Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Stand in Holy Places by Jenny Phillips video

Follow the Prophet: A Lesson in Respect, Friend Oct, handout


Relief Society project ideas

I have been requested by Shelly (Alabama) for some ideas for RS project.
My friend Ana Maravilhosa, from Brazil, some time ago made some totes that I really like. She had not just for Relief Society but for Young Women as well. 
Maybe we can do the same for the sisters in our Wards.
Can you imagine each sister receiving (or making their own)  one tote with the 2013 - Teachings of Presidents of the Church - Lorenzo Snow + bookmark plus your welcome to RS, inside?  See bellow her samples and think about it!

Hide and Seek, by Macy Robison - Let's play along with her

Credit: Time Out for Women blog

In her lately post Macy Robison had invited us to "Seek the Good" (2012 Time Out for Women theme) when things are good and when life is hard.
We all should accept her invitation
Read her article and make your comments here

Friday, September 21, 2012

Why Conference Matters

Prepare for General Conference

Members and Friends of the Church Invited to Participate in October 2012 General Conference

The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles invite all members and friends of the Church to participate in the 182nd Semiannual General Conference on Saturday and Sunday, October 6 and 7, 2012.
Messages will be given by the First Presidency, members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and other General Authorities and general officers of the Church.

General sessions will be held on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., followed by the priesthood session at 6:00 p.m., mountain daylight time. Two more general sessions will be held on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. mountain daylight time; the morning session includes the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word.

Members can watch conference in their meetinghouses or in their homes.

To view conference at local meetinghouses, check with local leaders on availability of the broadcast by satellite or Internet feed.

First Presidency October 2012 Message, handout

One Key to a Happy Family
A Chave para uma Família Feliz
Una Llave para Acceder a una familia feliz

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Mormon Manners! I love this article by LDS Living!

This article was published by LDS Living staff - March 19, 2011.Take a chance to read it again here or here - It is good to evaluate our behavior with others!

"We at LDS Living were curious about etiquette within Mormon culture. With the help of our readers and Facebook friends, we’ve tackled a few situations that seem to come up on a regular basis.

Electronics at Church

Some members have embraced the new wave of smart phones and iPads, using these devices to store scriptures, manuals, and other LDS apps. (Many of our readers shared how these devices have blessed their lives, engaged their families more in the scriptures, or saved them from the arthritic pain of carrying heavy scriptures.) Others, including some bishops and stake presidents, insist that scriptures are not scriptures unless they are made of paper and bound in a book. So are electronics appropriate at church?

LDS Living Facebook friend Monica Brackner Talley writes, “In the past six months I have used a smart phone instead of carrying a big heavy tote of scriptures and manuals. But I see many [who are] distracted by people sending messages and looking on the Internet.”
Similarly, Facebook friend Diane Crofts comments, “I don’t mind if [these devices] are for reading scriptures, but I dislike it when I see people answering and sending texts or e-mails during church. [It’s] very disrespectful.”

The general consensus is that using electronic devices in church is acceptable, as long as the people using them are focusing on the topic at hand. If you can’t resist the urge to shoot off a text or play a round of Angry Birds, then stick to the classic form of scriptures and manuals instead.

Leaving Meetings Early

General conference. Stake conference. A large fireside. There are plenty of occasions when we know that after receiving spiritual enlightenment we can be snarled in traffic for what seems like an eternity. At LDS Living, it has been our observation that sneaking out before the closing prayer to beat the rush has become commonplace, but it is still unacceptable. One of our staffers remembers attending a BYU devotional where one of the brethren chastised students who headed for the exits during the closing hymn. “Where are you going? The meeting is not over,” he declared. So unless you have a true emergency, stay seated until after the closing prayer, and have a little more patience with your fellow drivers.

“Family Pews” and Saving Seats

Finding a place for your family to sit during sacrament meeting or stake conference can be a frustrating experience—particularly if you’re a family of nine. And if you’re a family of nine who has recently moved into a new ward, you run the risk of accidentally usurping someone else’s “usual” pew.

LDS Living Facebook friend Amy Wilson Marshall writes, “We moved to a large ward a few years ago and still struggle to find a place each week. . . . What I find most frustrating is when the ‘campers’ sit right in the middle of the chapel so a large family like mine has to squeeze into two short rows. In our ward . . . they show up fifteen minutes early, leave their scriptures on the pew, and go into the hall to socialize. Very frustrating for a mother of seven!”

It’s true that most of us like to sit in the same area, if not the same row, each week. But Facebook friend Brittney Meyer McOmber thinks we should “mix it up.” She writes, “None of us own a pew and [we should not] get upset if someone is sitting in the place that we [typically] sit in. Sometimes due to disabilities, people do need to sit in certain areas. But most of the time, that isn’t the case. It’s fun sitting in different places every week!”

