Relief Society Declaration

We are beloved spirit daughters of God, and our lives have meaning, purpose, and direction. As a worldwide sisterhood, we are united in our devotion to Jesus Christ, our Savior and Exemplar. We are women of faith, virtue, vision, and charity who: Increase our testimonies of Jesus Christ through prayer and scripture study. Seek spiritual strength by following the promptings of the Holy Ghost. Dedicate ourselves to strengthening marriages, families, and homes. Find nobility in motherhood and joy in womanhood. Delight in service and good works. Love life and learning. Stand for truth and righteousness. Sustain the priesthood as the authority of God on earth. Rejoice in the blessings of the temple, understand our divine destiny, and strive for exaltation.



Friday, December 30, 2011

Normal Meeting Time

Sunday Meeting Time:
12:00 pm - Sacrament Meeting
1:15 pm - Sunday School
2:10 pm - Relief Society / Priesthood

We are back to our normal meeting time after our combined Christmas Sacrament Meeting with the Pea Ridge Branch.

This Sunday is the New Years Day, January 1st 2012 and will NOT be Fast Sunday. Instead Fast Sunday will be the next week on Sunday, January 8th.

Daughters in my Kingdom


Everyone should have received this book by now. If you have not, comment here or mention it at church and we'll make sure to get you one. I have started reading it and it is wonderful! Go to the website! Open the gift! You will be uplifted.

Girl's Night!

Thursday, January 19th, 2012
6:30 PM
Dixieland Meeting House

Come enjoy a stress-free night away from home and get to know your fellow sisters a little better.

Bring a snack food to share. (The healthier the better, with all the diets starting... :)) If you are willing to bring a snack food to share, comment here so we know what we have and what we need.

We would also like your ideas for fun, meaningful Relief Society Activities for 2012. Below I have copied the purpose of our meetings as outlined by the Relief Society General Presidency. As we the presidency and activities committee seek inspiration for planning our activities this year, we want your input on how to best meet your needs. It's going to be a great year!

Purpose of Additional Relief Society Meetings

  • Relief Society prepares women for the blessings of eternal life.
  • They learn and practice skills that will help them increase their faith and personal righteousness, strengthen their families and make their homes centers of spiritual strength, and help those in need.
  • They learn and apply principles of provident living and spiritual and temporal self-reliance.
  • They increase in sisterhood and unity as they teach one another and serve together.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Sacrament Meeting on Christmas Day

Sunday, December 25th, 2011
1:00 PM

Combined Sacrament Meeting with Little Flock Ward and Pea Ridge Branch.

We have the unique opportunity this year with Christmas Day falling on the Sabbath. There will be no classes this day. We will meet to celebrate the birth of our Savior through a Special Program. Invite friends.

First Presidency Christmas Devotional

Here is the link to the First Presidency Christmas Devotional. If you didn't get to watch it yet, it is a beautiful message.

The church has also published several Bible Videos on the Life of Jesus Christ. Share them with your friends and family.

Little Flock/Pea Ridge Christmas Party

Saturday, December 17th, 2011
6:30 PM
Dixieland Meeting House
Cultural Hall
  • Come for a night of worship through words and music, fun and food with friends!
  • Santa is scheduled for a visit!
  • EVERYONE please bring your family's favorite Christmas hors d' oeurves, snack or goodie.

Ward Directory Update

In an attempt to get to know everyone, we have been encouraged to go online to our official ward website and update our household and personal profile along with pictures! This will allow us to connect faces with names and ensure that all contact information is up to date. Follow these steps to do so:

  • Go to www.lds.org and click sign in. Or just click on this link: https://lds.org/SSOSignIn/.
  • If you have never signed in before, you will need to register. (This requires your membership number and date of birth.)
  • Once you are in, click on Tools, then Directory.
  • On the right hand panel, click My Household.
  • Then Edit Profile.
If you need more specific directions, let me know and I will be happy to help.

You can go to Photos and see a picture directory of each household. iPhone users can access this directory on their phone through the LDS Tools APP.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Sunday Meeting Time Change

On Sunday, August 21st we will be starting Sacrament meeting at 1:00PM.

This is different than we were initially told, so take note!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Family Home Evening was the focus today. Here is the link to the church's official FHE website: http://lds.org/hf/fhe/welcome/0,16785,4210-1,00.html - Hope you can find some good ideas.

Sacrament Meeting:

Brother Zachary Bowie - Family Home Evening
-- Everyone should participate. The family should teach each other and grow together.
Sister Liz Hargiss -
-- Cupcake lesson - Beautifully decorated cupcakes! - Switched the salt and sugar.
Two lessons: 1- Follow the recipe. 2- Keep the balance.
Think of Family Home Evening or Family Prayer... it doesn't take long (it isn't a big piece of the recipe of the day) - but it's very important. Like the yeast in the bread.
**The little things are what give us greater strength to combat the adversary.
-- Eggs story - a dozen eggs with one rotten egg - destroyed the whole batch.
-Our attitude affects the whole family. Must be balanced. Everyone must contribute.
Must have faith and hope to embrace and shape the future.
-- Story of neighbor with alzheimers - the disease changes a person, deep down. Deteriorates who you are. Sweet part of the story is seeing her husband demonstrate and increase of love in taking care of her.
"Houses are built of sticks and stones... homes are made of loving deeds that will stand a hundred years."
Christ showed the greatest example of love (Washes disciples feet)
"If ye know these things, happy are ye if you do them."
Keep balance! - the key things that keep us healthy spiritually, emotionally, and physically.
- Love and appreciate those who love you most! - Express it.
Then hit your knees and thank the Father!

Sheryl Beutler - Family Home Evening
President Bednar - said that FHE was two things:
#1 - Meant for gospel instruction
#2 - Monday Night Football does not count as the activity. :)
This is a gospel of Love and acceptance and patience.
FHE is hard sometimes. Decide not to allow yourself to get mad during FHE.
- Teach through our actions more than with our words.
The purpose of FHE is to invite the spirit into our homes, to invite the Savior into our homes. No matter what your family consists of: you alone, you and a spouse, you and little kids, you and teenage kids, etc... We can all have Family Home Evening.
It is a platform for love, testimony, teaching, connections, etc.
It is to teach children WHY we do what we do in the gospel.

Sunday School - Lesson 29 - Acts 6-9
Acts 6:5 Chose 7 to assist (today we have quorums of the 70) Same church yesterday, today, and forever.
Stephen - False charges of blasphemy,
:11-15 - He talks about Jewish history in his defense.
:51-53 - Talking to accusers
:54 - They were cut to the heart - the truth hurts. (How willing are we to look for truth and live it?)
2 kinds of people accusing him: 1 - those stuck in tradition; 2 - those who truly thought he was in the wrong.
:55-56 - vision (saw the son on the right hand of the Father. Good missionary scripture that contradicts the idea of the trinity.)
:57-58 - Taken out of the city and stoned. (First martyr.)
:59-60 - "Lay not this sin to their charge" - Like what Christ said on the cross.
*Phillip - In Samaria, the people are receptive. Happy for the miracles and healings.
Acts 8:17 - Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost
*Saul - converted when he followed the word of the Lord (Actions!)
We hear the voice of the Lord through many different means... we just have to choose to act on what we hear and then we can be truly converted.
"Lord what will thou have me to do?"

