Thursday, December 14, 2017

January 2018 Visiting Teaching Principles - Keep In Touch with Her Anytime, Anywhere, Any Way, handout



Visiting Teaching Principles instead a Specific Visiting Teaching Message



Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Foxboro RS Lesson - The Blessings of The Holy Temple, Quote

 
   

We Can Do Better, Part 2: Finding Your Place in the Church of Jesus Christ



By Betsy VanDenBerghe


Don’t let others keep you from enjoying the blessings of
 membership in Christ’s Church


Editors’ note: No matter how strong our belief in the gospel of Jesus Christ is, it can be difficult to remain faithful if we don’t feel like we belong. Church leaders recently addressed this challenge in a video series titled Unity in Diversity. In the September 2017 issue,“We Can Do Better: Welcoming Others into the Fold” examined our responsibility to welcome others. This article, part 2, looks at how we can take responsibility for our own faith, regardless of whether we feel like we belong.


"After eight years of not attending church, Paulo (all names have been changed) received a phone call from his bishop in Brazil asking how he was doing. Paulo had longed to return, but many concerns kept him from full activity. How could he avoid comparing himself, still single, to those married with children? Would he find any friends at church after so long and, if he did, what would they think of him? Would he still be able to feel the Spirit like he had during his conversion and mission or have enough faith to accept callings?
One month after the phone call, Paulo watched President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, give a conference talk called, “Come, Join with Us.”1 “That talk hit me hard,” he recalls, and within a few weeks he found himself sitting in the church parking lot, trembling and offering a silent prayer for the strength to get out of the car and enter the building.
“Everything wasn’t perfect,” he recalls of his first year after returning. It wasn’t easy to fit in. Yet a feeling of connectedness to the Savior and a strong desire for a temple recommend helped him overcome his insecurities. He began reading his scriptures and praying again. “If you don’t give up, you gain strength and can feel the Lord blessing you,” he advises those who struggle to feel accepted. “I have a testimony that this is Christ’s Church, but it’s in Him you will find true belonging.” 
Paulo’s story represents several points that Church leaders describe in the video series Unity in Diversity. Their messages offer hope and advice to those who don’t feel like they belong. Sometimes we feel alone even in church, but, as these leaders and members point out, there are things we can do to help get ourselves through challenges such as exclusion or poor treatment by others. We can avoid comparisons, move forward in uncertainty, know that returning is always possible, and above all, trust the Savior."

  • Avoid Comparisons: We Will All Be Blessed in the End

  • Stay Strong: Christ Can Transform You

  • Take a Step into the Darkness: The Light Will Follow

  • Don’t Give Up

  • No One Can Take Your Place

    Read full article here
 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Implementing Come, Follow Me—For Melchizedek Priesthood and Relief Society

Beginning in January 2018, Come, Follow Me—For Melchizedek Priesthood and Relief Society will be used throughout the Church and will bring changes to our Sunday meetings.

The overview and help are on the links below: (English, Portuguese and Spanish): 


  

Last Minute Christmas Ideas for Primary Kids - Reindeer Chupa Chups

From Brisbane Kids

How to make your own Reindeer lollypops

This is such a cute Christmas craft that would make great gifts for your kids and kid's friends.

Step 1.

Organise all of your materials.
What you will need:
  • Cardboard or coloured paper
  • Scissors
  • Pens, crayons, glitter or other decorating materials
  • Glue
  • Round lollypops

Step 2.

Draw the outline of a reindeer head on a piece of cardboard or coloured paper. Cut around outline. To make one face, you will need two identical shapes.

Step 3.

Carefully cut a round hole in place of the nose on both pieces.

Step 4.

Decorate the face of your reindeer by drawing or gluing the features onto one head shape.

Step 5.

Once decorated and dry, place one head shape face down, place the lollypop on top (lining up the sweet with the hole in the card) and then place the other head shape face up on top.

Step 6.

Glue both pieces of cardboard together to secure the lollypop between the two cards.


Quote for today

"You need to be strong when you are the last one to take a stand"
 - Elaine S. Dalton

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New Mutual Theme Video and Resources Now Available

All links for the 2018 Material

2018 Mutual Theme

“Learn of me, and listen to my words; walk in the meekness of my Spirit, and you shall have peace in me” (Doctrine and Covenants 19:23).




