Nov 142016
 

Big changes, full hearts!
Sisters W, R, M & C were replaced by Sisters S, T, A-P, and B.
(Sorry, this is a public blog and I’m keeping things confidential…)

Sister S & Sister W — We love you!

How grateful we are for the Relief Society presidency that was just released – and for the new sisters just called. You are all so so so loved!

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Jul 182016
 

Hello hello, L7 –

It’s been a while. I know. But every day is a new day, right? Starting right where we are, here we go, here we go!

Ward Camp last week was amazing! Many, many thanks for all the hard work that went into every piece of it. There’s no way I could possibly fit all that awesomeness into a blog post, but I highly recommend you head over to the L7 Facebook group & scroll down for tons of pictures & videos…

But here’s a video highlight from the epic Trek of Faith to Goat Island:

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Jul 182016
 

Talk about awesome sauce, right?

Again, just to recap…

SHOW UP:
8am
Kahuku District Park
Youth 12-18 years old

BRING:
Refillable water bottle.  (water & ice provided)
Happy, hard-working attitude

WEAR:
Sunscreen!
Hat
Comfortable, in standards, get-messy-in-it work clothes

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Apr 212016
 

Aloha Sisters of L7 –

I’m excited to remind you that we have an activity tonight, woot woot!

Dr. Kinghorn is going to be talking with us again about
Stress Management
7pm
RS room

Hope you can make it!

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Mar 142016
 
Every month our Relief Society Presidency picks an “emergency preparedness” theme for that month. Small, consistent efforts making a big difference at the end of the year. 
Such a blessing for us, our families and community!

This month — 

to help us be more spiritually prepared, Sis. W. is asking us to take a look at the book “Daughters in My Kingdom,” and find something in there to take to heart. 
You can find it online here, and our Relief Society Presidency has copies they can get to you on Sunday. I’m all for saving trees and enjoying the convenience of reading off my phone, but I have to say – I LOVE my hard-copy of this little manual. 
It’s beautiful.

I would like to add my personal encouragement to our presidency’s, Sisters. There is a strength in learning more about the history of Relief Society and its place in our lives. This book is just full of amazing quotes, inspiring stories, uplifting messages… It’s like a little love note from Heaven, the whole thing.

I mean, check out this little snippet. How much do you love it?

And in fact, friends, I just last month happened to write a little one page paper about my experience studying this book. 
You’d like to read it? Really? Aw, shucks, well, here you go, since you asked so sweetly:
Pivotal Moments
By Alisa Smith, Feb 2016
Something changed inside me when I read the very first line of the First Presidency’s message in the front of Daughters in My Kingdom. 

“Dear Sisters,” they said.

Sisters. This book is especially for women. Especially for me. Heavenly Father knows us and loves us as His daughters and His spokesmen are addressing us, specifically. Something changed inside me, knowing that my identity as a “sister in Zion” is distinct, valuable, and unites me with every other daughter in His kingdom.
            
Something changed inside me when I read the quote from Sister Spafford (on page xiii) encouraging us to place “emphasis where the rewards will be the greatest,” and shed the “less rewarding activities.” I knew I needed to change some priorities, and that this principle was key to creating just the right balance in my life. Something changed as I recognized the need to move from where I am, to where I need to be. I began to suspect that the truths in this book would indeed help me get there.
          
When my eyes opened to the timeless nature of the Relief Society, something else changed. A small seed was planted in my heart, and it was called “understanding what Relief Society really is.” I had never before thought about women being organized and unified through other dispensations of the Gospel. Something changed, like tiny candle being lit in a dark room.
            
Something changed again when the light of the restoration grew in my mind to include the founding of Relief Society. I could easily see how the organization of the church would be totally incomplete without the women also being organized. I could not imagine a Bishop without a Relief Society president. The church became, in my mind, a family, with a father (the priesthood) and a mother (the Relief Society), working together. In that completely new perspective, something definitely changed.
            
Something changed inside me with every chapter I read. I learned that I wasn’t alone in going through difficulties and overcoming them through faith in the Savior. I began to understand that charity, like faith, is an attribute requiring action to thrive. I found that Relief Society is more than just an organization – it is a sanctuary. I discovered my purpose in motherhood, applying principles I’ve understood for years into my current circumstances, and seeing quite clearly how Relief Society helps me succeed.
            
Something changed, changed profoundly and forever, when my eyes opened to what Relief Society really is.
“Your every need shall be fulfilled, now and in the eternities;
every neglect will be erased; every abuse will be corrected.
All of this can come to you, and come quickly,
when you devote yourself to Relief Society.”

