Thursday, June 9, 2011

HaPpY JuNe!!!

Beachball Umbrella

Summer is here and in full swing...I'm sure most of you are spending tons of time by the pool or at the beach to stay cool. Take a few minutes out of your busy day and give the sisters you Visit Teach a call, maybe invite them to take a dip in the pool with you and get some Visiting Teaching done all at the same time!
Here is the Visiting Teaching Message for June, I hope you enjoy it.

Study this material and, as appropriate, discuss it with the sisters you visit. Use the questions to help you strengthen your sisters and to make Relief Society an active part of your own life.
Developing self-reliance—the ability to care for ourselves and our families—is the responsibility of every sister. We become self-reliant as we learn to love work, as we seek inspiration to find the best ways to provide for ourselves, and as we work with family members to meet basic needs.

When we are self-reliant, we use our blessings and resources to prepare for and avoid problems. Self-reliance, however, is enhanced as we pray for the courage to meet with faith the challenges that will surely come. Self-reliance also enables us to keep our covenant to care for others.

In Relief Society, we are taught self-reliance principles and skills. Sisters can learn about budgeting, debt relief, employment qualifications, the scriptures and the gospel, teaching others to read and learn, technology, physical health, fitness, addiction prevention and recovery, social and emotional health, preventing illness, gardening, food production and storage, emergency preparedness, and many other things that will help us become self-reliant. 1

Julie B. Beck, Relief Society general president, explains that “providing for ourselves and others is evidence that we are disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. … When [my mother-in-law] passed away suddenly last year, she left evidence of her self-reliant life. She had a current temple recommend and well-used scriptures and gospel study manuals. We lovingly divided up the pots, pans, and dishes with which she had prepared thousands of meals. She left us quilts she had made from old clothing. She believed in the old adage ‘Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.’ We saw the supply of food she had grown, preserved, and stored. Particularly touching were her little account books in which she faithfully recorded her expenditures over many years. Because she lived providently, she left some money she had saved for emergencies, and she left no debts! Most importantly, she had taught and inspired many others with the skills she had acquired during her faithful life.” 2

From Our History

Relief Society sisters have always participated in the work of saving souls temporally and spiritually. Each week as the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo met, sisters reported on people in need. Donations of money, goods, talents, and time were dispersed to relieve the needy. This foundational work of relieving suffering has continued to be the work of Relief Society through the generations.
When the Saints arrived in the Salt Lake Valley, President Brigham Young (1801–77) counseled sisters to assist those in need and to learn skills that would allow them to take care of themselves. He said, “Learn to sustain yourselves; lay up grain and flour, and save it against a day of scarcity.” 3 Under the direction of the priesthood, Relief Society continues to teach self-reliance, to safeguard the family, and to encourage personal righteousness and acts of charity, the pure love of Christ.

What Can I Do?

1. How can I help my sisters and their families improve in temporal self-reliance?
2. How can I improve my own temporal self-reliance?
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Monday, May 23, 2011

Our Visit from Mike Prangley

Meteorologist Mike Prangley of First Coast News came to talk with us last week. If you missed it, you missed a very informative and interesting presentation. He told us all about the storm trends and what to expect from the upcoming storm season.

He loved us SO much he posted about us on his check it out!!!

As always being prepared is SO important. If you don't have your 72 hour kits ready and a family emergency plan in place-NOW is the time to get ready!!!
If you need some ideas of what to include in your 72 hour kit...scroll on down we have a list below.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Mike Prangley is coming...!!!

Thurs. May 19th
7:00pm @ the church
Mike Prangley  
of First Coast News 
will be teaching us about hurricanes, tornadoes and emergency preparedness!!!
We all know we’ve been counseled to have our 72 hour kits in case something happens.  Below is a document containing some ideas of what to include.  We give you this list in advance so that you can begin to shop for or collect these items from around your home and bring them to the activity. While you listen at the activity you can assemble your 72 hour kit.  We know that going out and buying all these items can get expensive, we want to encourage everyone to begin slowly.  Buy a few inexpensive items each time (just like we do for our food storage).  It will seem much more manageable that way.

If you already have a 72 hour kit, please consider creating an emergency kit for your car in case you get stranded somewhere or in case you are not permitted to enter your home to get your 72 hour kit.  Ideas for emergency kits from various sources are in the attachment.

