Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Jenifer Friend​ ​- Memorial Service

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From: Peggye Friend Turner

Jenifer Friend​ ​- Memorial Service

My niece, Jenifer Friend, daughter of Michael and Barbara Friend passed away suddenly on Jan 30th 2018 from Addison's.

She was 39 years old and a special needs teacher at Grain Valley middle school​... Her visitation is on March 2nd at Speaks on 39th street in Independence from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and her memorial service is on March 3rd at Park View at 2:00 pm

In lieu of flowers, a Youcaring fund has been started to honor Jenifer's wishes of making sure her mother with MS and her brother (Matthew with Cerebral Palsy are taken care of. Jenifer spent her life caring for them while also handling the care of her grandmother in Nebraska with Dementia.

She lived her life in service for others and was such a bright light and will be missed by so many!

Click here to support In Memory of Jenifer Friend


Monday, February 19, 2018

On the fulfillment of Ether 3:98

From: Dwight Burford

On the fulfillment of Ether 3:98

February 19, 2018

Dear Family and Friends,

The day before yesterday, on February 17, I was reminded of a vision I had been given exactly two years earlier. At about 6 a.m. on February 17, 2016, I awoke to a vision of a massive storm, like a large hurricane, as it was moving across the U.S. What I was shown compelled me to tell my wife, Pam, in that moment we awoke, “It’s beginning!”

Alongside this massive storm, a much smaller storm also appeared in the vision. I was given to know that this smaller storm was the 2007 Greensburg tornado and that it was also present in the vision to provide perspective in terms of the relative size of these storms. (Here is a link to some information about that Greensburg tornado.)


So I looked more closely and saw that the Greensburg tornado was very small and relatively insignificant when compared to this massive storm yet to come. To be clear, the storm that is coming upon this land is going to be much more devastating and cover a much larger part of the country.

Along with the vision there came a knowledge of the authority by which this judgment would come upon America. To explain, I need to go back several days before this vision was given.

On the Friday before (on February 12, 2016) at around 7 p.m. Germany time (or noon CST), I checked into an airport hotel in Hamburg, Germany. When I got to my hotel room, as is my custom I knelt beside the bed and thanked the Lord for my safety and salvation and asked Him to make the room a sanctuary for my rest that night. I then opened my suitcase and took out my travel set of scriptures for a worship center on the lampstand next to the bed.

As I picked up my pocket 1908 edition of the Book of Mormon, a particular verse came to mind. So, I opened it and was amazed to find that I had turned right to that very verse. When I read it, a strong impress came upon me, affirming to me that what I was reading in the verse to which I had been directed was relevant to that day.

This scripture was Helaman 3:65, which is about Nephi telling the people in his day that their chief judge had been murdered. A very sobering witness came over me as I read this passage, like a foreboding warning.

The next day, Saturday, February 13, I stayed in Amsterdam. The warning I had received the night before stayed with me all day, so much so that after checking into my hotel room in Amsterdam and praying as is my custom, I reviewed several news sites on web. That is when I learned that Judge Antonin Scalia reportedly died sometime in the night or early morning of the 13th. (Here is a link to some information about Judge Scalia.)


The news reports not only appeared to confirm the witness I had received the evening before, but they also gripped me with a very deep sense of somberness and sadness, causing my thoughts to go to Ether 3:98.

98 Wherefore the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you, that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you, or wo be unto it, because of the blood of them who have been slain; for they cry from the dust for vengeance upon it, and also upon those who build it up.

After looking around on the web some more, I emailed my wife, Pam, to tell her about the experience and how I had been shown, less than a day before his death, that Judge Scalia had been murdered by a secret combination (or perhaps more than one). When I returned home on the 15th, I was still troubled by what I had been shown. My concern was reinforced when I read some online articles about the unusual way in which his death was handled (e.g. no autopsy, a death certificate issued without an examination of the body, etc.). Such irregularities made the handling of Judge Scalia’s death suspicious in and of itself, and served to reinforced the understanding given to me the prior day that a secret combination had been responsible for his death.

Returning now to the vision I received on February 17, 2016: In the vision I was shown that this same Nephi, the one speaking in Helaman 3:65, was the one who showed me this vision on the 17th. Also, it was confirmed to me that Nephi is still under the particular authority of the covenant relationship with God that is outlined for us in the same chapter of Helaman in verses 3:114-124:

114 And it came to pass as he was thus pondering, being much cast down because of the wickedness of the people of the Nephites, their secret works of darkness, and their murderings, and their plunderings, and all manner of iniquities – and it came to pass as he was thus pondering in his heart, behold, a voice came unto him, saying,

115 Blessed art thou, Nephi, for those things which thou hast done; for I have beheld how thou hast with unwearyingness declared the word which I have given unto thee, unto this people.
116 And thou hast not feared them, and hast not sought thine own life, but have sought my will, and to keep my commandments.
117 And now because thou hast done this with such unwearyingness, behold, I will bless thee for ever; and I will make thee mighty in word and in deed, in faith and in works; yea, even that all things shall be done unto thee according to thy word, for thou shalt not ask that which is contrary to my will.
118 Behold, thou art Nephi, and I am God.
119 Behold, I declare it unto thee in the presence of mine angels, that ye shall have power over this people, and shall smite the earth with famine, and with pestilence, and destruction, according to the wickedness of this people.
120 Behold, I give unto you power, that whatsoever ye shall seal on earth, shall be sealed in heaven; and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven; and thus shall ye have power among this people.
121 And thus, if ye shall say unto this temple, It shall be rent in twain, it shall be done.
122 And if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou cast down and become smooth, it shall be done.
123 And behold, if ye shall say, God shall smite this people, it shall come to pass.
124 And now behold, I command you that ye shall go and declare unto this people that, Thus saith the Lord God, who is Almighty, except ye repent, ye shall be smitten, even unto destruction.

Briefly stated, this holy man (like those mentioned in the Words of Mormon 1:23-27), who is under a special covenant relationship with God, still has authority to call for judgments upon this land according to the word of God. It will be done even as he prays for the purpose of bringing about the work of righteousness in these latter days, especially that of establishing Zion. Said another way, Nephi still serves in the capacity outlined in the covenant the Lord made with him.

This revelation came as a great comfort to me, knowing that a holy priesthood is overseeing the judgments to come. Thus, we can be sure the willing and obedient will be gathered together on Zion’s holy hill, both to be preserved and to build up the waste places of Zion in order that they might prepare themselves for the coming of the Lord (see Genesis 7:69,70 IV with III Nephi 13:38-62 etc.).

To sum up, it is my understanding that the secret combinations involved in Judge Scalia’s death have also murdered other leaders and citizens in their quest to own and rule the planet. And I am concerned that there could soon be, and most likely will be, more murders of those who stand in their way, ranging from leaders of countries to individual citizens and groups of citizens.

It also appears to me at this point that their murderous exploits are what will bring the coming judgments upon the nation (per Ether 3:96-102), which have been revealed to many as massive storms and disturbances upon the land (cf. D&C 43:5a-6d). Why? There are those, like Nephi, who are charged by God to seal both on earth and in heaven the unbelieving and rebellious through such judgments (Helaman 3:120-124). From D&C 1:2c-2e we read:

D&C1:2c And verily, I say unto you, that they who go forth, bearing these tidings unto the inhabitants of the earth, to them is power given to seal, both on earth and in heaven, the unbelieving and rebellious; (see Helaman 3:120)
2d yea, verily, to seal them up unto the day when the wrath of God shall be poured out upon the wicked without measure;
2e unto the day when the Lord shall come to recompense unto every man according to his work, and measure to every man according to the measure which he has measured to his fellow man. (compare with Luke 6:36-38)

Of truth, the Lord is bringing timely warnings to His people to prepare them for what is coming. My hope and prayer are that everyone will heed the warnings and prepare accordingly. Note that the most important preparation is spiritual, to get right with God in all things, and to treat everyone we meet justly and mercifully by walking humbly with God (Micah 6:8,9). And remember, as it is so plainly stated in voice of warning above, the reward each of us receives from the Lord will be according to the reward we gave to others while in this life.

God’s richest blessings in Jesus Christ to you all as we see the day of the Lord approaching (Hebrews 10:22-39),

Dwight Burford

Mustard Seed Music Class

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From: William- Katrina Baker

Mustard Seed Music Class

Saturday, February 17, 2018


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From: Jill Gowan





Emergency Food Supply--For Sale at a discount!

