Monday, January 2, 2012

In Relief Society this week. . .
(A summary of the lesson, discussion, and comments each week)

On January 1st the Relief Society lesson was taught by four different sisters. Because we all have different experiences, each one of us can share and teach from lessons we have learned.
Konda Fullmer is currently serving in a Stake Relief Society Presidency of a College Single’s Stake. Konda has been impressed with the faith and dedication that is shown by these young student Relief Society sisters in
their service. Konda has seen the hand of the Lord directing the Gospel in the lives of these students. Relief Society builds sisterhood in our lives that we all need. Konda also testified that the Lord helps her as she strives to do her best in her calling and believes, “Who the Lord calls, he qualifies.” Through prayer and inspiration, Konda has received help in her calling to serve with these students.
Janice Call taught us about what she has learned through health challenges. With eight different points, Janice helped us to understand what we can do to work through difficult times.
1. The Lord will have a humble people. We need to learn to be humble so that we are teachable. Ether 12:7 reads—“if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.”
2. With health issues, you will grieve. You need to move through the grieving process steps such as denial, anger and resentment—to be able to move on.
3. Saying, “if only,” doesn’t work. Don’t do “if only”—it doesn’t help.
4. The Lord still words through imperfect people. We will learn from our experiences.
5. Learn to live with pain and suffering. It will make saints out of us. Pain and suffering can be a great teacher.
6. Don’t compare our efforts with those of others. Work according to our own powers. As President Utchdorf said in September 2011, “we spend so much time and energy comparing ourselves to others—usually comparing our weaknesses to their strengths. This drives us to create expectations for ourselves that are impossible to meet. As a result, we never celebrate our good efforts because they seem to be less than what someone else does.”
7. God knows exactly what He is doing.
8. Remember, I can choose my attitude. Live positively in a negative world. Endure to the end—positively.
Remember “I can do all things through Christ” and Elder Bednar’s counsel about the Enabling Power of the Atonement. Pray for help in carrying the load. Change the focus of our hope—focus on the Savior and his promises (Moroni 7:41). Elder Holland—“God never leaves us alone.”

Lark Luke and Peggy Rogers taught us about their work in the Temple. They work with the name cards that record the ordinances done in the Temple. Lark and Peggy have the responsibility to make sure that the ordinances are recorded properly. They also are two witnesses to the work being done. As witnesses they continually watch for any errors that might occur. Lark and Peggy are responsible to train any student workers that come and they can also be called upon to be “runners” to collect records that are completed. Lark and Peggy love the work that they do with the records in the Temple.

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