Thursday, October 25, 2012

Ward Halloween Trunk-or-Treat

Well if you missed the Ward Halloween Trunk-or-Treat you missed a great time. You know I always tell you to be there or be square. We had such a great turn out. I have posted just a few of the pictures. I you have any pictures that you would like for me to post you may e-mail them to me at please do not e-mail more than 3 at a time. Thank you to all who participated and made this such a success.

Oh and then there was the Pumpkin decorating contest.  They all looked great!!
All of the Children should really thank Deven hunsaker for all of the balloon animals!! Man o man is he good!  They might still be lined up to get these!


Friday, September 21, 2012

General Relief Society Broadcast

This is just a reminder that there will be a General Relief Society Broadcast on Saturday, September 29, 2012.  The Relief Society Sisters will be gathering for an Ice Cream Social before the broadcast begins.  Please come and join us for some spiritually nourishing words from our beloved leaders!  The broadcast will begin at 7:00 p.m.  We will begin the ice cream social at 6:00.  A sign up sheet will be passed around this Sunday in Relief Society to sign up for the toppings.


Relief Society Newsletter for October 2012

Welcome to Relief Society
October 2012

Those who diligently seek to learn of Christ eventually will come to know Him. They will personally receive a divine portrait of the Master, although it most often comes in the form of a puzzle—one piece at a time. Each individual piece may not be easily recognizable by itself; it may not be clear how it relates to the whole. Each piece helps us to see the big picture a little more clearly. Eventually, after enough pieces have been put together, we recognize the grand beauty of it all. Then, looking back on our experience, we see that the Savior had indeed come to be with us—not all at once but quietly, gently, almost unnoticed."

—Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "Waiting on the Road to Damascus",

Up Coming Events

6-7 -General Conference

14 - Pot Luck

24 – Trunk-or-Treat

28 – Primary Program

October Birthdays

 1 – Katie Scott     

10 – Miranda Shumway

17 – Alice Baggett

17 – Marcia Hippen

24 – Doris Moore

28 – Connie Walker

28 – Betty Garner        

"No matter what circumstances you sister’s experience, your influence can be marvelously far-reaching. I believe some of you have a tendency to underestimate your profound capacity for blessing the lives of others. More often than not, it is not on the stage with some public pronouncement but in your example of righteousness and the countless gentle acts of love and kindness done so willingly, so often on a one-to-one basis."
--James E. Faust, "You Are All Heaven Sent," Ensign, Nov. 2002, 110

Sept. Lesson Schedule

6-7  – General Conference

14 – Stay on the Lord’s  Side of the Line P.191

21 – Temporal & Spiritual Blessings from the Word of Wisdom P. 201

28 -  TBA
"Not a day has gone by that I have not communicated with my Father in Heaven through prayer. It is a relationship I cherish—one I would literally be lost without. If you do not now have such a relationship with your Father in Heaven, I urge you to work toward that goal. As you do so, you will be entitled to His inspiration and guidance in your life."
We love you Sister Baggett!! 
You will be missed!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

September 2012 Visiting Teaching Lesson

Special Needs and Service Rendered

Prayerfully 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 needs of others are ever present,” said President Thomas S. Monson, “and each of us can do something to help someone. … Unless we lose ourselves in service to others, there is little purpose to our own lives.”1
As visiting teachers we can sincerely come to know and love each sister we visit. Service to those we visit will flow naturally out of our love for them (see John 13:34–35).
How can we know the spiritual and temporal needs of our sisters so we can render service when it is needed? As visiting teachers, we are entitled to receive inspiration when we pray about those we visit.
Maintaining regular contact with our sisters is also important. Personal visits, telephone calls, a note of encouragement, e-mails, sitting with her, a sincere compliment, reaching out to her at church, helping her in time of illness or need, and other acts of service all help us watch over and strengthen each other.2
Visiting teachers are asked to report the well-being of sisters, any special needs they have, and the service rendered to them. These kinds of reports and our service to our sisters help us demonstrate our discipleship.3

