Sunday, September 30, 2018


​From: ​ ​Noel Rowlatt ​


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

And time marches on and waits for no man, or person. It certainly often seems that time is speeding up or I am getting slower. Doctrine and Covenants 83:16 speaks to the conditions of the world as well as our lives and says ":until I have completed my work, which shall be cut short in righteousness." Verse 17 then speaks of our hope in the Kingdom. Everything God has done, is doing, and will do is beyond our human comprehension and therefore we lack, to some extent, the ability to truly appreciate God's love. As the seasons come and go, people make various preparations for each season. Each day of our lives is a "new season," so what do we do to prepare for each day and of course, our life? Sanctification seems to be an aspect of the gospel that we like to hear about, but don't want to take the action necessary for us to become "sanctified." Sanctification and sacrifice go together, hand in hand. To sanctify our lives, we must sacrifice those things that keep us from being sanctified. This is brought to our attention in Doctrine and Covenants 85:16-21. This scripture is worthy of an in-depth study and application by each one who has made a covenant with the Lord. Entering God's Kingdom is not an automatic thing that just happens. No one will simply walk into God's Kingdom with no effort to make sure they have on the "wedding garment." This is referenced in Matthew 22:1-14. DC 85 is filled with a great amount of instruction that is given for us to prepare ourselves. Be sure to read verse 20 a & b. In verse b we are told several things that we must do on our own, and yet the major part of the cleansing of our lives is done by the Lord, after we do what we are instructed to do; Also see DC 81:3. There is always an abundance of events. activities, services, etc going on in the Centre Place. One event, of note, a "Special Prayer Service held at Waldo Avenue RB on Sunday September 16, 2018 and sponsored by the Waldo Avenue RB. The service was filled with a presence of the Holy Spirit as those in attendance shared. The service was open to all who desired to come and pray for the Kingdom of God. The CRE missionary groups continue to be very active.. Recent missions have been made to England and Germany with other mission trips planned for Africa, Canada, India, Nepal, and the Philippines The next issue of Tidings of Zion is being printed and should be in the homes by early October. We also desire to sponsor a mission trip to Australia in 2019. Our prayer for the Saints in Australia and the world is that God will continue to open those doors of ministry to each of us as we work toward sanctifying our lives for His Divine purposes .
Riches From The Scriptures. by Elder Neil Kerswell, Queensland,Australia. Chapter 21 Church History Part 3. Last Time we met we covered the following: 1. Joseph was persecuted by Churches and people in positions of power for his testimony that God spoke to him. 2. After mixing with some bad company to find some sort of human companionship Joseph repented and asked God for another experience. 3. The Angel Moroni/Nephi told him of gold plates which contained a record of the former inhabitants of the land. He explained to Joseph some Bible prophecies etc. 4. Some people tried to steal the Book of Mormon plates. 5. Martin Harris lost pages of the translated Book of Mormon, he broke his promise to Joseph and showed many people. It was never found. Thankfully God gave some new revelations explaining what Satan was planning to do in relation to the missing pages (Satan was hoping they would be retranslated again and if there was the slightest variation, plant in the hearts of people that the work was false). God had foreseen this and told them the same information was contained in another section of the Book of Mormon and they should start translation there instead
Church History Volume 1 Chapter 3
The work of translation continued without any other extra-ordinary event transpiring until Friday, May 15, when the Aaronic priesthood was conferred upon them through the instrumentality of John the Baptist. On this point we allow Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery to relate the circumstance. Joseph Smith says:-"We still continued the work of translation, when in the ensuing month (May, eighteen hundred and twenty-nine) we on a certain day went into the woods to pray and inquire of the Lord respecting baptism for the remission of sins, as we found mentioned in the translation of the plates. While we were thus employed, praying, and calling upon the Lord, a messenger from heaven descended in a cloud of light, and having laid his hands upon us, he ordained us, saying unto us, 'Upon you, my fellow servants, in the name of Messiah, I confer the priesthood of Aaron, which holds the keys of the ministering of angels, and of the gospel of repentance, and of baptism by immersion, for the remission of sins; and this shall never be taken from the earth, until the sons of Levi do offer again an offering unto the Lord in righteous ness.' [Page 36] He said this Aaronic priesthood had not the power of laying on of hands, for the gift of the Holy Ghost, but that this should be conferred on us hereafter; and he commanded us to go and be baptized, and gave us directions that I should baptize Oliver Cowdery, and afterwards that he should baptize me. "Accordingly we went and were baptized, I baptized him first, and afterwards he baptized me, after which I laid my hands upon his head and ordained him to the Aaronic priesthood, and afterwards he laid his hands on me and ordained me to the same priesthood, for so we were commanded. "The messenger who visited us on this occasion, and conferred this priesthood upon us, said that his name was John, the same that is called John the Baptist, in the New Testament, and that he acted under the direction of Peter, James, and John, who held the keys of the priesthood of Melchisedec, which priesthood he said should in due time be conferred on us-and that I should be called the first elder, and he the second. It was on the fifteenth day of May, eighteen hundred and twenty-nine, that we were baptized and ordained under the hand of the messenger.
This experience is very important and is what sets apart the coming forth of our church from all others. God gave us a gift of authority initially to minister in the Aaronic Priesthood. If we liken the Kingdom of God to my country of Birth Australia. We, who are born here, inherit rights and privileges because we are legal citizens, members of this kingdom of Australia. There are other people within our kingdom who have the right to teach our children, some have authority to serve as police or leaders within this land. In God’s kingdom we have to be reborn through baptism and with this comes some rights and privileges and some people are called by God to be Leaders and teachers. Just like in Australia we need to abide within the laws to maintain our liberty, so it is in God’s Kingdom there are laws we need to abide in for there to be blessings. Let’s read on.
"Immediately upon our coming up out of the water, after we had been baptized, we experienced great and glorious blessings from our heavenly Father. No sooner had I baptized Oliver Cowdery than the Holy Ghost fell upon him and he stood up and prophesied many things which should shortly come to pass. And again, so soon as I had been baptized by him, I also had the spirit of prophecy, when, standing up, I prophesied concerning the rise of the church, and many other things connected with the church, and this generation of the children of men. We were filled with the Holy Ghost, and rejoiced in the God of our salvation. "Our minds being now enlightened, we began to have the Scriptures laid open to our understandings, and the true meaning of their more mysterious passages revealed unto us, in a manner which we never could attain to previously, nor ever before had thought of. In the meantime we were forced to keep secret the circumstances of our having been baptized, and having received the priesthood, owing to a spirit of persecution which had already manifested itself in the neighborhood. We had been threatened with being mobbed, from time to time, and this too by professors of religion. And their intentions of mobbing us were only counteracted by the influence of my wife's father's family, (under Divine Providence,) who had become very friendly to me, and were opposed to mobs, and were willing that I should be allowed to continue the work of translation without interruption; and therefore offered and promised us protection from all unlawful proceedings as far as in them lay. "After a few days, however, feeling it to be our duty, we commenced to reason out of the Scriptures, with our acquaintances and friends, as we happened to meet with them. About this time my brother Samuel H. Smith came to visit us. We informed him of what the Lord was about to do for the children of men; and to reason with him out of the Bible. We also showed him that part of the work which we had translated, and labored to persuade him concerning the gospel of Jesus Christ which was now about to be revealed in its fullness. He was not, however, very easily persuaded of these things, but after much inquiry and explanation, he retired to the woods, in order that by secret and fervent prayer he might obtain of a merciful God, wisdom to enable him to judge for himself. The result was that he obtained revelations for himself sufficient to convince him of the truth of our assertions to him, and on the fifteenth day of that same month in which we had been baptized and ordained, Oliver Cowdery baptized him; and he returned to his father's house greatly glorifying and praising God, being filled with the Holy Spirit."