From: Laura

1 Year Emergency Food Supply--For Sale at a discount!

For those of you thinking about purchasing dried food for storage, please consider this offer! My life circumstances have changed and I am selling a complete year’s worth of food from Thrivelife for $500 less than you can purchase it online. Buy it from me and you save on $200 of shipping and tax, plus a discount of $300 off the product. This will cost you $2700 on their website, but I will sell it for $2200. I have a 4 yr supply, so I am selling them in 1 yr packages only, not piecemeal. I have owned them for 5 yrs. It is located in Independence so all that is needed is to pick them up. It includes 99 10# cans. For those desiring special water barrels, I have 8 @ $95 each. As well as special pallets that will not degrade, also @ $95 each. I have one Thrivelife shelving unit that sells for $300 and I will sell it for $200.

I have included the link below as well as the product description so that you may check it out yourself.

Please contact Laura for any questions, thank you!



The Basic 1 Year Freeze-Dried & Dehydrated Food Supply package from Thrive Life includes 9,900 total servings of delicious and long-lasting THRIVE Foods. Designed to provide 1,200-1,300 calories per day, this package offers a great solution for families and individuals in need of a complete package to meet their most basic needs for one year.

The THRIVE line of food storage is known for its outstanding quality and extended shelf life. Kept in dry, mild conditions, many of the items in this package will last 25 years, ensuring that your food storage supply will be ready whenever you need it.

Total Servings: 9,900
Total Calories: 465,513
Average Calories Per Day: 1,275

The Basic 1 Year Freeze Dried & Dehydrated Food Supply package includes 99 #10 cans of freeze dried and dehydrated foods in the following quantities:


· 1 10 Grain Pancake Mix

· 1 9 Grain Cracked Cereal

· 1 Cornmeal

· 4 White Flour

· 2 Creamy Wheat Cereal

· 4 Quick Oats

· 3 White Rice

· 3 Hard White Winter Wheat


· 3 Broccoli - Freeze Dried

· 2 Cauliflower - Freeze Dried

· 4 Sweet Corn - Freeze Dried

· 4 Green Peas - Freeze Dried

· 2 Potato Chunks - Dehydrated

· 2 Chopped Spinach - Freeze Dried

· 3 Green Beans - Freeze Dried


· 1 Banana Slices - Freeze Dried

· 1 Blackberries - Freeze Dried

· 2 Mangoes - Freeze Dried

· 2 Peach Slices - Freeze Dried

· 1 Raspberries - Freeze Dried

· 4 Strawberries - Freeze Dried


· 1 Chocolate Drink Mix

· 3 Powdered Milk

· 1 Instant Milk

Meats & Beans

· 3 Whole Egg Powder

· 1 Chopped Chicken - Freeze Dried

· 2 Diced Ham - Freeze Dried

· 2 Kidney Beans

· 2 Pinto Beans

· 1 Diced Turkey - Freeze Dried

· 3 Ground Beef - Freeze Dried

· 3 Small Diced Beef - Freeze Dried

· 1 Sausage Crumbles - Freeze Dried


· 1 Iodized Salt

· 1 Brown Sugar

· 1 Powdered Sugar

· 4 White Sugar


· 2 Orchard Apple Drink

· 1 Orange Bliss Drink

Entrees (just-add-water meal mixes that are ready in 10 minutes!)

· 8 Baked Potato Cheese Soup

· 8 Broccoli Cheese Soup

Friday, February 16, 2018

Fundraiser for the Cozarts

From: Laura Cozart

Fundraiser for the Cozarts

Please join us for an event to remember. Our dear friend is a professional mime who has performed all over the world. Now you have the rare opportunity to see this rare art form live!

Message for 2/16/2018

From: Francis Harper

Message for 2/16/2018

Dear Ones,

As we begin to comprehend the full measure of the blessings we have received from the Lord, we will begin to ask as the psalmist: “What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me?” (Psalm 116:12).

A young man, recently married, told me of losing and finding the fuel tank cap on his skid-loader. He had refueled and had neglected to replace the cap. It had jiggled off as he worked over quite a large area. It was pitch dark when he discovered the loss. He was concerned that he might get dirt in the fuel. He prayed as he began to search with a flashlight; “Lord, I will owe you one if you help me find the cap.” His prayer was answered a short time later, when he stepped on the cap!

How can we repay God? King Benjamin answered this question; “…all that he requires of you, is to keep his commandments…for which if ye do, he doth immediately bless you; and therefore, he hath paid you. And ye are still indebted unto him; and are, and will be, for ever and ever…” (Mosiah 1:55-59).

John wrote: “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me; and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. Judas saith unto him (not Iscariot), Lord, how is it thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words; and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him and make our abode with him” (John 14:21-23). What a joyous relationship that will be! “…in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Psalm 16:11).

Jesus pleased the heavenly Father. He was introduced by the Father upon several occasions, saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear ye him” (Matthew 3:46 IV; 3:17 KJV, Matthew 17:4 IV; 17:5 KJV; 3 Nephi 5:8; History of the Church Volume 1, page 9).

Jesus said, “…I do nothing of myself; but as the Father hath taught me, I speak these things. And he that sent me is with me; the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him” (John 8:28-29).

As in all things, Jesus is our example. We should emulate the relationship he had with the Father. Jesus was with the Father. The Father taught him what to speak. He always did those things that pleased the Father. We should strive to have a similar relationship with the Father. Jesus prayed, “…as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us” (John 17:21). We should covet this wonderful, intimate relationship with the Father and the Son!

Is such a relationship possible for mortals to achieve? Yes! By faith Enoch was translated that he should not taste death; and was not found, because God translated him [and his city]; for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God” (Hebrews 11:5), (Genesis 7:27 IV; 5:24 KJV).

When I think of those who have exemplified requited love, or of those who have demonstrated the reciprocation of the love of Christ, I think of Mary and her alabaster box of ointment. Jesus said of her, “her sins which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much” (Luke 7:47). I also recall the testimony of Nicky Cruz, a famous gang member in New York City, who shouted, “I was no good. I was just a piece of meat! Then Jesus picked me up, cleaned me up, sanctified me and made me a child of The King! O’Jesus, I love you!”

Love to All,
Francis Harper


Unrequited Love
(Love not returned)

The words, unrequited love, were impressed upon my mind by the Holy Spirit. They were repeated to me again and again. It is not unusual for me to be given unknown words and phrases of scripture by the Spirit. One of the functions of the Spirit is to teach. Jesus said “…the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (John 14:26).

The words of truth and knowledge being taught by the Spirit are often repeated over and over again for emphasis. The Comforter has brought passages of scripture to my mind with which I have not been previously familiar. Scripture such as “Without shedding of blood is no remission” (Hebrews 9:22) and “For here have we no continuing city” (Hebrews 13:14) were unknown to me before the Spirit brought them to my mind and emphasized them. After the Spirit reveals and emphasizes specific scriptural passages in this way I open the Scriptures to study them and to firmly implant them in my mind.

I could not find the word unrequited in the Scriptures, nor could I find the word unrequited in my Webster’s new Collegiate Dictionary, copyright 1973. Finally this illusive word was found in Roget’s International Thesaurus, Fourth Edition. The meaning of the word is unpaid or unthankful. Why would the Holy Spirit bring this unknown word to me with such emphasis that I will never be able to forget it? Surely it is because none of us are as grateful as we should be for the Lord’s ultimate sacrifice on the cross and the multitude of other blessings he bestows upon us. We rarely return our love to him as we should!

Perhaps you can recall the hymn; “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, and the final words: “Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all” (Hymns of the Saints, #265). The person who penned these words was gratefully responding to the love of the Savior as we should. This is requited love.

On Wednesday evening, February 7, 2018, as I was being checked out at the grocery store the charges totaled up to $32.71 and I had only $25.00 in my billfold! I had my credit card but in my frustration I did not think of it. I was holding up the line. I was frustrated. The man in the line behind me kindly offered to pay the additional $7.71 I owed. I asked for his name and promised to repay him for his generosity. He said, “How often do we have an opportunity to help someone?”

