Sunday, April 5, 2020

A People that Forgives - Palm Sunday

From: B S TURNER Owner
bturner12@centurylink.net


A People that Forgives - Palm Sunday


As we enter into the week where the journey of the Christian dies and begins at the same time. History, and the Bible, record that the earthly ministry of Christ comes to an end and at the same time we begin our spiritual freedom as he takes upon himself all of your and my sins.

It can be summed up in a word – Forgiveness...through the power of the atonement God forgave us of all of our sins.

The question is as a people can we forgive? I mean truly forgive anyone that we believe has sinned against us? We are told to ask for forgiveness but sometimes we forget, or choose to not remember, what the real guidance is...

Mark 11:27 And when ye stand praying, forgive if ye have aught against any; that your Father also who is in heaven, may forgive you your trespasses
28 But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your trespasses.


This same guidance is given when Christ teaches us about the proper way to pray to the Father as given in Luke 11:1-5

We are in a precarious position as Restorationists and true believers of Jesus Christ when it comes to this. We believe that we have the light and truth and that we clearly understand the gift that was offered as he sacrificed his life for us.

I make that statement as we have many, both in the Church and out of the Church, which we struggle to forgive, truly forgive – if that were not the case I do not think we would be as scattered both physically and spiritually as we are at this moment. You see if I think that you hurt me I really can’t hear you or see you can I?

If I were to say to you today I am sorry for any wrong that I may have caused you would you believe me? (First I would have to admit that I was wrong about something…another hurdle to get over.)

Would you be able to start afresh with me and I with you? Or would there still be in my or your mind the event that caused me to be offended?

Sometimes the hurt or deception can be deep, I get that – can it be any deeper than the nails that pierced the flesh of the Savior when they hung him on the cross? Even through all of that he still forgave me…and you. And continues to do so when I fall…

There is a similar lesson of forgiveness of brother forgiving brother. That can be found in 1 Nephi 2:34 where Nephi forgave his brothers…as we read Nehi’s testimony this became a regular event but Nephi never lost the concept of why he was to do that. Do you know what that concept is?

Paul and Barnabas were preaching to the Jews in Antioch not having much success. It became clear to them that the word of God was not being taken seriously as he said “but seeing ye put it from you” meaning the word of God, they took it to the Gentiles who “glorified the word of God” Acts 13:48

If we are able to forgive then we can begin to see clearly the path that we are to be on. Paul told the Ephesians that Christ will give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in Him. We need to ready ourselves so that we will be able to see when that happens.

Ephesians 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him;
1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

There is no question that we are all in this together...

Ephesians 2
:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus;
7 That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace, in his kindness toward us, through Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; but it is the gift of God;


There is a common word in the above scripture...do you see it?

As we make our way through this next week take a few moments to reread the story of the crucifixion and what happens after...what does Christ teach when he returns?

God Bless

Brian Turner


Update on Brother Ballantyne - Palm Sunday

----- Forwarded message -----
From: LYLE SMITH
smith.lyle@usa.net


Update on Brother Ballantyne - Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020

Dear Saints,

I spoke briefly with Brother Ballantyne last evening. He tells me that he is feeling some better. The first few days he had considerable trouble breathing, he really felt he might need a ventilator. That has changed in the last couple of days and he feels he is breathing normally. He is still quite tired and sleeps considerably both day and night. PLEASE if you call him keep your conversation very short. Just wish him God's blessings. Do not expect him to share with you the details of how he feels.

Speaking with Beverly also yesterday, she and Mike are unaware if any other family members have been infected. They say their daughter Mary seems to be doing OK.

The hymn reminds us that our prayers are much availing if we walk upright and just.

May God bless and protect each of you,
Lyle Smith

PS: I trust each of you will join with Sherrie and me today in reading of Christ's entry into Jerusalem as found in the four testimonies of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

R-O-W

From: Paul Ludy
paulvludy@gmail.com


R-O-W

We
need to ROW harder now than ever before!

R—Repentance

O—Obedience

W—Willingness

R

Have
we heard many voices calling for repentance today? This verse is still valid:

“If
my people which are called by my name shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14). One of our wicked ways is
to think that we don’t have any wicked ways!

O

Why
did the writers of the Book of Mormon repeat this admonition over and over?

“Inasmuch
as ye shall keep my commandments, ye shall prosper in the land” (2 Nephi 1:34).

Are
we also slow learners? Remember that “prosper” means much more than obtaining wealth.

W

Have
the Saints lost their desire to seek first to build up the Kingdom of God?

“Behold,
the Lord requireth the heart and a willing mind; and the willing and obedient shall eat the good of the land of Zion in these last days” (Doctrine and Covenants 64:7a). Don’t forget that the Nephites willfully rebelled against God after they knew His commandments, and they suffered His judgment.

We
need to ROW harder now than ever before!



Children’s Interactive Sunday school and family Services

From: Holly McLean
holly4candles@hotmail.com


Children’s Interactive Sunday school and family Services


There is a children’s Sunday school class tomorrow morning at 9:45 —-on ZOOM!

Topic: 4/5/2020 Children's Sunday School class
Time: Apr 5, 2020 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

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There are also several churches and organizations having church meetings tomorrow, but if yours isn’t, we’d love to share with any saints who would like to join us!

Our meetings are very interactive, so if you’d like to ask questions or contribute thoughts during class, we’d love that!

Devon Park is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


Sunday Morning Church Service

When Sun April 5, 2020 9:30am – 12pm Central Time - Chicago
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Prayers for Carrol Eklund

----- Forwarded message -----
From: Charlie & Susan Booth
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Prayers for Carrol Eklund


From Susan Booth:

My 93-year-old aunt, Carrol Eklund (member of the South Crysler Restoration Branch), is experiencing difficulties as she has not been able to walk since Tuesday, March 31, and because of that she had a fall which resulted in bruising and also fractures to both feet. She lives at John Knox Village in Independent Living and is now requiring around-the-clock assistance.  Because of COVID-19 no one is allowed to visit her other than by telephone. Her caregivers have been able to take her to the doctor's office for x-rays and also a CT scan which found no acute stroke, and they will try physical therapy beginning this Monday, April 6. The desire of her heart is to be delivered from this life and rest in the arms of her Lord in heaven.  Please pray that she will remain ever-faithful to the end and receive peace and comfort in the process.

Thank you very much for your anticipated prayers!



Friday, April 3, 2020

LUNCH PARTNERS Open during CoVid19 STILL SERVING

From: April LaJune
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Quiz Time April 3, 2020

------ Forwarded message -----
From: Paul Gage
pauljg_64055@yahoo.com


Quiz Time April 3, 2020

Greetings Saints,

I trust the Lord is blessing you as we continue through this difficult time. As you know the children are not in school, many are working from home and a lot of business is being done with computers on line.

So, I thought I would do a Church History class on line. I will ask two questions and then give a home work assignment to be done between you and the Lord.

Question 1: Where is the monument, in Missouri, to the Three Witnesses of the Book of Mormon? I'm sure there were many who answered that question quickly. Good.

Question 2: Where is the monument, in Missouri, to the Eight Witnesses to the Book of Mormon? Did anyone know that one?

I have to admit that I didn't either until earlier this week. As you go north, from Independence, MO, on Highway 291 toward Liberty, MO. there is a bypass to the west side of Liberty called the South Liberty Parkway. As you follow that road, there are many side streets, housing editions and even a town called Glenaire, MO. Having traveled this area few times, I got on the computer to find other roads. As I did so, and enlarged the screen, something "jumped" out at me. It said, "Testimony of the Eight Witnesses and Zion's Camp Historical Monument."

I said, "That is not right!" The monument is in ________________ (your answer to Q 1 which is about 28 miles to the east, but there it was. So what was I to do, but go find out for myself? They were saying people could go out to parks and such.

And to my amazement, there it was! It was erected by the LDS Church in 2011. It is in a nice fenced in area with a picnic table and a family gravesite. There are no other facilities and only parking space for 2-4 cars, but worth the trip.

Anyone can pull this up on the computer by typing in the name listed.

The actual happenings on this plot of ground and surrounding area was in 1833-35 or so, when the Saints were being run out of Jackson County, MO.

Homework? Read Church History Volume 1, Chapters 16-18. Included in these chapters is an APPEAL the Saints made to local, state, and national government leaders.

Relax. No test.

And we think we have it bad with the virus.

Forward as desired.

This God is the God we Adore.



