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”)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


We are in the midst of "that time of year"...
...Pondering for all that we are grateful for during the Thanksgiving festivities...
and, now, getting ready for the celebration of our Savior's birth...
For is a very difficult time of year...
and for is the excitement of
family and friends gathering together
and celebrating all that is good...
I love this song..."Believe"...
by Josh Groban...
I found a version of it with JUST THE WORDS...
hoping that you will let your own mind drift...
to draw upon the "spirit"
and allowing Him to guide your thoughts...

Monday, November 28, 2011

"12" New Guests at the Robison Family Home

Ollie and her "12" Young'uns

Anyone interested in adding one of these
little ones for Christmas?
I am sure...Susan Robison would LOVE
to be one of Santa's helpers in making
it possible!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

"Daughters in My Kingdom" - NEW Relief Society Book

 I realize, Sisters, not all of you
have been given a copy of this important gift...
Our ward was only sent "40" copies...
which doesn't even begin to cover the
nearly 260 sisters in our Ward...
We are in the process of ordering that EACH of you
will have your very own copy...
In the meantime, here is a wonderful 
interview with the General R.S. Presidency
on this important work...

Friday, November 25, 2011

Tyson Boyes

This article was featured in 
"The Daily Inter Lake"
on Tyson Boyes

Youth with cerebral palsy picks family over football for Montana Hope wish

Thanksgiving reunion

The Montana Hope Project is helping the Boyes family make a trip to California so Tyson, left, can visit his great-grandfather's gravesite. Members of the Montana Highway Patrol met at Pizza Hut last week to give the family a gift basket before their trip this.

Tyson with family - Tyler Beagley
and members of the Montana Highway Patrol

Tyson's mother, Gina Boyes, was showing Tyson a picture
she took at Pizza Hut - 15 November 2011

Can find this article:

Stefanie Walter and Baby Hailey Brooke

I am a bit behind in featuring one of our newest 
additions to the Ward:
Hailey Brooke Walter
who was born on the same day as her sister, Olivia...
19 September

In her honor, there was a baby shower given by Kara Baisden:

Baby Hailey cuddled up to Mama Stefanie

Fran McCarrel holding Baby Hailey

Our little banquet!

Enjoying our wonderful feast!
Front to Back: Sabrina Dobson - Stefanie Walter - Kara Baisden

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Ward Thanksgiving Plates of Love...

To our incredible Ward for all their loving hands
in helping with the Thanksgiving Plates of Love...
Absolutely WONDERFUL amount of goodies made and offered...
and to all those who gave their time...
to make it all happen!
Amber Olsen - Debbie Perrone - and fun-loving
Robyn Dickson
Annie "Egley" Smith and Bunny Egley
Annie came to show off her beautiful twin
baby girls 
Wendy Storey wrapping up all those 
awesome plates of goodies
 Lynn Billedeaux and Wendy Storey
 Sheryl Ruggles, Amber Spillett, and Mary Lou Hartman
 Shawn Fuller
We made up "79" platefuls...
Bishop Robison - Terri Parker and Sheryl Ruggles
getting ready the final touches - 
Letters to our Ward families and an invitation
to our Christmas Community event
Mindy Smith offering her thoughts...
Wendy Storey and Meridel Barden
adding additional goodies
as more wonderful treats arrived...
Our Youth leaders, like Steve Perrone, here,
and our Youth - plus several other adults
took the youth around to deliver
to many of our Ward families...

A huge THANK YOU to all the UNNAMED
individuals who played a great role in this
wonderful act of "service"...
It takes MANY MANY MANY hands
to make something like this

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Baptism: Laureen and Ciara Rickard

On November 12, 2011
We have the privilege of TWO NEW members 
joining our Family Ward...
Laureen and Ciara Rickard!

Our Elders Mower and Warner
baptized them.

(L to R) Elder Warner - Ciara and Laureen Rickard - Elder Mower

Sunday, November 20, 2011


  • The prophet is not limited by men's reasoning. There will be times when you will have to choose between the revelations of God and the reasoning of men--between the prophet and the politician or professor. Said the Prophet Joseph Smith, "Whatever God requires is right, no matter what it is, although we may not see the reason thereof until long after the events transpire." (Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson [1988], p.134)
  • The great test of life is obedience to God. "We will prove them herewith," said the Lord, "to see if they will do all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them" (Abraham 3:25). The great task of life is to learn the will of the Lord and then do it. (Ensign, May 1988, p. 4)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Parenting Tricks or Simply BEING WISE...

Our Family - 1989
(Before Hyrum was born - 3 years later)

Our daughter wrote this up for a major blog, today...and I thought I would share it with you...In raising our children, we had to find "wise" methods to handle 7-8 young children in church...Here is our daughter's side of it:

The Three Scoop Method ~ My Parenting Trick!


