Saturday, July 21, 2018

Laptop for Saints in Kenya

From: Kevin McMilian

Laptop for Saints in Kenya

We are currently in the search for a laptop to send to Kenya with Eric Odida for various church and personal uses of the saints there.

The laptop needs to have Windows, a DVD drive/burner, and be capable of running standard applications like Microsoft Office, Google Chrome, Windows Media Player, etc.

If you have a decent laptop that you would be willing to donate or sell, please contact us. There are other opportunities to take one over later, but we’d like to have one in time for Eric to go home around the 10th of August.

Thank you!

Sallie Presler

Kevin McMilian

Window AC

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From: ​ Dan Hood​

Window AC

I am looking for a Window AC unit in good to excellent shape. . .Minimum 8,000 BTUs up to
10-12,000 BTUs.
Please contact Dan Hood by cell# 816-401-2644 (preferred) or

Dan Hood

Restoration Singles July's Activity

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From: Restoration Singles

Restoration Singles July's Activity


Our next meeting time is Friday, July 27th, 2018 at 5:30 pm.
We will be gathering at Missionary Restoration Branch ( 3415 N Elsea Smith Rd, Buckner, MO 64016)
There will be two guest speakers, and we will have time to visit afterwards. (Different than the last ones.)

God Bless,


Matthew 18:19-20 Again, I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, that they may not ask amiss, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Lynn Shaw’s Obituary

From: Debbie Allen

Lynn Shaw’s Obituary

Lynn Shaw (born Inez Linda Nicholson), of Odessa, Missouri, died peacefully in her home on July 14, 2018. Lynn was born at home on July 1, 1938 in Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada to parents Carl and Carmen (nee Bastien) Nicholson, and was the youngest of seven children.

Memorial service to be held at Buckner Restoration Branch, 2607 N Twyman Rd, Independence, Missouri on Saturday July 21st at 2:00pm.

The following link shows Lynn Shaw’s obituary and service details:

Friday, July 20, 2018

​Francis Harper ​Message for 7/20/2018

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From: Francis Harper

​Francis Harper ​Message for 7/20/2018

Dear Ones,

Have you ever wondered how the Lord feels about your thoughts? As he said; “I the Lord search the heart . . .” (Jeremiah 17:10). We need the Holy Spirit to help us recognize how our thoughts appear to God. “God cannot look upon sin (or sinful thoughts) with the least degree of allowance; nevertheless, he that repents and does the commandments of the Lord shall be forgiven” (Doctrine and Covenants 1:5-f).

Perhaps we have not considered that we will be held accountable for our sinful thoughts, such as lusting and coveting, even as we are accountable for our sinful deeds? Jesus said, “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 and excess. Ye blind Pharisees! Cleanse first the cup and platter within, that the outside of them may be clean also. Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye are like whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but are within full of the bones of the dead, and of all uncleaness. Even so, ye also appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity” (Matthew 23:22-25 IV; 23:25-28 KJV).

Our faith can be measured by the extent to which our thoughts of material things are being replaced by thoughts of eternal things. Our faith or lack of faith can be measured by the amount of time we spend worrying and fearing about our tomorrows.

“If suddenly upon the street, my gracious Savior I should meet . . . His eye would pierce my outward show, His thought my inmost thought would know; And if I said, “I love thee Lord,” He would not heed my spoken word unless my daily life should tell that verily I loved Him well” (Hymns of the Restoration, 354).

“Perhaps one of the most uplifting examples of a Christian whose thought life was saturated with God’s presence and God’s love was John Fletcher, a co-worker of John Wesley, who was said by Wesley to be the godliest person he had ever known.

“Fletcher’s thoughts were so full of prayer and praise that his greetings when meeting one of his friends was, Do I meet you praying? He was said to labor constantly “to bring every thought into captivity in obedience to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).

“As Fletcher lay dying his thoughts were filled with God. Again and again he said, God is love! It fills me every moment! God is love! Shout! Shout aloud!” Taken from the book, Measure Your Life, by Wesley L Duewell. 1992.

If our thoughts are always filled with images of Jesus and his virtues, our lives will be changed into Christ-likeness. And “when he shall appear, we shall be like him . . . And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself as he is pure” (1 John 3:2-3).

“Let the wicked man forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:7).

My Love to All,
Francis Harper


Watch Your Thoughts

“. . . if you do not watch yourselves, and your thoughts, and your words, and your deeds,
and observe to keep the commandments of God, and continue in the faith of what ye have heard
concerning the coming of our Lord, even unto the end of your lives, ye must perish” (Mosiah
Our thoughts are the source from which our words and deeds flow. Jesus said: “. . . out of
the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man, out of the good treasure of the
heart, bringeth forth good things; and an evil man out of the evil treasure, bringeth forth evil
things” (Matthew 12:29-30 IV; 12:34-35 KJV). If our thoughts are good we will speak good
words and our doings will also be good. As a man “thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs
David the psalmist wrote: “Search me, O God, and know my heart, try me, and know my
thoughts; And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm

Lyrics of a favorite hymn come to mind:
“Think of the beautiful, Think of the true;
Though like an avalanche sin sweeps over you;
Keep not the multitude, sort them with care,
Testing by purity, purging by prayer,
Think of the beautiful, Think of the fair”
(Hymns of the Restoration, 226).

It has been said, evil thoughts are somewhat like birds;
They come flying into your head but you don’t need to let
them build a nest there! We need to quickly shoo evil thoughts
out of our minds! If we think beautiful thoughts, it is likely that
we will talk of beautiful things. The next verse of the song
begins: “Talk of the beautiful . . . .” The final verse begins:
“”Live for the beautiful . . . lifting the fallen as Christ lifted

Jesus knows our thoughts. A book of remembrance is kept “for them that feared the Lord and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him” (Malachi 3:16-17).
“Jesus saw Nathanael coming unto him, and said of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! Nathanael said unto him, whence knowest thou me? Jesus answering said unto him, . . . when thou wast under the fig tree I saw thee” (John 1:47-48). Nothing about us is hidden from God. He knows even our thoughts.
Our thoughts are hidden from everyone except God. The thoughts of our mind have been compared to a picture gallery. Would you want your mother, or your spouse, to walk through the picture gallery of your mind? Would you open it for all to see?
Finally, bretheren, whatsoever things are true; whatsoever things are honest; whatsoever things are just; whatsoever things are pure; whatsoever things are lovely; whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things”
(Philippians 4:8).


Amazing Signs in the Writings of the Rabbis

From: Dwight Burford

Amazing Signs in the Writings of the Rabbis

Jonathan Cahn: Amazing Signs in the Writings of the Rabbis about the Temple in 30 A.D.

Here’s a link to a message that really blessed me by giving me an even greater appreciation of the offering of our Lord in His atonement for the sins of the world. It is an amazing witness of His redemptive work as attested to by the Rabbis of His day.


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Sewing ​Machines Needed

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From: Penny Curtis

Sewing ​Machines Needed

W2W (Women to Women) supplies sewing machines to give impoverished women opportunities to supplement their income. This program requires that 10% of the proceeds made from their sewing business go toward purchase of another machine for another woman somewhere in the world.
Currently, the sewing project has all been overseas in Africa. However, we have an opportunity to share right here in the United States.
A team is going to the Indian Reservation next week and has told us of a need for women on the Reservation that know how to sew and would very much appreciate a sewing machine. We need to have the machine or donations no later than Sunday the 22nd.

We would like to see if anyone has a sewing machine that they would like to donate or would like to donate specifically for this cause.

Please contact Penny Curtis for more details or to let her know if you need to have a machine picked up. 816-254-3335

Thank you so much!

Penny Curtis

Give Back Hope International
PO Box 108
Independence, MO 64051

Moe Farms Tomatoes

From: Moe Farms

Moe Farms Tomatoes

Moe Farms has tomatoes for sale. $1.50 per pound.

Please call 816-650-2059

​Native American Paintings

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From: Garland Schnack​

​Native American Paintings

These Native American Drawings are created by:

Wilfred Plata
27893 Tina Drive
Wright City MO 63390

They are created on envelopes or handkerchiefs.

This man sells his art work in order to obtain some needed financial assistance.
Please contact him if you are interested in purchasing any of these and others.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Looking to Sub-lease

From: Caleb Etter

Looking to Sub-lease

Hello friends,

Looking to sub-lease with several people, existing place or not.

My name is Caleb Etter and I am currently seeking a room mate (up to 2) that have a place I can rent from as a sub-leaser. Living alone is costly, living with others is not. I work a full time job in Lee's Summit, day shift. If you have a place to rent that's under $700 a month, I'm keenly interested in hearing from you.

Please do not contact me if you have the following living conditions:
No furniture
Dirty/smelly apartment or house - no trash all over the floor
Unclean kitchen
Lack of personal hygiene
No drinking or smoking / no drugs
Not living with a girlfriend
Senile or crazy

Must haves:
Be religious and/or part of the Restoration Movement.
Be of good character
Enough income to not rely on me to pay for your life
Always willing to improve oneself determination and personal development

If you think you fit these requirements, please contact me below at your earliest convenience:

Text Message: 816-489-8432

Caleb Etter

Tree Trimming Needed

From: David Frye

Tree Trimming Needed

Hello all,

We are in dire need of our trees to be trimmed. We have a raccoon problem that is just going to get worse if we don’t. So we need help ASAP.

Please let me know if you can help.

Cara Frye

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Joseph's Grove Vision - Painting

From: Muriel Luedeman

Joseph's Grove Vision - Painting

Dear, Saints,

Recently, Jim VunCannon of the Remnant Church approached me about doing a Restoration version of Joseph’s Grove Vision. Everything came together by the Holy Spirit to accomplish the work in an amazingly short time of two months. This included finding models for the figures and a photographer to shoot the visual reference. Doing this painting was an amazing experience, and whetted my desire to tackle other painting subjects and themes from our Restoration perspective. Karen Hacker, the photographer who provided her studio and professional expertise to create visual reference for the work, also was energized by the project and wants us to collaborate in other high quality illustrated works. We both came away from the photo shoot really excited about creating a body of illustrations for all Restoration Saints to use and share with other.

The Remnant Church has expressed interest in commissioning more paintings like the one attached to help produce this much needed body of Restoration work for the benefit and use of all Restoration groups. Though I am not a member of the Remnant, I am so grateful to the leadership of the Remnant Church for their desire to choose this way to help bring all the factions back together once again. Please pray for us all as we move forward in this endeavor together. We all want to be a blessing for the emerging Kingdom’s sake.

Prints are available for sale. Please see the attached list of sizes and suggested donations. I hold the copyright and would ask that no copies be made of the image without my permission. Your support in purchasing prints will help provide the funding for future works. Paintings of this kind of work require considerable expense for the photographer’s studio, time, and models to properly execute the visual reference, as well as the artist’s supplies and time. You will find my contact information is in the heading and also below with the price list.

Thank you, and God bless you all in your Kingdom building efforts,

Muriel Luedeman


Joseph Smith Grove Experience Prints

Available for Purchase

Includes cardboard backing, printed testimony, and envelop/plastic sleeve

Contact Muriel Luedeman

Also available through The Remnant Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints.

8” x 10 $15.00
11” x 14” $25.00
16” x 20” $50.00
20” x 30” $75.00
4” x 6” Postcard $1.00 10ct./$7.50
Special pricing available for bulk orders for 8” x 10” and Postcards

Painting Joseph’s Vision of God in the Grove

Muriel Winn Luedeman
July 12, 2018

Sister Joan Vun Cannon and her son, Jim, approached me in late 2017 or early 2018 about
doing a commission painting of Joseph Smith, Jr’s, vision in the grove for The Remnant Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I didn’t think I could do it justice without adequate photographic
reference material for such a painting, and so I passed it up. However, that problem resolved itself in
March and April. I agreed to take on the challenge.
The vision accounts vary considerably, and frankly, I was rather perplexed, wondering how to create an image of what actually occurred in the grove. I spent time in prayer, and even asked for my own vision. I do believe that God, being no respecter of persons, would show Himself to anyone as He did to Joseph. Joseph was a mere farm boy. What God could do for him, He can, and will do for all his seeking children. That request was not granted, however. I believe that by studying it out, I gained clarity and confirmation on the event, and received some amazing Divine insights about our Heavenly Father, Yahweh, and Yehoshua, His Son.
Joseph described what he saw in different ways. In one account, there was no mention of two
personages. Another version he said there were two. Does that negate the experience as false? That
was my quandary at first. I don’t believe it does prove the vision false, for depicting the mystery of
the God Head can be done many ways, and none would be considered false.
There is no doubt, by Jesus’ own words, that there is the Father, and the Son. The Father declared in Genesis, “Let us make man in our image.” God, the Father spoke at Jesus’ baptism, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Jesus prayed to his Father for his followers at Passover, and then for himself in the garden. He also talked about going to the Father after He rose from the dead.
It seemed important for this painting to illustrate the Father and the Son together, yet separately in their relationship to each other and with Joseph. In one account the Father said, “This is my beloved Son; hear him.” In addition, it didn’t seem out of line to depict God the Father with gray hair. I also wanted to capture an expression of love and compassion, even pity in the faces of Yehoshua and Yahweh, for they knew what this young boy’s life was going to be after this experience. There is a smile, but there is also understanding, sorrow, and deep, loving regard for
Joseph’s future sacrifice.
Joseph recounted that an evil presence engulfed him as he began to pray. The pose I chose to capture was after Joseph saw the shaft of light and was engulfed in the loving presence of Jesus and
the Father. He must have had great relief being delivered from the deadly evil presence. He raises his arms to God, as a child who reaches for his earthly father to be rescued from a physical threat.
Yahweh’s right hand rests on Yehoshua’s shoulder, showing the loving bond between them.
In the Father’s left hand are crease lines that naturally appear, but what came out of my brush to
describe the lines was a faint cross. In conferring with the Jim Vun Cannon and Kevin Romer at the
painting approval, Brother Romer wanted to leave the cross lines as they are. We all felt that truly, if
Jesus and God the Father are One, then nail prints in the Father’s hands would signify the pain the
Father experienced too, when His Son hung on the cross.
For me, the painting personalizes for the viewer the LOVE God has for all of His Children, and instantaneously appears when they cry out in doubt and fear. He has compassion for what we all
go through in life, and He is always, always with us, ready to receive us into his loving arms.
I am so grateful to The Remnant Church for this painting commission. The Remnant Church
leadership and I want all Restoration branches to have access to the image for publications and
projections, so it is available free of charge. I may be contacted at:
My thanks also to Karen Hacker for her studio, expertise, and time spent photographing models for reference, and thanks to Troy and Mike Lassen, and Christian Davis for modeling for this project.

Preaching Mini-Series

From: Gregory Lyons

South Crysler, Buckner, and South Branch
Preaching Mini-Series

South Crysler Restoration Branch, Buckner Restoration Branch, and South Restoration Branch invite all to attend an annual mini-series held on Sunday evenings July 22 – August 12th

Song Service Begins 5:40 p.m.
Preaching Service begins 6:00 p.m.

July 22nd “God Is Working”
LOCATION: Buckner Restoration Branch
2607 N Twyman Road
Independence MO 64058
SPEAKER: Elder James Rao

July 29th – “Christ’s Church Is Alive”
LOCATION: Buckner Restoration Branch
2607 N Twyman Road
Independence MO 64058
SPEAKER: Elder Tim Carr
Refreshments and Fellowship after the service.

August 5th – “Being Fruitful In The Spirit”
LOCATION: South Crysler Restoration Branch
16101 Salisbury Road
Independence MO 64050
SPEAKER: Elder Justin Jones

August 12th – “Zion Is Coming”
LOCATION: South Crysler Restoration Branch
16101 Salisbury Road
Independence MO 64050
SPEAKER: Elder Chuck Miller
Refreshments and Fellowship after the service.

Prayer Request for Jeanette

From: Robyn Mun

Prayer Request for Jeanette

I spoke with George Thomas about Jeanette's health. I asked permission to request prayers for her, from all Latter Day Saints no matter the part of the family.
Jeanette has cancer in both lungs and in her liver.

Robyn aka sista Mun
"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 / 4 Nephi 1:17

Outdoor Christian Concert - 2018

From: Jackie Shearer

Outdoor Christian Concert - 2018

Free outdoor Christian Concert Saturday August 4th at 7:00 p.m.
All Restoration youth and young adults/families are the focus of the music ministry, but those adults “young at heart” are welcome to attend.

Chairs provided, but you are welcome to bring lawn chairs and strollers.
Event will be held inside if it rains.

Monday, July 16, 2018

​Stacy's Table and Chairs

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From: Stacy Frinsthal

​Stacy's Table and Chairs

6 chairs, table with drop sides and two leaves.

Seats 6-8 (10 if you have extra chairs)


Please contact by text: 816-520-0445

God Bless!!
Stacy Pyatt


From: Paul Wallace


We are looking for a mechanic to replace the idler pulley and belt for the air conditioning compressor in our 2003 Chevy Silverado truck. We don't have a lot of money to do this. Please let us know approximately how much it would cost to do this.

Paul and Kathy Wallace
(816) 389-1389

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Needed Refrigerator / Freezer frost free

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From: Mike and Rhonda Stahlman

Needed Refrigerator / Freezer frost free

Refrigerator / freezer Needed - frost free and in good working condition.

If giving one away call Julie at​: ​
Talk to machine.


Vacation Church School at Oak Grove Restoration Branch

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From: Debra Norman​​

Vacation Church School at Oak Grove Restoration Branch

Vacation Church School at Oak Grove Restoration Branch will be July 30 to August 3, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to noon each day.
We will have classes for ages 3 years old through 12th grade.
To register online, go to our branch's website ( and click on the Vacation Church School link.
We would love to have you join us!
If you have questions, contact Debbie Norman at

Jesus is Calling . . .

Monday: Jesus is calling you to trade your sins for His righteousness.
“O Lord, wilt thou encircle me around in the robe of thy righteousness?” (2 Nephi 3:56)

Tuesday: Jesus is calling you to trade your fears for the security and comfort of His love.
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear” (1 John 4:18).

Wednesday: Jesus is calling you to trade your anger and hurts for His peace and forgiveness.
“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice” (Ephesians 4:3)

Thursday: Jesus is calling you to trade your doubt and confusion for faith in His eternal truths.
“Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief” (Mark 9:21).

Jesus is calling you to SHINE for Him (Trading your weaknesses for His strength!)
"Therefore, let your light so shine before this world, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:18)

Saturday, July 14, 2018


From: Eric Odida


Our son Dean Odida was admitted in Nairobi West Hospital in Kenya last night. He had been experiencing malaria like symptoms last week and was treated and showed improvement. He was taken ill again last night and had to be admitted.

We have 2 more Reunions to attend before our time to return home.

We would appreciate your prayers for his quick recovery.

Elder Eric Odida

​Home For Sale - Downtown Independence​

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From: Jon Tandy

​Home For Sale - Downtown Independence​

A sister in the church is trying to sell her house soon.
2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1067 sq. ft., finished basement, 0.2 acre, near downtown Independence.
Asking $55,000.

Jon Tandy

Eric Odida at Lexington Restoration Branch

From: John Eichhorn

Eric Odida at Lexington Restoration Branch

Elder Eric Odida from Kenya will be bringing the message at the Lexington Restoration Branch at our evening service.
It starts at 6:30 PM and all are welcome to attend.

Lexington Restoration Branch
802 S 13 Highway
Lexington MO 64067

God Bless,
John Eichhorn

Friday, July 13, 2018

Eric Odida Preaching at Missionary Branch

From: Brian Mundy

Eric Odida Preaching at Missionary Branch

Elder Eric Odida from Kenya will be preaching at Missionary Branch Sunday, July 15 at 11:00 AM and we will be having a Potluck following that all are welcome to share in.

Brian Mundy
Bradlech Construction LLC

Francis Harper Message for 7/13/2018

From: Francis Harper

Francis Harper Message for 7/13/2018

Dear Ones,

Even if we do not have a strong faith and testimony of the truth and reality of a living God, we can believe in the testimony of others until we receive our own. Jesus said: “Blessed are they who shall believe on me; and again, more blessed are they who shall believe on your words, when ye shall testify that ye have seen me and that I am” (Matthew 5:3 IV).

You can believe in the testimony of men like Peter. His testimony is recorded in 2 Peter 1:16-17. “For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eye-witnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honor and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.”

You can believe in the testimony of Joseph Smith, Jr. His testimony is recorded in Church History, Vol. 1, p 9. “After I had retired into the place where I had previously designed to go, having looked around me and finding myself alone, I kneeled down and began to offer up the desires of my heart to God. I had scarcely done so when immediately I was seized upon by some power which entirely overcame me, and had such astonishing influence over me as to bind my tongue so that I could not speak. . . . But exerting all my powers to call upon God to deliver me out of the power of this enemy . . . just at this moment of great alarm, I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun; which descended gradually until it fell upon me. It no sooner appeared than I found myself delivered from the enemy which held me bound. When the light rested upon me I saw two personages (whose brightness and glory defy all description) standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name, and said, (pointing to the other,) This is my beloved Son, hear him.”

The truth of Joseph’s testimony was confirmed to me during a visit, at the Sacred Grove, near Palmyra, New York in the summer of 1997. While there I was led to two tables of stone; replicas of the tables of stone given to Moses on Mount Sinai. See Exodus 32:15-16.

You can believe in the testimony of Sundar Singh of India. His testimony is recorded in Nepal and the Gospel of God. Lindell, p 84-86. This young lad had an above average hunger for spiritual things and prayed to know God and his salvation. He wrote, “I got up at three in the morning, and after bathing, I prayed that if there was a God at all He would reveal Himself to me, and show me the way of salvation, and end this unrest of my soul. I firmly made up my mind that, if this prayer was not answered, I would before daylight go down to the railway, and place my head on the line before the incoming train. I remained till about half past four praying and waiting and expecting to see Krishna or Buddha, or some other Avatar of the Hindu religion; they appeared not, but a light was shining in the room. I opened the door to where it came from, but all was dark outside. I returned inside, and the light increased in intensity and took the form of a globe of light above the ground, and in this light there appeared, not the form I expected, but the living Christ whom I had counted as dead. To all eternity I shall never forget His glorious and loving face, nor the few words which he spoke. My heart was filled with inexpressible joy and peace, and my whole life was entirely changed.”

“Wherefore, seeing we also are compassed about (surrounded) with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; . . .” (Hebrews 12: 1-2).

Love to All,
Francis Harper


“Have Faith In God”

“And Jesus spake and said unto him, Have faith in God (Mark 11:24 IV; 11:22 KJV).
Paul wrote: . . . without faith it is impossible to please him; for he that cometh to God must
believe that his is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him (Hebrews 11:6).
On one occasion Jesus said to his disciples, O faithless and perverse generation! how
long shall I be with you? How long shall I suffer (put up with) you? (Matthew 17:17). At another
time Jesus expressed his disappointment in the faith of his disciples, he asked them, “why are ye
fearful, O ye of little faith?” After his resurrection as he walked with two of his disciples toward
the village of Emmaus, Jesus said to them, “O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the
prophets have spoken!” (Luke 24:24 IV; 24:25 KJV). It is obvious that Jesus expects his
disciples to have faith in God and in the Scriptures that testify of him.
Is Jesus satisfied with the level of faith in his disciples today? Paul wrote of the faith of
Abraham: “He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith,
giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded, that what he had promised, he was able also to
perform. And therefore it was imputed (credited) to him for righteousness . . . and for us also, to
whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead”
(Romans 4:20-24).

We could be called the “Doubting Thomas” generation. Thomas, one of the twelve, was absent, when
after the resurrection Jesus appeared to the other disciples. Thomas was told by them, “We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them; then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side; and be not faithless, but
believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed; blessed are they that have not seen and yet have believed (John 20:25-29). “And when they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted (Matthew 28: 16 IV; 28:17 KJV). The same could be said today.

Jesus asked: “. . . when the Son of Man cometh shall he find faith on the earth?” As we
observe the diminishing numbers of true believers in our communities, the Lord’s question is
becoming more pertinent day by day. “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. . . And let him
that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely . . . Even so, come,
Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:17, 20).
Until the Lord comes, those who believe must continue to encourage the unbelievers to
have faith in God. Alma’s “lecture on faith” may be a good place to begin. He wrote: “Yea, there
are many who do say, if thou wilt shew unto us a sign from heaven, then we shall know of a
surety; then we shall believe . . . But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to
an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith; yea, even if ye can no more than
desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe . . .” (Alma 16:139, 151).

Independence Condo For Sale

From: Lisa Herron

Independence Condo For Sale

Condo For Sale -
17800 Bolger Road #345A
Independence MO 64055

1,547 sq ft
2 bedroom / 2 bath / 2 car garage parking
3rd floor (elevator access)
Vaulted ceilings/skylights
Spacious and beautifully maintained
Updates include marble floors (kitchen, entry, laundry, bathrooms) and new furnace
No more than two adults may reside in the condo; one resident must be age 55+; no children or dependents may be living with them.
Pets allowed, but must be 10 lbs or smaller.

Estate Sale 7/13-7/15, 2018

From: Lisa Herron

Estate Sale 7/13-7/15, 2018

Estate Sale - Apple Tree Condominiums
17800 Bolger Road #345A
Independence MO 60455

Friday, July 13 - 10am - 5pm
Saturday, July 14 - 10am - 4pm
Sunday, July 15 - 1 - 5pm

More details and photos here:

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Home For Sale - Donna Browne

From: Donna Browne

Home For Sale - Donna Browne

This beautiful light-filled house in the Blue Springs/Independence area has four bedrooms and four bathrooms, and is on a quiet cul-de-sac in a country-like setting. It is a story and a half, with the master suite and laundry on the main level, three bedrooms upstairs, and a full, finished walk-out basement. Come and see the awesome vaulted ceilings, see-through fireplace, Jacuzzi, deck, spacious storage areas, and a third attached garage in back. Students attend award-winning Blue Springs schools, and we have independence utilities.

We prefer to sell the house without a realtor for $291,000. However, soon we will need to list the house with a realtor, and then the price will be $309,000 as determined by the realtor’s CMA.

Please contact Donna at 816–668–5577 for more information.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Come to the Carnival!

From: Pamela Stuck

Come to the Carnival!

This Friday night at South Crysler Restoration Branch, RCI Leadership Camp is hosting an outdoor carnival for all ages! It starts at 6:30 PM and is running concurrently with the summer volleyball and a CPRS Junior class ice cream social. There will be a campfire at 9:00 PM.

There’s fun for everyone!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Looking for a roommate or two

​------ Forwarded message ------
From: Caleb Etter

Looking for a roommate or two

I am currently seeking a roommate or two that already have a place of living and are looking for a lower cost of rent, preferably in the Restoration.

I am 24, non-smoking, non-drinking, and I'm all about having a wholesome environment.

If you are interested, please text me at 816-489-8432 at your earliest convenience.
​ ​
Caleb Etter


From: Lynette Davis




2005 GMC Blazer - For Sale

From: Bruce Luedeman

2005 GMC Blazer - For Sale

2005 GMC Blazer, 177K miles, 4WD, 6 cylinder, Sun Roof, No current mechanical issues, cold a/c, Kelly’s Blue Value $6,500: Make Reasonable Offer; cash or check. This is a surplus car for us and we are not driving it. This would be a great car for work transportation or a college student. No liens and clear title at time of purchase.

Bruce Luedeman


Independence Square area.

Needing a Ride 8/3/2018

From: Faye Shaw

Needing a Ride 8/3/2018

I need a return ride only from the Temple Grove Reunion in Pennsylvania (which ends on August 3rd) to the Independence area.

I can be contacted at:

Thank you.
Faye Shaw

Another Tidings Testimony

From: Paul Gage

Another Tidings Testimony

Dear Saints,

I had intended to include the attached testimony in the JULY Monthly Tidings on line.

Feel free to copy and circulate however, whenever and to whoever you so desire.

It is okay to go ahead and send in your testimonies and any other items you want considered for the next regular issue of Tidings of Zion.

Thanks and the Lord bless each of you.

In Christ
Paul Gage


A Reunion Testimony by Elder Alan G. Ronk, Pastor, Woodbine, Iowa RB

I was in attendance at the Restoration Branch Family Reunion and Conference of Restoration Elders held at Waldo Avenue RB/CPRS June 24-29, 2018. I would testify to you dear Saints that the Glorious Power of the Holy Spirit was in residence during the entire reunion! I felt led to share this testimony which
occurred on Monday June 25th. Brother Brian Mundy asked me to preside over the Wednesday morning Priesthood Prayer service.

I began to immediately to inquire of the Lord what He would have me bring before the Priesthood that morning. The Theme for the day was “Prepare Yourselves, and Your Families!” I walked into the Sanctuary for the afternoon class, and sat down in one of the back pews. The message that the Lord had for the prayer service on Wednesday morning was in my thoughts as I sat there. The power of the Holy Spirit had filled that Sanctuary!

I was suddenly overcome with the command to write the word PREPARE down in a column in my notebook. The Lord made it known to me that the roadmap for preparing ourselves and our families was contained within the very word Prepare. The Spirit of the Lord was in residence for the Elders Conference and has provided this map for those that would hear!

Pray. This is the first step in preparation, pray without ceasing for guidance.

Repent. By allowing the conviction of the Spirit of God to Change you.

Escape. The grasp of Satan by being in tune with the Spirit, one heart, one mind.

Gain peace through repentance and escaping the grasp of Satan.

Accept. His Forgiveness, we are aware of that forgiveness, but often do not

Remember. God in all we do, say, and how we act every minute of our day.

Evangelize. Spread the word to your family, both physical and spiritual families.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Holiday Turkey Pre-Order

From: Troque Farm

Holiday Turkey Pre-Order

Greeting Saints,

This announcement is that Troque Farms is now taking pre orders for the Holiday Turkeys. It takes four months to raise up a turkey so you may think we are early but actually we need to know how many turkey poults to order. Here is some information that we will achieve:

The weights will be between 12 and 25 pounds.
The cost is $3.75 per pound.
No deposit required with order and we can take monthly payments, if needed.
Pasture raised and organic grain fed but with no soybeans.
Order fresh or frozen. (Any order under 15 pounds will be frozen.)
If Fresh, the turkeys will be delivered on Nov. 21st.

Please send the following information to

We need to know:

1. How many turkey's you are ordering.
2. What weight of the turkey that you wish.
3. If you want a fresh turkey or could use a frozen turkey.

Within 10 days, we need to order the turkey poults, so notify us ASAP.

Blessings abound,

John Mundy Prayer request and update

From: Brian Mundy

John Mundy Prayer request and update

Many of have already heard my dad, John Mundy had a heart attack last night. He ended up having 2 blocked arteries one 90% the other 100%. Today they put in 2 stints and is responding so well they hope he will be released tomorrow. For all of you who have already visited, sent messages and prayed we thank you very much! Please continue to keep him and my mom in your prayers.

Brian Mundy
Bradlech Construction LLC

Lost Three-In-One Scriptures

From: Paul Gage> wrote:

Lost Three-In-One Scriptures

Dear Saints,

Over a month ago someone left a brown leather cover Three in one at Waldo Avenue Restoration Branch.
We have been trying to find the owners or family members, but so far, no results.

The owners names are:
Joseph Lincoln Grant and Betty Jo Morford Grant.

Three children are listed:
Deborah Mae Grant
David Joseph Grant
Rebecca Sue Grant

If you know this family, please contact me at 816-833-6552 or

Thank You
Paul Gage

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Ice Cream Social for CPRS Junior Class

From: Lynette Davis

Ice Cream Social for CPRS Junior Class

Friday July 13, 2018


From: Paul Gage

Dear Saints,

Attached is the CRE July Monthly Tidings of Zion.

Feel free to copy and share.

God bless
Paul Gage



Greetings in the Altogether Lovely Name of Our Precious Lord and Savior, the only name under Heaven by which we can be saved...JESUS CHRIST!

Six months of this year have sped by and what does the Restoration have to show for it? I'm just asking the question. You can answer it in your own mind in regards to yourself, your family, your Branch/Group, and the Restoration Church at large.

The overall theme for this year's In-Town Reunion was: "ZION THE BEAUTIFUL." Each daily theme added to the main theme. We sing with great gusto, sometimes, "Zion the beautiful beckons us on." Prophet Frederick M. Smith once said, "Zion the difficult beckons us on." Why is it so difficult? Isn't it something we all want and dream about? You have not given up on your dream of Zion, have you? Charlie Booth in his class said, "No dream is hopeless UNTIL you give up on it.

We have had two months of camps, retreats, and reunions and only one testimony has been sent in for publication. The following is the testimony of Elder Frank Dippel who along with his wife, Mickey and the Joyce, Sebulsky, and Trickett families all from Morgantown, West Virginia attended the Restoration Branch Family Reunion and Conference of Restoration Elders in Independence, Missouri, June 24-29, 2018. This reunion is also referred to as the "In-Town" reunion.

In-Town Reunion: An in-Heart Experience by Frank Dippel

Firstly, I would like to thank everyone who worked on offering to us a marvelous week. The sermons were Spirit filled and messages were quite stirring. The classes were also so well done. They were not the run of the mill class, but were entertaining, informative, and over flowing with Spirit. I cannot say enough great things about this year’s reunion experience.

Secondly, the ladies from Missionary who once again worked hard, got up early and stayed late, in- order- to provide meals for all who wanted to eat. Excellent job ladies. I am only saddened by the fact many could have been in attendance, but could not, or would not share in this absolutely wonderful and powerful week.

God certainly heard the cries of pain and frustration from His people and blessed them with a with a mighty presence. We knocked and it was opened. We sought,and we found His Spirit, His understanding, and the love of Christ. We cried to the Lord and He heard our prayers. I am one who certainly received what I needed. I have been so ill, so much pain, and so at loss within my spiritual life. Praise the Lord! He snatched me from the grasp of evil and opened unto me the light and presences of His Spirit once again.

I would like to share a personal testimony about a needed encounter during the week. There needs to be a little background information shared. There is a wonderfully faithful family from our area back in Pennsylvania living in the Center Place. A few weeks before the reunion, Melissa messaged us about an administration to her step father, Kip, who is fighting cancer. We were able to meet with Melissa’s mom, Barbara and Kip. The Lord poured out His Spirit upon them during the prayers. Since that time, we have been praying for them and concerned for their lives. It was Tuesday and Barbara sent a message about the two surgeries and the removal of Kip’s very large tumor, but they were able to leave his bladder. I was once again humbled and prayerful for them.

Thursday I was preparing to enter the church for the services and received another message. The message explained how well Kip is doing and that he might be going home soon. He was walking and healing very well. All I could do was Praise the Lord, honor Him and thank Him for the blessing He had poured out upon them.

Upon entering the doors, I encountered a powerful Spirit. The Spirit caused my heart to be full of joy and desire to offer prayer to praise God and His holy name. I am a very visual person and in the past the Lord would open to me scenes relating to scriptures, testimonies, and certain events. I had lost that gift several months ago for I was unable to focus, study or concentrate on things very well. During the prayer service the opportunity arrived when I could pray, I stood, and the Lord opened to me a wonderful vision. It would be difficult to describe, but I can at least give you a taste. There was a beautiful green valley, soft green grass, blue skies, crystal clear water and very full plush foliage. There was what appeared to be a river, lush large green trees along its banks. I followed the river as it was described to my mind seeing the calm still waters, and a green valley. Moving along the river I encountered large wooden gates with solid wood doors. The doors flung open as if they blown open by a strong wind. There was a figure standing there with dark hair and white robe. A very clean and dignified man. He was illuminated with joy. He was surrounded by honor. He expressed a very profound love. This figure was bidding the people to enter in, their safety was secure. They were embraced with love. It was revealed to my mind this was Christ and He was desiring His people to join Him and find salvation. This is the way the prayer unfolded before my Spiritual eyes. I just repeated what was opened to me. At another point I saw Kip on the operating table cut open but there was no blood, and the doctor was removing this massive tumor. The message continued for several minutes and there opened other beautiful scenes and situations that needed to be spoken and to be prayed over

It was revealed to my mind that these scenes represented Christ ministry, and His desires for His people. The valley and still waters represented the safety, security and love for us, He had always promised. This could have been the entrance to Zion. A place blessed by Him and consecrated for His people. The wooden gates represented the covenant, gospel, and principles necessary for all to accept to be saved. The open doors revealed His desire for all to enter, and He had flung the doors open for all who would follow Him. The surgery had shown that He heals but also has given tremendous knowledge and gifts to individuals to physically heal so many.

I pray this testimony is worthy of your time. This was an important event in my life to once again have God touch my mind and open my heart. I am sorry I have been so physically hindered and spiritually distressed. I can honestly say I cannot wait until we have this opportunity again to serve the Lord in a more committed manner. God bless you all.

The following are the CRE Officers and Councils for 2017-2018:

Chairman: Elder William "Vim" Horn; Secretary: Elder David Joyce; Treasurer: Elder Ray Lane; Historian: Elder Danny Hight. The Chair, Secretary and Treasurer also serve as the Corporate Officers.

Coordinating Council of Elders (CCE): Jack Hagensen, Tom Mitchell, Brian Mundy, John Mundy, Richard Neill, Chair, Mark Nunn, and Garry Piatt.

Aaronic Council: John Ely, Stephen Henson, Rob Willoughby, and Wilbur Wilson. There are three vacancies on this Council. Any Aaronic priesthood interested in serving on this Council may call the CRE office at 816-836-3421. Liason from CCE is John Mundy.

Education Council: Pat Carrick, Eva Cartwright, Cynthia DeBarthe, Paul Gage, Rebecca Griffin, Glenda Spencer, Donna Vasquez, and Jared Watson. Liason from the CCE is Mark Nunn.

Evangelism Council: Dale Bainter, Howard Parker, Doug Smith and Lyle Smith, along with a representative from ARM,GEM, LAMB, and SEAAM. Liason from the CCE is Tom Mitchell.

Publication Council: April Erwin, Jackie Frinstahal, Rebecca Griffin, Jason Hamilton, Jacob Roberts, and Christy Schrunk. Liason from the CCE is Jack Hagensen.

Stewardship Council: Joe Burkart, Dale Carrick, Vaughn Cornish, Bob Dickson, Terry Griffin, Kevin Humphry, Tom Rindels, and Alan Ronk. Liason from the CCE is Garry Piatt

Women's Council: Barb Capps, Nicole Capps, Angie Goff, Helen Jones, Karen Parker, Jennifer Raffety, and Monica Rush. Liason from the CCE is Richard Neill.

Youth Council: Andrew Joyce, Heather Joyce, and Jared Watson. Liason from the CCE is Brian Mundy. Several others are needed to fill this council so it can function to capacity. Any youth 18 and older or adults interested in serving on this council may contact Brian Mundy at 816-668-4521.

The Liasons are to call the Councils to meet, in July, and elect officers in order to pursue their responsibilities.

Class teachers for the In-Town reunion were: Brian Mundy, Vim Horn, Marlin Guin, Steve Kropp, Tom Mitchell, Charlie Booth, David Joyce, and Jay Havener.

Evening Speakers were: Eric Odida, Michael Brown, Dave Teeple, Jason Hamilton, Doug Smith directed the service of sharing on Thursday, and Richard Neill. Most sessions in the sanctuary were live streamed and may be viewed on the Waldo web site at:

While attendance was generally low, the SPIRIT was high. The general prayer services each morning at 9am were very inspired and uplifting. On Tuesday, it was a pleasure to see seven Restoration Branch High Priests presiding. They were: Mike Ballantyne who is also a Patriarch, Steve Bohall, Cloyce Coffman, Paul Gage, Marlin Guin, Francis Harper and Del Kennon.

The CRE Office is now located at 1551 N. Courtney Rd in Independence, Missouri. It is not open at this time, but still has the same phone number, 816-836-3421. You can leave a message if you have a need.

The Pastors of Zion (POZ) Summer Series continues each Sunday night through August 12 at Waldo Avenue RB. This is a great time for the Saints to gather in mass. People keep talking about ONE time back in the 90's when Waldo was packed to the limit. Why hasn't that happened again, several times? If the Summer Series is sponsored by 16 Branches, where are the Saints? It surely wouldn't hurt if 16 Branches closed their own Branch a time or two during the Series and "packed the house."

KIRTLAND 2018: The theme is: "TAUGHT FROM ON HIGH." The dates are September 22-23, 2018. Registration forms are available at Waldo and on line. Perhaps each pastor could have some on hand in each Branch.

Look at who came from outside the USA.
Kenya: Elder Eric and Pam Odida
Mexico Seventy Juan Reyes, Tina, and son Saul
Saints also came from Arizona, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, West Virginia, and Missouri.


Ward A. Hougas, July 11, 1948, Odessa, Missouri

"The day shall soon come when the world will be bathed in blood, and there will be much suffering and tribulation among My people. The days shall again be difficult and only those who have given themselves to keeping My commandments and finding themselves at the place of worship, and who are given to prayer and meditation, shall have peace and joy and satisfaction and shall be able to withstand the trials which shall come. My promises are true and can be depended upon."

Friday, July 6, 2018

Litigation Support Specialist

FYI for anyone in the CSA community that may be interested.

This position can also be viewed on our website


Litigation Support Specialist

The Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc., (FDSDI) has an opening for a full‐time Litigation Support Specialist (LSS) in our San Diego office. FDSDI is a nonprofit organization fully funded by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. We are not a government agency and as such are not government employees. FDSDI provides legal representation to indigent persons charged with federal crimes in the San Diego and Imperial Counties. A large part of the case load involves immigration related offenses, drugs, fraud, bank robbery, forgery and internet related crimes.
Position Description: The LSS provides specialized and routine litigation support services, including media conversion, court hardware setup, software, peripheral equipment support. A c t s a s l i tigation support and discovery specialist to process, organize, index and format discovery to assist in using the material for case preparation and trial. Creates and supports document databases, indexes, transcripts and images in Summation, Trial Director, Case Map, MS Access and other litigation support applications. Administers databases, processes data and electronic files, performs OCR and transfers same to various formats. Assists paralegals and attorneys with the production of discovery to clients, experts and others as necessary.
Position Requirements and Qualifications: Must be a high school graduate or equivalent and have at least three years of general experience with Windows PCs. A high level of Windows computer skills and proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), Windows file system, knowledge of various file formats, audio and video file editing/conversion and text file editing is required. A Bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited college or university in computer technology, information management or a related field is preferred.
Experience with Adobe Acrobat Pro and litigation support software, e.g. Case Map, Trial Director, Summation or their equivalents is preferred. Experience with other law office IT and litigation support software applications is highly desirable. Applicant must be detail oriented, have strong organizational skills, and be able to set priorities and meet critical deadlines. Applicant must also possess the ability to work in a team environment and communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university is required. The applicant must pass a background investigation. Applicant must be able to work flexible hours. The ability to speak, read and write Spanish is preferred.
Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Selection of position will be based solely on merit without regard to race, color, religion, religious creed (including religious dress and religious grooming), sex (including pregnancy, perceived pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), gender, gender identity (including transgender identity and transitioning), gender expression and sex stereotyping, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, physical or mental disability, legally protected medical condition or information (including genetic information), family care or medical leave status, military caregiver status, military status, veteran status, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, enrollment in a public assistance program, engaging in protected communications regarding employee wages, requesting a reasonable accommodation on the basis of disability or bona fide religious belief or practice, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal laws.

Salary and Benefits – Salary will be commensurate with experience. The position does include employee benefits including health and life insurance as well as a 401k plan. Salary is payable only by Electronic Funds Transfer(direct deposit). All positions are at will and are subject to the availability of funds. Employment is subject to a satisfactory background investigation. All education, experience, training and certifications will be verified.
How to Apply- Qualified persons may apply by sending a letter of interest, resume and three references in pdf format to:
with subject line Litigation Support.
Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.
Position Open until filled.

FOR SALE: 1997 Oldsmobile Tudor Cutlass Supreme

From: Esther Hoover

FOR SALE: 1997 Oldsmobile Tudor Cutlass Supreme

Only 52,210 actual miles! Only two owners.

Tires in good condition. My mechanic says the car is in good mechanical condition and would make good transportation for a college student or someone going back and forth to work.

There is a cosmetic defect in the arm rest (console) between the driver's seat and passenger's seat. The console has been crushed in.

$3000.00 Cash or Certified Check Only

Call Gary Hoover at:

​Francis Harper Message for 7/6/2018

------ Forwarded message ------
From: Francis Harper

​Francis Harper Message for 7/6/2018

Dear Ones,

We need to worship; individually and as a group. When we draw near to God in prayer he draws near to us. “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you” (James 4:8). The Father has promised that his Holy Spirit will be given to those who worship him in spirit and in truth (John 4:26). We forfeit great spiritual blessings whenever we “forsake the assembling of ourselves together” with the household of faith. See Hebrews 10:25.

As I call to mind the worship experiences of my life, the ones which have blessed me most have been at the prayer meetings with the Saints. These seasons of prayer have been more edifying and life changing for me than listening to sermons and attending classes. In spite of this, the number attending the mid-week prayer services is invariably fewer than at any other service held at the church. Perhaps our prayer services should be held on Sunday mornings!

Jesus emphasized our need to worship in a closet or private place. He said: “when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut the door, pray to thy Father who is in secret; and thy Father who seeth in secret shall reward thee openly” (Matthew 6:5-6).

I have been greatly blessed in meeting and praying with others. Hearing the sincere prayers and testimonies of others strengthens those who are weaker in faith. The collective prayers of those within a group will bring to mind a greater number of needs for which to pray.

How can we encourage others to worship God? We need to share with them how our lives have been blessed in worship. Invite them to join you at prayer services. A young man in our branch was baptized as a result of his attendance at the mid-week prayer services. Years later, after moving to another state, he would occasionally call on Wednesday evenings as we were gathering for prayer. He remembered the Spirit he had felt and the rich fellowship of the believers.

It is difficult to express in words the peace, love and joy experienced in worship, which will convey these feelings to those who are not acquainted with the Holy Spirit’s presence. The divine presence has been described as being akin to being in the presence of a dearly beloved friend. I love the testimony of Oliver Cowdery and the words he utilized to describe his worship experience on May 15, 1829. “The Lord, who is rich in mercy, and ever willing to answer the consistent prayer of the humble, after we had called upon him in an earnest manner . . . condescended to manifest to us his will . . . what joy! What wonder! What amazement! While the world was racked and distracted – while millions were groping as the blind for the wall, and while all men were resting upon uncertainty, as a general mass, our eyes beheld, our ears heard. . . . his voice though mild, pierced to the center, and his words, “I am thy fellow servant” dispelled every fear. We listened, we gazed, we admired! ‘Twas the voice of the angel from glory – ‘Twas a message from the Most High! And as we heard we rejoiced, while his love enkindled upon our souls, and we were rapt in the vision of the Almighty! Where was room for doubt? Nowhere. Uncertainty had fled, doubt had sunk, no more to rise, while fiction and deception had fled forever!” (Church History, Vol 1, pp 37-39).

What an eloquent and fitting description of the appearance of John the Baptist to Oliver Cowdery and Joseph Smith, Jr. This never to be forgotten experience happened on the banks of the Susquehanna River in northern Pennsylvania. These young men had gone to this place to inquire of the Lord concerning baptism. John was sent to restore priesthood authority and to give them instruction on the mode of baptism. This experience is reminiscent of the angel Gabriel being sent to Daniel in response to his fasting and prayer, to give him “skill and understanding” (Daniel 9:21-22).

My Love to All,
Francis​ Harper​


Worship God

“And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, see that thou do it not; I am thy fellow-servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus; worship God . . .” (Revelation 19:10). See also Revelation 22:8-9. Only the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are worthy of our worship. “And the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father seeketh such to worship him. For unto such hath God promised his Spirit. And they who worship him, must worship in spirit and in truth” (John 4:25-26 IV; 4:23-24 KJV). “He that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Without faith it is impossible to please him” (Hebrews 11:6).

We learn several things from these scriptures: 1) God invites us to come and worship him in spirit and in truth. He “seeketh such to worship him.” 2) He promises to bestow his Spirit upon those who worship him with the whole heart. 3) We must believe that he is. We must have faith, “without wavering.” 4) “He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.”

What rewards can we expect when we worship God in spirit and in truth? He will bless us with the presence of his Spirit. There is no greater blessing. With the Spirit comes peace, love and joy. In the Spirit’s presence we see ourselves and our need for his forgiveness. Our hearts are broken. Then we feel his acceptance; and a glorious release. As with Enos, our “guilt is swept away and we begin to feel a desire for the welfare of our brethren: (Enos 1:5-12).

Two kinds of worship experiences are mentioned in the Scriptures; individual and corporate. Isaiah described his personal encounter with God in Isaiah 6:1-8. He describes in a very few words the essential elements of a true worship experience: 1) The recognition of our sinfulness, 2) a cleansing, 3) a commission and 4) a surrendering to do God’s will.

Examples of worship in groups are: The transfiguration in Matthew 17; Pentecost in Acts, chapters 1 and 2; and The appearance of Jesus Christ at the temple in the Land Bountiful in 3 Nephi 5.

Emma Burton

More recently (1908) Emma Burton described a latter day Pentecost. She wrote: “I have hesitated to reproduce or reiterate this experience here, for it seemed too sacred, yet it is not more sacred than the day of Pentecost, and it will be an additional testimony to the power of God manifest through the gospel in these last days. We were in Papeete (Tahiti), at our prayer meeting. I tried to tell the natives in their language of how happy I was, and of how the love of God filled my heart . . . when unexpectedly the difficult work of mentally translating the English into Tahitian passed away. I found myself speaking in a smooth, beautiful language (of the native tongue). As the beautiful words fell from the speaker’s lips, there appeared to my view a small, soft white (glory) cloud . . . (which) gradually settled until it touched the heads of the natives, transforming them from their usual leaning posture to perfect uprightness, and filled them with the Spirit. . . . there could not be any feeling of ill will, or opposition, all were alike made partakers of the divine Spirit. As I sat down, Elder Burton arose and gave the interpretation. It was a psalm of praise to God” (Emma Burton, Beatrice Whitherspoon, pp 372-373). Worship in the presence of the Holy Spirit changes lives. Within an hour a sinner can be transformed into a saint!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Eric Odida at Living Hope

------ Forwarded message ------
From: Bill Barrett

Eric Odida at Living Hope July 18 7:00 PM

Living Hope Restoration Branch would like to invite all to come and hear Eric Odida share about the work going on in East Africa on Wednesday Night July 18 at 7:00 PM. It will be very informal, and there will be a time for questions and answers.

Bill Barrett

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Book of Mormon Round Table for July 2018

From: Robyn

BMRT for July 2018

July Book of Mormon Round Table

The 3rd Sunday of the month

Sunday, July 15th, 2018 at 6:00 pm

“The Infinite Atonement”
as described in the Book of Mormon

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)

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Hensley Mbanaso Memorial

​------ Forwarded message ------
From: Barb Giertz

Hensley Mbanaso Memorial

Brother Hensley Mbanaso of Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria, was born December 13, 1956, and passed this life for a better life on July 1, 2018, at the age of 61. Brother Hensley had been in poor health for some time.

Brother Hensley was baptized into the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints on December 13, 1976. He was first ordained in 1980 and completed his service to his Master as a Seventy.

Brother Hensley leaves behind his wife Gloria, and five children, George, Annece, Maryann, Julia, William and a large extended family. He will be remembered by many, many friends of the Faith for his ministry over the years and a beautiful voice raised in songs of Praise.

There is a memorial fund set up for Brother Hensley’s family. Anyone who wishes to contribute to this fund may send checks to:

Hensley Mbanaso Memorial Fund/ JCRB
1100 West Truman Road
Independence MO 64050

Funds will be forwarded to Brother Hensley’s Family no later than July 20, 2018, from


Sympathy cards may also be sent to the same address and will be bundled together and shipped.

Barb Giertz

Patio Furniture For Sale

------ Forwarded message ------
From: Katy Allinder Palmer

Patio Furniture For Sale

I have a patio table and 4 chairs with cushions for sale. There are 2 stationary chairs and 2 rockers, cushions have signs of wear—one has been repaired. One chair does need some repair also and the table has some peeling paint....nothing a little elbow grease couldn’t fix up and make look really nice. Buyer must move, I’m located in Englewood in Independence.

Asking $100 OBO
Contact Katy @ 816-510-7942

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