April 5 Online Palm Sunday Worship Service Reminder

------ Forwarded message -----
From: Horn, Vim
HornW@umkc.edu


April 5 Online Palm Sunday Worship Service Reminder


Due to some challenges being experienced by some Zoom meeting users, Zoom has implemented the following additional security measure if you are not joining the service using a meeting link.

Dear Valued Customer,

We’re always striving to deliver you a secure virtual meeting environment. Starting April 5th, we’ve chosen to enable passwords on your meetings and turn on Waiting Rooms by default as additional security enhancements to protect your privacy.

Meeting Passwords Enabled “On”
Going forward, your previously scheduled meetings (including those scheduled via your Personal Meeting ID) will have passwords enabled. If your attendees are joining via a meeting link, there will be no change to their joining experience. For attendees who join meetings by manually entering a Meeting ID, they will need to enter a password to access the meeting. For attendees joining manually, we highly recommend re-sharing the updated meeting invitation before your workweek begins.

Below is the updated meeting invitation with the password.

Dear Brothers and Sisters, This is a reminder of the online Plam Sunday Worship Service, April 5 at 9:30 AM CST.Seventy Richard Neill will be Presiding and Elder Doug Smith will be offering the sermon.

To participate in the service, use the link below. Please do not enter the service until 9:15 AM. When you enter the service you will be placed in a waiting room until it’s time for the service to begin. You will be muted during the entire service. If you are joining the meeting manually and using the meeting ID, you will also need to enter in the meeting password.

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 871 551 642
MEETING PASSWORD: 029276

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

This is a reminder of the online Palm Sunday Worship Service, April 5 at 9:30 AM CST.
To participate in the service, use the link below.
Please do not enter the service until 9:15 AM. When you enter the service you will be placed in a waiting room until it’s time for the service to begin. You will be muted during the entire service.

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§ If you see your picture moving in and out the main frame frequently, please consider if there is something you are doing to make it happen and adjust accordingly
§ These are worship services, please come prepared and appropriately dressed

WARNING
Dear Saints – We need to make you aware that there is a new phenomenon occurring with zoom meetings called
“Zoom-bombing.” This is where someone joins a zoom meeting with the sole intent of disrupting the meeting. It can take the form of the person being very loud and/or sharing undesirable images. We are working on finding ways to minimize the possibility of this happening but cannot guarantee that it won’t. If it happens, we will immediately end the service and resume it within 5 to 10 minutes. If it happens again we will not resume the service. Please pray that our worship together might not be Zoom-bombed.

The next online worship opportunity:
April 8             7 PM CST        Prayer Service 
                           
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For more information on upcoming online worship opportunities, please visit the CRE website:
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William (Vim) Horn
Cell Phone # - (816) 803-0297
Email - hornw@umkc.edu





Bid for Building Addition

From: Rob Anderson
randers6990@gmail.com


Bid for Building Addition

Looking for someone who could do a building addition on my shop.

Rob

Francis Harper Message for 4/3/2020

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Francis Harper
wbfrmsup@iowatelecom.net


Francis Harper Message for 4/3/2020

The Way of The Cross

“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me. And now for a man to take up his cross, is to deny himself all ungodliness, and every worldly lust, and keep my commandments” (Matthew 16:25-26 IV; 16:24 KJV).

During the summer of 1991, I was awakened twice at precisely 3:33 A.M., according to the digital clock on my bedside table. The first time this happened, I simply dismissed this unusual awakening as having no significance. Then about a week later it happened a second time. This time I felt I may have been awakened for some special reason.

I remembered the biblical account of Samuel being awakened in the night, and the counsel he was given by the aged prophet Eli. “Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down; and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth” (1 Samuel 3:9). So I said, “Lord, I think I understand the meaning of 666, but what is the meaning of 333? Immediately after I asked this question, the answer came, not in an audible voice, nevertheless, it came through loud and clear: “That is the way of the cross. I spent three hours on the cross, three days in the tomb, and on the third day I arose again. ‘If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me’ ” (Luke 9:23). I knew I was being called more urgently than ever before to deny myself, and take up my cross and follow the Lord in the way of the cross! This I have endeavored to do, with his help.



Jesus says to all of his disciples: “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls; my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:30). Jesus is our yoke-fellow. The way of the cross is a joyous route with Jesus at our side. Even after being thrust “into the inner prison . . . and their feet fast in the stocks . . . at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God” (Acts 16:24-25).

As we prepare to commemorate the death of Jesus on the cross at Calvary and his resurrection from the Garden tomb, it is appropriate for us to consider our own death and resurrection and our “walk in newness of life.”

In the beginning Satan came among men and they became “carnal, sensual, and devilish” (Genesis 6:50 IV). And thus “the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been, from the fall of Adam, and will be for ever and ever” (Mosiah 1:119). The natural man shrinks from cross-bearing. The cross is “the emblem of suffering . . .”. Who wants to suffer and die? Yet this is what Jesus asks of those who have chosen to follow him.

Who can walk in the way of the cross? I can truthfully say, only those who have “put off the natural man” and have been “born again, can walk with Jesus. The way of the cross begins with establishing our lives firmly upon the principles of the gospel; faith, repentance, baptisms [water and Spirit]. . .” (Hebrews 6:1-2).

Jesus said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7). In other words, being born again is a necessity! The death and resurrection of Jesus are a type and shadow of what we must do to enable us to walk with him. Paul explains: “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death [of the natural man]; that like as Christ was raised up by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk [as new persons] in newness of life” (Romans 6:3-4).

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Dear Ones,

The question; “Have you been born again?” is often asked. When I ask this question, the usual answer given by those who believe is; “Yes, I think I am a born again believer.” Then I often turn to my favorite definition of being born again which is found in The Book of Mormon: “And the Lord said unto me, Marvel not that all mankind [more than seven billion of us], yea, men, and women, all nations, kindreds, tongues and people, must be born again; yea, born of God, changed from their carnal and fallen state, to a state of righteousness, being redeemed of God becoming his sons and daughters; and thus they become new creatures; and unless they do this, they can in no wise inherit the kingdom of God” (Mosiah 11:187-188). After reading these words of scripture, I ask, “Are you a changed person?” “Are you a new creature: a new creation of God?” The usual response is similar to this: “I’m a work in progress.” Far too often we are self-satisfied and “come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

Alma asked a series of questions to help us become those who walk in the way of the cross. “Have ye spiritually been born of God? Have ye received his image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts? Have ye walked, keeping yourselves blameless before God? Could ye say ye have been sufficiently humble? Behold are ye stripped of pride . . . ye must prepare quickly” (Alma 3).

Alma, like the Apostle Paul, had experienced a mighty change in his life. He had become “a very wicked and idolatrous man . . . he was a man of many words, and did speak much flattery to the people: therefore he led many of the people to do after the manner of his iniquities. And he became a great hinderment to the prosperity of the Church of God” (Mosiah 11:159-161). At this point in his life, an angel appeared and spoke to him, “Alma, arise, and stand forth, for why persecuteth thou the Church of God? (Mosiah 11:165). Alma persecuted the church, even as Saul of Tarsus was doing when he met Jesus on the road to Damascus. After Saul’s encounter with Jesus he became a bondservant of the Lord. (See Colossians 4:3). We all need an encounter with the Lord, an angel, or the Holy Spirit.

After Alma’s encounter with the angel, he said, I was in the darkest abyss; but now I behold the marvelous light of God” (Mosiah 11:192). He said, “I rejected my Redeemer [but] the Lord in mercy hath seen fit to snatch me from an everlasting burning, and I am born of God” (Mosiah 11:190). Alma, like Paul, became a servant of the Lord. “. . . Alma began from this time forward to teach the people . . . preaching the word of God in much tribulation” (Mosiah 11:200-202). This is the way of the cross.

Being immersed in water and being confirmed by the elders are the very necessary first steps but they are only the gateway to taking up our cross: “ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and all men. . . if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: ye shall have eternal life” (2 Nephi 13:29-30).

On October 27, 2019, I recorded in my journal, I was awakened by the quiet whisper of the Holy Spirit with a one word message: “Endurance” (Mark 13:13).

We need to be valiant in sharing our testimonies with our families and friends, that they must be changed “from their carnal and fallen state to a state of righteousness” and be redeemed of God by Jesus Christ “becoming his sons and daughters; thus they become new creatures” (Mosiah 11:187-188)

We should not hesitate to ask” Have you been baptized? Have you been born again? Have you experienced the presence of the Holy Spirit? Are you prayerful? Are you studying the Scriptures? The answers given in response to these vital questions will determine their [and our] readiness to met the Lord. “. . . be ye also ready; for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh” (Matthew 24:51).

My Love to All,

High Priest Francis Harper


Thursday, April 2, 2020

Understanding the Vision

From: B S TURNER Owner
bturner12@centurylink.net


Understanding the Vision

03/28/20

Last we were together I left you with a few thoughts and verses about a people with vision – as you continue your journey I wanted to share a few additional scriptures / thoughts.

Mormon writes about the end of the Nephite nation as it falls into unbelief. Even though he tries to get the nation to turn back to Jesus they had fallen into such a state of unbelief and wickness they could not see where they were much less where they needed to get back to.

As he describes the scene it is hard to believe that a people could get so far away from the Lord, but yet we see it everyday….even today!

As you read his testimony in Mormon we find in chapter 4 he begins to describe the faith or lack of faith that the people had during this time….this is well worth the read as you continue to build on everything that you have read and are starting to see.

Mormon chapter 4 starting with verse 47 through describes a people that have a vision but it is a distorted vision.

Mormon 4:47-49

But behold, Jesus Christ hath shewn you unto me, and I know your doing; and I know that ye do walk in the pride of your hearts.

And there are none, save a few only, who do not lift themselves up in the pride of their hearts, unto the wearing of very fine apparel, unto envying, and strifes, and malice, and persecutions, and all manner of iniquity;

And your churches, yea, even every one, have become polluted because of the pride of your hearts.

And that is the start of what ends up being a description of where many are at or headed to today. The next 20 verses are not pretty – but they are actually a warning of where many of faith could fall if they do not stay on that narrow path that leads to the tree of life.

1 Nephi 1: 62,63

And I beheld a rod of iron; and it extended along the bank of the river, and led to the tree by which I stood.

And I also beheld a straight and narrow path, which came along by the rod of iron, even to the tree by which I stood;

Starting in verses 70 – 72 and 77-78 is where we need to be…..this is a part of the vision and this should be our testimony during this time

Mormon 4: 70

But behold, I will shew unto you a God of miracles, even the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; and it is that same God who created the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are.

As you look to help our fellow Saints, neighbors, friends and family you are living these scriptures. Creating a testimony not only in yourself but in the lives of the many that you are touching. We as a people need to stand on what Mormon testifies of in verse 82 - 86

Mormon 4:82 -86

And behold I say unto you, He changeth not; if so, he would cease to be God; and he ceaseth not to be God, and is a God of miracles.

And the reason why he ceaseth to do miracles among the children of men, is because that they dwindle in unbelief, and depart from the right way, and know not the God in whom they should trust.

Behold I say unto you, that whoso believeth in Christ, doubting nothing, whatsoever he shall ask the Father in the name of Christ, it shall be granted him; and this promise is unto all, even unto the ends of the earth.

For behold, thus saith Jesus Christ, the Son of God unto his disciples who should tarry; yea, and also to all his disciples, in the hearing of the multitude,

Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature; and he that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved, but he that believeth not, shall be damned.

So many are asking what should we do?

The direction and comfort you seek during these trying and worrisome times is in your hands as you flip page by page in your scriptures……that is not to say that we are not to be together in any way that we are able as I stated in my last correspondence to you……

Mosiah 9: 40

Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times, and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life:

Be safe, be prayerful, be faithful and be diligent Saints….also remember to wash your hands frequently.

Brian Turner

Take care and God Bless
Brian Turner
Presiding Elder
Council Bluffs Restoration Branch


A People with a Vision

From: B S TURNER Owner
bturner12@centurylink.net


A People with a Vision

There are so many things happening in our world today. In recent weeks, the question has been asked, “What is our vision?”

That is a good question to ask given where we are in the world today. Moreover, even if we were not being impacted by those things that are happening we still have to ask ourselves who do we see ourselves becoming?

I have been drawn to Mosiah 9:28-42 this is the testimony of Alma when he was truly converted by the words of Abinadi. Those truths that Abinadi shared with the Priests of King Noah made such an impact on Alma that he left the comfort of his position, repented of his sins and took upon himself to continue the spreading the word.

9:28 And now it came to pass that Alma, who had fled from the servants of King Noah, repented of his sins and iniquities, and went about privately among the people, and began to teach the words of Abinadi;
9:29 Yea, concerning that which was to come, and also concerning the resurrection of the dead, and the redemption of the people, which was to be brought to pass through the power, and sufferings, and death of Christ, and his resurrection and ascension into heaven.

This is similar to the testimony of the Apostle Paul. He also left a position of authority and prosperity because of his conversion. Both had a vision of what they were to do and how they were to accomplish the goal.

But back to Alma and what his true conversion testimony compelled him to do.

9:30 And as many as would hear his word he did teach.
9:31 ………. And many did believe his words.

Alma had a simple vision to teach the people the word of God so that their lives would be changed….they would be set free from anything that brought them into bondage. His testimony and conviction was so compelling that the new believers began to meet in secret.

9:32 And it came to pass that as many as did believe him, did go forth to a place which was called Mormon, having received its name from the king, being in the borders of the land having been infested, by times, or at seasons, by wild beasts.
9:34 And it came to pass that as many as believed him, went thither to hear his words.

And as he was teaching, they were not just hearing but changing…..changing in such a way that they wanted to be baptized……but he had a word of caution for them…not to take this lightly; but to enter into this covenant with their eyes wide open. Here is what he said…

9:39 And now, as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another's burdens, that they may be light;
9:40 Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times, and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life:

From this point going forward Priests were ordained to make sure that the word of God and only the word of God as it is related to the kingdom of God was preached to them. (Priesthood)

9:52 And he commanded them that they should teach nothing save it were the things which he had taught, and which had been spoken by the mouth of the holy prophets.
9:53 Yea, even he commanded them that they should preach nothing save it were repentance and faith on the Lord, who had redeemed his people.

But this was not all…they were to have an eye single to His glory, hearts knit together in unity and love one toward another.

And thus “the Church” was started…a Church that was aligned to what the Lord had envisioned for his children. A place where verses 39 and 40 were everyday life – not just when a crises happens.

And Alma expounded on the Kingdom of God……(Each member)

9:60 And again, Alma commanded that the people of the church should impart of their substance, every one according to that which he had;
9:61 If he have more abundantly, he should impart more abundantly; and he that had but little, but little should be required; and to him that had not should be given.
9:62 And thus they should impart of their substance, of their own free will and good desires towards God, and to those priests that stood in need, yea, and to every needy, naked soul.
9:63 And this he said unto them, having been commanded of God;
9:64 And they did walk uprightly before God, imparting to one another, both temporally and spiritually, according to their needs and their wants.

This is an example of a people with vision…..a vision in the right order of things…. to not only to live according to the covenant that they have made but to have it become a part of their very DNA.

Where did all of this take place?

9:65 And now it came to pass that all this was done in Mormon; yea, by the waters of Mormon, in the forest that was near the waters of Mormon:

Are we that people? Is this our vision? Do we have things in their correct order? Or do we want to have things in the order that we think will be the best for the work?

That question is yours to answer….

I see great things taking place within our congregation as we reach out to our brothers and sisters in the faith – today we need to be there for those that are in a state of fear, and there are many…..the neighbor that has been recently laid off or the single mother that has children and need day care.

As you review your blessings each day in prayer; take a moment to ask the Lord where can you serve tomorrow. Not all will serve in the same place or space and that is by design – if you pray and are truly seeking the path of service to others will become clear. I believe that you are where you are because of the work that you can do…..

1 Corinthians 12:20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.

I recommend that you read the scriptures before and after for reference.

The opportunity to share your faith and God’s vision is right before us. I pray that God will bless you, protect you and your families. Also your efforts during this time of challenge and opportunity…

Until such time that we can meet again -

Yours in Christ
Brian Turner

Take care and God Bless
Brian Turner
Presiding Elder
Council Bluffs Restoration Branch


Looking for Moving Boxes

From: Rochelle Newell
medicteacher@sbcglobal.net


Looking for Moving Boxes


Hello,

We are looking for cardboard moving boxes in good condition.

If you have some you’re willing to part with, please let us know.

Thank you,
Ben and Rochelle Newell
816-682-3081

My Testimony of Seeing the Savior by J.A. Holsworth

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From: Carolyn & Everett
ourfarm2@myfairpoint.net


My Testimony of Seeing the Savior by J.A. Holsworth


This testimony was posted by our friend Cheryl on her site. This man married her parents . The testimony as given by her has his signature and address in Independence, MO. I've retyped it because the print is small and harder to read.  

Also on the bottom, after the signature and address by him, is a comment:Brother Holsworth describes to the artist how Christ looked when he saw him. She said she felt a hand guiding her while she painted the picture.

I'm grateful to Cheryl for putting this online. Life is different and we need all the uplifting remarks we can muster. Brothers and sisters, as it says, "God is good, his mercy is everlasting and his truth endureth through all generations."

Everett and Carolyn



My Testimony of Seeing the Savior, Jesus Christ

By J A Holsworth

I have always believed that there is a Savior. That is faith. But to know
that He lives today is knowledge. I had a great desire to have this
knowledge and to obtain it I tried to prepare myself through fasting and
prayer. Over a period of about four years I fasted and prayed at various
times.

On this particular occasion I was at home alone, I was kneeling beside a large
rocker with my arms resting on the arm of that chair. I was praying, trying
to humble myself before God. I sought His forgiveness, expressing my
unworthiness, and pleading that I might have the knowledge that Jesus is
indeed the Christ, the Son of God.

It seemed as if the forces of evil were doing everything to thwart me. As I
began to pray, that evil power increased in intensity until I concluded not to
pray any more. Then in the far corner of the room there appeared a light
about two feet in diameter. In this light was a face. I realized there was
deliverance, and I prayed to that light that I might be worth of a blessing. I
prayed for worthiness and humility that I might be able to receive that
light. The light grew larger and the man came closer until I saw Him
completely. About the middle of the room I realized HE was walking on the
floor. He came to me where I was praying on my knees and extended His
hand so that I saw the print of the nails. I felt so weak I thought I would
faint. I grasped His hand in mine. Then I raised my eyes, crying “Glory to
God in the Highest. Now I know that Jesus lives, for I have seen Him.”
He said, ‘When you have seen me you have seen the Father,” He extended
His hand a second time and again I placed His hand between mine as I had
done previously and repeated the same words.

Then raising His hand He said, “Bear this testimony to this unbelieving, dying world, that I live today.”

What a wonderful testimony I have to bear to the world today. He lives, and
is a hearer and answerer of our prayers!

Some of us are going to be very surprised when we see Him. He does not look
like the pictures we have of Him in our homes today. He does not have His
hair parted in the center, and it does not reach down to His shoulders. His
hair was combed straight back but it did not touch His garment. There was
about an inch between His garment and the hair. His hair was dark but
sprinkled with gray. His beard was not long or heavy. He had a beard like a
Jew, a Rabbi beard. His forehead was high.

He was wearing a beautiful white garment that reached down to His feet. I
did not see His feet. The garment was without a seam and had loose, flowing
sleeves.

I would judge Him to be a man about thirty to thirty-five years of age. He
seemed to be about 135 pounds in weight, and He was about five feet six or
seven inches tall. A man about his stature was Brother C. Ed. Miller. In other
respects He did not resemble Brother Miller.

As He talked with me I received such a pleasant smile that I thought then
and I have thought since that when my time of departure comes and I have
to stand before Him to be judged, if I receive that same welcoming smile I
will feel that my life has been well spent.

I know several other people who have also seen the Christ who could
Testify to the truthfulness of what I have stated.


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

APRIL 2020 $5.00 RLDS BOOK SALE

From: Paul Ludy
paulvludy@gmail.com


APRIL 2020 $5.00 RLDS BOOK SALE


Notice: Effective immediately you should use RLDSBOOKS.BLOGSPOT.COM to access Oldbookman books. You don’t need to use capital letters—I did so you can see them. “Oldbookman.us” will likely stop working soon.

Go to RLDSBooks.blogspot.com and Newbookman.blogspot.com to see lists of some 20,000 available RLDS books.

APRIL 2020 $5.00 RLDS BOOK SALE

The following 128 titles are on sale now for only $5.00 each.
Regular prices are between $8.00 and $40.00.

Our 10% and 20% discounts do not apply on these sale items.

This offer is good through April 30, 2020, or while supplies last.

To order, e-mail to:
PaulVLudy@gmail.com
or phone
816-210-8450

Anderson, Audentia (Ed.), Joseph Smith III and the Restoration, 1952, hard

Anthony, Joseph H., Birds of a Feather, Lamoni, IA, hard

Atkinson, Mabel Sanford, The Land Shadowing with Wings, 1952, hard

Book of Commandments, 1972 Herald House replica of 1833 book, hard

Book of Mormon, 1966 edition, hard

Brown, Paula, The Mormon Girl, Lamoni, IA, 1912, hard

Bryant, Verda, Between the Covers of the Old Testament, 1965, hard

Burton, Emma Beatrice, Beatrice Witherspoon (Revised 1914), Lamoni, IA, 1915, hard

Burton, Emma, Beatrice Witherspoon, 1970 reprint, soft

Butterworth, F. Edward, The Adventures of John Hawkins, 1963, hard

Carr, Edwin G, The Future's Advocate, 1975, hard and soft

Cheville, Roy A., Joseph and Emma, Companions, 1977, hard

Cheville, Roy A., They Sang of the Restoration, 1955, hard and soft

Closson, Eugene E., The Game Book, 1930, hard

Curtis, J. F., Our Beliefs Defended, 1928, soft

Davis, Inez Smith, Story of the Church, The, hard and soft

Doctrine and Covenants, 1971 Herald House reprint of 1835 book, hard

Donovan, Gregory I., Millennial Countdown, 1978, private, soft

Edwards, F. Henry, A New Commentary on the Doctrine and Covenants, 1977, hard

Edwards, F. Henry, Commentary on the Doctrine and Covenants, hard

Edwards, F. Henry, Life and Ministry of Jesus, 1982, soft

Edwards, F. Henry, The Edwards Commentary on the Doctrine and Covenants, 1986, hard

Edwards, Paul M., Our Legacy of Faith, 1991, hard

Flanders, Robert Bruce, Nauvoo: Kingdom on the Mississippi, Univ of Illinois Press, Urbana, 1965, soft

Garnier, Jack W., Images & Impressions, 1988, hard

Gibson, Margaret Wilson, Emma Smith, the Elect Lady, 1954, hard

Griffiths, Gomer T., The Instructor, Lamoni, IA, hard,

Hanson, Paul M., In the Land of the Feathered Serpent, 1949, hard

Hanson, Paul M., Jesus Christ among the Ancient Americans, hard

Hartshorn, Chris B., A Commentary on the Book of Mormon, 1964, hard and soft

Hartung, Hazel, Stars to Steer By, 1998, private, soft

Henderson, John and Lilli, Discovery of the Last Chapter Vol 1, 1997, private, soft

Henderson, John and Lilli, Discovery of the Last Chapter Vol 2, 1997, private, soft

Henderson, John and Lilli, Keys to the Hidden Mysteries, 1992, private, soft

Henderson, John and Lilli, Secrets of the Last Sunrise, 1994, private, soft

Hettrick, Richard H., and others, Quickened by the Spirit, 1999, soft

History of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Vol. 2‑8), 1951 and later, hard. (Vol. 1 is still $10.00)

Holik, Norma Anne, Prophecy and Today, 1979, private, soft

Holm, Francis W., The Mormon Churches‑‑A Comparison from Within, 1970, hard

Howard, Richard P, The Church Through the Years (Vol. 2), 1993, hard

Howard, Richard P, The Church Through the Years (Vol. 1), 1992, hard

Immer, Beryle, And Jesus Said: Come unto Me (Book 1), 1998, School of Saints, hard

Keairnes, Grace, A Reasonable Service, 1922, hard

Kelley, William H., Presidency and Priesthood, 1902, Lamoni, hard

Knisley, Alvin, Dictionary of the Book of Mormon, 1945, private, soft

Knisley, Alvin, Infallible Proofs, 1930, 206 pages, hard

Koehler, J. A., Problems of Industrial Zion, 1927, soft

Koehler, J. A., The Great Enterprise, undated reprint, soft

Lambert, J. R., What Is Man?, Lamoni, IA, hard

Luff, Joseph, The Old Jerusalem Gospel, Lamoni, IA, hard

Lundeen, Adolph W., The Temple, 1986, private, soft

Macgregor, Daniel, A Marvelous Work and a Wonder, hard and soft

Macgregor, Maggie, Light at Evening Time, Church of Christ (Temple Lot), Independence, MO, about 1920, hard

Milner, Winifred M., Light from the Dust, 1971, hard

Oakman, Elva T., and Lillie Jennings, It Can Be Fun! 1948, hard

Outline History of the Church of Christ (Temple Lot), An, 1953, hard

Palfrey, Louise, The Divinity of the Book of Mormon Proven by Archaeology, Lamoni, IA, undated, hard

Parsons, A. H., Parsons' Text Book, Lamoni, IA, 1902

Peterson, J. W., Joseph Smith Defended, Lamoni, IA, Undated, hard

Phillips, Arthur B., and others, Helps to Bible Study, 1924, hard

Phillips, Arthur B., The Restoration Movement and the Latter Day Saints, 1928, hard

Pratt, Parley P., A Voice of Warning, 1924, hard and soft

Preston, John, Peter Bosten, Lamoni, IA, 1915, hard

Question Time (Volume 1), 1955, hard

Question Time (Volume 2), 1967, hard

Question Time (Volume 3), 1976, hard

Ralston, Russell F., Fundamental Differences, 1963, hard

Renfroe, Z. Z., Sent Forth to Witness, 1977, private, hard and soft

Report of the Committee on American Archaeology, 1910, Lamoni, IA, hard

Research in Mormonism, no date, private, hard

Salyards, Christiana, Jesus and His Message, undated, soft

Salyards, Christiana, Men Nearest the Master: Peter, James, and John, undated, hard

Sanford, Mabel A., Joseph's City Beautiful, 1939, hard

Scott, Columbus, The Christian Sabbath, after 1881, Lamoni, IA, hard and soft

Scott, Hazel Imrie, Heroes of the Book of Mormon, 1986, soft

Short, Viola, The Fourth Relaford, 1928, hard

Smith, Elbert A., Angel Message Tracts (Bound copy of The Angel Message Series (Chapters 1‑10), hard

Smith, Elbert A., Blue Pencil Notes, 1942

Smith, Elbert A., Brother Elbert, 1959, hard

Smith, Elbert A., Joe Pine, 1916, hard

Smith, Elbert A., On Memory's Beam, 1946, hard

Smith, Elbert A., Square Blocks, 1921, hard

Smith, Elbert A., Zion Builders' Sermons, hard and soft

Smith, Emma (ed.), A Collection of Sacred Hymns for the Church of the Latter Day Saints, 1835, Kirtland, Ohio, 90 hymns (words only), 3x4.5", hard

Smith, Frederick M., The Higher Powers of Man, Lamoni, IA, 1918, hard

Smith, Heman C., The Truth Defended (A Reply to Elder D. H. Bays' Doctrine and Dogmas of Mormonism), RLDS, 1908, soft

Smith, Heman C., True Succession in Church Presidency, Lamoni, IA, 1900, hard, 234 pages, $15.00

Smith, Hyrum O. (“Orion”), Talks about Joseph Smith, Lamoni, IA, 1909, hard

Smith, Hyrum O. (“Orion”), Book of Mormon Talks, Lamoni, IA, 1908 and 1912, hard

Smith, I. M., The Book of Mormon Vindicated, Independence, MO, Ensign Publ House, 1898, hard

Smith, Joseph III, Joseph Smith III and the Restoration, 1952, hard

Smith, Lucy, Biographical Sketches of Joseph Smith the Prophet (also called Joseph Smith and His Progenitors), Lamoni, IA, 1912, hard

Smith, Mildred Nelson, The Word of Wisdom, 1997, hard

Smith, Vida E., Young People's History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Volume 2), Lamoni, IA, 1918, hard

Smith, Vida E., Young People's History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Volume 1), Lamoni, IA, 1914, hard

Starks, Arthur, A Concordance to the Book of Mormon, 1955, hard

Starks, Arthur, A Concordance to the Doctrine and Covenants, 1961, hard$8.00

Stebbins, H. A., The Book of Mormon Lectures, 1902, Lamoni, IA, soft

Stevens, Thelona D., Research Notes on the Doctrine and Covenants, 1980 and 1982, soft

Stowell, Addie Spaulding, Return Unto Me, Pageant Press, NY, 1957, hard

Stowell, Addie Spaulding, The Red Man's Hope (Hubert Case Biog), Dallas, TX, 1963, hard

Stowell, Addie Spaulding, The Walls of Zion, 1953, hard

Tracey, Florence, Riches Untold, 1933, hard

Tucker, Peggy, Trek of Faith, 1999, private, soft

Velt, Harold I., America's Lost Civilizations, 1949, hard and soft

Velt, Harold I., The Sacred Book of Ancient America, 1952, hard

Walker, Marietta (“Frances”), The Gospel Story, and Hester S. E. Young, Footsteps of Jesus, undated, hard

Walker, Marietta ("Frances"), With the Church in an Early Day, 1912, Lamoni, hard

Walker, Marietta, Object Lessons on Temperance (The Indian Maiden), Lamoni, 1907, hard

Walker, Marietta, Our Boys, Lamoni, IA, No Date, hard

Walter, Gladys Mae, The Solid Rock, 1941, hard

Ward, Jessie, The Call at Evening, 1940‑1950, hard

Weldon, Roy E., and F. Edward Butterworth, Book of Mormon Claims and Evidences (Vol 1), 1979, private, soft

Weldon, Roy E., and F. Edward Butterworth, Book of Mormon Claims and Evidences (Vol 3), 1977, private, soft

Weldon, Roy E., and F. Edward Butterworth, Book of Mormon Claims and Evidences (Vol 4), 1981, private, soft

Weldon, Roy E., and F. Edward Butterworth, Book of Mormon Claims and Evidences (Vol 4), 1981, private, soft

Weldon, Roy E., and F. Edward Butterworth, Book of Mormon Deeps (Volume 1), 1977, private, hard

Weldon, Roy E., and F. Edward Butterworth, Book of Mormon Deeps (Volume 2), 1978, hard

Weldon, Roy E., Book of Mormon Deeps (Volume 3), 1979, hard

Whiting, Biloine, and Josephine Skelton, North of Heaven, 1948, hard

Wight, Estella, A Vineyard Story, 1927, hard

Wight, Estella, In the Shelter of the Little Brown Cottage, 1915 and 1922, hard

Woodstock, Lenoir (Ed.), Our Girls, 1930, hard

Wyatt, Geraldine, Dawn of Peace, 1940, hard

Youth and the Restoration, 1930, hard



20” Bicycle Needed

From: G. JONES
tandemtownusa@msn.com


20” Bicycle Needed

We have a neighbor girl who wants to ride a bike with her brothers but doesn’t have one.

We’ll be glad to pick it up if you have no need for it.

20” Bicycle is the size she needs.

Thank you in advance,
Garrett Jones
816-500-3390

CPRS Matching Fund Program - Update

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From: Center Place Restoration School
cprsgoldeneagles@yahoo.com


CPRS Matching Fund Program - Update

Due to the generosity of the saints, the CPRS Matching Fund Program is currently at 69% of the $25,000 goal, having raised $17,350 thus far. The deadline for donations is April 30.

We acknowledge that financial giving in our world's current climate is a true sacrifice and we deeply appreciate any who feel led by the Spirit to donate to the CPRS Matching Fund Program.

To Donate:
www.cprsgoldeneagles.com/payments

May God bless you and keep you!
Sarah English
School Secretary
Center Place Restoration School
cprsgoldeneagles.com
816-252-1715



Brother Mike Ballantyne

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From: LYLE SMITH
smith.lyle@usa.net


Brother Mike Ballantyne

April 1,

Dear Saints,  

Yesterday evening I had the opportunity to speak with Brother Ballantyne by telephone. He asked me to share the following information with you.  

Brother Mike has had immune issues for a number of years. Because he knows the difficulties with that, he felt that he ought to be tested for the corona-virus. Through his doctor, arrangements were for made for him to the tested March 30th in the evening. It was done in a drive through setting at one of the local hospitals.  

His results came back the next morning, March 31st, showing he was positive. Again with the assistance of the physicians he was prescribed the medicine hydroxyghloroquine which has just been tentatively approved by the FDA for the use with this terrible virus. He began taking the medicine last night and understands that he will take it for ten days.  

He told me that he was ill, but in his opinion not severely so. He told me to tell you to be not overly concerned for his health. He said to not be afraid, the Lord is in charge. He told me more than once to tell you to not be afraid.  

He is in isolation in a small apartment attached to their home.

His family is in isolation in the main part of their home.  

I will do my best to keep you updated every few days or as necessary.  

This is from me, Lyle. Please do not try and telephone Mike. Even a short conversation can be tiring. You can send cards to him and the family, and you can pray. Do not send food to the family. Special arrangements will have to be made to do this safely.  AGAIN, THE IMPORTANT THING THAT WE CAN DO NOW IS PRAY FOR THEM.  

May God bless you and your families and loved ones.  

Lyle Smith


April 2020 Australian Restoration News

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From: Noel Rowlatt
nandjrow@bigpond.com


April 2020 Australian Restoration News


Around and About the Centre Place by High Priest Paul J. Gage, Independence, Missouri.


April Greetings to the wonderful Saints in Australia,
As you all know, April is a very special month in the life of the church as well in the Christian world as we remember the sacrifice of God and Jesus Christ. Jesus died on the cross for the sins of those who believe on His name as we find in John 3:16-17, Mark 16:15; Alma 19:71; Helaman 3:47-48; and Doctrine and Covenants 33:1:a,b. We, of all people, should not be “lulled to sleep” thinking we are “saved” just because we belong to “the Church.” Nor that we are the only ones who can be saved. As John states, “WHOSOEVER.” Whosoever refers to any person.
April 6 is a special date. Many believe it is the day of Christ’s birth and the day of His Resurrection. In Church History, the Church was organized in 1830, an important conference was held in 1853 and a special conference in 1860 when Joseph III came to take his place as leader of the Church, all on April 6. As we find in church history Volume 1, pp. 67-68 and also Doctrine and Covenants 17 directions from God as to the organizing of the church.
Joseph Smith, Jr., wrote: “In this manner did the Lord continue to give us instructions from time to time concerning the duties which now devolved upon us; and among many other things of the kind, we obtained of him the following, by the spirit of prophecy and revelation, which not only gave us much information, but also pointed out to us the precise day upon which, according to his will and commandment, we should proceed to organize his church once again here upon the earth” (Times and Seasons, 3:928-929). Doctrine and Covenants 17:1a The rise of the church of Christ in these last days, being one thousand eight hundred and thirty years since the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the flesh, it being regularly organized and established agreeably to the laws of our country, by the will and commandments of God in the fourth month, and on the sixth day of the month which is called April; 17:1b which commandments were given to Joseph Smith, Jr., who was called of God and ordained an apostle of Jesus Christ, to be the first elder of this church; and to Oliver Cowdery, who was also called of God an apostle of Jesus Christ, to be the second elder of this church, and ordained under his hand; 17:1c and this according to the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to whom be all glory, both now and forever. Amen.
This is a good time to re-emphasize the beginnings of the church in 1830. Whether in the branches, homes, individually, or all, time should be taken to remind us of our church heritage. I realize it is not that easy when the Saints are isolated, but still, we should never be isolated from our heritage or our Lord. The Conference of Restoration Elders and Pastors of Zion scheduled events for Church Heritage Week as well as the Restoration Choir Resurrection Sunday performances along with all other group activities have been cancelled due to the corona virus. Most if not all the Restoration Branches as well as most other churches are closed because of the virus and orders from the government to curtail regular activities until the virus problem is resolved. Much fasting and prayer by the Saints can also help during these trying times.
A number of Branches, listed in the Tidings of Zion live stream services. Some will do this even though there will not be regular services. There is also a back log of services that can be watched on the live stream. Center Place Restoration School, as well as all public schools and colleges are also closed as a result of the virus problem. Time will tell if they are able to complete the school year. The month of April may become a month for great reflection and prayer, as all the scheduled retreats round the country will likely be cancelled. Hopefully the situation will be under control and we will be able to have the summer reunions and camps.

AUSTRALIAN RESTORATION NEWS


All the missionary groups are staying active with mission trips being planned by each group for those areas under their fields of ministry. Continue to pray for the missionary work around the world. Brian Herren and Andrew Smith recently completed a successful trip to India and Nepal.
Brian Mundy and Shaun Turner also recently returned from a successful trip to Kenya and East Africa. We regret that Elders Tim Rindels, Mark Smith and John Eichhorn had to cut short their mission in Australia. Pray that another mission might be possible this year.
In these troubled times, keep a strong faith and hold on to the Rod of Iron. Read the 23rd Psalm several times each day, with feeling and meditation and be reassured that THE LORD IS YOUR SHEPHERD.

Riches From The Scriptures. by Elder Neil Kerswell, Queensland, Australia Vol 4 Chapter 9 Moses Receives His Calling

Today we will be looking at the life of Moses, examining as he became aware of who God was and what his personal calling from God would be. God had a hand in the preservation of Moses life as a baby and watched over him in, keeping him safe as he grew to manhood. Although God had been heavily involved, Moses still needed to be taught much in the things of God. Jethro and his family were a fertile environment for Moses mind to open and his faith to grow.
[Exodus 3:1] Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian; and he led the flock to the back side of the desert, and came to the mountain of God even to Horeb.
[Exodus 3:2] And again, the presence of the Lord appeared unto him, in a flame of fire in the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.
[Exodus 3:3] And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not consumed.[Exodus 3:4] And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.
[Exodus 3:5] And he said, Draw not nigh hither; put off thy shoes from off thy feet; for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.
God used a miracle to draw Moses up to a special and holy place, no doubt even Moses choice to lead the flock to the back side of the desert bringing him to Horeb, the mountain of God was no coincidence but rather the leadings of the Holy Spirit. God set the scene and reached out to Moses in a miraculous way preparing him for the great task to come.
[Exodus 3:6] Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.
[Exodus 3:7] And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; [Exodus 3:8] And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
[Exodus 3:9] Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me; and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them.
[Exodus 3:10] Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.
God explained clearly who he was and the relationship he had with Moses father, and all the Fathers before him in the family line. Think about it, this is a God who is personally interested in Moses and his people who were now in captivity, not only that, he has preserved Moses family line throughout history. Moses was afraid and hid his face which is understandable when the understanding of just how great God is was dawning upon his mind expanding his potential, while giving him true perspective. We all need to be humbled like this and to love and respect the Lord our God.
[Exodus 3:11] And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?
[Exodus 3:12] And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee; When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.
God assured Moses he would be with him and gave him a prophetic promise that when he had fulfilled the task he would come back to God’s Holy mountain and serve Him there. God was helping Moses know, he wouldn’t be alone and with God’s help success was assured.
[Exodus 3:13] And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?[Exodus 3:14] And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM; and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
[Exodus 3:15] And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you; this is my name forever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.
Moses knew the condition of God’s people after many years of slavery and hardship, and although some would have held on to their faith and prayed to God throughout the years, for some He had become a distant memory, something of the past. The first thing God wanted His people to know is that He is (I AM hath sent me unto you) and like Moses initial experience, that God has very real ties back into their family lines to times when the people were more faithful and obedient and wanted to know Him.
[Exodus 3:16] Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them, The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared unto me, saying, I have surely visited you, and seen that which is done to you in Egypt; [Exodus 3:17] And I have said I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt unto the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, unto a land flowing with milk and honey.
[Exodus 3:18] And they shall hearken to thy voice; and thou shalt come, thou and the elders of Israel, unto the king of Egypt, and ye shall say unto him, The Lord God of the Hebrews hath met with us; and now let us go, we beseech thee, three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God.
God intended to include the leaders of His people, Moses wasn’t asked to act without their knowledge but rather to include them in the process, helping them to know that the God who loved their forefathers was now looking after them personally and not only that, He offered them a place in this great work (And they shall hearken to thy voice; and thou shalt come, thou and the elders of Israel, unto the king of Egypt). They would have personal investment and ownership throughout the experience from the start, which is what was needed to be successful in such a large scale, long term common goal.
[Exodus 3:19] And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a mighty hand.
[Exodus 3:20] And I will stretch out my hand, and smite Egypt with all my wonders which I will do in the midst thereof; and after that he will let you go.
[Exodus 3:21] And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty; [Exodus 3:22] But every woman shall borrow of her neighbor, and of her that sojourneth in her house; jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment; and ye shall put them upon your sons, and upon your
daughters; and ye shall spoil the Egyptians.
God made sure Moses knew this was not going to be a quick, easy process. The King of Egypt would be a tough nut to crack, therefore God would have to show many wonders which would end in Israel being set free.
[Exodus 4:1] And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice; for they will say, The Lord hath not appeared unto thee.
[Exodus 4:2] And the Lord said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod.
[Exodus 4:3] And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it.
[Exodus 4:4] And the Lord said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand; [Exodus 4:5] That they may believe that the Lord God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee.
Moses was still struggling with the human side of meeting with a people that he was once a prince of Egypt over, would they believe Him? God backed and strengthened Moses further. Moses then saw for himself the power of God, through his own hands and involvement. Taking his Rod and turning it into a serpent, then by taking it by the tail became his rod again. What a learning curve for Moses, whatever his weakness God could strengthen it. Our weaknesses become our greatest strengths as we overcome them with God’s help.[Exodus 4:6] And the Lord said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom; and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow.
[Exodus 4:7] And he said, Put thy hand into thy bosom again. And he put his hand into his bosom again; and plucked it out of his bosom, and, behold, it was turned again as his other flesh.
[Exodus 4:8] And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign.
[Exodus 4:9] And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe also these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land; and the water which thou takest out of the river shall become blood upon the dry land.
God certainly didn’t leave Moses without witness and this in turn would be a witness unto the children of Israel that God was indeed with Moses and had spoken unto him and given him commandment concerning them. Therefore they could trust that God would perform His wonders when needed before the Egyptians.
[Exodus 4:10] And Moses said unto the Lord, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant; but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.
[Exodus 4:11] And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the Lord?
[Exodus 4:12] Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.
[Exodus 4:13] And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send.
[Exodus 4:14] And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee; and when he
seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart.
[Exodus 4:15] And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth; and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do.
[Exodus 4:16] And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people; and he shall be, even he shall be to thee instead of a mouth, and thou shalt be to him instead of God.
[Exodus 4:17] And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs.
Like us, Moses was nervous and with some self-examination remembered he had a speech problem and made an excuse even after all God’s efforts to inspire him to action and assure him of God’s help, commitment and almighty power. God was angry at Moses for not fully grasping what was on offer if he was obedient. Then God offered the help of Aaron who was good at speaking to assist, notice God had already prompted Aaron to look for Moses, everything falling into place. God’s wisdom surpasses understanding.
[Exodus 4:18] And Moses went and returned to Jethro his father-in-law, and said unto him, Let me go, I pray thee, and return unto my brethren which are in Egypt, and see whether they be yet alive. And Jethro said to Moses, Go in peace.
[Exodus 4:19] And the Lord said unto Moses in Midian, Go, return into Egypt; for all the men are dead which sought thy life.
In this life timing is everything and with God’s blessings the deliverance of Israel was now possible. People who would have otherwise caused problems were now dead, making the way open to start asking to be set free.
[Exodus 4:20] And Moses took his wife and his sons, and set them upon an ass, and he returned to the land of Egypt; and Moses took the rod of God in his hand.
[Exodus 4:21] And the Lord said unto Moses, When thou goest to return into Egypt, see that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have put in thine hand, and I will prosper thee; but Pharaoh will harden his heart, and he will not let the people go.
We see here that Moses had an understanding and had seen through God’s eyes the wonders to be performed before they came to pass in Egypt. Moses also now knew these miracles would only serve to begin the process of being free. But would not soften Pharaohs heart.
[Exodus 4:22] And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the Lord, Israel is my son, even my firstborn;[Exodus 4:23] And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me; and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn.
We know that this last instruction given to Moses would play a big part in their being set free. I hope as we have read this together that you have seen, just how much support and involvement God had in the lives of Moses, Jethro, Zipporah, Aaron, the Elders of Israel, the children of Israel and the Egyptians, to be able to achieve such an awesome accomplishment and miracle in the eyes of all the people. It truly was a marvelous work and a wonder, it was also a team effort, God made use of all available personnel and resources. This just seems to be the way of God, he wants us to be the family of God working together with a common goal and purpose.
Those who have different gifts to me will have seen many other things to be highlighted in what we have read and that’s what ministry is all about. I hope this has been your experience being edified through the Holy Spirit. This is my prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
The Australian Visit by Elders Tom Rindels & Mark Smith shortened by Coronavirus Outbreak.
Submitted by Elder Ton Rindels, Home at the Centre Place.
To the saints in Australia, my sincere thanks to the saints that Mark and I were able to visit, and my sincere apologies and the sadness of my heart to those we didn’t. Mark and I were welcomed in the homes of Brother Max and Sister Patty Fulton and John and Racheal Todd after landing in Townsville on March 6th.
We were able to share a wonderful spirit in both homes. We had a beautiful sacrament service on Sunday 8th There were 9 of us in attendance and we visited more on the 9th, departing Tuesday morning and headed towards Brisbane, arriving there mid afternoon on the 11th Wed. We had fellowship with the saints and presided over in 2 sharing services on Wednesday and Thursday evening, again a wonderful Spirit prevailed.
Friday morning we departed for Tamworth, arriving there mid afternoon at Peter and Helen Archer’s home and Br. Roy Schubert took us to return our rental car. Mark and I stayed at Peter’s and Saturday we were able to share with dear Br. Bob Wilkinson in the morning and Roy and Sr Daphne’s in the afternoon, culminating with Roy and Daphne taking me to my favorite fish and chips place. We had a beautiful service Sunday morning with 8 of us in attendance. Helen prepared a wonderful lunch for us. We then departed towards Medowie, arriving there late afternoon. Sr. Mandy Fry was there, we thought it would be the only chance we’d have to see her as she was planning on leaving on a holiday. David and Melissa Game were wonderful as ever; Melissa prepared a wonderful meal, we thoroughly enjoyed their two new house guests, Nickolas and Stella, whom David and Melissa have taken responsibility for. They will all be in my prayers. So good to see Lauren and Micah. we followed Mandy home, spending the night there and departing the next morning for Euroa. All this time having great concern for the uncertainty being demonstrated over the concern and apprehension being displayed over the virus. Arrived at Murray and Delma Broughton’s mid afternoon, Delma fixed us a wonderful meal , we were able to share but we were worried about the health issues , so
Mark and I headed out towards Broadsmore to visit Br. Nathan Fulton. On Tuesday morning we had a truly fantastic visit with Nathan and Carly and their two wonderful daughters. After a visit there we headed towards Adelaide, arriving Wednesday the 18th. By now we were certain that Elder Eichhorn was not going to be able to join me on the 23rd due to the virus crises, and I needed to make a heart rendering decision as to my future plans, praying and deciding that I should return home for now , it was truly an agonizing decision we were able to spend time with Kerri , Gina , Monique, Seth, and Jacob and had a beautiful
sacrament service Sunday morning. Gina fixed lunch then with Monique took us to the Adelaide airport where we started our very interesting trip home , an adventure in itself to be shared later. To the saints we didn’t get to visit, my deepest and sincere apology. My promise, God willing I will be back. Please stay in touch with each other, the world’s In turmoil Satan knows his time is quickly drawing to an end, you need each other physically and spiritually, prepare for that glorious day when we’ll not be separated by thousands of miles, but together in that beautiful city of Zion. God bless you all till we meet again.
Your Brother in Christ, Tom Rindels.

Tamworth News submitted by Sr. Helen Archer.
We continue to meet in our small group of five with Elder Peter Archer giving the ministry. On the 13th 14th and 15th of March Elder Tom Rindles and Elder Mark Smith from the USA came and gave ministry and picking up the church car. Staying with Elder Peter and Sister Helen Archers. Visiting on Saturday morning with Brother Bob Wilkinson in his home and visiting in the afternoon with Deacon Roy Schubert and Sister Daphne Schubert.
Sunday morning Church Service we gathered at Elder Peter and Sister Helens home and Elder Mark gave the message with Elder Tom Presiding over a testimony Service. Followed by a Fellowship lunch with some family member coming to share in our lunch.
Then after lunch Brother Tom and Brother Mark set off on on their travels and were heading to Medowie to visit the Saint in that area. We enjoyed the ministry and fellowship we shared with our Brothers in Christ.
Tamworth still needs rain and the dam has 13.9% in it. Please pray for rain in our catchment area we are still on level 5 water restrictions.

We are praying for all the Saints and all people at the moment for the difficult and unusual times we are having with the Coronavirus. Hope you all stay well.
God Be with you and Bless you All.

