Saturday, April 21, 2018


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From: Center Place Restoration School


Enroll Now!​

There are a few openings left! If you know someone who has, or you yourself have been thinking about enrolling your preschooler, but haven't done so yet, call soon to find out how to secure your spot before they're all taken.

Classes will be half-days on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. To enroll, students must be 4 years old by July 31. The enrollment fee is $45 and the supply fee is $40, both to be paid at the time of enrollment. Monthly payments are $144. With the exception of a later start date (beginning the Monday of our first full week in August) the preschool's annual calendar will follow the same days as the regular CPRS calendar.

Class size is limited, so be sure to call and schedule an appointment with our Administrator right away!

Center Place Restoration School

Friday, April 20, 2018

Francis Harper Message for 4/20/18

From: Francis Harper

Francis Harper Message for 4/20/18

Dear Ones,

Hopefully, we all recognize how crucial and indispensable the Holy Spirit is to us, individually and collectively, as we seek to fulfill God’s will in our lives.

The Apostle John wrote, “We know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him . . .” (1 John 3:2). First, we must be cleansed. “No unclean thing [person] can dwell with God” (1 Nephi 3:35). This was clearly demonstrated during the confirmation service held at Phikal Village in Ilam, a district in eastern Nepal, on March 28, 2008. Basanti, mother of three young daughters, after her baptism that day and during her confirmation, began to jerk violently and laugh hideously. I had never witnessed anything like this in all my years of ministry. As we continued to pray, the evil spirit departed and was replaced by the Holy Spirit. Proof of the invisible presence of the Holy Spirit was manifested when Basanti gradually relaxed and began to shed tears of joy and peace. Like oil and water, which do not mix, neither will the Holy Spirit dwell in the presence of evil.

I was unaware that Basanti had been a witch, an alcoholic and a fortune-teller before her baptism. Years have passed since the day of her deliverance. The people of Phikal Village are amazed at the mighty changes which have been observed in the lives of Basanti and her children. She has become very active in reaching out to others who need Jesus.

We need to ask for the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. “Ye receive the Spirit through prayer” (D & C 63:16a). “And the disciples did pray for that which they most desired; and they desired that the Holy Ghost should be given unto them . . . and the Holy Ghost did fall upon them and they were filled with the Holy Ghost” (3 Nephi 9-10).We need to pray as earnestly for the Holy Spirit as those who prayed in the upper room at Jerusalem (Acts 1:14). Paul counseled, “ . . . covet earnestly the best gifts” (1 Corinthians 12:31). We desperately need the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

I have observed that those who are most active in doing the Lord’s work, of feeding his sheep and lambs, receive the greater endowment. We must be fully engaged in doing the Lord’s business before we can expect an endowment of the Holy Spirit. The greater the commitment, the greater the endowment. Remember the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30).

A few years ago, a missionary team in South Africa was blessed with a mighty, rushing wind experience. After laboring several years in that mission, they had become very discouraged with their lack of success. They cleaned and whitewashed an old cowshed as their place of study and prayer. After meeting in this humble place for “prayer and supplication” for a period of time, they were blessed with a Pentecostal experience. The Holy Spirit came down, and they testified that “more happened in changing lives in two or three days, than had happened in all their years of previous ministry.” In the presence of the Holy Spirit, lives are changed for the better. The process of changing the natural man to a Christlike man is impossible without the “enticings of the Holy Spirit” (Mosiah 1:119-120).

Have you ever wondered what Peter said in his sermon, recorded in Acts, chapter two, that converted “about three thousand souls?” It was not only what he said, it was the Holy Spirit that touched their hearts! “For when a man speaketh by the power of the Holy Ghost, the power of the Holy Ghost carrieth it into the hearts of the children of men” (2 Nephi 15:1). We need to remember this counsel: “. . . the spirit shall be given unto you by the prayer of faith, and if you receive not the spirit ye shall not teach” (D & C 42:5b).

My love to all,
Francis Harper


Filled with the Spirit

“. . . Our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much
assurance . . .” (1 Thessalonians 1:5).

Being filled with the Holy Spirit should be one of the highest priorities of every follower of Jesus Christ.

Before his ascension, Jesus was with the assembled saints at Jerusalem, and he “commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father.” He added, “John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence . . . ye shall receive power, after the Holy Ghost is come upon you; and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and to the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:4-5, 8).

These early saints, numbering “about a hundred and twenty,” went into an upper room at Jerusalem
where “These all [the eleven apostles] continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren” (Acts 1:14). Ten days later they were still praying, “all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as a rushing, mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting . . . And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:1-2, 4).

The book, The Acts of the Apostles, is a record of how the lives of common, ordinary men and women,
like us, were transformed by the presence of the Holy Spirit within them. It has been suggested that the name of the book should be changed to The Acts of the Holy Spirit.

We who call ourselves the followers of Christ need to consider our need to call upon the Lord to fill us
with the wonder-working power of the Holy Ghost. We are too content to live on the crumbs from the Lord’s table! Most of us have felt the presence of the Holy Spirit, but we are too often satisfied in receiving only a small, periodic portion of the Spirit. We are not hungering and thirsting. We need to remember the words of Jesus: “Blessed are all they that do hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled with the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 5:8). Hungering and thirsting for the Spirit is a sign of spiritual health.

Without the presence and power of the Holy Spirit within us, we walk as dead men. Having the abiding
presence of the Holy Ghost within us is an absolute necessity for those who hope to attain an inheritance in celestial glory. Jesus said to Nicodemus, and he says to us: “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water, and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (John 3:5).

The Holy Spirit must be sought and prayed for, even as the early-day saints diligently prayed until they
received it. Receiving the Holy Spirit requires some very diligent and disciplined spiritual preparation by the recipient. The gift of the Holy Spirit is not automatically bestowed after baptism in water, as some have supposed. Immediately after her baptism, a twelve-year-old turned to me and said, “I don’t feel any different.”

Evidently she expected to be suddenly transformed from being a prideful selfish sinner, to a humble, loving saint!

The foolish virgins were caught without oil [the Holy Spirit] in their lamps (Matthew 25:7). They were
told to go and buy oil for themselves. There is a price to pay to receive the precious Holy Spirit. The foolish will be found without the Spirit when the Lord comes. Is there a greater tragedy than this? We must ask ourselves daily, “Is my lamp filled with the oil of the Holy Spirit? Is my heart filled with humility and love?” If not, I have not been filled with the Spirit!

The words of the prayers offered on our behalf, as we kneel before partaking of the bread and wine, must be manifested in our lives. We must be willing to take upon us the name of the Son and always remember him and keep his commandments, before we can expect to have his Spirit with us always. “The day of our willingness will be the day of God’s power” (Bishop W. R. Adams).

Pastors of Zion - Choir and Music Fest

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From: Dayn Cederstrom

Pastors of Zion - Choir and Music Fest

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Braille Books

From: Judith Hawley

Braille Books

Hello to all,

I understand a library of braille books was split up and is now in the hands of several saints. Does anyone have the Lucy Mack Smith’s “Joseph Smith and His Progenitors” in the several volumes of braille? I know it was among those braille books.

I am wanting to read it again.

I can be reached at:
Judith Hawley


From: Judi Faunce



The Raisons – Archie Gatrost, Contact
Ohmer’s Homies – Jeff Ohmer, Contact
Rochelle Newell , Contact – name pending
Carol Kroesen, Contact – name pending
Narwals – Christina Sinclair, Contact
Mixed Nuts – Andrew King, Contact
Racheal Howen, Contact – name pending

WE STILL NEED AT LEAST 3 MORE TEAMS!!! Thank you so much for those who have responded already saying you plan to have a team and giving me your 2018 team name!

***Please turn in your commitment to have a team to Judi/Bill Faunce as soon as possible!

God bless,
Judi Faunce

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Honey Special for April 18, 2018

From: David Ben Torah

Honey Special for April 18, 2018

Buy 5 - 8 oz jars of Honey and you save $3, and we deliver for FREE.
So the total cost will be $27.00!

This sale will last until Sunday the April 22.

If you want this offer text me at: 816-965-3589

We make deliveries until 1:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Shirley Reid Obituary

From: Brian Mundy

Shirley Reid Obituary (wife of Russell Reid)

Shirley Ann (Turton) Reid (82)

Born August 25, 1953 and Jesus took Shirley Home April 12, 2018

Parents Lawrence and Irene(Adamski) Turton both Deceased. She Graduated from Corfu, NY High School June 1953. She was married to Russell Reid July 31, 1953. Shirley sang in her school choir and church also doing solos and duets with her best friend Hazel(Malory) Green and sister Renee. She taught church School from the age of 12. Together she and Russ directed Church Youth Camps where she led Campfires.

She is survived by her husband of nearly 65 years and her sister Renee(Turton) Lane. Russ and Shirl adopted four children still living L. Thomas Reid, Gail Jean (Reid) Fenton, Charles P. Reid, Tammy Lynn Reid. There are five Granddaughters Crysta Fenton, Kelsey Fenton, Jennifer Reid, Jessica Reid and Nicole Reid.

A visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. and Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m., April 28, 2018 at Missionary Restoration Branch (3415 Elsea Smith Road, Buckner MO) conducted by Elder Brian Mundy.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to assist with funeral expenses.

Please keep the Reid family in your prayers

Grace unto you from God the Father, and Jesus Christ

From: Leonard Thompson

Grace unto you from God the Father, and Jesus Christ

As a Teacher, part of my calling is to, “see that there is no iniquity in the church.” I have been concerned lately about some of the things I hear in the greetings, and introductory statements of our services. I do not feel that anyone is trying to deceive the people, so I present this for your consideration.

Grace be unto you, and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ

One evening, when studying the scriptures, my attention was focused on the first few lines that were recorded in each of the letters of the Apostles. I realized that all of them but one, mentioned not only Jesus Christ, but included the Father. In the greetings given in our present day services I hear the name of Jesus mentioned, but rarely do I hear the Father mentioned.

Did not the Son come to bring us unto the Father? When we worship, who do we come to worship? Jesus Christ, God the Father, or God the Trinity? For direction on how we should greet the people, and who we worship, let us look to the scriptures.

Romans 1:7 Wherefore I write to all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called saints; Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 1:3 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 1:2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Galatians 1:3 Grace be to you, and peace, from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,

Ephesians 1:2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Philippians 1:2 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Colossians 1:2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse; Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians 1:1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, servants of God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, unto the church of the Thessalonians; grace unto you, and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Thessalonians 1:2 Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Timopthy 1:2 Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith; Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father, and Jesus Christ our Lord.

2 Timothy 1:2 To Timothy, my dearly beloved son; Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

Titus 1:4 To Titus, mine own son after the common faith; Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.

Philemon 1:3 Grace to you, and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

James 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.

1 Peter 1:2. Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ; Grace unto you, and peace be multiplied.

2 Peter1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,

1 John 1:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

2 John 1:3 Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.

3 John 1 - Does not mention God, or Christ, in his greeting (entire letter 14 verses long)

Jude 1:1 Jude, the servant of God, called of Jesus Christ, and brother of James; to them who are sanctified of the Father; and preserved in Jesus Christ;

2. Mercy be unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.

Revelation 1:1 The Revelation of John, a servant of God, which was given unto him of Jesus Christ, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass, that he sent and signified by his angel unto his servant John,

2 Who bore record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.

Further Guidance:

An Epitome of Faith and Doctrine, Joseph Smith - “Times and Seasons” Vol. III, page 710, 1842, “We claim privilege of worshipping Almighty God according to the dictates of our consciencs …”

Section 76: 6f. these are they who receive of the presence of the Son, but not of the fullness of the Father; wherefore they are bodies terrestrial, and not bodies celestial, and differ in glory as the moon differs from the sun;

Section 90: 3b. I give unto you these sayings that you may understand and know how to worship, and know what you worship, that you may come unto the Father in my name, and due time receive of his fullness,
3c. for if you keep my commandments you shall receive of his fullness and be glorified in me as I am in the Father: therefore, I say unto you, You shall receive grace for grace.

2 Nephi 11:27 And when that day shall come, that they shall believe in Christ, and worship the Father in his name, with pure hearts, and clean hands, and look not forward any more for another Messiah, then, at that time, the day will come that it must needs be expedient that they should believe these things …

Jacob 3:4 For, for this intent have we written these things, that they may know that we knew of Christ, and we had a hope of his glory, many hundred years before his coming, and not only we, ourselves, had a hope of his glory, but also all the holy prophets which were before us.
5 Behold, they believed in Christ, and worshiped the Father in his name; and also, we worship the Father in his name.

Philippians 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Monday, April 16, 2018

For Sale: King Size Captains Bed

From: Ian Cackler

For Sale: King Size Captains Bed

For Sale: King Size Captains Bed no mattress). $300 OBO

I bought this from Nebraska Furniture Mart about 13 years ago. It has 4 drawers on the end, 2 on the left side, and 1 large cedar drawer on the right. The headboard is about 8" deep, has lights, and two small drawers in the middle. It is in good condition, but a little wear here and there.

At the headboard, it is 83 1/2" wide.
At the other end, it is 78 1/4" wide.
Length is 95".
It will only fit a standard King size mattress (up to 81" long).

It comes apart into 4 main pieces. I can help move it, but will need one additional person to help carry the pieces. I'm selling it because it is big and heavy, and I want smaller, lighter furniture that's easier to move around. Let me know of you would like to take a look at it.

Contact: Ian Cackler:

Location: Blue Springs, MO

I included a few small pictures below. Email me for more pictures.

Colbern Road Congregational Garage Sale

From: Kathy Keller

Colbern Road Congregational Garage Sale This Weekend

Kathy Keller

Aloe Vera Plant

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From: Muriel L

Aloe Vera Plant

Aloe Vera plant free to a good home.

I guess I'm not much of a plant passion person. This guy is really great, but a little rangey and out of control for my spaces.

Muriel Luedeman

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Handyman Needed

Midwest Rentals

Handyman Needed

Handyman needed for residential rental property maintenance. Approx 15-20 hours per week. Some evening and weekend as called on. Variety of skills needed for maintenance, repairs, installations and make-ready. Individual needs to be courteous, neatly presented, able-bodied, and trustworthy.

For further information and discussion email:

Please include information about skills and experience.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

​Table and Chair Set

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From: Linda Datschefski

​Table and Chair Set

Table with 4 high back chairs. One a captains chair.
I will throw in 2 more chairs that are wooden that do not match.
I would like $150 OBO.

Contact Linda at: 816-877-5314

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Mentor4Moms​ - April 17​

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From: Holly McLean

Mentor4Moms​ - April 17​

Ever wonder if you are doing a good job of shielding your child from worldly influences?

Our next Mentor4Moms meeting will be Tuesday, April 17th at 10am-noon and will meet at Devon Park RB.

The subject will be:

“Protecting Your Children Without Over-Protecting: Teaching Your Child to Make Good Decisions”

Please RSVP to 816-206-0690 for free childcare with how many children and ages. We need to know at least one full day in advance.

If you haven’t read the blog posts, please do so at:

Also, Please be ready to share your experiences or ask questions related to our last sessions or the blog posts. We will have time set aside for that.

​Francis Harper ​Message for 4/6/18

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From: Francis Harper


​Francis Harper ​Message for 4/6/18

How Can These Things Be?

Nicodemus, a Pharisee and a ruler of the Jews, came to Jesus saying, “We know that thou art a teacher come from God; for no man can do these miracles which thou doest, except God be with him” (John 3:2). He was mystified by the miracles of Jesus. He and others were asking, “How can these things be?” (Matthew 12:37).

Mary, the mother of Jesus, after being informed of her pregnancy, asked, “How can this be?” “The angel answered and said unto her, of the Holy Ghost, and the power of the Highest . . . For with God nothing can be impossible” (Luke 1:37).

Moroni asked, “My beloved brethren, hath miracles ceased? Behold I say unto you, Nay; neither have angels ceased to minister unto the children of men . . . God will shew [show] unto you with power and great glory at the last day . . . it is by faith that miracles are wrought; and it is by faith that angels appear and minister unto men . . . if these things have ceased, wo be unto the children of men, for it is because of unbelief . . . for no man can be saved, according to the words of Christ, save they shall have faith in his name . . . if ye have not faith in him, then ye are not fit to be numbered among the people of his church” (Moroni 7:29-44).

Throughout the year of 2016, I prayed that a person of faith and prayer would be elected as president of our nation. When Donald Trump selected Mike Pence as his running mate, I felt my prayer had been answered. If Trump was elected, the Vice President would be the praying man in the White House, for which I had prayed. But I said to many, it would be a miracle if Trump was elected. Many are still asking, “How can this be?” Miracles have not ceased! All of us need to pray for our president, irregardless of our political affiliation. In spite of King Solomon’s erring ways, he was blessed for the people’s sake. “And the Lord was not pleased with Solomon . . . And the Lord blessed Solomon for the people’s sake only” (1 Kings 3:1 IV).

We need to remember our God is a God of miracles. “For behold, I am God; I am a God of miracles; and I will show unto the world that I am the same yesterday, today and forever; and I work not among the children of men, save it be according to their faith . . .” (Isaiah 29:25 IV).

Undoubtedly, we will be facing some impossible situations in the perilous days ahead of us. There will be perils on every level of our lives: personal, national and world-wide. In spite of the perils ahead, we can say, with David, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me” (Psalm 23:4).

As the Pilgrims were facing almost certain death on the North Sea, they prayed, “O Lord, we know that even now you can save us,” and he did! Remember Eddie Rickenbacker and the seven others drifting on a raft in the South Pacific for twenty-one days of “blistering heat and nights of ghastly chill!” They must have prayed, “O Lord, we know even now that you can save us,” and he did! If and whenever we face an impossible situation, we can pray, O Lord, we know that even now you can save us; “For with God, nothing can be impossible!” (Luke 1:37).

Even during this first week of April, 2018, thirteen-year-old Jesse Hernandez, who fell into a Los Angeles sewage pipe, was miraculously rescued from an impossible situation. He must have prayed, “O Lord, even now you can save me!” “. . . with God, nothing can be impossible” (Luke 1:37).

Varieties of Tomato Plants

From: Barbara Harris

Varieties of Tomato Plants

Info regarding what varieties of heirloom tomato plants are for sale, and more info about them, can be found on craigslist kcmo by entering 'large tomato plants' in the search box.

April 2018 Newsletter

From: Family Outreach

April 2018 Newsletter

Attached is the April 2018 newsletter for Family Outreach. This includes a financial summary for 2017.

If you know of someone who would like to receive the newsletter either by e-mail or regular mail, please let us know.

Jon Tandy


Newsletter Update April 2018

Family Outreach
PO Box 22, Independence, MO 64051 USA
T: 001-(816)-492-0038

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Family Outreach operates primarily off of the donations that you
have felt led to give.
If you have given in the past we thank you. If you would like to
continue to give donations or would like to be a first time donor
please make checks payable to Family Outreach and mail them to
the above PO Box address.
No matter how much, every bit counts. May God’s blessings be on
you and yours.
In Gospel Bonds,
Family Outreach

Remembering fourteen years ago... by Tikva Watson
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Fourteen years ago on April 18th our family was suddenly ambushed and
shot at while traveling back to the United States. God in His mercy saved
each one of us. This is a testimony that will never be forgotten as we
remember every year His goodness and grace in those few seconds
where our lives could have easily been taken.
I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the LORD has done.
~Psalms 118:17NIV
We learned this verse several months before our trip. Later, it would mean
so much more to my family. These words were not just words on paper
any longer, they were alive, the living word of Christ. And us, the living

Prayer Requests:
Hanah has been having a lot of
health problems. Please
remember her.
The ministers here in Honduras,
that they will fulfill their
responsibilities and be blessed
with the Lord’s Spirit.
Three church members in
Siguatepeque are not attending
and are in need of mighty
prayers. Their names are Julie,
Lilian, and Angel. Please pray and
fast for their return.
Pray that we as a people will pray
for repentance and become
excited to share so that others
can be a part of His Kingdom.
The Saints all over the world.
Those that know not God that
they will find His gospel and come
unto Him.

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testament of His words. Last fall, I wrote a paper for a college course about this experience as seen through my eyes and how it has shaped my life. I would like to share this with all of you as the fourteenth anniversary of this event is coming up very soon. God saved us that day there is no doubt. He allowed us to live and share his love, gospel, and truth to hundreds of people. This amazing testimony reflects His love for us in ways that are unfathomable to behold. There is no explanation for how we got out of there alive. We should all be dead, but we are not. Only through his grace and mercy are any of us here today able to share what He has done and continues to do.
Discovering Hope by Tikva Watson
I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the LORD has done.
~Psalms 118:17NIV
This morning was not just any regular morning. Dawn had not
yet come, and everything was dark and still. The birds had not
begun to sing their morning melodies, and all earthly creatures
knew that it was a time to still be in slumber. My eyes, groggy
from sleep, did not want to open and my mind told me to stay
in the warm bed. Then I remembered, this was the day! Today,
my family and I were going to be driving from our home in
Honduras to visit family and friends in the Unites States! We had
already packed the car the night before so all five of my
siblings, my parents, and I piled into our big, blue and silver Ford
F250. My dad started the truck and a thick cloud of heavy, gray
smoke filled the air. My eyes glowed in excitement as we began our journey.
This trip generally took anywhere from four to seven days depending on traffic and time spent at the
different borders. Our morning passed by quickly as we crossed the Honduras-Guatemala border. Once in
Guatemala however, things changed. Driving along the highway, the truck started to sputter and steam. My
dad pulled off the highway onto a dusty, dirt road. I groaned silently as I knew that this might take a while.
Mom pulled out goodies for us kids to munch on and she hoped it would keep us occupied during the time
necessary to fix the truck. Finally, after several hot, sweaty hours my dad, or abba as my siblings and I call him, pulled out the fuel pump and said we needed a replacement. After abba got everything fixed, we were ready to get back on the road. Once again, our journey began. We continued on the road until we
reached the unimaginably-difficult-to-navigate Guatemala City. As we passed through the tight roads and
honking traffic, we were thankful when we reached the outskirts of the city and the highway once more. The afternoon light began to give way to the hushed tones of dusk and the sun began to set in a glowing red ball on the horizon. The top of the volcano outside of the city began to glow with the unreal look of molten lava. I wondered why someone would want to live so close to a volcano that would glow at night. As the sun continued to set, I began to get tired and soon fell asleep.

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The sounds of fireworks were very loud, and the acrid smell of gunpowder was pungent as I was trying so
very hard not to wake up from my intricate dream. I was quite annoyed that someone would be setting off
fireworks and tried desperately to ignore it. Suddenly, I heard my parents yell in desperation, “God help us!” and “Kids get down now!” Instantly, I was awake and knew what was happening. My stomach was sick as I realized we were being attacked. Shots rang out sharp and clear. My siblings and I were all trying to scrunch down as much as we could to avoid the glass and bullets that were flying through the cab of the truck. I heard tires screeching and the engine roaring as my father would slam on the brakes or slam on the accelerator, as he was trying to save his family. Seconds later, there was the sound of metal crunching against metal as my father hit the vehicles beside us and in front of us to be able to flee from the gunmen.
As we raced through the night, abba asked if everyone was ok. I could hear the desperation in his voice
tinged with hope as he called each of our names asking for a response. All of us answered and I knew he
was relieved. Then my mom spoke, and said these words “I’ve been shot. I don’t know where, but there is a lot of blood.” I suddenly felt empty and sick inside. Abba’s calm voice just said, “Hold on Regina, it’s going to be okay.”
Suddenly, the truck took a sharp U-turn as my dad saw a gas station. We pulled in and tumbled out of the
truck. As we were piling out, everyone at the gas station was in shock. I could hear the intakes of breath from the people as a family of white gringos began coming out of this truck with blood down the sides of their faces, arms, and bodies. My mom sat down on the short curb in front of the store as blood continued to soak the side of her body and began to pool on the sidewalk. My oldest brother assessed my mom quickly and whipped off his belt to put a tourniquet on her arm where she had been shot, in hopes that it would slow the blood flow. He called for one of us to get something else that would work better for a tourniquet. I turned to my little brother and pulled off his shirt. As I did, he winced in pain and I saw a spot on his back that was round in shape. There was no hole, so I did not think much about it and handed his shirt to my oldest brother. My other brother was limping, and I asked him what was wrong. He said that his leg hurt, and I saw there was blood. I told him to lay down and put his leg up to keep the wound above his heart. Meanwhile, my oldest sister was trying to take care of my dad who had been shot in the arm. He was too busy trying to get in contact with the police and ambulance. After he was finally able to contact help, we began to wait.
My mother was turning pale and white from her naturally tan skin. I wondered when the police or
ambulance would get there, but also realized this was Central America and emergency crews always took
a long time to get anywhere. Finally, after the longest forty minutes of my life, two cops came on a
motorcycle. They told my dad they wanted to wait for the firemen or EMT’s and my father said, “No way, we are leaving for the hospital immediately.” He was adamant, and they decided to go ahead and head for
the hospital. The closest medical facility was a clinic, so we went there first to stabilize my mom and then went on to a hospital. Throughout this time, my dad was able to contact family and friends in the U.S., as well as the American Embassy, to let them know what had happened. At the hospital, we began to get an idea of what had transpired. Everything had happened in seconds and most of us were still in shock without having been able to entirely process the situation. My mom had been shot twice in the arm and hand, my dad had been shot in the arm, and my middle brother had been shot in the leg. Later, we would realize that

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my oldest brother and youngest brother had both been shot in the back. This was just one of the miracles
that had happened that night. There were so many more that we would not realize until days later.
The next day I woke up in the hospital bed next to my mom. I had refused to leave her side the night before after she had almost passed out from loss of blood. The doctors and nurses on staff took pity on me and let me stay overnight with my mom. I could hear lots of voices whispering and could hear hospital gowns rustling back and forth. I opened my eyes to the faces of several women standing around our beds. The hospital room was a long, brightly-lit hall with beds lining the walls. I looked around with wide eyes unsure of what to do. My mom’s gentle voice spoke from the bed beside me and said, “It’s ok Tikva. They are just curious about what happened.” I looked over at my mom and smiled. In the following days, there were a whirlwind of events as my father was trying to make sure that everyone stayed safe, and that his wife and children would be able to go to the United States for needed medical attention among other things. It was during these days that we started realizing all of what had happened. As we shared our story with curious people and as reports from the police came in, we were astounded at what could have very easily happened instead. The assailants had first surrounded our truck with three vehicles pinning us in on all sides.
Then, they had opened fire with two guns, a .45 caliber and a 9mm, shooting into the cabin of the truck. The number of bullets that police assumed had been shot through the cab of the truck were approximately
twenty to forty bullets in a matter of seconds. Through all of this, not one of us had been fatally shot.
My father should have died, my mother should have died, I should have died or at least been shot. My
oldest and youngest brothers should have both been badly wounded. We found that they had both been
shot in the back, but that the bullets had hardly even broken the skin. Two bullets that went through the windshield just disappeared; they should have hit my father. If by some miraculous chance the bullets did not hit my father, they should have hit me who was sitting behind him. Bullet holes filled the side of the driver’s door in an area of less than one foot in diameter. My mother had a perfectly formed .45 caliber bullet lodged in the fleshy part of her left hand that was protecting her head and face from flying debris. To avoid gory details, my mother should not be alive. None of us should have escaped as easily as we had. The truck really was what people and media had called it, “el vehículo de la muerte,” or the vehicle of death.
When we had arrived at the gas station we unintentionally pulled in behind a large semi-trailer. As my dad attempted to find a phone to call for help another semi pulled in behind us and overlapped the first semi.
This was yet another miracle as the police found out later that the assailants had been seen by the gas
station assistant. They pulled up shortly after the second semi had pulled in but did not dare to open fire for two reasons. One, they did not have a clear shot since both semi-trailers were surrounding us. Two, semi drivers are known to carry rifles and the gas stations in Central America always have at least one armed guard. The police surmised that the assailants were afraid to attempt anything because they would have had a fight on their hands and would not have been able to get away easily.
As time passed, I began wondering to myself, why did I live through all of that? Other people assaulted
along that very same highway had been killed, but my family and I had survived. What was the purpose of
living life? I wanted to know the answers to these questions. I wanted to know what reasons there were that could explain why these things had happened. I wanted to know what the purpose of my life was. The

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purpose of life. Such a strong meaning, yet hard to understand way of thinking in just four words. I began to think very hard as to what my purpose in life could be. Different religions and different cultures have varying ideas as to what a purposeful life might be. Some might think that it is getting a good education, a good job, getting married, having a family, etc. But what does all of this mean if there is no purpose in it? What is the point if we are not reaching for some higher goal outside of ourselves? When we focus too much on ourselves, we can fail to be objective. We can become depressed with nowhere to turn because we have not looked outside of our own wants. When we focus so much on just ourselves, we forget about the bigger picture of the world that we live in. We become stale. We are to be a salt to this earth, give it flavor so to speak. Every person in this world has their own abilities and strengths. Each person gives their own light and flavor to the world that cannot be reproduced by any other person. Without our intricacies, we would be nothing. Without our different personalities, this world would be a boring, dreary place without much color.
Every person has a purpose in life, we must find it for ourselves. As for me, I have realized what a part of my purpose on this earth is. My purpose is to give people hope; hope for a moment and hope for the future. The idea resonated within me one afternoon as I was thinking and praying, looking back on life and wondering what my purpose was. God spoke to me in His quiet, gentle voice “What does your name mean?” I suddenly realized what God was trying to tell me. My family name “Tikva” means hope. I realized then, I was to help inspire people who have lost their hope. To help bring happiness and joy back into their lives, a hope that something more is to come.
We have been created for a purpose. Throughout
time and history, we can see different people who
have fulfilled a purpose in their lives. In the case of
Moses from the Bible, we can read the amazing story
of how he fulfilled a purpose in living by saving a
whole race of people. God said to Moses “I have
raised you up for this very purpose” (Exodus 9:16).
Christ’s purpose was to come to this earth and die for
us that we might have the hope of salvation and life.
His love and power are what saved me and my family
that dark night on a little Guatemalan highway.
Happenings by Chuck Sperry
We are visiting 4 families in a town called Agua Dulce (Sweet Water). One of them has 14 sons. I met one of the other families when the father (Gustavo Castañeda) fell out of a truck that was going up the mountain road that is in our community late one evening. He was all cut up and had a fairly bad laceration on his head. We cleaned him up and then took him to his home in Agua Dulce. On our way there, while in the middle of the mountains, we met a number of his relatives with axes and machetes (carrying them for protection since it was late at night) that were going to find him. The owner of the truck had no idea where he had fallen out of the truck and hadn’t noticed that he was not in the bed of the truck until he got

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home! The family was very grateful that we would risk taking a stranger to
his home up in the mountains late at night. As a result, when I visited the
family one Saturday, they invited me to come back any time that I want
to. We have an open door here and I ask that you please be praying for
this family that we might be able to share the gospel with them.
We also have 4 new visitors that are attending church. Two of them are
attending regularly. One is named Julio. He is a neighbor that lives next to
the church. About a month ago, he knocked on the church gate while
we were in church and asked if he could worship with us. (We keep the
gate locked during services because one time we had two gang
members try to rob all the church members by pulling a weapon on us
during the invocation.) Anyway, after the service Julio told us that he
wanted to get his life right with God and would be attending church with
us from then on.
Another person is the daughter of one of the most faithful church
members that we have. About 2 months ago we as a church began
fasting and praying that the daughter (Yulissa) would give her life to Christ
and let her oldest son be baptized. Three weeks ago, Yulissa unknowingly
mixed two medicines. The reaction sent her to the emergency room and
almost killed her. As a result, she has decided that she needs to get her
life right with Christ and has started attending church with us. Praise the
Lord! Please pray for her though as she has made some bad decisions in
her life and she will have to overcome them.
Dan and I went to visit Moncho Enamorado from Concepcion del Sur
who is one of the men who participated in the division of the Honduran
church in 2006. He asked for forgiveness for what he did! This is great
news! The church in Concepcion del Sur has divided from the church that
Socorro Vasquez, Antonio Orellana, and Angel Castro lead because of
financial irregularities and nepotism. The church in Concepcion isn’t
perfect either. They do not preach the Book of Mormon in public, but
they do teach it in private and tell prospective members that it is the
Word of God prior to baptism. This is what they were taught by RLDS
Seventy Antonio Jimenez. They have had problems because of this when
American church members visit them. Antonio Orellana in the other
group doesn’t teach the Book of Mormon at all, but when there are
Americans visiting, he will preach from it. There is so much more
happening in God’s work down here, but I will wait until next time. One
more thing before I go though. Have you ever thought about doing

News Corner:
Our youth love to share their
talents at church through song.
Pictured here are the three
middle children of Brother
Santos and Sister Marta. Their
children are baptized members
as well and their names are
(starting from left to right):
Marjory, Melvin, and Roni.

Family Outreach wants
everyone to know that there is a
need to purchase a used
vehicle for Chuck and
Regina. Due to Regina's
medical conditions, she needs
to ride in a vehicle that rides
smoother than the 1989 Ford
F250 that they own at this time.
They are looking to purchase a
vehicle in Honduras since the
import taxes and registration is
so expensive when bringing in a
vehicle from out of country that
one ends up paying for it almost
three times it’s worth. Thank you
for your consideration. You are
welcome to contact either
Chuck or Regina at

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missionary work for a short period of time? We would love to have you come and visit. Feel free to contact me if you feel so led to come and share in God’s work as we proclaim His gospel. May God bless each and every one of you.

2018 Family Outreach Financial Summary by Jon Tandy
We appreciate the faithful support of many of you who have given periodically or regularly over the years, which enables this ministry to continue. In addition to normal income and expenses, this year we received donations earmarked for a youth trip to Tahiti, which was passed on to those responsible for that activity. The Lord continues to open the door for ministry to be brought once again to the saints in French Polynesia after many years of isolation. Please remember the Sperry family, for medical needs and repairs for their vehicle in Honduras that will be additional expenses in 2018.
Family Outreach provides about $800-$1000 per month to support the Sperry family with their monthly
expenses. While the family was in the States for much of 2017, they still had to send funds to Honduras for expenses that included paying a member to maintain and secure their property there.
Family Outreach is a Missouri not-for-profit organization, dedicated to supporting the efforts of families serving in the mission field. If you know of others who would be interested in serving in the work of long-term missions in Honduras or elsewhere, please let us know. We pray that you and your families will be engaged in a good cause, whatever the Lord is calling you to do for His work and His glory.
Income Amount Explanation
General $ 11,469.00 Regular donations made to Family Outreach
Tahiti $ 5,810.95 Donations for youth trip to Tahiti
Total income: $ 17,279.95
Expenses Amount Explanation
Bank fees & charges $ 33.00
Newsletter $ 275.73 Copying and mailing costs
Disbursements $ 10,493.00 Money disbursed to Sperrys for travel and living expenses
General $ 128.20 Post office and Western Union expenses
Medical $ 600.00 Sperry family medical expenses
Tahiti $ 5,810.95 Youth trip to Tahiti
Total expenses: $ 17,340.88

General fund Medical Tahiti
Starting balances $5,142.77 $2,000.00 $700.00
Ending balances $5,681.84 $1,400.00 $700.00
Total balance $7,781.84

Family Outreach
P.O. Box 22
Independence, MO 64051

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Glasses ​and​ Hat Found at George Gross' Memorial Service

​------ Forwarded message ------
From: Kevin McMilian

Glasses ​and​ Hat Found at George Gross' Memorial Service

A pair of bifocals and a tan Widow’s Might hat were left at George Gross’ memorial service one month ago on Saturday, March 10th. A couple leads and a fair amount of investigation later, we have still been unable to figure out who owned them. If you are the owner of these items or you know who does own them, please let us know and we can make arrangements to get them back. They were found near the 3rd pew from the back on the far right site of the sanctuary.

Thank you!

Kevin McMilian

Sallie Presler

Sofa and Recliner For Sale

From: Pam Abel

Sofa and Recliner For Sale

I have a sofa and recliner for sale. The sofa reclines on both ends and the chair is a rocker and recliner. Both are in good condition. Asking $300 for both items together.

Please contact me either by email at:

or my cell number is: 816-728-1211

Pickup in Independence.

​​ ACSA Position for North and South Dakota Districts

​From: Sean Fahey ​​

ACSA Position for North and South Dakota Districts

We are looking for an ACSA to be stationed in one of the following cities: Sioux Falls, Fargo, Pierre, Rapid City, or Bismarck. This position has the potential for promotion to CSA as the old goat CSA approaches retirement in a few years. Shoot me an email or call if you have any questions.

Sean Fahey /Computer Systems Administrator
Federal Public Defender Office / Districts of South Dakota and North Dakota
(605) 343-5110 / (605) 343-1498 (fax)

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Thomas Jefferson
This e-mail contains PRIVILEGED and CONFIDENTIAL information intended only for the use of the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient of this e-mail, or an authorized employee or agent responsible for delivering it to the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination or copying of this e-mail is strictly prohibited. If you have received this e-mail in error, please notify us by reply e-mail. Thank you for your cooperation.




The Federal Public Defender for the Districts of South Dakota and North Dakota is
accepting applications for the position of Assistant Computer Systems Administrator to
be stationed at one of the following FPD office locations: Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City,
Fargo, or Bismarck. The Federal Public Defender, a branch of the United States Courts,
an Equal Opportunity Employer, operates under the authority of the Criminal Justice Act,
18 U.S.C. § 3006A, to provide defense services to indigent persons in federal criminal
cases and related matters in the federal courts.
Position Description: Depending on experience, the ACSA may perform the following
duties as assigned by the Computer Systems Administrator (CSA): Provide
administration, technical end-user support and training for all computer operations of the
FPDO. Install, maintain, and support system applications including word processing,
case management, financial management, networking, and telecommunication
applications. The ACSA will test and perform routine upgrades of hardware and software,
help develop equipment upgrade schedules, and assist with the evaluation and
recommendation of network hardware, office IT equipment, and related software. The
ACSA will assist in maintaining technical and user documentation for all assigned
systems and applications, and coordinating all IT support services for the successful
operation of systems and ensuring integrity and safety of office data. Related
responsibilities include providing consultation and support to staff attorneys,
investigators, and paralegals in trial preparation, review, analysis, production and
presentation of paper documents or electronically stored information. The ACSA network
security responsibilities include monitoring and testing backup routines, disaster
recovery, inventory control, and virus, spyware protection measures under the
supervision of the CSA.
Qualifications: Minimum qualifications for this position require a high school diploma or
the equivalent and at least five years of specialized experience with PC’s and networking
in a Windows Active Directory environment consisting of Windows 10 and Windows
2012R2/2016 servers. Excellent troubleshooting and communication skills (both written
and verbal). Experience with the following technologies will be given high preference:
• Active Directory Domain Services (ADDS) administration
• Distributed File System Replication (DFSR)
• Hyper-V
• Internet Information Services (IIS)/PHP/MySQL
• Nimble Storage Arrays (iSCSI)
• Palo Alto firewall
• Cisco Switches
• ManageEngine Desktop Central
A bachelors or advanced degree from an accredited college or university in computers,
information management or a related field is preferred. Experience with law-office IT and
litigation-support tools are highly desirable. All education, experience, training and

certifications will be verified. The duties associated with this position require the individual
to be able to walk, sit, stand, talk, hear, touch, feel and reach. The individual must also
frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
Salary and Benefits: Federal government salary classification range: JS-9/1 ($50,598)
to JS-13/1 ($73,375). Federal benefits apply. Selected candidate will be subject to and
retention depends on a successful background investigation. Direct deposit of pay is
How to Apply: Qualified persons may apply by submitting a letter of interest, resume
and list of references to:
Neil Fulton
Federal Public Defender
P O Box 1258
Pierre, SD 57501

Applications must be received by June 1, 2018. All responses will remain confidential.

Center Place Christian Theatre April 21

From: Joy Cain

Center Place Christian Theatre April 21

Center Place Christian Theatre would like to invite you to
join us for an evening of family friendly fun!
What a deal - only $7.00 (12 & under are FREE)!

Our own Joe McLean from ABC 17 News in Columbia will be hosting this year's Musical Review!

If you love music and/or love supporting the youth, you DON"T want to miss this!

Here's a snippet of what you can enjoy.... A visit from Bert & Mary Poppins! You will "hear the people sing..." songs from Les Miserables! Fun chorus numbers ("Go Greased Lightning!" & "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair") children's numbers "We're off to the the Wizard" and much, much more! We'll finish with just 1 song from RENT - "Seasons of Love" which represents what we of CPCT wish to do and be - a unifying force, serving in love! Our theme scripture - "When ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God." Mosiah 1:49
CPCTS's VISION: We have a strong desire to make this effort truly a service; even a ministry of love to bring others joy.
It's sure to be "Some Enchanting Evening!" *** see poster below for more information!


Lee's Summit West High School Fundraiser

From: Lee's Summit West High School Band

Lee's Summit West High School Fundraiser

The Lee's Summit West High School Music Mattress Fundraiser is back! A one day mattress sale to raise money for the Lee's Summit West Music Programs! There will be 28+ brand name floor models on display for customers to try. All beds purchased are brand new, made to order and have factory warranties! Save money compared to retail stores and support the Music programs!

The video at the bottom of this email explains a little about how the sale works and how it benefits the school program.

Saturday, May 5 at 10 AM - 5 PM
Lee's Summit West High School
2600 SW Ward Road, Lees Summit, Missouri 64082

If you would like tell others about the fundraiser please do the following 3 things:

1. Text Titan to 913-210-0550 then copy / paste the reply and send to friends and family!

2. Please JOIN our Facebook event and INVITE your friends!!!!

3. Share the attached flyer via email / social media.

Check out this Youtube video to see how it works:

Monday, April 9, 2018

Jason Hale Lawn Service

From: Jason Hale

Jason Hale Lawn Service

Even though the weather doesn't feel like it, Spring is here and soon your lawn will need mowed. I'd like to help you spend more time doing things you enjoy, like spending more time with your family. I'm looking to add some clients to my weekly and biweekly schedules.

If your looking for someone to maintain your lawn please give me, Jason Hale, a call at 816-718-1858. I would be happy to provide you with a quote. Also, look me up on Google or Facebook under JH Quality Lawn Care.

Job Opportunity Hiring Pro-Lifers

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

Job Opportunity Hiring Pro-Lifers

Pro-Life Field Representatives go door to door in their community to conduct a simple survey on pro-life issues with Missouri voters. They are paid $10/hour and are reimbursed $.30/mile for their travels. Hours are flexible (up to 40 hours per week). Must be 16 or older, able to abide by strict daily reporting requirements, and in harmony with a pro-life mission.

Contact Nola Wood

Submitted by Muriel Luedeman

Piano Needs New Home

​------ Forwarded message ------
​​From: Linda Datschefski

Piano Needs New Home

This piano needs a new home still has good sound. May be good for beginners to learn on. It is over 100 yrs old. First best off gets it.

Call Linda Datschefski for more details or to take home with you.

Book Giveaway

From: Paul Gage

Book Giveaway

Dear Saints,

I have a collection of books from various people and will be having a book give a way
TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2018 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at my home.

1817 S Pearl Street, Independence, MO
This is between Gudgell Avenue and Bellevista Drive and two blocks East of Noland Road.
Turn on Rankin Road which is at the Dodge dealership.
Come around to the basement entrance.

If the above time is not convenient for you, call and we can make other arrangements, but NOT after 5:00 p.m.

Thank You
Paul Gage


Note of Appreciation from Jack and Laila

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Laila and I want to thank you for your prayers and support that has been given to Laila and myself during her chemotherapy treatments. She had her second treatment this past Wednesday, April 4 and she will complete her last of six treatments on June 27, 2018. Then she will have 5 weeks of radiation treatments.

Your Brother in Christ,
Jack Hagensen

Beef For Sale from Clayton

From: Clayton Foss

Beef For Sale from Clayton

Farm fresh beef available by the half or quarter. Ready for your freezer in May. Fed without hormones or antibiotics. If you have never purchased meat this way we would be glad to answer your questions.

Please call the Clayton Foss Family at (816) 597-3230

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Heirloom Tomato Plants For Sale

From: Barbara Harris

Heirloom Tomato Plants For Sale

Over 25 varieties of heirloom tomatoes for sale, $10 each. Started in January and periodically re-potted to keep stems strong and not leggy.

If interested contact Amy Harris:

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Pace Saver Scout Electric Wheelchair

From: Adele Hall

Pace Saver Scout Electric Wheelchair

Pace Saver Scout Boss 4.5 Scout RF-P4 Wheelchair. This wheelchair is designed to hold 450 pounds and it has a tilt system. It is a very nice wheelchair. It is a $17,000 wheelchair that was purchased on 2/18/14. The amount of time that mom used this wheelchair was only a year and a few months before her kidney issues got bad enough that she spent more time in the hospital than at the nursing home using her chair. The wheelchair has remained charged the whole time and a new charger was recently purchased from the company as the old one had been misplaced between mom's room transfers at the nursing home. My dad is selling it for $3,000 or best offer.

We are selling my mom's electric wheelchair. I have included the link for the craigslist ad.

If you have any questions please contact me.

​Mark has Moving Boxes

​------ Forwarded message ------
From: Mark Churchill

​Mark has Moving Boxes

Free moving boxes and packing paper. Pick up in Grain Valley.

Call Mark

Free 6-Month Subscriptions to Restoration Voice

From: Paul Ludy

Free 6-Month Subscriptions to Restoration Voice

In an effort to increase coverage, we are offering free 6-month subscriptions (3 issues) to Restoration Voice magazine for new subscribers.

Please e-mail to:

or phone (816) 210-8450 to start a subscription for yourself or a friend. We need the name, correct complete address, and phone number.

In our next regular mailing, we will send the current issue and the previous issue. Then we will mail one additional issue. We will also mail an envelope so you or your friend can advise us about continuing the subscription.

If you order within the next month or so, the free subscription will begin with Restoration Voice #238.

Elder Karl Anderson - Sermon

Elder Karl Anderson - Sermon

This is an excellent sermon by Elder Karl Anderson

July 31, 2016 (On the eve of the birthday of this wonderful Restored Gospel)
at Knob Noster, MO Restoration Branch

The Scripture Reading begins about 11:50 minutes.

Free Elijah Concert 2018

------ Forwarded message ------
From: robyn

Free Elijah Concert 2018

Free Elijah Concert that is at Stone Church a week from now on Saturday, April 14th at 7:00 pm.? Our choir is made up of RB, CofC, LDS, and this year Episcopalians too!

Please help us get the word out of this splendid performance!

​Thanks, Robyn​

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)

Friday, April 6, 2018

​The Bountiful Srting Quartet Important News​

------ Forwarded message ------
From: The Bountiful String Quartet

​The Bountiful Srting Quartet Important News​

Hi Saints,

It is with a great deal of sorrow that I share the news with you that Sarah Saylor (Holmes) passed away on the morning of March 31st, 2018, at age 27. Though I realize some of you have already heard this news, there are likely many of you who have not.

Sarah will be dearly missed for much more than just her music. Her personality was a reflection of her steadfast faith in Christ. She has touched countless lives - and the memory of her will continue to influence countless more. How many of you knew her as an inspiring teacher? A beautiful violinist? A dear friend? A sister, or daughter? Each of us has our own memories to cherish.

How fitting is it that such a beautiful, precious daughter of God be called home during the most sacred and important weekend of the year? It was the weekend in which Christians around the world celebrated the priceless and eternal gift of Christ's Atonement. The greatest act of love in the history of the world - an act that gives each and every one of us hope beyond death! God has a way of making even the darkest trials into something beautiful, and Sarah's passing already bears the marks of God's mercy and love.

It can be so hard - even impossible - to understand why things like this happen. But we know in whom we have placed our trust! Our Heavenly Father's plans are far greater than our own, and even before the world was made He answered our need for hope. Our one and only hope is in Jesus Christ, and it is to Him we can look for light in a time of darkness. If we take our sorrows to Him, He can help turn them into a greater love and dedication to our families, our friends, and the people around us every day.

Of all the things we could say of our dear sister Sarah, I am quite sure she would want us to be able to say that our memory of her brings us closer to Christ, our Savior. It is at times like this that I think of the similarity of birth and death. When we are born, our family and friends in heaven weep and say goodbye - and our earthly family weeps tears of joy at our arrival. When we die, our earthly family weeps in mourning - while we are greeted with great joy and love on the other side of the veil. Because of Christ, death is not the end. It is a new beginning - a new start that begins with Jesus himself to greet us.

Sarah's memorial service will be this Saturday, April 7, at 4 p.m., at Atherton Restoration Branch, located at 4910 N. Main St., Independence, MO 64058.

The gofundme campaign that was started several months ago to help with expenses is now a memorial fund to help with the continuing care and education of Tim and Sarah's two daughters, ages 3 and 1. Here is the link:

Click here to support Sarah's Memorial Fund organized by Tim Saylor:

Please keep Sarah's entire family in your prayers. May God bless each of you!
- Brendan Pearson
Violist of the Bountiful String Quartet

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Monthly Tidings of Zion for April 2018

​From: Paul Gage

Monthly Tidings of Zion for April 2018

Greetings Saints,

Please find attached the Monthly Tidings of Zion for April 2018.

Feel free to forward or share in any way.

It would be appreciated if each pastor or someone in each branch could copy this and have it for distribution on Sunday, April 8, 2018.

Thanks and God Bless
Paul Gage
Publication Council
Conference of Restoration Elders


Conference of Restoration Elders

Monthly Tidings of Zion

April, 2018

Greetings to all the Saints, around the world,

Happy April 6th. A date, believed by many, to be a most marvelous date in the history of mankind. There are those who feel that the first Passover, when the Israelites were delivered from Egypt, was on April 6. Others, through various studies, feel that Jesus Christ was born on April 6, 4 B.C. and was resurrected on April 6 A.D. 30. The vital thing to remember is that Jesus Christ was born, died, and rose from the dead, to save us from our sins, IF we believe that He is the Son of God and repent of those sins. Let us not get caught up, so much, in trying to establish exact dates, but be greatly concerned about our personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We have just observed, again, as we do each year, the last week in the life of Jesus which of course culminated in His death and resurrection. Perhaps a main thought for us should be, as found in John 11:25-26, Jesus speaking to Martha, sister of Lazarus, "I am the resurrection, and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?"

The above estimates are certainly tentative, because of the difficulty in proving events so far back in history where the evidence is not conclusive. But whether these dates are correct or not, it is certain that the date of April 6 is still very important in the work of God's restoration of mankind.

On April 6, 1830, six baptized members assembled at Fayette, New York, at the home of Peter Whitmer, Sr. to officially organize "the church of Christ in these last days." (Doctrine and Covenants 17:1a).

You can read more of this for yourself by going o DC 17:1; Church History 1:67-77, and Times and Seasons 3:928). We read in these accounts that they were given the precise date...April the day to organize the church.

After the death of Joseph Smith Jr. the church was broken into different fragments. The Saints did not exercise diligence in building the temple at Nauvoo, and as a consequence they were "Rejected as a church" and they were "moved from their place" DC 107:10f, 11a, 13e). Thus there was a need for the church to be reorganized.

Those of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints have additional reasons for an interest in the date of April 6. On April 6, 1853, at the third conference of the Saints of the Reorganization, they met for prayer in agreement with the commandment to organize. This account can be found in Church History Volume 3 Chapter 10 and would be good for all of us to review.

Seven years later, after much anticipation, hope, and spiritual manifestations regarding the "Seed of Joseph Smith," and specifically his son, Joseph Smith III, the Saints assembled at Amboy, Illinois in April of 1860 for their annual General Conference. Joseph III along with his mother, Emma Smith came to the conference and Joseph was presented to the Saints. He testified to them, among other things, "I wish to say that I have come here not to be dictated by any men or set of men. I have come in obedience to a power not my own, and shall be dictated by the power that sent me." A motion was made and approved to receive Joseph Smith III as prophet, Seer, Revelator, and successor to his father. He was then ordained President of the High Priesthood. The rest of this story can be found in Church History volume 3 Chapter 12.

Will the day soon come that the factions, fragments, isolationists, and those who have left the Restoration might be willing to come obedience to a power not of ourselves...and discover what it really means to be ONE IN CHRIST AS HE IS ONE IN THE FATHER? Was this not the intent of the prayer Jesus prayed for all of us as found in John 17:20-21. Look it up and read it for yourself, read it to your families, read it in your branches, read it in your conferences.

"Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, are in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that thou hast sent me."

Are we willing to give up our "little kingdoms," so that His Kingdom may come on earth, as it is in Heaven?"

A recent message from the Lord through Patriarch Mike Ballantyne included the following statements: "My people do not realize the urgency of the hour...I would that all My people were prepared. What more could I have done?...The days are long past for my Saints to build up Zionic communities and to establish the cause of Zion. Now, I alone will bring about My purposes with a few of My Saints who love me with all their heart, might, mind and strength. I cannot save My people from great turmoil, if they will not heed My counsel. Before it is too late, embrace the words of your Heavenly Father. Cast away all things that separate you from My presence and when you call, I will answer."

I would like to call your attention to the last regular issue of Tidings of Zion, # 122 to an article by Vim Horn on Charity, The Pure Love of Christ, an article by Cloyce Coffman on "First Priority in Life," and the information included about the Restoration Branch Family Reunion and Conference of Restoration Elders (CRE), which includes themes, scriptures and the schedule. It is very obvious that the Pastors of Zion (POZ) and the CRE are not THE ANSWER to the problems of the Restoration, Christianity, or the world, but neither are all those who continue on their own pathways, thinking they have all the answers. There is only one solution to all the woes of the world, that, of course, is JESUS CHRIST.

In Church History Volume 1 Chapter 16-17 and also DC 100 we find record of Zion's Camp. The Lord had told them to obtain 500 men and if not 500, then, 300, and if not 300, then 100, but not to go up to "Zion" unless they could obtain at least 100. On p. 461 of CH, Volume 1, it is recorded that they obtained 205 men. Less than half of the preferred number. You can read the results of all that in Church History.

What if 500 elders came to the CRE this June, with the intent and desire to obtain God's will for the Restoration? As one song states, "I Can Only Imagine." Is it worth a renewed effort? Reread the statements from Brother Ballantyne's message. We may not even have until June. Only God knows. We do not have to wait until June...What about NOW?

Missionary efforts continue as two elders are currently in Australia. Three priesthood are leaving today or soon for Nepal, others are soon going to Canada, England, Germany, Africa and the Domestic Outreach Program continues through the CRE and many branches as ministers are sent out, on a regular basis, to many, many branches and Saints in the USA.

