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Monday, January 2, 2012

RS Stake Theme and Goals for 2012

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.”

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

Goals

v Live Up To Your Privileges
          Speaking of the organization of the Relief Society Joseph Smith declared:  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.

o   Help the Sisters Remember who they are and that they are a valued Daughter of God.

o   No matter what our stewardship we are entitled to blessings that will come to us as we serve faithfully.

Eliza R Snow:  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.” Daughters in my Kingdom pg 177

v Teach Them To Pray for those they serve

“Each sister’s circumstances are different, visiting teachers need specific guidance from the Holy Ghost so they can know how best to help each one.” Daughters in my Kingdom pg 115

President Kimball taught:

“There are many sisters who are living in rags—spiritual rags. They are entitled to gorgeous robes, spiritual robes. … It is your privilege to go into homes and exchange robes for rags. …

“… You are going to save souls, and who can tell but that many of the fine active people in the Church today are active because you were in their homes and gave them a new outlook, a new vision. You pulled back the curtain. You extended their horizons. …

“You see, you are not only saving these sisters, but perhaps also their husbands and their homes.” Daughters of My Kingdom pg 117