sister smith

Feb 212016
 

Aloha sisters, guess what I figured out!

If you read/study one talk from October’s General Conference every day starting today (or tomorrow, I think) — You’ll get through the whole conference before the next session in April!

Doesn’t that sound like fun?

These are some of my favorite beautiful little gems contained in that treasure chest of inspiration:

Which quotes will you find that touch your heart and uplift your spirit, help you find direction, give you strength, and increase your desire to do good?  
In short, how will the Spirit talk to you through last year’s General Conference? 

Let’s study it and find out!

Source: L7 Relief Society

Dec 062015
 

Announcing the most epic ward Christmas party ever held in the history of L7 – and possibly the world.   😉  Because that’s how we roll.

Lots of details, but PLEASE read them, k? Okay.
No, really, there are details you’ll really wish you’d read!  Like how this is a “Bring Your Own Chair” party.  You wanna come an sit on da dirt? No. So, yah.  You can quit reading now if you want to, but don’t cry at me when you can’t ride the zipline cuz you fogot yo shoes an you jus wearin slippahs. Uh-uh. Not my fault.

WHEN?
This Friday.  5pm.  (Dinner starts at 6:30pm)
We’re going to have food, music, entertainment, and WHAT?

Zipliiiiiiiiine!

Business first

BRING YOUR OWN CHAIR/Picnic blanket. Thanks!

Food Assignments:
Naniloa Loop & Iosepa – please bring a salad (fruit salad, pasta salad, green salad, ETC)
Moana St & Townhomes – please bring a dessert to share
The ward will take care of the rest.
If you want to zipline:
wear tennis shoes, 
get your long hair held back,
and don’t wear a dress.

Did I mention, WEAR SHOES.  Leave da slippahs at home.  I’m thinking, do my kids even HAVE shoes?  Huh. Good question…
And speaking of questions, here are some more you might have:

Q/A

Like, the whole entire zipline?  
No, “just” the bottom zipline. 450 feet of awesomeness.
Who can ride?
ONLY members of Laie 7th Ward.  Only. Meaning: We love all your friends and cousins and everyone on Oahu, but they are going to be quite disappointed if they show up thinking they can ride too. Please please please help us avoid a lot of confusion/sadness!
:)
Are there any age restrictions? 
People as young as 7yo can ride. 
Many of our kapuna have enjoyed riding the zipline – including someone 92 years old! How awesome is that?! 
but we ask that you please be responsible for your health. If you know you have a health issue that could be compromised by some whoooooooooosh & excitement, DON’T RIDE.
Maximum weight?
270 lbs.
Fun restrictions?
Nope!  Feel free to have as much fun as you’d like!

How can I get more info on the zipline?
Go to this website and look at the “Zipline Basics.”  (but don’t worry about the pricing.)

Source: L7 Relief Society

Dec 032015
 
Aloha Sisters,
Many thanks to those who volunteered to bring food to the funeral of Sis. Donette Ah Puck.
If you could please get it there to the back chapel before 8am on Saturay, that would be wonderful! Mahalo!

Source: L7 Relief Society

Sep 232014
 
For those of you who couldn’t be there – we had a pretty sweet lesson in Relief Society yesterday.  (pun intended, bwahahaha!)  On the table at the front was a large mixing bowl, surrounded by the ingredients you would use to make cookies.  Oil, flour, salt, sugar… You know the drill.
Our teacher called someone up to the front, decked them out in a “Texas” cooking apron, and had them read a recipe.  For each item read, however, Sis. R gave them a surprise-ingredient to put in the bowl.  Instead of “flour,” she had her helper dump in a baggy of flowers!  Instead of “baking soda” (so boring, right?), she opened up a can of soda pop to pour all over the flowers.  As you can imagine, the resulting mess when it was all over looked anything but edible!
(especially with the car oil instead of vegetable oil… oh, wow.  Yuck!)
The point being, if you don’t follow the directions, the recipe is not going to work.
In life, if we don’t follow the commandments God has given us, we really are not going to be happy in the end. 
She shared a great story from the life of Pres. Joseph Fielding Smith, whose teachings we were studying that day.
President Smith once shared an experience that illustrated the change of heart that can come to a person who heeds this warning call:
“I attended a stake conference a number of years ago and spoke on the Word of Wisdom. … When I went to the rear of the building [at the close of the conference,] nearly everybody had left, but a man held out his hand and said:
“‘Brother Smith, that is the first discourse on the Word of Wisdom that I ever liked.’
“I said: ‘Haven’t you heard other discourses on the Word of Wisdom?’
“He said: ‘Yes, but this is the first one that I ever enjoyed.’
“I said: ‘How is that?’
“He said: ‘Well, you see, I am keeping the Word of Wisdom now.’”
That little story shows us how keeping the commandments can change our perspectives and our hearts.  :)
But obedience does more than that…  Here, I’ll let Pres. Smith tell you what I mean.
The Lord has given to man a code of laws that we call the gospel of Jesus Christ. Due to lack of inspiration and spiritual guidance, men may differ in relation to these laws and their application, but there can hardly be a dispute in regard to the fact that such laws do exist, and that all who seek entrance into that kingdom are subject to them.4
We have every truth, every doctrine, every law and requirement, every performance and ordinance needed to save and exalt us in the highest heaven of the celestial world.5
He can’t promise much more than that!  Obedience really does bless our lives in countless ways.
There really are some fabulous quotes in this lesson.  Sis. Rodgers strongly encouraged us to read through the manual so we could see for ourselves, and after having followed that counsel, I would definitely join her in that idea!  Here are a few more of my favorites.
With such a glorious hope before us, can we do less than forsake the evil ways of the world? Shall we not put first in our lives the things of God’s kingdom? Shall we not seek to live by every word that proceedeth forth from his mouth?20

Keep the commandments. Walk in the light. Endure to the end. Be true to every covenant and obligation, and the Lord will bless you beyond your fondest dreams.22
At the end of the lesson, we were blessed by Sis. Rodger’s testimony — and by Bro. Rodgers baking skills, as he had made real chocolate chip cookies for us to enjoy. It was a yummy reminder of the blessings that come by following the directions.    😉
God created us and loves us.  When He gives us commandments like “Thou shalt not bear false witness,” or “Thou shalt not covet” or “Love one another as I have loved you,” it’s not because He’s trying to make our lives miserable or difficult.  He’s telling us how to have peace, happiness, and even joy in this life, right now, and eternal life in the world to come.  Surely we can show him our gratitude and love by trusting him enough to do our best to “live by every word” He gives us.
Thanks, Sis. R, for a wonderful lesson!  

Source: L7 Relief Society

Aug 152014
 
It’s Thursday night, over that mid-week hump now and sliding down towards the weekend – huzzah! – But I know just what could make this weekend sparkle even brighter for you.
What’s that, you’re thinking?

Taking a look at this chapter in the Joseph Fielding Smith manual!  Yes!  You know you want to!  
— And I’m really hoping that I do, in fact, have the right chapter for this week’s lesson in Relief Society.  That would be a smidge bit embarrassing if I got it wrong, wouldn’t it?  
Almost as bad as making an announcement (and showing up 10 minutes late) for a meeting that didn’t happen.  Hahahahaha, OOPS.  
Sisters serving on the RS Board, we’ll have to wait until a later date for those super-powers.   😉

Source: L7 Relief Society

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