Saturday, March 31, 2018

Geri Woolery Obituary and Memorial Service

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From: Eric Woolery

Geri Woolery Obituary and Memorial Service

Geri Woolery's memorial service will be held on Friday April 20, 2018 at 2:00pm at the Church of Jesus Christ Missionary

Restoration Branch. The church is located at 3415 N Elsea Smith Rd, Buckner, MO 64016. If you have any questions please feel free to call Eric Woolery at 816-678-5830 or email

Geraldine (Geri) Ruth Lucas Woolery Obituary

Geri was born on July 27, 1924 in Independence, MO to George Lucas and Bertha Frick Lucas. She returned to her Heavenly Father on March 26, 2018 while in University Hospital in Columbia, MO for complications from pneumonia. She was surrounded by some of her family at the time of her passing. She now resides in the Paradise of God with those faithful family and friends who have gone on before her. She was the last of four children born to George and Bertha. Geri had two brothers and one sister. Her brother Joe was killed in action during WW II while on a bombing mission over Magdeburg, Germany on August 5, 1944. This was a great loss for Geri as well as the loss of her fiancĂ©, Hall on June 6, 1944 during the D-Day invasion of Europe. Her parents, sister Miriam, son Donald Jr and infant grandsons Bradley and Matthew (Eric’s sons) also preceded her in death.

Geri grew up in the Mapleton, KS area on a farm and had several stories to tell of her growing up years. She loved horses and working outside. If given the choice she would rather do farm chores than house work.

After she married Donald E Woolery in 1947 they lived in the Kansas City, KS area until they lost everything they owned in the flood of 1951. They soon moved to Lawrence, KS where the last three of their four children were born. She was the mother of two boys (Don and Eric) and two girls (Mimi and Beka). Donald and Geri were divorced in 1970.

Geri was a life long member of the Reorganized church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints, though for the last 30 years of her life she was active in the Restoration Branches movement of that church. She had a strong faith in God and enjoyed listening to hymns, sermons or classes that spoke about her Heavenly Father and His only begotten Son Jesus Christ who she knew as her Lord, savior and redeemer. She loved to have the scriptures read to her, especially the Book of Mormon.

Geri owned and operated a nursery school for several years in Lawrence, she also worked for King Radio and then in the years before her retirement she worked as an independent maintenance contractor in Lawrence where she resided for most of her life. She also lived in Ft Scott, KS and Odessa, MO for short periods before settling in Independence, MO where she resided until just before her death.

The family wants to thank all of those people who chose to be a part of Geri’s life, to love her and to be her friend. We want to thank South Crysler Restoration Branch for providing weekly ministry in several ways to her over the last 9 years. She loved hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ and yearned to be in HIS presence always!

Geri is survived by her brother Nelson Lucas (Beverly) of Brown’s Valley, CA; son Eric Woolery (Rita) of Brookfield, MO; daughter Mimi Baba of Shenandoah, IA; daughter Beka Woolery of Waco, TX; 14 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren, 4 nephews, 2 nieces and many friends.

Thank you for the many thoughts and prayers on our family's behalf. We have truly felt the presence and peace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ during these past few days. We are confident that HIS Spirit will continue to attend us in the days ahead.

Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And when I go, I will prepare a place for you, and come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am, ye may be also. John 14:1-3

This is the Lord's promise to those who are faithful and we know that HE is faithful to the fulfilling of HIS word!

Eric Woolery

​Searching for Word of Wisdom Book​

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From: Mike and Rhonda Stahlman

​Searching for Word of Wisdom Book​

I am looking for a book that has a testimony in it about a women that followed the word of wisdom all her life and yet she was bed stricken with some affliction. And I'm not sure if it was an angel that told her that she had missed one point in​ ​the words of wisdom (Maybe it was the barley tea​ ???????????​).​
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Anyway there are holes in my memory, hen​c​e why I want the book.

Does this spark a memory in anyone else?????????????

Rhonda Stahlman

Friday, March 30, 2018

SCRB Sunday Service Times

From: Gregory Lyons

SCRB Sunday Service Times

7:45 a.m. - Baby Blessing - Isa Gene Perrin
8:30 a.m. - Sacrament Service
9:45 a.m. - Church School Classes
11:00 a.m. - Regular Church Service - Steve Ferguson speaking


​Lift Chair Wanted​

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From: Connie Sperry

​Lift Chair Wanted​

I am needing a Recliner/Lift Chair for my cousin who is 90 years old.
If you have information of one please call and leave a message.
"Connie" at: 816-529-8422 or 816-229-9438

Connie Sperry

2001 Ford Explorer Sport

From: Connie Guthrie

2001 Ford Explorer Sport

2001 Ford Explorer Sport. All power. Fog lights and sports package. New tires. New Battery.
2 owners. Needs front end repair, shocks and driver's door is broken. Otherwise in good condition.

AS IS $650.00


Thursday, March 29, 2018

Searching for a Reliable Family Car

From: Tiffany Forrest

Searching for a Reliable Family Car

My name is Tiffany and I'm searching for a reliable safe family car. My budget is only $2000. Would prefer a four door as we have a small child and another on the way. If you know anyone selling something please contact me through text, call, or e-mail. Thank you.

Tiffany Forrest

Revised Indisputable Evidence

From: Kathy Snively

Revised Indisputable Evidence

Revised Indisputable Evidence about Brazil Plates and Alleged Sword of Laban
Subsequent to the initial release of this document, we discovered that several dates were incorrect. This revised edition corrects these, as well as gives additional information disproving the alleged Sword of Laban.
Download free color copy at:

Available for purchase over the counter at:
Price Publishing Company
915 E 23 Street
Independence MO 64055

CPRS Matching Funds Drive

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From: Center Place Restoration School

CPRS Matching Funds Drive

Center Place Restoration School

Mentor4Moms Flyer

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From: Holly Mclean

Mentor4Moms Flyer

2018 Book of Mormon Symposium

From: James McKay
and Patrick McKay

2018 Book of Mormon Symposium


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From: Holly McLean


There is a new ministry for moms that my daughter and I have started. We meet every 1st and 3rd Tuesday each month from 10am-noon. It is called Mentor4Moms.

It is a class/discussion group to teach and support moms in raising their children to be well behaved and to enjoy them.

Childcare is provided with RSVP only. Contact at least a full day in advance requested.
816-206-0690 —- text is accepted.

The meeting place is at Devon Park’s Zion’s Light Fellowship Hall, 824 E Devon ST., Independence, MO.

There is also a blog for those who unable to attend so they can read articles of subjects covered.

There is also a Facebook group for those who would like to participate in the actual meetings.

I will send you more information if this is a ministry you would like to let others know about.

Thank you for your consideration,

Holly McLean

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

2013 Ford Escape SE For Sale

From: Roye Dillon

2013 Ford Escape SE For Sale

I am selling my 2013 Ford Escape SE. Front wheel drive. 141,??? miles. Title is free and clear. Silver color. It has slight body damage to driver side where someone hit and ran and a little damage to rear end from being rear-ended over 18 months ago. KBB and NADA list value $7200-7500. I will take $6500. Call, text or email.

Thank you and have a blessed day!
Prestige One Landscaping
816-564-6940 (cell)
913-202-9175 (new work cell)

Eric's Response to Friends and Family

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From: Eric Woolery

Eric's Response to Friends and Family

As I have gone through several different sets of emotions over the last two days, I have been touched deeply by the outpouring of love by my many friends and family from all over the world. I knew that this time would come someday and yet it did catch me by surprise when my mother​, Geri Woolery, went home to our Heavenly Father. I have felt sorrow, peace and joy and yet it is still sinking into my subconscious that I will no longer enjoy her physical presence in my life. Thank you all for your great expressions of love and sympathy for me, my sisters and our families. "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."

