Book Club meetings are – November 17, December 8. The meetings are at 7 P.M. at the Niemann home at 132 1st Avenue.
November will be learning about Robert Frost and Carl Sandburg. The study material is available from Ila Niemann at her home or from Sherry Richardson at Church in the Library or Relief Society. Have you read their poems?
December 8 meeting book will be Memorable Stories and Parables by Boyd K. Packer. This is a wonderful book you will want to have in your library. Choose one story to share at the meeting and how it has affected your life. See you there.
During this month’s General Conference, I was fascinated by the talk given by Robert D. Hales as he spoke about waiting upon the Lord. I thought that meant waiting for things to happen according to God’s time frame, which in a way it does. But according to Elder Hales, it also means hoping and trusting that His will be done, pondering, being patient, receiving the Holy Ghost, and relying on the merits of Christ. Waiting on the Lord doesn’t mean that we do nothing, but that we press forward and live according to our beliefs. Isaiah 40:31 says, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
This sister was born in Hamilton and raised mostly in Missoula.She has one sister (who is also in our ward) and one brother.She now has six children and 14 grandchildren of her own– which are her priority in life as well as her joy.She has her Master’s Degree in education, teaching high school English and Literature and Alternative school over the years.She loves traveling and going on new adventures.In fact, when her grand kids turn 12 years old, she likes to take them with her on a trip somewhere.She has seen 32 out of the 100 wonders of the world, which have taken her to places like Africa, Greece, Paris, Australia, Egypt, Vienna and recently the Galapagos Islands.For her 60th birthday, she went sky diving!She enjoyed that and has also been parasailing and bungee jumping.She lives life to the fullest and being busy.Her interests include photography– especially of children and sunsets.She loves music and dancing.Her talents include playing the piano and organ.As a teenager she even played the organ at the fairgrounds.She enjoys all kinds of water activities including scuba diving, snorkeling and fishing.She has served in all the organizations of the church.Her favorite jobsare working with the youth and in the temple.Her sister says she just makes the world a better place with her smile, sense of humor and her fun presence. Who is she? Click on the comments to find out.
I read Sister Julie Beck's article, "Relief Society History: A Look at the Lord's Vision for His Daughters" in the current September Ensign. Her own study of our history revealed "...an impressive record of the Lord's dealings with His daughters and His expectations for them." In her article, we gain valuable perspectives from an understanding of our history:
We see how the Lord has helped sisters of the past and we gain testimony that He will also help us today;
We gain the perspective we need to keep our focus on the essential things that will bless our lives eternally:
We understand our inseparable connection to the priesthood. The Prophet Joseph Smith said, "I will organize the women under the priesthood after the pattern of the priesthood";
We understand that as we enter Relief Society we become part of a great worldwide sisterhood, united in discipleship.
Finally, we learn through our history "who we are and our vital role in our Heavenly Father's plan. We can't delegate our responsibilities to someone else. Because our Heavenly Father knows us and loves us, He will sustain us as we seek to align our will with His."
Born near Kalamazoo, Michigan, this sister lived there until she was only three years old. Then her family moved to Missoula, Montana. She had 2 sisters (one passed away as a baby) and 2 brothers. She met her husband who lived in the neighborhood where she grew up. They fell in love and married soon after. They were blessed with three children, one boy and two girls. At 24 years old she was introduced to the church when some ward missionaries stopped to talk with the family. (Her husband was a member, but inactive.) She and her 2 older children were soon baptized. She's felt the gospel bless her life, especially with raising her children. She's since held many callings in the church such as R.S. teacher, YW president, nursery worker, single adult representative and is currently one of our visiting teaching supervisors. She and her husband moved to Lolo in 1977. Her husband passed away in 1999. She moved to Florence in 2004, were she now lives with her son, three Pekinese dogs and a cat. She's always loved animals. She is a talented artist and has done many paintings over the years. She likes doing family history work. Traveling with her granddaughter is anther thing she enjoys. She is known for her positive attitude- she has had several major surgeries in the past few years and is not a complainer. She is a lot of fun to be around. We sure love her! Who is she? Click on the comments to find out.
Last weekend was the Relief Society General broadcast. It is always wonderful to attend that meeting. If you missed it you can find it HERE. You can also find the rest of the talks from this weekends General Conference there on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint's website. I personally loved the Forget Me Not talk by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf. Also, go check out Sister Williams blog.