From Our History

Serving one another has always been at the heart of visiting teaching. Through ongoing service we bring kindness and friendship that go beyond monthly visits. It is our caring that counts.
“My desire is to plead with our sisters to stop worrying about a phone call or a quarterly or monthly visit,” said Mary Ellen Smoot, the 13th Relief Society general president. She asked us to “concentrate instead on nurturing tender souls.”4
President Spencer W. Kimball (1895–1985) taught, “It is vital that we serve each other in the kingdom.” Yet he recognized that not all service need be heroic. “So often, our acts of service consist of simple encouragement or of giving … help with mundane tasks,” he said, “but what glorious consequences can flow … from small but deliberate deeds!”5
For more information, go to

What Can I Do?

  1. 1.Am I seeking personal inspiration to know how to respond to the spiritual and temporal needs of each sister I’m assigned to watch over?
  2. 2.How do the sisters I watch over know that I care about them and their families?

Show References


  1. 1.Thomas S. Monson, “What Have I Done for Someone Today?” Ensign, Nov. 2009, 85.
  2. 2.See Handbook 2: Administering the Church (2010), 9.5.1.
  3. 3.See Handbook 2, 9.5.4.
  4. 4.Mary Ellen Smoot, in Daughters in My Kingdom: The History and Work of Relief Society (2011), 117.
  5. 5.Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball (2006), 82.

September Newsletter

Welcome to Relief Society
"And now, my beloved brethren, I desire that ye should remember these things, and that ye should work out your salvation with fear before God, and that ye should no more deny the coming of Christ; that ye contend no more against the Holy Ghost, but that ye receive it, and take upon you the name of Christ; that ye humble yourselves even to the dust, and worship God, in whatsoever place ye may be in, in spirit and in truth; and that ye live in thanksgiving daily, for the many mercies and blessings which he doth bestow upon you."Alma 34:37-38, Book of Mormon

Sept. Lesson Schedule

3 – Relief Society Presidency

9 – The Strengthening Power of Faith P. 179

15-16 – Stake Conference

23 –  “Thanks Be to God” Elder Russell M. Ballard
30- Combined  

September Birthdays

 1 – Paula Johnson                               13 – Annie Bass

 1 – Tonya Wyrick                               14 – Sierra Myles

 3 – Lora Westmoreland                      15 – Leona Ates

 5 – Delayna Easterling                       16 – Anna Johnston

 6 – Tyanna Bush                                18 – Tasha Powell

 6 – Lorena Jensen                                24 - Monica Mock

 7 – Katie Trudo                                  25 – Cindy Scott

13 - Crystal Freasier                             26 – Pecola Goins

Quotes from the Minute Book:

The popular institutions of the day should not be our guide—that as daughters of Zion we should set an example for all the world.” Eliza R. Snow
· “We must cherish one another, watch over one another, comfort one another, and give instruction that we may all sit down in Heaven together.” Lucy Mack Smith
· “Nothing is so much calculated as to lead people to forsake sin as to take them by the hand and watch over them in tenderness.”
Joseph Smith
· “Our duties to each other, seek out and relieve the distressed, that each member should be ambitious to do good—that the members should deal frankly with each other, to watch over the morals and be very careful of the character and reputation of the members of the institution.” Emma Smith

"Yea, I would that ye would come forth and harden not your hearts any longer; for behold, now is the time and the day of your salvation; and therefore, if ye will repent and harden not your hearts, immediately shall the great plan of redemption be brought about unto you. For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors."

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

August Newsletter

Welcome to
Relief Society
A little Relief Society History

Elder Dallin H. Oaks quoted several church leaders from our history during a marvelous talk about Relief Society1. Here are some individual quotes from Elder Oaks' talk, starting with his own words:

"The Relief Society has great significance for every member of the Church. All of us have been blessed through the example andservice of its members.
"I am the beneficiary of at least four different generations of Relief Society service: my grandmother, my mother, my wife, and our daughters...."
"From its beginning, the Relief Society has led out in charitable work. At the first meeting, President Emma Smith said, 'Each member should be ambitious to do good.'2   
The minutes of

 those initial meetings are filled with accounts of how the sisters obtained work opportunities for
 the needy, took in the homeless, and made donations to help those in need of food, shelter,
and schooling."
"In the initial meetings of Relief Society, the Prophet Joseph Smith taught that the society 'is not only to relieve the poor, but to save souls.'3"
Lesson Schedule:
7- Relief Society Presidency
12- Advancing the Work of the Lord p.57
19- Offer Up Thy Sacraments Upon My Holy Day p.169
26- “The Merciful Obtain Mercy” President Uchtdorf

Potluck will be on August 12 – Please bring your favorite dish to share with everyone and enjoy the fellowship of our Brothers and Sisters!

Upcoming Events:
 11- Youth Temple Trip
11- Frugality Fair 10:00-12:00
12- Pot Luck
25- Visiting Teaching Brunch 10:30-12:30
"The Apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans said that those who pass judgment on others are 'inexcusable.' The moment we judge someone else, he explained, we condemn ourselves, for none is without sin. Refusing to forgive is a grievous sin—one the Savior warned against. Jesus’s own disciples had 'sought occasion against [each other] and forgave not one another in their hearts; and for this evil they were afflicted and sorely chastened."
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "The Merciful Obtain Mercy", General Conference, Apr. 2012


1 Linda Ross                       14 Breanna Bunker               27 Angela Orange
2 Barbara Coats                  17 Terry Carter                      28 Julie Pedigo
2 Carolyn Skerlong             19 Tonita Watson                 30 Dina Dixon
4 Linda Nelson                    19 JoAnn Greely                   
5 Kristy Stephen                 21 Lashandra Goodjoint
8 Ana Prudencio                 25 Pamela Hires
11 Karen Downs                 26 Rachel Day
14 Lori Coenen                   27 Samantha Montgomery

Please make every attempt to do your Visiting Teaching.  It will bless you and the Sisters on your route!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Monica's Shelf Reliance Thrive Party

You’re Invited

Come and enjoy a fun and exciting cooking presentation featuring:


Host:  Monica Mock

Date:  July 24, 2012       Time:  6:00

Location:  5712 Bon Aire Drive (Mother-in-Law’s House)

Please R.S.V.P. or you can call me at 381-4342

Consultant:  Lisa Bostic

Please visit our website at to preview our product line and create a custom Home Store plan.  Come to the party and get the lowest pricing available! 

At the party you get the “Q” Price whether you join the program or not.  Shelf Reliance is not just a food storage program, it can change the whole way you prepare for your meal planning.  The web site actually has recipe’s and a list of ingredients to go along with the recipe.  The “Q” program lets you sign up to get a monthly shipment of food according to your family’s needs.  For as little as $50 a month (this includes your shipping) you can begin the “Q” program and sign up is free. 

They recommend that you use your food storage and incorporate it in your everyday meal planning. This way you are not adding $ to your monthly budget, only allocating it to Shelf Reliance instead of the Grocery store.

The products can be purchased in a variety of sizes and the shelf life for each product is listed on each container both for opened and unopened.  Most shelf life’s are 25-30 years unopened and 1-2 years if opened.  They all just vary. 

We will have some of the product for everyone to sample so, if nothing else just come to sample the products. You will be surprised how good this food tastes (even unprepared)

Bring a Friend!!

These products are great!  Check out the website and learn about the ordering program.

Directions to the party.  I started at the red light close to Kentucky Fried Chicken,  I will have signs at the last two turns:

Driving directions to 5712 Bon Aire Dr, Monroe, LA 71203


1. Take the 1st left onto Warhawk Way and go across the bayou.
0.2 mi
2. Take the 1st right onto Bon Aire Dr.  the Stadium will be on your left
1.3 mi
3. Turn right to stay on Bon Aire Dr
0.1 mi
4. Take the 1st left to stay on Bon Aire Dr
Destination will be on the right at the end of the road
0.2 mi
5712 Bon Aire Dr
Monroe, LA 71203

Monday, July 16, 2012

Pretzel Fundraiser for Joey Bass

Please help support Joey Bass by buying a Pretzel or two or three, well you get the idea!  Joey is going to Korea to teach English.  This will be such a neat experience for her.  She will have the privilege of learning a new culture and a new language herself.