Combined Priesthood / Relief Society
"No success can compensate for failure in the home."

Balance - work and home
*Identify what is your best quality. How can we be successful if we don't know the people around us?
1915 was when the church initiated Family Home Evening as a program in the church.
-Historically, why did they start it when they did? (world and church conditions changing...)

TRUST! - How do we build it?
- Keep promises, be consistent, spend time, love and forgive, own our mistakes and apologize for them.

What are other qualities we need to have successful families?
- time and concern. Truly listen - take time. Be where you are! Home at home, work at work.
Think about personal qualities that help create a strong family.
- Help develop family unity. Need daily spiritual growth
--Teaching moments happen all the time. It can't just be at one specific time... there has to be consistency - it is a lifestyle.

Family Meals! Family Council! Family Prayer! Family Time!

Hymn 298

Blood Drive

Friday, August 26, 2011
1pm-7pm


Saturday, August 27, 2011
9am-2:30pm


Sign up with Brother Worthen or online.


Friday, July 29, 2011

Relief Society Christmas Party

Thursday, December 8, 2011
6:30 PM
Little Flock Meeting House
Relief Society Room

More information TBA - Save the Date!

Thanksgiving Spiritual Feast

Thursday, November 10, 2011
6:30 PM
Little Flock Meeting House
Relief Society Room

More information TBA - Save the Date!

Preparedness / Culture Night

Thursday, October 20, 2011
6:30 PM
Little Flock Meeting House
Relief Society Room

More information TBA - Save the Date!

Fall Fun Relief Society Meeting

Thursday, October 13, 2011
6:30 PM
Little Flock Meeting House
Relief Society Room

More information TBA! - Save the Date!

Relief Society Board Meeting

Thursday, September 22, 2011
7:00 PM
Little Flock Meeting House


This is a meeting for all sisters who have a calling in Relief Society:
- Relief Society Board Members
--- Teachers
--- Visiting Teaching Supervisors
--- Activities Committee
--- Humanitarian

If you aren't sure if this includes you, please contact a member of the RS Presidency.

Super Holiday Craft Day!

Thursday, September 8th, 2011
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Cultural Hall, Dixieland Building

This is our big quarterly Relief Society Activity! Save the date!

More information coming... We will work on fun crafts that can serve as Christmas gifts. You will have to sign up for, order, and pay for the craft kits that we will be working on. There will be a good variety of things to choose from.

Emergency Preparedness Fair



Preparedness Activity

Thursday, August 25th 2011
6:30 PM
Little Flock Ward Meeting House
Relief Society Room

More information TBA! - Save the date

Stake Humanitarian, Preparedness Fair Preparation

Wednesday, August 3rd
10:00 AM - 12:00 NOON
Stake Center - Cultural Hall
Assembly of First Aid Kits in preparation for the Preparedness Fair

Wednesday, August 17th
10:00 AM - 12:00 NOON
Stake Center - Cultural Hall
Assembly of 72 Hour Kits in preparation for the Preparedness Fair

Join together with our sisters from the stake to get ready for the Stake Preparedness Fair coming up on Saturday, August 27th.

From Organization to Decoration


Thursday, August 11, 2011
6:30 PM
- Dixieland Building
- Relief Society Room

Get organized before the kids go back to school and the holiday season hits!

Class on Organization.
Fun versatile craft for all to make.

Swap table: bring what you don't want and swap it for something you do want!

More information TBA!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Sunday, July 24, 2011 - Happy Pioneer Day!

Sacrament Meeting:
- Patriarch Severe - Pioneer Day
Great trials, forged a strong people - brought them closer to Christ.
*Be careful to heed warnings (the handcarts were told not to go, but they went anyway)
-- Are we preparing for Christ's coming? Are we prepared to meet God? - Repentance, Atonement. - Lay your burdens on the Lord. That is the purpose of the Sacrament.
The true gift we can give the Father is our will. Through obedience.
"Ships are the safest in their own harbor, but ships weren't made to sit in the harbor."
- Be at peace! - You have a body and a testimony and through the priesthood you have power over Satan.

- Brother Eric Rowlee -
Mission experiences - often difficult - trials are discouraging.
Whenever Bro. Rowlee was feeling discouraged, he would find a child to talk to and would feel better after being touched by their sweet spirits.
- Today we celebrate Pioneer Day. We don't necessarily celebrate those specific people, but rather the kind of people they were and what they did. Regardless of our family tree, we can be pioneers too! A pioneer is someone who goes before, showing others the way. Are we as committed to the Lord and his servants as the early pioneers were? Will we do whatever he asks?
- Ensign article "Brother, I'm Committed!" Think of your callings!
Redwood forestThe roots are intertwined - to stay strong! They stand together for support!

Sunday School -
-- THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES --
written by Luke - The account of the apostles.
*Luke 2 - The Pentecost - The fiftieth day after Passover
The day the apostles receive the Holy Ghost - they speak and all understand. The Spirit speaks to each individual and gives them the message that they need to hear. Sometimes it isn't even what they speaker said.
- Teach with power and authority - forget yourself and let the spirit teach through you.
*D&C 121:45 - Make connections with the people we teach.
The Lord knows us and knows how to talk to us.
--- When the speaker speaks, or the teacher is teaching... don't write down what the speaker or teacher says... write down what the spirit says to you!

Relief Society - Waiting on the Road to Damascus
Saul - was a Pharisee - from Taursus - Roman citizen
- Saul was his Jewish name
- Paul was his Latin name
*Acts 9:1-8
--- He persecuted Christians. He thought he was doing the right thing.
"Those who diligently seek to learn of Christ eventually will come to know him."
Conversion generally comes slowly.
"Belief comes on step at a time."


Why do we put off doing important things?
--- Fear, Busy, don't realize the importance, lack of confidence, choices we make...
*Sincere Prayer*
"Hearken and heed the promptings of the spirit."
- To better hear his voice, it would be wise to turn down the volume control of the worldly noise in our lives.
- Strive to be among those whom the Lord can rely on to hear His whispering and respond.
"Serve One Another"
- By becoming the answer to someone's prayer, we often find the answer to our own.
"Sharing the gospel with others."
- Some would rather pull a handcart across the prairie than bring up the subject of faith and religion to friends.
- Preach the gospel at all times and if necessary, use words. Opportunities to do so are all around.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Corn

There is fresh corn available at the stake farm! You can go pick it yourself at the farm (in centerton next to the Centerton meeting house) Or stay posted on email for "stake picking days" to meet and get the corn brought to you at the church center.

