the address slips that will be coming around and include your email address if you want to participate.

Humanitarian Projects

Canned Goods Food Drive

Between Jan 2010 – Mar 2010
Container outside Chapel for contributions.
Or contact Sis. Amanda Paulus

Plan Your Food Storage

February 2010
Contact Della Olson

Black Beans White Beans Sugar
Potato Flakes Fruit Drink

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Visiting Teaching Message for January 2010

Becoming Self Reliant

What Is Self-Reliance?
“‘Self-reliance means using all of our blessings from Heavenly Father to care for ourselves and our families and to find solutions for our own problems.’ Each of us has a responsibility to try to avoid problems before they happen and to learn to overcome challenges when they occur.

“How do we become self-reliant? We become self-reliant through obtaining sufficient knowledge, education, and literacy; by managing money and resources wisely, being spiritually strong, preparing for emergencies and eventualities; and by having physical health and social and emotional well-being.”1 Julie B. Beck, Relief Society general president.

A Gospel Responsibility
“As we live providently and increase our gifts and talents, we become more self-reliant. Self-reliance is taking responsibility for our own spiritual and temporal welfare and for those whom Heavenly Father has entrusted to our care. Only when we are self-reliant can we truly emulate the Savior in serving and blessing others.

“It is important to understand that self-reliance is a means to an end. Our ultimate goal is to become like the Savior, and that goal is enhanced by our unselfish service to others. Our ability to serve is increased or diminished by the level of our self-reliance.”2

Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
“Self-reliance is a product of our work and undergirds all other welfare practices. It is an essential element in our spiritual as well as our temporal well-being. Regarding this principle, President Marion G. Romney [1897–1988] has said: ‘Let us work for what we need. Let us be self-reliant and independent. Salvation can be obtained on no other principle. Salvation is an individual matter, and we must work out our own salvation in temporal as well as in spiritual things.’ …

“President Spencer W. Kimball [1895–1985] further taught concerning self-reliance: ‘The responsibility for each person’s social, emotional, spiritual, physical, or economic well-being rests first upon himself, second upon his family, and third upon the Church if he is a faithful member thereof.’”3
President Thomas S. Monson.

Helps for Visiting Teaching
As a visiting teacher, you can seek personal inspiration to know how to best respond to the needs of those you are assigned to watch over. Then focus your efforts on strengthening each sister’s faith and family.
Personal Preparation

Genesis 3:19

Matthew 6:33

D&C 82:18–19; 109:8

see www.providentliving.org, All Is Safely Gathered In: Family Finances (item no. 04007), and All Is Safely Gathered In: Family Home Storage (item no. 04008).

Visiting Teaching Message for December

Nurture Through Compassionate Service

How Can I Develop and Increase in Compassion?
Moroni 7:48: “Pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ.”
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency: “Disciples of Christ throughout all ages of the world have been distinguished by their compassion. … In the end, the number of prayers we say may contribute to our happiness, but the number of prayers we answer may be of even greater importance. Let us open our eyes and see the heavy hearts, notice the loneliness and despair; let us feel the silent prayers of others around us, and let us be an instrument in the hands of the Lord to answer those prayers” (“Happiness, Your Heritage,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2008, 119, 120).

Barbara Thompson, second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency: “We need to rescue ‘all that is finest down deep inside of [us]’ so that as daughters of God we can do our part to build the kingdom of God. We will have help to do this. As Joseph declared, ‘If you live up to your privileges, the angels cannot be restrained from being your associates.’
“Let us bear one another’s burdens, mourn with those who mourn, comfort those who stand in need of comfort, and thus keep the covenants we have made [see Mosiah 18:8–10]” (“Now Let Us Rejoice,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2008, 116).

How Can I Nurture through Compassionate Service?
D&C 81:5: “Succor the weak, lift up the hands which hang down, and strengthen the feeble knees.”

Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “The Good Shepherd said, ‘Feed my lambs.’ (John 21:15.) So a woman feeds her loved ones, providing succor and sustenance just as the Savior would do. Her divine gift is to nurture, to help the young, to care for the poor, to lift the brokenhearted.

“The Lord said, ‘My work and my glory [is] to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.’ (Moses 1:39.) So His devoted daughter-disciple may truly say, ‘My work and my glory is to help my loved ones reach that heavenly goal.’

“To help another human being reach one’s celestial potential is part of the divine mission of woman. As mother, teacher, or nurturing saint, she molds living clay to the shape of her hopes. In partnership with God, her divine mission is to help spirits live and souls be lifted. This is the measure of her creation. It is ennobling, edifying, and exalting” (“Woman—Of Infinite Worth,” Ensign, Nov. 1989, 22).

Silvia H. Allred, first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency: “The Lord has blessed women with divine attributes of love, compassion, kindness, and charity. Through our monthly visits as visiting teachers, we have the power to bless each sister as we extend our arms of love and kindness and give the gifts of compassion and charity. … It is my prayer that we will pledge an increased commitment to extend our arms of love and compassion to bless, help, and strengthen each other as we go about doing our visiting teaching with a willing and joyful heart” (“Feed My Sheep,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2007, 113, 115).

Visiting Teaching Corner

There have been some visiting teaching changes which will be distributed to those involved.
Please report any needs your sisters may have that need more than your attention to Sister Roske.

Lesson Schedule

December
1st Sunday – 12/6/09
Lesson by Jan Keim

2nd Sunday – 12/13/09
Gayla Behrmann
Lesson 46 - The Martyrdom - pg. 529
3rd Sunday - 12/20/09
Betty Amend
Lesson 47 – Praise to the Man – pg. 5541

4th Sunday – 12/27/09
Janet Clark
Elder Holland – Safety for the Soul

Birthdays

December:
2 Lori Marie
5 Reanna Buss
10 Deborah Clonts
10 Jan Keim
10 Anita Scarim
15 Louise Robinson
16 Pauline Farrington
16 Sara Kelling
18 Marsha Rosenbarger
22 Lana Stine
24 Marian Edings
26 Mia Hernandez
27 Erin Koenig
29 Irma Aeschliman
29 Janet Clark
30 Teresa Back
31 Leslie Stuart

Dates to Remember

Dec. 6 Youth break fast with
Bishop – 4pm
Dec. 6 1st Presidency Christmas
Devotional – 6pm
Dec. 10 Ward Christmas Party – 6pm
Dec. 12 Singles Trip –
Christmas Lights – 1pm

From My House To Yours

The rules:
These items are not for resale.
They need to be used by the person or the person’s family.
No Returns
No money is exchanged

To list an item:
Email: Leslie@colvilleconsulting.com
Or call a member of the presidency.
Items:
Carrie Reay is looking to borrow a flute for her daughter to try and see if she likes playing it. If you have one to loan, please contact her.

Humanitarian Projects

The stake has asked if each family can make a quilt to give. Please contact Sis. Amanda Paulus with any questions, or if you would like to coordinate efforts to make them….

Plan Your Food Storage

ORDERS DUE Dec. 27th

Milk
Regular Oats
Macaroni
Carrots
Apples
Pinto Beans

Visiting Teaching Message for November

Choose a talk from the October General Conference that will be helpful to the ladies you visit teach and give it as your November message.

Visiting Teaching Corner

There have been some visiting teaching changes which will be distributed to those involved.
Please report any needs your sisters may have that need more than your attention to Sister Roske.

Lesson Schedule

November
1st Sunday – 11/1/09
Lesson by Carol Langford

2nd Sunday – 11/8/09
Jan Keim
Lesson 44 - The Restoration of All Things – pg. 507
3rd Sunday - 11/15/09
Carma Morris
Lesson 45 – Joseph Smith’s Feelings about His Prophetic Mission – pg. 517

4th Sunday – 11/22/09
Janet Clark - TBA

Birthdays

November:
1 Frances Clark
3 Sara Sanchez
4 Desiree McDowell
5 Jane Beal
5 Sallie Bishop
13 Monik Conway
13 Jolene Major
18 Myrna Hawley
18 Darlene Parson
24 Janice Lay
28 Ann Willoughby
29 Patricia Allred

Dates to Remember

Nov. 14 Stake Temple Day
Nov. 15 Youth Fireside – Multi-Stake
Nov. 19 Scout Leaders Training – 7pm

Dec.2 R. S. Temple Day
Dec. 2 & 3 – Help clean Catholic Church
Dec. 10 Ward Christmas Party
Dec. 16 Lunch Bunch - Denny;s

From My House To Yours

The rules:
These items are not for resale.
They need to be used by the person or the person’s family.
No Returns
No money is exchanged

To list an item:
Email: Leslie@colvilleconsulting.com
Or call a member of the presidency.
Items:
Carrie Reay is looking to borrow a flute for her daughter to try and see if she likes playing it. If you have one to loan, please contact her.

