Sunday, September 27, 2009

Are You Covered? Child Care Available


I just wanted to let everyone know that I am starting a new in home child care business and am looking for children to watch full or part time. I have a B.S. Degree in Human Development and great medical and CPR background. Let your friends know too.

Contact me if you know anyone or you are looking for some help. Thanks Johanna

Please contact Kirsi via her e-mail for Johanna's phone number!


Respect and Reverence

Margaret S. Lifferth First Counselor in the Primary General Presidency
Margaret S. Lifferth, “Respect and Reverence,” Ensign, May 2009, 11–13

We must … cultivate in our homes and classrooms respect for each other and
reverence for God.
The last chapter of John tells of an especially tender exchange between Peter and the resurrected
Christ. Three times the Savior asks, “Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me?” And each time, when
Peter assures the Savior of his love, Jesus “saith unto him, Feed my lambs. … Feed my sheep.”1
There is great need in today’s world to nourish the souls of our children and youth with “living
water”2 and the “bread of life.”3 Like Peter, we too love the Lord, so today’s parents and leaders
work diligently to instill in each heart a testimony of Jesus Christ and His gospel. We teach in our
homes, in missionary settings, and in the chapels and classrooms of our churches. We prepare and
invite the Spirit to be with us. But to truly be able to feed His lambs and nourish His sheep with
testimony and the Spirit, we must also cultivate in our homes and classrooms respect for each other
and reverence for God.
My appeal today is to parents, teachers, and leaders to work together to teach, exemplify, and
encourage the standards of respect and reverence that will strengthen our children and youth and
invite the spirit of worship into our homes and chapels.
May I suggest that our ability and our credibility to exemplify reverence for God is strengthened as
we show respect for each other. In today’s society, the standards of decorum, dignity, and courtesy
are assailed on every side and in every form of media. As parents and leaders, our examples of
respect for each other are critical for our youth and children because they are watching not only the
media—they are watching us! Are we the examples we need to be?
Ask yourself these questions: Am I an example of respect in my home by the way I treat those I love
the most? What is my demeanor during a sports event? If my child has a disagreement with a
teacher, coach, or peer, do I listen to both sides of the issue? Do I show respect for the property of
others as well as take care of my own? How do I respond to others with whom I disagree in matters
of religion, lifestyle, or politics?
As parents and leaders exemplify and teach respect for others, we confirm in the hearts of our
children that each of us is truly a child of God and all are brothers and sisters through eternity. We
will focus on the things we have in common—on the qualities of heart that bind the family of God
together, rather than on our differences. - Ensign Article - Respect and Reverence Page 1 of 3 9/24/2009
Respect for others and reverence for God are close cousins. They are rooted in humility and love.
President David O. McKay said that “reverence is profound respect mingled with love,”4 and Elder L.
Tom Perry taught that “reverence flows from our admiration and respect for Deity.”5 Primary children
learn this concept as they sing this verse from a Primary song:
Rev’rence is more than just quietly sitting:
It’s thinking of Father above,
A feeling I get when I think of his blessings.
I’m rev’rent, for rev’rence is love.6
However, reverent behavior is not a natural tendency for most children. It is a quality that is taught
by parents and leaders through example and training. But remember, if reverence is rooted in love,
so is the teaching of it. Harshness in our training begets resentment, not reverence. So begin early
and have reasonable expectations. A toddler can learn to fold his arms and get ready for prayer. But
it takes time, patience, and consistency. Remember that we are not only teaching a child his first
lessons in reverence, but the child may be mastering his first attempts at self-discipline.
This process of teaching and self-discipline continues line upon line and precept upon precept. Thus
a child learns to be reverent during prayers and the sacrament. He sits by his parents during the
meeting. Then he grows in lessons of self-discipline as later he learns to fast, to obey the Word of
Wisdom, to make good Internet choices, and to keep the law of chastity. We each grow in ability as
well as understanding. We bless our children and youth as we exemplify, teach, and encourage
them through this process because self-mastery is not only the root of self-respect, it is essential in
inviting the Spirit to teach, confirm, and testify.
I remember a talk that President Boyd K. Packer gave in conference almost 20 years ago entitled
“Reverence Invites Revelation.”7 That phrase has remained in my heart all these years. It reminds
me that we must create in our hearts, our homes, and our meetings places of reverence that will
invite the Spirit to comfort, guide, teach, and testify. Because when the Spirit testifies to each of us
that God is our Father and Jesus Christ is our Savior, it is that revelation that will invite true
reverence born of love and profound respect.
So, as parents and leaders, what can we do? We can exemplify reverence as we pray humbly, use
the proper language of prayer, and speak the names of Deity appropriately. We can handle the