Your friend and brother in Christ,
Eric Woolery

Looking for Job Opportunities

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​From: Jack Carr​
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Looking for Job Opportunities

Hello Saints,​​

I will be graduating from Graceland University in April with degrees in business and sports management. I am currently looking for job opportunities in the Center Place following graduation. I have a strong work ethic, good management skills, and leadership skills acquired from my education and work experience (see attached resume). I would appreciate information regarding job openings or career opportunities. I can be reached at or 641-757-9711.

Thank you!

Jack Carr
Lamoni, Iowa


Jackson Carr

Phone: (641) 757-9711 | Email: | LinkedIn: Jackson Carr


Ambitious business and sports management graduate seeking entry-level business management or marketing position with a dynamic corporate environment. Equipped with excellent event planning, writing, and problem-solving skills. An experienced student-manager who has successfully navigated the complex work environment of leading peers while simultaneously being mentored by department directors.


Bachelor of Arts, Graceland University Expected Graduation: April 2018

Majors: Business Administration and Sports Management


Student Manager, The Coliseum Movie Theater September 2013- Current

Flexible while working with hectic and ever-changing student-worker schedules.
Present weekly recaps of financial earnings and performance reports for each staff member.
Ensure Coliseum was properly maintained and cleaned to provide an aesthetically appealing environment.
Hand select future films with movie broker to best fit the community and University’s demographics.
Daily operations running smoother due to implementing the first ‘Coliseum Student-Employee Handbook,’ ‘Drop Dead Book’, detailed shift checklists, and more.
Ensure all technological aspects of Coliseum are maintained and kept up to date
Advertise upcoming shows in local newspapers, social media outlets, and local University
Close to realizing the completion of the date-night ‘Dinner Theater’ project.
Coordinate seasonal and holiday themed events.

Sales Associate, Graceland Campus Bookstore: FOLLETT September 2013- Current

o Implement Follett Corporation training to provide a welcoming and enjoyable environment

o Assist customers by navigating online resources and other unfamiliar sites to provide them with the best purchasing options

o Provide store manager with quality assistance to allow conference calls and accomplish daily tasks

o Memorize layout textbook and store inventory to provide customers with an efficient and simplistic shopping experience


o Collegiate Basketball (Aug. 2013- Jan. 2015)

o Gained a stronger work ethic, leadership skills, and conflict management during this time.

o Interim House Senator (Fall 2014)

o Worked alongside fellow students from all walks of life to accomplish the same goal, bettering the University.

o ENACTUS (Aug. 2016 – Current)

o A student led organization that is dedicated to making the world a better place through entrepreneurial action.

o Disc Golf (March 1995- Current)

o Gained friendship, obtained countless life lessons, and continue to grow on an individual level after every hole.


o Max Pitt MBA, Associate Professor in Graceland University’s C.H Sandage School of Business- (641) 442-5468

o Jeff McElroy MBA, Associate Professor in Graceland University’s C.H Sandage School of Business-(641)-780-8951

o Marcia Core, Follet Co, Graceland Campus Bookstore Manager- (515) 633-7711

​2018 ​Golden Eagle 5K

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From: Center Place Restoration School

​2018 ​Golden Eagle 5K

Eight Witnesses' Testimonies on Brazil

Correction - Eight Witnesses' Testimonies on Brazil Plates

Correction - Eight Witnesses' Testimonies on Brazil Plates - Saturday March 31 - 2:30 PM Central Daylight Time

Eight Witnesses' Testimonies on Brazil - Saturday March 31 - 2:30 PM Central Daylight Time
at: Colbern Road Restoration Branch
9525 Lake Lotawana Road, Gate 2
Lee's Summit MO 64063

Zarahemla Branch - Live Streaming

If you received the Price Publishing INDISPUTABLE evidence, you may want to view the up and coming 8 witnesses testimony on same.

(For your information - not a recommendation)

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

​Free - Three Pieces of Furniture​

​From: Esther Hoover

​Free - Three Pieces of Furniture​

FREE - 3 pieces of furniture. All are clean and in good condition. No stains or flaws. The love seat opens out for sleeping. You pick up. If interested.

Prayer Request for Laura

From: G. Miller

Prayer Request for Laura

Please pray for Laura Killham, Laurelle Redford's daughter. She has lost her voice and cannot perform her work duties. She has pneumonia as well.


Geri Woolery Passed Away

From: Eric Woolery

Geri Woolery Passed Away

For any friends or family that have not heard, my mother Geri Woolery has returned to the Lord and now resides in the Paradise of God with those who have gone on before her. She fought the good fight and is now resting from all of her labors. I thank and praise my Heavenly Father for His kindness and mercy. I thank Him for hearing our prayers and for bringing the ultimate healing to my mother. "And the Lord God spake unto Moses, saying, The heavens, they are many and they can not be numbered unto man, but they are numbered unto me, for they are mine; and as one earth shall pass away, and the heavens thereof, even so shall another come; and there is no end to my works, neither to my words; for this is my work and my glory, to bring to pass the immortality, and eternal life of man."

Service details will come later.

Eric Woolery

2018 Missionary Family Reunion

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From: Greg Thomas

2018 Missionary Family Reunion
Registration is OPEN "Cast Your Net"

Greg and Jani Thomas

Dear Brothers and Sisters, we greet you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

It is with great joy we send these greetings to you once again from the USA, having now completed our work in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia! We hope you will join us prepared to experience the Kingdom of God here on earth at the 2018 Missionary Family Reunion. This year’s reunion will be held once again at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa from June 17th-23rd. The theme is "Cast Your Net.”

While fishing with a fishing pole is good, it is only designed to catch one fish at a time. The goal this year is to help everyone to start thinking BIGGER! If we are to fulfill the Great Commission, we must broaden our efforts and seek ways to share with families and groups in addition to individuals.

Here are this year’s daily themes:

Sunday: Cast Your Net
Monday: Prepare Your Nets
Tuesday: Be Ye Fishers
Wednesday: Cast Your Net on the Other Side
Thursday: Gather EVERY Kind
Friday: Great Shall be Your Joy
Saturday: Get Out of the Boat!

If your desire is to answer Jesus’ call to be valiant in testimony to save your fellowman’s souls, please join us in Lamoni, Iowa for one short week in June starting on Father’s Day. To register please visit our website at

The Missionary Family Reunion is for all Christ Followers and as such is without affiliation. We promote the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and seek to give each the encouragement and tools to bring souls into the family of God.

Registration is $50 per family with the balance of the budget made up by free will offering. All donated funds will be used exclusively to offset reunion expenses.

Challenging and drawing each closer to Jesus, as well as meeting its financial obligations are hallmarks of reunion success... and this successful reunion experience requires the work of many. If you would like to volunteer – or need additional information please contact Greg and Jani Thomas at or (256) 457-1293 (Jani) or (256) 679-6016 (Greg).

Lastly, attached please find a copy of this letter as well as a paper registration form to share.

Thank you for your prayers as we shared the Gospel in Saudi Arabia, and may God continue to bless you as you seek to expand your missionary efforts,

Jani and Greg Thomas,

Monday, March 26, 2018

For Sale: 26 gallon aquarium and accessories - $75

From: Leonard

For Sale: 26 gallon aquarium and accessories - $75

Location: Near 23rd Street and 291 Highway, in Independence, Mo.

