I Know My Savior Lives

Gettysburg Ward Primary Newsletter

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"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life? (John 3:16)
Savior, Redeemer of My Soul performed by Dallyn Vail Bayles

February Lessons & Assignments

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Mark Your Calendars

Feb 5th - Relief Society Enrichment - Project Linus Service Project

Feb 10th - Activity Day Girls - Valentine Day Activity

Feb 17th - Activity Day Girls - Recognition Night

Sister Drasher

I was raised in Etters, Pennsylvania, just north of York and lived in Rexburg, Idaho and Utah before moving to Gettysburg. I graduated from the University of Utah in Human Development and Families Studies which has equipped me to be a teacher. Currently I am a substitute teacher. I love anything crafty: decorating, jewelry design, scrapbooking and sewing. I also love Zumba, camping and reading.

Being raised in the church, I was baptized at age 8 although my true testimony was gained as a teenager. I feel the Spirit strongest when I hear the children sing. I am so grateful to live my life with the knowledge that I have a Savior who loved me enough to atone for my sins. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is His church restored on the Earth today!

Sister McLaughlin

I was born and raised in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania and married shortly after graduating from high school. I've known my husband since I was twelve years old; he was a friend of my older brother, but he really didn't notice me for several years. After we were married, I attended barber school in Baltimore, Maryland. My husband was a barber also, and we worked together as barbers at Site R and Ft. Ritchie, MD. Ten years and four children later, my husband opened an automobile dealership, and I obtained my notary license. I helped at the business by doing the title work and bookkeeping.

I have always been a homemaker at heart. I've never been happier than when I was a full time stay-at-home mom. I loved my time at home with my children, teaching, singing, working, and playing with them. My hobbies and interests are reading, sewing, cooking, and baking. Aside from my wonderful children and their spouses, I also have 11 adorable grandchildren, and hopefully still more to come.

I joined the church when I was a young 22 year-old mother of one. Although I was raised to go to church regularly, I stopped attending church after marriage. However, I wanted my daughter to be raised with a religion. We began investigating various churches, but none of them felt right for us. I prayed earnestly for a church for my family, and soon after, the missionaries knocked on our door. I will be eternally grateful for that answered prayer. I know our Heavenly Father knows and loves each one of us.

I absolutely love serving in Primary. I feel so privileged to work with these sweet little spirits. Listening to them sing with such conviction touches my heart and brings tears to my eyes.

Teaching - Improving - Loving

A little tidbit from the "Teaching, No Greater Call" Manuel

A new teacher was having problems with some misbehaving class members. She sought advice from a member of the presidency, and they suggested that she conduct an experiment. She was to select a disruptive class member and then show that person in five different ways that she cared about him or her. A few weeks later, the leader asked the teacher how she was doing. She reported that the person she had selected had stopped misbehaving, so she was in the process of selecting another class member. After two more weeks the leader inquired again. The teacher said that she was having difficulty finding someone to work with. When he asked her a third time, she told him that she had selected three different class members, one after another, and that when she started to show that she cared about them they had ceased being disruptive. In each case, love had softened a heart.

Another teacher reported some of the rewarding experiences she and her class members had after she visited with them in their homes and expressed interest in their lives. One little boy had been reluctant to stay in class, and when he did stay, he would not participate. But after the teacher made a brief visit to his home and
talked with him about his favorite things, he began looking forward to coming to Primary. Another class member had never spoken in class but talked excitedly when the teacher came to her home. After the visit, she began to participate in class. (See Norda D. Casaus, “One on One,”Ensign, Feb. 1994, 59.)