Friday, April 1, 2011


2 & 3 ~ General Conference

14 ~ RS Birthday Celebration at 6:30pm. Refreshments, child care and a musical program; Women at the Well.

16 ~ Ogden South Singles (+31) Pre-event Luncheon and Weber State Institute Spring Variety Show will be held at the Weber Heights Stake Center (1401 Country Hills Dr,~ North of Weber State’s basketball arena parking lot) from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Come and take time to visit and make new friends, then at 2:30 p.m. attend the Institute Variety Show at the Val A. Browning Center at WSU. Please purchase your tickets at the Institute (cost is $5.00, $4.00 for 60+), and purchase as soon as posible (at least 2 weeks in advance), in that the Variety Show sells out every year, and seats are on a first come basis. This activity and luncheon is being hosted by the Weber Heights and Weber Stakes. Please RSVP to your Ward or Stake singles representative for the luncheon by April 9th.

17 ~ Ogden South Singles (31+) Coordinating Committee Fireside will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the Old Post Chapel (at the intersection of Shadow Valley Drive and Old Post Road). The speaker is Elder Ronald T. Halverson speaking on his experiences as the Area President over the South Pacific Area. This fireside is hosted by the Pleasant Valley Stake.


27 ~ Book Club meets at 6:30pm. We are reading "The Best of Times: A Dickens Inn Novel" by Anita Stansfield. For May we will be reading “Rebecca” by Daphne DuMaurier.

28 ~ The Relief Society’s Laurel Transition Activity will be held at 6:30 p.m. at
824 Washington Boulevard (Sister Bartholomew’s home).

Ward Community Garden will be starting soon. If you are interested in joining, please contact Rachel Budge 801-689-2747 or Jenny Venegas at 801-737-1590.

Stake Women's Basketball at stake center every Thursday at 6pm

Upcoming in May: May 12th, 6:30at church RS activity -- learn how to garden in containers, make a mini-terranium, start a herb garden, take home yummy soup mixes to eat and eat hot soup while doing all the above. Child care will be available.

Happy Birthday!

1 - Grecia Godinez Pastrana
2 - Susan Wilson, Katie Welling
3 - Jennifer Kekacs
8 - Gayle Nath, Karen Driscoll
9 - Brittany Porter
10 - Brittany Dunn
11 - Lou Ann Blotter
12 - Balarie Blamires
13 - Lisa Fowers
14 - Kaitlin Leamaster, Teisha Olsen
15 - Cami Olsen
19 - Donna Haws
20 - Sarah Vee Okelberry
22 - Sadie Smith
23 - Stefanie Jenkins, Rita Manfull
24 - Darlene Hamblin
26 - Jodi King, Joyce Lundell
27 - Robyn Scott, Andrea Hyatt
29 - Melissa Stratman
30 - Brittany Bracey

The Purpose of Relief Society

When our presidency was first called, we were given some resources about the history of Relief Society. We studied them prayerfully, wanting to know the purpose of Relief Society and what the Lord would have us do. We learned that the purpose of Relief Society as established by the Lord is to organize, teach, and inspire His daughters to prepare them for the blessings of eternal life.

To fulfill this purpose of Relief Society, the Lord has commissioned each sister and the organization as a whole to:

*Increase in faith and personal righteousness.
*Strengthen families and homes.
*Provide relief by serving the Lord and His children.

We can do this work in the Lord's way only when we seek, receive, and act on personal revelation. Without personal revelation, we cannot succeed. If we heed personal revelation, we cannot fail. The prophet Nephi instructs us that the Holy Ghost will show us "all things what [we] should do" (2 Nephi 32:5). We must allow ourselves to be still enough and quiet enough to listen to the voice of the Spirit.

Sisters, we have a vital role to play in helping build the kingdom of God and preparing for the Lord's coming. In fact, the Lord's work cannot be accomplished without the help of His daughters. Because of that, the Lord expects us to increase our offering. He expects us to fulfill the purpose of Relief Society as never before.
~Julie B. Beck, Relief Society general president.

From the Scriptures
Deuteronomy 6:5–7; Luke 10:30–37; James 1:27; 2 Nephi 25:26; Mosiah 3:12–13

From Our History
At a June 9, 1842, meeting of the Relief Society, the Prophet Joseph Smith taught the sisters that their society was "not only to relieve the poor, but to save souls."1 This statement of a spiritual as well as a temporal purpose has characterized Relief Society throughout its history. In 1906 President Joseph F. Smith (1838–1918) taught: "[Relief Society] has not only to deal with the necessities of the poor, the sick and the needy, but a part of its duty—and the larger part, too—is to look after the spiritual welfare and salvation of the mothers and daughters of Zion; to see that none is neglected, but that all are guarded against misfortune, calamity, the powers of darkness, and the evils that threaten them in the world."2 In 2001 Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles reiterated, "Every sister in this Church who has made covenants with the Lord has a divine mandate to help save souls, to lead the women of the world, to strengthen the homes of Zion, and to build the kingdom of God."3

1. Joseph Smith, History of the Church, 5:25.
2. Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith (1998), 185.
3. M. Russell Ballard, "Women of Righteousness," Liahona, Dec. 2002, 39; Ensign, Apr. 2002, 70.

What Can I Do?

What inspiration have I received to help my sisters increase in faith and personal righteousness and strengthen their families and homes? What relief can I provide?
How will I use this message to strengthen my faith and increase my own commitment to personal righteousness?

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