Contact Info: 816-254-1058

My father pursued the hobby of tropical fish for many years. For sale is his collection of aquarium, accessories, books, along with 2 cabinets to keep everything. They have not been used for several years. All goes for $75.

Mirror back aquarium

Under gravel filter

Isolation tanks

Items are in a basement as shown. I will help carry it out, but I will not be able to do it by myself.

Will only sell complete set.

Miamia Music Festival Email Campaign ​

​From: Savannah Etter

Miamia Music Festival Email Campaign ​


My name is Savannah Etter and I have a fantastic opportunity to sing in Miami Music Festival this summer! I have been taking voice lessons for almost three years now, have worked incredibly hard, and now have a chance to sing my first operatic role! Here are some more details.

Opportunity: Sing the role of "Mustardseed" and understudy the role of "Tytania" in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Location: Miami, Florida
Dates: June 6-July 2
Link: (singing video included)

Opportunity Info

First, let me tell you a little bit about Miami Music Festival. The festival is an educational opportunity for students to gain opera industry level experience and to bridge the gap between education and a career. Miami Music Festival puts on six operatic productions each summer and each production takes about a month to prepare. The productions are directed by industry professionals and accompanied by a full orchestra.

This will be a tremendous networking opportunity as well because the faculty comes from the Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Glimmerglass, Florida Grand Opera, the Bolshoi, and the Royal Philharmonic. I will have weekly lessons and coachings on a rotating schedule so that I will be able to work with a variety of industry professionals.

In addition to the opera performance, I have the opportunity to participate in an opera scenes program, masterclasses, various extra concerts, and seminars on succeeding in the world of opera. This is exactly the sort of educational performance experience that I have been looking for and I am delighted to have this chance!


As you can imagine, the program is very costly. I have saved my earnings quite diligently but still don’t have the required funds. My goal is to raise $3,000 for the remainder of the tuition cost and housing/food for the month. I am asking for a little more than needed so that I can have enough money for travel expenses. Any donation that you are able to make is greatly appreciated!

Thank you so much!

Jill Farnham Etter
Vocal Coach
MCC-Blue River
Music Arts Institute
Etter Voice Studio

Lonnie Griffin's Memorial Service


Lonnie Griffin's Memorial Service

Lonnie Griffin's memorial service will be Saturday, March 31, at 11:00 a.m.

His service will be held at:
Living Hope Restoration Branch
2425 S Crysler
Independence MO 64050

His full obituary can be read at:


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From: Noel Rowlatt

April 2018 Australian Restoration News


Please find attached the latest Australian Restoration News. I wish everyone a happy and safe Easter as we celebrate the gift of God in Jesus Christ.
Noel Rowlatt



April, 2018

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 DC 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 II 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). D&C 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; D&C 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; D&C 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 will be promoting church heritage during the week of April 1-7, 2018. The All-Branch Sacrament Service at Waldo Avenue RB/Center Place Restoration School usually held on the first Sunday in April was held March 4th to avoid April 1, which is Resurrection Sunday (Easter). There is an all Restoration hymn sing at the Stone Church on Friday, April 6. As you may recall, a home was purchased that once belonged to Joseph Smith III and Israel A. Smith. The home was the location for ten or more sections of the Doctrine and Covenants that came through these two prophets. A Board of Directors has been formed and some relatives of the Smith family are on the Board. We are into the season of retreats with all the events of summer time on the horizon. Several women's retreats are scheduled for April in the Centre Place, Ohio/West Virginia, and the Northwest (Oregon/Washington.) As always, April will be a busy month in the Centre Place. 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. We are seeking input from the Australian Saints and Priesthood as to what ministry is desired in late 2018 and 2019. As you know Elders Kevin Humphrey and Tom Rindels are currently in Australia. Please let us know your thoughts. We are also encouraging Australian Saints to join us here in the USA for summer reunions and other gathering. Anyone interested, feel free to contact the SEAAM Board through me. God bless each of you very much. If anyone would like to send in a brief testimony regarding Brother Leo Carroll, please do so by March 30, 2018. His Memorial Service is Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 11:00 am at Waldo Avenue RB and will be live streamed. Hopefully you have received Issue # 122 of the Tidings of Zion. The next issue is set to be published and mailed in late May.


Riches From The Scriptures. by Elder Neil Kerswell, Queensland, Australia. Chapter 15 Rise and Fall of God’s People During the course of my life I have known both what it is like to have little, to have in abundance and to have what we need. In all those circumstances of life I have had both good and bad attitude towards my fellow man in relation to it. I have seen the same happening in the lives of all people around me. The problem that occurs within the church is that God’s people sometimes lose sight of the big picture (that we are all beggars before the Lord, dependent upon God for all that we are and have, He having bought us all with a heavy price) and become too focussed on self and taking honour unto themselves that only belongs to God, thus bringing persecution, inequality and class segregation into the church which always leads to looking down upon those who God views as beautiful souls within the fold. Let us look at the example given in 4th Nephi.