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South Australian News submitted by Sr. Monique Hummel


We have had a most wonderful, but brief visit, with the American visiting Priesthood, Brothers Tom Rindell and Mark Smith. They arrived with us in South Australia on Wednesday the 18th March around lunchtime and were very quickly out to sea with my Dad, Kerri Krieg on his boat taking them crabbing. After a few hours they returned with a feed of crabs for dinner. My sons Jacob, Seth and I were able to visit with them around school and work while they spent time with my Mum, Sister Gina Krieg, visiting and sight seeing.
Dad took them tuna fishing on Saturday and all had a good time returning with a catch of huge tuna. On Sunday March 22 we had a Worship Service with Communion and enjoyed fellowship afterward before having to let Brothers Tom and Mark go, having need to return to America due to the COVID19 and border closures. We were so grateful to have the Priesthood visit with us and hope that we may one day travel to America to visit the Saints there.
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Church of Jesus Christ Restoration Branch. Kelvin View, Euroa. Branch Activities.
submitted by Pastor Elder Murray Broughton

23-2- 2020. Church in Euroa- at our Home. Preaching service - John 10: 1 -34.
Text John 10: 18. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.
1 -3 -2020. Church at Kelvin View.
The Sacrament. - Reading John Chapter 10: 16-39. Text v18. Sermon John 10: 1-31.
8-3-2020. Church at Kelvin View Hall.
Reading ,Ephesians Chapter 6: 10-18. Sermon .Luke 21: 36. Ephesians 6 : 1 -18 &22-24
Text- Ephesians 6; 11- Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
15 -3-2020. Church a Kelvin View Hall. Study--Mosiah 7: 28 to end of chapter. Hymns and prayers.
22-3 -2020. Church at Kelvin View Hall. Study --Mosiah 9; 1- 98. Hymns and Prayers.
16 -3 2029. Elder Tom Rindals and Elder Mark Smith arrived in afternoon and we talked and had the evening together then they left to visit another Brother in Broadford.. It was lovely to see them, and have a talk. Bro Tom was to come back on the 25 March .But plans have changed, and so have the laws of our country. God be with you all to
we meet again.
2-3- 2020 Sister Dawn Mackrell turned 93.and is going along very well. Thank you for your prayers.
As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord shall save me. Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud; and he shall hear my voice. PSALM 55:16 &17.
But thou, 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 :6.
Be afflicted for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. PHILIPPIANS 4:6 &7.
Nevertheless the children of God were commanded that they should gather themselves together oft, and join in fasting and mighty prayer, in behalf of the welfare of the souls of those who knew not God. ALMA 4: 6.
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, - the man Christ Jesus. 1 TIMOTHY 2: 5.
We pray to our Heavenly Father through Jesus Christ, for those who have lost loved ones, that they will be comforted, for the sick for their recovery, that thou will be with Thy people ,and protect them, guide them, and grant them wisdom, for the great need of people to turn their hearts back to thee, to honor thee, and praise thee to love God, and our fellowman, to forgive, and be of one heart and mind. All Glory and honor unto our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the workings of Thy Holy Spirit. Be with us all we Pray Amen.
Murray Broughton - Pastor.

Please include in your daily prayers the following people who are in need of a blessing Gwen Whately, Alma &Janice Kerswell Audrey Kerswell Michael &Patty Fulton Ellen Sheppard Gary Rowlatt Murray Broughton Gregory Mackrell, Jane Broughton, Kevin Dowell. Robert Exton, and daughter Kimberly...

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CRE Statement of Encouragement to the Saints


I am including this email from the leadership of the Conference of Restoration Elders, because it is sound advice for us as the world faces a tremendous task in trying to eradicate the pandemic Coronavirus that is taking so many lives and seriously effecting our way of life.
Dear Brothers and Sisters, As part of the leadership of the Conference of Restoration Elders, recognizing and not representing ourselves as the voice, but only as a voice within the restoration branch movement, we offer the following words of encouragement and guidance.
In this time of unusual circumstances, more than ever, we need to continue to place our trust and hope in God. None of what is occurring in the world is a surprise to him. Now is not the time to succumb to fear and despair. As we and our families consider ways to worship our Lord, and respond to the Coronavirus in our homes and communities, let’s remember that God is in charge of all things. Some are wondering what to do in our current situation. The following are simple reminders of what our response should be:· Stay close to the Lord – Pray and fast for one another. Philippians 4:4-7 “Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be afflicted for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”·
Do not succumb to fear, or panic – trust God.
I John 4:18 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear; because fear hath torment.
He that feareth is not made perfect in love”.
DC 38:4c “Therefore, be ye strong from henceforth; fear not for the kingdom is yours: and for your salvation I give unto you a commandment, for I have heard your prayers”.·
Find safe ways to reach out and stay in touch with each other – particularly those who live alone.·
Offer support, in sensible ways, to those who are in need.
On a personal note, the love of God is all around us. He has created you out of His love for you, He sustains you with every breath you take, and He sent His Only Begotten Son to create a path for you to return to Him. What more do we need to know? The God of the universe has declared you are the most important thing to Him. You are His work and His glory. Be assured He hears your prayers. He has blessed you in times past, He will bless you through this current situation and He has in store blessings for what is to come. Once again, He calls to you – His disciple – “follow me”. Together let us walk the walk of faith. May God be with each of you and your families in these portentous times.
Vim Horn, Chairman of the Conference Richard Neill, Chairman of the Coordinating Council
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CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST RESTORATION BRANCH, KINGSTON


17-19 Juers Street, Kingston, Queensland. Pastor: Elder Alma Kerswell. Phone 07 3800 1151
Branch Temporary Closure. In response to the government decree that all Churches close and remain closed for services till advised otherwise, there will be no services held at the Kingston Branch until otherwise advised.
This is very sad news indeed and with the great amount of restrictions placed upon us including isolation in our own homes, allowance of maximum of 2 in groups, closure of a great number of businesses and shops and some items of food and other home needs (including toilet paper) quickly disappearing off the shelves in food stores to mention but a few. We are facing a bleak future till this virus is overcome. We are most blessed to have our faith and belief in God and to know that he is in control.

The catch phrase I am constantly hearing is “We are all in this together”, the key word to me being together.
Although separated, we can still keep in touch with each other by telephone, internet or by other forms of media. People who live on their own are particularly vulnerable. Why not make it a project to each day phone someone different and have a talk and check how they are; or have a prayer & share session on the phone.
Priesthood aught not to feel that they are off duty because there are no services. They are the Shepherds of the Flock and as such need to be checking on their charges. If any saints are low in spirit, unwell and would be helped by a prayer over the phone or in need of counsel, do not hesitate to phone one of the ministry to help meet your need.
There is advice given in this newsletter as to how to utilize our time in prayer, study, etc. to keep our faith strong. We are supplying a couple of listings that you can bring up on your computers (if you have one) and enjoy recorded services Elder Mark Churchill kindly supplied this link;

http://www.southcrysler.org/video-sermons/

To open press link and the control button on the computer at the same time.
High Priest Paul Gage advised that The Conference of Restoration Elders (CRE) hosted a global prayer service on Sunday, March 29, 2020.and can be viewed on
https://youtu.be/nRr7fVchmgQ

We sign off on this issue of The Australian Restoration News with a prayer that you and your family and loved ones will transit this period of the Coronavirus scourge safely with a stronger faith and a deeper love for our Lord and be assured that Zion shall be, God bless you all in the Holy name of the Lord Jesus, Amen. Elder Noel Rowlatt Contributions to the Australian Restoration News need to come by the 20th of the month and must be submitted by email if possible. Email details are nandjrow@bigpond.com.au Phone contact: 07 3824 8386
We would love to have contributions from isolated members in Australia; articles or testimonies or just greetings. We would also like to hear from American saints who have ministered in Australia.

Postal details are as follows: Noel Rowlatt, 6 Wetheral Place, Alexandra Hills. Q4161

Editor Elder Noel Rowlatt Co Editor Gary Rowlatt

Kindest regards,
Noel Rowlatt.

Devon Park Interactive Prayer Meeting on ZOOM!

From: Holly McLean
holly4candles@hotmail.com


Devon Park Interactive Prayer Meeting on ZOOM!


Our prayer meetings are very interactive and we use the ZOOM program to allow everyone to have a chance to speak, tell of their week, their prayer requests and tell testimonies. We'd love to have as many saints and would like to come and join us!

Devon Park is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Wednesday Night Prayer Service
Time: Mar 25, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

April 1 Online Prayer Service Invitation

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From: Horn, Vim
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April 1 Online Prayer Service Invitation


Dear Brothers and Sisters,

This is a reminder of the online prayer service tomorrow night, April 1 at 7:00 PM CST. To participate in the service, use the link below. Please do not enter the service until 6:45 PM. When you enter the service you will be placed in a waiting room until it’s time for the service to begin. You will be muted during the entire service, unless you are recognized by the Presider to offer a prayer or testimony. If you are recognized, please make sure you are unmuted on your device as well.

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§ These are worship services, please come prepared and appropriately dressed

WARNING
Dear Saints – We need to make you aware that there is a new phenomenon occurring with zoom meetings called“Zoom-bombing.” This is where someone joins a zoom meeting with the sole intent of disrupting the meeting. It can take the form of the person being very loud and/or sharing undesirable images. We are working on finding ways to minimize the possibility of this happening but cannot guarantee that it won’t. If it happens, we will immediately end the service and resume it within 5 to 10 minutes. If it happens again we will not resume the service. Please pray that our worship together might not be Zoom-bombed. 

William (Vim) Horn
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Email - hornw@umkc.edu