Monday, September 22, 2014

Ogden Temple Rededication

What a great opportunity it was to be able to attend the Ogden Temple Rededication, via live stream.  Isn't amazing how we can have to opportunity to be involved and witness these great events from our own chapel!!!  I remember when the Ogden and Provo Temples were first dedicated, with their definite 70's look.  My first experience of a Temple dedication was attending the Provo Temple dedication in the Marriott Center.  I was 12 or 13, and was so excited.  I know being able to experience a few events like this, and Girls Camp every year, I was able to feel the Spirit and know that I want that in my life.  It took only a few years for me to make Sacred Covenants in that very same temple with my family.  It was such a great reminder on Sunday of the purpose of the Temples.  I know I don't take the time to really appreciate and love the Temple as I should.  It is so important that our children and grandchildren see us attend the temple.  I am sure as the Ogden Temple closed in 2011 that the saints there really have felt the loss.  Sometimes we don't appreciate what we have, until it is taken away.  They could remodel our Temple and then we would certainly feel the void in our lives, not have it a quick 5 to 10 minute ride into town.  I encourage all of us to make the Temple a part of our lives and make an extra effort to get there a little more often.  Thank you also, to those in our Ward that serve in the temple every week.  We certainly couldn't go, if it weren't for those who sacrifice their time in our service.  I missed seeing you this week and look forward to seeing you soon.  I won't be here Sunday, then it is Conference.  Don't have fun without me, Connee

Serving In Our Community

 We had a wonderful Humanitarian Day this past week.  The event was well attended with lots of good food, friends and service.  We were able to get 3 of the quilt tops quilted and ready to take to the Beehive House, for lap quilts.  Bonnie Weaver was so great to make us aware of the need for these quilts.  Both Bonnie and Julie Geldmacher made sure the day was a success.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Today's lesson was taught by Kathy Harker.  Kathy has such a great spirit and makes you not only hear her lesson, but you feel it.  I was struggling about parenting today, before the lesson.  Sometimes I feel like I am constantly harping on the same things.  It is kind of like what was mentioned in Sacrament Service today, we are taught by repetition.  So I am clarifying this, it is not nagging, it's parenting!  I am so grateful to be in our ward, and be taught by so many.  We are taught not only by hearing lessons, but mostly by example.  For those of you who aren't real familiar with Kathy, let me tell you about her.  She has been in our ward, like me, forever.  She raised her 5 beautiful daughters in this ward.  The Harker's don't have can't in their vocabulary.  Kathy has spent nearly half of her time in this ward in the college ward and stake.  She has served in Young Women's and as Relief Society President.  She adds spunk and style to our ward.  Check out her shoes, purses, and jewelry if you don't believe me.  She is one of my closest friends, and I am so grateful to call her my friend.  I encourage all of the new sister's to take a minute to get to know her.  Thanks so much Kathy for your service, and love and prayers go out to you and your family at this time.

Just a reminder, next week will be a busy one!

Monday- FHE  Don't forget

Tuesday- Stake Picnic at 5:30, bring your wrapped cookies if you signed up.

Wednesday- RS Humanitarian Project and Lunch- Bring a side dish or dessert to go with soup.  Please, if you work, come over for lunch and chat with great friends!

Sunday-  Ogden Temple Dedication- 10:00 am is our assigned time.  Don't forget your recommend or yellow card.

Have a Great Week, I hope to see you several time throughout the week.  

Love ya,  Connee

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Live Up to Your Potential

Todays lesson was from the "Daughter's in my Kingdom" manual.  It was titled "Live Up to Your Privilege".  I encourage you all to read it, it is certainly a timely lesson for all of us to review.  I just couldn't do it justice in the amount of time we had.  Please take a look at it and ponder how it pertains to our lives today.  I have quite a few of the framed quote from Maya Angelo left over, if you didn't get one, or think someone might like one, please let me know.  And remember to leave your mark on all you do.  Love you, Connee

Friday, September 5, 2014

A Blast From The Past!

Who remembers these?  I do!!!  Resin Grapes were in every home of LDS Women in the 60's.  I was not from an active family, so I didn't have any in my childhood home.  I was so envious of these shiny globes and what the represented.  Well, now as the holiday season is approaching, I am currently trying to put together a memorable Christmas Party.  I want to to be a retro visit to the 60's.  In the process, I thought resin grapes were what we need to decorate with.  I am asking any of you that might possibly have some, to dig them out and share for the party.  Now taking it to the next extreme, I am going to make some!  You would not believe how much they are bringing on ebay.  They are a real hot item, and are showing up in home decor around the country.  Anyone who is interested in making them with me, let me know.  I will welcome the company, and anything I get myself into, always turns into an adventure.  Also, the theme of the party is "Ugly Christmas Sweater".  Now I am trying to offend anyone, that is just what these types of parties are referred to.  So dust off your sweater, or get decorating up one for the occasion.  I think prizes should be in order, don't you!  I know it's early, but I'm always thinking about the next event well ahead.  I hope I got you thinking about your favorite memories of Relief Society Past.  Be sure to let me know!!!  Love ya, Connee

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Fifth Sunday Lesson "Getting off Temple Welfare"

For those of you that missed our combined RS, Priesthood and Youth Meeting, I thought I'd share.  Grace Killian did a great job of presenting what is taking place in the Church with family history.  I never would have dreamed that the Church would turn to the Youth to be our means to redeeming the dead.  Genealogy is no longer just for the old people.  Every Sunday afternoon select Youth meet to get trained on using technology to gather names to be taken to the temple.  They are finding hundreds of names and are gathering them to take to the temple themselves.  Soon we will have the Youth teaching the ward how to do this method!  It is so exciting.  I am also sharing the link to Elder Bednar's talk, you need to hear this!  It will amaze you.  Love you all, Connee