The next morning, I searched in the Harrison County Directory for my benefactor’s address. I planned to send him a thank you note and $10.00. Then I discovered I did not have any thank you notes on hand. I would need to purchase some. I decided to do my shopping at the local Dollar General. As I entered this store, I was amazed to see the person who had befriended me the night before, checking out with a couple of 6-packs of pop. I walked up to him and handed him a $10.00 bill and thanked him in person! We were both surprised to meet again so soon! Our meeting was more than coincidental; it was the precise timing of the Lord! I am convinced the Lord arranged this blessed encounter with my friend. Within a minute or so he would have been gone and we would have missed one another! This was one of those “God Winks” experiences.

I wondered. Are we as anxious to express our gratitude to God for all his benefits as I was to thank a stranger for paying $7.71 on my grocery bill? Gratitude is the precursor of love.

As King Benjamin said: “O how had you ought to thank your heavenly king!...if ye should serve him with all your whole soul, yet ye would be unprofitable servants” (Mosiah 1:51-54).

Paul wrote: “…in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves…disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy” (2 Timothy 3:2). Unrequited love is a sign of the times in which we live. Let your hearts be full of thanks every day, all day. Alma wrote: “Yea, when thou liest down at night, lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning, let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day” (Alma 17:70).

Tidings Addresses Update

From: Paul Gage

Tidings Addresses Update

Dear Saints,

We are updating the Tidings of Zion mailing lists and these were returned from the last issue.

John Campbell on N. Hunter Road Sibley, MO

Tim Cochran on N. Spring St Independence, MO

Bill Terrill on N. Spring St Independence, MO

Daniel Hopkins Dallas, TX

If you have a new address for any of these, please send it to me at pauljg_64055@yahoo.com

Thank you very much

Paul Gage
Chair, Publication Council
Conference of Restoration Elders


From: David Price


Since our last catalog was published, new items are for sale at Restoration Bookstore. If you are not able to come in and browse the new selections, you can call to place an order by phone at (816) 461-5659, or you can go to http://restorationbookstore.org and then click on "Online Store."

A Study in Prophecy, by Earl Curry. This book, like the title proclaims, is a study in prophecy—and in particular, a study of “the signs (indications) of Christ’s promised return to the world.” With each "sign" listed, Brother Curry includes scriptural references and interpretive and explanatory notes. This is a must-have for the days in which we are living. Produced by Moe Publishing Co. 149 pages. $9.00

God’s Bounty, prepared by the Women’s Department of Glendale Restoration Branch. There are over 600 delicious recipes that include appetizers and beverages, soups and salads, vegetables, main dishes, breads and rolls, desserts, and other miscellaneous items. In addition, there are cooking helps, tips for healthy eating and losing weight, understanding food labels, and food safety guidelines. Sprinkled throughout the pages are inspirational scriptures, poems, and sayings to feed the soul. 334 pages. $16.50

Testimonies of the Saints, compiled by Melvin E. Quick. This is a compilation of over 100 testimonies from past issues of Saints’ Herald, Zion’s Hope, Stepping Stones, Zion’s Ensign, and Autumn Leaves. These uplifting testimonies of healings, special blessings from the Lord, and other spiritual experiences give us hope and joy, and they strengthen our faith in the Gospel message. $6.00

And Jesus Said, "It Is By the Law of the Celestial Kingdom," Book Seven, written and illustrated by Beryle J. Immer. This is the seventh in a series of beautifully illustrated books for children. Included are chapters on the celestial law and the glories, the Kingdom of God, His Church, Zion, and the promises to the faithful. (Note: If the first five books in the series are, or have been purchased, the sixth volume is free.) $10.00

Voices from the Golden Plates, adapted from the Book of Mormon by Paul V. Ludy. This book contains eyewitness accounts of Book of Mormon heroes. Some of those heroes include the Brother of Jared, Lehi, Nephi, King Benjamin, Samuel, and many others. Each story is written in first person as if the heroes are actually speaking. "They are true to the words as printed in the Book of Mormon" and references are given so the reader can find out more about those experiences. Quotations are from the RLDS 1908 edition of the Book of Mormon. 100 pages. $6.00

Voices from Church History, by Paul V. Ludy. Heroes from the early history of the Restoration tell about their experiences as if they themselves are speaking. These stories, adapted from historical sources, are told by Joseph Smith Jr., Emma Smith, Martin Harris, David Whitmer, W. W. Phelps, and twelve others. At the back are questions entitled “What Can We Learn?”—the answers of which are found in the stories. 100 pages. $6.00

Thorn-Pierced Hands, by Mike Estle. This original Restoration song, given by inspiration from the Lord, tells the touching story of the soldier who was commanded to create the crown of thorns that was placed on the head of Christ at His crucifixion. The music was composed by Vida Carlson and was arranged by Mark L. Colville to be sung as a hymn or as a solo. $1.25

2018 Book of Mormon Calendar, produced by Hill Cumorah Expedition Team. A colorful 12-month calendar of archaeological sites in Central America. Each month features a beautiful picture and description of the site, as well as a Book of Mormon scripture (with references from both the RLDS and LDS Book of Mormon). The pictures and information create a keepsake to be treasured even after the year is over. $12.00

Prayer and Scripture Study Journal--Kingdom Journey, compiled and arranged by Wayne Crawford and Matt Fleming. This book is designed to allow you to read the Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, and Doctrine and Covenants/Lectures on Faith in one year. You can choose to read all of them in that year or choose just one of them. Each of the 365 pages has the recommended scriptures to read for that day, as well as sections in which to write your own personal prayer concerns, prayers answered, thoughts on the scriptures you read, and notes about the day. (Scheduled readings were adapted from an arrangement by Buckner Restoration Branch and Thelona D. Stevens.) $10.00

Restoration Witnesses, by Roy Weldon. This is a reprint of a well-known book, which includes a series of articles that examine evidences from the Scriptures and archaeology that support Restoration beliefs. Also included are black and white pictures of historic ruins. 54 pages. $3.50

The Discovery of Hill Cumorah South, produced by Palenque Press (data DVD). This DVD contains audio recordings in mp3 format of testimonies regarding the discovery of the true Hill Cumorah (South) of the Book of Mormon. Note that it is not a video. Besides testimonies by Sister Verneil Simmons and others, it contains two lectures delivered at the Book of Mormon Foundation in 2002, as well as other classes. There are also photographs, reports, and other study materials that relate to varied Book of Mormon topics, in addition to testimonies about the records that remain in the library that Mormon left in Hill Cumorah (see Mormon 3:3–8). Index in pdf format included. $20.00

1836 Clay County Missouri State Tax List, by Annette W. Curtis. This 1836 list of taxpayers is especially helpful for those doing research on Mormons who had moved to Clay County as refugees from Jackson County in 1833. By 1836, the people of Clay County were asking that the Mormons leave their county and find another place to call home. Legislation had been initiated at the State level to create a new county (to be called Caldwell County) out of the northern part of Ray County. This census was taken just before the Mormons moved to Caldwell County. Included is the 1835 Missouri Tax Law. 125 pages. $10.00

A Year of Memory Verses, selected by Katie Van Fleet. (After discovering a box of these books left in our warehouse, we are pleased to be able to offer them once more.) This spiral-bound book, designed like a monthly calendar, contains 52 pages, each with a scripture from one of the Three Books--the Inspired Version, the Book of Mormon, and the Doctrine and Covenants. Each week, a page can be flipped over to reveal a new verse to memorize. The verses offer hope, encouragement, admonishments, and promises of the Lord. $5.00

If you have any questions about any of the above items, please call the Bookstore at (816) 461-5659.

The Staff
Restoration Bookstore

From: David Price p.p.c@sbcglobal.net New Items at Restoration Bookstore NEW ITEMS AVAILABLE AT RESTORATION BOOKSTORE Since our last catalog was published, new items are for sale at Restoration Bookstore. If you are not able to come in and browse the new selections.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

​2000 Ford Taurus For Sale​

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From: Bruce Kidd

​2000 Ford Taurus For Sale​

2000 Ford Taurus for sale for $1200

Contact Bruce at: 816-838-4739

Tortured For Christ Movie

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From: Dennis Moe

Tortured For Christ Movie

Brothers and Sisters, there is an outstanding movie coming up on March 5, 2018 (Monday) at 7:30 in the evening. I have read the book and now they have made a movie out of it! This is a life changing movie and I highly recommend it to you. We still need 41 more tickets sold in the next 11 days in order to bring it to Grain Valley at B&B Marketplace 8 movie theater. Please go to: torturedforchrist.com and scroll down until you find B&B Marketplace in Grain Valley and click on buy tickets. If they meet the ticket goal then your credit card will be charged. This is an opportunity for the Restoration Saints to fill up a movie theater and witness to our community! Thanks, Call Dennis Moe 650-2059 with any questions.

