Sunday, February 05, 2012

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah 5 February 2012

Ward Council
2 Nephi 28:30
30 For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more; and from them that shall say, We have enough, from them shall be taken away even that which they have.

We covered section 3.4 Leadership Purposes from Handbook 2:Administering the Church

Joint Melchizedek/Aaronic Priesthood Meeting
Roles and Responsibilities of Relief Society
The ward relief society president taught the lesson.  She read the following talks in preparation for the lesson.

Help them understand that they are a covenant daughter of God.
Help them understand the power that comes from being a covenant daughter of God.
Help them understand the blessings that come as being a covenant daughter of God.

She passed out a list of objectives for each month this year.

Focus: Becoming a Holy Person

Objective: Help the sisters understand what is means to be a holy person and identify one area they can work on for the year.
Focus: Body As a Temple
Objective: Encourage sisters to care for their bodies as temples.
Focus: VT Invite the Sisters to Stand in Holy Places Through Family History Work

Objective: Help sisters gain the vision of preparing a family name to take to the temple in June.
Focus: Home as a Temple

Objective: Teach sisters that the next to the temple, the home is the most sacred place and help the sisters take steps to making it so.
Focus: Moving from Testimony to Conversion

Objective: Help the sisters understand that conversion is deeper then testimony, requires action, and brings meaning and purpose into our lives.
Focus: Worthy Friends a Key to Holiness

Objective: Encourage the sisters to get to know the new sisters in the ward and also give them tools to develop a greater emotional strength.
Focus: Being Covenant Daughters

Objective: Encourage the sisters to remember their covenants and commit to living them more
Focus: Lioness At The Gate

Objective: Help the sisters identify ways they can protect their homes from worldly influences and make them a holier phase.
Focus: Always Remember Him

Objective: Identify ways to make the Sabbath a Holy Day.
Focus: Gratitude the Mark of a Holy Person

Objective: Help the sisters increase their practice of being grateful.
Focus: The Temple-—A Place of Strength

Objective: Help as many sisters participate in temple ordinances for their own family members and recognize the power and strength that comes into their lives as a result.
Focus: Our Offering to the Savior

Objective: Help the sisters review how they have stood in holy places during the year and the effect it has had on them personally and with their families.

There is safety in being a Saint. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ today are known as Latter-day Saints. In addition to being the Lord’s designation of those who belong to His Church, this appellation also serves as His invitation to a better way of life. (Bishop Keith B. McMullin, “An Invitation with Promise“, Ensign May 2001)

Even if you are serving in primary and don't get to go to your quorum and rs meetings you are still a member of that sisterhood and brotherhood.

The three purposes of Relief Society as stated by Julie B. Beck, General Relief Society president, in the talk “Fulfilling the Purpose of Relief Society” in the November 2008 Ensign.

Increase in faith and personal righteousness.
Strengthen families and homes.
Serve the Lord and His children.

“Woman is God’s supreme creation. Only after the earth had been formed, after the day had been separated from the night, after the waters had been divided from the land, after vegetation and animal life had been created, and after man had been placed on the earth, was woman created; and only then was the work pronounced complete and good.” (President Gordon B Hinckley, “Our Responsibility to Our Young Women”, Ensign September 1988) - Wiki Womanhood, Eve, creation

“When sisters meet for Relief Society meetings during the week, they have the opportunity to learn and accomplish the charitable and practical responsibilities of the Relief Society. This is where they learn and practice skills that will help them increase their faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes, and provide service to those in need. These meetings are meant to be instrumental in teaching the skills and responsibilities of womanhood and motherhood in the Lord’s plan. It is here that women learn and apply principles of provident living and spiritual and temporal self-reliance, and they also increase in sisterhood and unity as they teach one another and serve together.” (Julie B. Beck, General Relief Society Meeting, September 2009)

Every relief society meeting, even if not held on Sunday, is as important for the sisters of the ward to be there as it is for the brethren to be to all of their priesthood meetings, no matter when they are held.

Mosiah 10:10
 10 Now I say unto you, if this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against being baptized in the name of the Lord, as a witness before him that ye have entered into a covenant with him, that ye will serve him and keep his commandments, that he may pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon you?

What have ye against doing your visiting teaching or home teaching?

“When the Savior organized His Church in New Testament times, “women were vital participants in [His] ministry.” 1 He visited Martha and Mary, two of His most dedicated followers, in Martha’s home. As Martha listened to Him and served Him according to the custom of their time, He helped her see that she could do more than that. He helped Martha and Mary understand that they could choose “that good part,” which would not be taken from them. 2 This gentle comment served as an invitation to participate in the Lord’s ministry. And later in the New Testament, Martha’s strong testimony of the Savior’s divinity gives us some insight into her faith and discipleship. 3
I hope my granddaughters will understand that the Lord inspired the Prophet Joseph Smith to organize the women of the Church “under the priesthood after the pattern of the priesthood” 7 and to teach them “how [they] would come in possession of the privileges, blessings and gifts of the Priesthood.” 8
[The first Relief Society] presidency was called by revelation, sustained by those they would lead, and set apart by priesthood leaders to serve in their callings, thus being “called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority.” 9 Being organized under the priesthood made it possible for the presidency to receive direction from the Lord and His prophet for a specific work.
“...our Heavenly Father needs us to follow a higher path and demonstrate our discipleship by sincerely caring for His children.”

“With so much need for relief and rescue in the lives of sisters and their families today, our Heavenly Father needs us to follow a higher path and demonstrate our discipleship by sincerely caring for His children. With this important purpose in mind, leaders are now taught to ask for reports about the spiritual and temporal well-being of sisters and their families and about service rendered. 18 Now visiting teachers have the responsibility to ‘sincerely come to know and love each sister, help her strengthen her faith, and give service.’ 19
“As committed disciples of the Savior, we are improving in our ability to do the things He would do if He were here. We know that to Him it is our caring that counts, and so we are trying to concentrate on caring about our sisters rather than completing lists of things to do. True ministry is measured more by the depth of our charity than by the perfection of our statistics.” (Julie B Beck, “What I Hope My Granddaughters (and Grandsons) Will Understand about Relief Society”, October 2011 General Conference)

Teach your wives and daughters the importance of RS.

Sunday School
2 Nephi 1-2
2 Nephi contains the teachings of Lehi, Nephi, Isaiah, and Jacob

“You, too, may be tempted to stop there, but do not do it! Do not stop reading! Move forward through those difficult-to-understand chapters of Old Testament prophecy, even if you understand very little of it. Move on, if all you do is skim and merely glean an impression here and there. Move on, if all you do is look at the words. …
“… The Lord had a purpose in preserving the prophecies of Isaiah in the Book of Mormon, notwithstanding they become a barrier to the casual reader.
“Those who never move beyond the Isaiah chapters miss the personal treasures to be gathered along the way” (Elder Boyd K Packer, in Conference Report, Apr. 1986, 76–77; or Ensign, May 1986, 61).

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