Pay on your tithing slip:
- $0.10 an ear if you pick it
- $0.15 an ear if they pick it

Call Brother Tim Isabell for more information. 479-644-8281

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Temple Trip



Little Flock Ward Temple Trip

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

11:40 AM Endowment Session

Contact Brother Steiner if you need a ride.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Sacrament Meeting: "Endure to the End"
- Brother McDonough - Experiences of Scout Camp at Nauvoo - Hike to Carthage

- Sister Hooper - Challenges of Youth
---- What are the tools to use to make it easier to endure?
Repentance, Prayer, Service, Health, Blessings, Friends, Music, Scriptures - The basics that lift us all out of the darkness.
- The Savior has walked the path and marked the way and he will walk it again with you.

- Brother Stival - Be of Good Cheer (while enduring)
--- Have faith, we can always overcome. Christ endured all.
(Example of early Prophets and Pioneers)
-- To those struggling and in peril - anxious, fearful, hopeful, etc... the Lord said, "Be of good cheer." At the last supper, Christ said, "I have overcome it all."

Relief Society: "Obedience"
- What are you doing well at?
Tithing, covenants, word of wisdom, church attendance, prayer, listening to the spirit, laws of the land, no lying, no stealing, forgive, repent, pay taxes, honor parents, love...
- What is obedience?
Submission to the rules. Attitude
- Why should we be obedient?
1. Fear of the consequence
2. Hope for reward
3. Love **Goal**
Obedience should be a quest, not a burden. It will empower us!
~ There are different stages of obedience in different areas.
Humility is the key. Christ is the best example.
- So we know we should... why don't we always obey?
Rationalize, Rebellion, Laziness, Pride, Natural Man...
There is order and a plan. God knows the consequences and gives us rules to guide and protect us.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sacrament Meeting
Kate Wright - Gospel / Scripture Study
*How do I enjoy scripture study and get more out of it?
1. Pray for inspiration. John 14:26
2. Eliminate distractions. Joseph Smith-History 15
3. Have a game plan. - How are you going to study? with Ensign, footnotes, etc.
4. Have a Personal Interview with God - He gives us revelation through the scriptures.
Romans 15:4For whatsoever things were awritten aforetime were bwritten for our clearning, that we through dpatience and comfort of the escriptures might have fhope.

Donnette Marzulo - Service and the Church Welfare System
From the time we are little children we have an engrained desire to help and serve others.
We should allow others to help us as well.
- Children follow our example.
- We make a covenant at baptism to follow Jesus and in so doing, fulfill our callings.

Tom Eastman - The Law of Consecration - Time.
Service is our way of giving back to the Father.
Elder Christoferson said that we have time and a choice... of what to do with that time.
- There are many ways to serve in and out of church. Blessings are given in callings to bless those under our stewardship.
Hymn 223

Sunday School - Lesson 24 - "This is Life Eternal"
John 16:1-15
What is the difference between knowing about God and Christ and actually knowing them?
- Personal interaction
When Christ had to leave... He promised to leave with the disciples the Holy Ghost. We have that gift as well. The Holy Ghost does the following things:
1. Comforts
2. Provides a spirit of truth.
3. Protects and warns.
4. Gives personal revelation.
5. Teaches and bears witness
6. Brings all thing to remembrance
7. Glorifies the Father and Son
8. Sanctifies us when we are worthy.

Relief Society
Why do we go to church?
- To be uplifted. To obey. To fulfill callings. To fellowship. To renew covenants. To learn.
Why do you go to church?
*Why do we serve each other?
Quentin L. Cook "LDS Women are Incredible." Click link to watch video.
How do we serve each other?
- Visiting teaching. - Be available. Let them know that you are on their list of people who care and are willing to help.
Mosiah 2:16-17 ... Service of fellow man, service of God.
*Am I my brother's (sister's) keeper? -- Oh yes! We are His (Christ's) Hands.
Mosiah 18:8-9 Promise of Eternal Life

Friday, June 24, 2011

Emergency Preparedness Summary

Thanks to Sister Peggy Lowden for sharing her expertise and enthusiasm with us about food storage and preparedness in general. We all learned a lot.

She shared with us a method of food storage from Sister Wendy DeWitt. Check out her website at allaboutfoodstorage.com. Everything under the Sun Food Storage Booklet www.scribd.com/doc/26182643
Basically, you plan 14 menus, make an ingredients list and store up all the things you need to make each meal. You multiply that by 26 to create a full year. Go to the website for all the information. Great, do-able ideas!

As a ward we will start to have a monthly preparedness challenge. For July, the challenge was going to be 72 hour kits, but we may postpone that to general conference time. Sister Lowden suggested updating 72 hour kits every six months during general conference. Love this idea! - So I think we will put it off until then. That being said, we will let you know about our July challenge in July. It will probably have to do with taking an inventory of what you have, making out your menus for 14 days, and a plan to build your storage.

I will email the documents that we passed out, because I can't figure out how to attach them to the blog. :)


Monday, June 20, 2011

Emergency Preparedness Kickoff

Little Flock Ward, Relief Society - Preparedness Kick-Off -
This Thursday, June 23rd
6:30 PM
Relief Society Room

Mini-Lesson/Activity on the Signs of the Second Coming
- - Bring your scriptures!

Presentation of Little Flock RS Monthly Preparedness Challenge
- 72 Hour Kits

This will be a fun evening. I am eager to study more about this topic. We are living in the Latter-Days. The signs of the times are all around us. Now is the time to prepare. This activity will be an overview of what prophets of today and of old have said about our dispensation and the second coming of Christ. It is an exciting subject! And gives us much to look forward to and a lot to prepare for. Each month, starting in July we will have a Preparedness Challenge of the Month, in order to get ourselves ready a little at a time. July's challenge is preparing 72 hour kits. Information will be provided this night on how and what to assemble in a 72 hour kit specifically for July's challenge as well as an overview of what the challenge will be each month.

Sunday, June 19th 2011

Happy Father's Day!

Sacrament Meeting:
Jessica Maher - Entertainment and the Media - For the Strength of Youth

Clay Bowie - Experiences as a Father
The joy of seeing a child's first smile, first step, first...
- Child's desire to always be with their dad and go with him everywhere....
God is our Father! - Call Him by name. Reach out for Him always.
- The joy of speaking and counseling with your kids, whether it be good or bad... builds trust.
Speak with with your Heavenly Father.

Todd Owen - Fathers
- Examples of Fathers in the scriptures: Jethro, Moses' Father-in-Law
Role of a Father --
(The Lord never requires us to do anything that we are not prepared for.)
- Priesthood is a Father's best tool to bless and strengthen children.
Father's have a responsibility to Love! - spouse as well as children.
- Time - Spiritual and emotional support.
1 -
Fatherhood is Leadership. - lead in worship. Have a family centered life.
2 - Teacher - You be the specialists. Don't send your kids off to be taught by someone else.
3 - Temporal Provider


Sunday School - Lesson 23
John 15:1-8
- The Vine = Christ - The Husbandman/Gardener = God the Father - The Branches = Us - Fruit = Good works.
*What things help us abide in Christ?
- Prayer, obedience, covenants, surround yourself and your life in Christ.

