February 9, 2017 – RELIEF SOCIETY

 

Conducting:  Sister Wight and Sister Williams

Accompanist:  Sister Lai

Chorister:  Sister Shin

Special Musical Number:  Sister Orellana-Arriaga – His Hands

 

 

Sister Orellana-Arriaga

 

Opening Prayer:  Sister Zhou

Purpose:  Sister Kim

Sister Kim

Announcements:

·       Next week is the mission tour on the 16th and 17th.

·       Relief Society next week will be on the 15th.

·       Spanish speaking sisters, please stay in Theater 1 after Relief Society.

·       Contacting mainland China:  for Mandarin speaking sisters - if you sincerely believe a guest wants a Book of Mormon.  For non-Mandarin speaking sisters – Be sure to get a referral card before you give out a Book of Mormon.  There are 20,000 to 30,000 members of the church on mainland China, with 17 branches.  It is not an underground religion.

·       Next week new locker assignments will be given out.  If you want a specific locker, your locker is broken please let the Office Assistants know.

·       Sacrament meeting’s purpose is to renew our covenants, remember Christ and repent.  It is not a signal that you are going home or to report your mission.  We are here to teach until the end.

·       Mission Tour – Please be seated by 8:30 am and to stand when Elder and Sister Clark arrive.

·       Lock your lockers and remember your combination.

·       Please dress modestly, conservative and professional.  Hair is to look natural, not extreme.  If your hair is dyed, it must look natural and all the same color from the roots to the ends.  No heavy eye makeup, heavy eyeliner or false eyelashes.  No bright lipstick.  If you polish your nails, be sure that colors are soft and natural.  If you are going to wear a T-shirt dress, be sure it is belted or a jacket worn with it.  Please iron your clothing before coming to the Square.  Wear a slip.  If you are going to use a slip extender, it can only be 2” long and must be of a heavy lace.  Remember, the MTC didn’t allow them at all.  If you are going to wear a pencil skirt it must hang loose from all angles and not look like a ? if you are viewed from the profile view.  Be sure your skirts are long enough to cover your kneecaps when sitting and standing.

Roleplay:  Sister Carvalho and Sister Hu

  

Sister Carvalho and Sister Wu

Lesson:  Gordon B. Hinckley Chapter 3 – Cultivating an Attitude of Happiness and a Spirit of Optimism

 

Teachers:

 

Sisters Ripa, Boutille, Ackley and Lybbert

 

Be happy in hard times.  1 Nephi 17:1-2.  Nephi looked at each situation with happiness and to recognize the hand of God.  Verse 3 states that God provides a way.  If Nephi were to have a motto it would be God provides a way.  Nephi always turned to God and prayed without murmuring.

 

“My dear brothers and sisters, the joy we feel has little to do with the circumstances of our lives and everything to do with the focus of our lives.”  President Russell M. Nelson

 

Two sisters shared thoughts about joy.  Sister Glanzer told of an experience in high school when she was director of the school play.  The day of the play she rolled her ankle and was told that she wouldn’t be able to attend the play.  She just got some crutches and with joy in her heart, continued on and directed the play.  Sister Leavitt said, there will always be hard times because of the atonement.  Joy is eternal.

 

When the focus of our lives is on Jesus Christ and His gospel, we can feel joy regardless of what is happening – or not happening – in our lives.  Joy comes from and because of Him.  He is the source of all joy.”  President Russell M. Nelson

 

Sister Ashton said that faith is knowing we can get to the next moment and have joy!  Christ is the light in our hard times.

 

Trust in Heavenly Father brings happiness.  What is trust?  Sister Kolarovo said that since the first of her mission she has been learning to trust.  Having faith leads to trust, which leads to miracles.  Heavenly Father loves us all.  Trust is something that we earn and learn.  We need to trust God.  Trust that we are children of God.  Understanding our divine role as a child of God helps us trust Him.  Sister Richins told us that her parents are the people that she trusts most.  She made a list of why she trusts her parents and why they trust her.  It is the same with God.  He wants what is best for us.

 

 

Trust that we can be happy.  Sister Mark from the UK said that when we and unhappy we are thinking of our self.  When we perform service, it is a feeling of joy.

 

 

Sister Ackley related a story from Elder Anderson’s 2015 talk about the Openshaw family.  The oldest son was serving in her mission in the Marshal Islands when four members of his family died in an airplane accident and how he decided to stay on his mission after talking with the next oldest living brother.  An amazing account of finding joy in hard times.  Elder Openshaw was a very obedient missionary and the best missionary ever.  He was always bearing his testimony.

 

“I stand here today as an optimist concerning the work of the Lord.  I cannot believe that God has established his work in the earth to have it fail.  I cannot believe that it is getting weaker.  I know that it is getting stronger.  ...I have a simple and solemn faith that right will triumph and that truth will prevail.”  Gordon B. Hinckley

 

We should be grateful in all things to become better and progress and to be more effective.  Faith is the first principle of the gospel.  As faith grows, so does love for Heavenly Father.  “Being grateful in our circumstances is an act of faith in God.  It requires that we trust God and hope for things we may not see but which are true.  By being grateful, we follow the example of our beloved Savior, who said, “Not my will, but thine, be done.”  President Deiter F. Uchtdorf

 

As faith grows, so does our love for Heavenly Father.  Gospel mean Good News.  What reason do we have to be unhappy.  The true gospel brings joy because of the atonement, which brings happiness.

 

“With gratitude in our hearts, let us not dwell upon the few problems we have.  Let us rather count our blessings and in a great spirit of gratitude, motivated by a great faith, go forth to build the kingdom of God in the earth.”  President Gordon B. Hinckley

 

Closing Hymn:  #230  Scatter Sunshine

Closing Prayer:  Sister Sturzenegger