December 29, 2016 - RELIEF SOCIETY

Conducting:  Sister Almeida and Sister Wight

Accompanist:  Sister Kogure

Chorister:  Sister Oeser

Musical Number:  Piano Duet – Sister Steffensen and Sister Semenova

Sister Semenova and Sister Steffensen

 

Opening Prayer:  Sister Cardona

Purpose:  Sister Chaiyapat

 Sister Chaiyapat

Announcements:

•        January 8, 2017 is fast Sunday.  We will once again meet at 7:30am in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.

•        Relief Society going forward will be at 7:30 am.

•        January 2, 2017 – Mission Leader Council.

•        January 7th – Mission Meeting at 8:30 am in Theater 1.

•        Zone Leaders, please airdrop your service project pictures to Sister Sharp.

•        If you received a blank note card in your Christmas items, please take a few minutes to write a thank you note.

•        Elder Spencer talked about a new transfer day schedule.

Our lesson was given by Sister Chris Carpenter and Sister Stephanie Sparks.  Their topic was stress management.

 

Chris Carpenter

Stephanie Sparks

Sister Carpenter asked what do we think it would be like to be married to Elder Holland.  They shared the following quotes from Sister Holland.

 

 

Not all stress is bad.  Stress produces cortisol which propels us to action.  If we stay too high on cortisol for too long that is bad.  There are two reactions to over stress; 1) is fight or in other words protect yourself; and 2) is flight or get yourself out of the situation.

Our goal is to manage our stress so that is doesn’t manage us.  Are we acted upon or do we act on?  When we compare ourselves with someone else, we should compare the strengths of both parties.  If we combine our strengths, we will excel.

Sister Carpenter taught that if we write our stresses in a letter and don’t post it that our stress can be relieved.

Sister Sine commented that we shouldn’t worry about what we can’t control.  Sister Mark, MK we should act upon changing things.  Sister Cruz said that we must change.  The atonement can affect that change.  Sister Strihavka said it is a way of thinking and how we react.  We should simplify our thoughts.  Sister Gomes said it is ok, it all part of the plan.  Sister Ashton said we know we will win if we are true to our covenants.  We will obtain the Celestial Kingdom.  Sister Fischer said we shouldn’t worry about what hasn’t happened.  Sister Skousen commented with regard to pacing ourselves, that we need to know our abilities and how fast we can go.

Sometimes a refreshing break, no matter how long, even 5 to 10 minutes can really help.  At the end of a very busy day, Brigham Young had a guest visiting him at his home office.  The guest realized that Brigham Young was exhausted from his labors of the day and prepared to leave.  Instead of the guest leaving, Brigham Young asked him to “sit a spell.”  Sometimes we just need a little break from what we have been doing.

Please be assured that you are good enough.  Some feelings of inadequacy are normal.  The following suggestions were given:  1) a “little” guilt is ok; 2) accept help as gladly as you give it; and 3) give well deserved praise.

Sister Sparks taught:

 

At the funeral of his wife, Sister Marjorie Pay Hinckley, President Hinckley said:

“It isn’t as bad as you sometime think it is.  It all works out.  Don’t worry.  I say that to myself every morning.  It will al work out.  Put your trust in God, and move forward with faith and confidence in the future.  The Lord will not forsake us.  He will not forsake us.  If we will put our trust in Him, if we will live worthy of His blessings, He will hear our prayers.”

The following articles were passed out.  Wisdom and Order by Elder Neal A. Maxwell; Notwithstanding My Weakness by Elder Neal A. Maxwell.

Closing Hymn:  #129 Where Can I Turn for Peace

Closing Prayer:  Sister Leavitt