Monday, August 14, 2017

On The Go Mini Playsets - Quite active idea!

Keep kids entertained on-the-go with these mini playsets made from mint tins!
You can use the idea with Church elements, too.
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Sunday, August 6, 2017

New Stakes and Stake Presidencies Announced in July 2017


New Stakes
Five new stakes have been created.
A new stake has been created from the Boa Vista Brazil District. The Boa Vista Brazil Stake, which consists of the Buritis, Cambará, Canaã, Caçari, and Floresta Wards, was created by Elder Claudio R. M. Costa, General Authority Seventy, and Elder Edvaldo B. Pinto Jr., an Area Seventy.
BOA VISTA BRAZIL STAKE (May 7, 2017): President—Alcenir Gomes de Souza, 41, senior legal counselor; wife, Danielle Cunha Queiroz de Souza. Counselors—Fidel Carlos Menezes da Silva Sr., 32, commercial representative, JBS; wife, Jessica Nayara Alencar Menezes Silva; Ramiz Sampaio Mota, 37, assistant administrator, CERR; wife, Ana Lucia Chee-A-Tow Barbosa Mota.
A new stake has been created from the Klein Texas Stake. The Tomball Texas Stake, which consists of the Champions, Gleannloch Farms, Inverness, Magnolia 1st, Memorial Springs, Parkway, and Tomball 2nd Wards, was created by Elder Von G. Keetch, General Authority Seventy, and Elder Leonard D. Greer, an Area Seventy.
TOMBALL TEXAS STAKE (May 21, 2017): President—Samuel Gary Bikman, 48, senior vice president, Daikin/Goodman; wife, Melissa Kay Bikman. Counselors—David John Peterson, 47, product management, Hewlett-Packard; wife, Kelly Wilcox Peterson. Matthew Wayne Strader, 45, seminaries and institutes coordinator and teacher, LDS Church; wife, Jennifer N. Evans Strader.
A new stake has been created from the Beira Mozambique District. The Beira Mozambique Stake, which consists of the Baixa, Macurungo, Maraza, Munhava, and Palmeiras Wards, was created by Elder Stanley G. Ellis, General Authority Seventy.
BEIRA MOZAMBIQUE STAKE (March 19, 2017): President—Elías Joaquim, 63, office manager, Manuel de Almeida, Lda; wife, Fátima Mucheape Joaquim. Counselors—Carlos Alexandre Chivale, 37, coordinator, Care for Life; wife, Anabela João Chaúque Chivale. Rui Alberto Castigo Moda, 47, police officer; wife, Maria da Costa Manuel.
A new stake has been created from the Edmonton Alberta Bonnie Doon, Edmonton Alberta Millwoods, Edmonton Alberta Riverbend, and Edmonton Alberta North Stakes. The Sherwood Park Alberta Stake, which consists of the St. Paul, Tofield, and Vermilion Branches and the Cherry Grove, Clarkdale, Fort Saskatchewan, Glen Allan, Nottingham, and Wood Buffalo Wards, was created by Elder Jörg Klebingat, General Authority Seventy, and Elder G. Lawrence Spackman, Area Seventy.
SHERWOOD PARK ALBERTA STAKE (April 9, 2017): President—Robert Wayne Mendenhall, 57, lawyer and vice president, Richardson GMP Ltd.; wife, Dixie Marie Cahoon Mendenhall. Counselors—John Paul Kristensen, 52, manager, North West Redwater Partnership; wife, Carrie Lachelle Marsden Kristensen. William Darwin Laurie, 61, president, Britannia Construction Ltd.; wife, Caroline Adelaide Wilchynski Laurie.
A new stake has been created from the Accra Ghana Christiansborg and Tema Ghana Stakes. The Teshie Ghana Stake, which consists of the Nungua 1st, Nungua 2nd, Nungua 3rd, Teshie 1st, Teshie 2nd, and Teshie 3rd Wards, was created by Elder Terrence M. Vinson, General Authority Seventy, and Elder I. Raymond Egbo, Area Seventy.
TESHIE GHANA STAKE (April 23, 2017): President—Jerry Dela Nipz-Nipah, 34, sales and marketing engineer, Astra Engineering; wife, Doreen Araba Abaka Nipz Nipah. Counselors—Jacob Adjei Abam, employed by Cleancare; Felicia Marnah Nyarko. Jeffrey Odai Botchway, 33, executive sales, Stanbic Bank; wife, Eugenia Enyonam Botchway.
Reorganized stakes
ANTOFAGASTA CHILE LA PORTADA STAKE (May 14, 2017): President—David Andres Reyes Torres, 35, executive, BBVA Bank; succeeding Yuri O. Zepeda Perez; wife, Marilo Giselle Alvarez Reyes. Counselors—Ronie Fernando Navarrete Tapia, 39, corporate audit manager, Corporacion Municipal de Desarrollo Social; wife, Ronie Fernando Navarrete Tapia. Mauricio Alejandro Mura Castillo, 46, businessman, SCM; wife, Marisol Brisa Quinsacara Ramos.
