Sunday Newsletter

Sisters,

Did you feel the Spirit during our Sacrament Meeting? With the beautiful music and the words of truth from our speakers, it was truly a message of Gladness to rejoice in Christ.  Thank you to all of those that participated! Thank you to the Primary Children that sing with such enthusiasm and love, to Rachael Felton for not only the words from her heart but the music that flowed from her violin, accompanied by sign language and solo from her mom, Tina with “What Child is This”. Thank you Brother and Sister Vogel.

Relief Society Lesson

Our Lesson today was the talk from October 2013 Conference, Put Your Trust in the Lord by Elder Ballard. We discussed the two basic reasons we as members do not share the Gospel:

The first one is fear. Many members do not even pray for opportunities to share the gospel, fearing that they might receive diving promptings to do something they think they are not capable of doing.

The second reason is misunderstanding of what missionary work is. 

I highlighted my aha moment of the lesson.  How many times have we been asked to be member missionaries, and how many times have I ignored this call because it made me feel uncomfortable with all of the “What Ifs”?  Putting our trust in the Lord will allow us freedom a we exercise our agency because we will be given the words to say.  An easy way to share the Gospel is to act with kindness, compassion and live our religion, but if others do not know what we believe or who we are, that message is not often effective.  Pippin mentioned surprise that someone she had worked with for a long time finally put it together and asked if she were Mormon and I thought back to a place I worked at for 8 years and I am not sure they know that I am Mormon. I am happy to say that I have corrected that at my current place, yet I am surprised when I am asked if I would like coffee or tea, because I think they should just know that—but this does give me a perfect opportunity to open my mouth and share my beliefs.

elder ballard-trust in the lord

Stake Presidency Challenge

We have been asked by our Stake President, President Smith to as the questions, Would you be willing to listen to a brief message about (You fill in the blank) by two wonderful, young, (use other words to describe our missionaries) __________________?  They asked us to do that before the new year and Elder Ballard asked that we do it before Christmas–I have a little bit of work left to do!

Hastening the Work

Pippin suggested we go to the Hastening the Work website–Use it!  I did enjoy the brief video on using social media to spread the Gospel.

Facebook Page

Speaking of social media, I hope everyone is a friend of Facebook to the Rowlett 2nd Ward Relief Society page. Carolina does a great job of posting different pictures, videos, the weekly newsletter and other interesting stuff–like us on Facebook!

Christmas Around the Corner

Christmas is almost here–my tree is up and actually decorated–took me all week.  Now I am working on my Creches–one step at a time.  The good news is I did do my Christmas letter and actually did Christmas cards last night–I didn’t do them last year so I am having to make up for lost time.  I did enjoy this presentation from lds.org as I was working on my Christmas cards–I hope you enjoy it too.

National Days Of:

*National Haiku Poetry Day: 22
*Festivus: 23
*Christmas Eve: 24
*A’Phabet Day or No “L” Day : 25
*Christmas: 25
*Boxing Day: 26 (Canada)
*National Candy Cane Day: 26
*National Thank-you Note Day: 26
*National Whiner’s Day: 26

*National Chocolate Day: 28 & 29

*Pledge of Allegiance Day: 28
I  am so happy to see chocolate gets two days! Yes. I also notice that today is National Haiku Day–I will see if my creative juices will create a Relief Society Haiku–I’ll send it to you if I get it finished–but first I have to go to Wikipedia to remember how it’s created.
I hope everyone has a special week. Please let us know if you know of any need or need us yourselves.
Love, Cheryl

 

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