Humanitarian Projects

The stake has asked if each family can make a quilt to give. Please contact Sis. Amanda Paulus with any questions, or if you would like to coordinate efforts to make them….

Plan Your Food Storage

DECEMBER:
ORDERS DUE Nov. 22nd

WHITE BEANS
REFRIED BEANS
COCOA
FLOUR
ONIONS
WHITE WHEAT

Friday, October 16, 2009

Visiting Teaching Corner for OCTOBER

Nurture the Rising Generation
D&C 123:11: “It is an imperative duty that we owe to all the rising generation.”

What Is My Responsibility to the Rising Generation?

Elder Neal A. Maxwell (1926–2004) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “Reserved by the Lord for this time, [the rising generation] must now be preserved … and prepared for their special moment in human history! They have been held back to come forth at this time, but now they need to be pushed forward to meet their rendezvous. …
“Youth are not unlike prospective converts. There are those critical moments when their souls begin to tilt—toward the Lord or away from Him. These moments of decision cannot always be created, but when they occur, they must not be wasted. More often than not, these moments will occur in quiet and reverent conversation with parents, grandparents, a bishop, an adult leader, or a righteous peer” (“Unto the Rising Generation,” Ensign, Apr. 1985, 8, 10).

Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Presidency of the Seventy: “Our rising generation is worthy of our best efforts to support and strengthen them in their journey to adulthood. … In every action we take, in every place we go, with every Latter-day Saint young person we meet, we need to have an increased awareness of the need for strengthening, nurturing, and being an influence for good in their lives” (“Our Rising Generation,” Liahona and Ensign, May 2006, 47).

How Can I Nurture the Rising Generation?

President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910–2008): “Never forget that these little ones are the sons and daughters of God and that yours is a custodial relationship to them, that He was a parent before you were parents and that He has not relinquished His parental rights or interest in these His little ones. … Rear your children in love, in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Take care of your little ones. Welcome them into your homes, and nurture and love them with all of your hearts. They may do, in the years that come, some things you would not want them to do, but be patient, be patient. You have not failed as long as you have tried” (“Words of the Living Prophet,” Liahona, May 1998, 26–27; “Excerpts from Recent Addresses of President Gordon B. Hinckley,” Ensign, July 1997, 73).

Julie B. Beck, Relief Society general president: “To nurture means to cultivate, care for, and make grow. … Nurturing requires organization, patience, love, and work. Helping growth occur through nurturing is truly a powerful and influential role bestowed on women” (“Mothers Who Know,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2007, 76, 77).

Barbara Thompson, second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency: “As Relief Society sisters we can help one another to strengthen families. We are given opportunities to serve in many capacities. We constantly come in contact with children and youth who may need just what we can offer. You older sisters have much good advice and experience to share with younger mothers. Sometimes a Young Women leader or a Primary teacher says or does just the thing that is needed to reinforce what a parent is trying to teach. And obviously we don’t need any particular calling to reach out to a friend or neighbor” (“I Will Strengthen Thee; I Will Help Thee,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2007, 117).

Visiting Teaching Corner

There have been some visiting teaching changes which will be distributed to those involved.
Please report any needs your sisters may have that need more than your attention to Sister Roske.

Dates to Remember

Oct 3-4 General Conference
Oct 31 Trunk-or-Treat

Nov. 3 R. S. Activity
Nov. 11 Lunch Bunch

Dec.2 R. S. Temple Day
Dec. 10 Ward Christmas Party
Dec. 16 Lunch Bunch

Birthdays

Happy Birthday to YOU!
October:
4 Sylvia Patterson
7 Evelyn Larue
9 Barbara Gaylor
9 Billie Jo Hopkins
10 Nadine Shields
12 Patricia Lyons
13 Betty Amends
17 Karen Stewart
18 Ruth James
19 Madge Najara
20 Kate Romig
21 Judi Vermilion
22 Jackie Phillips
23 Sylvia Klimes
27 Melanie Coleman
28 Patricia McGie
28 Alicia Sorensen

From My House To Yours

The Rules:
These items are not for resale.
They need to be used by the person or the person’s family.
No Returns
No money is exchanged

To list an item:
Email: Leslie@colvilleconsulting.com
Or call a member of the presidency.

Items:
Carrie Reay is looking to borrow a flute for her daughter to try and see if she likes playing it. If you have one to loan, please contact her at 646-5363.

Enrichment Activities

Oct. 8 Activity Night –Fudge With Bishop Olson

Oct. 14 Lunch Bunch – Sizzler
11:30am

Lesson Schedule

October
1st Sunday – 10/4/09
General Conference

2nd Sunday – 10/11/09
Amanda Paulus
Lesson 42- Family: The Sweetest Union for Time and for Eternitypg 479

3rd Sunday – 10/18/09
Carma Morris
Lesson 43 – He Was a Prophet pf God pg 493

4th Sunday – 10/25/09
Presidency Lesson

Humanitarian Projects

The stake has asked if each family can make a quilt to give. Please contact Sis. Amanda Paulus with any questions, or if you would like to coordinate efforts to make them….

Recipe of the Month

Plan Your Food Storage :
To get an order in NOVEMBER:
ORDERS DUE OCT. 18th
Black Beans
Rice
Sugar
Quick Oats
Potato Flakes
Fruit Drink

Visiting Teaching Message for SEPTEMBER

Understand and Live the Gospel of Jesus Christ
September 2009

How Can I Better Understand and Live the Gospel?

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin (1917–2008) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “Faithful members of the Church should be like oak trees and should extend deep roots into the fertile soil of the fundamental principles of the gospel. We should understand and live by the simple, basic truths and not complicate them. Our foundations should be solid and deep-rooted so we can withstand the winds of temptation, false doctrine, adversity, and the onslaught of the adversary without being swayed or uprooted. …

“Spiritual nourishment is just as important as a balanced diet to keep us strong and healthy. We nourish ourselves spiritually by partaking of the sacrament weekly, reading the scriptures daily, praying daily in personal and family prayer, and performing temple work regularly. Our spiritual strengths are like batteries; they need to be charged and frequently recharged” (“Deep Roots,” Ensign, Nov. 1994, 75).

Barbara Thompson, second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency: “Sisters, now more than ever, we need women to step up and be strong. We need women who declare the truth with strength, faith, and boldness. We need women to set an example of righteousness. We need women to be ‘anxiously engaged in a good cause.’ We need to live so that our lives bear witness that we love our Heavenly Father and the Savior Jesus Christ and that we will do what They have asked us to do” (“Now Let Us Rejoice,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2008, 116).
2 Nephi 31:12: “Follow me, and do the things which ye have seen me do.”

How Does Understanding and Living the Gospel Bless Lives?

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency: “As we strive to understand, internalize, and live correct gospel principles, we will become more spiritually self-reliant. … I testify as an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ that He lives, that the gospel is true, and that it offers the answers to all personal and collective challenges the children of God have on this earth today” (“Christlike Attributes—the Wind beneath Our Wings,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2005, 100, 101).

Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “The plan of happiness is available to all of his children. If the world would embrace and live it, peace, joy, and plenty would abound on the earth. Much of the suffering we know today would be eliminated if people throughout the world would understand and live the gospel” (“Answers to Life’s Questions,” Ensign, May 1995, 23).

Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “We must live the gospel in such a way that we will have the Spirit to ever be with us. If we live worthily, the Spirit will always be with us. We can then teach by the Spirit. … The reason we pray, study the scriptures, have good friends, and live the gospel through obedience to the commandments is so that when—not if, but when—the trials come, we are ready” (“Teaching by Faith,” Liahona, Sept. 2003, 10, 14–15; Ensign, Sept. 2003, 20, 24–25).

Visiting Teaching Corner

There have been some visiting teaching changes which will be distributed to those involved.
Please report any needs your sisters may have that need more than your attention to Sister Roske.