Event Info
The Voice of the Martyrs invites everyone starting MARCH 5th, 2018 in theaters and churches all over the U.S. to the inspiring new movie Tortured for Christ, a cinematic retelling of the testimony of VOM founder Pastor Richard Wurmbrand as written in his international bestseller Tortured for Christ. This movie was produced to honor the 50th anniversary of the book’s 1967 release. Invite your friends and family to this world premiere of Tortured for Christ where you will watch this amazing true story unfold and learn how persecuted believers all around the world can be supported. Come early and don't miss the pre-show.

Event Program

Movie presentation of Tortured For Christ
The dramatic testimony of Pastor Richard Wurmbrand as told in the international bestseller Tortured for Christ. In 1945, Communists seized power and a million Russian troops poured into his beloved Romania. Pastor Wurmbrand was captured by the secret police and held as "Prisoner Number 1." 14 years of unthinkable torture in Communist prison could not break his faith.

Monthly Tidings of Zion: February, 2018

From: Paul Gage

Dear Saints,

Find attached the February Monthly Tidings of Zion.

Feel free to copy, forward, and share.

It would be much appreciated if branch pastors would copy for distribution in your branch.

God bless
Paul Gage
Chair, Publication Council
Conference of Restoration Elders


Conference of Restoration Elders (CRE)

Monthly Tidings of Zion: February, 2018

Greetings to all the lovely Saints around the world. We trust that God, Almighty, has been and will continue to bless you in your daily walk with Him. February is usually considered to be a month to express our love and affection for loved ones, family, friends, and so forth because of Valentine Day. We will not use this space to praise or condemn "Valentine Day," but rather focus on GOD'S LOVE FOR US AND OUR LOVE FOR HIM. Hopefully, all or most of those who claim a heritage in the Restoration Faith as restored in 1830 and reorganized in 1860, understand that when man sinned in the Garden of Eden that he did not immediately die in the flesh, but died in the spirit with no way to ever come back into God's presence, except through what God had planned from the foundation of the world. God Himself would come to earth and in the flesh be known as Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, to make the ultimate sacrifice for each of us. As John 3:16-17 state, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His Only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish; but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world THROUGH HIM might be saved."
Many, in the world, are of the opinion that because Jesus died for our sins, that our salvation is automatic. That is not true! God always has a duel explanation of what He asks of us, as we find in Doctrine and Covenants 81:3. There must be a response of belief, faith, and obedience to God's commandments to receive the blessings. We talk of love, God's love, charity being the pure love of Christ, of Zion; we pray, "Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven." If God is love, then the kingdom of heaven must be based and built on God's love. So then, must conditions on earth, be as they are in heaven in order to fulfill this part of the "Lord's Prayer." It is said of Enoch's city that they were of one heart and one mind and no poor among them and they dwelt in righteousness. How did they accomplish that? Obedience to Enoch's instructions as he received them from God, a willingness to love God first with all and love each other as God loves us. It is all about relationships.
Millions of dollars will be spent on Valentine Day for things that will be gone in a week or so, as the flowers fade, the candy is eaten, get-away trips are completed and it is back to the usual routine of life. Many will try to "buy" the affection of one or many people in their lives, but it doesn't work that way, as a rule. Affection and true love are based on a relationship, first with God, and then with a spouse, children, etc.
In 2007, the CRE sponsored a weekend event, in November, called "A Fall Gathering." The classes for the weekend were based on relationships: In the home; In the priesthood; With Our Neighbors; In the Church, and With Christ. Possible, if those in attendance had truly taken to heart those things that were taught that weekend, Zion could have become a reality. The Fall Gatherings were eventually discontinued due to lack of interest and attendance. Zion will be, with us or without us.............................THE CHOICE IS OURS!

2018 January Priesthood and Men’s Retreat by Elder Vim Horn, Sibley, Missouri
On Thursday evening January 18thand Saturday the 20th, priesthood members and men gathered at the Oak Grove Restoration Branch to worship, learn, and fellowship together. The retreat was jointly sponsored by the Central Missouri Restoration Branches (CMRB), the Pastors of Zion (POZ) and the Conference of Restoration Elders (CRE). Over seventy attended each day respectively. Represented were twenty-nine restoration branches from Central Missouri and the Center Place, and one from outside these areas.
Thursday evening began with a worship service led by Brother John Eichorn. This worship set a wonderful tone for the class taught by Brother Bob Bobbitt that followed. He expressed that, where there is truth, there is power, and we are sitting on top of a goldmine. He shared with the brethren why he is excited about the restored gospel and provided them with examples that would equip them to share reasons why our people and others should embrace the restored gospel.
Saturday morning began with Brother Jason Howard presiding over a Spirit filled prayer service. The first class, taught by Brother Michael Brown, focused on the importance of spiritual revival and development in our lives. He used thoughts from High Priest Earl Curry that focused on his observations of the spiritual condition within the restoration and our need to go beyond just revival to an ever-expanding spiritual development. Brother Brown emphasized that, if we are to have the ability to convey spirituality, then we have to have the Spirit within us. Many insights were shared in the class on what challenges our spiritual development, and what we need to do in order to grow spiritually.
Brother Karl Anderson taught a class on the foundational nature of home ministry in the church. He stated that, the family is a microcosm of the church and that Zion will never be established until we achieve it first in the homes. If we can’t achieve Zionic living in the homes first, we will never achieve it as a church. Home ministry is absolutely essential to the work of the church today. Brother Anderson shared understandings and testimonies emphasizing the essential nature of home ministry. Many attending gained a real appreciation of the importance of family and home ministry to achieving the work of the gospel.
After lunch, Brother Richard Neill presented some thoughts, and led a discussion on the importance of the Center Place in accomplishing the latter day work of the church. He shared a handout with a number of questions challenging the brethren to consider and evaluate how those living in and around the center place are doing at embracing their unique opportunity to provide ministry. In the discussion, it was acknowledged that a deeper understanding and fuller response will be required for this opportunity to be realized. The retreat ended with the completion of this discussion period.
To access class materials and recordings, go to www.eldersconference.org

Central Missouri Junior High Retreat Fall of 2017 by Phillip and Suzanne Freeze
What a joy it was to spend the weekend with young brothers and sisters in Christ. We had a wonderful time directing this year. The staff was a big help and the campers were great!
We started off the retreat with mixers lead by Susan Freeze. It was fun watching the campers run around the dining hall making animal sounds, trying to pop each other’s balloon and trying to get each other to laugh. Then we had a snack which was followed by a campfire led by Sheri Nunn. What a wonderful spiritual time singing around a fire! We started Saturday with morning worship and then a scavenger hunt. Wow! The campers loved running all over the campgrounds looking for clues. Next, Cara Smith shared a class about "Hearing God’s Voice."
After lunch we did a service project. Jim Mulheron had the campers make 10 bird houses, which the campers then put up around the campgrounds. What an enjoyable time I had watching these young campers make something with their hands. Then Pat Chadwick shared a class with us about the "Power of Prayer."
Jeff Ohmer directed kickball during recreation and some of the campers watched , just enjoying the outdoors. The kids worked up an appetite for supper after all the running around. After supper, we did not think the campers were tired enough so, we did relay races led by Mark Nunn. Cabin two of the girls won and cabin seven of the boys won. To start calming down we had campfire followed by a movie.
Sunday morning, we had a wonderful prayer and testimony service where most of the campers prayed. It was such a blessing to all of us to share the weekend with the campers. Thank you for sharing your children with us! God Bless!
MISSIONARIES ON THE MOVE! All the missionary groups that function under the CRE are active and have mission trips planned beginning in March and continuing through the year.
African Restoration Ministries, (ARM): Elder Lyle Smith and others were in Kenya in East Africa in December of 2017 and other trips are scheduled for 2018.
Greater European Ministries (GEM): Elders Joe Hale and Brian Mundy were in England in January, 2018, and ordained Robert Willoughby to the office of Priest. Brother Willoughby is most likely the only Restoration priesthood member in all of Europe. After a week of "rest," Brother Mundy , traveled to Germany for two weeks, where he is learning the German language in order to be better equipped to share with the people of Germany.
Latin American Missions Board,( LAMB) continues to support the work of the Church in Honduras and Mexico.
South East Asia and Australian Ministries, (SEAAM) The team of Elders Tom Rindels and Kevin Humphrey are going to Australia, March 6-May 6, 2018.
Currently, Mission trips are also planned Nepal, and the Philippines in March and April. Elder Murray Broughton and wife, Delma were in Luzon, the Philippines in December, 2017.

