Sept 5 2017 Book of Mormon Class 1 Rebekah Ellsworth

“It has been said that nationally prominent radio commentator once made the statement that he had been asked what message could be broadcast to the world that would be considered more important than any other. After giving the matter much thought and consideration, he came to the conclusion that to be able to announce that a man who had lived upon the earth had died and then had returned again with a message from God would be the most important message that could be broadcast to the world. This being true, the Latter-day Saints have the most important message for the world today. In the western part of the state of New York in 1936 they erected a monument upon the Hill Cumorah to such a person, Moroni, a prophet of God, who lived upon the American continent four hundred years after Christ. This is the only such monument in the world today.”

– Elder LeGrand Richards, A Marvelous Work and A Wonder, opening lines

“The Book of Mormon is like a vast mansion, with gardens, towers, courtyards, and wings. My tour of it has never been completed. Some rooms I have yet to enter, and there are more felicitous fireplaces waiting to warm me. Even the rooms I have glimpsed contain further furnishings and rich detail yet to be savored. There are panels inlaid with incredible insights, and design and décor dating from Eden. There are even sumptuous banquet tables painstakingly prepared by predecessors which await all of us. Yet we as church members sometimes behave like hurried tourists scarcely entering beyond the entry hall. May we come to feel, as a whole people, beckoned beyond the entry hall. May we go inside far enough to hear clearly the whispered truths from those who have slumbered – which whisperings will awaken in us individually a life of discipleship as never before.”
– Elder Neal A. Maxwell, Great Answers to the Great Question, FARMS Symposium Address, October 1986

“I have read [the Book of Mormon] many times. I have also read much that has been written about it. Some authors have focused upon its stories, its people, or its vignettes of history. Others have been intrigued by its language structure or its records of weapons, geography, animal life, techniques of building, or systems of weights and measures. “Interesting as these matters may be, study of the Book of Mormon is most rewarding when one focuses on its primary purpose—to testify of Jesus Christ. By comparison, all other issues are incidental. “When you read the Book of Mormon, concentrate on the principal figure in the book—from its first chapter to the last—the Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God.”

– Elder Russell M. Nelson, “A Testimony of the Book of Mormon,” Ensign, Nov. 1999, 69.

“What is the major purpose of the Book of Mormon? To bring men to Christ and to be reconciled to him, and then to join his church—in that order.” – President Ezra Taft Benson, “A New Witness for Christ,” Conference Report, October 1984
The Book of Mormon and the Feast of Trumpets: Lenet Hadley Read, “The Golden Plates and the Feast of Trumpets,” Ensign, January 2000

Mentions of Christ in the Book of Mormon: Susan Easton Black [then Susan Ward Easton], “Names of Christ in the Book of Mormon,” Ensign, July 1978

Book of Mormon Oxford experience: Clayton Christensen, “Why I Belong, and Why I Believe

Elder Holland, Testimony of the Book of Mormon, LDS Media Library

Invitation to Attend and Refugee Produce Drive at Scripture Class

Notes from our Stake RS Presidency:

  • every sister is welcome!
  • we especially want to reach out to moms with kids at home and encourage them to come – nursery provided!
  • you don’t have to dress up–come in exercise clothes
  • you can come late
  • you can attend regularly or now and then
  • you can watch it in the RS room with noisy toddlers or babies too young for nursery or just if you want to

In conjunction with our effort to bless the lives of refugees in our own community, we will be doing something a little extra special this year. Please read the following from our stake humanitarian committee.

We have a great opportunity to serve together this fall as the Olympus Stake Relief Society. We will be helping a large refugee community whose teenagers attend Cottonwood High School. This is the same program through which we collected and donated 159 backpacks loaded with school supplies this summer. THANK YOU! They have been so appreciative. A food pantry has been created at Cottonwood High School, where refugee students can bring their backpacks and come pick up food items for themselves and their families. It is rare for them to be able to purchase fresh fruit on their own so this fall we will be helping them by donating fresh fruit to the pantry every Tuesday. You may bring your donations to Sisters in Scriptures Class on Tuesdays and we will have containers for you to put them in. We will take them straight to the pantry after class, and the students get to come pick them up that same afternoon!
Alma 26:31
Now behold, we can look forth and see the fruits of our labors; and are they few? I say unto you, Nay, they are many; yea, and we can witness of their sincerity, because of their love towards their brethren and also towards us.

Thank you all for helping us stock a pantry for members of our community.

Fresh Fruit Donation Calendar:

September 5th: melons

September 12th: grapes

September 19th and 26th: apples

October 17th and 24th: clementines, oranges, citrus