Kearney 1st Ward
Wednesday Night Activity: Beehives only will be having a mid-week activity... the older girls have youth conference! Meet at the Jameson's house for a pool party 7:00- 8:00. (103 W James Court, Kearney) Call sister Anderson if you have any questions.
Youth Conference: Youth conference for 14+ wIll be Thursday, July 18-Saturday, July 20 at Northwest Missouri State University. Youth will be meeting at 3:30pm on Thursday at the church. Please bring a sack dinner to eat on the way to YC (This is important because only snacks will be provided later in the evening during the dance - but it won't be a dinner!) Youth will be returning on Saturday. We will be departing Maryville at 3:00. Plan on picking up your young woman at 4:45pm, Saturday at the church!
***WE are in desperate need of volunteer drivers for Youth Conference. We need one driver on Thursday and two drivers on Saturday. Please contact Sister Freestone ASAP if you can help with transportation!!! THANKS!!
Come Follow Me & Personal Progress
July: Ordinances and Covenants
“In the ordinances ... the power of godliness is manifest” (D&C 84:20).
Why are temple ordinances important?
Temple ordinances lead to the greatest blessings available to Heavenly Father’s children. These ordinances prepare us to live forever with Heavenly Father and our families after this life. They bless us with spiritual power and direction during mortality. In the temple, we can also receive essential ordinances in behalf of ancestors who died without having the opportunity to receive these ordinances for themselves.
Prepare yourself spiritually for this week's young women's lesson...
As you prepare, prayerfully study these scriptures and resources. What will inspire you to qualify for and participate in temple ordinances?
D&C 84:19–22 (The power of godliness is in the ordinances of the priesthood)
D&C 109 (Dedication of the Kirtland Temple)
D&C 131:1–4 (Celestial marriage is required in order to obtain the highest degree of glory)
Richard G. Scott, “The Joy of Redeeming the Dead,” Ensignor Liahona, Nov. 2012, 93–95
Richard G. Scott, “Temple Worship: The Source of Strength and Power in Times of Need,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2009, 43–45
“Temples,” True to the Faith (2004), 170–74
Church News & Events: 10 Cool Things You Can Do with an LDS Account
If you’re reading this article, that means you know about LDS.org, but did you know even more options are waiting for you when you register for and sign in with an LDS Account? Try out these 10 great features:
- Access your family history charts, create your family tree, and prepare family names for temple work. Visit FamilySearch.org.
- Work on Personal Progress and Duty to Godonline, including tracking your progress and keeping a digital journal.
- Do FamilySearch indexing to help a lot of people with family history in a short amount of time.
Record spiritual thoughts, inspiration, or goals with the “Notes and Journal” feature. This is also available on the LDS Gospel Library app.
- Leave comments on articles and videos at youth.lds.org. You can try it out by clicking on Share your experience at the bottom of this article.
View your ward and stake calendar to find out what’s coming up.
- Read your ward newsletter for messages and information from your leaders.
- Request a copy of your patriarchal blessing or those of your deceased ancestors.
How to Create an LDS Account
To create a free LDS Account, go to ldsaccount.lds.org and click Register for an LDS Account. You’ll need to provide your membership number (which you can get from your ward clerk) and your birth date. Youth under age 13 will also need a parent’s membership number or email address to register.
New Era Message: Family History Leads You to the Temple
I always thought my relatives had already traced our family history back to the beginning of time. So in the October 2011 general conference when Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles invited youth to work on family history in order to take names to the temple, I didn’t think I would have much success in finding names. But something in his talk made me want to try, and I sat down at the computer to figure out how to find my ancestors.
Within 15 minutes, I found someone. His name was Stephen Barker, and he was the youngest member of his family. All of his temple ordinances had been performed except one—he was the only child who hadn’t been sealed to his parents. Suddenly I thought, “What if that were me? What if I were the only child not sealed to my family and I had waited hundreds of years for the opportunity?” I gave his name to my parents so they could go to the temple and do the work for him. I have never felt the Spirit so strongly, and that is when I knew I needed to keep doing family history.
Since then, I have learned that family history is fun! I never expected that such great joy could come from family history. I feel close to my ancestors and have often felt them guiding me to find their records. I know that when Heavenly Father asks us to do something, He will provide a way for us to accomplish the task (see 1 Nephi 3:7). We, as youth, have been called to help in this glorious work.
Finding the Names of My Ancestors
I work on my family history in many different ways. First, I search through my family tree. I have the names of many ancestors who have already been added to my tree but have not yet had their temple work done. The real fun comes when I search out names myself. Usually, I go to Family Tree at familysearch.org and look for my family names, and then I add them to my tree. Honestly, it’s very simple once you sit down and try it. I continue to trace back through all the centuries until I find families that need ordinances done. When I am really in tune with the Spirit and try to find my family, it seems I am guided to them.
Going to the Temple
Once I find the names of family members who need their temple work done, I reserve the ordinances, print the sheet with their information, and then use it to print their ordinance cards off at the temple. In order to do the baptisms for the family members I have found, I usually go to the temple every week. I also attend our youth temple nights, where everyone there helps complete the baptisms and confirmations. Then, I give the names to extended family members, who have helped me complete a lot of temple ordinances for my ancestors. I also make sure that I get all of the cards back for my own records.
I have found so many names of ancestors without ordinances that my effort to do their temple work has become a ward effort. The adults in my ward come and get stacks of cards from me and take them to ward temple night after the baptisms and confirmations are complete. The bishop has told me that the numbers at our ward temple nights have increased in anticipation of helping me with this work. It has been amazing to see the excitement that this work has brought to others in the ward. Family history has affected so many more people than just me. I never would have imagined this would happen when I sat down at the computer that first day.
Just One Person Can Make a Difference
What if you lived at a time when the Church was not on the earth? What if you had accepted the gospel in the spirit world and had waited hundreds of years to be baptized? With family history and temple work, you can be the person who will give someone that chance. There are doubtless many people waiting in the spirit world to receive their temple ordinances.
“The worth of souls is great in the sight of God” (D&C 18:10), and finding even one person makes a difference. One of my favorite scriptures is this: “And if it so be that you should labor all your days … and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father” (D&C 18:15). This is what makes family history worth it. When you take the name you have found to the temple, you feel like your ancestors are saying, “Thank you for finding me.”
You Have Been Prepared
“My beloved young brothers and sisters, family history is not simply an interesting program or activity sponsored by the Church; rather, it is a vital part of the work of salvation and exaltation. You have been prepared for this day and to build up the kingdom of God. You are here upon the earth now to assist in this glorious work.”
Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn,” Ensign, Nov. 2011, 27.
Getting started on family history is easy. Go to lds.org/youth/family-history/discover to watch videos that will help you learn how to find your family names, share correct information about your ancestors with others, and take their names to the temple to have their work done.
See the July 2013 issue of the New Era for the full article