Monday, February 22, 2010

Shaun Ford

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Shaun Ford. He brought such a strong spirit with him where ever he went. We are so grateful to have had to opportunity to know him. He will be missed.

Shaun Walton Ford passed away Saturday, February 20, 2010 at Ogden Regional Medical Center of complications due to Neonatal - Adrenaleukodystrophy. Shaun was born to Walton and Cynthia Ford on June 30, 1986. Shaun attended and graduated from Ben Lomond High School in 2004. Shaun was a very happy, people loving young man. Those who reached out to Shaun were truly touched by him and were able to communicate with him on a spiritual level leaving both uplifted. Shaun is survived by his parents, grandparents: Duane & Lora Ford, Bountiful, UT., Ronald Reely, Denver, CO., Coreen Reely, SLC, UT., Brother: Sheridan Ford, who is serving an LDS mission in the Washington, DC South Mission. He is preceded in death by his younger sister Shannon.

Services will be held Friday, February 26, 2010 at 11:00am at Lorin Farr 5th Ward, 1608 E. 13th St. Ogden, UT. A viewing will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2010 from 6~8pm at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th St. Ogden and one hour prior to services at the church.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Managing Resources Wisely and Staying Out of Debt

Managing Resources

"'Provident living' . . . implies the [conserving] of our resources, the wise planning of financial matters, full provision for personal health, and adequate preparation for education and career development, giving appropriate attention to home production and storage as well as the development of emotional resiliency. . . . If we live wisely and providently, we will be as safe as in the palm of His hand."1
President Spencer W. Kimball (1895–1985).

"What skills do we need to help us become self-reliant? . . . In the early days of the Church, Brigham Young pled with the sisters to learn to prevent illness in families, establish home industries, and learn accounting and bookkeeping and other practical skills. Those principles still apply today. Education continues to be vitally important. . . .

"I asked several bishops what self-reliance skills the sisters in their wards needed most, and they said budgeting. Women need to understand the implications of buying on credit and not living within a budget. The second skill bishops listed was cooking. Meals prepared and eaten at home generally cost less, are healthier, and contribute to stronger family relationships."2
Julie B. Beck, Relief Society general president.

Avoiding Debt

"May I suggest five key steps to financial freedom. . . .
"First, pay your tithing. . . .
"Second, spend less than you earn. . . .
"Third, learn to save. . . .
"Fourth, honor your financial obligations. . . .
"Fifth, teach your children to follow your example."3
Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin (1917–2008) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

"When we go into debt, we give away some of our precious, priceless agency and place ourselves in self-imposed servitude. We obligate our time, energy, and means to repay what we have borrowed—resources that could have been used to help ourselves, our families, and others. . . .

"To pay our debts now and to avoid future debt require us to exercise faith in the Savior—not just to do better but to be better. It takes great faith to utter those simple words, 'We can't afford it.' It takes faith to trust that life will be better as we sacrifice our wants in order to meet our own and others' needs."4
Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

1. "Welfare Services: The Gospel in Action," Ensign, Nov. 1977, 78.
2. "The Welfare Responsibilities of the Relief Society President," Basic Principles of Welfare and Self-Reliance (2009), 5.
3. "Earthly Debts, Heavenly Debts," Liahona and Ensign, May 2004, 41, 42.
4. "A Gospel Vision of Welfare: Faith in Action," Basic Principles of Welfare and Self-Reliance (2009), 1.

Helps for Visiting Teachers

Counsel with your companion about how to sensitively adapt this message to each sister's circumstances. What self-reliance skills can you share with her?

Personal Preparation

Malachi 3:10
Matthew 6:19–21
Luke 12:15
D&C 38:30; 88:119
For more information, see All Is Safely Gathered In: Family Finances (item no. 04007).

Happy Birthday!

1 - Mary Ann Peterson
4 - Cynthia Ford, Carol Fuhriman
5 - Jessica Anderson
6 - Shannon Jeffords, Jann Keefer, Lisa Johnson
8 - Jeanette Sandstrom
9 - Kit Garcia
10 - Jenifer Argyle
11 - Marla Mortensen, Julie Fisher
12 - Erin Jeffords, Dawn Workman
14 - Ruth Fishburn
15 - Clela Jan Madson, Jamie Waite
19 - Elaine Barton
20 - Linsey Kunzler
24 - Pam Thompson

February Announcements

Brunch Bunch Saturday, Feb. 6th 10am IHOP on 12th Street (We will also be meeting the first Saturday of each month)

Book Club: Feb 16th 6pm Discussing Austinland by Shannon Hale (We will be meeting the 3rd Tues of each month)For March we will be reading The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy

Yoga FREE every Wednesday 4pm at Ogden City School District, 1950 Monroe, Building 8in the shiny gym.

Scripture Study with the 3rd ward every Wednesday 6:30pm in the overflow at the church

Craft group: Feb 25 6:30pm in the overflow of the church. Come to learn how to do little girls' hair. Bring your daughters or other little girls to practice on. (craft group will meet on the 4th Thursday of each month with the Hooks 'n Needles group)

Hooks 'n Needles group: Feb 25th 6:30 in the overflow of the church. Bring your crossstitch, crochet, knitting or any other project that requires hooks or needles. Also come if you want to learn. There will be instructors and supplies to help get people started.

Family Canning: Feb 2, 3, 4 – pork chunks - call cannery

Family Canning: Feb 9, 10, 11, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 – Beef Stew – call cannery

Ward Conference: Feb 21

31+ Singles Symposium: Feb 27, 2am-12:30pm – Stake Center

Ward Temple Day: Feb 20, 4:00 session.