Monday, February 17, 2014

February/March Presidency Message

February's Sharing Times emphasize that Heavenly Father created a plan whereby each of us through our obedience and choices could return to Him after this Earth life.  Teaching Heavenly Father's small children this plan is the job of parents AND supported by the Primary workers of each ward.  Additionally, we are helped by other members of our wards through our ward councils.  The Church Handbook teaches us that councils should be used to "unify their efforts in responding to individual, family, and organizational needs." 

3 Nephi 22:13 says, "All thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children." 

Additionally, the Church Handbook teaches that "As part of our Heavenly Father's plan, we were born into families.  He established families to bring us happiness, to help us learn correct principles ni a loving atmosphere, and to prepare us for eternal life."  We can help parents in our wards fulfill their divine calling as we support their efforts and help teach their children of Heavenly Father's and Jesus Christ's love and plan for them.

February is always a month which focuses on love through valentine's day.  As you focus on LOVE, pray for understanding of how you can love and support the parents of your ward by teaching their children about Heavenly Father's plan for them.  It is a plan of true LOVE to bring us the fullness of God's blessings for eternity.

March bring the start of Spring and new life.  It is filled with wonderful opportunities to boost our own spiritually testimonies and bring that back to Primary.  There is a Stake Primary Activity, Stake Conference, Stake Baptism, Pinewood Derbies, and General Women's Conference.  Be sure to fill your buckets with loving strength to take back to your wards and classes.

Thank you for all your efforts and sacrifices you provide as you serve the Lord and His children in Primary.   May God bless your homes and your lives for this service.

Stake Primary Music Activity Night

:Successful … families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities” (“The Family: A Proclamation to theworld).

Ely Nevada Stake Primary Presents:

“A Family Affair”

March 14, 2014, 6:00 

45 minutes of performances
15 minutes of dancing, refreshments, and socializing!

All performances should “teach the children the gospel of Jesus Christ and help them learn to live it…make learning more enjoyable, help children learn and remember gospel truths, and invite the Spirit…(and) help express feelings that may be hard to express.” 
live it…make learning more enjoyable, help children learn and remember gospel truths, and invite the Spirit…(and) help express feelings that may be hard to express.”  (2012 Outline for Sharing Time) 

February/March Calendar

1 Feb - Baptism 2:00
6 Feb - Round Table 6 pm
          - District Scouts 7 pm
          - PPI with Pres. Willis 8:15 pm
7 Feb - District Scout Dinner 7 pm
19 Feb - Unit 63 Blue & Gold 6 pm at McGill
20 Feb - Unit 68 Blue & Gold 6 pm at 1st Ward
21 Feb - Unit 67 Blue & Gold 6 pm at 2nd Ward

1 Mar - Ward Baptism
6 Mar - Round Tanle 6 pm
           - District Scouts 7 pm
           - PPI with Pres. Willis 8:15 pm
14 Mar - Family Fun Night - Stake Primary Music Activity 6 pm
20 Mar - Unit 68 Pine Wood Derby (at 1st Ward)
21 Mar - Unit 289 Pine Wood Derby (at Methodist Bldg)
22 Mar - Unit 289 Blue and Gold (at Methodist Bldg)
22-23 March - Stake Conference
26 Mar - Unit 63 Pine Wood Derby (at McGill)
29 Mar - Stake Baptism 2 pm
             - General Women's Conference - All sisters 8 and up. 4:45 pm - 8:00 pm 
30 Mar - 2nd Ward Teacher Training 11:00 am (Last hour of block)

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014 Sharing Time Manual Now Available

The new Sharing Time MANUAL is out.  Our theme for this year is Families are Forever!  Click on the link below to access your e-copy!

Sharing Time 2014

January Presidency Message

I am taking thoughts from President Uchtdorf’s First Presidency Message from the Ensign this month as well as from the January Sharing Time Manual.  President Uchtdorf reminds us of an old proverb that says, “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago…the second best time is now.”  He also says, “In ancient Rome, Janus was the god of beginnings. He was often depicted with two faces—one looking back on the past, the other looking forward to the future. Some languages name the month of January after him because the beginning of the year was a time for reflection as well as planning.” 

We have a new start, a beginning, a fresh perspective with this New Year.  This reminds us of our Savior and Redeemer who gives us new life through His atonement and our covenants with Him (week 2 of Sharing Time this January).  Let us prayerfully consider how we can become better sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father.  Psalms 82:6 teaches, “I have said, Ye are gods:  and all of you are children of the most High.”  We teach this principal as outlined in our Sharing Time Manual for January (week 2).  It is through trying to be like our Savior Jesus Christ and following his example, we become the children our Father wants us to be (weeks 3-4 Sharing time this January). 

SO….how can YOU be more like our Savior?  This month’s First Presidency Message encourages us to, “Consider setting some goals in two or three areas of your life, such as physical health, spiritual health, and friendships, for example. What successes would you like to have in these areas this year? As you prayerfully think of some goals, make sure they are attainable but will require you to grow.”  We also encourage you to set a few goals to become more like our Savior and thus the sons and daughters of God our Heavenly Father wants us to be.  Your example will shine for the children in your Primary and they will learn from your example.

Thank you for your service and willingness to serve in God’s kingdom.  Recently I read a sign that said, “One day we will realize that the small things in life were really the big things.”  The small people we teach and set examples for are the greatest in God’s kingdom.  We pray that you and we will be worthy of the great blessing the Lord has given us and the responsibilities He has given us in serving them in His kingdom.