Please continue to support the missionary efforts in your prayers and also with financial donations. Donations can be made to the CRE with specific indications as to where you want your donation to go.

Branch Activities:

Council Bluffs, Iowa Restoration Branch 
Winter Revival 2018  Saturday February 17th
Contact Priest Mark McCormick Phone: 402-639-2952
Email: mrmrldsmember@yahoo.com

Atherton, Missouri Restoration Branch: 4910 E. Main Street Atherton, Missouri
Evening Preaching Series: February 26, 27 and March 1,2 at 7:00 pm
Elder Steve Kropp will preach Feb. 26, 27 and Elder Vaughn Cornish on March 1 and 2.
The theme is: "Like Christ"


Editor's Note: This is an annual event usually held on the first Sunday of April. However, April 1, 2018 is also Resurrection Sunday, known to some as Easter. Wouldn't it be marvelous if the Branches that are a part of the Pastors of Zion would close their branches that morning and encourage the Saints to some together. Dear Saints, let us fill the house with members and pray the Lord, God, Almighty will fill it with His Holy Spirit.

The following artwork is by Jean Mahoney of Hamilton, Ontario Canada

Fort Osage Current Openings - 02/15/18

From: Rachel Horn

Fort Osage Current Openings - 02/15/18

The following positions for the 18-19 school year are currently posted.

You may follow this link for all current openings.


Fort Osage R-1 School District - TalentEd Recruit & Hire

Speech Language Pathologist
Special Education Teacher
Principal Secretary

Middle School
Assistant Principal at OTMS (in lieu of the current administrative intern position and MS activities coordinator extra duty)

Administrative Assistant - Human Resources

Fort Osage R-1 School District

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Lowrey Organ For Sale

From: Betty Edgar

Lowrey Organ For Sale

Lowrey Rhapsody Organ

New cost was $70,000
Asking $5,000

This instrument is loaded with everything you could ever want.
Bench is included.

Betty lives in Richmond, MO

Buyer is responsible to move the organ.

Find out more and call Betty.

This picture is a file graphic, it is not the organ for sale.

Pleasant Hill Home and Acreage Price Reduced

From: Leslie Corcoran

Pleasant Hill Home and Acreage Price Reduced

We did a Price Reduction and are having an Open House on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Cindy Smith

29 fenced acres with 2 ponds in Pleasant Hill, Cass Co., MO
Adams Truss Steel building built in 2000
Approximately 2100 sq ft home with attached 3000 sq ft shop
Recently updated kitchen and bathrooms
2 Master bedrooms
Easy access to Lee’s Summit, Lone Jack and Pleasant Hill

Here’s the link to the listing.

Leslie Corcoran
Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate
Senior Sales Executive
Certified Home Marketing Specialist
Certified Luxury Home Marketing & Sales
816-510-2258 Cell
816-272-7388 Office
3367 NE Ralph Powell Rd., Lee’s Summit, MO 64064
Leslie Corcoran - Better Homes & Garden Real Estate

Valentines - Keeping a Sweet Heart

From: Julie Leibold

Valentines - Keeping a Sweet Heart

Keeping a Sweet Heart

February is national heart month. Not only do we celebrate our loved ones with candy hearts, decadent chocolate and mushy love notes, but it is also the time of year to think about the heart health. The heart is a powerful muscle whose primary function is to pump blood to all parts of the body, delivering nutrients and oxygen to your organs and tissues. In an average day the heart will beat more than 100,000 times per day, pumping more than 4,300 gallons of blood throughout the entire body. However, in 2002, the World Health Organization estimated that 16.7 million people around the world die of heart disease. Heart disease affects 1 out of 4 men and is the leading cause of death among women. Heart failure may occur suddenly, or develop gradually over years. But one thing is for certain, exercise and nutrition habits play a major role in preventing heart disease. Here are some nutrition tips to ensure you send many more roses and love notes for many years to come.

Eat for Your Sweet Heart

Fruits and Vegetables: Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables ensures that you are taking in a wide range of nutrients to protect against heart disease. Fruits and vegetables are high in vitamin C, beta carotene, bioflavanoids and phytochemicals, all of which are essential antioxidants in the prevention of heart disease.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids: Omega 3’s have been found to help decrease triglyceride levels, the rate of atherosclerotic plaque, and arrhythmias. Fish high in Omega 3 include: salmon, sardines, herring, trout, mackerel, bluefish, halibut, striped bass, tuna, Atlantic cod, and flounder. Other sources of Omega 3– rich foods include: canola oil, flaxseed, walnuts, and wheat germ.
Soluble Fiber: Soluble fiber helps to decrease cholesterol levels, therefore working to decrease risk for heart disease. Foods high in soluble fiber include: oats, oat bran, pectin, psyllium, flax, lentils, legumes, apples, pears, and grapes.
Nuts: Nuts are high in fiber, vitamin E, magnesium, and essential fatty acid. Eaten in moderation, nuts can help decrease risk for heart disease. A few examples of some heart healthy nuts include: almonds, walnuts, chestnuts, peanuts, and pistachios.
Folate: Foods rich in folate help to decrease risk for heart disease by helping to regulate homocysteine levels. Green leafy vegetables, orange juice, lentils, whole grain enriched cereals, and asparagus are great sources of folate.
Check out CoQ10.

· Virtually every cell in your body contains CoQ10, which is concentrated in the mitochondria. Heart cells have approximately 5,000 mitochondria each, more than any other cells. In addition, CoQ10 is a strong antioxidant, which can help prevent premature aging and free radical damage.

· Today, numerous trials indicate CoQ10’s unique ability to support heart health and function. Clinical studies on CoQ10 suggest that it can promote optimal heart function and normal blood pressure levels. Our bodies produce CoQ10 naturally, but unfortunately, our CoQ10 level declines with age. By the time you reach your 40s, your body’s CoQ10 level may have dropped by as much as 30%. Taking statins drugs may also accelerate the loss of CoQ10 in your body.

Preventing heart disease is a major concern for all of us-at the center of good health is heart health. Keep your cardiovascular health at its best. Find heart health supplements at shopbritishjulie.com or contact Julie at 816-517-6802, jgkonig@sbcglobal.net for more information.

BofM Round Table - February 18

From: Robyn

BofM Round Table - February 18

Book Of Mormon Round Table

The 3rd Sunday of the month


Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

3 Presenters: Bob Myers, Fabio Sagebin, Eric Scott

“How Does the Book of Mormon

Enhance What Is Taught in the New Testament?”

See you in:
Luff at Stone Church!
1012 W Lexington Ave (upper west parking lot)
Independence MO 64050

sista robyn
"And it came to pass that there was no contention in the land, because of the love of God which did dwell in the hearts of the people." (4 Nephi 1:15 LDS / 4 Nephi 1:17 RLDS)

Pastors of Zion - Joint Sacrament Service

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From: Dayn Cederstrom

Pastors of Zion - Joint Sacrament Service, Sunday, March 4

Word of Wisdom Class

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From: Kim (Augenstein) White

Word of Wisdom Class Re-start by Kim (Augenstein) White

After a two and a half years hiatus, starting this coming Thursday, February 15, Kim White (formerly Kim Augenstein) will begin again to teach Word of Wisdom (WofW) classes.

The classes will be in the basement of the Central/Gospel Park Congregation (the old Second Church building approximately a mile southeast of the Auditorium) at 919 S. Delaware, Independence, MO - the corner of South Street and Delaware.

The classes will begin at 6:30 PM and end about 8:00 PM.

This will be the first of eight classes to be offered each week. If there is sufficient interest, more may follow.

The classes will review the admonitions, warnings and promises of Section 86 but they will also cover the latest findings and research in health and diet. There will samples of WofW compatible foods for taste testing.