-Times and Seasons, vol. 8, pp. 865, 866. Oliver Cowdery says:- "This was not long desired before it was realized. The Lord, who is rich in mercy, and ever willing to answer the consistent prayer of the humble, after we had called upon him in a fervent manner, aside from the abodes of men, condescended to manifest to us his will. On a sudden, as from the midst of eternity, the voice of the Redeemer spake peace to us, while the vail was parted and the angel of God came down clothed with glory, and delivered the anxiously looked for message, and the keys of the gospel of repentance! What joy! What wonder! What amazement! While the world was racked and distracted-while millions were groping as the blind for the wall, and while all men were resting upon uncertainty, as a general mass, our eyes beheld-our ears heard. As in the 'blaze of day;' yes, more-above the glitter of the May sunbeam, which then shed its brilliancy over the face of nature! Then his voice, though mild, pierced to the center, and his words, 'I am thy fellow servant,' dispelled every fear. We listened-we gazed-we admired! 'Twas the voice of the angel from glory-'twas a message from the Most High! and as we heard we rejoiced, while his love enkindled upon our souls, and we were rapt in the vision of the Almighty! Where was room for doubt? Nowhere: uncertainty had fled, doubt had sunk, no more to rise, while fiction and deception had fled forever! "But, dear brother, think, further think for a moment, what joy filled our hearts and with what surprise we must have bowed, (for who would not have bowed the knee for such a blessing?) when we received under his hand the holy priesthood, as he said, 'Upon you my fellow-servants, in the name of Messiah, I confer this priesthood and this authority, which shall remain upon earth, that the sons of Levi may yet offer an offering unto the Lord in righteousness!' "I shall not attempt to paint to you the feelings of this heart, nor the majestic beauty and glory which surrounded us on this occasion; but you will believe me when I say, that earth, nor men, with the eloquence of time, cannot begin to clothe language in as interesting and sublime a manner as this holy personage. No; nor has this earth power to give the joy, to bestow the peace, or comprehend the wisdom which was contained in each sentence as they were delivered by the power of the Holy Spirit! Man may deceive his fellow-man; deception may follow deception, and the children of the wicked one may have power to seduce the foolish and untaught, till naught but fiction feeds the many, and the fruit of falsehood carries in its current the giddy to the grave; but one touch with the finger of his love, yes, one ray of glory from the upper world, or one word from the mouth of the Savior, from the bosom of eternity, strikes it all into significance, and blots it forever from the mind! The assurance that we were in the presence of an angel; the certainty that we heard the voice of Jesus, and the truth unsullied as it flowed from a pure personage, dictated by the will of God, is to me, past description, and I shall ever look upon this expression of the Savior's goodness with wonder and thanksgiving while I am permitted to tarry, and in those mansions where perfection dwells and sin never comes, I hope to adore in that day which shall never cease!"-Messenger and Advocate, vol. 1, pages 15, 16. - The testimony of Oliver Cowdery, graphic and beautiful as it is, does not go as far with the history of the events as does Joseph Smith's, but it is gratifying to note such complete harmony in these two accounts of this, one of the most important epochs in the history of the latter-day work. I hope your heart was filled with joy as you read these accounts from the history of our Church. These men truly saw and experienced something special, so great that they struggled I think to put it in words that expressed the majesty, love and power of God exactly as they knew and understood it at the time. We need testimony filled with power and truth like this today. To restate some of the words of Oliver Cowdery (Man may deceive his fellow-man; deception may follow deception, and the children of the wicked one may have power to seduce the foolish and untaught, till naught but fiction feeds the many, and the fruit of falsehood carries in its current the giddy to the grave; but one touch with the finger of his love, yes, one ray of glory from the upper world, or one word from the mouth of the Savior, from the bosom of eternity, strikes it all into significance, and blots it forever from the mind!). A good dose of that sort of ministry to the soul from the Saviour would do us all a world of good. Praise God for what He has done in the past and may we look forward in faith and prayer to the future. Is my prayer in name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
****************** Testimony “We All Have Hidden Talents by Elder Noel Rowlatt, Kingston Branch. Queenslamd. While I am a third generation Latter Day Saint I was not raised in the Church.. My mother was a member and my dad was a non practicing Catholic which meant my mum wasn’t able to attend her church at that time, My formal education finished when I left school at 14 years of age to start work. In those days education wasn’t considered as important as it is today. I had started drinking by the age of 19 when Seventy Vivian Sorenson, at the request of my mother came for a visit one night with an invitation to attend Tiona Reunion in New South Wales. I am forever grateful to a cousin, Athol Duncan, who agreed to accompany me (sacrificing spending Christmas with his wife and family). Experiencing the love and warmth of the people and the wonderful message of the gospel propounded by Apostle Roscoe Davey, I was baptized at the end of the Reunion. I was a very shy and nervous person and had gone through my schooling without ever standing to speak in front of the class. The first time I spoke at a Church School Worship I fainted.. When I was called to the Office of Deacon a year or so later and listed for a sermonette, I had a most attentive congregation (to see if I would make it through; I had to sit down when I felt I was going to faint then stand up and carry on). In response to one Elder telling me I had better give trying to preach away for a while, I replied that I was determined to persevere. Gradually I overcame my nervousness problem but I don’t think I have ever had such an attentive a congregation since. By the time I was 30 I had also served for 2 years in the Office of Priest and was now an Elder and Pastor of the old Buranda Branch. When I committed my life to Jesus I thought I had no talents or abilities but He can make an amazing difference in our lives. I was told in my Patriarchal Blessing that he was involved in the selection of my marriage partner. She was a wonderful wife and mother to our 3 children till she passed away 4 years ago after 60 years of marriage. In retrospect the Lord has guided me in life, as much as I was prepared to let Him, and helped me to develop talents to accomplish tasks in his service I would never have been able to do without His challenge and His help and guidance. It is good for me to think back and see for myself how the Lord has used me and blessed me. Don’t misunderstand me, I don’t say the results were always perfect and you probably wouldn’t go out of your way to hear me preach or teach but I have always said yes, if possible, when tasks for the Lord needed to be done. Some of avenues of service the Lord has helped me with ~ starting with Church School janitor, Youth Supervisor, Youth camp leader (the days when we had to head to the bush taking tents, beds, all cooking gear, and toilet; happy memories!), Pastor many times, Camp Fire leader at Queensland Reorganized Reunions for many years, Reunion Director a couple of times, singing in quartets and church choir and serving as conductor one year, even though I can’t read music but we still managed to sing Handel’s Messiah; leading Witnessing Weekend teams, District President for 2 years till Section 156 was accepted by the Church. performed over 50 Weddings before I had to surrender my marriage license when I ceased attending the Reorganized Church 30 years ago and also conducted many funeral services My wife and I started meeting with some other disenchanted saints a few years later in homes and eventually formed a Branch which evolved into the Church of Jesus Christ Restoration Branch, Kingston over which Elder Alma Kerswell has presided for many years. Growing out of the ministry of Elder Doug Smith and Family and our first Restoration Reunion here in Australia the need for some publication to keep the few saints in our big country informed became apparent so the Australian Restoration News came into being in April 2001 and I have been editing and publishing our little monthly news-letter for the last 8 years. This epistle is starting to read more like a eulogy than a testimony. I want to state that I am a sinner that has stumbled many times along life’s pathway, that as a relatively uneducated young man, who, by the grace of God heard the Gospel and turned my life around and in striving to serve my Lord, developed some talents that I would probably never have realized that I had and in the process overcome my nervousness and shyness and found joy in His service. The point I want to emphasize is as the heading states “We All Have Hidden Talents” and we need to seek to discover and develop them, along with those we already know we have, and we will have self satisfaction and broaden our usefulness in the master’s service. The next time you are asked to accept some task that would be serving your God and your fellow man whether it be teaching a Church school class, visiting shut ins, being the person that makes people feel welcome when they come to church or to finding out if they are OK when they don’t or whatever, please think twice before you reply with “I couldn’t do that” or “I’m too shy” or ”I’m too busy”. You could be closing the door on discovering and developing new talents and abilities to help in the building of God’s kingdom. I can recommend it from personal experience. “If you put your faith in God, He helps you achieve what may seem impossible”.


