Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The Sabbath is a Delight - from Kate Kocherhans

President Nelson's talk: The Sabbath is a Delight

  • How am I contributing to "the Sabbath is a Delight" mentality of my children? How can I make it a better experience for them and for myself?
To have a good sacrament meeting experience, the bishop has asked us to 1) be on time and 2) be prepared.
  • How can we be prepared?
  • Look ahead--what do you want your Sundays to look like? Look forward to sacrament meeting, not just getting there. Listen to music, have quiet thoughts about what sacrament meeting will be.
  • Plan for fasting--think about it on Saturday.
  • Use Saturday for getting everything ready for Sunday.
  • Pray, think, and make a plan to prepare.
  • Focus on the "delight" part for the children.
Ezekiel 20:20:And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the Lord your God.

What are signs that you are going to give to let the Lord know you are hallowing the Sabbath?

  • sit quietly and be with the Lord
  • once you enter the chapel, don't talk to anyone (no business), let families focus
  • play hymns at home
  • the Lord knows our desires and our hearts and knows if we've done the best we can

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Relief Society Activity

TM2nd Ward September Relief Society Activity
We had one of our most attended activities of the year in September!  The activity took place on a Friday night at the Gotfredson's house.  The activity was very casual.  There were plenty of treats, games, a movie, a raffle, and supplies to paint nails.  We had over 35 sisters attend!  Although there were different activities to do that night, the most common one was talking and getting to know one another better.  Considering the larger amount of new sisters that had recently moved into the ward, it was a great opportunity for everyone to meet someone new and make new friends.  The activity started at 7:30 and the fun continued on until 11:30.  

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Birthday's This Month: August

August 4, Kristi Perley
August 8, Roxy Nielson
August 9, Kara Rodriguez
August 11, Becca Ketchum
August 14, Kassi Abarca

August 15, Kate Kocherhans
August 15, Molly Miller
August 16, Tennasyn Moody
August 17, Pam Sundell
August 18 Genevieve Simpson
August 20, Libby Lyman
August 24, Jennifer Teng

August 28, Heather Smith
August 29, Lori Albrect
August 31, Kelsey Blasdell

This Week's Lesson: August 16, 2015

taught by Haylee Stewart

Purity is life-giving; impurity is deadly.

Introduce lesson: there is a lot of good, powerful principles in the lesson; review the 

lesson at home in your own time. To start off, have someone read quote #1.

QUOTE #1: The plaguing sin of this generation is sexual immorality. This, the 

Prophet Joseph said, would be the source of more temptations, more 

buffetings, and more difficulties for the elders of Israel than any other. … 

Sexual immorality is a viper that is striking not only in the world, but in the 

Church today. Not to admit it is to be dangerously complacent or is like 

putting one’s head in the sand. … 

No sin is causing the loss of the Spirit of the Lord among our people more 

today than sexual promiscuity. It is causing our people to stumble, damning 

their growth, darkening their spiritual powers, and making them subject to 

other sins.

Some of that quote came from an address Pres. Benson gave in 1986—nearly 30 

years ago. The rest of it came from a conference talk in 1964—over 50 years ago! 

Pres. Benson was truly a seer.

God has established His standard of chastity for His children.

QUOTE #2: The Church has no double standard of morality. The moral code 

of heaven for both men and women is complete chastity before marriage and 

full fidelity after marriage.

In the Book of Mormon, the prophet Jacob tells us that the Lord delights in 

the chastity of His children. Do you hear that, my brothers and sisters? The 

Lord is not just pleased when we are chaste; He delights in chastity. Mormon 

taught the same thing to his son Moroni when he wrote that chastity and 

virtue are “most dear and precious above all things”.

QUESTION: Any thoughts?

The Lord has given us His standard of purity. In order to stay morally clean, we need 

to prepare ourselves to resist temptation.

QUESTION: How do we prepare ourselves to resist temptation? 

Clean thoughts/pornography

QUOTE #3: Control your thoughts. No one steps into immorality in an instant. 