Luke 22:19-20 Feast of the Passover, The Last supper
Purpose of the Sacrament - Remember Him, Have him with us, Covenant to be like him.

John 13:34-35 - Love One Another (it is a commandment)

John 13:4-5,6,8 - Christ washes disciples feet.
- We should allow Christ to help and serve us through others' service. If we do not let him serve us, we have not part with him.

Relief Society: Missionary Work
- We have four missionaries serving from our ward. Watch for a new "Missionary Moments" section to be added to the blog soon, to check in on the young men serving from our ward.

We are a world-wide church. We need to be member missionaries. We can do this through many different ways:
- Example - Be joyful and friendly
- Invitations of friends to church activities.
- Service
- Study - we need to be prepared to answer questions and to be in tune with the spirit to know when and how to approach friends.
- Build relationships, give referrals.
- Raise children in the gospel.
- Family History and Genealogy


Friday, June 3, 2011

Ward Temple Day



Saturday, 11 June 2011
Youth Baptisms - 2:00 PM


Endowment Session - 2:20 PM





Relief Society Quarterly Meeting



Talent Night
Thursday, June 9th, 2011
6:30 PM
Little Flock Meeting House
Cultural Hall

Salad, Fruit, and Veggie Bar will be provided.

Please email littleflockrs@gmail.com to sign up to present your talents!

Everyone has a talent! It can be sewing, cooking, knitting, musical performance, poetry, story-telling, cake decorating, photography, scrapbooking, decorating, geneology, etc. etc... We want as many participants as possible. We also encourage you to apply your talent to a Pursuit of Excellence Goal.

In your email, please include how much table space you need for your display or how long your performance will be.

Feel free to invite friends and neighbors! This is going to be a really fun night!

If you have any questions, contact Jenny Castillo at 479-640-4925.

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Sacrament Meeting:
- Brother (Grandpa) Wright - "True disciples of Christ"
Seek for rebuke. Concept of being "saved" as believed in other religions doesn't match up with the gospel of Christ. It requires obedience.

- Sister Bowie -
Knowing the error of our ways and being rebuked does three things for us:
1- It persuades us to repent. (Alma the Younger)
2- It refines and santifies us. (Alma the Elder)
3- It redirects us. (Hugh B. Brown and the currant bush)

- Bishop Wright -
Paul in 2nd Timothy - Remember the gift of the Holy Ghost.
NO FEAR! - POWER! - LOVE! - STRONG MIND! - Find Peace amidst the storm of life.

Sunday School: Lesson 20
Matthew 21-23 - John 12:1-8
*Washing the Savior's Feet
*Christ entering Jerusalem as the Messiah
*Parables:
- The Housekeeper - Hypocrisy

Combined Priesthood / Relief Society:
Based on a talk by Keith B. McMullen
--- The church has had a great and overwhelming response to to the disaster in Joplin. It is great! But, what about the rest of us? Those of us who are left home to keep base camp going.
- We are a Zion People - Everyone has a role. We all serve the greater good.
Obedience is the first principle.
Moses 5:5-6
- Know not why. - Law of sacrifice.
Doctrine and Covenants 130:20-21
- Law - Blessing is based on obedience.
The Abrahamic Test - in its own form.
Mosiah 3:19
The Natural Man - How do we put off the natural man?
- yield to the holy ghost.
-Become like a little child.
-Become a saint through the atonement.
*What matters in the end?
*What does the Lord require?
Doctrine and Covenants 64:33-34

D&C 101:16 - Be still and know that I am God.
Through the gifts of the spirit we can find peace amidst the storm.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Additional Announcements:

Choir Practice: May 15th and May 22nd

Stake Young Single Adult Activity: BBQ, games, and fun! May 21st, 5PM at the Rogers Stake Center in Bentonville. Tell your friends and we'll see you there!

YSA 2011 Conference hosted by Springdale stake: June 24th-26th. RSVP by June 1st. www.ozarkysa.com.

BBQ Chicken Social

Saturday, May 14, 2011
Little Flock Meeting House
6:00 PM

Join the ward and branch for a delicious dinner. Chicken will be provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Meet at the church on Saturday at 6:00 PM.

Brother Hildebrant has details.

Boy Scout Fundraiser

Saturday, May 14, 2011
Rogers Walmart
11:00AM-2:00PM

The Boys Scouts will be holding a delicious half BBQ chicken sale for $5 at Walmart on Saturday. You can preorder and prepay with Roman Hildebrandt. Volunteers are accepted day of the even and bake sale items would be greatly appreciated to add to the items for sale.

Call 586-1924 with any questions.

Pursuit of Excellence: Cultural Night


Thursday, 12 May, 2011
Little Flock Meeting House
6:30 PM

Carrie will be sharing her experiences from her trip to the Mediterranean and Germany. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about other countries first hand. As always, there will be food, fun, and fellowship!

Be sure to invite our fellow sisters who may not know about this activity.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

Sacrament Meeting:
-
Carrie Staten:
Measuring up to the responsibility of motherhood can often provide extra pressure and take the joy out of Mother's Day, because of feelings of inadequacy.
--- Think of Mary the mother of Jesus, even she made mistakes. None of us are perfect. We just do the be
st we can.
--In asking children what they like most about mom, the common denominator is always LOVE. Mom's love! And we love our moms. So, how can we show our love for mom? With our actions! By doing all the things that they have taught us.

- Stephanie Wright:
Wonder and majesty of mothers! They are so great! They have given us so much!
.... Stories ....
Besides our actual mother, there are many women who have shaped us in our lives and helped us to become who we are.
"It takes a village to raise a child."
- The influence of a righteous woman is limitless.

Sunday School:
Object Lesson - Tommy and Levi and the monkey trap. The monkey (Tommy) risks getting "roped" by the monkey catcher in order to get the prize. Tommy sticks his hand in to get the prize (banana) and Levi ropes him effortlessly.

-Mark 10:17-30 --- Rich young m
Linkan
The enemy of great is good. We have been given commandments, we know what we are supposed to do, we just have to follow them. In conference, Elder Christoferson told us to earnestly seek for correction and act upon it. The rich young man wanted to know what to do, but what was asked of him was a hard thing. (we don't know how the story ends...) The key is to have a willingness to serve - have a charitable heart.

-Mark 12:41-44 --- Poor widow
She gave all that she had!
- When things get tight, we should turn to the Lord and give more.
--Law of consecration. - Give all we have to the Lord. Material possessions can't be taken with us anyway.
The question is, What am I willing to give?

-Luke 12:13-15 --- Rich fool
Why do we all set our thoughts and desires and happiness on worldly goods when we know it is only temporary? - It is actually a godly quality that sets human beings apart from the rest of the animal kingdom. We want to be better. We just need to find the balance and recognize the important things in life and always put the Lord first.