If there are questions, please call Kim at: 816.796.3949

Nice Desk for Free

From: Jared Brotherton

Nice Desk for Free

Nice solid wood desk for free! Just moved and don't need it anymore. It is outside of our house at 816 N Sioux Ave, Independence MO. It's about 2.5 ft by 5 ft.


Monday, February 12, 2018

Scriptures in the News

From: Dwight Burford

Scriptures in the News

Dear family and friends,

The following passage of scripture reminded me of something I read on a news headline summary page this past week:

And if ye will not for all this hearken unto me, but walk contrary unto me; Then I will walk contrary unto you also in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins. And ye shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters shall ye eat. (Leviticus 26:27-29)

The news headline was about a person talking of eating a fetus. What an utterly repulsive and morbid topic, I thought. Surely no one would even think such a thing. So I moved quickly on to reviewing other news headlines.

This morning, however, when reading various promises in God’s covenants, I came across the above passage of scripture. Because it reminded me of the news headline mentioned above, I did a quick internet search and found quite a number of sites reporting on it. Here is one:


Comments like the ones reported on in this article and others are quite telling, I believe. Simply put, this is what people do when they harden themselves against the Lord to pursue their own will and way. They end up doing such detestable things because the Lord is not in their lives (see Romans 1:18-32 with I John 3:11-15). Thus, in the end, people who choose their own ways only serve to confirm that God’s word is indeed true, but to their own eternal destruction.

Oh, then, that everyone would remember the words of Jesus regarding those who offend little ones and be turned thereby from any form or manner of abuse or destruction of children.

Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offenses will come; but woe to him through whom they come. It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. (Luke 17:1-2)

This I pray in the hope that they might live the abundant life promised in God’s word (John 10:9,10). In particular, it’s my prayer that anyone who is or who might be thinking of doing any harm to children, either simply in their hearts and by their own hands, would repent and come to the Lord before the door is shut before them.

Oh that there were such a heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children forever! (Deuteronomy 5:29)

This I pray in the hope that our Lord will soon put an end to all the evil that is being committed against little children today.

In the hope of Zion, the pure in heart, your fellow laborer in the cause of Christ.

Dwight B.

​Evening Preaching Series at Atherton Restoration Branch

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From: Jason Howard

​Evening Preaching Series at Atherton Restoration Branch

We are having an evening preaching series a Church of Jesus Christ Atherton Restoration Branch at the end of this month. We are extending an invitation to the entire Restoration to come worship with us. Services will be February 26, 27, March 1, and 2 at 7:00 p.m. at Church of Jesus Christ Atherton Restoration Branch 4910 N Main Street, Independence, MO 64058

See attached flyer

Thanks and God bless,
Jason Howard

Sunday, February 11, 2018

​Games with Restoration Singles​

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From: Restoration Singles

​Games with Restoration Singles​

Hello Restoration Singles,

I would like for you to join me for an afternoon of sharing and playing games at Missionary Restoration Branch (3415 N. Elsea Smith Road Buckner, MO) on Saturday, February 17th at 1:00 p.m.

Please bring a story and/or a testimony to share.

I will have a few board games. If you have a game you could bring, that would be great.


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Menorah Wanted

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From: ​ Muriel Luedeman​

Menorah Wanted

I am wanting to purchase a seven and nine candle menorah and am asking the Saints if they have one for which they would like to find a home.

Muriel Luedeman

Friday, February 9, 2018

Francis Harper - Message for 2/9/2018

From: Francis Harper

Francis Harper - Message for 2/9/2018

Dear Ones:
The Lord has given many infallible proofs of his faithfulness in providing for us. I will give you some examples of how he has provided for his Saints.
Rees Howells and his wife, of Wales, were preparing to leave on a mission to Africa on July 10, 1915. “they had all their outfit except three things: a watch, a fountain pen, and a raincoat each. They had never mentioned these things to anyone but at breakfast before their departure, a man asked, “what kind of watches have you?” and told that his son wanted to give them a watch each. He then asked, “Have you prepared for the rainy season in Africa? Have you got good raincoats?” When they said they hadn’t he told them to go and get one each, and wrote down an address on a card, saying that they were to get them at his expense. After writing the address, he asked, “have you seen this kind of fountain pen?” “No”, they replied. “You must take one each with you,” he said. The three things they had named to the Lord alone, he provided! (Rees Howells Intercessor. Page 154).
The next example of the Lord’s providing happened in 1935 in San Francisco. The family receiving from the Lord’s bountiful hand was the William and Camilla Collins family. Their son Hale was my classmate at Graceland and Iowa State. Jeanette, mentioned in the testimony, was Mrs. Walter Weldon. “On Saturday afternoons I always counted out the nickels and dimes to cover our weekly pledge for the building fund and the twenty-five cents we had determined to pay each week on the tithing we owed on our financial statement. On this particular day, after I filled the envelope, the purse was empty. I scanned the cupboard and cooler. Sunday dinner was prepared. Then I remembered that we’d need extra milk for Jeanette and Walter’s family when they came for Sunday dinner. On further searching I discovered I was out of laundry soap, and there were only six matches to light the gas stove and water tank. When I explained my predicament to six-year-old Hale he exclaimed, “Wow…and payday isn’t until Wednesday!” So we decided to talk to God about our problem, for we knew he would listen. “Father, milk and soap and matches are so necessary. We do want to pay our tithes and offerings, Father, but I’m sure you understand. Next Sunday we’ll bring two envelopes. Amen.”
“Three times I put the coins into the envelope, and three times I jiggled them out. Then the inner voice reminded, “Remember the windows of heaven.” I found the scripture in Malachi and read it aloud: “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” Once more I emptied the coin purse into the envelope, and this time I sealed it tightly.
“Sunday morning as Hale was struggling with his knotted shoestrings, the doorbell rang. He raced to answer, yelling, “It’s Jeanette with a big pail.” Jeanette laughed happily. “Yes, Hale, the biggest pail we have. It has six quarts of milk from our fresh cow. We have more than we can use, and it seemed a shame to waste it. We decided to share with you, and I’ve come by on my way to church so you could put the milk to cool.”
“That afternoon, while the babies were napping, Hale called, “Look…here’s a taxi. It’s stopping at our door.” Our good friend Walter Davis, who lived in Sacramento, a hundred miles away, rushed in. “I have just a couple of hours between trains.” “If you don’t mind I’d like to shave.” As his electric razor hummed Walter visited, pausing now and then to search in his suitcase. Each time out came a handful of matches. Everyone watched as the pile on the table grew and grew until there was a mound of matches. “Isn’t it strange,” I mused. “Walter doesn’t smoke. There was no reason for his having all of those loose matches, and he didn’t say a word about them. Somehow I knew he wouldn’t take them with him.” “Now if we just had some soap, Mother.” Hale frowned a bit. “Won’t it be a funny washday without soap?”
“On Monday morning I lit the gas water tank and began sorting the clothes as Hale played hopscotch over the growing piles on the laundry room floor. After breakfast the doorbell began to buzz. “It must be one of those peddlers, “ I sighed. Since we’re out of money, let’s pretend we’re not at home; maybe he’ll go on.” But the doorbell buzzed and buzzed and buzzed, each time a bit longer. “You’d better go,” an inner voice urged. I fairly ran with Hale at my heels. There stood a very tall, pleasant-looking man. He was immaculate and strangely dressed in a three cornered hat and a pure white smock that reached almost to the knees of his well pressed trousers. In his hands was a huge basket filled with all kinds of soap samples, and in the center was a giant box of Oxydol. When he smiled, his eyes seemed kind yet penetrating. “Lady.” he began, “I was over on the other side of the city this morning. I hadn’t intended to come over here, but something kept telling me that you need soap.” “Oh, yes, sir, I surely do,” I assured him. Then to my surprise he handed me the giant box of soap powder. Hale and I were almost speechless, but we managed to express our thanks.
“I was suddenly overcome with joy. I realized that these three suppliers of our needs had not just happened by. God was keeping his promise. Together we knelt inside the living room door, and I thanked our heavenly Father for opening the windows of heaven and pouring out his wonderful blessings, and for the joy we felt because of his goodness. I then asked him to help us as a family – and all his children – to always be willing to sacrifice to pay our tithes and offerings.” (In The Hollow of His Hand. Camilla Collins. Pages 23-27)
The third example of how the Lord provides for his Saints took place in Nepal, a small country in the uttermost part of the earth. The Gurung family consisting of Dil and Rebecca and their three sons, moved from New Delhi, India, to Kathmandu, Nepal, in 2003. They left all their worldly security behind. They came to Nepal because God called them there. Dil turned his back on worldly security in exchange for eternal security. He is a covenant man who often says, “My problems are the Lord’s problems.”
After the arrival of the Gurungs’ in Kathmandu, they suffered in poverty with many others until Dil was given part-time employment as a chauffeur at the American Embassy. Their two teen-age sons had to be cared for by relatives.
One morning Rebecca told Dil they needed some meat, shampoo and chocolate, she not knowing, he said, “that my pockets were empty.” That evening before leaving the embassy, Dil’s employer asked him to wait, because she had prepared something for him and his family. She gave him a large, heavily loaded box, and taxi fare to get home. When the box was opened, Rebecca found their shopping list had been filled with even more than she had asked! There were two large, dressed chickens, a giant-sized bottle of shampoo, and yes, among other items there was also a chocolate bar! Dil wondered how his employer knew they needed two chickens – one for them and one for those providing for their sons? I have often heard Dil say, “the Lord knows our needs.”
I could hardly wait for Dil to finish sharing how the Lord had provided the three items they needed, until I could tell him how our awesome God had befriended the Collins family in a similar way.
The blessings received by these two families, separated by 12,000 miles and 68 years, are a powerful witness of the kind of God we worship. He is the same loving God in every generation and in every nation throughout the world and beyond. Surely “he is worthy to be praised” (Psalm 18:3).
My good friend Victor Kristinaa who lives in the boundary waters of northern Minnesota was led by the Lord to go to Vietnam in 1975 to bring back orphans. He escaped with 58 orphans, seven mothers and an elderly lady on the day Saigon fell, April 30, 1975. Victor often says, “Where God guides, he will provide.”

