Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Carpenter of Nazareth

by George Blair read by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland.

Enjoy & remember Jesus Christ is the Reason for the Season!!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Happy Birthday!

1 - Arlene Green
3 - Marie Balderas and Mary Lyon
4 - Vicky Humphrey
9 - Jessica Miller
13 - Kathleen Cooley and Len Nae Warnes
14 - Judy Lee and Emily Burcham
15 - Marilyn Buehler
17 - Julie Sandberg
19 - Teresa Ipson
20 - Marni Stuart
22 - Linda Beach and Jeanne Kurtz
23 - Corrie Hout
24 - Natalie Garcia and Jennifer Kammeyer
26 - Kaelee Crosby
28 - Cora Hudson and Mary Johnson

December Announcements

Crafts Focus Group - Dec 3, 6:30pm (overflow behind chapel)

Brunch Bunch - Dec 5, 10:00am meeting at IHOP

First Presidency Christmas Devotional - Dec 6, 6:00pm

Stake Relief Society Temple Night - Dec 10, 7:00pm and the focus will be endowments

Ward Christmas Party - Dec 12, 6:30 Bring a favorite dessert

Dry Pack Canning - Dec 17 at 7:00pm. It will be at the church on 15th and Liberty. If anyone is interested in bringing products to be canned, please let Chris Peterson or Dave Martuello know by the 10th.

Christmas Carol Sing In - Dec 20 at 7:00pm in the Ogden Tabernacle.

December Visiting Teaching Message

Nurture through Compassionate Service

How Can I Develop and Increase in Compassion?

Moroni 7:48: "Pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ."

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency: "Disciples of Christ throughout all ages of the world have been distinguished by their compassion. . . . In the end, the number of prayers we say may contribute to our happiness, but the number of prayers we answer may be of even greater importance. Let us open our eyes and see the heavy hearts, notice the loneliness and despair; let us feel the silent prayers of others around us, and let us be an instrument in the hands of the Lord to answer those prayers" ("Happiness, Your Heritage," Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2008, 119, 120).

Barbara Thompson, second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency: "We need to rescue 'all that is finest down deep inside of [us]' so that as daughters of God we can do our part to build the kingdom of God. We will have help to do this. As Joseph declared, 'If you live up to your privileges, the angels cannot be restrained from being your associates.'

"Let us bear one another's burdens, mourn with those who mourn, comfort those who stand in need of comfort, and thus keep the covenants we have made [see Mosiah 18:8–10]" ("Now Let Us Rejoice," Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2008, 116).

How Can I Nurture through Compassionate Service?

D&C 81:5: "Succor the weak, lift up the hands which hang down, and strengthen the feeble knees."

Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: "The Good Shepherd said, 'Feed my lambs.' (John 21:15.) So a woman feeds her loved ones, providing succor and sustenance just as the Savior would do. Her divine gift is to nurture, to help the young, to care for the poor, to lift the brokenhearted.

"The Lord said, 'My work and my glory [is] to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.' (Moses 1:39.) So His devoted daughter-disciple may truly say, 'My work and my glory is to help my loved ones reach that heavenly goal.'

"To help another human being reach one's celestial potential is part of the divine mission of woman. As mother, teacher, or nurturing saint, she molds living clay to the shape of her hopes. In partnership with God, her divine mission is to help spirits live and souls be lifted. This is the measure of her creation. It is ennobling, edifying, and exalting" ("Woman—Of Infinite Worth," Ensign, Nov. 1989, 22).

Silvia H. Allred, first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency: "The Lord has blessed women with divine attributes of love, compassion, kindness, and charity. Through our monthly visits as visiting teachers, we have the power to bless each sister as we extend our arms of love and kindness and give the gifts of compassion and charity. . . . It is my prayer that we will pledge an increased commitment to extend our arms of love and compassion to bless, help, and strengthen each other as we go about doing our visiting teaching with a willing and joyful heart" ("Feed My Sheep," Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2007, 113, 115).