October 27, 2016 – RELIEF SOCIETY
Conducting: Sister Baker and Sister Hopf
Accompanist: Sister Ransom
Chorister: Sister Curcino
Opening Hymn: #118 Children’s Song Book Book of Mormon Stories
Opening Prayer: Sister Coleman
Purpose: Sister Fehlmann
• November 1st through the 7th will be inspections
• DAPs please fill out forms and turn them in so Elder Geddes can go shopping.
• Saturday from 8-10 will be fleet training
• President Risenmay explained about the Halloween activity on the 31st with the buildings on the Square closing at 5:00. Activities will start at 5:30 in the mission office area. Dinner from Olive Garden and a movie – The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
Roleplay: Sisters Sturzenegger and Sister Carrasco taught as if they were at MAP Desk explaining the introduction of the Book of Mormon and the First Vision.
Our lesson was taken from Elder Gary E, Stevenson’s October 2016 conference talk, “Look to the Book, Look to the Lord.” Sisters Mozos, Pilapitiya, Calderon and Fuimaono.
Sisters Mozos, Pilapitiya, Calderon and Fuimaono
Sister Gomez read the following sidebar:
As Mary looked to the book, she looked to the Lord. Sister Schalk commented that our attitude when reading the Book of Mormon is important. We should be excited to read and study. Sister Klippel said that we can’t just read the Book of Mormon and see it the same way. We should strive to make it new to us, seeking some new information.
Sister Parks read Jacob 4:6 and commented that anything is possible with faith in the first principles. Sister Lybbert read Alma 14:1 and commented that is what we want for our guests. AS we strengthen our testimony, guests will feel it and it will help bring the guests up to our level.
Sister Gomes related an incident with two Russian women that she met on the Square. One of them only believed in a great spirit, but not a “God.” Sister Gomes shared with them the story of Lamoni after which the unbelieving woman wanted a Book of Mormon. As they were traveling, Sister Gomes emailed her the download link.
The Book of Mormon is the keystone of our religion. Sister Herr explained that a keystone holds everything together. Sister Valenzuela said the keystone equals our own questions and the Book of Mormon is the answers.
Five sisters came up front to help with the lesson. Sister Günther read Alma 32:21 and commented that little can grow without faith. Sister Lee read D&C 58:42-43 regarding repentance and indicated that investigators are so grateful when they understand repentance and the opportunity to start anew. Sister Sine read 2 Nephi 31:5 and John 14:26 regarding baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost. She told us that baptism is the key and the Holy Ghost is our guide. Sister Triptree read 2 Nephi 3:20 regarding enduring to end. She likes to think of feasting on the words of Christ as a mini holiday through reading the scriptures. Sister Clark T. read the introduction and an invitation, which is our purpose here on the Square.
President Benson said that the Book of Mormon if the keystone of our religion. It is a witness of Christ, teaches doctrine, helps the reader gain a testimony of the Book of Mormon, and gives us a greater power to resist temptation.
Elder Stevens shared the following experience from his mission in Japan. “Because of my newness to Japan, I didn’t speak Japanese very well. In fact, I don’t think this woman understood much of what I was saying. I began teaching her about the Book of Mormon, describing how Joseph Smith received from an angel an ancient record engraved on plates and how he translated them by the power of God.
As I offered her my testimony that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and another testament of Jesus Christ, I received the strongest impression, accompanied by a warm feeling of comfort and serenity inside my chest, which the scriptures describe as “your bosom [burning] within you.”4 This feeling reaffirmed to me in a powerful way that the Book of Mormon truly is the word of God. At that time my feelings were so strong that tears came to my eyes as I talked to this Japanese grandmother. I have never forgotten the special feeling of that day.”
Sister Fuimaono bore her testimony and related the following story. She had eaten a small mango and the seed got caught in her throat. She was unable to breathe. She was holding her scriptures and fell to her knees in prayer with her scriptures pushing against her chest and the seed came out. Sometimes investigators are not ready for baptism but we need to teach them and help them along that path. Sister Caleron bore her testimony about reading the Book of Mormon and the importance of our investigators reading as well. Without a testimony of the Book of Mormon, their conversion will be slower. Sister Pilapitiya said we don’t have TV or iPhones, but we do have iPads. We need to watch the amount of time spent using iPads and be sure that we are in compliance with the mission rules.
Sister Fernandez tries to study a different topic each day and link it to a scripture. Alma 13:23 was read along with the first two bullet points of the restoration. God is our loving Heavenly Father. Joseph Smith wanted simple truths. We need to open the Book of Mormon and share it with our guests. The gates of hell quake as we share our truths.
Sister DaLuz said that President Risenmay asked her to read the Book of Mormon 30 minutes every day. She now feels that she has more power and authority to teach.
An invitation was extended to us to read the Book of Mormon every day. We will be blessed as we do so. Sister Pilapitiya bore testimony that the Book of Mormon is true and is for our time to go and save the world.
God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are the best companions ever!
Closing Hymn: #89 The Lord is My Light
Closing Prayer: Sister Zheng