Sunday, May 2, 2010

May 2010

Mothers—Presidency Message

This time of year we salute the women of the world. Especially Mothers. Here are some words from an Apostle of the Lord.

Elder Boyd K. Packer
“The God-given instinct of motherhood is common in all of God's creatures. Never has there been a time when it is more important to encourage and protect the ideals of motherhood. Never across the earth has there been more said about women, about womanhood, about motherhood. So much talk.....and so much of it misguided.
They talk about a woman's sphere,
As though it has a limit;
There's not a place in earth or heaven,
There's not a task to mankind given,
There's not a blessing nor a woe,
There's not a whispered yes or no,
There's not a life, or death, or birth,
That has a feather's weight of worth
Without a woman in it.

There is so much to be lost if the ideals of womanhood and of motherhood are tampered with or tarnished.

The bearing of children is but the beginning....a few months and it is finished. Fostering and molding a child's character is never done. It takes a lifetime and more.
The sensitivity of a mother,
The courage of a mother,
The selflessness of a mother,
The lessons of a mother,
The love of a mother,
The gift of life,.........These are the supreme gifts of God. He has said that not even a sparrow would escape His notice. How readily, then will He bless those mothers who seek Him”

Let us all remember our mothers and as we come closer to the Savior, may we become
more like Him that we may better serve His children all around us.”

Virginia Bird

Upcoming Events

Saturday, May 8th- Mormon Helping Hands will provide an organized opportunity for service to the community from 8am-noon at Angel Cruz Park (north of El Dorado Chapel). Bring neighbors, friends, or those you visit teach. To sign up call the Boyds (477-6408) or email Brother Parker (

Thursday, May 13th- Relief Society Pamper Night. Please bring your favorite appetizer. We will be giving a prize for presentation and most original. Come learn massage techniques, skin and hair care for summer, and give yourself a manicure. Don't miss out!
*Note- there will be a Relief Society Board Meeting to follow

Friday, May 14th and Friday, May 28th- Pie Night at Sister Behling's house 7pm-9pm

Saturday June 12th- Visiting Teaching Conference

Remember to purchase tickets by May 22 to attend the Youth Camp Fundraiser, Polynesian Luau! It is Saturday June 5th and features entertainment from Hawaii, Tonga, Fiji, Samoa, and New Zealand. Also enjoy an authentic Polynesian dinner. Tickets are $25 per person and $75 for a family of 5. Children 3 and under are free. Call 474-8213 for more info.

Bits and Pieces
We would like to congratulate Vanessa Parks on her pregnancy. We are so excited for her!

We are also glad to welcome Patricia Hunt into the ward. You can learn more about her and her family in the spotlight featured below.

A Happy, Happy Birthday to...

1st- Chenda Hak
2nd- Kimberly Boyd, Emily Payne
3rd- Jasmine Burns, Sarah Rojas
6th- Lucila Rojas
7th- Ardith Holcomb, Camille Krueger, Lina Devincenzi
8th- Mary Jack
9th- Cynthia Alvarado, Virginia Bird
11th- Patricia Hagen, Jessica Roman
12th- Vera Grow, Sandra Neer
13th- Ladonna Chambers
14th- Peggy Telschow, Mahealani Tuitavuki
15th- Jennifer Edvalson
16th- Betty Walker
20th- Carolyn Bolen, Cathy Hale
21st- Ling Gregory, Amber Heselton
22nd- Rita Ross
23rd- Fedelyn Gasmen
25th- Jeannie Martinez, Sally Ramos
27th- Martha Christian, Heidi Orihuela
28th- Julia Alvarado
29th- Marjorie Stricklin

Spotlight- Patricia Hunt
Birthday- March 30th
Favorite Hymn- Count Your Blessings
Favorite Scripture- All of them
Favorite Color- Purple
Favorite Food- Chocolate
Favorite Calling- Teaching of the Times Instructor
Children- She has an 11 year old son named MacKenzie and a 7 year old daughter, Whitney.

Patricia was born in Newark, California. She was raised in the Bay Area. Her mother is from Texas, and her father is from St. Louis. She has one older brother. She was head cheerleader in high school and has always enjoyed public speaking. Most of the work she has done has been administrative. Patricia ran an unemployment office. She also drove a school bus and worked at a funeral home at one point. She is currently unemployed and is looking for a job in administration. Patricia is going back to school and studying Human Resources. Her talents and hobbies include reading, riding bikes with her kids, rollerskating, and going to the gym. Her favorite books are murder mystery and romance.

She was introduced to church members at an early age, having two LDS families in her neighborhood. She became good friends with one girl, and said she felt something special in their home which she later learned was the spirit. Later she met and married an inactive member of the church. They are now divorced, but she converted to the church beforehand. The missionaries and home teachers stopped by a lot to visit her husband and she was often the one to talk to them. Patricia was baptized in 2003. We are so glad she and her cute kids moved to our ward and are excited to further get to know her.

“Visiting teaching becomes the Lord’s work when our focus is on people rather than percentages. In reality, visiting teaching is never finished. It is more a way of life than a task” (Julie B. Beck, “Relief Society: A Sacred Work,” Ensign, Nov. 2009, 114).

To view more about this month's Visiting Teaching click here.

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