Birthdays

Happy Birthday to YOU!
Sep 4 Kristina Ball
Sep 7 Jolin Rice
Sep 14 Kathy Gates
Sep 14 Suzan Knight
Sep 19 Merlynn Clement
Sep 23 Stephanie Scarim
Sep 23 Sharen Joachimstaler
Sep 27 Connie Clawson
Sep 29 Jenette Dobrinski
Sep 30 Joan Barilleaux
Sep 30 Cecilia Wiseman

Dates to Remember

Sep 06 – Singles Break the Fast – 5 p.m.
Sep 10 – RS Leadership Meeting 7pm
Sep 12 – Youth Dance Sedona 8 – 11 pm
Sep 13 – CES Fireside for Young Adults
Sep 19 – Ward Ice Cream Social 7pm
Sep 20 – Stake Youth Fireside
Sep 21 – Stake Single Adult Potluck 6pm
Sep 24 – Round Table Scout Leaders 7pm
Sep 26 – Child Record of Baptism 10am
Sep 26 – General Relief Society Mtg 6pm
Sep 27 – Fast Sunday & Singles Break the Fast 5 pm
Oct 3-4 General Conference

From My House To Yours

The Rules:
These items are not for resale.
They need to be used by the person or the person’s family.
No Returns
No money is exchanged

To list an item:
Email: Leslie@colvilleconsulting.com
Or call a member of the presidency.

Items:
Carrie Reay is looking to borrow a flute for her daughter to try and see if she likes playing it. If you have one to loan, please contact her.

Enrichment Activities

Sept 16 – R.S. Activity – Lunch Bunch,
11:30am HoBo Joe’s (Wed)

Sept 25 – R.S. Activity – Temple Day, 8:00 am

Lesson Schedule

September
1st Sunday – 9/6/09
Business Meeting
Lesson by Presidency

2nd Sunday – 9/13/09
Tita Hecker
Lesson 40- How Glorious Are Faithful, Just, and True Friends,pg 459

3rd Sunday – 9/20/09
Carma Morris
Lesson 41 – Becoming Saviours on Mount Zion, pg 469

4th Sunday – 9/27/09
Beulah Stever – Honorably Hold a Name and Standing by Elder David A. Bednar
pg 97

Humanitarian Projects

Humanitarian Project:
The stake has asked if each family can make a quilt to give. Please contact Sis. Amanda Paulus (274-3753) with any questions, or if you would like to coordinate efforts to make them….

Recipe of the Month

Sweet and Sour Sauce With Meatballs
1 Cup Sugar
½ Cup White Vinegar
¼ Cup Catsup
Dash Salt
1 Tbsp. Soy Sauce
1 Bag Frozen Swedish Meatballs
1 Chopped Green Pepper
Or Yellow, or Red, or a Mixture
1 Can Pineapple Chunks
½ Cup Maraschino Cherries
½ Cup Chopped Onion

Mix ingredients and heat. Then add ½ cup water and 2 Tbsp. corn starch. Cook until thickens. Double if needed.
Then add ingredients to the left. Cook on stove top or in a crockpot.
Great over steamed rice.
Can also use Chicken or pork.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Visiting Teaching Message

Seek Education and Lifelong Learning

Why Should I Continually Seek Spiritual and Secular Education?
D & C 93:36-37: "The glory of god is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth. Light and truth forsake that evil one."

Julie B. Beck, Relief Society general president: "The Lord has told us that our time should be devoted to the studying of the scriptures' (D&C 26:1) and that 'the Book of Mormon and the holy scriptures are given ....for [our] instruction; (D&C 33:16) Every woman can be a gospel doctrine instructor in her home, and every sister in the Church needs gospel knowledge as a leader and teacher. If you have not already developed the habit of daily scripture study, start now and keep studying in order to be prepared for your responsibilities in this life and in the eternities" ("My Soul Delighteth in the Scriptures, " Liahona and Ensign, May 2004, 107-8).

President Thomas S. Monson: "Beyond our study of spiritual matters, secular learning is also essential. ....I urge you to pursue your education - if you are not already doing so or have not done so - that you might be prepared to provide if circumstances necessitate such.

"Your talents will expand as you study and learn. You will be able to better assist your families in their learning, and you will have peace of mind in knowing that you have prepared yourself for the eventualities that you may encounter in life" ("Three Goals to Guide You," Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2007, 119).

How Can I Be a Lifelong Learner?

President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency: "We will have to make some hard choices of how we use our time. ....But remember , you are interested in education, not just for mortal life but for eternal life. When you see that reality clearly with spiritual sight, you will put spiritual learning first and yet not slight the secular learning....

"...And since what we will need to know is hard to discern, we need the help of heaven to know which of the myriad things we could study we would most wisely learn. It also means that we cannot waste time entertaining ourselves when we have the chance to read or to listen to whatever will help us learn what is true and useful. Insatiable curiosity will be our hallmark" ("Education for Real Life," Ensign, Oct. 2002, 18, 19).

Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: "A few of the basic attributes needed to become a lifelong learner are courage, faithful desire, humility, patience, curiosity, and a willingness to communicate and share the knowledge that we gain....

"My dear sisters, don't ever sell yourself short as a woman or as a mother. ....Do not let the world define, denigrate, or limit your feelings of lifelong learning and the values of motherhood in the home ----both here mortally and in the eternal learning and benefits you give to your children and to your companion.

"Lifelong learning is essential to the vitality of the human mind, body and soul. It enhances self-worth and self-actualisation. Lifelong learning is invigorating mentally and is a great defense against aging, depression and self-doubt" ("The Journey of Lifelong Learning," in BYU 2008-09 Speeches [2009] 2,8-9)

Visiting Teaching Corner

School starts this month....so we imagine sisters with families will be getting back into the swing of things. Please, start early so you will be able to coordinate your visits. Remember to phone your VT supervisor with your visit contacts so they don't have to call you! :)

Please report any needs your sisters may have that need more than your attention t Sister Roske.....Thank you for all you do!!

August Lesson Schedule

1st Sunday - 8/2/09 - business meeting, lesson by a member of the presidency
2nd Sunday - 8/9/09 - Lesson 38, "The Wentworth Letter", pp.435, by Tita Hecker
3rd Sunday - 8/16/09 - Lesson 39, "Divine Organization of Women", pp. 449, by Carma Morris
4th Sunday - 8/23/09 - Lesson from the Ensign, "The Way of the Disciple", May 09, pp. 75, by Beulah Stever
5th Sunday - Stake Conference 10 a.m.

Birthdays

Happy Birthday to YOU!!!!

Aug. 1 - Jeralyn Merwin
Aug. 5 - Gayla Behrmann
Aug. 6 - Amanda Paullus
Aug. 6 - Charly Robinson
Aug. 8 - Deborah Corethers
Aug. 8 - Lily Schultz
Aug. 9 - Sabrina Rodriguez
Aug. 9 - Jean Schenk
Aug. 10 - Emma Morris
Aug. 14 - Fay Jacobson
Aug. 17 - Eva roske
Aug. 21 - Karen Mickelson
Aug. 22 - Ellen Herbert
Aug. 22 - Sarah O'Donnal
Aug. 23 - Karen Rae Fierro
Aug. 25 - Tori Scott
Aug. 26 - Mary Watkins
Aug. 27 - Carla Mooseman
Aug. 29 - Marilyn Maier

Dates to Remember

Aug. 2 - Singles break the fast - 5 p.m.
Aug. 15 - Stake Youth Temple Baptism, YW 12:00 p.m. , YM 1:30 p.m.
Aug. 17 - Stake Single Adult Potluck 6 p.m.
Aug. 22 - Stake Temple Day
Aug. 27 - Round Table Scout Leader's Training - 7 p.m.
Aug. 29 - Priesthood Leadership 4 p.m.
Aug. 29 - Stake Conference 7 p.m.
Aug. 30 - Stake Conference 10 a.m.

Enrichment Activities

Aug. 13 - Relief Society Enrichment , 6:30 p.m., dinner will be served. Please bring a favorite thing of yours to give away. Ideas: food item, a poem, a candy bar, flowers, etc.
The theme: "These are a few of our favorite things"

Aug. 19 - R.S. Activity - "Lunch Bunch" @ Su Casa in Clarkdale, 11:30 a.m.

From My House To Yours

The rules:
These items are not for resale. They need to be used by the person or the person's family.
No returns.
No money is exchanged.

To list an item:
Email:
leslie@colvilleconsulting.com
or call a member of the presidency

Current Items:
Emma Morris has slacks to give away: sizes 8 & 10....barely worn. Contact her if interested, other wise they will go t the DI. Jeralyn has a toddler bed.

Did You Know?

To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge, add and empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get into narrow openings.