The first seeds of immorality are always sown in the mind. When we allow 

our thoughts to linger on lewd or immoral things, the first step on the road to 

immorality has been taken. I especially warn you against the evils of 

pornography. Again and again we hear from those caught in deep sin that 

often the first step on their road to transgression began with pornographic 

materials. The Savior taught that even when a man looks upon a woman to 

lust after her, or in other words, when he lets his thoughts begin to get out of 

control, he has already committed adultery with her in his heart.


QUOTE #4: Consider carefully the words of the prophet Alma to his errant 

son, Corianton, “Forsake your sins, and go no more after the lusts of your 

eyes.” (Alma 39:9.)

“The lusts of your eyes.” In our day, what does that expression mean?

Movies, television programs, and video recordings that are both suggestive 

and lewd.

Magazines and books that are obscene and pornographic.

We counsel you … not to pollute your minds with such degrading matter, for 

the mind through which this filth passes is never the same afterwards.20

Be clean. Be virtuous in your thoughts and actions. Read good books. Never 

let your minds be subjected to pornography. … In the words of the Lord, “Let 

virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong 

in the presence of God. The Holy Ghost shall be thy constant companion.”


QUOTE #5: Always pray for the power to resist temptation. Temptation will 

come to all of us. It will take many forms and appear in many disguises, but 

the Lord has given us the key for resisting it. He said to the Prophet Joseph 

Smith: “Pray always, that you may come off conqueror; yea, that you may 

conquer Satan, and that you may escape the hands of the servants of Satan 

that do uphold his work” (D&C 10:5). It should be part of our daily prayers to 

ask the Lord for constant strength to resist temptation, especially 

temptations that involve the law of chastity.

Avoid improper situations

QUOTE #6: Men and women who are married sometimes flirt and tease with 

members of the opposite sex. So-called harmless meetings are arranged, or 

inordinate amounts of time are spent together. In all of these cases, people 

rationalize by saying that these are natural expressions of friendship. But 

what may appear to be harmless teasing or simply having a little fun with 

someone of the opposite sex can easily lead to more serious involvement and 

eventual infidelity.

A good question to ask ourselves is this: Would my spouse be pleased if he or 

she knew I was doing this?

If you are married, avoid being alone with members of the opposite sex 

wherever possible. Many of the tragedies of immorality begin when a man 

and woman are alone in the office, or at church, or driving in a car. At first 

there may be no intent or even thought of sin. But the circumstances provide 

a fertile seedbed for temptation. One thing leads to another, and very quickly 

tragedy may result. It is so much easier to avoid such circumstances from the 

start so that temptation gets no chance for nourishment.


QUOTE #7: Be modest. Modesty in dress and language and deportment is a 

true mark of refinement and a hallmark of a virtuous Latter-day Saint. … 

Shun the low and the vulgar and the suggestive.

Plant positive activities

QUOTE #8: Overcome evil with good. You can overcome many evil 

inclinations through good physical exertion and healthful activities. A healthy 

soul, free of the body-and-spirit-dulling influences of alcohol and tobacco, is 

in better condition to overthrow the devil.

For those who are single and dating, carefully plan positive and constructive 

activities so that you are not left to yourselves with nothing to do but share 

physical affection. … This is the principle of filling one’s life with positive 

activities so that the negative has no chance to thrive.

Fasting/scripture study

QUOTE #9: Fill your lives with positive sources of power. It is not enough 

simply to try to resist evil or empty our lives of sin. We must also fill our lives 

with righteousness. We must engage in activities that bring spiritual power.

I speak of such activities as immersing ourselves in the scriptures. There is a 

power that flows into our lives when we read and study the scriptures on a 

daily basis that cannot be found in any other way. Daily prayer is another 

source of great power. Fasting for specific strength or special blessings can 

strengthen us beyond our normal ability. Christian service, church 

attendance, service in the kingdom—all can add to our storehouse of 

strength and power.

And now, of course, to mention the atonement. There is hope, there is power in the 

atonement. President Benson said:

“There may be some for whom the counsel to prepare and prevent is too late. You 

may already be deeply entangled in serious sin. If this is the case, there is no choice 

now but to repair your lives and repent of your sins. To you I would suggest five 

important things you can do to come back to a state of moral purity. Flee 

immediately from any situation you are in that is either causing you to sin or that 

may cause you to sin. Plead with the Lord for the power to overcome. Let your 

priesthood leaders help you resolve the transgression and come back into full 

fellowship with the Lord. Drink from the divine fountain and fill your lives with 

positive sources of power. Remember that through proper repentance, you can 

become clean again.