If you cannot make it to the Relief Society Meeting on May 19, please visit these websites for some valuable information on preparing for emergencies.  (Visit the link on the left “Be Prepared”)

One easy way is to have  backpacks or duffle bags.  Food or other items inside can be stored in plastic baggies inside to keep them dry.  5 gallon buckets are also useful for 72 hour kits, however if you have to leave on foot they are difficult to carry.  Small children can have lightweight backpacks and be responsible for carrying some items.

Food in 72 Hour Kits should meet certain requirements.  Choose foods high in calories, long lasting, and nutritious!  Ex: PowerBar Protein Plus, Ensure Muscle Health, Nutella, Laughing Cow Cheese (does not need to be refrigerated until after opening)

As this is very important information for all of us, please remember to invite your neighbors and the sisters you visit teach!
Hope to see you all at the activity!

Here is the first aid kit information:
One easy way is to have  backpacks or duffle bags.  Food or other items inside can be stored in plastic baggies inside to keep them dry.  5 gallon buckets are also useful for 72 hour kits, however if you have to leave on foot they are difficult to carry.  Small children can have lightweight backpacks and be responsible for carrying some items.

Food in 72 Hour Kits should meet certain requirements.  Choose foods high in calories, long lasting, and nutritious!  Ex: PowerBar Protein Plus, Ensure Muscle Health, Nutella, Laughing Cow Cheese (does not need to be refrigerated until after opening)

FEMA recommends:
Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking and little or no water. If you must heat food, pack a can of sterno.  Select food items that are compact and lightweight. Avoid foods that will make you thirsty. Choose salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals, and canned foods with high liquid content.
Note: Be sure to include a manual can opener.
  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables
  • Canned juices, milk, soup (if powdered, store extra water)
  • Staples--sugar, salt, pepper
  • High energy foods--peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, trail mix
  • Vitamins-- Fiber to feel full
  • Foods for infants, elderly persons or persons with special dietary needs 
  • Comfort/stress foods--cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereals, lollipops
You should have at least a three-day supply of water and you should store at least one gallon of water per person per day. A normally active person needs at least one-half gallon of water daily just for drinking. 
Water purification is an option to limit the amount of water that must be stored.  Tablets and straws are good options, as well as bleach and iodine.
Additionally, in determining adequate quantities, take the following into account:
  • Individual needs vary, depending on age, physical condition, activity, diet, and climate.
  • Children, nursing mothers, and ill people need more water.
  • Very hot temperatures can double the amount of water needed.
  • A medical emergency might require additional water.
  • If your kit has foods that require cooking in water, you will need even more.
First Aid Kit
Assemble a first aid kit for your home 72 hour kit and one for each car.

Clothing, Bedding and Sanitation Supplies

At least one change of clothing and shoes per person.  Sweats are easy because you can cut them off if is hot, or keep them long if cold.
  • Rain gear
  • Tarp
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Toilet paper
  • Soap, liquid detergent
  • Feminine supplies
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses)
  • Plastic bucket with tight lid
  • Disinfectant
  • Household chlorine bleach
  • Mess kits, or paper cups, plates and plastic utensils
  • Emergency preparedness manual (available from FEMA) or Redcross or boy scout manual
  • Portable, battery-operated radio or television and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Cash (small bills) or traveler's checks, change
  • Nonelectric can opener, utility knife
  • Fire extinguisher: small canister, ABC type
  • Tube tent
  • Pliers
  • Heavy duty Tape
  • Compass
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic storage containers
  • Signal flare
  • Paper, pencil
  • Needles, thread
  • Medicine dropper
  • Shut-off wrench, to turn off household gas and water
  • Whistle
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Map of the area (for locating shelters)
Special Items
Remember family members with special needs, such as infants and elderly or disabled persons.
Important Family Documents
·         Keep these records in a waterproof, portable container.
·         Will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds
·         Photo IDs, passports, social security cards, immunization records
·         Bank account numbers
·         Credit card account numbers and companies
·         Inventory of valuable household goods, important telephone numbers
·         Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)
·         Photocopies of credit and identification cards
Cash and coins.
Entertainment--games and books.
Children are easily scared.  Include items that will make them feel at ease and at home.