4 Nephi1:1-28 From Love to Pride in just 28 Verses [4 Nephi 1:1] And it came to pass that the thirty and fourth year passed away, and also the thirty and fifth, and behold the disciples of Jesus had formed a church of Christ in all the lands round about. [4 Nephi 1:2] And as many as did come unto them, and did truly repent of their sins, were baptized in the name of Jesus; and they did also receive the Holy Ghost. [4 Nephi 1:3] And it came to pass in the thirty and sixth year, the people were all converted unto the Lord, upon all the face of the land, both Nephites and Lamanites, and there were no contentions and disputations among them, and every man did deal justly one with another; [4 Nephi 1:4] And they had all things common among them, therefore they were not rich and poor, bond and free, but they were all made free, and partakers of the heavenly gift. There is only true peace when Christ Rules in our hearts, when God’s people know our place before God, and we see our fellow men and women as equals, all being saved through the Grace of Jesus Christ. Being filled with the Holy Ghost, which is the same Spirit and Power that is the life of Jesus Christ, dwelling in our lives to help and strengthen us, to soften and humble us, to help us have a balanced and complete outlook on life and what it is all about. In the time this scripture reveals, the disciples of Jesus had shared the truth and testimony of Jesus Christ in such a manner that it was well received by all the inhabitants of the land, allowing them all to be made free and partakers of the heavenly gift. It’s all in the delivery, these witnesses had been in the presence of Christ, felt His love, been partakers of His Glory and were humbled and empowered by it. This truly influenced the ministry they gave and their attitude towards their fellow man. Allowing God to bring the success. [4 Nephi 1:5] And it came to pass that the thirty and seventh year passed away also, and there still continued to be peace in the land. [4 Nephi 1:6] And there were great and marvelous works wrought by the disciples of Jesus, insomuch that they did heal the sick, and raise the dead, and cause the lame to walk, and the blind to receive their sight, and the deaf to hear; [4 Nephi 1:7] And all manner of miracles did they work among the children of men; and in nothing did they work miracles save it were in the name of Jesus [4 Nephi 1:8] And thus did the thirty and eighth year pass away, and also the thirty and ninth, and the forty and first, and the forty and second; yea, even until forty and nine years had passed away, and also the fifty and first, and the fifty and second; yea, and even until fifty and nine years had passed away; [4 Nephi 1:9] And the Lord did prosper them exceedingly, in the land: yea, insomuch that they did build cities again where there had been cities burned; yea, even that great city Zarahemla did they cause to be built again. [4 Nephi 1:10] But there were many cities which had been sunk, and waters came up in the stead thereof; therefore these cities could not be renewed. [4 Nephi 1:11] And now behold it came to pass that the people of Nephi did wax strong, and did multiply exceeding fast, and became an exceeding fair and delightsome people. [4 Nephi 1:12] And they were married, and given in marriage, and were blessed according to the multitude of the promises which the Lord had made unto them. [4 Nephi 1:13] And they did not walk any more after the performances and ordinances of the Law of Moses, but they did walk after the commandments which they had received from their Lord and their God, continuing in fasting and prayer, and in meeting together oft, both to pray and to hear the word of the Lord. [4 Nephi 1:14] And it came to pass that there was no contention among all the people, in all the land, but there were mighty miracles wrought among the disciples of Jesus. [4 Nephi 1:15] And it came to pass that the seventy and first year passed away, and also the seventy and second year; yea, and in fine, until the seventy and ninth year had passed away; yea, even an hundred years had passed away, and the disciples of Jesus, whom he had chosen, had all gone to the paradise of God, save it were the three who should tarry; [4 Nephi 1:16] And there were other disciples ordained in their stead; and also many of that generation which had passed away. [4 Nephi 1:17] And it came to pass that there was no contention in the land, because of the love of God which did dwell in the hearts of the people. [4 Nephi 1:18] And there were no envyings, nor strifes, nor tumults, nor whoredoms, nor lyings, nor murders, nor any manner of lasciviousness; [4 Nephi 1:19] And surely there could not be a happier people among all the people who had been created by the hand of God [4 Nephi 1:20] There were no robbers, nor murderers, neither were there Lamanites, nor any manner of ites; but they were in one, the children of Christ, and heirs to the kingdom of God; [4 Nephi 1:21] And how blessed were they, for the Lord did bless them in all their doings; yea, even they were blessed and prospered, until an hundred and ten years had passed away; and the first generation from Christ had passed away, and there was no contention in all the land. One thing to be noted here is that all the blessings these people received of every kind were a blessing from God through Christ. While ever the people of God can maintain some sort of an understanding that this is indeed the truth in all cases, they can continue to have peace in every form, remaining free from the Spirit of Contention, Pride, Overinflated Self-Worth and Ego to destroy what God intended for them. God wants us to be fair in all our dealings (Fair - Free from favoritism or self-interest or bias or deception; Not excessive or extreme. In conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or cheating). But even when things are going as well as depicted in these verses of scripture, it is all the more reason to be diligent keeping watch for Satan and his ways, he is always attempting to upset and corrupt the good desires of mankind. Let’s read on. [4 Nephi 1:22] And it came to pass that Nephi, he that kept the last record, (and he kept it upon the plates of Nephi,) died, and his son Amos kept it in his stead; and he kept it upon the plates of Nephi also; 4 Nephi 1:23] And he kept it eighty and four years, and there was still peace in the land, save it were a small part of the people who had revolted from the church, and took upon them the name of Lamanites; therefore there began to be Lamanites again in the land. [4 Nephi 1:24] And it came to pass that Amos died also, (and it was an hundred and ninety and four years from the coming of Christ,) and his son Amos kept the record in his stead; and he also kept it upon the plates of Nephi; and it was also written in the book of Nephi, which is this book. [4 Nephi 1:25] And it came to pass that two hundred years had passed away, and the second generation had all passed away save it were a few. We see here that, some people were ceasing to call themselves the people of Christ and were becoming tribal again, taking upon themselves the names of men to be gathered under. This has happened to one degree or another in the church during our days, people have gathered under this man or that man, trying to stay true to the Gospel, ultimately all men and women will fail us in the long run, because only one is worthy to stand and to be our King, for worthy is the Lamb, even Jesus Christ. We must never lose sight of this, never trust in the arm of flesh, lean not to our own understandings and above all never try to force our beliefs or ways upon another, it will always end in division. Intelligent people will never allow their agency to be taken away by another. Battles have been fought in heaven over this and must never be encouraged within the church, as it ceases to be Christ’s church and becomes the church of the devil whenever the agency of men and women are trodden underfoot. [4 Nephi 1:26] And now I, Mormon, would that ye should know that the people had multiplied, insomuch that they were spread upon all the face of the land, and that they had become exceeding rich, because of their prosperity in Christ. [4 Nephi 1:27] And now in this two hundred and first year, there began to be among them those who were lifted up in pride, such as the wearing of costly apparel, and all manner of fine pearls, and of the fine things of the world. [4 Nephi 1:28] And from that time forth they did have their goods and their substance no more common among them, and they began to be divided into classes, and they began to build up churches unto themselves, to get gain, and began to deny the true church of Christ. This is always the way of Mankind when we forget our place, and begin to say the Blessings of Christ are our own and because of our own doing. I would like to share some of the signs to look out for in ourselves: 1. Some people begin to say they are blessed above others and look down upon others as being slothful and disobedient, forgetting that all good things come from God and unto those whom much is given much is required at their hands 2. Some who have been blest with strength of body and good health look upon others who don’t have this gift as being that way because they are sinful, failing to realise we are all sinners and all rely upon Christ for Salvation. 3. Some people who have been blest with many possessions begin to believe they are that way because of righteousness and therefore those with less must somehow be not righteous. 4. Those with great understanding of the Scriptures lose sight that it is a gift of God and think it is because they are more studious and righteous than others, therefore others are more sinful. 5. Those with a great gift to retain information to memory, therefore allowing them to advance in education above others, can be deceived into thinking they are that way because of righteousness and that others whose gift is to work with their hands are not as blest. 6. Some people who have a gift to be very good parents and have children who are healthy, gentle in nature and well behaved, can be deceived into thinking it’s because they keep all the commandments and then look down upon families who do not find parenting easy and may have children with disabilities etc. When all the while they should be offering to give a helping hand or engaging in silent prayers of love for God’s help and support to ease the challenges on this family. You can probably think of many more examples of how we as people can allow satan to deceive us into believing we are more than we are in the wrong context. In short, we all fall short of the Glory of God and therefore must be the humble followers of Jesus Christ, Harmless as Doves, knowing and believing our place before God and not thinking more highly of ourselves than we ought. Whenever we take the honour of any of God’s gifts unto ourselves and begin to think we are better than our fellow man we have become lost and shall be most miserable amongst men and women at the last day. It is under these circumstances when all the principles of Christ cease to exist in the hearts of men and women, feeling our way towards the large and spacious building of Lehi’s vision which is the pride of mankind and great shall be the fall of it, for it cannot and shall not stand. If it is Christ’s church it shall be called by His name, if we are Christ’s at His coming we shall know the name by which we are called and through whom we are saved and all good things come. We shall be known as the people of Christ. For if we are of any other man then we are His and not the Lord’s. Know the name by which you are called! Give honour unto God through the name of Jesus Christ and acknowledge Him as the Author, of your Faith and the Provider of all that is good. Honour Him and Him only, pray unceasing not only asking for things we need but more importantly giving thanks for all we have and shall receive. Be humble, full of Love and feed the Lord’s sheep. Be aware there is always the threat of wolves in our midst. Most wolves come from within and go out from the Church, speaking and boasting much. 4 Nephi 1: 29-53 [4 Nephi 1:29] And it came to pass that when two hundred and ten years had passed away, there were many churches in the land; yea, there were many churches which professed to know the Christ, and yet they did deny the more part of his gospel, insomuch that they did receive all manner of wickedness, and did administer that which was sacred unto him to whom it had been forbidden, because of unworthiness. [4 Nephi 1:30] And this church did multiply exceedingly, because of iniquity, and because of the power of Satan who did get hold upon their hearts.