Things to think about:
- How do you know if you are too focused on worldly "stuff?"
- How can we be more generous? - With our time and talents along with material things.

Relief Society: Lesson 30 - Charity - The Pure Love of Christ
- 1 Corinthians 13 - Read this chapter!
When have you shown charity, when it was hard? - (Horrible bosses)
- Faith, hope, and charity - the greatest of these is charity... We won't always need faith and hope. When we return to the Father's presence, we won't need them. But charity is everlasting. We will always need it!

REMEMBER MOM. She is a great example of charity. What examples do you have from your mom's life, where she modeled charity? (feel free to share these stories in the comments field here.)

Pursuit of Excellence

Hello Ladies!!

I haven't touched base with you in a while, so I'd like to hear what your pursuit of Excellence goals are and how they're going!! Starting this month, we will have the opportunity on the 2nd Sunday to share our experiences with the sisters as part of RS opening exercises! Also, look forward to another email from me with details of our next Pursuit of Excellence Pajama Party!!! If you hear of any activities going on in the community that could be part of our pursuit of excellence, let me know and I'll get the word out!!

Thanks Ladies! Enjoy the sunshine today!! -Carrie

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Women's Appreciation Dinner

Tuesday, 3 May, 2011
7:00 PM
Little Flock Meeting House

The Young Men and Young Women will be serving and honoring the women of our ward. Come and enjoy and evening of good food, and fellowship while these young people dote on the matriarchs of the Ward.

Dinner will be served. Dress casual. Invite those sisters you visit teach.

Ward Missionary Activity

Friday, May 20, 2011
7:00 PM

The Full-time missionaries and the Ward missionaries are hosting a Ward Mission Activity to welcome friends and neighbors to learn more about our church, specifically about the Restoration.

There are movies, fliers, brochures, and other missionary resources available for us to give to our friends and neighbors in order to plant seeds of faith and knowledge of the truth. Be thinking now of who you can invite to share in this special event to be held in our meeting house on May 20th.

The church has many great resources available online. www.mormon.org

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Fast and Testimony Meeting:

Here are a few quotes and themes from Fast and Testimony Meeting today.
- "Heavenly Father is active in my life. He is ready, willing, and even pleading that we ask His counsel."
- "Obedience brings blessings."
- "The temple is the house of God. Plan to go as soon as possible and as often as possible."
- "The temple will buoy you up and make you better."
- "The Lord is in our lives."
- "Jesus is the Christ."
- "Love the little children; follow their example."
- "We are led by a Prophet."
- "Make right decisions, listen to promptings."

Sunday School -
- How does the Savior heal? Who does the Savior heal?
- Palsy, Leprosy, Blind, Crippled, even raised the dead.

John Chapter 9 Healing the blind man.
- - The idea that he had sinned in order to be blind proves the idea of a premortal existence, because he was born blind and the sin would have had to have happened premortally.
- - verse 3 - He was not blind because he had sinned, or because his parents had sinned, he was given this challenge so that the works of God could be made manifest through him. Likewise, we are not given trials and tribulations because we have done something wrong, but so that the Lord can use our trials to teach us and others his purposes.
- - The pharisees were looking for fault in Jesus.
- They claimed that he had broken the law of the Sabbath by making clay.
- The blind man testified of what had happened. His parents were called in to confirm the story. Due to the stigma it would cause them, to be cast out of the synagogue, which would have cost them greatly in their society, they confirmed that it was their son, but that they passed the responsibility on to their son saying that he was of age. He was cast out of the synagogue. Christ embraced him. He knew what happened and could not deny it.

John Chapter 10
- - Verse 16 - Other sheep I have... refers to the Nephites. See 3 Nephi 15:21.
- The sheep are unto the people as Christ is unto the Shepherd.
- The sheep are put into the sheepfold for the night. In the morning the shepherd calls them and the sheep follow the right shepherd because they know his voice.
- The world is the sheepfold. It is a communal pen where we are all together. There is a lot of noise. There are many shepherd's vying for our attention. We can learn to recognize His voice by studying His word. When the Good Shepherd calls our name and we follow Him we will be blessed with a more abundant life, even eternal life.

Relief Society
- Behold thy Mother - Thomas S. Monson - April 1998

The Name of Mother:
The holiest words my tongue can frame,
The noblest thoughts my soul can claim,
Unworthy are to praise the name
More precious than all other.

An infant, when her love first came,
A man, I find it still the same,
Reverently I breathe her name,
The blessed name of mother.


- There are many differences in mothers. There are many different ways of doing things. There are many different circumstances.

Motherhood is an eternal calling.
The most important thing is that mothers teach their children the Gospel.

What does motherhood mean to you?
- Love unconditional
- A challenge
- A blessing

--- In most languages, "Momma" means the same thing. It is a tender respected word.

POEM - What gift can I give this child? - money? learning? NO - the best gift that can be given is a desire to love and hold the priesthood of God.

Think of stories of your mother and other motherly figures in your life. What are their characteristics. How have they influenced you?

We can love and honor our mothers best by living up to the good things they taught us. Don't forget that love is an action word. :)

I hope that we can all remember and honor our mothers especially this week with Mother's Day approaching.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Severe Weather Reports - Check on your visitees

Sisters: With all of the severe weather, the Presidency would like us all to check on the sisters and families that we visit teach. Keep tabs on them. Take care of each other! If there is a need, please let a member of the RS Presidency know.

Temple Days

30th April 2011 - Ward Temple Day!
2:20 PM Session
-- Since we are the last session of the day, we need some volunteers to help with the temple cleaning.
-- This is the day that the flowers will be planted at the temple grounds. If anyone is interested in going early to help with that, they will start planting at 9:00 AM.

13 May 2011 - Stake Fill the Temple Day!
This is a Friday! Plan now to get the day off work so that we can all attend!

Our Family: Sister Donna Lockman

Sister Donna Lockman is in the hospital for some serious procedures. She has been very sick and would love a visit. Go visit her any time!

Northwest Medical Hospital
Room 1438

Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011

Christ the Lord is Risen today! Allelujah!

Sacrament Meeting:
- Young Brother Beutler: Pride vs. Humility - We need to take the "Thy will" approach vs. "My will" when approaching our Father in prayer. Follow the example of the Savior.

- Sister Castillo: This is the Christ, musical number. Click the link to watch the choir sing it. Beautiful pictures.

- Sister Eastman: Love God! - Feed His sheep and Keep His commandments. Love is empty if there is no action to back it up.

- Sister Hargiss: Easter is the celebration of life, peace, and joy! Everyone is invited. We all get to be active participants in the atonement. The resurrection is the crowning jewel of the atonement.

