Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Come Learn of Me - Mastering the Scriptures

Please join us next Tuesday, August 6, in the Relief Society room at the church for the first class in our Scripture Study Interest Group. We look forward to hearing the ideas Marianne Stoddard has to share with us!

August Calendar

Here is the calendar of events in August. Can't wait to see you at our activities!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

"This is My Work and Glory"

In Elder M. Russell Ballard's April 2013 conference talk, "This is My Work and Glory", he teaches us about the power of the priesthood and that, if honored, it can lead to promised blessings, not only here on earth, but blessings of immortality and eternal life. On Sunday, we will discuss the priesthood power, its roll in our everyday lives and how it can be a strength to us and to our families. The very power that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ used in the creation of the heavens and the earth, like unto other worlds they created, is the priesthood. The magnitude of their creation is incomprehensible, as scientists have discovered that we live in only one of billions of similar galaxies. This is the same power Jesus Christ relied upon while he was here on earth ministering to the people, blessing them, healing them, uplifting them, saving them. The priesthood power is given to all worthy men who live righteously and who are obedient to our Father. And it is available to each one of us, according to our faith and obedience. Just the thought of being able to tap into this power is strength to me. No matter what our circumstance, the priesthood power is readily available to bless us, heal us and uplift us.

During the restoration of the church, the priesthood was bestowed upon Joseph Smith by Peter, James and John, Moses, Elias and Elijah for use in these latter days. In the revelation given to Joseph Smith in D&C 81, the Lord revealed that the power of the priesthood is to be used to "succor the weak, lift up the hands which hang down, and strengthen the feeble knees ... And in doing such things thou wilt do the greatest good unto thy fellow beings, and wilt promote the glory of him who is the Lord."

Marcia Lindley

Fortify Your Faith

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Happy Pioneer Day!

Come, Come Ye Saints

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Pioneers in Every Land

"It is good to look to the past to gain appreciation for the present and perspective for the future. It is good to look upon the virtues of those who have gone before, to gain strength for whatever lies ahead. It is good to reflect upon the work of those who labored so hard and gained so little in this world, but out of whose dreams and early plans, so well nurtured, has come a great harvest of which we are the beneficiaries. Their tremendous example can become a compelling motivation for us all, for each of us is a pioneer in his [or her] own life."
Gordon B. Hinckley, "The Faith of the Pioneers," Ensign, July 1984.
Click HERE to learn how Latter-day Saint pioneers have contributed to building the Church all over the world.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Sunday, July 21, 2013

The World Needs Pioneers Today

Click HERE to read President Monson's message, "The World Needs Pioneers Today" from the July 2013 Ensign.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Mormon Tabernacle Choir 2013 Pioneer Day Concert

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will present their annual concert held in conjunction with community-wide Pioneer Day celebrations. This year's concert will feature up-and-coming Latter-day Saint artists Lindsey Stirling and Nathan Pacheco.
Click HERE to watch the live stream of the concert at 9:00 p.m. CDT (8:00 p.m. MDT) on Saturday, July 20.

Tithing, a Law for Our Protection and Advancement

"The law of tithing is one of the most important ever revealed to man. ... Through obeying this law the blessings of prosperity and success will be given to the Saints." This is not a new law, and the things we learn from President Lorenzo Snow's experiences are a wonderful source of inspiration and encouragement for us to faithfully begin, improve or continue our efforts to receive the promised blessings through paying a full and honest tithe. I hope you will feel the spirit of this lesson, Lesson # 12, as we learn and discuss the many blessings associated with the law of tithing.

Kim Adair

Monday, July 15, 2013

10 Cool Things You Can Do with an LDS Account

Click HERE for the full article and HERE for a larger version of this list!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

"I Seek Not Mine Own Will, but the Will of the Father"

When we seek God's will, we follow a course in which there will be no failure. How comforting it is to know that as we seek and then obey God's will, He gives us the power to succeed. Sometimes we may think we are already seeking His will, but we still face what we call failure and we don't think we have success. He promises us that "if your eye be single to my glory, your whole bodies shall be filled with light and there shall be no darkness in you, and that body which is filled with light comprehendeth all things. Therefore, sanctify yourselves that your minds become single to God" (D&C 88:67-68). There are many worldly distractions that can keep us from our eye being single to His glory. We may not even quite understand how to decipher what His will would be for us. As we seek out these things through personal prayer and discuss Lorenzo Snow lesson #11 as a group this Sunday, I know that we will learn together how to have true success in this life through obedience to His will.

Erin Hayes

Monday, July 8, 2013


I was talking to a coworker recently and she told me that she was struggling at home. She hadn't gotten much sleep and knew that she would be performing subpar. She asked me to "offer her some grace." I had never heard the word "grace" used outside of the church context. Somehow, viewing grace as something that we could offer each other changed the way I view grace. It is a tangible thing that allows us and others the ability to be human and to make mistakes.

None of us deserve grace. We don't offer each other grace, forgiveness, a pass, or a pardon because we deserve them. We offer these things as gifts. Each time we give the gift of assistance, we take part in grace. As we learn to offer grace to others, we understand the giving part of the Atonement. Somehow, in my coworker admitting her vulnerability and her lacking, she made me see her as strong and made me want to help out.

I think the same thing goes for the grace of God. As we open up to the Atonement and admit our own faults, we allow the grace of God to make us whole. We allow our weaknesses to become strengths. I am so thankful for the grace and the saving power of the Atonement. I am well aware that I need the power of the Atonement in my life daily. Thankfully, we are promised, "My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness...that the power of Christ may rest upon me." (2 Corinthians 12:9). May we all internalize the promise that Christ's grace is sufficient for all of us.

Jessica Przybyla


The JustServe.org website (http://www.justserve.org/) is a great resource to the members for planning service activities and getting more involved in our community as individuals, families, Eagle Scout projects, YW Personal Progress projects, etc. We encourage you to go to the website, get registered, and remember to invite your friends and neighbors to also use this wonderful website. When we take advantage of JustServe.org and get involved with others serving in our communities, we can be a force for doing wonderful things in our community, and our love for all the Lord's children will be increased as well as wonderful new friendships developed.

The Richardson Stake RS Presidency

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Let Freedom Ring!

God Bless America!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Charity Never Faileth

In speaking to the Relief Society sisters of the church in September of 2010, President Monson stated, "I have always loved your Relief Society motto: "Charity never faileth." What is charity? The prophet Mormon teaches us that "charity is the pure love of Christ." In his farewell message to the Lamanites, Moroni declared, "Except ye have charity ye can nowise be saved in the kingdom of God." Throughout the scriptures we are exhorted to obtain this spiritual gift. Why is it so vital? What can we do to "wear the mantle of charity"? I can't wait to hear your thoughts! I love you, and look forward to meeting with you this Sunday.

Sister Stoddard