Love to all,
Francis Harper


God Will Provide
An unshakable faith in God is one of the greatest needs we have today. We need to have the faith of David who said: “the Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want” (Psalm 23:1). The Good Shepherd of David is our Shepherd too. He is “the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). He is always the same faithful God who is just and true. As we sing, “…ever, always just the same…ever, always true is He!” (Hymns of the Restoration, #318). He will provide.
George Muller, of Bristol, England, wrote: “When I began the orphan work in 1835, my chief objective was to glorify God by giving a practical demonstration as to what could be accomplished simply through…faith and prayer. Thus to benefit the church at large, and to lead a careless world to see the reality of the things of God by showing them in this work [with orphans] that the living God is still, as 4,000 years ago, the living God. The first object of the work was that God might be magnified by the fact that the orphans under my care are provided with all they need only by prayer and faith without anyone being asked; thereby it may be seen that God is faithful still, and hears prayers still.” (The Autobiography of George Muller).
Mr. Muller waited upon God until he received from him 15,000 pounds for a home to contain 300 children. This first home was opened in 1849. In 1858, the second and third homes for 950 additional orphans were opened, costing 35,000 pounds. And in 1869 and 1870, the fourth and fifth homes were established for 860 more, at an expense of 50,000 pounds, making the total number of orphans being cared for at 2,100.
Muller and his fellow workers learned to rely upon God, day by day, to provide for the orphans. They prayed, “Give us this day our daily bread (Matthew 6:12 IV; 6:11 KJV). One day he wrote: “Several pounds are needed again. Beside the daily provisions, the coal is low, the medical supplies in two houses are exhausted, and there are only five shillings in hand. While I was in prayer this morning, I received a check for seven pounds ten shillings. Thus the Lord speedily answered my prayer.”

Their daily needs were always provided, but barely enough. There was rarely an excess amount of funds on hand. The supplies often came in the precise timing of the Lord, but never late, as the opening of the waters of the Red Sea. Muller added: “If the hearts of the children of God are comforted and their faith strengthened, it is worth being poor and greatly tried in faith…faith in God is more than mere notion. There is indeed reality in Christianity.”
As Christians our primary business and first great concern should always be to “seek first to build up the kingdom of God and to establish his righteousness, and all these [needful] things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:38 IV; 6:33 KJV).
We need to dedicate to God the first part of every day and the first day of every week. We need to give to the Lord’s work the first part of our income, [10% of our increase]; first consideration in all of our decisions, and first place in our hearts! If we do these things, we can be sure all that we need will be provided.
Is the condition of the church, the winning of souls, and the conversion of our own lives into his likeness, our chief concerns? Or are we primarily concerned and involved with temporal things? In this world all is temporary. All will pass away. But the things of God are eternal. Those who seek first the kingdom will inherit the promise: “All these things shall be added unto you.” God will provide.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Family BINGO Night - Benefit

From: Andrea Nichols

Family BINGO Night - Benefit

My 16 year old nephew is hosting a Family Bingo event as part of a big effort to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. He's doing that in honor of his little brother Trevor who is a leukemia survivor.

The Bingo event is this Friday, February 9th at Liberty Street Community of Christ from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. It includes pizza, salad and dessert, plus 10 bingo games and 1 raffle entry. Flier is attached or more info found on his website www.tj4wc.weebly.com. As I said this is part of a big campaign effort, there is a video on the home page of his site that better explains their family's journey, his mission and his purpose. His biggest event is still to come - a 5k & Superhero Fun Run in March.

If possible, an RSVP to tj4wc2018@gmail.com is appreciate for head count for food purposes.

Andrea Nichols

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Urgent Prayers Needed for Christine

From: Gina Krieg

Urgent Prayers Needed for Christine

Thank you all for taking the time to pray for Christine.

I’m writing to ask if you could send out an urgent prayer request for Christine Hedrick, of the Oak Grove Branch in America, to all who may help. I have been communicating with Christine myself for a few years now, first being introduced through Pat Chadwick while she was visiting Australia. Christine is a young wife and mother of 3. She has been battling Cancer for many years now. Her story can be read on the ‘Caring Bridge’ website as she is currently no longer able to communicate herself. She is desperate to remain with her family but only a miracle from God will save her. I have been asked to spread this request across Australia.

Please help.
Gina Krieg

"Lost Treasures of the Maya Snake Kings" ​

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From: Jay Huffman

​ ​
"Lost Treasures of the Maya Snake Kings" ​

This evening there is a National Geographic program on about new technologies and
more discoveries about the Mayan in the jungles of ​Guatemala.

On Comcast - it is channel 199 - A National Geographic channel.

title ​​" Lost Treasures of the Maya Snake Kings"

Hopefully it is also available on other providers.

Hopefully this won't be too difficult to cut and paste.


Monday, February 5, 2018

VT FPDO Computer Systems Administrator Vacancy

From: "Kristen Bures"

VT FPDO Computer Systems Administrator Vacancy

Computer Systems Administrator

The Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Vermont seeks to hire a full-time
Computer Systems Administrator (CSA) in our Burlington, Vermont office. The Office provides
defense services to indigent persons in federal criminal cases under authority of the Criminal
Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. §3006A.
Position Description: The CSA will provide administration, technical support, and training for all
computer operations of the office. System applications include word processing, case
management, financial management, networking, litigation support and telecommunications. The
CSA will test and perform upgrades of hardware and software, develop equipment upgrade
schedules, and assist with the evaluation and procurement of network hardware, office IT
equipment, and software. The CSA will maintain technical and user documentation for all
assigned systems and applications, coordinate all IT support services, and ensure integrity and
safety of office data. Related responsibilities include: providing consultation and support to staff
attorneys, investigators and paralegals in computer forensics, trial preparation and presentation;
and electronic discovery management, including identifying, preserving, processing, and
analyzing paper documents and electronically stored information. Network security
responsibilities include developing procedures for user and visitor access, backup routines, disaster
recovery, inventory control, and virus and spyware protection.
Qualifications: Minimum qualifications for this position are: (1) a Bachelor’s degree from an
accredited college or university in computers, information management or a related field; (2) two
years of specialized experience with PC’s and networking in a Windows Active Directory
environment with Windows 7 and Windows 2008/2008 R2 servers; (3) excellent troubleshooting
and communication skills (written and verbal); (4) experience with Microsoft Office, WordPerfect,
Lotus Notes, Symantec Endpoint Protection, Symantec Backup Exec and VMWare or Hyper-V
virtualization platforms.
Salary and Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications within a
range from $50,598 to $87,252. The position offers benefits including health and life insurance.
Salary is payable only by Electronic Funds Transfer (direct deposit). The successful candidate
will be subject to an FBI background check as a condition of employment. (This position is in
the excepted service and does not carry the tenure rights of the competitive civil service.)
How to Apply: Electronically submit a letter of interest, resume, and three professional
references, to Kristen Bures, Administrative Officer, at Kristen_Bures@fd.org. Contact
information for the references should be included.
This vacancy is open until filled.
The Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Vermont

Is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Kristen L. Bures, Administrative Officer
VT Federal Public Defender Office
126 College Street, Suite 410
Burlington, Vermont 05401
(t): 802.862.6990 ext.140
(c): 802.734.9782
(f): 802.862.7836


Sunday, February 4, 2018

Prepare for the Birth - Postponed

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From: Muriel L

Prepare for the Birth - Postponed

This is one birth that can be postponed.
I'll reschedule Prepare for the Birth.