Recipe of the Month

Forgotten Chicken
3 skinless chicken breast or other chicken pieces (enough to cover the top of the pan)
2 cups uncooked rice
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of celery soup
1 1/2 cans of milk or water
1 envelope of French onion soup mix
Salt & pepper to taste

Combine rice with the soups and liquid.
Pour into greased 9x13 pan
Sprinkle half the onion soup mix on top of rice
Add salt and pepper
Place chicken on top of the rice
Sprinkle with 2nd half of the dry soup mix
Cover tightly with foil
Bake in slow oven @ 325 for 2 and a half hours
(You can bake it at 300 and when you get home from the 3 hour church block ....it will be done)

Friday, July 10, 2009

Visiting Teaching Message

Qualify For and Partake of Temple Worship

How Can I Prepare for Temple Worship?
Silvia H. Allred, first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency:
"The temple is the house of the Lord. He directs the conditions under which it may be used, the ordinances that should be administered, and the standards that qualify us to enter....Personal worthiness is an essential requirement to enjoy the blessings of the temple We prepare by obeying the commandments and seeking to do God's will" ("Holy Temples, Sacred Covenants, " Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2008, 113)

Elder David B. Haight (1906 -2004) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles"
"We who would attend the temple must be living in a manner which helps us be worthy to enter and fully partake.... We examine our worthiness to enter the temple in... interviews with priesthood leaders. Our signature, with theirs, on our temple recommend testifies of our worthiness to enter the temple"
(Come to the House of the Lord." Ensign, May 1992, 15).

What Are the Blessings of Qualifying for and Partaking of Temple Worship?

D&C 110:7 "I will manifest myself to my people in mercy in this house."
President Howard W. Hunter (1907-95):
"Let us hasten to the temple as frequently as time and means and personal circumstances allow. Let us go not only for our kindred dead, but let us also go for the personal blessing of temple worship, for the sanctity and safety which is provided within those hallowed and consecrated walls. The temple is a place of beauty, it is a place of revelation, it is a place of peace" ("The Great Symbol of Our Membership," Tambuli, Nov. 1994, 6. Ensign, Oct. 1994, 5).

Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles:

"The temple endowment blessings are as essential for each of us as was our baptism. For this reason we are to prepare ourselves that we may be clean to enter into the temple of God. Temple work is an opportunity to perform our personal endowments and covenants for the living and also perform these same ordinances for the redemption for the dead. It is for this reason we are instructed in the scriptures to build temples and prepare our lives to be worth to partake of the sacred temple ordinances and covenants."

"The primary purpose of the temple is to provide the ordinances necessary for our exaltation in the celestial kingdom. Temple ordinances guide us to our Savior and give us the blessings that come to us through the Atonement of Jesus Christ" ("Temple Blessings," in BYU 2005-2006 Speeches [2006]. 1, 4).

President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910-2008):
"Every man or woman who goes to the temple in a spirit of sincerity and faith leaves the house of the Lord a better man or woman. There is a need for constant improvement in all of our lives. There is need occasionally to leave the noise and tumult of the world and step within the walls of a sacred house of God, there to feel His spirit in an environment of holiness and peace" ("Of Missions, Temples, and Stewardship," Ensign, Nov. 1995, 53)



Visiting Teaching Corner

This is the last month until school starts...so vacations, reunions, and family fun are being scheduled.....Please, try and get your visiting teaching done early so you can avoid the rush!

Please report any special needs your sisters may have that need more than your attention to Sister Roske.

July Birthdays

July 4 - Christy Patterson
July 7 - Jean Kelling
July 8 - Beulah Stever
July 10 - Gail Coursey
July 17 - Debbie Howard
July 19 - Leisha Strasser
July 21- Juanita Anzores
July 22 - Clara Coleman
July 22 - Nicole Lechner
July 22 - Shirlene Healy
July 27 - Debra Lester
July 27 - Rebecca Cretti
July 28 - Gilda Christensen
July 29 - Mary Wallace

From My House to Yours

The rules:
These items are not for resale.
They need to be used by the person or the person's family who takes them.
No Returns
No money is exchanged

To list an item email: leslie@colvilleconsulting.com
or call a member of the presidency.

Items Currently Listed:
Jeralyn Merwin is in need of a day bed...she has a toddler bed for trade or for taking.
Emma Morris has a stove for which she would like to find a new home.

Lesson Schedule

July 5th
Business Meeting
Lesson by Presidency

July 12th
Lesson 36 - Receive the Ordinances and Blessings, pp 413
By: TBA

July 19th
Lesson 37 - Charity the Pure Love of Christ, pp 423
By: Carma Morris

July 26th
"Unselfish Service", May 2009 - Ensign, pp 93
By: TBA

Dates to Remember

July 5 - Singles' "Break the fast" @ 5 p.m.
July 16-20 - YW Camp @ Camp Lo Mia
July 17-18 - Pioneer Broadcast Time TBA
July 18 - DI Drop Off - 8 to 10 a.m.
July 20 - Stake Singles Adult Potluck - 6 p.m.
July 25 - Pioneer Day Celebration @ Haddon's, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
July 26 - Stake Youth Fireside 7 p.m.
July 31 to Aug. 1 - Youth Multi Stake Conference in Flagstaff

Enrichment Activities

July 7 - Relief Society Movie Night @ Della Olson's home
July 15 - (Wed) Lunch Bunch @ Brandi's 11:30 a.m. (In the Safeway shopping center)

Thought for the Month

Yesterday is history...
Tomorrow is a mystery...
Today is a gift....
That's why it's called the present!

Recipe of the Month

Angel Biscuits

4 c. flour
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbl. yeast
2 c. buttermilk
1/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c. shortening
2 tsp. warm water

Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, soda and salt together. Cut in shortening. Soften yeast in water, then stir to dissolve. Mix with buttermilk and combine with dry ingredients. Roll out on a pastry sheet to 1/2 in. thick and cut with biscuit cutter. Place cut biscuits on a "pammed" baking sheet...place baking sheet in cold oven...then set oven to 400 degrees. Biscuits will raise as the oven heats. Bake for 15 min. This dough may be kept in the refrigerator for several weeks...good for family reunions, kids home during the summer and just plain good eating.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Visiting Teaching Corner

This is going to be a busy month for family activities. Please, try and get your visitng teaching done early so you can avoid the rush! :)
Please report any needs your sisters may have that need more than your attention to Sister Roske.

Visiting Teaching Message

Participate in Sincere Prayer

Sincere Prayer Has Strengthening Power

Julie B. Beck, Relief Society general president: “Think of our combined strength if every sister had sincere prayer every morning and night or, better yet, prayed unceasingly as the Lord has commanded. If every family had family prayer daily … , we would be stronger” (“What Latter-day Saint Women Do Best: Stand Strong and Immovable,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2007, 110).
Elder Bruce R. McConkie (1915–85) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “Prayer changes our lives. Through it we draw near to the Lord, and he reaches out his finger and touches us, so we never again are the same.

“Prayer is a great tower of strength, a pillar of unending righteousness, a mighty force that moves mountains and saves souls” (“Patterns of Prayer,” Ensign, May 1984, 32).
Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “Every honest and sincere prayer adds another piece to chain-mail armor. … One of the most important ways to clothe yourselves in the armor of God is to make sure that prayer—earnest, sincere, consistent prayer—is part of your daily lives” (“Be Strong in the Lord,” Ensign, July 2004, 10).
D&C 112:10: “Be thou humble; and the Lord thy God shall lead thee by the hand, and give thee answer to thy prayers.”

Sincere Prayer Is Holy Communication

President James E. Faust (1920–2007), Second Counselor in the First Presidency: “First, prayer is a humble acknowledgment that God is our Father and that the Lord Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. Second, it is a sincere confession of sin and transgression and a request for forgiveness. Third, it is recognition that we need help beyond our own ability. Fourth, it is an opportunity to express thanksgiving and gratitude to our Creator. It is important that we frequently say: ‘We thank Thee … ,’ ‘We acknowledge before Thee … ,’ ‘We are grateful unto Thee …’ Fifth, it is a privilege to ask Deity for specific blessings.
“… Sincere prayers come from the heart. Indeed, sincerity requires that we draw from the earnest feelings of our hearts” (“The Lifeline of Prayer,” Liahona, July 2002, 62; Ensign, May 2002, 59–60).

Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “Meaningful prayer requires both holy communication and consecrated work. Blessings require some effort on our part before we can obtain them, and prayer, as ‘a form of work, … is an appointed means for obtaining the highest of all blessings’ (Bible Dictionary, ‘Prayer,’ 753). We press forward and persevere in the consecrated work of prayer, after we say ‘amen,’ by acting upon the things we have expressed to Heavenly Father” (“Ask in Faith,” Liahona and Ensign, May 2008, 95).

President Thomas S. Monson: “As we offer unto the Lord our family and our personal prayers, let us do so with faith and trust in Him. Let us remember the injunction of the Apostle Paul to the Hebrews: ‘For he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.’ If any of us has been slow to hearken to the counsel to pray always, there is no finer hour to begin than now” (“A Royal Priesthood,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2007, 61).

Dates to Remember

June 5th - 8th Stake Youth Pioneer Trek
June 6th Child of Record Baptism 10:00 am
June 7th Singles Activity - Break the Fast 5:30 pm - 7:30pm
Jun 11th Stake Single Adult Committee Meeting 7pm
June 15th 6:00 pm FHE Stake Single Adult Potluck
June 19th Stake temple Day
June 20th 6:30 pm Trek Reunion Fireside & Dance Stake center
June 20th 8:00 am DI POD drip off until 10:00 am
June 21st Fathers Day
June 25th 7 pm Roundtable Scout Leaders Training
June 27th Single Activities by Sedona Ward

From My House To Yours

“From My House To Yours”

The rules:
These items are not for resale.
They need to be used by the person or the person’s family.
No Returns
No money is exchanged

To list an item:
Email: mmaier50@msn.com
Or call a member of the presidency.
Items:
Jeralyn Merwin- has a toddler bed and is hoping to find or trade for a day bed.
Emma Morris: has a stove she would like to find a new home for

Enrichment Activities

June 9th – Lunch Bunch – Casa Bonito - 11:30 a.m.

June 16th – Fun with monkey bread – 7 p.m. @ the church, daughters are welcome to come.

Thanks to all who participated in our Temple Trip on June 3rd.

Lesson Schedule

May
1st Sunday – 6/7/09
Business Meeting
Lesson by Presidency

2nd Sunday – 6/14/09
Jan Keim
Lesson 34- The Power of Forgiving pp. 391

3rd Sunday – 6/21/09
Carma Morris
Lesson 35 – Redemption of the Dead, pp.401

4th Sunday – 6/28/09
Beulah Stever – May Ensign – Be of Good Cheer, pp. 89

Thought for the Month

A friend is someone who knows
the song in your heart
and can sing it back to you
when you have forgotten
the words.

Recipe of the Month

Mormon Bran Muffins

Mix &Cool: 2 c. boiling water, 5t. baking soda

Cream: 1 c. shortening, 2 c. sugar, & 4 beaten eggs

Add: 4c. All Bran, 2 c. bran flakes or Raisin Bran, 5 c. sifted flour, 1 qt. buttermilk.

Add: Slowly add soda water mixture to the above, mix as you go.

Refrigerate for 8 hours before baking. Makes 4 doz. muffins, bake 375 for 20 min….(Batter can be kept in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 6 weeks……great for kids to pull out and make a healthy hot muffin for breakfast during the summer….nuts, raisins, dates, etc. can be added)

Recipe of the Month

Mormon Bran Muffins
Mix &Cool: 2 c. boiling water, 5t. baking soda

Cream: 1 c. shortening, 2 c. sugar, & 4 beaten eggs

Add: 4c. All Bran, 2 c. bran flakes or Raisin Bran, 5 c. sifted flour, 1 qt. buttermilk.

Add: Slowly add soda water mixture to the above, mix as you go.

Refrigerate for 8 hours before baking. Makes 4 doz. muffins, bake 375 for 20 min….(Batter can be kept in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 6 weeks……great for kids to pull out and make a healthy hot muffin for breakfast during the summer….nuts, raisins, dates, etc. can be added)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

May 2009 Enrichment - What's in Your Balloon?


The invitations....




The lesson....



The decor...




The food....


The activity....


The picture frame....



The nursery......


Thank you to Brother Romig, Brother Strasser and Kristina Stuart

A night of personal enrichment was enjoyed by each sister. "Look in the mirror and find out what's in your balloon" was the theme.This led to a night of self appreciation and to the appreciation of the sisters that surround us. We had a wonderful meal, chicken salad on croissants, pasta salad, chips and raspberry sherbet with a cookie was served for desert. The sisters listened to an inspirational message given by Sister Carla Mooseman, followed by an insightful game which was punctuated with much laughter. Then each sister made a beautiful picture frame with her picture in it to look at each day to appreciate the qualities within.

Friday, April 17, 2009

New Item: "From My House To Yours" - May

We would like to start an exchange of goods:

“From My House To Yours”

The idea is to offer items that one person may not need any more to another person who has a need for that item. We will list them here in the newsletter. If you are interested you can contact the person who lists the item. No money is involved in the exchange.

The rules:
These items are not for resale.
They need to be used by the person or the person’s family.
No Returns
No money is exchanged

To list an item:
Email: mmaier50@msn.com
Or call a member of the presidency.

Visiting Teaching Corner - May

Since Conference was last month, there isn’t a designated Visiting Teaching Message. Choose a talk that inspired you and share it with the sisters you visit.




Please report any needs your sisters may have that need more than your attention to Sister Roske.

Lesson Schedule - May

May
1st Sunday – 5/3/09
Business Meeting
Lesson by Presidency

2nd Sunday – 5/10/09
Jan Keim
Lesson 32- Responding to Persecution with Faith, pp. 369

3rd Sunday – 5/17/09
Carma Morris
Lesson 33 – The Spiritual Gifts, pp.369

4th Sunday – 5/24/09
Beulah Stever – Oct. Ensign – Pray Always,
pp. 41


5th Sunday - 5/31/09

Joint Meeting with Priesthood & Relief Society

Enrichment Activities- May

May 12th – Enrichment Meeting – 6:30 p.m.
May 17th – Lunch Bunch – China Buffet, 11:30 a.m.
May 27th – Temple Trip to Mesa – details TBA

All activities and calendared events will be at the church unless otherwise noted.

Dates to - May

May 10th – Mother’s Day
May 8th & 9th – Father & Sons Campout
May 17th – Seminary Graduation
May 22nd – Last Day of School
May 22nd – MUHS Graduation
May 25th - Memorial Day

Visiting Teaching Corner

Since Conference was last month, there isn’t a designated Visiting Teaching Message. Choose a talk that inspired you and share it with the sisters you visit.Please report any needs your sisters may have that need more than your attention to Sister Roske.

Recipe of the Month- May

Strawberry Spinach Salad…Yum!
1 pkg. of fresh spinach
1 sm. Basket of strawberries – sliced
1 sm. Pkg. slivered almonds
Dressing :
½ c. sugar
2 Tb. sesame seeds
¼ c. apple cider vinegar
½ c. oil
2 Tb. finely chopped onions
Wash and tear spinach, wash and slice strawberries, add almonds and toss.
Dressing: mix all ingredients together until sugar is dissolved and pour over salad, just before serving.

Visiting Teaching Message - April 2009

Search the Scriptures Diligently

Why Search the Scriptures?

President Howard W. Hunter (1907–95): “I commend to you the revelations of God as the standard by which we must live our lives and by which we must measure every decision and every deed. Accordingly, when you have worries and challenges, face them by turning to the scriptures and the prophets” (“Fear Not, Little Flock,” in 1988–89 Devotional and Fireside Speeches [1989], 112).

President Ezra Taft Benson (1899–1994): “Success in righteousness, the power to avoid deception and resist temptation, guidance in our daily lives, healing of the soul—these are but a few of the promises the Lord has given to those who will come to His word. … Certain blessings are to be found only in the scriptures, only in coming to the word of the Lord and holding fast to it. …

“… Recommit yourselves to a study of the scriptures. Immerse yourselves in them daily so you will have the power of the Spirit to attend you in your callings. Read them in your families and teach your children to love and treasure them” (“The Power of the Word,” Ensign, May 1986, 82).

President Spencer W. Kimball (1895–1985): “As you become more and more familiar with the truths of the scriptures, you will be more and more effective in keeping the second great commandment, to love your neighbor as yourself. Become scholars of the scriptures—not to put others down, but to lift them up! After all, who has any greater need to ‘treasure up’ the truths of the gospel (on which they may call in their moments of need) than do women and mothers who do so much nurturing and teaching?” (“The Role of Righteous Women,” Ensign, Nov. 1979, 102).

How Can I Treasure the Scriptures?
2 Nephi 4:15: “For my soul delighteth in the scriptures, and my heart pondereth them, and writeth them for the learning and the profit of my children.”
Julie B. Beck, Relief Society general president: “One good way to start studying the scriptures is to ‘liken’ them to ourselves (see 1 Nephi 19:23). Some people start by choosing a subject in the Topical Guide that they need to know more about. Or they start at the beginning of a book of scripture and look for specific teachings. …

“Whichever way a person starts studying the scriptures, the key to unlocking important knowledge is to keep studying. I never tire of discovering the rich treasures of truth in the scriptures because they teach with ‘plainness, even as plain as word can be’ (2 Nephi 32:7). The scriptures testify of Christ (see John 5:39). They tell us all things we should do (see 2 Nephi 32:3). They ‘make [us] wise unto salvation’ (2 Timothy 3:15).

