Dear Sisters

Dear Sisters
Highland 12th Ward Sisters

Monday, April 1, 2013

Sister Spotlight...Becky Madigan!

Becky Madigan...
We are so excited to have Becky Madigan and her family move into our ward recently.  She and her husband Scott have been married for four years.  They have one daughter who will be two years old in April.
Downtown Solvang
Becky grew up in Southern California...mostly in Solvang, a little Danish town just north of Santa Barbara.  She is the oldest of 5 children.  Something interesting about her...she has one blue eye and one brown.  Becky served a mission to SLC at Temple Square.  She loved it and had many great experiences. 
If Becky could travel anywhere it would be Bora Bora!  She loves the beach!
Becky has worked in Hospice Care the last 10 years and has been doing massage therapy for 20 years.  Her favorite holiday is Halloween...she loves seeing kids all dressed up and so excited about it. 
Jane Austen
Becky loves yoga, going for walks, reading, movies (especially anything Jane Austen), ice cream, homemade chocolate chip cookies, artichokes and Diet!  Welcome to our ward family, Becky, we look forward to getting to know you better very soon.
Relief Society Presidency Message
President  Dieter F. Uchtdorf 
Dear Sisters,
On, President Uchtdorf has some great advice for members of the Church as we prepare for General Conference this week.  He recounts the story of a fine member of the Church who was talking to a neighbor who belonged to another faith about prophets, aspostles, and his testimony of modern day revelation through them.  The neighbor inquired about what messages had been shared in the last General Conference, but the man was embarrassed when he couldn't remember the details of even one talk.  He felt humbled by this exchange and vowed to better remember the words spoken by the Lord's servants in General Conference.
President Uchtdorf adds that it is hard for us to remember every message of Conference, but emphasizes that they are given as a gift and blessing from heaven for our personal life situations.  In preparation for Conference, he suggests three basic concepts that may help us to better receive, remember and apply the words spoken by the Lord's servants.  Here is what he has to say:
1.  Members of the Church are entitled to personal revelation as they listen to and study the inspired words spoken at General Conference.
Answers to your specific prayers may come directly from a particular talk or from a specific phrase.  At other times answers may come in a seemingly unrelated word, phrase, or song.  A heart filled with gratitude for the blessings of life and an earnest desire to hear and follow the words of counsel will prepare the way for personal revelation.  As you prepare for General Conference, I invite you to ponder questions you need to have answered. for example, you might yearn for direction and guidance by the Lord regarding challenges you are facing.
The Choir in the Tabernacle
2.  Don't discount a message merely because it sounds familiar.
Prophets have always taught by repetition; it is a law of learning.  You will hear repetition in themes and doctrines in General Conference.  Let me reassure you:  this is not due to a lack of creativity or imagination.  We continue to hear messages on similar issues because the Lord is teaching and impressing upon our minds and hearts certain foundational priciples of great eternal importance that must be understood and acted upon before we can move on to other things.  A wise builder first lays the foundation before erecting the walls and the roof.
3.  The words spoken at General Conference should be a compass that points the way for us during the coming months.
If we listen to and follow the promptings of the Spirit, they will serve as a Liahona, guiding us through the unknown challenging valleys and mountains that are ahead (see 1 Nephi 16).  Since the world began, God has raised up prophets who speak the will of heaven to the people of their times.  It is our responsibility to listen and then apply the messages the Lord provides for us.  Our merciful loving Heavenly Father has not forsaken and will not forsake His children.  Today, as well as in times past, He has appointed apostles and prophets.  He continues to reveal His work to them.
What a marvelous privilege it is to hear God's messages for each of us during General Conference!  Let us prepare well for this great blessing of divine guidance delivered by His chosen servants.
Your Relief Society Presidency.
Good News!

This album is "so stinkin cute!"
Etsy Shop...Teresa Taylor!
Teresa Taylor she put it...taken the leap and started to sell her handmade crafts on Etsy.  Her shop is word...that you type in the search to find her.  Or use this link: ScrappinTeresa.  She has one mini album out right now, but will have a lot of different things in the future.  Teresa has sold other scrapbook kits that she designed to dollar stores and worked on a scrapbook magazine for a while.  This is her first attempt at selling on Etsy.  I love Etsy!  I buy handmade crafts from many of my Blog Buddies.  For those not as familiar with the site...Etsy is a place where you may purchase handmade items and crafts from an individual who has set up her own shop.  They also sell craft supplies and vintage items.  It's almost as fun as Pinterest to shop there!

Something to brighten your April showers!
From Lynette Chidester:
To celebrate the 185th anniversary of Noah Webster's dictionary, the Readers Digest listed some new definitions for many familiar words. Here are a few of my favorites.
Abdicate (ab-di-Kate) to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
Calories: tiny creatures that live in your closet and sew your clothes tighter every night.
Opera: when a guy gets stabbed in the back and,instead of bleeding, he sings.
Vegetarian: an old Indian word meaning lousy hunter.
Yoga: a Sanskrit word that means "heal your back without health insurance".
Zucchini: a vegetable that can be baked, boiled, fried, or steamed before your kids refuse to eat it.

Hope you have had a wonderful day and a lovely Easter. 


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