When I was a young man I saw some of these very things take place within the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. My family had invited some non-members to travel with us and other church youth, to visit with a family far out in a country area who rarely had church due to distance. My father was a Teacher in the priesthood therefore to have communion with them, church leadership would volunteer to assist with the appropriate priesthood callings. It had been explained to both non-members and Priesthood who shouldn’t partake because they were not baptised. However the leadership offered the sacrament, which made the non-member feel obliged to partake. This caused so much damage in the life on the non-member and when multiple people present bore witness against the leadership who had transgressed, nothing was ever done and this apostate behaviour continued over the years and became much worse. Eventually about half the church membership separated, standing aside for two main reasons. 1. To hold onto the light and truth we knew so that future generations might

know the joy we had of the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 2. So that we might not be partakers of the darkness and apostasy that would ultimately come upon those who were deliberately letting go of the truth (it shall be taken away from them even the light which they have). [4 Nephi 1:31] And again, there was another church which denied the Christ; and they did persecute the true church of Christ; because of their humility, and their belief in Christ, and they did despise them, because of the many miracles which were wrought among them; [4 Nephi 1:32] Therefore they did exercise power and authority over the disciples of Jesus who did tarry with them, and they did cast them into prison; [4 Nephi 1:33] But by the power of the word of God, which was in them, the prisons were rent in twain, and they went forth doing mighty miracles among them. [4 Nephi 1:34] Nevertheless, and notwithstanding all these miracles, the people did harden their hearts, and did seek to kill them, even as the Jews at Jerusalem sought to kill Jesus, according to his word, [4 Nephi 1:35] And they did cast them into furnaces of fire, and they came forth receiving no harm; and they also cast them into dens of wild beasts, and they did play with the wild beasts even as a child with a lamb; and they did come forth from among them, receiving no harm. [4 Nephi 1:36] Nevertheless, the people did harden their hearts, for they were led by many priests and false prophets to build up many churches, and to do all manner of iniquity. It could be said why doesn’t God send powerful Angels to convince the people of the error of their ways like He did with Alma the son of Alma so they could be changed for good and be blest. I am reminded that seeing an angel only changes those who would be changed. Laman and Lemuel saw an angel and were shaken by the great power of God but were only ever changed momentarily for good. They were born unto Godly parents and taught in all God’s ways but would not submit to God’s ways, whereas people like Alma and Saul who became Paul, just needed some powerful redirection and they would engage in the Gospel for life. We see this in the scriptural example above, the wicked had some of the most powerful and potent ministry in their midst, even when the wicked tried to kill the disciples, they were preserved through God’s miraculous Power. But even this did not change the course of their lives. It is right to hope for God’s blessing and powerful redirection if it will be beneficial in someone’s life. We should always hope and pray for the best in everyone we know. [4 Nephi 1:37] And they did smite upon the people of Jesus; but the people of Jesus did not smite again. [4 Nephi 1:38] And thus they did dwindle in unbelief and wickedness, from year to year, even until two hundred and thirty years had passed away. [4 Nephi 1:39] And now it came to pass in this year, yea, in the two hundred and thirty and first year, there was a great division among the people. [4 Nephi 1:40] And it came to pass that in this year there arose a people who were called the Nephites, and they were true believers in Christ; and among them there were those who were called by the Lamanites, Jacobites, and Josephites, and Zoramites; [4 Nephi 1:41] Therefore the true believers in Christ, and the true worshipers of Christ, (among whom were the three disciples of Jesus who should tarry,) were called Nephites, and Jacobites, and Josephites, and Zoramites. [4 Nephi 1:42] And it came to pass that they who rejected the gospel, were called Lamanites, and Lemuelites, and Ishmaelites; and they did not dwindle in unbelief, but they did wilfully rebel against the gospel of Christ; [4 Nephi 1:43] And they did teach their children that they should not believe, even as their fathers, from the beginning, did dwindle. [4 Nephi 1:44] And it was because of the wickedness and abominations of their fathers, even as it was in the beginning. [4 Nephi 1:45] And they were taught to hate the children of God, even as the Lamanites were taught to hate the children of Nephi, from the beginning. [4 Nephi 1:46] And it came to pass that two hundred and forty and four years had passed away, and thus were the affairs of the people. [4 Nephi 1:47] And the more wicked part of the people did wax strong, and became exceeding more numerous than were the people of God. [4 Nephi 1:48] And they did still continue to build up churches unto themselves, and adorn them with all manner of precious things. [4 Nephi 1:49] And thus did two hundred and fifty years pass away, and also two hundred and sixty years. [4 Nephi 1:50] And it came to pass that the wicked part of the people began again to build up the secret oaths and combinations of Gadianton. [4 Nephi 1:51] And also the people who were called the people of Nephi, began to be proud in their hearts, because of their exceeding riches, and became vain, like unto their brethren, the Lamanites. [4 Nephi 1:52] And from this time, the disciples began to sorrow for the sins of the world. [4 Nephi 1:53] And it came to pass that when three hundred years had passed away, both the people of Nephi and the Lamanites had become exceeding wicked one like unto another. Isn’t this a tragedy, I have heard it said over the years, how could these people have been so blind, how could they fall away so quickly, surely they knew it was happening. What is important is that collectively and not individually both the wicked and those who should be more righteous were all wicked together and could not see it, things of particular note. 1. All were called by the name of a man or a family instead of being one people known by the name by which they are all saved (People of Jesus Christ). 2. Pride had taken hold on the hearts of most who were once of the faith, bringing about the fall of God’s people, it mentions the riches brought them down, I think this was only a part of the problem, as mentioned previously satan desires to corrupt our good desires causing us to think more highly of ourselves than we ought, bringing contention and division through personal pride. 3. Secret oaths and works had taken hold which is an abomination in the sight of God. 4. There were many churches built up for many reasons, almost all of which was contrary to the will of God 5. The wicked had become far more numerous than believers. 6. The true believers of God who still held on were greatly persecuted. I hope we can see that our day is not too different; all the ingredients above exist to one degree or another today.

Even amongst those who seek to remain faithful there is a tendency to group under this man or that man, or that woman. Pride is all too strong and humility is becoming a rare commodity. Some ministry is all about personal testimony and very little about Jesus Christ our Lord and His word which is the Rod of Iron and the Sword of the Spirit which is an important part of having on the whole armour of God. Personal testimony is important and is needed in ministry, but if it ever becomes the primary source is nothing more than overindulgence and self-promotion. God’s people in times past sacrificed much, endured much and lost much in order to make it possible for our generation to have the Word of God as manifested in Scripture. They knew how important it is to be able to cling to God’s Word. May we hold onto the Rod of Iron and never let go, for if we ever do let go and lean towards our own understanding, we shall wander from the straight and narrow path and great shall be our fall. However if we will hold on with all our might and teach others how to do likewise, pressing forward in faith believing in the promises of God, we shall be blest. I would encourage all ministry who have accepted the calling and responsibility of feeding God’s sheep to base their ministry in God’s words contained in scripture. God’s word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us in the personage of Jesus Christ our Lord. We in turn must present the word of God in a manner that brings complete understanding and a living testimony of Christ into the lives of His people. My prayer for all of you reading and myself is that we may always find a place for true repentance each and every day of our lives. May we be prepared and fully sanctified and made ready to meet Christ, whether there is still time that we may pass from this life through death into the paradise of God or whether we meet Him at His Coming, the blessing is the same and is of the greatest importance. May we be blest with Eternal Life as God intends [John 17:3] And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.. *******************

Victoria News: Church of Jesus Christ.Restoration Kelvin View Branch –by Elder Murray Broughton

And whoso treasureth up my words shall not be deceived. Matthew Chapter 24: 39.

