August 18, 2016 - RELIEF SOCIETY
Conducting: Sister A. Clark and Sister Mones
Opening Hymn: #58 Come Ye Children of the Lord
Opening Prayer: Sister O’Neil
Purpose: Sister Rodriguez R.
Announcements: Sister O’Reilly and Sister Gattud – Per Lane in Hospitality, if a tour is 15 minutes late, call hospitality directly (801) 531-1000 ext. 1. The second place to call would be West Gate as they can transfer your call to the work area. Small groups should continue to call Guest Services.
Role Play – Sister Williams and Sister Da Luz about contacting on the Square and sharing the information we have.
Lesson #13 from the Howard W. Hunter Study Guide
Our teachers – Sisters Nivaldo, Beltrán and Sister Nyamdeleg (Sister Ashton was home ill)
We were asked what is the temple a symbol of. Sister Sami commented that it represents eternal life and exaltation. Sister Lai commented that we have to live the gospel of Jesus Christ in order to enter.
Sister Kleine read Doctrine and Covenants 88:119 and commented that the temple is a place where we need to prepare to get the most out of. So we should prepare spiritually before we attend the temple in order to benefit the most.
Sister Nyamdeleg reminded us that our bodies are temples of God. Sister Skouson read the following quote: “If we can pattern our life after the Master, and take His teaching and example as the supreme pattern for our own, we will not find it difficult to be temple worthy, to be consistent and loyal in every walk of life, for we will be committed to a single, sacred standard of conduct and belief, out course will be clear and our standards will be obvious.”
Sister Nyamdeleg read the following quote: “That devotion to true principle – in our individual lives, in our homes and families, and in all places that we meet and influence other people, if we will be true and faithful to the Lord’s principles then we will always be temple worthy, and the Lord and His holy temples will be the great symbols of our discipleship with Him.” She reminded us that clean apartments help us to be spiritually prepared.
Sister Beltrán reminded us to grab the good things and to work on goals with the temple in mind. We were asked, “How did your family and friends help prepare you for the temple! Sister Sturzeneggaer told how her mother prepared her by telling her not to be frightened or overwhelmed. Each time we go, we understand more.
We read Doctrine and Covenants 97:15, 17. Sister Valenzuela commented, be prepared and clean to enter the temple. Sister Mark commented that everything that we do allows us to be united as families, if we are worthy.
Even though Sister Ashton was unable to help teach the lesson, she did send this thought to be read. As each of us receive our endowments, we want to share the gospel so that our investigators can receive the love and comfort from temples too.
Sister Chua told a story about one time when she was in the Salt Lake Temple. She heard a voice asking “Do you remember those things (names) in your bag? Her mother gave her some family names to do. Sister Piatau related the experience of sisters attending the temple on Halloween and walking into the ordinance room and seeing all of her sisters from all over the world in white. She thought – this is what heaven will be like.
Sister Beltrán told of her experience going to the temple. One of her brothers was not at the temple with her. When she entered the Celestial room her mother was not there to welcome her and she felt alone. She looked around and saw her older brother. He came over and gave her a hug and told her that he would always be there for her in God’s house and always there for her no matter what.
Sister Sami read the following quote. “We should go not only for our kindred dead but also for the personal blessing of temple worship, for the sanctity and safety that are within those hallowed and consecrated walls. As we attend the temple, we learn more richly and deeply the purpose of like and the significance of the atoning sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us make the temple, with temple worship and temple covenants and temple marriage, our ultimate earthly goal and the supreme mortal experience.” Sister Sami then commented that it is a powerful quote and that we should all set a goal for temple marriage. We should be grateful for temple and trust the Savior with all our hearts. Her parents were an example of temple marriage.
Elder Widstoe said, “Don’t put other duties before God.” When confronted with a choice, we should ask ourselves if our decision will take us back to Heavenly Father.
Sister Nivaldo asked Sister Schalk to read the following quote from President Hunter. “Let us prepare every missionary to go to the temple worthily and to make that experience an even greater highlight than receiving the mission call.” Sister Rosero commented – if you are not worthy to enter the temple, you are not worthy to go on a mission. Sister Baldoza commented on her little brother that was called to serve in another area of the Philippines. She was so proud of him when he went to get his endowments because he was worthy to enter the temple.
Sister Nivaldo reflected on the time that President asked her if she was worthy to go to the temple. She thought I am a missionary so why is he asking me this? Then she really started to think about it. She asked all of us to close our eyes while President Risenmay asked the temple recommend questions.
The temple is also a symbol of God’s love for us. The temple is essential to coming back to Heavenly Father. Everything in the endowment deals with eternity.
Closing Hymn: #96 Dearest Children
Closing Prayer: Sister Contreras
After Relief Society, I (Sister Sharp) asked Sister Chua about her family names. She gave me the names and our grandchildren, Emily Anne Durfee and Kyle Lynn Durfee did the baptisms and initiatory ordinances the following day.
Sister Chua and Kyle Durfee
The names were for Sister Chua’s grandparents and great-grandparents