“Through my scripture reading and the prayers that accompany my study, I have gained knowledge which brings me peace and helps me keep my energies focused on eternal priorities. Because I started reading the scriptures daily, I have learned about my Heavenly Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and what I need to do to be like Them” (“My Soul Delighteth in the Scriptures,” Liahona and Ensign, May 2004, 108–9).

President Thomas S. Monson: “The holy scriptures adorn our bookshelves. Make certain they provide nourishment to our minds and guidance for our lives” (“The Mighty Strength of the Relief Society,” Ensign, Nov. 1997, 95).

Visiting Teaching Corner

Please report any needs your sisters may have that need more than your attention to Sister Roske.

Lesson Schedule

March:
Saturday & Sunday – April 4th & 5th
General Conference

2nd Sunday - 4/12/09
Jan Keim
Lesson 30- Valiant in the Cause of Christ,
pp 349.

3rd Sunday – 4/19/09
Carma Morris
Lesson 31 – God Shall Be With You Forever, pp 359.

4th Sunday – 4/26/09
Beulah Stever – Finding Joy in the Journey Oct. 2008 Ensign, pp 84.

Enrichment Activities

April 14th – Lunch Bunch – Georgie’s 11:30 a.m.
April 21st – Credit Management Activity – 6:30 p.m.


All activities and calendared events will be at the church unless otherwise noted.

Dates to Remember

April 3rd – Ward Party – “Knights & Ladies:”, 6 p.m.
Apil 4th & 5th – General Conference
April 7 th YM Basketball - Glendale
April 9th – Stake Auxiliary Leadership Training
April 12th – Easter
April 17th – Mormon Prom – Youth
April 18th – YM Bike Hike – 7 a.m.
April 20th – Stake Singles Potluck – 6 p.m.
April 21st – Cannery – Call Della Olson
April 23rd – Scout Round Table
April 25th – Stake Primary Act, girls ages 8-11,10am
April 26th – Youth Fireside, Pioneer Trek

Did you know? Tip of the Month

Food Stains in Plastic Storage Containers: Use a baking soda paste (baking soda and water) and rub into the stain. You can then rinse with vinegar (optional) and wash normally.

Recipe of the Month

Swedish Nut Cake
(We served this at last months R.S. birthday party)
2 cups white sugar
2 cups of all-purpose flour + 2 Tbls
2 eggs
½ c. chopped walnuts
2 t. baking soda
2 t. vanilla
1 (20 oz) can of crushed pineapple with juice
Frosting
1 8oz pkg of cream cheese
1 lb. of confectioner sugar ( I usually add more…almost a cup more)
½ c. of chopped walnuts
½ c. or one cube butter
1 t. vanilla extract
(2-6 T. milk – adjust consistency to your liking – I added this to the recipe because I cool the cake and use more confectioner sugar.)

1. Preheat oven to 350- degrees. Grease and flour 9x13 baking pan.

2. In large bowl mix: flour, sugar, ½ c. walnuts and baking soda – add eggs, pineapple and
t. vanilla. Beat until smooth and pour into 9x13 baking pan.

3. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes.

4. For icing: cream butter or margarine, cream cheese, 1 tsp. Vanilla with confectioner sugar until light and fluffy – fold in ½ c. chopped walnuts.

5. Spread icing on hot cake - (I like to cool my cake until it is just barely warm, that’s why I make more frosting)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The 2009 Relief Society Birthday

Relief Society was established on March 17, 1842
"The purpose of Relief Society, as established by the Lord, is to organize, teach, and inspire His daughters to prepare them for the blessings of eternal life.
Increase faith and personal righteousness.
Strengthen families.
Serve the Lord and His children. "

The Mountain View Ward of Cottonwood celebrated the Relief Society's beginnings last night, March 10, 2009, with a lovely dinner and play. Approximately 50 people attended and enjoyed an evening of history about the Relief Society organization.

Happy 167th !


(photos only....no sound)

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Cottonwood Stake Women's Conference

Talents
Decorations and Conversation

Fashion Show

You've Got Class!
Saturday, March 7th was the annual Cottonwood Stake Women's Conference. It was a wonderful event with inspiring speakers. Each sister who attended could choose 4 out of the six talks. Each session was motivating and inspired sisters in a variety of ways: to appreciate themselves, cope with what is happening in their lives, live healthier lifestyles, look their best, reach out for opportunities, count their blessings, recognize adversity and appreciate the plan of salvation, enjoy life and much more. A fashion show followed the classes...women of all ages and in all stages of life participated. Some with their children. Each presented a modest and beautifully fashionable approach to their individual lifestyles. Box lunches were served. Each sister returned to eat with her friends at a beautifully decorated table. Along the walls and around the cultural hall displays of women's talents were visible. It was a wonderful day to recognize the "class" found in each individual and to appreciate the talents around us. Wonderful music punctuated the program sang by sisters regarding the specific stage of their lives. It was an uplifting day!

Visiting Teaching Message

“Uphold, Nourish, and Protect the Family”

Why Must I Defend the Doctrine of the Family?

The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity” (“The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Liahona, Oct. 2004, 49; Ensign, Nov. 1995, 102).

Julie B. Beck, Relief Society general president: “As a disciple of Jesus Christ, every woman in this Church is given the responsibility for upholding, nurturing, and protecting families. Women have distinct assignments given to them from before the foundation of the world. And as a covenant-keeping Latter-day Saint woman, you know that raising your voice in defense of the doctrine of the family is critical to the strength of families the world over” (“What Latter-day Saint Women Do Best: Stand Strong and Immovable,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2007, 110).

How Can I Defend the Family?

D&C 88:119: “Establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God.”

President Spencer W. Kimball (1895–1985): “Home is a haven against the storms and struggles of life. Spirituality is born and nurtured by daily prayer, scripture study, home gospel discussions and related activities, home evenings, family councils, working and playing together, serving each other, and sharing the gospel with those around us. Spirituality is also nurtured in our actions of patience, kindness, and forgiveness toward each other and in our applying gospel principles in the family circle” (“Therefore I Was Taught,” Tambuli, Aug. 1982, 2; Ensign, Jan. 1982, 3).

Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “I call upon members of the Church and on committed parents, grandparents, and extended family members everywhere to hold fast to [the family] proclamation, to make it a banner not unlike General Moroni’s ‘title of liberty,’ and to commit ourselves to live by its precepts. …

“In today’s world, where Satan’s aggression against the family is so prevalent, parents must do all they can to fortify and defend their families. But their efforts may not be enough. Our most basic institution of family desperately needs help and support from the extended family and the public institutions that surround us” (“What Matters Most Is What Lasts Longest,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2005, 42–43).

Elder Robert S. Wood of the Seventy: “For too many, responsibility seems to end with hand-wringing and exclamations of dismay. Yet talk without action accomplishes little. We need to be vigorously engaged in the world. If our schools are inadequate or destructive of moral values, we must work with fellow members of the community to bring about change. If our neighborhoods are unsafe or unhealthy, we must join with the civic-minded to devise solutions. If our cities and towns are polluted, not only with noxious gases but soul-destroying addictions and smut, we must labor to find legitimate ways to eliminate such filth. … We have the responsibility to be a blessing to others, to our nation, to the world” (“On the Responsible Self,” Ensign, Mar. 2002, 30–31).

Visiting Teaching Corner

Please report any needs your sisters may have that need more than your attention to Sister Roske.

Lesson Schedule

March:
1st Sunday – 3/01/09
Marilyn Maier
Lesson from the Ensign

2nd Sunday - 3/08/04
Jan Keim
Lesson 28 _ Missionary Service – A Holy Calling

3rd Sunday – 3/15/09
Stake Conference

4th Sunday – 3/22/09
Beulah Stever
“Lift Where You Stand”
Ensign, pp 53, 11/08.

5th Sunday – 3/29/09
Joint meeting with the Priesthood.

Enrichment Activities

March 7 – Women’s Conference 9a.m.- 2:30 p.m
March 10 –R.S.Enrich. Birthday Celebration. 6:30
March 17 – Lunch Bunch –China Buffet, 11:30


All activities and calendared events will be at the church unless otherwise noted.

Dates to Remember

March 1- CEF Fireside
March 7- Women’s Conference 9 a.m.
March 14- Priesthood Leadership Mtg. 4 p.m.
March 14- Stake Conference Adult Session 7p.m.
March 15-Stake Conference 10 a.m.
March 16- Single Adult Potluck 6 p.m.
March 21- Stake Temple Day
March 27 – Ward Party TBA
March 28 – Stake Child Baptism
March 29- General YW Mtg. 6 p.m.