Sunday School: Lesson 15 - "I am the Light of the World"
Feast of the Tabernacles in Judea: Harvest, joyful celebration
- John 7:1-10 - Deciding whether or not to go. ... Not yet time.
:12 Discussion of who He was
:14 To the temple to teach.
:16-17 Doctrine of the Father - His will
- Faith to try! Trust that what you are doing is His will.
- Learn by doing! - Remember the actions and stories of real events better than arbitrary facts. The prophets are modeling the way to live through their lives and by sharing their stories.
- What happens if you keep trying with no success? (Some things we will never overcome in this life.) Faith is knowing that if we don't quit, we win! We do everything that we can and then the Lord makes up the rest.
* Life is a staircase. It doesn't matter where you are on the staircase. It just matters which way you are facing and that you continue to try, try again. After we have done all we can and have reached the end of mortality, Christ in His mercy and through His atonement turns on the escalator and helps us the rest of the way up. Even after death there is no end to the staircase. Eternal Progression is real!
-- The point is that we WORK! We are supposed to have challenges. We are given weaknesses so that we will be humble. After we humble ourselves, His grace is sufficient and weak things will be made strong unto us. (my paraphrasing... Sister Elen knows the word for word. - what's the reference Sister Wright?

John 8
:12 Light of the World --- look at the footnotes for the cross references to Christ as Light in the scriptures.
:29 - Please Him
How do we know what we do is pleasing to Him? --- That one's open ended. Think about it.

Relief Society: Happy Easter!
- - The atonement and resurrection of Christ is the greatest event that has happened EVER!
"There would be no Christmas if there had not been Easter. The babe Jesus of Bethlehem would be but another baby without the redeeming Christ of Gethsemane and Calvary and the triumphant fact of the Resurrection." - Gordon B. Hinkley

It is part of the plan. So that we can repent.

- Walk through the Savior's life and especially the last week of his life.

In Gethsemane, he asked for the cup to be passed from him. Excruciating pain and suffering that we cannot comprehend. His Godhood kept him alive and made it possible. He was the only one capable of this atonement.

- The weakness of His apostles: Judas, betraying Him. Peter denying Him. How often do we turn our backs on the Lord?

- The Love of the Savior was and is so great! -- He Served and Loved. Through service the relationship grows deeper. (Washing of disciples feet.)

- Even amidst all the pain and suffering that He was enduring, He was worried about others: the people who "knew not what they did." His mother. Ultimately, he chose to die. He gave up the ghost. Through His godhood, he had the choice.

- Taken to a borrowed tomb...

- Mary Magdelene: She knew Him when He said her name.

Will you know Him when He calls your name?


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sunday, April 17, 2001 -- Ward Conference

Conference was such a spiritual feast. I hope that all came with the spirit and had the same revelatory meeting I did. For me, there were no new grand revelations, but certainly a strong reaffirming that we are members of the true church of Jesus Christ in the Latter-Days. When Brother Stival was reading the names of the local and world leaders I felt so strongly that they are each called of God and have the keys to operate in their calling. I am grateful for the perfection of the organization of the church and the service that each of you provide in your respective callings to forward the work of the Lord. This is His church! He loves us! He is aware of us!


Sacrament Meeting:
~ Bishop Wright ~
Congratulations on 24th Anniversary!! - Theme in Wright Family: Joshua 24:15 - "As for me and my house we will serve the Lord."
- We are all part of a WORLD FAMILY. Before we were born into our individual family units, we were members of Heavenly Father's "Grand Family Unit." When we recognize that, we recognize our relationship to each other and to our Father. Our hearts will be touched and our minds opened and we will have a desire to serve.
- Elder Christopherson said that Bishops are not only responsible for their ward members but for all who live in their ward boundaries. So... How does he reach them? *With a pleasant attitude and a smile. *By using the ward members as the tool to reach them.
- Bishop said he has always understood the mechanics of the church and how the plan of salvation works, but what he had not fully grasped was the great LOVE of the Father for each individual.
- Ammon is a great example of reaching out to Father's children. See Alma 17. Prayer + Fasting = Revelation. They had the Spirit of the Lord with them so they could be an instrument in His hands. Prayer is more than just thanking and asking... it is the act of aligning our will with the will of the Father. Requires humility and being willing to listen and hark to His promptings.

We have a wonderful Bishop!

~ President Stout ~
"Pretend for a moment that tomorrow and earthquake and a tornado is going to level Northwest Arkansas. It will be a devastating disaster that will destroy everything. Now listen closely to this counsel and I guarantee that your families will be safe." Everyone braced for this counsel and I got ready to write... but the transmission was cut off. All we got were blurbs through the static. (Not really, Pres. Stout was manipulating his voice to make it seem like that. :)) So clever... The message was clear!
- How many of you listened to conference?
--- Maybe some did not. Maybe some were listening but doing other things. Maybe some fell asleep. Hopefully many were paying close attention and feel confident that they are safe and prepared for the next 6 months. Do you? If not, what distractions are keeping you from hearing those crucial life-saving messages from the Lord's appointed? Disaster is coming! Do not procrastinate! Now is the time to prepare to meet God.

Theme of Conference: The Perfecting of the Saints, Ephesians 4:11-14.

(Listen with your spiritual ears.)
- Last week, Pres. had a cold and went to the doctor. In the doctor's office he had to wait... and wait... He had brought a book to read and crossed his leg to support the book. 45 minutes later, the nurse had to wake him up when it was his turn. He stood and took one step and fell flat on his face, because his leg was past feeling and could not support his weight. He had been sitting stagnant for so much time that the circulation had been cut off and it was past feeling.
- This can happen to the best of us. We need to be persistently doing what we should be doing every day in order to not become spiritually cut-off. Examine your life! What part of you needs woken up?

- Christ admonishes us to work towards perfection. In Jerusalem during His mortal ministry he said, "I would that you should be perfect, even as my Father which is in Heaven." When he visited the Nephites as the resurrected Christ he said, "I would that you should be perfect even I as I am." He did not consider himself perfect when he was alive on the earth. What He asks of us is more than mortal perfection. It is eternal perfection. -- Our leaders are here to perfect us. We should seek after their counsel and welcome correction.
--Study of the PERFECT: Greek: Thelios: Complete. -- Christ could not be considered perfect because his mission was not complete.
- - In order to become complete, we need to fulfill the Father's plan for us! We need to endure to the end and reach immortality and exaltation. We do that by making and keeping temple covenants which seal us back to our Father. We need the prophets, pastors, evangelists, etc because they have the keys we need to get back. They are here to help us complete our journey and become perfect.

Look at your life! Put it in order! Plan for perfection!

