March 2, 2017 – RELIEF SOCIETY

Pianist:  Sister Lai
Chorister:  Sister Hickman
Conducting:  Sister Williams and Sister Hulme

Opening Song:  Sisters Ripa and Boutoille, accompanist:  Sister Liu
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Opening Prayer:  Sister Pincock
Purpose:  Sister Monzalvo




Sister Monzalvo



Announcements:
•        DAPs and their companions have a meeting following Relief Society in Theater 1.
•        Deep cleaning will be done March 7-13th.  You must have your apartment checked by a senior couple before you can start your P-day.

Roleplay:  Sister Yoshida and Sister Peralta
At the Temple cutout bridging to the Plan of Salvation and prophets.




Sister Peralta and Sister Yoshida



Lesson:  Chapter 4 – The Pioneer Heritage of Faith and Sacrifice
Teachers:  


Sisters Smith M., Chua, Smith S., and Sister Pereira


While at the Columbus, Ohio temple, President Hinckley reflected on the three prior generations as well as the three generations following him.  He felt a tremendous obligation to pass on all that he had received as an inheritance from his forbears to the generations that have come after him.

“Whether you have pioneer ancestry or came into the Church only yesterday, you are a part of this whole grand picture of which those men and women dreamed ...  They laid the foundation.  Ours is the duty to build on it.”  President Gordon B. Hinckley

How have the teachings of your relatives helped you in your life?

Sister Pozos – The church encouraged us to do family history work.  Even before her family joined the church, they had a strong sense of family.

Sister Yoshida – Grandmother taught her mother that God would support you in your trials.

Sister Gomes – She grew up in a Catholic family.  Her grandparents always said God is always watching over you and seeing what you do.

Our teachers did a live video.  Meaning they had a picture of the Salt Lake Valley, transformed us back to 1847 and acted out Brigham Young saying, “Here we will build a temple.”

Sister Sharp told of an ancestor that helped to build the temple and another ancestor that attended the dedication as a youth.

 



In the video 17 Miracles, the couple that did not get married as they had faith that they wanted to get sealed in the temple.  The young man died before he reached the valley.  The lives and examples of the pioneers serve as an example of what we can do and how our faith can grow.  

Faith:
Sister Glanzer – When she went on trek the women’s pull was very hard.  It helped her testimony to grow.

We were asked how we could have the same vision that the pioneers had.

Sister Sookhoo – The vision has never changed but the use of technology is now used to further the church.

Sister Steffensen – We too need to trust God and go and do.

Sister Mark – She does not have a pioneer heritage but is still grateful and the faith of the pioneers helps us build our faith and strive to do better.  We need to have faith in the journey.  If we have faith and act, Heavenly Father will do the rest.

Sister Strihavka – The pioneers really did go through many trials and were still optimistic.  Our trials are not the same, but we can be optimistic through our trials as well.

We are a gospel of action and we as members should put our religion in action.  Sister Smith M. related the story of Mary Hodges, her ancestor in the Willie Handcart Company.

The sisters showed a video of President Hinckley’s conference talk – Lift in the spirit of love.

We are all still trying to get to a spiritual Zion.  

How are we pioneers today?

Sister Shumway – We still need faith as God still requires sacrifice.

Sister Tronosco – Her family are pioneers for the church in Argentina.  

Sister Kampan – We should tell people on the Square that they are pioneers for their families and their generation.

Sister Sookhoo – Come Come Ye Saints is her favorite hymn.  We are on the front lines of the fight.

Sister Josephson – The pioneers set a high bar for us to follow.

God has prepared social media to further His work.  Sister Chua’s mother always said, “Stop looking in the past, look to the future.”  But looking to the past really helps us to progress.

Closing Hymn:  #30  Come Come Ye Saints
Closing Prayer:  Sister Beltran

The March birthday sisters came up and we sang Happy Birthday to them.