Victoria News. Church of Jesus Christ Restoration Branch, Kelvin View by Elder Murray Broughton. Sunday 26th.August – Communion Service. Reading 1 Corinthians 2: 9 -16. Text “Freely Given.” Revelations 21: 1 – 4 & 6-8. 1st Corinthians 15: 57, & 58. Visiting with us were Virinia Nilo and Rebecca Caduco from the Philippines. Monday 27August – Study in Evening fro Bible speaking about the Book of Mormon, Sealed Book truth coming out of the earth. Other sheep I have which are not of this fold. Stick of Judah, Stick of Joseph become one in my hand. Wednesday 29 August—Study in evening—Acts Chapter 16. Sunday 2 September--No Church service. Sunday 9 September--Church at Kelvin View Hall. Hymns. Prayers and Study from Exodus. Exodus Chapter 3: 1 – 6. Chapter 16: 1 – 36. Chapter 17: 1 – 6. Chapter 32: 1 – 9. Wednesday 12 September-- Bible study in Afternoon at 2pm.Exodus Chapter 2. Chapter 3: 1-- 8. Chapter 14 and Chapter 16. Sunday 16 September –Church at Kelvin View Hall, Hymns. Prayers and Study. Jude 1: 14 – 21, Genesis Chapter 6: 32 ,34 ,36 – 41 ,48 – 71. Wednesday 19 September – Bible Study Exodus Chapter 17: 1 – 6. Chapter 32: 1 – 19. Linda Jukes,Helen Dunn,Delma and myself were in attendance. Sunday 23 September Church service in our home [ Reading Second Nephi Chapter 13:28 – 32. Sermon Job,,,,Trials of Job. Job 14:v 14—“If a man die, shall he live again?” Job 19 ; 20 – 27.. Lovely to have Rebecca Caducio, Virginia Nilo with us from the Philippines, and Linda Jukes . Please pray for her Sr.Dawn Mackrell wo is not well, Elder Tom Rindell’s wife and Sr. Paula Miller in America who is facing an operation in October. Let us pray for one another, for the day is fading fast.
************** Tamworth News
submitted by Sr. Helen Archer We continue to meet each Sunday
On Saturday the 15th of September we had a small Engagement Dinner for Danny and Kris'. Elder Danny Archer gave the Message on Sunday the 16th September. On the Weekend of the 22nd of September Lindsey Smith and her friend Danial Collins from the USA came to visit us. We showed them around the local area and took them to see Kangaroo and some of our wild life. Sunday 23rd ,Elder Peter Archer gave the message. Lindsey and Daniel left early Monday morning for Melbourne. On the weekend of the 13th and 14th of October Elder Noel Rowlatt will be here to visit with us and give Ministry. We are looking forward to his visit. Danny and Kris will be coming up for this weekend to share with us.
Birthdays; Kris Lee 25th October


