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Monday, October 25, 2010

Sunday Snippet

This week we were treated to a preview /invitation to the upcoming Strengthening Marriage and Family courses co-ordinated by Elder and Sister Ross.
It was noted that these courses are not designed for counseling troubled situations but they are there to provide us with tools to handle situations that we may possibly encounter in our relationships.
Former students agreed they had received much helpful information in the course and that it was well worth the one evening a week for six weeks.
Our Stake President would like all married couples whether married 60 years or 6 months to complete the course. He would also like courting or engaged couples and all the YSA to complete the course as well, because of the useful tools that they will gain to help them in the future.

Last week we had our Hobart Stake Week at the Temple. It was awesome, it was wonderful, it was fantastic, it was historic! There were records set for the number of ordinances performed in the temple on one day. President Lobley noted that they are saved one at a time and he chose not to give numbers. Hobart Stake provided about ten ordinance workers and over a hundred patrons. Extra seats were added to the endowment rooms. All rooms at the Temple were in use.
Hobart Stake will have a week allocated to it annually and as we participate in this opportunity to receive the blessings of the temples we will be enriched individually and collectively.


October Announcements

Friday 29th Ward Talent Night

Sunday 31st General Relief Society Broadcast

This week we are collecting nuts and drinking chocolate for the Hampers

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sunday Snippet

Our lesson today was Chapter 18 from our manual "Faith in Jesus Christ" and our teacher was Emi. We were divided into 4 groups to discuss different sections of the lesson and a spokesperson from each group presented the relevant points to the rest of the class. The presentations were as follows
1. What is Faith?
Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
Alma 32:21 "...-faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true."
Faith is alive and we need to feed it or it may die. Faith must be centered in the Lord Jesus Christ. If you have faith you need not fear.

2. Why should we have Faith in Jesus Christ?
There is no other way to gain salvation. Faith in Christ gives us the strength to overcome temptaion. Faith makes repentance and forgiveness possible. Faith brings the Holy Ghost. Faith brings hope and we need not despair. Heavenly Father is the source of all our blessings and we need to have faith in Him and His son Jesus Christ.

3. How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?
Faith is like a tree and we need to plant the seed in our hearts and nurture it by reading the scriptures and praying. We can increase our faith by praying to Heavenly Father about our hopes, desires and needs and then responding to the revelations we receive.

4. What are some of the blessings that follow faith?
There are many blessings that follow faith: patience, testimony, knowledge, wisdom, miracles, healings, ministering angels. Faith is needed to obtain Priesthood blessings, which can bring about miracles. Protection comes from obedience to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Humble faithful prayer can bring about miracles.
"And he who posesses it (faith) will, through it, obtain all necessary knowlegde and wisdom, until he shall know God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, whom He has sent - whom to know is eternal life."

Thank you for sharing the personal faith promoting experiences with the class.

In Five Minute Music Elder Gardener and Elder Stone sang to us a wonderful medley of the hymns. " I Know That My Redeemer Lives" and "A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief".

October Announcements
Mary's Baptism Saturday 23rd 10 am

No mutual or Primary Activity this week due to the Week at the Temple

Tuesday 19th Fireside with Sister Beck
Melbourne Stake Centre Wantirna

Friday 29th Ward Talent Night
Its not too late to sign up

Sunday 31st General Relief Society broadcast

and finally we are collecting dried fruit and confectionary for the hampers this coming Sunday

Monday, October 4, 2010

Conference Sessions + Sister Beck fireside

Conference session times:

Saturday 9th October:

Sunday 10th October:

Broadcast with Sister Beck:

Saturday 16th October

Sunday Snippet

Angela taught the lesson this week from the April 2010 General Conference address of President Henry B Eyring. "Help Them on Their Way Home".
She mentioned the usefulness of modern GPS systems in our cars that tell us "to turn around" when we have got off track to our destination. The Holy Ghost is like our GPS in helping us stay on track.
Angela read of when President Eyring's eldest son (not yet baptised) was lost one evening on his way home. something came to his memory and he knew he was supposed to pray, he left the road and found a place to kneel down. Two young people heard him crying and offered to help. He didn't know his address or phone number but he knew his name and they found the family name in the phone book. President Eyring was grateful that kind people had been placed along his way home and that he was taught to pray with faith that help would come when he was lost.

The programs for the children at church are designed to reinforce what is taught at home and to help children recognise the Holy Ghost.
The first eight years of life are protected from Satan's use of mists of darkness because of the atonement of Jesus Christ. Families have an advantage in these years to strengthen their childrens faith and testimony that they may be less likely to need rescue as teenagers.
The Duty to God program of Young Mens help young men know their priesthood responsibilities and Personal Progress of Young Womens help young women know of their divine nature and individual worth. The programs of the church help our youth to reach their potential and to set and attain goals.
The Word of Wisdom (Doctrine and Covenants 89) provides guidance on temporal salvation 89:2, on the proper use of alcohol (a cleanser)89:7 and tobacco (a veterinary medicine)89:8 hot drinks (tea and coffee)89:9 and flesh of beasts to be used in times of winter, cold and famine 89:12,13,15; and to eat all wholesome herbs and fruits in season with prudence and thanksgiving 89:10,11,16.
"We help God's children best by providing ways to build faith in Jesus Christ and His restored gospel when they are young. And then we must help rekindle that faith quickly before it dims as they wander off the path."
"So you and I can expect a nearly continuous opportunity to help travelers among God's children. The Saviour told us... 'Enter ye in at the strait gate, for wide is the gate, and broad is the way which leadeth to destruction, and many there be who go in thereat;
Because strait is the gate and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.'(3 Nephi 14:13,14)"
Angela said Children can be funneled into the straight gate by teaching correct principles. Heavenly Father loves them and they are loved by their families and to help them recognise the still small voice.
The broad gate is like a funnel and it gets narrower and narrower until we are caught in a snare.

In testimony meeting Andrew McGown read Psalm 124:7 "Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken and we are escaped."

Tuesday 5th October Relief Society Activity night 7pm at the Chapel Pizza making and games

9th and 10th October General Conference

16th October Relief Society Fireside with Sister Beck (more details to follow)

29th October Ward Talent Night

We are beginning to collect items for Christmas Hampers. From the 17th October a box
will be placed inside the Relief Society room. In October the focus is canned vegetables and canned fruit, dried fruits and nuts, confectionary and drinking chocolate. All suitable items are welcome.