September 1, 2016 - RELIEF SOCIETY
Conducting: Sister A. Clark and Sister Mones
Chorister: Sister Yoshida
Pianist: Sister Ransom
Opening Hymn: Oh My Father to the tune of Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Sisters Mark, Hug, Kleine, Kratzer, Ward, Macfarlane
Opening Prayer: Sister Lawlor
Purpose: Sister Danso – “We baptize in the church not to increase our numbers but to open the doors of the celestial kingdom for those baptized.” Elder Oaks
Sister Edgington from the Relief Society General Board taught us from Daughters in My Kingdom Chapter 2 “Something Better”
Sister Edgington asked who had read the chapter prior to the meeting. From those that raised their hands, she asked for comments. Following are some of those comments.
Sister Leavitt – Relief Society was organized under the priesthood under the same format as the priesthood.
Sister Schalk – Prepare for the temple for people but really they were preparing people for the temple.
Sister Wentzel – Women are to encourage men to serve.
Sister Danso – We must joyfully follow. “We must cherish one another, watch over one another, comfort one another and gain instruction, that we may all sit down in heaven together.” Lucy Mack Smith
Sister Kratzer - “I desire the Spirit of God to know and understand myself, that I might be able to overcome whatever of tradition or nature that would not tend to my exaltation in the eternal worlds. I desire a fruitful, active mind, that I may be able to comprehend the designs of God, when revealed through His servants without doubting.” Emma Smith
Sister Edgington then asked what is charity? Sister Sami stated it is the pure love of Christ. Sister Davis read from the first paragraph in Gospel Topics on charity. Charity is the pure love of Christ. It is the love that Christ has for the children of men and that the children of men should have for one another. It is the highest, noblest, and strongest kind of love and the most joyous to the soul (see 1 Nephi 11:23). Comments were made by the following sisters.
Sister Valenzuela – It is the strongest kind of love.
Sister Herr – Love for everyone translated from German means love for our neighbor
Sister Mark – Most joyous love. It is a strong enough love causing us to act.
Charity is the same kind of love that Christ has for us. When we are really studying the scriptures and living the gospel it gives us a better opportunity to have charity. President Eyring gave a talk in 2009 entitled the Enduring Legacy of Relief Society.
Sister Eging commented that there is a difference between doing good and having charity. Sister Fischer commented that if you do something out of duty instead of consecration, you think rather than feel. Sister Ashton said that Jesus Christ’s love for all of us and He wants all of us to reach exaltation. That is what we want for everyone that we teach as well.
Sister Eging also commented that doing something is not charity. If you are at a food kitchen and just dishing out soup, that is doing something but necessarily charity. Getting to know and understand others and loving them is charity. Sister Klippel said that doing a little bit more leads to charity. Sister Schalk said that Christ like attributes of charity can become who we are over time. We can change. Sister Leyes said that if you are charitable, you don’t expect anything back. You do something because you want to be like Christ.
Sister Edgington asked us how do you change your heart?
Sister Leavitt - Christ turned outward to see other’s needs.
Sister Rodriguez R. – Pray for charity as it is a gift.
Sister Edgington commented that charity is something that we all have to work for. Sisters Nuon and Wentzel said that charity is accepting others differences.
Sister Edgington asked what will change our heart?
Sister Leyes – Repentance. We can always be better. Everything has to do with the atonement.
Sister Chazen – Studying and immersing ourselves in the scriptures.
Sister Fischer – Forgiveness .
Sister Solarzano – Love and serving others.
Sister Piutau – The desire to change our hearts and want to have charity. It is at the top of our mind.
Sister Gomes – Humility. We should be dependent on God. We should see ourselves in them. We need to change how we think.
Sister Zeng – We should recognize who we are and have love for one another.
Sister Skouson – Humilty. We are equal as daughters of God. We shouldn’t argue or compare.
We should express gratitude for all that God has given us. Sister Edgington quoted some specific areas that she liked from Chapter 2. Following are some of those quotes.
“From the hearts of these sisters flowed a great desire to engage in good works.” Daughters in My Kingdom page 22
“Nothing is so much calculated to lead people to forsake sin as to take them by the hand and watch over them with tenderness. When persons manifest the least kindness and love to me, O what power it has over my mind, while to opposite course has a tendency to harrow up all the harsh feelings and depress the human mind.” Joseph Smith Daughters in My Kingdom page 23
“When Sarah M. Kimball and Margaret Cook decided to begin sewing society, they wanted to help prepare a temple for the people. Under the inspiration and guidance of a prophet and other priesthood leaders, they and their sisters ultimately helped prepare a people for the temple.” Daughter in My Kingdom page 25
Sister Edgington asked how they prepared the people for the temple. Following are the comments.
Sister Kolarova – They had their minds and souls centered on the temple.
Sister Steffensen – God is always the same. So many blessings come from the temple.
Sister Kleine – Anything we do in church is to help others but it helps us the most.
Sister Rauta and Gomes – The people in the Amazon worked to have a temple there. The church leaders we preparing people to attend the temple and helping others prepare. Now they have a temple in the Amazon. They were willing to sacrifice everything to go to the temple.
Sister Hug – By reaching out to others after they receive blessings. Christ’s arms are outstretched awaiting us to come to Him.
One of the quotes that Sister Edgington really liked and said was excellent marriage advice was “Let this society teach how to act towards husbands, to treat them with mildness and affection. When a man is borne down with trouble – when he is perplexed, if he can meet a smile, not an argument – if he can meet with mildness, it will calm down his soul and soothe his feelings. When the mind is going to despair, it needs a solace … When you go home never give a cross word, but let kindness, charity and love, crown you works.” Joseph Smith Daughters in My Kingdom page 19.
“I consider charity – or the pure love of Christ – to be the opposite of criticism and judging. In speaking of charity, I do not at this moment have in mind the relief of the suffering through the giving of our substance. That, of course, is necessary and proper. Tonight, however, I have in mind the charity that manifests itself when we are tolerant of others and lenient toward their actions, the kind of charity that forgive, the kind of charity that is patient. I have in mind the charity that impels us to be sympathetic, compassionate, and merciful, not only in times of sickness and affliction and distress but also in times of weakness or error on the part of others. There is a serious need for the charity that gives attention to those who are unnoticed, hope to those who are discouraged, aid to those who are afflicted. True charity is love in action. The need for charity is everywhere.” President Thomas S. Monson Daughters in My Kingdom pages 99-100
Closing Hymn: #249 Called to Serve - The departing sisters came up font as we sang
Closing Prayer: Sister Lyu