Please include in your daily prayers the following people who are in need of a blessing Gwen Whately, Gary Rowlatt Alma & Janice Kerswell George Parker Jonathon Page Dawn Mackrell Audrey Kerswell Peter Archer Adrienne & Robert Windsor Michael & Patty Fulton
Sr. Rindell and Sr. Paula Miller in America

CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST RESTORATION BRANCH, KINGSTON 17-19 Juers Street, Kingston, Queensland. Pastor: Elder Alma Kerswell. Phone 07 3800 1151 ACTIVITY SCHEDULE. OTOBER, 2018.
Sun. 7th. 10.00 a.m. COMMUNION SERVICE. Elder G.Rowlatt asstd. by Elder N.Churchill
Musical Item for Service. Glenn Kerswell
11.00 a.m. Prayer & Testmony Service. Elder N.Churchill

Sun. 14th. 9.50 a.m. Hymn Sing. Rebecca Melling Flowers: Cathy Melling
10.00 a.m. PREACHING SERVICE. Elder A.Kerswell Elder G.Melling
Musical Item for Service. Cathy & Bethany Melling
11.00 a.m. Class. Elder N.Melling
Youth Class. Sr.Jillian Maas

Sun. 21st. 9.50 a.m. Hymn Sing: Linda Myers Flowers:Linda Myers
10.00 a.m. Family Worship Service. Peter Churchill Family
10.20 a.m. PREACHING SERVICE. Priest P.Churchill asstd by Elder N.Churchill
Musical Item for Service: Linda Myers
followed by a Fingerfood Fellowship Lunch (please bring suitable food)

Sun. 28th. 9.50 a.m. Hymn Sing: Bethany Melling Flowers: Jan Kerswell
10.00 a.m. PREACHING SERVICE. Elder G.Melling Elder N.Rowlatt
Musical Item for Service: Glenn Kerswell
11.00 a.m. Class. Elder N.Churchill
Youth Class. Sr.Jillian Maas

BRANCH NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS for Kingston Branch... Birthdays.
Happy Birthday Wishes to the following people on their Special Day in October.
10th. Linda Myers 19th Becky Scott 28th Samuel Kerswell
Message of appreciation from Sr.Gwen Whately, Western Australia. Gwen was overwhelmed by all the congratulatory cards she received on her 90th Birthday; including some from saints she had never met, the bonds of Christian love reaching half way around the world to make her feel not so isolated from her church family. Please accept per this medium her personal gratitude for al the cards and phone calls she received. Unfortunately she Had severe chest pains about a week ago, was taken to hospital but is home now .She was in almost a week having tests during which it was discovered that she has some internal problems including heart and liver. Please support he with your prayers.