“For those who pay the price required by true repentance, the promise is sure. You 

can be clean again. The despair can be lifted. The sweet peace of forgiveness will 

flow into your lives. In this dispensation the Lord spoke with clarity when he said, 

‘Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, 

remember them no more.’”

Because Pres. Benson said sexual sin would plague this generation, it is imperative 

that we teach our children the law of chastity.

Pres. Benson said:

“Parents should give their children specific instructions on chastity at an early age, 

both for their physical and moral protection.

“Our homes must become bulwarks of strength through enthroning righteousness 

and bringing into them the peace, unity, and unselfishness engendered by personal 

purity, unquestioned fidelity, and simple family devotion. Parents must accept 

marriage as a divine institution, and honor parenthood. Children must be inspired 

by precept and example in preparation for marriage, to guard against unchastity as 

against a loathsome disease, and to practice the other fundamental Christian 


QUESTION: How do you teach the law of chastity, or how were you taught?

Ultimately, the law of chastity was given to us in order that we may have joy. Pres. 

Benson promised:

“When we obey the law of chastity and keep ourselves morally clean, we will 

experience the blessings of increased love and peace, greater trust and respect for 

our marital partners, deeper commitment to each other, and therefore a deep and 

significant sense of joy and happiness.”

Ward Temple Night

Ward temple night is scheduled for August 29, 2015. We will be attending the 5:15 session in the Mt. Timpanogos temple. The Bishopric has encouraged us to bring our own name to the temple to perform the work that day. Bro. Jensen, Bro. Miller, Bro. and Sis. Teng are able to help you find a name to take to the temple. Contact them directly for help.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Visiting Teaching Message: August

Divine Attributes of Jesus Christ—Meek and Humble

Jesus said, “He that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth” (Luke 22:26–27).

“The Savior is our supreme example of the power of humility and submissiveness. After all, His submitting His will to the Father brought about the greatest, and even the most powerful, event in all of history. Perhaps some of the most sacred words in all the scriptures are simply, ‘Not my will, but thine, be done’ (Luke 22:42).”1
As disciples of Jesus Christ, we always seek to be like Him. “Meekness is vital for us to become more Christlike,” said Elder Ulisses Soares of the Seventy. Without it we won’t be able to develop other important virtues. Being meek does not mean weakness, but it does mean behaving with goodness and kindness, showing strength, serenity, healthy self-worth, and self-control.”2 As we work to develop this attribute, we will find that “humbly submitting our will to the Father brings us the empowerment of God—the power of humility. It is the power to meet life’s adversities, the power of peace, the power of hope, the power of a heart throbbing with a love for and testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ, even the power of redemption.”3

Additional Scriptures

From the Scriptures

One of the sweetest and most powerful moments of Christ’s ministry was when He washed the feet of His disciples. “He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded” (John 13:4–5).
As the Savior introduced this ordinance, the disciples may have been overwhelmed that their Lord and Master knelt before them and performed so meek a service. Jesus then explained the lessons He wanted them and all of us to learn:
“If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.
“For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you” (John 13:14–15).

Consider This

How can having humility help us love as the Savior did?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

This Week's Lesson: July 26, 2015

taught by Jennifer Neal

On Easter Sunday we celebrate the most long-awaited and glorious event in the history of the world.
It is the day that changed everything.
On that day, my life changed.
Your life changed.
The destiny of all God’s children changed.
On that blessed day, the Savior of mankind, who had taken upon Himself the chains of sin and death that held us captive, burst those chains and set us free.
Because of the sacrifice of our beloved Redeemer, death has no sting, the grave has no victory,1 Satan has no lasting power, and we are “begotten … again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”2
Truly, the Apostle Paul was correct when he said we can “comfort one another with these words.”3

