"The minute a man stops supplicating God for his spirit and directions just so soon he starts out to become a stranger to him and his works. When men stop praying for God's spirit, they place confidence in their own unaided reason, and they gradually lose the spirit of God, just the same as near and dear friends, by never writing to or visiting with each other, will become strangers. We should all pray that God may never leave us alone for a moment without his spirit to aid and assist us in withstanding sin and temptation." Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Heber J. Grant, 173
November 23 (Sunday) Our Relief Society lesson is Elder Dallin H. Oaks' recent General Conference talk "Sacrament Meeting and the Sacrament," in the November 2008 Ensign, page 17.
November 27 (Thursday) Thanksgiving Fellowship Dinners
November 28 (Friday) 7:30 p.m. New Convert Temple Baptisms
December 4 (Thursday) Playgroup at Jennifer house at 10 a.m.
December 4 (Thursday) - 7:00 p.m. Book Club at Erin K's house. We'll discuss These Is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine by Nancy E. Turner.
December 5 (Friday) - 6:30 p.m. Ward Christmas Dinner Sign up sheets will be available in classes tomorrow.
It's Angel Tree time again! We're asking for donations to help members of the ward that may not have enough to provide for their family this Christmas. Donations should be put in a tithing envelope with "Angel Tree" written under "Other" on the tithing slip and need to be turned in by Sunday, December 14th. This is a great opportunity to share some of the blessings Heavenly Father has given us.
"Elder Robert D. Hales said: 'If the example we have received from our parents was not good, it is our responsibility to break the cycle. . . . Each person can learn a better way and in so doing bless the lives of family members now and teach correct traditions for the generations that follow' ("How Will Our Children Remember Us?" Ensign, Nov. 1993, 10). "Remember, 'the family is central to the Creator's plan for the eternal destiny of His children' ("The Family: A Proclamation to the World," Ensign, Nov. 1995, 102). Eternal families are made up of individuals. 'Do your part to build a happy home' (For the Strength of Youth, 10). Establish patterns of righteousness in your life. And be an example of the believers. The Lord is depending on you to assist in the exaltation of your eternal family." Mary N. Cook, "Strengthen Home and Family," Ensign, Nov. 2007, 13
"The fate of humanity and all civilization hinges on whether man will use his free agency to govern himself or ignore eternal laws at his own peril and reap the consequences. The real issues of today are, therefore, not economic nor political. They are spiritual---meaning that man must learn to conform to the laws which God has given to mankind" (The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 84-85).
"It is wonderful to know that our Heavenly Father loves us--even with all our flaws! His love is such that even should we give up on ourselves, He never will."We see ourselves in terms of yesterday and today. Our Heavenly Father sees us in terms of forever. Although we might settle for less, Heavenly Father won't, for He sees us as the glorious beings we are capable of becoming." Joseph B Wirthlin, "The Great Commandment," Ensign, Nov. 2007, 29 30
Fairfield Ward Relief Society Newsletter November 2008
In October 1940, the world was deeply involved with World War II. President George Albert Smith was the prophet on earth. The First Presidency stated, “The Saints on either side have no course open to them but to support that government to which they owe allegiance. But their prayers should go up day and night that God will turn the hearts of their leaders towards peace, that the curse of war may end” (statement by the First Presidency, in Conference Report, October 1940). In these perilous times of political and economical change and upheaval, the counsel given 50 years ago remains relevant as if it were given today: we must support our government, and pray for the leaders of our nation. We are compelled to be law abiding, honest and loyal citizens. Our nation is in the hands of the Lord. As we earnestly strive to be good citizens, and to support just causes, we will be watched over. President Smith stated, “I pray for our country and ask the Lord to bless those who preside in the nation, in the states, in the cities, and in the counties. I pray God to inspire the people that they will obey His commands, and elect good men to office; that they will bury their political differences and seek for good men to hold office, and not men who connive with those who are breaking the laws of our country. It is one of the articles of our faith to obey and uphold the laws of the land. May God help us to do it” (Gospel Standards, 129).
Sisters, may we lay aside our differences, with hearts filled with gratitude for the freedoms which we share, and hopes for peace and prosperity in the Lord. As we prepare for Thanksgiving, I pray that we will be mindful of the spiritual prosperity we share, and the blessings of citizenship in our great country. God bless America, and God bless us all. --a message from Erin Kingrey, Enrichment Counselor
NOVEMBER LESSON SCHEDULES
Relief Society Gospel Doctrine 2 – Meeting with Pres. Guffey 2 - 3 Nephi 8-11 9 – The Second Coming & the Millennium (JS 21) 9 – 3 Nephi 12-15 16 – Gaining Knowledge of Eternal Truths (JS 22) 16 – 3 Nephi 17-19 23 – November 2008 Ensign (TFOT) 23 – 3 Nephi 16; 20-21
November 2 (Sunday) – 6:00 p.m. Single Adults Potluck & Fireside at Montgomery November 6 (Thursday) – 9:30 a.m Playgroup at Erin K’s home November 6 (Thursday) – 7:00 p.m. Relief Society Enrichment Meeting November 13 (Thursday) – 10:00 a.m. Playgroup at Heather R's home November 14 (Friday) – 7:30 p.m. Single Adults Activity at Liberty Building November 15 (Saturday) – 1:30 p.m. Youth Temple Trip November 19 (Wednesday) – 7:00 p.m. Temple Recommend Interviews, Liberty Bldg. November 20 (Thursday) – 10:00 a.m. Playgroup at Shayleen L’s home November 27 (Thursday) Thanksgiving Fellowship Dinners November 28 (Friday) – 6:30 p.m. New Convert Temple Baptisms
November Birthdays 1-8: Karen T Tracy R Ashley S 9-15: Nancy C Dory C Anna L Theresa J Betty Ann L Vicki Y 16-22: Shelia W Ruthie E Hazel J Ernestine C Erlene A Cindy Z 23-30: Marvella J Aikleen P Mary H
December Book Club We’ll discuss the book “These Is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine” by Nancy E. Turner at Erin K's home on Thursday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Fairfield West Elders 513-578-2158 10154 Arborwood #604 Colerain Township, OH 45251
Fairfield East Sisters 513-289-3186 12 Randolph #102 Fairfield, OH 45014
This Thursday is our "Family History is Fun" Enrichment Meeting! We're looking forward to seeing you all there at 7:00. It will be a fun evening. We're looking forward to trying everyone's food inspired by family history as well as working on our great family tree wall hanging.
Please remember to bring food if you signed up. Even if you didn't sign up, food is always welcome! If you are planning to do the craft, please bring a glue stick, an ultra-fine sharpie marker, a good pair of scissors, and your hands. Everything else will be provided for you.
Babysitting will be provided. We'd like to give a special THANKS to Connie, our new Enrichment Nursery leader who has put in a lot of work to make the nursery run well. We're very excited about this evening, and we hope to see you there!
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