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

Fort Osage R-1 School District - 09/26/18

From: Rachel Horn

Job Postings for Fort Osage R-1 School District

Fort Osage R-1 School District - 09/26/18

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

2 Bedroom House For Rent

​------ Forwarded message -----
From: John Olivarez

2 Bedroom House For Rent

Newly Remodeled 2 bedroom house in Independence

15918 E Truman
Independence Missouri

Chrisman High school.
NO Indoor pets. NO smokers.
This house is on 1 acre and it is like living in the country with all the trees and privacy.
1 block from Lee's Summit Road and Truman Road.
Unfurnished $750 a month.
Furnished $850 a month.
Utilities run low.
Deposit amount depends on the results of the background check.

if you would like to make an appointment to look at the interior or if you have any questions.
Call John Olivarez at:

For Sale Beautiful Brick House and Barn

From: Ralph Muirhead

For Sale Beautiful Brick House and Barn

Ralph Muirhead
3100 S Forest Avenue
Independence MO 64052

Obituary for David Swayne

​----- Forwarded message -----
From: Paula Swayne

Obituary for David Swayne

David Hopkins Swayne, 72, of Independence, Missouri passed away September 27, 2018 at his home after suffering from dementia and other health issues for several years. Memorial services will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at Independence Central/Gospel Park Church of Jesus Christ, 919 S Delaware St, Independence, MO 64050.

David Hopkins Swayne was born on April 17, 1946 in Seattle, Washington. David went Concorde Elementary school in South Park by Boeing Field, then to Asa Mercer Junior High, moving on to Cleveland High School where he was the Yell King and Class President his senior year, graduating in 1964. He went on to Graceland College the fall of 1964 where he lettered in Varsity Wrestling. He graduated in the spring of 1969 and majored with a B.A. in Business.

He was a baptized into the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at the age of 8 years old and was called into the priesthood while in college. He remained faithful in this restoration movement until his death. He has always been a strong advocate for the Lord and has done anything the Lord has asked him to do without fear.

David was preceded in death by his father, Albert Donald Swayne, mother, Rosemary Clisby, brother, Richard Kent Swayne, and sister, Rosemary Lorene Swayne Storaasli. He is survived by his wife, Paula Diane Glover Swayne, his children; Douglas Hopkins Swayne, Bradley Kent Swayne, Cara Timell Swayne Frye, and step-children, Camille Gabrielle Levin Seever and Christopher Travis Levin, and nine grandchildren.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Joint Conference of Restoration Branches Missionary Fund at 1100 W Truman Rd, Independence, MO 64050 or the Dementia Society of America at in the name of David Swayne.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Francis Harper Message 09/28/2018

From: Francis Harper

Francis Harper Message 09/28/2018

Dear Ones,

My banker, Kenner Swedberg, once said to me; “Francis, people never change.” Later, as I pondered upon his statement, I thought, if people never change, why should I continue to preach? I continued preaching because I had witnessed the lives of people being changed when they have embraced the truth being taught and preached by faithful servants of the Lord. Paul wrote: “We preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them who believe . . .” Christ is the power and wisdom of God. (1 Corinthians 1:23).

Years later I met my former banker, as I was visiting a patient at the VA Hospital in Omaha. He was dressed in a black suit and was wearing a clerical collar. He had become a preacher! I reminded him of his statement that people never change. He had proven that people can change, by the changes in his own life and his decision to become a minister of the gospel. Years ago, in the horse and buggy days, a man was quoted saying, “After my baptism and becoming active in the church, even my horses noticed a difference in me.”

I have called Phikal, Ilam, which is located in Eastern Nepal, “the village of the mighty change.” We have witnessed lives being mightily changed in this small town. Basanti Bishwa Karma and her three daughters were being sheltered in a dugout area under Pastor Pushkal Gadel’s home. She had been married to an alcoholic who had run away with another woman, leaving his wife and their daughters to fend for themselves. Basanti was also an alcoholic. In addition she was a Hindu prophetess/fortune teller and the habitation of demons. I was not aware of her past history until after Basanti and her daughters were baptized on March 27, 2008. During her confirmation, Basanti began to jerk and laugh. I recall Dr. Roy Cheville speaking of “the jerks.” This was a common occurrence during the days of the great revivals in our country. I had not witnessed such behavior in all my years of ministry. As we continued to pray the evil spirit departed and was replaced by the Holy Spirit. Proof of the invisible presence of the Holy Spirit was manifested when Basanti gradually relaxed and began to quietly shed tears of joy and peace. Ten years have passed and to my knowledge Basanti has never been troubled by the evil spirits since the day of her deliverance. People of the community have been amazed by the changes they have witnessed in the lives of Basanti and her children. Basanti has become a saint who is “valiant in testimony;” a seeker for lost souls!

Keshan and Indira Sundash have also experienced a mighty change since the day of their baptisms on March 27, 2008. We visited their home on April 20, 2014. It was clean, well organized and neat. Indira said before she was baptized she was jaundiced and often experienced severe sweating. I had been told they had formerly lived like animals. They drank alcohol from 3PM to 3AM. They fought with each other and their neighbors. Keshan was employed by a tailor making shirts. He could make only four shirts in a day. Now he makes seven each day, has his own business, provides employment for four others, and he serves in the priesthood. “. . . this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes” (Matthew 21:44 IV; 21:42 KJV). In the presence of the Holy Spirit lives are changed, including our own.

My Love to All
Francis Harper


Be Ye Transformed

“. . . be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God is” (Romans 12:2).