A Book of Mormon Day is scheduled by the Book of Mormon Foundation for Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 9-2 at Living Hope RB.

More information can be found by contacting the Book of Mormon Foundation at 816-461-3722.

"As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about His people from henceforth even forever." Psalm 125:2

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Used Hymnals For Sale

From: David Price

Used Hymnals For Sale

Are you looking for extra hymnals to use for reunions, youth gatherings, potluck dinners, family nights, or campfires? A large quantity of hymnals has been donated to Restoration Bookstore. They will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. We would suggest that you call before coming to check on availability: (816) 461-5659.

Our business hours are 9:00–5:00 Monday–Thursday; Closed on Friday; 9:00–noon on Saturday.

· Saints Hymnal (pink)
Reprint by Price Publishing of the hymnal used from 1933–1956
$3.00 slightly used (65 copies)
$2.00 used (4 copies)
$1.00 misprinted (2 copies)

· The Hymnal (gray)
$4.00 used (37 copies)
$1.00 damaged spines (3 copies)

· Hymns of the Restoration (blue)
1985 edition by Restoration Hymn Society
$3.00 used (60 copies)
$1.00 damaged spines (170 copies; some of these can be repaired with Elmer’s glue)

· Hymns of the Restoration (purple)
2007 edition by Restoration Hymn Society
$7.00 slightly used (33 copies)
$5.00 used (2 copies)

· The Little Hymnal (red; printed during Frederick M. Smith’s presidency)
Contains the words only of 179 old-time favorites from Saints’ Harmony, old Saints’ Hymnal, and Saints’ Hymnal of 1933.)
$2.00 excellent condition (34 copies)
$1.00 used (17 copies)

Great deals
First Nephi Study Book of Mormon: $2.00
Recent Book of Mormon Developments, Volume 2: $2.00

Free Items
· Little Plays, by Lois Shipley (for family nights, Junior Church, or Vacation Church School)
· Come Walk With Him, music by Betty Mosier Beller; Book of Mormon text adapted by Thelma Kester and Linda Erwin. This is a beautiful cantata based on the Book of Mormon. (Be sure to take enough copies for each choir member to have one!)
· Testimonies of the Saints of Buckner Restoration Branch (1988)

Price Publishing Company

Memorial Service for CLARENCE LEO CARROLL JR.

From: Paul Gage

Memorial Service for CLARENCE LEO CARROLL JR.

is Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 11am at Waldo Avenue Restoration Branch

See the Obituary below.



Clarence Leo Carroll Jr. passed away at his home in Independence, Missouri on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at 5:55 pm. The number five is said to be the number of God's grace, goodness, and favor to His children. Family, friends, and hospice staff were with him at that time.
Leo was born April 21, 1937, at 8:45 am, in Charleston, Missouri, to his parents, Clarence Leo Carroll Sr. and Charlene Goodrich Carroll. (For those who might be wondering, Charleston is fifteen miles east of Sikeston, in the Missouri boot heel.)
He was proceeded in death by his parents, brothers, Bob, Paul, Tom, and William, and sister Bette Stapleton.
He is survived by his loving wife, of 51 years, ten months and 26 days, Clareen Janice Green Carroll of the home; Sons: Clarence Leo Carroll III (Jennifer) of Grand Forks, North Dakota; John of Independence, Missouri, Mark (Jennifer) of Farmington Hills, Michigan; Daughter, Shannon (John) Novac of Washington, Michigan; Grandchildren: Clarence IV, Zachary, Desiree, Caleb, Makenzie, John, Ashley, and four great-grandchildren; Charlie Grace, Avonlea, Riley and Sadie; Brother, Dennis Carroll of Saint Joseph, Missouri and Sister, Vickie ( David) Thatcher of Riverside, Missouri.
Leo's job resume included being a newspaper delivery boy, at age 12, in Saint Joseph, Missouri; an assembler with his father at Einbenders, in Saint Joseph, Missouri; telegraph operator for Western Union on Pike's Peak in Colorado. He also drove cars down Pike's Peak for those who were fearful of driving down; Bus driver, coach, and teacher in public schools in Iowa and Michigan. He taught various subjects as well as computer science to high school students and adults. He also refereed high school football and coached golf teams. After concluding his teaching career in the public schools in Lake Orion, Michigan, his last employment was with Computer Methods Corporation in Livonia, Michigan.
Leo's educational background included: grade school, Jr and Sr. High school in Saint Joseph, Missouri; an Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from Graceland College (University) in Lamoni, Iowa; a Master's Degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan and numerous certificates of qualification in several different areas.
He was in ROTC in high school and served in the military of the USA in the Air Force Reserves.
He was blessed, as an infant, on July 4, 1937, in Saint Joseph, Missouri by Elders Vimton M. Goodrich (his grandfather) and H.C. Timms. He was baptized, of the water, into the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on June 23, 1946 at Saint Joseph, Missouri by G.C. Snapp and received the Laying on of Hands for the Gift of the Holy Spirit, on the same day by Elders R.D. Perton and W.E. Poague. He served in the ministry of the Church, being ordained to the Office of Priest on July 23, 1963 by Elders Ervin Fenn and Maynard Peterson, in Carson, Iowa and to the Office of Elder November 26, 2000, at the Oakwood Restoration Branch in Oxford, Michigan by Elders Robet Ruch and Dale Day. Leo remained strong and diligent in the Faith until his life here was finished.
Following God's direction, Leo and Clareen gathered to Independence, Missouri in September of 2012 and were also directed, by the Lord, to attend the Church of Jesus Christ, Waldo Avenue Restoration Branch in Independence, Missouri. They immediately became active in the work of the Church, as well as in the community and their neighborhood. Leo was active in various ways in the Church in Michigan and continued in similar efforts here. He served as Counselor to the Pastor at Waldo, he tutored students, served as a Chaplain, and later on the school board at Center Place Restoration School (CPRS) which is also the location of the Waldo Branch. He served on several councils of the Conference of Restoration Elders as well as Pastor of the Waldo Mission at the Groves, an assisted living facility, where services are held each Sunday afternoon. In his "spare time" Leo served as a volunteer at the Winter Stone golf course in Independence, Missouri.
One of Leo's greatest joys, was serving his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, however he could locally, but also in traveling to provide ministry to Saints in many places. He was active in such ministry prior to coming to Independence, Missouri, but in the six years he lived here, he visited Saints in several states as well as Australia and Canada.
He was truly a man who loved His God-the God of all creation and served Him to the best of his ability in whatever he did.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Job Announcement for Administrative Assistant​

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From: Bruce Leudeman

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Job Announcement for Administrative Assistant​

Job Announcement for Administrative Assistant in Independence, MO;​

Administrative Assistant needed to a Health Care education class room located at Life Skills Outfitters, 2425 S. Crysler #5, Independence, MO. Pay starts at $10 per hour. Job starting in the next few weeks. Work load at the moment would be four hours a week; preferably from 3pm to 7pm on Tuesdays. Salary and hours may increase as class activity picks up. Basic computer skills preferred and some physical mobility required to help set up the class room. ​ ​
Approximately 4 hours per week. ​

Please send an email expressing your interest and work history/resume to (Ms.) Stacy Denton at:

5 Acre Home/Property For Sale in Independence

From: Laurell Ogle

5 Acre Home/Property For Sale in Independence

Al and Diane Gatrost have friends that are getting ready to post their house for sale by owner but wanted to share here for anyone that may be interested.

Remodeled 5 bedroom, 3 full bath house on 5 acres in Independence directly across from South Chrysler Restoration Branch. Just over 2,200 square feet with granite counter tops and a rolling island, main floor laundry, basement, attached 2 car garage, large detached workshop and additional outbuilding for outside equipment storage or animals, two pastures, partially wooded and a creek. New roof on house and workshop. Gorgeous property and house, lots of character from the original house and lots of upgrades.

15900 E Salisbury Road
Independence MO 64050

Listing price will be $250,000

If you are interested in the property and would like to see it before it is listed, please contact Jeremy at: 816-588-7878