Monday, September 22, 2014

Story Time in the Mesa Temple Visitors' Center

"And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children."
3 Nephi 22:13

The Mesa Temple Visitors' Center missionaries invited children to come to the Visitors' Center to hear stories of Jesus, and sing primary songs which teach us how to follow his words and his example.

The children were taught about the Savior rescuing the lost sheep 

Sisters Kohler, Grow, Lund and Younce prepare for the arrival of the children

Many hands make light work in the preparation for the Story Hour

Elder Andrus dressed as the Wise Man for the first song as the children gathered

Children participated in singing about the Wise Man and the Foolish Man led by Sisters Lund, Rios and Grow

Children and parents enjoyed the stories and singing

Sisters Duffin and Pajaro told the story of Jesus calming the sea while the children held the ship and the waves of the sea

Children acted out the part of the wind, rain and sea
and were encouraged to pray to the Savior when they were in need or danger

Sister Ballard told the story of the Ten Lepers who were healed by the Savior, and taught the importance of expressing gratitude for our blessings

Sisters Rios, Grow and Lund sang with the children "Jesus wants me for a Sunbeam" accompanied by Sister Andrus
Sisters Younce and Kohler told the story of the Lost Sheep and the Savior's Rescue

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Project Happiness

We were delighted to have Sister Judy Steenblik visit our September 12th Preparation Meeting.  Her message was called "Project Happiness" and helped us understand methods of guiding our thoughts to bring us greater happiness and joy.  She and her husband, Gerrit, served in the Ivory Coast Mission as mission president and wife. She related some of the inspiring experiences that occurred with their missionaries during the civil unrest in the Ivory Coast. Judy's vibrant spirit and testimony inspired us to use faithful and positive thinking as we seek to bring others to the Savior.

Happiness was evident as Sister Finau, Elder Ballard, Sister Grow and Sister Hourrutiner celebrate their birthdays in September

The sisters express appreciation to Sister Steenblik for her inspiring message

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Willing to Bear One Another's Burdens

When Alma was teaching the people of the Book of Mormon about baptism he asked if they were willing to "bear one another's burdens that they might be light."  As members of the Church we feel grateful for opportunities to be a part of lifting up the "hands that hang down" when others are in need.  We were blessed to serve in the United Food Bank where we organized 7,000 pounds of food to be given to those who are not fortunate enough to have enough food to eat.
Just two days following that project, the community of Mesa was flooded following record-breaking monsoon rains.  Many of the Arizona Mesa Missionaries were able to help in the recovery after the flood.

Monday, September 1, 2014

How Firm a Foundation for Families

The Mesa Temple Visitors' Center was blessed to be a place of refuge for families.  Over thirty years ago, President Elder Boyd K. Packer, in the Dedicatory Prayer of the Visitors' Center, prayed that "homes and families might be blessed"..."parents struggling and anxious over their children"...."couples that are struggling to find a relationship with one another"  - would all receive blessings here.

In the Visitors' Center families are able to find guidance and renewed hope for the challenges they face as they learn from the teachings and presentations found  in the Center.

Three Generations visit the Center together

Sister Rios teaches three future missionaries

The Papago Ward family gather at the Christus statue after  viewing the "Testaments" video  together

Family Home Evening in the Visitors' Center 

Families learn about Pioneer Heritage at the 24th of July Story Hour 

Firm foundations are built as families learn from many resources and listen to the words of the Savior near the Christus statue 

A mother and children are guided to exhibits by Sisters Grow and Lund