The apostle Paul called Demas a “fellow laborer” in a letter to Philemon, (verse 14). Evidently Demas and Luke, the beloved physician, were with Paul in Rome, (see Colossians 4:14). Later Paul writes: “. . . Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica . . . only Luke is with me” (2 Timothy 4:10-11).

Paul’s statement: “having loved this present world,” describes most of us who call ourselves the followers of Christ today. We also love the present world and far too often we are conformed to this world! As has been asked before, if we were arrested and taken to court for being a Christian would they find enough evidence to convict us? We may be like a chameleon; a lizard, who has the unusual ability to change the color of his skin to conform with his environment!

We are called to be non-conformists; peculiar people. Jesus came “that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” (Titus 2:14). He came to assist us in our transformation, or our conversion. Paul described this process: “And he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. Wherefore, henceforth (from now on) live we no more after the flesh; yea, though we once lived after the flesh, yet since we have known Christ, now henceforth live we no more after the flesh. Therefore if any man live in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:15-17).

The transformation of our personalities from selfishness and pride to humility and love, is called a mighty change in Mosiah 3:3. After King Benjamin had spoken to his people he asked if they believed his words. They answered: “yea, we believe all the words which thou hast spoken to us; And also, we know of their surety and truth, because of the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent, which has wrought a mighty change in us, or in our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually.”

Alma wrote of his father’s response to the words of the prophet Abinadi: “And according to his faith there was a mighty change wrought in his heart. Behold I say unto you, that this is all true. And behold, he preached the word unto your fathers, and a mighty change was also wrought in their hearts; and they humbled themselves, and put their trust in the true and living God. And behold, they were faithful until the end; therefore they were saved. And now behold, I ask of you, my brethren of the church, . . . have you experienced this mighty change in your hearts?” (Alma 3:29). And today, September 28, 2018; I ask you the same question. Have you experienced this mighty change in your heart?

Update on Matthew Baber

From: Kim McNurlin-Hawley

Update on Matthew Baber


Here is the post from my daughter-in-law. We cannot begin to thank you enough for your prayers and kind thoughts, and for your worry for us! I am just in tears of relief and gratitude for their safe return. Truly, I love you all for coming to our rescue with so many powerful prayers! There are so many angels, right here on earth. Maybe y'all didn't know it, but you are those angels! Love and Blessings to each of you!

From my daughter-in-law:

Both boys have just turned up safe and unharmed. Thank you all for your thoughtful words and prayers!

Grandson Missing

From: Kim McNurlin-Hawley

Grandson Missing

PRAYERS AND HELP: This post is from my son Robby Baber. Our grandson did not come home after school today. His name is Matthew Baber. Please let us know if you see him or his friend. I have no doubt his friends and family are as worried as we are. Matthew is the one on the right with the word "Savage" on his shirt. Please pray for their safety and return home!!! Thank you all so very much!!
Friends and family,
Matthew did not come home from school today and is apparently running around with a kid named Devin Corum. We’ve heard from people that they are fine but trying to find a way to get to Arizona. These boys have both been in trouble this last week and have decided they will be better on their own. Please spread the word and let me know if you or anyone you know can help us locate them.


Thursday, September 27, 2018

​​ NAMI Support Group September 2018

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From: Mike and Rhonda Stahlman

NAMI Support Group September 2018

NAMI of Greater Kansas City Support Group Listing

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Group details are subject to change! Please contact facilitators to ensure times and locations.
Family Groups are for family members/individuals of loved ones with mental illness.
Peer Groups are for individuals with mental illness in recovery.
CRISIS: Dial 911 and request a CIT Officer. CRISIS LINE: 1-800-273-8255 or Text HELLO to 741741
NAMI Lee’s Summit Group for families
With Adults with Mental Illness
ReDiscover, 901 Independence Ave
Lee’s Summit, MO 64086

1 st Wednesday of the month
7:00 pm

Frank Bair
816- 763-9320

NAMI Lee’s Summit Group for families
With Children with Mental Illness
Rediscover, 1555 NE Rice Rd, Bldg. A
Ste. 1595; Lee’s Summit, MO 64086

3 rd Tuesday of the month -starts 9/18/2018
6:00 pm

Amye or Rhonda

Northland Family Support Group
Tri-County MHC
3100 NE 83 rd St, KC, MO 64119

1 st Wed. Educational Mtg.(River Rm)
3 rd Wed. Support Mtg.(Conf. Rm. 2005)
6:00-7:30 pm

Candis Desselle
816- 468-0400

NAMI Family Support Group
Research Psychiatric Center
2323 E 63 rd St, KC, MO 64130

1 st & 3 rd Thursdays of the month
6:00-8:00 pm

Joe & Heidi Custin

NAMI Family Support Group
Belton Regional Medical Center
17065 S. 71 Hwy. Belton, MO 64012

2nd & 4 th Mondays of the month
6:30-8:00 pm

Pam & Holly

Nami Family Support Group
Life Quest Church
1400 N. Scott Ave; Belton, MO 64012

1 st & 3 rd Mondays of the month
6:30-8:30 pm


“EnCourage” Pathway to Hope Family
Support Group
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
310 Johnston Pkwy, Raymore, Mo64083

1 st & 3 rd Tuesdays of the month
6:30-8:00 pm (Conference Room)

Rob & Kelley Weida; 816-260-0265

Through this Together Suicide Support
Church of the Resurrection Downtown
1522 McGee; KC MO 64108

1 st & 3 rd Tuesday of the month
6:30-8:00 pm

Tom Phillips

Survivors of Suicide Support Group
Center Point Hosp. 19600 E.39 th St. S.
Independence, MO 64057

