September 15, 2016 - Relief Society
Conducting – Sister Baker and Sister Mones
Special musical number – Sisters Nevil and Clark T. with Sister Kemple on the cello
(to see the backstory for the cello, please see the separate post)
The trio performing, I Need Thee Every Hour in Relief Society
Opening Prayer: Sister Wilson
Purpose: Sister Butler
Announcements: Security papers are due in two days. Zone Leaders have an 8:30 am meeting in theater 1. DAPs have an 8:30 am meeting in the conference room. Sister Risenmay took a couple of minutes to remind us of three things: 1) She is cleaning off the tables by the mailbox at the end of the day. Be sure you check for belongings. 2) The Doctors come on Wednesday morning. Please sign up for an appointment on the sheet by her office door. 3) It appears that items are coming up missing. If it doesn’t belong to you, leave it where you find it. Do not eat someone else’s food unless it is offered to you. Do not take anyone else’s anything!
Roleplay – Sister Nyamdeleg and Sister Ashton – How to give a flag pole tour
Lesson: #15 from the Howard W. Hunter Study Guide – The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper
The teachers were Sisters Rodriguez J., Contreras, Torres and Evans.
L-R Sisters Contreras, Evans, Rodriguez J. and Torres
Sister Albos read a quote from the Howard W. Hunter study guide: “As [Jesus] took the bread and broke it, and took the cup and blessed it, he was presenting himself as the lamb of God who would provide spiritual nourishment and eternal salvation.”
Sister Monzalvo read: “Howard W. Hunter was raised by an active Latter-day Saint mother and a good father who was not then affiliated with any church. His father did not object to the family’s participation in the Church—he even attended sacrament meetings with them occasionally—but he did not want his children to be baptized when they were 8 years old. He felt that they should not make that decision until they were older. When Howard turned 12, he could not receive the Aaronic Priesthood and be ordained a deacon because he had not been baptized. Even though he was able to participate with the young men in other activities, Howard was deeply disappointed that he could not pass the sacrament with them.”
Sister Takeshige read: “Nearly five months after his 12th birthday, Howard persuaded his father to let him be baptized. Soon afterward, he was ordained a deacon. “I remember the first time I passed the sacrament,” he said. “I was frightened, but thrilled to have the privilege. After the meeting the bishop complimented me on the way I had conducted myself.”
Sister Valenzuela read: “The Passover was instituted to help the children of Israel remember when the destroying angel passed over their houses and delivered them from the Egyptians. The unblemished lambs, whose blood was used as a sign to save Israel anciently, are a symbol of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, whose sacrifice redeemed all mankind.”
We are saved by faith in God. The Passover declares that death has no permanent power on us. In delivering the children of Israel out of Egypt, Jehovah himself spoke to Moses out of the burning bush at Sinai saying: “Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.” Exodus 3:7,10
Because Pharaoh was unyielding, many plagues were brought upon Egypt, but still “the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, neither would he let the children of Israel go.” Exodus 9:35
The Lord said, “And all the first born in the land of Egypt shall die.” Exodus 11:5
The Lord instructed Moses to have the children of Israel take to them every man a lamb without blemish. “And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.” Exodus 12:7
“And they shall not eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. Exodus 12:8
“And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the Lord’s Passover.” Exodus 12:11
“And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service?” Exodus 12:26
“That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the Lord’s Passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshipped.: Exodus 12:27
The above scriptures were read by Sisters Clark T, Nevil, Newlin, Rodriguez R., Lawlor, Sturzenegger, and Chen. Sister Contreras reminded us that it is a privilege to be able to partake of the sacrament. “Finally, preparations for the Passover meal were complete, in keeping with nearly fifteen hundred years of tradition. Jesus sat down with his disciples and, after the eating of the sacrificial lamb and of the bread and wine of this ancient feast, he taught them a newer and holier meaning of that ancient blessing from God.” Sister Chua read Luke 22:19. We were asked what does the sacrament mean to you. Sister Eging said that it helps her remember why we are here. It spiritually fills our bucket. We come closer to God by taking the sacrament.
“With the suffering of Gethsemane, the sacrifice of Calvary, and the resurrection from a garden tomb, Jesus fulfilled the ancient law and ushered in a new dispensation based on a higher, holier understanding of the law of sacrifice. No more would men be required to offer the firstborn lamb from their flock, because the Firstborn of God had come to offer himself as an “infinite and eternal sacrifice.” This is the majesty of the Atonement and Resurrection, not just a Passover from death, but a gift of eternal life by an infinite sacrifice.”
Christ performed the atonement, He is our redeemer and Savior. How is the sacrament a blessing to you? Sister Rodriguez R said, “What our Savior gave us and what we can give back. When we were baptized we took upon us His name. We can be clean again every week.”
Sister Kleine read the Brigham Young quote in speaking about the sacrament - “Its observance is as necessary to our salvation as any other of the ordinances and commandments that have been instituted in order that … people may be sanctified.” The sacrament is necessary for salvation. Sister Gomes said, “People can be sanctified each Sunday and is a process of our conversion. As we come closer to Christ, we can actually feel the power of the atonement.”
Our Father in Heaven understood the need for his children to be reminded of the promises He has made to us if we would obey his laws. The blessing of the Atonement of our Lord and Savior is that each of us has the privilege of enjoying immortality and eternal life. In what ways is the sacrament a “covenant of safety” for us? Sister O’Reilly said “The gospel is a gospel of second chances. Blessings of the atonement is that it if infinite. We don’t have to die spiritually or period. We need to endure to the end. It is not a one and done thing.” Sister Willard said, “It is like a gate. We renew our covenants and the spirit is there to open and protect the gate and our entrance.” Sister Kleine said, “1. It is a covenant of safety. The Book of Mormon reminds us to remember, remember. 2. It is a reminder of the atonement.”
Sister Mark read D& C 59:6, 10 “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Thou shalt not steal; neither commit adultery, nor kill, nor do anything like unto it.
10 For verily this is a day appointed unto you to rest from your labors, and to pay thy devotions unto the Most High;” She commented that as we think of Christ and His ministry we must act and apply to have stronger faith.
How do we prepare to take the sacrament? Sister Eging said that “We should go over the previous week before sacrament meeting. As we take of the sacrament we should symbolically put our sins in the tray.” Sister Tuttle said “To take the sacrament with faith and not just a rote thing we do. We should think of the atonement every day.”
Elder L. Tom Perry Last Wish for Us was quoted, “I wish I could get every member of the Church to go and partake of the sacrament, and when they took the bread, they’d ask themselves, Who am I? What am I doing? How am I living? Where am I going? What should I be accomplishing? As them renew their covenants with the Lord. The minute they’d pick up the bread something would happen …”
God loves us so much we can return back to him every week by taking the sacrament. We watched the “Daily Bread” video. With the atonement we can become different people. We will not be transformed overnight. He is patient with our progress. What are we doing to take the sacrament worthily? Remember, we can start again and again. He understands us perfectly. It is a blessing to have His spirit with us during the week.
Closing Song: # 193 I Stand All Amazed
Closing Prayer: Sister Beltrán