Truly my soul waiteth upon God, from him cometh my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation, he is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved Psalm 62: 1 & 2.

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:57 & 58.

Sunday 25 February. Readings Psalm 34: 1- 9. 1 John 3: 22 - 24.

Text: Keepeth his Commandments and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

Sunday 4 March. Communion service. Readings Romans 14: 7 - 12. Subject “No Turning Back”

Genesis Chapter 19: 23 - 33. Luke 9: 57 - 62.

Sunday 11 March Reading Acts Chapter 16 : 25 - 33.

Text Prayer and Singing Praises unto God.

Sermon Acts 9: 1 - 18, Acts 16: 9 - 33. Sunday 18 March Readings 1 Kings chapter 18: 17 - 24.

Text v 21,How long halt ye between two Opinions.? If the Lord be God follow him, but if Baal then follow him. [Agency to choose] very fair, do we have faith like Elijah in God.

Sermon 1 Kings Chapter 18: 17 - 24. 11 Kings Chapter 2: 8 - 15.

Prayer List. I pray for those travelling in Australia giving Ministry; those in Africa giving Ministry; for their safety, and guidance, and in their Ministry, Sister Dawn Mackrell needs our prayers, Brother Michael Fulton, Sister Jan DeUray.and a Brother in Philippines.I have been praying for them. Hymn Let us pray for one another, for the day is fading fast.

Happy Birthday to all that have had Birthdays. ****************

Tamworth News submitted by Sr. Helen Archer We continue to meet each Sunday with Elder Peter Archer presiding over our Services. Brother Peter had been working to prepare the Church car, servicing it and fixing the air-conditioner and other things to make it safe and road worthy for our visitors from the States. On Thursday the 8th of March the Tamworth group went to the Tamworth Airport to welcome Elder Tom Rindels and Elder Kevin Humphrey to Australia, taking them home, with Brother Tom staying at Deacon Roy and Sr. Daphne Schubert's and Brother Kevin domiciled at Br. Peter and Sr. Helen Archers’ home. We let them rest that evening, having given them a short tour on the way home to their accommodation. Friday we took them to do some of the chores they needed to do and let them rest again in the afternoon to try to adjust to our time zone. Friday evening we gathered at the Schubert's to fellowship together. Brother Bob Wilkinson came and joined in all the activities. Elder Danny Archer and Kris traveled from Sydney on Friday after work and arrived very late that evening, staying with Peter and Helen. Saturday we all had the evening meal with homemade Pizza at the Schubert's followed by a hymn sing. Sunday morning we had a Prayer Service presided over by Elder Peter Archer followed by a Sacrament Service with the message given by Elders Tom Rindels and Kevin Humphreys. On Monday morning, Tom and Kevin set out armed with phones and maps ready to visit the Saint around the Eastern states of Australia. We enjoyed the fellowship and Ministry of our dear Brothers while they were in Tamworth. Wedding Anniversaries. Roy and Daphne Schubert 26th March 63 years Peter and Helen Archer 2nd April 35 years ****************

Visiting American Ministry. Elders Tom Rindels and Kevin Humphries who are out on a Mission in Australia having commenced their ministry in Tamworth traveling in the church to car Townsville in North Queensland and are currently in Brisbane, having visited some isolated saints on the way. They will conclude their ministry here in Brisbane with the Sunday services on 25th and will be heading south down the New South Wales coast meeting with saints on the way, then through to be in Victoria for Sunday 1st April and on to Adelaide for Sunday 8th. Elder Kevin Humphreys will be leaving Australia on the 11th April, while Elder Tom Rindels will continue to minister in Australia till he departs on 7 th May. We trust that the Lord will continue to bless them as they move among the saints,

Please include in your daily prayers the following people who are in need of a blessing Gwen Whately, Elma Grayden Mary Dunn Alma & Janice Kerswell George Parker Dirk Waasdorp Jonathon Page Monique Hummel & Family

Audrey Kerswell Peter Archer Neville Broughton, Adrienne & Robert Windsor

Dawn Mackrell Michael Fulton Jan DeUray. Saints in the Philippines



17-19 Juers Street, Kingston, Queensland. Pastor: Elder Alma Kerswell. Phone 07 3800 1151 ACTIVITY SCHEDULE. APRIL 2018.

Sun. 1st. 10.00 a.m. COMMUNION SERVICE. Elder N.Rowlatt Elder A. Kerswell

Musical Item for Service. Glenn Kerswell

11.10 a.m. Prayer & Testimony Service. Elder N.Rowlatt

Sun. 8th. 9.50 a.m. Hymn Sing: Jillian Flowers: Janice Kerswell

10.00 a.m. PREACHING SERVICE. Elder A. Kerswell Elder N.Churchill

Musical Item for Service. Jillian & Cathy

11.00 a.m. Class. Elder N. Churchill

Sun. 15h. 9.50 a.m. Hymn Sing: Linda Kerswell Flowers: Linda Kerswell

10.00 a.m. WORSHIP SERVICFE Bro.Glenn.Kerswell Elder N.Rowlatt

Musical Item for Service: Linda Kerswell

11.10 a.m. Class. Elder N. Rowlatt

Sun. 22nd. 9.50 a.m. Hymn Sing: Rebecca Melling Flowers: Del Churchill

10.00 a.m. PREACHING SERVICE. Elder G.Melling Elder N.Melling

Musical Item for Service. Rebecca, Elsie & Jillian

11.10 a.m. Class. Elder A.Kerswell

Youth. Jillian Maas

Sun. 29th. NO SERVICE

BRANCH NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS for Kingston Branch..

We welcome Elders Tom Rindels & Kevin Humphreys to our Branch and thank them for the desire they have to spread and strengthen the Lord’s work in Australia. May their efforts be blessed and prove fruitful.

Birthdays. Happy Birthday Wishes to the following people.

Jillian Maas on the 6th. Alma Kerswell on the 14th. Gary Rowlatt on the 29th

Wedding Anniversaries. Congratulations to the following couples.

Donald & Narelle Olsen on the 7th. Neville & Del Churchill on the 14th.

Church Building Improvements.Thanks to a much appreciated donation that was given for a specific designation, The Kingston Branch has seen some major refurbishment. The old carpet in the chapel has been replaced by commercial carpet tiles; the bedroom and the Pastor’s room have been completely redone with carpet, king size single beds and furnishings. It has made a tremendous improvement and we are very grateful for the fact that danger of tripping in the chapel has been overcome and the bedroom and pastor’s room are now a lot more functional for when we have visitors stay.

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 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.

If you do not have access to an internet facility and would like to post your article to me, I will try and have it typed and included, but I would need to receive it by the 18th of the month for inclusion in the next issue. Postal details are as follows: Noel Rowlatt, 6 Wetheral Place, Alexandra Hills. Q4161

March Honey Deal

From: David Ben Torah

March Honey Deal

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This is good until March 29.

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Looking for Dependable Transportation

From: Laura Jones

Looking for Dependable Transportation

We are looking for dependable transportation for a family member in the $2,500-3,500 range.
Please let us know if you know of any smaller cars or saints that sell cars.

