President Gordon B. Hinckley's Challenge and Promise

President Gordon B. Hinckley said in a

worldwide leadership training meeting:

“I am convinced there is no other organization anywhere to match the Relief Society of this Church.

If they will be UNITED and speak with ONE VOICE,


10 January 2004, 20

Relief Society - A Restoration of an Ancient Form


“A Restoration of an Ancient Pattern”

Although the name may be modern date,

the institution is of ANCIENT ORIGIN.

We were told by our martyred prophet

that the same organization EXISTED

in the church ANCIENTLY.”

Eliza R. Snow

(Published in: “Daughters in My Kingdom”)

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Girls Camp - Fish Creek - Glacier National Park

Today, we got to hear about Girls Camp...
These are only a VERY FEW PICTURES taken from this FUN EVENT!
The Youth Leaders have SO MUCH MORE...
but, hopefully you get an idea
what a GREAT time everyone had...

"B"uild "O"ur "O"wn "T"estimony

We had a couple of people stop and talk to us because of these signs

(L to R) Janie Toren - Melanie Labrum - Ashley Buckwalter

Notice the "Boot Camp" down the sleeve
Whose says we can't be "stylish"

Fish Creek
Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Not far behind our camp site

OK - Big Girls like to PLAY, also!
Janie and her WATER GUN vs.

Melanie and HER WATER GUN!

Leaders and girls on the bridge
over Fish Creek

Food and Priesthood
No Girls Camp would be complete without them!
Brother Bill Bushman was WONDERFUL!

Even got help from Florida - Bob Shepherd (friend of Smiths)
Brother Derick Toren got an ear-full on all Bob's stories
about Garvin (Smith's) cooking experiences in Florida

Even got to eat FRESH FISH - Compliments of Brother Toren!

Ashley Buckwalter - got to learn how to do pancakes
on the "Holy Griddle"

I think Garvin found a new cook to help on all future
Griddle gigs...Go MELANIE!

Alas...we did have some problems
POURED RAIN...through left opened TENT WINDOWS

Janie Toren - showing she could have been a

Girls - Camp Leaders - Stake Leaders
After "Fruit Loop" contest
Hence, the "fruit loops" on leaders faces and bowls on their heads

Monday, July 18, 2011

You Are Beautiful

I watched this video this morning...Though it is produced by another Christian group, I thought the message was "beautiful"...Sometimes, people say things to us...and we begin to wonder about our "worth"...Well, sisters...
and our Savior's eyes...

NOBODY can demean
this truth...


Sunday, July 17, 2011

New Arrival: Britton Lloyd BEARD

Jason and Stephanie with their newborn son

Mama Stephanie with Britton
Shouldn't the "yawning" be the other way around?


Britton Lloyd BEARD
Born: 14 July 2011
21 1/2 inches
9 pounds

Parents: Jason and Stephanie BEARD
Grandparents: Larry and Bunny Egley

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Mrs. Andrew Clark...

Today, Amber Nestell became the wife of
Andrew Clark...

Where Families Become "Forever"

Cardston Alberta Temple


Their "forever" son
Tony, Austin, and Amy

Tony, Andrew, AJ, Adam, Amy, Aaron, Alek, Asher, and Austin
Robinson Family

Yesterday, on July 15th, my husband and I had the privilege of witnessing the sealing of Austin to his parents, Tony and Amy Robinson... "for all eternity"...! With his brothers all in attendance...and Amy's sister, Mary, we got to understand the importance of receiving your temple recommend and living up to our covenants...What a tender scene to watch and having the presence of the SPIRIT...

I, also, wanted to express...the THRILL of sealing your own doing work for your ancestors who have
moved on...but, didn't have the saving ordinances
in their lives, while they were here on earth.

Garvin and I managed to do "3" sealings, yesterday, as well.
Garvin's grandparents...and my grandmother's parents...
and one of my great-great grandparents...

I simply cried as we sealed them together...
There is a SPIRIT about this work...
that I wish I could describe...
It simply is not "earthly"...

The Eternal Family

(Elder Robert D. Hales)

(Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles)

(General Conference - 6 October 1996)

“What is the promise of these sealings which are performed in the temples? The Lord outlines the promise and requirements in this sacred verse: “And again, verily I say unto you, if a man marry a wife by my word, which is my law, and by the new and everlasting covenant, and it is sealed unto them by the Holy Spirit of promise, by him who is anointed, unto whom I have appointed this power and the keys of this priesthood; and it shall be said unto them—Ye shall come forth in the first resurrection; and shall inherit thrones, kingdoms, principalities, and powers, dominions, all heights and depths—then shall it be written in the Lamb’s Book of Life…and shall be of full force when they are out of the world; and they shall pass by the angels, and the gods, which are set there, to their exaltation and glory in all things, as hath been sealed upon their heads, which glory shall be a fullness and a continuation of the seeds forever and ever”.

(D&C 132:19)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Look what happens when you go out looking for our Sisters

Amy and I went to find a sister, that we have never visited before...
This is where we ended up...
It's TRUE...

Thursday, July 7, 2011

I Wonder if I will ever make it...

"Not long ago, one of my children said, 'Dad, sometimes I wonder
if I will ever make it.' The answer I gave her is the
same I would give you if you have had similar feelings.
Just do the very best you can each day...
Before you realize it, your life will be full of spiritual
understanding that will confirm to you
that your Heavenly Father loves you.
When a person knows this,
then life will be full of purpose
and meaning,
making balance easier to maintain."

Elder M. Russell Ballard
Page 133

Adversity - Trial of Principle

"Adversity is the trial of principle.
Without it, a man hardly knows whether
he is honest or not."

(Henry Fielding - In "The New Dictionary of Thoughts, ed. Ralph Emerson Browns,
n.p.: Standard Book Col, 1957, p. 6.)

Quoted in "Hope" - By: Elder Marvin J. Ashton
Page 15

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

"Live with DIGNITY"

"Knowing that Satan and his hosts are relentless in their attempts
to ridicule, embarrass, belittle, and cause all of us to
yield and ultimately fall,
what should be our attitude in today's society?"

"There is an important step beyond avoiding contention and strife;
and that is to live with DIGNITY...
How disarming it must be to the enemies to see the VALIANT
moving forward with poise and dignity under all
challenging circumstances."

Elder Marvin J. Ashton
(Quorum of the 12 Apostles)
Quoted in "Hope"
Page 21