Saturday, February 3, 2018

​Once fired casings for Ammo Reloaders

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From: ​ Bruce Luedeman​

​Once fired casings for Ammo Reloaders

Five, 5-gallon buckets of miscellaneous pistol and rifle calibers. Fifth bucket not shown. Second photo is representative of contents and calibers. These casings are dirty and unsorted; straight off the range floor. Some floor debris, aluminum, steel, and .22 caliber casings mixed in. Take one bucket or all five. $25 per bucket; cash only. These go quick so the first to show up with the cash gets the casings. You must bring an empty 5 gallon replacement bucket to exchange. Proceeds go to my son's college fund.

Bruce Luedeman
620 S Main Street
Independence MO 64050
Ph# 816-353-6826

Child Care Available for Women's Gathering

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From: ​ Muriel Luedeman​

​ ​
Child Care Available for Women's Gathering

Child care is available for mothers who want to attend Prepare for the Birth women’s gathering at Living Hope.

Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Date: Sunday, February 4th, 2018

Prepare for the Birth Women's Gathering Reminder

​------ Forwarded message ------
From: ​ Muriel Luedeman​

Prepare for the Birth Women's Gathering Reminder


Prepare for the Birth
Women’s Gathering

Continuing discussion and action plan for bringing forth the Kingdom of God

2:00pm – 5:00pm
Sunday, February 4th, 2018


Living Hope Restoration Branch
2425 S Crysler
Independence MO

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Francis Harper Message for 2/2/18

From: Francis Harper

Francis Harper Message for 2/2/18

Dear Ones,

I recall my father saying, “secrecy can be an evil and dangerous thing”. Jesus said to Caiaphas, the high priest, “I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing (John 18:20).

Paul said as he stood before King Agrippa: “…I am not mad [crazy] most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness. For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely; for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner.” (Acts 26:25-26). Secret rites and ceremonies were never performed in the New Testament church. Neither should anything secret be done in his church today.

Much is said in The Book of Mormon about the wickedness of secret combinations: “And it came to pass that they formed a secret combination [organization], even as they of old; which combination is most abominable and wicked above all, in the sight of God; For the Lord worketh not in secret combinations, neither doth he will that man should shed blood, but in all things hath forbidden it, from the beginning of man.

“And whatsoever nation shall uphold such secret combinations, to get power and gain, until they shall spread over the nation, behold, they shall be destroyed, for the Lord will not suffer [allow] that the blood of his saints, which shall be shed by them, shall always cry unto him from the ground for vengeance upon them, and yet he avenge them not;

Wherefore, o ye Gentiles [that’s us!], it is wisdom in God that these things should be shewn unto you, that thereby ye may repent of your sins, and suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you, which are built up to get power and gain, and the work, yea, even the work of destruction come upon you;

“Yea, even the sword of justice of the eternal God, shall fall upon you, to your overthrow and destruction, if ye shall suffer these things to be;

“Wherefore the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you, that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you, or wo be unto it, because of the blood of them who have been slain; for they cry from the dust for vengeance upon it, and also upon those who build it up.

“For it cometh to pass that whoso buildeth it up, seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries: And it bringeth to pass the destruction of all people, for it is built up by the devil, who is the father of all lies; even that same liar who beguiled our first parents;

“Yea, even that same liar who hath caused man to commit murder from the beginning; who hath hardened the hearts of men, that they have murdered the prophets, and stoned them, and cast them out from the beginning” (Ether 3:92-101).

We do indeed need to be awakened to a sense of our awful situation as we see Al Qaeda, the Taliban, ISIS and others, coming among us, seeking to destroy us. Our hope rests upon Jesus who promised: “except those days should be shortened, there should none of their flesh be saved. But for the elect’s sake, according to the covenant, those days shall be shortened” (Matthew 24:19-20 I.V.; 24:22 KJV).

Love to All,
Francis Harper


“Search Me, O God…”

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts; and see of there
be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24).
Nothing within us or about us is hidden from God. “Jesus saw Nathanael coming unto
him and said of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! Nathaniel said unto him,
Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answering him said unto him, Before Philip called thee, when
thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee. Nathanael answered and said unto him, Rabbi, thou art
the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel” (John 1:47-49).
Many of our politicians claim transparency. In other words, vote for me, and “what you
see is what you get”. In spite of their claims, nearly every day, some hidden agenda is
uncovered. Enormous sums of time and money are spent in investigating all of their “evil
surmisings” (1 Timothy 6:4). How wonderful it would be if we could fully trust all of our
elected representatives. We long for the day when “the government shall be upon his shoulder…
[and] of the increase of his government and peace there is no end, upon the throne of David, and
upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth
even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this (Isaiah 9:7).
What about us? Will we be fit to live in the Lord’s kingdom when he comes to establish
it? “The heart [of natural man] is deceitful [dishonest] above all things, and desperately wicked;
who can know it? I the Lord, search the heart, I try the reins [the seat of our desires]…”
(Jeremiah 17:9-10). God knows us better than we know ourselves. He cannot be fooled.
We need to pray, “Search me, O God…” As we sing, “Unto God who knows our every
weakness…” (Hymns of the Restoration, #312). “…the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man
looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). The
Holy Spirit will reprove us of our sins. See John 16:8. He will help us overcome our

The Lord has promised: “I will raise up unto myself a pure people, that will serve me in righteousness” (Doctrine and Covenants 97:4-d). “Blessed are all the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5). “…who may abide the day of his coming? And who shall stand when he appeareth? For he is like a refiners fire, and fullers soap.” “…and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as silver ...” (Malachi 3:2). I recall the words of the Lord: “Woe unto you Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye make clean the outside of the cup, and of the platter; but within they are full of extortion [evil] and excess…ye are like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but are within full of the bones of the dead [stinking], and of all uncleanness” (Matthew 23:23-24 I.V.; 23:25-27 KJV).
Are we as good inside as we appear to our neighbors? Are we as good as we think we are? Paul warned: “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think…” (Romans 12:3). “Once saved, always saved” is false doctrine. “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12).
Paul who preached the gospel knew that he could fall. He wrote: “Not as though I had already attained [the resurrection of the just], either were already perfect; but I follow after…” (Philippeans 3:12). “but I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection [ self control]; lest by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway” (1 Corinthians 9:27).

O Lord, “if there be any wicked way in me…lead me in the way everlasting!” Amen.

New Release: Creation's Ballad

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From: April Erwin

New Release: Creation's Ballad

I'm so excited to share the new release of Creation's Ballad, a lyrical look at creation using the Inspired Version and Book of Mormon references.

The beautiful illustrations were created by Linda Erwin. Included in the book is each of our testimonies of how God inspired this book and brought it to life.

Available now from Amazon in e-book and full color 8x10 paperback.

$7.50 Paperback and $4.99 kindle. Buy the paperback first and you can add the e-book on for just $1.99.

Paperback: 38 pages

Publisher: Independently published (January 28, 2018)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1977007902

ISBN-13: 978-1977007902


Readability Grade Levels

Readability Formula Grade

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level 2.9

Gunning Fog Index 5.0

Coleman-Liau Index 5.5

SMOG Index 6.2

Automated Readability Index 3.0

Average Grade Level 4.5

Readability Scores

Readability Formula Score

Flesch Reading Ease 92.7

CEFR Level B1

IELTS Level 4-5

Spache Score 3.2
New Dale-Chall Score 2.6

For more information, contact April Erwin at AuthorAprilErwin@gmail.com

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