1 st Tuesday of the month
7:00 pm

Robin Minzes
816- 516-3511

Hope After Suicide Loss Support Group
Century 21 All Pro Office
6222 N. Chatham Ave, KCMO 64151

1 st & 3 rd Wednesday of the Month
6:30-8:30 pm

Tracy Hopkins 816-803-3772
Rachel Michener 816-572-8363

Survivors of Suicide Support Group
Pathways – 1010 Remington Dr
Raymore, MO 64083

3 rd Tuesday of the month
6:30 pm

Barbara Kuchta
Nami National Helpline: 1-800-950-6264 (not a crisis line)

Compassionate Ear Warmline: 1-866-927-6327 (peer operated listening service-not a crisis line)

Nami-KC Facebook:

Nami: Nami Mo: Nami Kansas:
Families for Mental Health Family Group
Village Presbyterian Church, Rm.126/127
6641 Mission Rd,
Prairie Village, Ks. 66208

Family Group
3 rd Thursday of the month
7:00 pm

Call 913- 676-7171

Survivors of Suicide Support Group
Shawnee Mission Medical Complex
Woodland Hills Bldg; Suite 255
7315 Frontage Rd
Shawnee Mission, Ks. 66204

2 nd & 4 th Tuesdays of the month
6:30-8:15 pm

Bonnie & Mickey Swade

Johnson Cty MHC Family Support & Ed.
11120 W. 65 th St, Shawnee, Ks 66203
1125 W. Spruce, Olathe, Ks 66061

Family Support & Education-Individual
Resource Sessions & 14-week group
offered. Contact to schedule

Cindy Claxton 913-826-4200/
913-826-1567 direct

Eating Disorders Caregivers Support Grp
Valley View UMC, 8412 W. 95 th St
Overland Park, KS 66212

2 nd Tuesday of the month
7-8:30 pm (Youth lounge)

Suzy Ayres

NAMI of Greater Kansas City Support Group Listing

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NAMI Johnson County
Family & Peer Groups
Nall Church of the Nazarene
6301 Nall Ave, Prairie Village, Ks. 66202

2 nd & 4 th Tuesdays,7:00 pm Family &
Peer Support Meetings
1 st Tuesday,7:00 pm Family & Consumer
Educational Meeting

Nami Johnson County
Call 913- 210-0630

NAMI Kansas City, KS
Family & Peer Groups
Trinity United Methodist Church
5010 Parallel Pkwy. KC KS 66104

Family & Peer Groups
2 nd Monday of the month
7:30 pm

Call 800-539-2660

Pathway to Hope
Family & Peer Groups
College Church of the Nazarene
2020 E. Sheridan Olathe, KS 66062

Thurs. 7-8:30 pm
Meet in Vanderpool Bldg.
Family members in Rm V304
Those in Recovery Rm. V306

Call 913-397-8552

NAMI Connection Lee’s Summit
1 st Presbyterian Church of Lee’s Summit
1625 NW O’Brien Rd
Lee’s Summit, MO 64081

Every Tuesday
7:00-8:30 pm

Marty Sexton 816-738-3066
Tricia Wear 816-810-1414

NAMI Connection Midtown-Westport
Westport Presbyterian Church
201 Westport Rd, KC, MO 64111

Every Tuesday
7:15-8:30 pm

Patty Reynolds 816-260-6880

Nami Connection Belton
Lifequest Church
1400 North Scott Ave. Belton, MO 64012

1st & 3 rd Monday
6:30-8:30 pm

Mike Revert
Shawn Teegarden

Nami Connection Northland
Northland Behavioral Health & Wellness
119 NE 72 nd St, Gladstone, MO 64118

Every Tuesday
6:30-8 pm

Tel:816-200-7424 or Gabriel Sparks
Or Elizabeth Wilson

Nami Connection St. Joe at Missouricare
3831-A Fredrick Ave, St. Joe, MO 64506

Every Thursday
7 pm

Tel. 727-543-9408 for Kevin or

Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance
Old Mission United Methodist Church
5519 State Park Rd. Fairway, Ks. 66205

Every Thursday
7-8:30 pm
*Call Facilitator for details

Tony Terwelp 816- 550-9257
Lois Hohn 913-239-0235

Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance
Of Overland Park
Church of the Resurrection; Rm B210
13720 Roe Ave. Leawood, KS 66224

Every Thursday
7-8:45 pm
Friends and Family are also welcome


Mattie Rhodes Counseling Center
1740 Jefferson, KCMO 64108

On as-needed basis Call 816- 471-2536

Alzheimer’s Association, Prairie Village, Ks. Tel. 913-831-3888.
Website: allows search for support groups
Hearts of Valor: Support group for caregivers of post-9/11 wounded, ill or injured military; & first
responders. Website:
Meetings: 1st & 3 rd Thursdays, Evenings. Call for location & time.
Contacts: Rachel Moyers, Tel 520-730-4274; Email
Shawn Moore, Tel. 816-462-2022; Email:


Do you have a loved one living
with mental illness?
Need tips and tools for supporting your friend,
family member, or loved one?

