Sunday, November 18, 2012

Relief Society Chatter -- November 2012

Relief Society Presidency Message:

Happy Holidays Sisters!

What a wonderful time of the year!  It's a special time to find appreciatino and rejoice in all that we are blessed with.  Two of the greatest blessings are the knowledge that a generous God loves us and we have the promise of eternal life.  We also have the opportunity to be blessed with an eternal family.

In October's 2012 Ensign, President Dieter F. Uchdorf, Second Counselor in the General Presidency, shared that he observed the difference between most happy families and unhappy ones.  Happy families are able to "forgive and forget the imperfections of others and looking for the good."  Unhappy families "often find fault, hold grudges, and can't seem to let go of past offenses."

Heavenly Father loves us.  He loves you!  He loves unconditionally and equaly those who are quick to forgive and those who can't get past being wronged.  It is up to us to be happy.  As parents, it is unbearable to know when our children are in pain yet Heavenly Father knowingly and willingly let a child of his suffer and ultimately die on the cross.  Even as he agonized and suffered, Jesus, our brother, pleaded, " Father forgive them; for they know not what they do" (Luke 23:34).  He forgave and we should too.

You are loved and you are a Child of God.  We are all children of God even with our imperfections.  Please forgive us if we have unknowingly wronged you.  We love you and want to be beside you to serve, learn, and worship together.  Forgive.  Love.   Have joy!

This season and always, may we all work lovingly and forgivingly on strengthening our bonds so we may olive as one--Happy and Eternal!

Your Relief Society Presidency,

Laola Kau, President
Sheri Livingston, First Counselor
Lorolei Wai, Second Counselor
Kimberly Hanohano, Secretary

Ward News

Christmas of Giving:  Ward Christmas Party on 12/15/2012

We are still accepting donations of toiletry items for the homeless health kits and gift items for children, teens, and adults for our Christmas of Giving.  This would also include new or gently used toys, games, books, sports equipment, bath or kitchen things.

We are also in need of wrapping paper, tape, gift bags, tissue, ribbon, bows, and name tags.  Donations may be dropped off to Sister Livingston or Sister Kau by December 12.

If you have any questions, please contact Celestine Rodriguez, Jan Tani, Melinda Teves, or Laurie Shichida.  We appreciate your help and are grateful for your generosity this holiday season.

November Birthdays

  •  1st--Mahealani Kamau
  • 12th--Jacque Turner
  • 15th--Linda Fields
  • 15th--Sheri Livingston
  • 22nd--Janice Ahuna
  • 25th--Melinda Teves
  • 27th--Shelley Asao
  • 29th--Eloisa Luke
  • 30th--Michelle Chow


Spiritual Thoughts

"One of the most effective but sometimes difficult gospel principles to apply is humility and submission to the will of God. In Christ’s prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, He expressed to the Father, “Not my will, but thine, be done.”8 This should be our prayer as well. Oftentimes, it is in these quiet, prayerful moments that we feel encircled in Heavenly Father’s love and those joyful, loving feelings are restored. "  --Sister Ann M. Dibb, "I Know It.  I Live It. I Love It."  November 2012 Ensign.

" Because forgiveness connects principles, it connects people. It is a key, it opens locked doors, it is the beginning of an honest path, and it is one of our best hopes for a happy family."  President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "One Key to a Happy Family"  October 2012 Ensign.

Aunty Mary's Helpful Hints

  1. CATCH DRIPS FROM HANGING HOUSEPLANTS:  Before watering a hanging plant, slip a shower cap on the bottom of the pot.  That way, if water or dirt washes out of the bottom,the cap will catch it!
  2. CLEAN OFF FOOD-STAINED HANDS: Preparing  cranberries, strawberries or other juicy, dark foods can leave stains on your hands.  To get them off, rub your skin with a slice of raw potato, then rinse with water--the starch absorbs the pigment from your hands, leaving them stain-free!
  3. EASY WAY TO CLEAN FAUX FLOWERS:  To keep faux flowers looking fresh, simply wipe the petals and leaves with a used fabric-softener sheet.  the antistatic qualities of the sheet will keep the flowers from attracting dust, so you don't have to clean as often!
  4. KEEP REFRESHED WHILE GARDENING: Wash and dry a few clean empty 12- or 16- oz. plastic soda bottles, fill three-quarters full of water and freeze.  Before you head out for a day of gardening, toss a few in your garden bag or cart.  By the time you get hot, the water will have melted enough to quench your thirst!
  5. MAKE FLOWER CONTAINERS WATERTIGHT: If you wnat to put flowers in a container that's not waterrpoof, use a heavy-duty zip top bag to hold the flowers without leaks.  Fill it one-third full with water, then place the bag in the container.  Put in the flowers and zip the bag as needed to hold flowers in place.

Visiting Teaching

Like the sisters of an earlier time, you have responded to the Lord’s call to go to the relief of others. In 1856 the prophet Brigham Young asked the Saints to go to the aid of handcart pioneers stranded in the mountain snows. He said in that time of need to the members in general conference: “Your faith, religion, and profession of religion, will never save one soul of you in the celestial kingdom of our God, unless you carry out just such principles as I am now teaching you. Go and bring in those people now on the plains, and attend strictly to those things which we call temporal, … otherwise your faith will be in vain.” 

Our daughter Elizabeth, who lives in another state and time zone from us, was at home with her three-year-old daughter. Her other child was in her first week of kindergarten. Elizabeth was six months pregnant and looking forward to the birth of her third child, which the doctors said would be another girl. Her husband, Joshua, was away at his work.

When she saw that she was passing blood and that the flow was increasing, she called her husband on the phone. He told her to call for an ambulance and that he would meet her at the hospital, which was 20 minutes from her home. Before she could place the call, she heard a knock at the front door.

At the door she was surprised to see her Relief Society visiting teaching companion. They had no appointment for that morning. Her companion had simply felt she ought to come by to see Elizabeth.

She helped her into the car. They arrived at the hospital minutes before Joshua arrived from his work. The doctors decided in less than 20 minutes to take the baby by surgery to save Elizabeth and her baby. So a tiny girl came into the world, crying loudly, 15 weeks ahead of schedule. She weighed one pound, eleven ounces (765 g). But she was alive, and so was Elizabeth.

The words of Lucy Mack Smith were in part fulfilled that day. A faithful member of the Relief Society, prompted by the Holy Ghost, watched over, cherished, and comforted her sister in God’s kingdom. She and the tens of thousands of others who have given such inspired service over the generations have not only the thanks of those they helped and their loved ones but also of the Lord.

From "The Caregiver," President Henry B. Eyring, September 2012 General Relief Society Meeting.