Birthdays
March 08-Susan Sherman
March 09-Joyce Oliver
March 16-Bailee Stapleton
March 19-Cami Raban
March 20 -Sandra Mower
March 20-Teresa Paul
March 25-Angelica Alcala
March 28-Angela Seay
March 29-Sharron O’Donnal
March 29-Joan Wood
March 30-Phyllis Wright

Happy Birthday to YOU!

Did you know?

Make Your Own Window Cleaner
12 to 16 ounces water1/2 cup white or apple cider vinegar1/4 cup rubbing alcohol (70%)1-2 drops blue or green food coloring, if desired1-2 drops lavender, cinnamon, clove or orange essential oil. Combine the ingredients and put into a labeled spray bottle.

Recipe of the Month

Chocolate Truffle Cake Supreme
1 ¼ cups unsalted butter (2 cubes)
¾ cup Hershey’s Cocoa
1 cup plus 1 TBL .sugar divided
1 TBL. all purpose flour
2 Tsp. vanilla extract
4 eggs separated
1 cup (1/2 pint) cold whipping cream to whip
Makes 10 servings

1. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Grease bottom of 8 in. spring-form pan.
2. Melt butter in medium saucepan over low heat. Add cocoa and 1 cup sugar; stir well. Remove from heat; cool. Stir in flour and vanilla. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat egg whites in medium bowl with remaining 1 TBL. Sugar until soft peaks form; gradually fold into chocolate mixture. Spoon batter into pan.
3. Bake 16 – 18 minutes or until edge is firm (center will be soft). Cool completely on wire rack (cake will sink slightly in center as it cools). Remove side of pan. Refrigerate cake at least 6 hours…cut cake while cold, but let stand at room temp. for 10-15 min. before serving. Garnish with whipped cream. and chocolate curls if desired.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Making Therapy Heat Wraps...filled with corn




On Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, we met to make therapy bags that can be heated in the microwave or frozen in the freezer and then applied to sore, stiff, or injured muscles. There were about 10 people who participated....Good conversation, lots of laughing and productivity too!


Friday, February 20, 2009

Temple Trip - Activity


There were 6 people who particpated in our quarterly temple trip. It was a great day of conversation, spiritual experiences, and a nice lunch. We returned to Cottonwood about 5:30 p.m. We all enjoyed the opportunity to attend the temple and hope that even more people will come with us in May....so mark your calendars for late May.....we should do it before school gets out...right mothers?

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Thank you Fred and Madge Najera!!!!



What a wonderful learning experience we had together....learning how to cut meat and poultry from whole cuts into more practical and sometimes more expensive cuts. We had several husbands who wanted to come and we were glad to have them.

Fred and Madge also made a fantastic enchilada dinner complete with a choice of desserts. It was delicious and certainly we recognize they went the extra mile!!! Everyone enjoyed the evening. We had 23 in attendance and we all went home with packets to help us understand meat cuts better. We are all looking forward to applying what we have learned.

Thanks again Fred and Madge!!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

February's Lunch Bunch - Activity

Pizza Hut
We had a fun visit and a good lunch. It is great to take the time to enjoy one another!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Visiting Teaching Message

Understanding the Divine Roles of Women
February 2009 – Visiting Teaching Message

Julie B. Beck, Relief Society general president: “I have a testimony gained from pondering and studying the scriptures of a plan of happiness given to us by our Father in Heaven. That plan has a part for His daughters. We have the female half to take care of, and if we don’t do our part, no one else is going to do it for us. The half of our Father’s plan that creates life, that nurtures souls, that promotes growth, that influences everything else was given to us. We can’t delegate it. We can’t pass it off to anyone. It’s ours. We can refuse it, we can deny it, but it’s still our part, and we’re accountable for it. There will come a day when we will all remember what we knew before we were born. We will remember that we fought in a great conflict for this privilege. How do we meet this responsibility? We daily put our energies into the work that is uniquely ours to do.”

Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “The basic doctrinal purpose for the Creation of the earth is to provide for God’s spirit children the continuation of the process of exaltation and eternal life. …

“… Although there is simply not a more significant contribution you can make to society, to the Church, or to the eternal destiny of our Father’s children than what you will do as a mother or father, motherhood and fatherhood are not the only measures of goodness or of one’s acceptance before the Lord. …

“Every sister in this Church who has made covenants with the Lord has a divine mandate to help save souls, to lead the women of the world, to strengthen the homes of Zion, and to build the kingdom of God” (“Women of Righteousness,” Liahona, Dec. 2002, 36, 39; Ensign, Apr. 2002, 68, 70).

Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “By divine design, men and women are intended to progress together toward perfection and a fulness of glory. Because of their distinctive temperaments and capacities, males and females each bring to a marriage relationship unique perspectives and experiences. The man and the woman contribute differently but equally to a oneness and a unity that can be achieved in no other way” (“Marriage Is Essential to His Eternal Plan,” Liahona, June 2006, 51–52; Ensign, June 2006, 83–84).

Silvia H. Allred, first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency: “The Lord has blessed women with divine attributes of love, compassion, kindness, and charity. Through our monthly visits as visiting teachers, we have the power to bless each sister as we extend our arms of love and kindness and give the gifts of compassion and charity. No matter what our individual circumstances are, we all have the opportunity to edify and nurture others” (“Feed My Sheep,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2007, 113).

President Spencer W. Kimball (1895–1985): “To be a righteous woman during the winding up scenes on this earth, before the second coming of our Savior, is an especially noble calling. The righteous woman’s strength and influence today can be tenfold what it might be in more tranquil times” (“Privileges and Responsibilities of Sisters,” Ensign, Nov. 1978, 103).

Visiting Teaching Corner

Please report any needs your sisters may have that need more than your attention to Sister Eva Roske.

Enrichment Activities

Lunch Bunch – Tues., Feb. 10th, 11:30 – Pizza Hut
Cooking with Fred – Th., Feb. 12th – 6:30 p.m.
Temple Trip – Th. Feb. 19th , details TBA
Making Corn Bags -Tues., Feb. 24th 6:30 p.m.

All activities and calendared events will be at the church unless otherwise noted.

Dates to Remember

Feb. 5 – Blue and Gold Dinner – Cubs – 7 p.m.
Feb. 7 – Primary Pancake Activity 8:30- 9:45 a.m.
Feb. 7 – Stake Baptism, C.V. – 9 a.m.
Feb. 14 – Valentine Youth Dance – 7 p.m.
Feb. 16 – Singles FHE 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 18 – YW “New Beginnings” Time TBA
Feb. 21 - Singles Fireside – “Christ Is Your Companion” Time:TBA
Feb. 28 – Youth Temple Trip – 6:30 a.m.

March 7 - Women's Conference...see "Side Notes" below for details

Lesson Schedule

February:
1st Sunday – 2/01/09
Carol Langford
Lesson from the Ensign

2nd Sunday - 2/08/04
Ward Conference
Lesson taught by the Stake R.S. Presidency

3rd Sunday – 2/15/09
Della Olson
Lesson 27 – Beware of the Bitter Fruits of Apostasy

4th Sunday – 2/22/09
“Lift Where You Stand”
Ensign, pp 53, 11/08.

Birthdays

Feb. 2 – Melanie Shue Barber
Feb. 6 – Sue Franks
Feb. 7 – Pam Loree High
Feb. 12 – Patty Balt
Feb. 17 – Christina Walker
Feb. 19 – Natalie Priest

Side Notes

Watch for the flyers....

Stake Women’s Conference….
is coming up….Please mark your calendars for
March 7, 2009, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

@ the Stake Center


Theme:

"We've Got Class"


This is going to be an inspiring conference.

Lunch will be served....Talents will be shared.

Please plan on joining us from
9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m



Each woman will select 3 mini classes from the list below.


  1. Strangling Your Husband Is Not An Option
  2. Mary & Martha - Why We Side Up With Martha
  3. Cents & Sensibilities
  4. Decorate a Gospel Centered Home
  5. The 5 Most Critical Estate Planning Documents
  6. Mirror..Mirror..
  7. Our Temples Are Beautifully Simple and Simply Beautiful
  8. Growing in Gethsemane
  9. Feeling Fit At Any Age

You will not want to miss this day!

Did you know?

When boiling whole potatoes that will need to be peeled after they are cooked…If you score them around the center with a knife ….cut a little belt around through the skin….cook them until they are at the desired tenderness…then put them in ice water, 1min. The skins will slide right off when pulled.