APPLETON WISCONSIN STAKE (May 21, 2017): President—Nathan Daryl Munson, 43, radiation oncologist; succeeding Christopher R. Kindt; wife, Laurie Suzanne Williams Munson. Counselors—Johnathan Daines Pond, 45, orthopedic surgeon; wife, Anjenette Updike Pond. Brent Robert Weed, 42, dermatologist; wife, Mary Ann Munson Weed.
BERN SWITZERLAND STAKE (May 21, 2017): President—Rolf Jean Rudin, 52, teacher; succeeding Yves S. Weidmann; wife, Heitze Waltraud Anden Rudin. Counselors—Benjamin Adrian von Allmen, 33, teacher; wife, Ruth von Allmen. Christoph Nils Jäger, 44, managing director, MCM Medsys; wife, Elvira Jäger.
BRASĺLIA BRAZIL CEILÂNDIA STAKE (May 7, 2017): President—Lazaro Leonardo Rodrigues de Amorim, 30, secretary; succeeding Marion S. Santos; wife, Andreia Thaunane Araujo de Barros Amorim. Counselors—Carlos Roberto Bailao, 50, assistant accountant, JK Teaching Network; wife, Janete Nobrega Meireles. Jose dos Santos Meirelles, 48, military police; wife, Liliane Marins da Silva Meirelles.
BUENOS AIRES ARGENTINA LINIERS STAKE (May 7, 2017): President—Santiago David Lopez, 31, tax analyst; succeeding Martin C. Rios; wife, Melisa Belén Torre. Counselors—Rolando Adolfo Blanco, 44, production manager; wife, Paula Andrea Demarco Blanco. Emilio Alfonso Arzola Ruiz, 56, support specialist, seminaries and institutes, LDS Church; wife, Maria Eugenia Tonini.
CAGAYAN DE ORO PHILIPPINES WEST STAKE (May 14, 2017): President—Feliciano Arrieta Santos Jr., 50, facilities management group, LDS Church; succeeding Ramon S. Siguiente; wife, Grace Rebuta Villahermosa. Counselors—Elmer Paeste Salonga, 43, business owner; wife, Jocelyn Enriquez Camino Salonga. Glorioso Andrada Buenaventura, 56, self-employed; wife, Solimar Bacangoy Gaio Buenaventura.
CHIMALTENANGO GUATEMALA STAKE (May 7, 2017): President—Juan Fernando López Morales, 39, owner, Nauvoo Industries; succeeding Jesus O. Samayoa Velasquez; wife, Glenda Rosalba Méndez López. Counselors—Miguel Boris Ivan Osorio Benavente, 38, legal assistant; wife, Mariana Concepcion Martínez Osorio. Jorge David Garcia Cañénguez, 43, agricultural director, Grupo Sea; wife, Claudia Regina Lucas García.
DULUTH MINNESOTA STAKE (May 21, 2017): President—David Charles Gore, 42, associate professor, University of Minnesota Duluth; succeeding Wendell R. Smith; wife, Kathy Ann Foti Gore. Counselors—Joseph Leslie Johnson, 44, professor, University of Minnesota Duluth; wife, Nicolette Farnsworth Johnson. Michael Jay Whiting, 41, mechanical engineer; wife, Rebecca Ann Youngberg Whiting.
FOREST GROVE OREGON STAKE (May 21, 2017): President—Randall Alex Brown, 41, product marketing director, Viewpoint Software; succeeding Brad C. Richardson; wife, Beth Anne Johnson Brown. Counselors—Todd James Templeton, 47, senior product marketing manager, Thermo Fisher Scientific; wife, Vicki Jean Cordon. Charles Mark Brown, 58, general manager, DeLaval Inc.; wife, Jackie Ann Davis Brown.
KLEIN TEXAS STAKE (May 21, 2017): President—Robert K. Ellis, 34, attorney; succeeding Samuel G. Bikman; wife, Christa Grove Schneiber Ellis. Counselors—Richard James Hogan, 60, technical sales; wife, Amy Nielsen. Marshall Scott Blackham, 50, vice president of quality, Goodman Manufacturing; wife, Nikki Lyn Romeril Blackham.
MEDELLIN COLOMBIA STAKE (May 14, 2017): President—José León Vélez Rojas, 48, auditing executive; succeeding John J. Ramirez Villada; wife, Blanca Jenny Pedraza Herrera. Counselors—Nixon Icopo Trujillo, 39, ID card director; wife, Deisy Yuried Loaiza Icopo. John Jairo Ocampo Olaya, 32, independent merchant; wife, Catalina Mejia Perez.
MEXICO CITY VERGEL STAKE (May 7, 2017): President—José Arturo Laredo Cortés, 51, business consultant; succeeding Lucio Vazquez Gonzalez; wife, Letica Vázquez Cerón. Counselors—Nora Jaime Ordóñez, 58, self-employed; wife, Ruth Flores Muñoz. Esteban Vázquez Almazán, 40, area supervisor, LDS Church; wife, Daniela Castro Encinia.
NATAL BRAZIL STAKE (May 21, 2017): President—Helio Otavio Costa Neto, 39, public relations manager, Bank of Brazil; succeeding Eriberto Souza de Morais; wife, Barbara Silva Fernandes. Counselors—Allan Herbert Silva, 33, manager, Natal Safety; wife, Marcia de Fatima Leal Bezerra. Ednardo Pereira Costa, 54, retired; wife, Francisca Edna da Silva.
NORTHAMPTON ENGLAND STAKE (May 14, 2017): President—Robert John Clayton, 46, tax partner group; succeeding Karl D. Hirst; wife, Claire Louise Martin Clayton. Counselors—Mark Nathan Manning, 37, Oxford seminaries and institutes coordinator, LDS Church; wife, Helen Elizabeth Gee Manning. Eliot Gregory Reeves, 42, product director, IMS Evolve; wife, Naomi Louise Reeves.
POCATELLO IDAHO YSA 1ST STAKE (May 7, 2017): President—Douglas Evan Hill, 57, safety professional, Idaho Power Co.; succeeding Michael C. Mickelsen; wife, Natalie Harris. Counselors—John Earl Giraud, 58, process engineer; wife, MaryLou Weight Giraud. Rick Lee Poole, 58, computer engineer; wife, Kendra Jo Wade Poole.
PROVO UTAH WEST STAKE (May 7, 2017): President—Brian K. Holman, 46, chief operating officer, Close to My Heart; succeeding Cort D. Ouderkirk; wife, Julie Anna Izatt Holman. Counselors—Paul Ryan McCoard, 43, owner, Sunshine Greenhouses; wife, Jeni Rebecca Hughes McCoard. Scott Burl Jarvis, 45, director of operational exellence, Purple; wife, Merrilee Ellen Esplin Jarvis.
PUEBLA MEXICO NEALTICAN STAKE (May 14, 2017): President—Luis Luna Luna, 42, salesman; succeeding Raul Castro Luna; wife, Carolina Xaltepec Jacinto. Counselors—Nestor Castro Luna, 36, English school director and owner; wife, Mireya Rojas Mendez. Yoni Luna Grande, 30, project director; wife, Lorena Chico Romero.
REDMOND WASHINGTON STAKE (May 7, 2017): President—Todd Brent Thompson, 53, dealer principal; succeeding Gordon W. Tanner; wife, Lori Anne Bean Thompson. Counselors—Michael Scott Seamons, 45, executive product leader, Microsoft; wife, Michele Tucker Seamons. John Robert Dance, 57, principal software engineer, Tableau Software; wife, Sharla Kae Grover Dance.
ROSEVILLE CALIFORNIA STAKE (April 30, 2017): President—William Shane Trythall, 46, physician; succeeding David C. Olsen; wife, Kelly Anne Coons Trythall. Counselors—Edmond Jules Bertola Jr., 65, retired peace officer; wife, Carmen Diane Clegg. Brian Wong Alconcel, 41, civil engineer; wife, Melanie Vilani Alconcel.
SANDY UTAH ALTA VIEW STAKE (April 30, 2017): President—Brian A. Richardson, 55, Church controller representative, CPB; succeeding Steven R. Teerlink; wife, Susan Doughty Richardson. Counselors—Steven Poulsen, 59, software development manager, FamilySearch; wife, Melanie Ann Beardshall Poulsen. David Randall Zackrison, 60, physician; wife, JoAnn Kaluhiokalani Zackrison.
SAVAII SAMOA SOUTH STAKE (May 14, 2017): President—Mose Molam Li’o, 49, assistant supervisor, Global Service Center, LDS Church; succeeding Auva’a Laulu; wife, Salurale Mauigoa Li’o. Counselors—Auvae Taua Ah Chee, 52, bus owner; wife, Ieremia Lalovaea Ah Chee. Pupi Magalogo Sosaiete, 40, farmer; wife, Pea Magalogo Sosaiete.
TACOMA WASHINGTON SOUTH STAKE (May 7, 2017): President—Lloyd Dixon Oaks, 60, deputy prosecutor; succeeding Gary F. Gessel; wife, Natalie Mietus Oaks. Counselors—Mark Graham Lybbert, 55, mortgage broker; wife, Marion Dyer Lybbert. Christen R. Blackner, 54, account executive; wife, Rebecca Mae Lutz Blackner.
TAYLORSVILLE UTAH YSA STAKE (April 23, 2017): President—Alan Burton Tingey, 64, owner, Tingey Advisors; succeeding Berne S. Broadbent; wife, Susan Virginia Fogg Tingey. Counselors—Bruce Jean McDonough, 65, vice president, Layton Construction; wife, Allyson Balli. Richard Lee Morrill, 64, consultant; wife, Debra Yvonne Webster Morrill.
VILLAHERMOSA MEXICO GAVIOTAS STAKE (May 7, 2017): President—Miguel Angel Palacios Gallegos, 37, teacher; succeeding Jimenez Coy Guillermo; wife, Eyra Camas Valenzuela. Counselors—Josué Miguel Solís Mis, 35, property manager, LDS Church; Mercy Janett Angulo Góngora. José Oscar Álvarez Acosta, 35, industrial safety manager, Nytesa; wife, Ariadna Anieves Alvarez.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

8 Ways to Make Seminary Great - Tips and Poster for the youth (lds.org/youth)

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1. Know why you go. Take some time to think about why you are attending seminary. Why do your parents, priesthood leaders, and the prophet encourage teenagers to attend? What are the promised blessings?
2. Invite a friend. Ask your friends if they are going to take a seminary class this year. If they aren’t planning on it or aren’t sure, invite them to go to seminary. You both will be blessed and have a better year together.
3. Be prepared. Do you know what you’ll be studying that day? Have you read ahead? Have you prayed for answers to the questions you have? If you show up with a question in mind and a desire to learn, it will surprise you what you can get out of class.
4. Make time. Do not let homework, sports teams, or school clubs push seminary aside. Make time for seminary no matter what. The Lord has promised that when we put spiritual things first, our temporal needs are met.
5. Participate. Participate in seminary activities such as scripture mastery, personal scripture reading, class discussions, and writing in your journal throughout the year. You will always get more out of seminary when you actively participate.
6. Apply it. Make a plan for how you’ll apply what you’re learning. What you learn won’t change your life unless it becomes part of your life.
7. Think about it. Take time to stop and think about what you have learned. Write it down. Look back at old journal entries and see how your testimony has grown since you began.
8. Have fun! Get to know your teacher and the other students in your class and help everyone have a good time learning together.


A Seminary Binder Cover for you, Seminary Teacher


"...Ultimately, the purpose of seminary is to help students understand and rely upon the teachings and Atonement of Jesus Christ, qualify for the blessings of the temple, and prepare themselves, their families, and others for eternal life with their Father in Heaven". (Gospel Teaching and Learning: A Handbook for Teachers and Leaders in Seminaries and Institutes of Religion [2012])

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Book of Mormon and Me


Seminary students around the world are gearing up for the next course of study: the Book of Mormon. To support students in their efforts to read, understand, and apply the principles from the Book of Mormon, Seminaries and Institutes of Religion is reaching out to students with the new “the Book of Mormon and Me” campaign. As you encourage your students to participate in this campaign, we hope that you will be able to see the Spirit witness to them the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon.
This campaign’s goal is to assist teachers as they encourage students to study and apply the teachings in the Book of Mormon to their lives. We want our students to understand the doctrine well enough to answer questions for themselves and help others with their questions as well. Additionally, we want students to remain engaged and excited about the Book of Mormon throughout the school year.
To assist teachers and students, “the Book of Mormon and Me” campaign will focus on student sharing through social media. As a seminary teacher, encourage your students to share their experiences with reading and studying the Book of Mormon. For example, you could ask your students the following questions:
  • What is your favorite story from the Book of Mormon, and why?
  •  Who is your favorite prophet in the Book of Mormon?
  • Has a particular story in the Book of Mormon helped you through a difficult time?
  • Which chapter or verse speaks to you personally?
Students can share their personal stories about the Book of Mormon on their local seminary Facebook pages or on the LDS Seminary Facebook page. Students can also email their stories to seminary@ldschurch.org or post their experiences on social media using the hashtag #BookofMormonandMe.
“The Book of Mormon and Me” campaign will run from August 2017 to May 2018. Throughout this campaign, we will provide videos of students just like yours sharing their stories. We encourage you to use these videos in your classroom as they support the scriptures and lessons you are teaching.
We have included a few of these videos below. Additionally, look out for “the Book of Mormon and Me” campaign to be promoted on the back cover of the August 2017 New Era magazine (scroll to the end of the PDF).
As you and your students participate in this effort, you will be blessed as you internalize and apply the teachings of the Book of Mormon.
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