 After reading my lovely post about our fist fighting in church experience on my blog, my mom commented that I should start instigating the "three scoop" method.  What does that mean?

Well, here's the scoop. (Ha! "Scoop".... clever, I know)

Sugar was an oh-so-very-rare and highly precious commodity in our house when we were young kids. There were only two nights a week when after dinner treats were given.

Sunday and Monday nights. And honestly, half the time the "treat" was popcorn.

But Sundays seemed to be ice cream day. Now the "three scoops" refers to the three scoops of ice cream you got when my dad would dish up the bowls. We never got more than three. Three was the ultimate magic number one could aspire to.
 So this is how my parents used the magic number as a torture device...

If we started acting up in church, all my dad had to do, was lean towards us, and hold up three fingers.

Oh, believe me, we knew EXACTLY what that meant.

If that first warning was not enough and we continued to act up, he would then hold up three fingers and ever so torturously slow, so we didn't miss one horrible moment of it, he would lower one finger, indicating that we had just lost one of our coveted scoops of ice cream.

I can't even begin to explain the total devastation, as well as perfect behavior it got out of us.

I do remember just once, having lost all three of my scoops. I'm pretty sure I still have nightmares from that. For my parents never backed down, they never gave in with one of those weak, "okay fine, but next time, you really won't get them" things that you hope you're parents will say after you've been bad. Oh no! They were hard core and VERY consistent. We fully understood that my parents stuck by this rule.

I promise you I never lost all three of my scoops again, ever.

I'm a fast learner.

So if anyone in our congregation had the notion that we were just naturally reverent children, they would be sorely mistaken.

We were just trying hard to get our ice cream!
~ Serene

Monday, November 14, 2011


Many of you have heard this line quoted several times:

"For nearly six thousand years, God has held you in reserve to 
make your appearance in the final days before the Second Coming."

I would like to add the REST of the of the commentary
by Elder Marvin J. Ashton (Quorum of the Twelve)
who quoted President Ezra Taft Benson in the
October 1989 General Conference...
You will find this quote on Pages 36-37 - November "Ensign" 1989

"Every previous gospel dispensation has drifted into apostasy, 
but ours will not...

God has saved for the final inning some of his strongest children,
who will help bear off the kingdom TRIUMPHANTLY.

And that is where you come in, for you are THE GENERATION
that must be prepared to meet your God...MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT---

There has never been more expected of the faithful 
in such a short period of time as there is of us...Each day we personally
make many decisions that show where our SUPPORT will go.

The FINAL outcome is certain-the forces of righteousness will

What remains to be seen is where EACH OF US PERSONALLY,
now and in the future,
will stand in this fight and how tall we will stand.

Will we be TRUE to our last-days,

Sunday, November 13, 2011

No Stronger Weapon

"The adversary has no stronger weapon in his possession
for the downfall of our Heavenly Father's 
children than murmuring."
Elder Marvin J. Ashton
Address, Brigham Young University
December 9, 1969
Page 7

Friday, November 11, 2011

God Bless The U.S.A.

One of my homeschooled students put together this her final project at the end of our Early American class...

Remembering our Veterans and Current Military Men and Women

Captain Moroni and the TITLE OF LIBERTY

One of my absolute favorite lines in the scriptures was
declared by Captain Moroni:
"In memory of our God, our religion,
and freedom, and our peace,
our wives, and our children!"

We have fought for our "RIGHT to CHOOSE"
long before we came here...

Many a man/woman pledged their 
"Sacred Honor"
like our Founding Fathers when they declared their
their "Independence":
"...and for the support of this Declaration, 
with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence,
we mutually pledge to each other
Declaration of Independence
4 July 1776

However, FREEDOM, unfortunately, comes with a price and often, the choicest blood from each given...

In Declaring our Independence
John Adams had this to say:
I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure it will cost us to maintain this declaration, and support and defend these states. Yet through all the gloom I see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is worth all the means. This is our day of deliverance. --- John Adams (1735–1826) 
“America was discovered, colonized, and made into a great nation so that the Lord would have a proper place both to restore the gospel and from which to send it forth to all other nations.  As a prelude to his coming, and so the promised work of restoration would roll forward, the foundations of the American nation were laid. --- Bruce R. McConkie

The spirit of patriotism were often engulfed in songs like this:
"Over There" - Written by: George M. Cohan

THANK YOU to all those family members who
sacrificed TIME with their loved ones...

My oldest son's family - awaiting the arrival
of our son, Joshua, from Iraq
Seeing and being with their daddy after months away from home...

Long awaited and safe arrival...
One of the twins - not quite certain...