Recipe of the Month

Recipe of the Month – Corn Potato Chowder
1 lb of bacon diced in large pieces
1 lg. white onion – diced
4 or 5 stalks of celery – diced
8-10 potatoes – diced and steamed to tender…not over cooked
1 can cream style corn
5-6 c. whole milk
3-4 T. flour
Salt and Pepper, as well as parsley flakes – to taste
1-2 c. of grated cheese
Cook bacon and remove from pan. Saute celery then add onion and sauté a little longer…add salt, pepper, parsley….sprinkle in flour and let bubble for a minute….stir well. It will be thick…now gradually stir in milk..a little at a time stirring all the time….then add cheese..stir until melted and is integrated into soup…now add cream of corn and cooked potatoes….check for taste…add more salt and pepper if needed…..ENJOY!!!! This is COMFORT food at its BEST!!!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Relief Society Enrichment Activity - Movie Night

Reminder:
Tomorrow night, Jan. 27th, we will be showing a movie, snacking and chatting at
"Movie Night."

Movie: "The Work and the Glory - 1"
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Relief Society Room - Cottonwood Stake Center
Bring: Your own snack

Come Join The Fun!!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Visiting Teaching Message

January 2009
Stand Strong and Immovable in Faith

Mosiah 5:15: “Be steadfast and immovable, always abounding in good works, that Christ, the Lord God Omnipotent, may seal you his, that you may be brought to heaven, that ye may have everlasting salvation and eternal life.”

How Can I Stand Strong and Immovable in Faith?
3 Nephi 6:14: “The church was broken up in all the land save it were among a few of the Lamanites who were converted unto the true faith; and they would not depart from it, for they were firm, and steadfast, and immovable, willing with all diligence to keep the commandments of the Lord.”

Julie B. Beck, Relief Society general president: “Latter-day Saint women must be strong and immovable in their faith. They can and should excel in living and sharing their testimonies of the Lord Jesus Christ and His restored gospel. We do this as we:
“1. Make and keep covenants with Him.
“2. Are worthy and worship in His temples.
“3. Study His doctrine in the scriptures and the words of prophets.
“4. Qualify for, recognize, and follow the Holy Ghost.
“5. Share and defend His gospel.
“6. Participate in sincere personal and family prayer.
“7. Have family home evening.
“8. Live principles of self-reliance and provident living.
“These are essential things which must be done before nonessential things. These are simple, indispensable practices that almost seem mundane. … No one can do these things for us—these are personal practices and habits that set us apart as strong and immovable for that which is correct” (“What Latter-day Saint Women Do Best: Stand Strong and Immovable,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2007, 109–10).

Cheryl C. Lant, Primary general president: “Our personal conversion comes as we begin to live the way the Lord wants us to live—steadfast and immovable in keeping all of the commandments, not just those that are convenient. This then becomes a process of refinement as we strive to make each day a little better than the last” (“Righteous Traditions,” Liahona and Ensign, May 2008, 14).

Why Should I Be Strong and Immovable in Faith?
Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “Your faith and your knowledge of the restoration of the gospel will give you the strength to be faithful and true to the covenants you have made with the Lord, and to share your strengths and talents gladly to build up the kingdom of God here on the earth! Your testimony of Jesus Christ is the most important anchor that you can have to help hold you, steadfast and immovable, to principles of righteousness, regardless of the challenges and temptations that may come in the future” (“Steadfast in Christ,” Ensign, Dec. 1993, 52).

Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “You cannot today remotely imagine what that decision to be unwaveringly obedient to the Lord will allow you to accomplish in life. Your quiet, uncompromising determination to live a righteous life will couple you to inspiration and power beyond your capacity now to understand” (“Making the Right Decisions,” Ensign, May 1991, 34).

Visiting Teaching Corner

1. Please let Sister Roske know of any special needs your sisters may have. She will then contact Sister Stuart.
2. Visiting Teaching shows love from one sister to another.

Lesson Schedule

Jan. 4th’s Lesson:
Topic: TBA
Taught by:
Leslie Stuart

Jan. 11th’s Lesson:
Topic: Leading in the Lords Way pp 281
Taught by:
Jan Keim

Jan. 18th’s Lesson:
Topic: Truths From the Savior’s Parables pp 293
Taught by:
Della Olson

Jan. 25th’s Lesson:
Topic: Come What May, and Love it – Ensign pp 26
Taught by:
Beulah Stever

Calendar & Enrichment Activities (in pink)

Sacrament Meeting will begin at 1 p.m.
Relief Society will be at 3 p.m.

Jan. 13, 2008 - Lunch Bunch - 11:30 a.m. @ Su Casa in Clarkdale
Jan. 27, 2008 -PJ Movie Night - 6:30 p.m. R.S. Room

Looking ahead for this year we are planning 4 Relief Society Temple Trips.
Feb. 17th
May 27th
Sept. 25
Dec. 1

Mark your calendars and plan to join us ...more details will be announced.

January Birthdays

04 Linda Susan Masing
08 Elizabeth Anne Kinney
09 Charlene Morgan
11 Catherine Stanley
13 Lori Olson
20 Nellie Delilah Peterson 22 Donna Stockbridge
28 Reni Ashton
29 Tina Johnson
31 Robin Tankesley

Did you know?

To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.

Recipe of the Month

Homemade Tomato Soup
6 tablespoons melted butter
1 medium onion, diced
1 46-ounce bottle or can tomato juice
2 14 ounce cans diced tomatoes
1 to 3 tablespoons chicken base
3 to 6 tablespoons sugar
Pinch of salt
Black Pepper
1 1/2 cups heavy cream – warm it up before adding it to the hot soup
chopped fresh parsley (a hand full)
chopped fresh basil (dried - 2 Tbls....or more)
Sauté diced onions in butter until translucent. Add canned tomatoes. Add tomato juice, sugar, pinch of salt, and black pepper and stir. Bring to a near boil, then turn off heat. Warm and add cream - stir. Add in parsley and basil to taste, adjust other seasoning, and serve with yummy, crusty bread on a cold, blustery, dreary, depressing, rainy, snowy day. Then close your eyes. And give thanks for soups like this.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Visiting Teaching Message

December 2008
How Is Jesus Christ the Light and the Life of the World? 1 Nephi 17:13: "I will also be your light in the wilderness; . . . wherefore, inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall be led towards the promised land; and ye shall know that it is by me that ye are led." Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: "Jesus Christ is the light and the life of the world. All things were made by him. Under the direction and according to the plan of God the Father, Jesus Christ is the Creator, the source of the light and the life of all things. . . . "Jesus Christ is the light of the world because he is the source of the light which 'proceedeth forth from the presence of God to fill the immensity of space' (D&C 88:12). His light is 'the true light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world' (D&C 93:2). His example and his teachings illuminate the path we should walk. . . . "Jesus Christ is the life of the world because of his unique position in what the scriptures call 'the great and eternal plan of deliverance from death' (2 Nephi 11:5). His Resurrection and his Atonement save us from both physical and spiritual death" ("The Light and the Life," Liahona, Dec. 1997, 42–43; see New Era, Dec. 1996, 6). How Can I Find Hope in Jesus Christ? President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency: "The gospel of Jesus Christ has the divine power to lift you to great heights from what appears at times to be an unbearable burden or weakness. The Lord knows your circumstances and your challenges. He said to Paul and to all of us, 'My grace is sufficient for thee.' And like Paul we can answer: 'My strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me' (2 Corinthians 12:9)" ("Have We Not Reason to Rejoice?" Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2007, 19). Julie B. Beck, Relief Society general president: "Mormon asks, 'What is it . . . ye shall hope for?' His answer tells us of the three great hopes: 'Ye shall have hope through the atonement of Christ and the power of his resurrection, to be raised unto life eternal' (Moroni 7:41). "When you were baptized, you became participants in the first great hope, the Atonement of Christ. Every time you worthily partake of the sacrament, you have the opportunity to begin again. . . . Your hope and faith in the Savior will increase as you repent and make personal changes. . . . "The second great hope is the Resurrection. You are all promised that through our Savior Jesus Christ you will be resurrected. . . . "With the hope of the Atonement and the Resurrection, you have a third great hope, the hope of eternal life. . . . Because you have a Savior, you also believe in a happy, eternal life of creating, serving, and learning. You are already in the strait and narrow path, and there is hope smiling brightly before you. . . . You just need to stay in, pressing forward with a brightness of hope" ("There Is Hope Smiling Brightly before Us," Liahona and Ensign, May 2003, 103–5).