Saturday, March 20, 2010
Last weeks lesson was awesome. Sister Lisa Travers taught for us a beautiful lesson about the creation. She did an amazing job and is just such a 'can do' sort of person. Thank you Lisa.
We heard some beautiful music from the lovely Katie Reed. What a talented lady, I wanted to clap when she finished. I gave her an 'air' clap.
Don't forget tomorrow is Stake conference and last night was the dance... sorry if you missed it.
This is a little random... but who loved playing with cardboard dolls when they were little? I did!! I wish my dolls had clothes like these to wear.
See you on Sunday
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Sooooo many announcements today, I will tell you those first.
19 - 21st Stake Conference
19th Stake Dance Retro Theme
Ultimate Youth Thingy, the week after Easter. We need people whom are willing to billet some youth. Please see Carmen or Tristan Bell.
13th Working bee at the chapel 10am - 12 noon... BBQ lunch after.
Please feed the missionaries.
If you are able to give any members rides to church please see Amy King (especially in Kingston and Sandy Bay area).
Karina Thorne is on crutches, please remember her and if you have time to offer any assistance please do so.
Welcome to our new music person Sister Carmen and our new teacher Sister Emi!!!
Our lesson today was given by Sister Blanche, taken from a BYU address titled 'Grow up unto the Lord'. When we grow up and leave home, we make a transition from relying on our parents and family to becoming more self reliant. Likewise at some stage we need to have developed our own testimony become reliant on our relationship with our Father in Heaven.
Blanche asked us what we were doing to nurture our spirits? We need to make sure that our spirit is the dominate thing in our lives. If is so easy to be slack, things that are worthwhile usually require effort. It take effort to keep our physical bodies fit and it also takes effort to keep our spiritual bodies in good shape.
Where are your priorities?? Constant Prayer and Fasting can help us draw closer to our Father in Heaven and help us receive direction. As a ward we all rely on each other and have the opportunity to serve one another. When attending church we should not question what we have gotten out of our Sunday meetings but we can ask ourselves how did we help someone else have a positive experience.
In closing we discussed the importance of the temple. We are encouraged to attend the temple with our stake in October. Blanche asked us to think about this and make a priority as a family to attend.
Testimonies were shared by some of the Sisters, our closing hymn was 'I stand all amazed'. Sister Zoe offered closing prayer.
See you all next Sunday, have a safe and happy week.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
2. Other burdens are imposed on us by the misconduct of others. Abuse and addictions can make home anything but a heaven on earth for innocent family members. Sin, incorrect traditions, repression, and crime scatter burdened victims along the pathways of life. Even less-serious misdeeds such as gossip and unkindness can cause others genuine suffering.
3. Our own mistakes and shortcomings produce many of our problems and can place heavy burdens on our own shoulders. The most onerous burden we impose upon ourselves is the burden of sin. We have all known the remorse and pain which inevitably follow our failure to keep the commandments.
No matter the burdens we face in life as a consequence of natural conditions, the misconduct of others, or our own mistakes and shortcomings, we are all children of a loving Heavenly Father, who sent us to earth as part of His eternal plan for our growth and progress. Our unique individual experiences can help us prepare to return to Him. The adversity and afflictions that are ours, however difficult to bear, last, from heaven’s perspective, for “but a small moment; and then, if we endure it well, God shall exalt us on high.” We must do everything we can to bear our burdens “well” for however long our “small moment” carrying them lasts.
Burdens provide opportunities to practice virtues that contribute to eventual perfection. They invite us to listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, and put off the natural man Through the atonement of Christ we can become as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon us, even as a child doth submit to his father (see Mosiah 3:19) Thus burdens become blessings, though often such blessings are well disguised and may require time, effort, and faith to accept and understand.
I think we all know and understand that Heavenly Father allows us to carry burdens in order to help us become the best we possibly can. Here's hoping we can be graceful in meeting our challenges head on!!