May we REMEMBER all our Veterans, today...
and especially PRAY EVERY DAY
for their safety and DAILY express our

Thursday, November 10, 2011


I began to follow "Sing Off" this year...because one of my dearest friend's daughter, Amy Whitcomb, and her group "Delilah" were competing...They took 6th place...However, our "BYU" boys - "Vocal Point" - is still in the competition...The Church News did a piece on them...and I thought I would share it with you...It is another way...for a POSITIVE enforcement of WHO WE ARE...and that our talents are to be used for the building up of HIS serve the the best manner we can...

Great interview...of these "wholesome" "talented" young men!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Contrast Between Nephi and his Brothers Laman and Lemuel

Nephi - At the command of God - 
rebuking his brothers, Laman and Lemuel, and showing the power of God - 

  • Not consistent in righteousness (1 Nephi 2:9)
  • Stiffneckedness: "murmured" in many things again their "prophet" (father) (1 Nephi 2:11)
  • Attached to "worldly things" (1 Nephi 2:11)
  • Murmured BECAUSE he "knew not the dealings of that God who had created" him (1 Nephi 2:12)
  • Was not firm, steadfast, and immovable in keeping the commandments of God (1 Nephi 2:10)
  • Stiffneckedness: "murmured" in many things again their "prophet" (father) (1 Nephi 2:11)
  • Attached to "worldly things" (1 Nephi 2:11)
  • Murmured BECAUSE he "knew not the dealings of that God who had created" him (1 Nephi 2:12)
  • Had great desire to know the mysteries of God (1 Nephi 2:16)
  • Prayed to the Lord to KNOW with diligence and lowliness of heart! (1 Nephi 2:16, 19))
  • Spirit testified that the Prophet Lehi (father) was telling the truth (1 Nephi 2:16)
  • Had FAITH (1 Nephi 2:19)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Our National Anthem

Friday, November 11th, will be 
Veteran's Day...
I for one, cry... when we sing any song about our country...
I am a puddle of tears when I see our military...
and my red, white, and blue blood
pumps through my veins
on a daily basis...

Today, I listened to this "5" year old
belt out our National Anthem...
and was in AWE...
absolutely in AWE...
of her rendering
of our anthem...

Sit back...and take it all in...She is incredible...
Remember...she is "5" years old...

The Book of Mormon is a great Sifter...

"Members of the Church everywhere should know the Book of Mormon better than any other book.  Not only should we know what history and faith-promoting stories it contains, but we should understand its teachings...
I have noted within the church the difference in discernment, in insight, conviction, and spirit between those who know and love the Book of Mormon and those who do not.  That book is a great sifter."
President Ezra Taft Benson
"Jesus Christ---Gifts and Expectations"
New Era, May 1975, page 19

"...No member of this Church can stand approved in the presence of God
who has not seriously and carefully read the Book of Mormon."

President Joseph Fielding Smith
Conference Report
October 1961, page 18

Monday, November 7, 2011

We Will Try and Reach Every Living Soul...

  President Boyd K. Packer has said, "We accept the responsibility to preach the gospel to every person on earth.  And if the question is asked, 'You mean you are out to convert the entire world?' the answer is, 'Yes.  We will try to reach every living soul.'"

(Conference Report, October 1975, 145.)
Joseph Smith's Wentworth Letter:
"No unhallowed hand can stop this work from progressing...
Armies may combine, mobs may assemble,...
but the truth of God will go forth nobly until
every ear shall hear, every nation shall be visited, until the Great Jehovah shall say, 'It is done.'"

(Joseph Smith, "History of The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints, ed. B.H. Roberts, 2d ed. rev., 
7 vols. - Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints, 1932-51, 4:540)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

One of the Tools Provided to be Successful in Our Mortal Probation

"Our Father in Heaven understood that for us
to make desired progress during our
we would need to face difficult challenges.
Some of these would be almost OVERPOWERING.
He provided tools to help us be SUCCESSFUL
in our mortal probation.

One set of those tools is the 

Elder Richard G. Scott
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
"Ensign", November, 2011)

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Upholding and Defending the Constitution of the United States

Harold B. Lee said:

"We would hope that we might be instrumental in developing statesmen—men not only with unsurpassed excellence of training in the law, but also with an unwavering faith that the Constitution of the United States was divinely inspired and written by men whom God raised up for this very purpose [D&C 101:80].
"Teachers, hold up before your students the prophetic statement of the Prophet Joseph Smith—that if and when our inspired Constitution should hang as by a thread, there would be prepared, well-qualified defenders of the faith of our fathers, the elders of this church, who would step forth and save the Constitution from destruction."
(Harold B Lee, Ye Are the Light of the World 118; Provo, UT, 12 Nov 1971)

David O. McKay said:

"Next to being one in worshiping God, there is nothing in this world upon which this Church should be more united than in upholding and defending the Constitution of the United States!
"May the appeal of our Lord in His intercessory prayer for unity be realized in our homes, our wards, and stakes, and in our support of the basic principles of our Republic."
(David O. McKay, "The Enemy Within” 34 )

The Prayer

I pray you’ll be our eyes
And watch us where we go
And help us to be wise
In times when we don’t know

Let this be our prayer
As we go our way
Lead us to a place
Guide us with your grace
To a place where we’ll be safe
La luce che to dai

I pray we’ll find your light
Nel cuore restero
And hold it in our hearts
A ricordarchi che
When stars go out each night
L’eterna stella sei
Nella mia preghiera
Let this be our prayer
Quanta fede c’e
When shadows fill our day
Lead us to a place
Guide us with your grace

Give us faith so we’ll be safe.
Sognamo un mondo senza piu violenza

Un mondo di giustizia e di speranza
Ognuno dia la mano al suo vicino
Simbolo di pace e di fraternita

La forza che ci dai
We ask that life be kind
E’il desiderio che
And watch us from above
Ognuno trovi amore
We hope each soul will find
Intorno e dentro a se
Another soul to love

Let this be our prayer
Let this be our prayer
Just like every child
Just like every child

Needs to find a place,
Guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we’ll be safe
E la fede che
Hai acceso in noi
Sento che ci salvera

Friday, November 4, 2011

Greatest of all Knowledge

"The ultimate and greatest of all knowledge...
is to know God and His program
for our exaltation."

Spencer W. Kimball
1968 - General Conference
October - page 130

The Price of Freedom

Ezra Taft Benson said:

"The Founding Fathers understood the principle that “righteousness exalteth a nation” (Prov 14:34), and helped to bring about one of the greatest systems ever used to govern men. But unless we continue to seek righteousness and preserve the liberties entrusted to us, we shall lose the blessings of heaven. Thomas Jefferson said, “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” The price of freedom is also to live in accordance with the commandments of God. The early Founding Fathers thanked the Lord for His intervention in their behalf. They saw His hand in their victories in battle and believed strongly that He watched over them.
"The battles are not over yet, and there will yet be times when this great nation will need the overshadowing help of Deity. Will we as a nation be worthy to call upon Him for help?"
(Ezra Taft Benson, Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, pg. 601; from an address given at the Provo Freedom Festival, Provo, UT, 29 Jun 1986)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Jesus Was No Ordinary Man

Perfect Love - A Safeguard Against Falling from Grace

"Until we have perfect love 
we are liable to fall
and when we have a testimony that our names
are sealed in the Lamb's book of life
and then it is IMPOSSIBLE for FALSE CHRISTS to DECEIVE us..."
("Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith")
Pg. 9
"Love is one of the chief characteristics of Deity,
and ought to be manifested by those who aspire to be the sons of God.
A man filled with the love of God, is not content with 
blessing his family alone, but ranges through
the whole world,
anxious to bless the WHOLE HUMAN RACE."
("Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith")
Pg. 174

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Our Personal Influence

"There is one responsibility which no man can evade; that responsibility is his personal influence.  Man's unconscious influence is the silent, subtle radiation of personality---the effect of his words and his actions on others.  This radiation is tremendous.  Every moment of life man is changing, to a degree, the life of the whole world.

Every man has an atmosphere which is affecting every other man.  He cannot escape for one moment from this radiation of his character, this constant weakening or strengthening of others.  Man cannot evade the responsibility by merely saying it is an unconscious influence.
Man can select the qualities he would permit to be radiated, he can cultivate sweetness, calmness, trust, generosity, truth, justice, loyalty, nobility, and make them vitally active in his character.  And by these qualities he will constantly affect the world.

This radiation, to which I refer, comes from what a person really is, not from what he pretends to be.  Every man by his mere living is radiating either sympathy, sorrow, morbidness, cynicism, or happiness and hope or any one of a hundred other qualities.

Life is a state of radiation and absorption.  To exist is to radiate; to exist is to be the recipient of radiation."

President David O. McKay
(Given at BYU, April 27, 1948)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Perfecting Process of the Saints

"Receiving Us Through the Veil"

The Prophet Joseph Smith said:

When you climb up a ladder, you must begin at the bottom,
and ascend step by step, until you arrive at the top;
and so it is with the principles of the Gospel---
you must begin with the first, and go on
until you learn all the principles of exaltation.
but it will be a great while AFTER you 
have passed through the veil before you will have learned them.
It is not all to be comprehended in THIS WORLD;
it will be a great work to learn our salvation 
and exaltation even BEYOND the grave."
"Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith"
Section Six 1843-44
p. 348