Thank you.
Laura Jones

Friday, March 23, 2018

Free School Materials

From: Cheryl Hout

Free School Materials

I have school materials that I wish to give to the cause of building up the waste places of Zion. I wish to give to Restoration groups homeschooling or not. My other choice is to give to another country. I prefer to give to local Zionic endeavors.

The materials tend to be for elementary grade levels and will need sorted through for such. There are also paperback books for a reading library.


Missionary Teams in Australia, Rwanda, Kenya

From: Paul Gage

Missionary Teams in Australia, Rwanda, Kenya

Thanks for the prayers for the missionary teams.

There still two elders in Australia. Kevin Humphrey will be returning around April 10th and Tom Rindels will be returning around May 10th.

The team that was in Rwanda and the team that was in Kenya are all back home.

Thanks to everyone who was praying for Presler Odida, one of Eric and Pam's sons.
He was having abdominal pains and a high white blood count.
He is now well and back in school.

Other missionary teams will be going to Canada, Nepal, the Philippines and possibly other areas in April and May. Keep the prayers going.

Praise the Lord!
God bless
Paul Gage

Francis Harper Message for 3/23/18

From: Francis Harper

Francis Harper Message for 3/23/18

Dear Ones,

As we approach the season of Passover and the Resurrection, our minds should be focused on the words of John the Baptist, and of John, the beloved apostle. “Behold the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). “. . . the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8).

We need to remember the words of Jesus: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you” (John 15:13-14). In the book, Fundamentals, by F. Henry Edwards, pages 120-121, a story is shared which beautifully illustrates sacrificial love.

“There is a story of a little girl whose mother was a singularly beautiful woman except for her hands, which were badly disfigured. One evening, in an outburst of affection, the little girl said, ‘Mother, you are beautiful, and I love you very, very dearly.’ Then, wishing to be honest, she added, ‘Except for your hands.’ Drawing the girl closely to her, the mother answered, ‘Daughter, let me tell you a story. Many years ago, when you were just a little girl, my hands were as beautiful as my face. One night, when I came back from visiting some friends, I was horrified to find our house on fire, and the fireman apparently unable to do anything about it. Of course, the first thing I said was, Where is my little girl? Somehow, everyone had taken for granted that you were safe, but I soon realized that you were still in that blazing building. I am not sure what happened during the next few minutes, although I remember the firemen trying to hold me, and saying that I could not go into the house. But I pulled away from them, and after a few terrible minutes of groping through that blazing furnace, I was back again in the cool night air, and I had you with me. My poor hands were terribly burned, and I have never looked the same since; but for some reason I have not minded nearly as much as you would expect.’ The little girl was quite silent for a moment; then she said, ‘Mother dear, you are beautiful, and I love you more than I can tell. Your hands are the most beautiful of all.’”

The death of Jesus, as ugly as it was, becomes beautiful when we see his crucifixion as an act of love. Some of the words of the hymn, “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” come to mind: “When I survey the wondrous cross, on which the Prince of glory died, . . . love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.”

The crucifixion of Jesus is more than fiction. It was an actual historical event, which happened in Jerusalem, on the “preparation of the Passover” (John 19:4). God arranged to have his Lamb; the Son of God, slain at the right season, on the right day [the day of preparation] at the right hour [3:00 p.m.], when all the Passover lambs in Israel were being slain.

It was by the blood of a lamb smeared on the doorposts of each home that the children of Israel were spared in Egypt. Likewise, it is by the blood of the Lamb of God that we can be made fit to dwell with God in his eternal kingdom. After the shedding of the blood of the Lamb of God on Mount Moriah, in Jerusalem, Jesus said, “Ye shall offer up unto me no more the shedding of blood . . . Ye shall offer for a sacrifice unto me a broken heart and a contrite spirit (3 Nephi 4:49).

And so at this season, as in all seasons we, as his prodigal sons and daughters, need to “come to ourselves” and return to our Eternal Father, in the name of Jesus, with a broken heart and a contrite spirit. He will receive us with open arms. This is atonement; becoming one with the Father and Son. As Jesus prayed, “That they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that thou hast sent me” (John 17:21).

My love to all,
Francis Harper


Remission of Sin

I asked the Lord, "Why did Jesus have to die in such a cruel way?" He answered, "Without shedding of blood is no remission" (Hebrews 9:22). Sin is a universal problem. "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. Therefore being justified only by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus; whom God has set forth to be a propitiation [payment for sin] through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past . . ." (Romans 3:23-25). Sin is like a cancerous growth which will destroy our physical bodies, unless by some means remission is attained. Quite often after a period of time the cancer will return. Likewise, after our sins are remitted [forgiven] we must constantly strive to retain a remission of our sins. King Benjamin described the process of receiving a remission of sins: "And they viewed themselves in their own carnal state, even less than the dust of the earth. And they all cried aloud with one voice, saying, O have mercy, and apply the atoning blood of Christ, that we may receive forgiveness of our sins, and our hearts may be purified: For we believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God . . . And it came to pass that after they had spoken these words, the Spirit of the Lord came upon them, and they were filled with joy, having received a remission of their sins, and having peace of conscience, because of the exceeding faith they had in Jesus Christ . . ."

(Mosiah 2:2-6). Isaiah also spoke of the remission of sins and the atonement; the reconciliation of sinful man with his Creator: "Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon" (Isaiah 55:6-7).

Some subscribe to the "once saved, always saved" theology. This is fallacious thinking. Peter warned, "For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than after they had known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, the dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire" (2 Peter 2:20-22). Paul also warned, "But I keep . . . my body, and bring it into subjection; lest by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway" (1 Corinthians, 9:27). King Benjamin counseled: ". . . humble yourselves even in the depths of humility, calling on the name of the Lord daily, and standing steadfastly in the faith . . . And behold, I say unto you, that if ye do this, ye shall always rejoice, and [will] be filled with the love of God, and [will] always retain a remission of your sins; And ye shall grow in the knowledge of the glory of him that created you, or in the knowledge of that which is just and true" (Mosiah 2:21-23).

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Dorothy Hall Service and Obituary

Gregory Lyons

Dorothy Hall Service and Obituary

Saturday, March 24 at South Crysler Restoration Branch

9:30-10:00 a.m. - Visitation
10:00-11:00 a.m. - Memorial Service


Dorothy Jean Hall – October 6, 1939 – March 17, 2018

Dorothy Jean Hall was born on October 6, 1939, to Doc and Maude Johnson in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. She spent her young adult years in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she began to start her family. In 1989 Dorothy and her loving husband Thomas made Independence, Missouri their home.

Dorothy was baptized in the RLDS church at a young age and was a devoted member of South Crysler Restoration Branch where she shared her gift of music as an organist for the church. Dorothy was a devoted woman of God and loved sharing her spiritual knowledge and unwavering faith with all of those around her. Her true passion was her love for the Lord and she was a voracious reader of scripture and good church books.

Dorothy transitioned into eternal rest peacefully on March 17, 2018, with her loved ones at her side. She was preceded in death by her parents Doc and Maude Johnson, husband Thomas Hall, son Roger Johnson and daughter Myling Sophia Hall. Sisters Lillian Ware, Alma English, Viola Johnson, and Lovely Pitts. Brothers Daniel Johnson, Edward Johnson, Raleigh Johnson and Leroy Johnson

She leaves those to cherish her precious memory. Daughters: Dorothy (Jose) Garcia of Independence, MO., Thomasine Bennett of Independence, MO. Sons: Alex (Janet) Johnson of Leavenworth, KS., Leon Johnson of Colorado Springs, CO. Andre Hall of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Derek (Judy) Hall of Kansas City, MO. Sisters: Virginia Johnson and Fannie Brown both of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Brother: Paul Johnson of Philadelphia Pennsylvania. 19 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

Anyone Collect Postage Stamps?