If you enter the chapel to discover that someone has taken “your” seat, simply find another seat nearby. There are very few circumstances we can think of where it would be appropriate to ask someone to move.

For all you seat savers out there, do so in moderation. When saving seats at a movie theater, a general rule of thumb is one person should not save more than two seats. We think this is a good rule for church meetings as well. Whether at the movies or at stake conference, it’s frustrating for others who have arrived early to discover one woman and her jacket spread out in a desperate attempt to claim an entire row.

The reason for etiquette is so you don’t detract from who you are as a person,” says Anna King. Instead of being distracted by the negative, she says, “etiquette allows people to see the positive things about you.”

Everyone wants to make a good impression—and by being aware of certain codes of conduct, we can achieve the desired results. But remember that etiquette is a two-way street. When others make a social misstep, be slow to take offense. Most of us are doing our best to navigate a rapidly changing world. With patience and understanding from one another, we can all do so with a little more grace."

My Sister's Hands - the potential of our hands in the Relief Society

"It is amazing the great things we can do with willing hands, and how we can emulate the Savior through serving, healing, sharing, reaching out to each other with our hands. ". (Laura Kimball of Chesapeake Ward in the Baltimore, Maryland )

"Relief Society Birthday Celebration for the Eufaula Ward Dothan Alabama Stake (2008). Pictures of our sister's hands set to the music of  Sally DeFord"

Monday, September 17, 2012

General Relief Society Meeting to Be Held September 29, 2012

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Relief Society sisters worldwide are invited to view the satellite broadcast of the general Relief Society meeting, which will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. mountain daylight time and will be broadcast to many areas of the world.
All women 18 years of age and older are encouraged to view the broadcast. They are also encouraged to invite friends and neighbors who may benefit from the meeting.

Linda K. Burton, Relief Society general president; Carole M. Stephens, first counselor; and Linda S. Reeves, second counselor, will speak, along with a member of the First Presidency. This will be the first Relief Society broadcast since the general presidency’s reorganization in spring 2012.

Those wishing to attend in person can contact the ticket office for more information.

Those wanting to invite friends and associates to participate in the meeting can use the general Relief Society meeting event on the Church’s Facebook page.

Blessings of the Temple - Another great video for all of us!

Come to the temple and receive blessings from Heavenly Father. Through ongoing service and worship in the temple, we can be prepared for whatever happens in life.

The Vital Role of Women in the Gospel

2012 BYU Women's Conference - Great video to uplift our sisters !!!!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Patterns of Light

Patterns of Light is a 3-part Mormon Message series in which Elder David A. Bednar teaches about light, revelation and the Holy Ghost. This unique video series was created in a different format from previous Mormon Messages, which are often based on general conference addresses. The interview with Elder Bednar was shot exclusively for Patterns of Light and the video has a very personal feel. The three videos are called Patterns of Light: The Light of Christ, Patterns of Light: Discerning Light and Patterns of Light:Spirit of Revelation. The videos can be used in Family Home Evening discussions, Church lessons and more. These videos are currently only available in English.

Read more about Patterns of Light and others resources in "Update on Church Resources"

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Everyone is invited to be a part of the celebration of 17 years of Family Proclamation!

Source: LDS Living

To celebrate the 17th  anniversary of the Family Proclamation, bloggers from all over the web like  Melanie @ Sugardoddle and Kristin @ Inkablinka are few of the dozens of scheduled contributors this year to share inspirational experiences, crafts, FHE ideas, photo essays, and more.
This year’s celebration will be running from Monday, September 17, to Sunday, September 30. During that time there will be daily posts on all four blogs (Montserrat of Chocolate on my Cranium , Jocelyn of We Talk of Christ,  Stephanie of Diapers & Divinity and Middle-aged Mormon Man.) from the hosts and other guest bloggers. There will be doctrine, art, humor, crafts, and lesson ideas—all inspired by the teachings of the Family Proclamation.

Everyone is invited to be a part of the celebration.There are also “blog hops” scheduled, where anyone can participate by sharing their ideas on the Proclamation on their own blogs.
• Wed. September 19: Share an FHE lesson or Craft about The Family Proclamation
• Sun. September 23: Share your personal thoughts or experiences with any aspect of the Proclamation
• Wed. September 26: Family Proclamation Photo Essay – pair photos of your family with different phrases from the Proclamation. Check out photo essays from past celebrations here and here for ideas.


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Mormon Says Romneys Are Leading Church Into Mainstream

Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, arrived for services on Sunday at a church in Wolfeboro, N.H. 

With Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, looking on, a prominent member of the Mormon church, J.W. Marriott Jr., told his congregation on Sunday that the Romneys were helping to lead the church “out of obscurity” and into the mainstream.
“There has never been as much positive attention to the church, thanks to the wonderful campaign of Mitt Romney and his family,” Mr. Marriott said during services in Wolfeboro, N.H., where the Romneys are spending the Labor Day weekend. (read more here)