2018 Mutual Theme Resources




Church Statement on Southern California Fires


The impact of the fires in southern California on local communities has been severe and devastating. Two Church buildings in the area are being used as a temporary community centers, and we are in touch with relief partners to understand where the Church can be most helpful. A few Church buildings have sustained minor smoke damage, but thus far none have been destroyed. Church members are safe and accounted for, but several have lost homes as a result of the fires. Local Church leaders are assessing needs in the community and making plans to assist in local shelters and feeding locations this weekend. Evaluations are ongoing as first responders work to control the fires.
All missionaries in southern California are safe and accounted for as wildfires continue to burn. However, conditions have required the evacuation of some missionaries. This includes 30 young missionaries and three senior couples in the California Ventura Mission and six missionaries in the California Arcadia Mission, all of whom have been temporarily moved to other proselyting areas. Additionally, the California Ventura Mission president and his wife have been evacuated from their home.
We pray for the first responders working tirelessly to fight the fires and for all those affected by this disaster.

From: Newsroom


January 2018 Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults



President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First President and his wife, Sister Harriet Uchtdorf, will speak at a worldwide devotional for young adults on Sunday, January 14, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. mountain standard time.
The Uchtdorfs will be speaking on the adventure of mortality.
The broadcast will originate in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, and will be transmitted live on the Church satellite system, LDS.org, and other media.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Seeking Christ at Christmas - December 2017 First Presidency Message, handout

An Hour with President and Sister Russell M. Nelson: Worldwide Face to Face Event for Youth - February 3, 2018




Youth worldwide are invited to participate in An Hour with President and Sister Russell M. Nelson: Worldwide Face to Face Event for Youth on Saturday, February 3, at 11:00 a.m. mountain standard time.
“Sister Nelson and I are delighted to participate in this upcoming Face to Face event,” said President Nelson. “Our joy is multiplied by the fact that this particular event will be a family affair: several grandchildren and great-grandchildren here in Salt Lake City, and several great-nieces and great-nephews via satellite from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, will be with us.
“As the President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, I invite all the youth of the Church to view this February Face to Face broadcast with your family members and friends.”
“Whether you are the only member of the Church in your family, or whether all of your family are members, the bonds of your family relationships will be strengthened, and your hearts will turn to one another, as you participate together in this worldwide family gospel discussion. That is our prayer for our family time together with you. We look forward to being with you in February.”

Monday, November 27, 2017

Member meals are not about the food. Think about this next time you sign up for Missionaries Dinner!


".......it's not about the food. Trust us, we like the food, and I’d never pass up a good homemade meal. But it is feeling wanted and loved by the members that we need, it feeds our spirit, and yours! When we knock doors all day and get rejected time and time again, we get discouraged. But when we go to church and no wants us to come over, we feel rejected by our own church (members).
When people ask us to come over, it also renews us and inspires us to keep trying. Feeling your love eases our stress and fears.
Let us come over to your house, and we can all feast on the Gospel together!".....


Willing to Bear One Another’s Burdens - Visiting Teaching December Message, Handout

Consider This:
How does helping bear the burdens of others and keeping our covenants open the way for Jesus Christ to heal those in need?




Foxboro RS Lesson - Let the Holy Spirit Guide, Quote

from Sara Smith

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

25 Ways, 25 Days Calendar - Light The World





Each Christmas, we celebrate the life of Jesus Christ, the Light of the World. By following His teachings, we let his light shine—in our lives and in the lives of others. This year, use this calendar for inspiration as you plan your Christmas activities to help #LightTheWorld by serving those in need. 


Download your copy here


No season of the year shines as bright as Christmasand the brightest light is Jesus Christ, the Light of the World. Once again we celebrate His birth by making Christmastime a season of service. Join us this year as we learn His teachings and follow His example to #LightTheWorld.






   

Thursday, November 9, 2017

A New Direction for Melchizedek Priesthood and Relief Society Sunday Meetings


The new curriculum brings exciting changes to our Sunday meetings that build on Teaching in the Savior’s Way. Our first-Sunday meeting will be a time to counsel together about our responsibilities, opportunities, and challenges as we do the work of the Lord. On other Sundays, instead of a new Teachings of Presidents of the Church manual, we will focus on teaching messages from the most recent general conference and a topic selected by our general Church leaders. But these changes aren’t just the topics we will study—the new curriculum also affects how we prepare, teach, counsel and learn together, and receive and act on inspiration.
Read here or here


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Repentance: A Joyful Choice


Elder Dale G. Renlund tells a childhood story of lighting a firecracker in the chapel right before church began. He relates his story to the joy of repentance.

Break Ground for LDS Temple in Haiti



The ground was broken for the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple on Saturday, October 28, 2017, as Mormons and community leaders gathered to participate in the event. The temple was announced by President Thomas S. Monson April 5, 2015.

Elder Walter F. González of the Seventy and president of the Caribbean Area for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints directed the groundbreaking ceremony. Elder Claudio D. Zivic and Elder Jose L. Alonso, counselors in the Area Presidency, also participated. They hosted Dominique Saint-Roc, mayor of the community of Pétion-Ville, a location of the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple.