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Monday, December 27, 2010

Sunday Snippet

This week Peta gave our lesson based on the May 2010 Ensign "That the Children Might See the Face of the Saviour" by Sister Cheryl C Lant, former Primary General President. "Seek the face of the Lord always, that in patience ye may possess your souls, and ye shall have eternal life." (D&C 101:38)
Christs invitation to seek Him is an invitation to know who He is, what He has done for us and what He has asked us to do.
There were three points that we focused on:
1. Love the Lord and our families - and all children.
We do this by knowing God and learning who He is and what He would have us do.
By reading scriptures and praying
By being obedient
By serving our families and others

2. Be good examples.
We can be worthy examples for all children by these qualities
Smile and be friendly
Kindness - having a kind manner
Approachable and easily entreated
Patient and gentle

3. Teach the Gospel.
Find the joy of living the gospel
Going to church
Develop our personal relationship with Heavenly Father
Help children develop their relationship with Heavenly Father by using the scriptures and saying their prayers
Help children recognise the Holy Ghost and how He removes hatred and malice from us

"It is our sacred responsibility as leaders of this rising generation of children to bring them to the Saviour so that they might see His face and the face of our Father in Heaven as well. As we do this we also bring ourselves."

January Announcements
Saturday 1st
2pm at 34 Jenkins Street Taroona
BBQ @ 5pm
Bring your bathers and towel if its warm
RSVP on blog

Sunday 2nd
Meetings begin at 9am
please arrive early

Monday, December 20, 2010

Sunday Snippet

Fiona Cluff gave the lesson this week on "The Sacrament" chapter 23 from our Gospel Principles manual. Fiona began by telling us of a conversation with her cousin who asked why does Fiona take the sacrament often? Fiona found this hard to answer and was grateful for the opportunity to teach this lesson and learn about why we need to partake of the sacrament often.
We listened to a recording of sacrament hymn 196 "Jesus Once of Humble Birth". When it had finished she asked us what we had been thinking about while it was playing?
Had we been thinking of the Saviour?
"The sacrament is a holy priesthood ordinance that helps remind us of the Saviour's Atonement. During the sacrament, we partake of bread and water. We do this in remembrance of His flesh and His blood which He gave as a sacrifice for us. As we partake of the sacrament, we renew sacred covenants with our Heavenly Father."
We were divided into four groups and we analysed and discussed the sacrament prayers in Doctrine and Covenants 20: 77, 79
We covenant to take His name upon us and always remember Him and keep His commandments and He covenants that we may always have His spirit to be with us.
Taking the sacrament often helps us to remember Him and gives us the opportunity to repent and to do better.
We were asked how we can help the children be reverent while partaking of the sacrament. Tina suggested small books showing the sacrament kept especially for when the sacrament begins. Sisters Pat Barwick said to practice sitting still and taking the sacrament and Sister Elaine Watson said to discus it at home where there is an opportunity to talk about what is going on and what it means.
Fiona read a poem about what we might be thinking about when we take the sacrament.

Sacrament Poem
There was envy in the glances that a lovely woman cast,
At the hairdo of a neighbor while the Sacrament was passed.
And a teenaged girl I noticed, though a timid lass & shy,
Watched a youthful priest intently through the corner of her eye;

As he sat behind the table where the water trays were spread.
She was not remembering Jesus nor the prayer the priest had said.

There was nothing reverential in the things the cub scout drew,
on the pages of the hymn book till the Sacrament was through.

Not a thought of Jesus' passion entered careless elders' minds,
As they whispered to each other & the girls they sat behind.

And the high priest's brow was furrowed as he stole a secret glance,
At his checkbook's dismal story of his failures in finance.

There were hundreds in the chapel but the worshippers were few,
And I couldn't help but wonder what the Lord Himself would do.

I couldn't help but wonder what the Lord Himself would say,
Had he walked into a meeting where His saints behaved that way.

Would His loving eyes be saddened, would His countenance be grim;
While He there observed & listened to a meeting meant for Him?

Author: O. Willard Pilling

It is important to focus our thoughts on the Saviour as we take the Sacrament and Pat mentioned how there is a painting of Jesus Christ our Saviour administering the sacrament to the congregation.
"During the sacrament service we should dismiss from our minds all worldly thoughts. We should feel prayerful and reverent. We should think of the atonement of our Saviour and be grateful for it. We should examine our lives and look for ways to improve. We should also renew our determination to keep the commandments".
Thank you Fiona for reminding us of the importance of the sacrament and also for the gifts.