scriptures with respect and teach doctrine from them with conviction.
Reverence will increase as we show proper respect not only for the General Authorities but for local
priesthood and auxiliary leaders as well. My stake president has been a dear friend for over 30
years, and as friends, we have always called each other by our first names. But because he serves
in a calling of priesthood leadership—in public and certainly in a Church setting—I make a conscious
effort to refer to him as President Porter. Teaching our children and youth that it is appropriate to
address our leaders as president, bishop, brother, and sister encourages respect and reverence. It
also teaches the truth that leaders are called of God and have been given sacred responsibilities.
As parents and leaders, we must set the example of reverent behavior in our Church meetings. Our
chapels provide places for many different functions, but on Sunday they are places of worship. We
gather to renew covenants that will heal our souls. We come to learn doctrine and strengthen
testimony. Missionaries bring their investigators. Only in an attitude of reverence can the Spirit
confirm the truths of the gospel through the word of God, music, testimony, and prayer.
We are a friendly people and we love each other, but reverence will increase if our socializing is
done in the foyer and if sacrament meeting begins with the prelude music, not the opening prayer.
We encourage reverence when we take a crying child out of the chapel and find another room where
we continue to listen to the meeting until the baby is calmed or a disruptive toddler is soothed.
Reverence includes turning off our cell phones and BlackBerry devices. Texting or reading e-mails in
a Church meeting is not only irreverent, it is distracting and signals a lack of respect for those around
us. So we exemplify reverence by participating in the meeting, listening to the speakers, and singing
the hymns of Zion together.
Our teachers in Primary, Sunday School, and the youth programs have unique opportunities to teach
and exemplify respect and reverence. May I offer a few ideas. - Ensign Article - Respect and Reverence Page 2 of 3 9/24/2009
First of all, love those in your class. Often the child who is the most disruptive needs your love the
Take the time to explain what reverence is and why it is important. Display a picture of the Savior.
Define behavior that is acceptable, and then be loving and consistent as you not only encourage it
but expect it.
Be prepared. Prepare not only the material, but prepare yourself to teach with the Spirit. Many
problems with reverence can be defused with a well-prepared lesson in which the students
Talk with parents of children who have disabilities to determine a reasonable expectation for their
child because every child deserves a chance to progress.
Use the resources of the ward to help. Often if there is a reverence problem with children or youth,
there is a reverence problem in the ward. Take concerns to the ward council, where ward leaders
can work together to increase respect and reverence on every level.8
Years ago President Packer promised the Lord’s blessings to those who worship in reverence.
Surely those promises apply today: “While we may not see an immediate, miraculous
transformation, as surely as the Lord lives, a quiet one will take place. The spiritual power in the lives
of each member and in the Church will increase. The Lord will pour out his Spirit upon us more
abundantly. We will be less troubled, less confused. We will find revealed answers to personal and
family problems.”9
I believe the promises of a prophet. I know that I have a loving Heavenly Father and that His Son,
Jesus Christ, is my Savior. I pray that our increased reverence will reflect our deepest love for Them
and improve our quest to feed Their sheep in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
1. John 21:15–17.
2. See John 4:10–14.
3. John 6:48.
4. David O. McKay, in Conference Report, Apr. 1967, 86.
5. L. Tom Perry, “Serve God Acceptably with Reverence and Godly Fear,” Ensign, Nov. 1990, 70.
6. “Reverence Is Love,” Children’s Songbook, 31.
7. See Boyd K. Packer, “Reverence Invites Revelation,” Ensign, Nov. 1991, 21–23.
8. See Teaching, No Greater Call (1999), 79–87.
9. Ensign, Nov. 1991, 23.
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An open house of the new Chillicothe building has been scheduled from
3-6PM on Sunday Oct 11th. The dedication will be held Oct 18th in a
sacrament meeting from 11:50-1:00PM (meetings reversed on that day with
priesthood RS at 10AM). Members of other units who have a historical or
present connection to Chillicothe are welcome to attend.

Dry Pack Order for October 10

Today was the day to turn in your preliminary dry pack order if you plan
to participate in our Dry Pack Session on October 10th. I won't be at
Church today due to illness, but still need your preliminary order ASAP.

Hopefully you'll see Steve and can give it to him. If not, you can just
e-mail me a summary of your order, you don't have to attach the form.

Bring your final order form (and cash or a checkbook to pay for your food
order) to the Bishops Storehouse on October 10th. See you there
at 8:30 a.m. sharp!

Thanks a bunch,


If you signed up for the Pear Canning Demo, do not despair, the
opportunity has been revived and revised! We were planning to donate our
pears for the demo, but they "cooked" on the tree in the hot September
sun and ripened to quickly to can.

Kathy S. ( a Proverbs 31 woman) is planning to purchase pears to can for
her family early this week! Call her today to confirm the date, time and
exciting details if you would like to participate
in and observe the process!