God’s Grace

We often speak of the Savior’s Atonement—and rightly so!
In Jacob’s words, “Why not speak of the atonement of Christ, and attain to a perfect knowledge of him?”4 But as “we talk of Christ, … rejoice in Christ, … preach of Christ, [and] prophesy of Christ”5 at every opportunity, we must never lose our sense of awe and profound gratitude for the eternal sacrifice of the Son of God.
The Savior’s Atonement cannot become commonplace in our teaching, in our conversation, or in our hearts. It is sacred and holy, for it was through this “great and last sacrifice” that Jesus the Christ brought “salvation to all those who shall believe on his name.”6
I marvel to think that the Son of God would condescend to save us, as imperfect, impure, mistake-prone, and ungrateful as we often are. I have tried to understand the Savior’s Atonement with my finite mind, and the only explanation I can come up with is this: God loves us deeply, perfectly, and everlastingly. I cannot even begin to estimate “the breadth, and length, and depth, and height … [of] the love of Christ.”7
A powerful expression of that love is what the scriptures often call the grace of God—the divine assistance and endowment of strength by which we grow from the flawed and limited beings we are now into exalted beings of “truth and light, until [we are] glorified in truth and [know] all things.”8
It is a most wondrous thing, this grace of God. Yet it is often misunderstood.9 Even so, we should know about God’s grace if we intend to inherit what has been prepared for us in His eternal kingdom.
To that end I would like to speak of grace. In particular, first, how grace unlocks the gates of heaven and, second, how it opens the windows of heaven.

First: Grace Unlocks the Gates of Heaven

Because we have all “sinned, and come short of the glory of God”10 and because “there cannot any unclean thing enter into the kingdom of God,”11 every one of us is unworthy to return to God’s presence.
Even if we were to serve God with our whole souls, it is not enough, for we would still be “unprofitable servants.”12 We cannot earn our way into heaven; the demands of justice stand as a barrier, which we are powerless to overcome on our own.
But all is not lost.
The grace of God is our great and everlasting hope.
Through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the plan of mercy appeases the demands of justice13 “and [brings] about means unto men that they may have faith unto repentance.”14
Our sins, though they may be as scarlet, can become white as snow.15 Because our beloved Savior “gave himself a ransom for all,”16 an entrance into His everlasting kingdom is provided unto us.17
The gate is unlocked!
But the grace of God does not merely restore us to our previous innocent state. If salvation means only erasing our mistakes and sins, then salvation—as wonderful as it is—does not fulfill the Father’s aspirations for us. His aim is much higher: He wants His sons and daughters to become like Him.
With the gift of God’s grace, the path of discipleship does not lead backward; it leads upward.
It leads to heights we can scarcely comprehend! It leads to exaltation in the celestial kingdom of our Heavenly Father, where we, surrounded by our loved ones, receive “of his fulness, and of his glory.”18 All things are ours, and we are Christ’s.19 Indeed, all that the Father hath shall be given unto us.20
To inherit this glory, we need more than an unlocked gate; we must enter through this gate with a heart’s desire to be changed—a change so dramatic that the scriptures describe it as being “born again; yea, born of God, changed from [our worldly] and fallen state, to a state of righteousness, being redeemed of God, becoming his sons and daughters.”21

Second: Grace Opens the Windows of Heaven

Another element of God’s grace is the opening of the windows of heaven, through which God pours out blessings of power and strength, enabling us to achieve things that otherwise would be far beyond our reach. It is by God’s amazing grace that His children can overcome the undercurrents and quicksands of the deceiver, rise above sin, and “be perfect[ed] in Christ.”22
Though we all have weaknesses, we can overcome them. Indeed it is by the grace of God that, if we humble ourselves and have faith, weak things can become strong.23
Throughout our lives, God’s grace bestows temporal blessings and spiritual gifts that magnify our abilities and enrich our lives. His grace refines us. His grace helps us become our best selves.

Who Can Qualify?