December Announcements
Merry Christmas everyone
Thank you for the contributions to Elder Shoobridge's Christmas box
Relief Society is scheduled for Boxing Day
In January we switch to mornings

Monday, December 13, 2010

Sunday Snippet

This week Amy King taught our lesson on the Gifts of the spirit.
It was very confusing at first as Amy and Lisa were teaching us the lesson in Japanese. This was to give us a taste of what it is like for international members and investigators. Amy said when she was overseas everyone including the Bishop came up to her and said Hello and this made her feel welcome and she encouraged us to welcome our international members.
We were then given a gift with a scriptural reference and we had to find the sister that had a match to ours and look up the scripture and discuss it.
With help from Chelsea the gifts were written on the board.
The Gift of Tongues (D&C 46:24)
The Gift of Interpretation of Tongues (D&C 46:25)
The Gift of Wisdom (D&C 46:17)
The Gift of Knowledge (D&C 46:18)
The Gift of knowing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God (D&C 46:13)
The Gift of Believing the Testimony of Others (D&C 46:14)
The Gift of Healing (D&C 46:19,20)
The Gift of Working Miracles (D&C 46:21)
The Gift of Faith (Moroni 10:11)
To develop our gifts we must find out which gifts we have. We do this by praying and fasting. In Doctrine and Covenants 46:9 The Lord said "They (gifts) are given for the benefit of those who love me and keep all my commandments and him that seeketh so to do."
We all have been given at least one spiritual gift to use for the benefit of others as well as ourselves. We can find out what gifts we are given when we receive our Patriarchal Blessing.
Doctrine and covenants 46:27 {"And unto the Bishop of the church and unto such as God shall appoint and ordain to watch over the church and to be elders unto the church are to have it given unto them to discern all those gifts lest there shall be any among you professing and yet be not of God." This is because Satan can imitate the Gifts of the Spirit and can deceive us with false prophets.
Our Spiritual Gifts are sacred and not for us to boast of, neither to speak of them before the world, for they are given for our profit and salvation.
Thank you Amy for the awesome lesson.

On Tuesday night at the Relief Society Activity many sisters attended (but if you didn't make it we missed you) and we had fun putting the hampers together. Kelly organised some games and Pictionary Christmas Carols was a lot of fun. We finished with a lovely supper including delicious plum pudding.

The High Priest Pot luck dinner on Friday was also fun and the food was yummy. It was an opportunity for Inga and Ian to enjoy a social dinner and we all enjoyed the beautiful surroundings. Another dinner is planned for early/mid January. The date to be advised.


Sat 18th Dec - Stake Back to Bethlehem Activity 3-5pm
Please dress up in Biblical fashion, bring a blanket or quilt to sit on and also a contribution of non perishable food.

Please check notice boards for further details or contact auxillary leaders

Monday, December 6, 2010

Sunday Snippet

Yesterday Blanche gave us a special lesson on Christmas. "Merry Christmas" was written on the board, the table was filled with presents and there was tinsel! We were given catalogues to browse through and paper to make out our wishlist.
Then Brother Sayers came and gently sang a "Away in a Manger" accompanied with a guitar for us which totally altered the spirit of the room. Mary (Sister Carmen) entered and told us about the night she went to Bethlehem.
Blanche then took down the tinsel, rubbed Merry mas from the board leaving "Christ". The presents were removed and under a large box was hidden the true meaning of Christmas; a nativity scene. Blanche had demonstrated how easily it is for us to be distracted from the true meaning of Christmas. The sisters then read from Luke 1:26-33, 2:1-19. We heard testimonies of Jesus Christ from Sister Dalton and Sister Stokes. We then wrote another wishlist which was quite different from the first one. This was the true meaning of Christmas. Merry Christmas everyone.

Tues 7th 7pm - ward RS Christmas activity

Friday 10th Pot luck dinner at the Oates'

Saturday 11th Glen Huon Carols BBQ at 5pm and Carols at 7pm

Sat 18th Dec - Stake Back to Bethlehem Activity 3-5pm
Please dress up in Biblical fashion, bring a blanket or quilt to sit on and also a contribution of non perishable food.

Please check notice boards for further details or contact auxillary leaders