Kearney 1st Ward
Girls Camp: Zion's Camp at Far West .... What a BEAUTIFUL campground and I think the zip line was a huge hit! The presidency drove up together on Friday for the Stake and Ward fireside. Beautiful testimonies were shared and we had the privilege of hearing all the young women sing the camp song together. Sitting under the trees, feeling the cool dusk breeze not far from the dedicated ground at Far West, you could truly feel the holy nature of this place. The YW presidency shared a message of the importance of gaining and keeping your testimony and "polishing" it frequently. The Bishop and his wife shared the importance of getting married for eternity in the temple... going for the yummy, gooey center of the cinnamon roll! Treats were then shared around the campfire. A huge thank you to Sister Meador and Sister Edwards for their dedication and love for all the girls! (Pictures at the end!)
Youth Conference Registration: Youth conference for 14+ wIll be July 18-20 at Northwest Missouri State University. Young women need to register for Youth Conference by Sunday, June 16. If you have already registered can you please let Sister Patterson know so that she can get an accurate head count of who will be attending! firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find the link for the July 2013 Youth Conference Registration below. All youth 14+ planning to attend need to register online. All youth also need to have parents sign a permission slip and medical release form ... Sister Freestone has the forms that need to be signed, as Sister Patterson is out of town this week.
Wednesday Night Activity: Joint; planning activity. Meet at the church.
Our Story Goes On: Presented by the Nauvoo Pageant. A musical performance about the joys and triumphs of life. Featuring professionals of stage, film, television and popular recordings. Admission is FREE, but we will be collecting for Harvesters. Sunday, June 30, 2013, 5:00pm at Liberty North High School.
Sister Patterson is in Mexico until Monday, June 24... announcements will not be updated until she returns. IF a message needs to be communicated to all the young women please contact Sister Freestone. Thanks!
Come Follow Me & Personal Progress
"The keys of the kingdom of God are committed unto man on the earth." (D&C 65:2)
This month's lessons will help the young women understand the priesthood and how it can bless them now and in all their future roles as daughters of God. The priesthood is the power of God used to bless all of His children equally, both male and female.
Church News & Events
"What the Scriptures Mean to Me" New Church Video Invites Reflection - June 4, 2013
The scriptures were one of the ways God spoke to me—even when I was a child—about my needs, my situation, and my life. They still are. Since our needs change over a lifetime, God has different things to tell us at different times. Sometimes I go to the scriptures for doctrine. Sometimes I go to the scriptures for instruction. I go with a question, and the question usually is “What would God have me do?” or “What would He have me feel?” Invariably I find new ideas, thoughts I have never had before, and I receive inspiration and instruction and answers to my questions” (Henry B. Eyring, “A Discussion on Scripture Study,” Liahona, July 2005, 8).
So what do the scriptures mean to you? How have you seen gospel teachings change the lives of members of the Church? Are there certain passages that have personal meaning? A new video produced by the Church (found atlds.org/scriptures/heritage) shows members describing their personal experiences with the scriptures.
President Thomas S. Monson has testified: “I know these sacred books of scripture are the word of God. With all my soul, as a special witness, I testify that they are true” (“Come, Learn of Me,” Ensign, Dec. 1985, 48).
New Era Message
Five Ways to Follow the Counsel of Priesthood Leaders
The Lord spoke to His disciples and taught the people in His day. Today He continues to do so. Although the Savior isn’t physically among us, He calls members of His Church to lead and guide us, and He asks us to follow their counsel as they receive it through the Holy Spirit.
What does it mean to sustain our leaders?
Raising our right arm to the square when we sustain people is a physical demonstration that we promise to honor, respect, and support them as they seek to magnify their callings. Following the counsel of our leaders is one way we can sustain them. Leaders have wisdom and perspective, and their instruction is meant to help us live the gospel. By being obedient to their counsel, we will increase in faith and strengthen our testimony.
Here are five ways you can follow the counsel of your priesthood leaders:
Attend general, stake, and ward conferences. You might want to bring paper and a pen to take notes. As you listen to your priesthood leaders, write down any impressions you feel, things you should do, or changes you should make in your life. Make sure to take notes when they speak to you in other Church meetings or interviews as well.
Pray to receive a testimony of the counsel they give. The Holy Ghost can testify to you that the counsel given is Heavenly Father’s will.
Make specific plans on how you will incorporate the counsel into your life. For example, prophets have counseled members of the Church to get an education. What are your plans? Will you go to college or a vocational school? What will you study? When will you go? What are you doing now to prepare so you’re accepted into the program you desire?
Keep yourself informed. Learn the current counsel of Church leaders by reading Church materials. For the Strength of Youth is a great resource. The New Era, Ensign, and LDS.org contain the words of the prophets and apostles. If your ward or branch has a newsletter, read any messages given by your local priesthood leaders. Most important, review what leaders have said in recent general conferences.
Start right away. Sometimes we can be tempted to delay following the counsel of our leaders. After you make specific plans to incorporate that counsel, act immediately.
Read the complete article in the June issues of The New Era, page 38-39