From: Paul Ludy

Anyone Collect Postage Stamps?

Back in the old days people did!

I just uncovered 5 or 6 boxes of used stamps from around the world. Some are grouped in baggies and most are just loose. They are probably not valuable--but we understand the enjoyment is mostly in the hunt.

These are free to a collector.

Please call me at 816 210-8450 to arrange pickup or delivery.

Paul V. Ludy
Bates City, MO 64011

For New & Used RLDS Books go to OLDBOOKMAN.US

For information about the new 3-in-1, go to RESTORATIONSCRIPTURES.BLOGSPOT.COM

CPRS Spring Play

From: Pam Chrislip

CPRS Spring Play

Center Place Restoration School
Spring Play
"The Masterpiece"

Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31 at 7:00 PM

Tickets are $7.00 per person and are available in the school office or at the door on the nights of performance. The box office opens at 6:15 PM, auditorium opens for seating at 6:30 PM, and the performance begins at 7:00 PM.

Please come support our youth as they share an evening of smiles, faith, and worship.

Proceeds go to the CPRS Tuition Assistance fund.

2018 Women’s Spring Retreat

From: Angela Goff

2018 Women’s Spring Retreat

“The Lord Carries Us Through Our Brokenness”

April 14, 2018
Atherton Restoration Branch
4910 N Main Street
Independence MO 64058

Please join us for a morning of worship and fellowship, followed by lunch, on the morning of April 14, 2018. The topic of “The Lord Carries Us Through Our Brokenness” will be shared throughout the morning classes. Our speakers will be Melanie Coonts and Charlotte Anderson.
Pastor: Elder Jason Howard

Registration: Begins at 8:30 a.m.
Retreat to start at 9:00 a.m. and go through noon.
Lunch will be provided.

Sponsored by:
Restoration Women’s Council
Any questions: Contact Mary Prater at 816-277-8885

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Gun Auction- 80 Guns-Ammo-Reloading Supplies

​From: Charles Golden

Gun Auction- 80 Guns-Ammo-Reloading Supplies

Saturday, April 28, 2018
11:00 AM CST
701 East Main
Maysville MO 64469

Local Owner is selling a 70 year collection of Guns-Ammo-Some US GI-Reloading Supplies

Doors Open at 10:00 A.M. At the June Conley Building

701 East Main
Maysville MO 64469
(East Edge of Maysville on Highway 6)


Guns -- Many Calibers of Ammo -- Holsters -- shot Gun and Riffle, Reloading Supplies -- Primers- Bullets- Powder -- collectible Ammo -- Much More!!!!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Giving the Basics

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

Giving the Basics

Dear, Saints,

Giving the Basics, a community support group started by Teresa Hamilton of Bob Hamilton Plumbing, was featured on the front page of the KC Star yesterday. I was intrigued to know more about it since I have been involved with community outreach for several months. Attached below is a link to a 7 minute video which I copied from their website. Giving the Basics supplies personal care products to 315 schools and agencies across the KC Metro area. There is so much convicting information in this short presentation. Please watch it to understand the magnitude of the problems our children face every day. Take note of the numbers the speakers talk about, that within the Shawnee Mission School District alone, there are 500 students who meet the federal guidelines of homeless, 10,000 children are economically disadvantaged, and 40% qualify for free and reduced fee lunches. It will take you to your knees asking the Lord for insight on what we all can say and do together for the Kingdom.

What Teresa Hamilton is doing is nothing short of Kingdom building whether she knows it or not, stepping in to fill a great need. Before Teresa got involved, community support groups like City Union Mission, the Good Samaritan Project, Salvation Army, and area school teachers were scrambling to find, and paying out of their own pockets for personal hygiene supplies for low income and homeless families they serve. With Giving the Basics in place as a linking distributor of these essentials, all these community groups have a consistent supply source. That is Kingdom style organization.

I disagree with Mrs. Hamilton on one point she made in the article, that this mission of hers isn’t about religion or politics, she just wants to free people from shame and help them get to a place where they can help themselves. It IS about religion because the followers of Jesus are commanded to take care of widows and the fatherless. It is critical to building the Kingdom. Restoration Saints are called to organize themselves to serve the needs of the poor, homeless, and fatherless. God is doing that work through others and we can feel good about supporting Giving the Basics, and learning from Teresa, praying and going about knowing what else God would have us do to make the Kingdom real here in this place and now.

What Giving the Basics is doing is being replicated across the country. It is coming out of the Center Place. It is not a Restoration group that is doing it, nevertheless other communities are seeing what is happening here and looking to this region for answers. God moves in mysterious ways to perform His works. We have great reason for hope here in the Center Place of Zion. It is AWESOME! To God be the Glory!

Muriel Luedeman

Bobcat Operator Wanted

From: Tanya Bausback

Bobcat Operator Wanted

Looking for a bobcat operator to fill and level an area where there used to be an above-ground swimming pool.
Seeking a person with experience and that will supply the bobcat to do the job.
Need the job to be done within the next 2 weeks and will pay per the job (not hourly).

Thank you!

Tanya Bausback
text or email to: 816-716-9260

Monday, March 19, 2018

Leota Faye (Eliason) Anderson Obituary

From: anderson.kelly

Leota Faye (Eliason) Anderson Obituary

Leota Faye (Eliason) Anderson passed away on March 15, 2018, in Lee's Summit, MO.

Leota, daughter of the late Warren H. and Ida C.(Staffanson) Eliason, was born in Malad City, Idaho. She grew up and completed high school in Leon, Iowa. On June 8, 1947 in Leon, Iowa, Leota married Dennis D. Anderson. Dennis worked for the Iowa Southern Utilities in Leon, Iowa, where he and Leota started their family, and worked together on their Eliason Dairy farm (affectionately known as Hillcrest). They later moved to Grinnell, Iowa where Leota was Director of Housekeeping at Grinnell College. At that time, she attended school to complete her LPN nursing degree at Marshalltown Community College in 1971. Shortly after graduation, Dennis & Leota moved to Independence, Missouri. Over the course of her career her passion was with the aging population. For eight years she worked at Independence Home Health Agency for the City of Independence where she became lifelong friends with her supervisor, LaDon Piepergerdes. When she was hired, during her interview LaDon said she wanted Leota because, "She would give this place some class!" Leota was beautiful inside and out with a Hollywood smile for all. Her family, as well as her church family, were very important to her. Affectionately called "Dode" by her grandchildren, she was frequently asked to give advice, help with illnesses and she was everyone's best friend. She was so very proud of her heritage in Montana and stayed strongly connected to her family there. She was a member of the South Crysler Restoration Church where she was very active and had many, many close friends.

Surviving family members are her sons, Douglas (Linda) Anderson of Kingsville, MO, Gregory (Tina) Anderson of Independence, KS, grandchildren Michael (Sarah) Anderson, Kelly Anderson, Jennifer Anderson, Scott (Janet) Anderson, Briana Anderson, Michael (Samantha) Anderson, Amanda (Jesse) Moley, Ida Anderson and 10 great grandchildren. Leota is preceded in death by her brother Donald Eliason and her husband Dennis.

Visitation will be from 9-10 am Thursday, March 22, 2018 at Speaks Suburban Chapel. A Celebration of life will follow at 10 am at the chapel..
Please share you online condolences at:

Arrangements: Speaks Suburban Chapel; 816-373-3600