The following is a recommendation of items to put in an emergency car kit (note that you may not be able to stash these all in one area such as a bag.  Get creative with space):

 Water for drinking
 Food and snacks (high energy snack bars are excellent because of their ability to withstand most car temperatures)
 Flashlight with extra batteries
 First aid kit with burn care dressings and gel
 Sanitation and sundry items including soap or hand sanitizer
• Maps and a compass
 AM/FM radio - we recommend having a radio with more than one source of power, or hand crank radios.  Preset one of your car radio’s buttons for a local weather/emergency station.
• Chemical light sticks are recommended because of their safety
• Road flares
 Candle with windproof/waterproof matches
• Emergency blanket or sleeping bag (might not be cold, but someone might be in shock!)
• Extra clothing (especially shoes, don’t want to walk in heels!)

Some other useful items to remember:
• Jumper cables
• Car repair kit
• Try to always maintain at least one-half tank of gas
• Cell phone to report any emergencies (even old cells can dial 911 if charged)
• Fire extinguisher
• Paper and pencil for leaving notes
• Toys and any other special items for children
• Books and games for entertainment
• Flares and matches
• Books and games for entertainment

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Come to Enrichment Night!!!

Mandarin 2nd Relief Society Sisters... 
Come join us for a special evening! 
Enhancing your Spiritual Study

Thursday April 21st, 2011
7 pm @ the church
Appetizers will be served!!!
Be sure to bring your scriptures!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Enrichment Activity

PrOgReSsiVe DiNnEr
Thurs. March 31st 6:30 pm @ the church
Come enjoy some yummy food as we mix and mingle!
Be sure to bring a baby picture of yourself for the activity! 

If you signed up to bring a food item, please bring it on Sunday to any member of the Relief Society presidency! 
See you there!!! 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Heather Lethbridge's Baptism

We would like to welcome Heather Lethbridge as an official member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  She was baptized and confirmed a member of the church on February 19-20, 2011.  It was an amazing day for everyone in attendance, but especially for Heather!  We have already loved having her as part of our sisterhood - and look forward to continuing to get to know her and watch her testimony grow even bigger than it already is! 
Elder Hinton, Heather, Elder Brimhall, Elder Aiono

Heather and her son Tripp
Thank you for all of your strength, love and example to all of us Heather!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Have you LOVED your sister this month?

February is the month of LOVE...and even though Valentines Day has come and gone, it is NOT too late to share the love with the sisters you visit teach. If you do not have a list or need to know who you should report to please contact me or Sister Leckie
Here is the Visiting Teaching message for this month

A Restoration of All Things

"A Restoration of All Things", Liahona, Feb. 2011, 7

Study this material and, as appropriate, discuss it with the sisters you visit. Use the questions to help you strengthen your sisters and to make Relief Society an active part of your own life.
The Prophet Joseph Smith organized Relief Society as an essential part of the Church. As a presidency, we hope we can help you understand why Relief Society is essential in your life.
We know that New Testament women showed faith in Jesus Christ and participated in His work. Luke 10:39 tells of Mary, who “sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.” In John 11:27 Martha bears witness of Christ: “She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.” Acts 9:36, 39 speaks of “a certain disciple named Tabitha, … full of good works. … And all the widows stood by … shewing the coats and garments which [she] made.” Phebe, in Romans 16:1–2, was “a servant of the church” and “a succourer of many.”
These patterns of faith, testimony, and service continued in the latter-day Church and were formalized with the organization of Relief Society. Julie B. Beck, Relief Society general president, taught: “Just as the Savior invited Mary and Martha of New Testament times to participate in His work, women of this dispensation have an official commission to participate in the Lord’s work. … The organization of Relief Society in 1842 mobilized the collective power of the women and their specific assignments to build the Lord’s kingdom.” 1
We accomplish our work as we focus on Relief Society’s purposes: to increase faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes, and seek out and help those in need.
I testify that Relief Society was divinely organized to assist in the work of salvation. Each Relief Society sister has an essential role to play in accomplishing this sacred work.
Silvia H. Allred, first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency.

From Our History

Sister Julie B. Beck has taught that “we know through the Prophet Joseph Smith that Relief Society was a formal part of the Restoration.” 2 The process of restoration began with the First Vision in 1820 and continued “line upon line, precept upon precept” (D&C 98:12). When the Relief Society was formally organized on March 17, 1842, the Prophet taught the women about their essential place in the restored Church. He said, “The Church was never perfectly organized until the women were thus organized.” 3

What Can I Do?

  1. 1. What help will I provide my sisters this month that exemplifies the faith of female disciples of Jesus Christ?
  2. 2. What teaching of the restored gospel will I study to strengthen my testimony this month?
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