Sunday School: Ephesians
1. Gather all things in Christ
2. Unity - at home, between husband and wife.
Ch. 1:9-10. Paul is not only writing to the Ephesians, but also to us in the "dispensation of the fullness of times."
verse 12 - Premortally / predestined chosen to have the gospel, however, we still have our agency. We have a great responsibility. "Where much is given, much is required."
chapter 2:12-22 - Be a new man. verse 14 - There is no more partition. Christ has broken down the walls to unite all people.
Story: Brother Hoyt was on a round-up. They were trying to rope and tie down the calves. It takes three people: One to throw the rope, one to grab the head and the other to grab the feet. Brother Hoyt's job was to grab the head, but if he missed, he would get stuck in the "danger zone." His friend, from atop the horse (the roper) would say, "Ard, you don't want to be there." ... "...Gee, thanks buddy!" Then the third member of the team would jump in and grab the feet to save the day. The point is that all team members had to be doing their part, they had to be united in order to succeed.
:16 - One body
:20 - The prophets and apostles for the foundation of our church. Christ is the cornerstone. Our church has the same organization as the original Church of Jesus Christ. It is led by revelation and not the history of one.
Chapter 5:22-29: Husbands love their wives as Christ loves the church. - He never failed the church. He gave His all. There are high expectations for both partners. It calls for them to be equal and work together in love.

Relief Society: "Hitches and all, you can be successful."

- Lesson by Sister Liz Hargiss.
Have you ever heard the saying, "They got off without a hitch." Well, even at the Hargiss house, there are hitches. Everyone of us is going to run into hitches... Despite those hangups. We can all be successful.

One afternoon, in the olden days... a father asked his children to go hook up the team of horses. They were fighting and bickering all morning long and couldn't get anything done. So finally the dad went and hooked up one of the four horses at each corner of the wagon so they would be pulling apart. The kids came out and said, "Dad what did you do that for, we won't get anywhere if they are all going in different direction." He said, "Exactly, so stop pulling apart our family and work together so we can get to town." Within
- Family Responsibilities:
In parenting: physical, spiritual, emotional, intellectual. Our primary responsibilities as mothers is to nurture and to help them find a testimony of their own.
- Actions speak louder than words. "I can't hear what you're saying because your actions are so loud." --- We need to be good examples.

- There are many ways for us to serve and nurture whether it is with our own children or with others.
- Children also have responsibilities.

Parable of the Soil.
- The Lord knows where we are. He is aware of where He planted us. It is easy to complain about how the hand we got dealt in this life is so hard and it's "SO NOT FAIR." When we complain about where we are, we take the focus off the Lord and put it on ourselves. We need to accept it. We all have our challenges. We are all different. We grow at different paces, we will become different plants and flowers. It is the diversity that makes it beautiful.
"It's not where you are planted that matters, it is how you respond to the nurturing of the Master gardener."

To be continued...

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Send the YW to Camp! - Help them earn $

The Young Women of the Little Flock Ward are currently looking for opportunities to raise money on their own to help them pay for camp in June. this is a list of the girls who are willing to do various jobs for pay, including Yard Work, House Work, and Babysitting. See below for their names and contact information so that you can contact them when you are in need of service. Thank you!

Ward Babysitters:
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Kayla Wright: 479.451.0271 / 479.366.1320
- Hannah Hargiss: 479.451.1148 / 479.531.0135
- Jessica Pointer: 479.544.6328
- Mary Wright: 479.621.5338 /479.381.3423
- Jessica Maher: 479.381.8824 / 479.381.3320

Yard Work:
- Kayla Wright: 479.451.0271 / 479.366.1320
- Hannah Hargiss: 479.451.1148 / 479.531.0135
- Mary Wright: 479.621.5338 /479.381.3423
- Jessica Maher: 479.381.8824 / 479.381.3320

House Work:
- Kayla Wright: 479.451.0271 / 479.366.1320
- Hannah Hargiss: 479.451.1148 / 479.531.0135
- Jessica Pointer: 479.544.6328
- Mary Wright: 479.621.5338 /479.381.3423
- Jessica Maher: 479.381.8824 / 479.381.3320

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Fast and Testimony Meeting:
It is always nice to have fast and testimony meeting the week after General Conference. We all come away from conference spiritually fed and full of inspiration. Thank you to all who shared their testimonies.

If you missed any part of conference or simply want to re-watch favorites, go to http://lds.org/general-conference/sessions/2011/04?lang=eng. The church archives have all past conferences to be watched at any time online.

Sunday School:
Thanks to Sister Sheryl Beutler for her excellent classes! I don't know if it was because the stake president was here, or what... but Sunday School attendance was literally out the door! There was some wonderful participation and interesting comments.Link
"Whom say ye that I am?"
- - - Matthew 16:13-19 (Click link to take you to the scripture at lds.org)
We need to personalize our testimony. It was not important to Christ who others said that he was; only who Peter said that he was. Who is Christ to you? How has he influenced you personally? Create a living testimony - it is alive, changing, growing.

- Why are KEYS important? - Where does the authority come from? The power of the priesthood (the power to act in God's name) is here! It is real. It isn't just history to us, it is present. This gives us and all members of the church confidence! Our confidence isn't only in the people who hold the keys, but in the fact that the power they hold is the power of God.
- What is your personal relationship with God?
---- The spirit bears witness of truth! It was present in this class. It is important that we can recognize it when it appears.

Mount of Transfiguration:
--
Matthew 17:1-9
- This was a preparation: It prepared Christ for the atonement. It prepared the apostles to be the future leaders afterward.
- Hear the voice of the Father. -- only 4 times do we hear the Father's voice: Christ's baptism, on the Mount of Transfiguration, to the Nephites when Christ visits, 1st vision of Joseph Smith.
- Moses and Elias appear. Elias is a title, referring to different people at different times. In this case it is John the Baptist. Always refers to a forerunner / preparer. Sometimes Elijah.
-- Parallel to the latter-days when they come to Joseph Smith. See D&C 110.


Relief Society: Give said the little stream!
We are a church of service. Look at the service offered recently in Japan...

How can we serve?
- Three broad categories:
--- As wife and mother in our home.
--- In our church callings.
--- In the community.

1. In our HOME:
- Help each other.
- Cheerful in the morning.
- Wednesday Letters
- Give compliments. - cycle of positive energy -

2. At CHURCH:
- WHY?
- Because we like it! :) we love the Lord. we love each other.

3. In the COMMUNITY:
- World Family - God's family.
- Love and serve them. Love your neighbor.

There are many ways to serve: financially, emotionally, socially, spiritually, physically.


Have I done any good in the world today?


Christ is the greatest example!
-
John 13:4-10 - Washing the disciples feet.

Do unto others!

Ward Conference - "The Perfecting of the Saints"

Sunday, 17 April 2011
9:00 AM
Little Flock Meeting House

President Stout visited our ward this past Sunday and spoke to us about preparing for Ward Conference. The theme of the conference will be "The Perfecting of the Saints" based on Ephesians 4:11-15.
11And he agave some, bapostles; and some, cprophets; and some, devangelists; and some, epastors and fteachers;

12For the aperfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the bedifying of the body of Christ:

13Till we all come in the aunity of the faith, and of the bknowledge of the Son of God, unto a cperfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

14That we henceforth be no more achildren, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of bdoctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

15But speaking the atruth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the bhead, even Christ:

President Stout asks us all to come "prepared for a revelatory meeting."
- In order to "better serve Him [the Lord], His children, and to return to His presence.

