Monday, November 14, 2011

Ely Nevada Stake Relief Society

Newsletter Nov/Dec 2011
Thomas S Monson: We are surrounded by those in need of our attention, our encouragement, our support, our comfort, our kindness…. We are the Lord’s hands here upon the earth, with the mandate to serve and to lift His children. He is dependent upon each of us.”

I hope that each of you have had an opportunity to open up the new history and work of Relief Society “Daughters in My Kingdom”. It is full of wonderful information, stories, and testimonies. You will be blessed as you read from its pages. I invite you to listen to the spirit as you read, and it will give you direction for your life. This is another approved resource to be used as lesson and study material.
I have included a few of my favorite quotes – so far – I haven’t made it all the way through yet.
Although the name may be of 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 P 1

The Relief Society was not just another group of women trying to do good in the world. It was different. It was “something better” because it was organized under priesthood authority. Its organization was a necessary step in the unfolding of God’s work on the earth. P 16

Sister Mary Ellen Smoot, the thirteenth Relief Society general president, declared: “My desire is to plead with our sisters to stop worrying about a phone call or a quarterly or monthly visit, and whether that will do, and concentrate instead on nurturing tender souls. Our responsibility is to see that the gospel flame continues to burn brightly. Our charge is to find the lost sheep and help them feel our Savior’s love.” P 117

“The ability to qualify for, receive, and act on personal revelation is the single most important skill that can be acquired in this life. … It requires a conscious effort to diminish distractions, but having the spirit of revelation makes it possible to prevail over opposition and persist in faith through difficult days and essential routine tasks. … When we have done our very best, we may still experience disappointments, but we will not be disappointed in ourselves. We can feel certain that the Lord is pleased when we feel the Spirit working through us.” Julie B Beck p 158
You are now placed in a situation where you can act according to those sympathies which God has planted in your bosoms. If you live up to these principles how great and glorious!—if you live up to your privilege, the angels cannot be restrained from being your associates. … If you will be pure, nothing can hinder. Joseph Smith p 169

As we embark upon the upcoming holiday season and a new year. We pray that you will find peace in your life, by living the Gospel and trusting in the Lord. We love you and pray for you and your families.
Sister Jones
Sister Nicholes
Sister Reid
Sister Howes

Upcoming Dates:

  • First Presidency Christmas Devotional – Dec 4 – 5:00 pm
  • Community Christmas Sing – Dec 7 – 6:00 pm
  • December 25th – combined tri ward sacrament meeting at Stake Center (Sacrament Meeting only-all buildings)


Meet Jennie Nicolls of the Ely 1st Ward

I was born and raised in Delta Utah. In high school I was involved in different activities including track, tennis and orchestra. I enjoy sewing, crocheting around blankets, bibs and burp cloths. I enjoy playing the piano, violin and love to spend time with my family. My husband and I have 5 children. A 9 year old daughter, 5 year old son, 3 year old identical twin boys and a 5 month old girl. Our children are the light of our lives! I worked as a pharmacy technician until just before we had our twins and now I am a stay at home mommy! I have held various church callings inclluding enrichment committee, visiting teacher, primary worker, compassionate service committee and am currently a ward librarian. I love helping and serving others. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ so very much.

Meet Sydne Maycock of the Ely 1st Ward
Once upon a time a baby girl was born. She was the first child in this family and was welcomed and loved. Eventually, she was joined by a sister and then a brother. When she was sixteen she met a “Mormon” girl from Utah which led to missionary lessons and her conversion. She went to BYU and got her MRS degree. The family grew until there were 5 children. When the oldest was 11 and the youngest was 3, Daddy went jogging and was hit by a car and died. Heavenly Father was good to this little family through this difficult time and then sent a wonderful man and Priesthood holder to join them. As the children started leaving home Sydne became very depressed and decided to finish her education. She graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of nursing Science from Kennesaw State University in Georgia. She went to work as a nurse and has loved doing that. They now have 22 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. They are scattered across the country so there is never enough time to see all of them as much as she’d like. They came to Ely because Sydne got a job with Ely Mental Health. She loves our Heavenly Father and His Church and was recently called to serve with the Young Women. She feels very blessed and happy.

Thank you to those who attended the General Relief Society Broadcast at the Stake Center. We were blessed by so many who donated school supplies. We were able to put together over 60 kits for the Humanitarian Center and the extra supplies will be delivered to our local school teachers to assist in their classrooms. Thank you so much for your willingness to share. We look forward to a great service opportunity again next year.

More Quotes:
The history of Relief Society is recorded in words and numbers, but the heritage is passed heart to heart.” P 176
To be a righteous woman during the winding up scenes on this earth, before the second coming of our Savior, is an especially noble calling. … She has been placed here to help to enrich, to protect, and to guard the home—which is society’s basic and most noble institution. Spencer W. Kimball p 145

“There are many of the sisters whose labors are not known beyond their own dwellings and perhaps not appreciated there, but what difference does that make? If your labors are acceptable to God, however simple the duties, if faithfully performed, you should never be discouraged.” Eliza R Snow p 177

Need a fast, quick treat for one. Mmmm Can I say I need a chocolate fix!?
Two-Minute Mug Brownie
Adapted from
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
Pinch salt
2 Tbsp canola or other mild vegetable oil
2 Tbsp milk, coffee or water

In a heatproof mug or ramekin, stir together the dry ingredients until no lumps remain. Stir in the oil and milk until you have a thick paste.
Microwave on high for a minute, checking it after 30 seconds (microwaves vary) – it will be done when it’s springy on top but still a bit gooey – like the very best brownie. Eat warm.

Ely Nevada Stake RS Theme For 2012: Guardians of the Hearth
President Hinckley: “You are the guardians of the hearth. You are the bearers of the children. You are they who nurture them and establish within them the habits of their lives. No other work reaches so close to divinity as does the nurturing of the sons and daughters of God.” Daughters in my Kingdom pg 148-149

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