Friday, December 6, 2019


From: Cindy Friend


Send me a personal email reply if…

You are interested in working in a small business office in Independence at the front desk.

Must be able to provide good customer service face to face as well as on the phone, be confident with basic computer skills such as Word, Excel and emails, and be dependable and eager to learn.

Cindy Friend
Independence Community Connect

Made New/Brother John Concert - Save the Date!

From: Kevin McMilian

Made New/Brother John Concert - Save the Date!

On January 17th, Made New, the second generation of Brother John, will be performing a concert in Blue Springs at Zarahemla Branch. It will be a wonderful evening of worship, music, and fellowship as they share over an hour of campfire-style music and ministry.

This is a free public concert, so invite your friends and family! Doors open at 5:30 and the concert starts at 6:30.

See you there!

FB Event Link:

Printable Flyers:

Family In Need

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From: Wes Ferraiuolo

Family In Need

I recently met a couple that is really struggling.  His tires blew and destroyed the rims, her car was shot, their furnace doesn't work he has been out of work for a little while (he just started a new job) so money non-existent.  Between the two of them they have 6 girls. She is a waitress at a popular breakfast spot in Blue Springs. I have often heard stories of people leaving large tips during the Christmas season. I know she is working Saturday if you would be willing to go out for breakfast and want to leave a generous tip to help this family message me and I will share the details.  I would ask for you to make this a matter of prayer and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in this endeavor.

Wes Ferraiuolo

Francis Harper Message for 12/6/2019

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From: Francis Harper

Francis Harper Message for 12/6/2019

Divine Revelation

Brother Bakht Singh [1903-2000] of India, wrote: “I began to read the book of Genesis in the month of January 1930. I found these words again and again in the same chapter: God said, God said. I found these words repeated 500 times and this very fragment was a blessing to me: God speaks, God speaks. So I said, O God, speak to me. I want to hear Thy voice. I have no ambition for any other experience. The longing of my soul is that you should speak to me and show me thy way day by day. I believed like a child. Even though it may take some time to learn the lesson that God speaks, the fact remains that when He becomes real [to us] He does speak. A day came when I began to hear His voice every day.” (Brother Bakht Singh of India. TE Koshy, OM Books. Secunderabal 500002, Andhra Pradesh, India. Page 86).

Bakht Singh became the greatest evangelist and church planter in India of the 20th century. One day he needed a haircut, so he prayed and asked the Lord whether he should go for a haircut that day or not. He felt restrained from going. Again after a few days, he asked the Lord whether or not he should go for a haircut, and this time he was constrained to go. When he arrived at the barber shop, the barber, by the name of Bruce, was all alone. While getting his haircut, Bakht Singh and the barber had a good conversation which led Bakht Singh to share his testimony. Then he asked Bruce if he had ever received the Lord. The man replied, “no.” So, Bakht Singh said to him that he would be glad to show him from the Scriptures how to receive the Lord after he had finished the haircut. This he did. (Ibid. Page 52). This experience proves “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord . . .” (Psalm 37:23). And the Lord’s timing is precise.

We need to “Hear Him.” (Matthew 3:46 I.V.), “Matthew 17:4 IV; 17:5 KJV), (3 Nephi 5:8), (History of the Church Vol 1, page 9).

The words of a well known hymn are an excellent reminder of what we need to do each day; “I would be prayerful through each busy moment; I would be constantly in touch with God; I would be tuned to hear his slightest whisper . . .” (Hymns of the Restoration, #322).

The gates of hell prevail against the Church of Jesus Christ whenever the line of communication with God is broken. Jesus asked his disciples: “Whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou Simon Bar-Jona; for flesh and blood [man] hath not revealed this unto thee, but my Father who is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, . . . upon this rock [divine revelation] I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:16-19).

The Apostle Paul understood the absolute necessity that the church of Jesus Christ be led by God and not by man. He wrote: “But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. . . . I conferred not with flesh and blood [man]” (Galatians 1:11-12, 16).

Neither did Joseph Smith, Jr., confer with flesh and blood in the re-establishment of the Church of Jesus Christ on April 6, 1830. Neither did he receive the Restoration from man, nor was he taught it by man, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ and the ministry of angels. See History of the Church Vol. 1, pp 1-67.


Dear Ones,

I believe the prophet Amos could have been prophesying of our day and land, when the Lord through him said, “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord; And they shall wander from sea to sea; (“From sea to shining sea,” America, the Beautiful)and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it. In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst” (Amos 8:11-13).

It is written that in the time of Eli: “. . . the word of the Lord was precious [scarce] in those days; there was no open vision” (1 Samuel 3:1). The same words could be spoken of our day. We need to hear the Lord. “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches” (Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 29, 3:6, 13, 22). What is the Spirit saying to the Restoration Branches?

God still wants to speak to us. “For I am the Lord, I change not” (Malachi 3:16). We need to improve our hearing. Jesus set the example for all of us, especially for the priesthood, who are called of God to be His spokesmen. Jesus said: “For I have not spoken of myself, but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment what I should say and what I should speak; . . . whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak” (John 12:49-50). As priesthood, we should endeavor to do the same.

The Doctrine and Covenants contains the revelations of God given to his prophets of the 19th and 20th centuries. The majority of these revelations were received by Joseph Smith, Jr., and his eldest son Joseph Smith III.

Some complained that Joseph (III) did not prophesy or use “Thus saith the Lord” enough; as though God’s words were not as effective and binding when faithfully declared without that preface, as with it” (Autobiography of Elder Charles Derry, page 255). Joseph III “did not aim at grand, eloquent language. It was plain, simple, and very comprehensive. He used no redundancy of words, but every word was meat for the hungry soul. Truly, the mantle of his father had rested upon him” (Ibid. page 221).

Joseph Smith III wrote: “The means by which revelation [of God] is given to man may be said to be infinite” (Joseph Smith III and the Restoration, page 597).

Among the infinite number of ways and means God uses to reveal his will to us; is that he speaks to us through the Scriptures. Three examples of this are given below.

1) “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not [will not censure]; and it shall be given him” (James 1:5). Joseph Smith, Jr., wrote: Never did any passage of scripture come with more power to the heart of man than this did at this time to mine . . . I reflected upon it again and again.” (1820).

2) “Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God . . .” (Doctrine and Covenants 16:3-c). My father was a young farmer, still in his twenties, when he became afflicted with a disease the doctors said could afflict him for a period of six weeks, to as long as seven years! He called for the elders to come and pray for him. He promised the Lord, if he was healed, he would make a more diligent effort to study the Scriptures. He was healed. He began his study of the Scriptures with the Doctrine and Covenants. When he reached Section 16:3-c, he said the words seemed to be magnified and stand out on the page. This scripture became his lodestar; a guiding star, for the rest of his life. (1933)

3) “Whosoever, therefore, shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 10:28 IV; 10:32 KJV). I was summoned to the Funeral Home to meet with a family whose 21 year old son had been killed when the car he was driving was hit by a large truck on an icy bridge. Needless to say his family was grief-stricken by their tragic loss.

Later, at the funeral, his mother and sister wept throughout the service. I felt the ministry they needed had not been received. The family planned to remain in our area a few days, so I asked if they would come and visit with me before returning to their homes. They accepted my invitation. I wanted another opportunity to share the testimony of Jesus and the hope we have in Him. We “sorrow not as those without hope” (1 Thessalonians 4:13). This second effort was a blessing for all of us. The Holy Comforter was present. The words: “Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted” were fulfilled. See Matthew 5:6.

After the family’s visit, I leaned back in my chair and breathed a sigh of blessed relief. Then suddenly, the words of an unfamiliar scripture (at the time) were quoted to me, word for word: “Whosoever, therefore, shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father who is in heaven” Then I noticed that on a small digital clock, attached to the wall, the time was precisely 3:33 PM. I could not doubt that the Lord was speaking directly to me through this precious scriptural promise.

My Love to All,

High Priest Francis Harper

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Campaign Bootcamp with the Leadership Institute

From: April LaJune

Campaign Bootcamp with the Leadership Institute

Hi Everyone!

The Leadership Institute in Washington DC has graciously agreed to come to Independence and hold their Campaign Bootcamp on Jan. 24/25 and Feb 7/8 (both are Friday/Sat) for anyone interested in working on a political campaign, becoming a candidate for any offices from local to United States Senate. They require at least 30 people to be able to come here and I am sure we can do this. Follow the link to register!

The cost for the entire program, including materials, food, them coming here, etc. is $125 per person with early registration. Because the Leadership Institute is a non-profit, they pay for their own airfare back and forth from Washington DC to here and back, for all the staff they need both times and all their own hotel rooms, food and expenses. They work very hard to ensure a good program at a very reduced rate.

This is a good opportunity for the church to learn about the political process and how we may be able to establish good men and women to fill the seats in our government to ensure the building of Zion. This would be especially good for priesthood members and their wives!


Need to Sell

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From: Richard Hensley

Need to Sell

Moving Sale

Listed are a few of the items for sale:

1. Rear Tine CRT large garden tiller 20”—$350.00 or best offer
2. Two-stage gas snow blower 24”. Used three times. ——$400.00 or best offer
3. Dewalt 12” compound miter saw 1 3/4 hp, ——$150.00 or best offer
4. Miter box model 36241 ——$150.00 or best offer
5. Skill saw —$30.00 or best offer

Plus more

Richard Hensley


From: King, Jeffery A (Jeff)


CHRISTMAS CONCERT –Organist Jeff King will be performing with flutist Lisa Erikson

at the CoC Temple on Sunday December 15, 2:30 – 3:30 PM.

Admission is free

December Scripture Study Calendar

From: Jay Havener

December Scripture Study Calendar

Here is December's scripture study calendar. Sorry it is a bit late. I have been dealing with some health issues and it set me back a bit. If you find it valuable, feel free to pass it along.

December 2019

John 1:1-10

Isaiah 9:2-7

Isaiah 11:1-10

Jeremiah 33:14-16

Luke 1:5-10

Luke 1:11-17

Luke 1:18-25

Luke 1:26-38

Matthew 1:1-8

John 1:11-14

Luke 1:39-45

Luke 1:46-56

Luke 2:1-5

Luke 2:6-7

Luke 2:8-12

Luke 2:13-14

Luke 2:15-18

Luke 2:19-20

Micah 5:2-5

Matthew 2:1-2

Matthew 2:3-6

Matthew 3:1-6

Matthew 3:7-12

John 1:15-18

I Nephi 3:53-61

Alma 5:17-23

Matthew 3:16-24

Luke 2:41-52

Luke 3:23-29

Luke 4:1-12

Luke 4:16-24

The Kingdom of God is come nigh unto you

In Gospel Bonds,
Jay Havener

We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails. -- Vince Lombardi

Wednesday, December 4, 2019


From: Holly McLean


LIVE STREAM tomorrow morning, Thursday, Dec 4 at 10am CST

SUBJECT: How to stop your child from throwing things!

Join in chat on YouTube here:

Treadmill For Sale

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From: William - Katrina Baker

Treadmill For Sale

Horizon Fitness Treadmill Model T-50.Is in Excellent Condition. We just put a brand new tread on it in the last few weeks and only used it a couple times since.  Has heart rate monitor in the hand grips.  And has a safety shutoff.Inclines 10 degrees and Speed up to 10mph with various programs built in.  

Asking $250 obo

The buyer will have to come and pick it up.  We live off 152 Highway in Kansas City.  Address will be provided to the buyer.  

Contact Katrina Baker at 816-405-7555 for questions or offers.  

Inspired Version Daily Reading

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From: Jason Kemp

Inspired Version Daily Reading

View and commentary at the Inspired Version Bible Reading Challenge Facebook page has really slowed down.
I know some books in the Old Testament can be not as interesting as others, but the first 20 weekdays of December, we are reading Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

This email is a reminder to those to join the group, if they haven't already:

In Gospel Bonds,
Jason Kemp

Handicap Van For Sale

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From: John Eichhorn

Handicap Van For Sale

Here are the stats:

It is a 2016 Chrysler Town and Country handicap van.
Excellent condition
Mileage is about 21,000 on it
VIN# 2C4RC1BG8GR174722

Price $34,000.00

The handicap additions were equipped by:
United  Access
8200 NW 97 Terrace
KC MO 64157
Equipped with everything!!

Phone: 816-471-0305

Let us know should you need anything further.

In the Gospel Bonds of Jesus Christ,
John and Donna Eichhorn

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Give Local This Giving Tuesday

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From: Owl Hollow Farm

Give Local This Giving Tuesday

Stay updated on all things Owl Hollow Farm with our quarterly e-newsletter.
November 2019
From the Founders

This Tuesday, December 3rd, people around the world will celebrate Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday started seven years ago as a movement, encouraging people to give. This generous event has raised more than $400,000,000 online in the United States since 2012. 

Three Ways to Support OHF on Giving Tuesday:

1. Donate. Help celebrate Giving Tuesday with a donation to Owl Hollow Farm! Your donation will stay local, directly impacting the lives of children in our community. Every dollar counts.

2. Volunteer. We are equally gracious for the donation of time! Owl Hollow Farm is a volunteer-run program, and we never turn down assistance. Please visit our volunteer page to get involved. 

3. Share. Word-of-mouth of powerful. Share this newsletter, our social posts and tell your friends and family about our program. 

Owl Hollow Farm offers two, nine-week equine-assisted mentoring sessions from April through October each year. Each child that comes to Owl Hollow Farm is paired with a horse and a mentor that best fits their personality and needs. The child may groom, feed, ride or just sit and talk to the horse under the supervision of their mentor. By learning to care for an animal, children learn independence and responsibility and can begin to care for their own emotional needs.

Every donation helps to care for the horses and participants at Owl Hollow Farm. Please visit the OHF Facebook page on Tuesday, December 3rd to donate during this year's Giving Tuesday Fundraiser. Thank you for your kindness and generosity!

Cathy White
OHF Founder

At Owl Hollow Farm, we provide two nine-week seasons of equine-assisted mentoring sessions each year to teach important life-skills such as independence and personal responsibility through horsemanship and caring for an animal. To learn more about Owl Hollow Farm, volunteer or donate to our program, please visit our website.

Free - 55 Etude music magazines from 1930s, 40s, 50s

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From: Rachel Horn

Free - 55 Etude music magazines from 1930s, 40s, 50s

55 Etude music magazines from 1930s, 40s, 50s – free

If interested, please email Rachel Horn at:

Monday, December 2, 2019

The Book of Mormon Foundation Sale!

From: Sue Manning

The Book of Mormon Foundation Sale!

The Book of Mormon Foundation has reduced many items to cost. But the week of December 2nd, there is an additional 20% off of all sale items.

The office at 210 W White Oak St is open Monday through Friday, 9:30-4:30.

All items online will be reduced at checkout using the code: extra20
We ship or you pick up when shopping online at

Items on sale include books, gift items, art, CDs & DVDs and scripture totes. Sale ends Friday, 12/6.
*Sorry, no backorders, no holds.

Sue Manning
Office Manager
The Book of Mormon Foundation
210 W White Oak St
Independence MO 64050

M4M Tomorrow

From: Holly McLean

M4M Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec 3, 10am-noon

824 E Devon Street
Independence, MO

"How to Encourage Good Behavior" is the theme. We will view Module Two of "How to Train Your Toddler to Behave" and
will discuss how and why to give more experiences instead of stuff for Christmas!

FREE CHILDCARE with RSVP to Holly McLean 816-206-0690

Operations Generalist - Jefferson City MO

Operations Generalist - Jefferson City MO

Please review the attached document for more information about the position.

Job Announcement#: OPG-12219

Position: Operations Generalist
Location: Jefferson City, Missouri
Salary: Grade CL 24-25 (Min: $37,245 - $66,888)
(Starting salary will be based on experience and most likely fall in the middle of the range).

Opening Date: December 2, 2019
Closing Date: December 20, 2019 by noon


Vacancy Announcement United States District Court Western District of Missouri

Position Operations Generalist Position Number OPG-12219 Location Jefferson City, Missouri Salary CL 24-25 ($37,245 - $66,888) Salary based on prior experience. Opening Date December 2, 2019 Closing Date December 20, 2019 by Noon

The United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri is currently accepting applications for an Operations Generalist. The incumbent of this position performs a full range of functional duties in the areas of intake, docketing, case administration, appeals, finance, records/reproduction, For-the-Record (FTR) recording software, property/procurement, filing, customer service, checking-in jurors, and Case Management/Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF).

Operations Generalists are responsible for maintaining and processing case information and managing the progression of cases from opening to final disposition, in accordance with approved internal controls, procedures, and rules. The incumbent will receive and review incoming court documents for conformity with federal and local rules and perform customer service and cashier duties for the purpose of providing procedural information and collecting court fees. Employees at this level may also prepare cases for closing by ensuring that all necessary orders are entered, and proceedings are completed accurately.

Primary Duties

The operations generalist performs duties and carries responsibilities such as the following:

Intake: Receives and reviews incoming documents to determine conformity with appropriate rules, practice, and/or court requirements. Creates any documents required, such as bill of costs, Marshal’s 285 forms, summonses, referral orders, transfer letters, etc. Files documents meeting requirements. Contacts parties to inform and/or resolve nonconformity issues. Collects appropriate fees. Answers inquiries on case status and court procedure. Closes cases upon receipt of terminating documents and prepares clerk’s judgments, if necessary.

Docketing: Opens civil and criminal cases upon receipt of initiating documents, such as complaints, removals, indictments, 2255 motions or petitions. Ensures random assignment of Criminal and Civil case numbers to new cases. Ensures correct assignment of mediator. Makes summary entries of all documents and proceedings on the docket ensuring that all automated entries are appropriately linked for proper case management. Exhibits thorough working knowledge with the operation of CM/ECF events and reliefs which are necessary for proper docketing and quality control. Reviews daily Docket Activity Report.

Customer Service: Acts as a receptionist and furnishes information to a wide variety of people within and outside of the court. Assists in help desk calls and calls from attorneys with problems in CM/ECF and questions regarding attorney admissions. Participates in training attorneys in use of CM/ECF.

Jury: Conducts juror orientation and checks jurors in electronically on JMS. Prepare and send jury panels to trial. Remains available to jurors during their service for resolution of problems and assisting them with their needs (e.g., parking, lodging, refreshments, and employment attendance certificates). Monitors and records juror attendance, inputs voucher information for juror payments. Ensures jury room is presentable and ready for use for jurors.

Finance: Processes funds for new cases, appeals, copy fees, criminal penalties, attorney admissions and numerous other areas. Maintains log for incoming funds. Maintains inventory of controlled items such as receipts and other items stored in the vault.

Courtroom duties: Attends court sessions, hearings, and conferences when needed or assigned. Assists with the orderly flow of proceedings including, but not limited to, setting up courtroom, assuring presence of all necessary participants, managing exhibits, opening court, and issuing oaths. Creates record of proceedings using FTR recording software, takes notes on proceedings and rulings, and prepares minute entries and electronically files the same.


Applicants must demonstrate excellent oral communication skills and the ability to meet and communicate clearly with a variety of people. Must have ability to answer procedural questions without providing legal advice. Strong organizational skills and ability to apply a body of rules, regulations or laws is required. Attention to detail will assist the applicant in duties performed at intake. Proficiency with Outlook, Office 365 Applications and NextGen CM/ECF is preferred. The successful candidate must be a high school graduate (Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree preferred), have experience dealing with the public, and possess at least two years legal or related clerical experience which required the application of procedures involving the use of legal terminology, and demonstrate a broad knowledge of the purpose and content of documents, events and procedural rules. Knowledge of the Federal Rules of Civil, Criminal, and Appellate Procedure is desired.

Conditions of Employment

Applicants who are non-United States citizens must meet the judiciary requirements for federal employment. Only qualified applicants will be considered for this position. As a condition of employment, the selected candidate must undergo an FBI background investigation. Employment will be considered provisional until the FBI background check is completed. This position is subject to mandatory electronic funds transfer (direct deposit) of net pay.

Additionally, employees must adhere to all Judicial Conference regulations, must follow the policies outlined in the Guide to Judicial Policies and Procedures, and are bound by the ethical standards established by the Judge and the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees. Successful employment with the U.S. Courts is based on acceptable performance and is an at-will employment opportunity.


The following benefits are available for this position:

➢ 10 Paid Holidays each calendar year ➢ Annual and Sick Leave • 13 days of paid annual leave (for up to three years of federal service)\ • 20 days of paid annual leave (from 3-14 years of federal service) • 26 days of paid annual leave (15 or more years of federal service) • 13 days of paid sick leave (unlimited accumulation) ➢ Insurance plans: Health, Dental, Vision, Life, Long-Term Care, and Long-Term Disability ➢ Flexible Spending Accounts (Health-care and Dependent-Care reimbursement accounts) ➢ Retirement System ➢ Thrift Savings Plan participation (with up to 5% employer matching contributions)
Application Procedure

Qualified applicants must submit each of the following to be considered for an interview: • A detailed cover letter • A detailed resume • A completed application for Judicial Branch Federal Employment – form AO78 Link to form: • Contact information for three professional references

Kathy Popejoy U.S. District Court - Western Missouri Charles Evans Whittaker Courthouse 400 East 9th Street, Room 1510 Kansas City, MO, 64106 or via email to:

Miscellaneous Information

Only qualified applicants who submit all the required items listed above will be considered for this position. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. The court is not authorized to reimburse expenses to travel for interviews or for relocation. The court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this vacancy announcement. The Western District of Missouri is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in the work place.