Sisters, Ward Conference is always a wonderful meeting. It is our opportunity to hear specific counsel and direction from our local leaders as directed by our Father in Heaven. Please make a phone call or a visit to those who you visit teach and make sure they know about ward conference and feel welcome.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Young Women Spaghetti Dinner

Friday, April 8th, 20011
6:30 PM
Cultural Hall, Dixieland Meeting House

$8.00 per plate
Childcare provided at $1.00 per child

Come and enjoy a night of great food and entertainment provided by the Little Flock Young Women. A delicious spaghetti dinner will be provided. All proceeds will go to support the Young Women in going to Girl's Camp this summer.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Prayer Request

From Sister Ruth Hackett:
My daughter, Krystal, who just beat disgermanoma cancer got her 6 month scan results back. There is a spot on her throat that concerns the doctor. She has to go back in 5 weeks for another scan to see if it has grown. If it has, they will do a biopsy the week after that. She is only 20 years old. Her spirits are good, but she is a worrier like her momma. I would really appreciate all the prayers for her.


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Sisters, this is a new type of post I will be adding each week as a recap of our Sunday services. It will allow anyone traveling, sick, or teaching in another calling to receive the spiritual messages taught in Sacrament meeting, Sunday School, and our Relief Society meetings. I would encourage you all to comment on your impressions on the subject. Include personal insights, experiences, or impressions that come to you. I know that I personally gain so much from hearing what others have to offer. What will be included here is from my meager notes of the day. Please add to them. Thank you, Sister Jenny Castillo.

Sacrament meeting:
"Count Your Blessings"
-- We are blessed as we endure to the end.
-- We are blessed as we wait on the Lord and trust in Him.
(Sister Clark shared the miraculous story of finally receiving her husband's liver transplant.)
-- We are blessed as we obey.

Sunday School:
  • Matthew 12:1-8 - Sabbath Day. There is a difference between ministering and administering.
  • Mark 2:27-28 - Sabbath is for man, JST Glorify God.
  • Luke Ch. 7 - Annointing of Christ's feet. Woman had many sins, yet she was forgiven. She was submissive and humble. She went to serve the Lord and trusted in his ability to wash away her sins, yet she did not go to him to beg. He was able to see her heart and forgive her. Parable of the Debtors.
  • Matthew 11:28-30 - Lots of imagery.
  • **Take my yoke - Go to work, lose yourself in service. It is a partnership, we have to hold up our side of the yoke.
  • **Pres. Hunter - A yoke is a tool of great a assistance. It shares and reduces a burden that would be impossible for one. It not only doubles the power to pull, but exponentially augments the capacity.
  • **Oxen are beasts of burden, move slowly and steadily. Be humble and meek. The Lord doesn't remove the burden, He helps us pull it and makes it light.
  • Rest is freedom from guilt.
How does the sabbath day give us rest? How does the sabbath day make our burden light?


Relief Society - Sacrifice - "I'll Go Where You Want Me to Go"

Sister Wright told of her Saturday in Siloam Springs with Kayla's softball tournament and how it took time, money, and effort and was not what she wanted to be doing all day long. Then she found a beautiful place and was able to sit down and read the lesson. She explained her realization that being a mother and fulfilling all her motherly duties is one of those sacrifices and that her attitude can make a big difference.
In the Book of Mormon, Laman and Lemuel made all the same sacrifices as Nephi and Sam. It was just their murmuring attitude that made the difference.
What is sacrifice?
-- Giving up something good for something better. (Elen Wright)

I will GO... I will SAY... I will DO... whatever the Lord requires.
The manual states: Sacrifice means giving to the Lord whatever He requires of our time, our earthly possessions, and our energies to further His work. The Lord commanded, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness” (Matthew 6:33). Our willingness to sacrifice is an indication of our devotion to God. People have always been tried and tested to see if they will put the things of God first in their lives.
Anciently:
-- Firstlings of the flock. - Symbol of Christ as first born.
-- The very best! No blemishes.

Animal sacrifice ended when Christ offered himself as the ultimate sacrifice. He paid the price for our sins.

Today:
-- Broken heart and a Contrite spirit -- we are the sacrifice.

* 3 Nephi 9:19-20 * Romans 12:1 * 1 Nephi 13:37

At this time in the lesson we got into groups and discussed what the Lord has required of each of us to sacrifice in our lives. We came up with several themes:
-- Providers: the responsibility of being the bread winners of the family
-- Mothers: putting themselves last as they meet the needs of their children
-- Military Service: they are the soldiers protecting the freedoms we have.
-- Missionaries: they are the Lord's soldiers giving of their time to forward the kindgom.
-- Spouses: giving up their homeland in order to marry and have eternal families.
-- Mothers are providers: bearing the sole burden for their family while spouses are absent.

Let us continue this discussion through comments on the blog. Share with us how you have sacrificed. What has the Lord required you to bear? How have you been strengthened in order to bear that burden?

None of us are exempt, we all suffer in our own way. The miracle of the gospel is that as we come unto Christ, trust in Him, are obedient, and endure to the end he will share in our burden and make it light.
One of my favorite scriptures is in 1 Corinthians 10:13.
"There hath no temptation ataken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be btempted above that ye are able; but will with the ctemptation also make a way to descape, that ye may be able to ebear it."
We will be able to bear whatever is given to us.

Another favorite is the plea of the Prophet Joseph when he was in Liberty Jail. No one suffered more than the early saints of the church during this time. Read Doctrine and Covenants 121.
1 O God, awhere art thou? And where is the pavilion that covereth thy bhiding place?

2aHow long shall thy hand be stayed, and thine eye, yea thy pure eye, behold from the eternal heavens the wrongs of thy people and of thy servants, and thine ear be penetrated with their cries?

3Yea, O Lord, ahow long shall they suffer these wrongs and unlawful boppressions, before thine heart shall be softened toward them, and thy bowels be moved with ccompassion toward them?

4O Lord God aAlmighty, maker of bheaven, earth, and seas, and of all things that in them are, and who controllest and subjectest the devil, and the dark and benighted dominion of Sheol—stretch forth thy hand; let thine eye pierce; let thy cpavilion be taken up; let thy dhiding place no longer be covered; let thine ear be inclined; let thine eheart be softened, and thy bowels moved with compassion toward us.

5Let thine aanger be kindled against our enemies; and, in the fury of thine heart, with thy bsword cavenge us of our wrongs.

6Remember thy asuffering saints, O our God; and thy servants will rejoice in thy name forever.

7My son, apeace be unto thy soul; thine badversity and thine afflictions shall be but a csmall moment;

8And then, if thou aendure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy bfoes.

9Thy afriends do stand by thee, and they shall hail thee again with warm hearts and friendly hands.

10Thou art not yet as Job; thy afriends do not contend against thee, neither charge thee with transgression, as they did Job.