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Gettysburg Ward Primary Newsletter

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Articles of Faith 1:13

"We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul - We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things"

Robert D Hales said,

“My concern is that there is a difference between what our youth know about the gospel as opposed to what they do to apply gospel principles in their lives. This is where we as teachers are very important.

As teachers, we must require our young people to think. I will never forget the lessons I learned from a Sunday School teacher when I was about 10 years old. For Christmas we were given a large card that had small, individual booklets inside, each with a story from the Bible: David and Goliath, the Creation, Daniel and the lions’ den. There was a long series of wonderful Bible stories. We read each one at home and came to class prepared to discuss them. I can vividly remember those teaching moments to this day.

After discussing each story, we were asked questions such as “What does that mean to you?” “How does this scripture [or story or principle] relate to your life?” “How can you apply this teaching in your home?” “How do you feel about it?” I later found in my own home with my boys that once I asked these questions, they began to live and feel what they were being taught. We were asked to think. We were not learning only the stories.

We were discovering how we could apply them in our lives. My teacher was planting the seed of faith and helping it grow within each of us. We teach the scriptures in story form, and we need to apply them in the lives of these young people where they can be more effective. Our youth have to be able to recall stories and the truths of the gospel principles in their lives when they need them the most.”

(Robert D. Hales, Teaching by Faith, September 2003 Ensign)

September Lessons & Assignments

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Mark Your Calendar

Tuesday Nights - 11 year old Scouts

Sept 1st - Ward Labor Day picnic - 11 am at the Ward Pavilion; bring a dish to share, everything else will be supplied. Kickball & activities for the whole family!

Sept 9th - Girls Activity Days - Our annual "Back to School Night!"

Sept 16th - Girls Activity Days - Mother/Daughter Book Club Night - Discuss Laura Ingalls Wilder's book - Little House in the Big Woods

Sept 19-20th - Stake RS Women's Retreat "Spa in the Woods II" at Camp Liahona - Fri 5 pm - Sat 12 pm. Relax, enjoy an evening of fun & pampering: Music, classes, food, campfire & uplifting fireside speaker! Participate in the Fashion Show of Shoes!
Service project - donate flip flops, shoes, sneakers or socks for women & children

Sept 27th - General Women's Conference

Sept 8th - Oct 6th - Washington DC Temple Closed

Teacher Features

Sister Hitzman - Sunbeams

I was born in Canton, PA, however, my dad was in the Air Force which provided our family with opportunities to live in many states and countries; from Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, and Colorado to Okinawa and German. Now settled in Gettysburg, PA I enjoy my role as wife, mother to five sons, one daughter and grandmother to 18 grandchildren. I furthered my education with a degree in sports medicine from Denver Technical College and enjoy hiking, reading and doing crafts; however my greatest pleasures come from spending time with my dear husband and growing family.

I joined the church while living in Okinawa in 1967 at the age of 19. My testimony is so close to my heart that it is sometimes difficult to express in words, however I know this church to be true. I love the Primary programs, especially when I hear the sweet voices of the children singing.

Sister Howard - CTR 4's

I grew up just outside of Syracuse, NY not more than an hour from Palmyra. As a child my family had often attended the Palmyra pageant however, it wasn’t until I visited the Peter Whitmer Farm as an adult, while attending chiropractic school in Seneca Falls, NY, that I discovered what the pageant was all about. A month later I was baptized in the Seneca Lake, the very lake Joseph Smith and other members of the newly established church were baptized and the following month I attended the Palmyra Pageant with new understanding.

I love to learn! I have a BS from the University of Maryland, attended the Special Education program at UNLV, received Doctor of Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College and am still learning through continuing education classes on various holistic health subjects, crafts, cooking and music. I’m also a bit of a wonderer; enjoy traveling to various countries to learn about their cultures and sample their foods. I get a thrill hiking to waterfalls and cooking a good meal for friends.

There is something special about being a Primary teacher! These precious spirits are so tender and sweet showering us with heartwarming experiences like a wave during Sacrament, a hand slipping into mine asking to walk to class together or when they curl up in your lap during a lesson. I am blessed every Sunday with their smiles and eagerness to learn, they are shining examples to me of the Saviors love for each of us.

Message for Teachers

A calling is a sacred opportunity to serve. It carries with it an accountability to the Lord. It should influence the way you live, governing your decisions and motivating you to be a faithful and wise servant. When you received a calling to teach, you may have said to yourself, “But I have not been trained to teach. I have no ability to present a lesson or lead a class discussion. There are so many who could do better than I.” Perhaps others do have more teaching experience or natural ability than you. However, you are the one who has been called. The Lord will make you an instrument in His hands if you are humble, faithful, and diligent. President Thomas S. Monson taught: “If any brother or sister feels unprepared—even incapable—of responding to a call to serve, to sacrifice, to bless the lives of others, remember this truth: ‘Whom God calls, God qualifies.’ He who notes the sparrow’s fall will not abandon the servant’s need” (President Thomas S. Monson, “Tears, Trials, Trust, Testimony,” Ensign, Sept. 1997, 5)

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