Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Mormons and non-Mormons alike are mourning Sunday’s senseless and tragic death of Bishop Clay Sannar, age 42, of the Visalia California Ward congregation, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Bishop Sannar had only been serving in his lay ministry calling a few months. While doing paperwork in his church office after morning services on Sunday August 29, a man who was “visibly upset” walked into the chapel, and asked to see “someone in charge”. When taken to Sannar, the man pulled a gun, and fatally wounded the innocent bishop with multiple shots.
As of this morning, news reports reveal that the gunman was Kenneth James Ward, 47, a former member of the LDS church in the 1980′s. He suffered with a mental illness, and possibly PTSD from combat service. Ward did not know Bishop Sannar personally, however he chose to target the Visalia building, specifically kill a Mormon Bishop – and then, commit suicide-by-cop in a brief shoot-out shortly thereafter.
In the wake of this horrific tragedy is left behind Bishop Sannar’s loving wife Julie and six young sons, the eldest 14 years old, and the youngest an infant who was just blessed a week ago by his father during Sunday services.
The tragedy extends to hundreds of congregants, extended family, friends, neighbors, employees, co-workers, and the community. The ripple effect of Bishop Sannar’s death extends outward, crossing State lines and National borders. As the news travels rapidly through Twitter, Facebook, blogs and other online sources, it will eventually personally touch the hearts of 14 million fellow world-wide LDS church members. But, this loss is truly non-denominational. Anyone who is a father, or has a father – Anyone who is a son, or has a son – Anyone who is a husband, or has a husband – can feel the pain of this loss. When tragedy strikes, we are reminded how fragile life is, and how each human life is intertwined with another. The loss of any, is a loss to all. In this case, the loss is compounded by two deaths. The gunman Mr. Ward leaves behind additional devastated family members and friends.
“It certainly brings you to attention. There is a greater awareness to the frailty of life. . . it could have been anyone. Life is fleeting. They [Mormons] have a hope that is beyond this life in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Certainly this is a time for growth, and a time to search for answers, for those in the religious community and those who are not.” – Rev. Ben Meraz, Grace Lutheran Church, Visalia California – in VisaliaTimes-Delta
There are no words to adequately express the sadness and heartbreak surrounding this act of violence, but there is an opportunity to “do something more” than just weep!
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Anxiously engaged in a good cause
2011 theme for youth is 13th Article of Faith
By Sister Elaine S. Dalton
Young Women general president
Published: Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010
....."Now we move forward with this resolve in our hearts into another year. The theme for the youth in 2011 is taken from the 13th Article of Faith".......
Each month, the Church News publishes a message to complement the Relief Society visiting teaching message found in the Ensign magazine. The article on this page is based on the Sept. 2010 theme, "Our Responsibility to Nurture the Rising Generation.-----
Friendships formed while learning to crochet hats
By Marianne Holman
Published: Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010
"When leaders of the Springville Utah Hobble Creek West Stake Young Women presidency began to make preparations for girls camp this past summer, one of their main concerns was what to do for a service project.The leaders felt that they wanted to do something that would not only give service but would give the participants an opportunity to learn as they gave of themselves...(read more)
Saturday, August 28, 2010
A Summary of Changes and Polices in and for Relief Society Meetings was published in the Ensign September 2010, 35.
Make sure you read the entire article when you get your Ensign Magazine.
|page 35, download here or "Save As" to your computer|
The general Relief Society meeting will be held on Saturday, September 25, in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City. Speakers will include a member of the First Presidency, as well as the members of the Relief Society general presidency.
Check the broadcast schedule for information on worldwide broadcast that applies to you at home or at the Stake Center. If you need some sample of invitation for sisters, download it here.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
I had created a Flipchart of "If I Listen With My Heart" as requested, for introduction of 2011 Primary Theme.
It was used for a Primary Leadership Training. Feel free to download it here
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Brother Steve Smith of Soundsmith Music had prepared new arrangement for Primary Chorus (Children's Chorus), of Come, Follow Me with piano and optional Violin.! It is very beautiful!
It states: "
Check it out!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
JUNK at HOME
(tune “Love At Home”)
There are knick-knacks all around when there’s junk at home.
Many things that can’t be found when there’s junk at home.
Drawers and closets will not close, there are runs in all my hose.
Certain items decompose, in the junk at home
Junk at home, junk at home
Many items decompose
In the junk at home.
In the cottage there’s no room, cause there’s junk at home.
Living space is all consumed, with the junk at home.
In the garage the car won’t go, `cause of all the overflow.
Oh it’s hard for me to throw away the junk at home.
Junk at home, junk at home
Oh it’s hard for me to throw
Away the junk at home
Kindly will the family be, when no junk’s at home.
When the floor they’ll finally see, cause no junks at home.
From the neighbors you won’t hide, you will welcome them inside.
And you’ll finally say with pride…there’s no junk at home
De-junked home, de-junked home.
You can finally say with pride
THERE’S NO JUNK AT HOME
I wish I knew who to give credit to for these words but I have no idea who wrote them.
The September First Presidency Message is "The Book of Mormon as a Personal Guide"
"When learners discuss principles from the scriptures, they develop skills they need for their personal scripture study"
(Teaching, No Greater Call, 54).
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
For September Visiting Teaching Message was suggested we give a copy of "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" together with the message which is "Our Responsibility to Nurture the Rising Generation".
|download handout here|
download message here
download "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" here