You can customize your order:

The cost for the Pretzels is $2.00 each

Carmel or plain

Pick a chocolate (White, Milk, or Dark)

Pick a topping (Coconut, Toffee, Mini M&M’s, Reeses Pieces, Sugar Sprinkles)
Please contact Sena at or you can call her at 282-9399
you can also let me know at or or you can call me at 381-4342 or 342-8220
Please ask your friends, co-workers, and neighbors.  these are delicious and would make excellent goodies to take to your Sisters on your Visiting Teaching route. 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Funeral Services for Brother Thomas Coats

Visitation for Brother Thomas Coats will be held at Kilpatrick Funeral Home in West Monroe on Thursday, July 5, from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.  Graveside services will be held on Friday, July 6, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in The Chapel Mausoleum at Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery.  We will be serving Sister Coats and her family a small lunch at the church after the Graveside Service.  Please bring any food for the lunch to the church prior to the service.  Brandy will be at the church at 9:00 a.m.   Please call Brandy at 318-237-0754, Sena at 318-282-9399 or Monica at 318-381-4342 if you have any questions.  Thank you for your support for Sister Coats.

We Love you,
The Relief Society Presidency   

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Aloe Vera Babies

Well, Brandy has done it again.  Her Aloe Vera plant has had babies.  If you are interested in a baby, Aloe Vera Plant, please call or text Brandy at 318-237-0754.

Orange Leaf Outing

Hello Sisters!! 

Let's all sneak out for a yummy treat.  We will meet at the Orange Leaf in Monroe, (right down from Newk's) on Tuesday, July 10th at 7:30 pm.  Please tell anyone who may not be getting the e-mail or worse not checking out the fantastic Relief Society Blog? 

Friday, June 29, 2012

July Newsletter for Relief Society

Welcome to Relief Society July 2012

"So the bad news is that family breakdown is causing a host of societal and economic ills. But the good news is that, like any cause and effect, those ills can be reversed if what is causing them is changed. Inequities are resolved by living correct principles and values. Brothers and sisters, the most important cause of our lifetime is our families. If we will devote ourselves to this cause, we will improve every other aspect of our lives and will become, as a people and as a church, an example and a beacon for all the peoples of the earth"—Elder M. Russell Ballard,   General Conference, Apr. 2012

Up Coming Events

4 – Pancakes & Parade

8 -  Pot Luck

24 – Pioneer Day

July Lesson Schedule

 1– Relief Society Presidency

8 – Doing Our Part to Share the Gospel P.135-146

15 –How to Share the Gospel Effectively P. 147-156

22 – Thanks Be to God, Elder Russell M. Nelson

29 – Combined w/ Priesthood

July Birthdays

1  –Megan Taylor               22 -  Wai Lin Weir

1 – Kathy Douglas              24 – Lenora Evans

4 – Kathy Harper                25 – Joan Parker

8 – Brandy Smith               26 – Charlotte Killian

11 – Marion Broussard     29 – Kimberly Goins   

14 - Joey Bass

20 – Patti Morris                30 – Linda Orr

22 – Minnie Ante               31 – Monica Downs

22 – Elaine Walton           

President Gordon B. Hinckley: “My dear friends of the Relief Society, whatever your circumstances, wherever you may live, may the windows of heaven be opened and blessings come down upon you. May you live with love for one another. May you reach down to lift up those whose burdens are heavy. May you bring light and beauty to the world” (“To the Women of the Church,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2003, 115).

"I know that which the Lord hath commanded me, and I glory in it. I do not glory of myself, but I glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me; yea, and this is my glory, that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance; and this is my joy. And behold, when I see many of my brethren truly penitent, and coming to the Lord their God, then is my soul filled with joy; then do I remember what the Lord has done for me, yea, even that he hath heard my prayer; yea, then do I remember his merciful arm which he extended towards me."