Kearney 1st Ward
Wednesday Night Activity: Temple Trip: The YW & YM are attending the temple August 21st. We will be meeting at the church at 4:30 to carpool down to the KC Temple for our 5:30 appointment. If you do not already have a temple recommend you need to set up an appointment to see Bishop Myers with Brother Tanner before August 21st (no same day recommends.) We may need a parent to help drive young women down to the temple... we are okay bringing them back. Please let Xio Freestone know if you can help with rides.
Seminary: There will be a seminary parent meeting Sunday, August 25th at 12:15 in the gym after church. Seminary begins August 26th at 6:00am.
August 28th - Class Activities. Laurels and MiaMaids will be meeting at the church for individual class planning meetings. Beehives will be meeting at the Jameson's house for an end of summer pool party (7:00 - 8:00.)
Mormon Night with the T-Bones: On August 30th at 7:05. Come join us for a fun family night at a T-Bones baseball game. See the Boy Scouts from our stake post the colors, and hear our choir sing the National Anthem. Tickets will be $6.50 each.
Stake Conference: September 21 - 22nd.
Come Follow Me & Personal Progress
August: Marriage and Family
“Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and ... the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children” (“The Family: A Proclamation to the World,”Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2010, 129).
The lessons this month will help the young women understand the importance of the family in their own lives and in Heavenly Father’s plan for His children. The truths you will discover this month will help you to defend marriage and family against the adversary’s attacks and deceptions. These truths will also help you strengthen your own family now and help you to prepare to raise righteous families as righteous wives and mothers in Zion.
Prepare yourself spiritually for next week's lesson August 18: (Laurels)
How do the roles of men and women complement each other in families?
D&C 25 (Counsel to Emma Smith about supporting her husband)
“The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Ensign orLiahona, Nov. 2010, 129
M. Russell Ballard, “The Sacred Responsibility of Parenthood,”Ensign, Mar. 2006, 26–33
Julie B. Beck, “Mothers Who Know,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2007, 76–78
Video: “The Women in Our Lives”
Individual Worth value experience 4, Personal Progress(2009), 31
Prepare yourself spiritually for next week's lesson August 25: (MiaMaids)
How can I strengthen my family?
1 Nephi 8:12 (Lehi wanted his family to partake of the fruit of the tree of life)
1 Nephi 16:14–32 (Nephi strengthens his family)
D&C 88:119 (Pattern for a righteous home)
“The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Ensign orLiahona, Nov. 2010, 129 (see also True to the Faith , 59–61)
David A. Bednar, “More Diligent and Concerned at Home,”Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2009, 17–20
Mary N. Cook, “Strengthen Home and Family,” Ensign orLiahona, Nov. 2007, 11–13
“Family,” For the Strength of Youth (2011), 14–15
“Home Can Be a Heaven on Earth,” Hymns, no. 298
“Love Is Spoken Here,” Children’s Songbook, 190
Video: “Through Small Things”
Prepare yourself spiritually for next week's lesson August 25: (Beehives: Jillian & Katelyn)
How can I prepare now to become a righteous wife and mother?
L. Whitney Clayton, “Marriage: Watch and Learn,” Ensign orLiahona, May 2013
Mary N. Cook, “Seek Learning: You Have a Work to Do,”Ensign or Liahona, May 2012, 120–22
“Education,” For the Strength of Youth (2011), 9–10
New Era Message: How Seminary Changed Me & My Family Forever by Karla Brigante
My mother taught me the gospel when I was young, but because my father was not a Church member, I always wondered if I was on the correct path. I never understood why my father had never joined the Church if it really was true. Still, I loved going to Primary and singing the hymns. I also enjoyed when my mother read the scriptures to me, and little by little I began to develop my own testimony.
When I joined Young Women, one of the first goals I made was to share my testimony every fast Sunday. Bearing my testimony became a habit for me and strengthened my desire to increase my knowledge when I was able to enroll in seminary.
My first seminary class covered the Old Testament. That year I not only grew to appreciate and value the Old Testament, but I also learned the importance of temples and family history.
I joined together with other students from my ward and got involved in family history work. We indexed hundreds of names and developed an enormous love for people we knew almost nothing about—just their names and other limited data. Even though I knew that the work we were doing was important, I sometimes felt discouraged and frustrated. I was working so that ordinances could be done for people I did not know, yet I could not reach my own father. He did not understand the importance of what I was doing. I continued praying and fasting that he would be touched.
The following year in seminary we studied the New Testament. One morning after I woke up, I began to read about the Savior in Gethsemane. Tears flowed from my eyes as I realized that the drops of blood He shed were for me. How I wished I had never sinned! The words of Isaiah that I had studied the previous year came into my mind: “He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him” (Isaiah 53:5). As I read about the Crucifixion and the Resurrection, my mom came into my room. I shared with her my feelings, my testimony, and my desire for my father to know what I had learned in seminary.
My testimony continued to grow the next year as we read the Doctrine and Covenants. I obtained a testimony that Joseph Smith was a prophet. I also decided to follow his example and ask God if the Church is true. Although I already had conviction in my heart, one afternoon I found myself alone and sincerely prayed. As I did, I realized that the testimony I was asking for had been developing as I studied the scriptures and attended seminary.
The Lord opened my mind and my heart that year, and I understood the Doctrine and Covenants as I never had before. I also learned of the great value of souls (see D&C 18:10–16) and began to share my growing testimony with those who did not know about the gospel, including my father.
I knew that studying the Book of Mormon during my final year of seminary would also fortify my testimony. As I truly studied, I felt Heavenly Father’s love for me. The stories inspired me to the point that all I wanted to do was read the Book of Mormon. I began to take the Book of Mormon to school and would read it during my free time. I also began to discuss what I was reading with my father.
One day after a long conversation with my father about the gospel, I challenged him to read all of the Book of Mormon. I testified that, like me, he could receive a testimony.
I am happy to say that my father read the Book of Mormon. When he did, he knew the Church is true and was eventually baptized! My family is now preparing to be sealed in the temple. I know that attending seminary and reading the scriptures helped me develop my own testimony, and I know that they bless families.