[Boyd K Packer, p.99]
This is not just a third-hour class. This is not just casseroles to families with new babies, laminated bookmarks, and warm hugs from Visiting Teachers. 
This is an organization encircling the globe, founded by God for the saving of His daughters 

– and by extension, their families – 
and by extension, a means to 
lift and light up, 
inspire and instruct, 
help and heal, 
or in other words, bring relief, 
to the whole wide world!

So read it, sisters. Learn more about our roots. Find something in here to strengthen your faith, give hope to your heart, light to your mind, motivation to take that next step towards an even better relationship with our Heavenly Father. You won’t regret it!

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Mar 132016
 

The Relief Society was organized in March of 1842, so that makes us… what? about 174.
(And yes, I had to ask my 10 year old to figure that out. LOL!)

Anyway. It’s time to celebrate our “birthday” month, woo-hooo!

Come party with us on Thursday, March 17, at 7pm. 

Probably cake. Probably ice cream. Ballooons, streamers… Or not. But if you come, it’ll be awesome.

PS: Our new Bishop is speaking, so there’s another reason to come! Should be great. I bet he’s not even a teensy bit nervous. 😉

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Mar 132016
 

Great News!

We’ll be having a luncheon for our much-loved kapuna on

Thursday, March 17, at 11am

So, if you’ve got a lot of years and experience and wisdom, this one’s for you!

And if you like to serve them, come help! Ask… um… the new bishop’s counselors for more information. 😉
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Mar 072016
 
I am so thankful my husband’s bike tire went flat today. Why?
Because that unfortunate little “first-world problem” resulted in him taking longer than expected to get from the Married Stake Conference to our Sacrament Meeting…
Which meant that instead of him holding down the pew for our family while I stayed home with a sick 2yo, it was necessary for me to camp out in the back of the chapel with my kids for a bit until he could get there.
…Which meant I walked in to a packed cultural hall just in time to see our beloved bishopric get released and a new bishopric called.
!!!!!!!!!!
I had tears of gratitude streaming down my face as they read the names of those called by God to lead our ward. What a wonderful moment to be a part of!
Mahalo for your many years of service, Bishop Kahuena, and counselors Bro. Campbell & Bro. Ah Puck.
And mahalo also to our new Bishop Toilolo, and his counselors Bro. Wagner and Bro. Mateau, for accepting this calling.

We love and support you with our hearts and hands!

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Feb 222016
 


Another wonderful RS meeting coming at us this week 

— but, SURPRISE! — 

it’s not on our normal Thursday night, sorry sisters. It’s on

Wednesday the 24th @7pm.
(RS room @ the church)

Dr. Kinghorn from BYUH is going to come and talk with us about “stress management” again. What a blessing, to learn how to get rid of stress and “stay in the boat” when the waters of life get a little choppy!

Hope to see you there!

PS: Yes, there will be refreshments. 

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Feb 212016
 

Laie 7th Ward Relief Society
Self-Reliance Newsletter
Turning the Hearts of the Children to their Fathers

On February 6, 2016, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held the 2016 RootsTech Family Discovery Day where General Authorities of the church and other special guests spoke on the importance of family history.  There they introduced new tools and resources available for the members to hasten the work and bless their families through family history and temple work.
Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles gave an apostolic challenge and blessing, saying:
I extend the offer of protection that’s been offered in the past. Brothers and sisters, I promise you protection as you and your family take this challenge: to find as many names to take to the temple as ordinances you perform in the temple, and teach others to do the same.
If you accept this challenge, blessings will begin to flow to you and your family like the power of the river spoken of by Ezekiel   (Ezekiel 47:1-5, 8, 9), and the river will grow as you continue to perform this work and teach others to do the same.
You’ll find not only protection from the temptations and ills of this world, but you’ll also find personal power, power to change, power to repent, power to learn, power to be sanctified, and power to turn the hearts of your family together and heal that which needs healing.
I witness that Jesus Christ lives.  I witness that the sealing authority has been given to earth, that these keys and priesthood authority exist on earth to bless the lives of all of Heavenly Father’s children.  In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

To find out more information and to watch videos of the messages given at the 2016 RootsTech Family Discovery Day go to lds.org/discoverfamily.

12 Principles of Self-Reliance
1. Exercise Faith in Jesus
    Christ              
2. Use Time Wisely
3. Be Obedient
4. Manage Money
5. Work: Take Responsibility
6. Solve Problems
7. Become One, Work
     Together
8. Communicate: Petition
     and Listen
9. Persevere
10. Show Integrity
11. Seek Learning and
       Education
12. Stay on Task, Receive
       Ordinances


THIS MONTH’S CHALLENGE
–Organize your important documents so that you can include them in your emergency supply kits.


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