In the Bible we read of Christ’s visit to the home of Simon the Pharisee.
Outwardly, Simon seemed to be a good and upright man. He regularly checked off his to-do list of religious obligations: he kept the law, paid his tithing, observed the Sabbath, prayed daily, and went to the synagogue.
But while Jesus was with Simon, a woman approached, washed the Savior’s feet with her tears, and anointed His feet with fine oil.
Simon was not pleased with this display of worship, for he knew that this woman was a sinner. Simon thought that if Jesus didn’t know this, He must not be a prophet or He would not have let the woman touch him.
Perceiving his thoughts, Jesus turned to Simon and asked a question. “There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: … one owed five hundred pence, … the other fifty.
“And when they [both] had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?”
Simon answered that it was the one who was forgiven the most.
Then Jesus taught a profound lesson: “Seest thou this woman? … Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.”24
Which of these two people are we most like?
Are we like Simon? Are we confident and comfortable in our good deeds, trusting in our own righteousness? Are we perhaps a little impatient with those who are not living up to our standards? Are we on autopilot, going through the motions, attending our meetings, yawning through Gospel Doctrine class, and perhaps checking our cell phones during sacrament service?
Or are we like this woman, who thought she was completely and hopelessly lost because of sin?
Do we love much?
Do we understand our indebtedness to Heavenly Father and plead with all our souls for the grace of God?
When we kneel to pray, is it to replay the greatest hits of our own righteousness, or is it to confess our faults, plead for God’s mercy, and shed tears of gratitude for the amazing plan of redemption?25
Salvation cannot be bought with the currency of obedience; it is purchased by the blood of the Son of God.26 Thinking that we can trade our good works for salvation is like buying a plane ticket and then supposing we own the airline. Or thinking that after paying rent for our home, we now hold title to the entire planet earth.

Why Then Obey?

If grace is a gift of God, why then is obedience to God’s commandments so important? Why bother with God’s commandments—or repentance, for that matter? Why not just admit we’re sinful and let God save us?
Or, to put the question in Paul’s words, “Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?” Paul’s answer is simple and clear: “God forbid.”27
Brothers and sisters, we obey the commandments of God—out of love for Him!
Trying to understand God’s gift of grace with all our heart and mind gives us all the more reasons to love and obey our Heavenly Father with meekness and gratitude. As we walk the path of discipleship, it refines us, it improves us, it helps us to become more like Him, and it leads us back to His presence. “The Spirit of the Lord [our God]” brings about such “a mighty change in us, … that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually.”28
Therefore, our obedience to God’s commandments comes as a natural outgrowth of our endless love and gratitude for the goodness of God. This form of genuine love and gratitude will miraculously merge our works with God’s grace. Virtue will garnish our thoughts unceasingly, and our confidence will wax strong in the presence of God.29
Dear brothers and sisters, living the gospel faithfully is not a burden. It is a joyful rehearsal—a preparation for inheriting the grand glory of the eternities. We seek to obey our Heavenly Father because our spirits will become more attuned to spiritual things. Vistas are opened that we never knew existed. Enlightenment and understanding come to us when we do the will of the Father.30
Grace is a gift of God, and our desire to be obedient to each of God’s commandments is the reaching out of our mortal hand to receive this sacred gift from our Heavenly Father.

All We Can Do

The prophet Nephi made an important contribution to our understanding of God’s grace when he declared, “We labor diligently … to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.31
However, I wonder if sometimes we misinterpret the phrase “after all we can do.” We must understand that “after” does not equal “because.”
We are not saved “because” of all that we can do. Have any of us done all that we can do? Does God wait until we’ve expended every effort before He will intervene in our lives with His saving grace?
Many people feel discouraged because they constantly fall short. They know firsthand that “the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”32 They raise their voices with Nephi in proclaiming, “My soul grieveth because of mine iniquities.”33
I am certain Nephi knew that the Savior’s grace allowsand enables us to overcome sin.34 This is why Nephi labored so diligently to persuade his children and brethren “to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God.”35
After all, that is what we can do! And that is our task in mortality!

Grace Is Available to All

When I think of what the Savior did for us leading up to that first Easter Sunday, I want to lift up my voice and shout praises to the Most High God and His Son, Jesus Christ!
The gates of heaven are unlocked!
The windows of heaven are opened!
Today and forevermore God’s grace is available to all whose hearts are broken and whose spirits are contrite.36 Jesus Christ has cleared the way for us to ascend to heights incomprehensible to mortal minds.37
I pray that we will see with new eyes and a new heart the eternal significance of the Savior’s atoning sacrifice. I pray that we will show our love for God and our gratitude for the gift of God’s infinite grace by keeping His commandments and joyfully “walk[ing] in [a] newness of life.”38 In the sacred name of our Master and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, amen.