March 16, 2017 – RELIEF SOCIETY

Conducting:  Sisters Williams and Sister Hulme
Accompanist:  Sister Lai
Chorister:  Sister Hickman

Special Number:  I Am A Child of God, Child’s Prayer and Teach Me To Walk in the Light medley.  Performed by West 1 with Sister Lai accompanying and Sister Fouti-Makaya on the flute.

West 1

Opening Prayer:  Sister Andrus
Purpose:  Sister Shum

Sister Shum

•        Security training will be next week.
•        Microphones in Legacy Theater are now repaired.

Roleplay:  Sisters Curcino and Nuttall

Sister Curcino and Sister Nuttall

They roleplayed being in the teaching center, talking to an investigator that did not receive the requested materials.

Lesson:  Am I Good Enough – Will I Make it?  Elder Devin Cornish
Teachers:  Sisters Troncoso, Tai, Torres and Franco

Sisters Franco, Torres, Tai and Troncoso

Elder Cornish was a young doctor in his residency.  Seeing the other interns he felt that he was not good enough.  One of the lead doctors told him he was good enough and they admired his skills.  Sister Troncoso has a similar experience in her medical training.  We shouldn’t compare ourselves in teaching ability or any other way.

Sister Smith A. from Arizona shared that she wondered if she was good enough to serve a mission.  She was shy, not good with words and when comparing herself to her amazing missionary sister, she felt that she was not good enough.  However, she has learned that Christ makes up the difference.

Elder Cornish said, “Please, my beloved brothers and sisters, we must stop comparing ourselves to others. We torture ourselves needlessly by competing and comparing. We falsely judge our self-worth by the things we do or don’t have and by the opinions of others. If we must compare, let us compare how we were in the past to how we are today—and even to how we want to be in the future. The only opinion of us that matters is what our Heavenly Father thinks of us. Please sincerely ask Him what He thinks of you. He will love and correct but never discourage us; that is Satan’s trick.”

We are all different with different gifts and each one is unique.  Setting goals that we are striving to achieve is alright.  As sons and daughters of God, we can do anything – even hard things.

Elder Cornish said, “Let me be direct and clear. The answers to the questions “Am I good enough?” and “Will I make it?” are “Yes! You are going to be good enough” and “Yes, you are going to make it as long as you keep repenting and do not rationalize or rebel.”

Sometimes as missionaries we rebel, rationalize and are not willing to make needed changes.  When we accessing the atonement, we must be willing to repent and to change.

Alma 26:11-12 Be filled with the love of God.  We can do all things but not on our own.  God’s opinion of us is the most important.  John 3:16 Rejoice in the gospel.

Ask yourselves these questions:
1.        What are you doing to come closer to God?
2.        What are you doing to come closer to God as a missionary?
3.        What are you doing to come closer to God as a companionship?
4.        What are you doing to come closer to God as a daughter of God?

D&C 50:24 That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.

Repentance is important as our souls need to be happy, not just our physical body.  Through the blessing of repentance, we can achieve true happiness.  Sister Sookhoo said, “Our guilt, shame, and sins are washed away.”  Sister Romero commented, “Our burdens are taken away.”  Sister Mou said, “We have a second chance giving us an opportunity to do better.”  Sister Andrus told us that she wouldn’t be on a mission without repentance.  The greatest gift of repentance in peace.  Without peace we wouldn’t be here to fulfill our missions.

How does repentance help us fulfill our purpose everyday?  Obedience.  If we are not obedient, we are telling God we are smarter than He is.  When we make mistakes, we need repentance and God.

Sister Kampan told us that prior to her mission she was very competitive and unkind.  At sixteen she found God and realized how bad she was and that she had lots of changes to make.  Everyday I have fought and tried to be better.

Sister Bowman said that true happineSs is through God.  If we repent daily and have no sin we will be happy.  If we are happy, the guests will want to talk to us.  

We cannot rationalize.  We must keep trying.  We are set apart to teach with power and authority.  We must study and prepare regularly.  The grace of Christ is important.  2 Nephi 25:23.  By His grace we can be good enough after all we can do.

Humility is:  Not to think less of ourselves but to think of ourselves less.

Closing Hymn:  #301  I am a Child of God
Closing Prayer:  Sister Stähle