September 5, 2018
Topic: Introduction to Health Care Home Program
Speaker: Julie Myers
October 3, 2018
Topic: Platte County Health Department Overview
Speaker: Daylin Arrington

November 7, 2018
Topic: Wild Tree– Tips to a Healthy Thanksgiving
Speaker: Kim Wilkinson
December 5, 2018
Topic: Year End Mindfulness
Speaker: Candis Desselle-Boily, LPC

1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month / 6:00 – 7:30 pm

3100 NE 83RD STREET, SUITE 1001, KANSAS CITY, MO 64119

Questions? Please call Candis Desselle-Boily at 816-468-0400



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NAMI Homefront
NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session educational program for families, caregivers and friends of military service members and vets with mental health conditions.
Based on the nationally recognized NAMI Family-to-Family program, NAMI Homefront is designed to address the unique needs of family, caregivers and friends of those who have served or are currently serving our country. The program is taught by trained family members of service members/veterans living with mental health conditions.
What You’ll Gain
Recovery is a journey and there is hope for all people affected by mental illness. This in- person group experience provides the opportunity for mutual support and shared positive impact. You will experience compassion and reinforcement from people who relate to your experiences. Through your participation, you have the opportunity to help others grow.
NAMI Homefront teaches you how to:
• Manage crises, solve problems and communicate effectively
• Learn to care for yourself, including managing your stress
• Develop the confidence and stamina to support your family member with
• Identify and access federal, state and local services
• Stay informed on the latest research and information on mental health, including posttraumatic stress disorder and substance abuse
• Understand current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects
• Navigate the challenges and impact of mental health conditions on the entire
What People Are Saying
“You realize that he will never be the same having been through war. I learned how to treat him more as an adult than as a hurt child.”— Mother of a Veteran after graduating from a NAMI Family-to-Family class held at a VA clinic
“We are still friends with everyone that was in the class. There’s always and open ear and an open heart and a shoulder to cry on if you need it.” — Father of a Veteran after graduating from a NAMI Family-to-Family class held at a VA hospital.


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Sign Up For A Class
Find the NAMI Homefront nearest to you. If a class isn’t available, contact your local NAMI about starting one.
Now offered online! We understand that attending an in-person class can be difficult for busy individuals and families. We now offer NAMI Homefront Online. Online classes meet weekly in a virtual classroom, so participants experience the same level of interaction and learning as traditional in-person classes.
Registration is NOW OPEN for the following NAMI Homefront Online Classes:
• Eastern, Mondays, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., ET, Oct. 1 - Nov. 5
• Pacific, Mondays, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., PT, Oct. 1 - Nov. 5
• Eastern Day, Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., ET, Oct. 2 - Nov. 6
• Central, Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., CT, Oct. 3 - Nov. 7

Mentor4Moms October 2

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From: Holly

Mentor4Moms October 2



With all the divisions and problems our church at large faces... how do we do it?
There is a very surprising answer that you probably have not even considered.

This will be the subject of the next Mentor4Moms session on October 2, 10am - noon. Please invite your restored gospel mom friends to particularly come to this group session!

824 E Devon Street
Independence MO 64055

To register and RSVP for FREE childcare, please contact Holly McLean. 816-206-0690

To see more articles from past sessions, visit

6 Books That Most Saints Don’t Know Exist—Part 3

From: Paul Ludy

6 Books That Most Saints Don’t Know Exist—Part 3

• Boyd, Theo E., Poetic Reflections from the Dust, 1979, hard, 126 pages $5.00

Poetic statements from each of the books of the Book of Mormon. These are not la-di-da poems in rhyme but quotations from the ancient American Scriptures that have lyrical qualities about them.

• Cheville, Roy A., Joseph and Emma, Companions, 1977, hard, 206 pages $10.00

This is a study of a relationship that was faced with unusual demands. It is not a romantic novel. It is about faith and love for God and one’s companion. The book traces their lives apart and together. One chapter is “Monogamy vs. Polygamy.” The book ends with a list of 100 events in the background and lives of Joseph and Emma Smith.

• Fountain, Janice Norris, Where Is the Promise of His Coming? (Book 2‑‑The Feast Days of Israel), 1995, soft, 344 pages $10.00

This is an enlarged and expanded book based on Jan Fountain’s 1991 book with the same title. [Which is available for $5.00.] This book contains evidence that Jesus Christ is the long-awaited Messiah of the Jews. They had been rehearsing His coming for centuries through their feasts. The first four feasts were prophecies fulfilled by Christ’s first appearance. His second coming should follow the pattern of the last three feasts.

• Garnier, Jack W., Images & Impressions, 1988, hard, 64 8.5x11" pages $10.00

An artist for the RLDS Church for several decades, Jack Garnier has produced a book of art showing several of the familiar events and places relating to the Restoration. There are 31 full-color paintings, plus many sketches and scenes in black and white.

• Henderson, John and Lilli, Keys to the Hidden Mysteries, 1992, private, soft, 414 pages $12.00

Because the clear and simple gospel of Jesus Christ has been twisted and distorted, mankind has found it difficult to understand and apply it to life. Using the Bible and Book of Mormon, this book can help readers find the keys to the mysteries of life, death, and life beyond death. [Note: This is the first of a series of five books by the authors.]

• Howard, Richard P, Restoration Scriptures, 1969, hard, 278 pages $5.00

This is a study of the development of the Book of Mormon, Inspired Version of the Bible, and Book of Doctrine and Covenants. It traces the original manuscript materials and the historical context in which they became the Scriptures that we use today.

A 20% discount is given on these and all other used books (offer good through 12-31-18). Go to to see lists of RLDS books and make your selection. E-mail to or call Paul at 816-210-8450 for information or to order.

Pastors of Zion - 5th Sunday Worship Service - Sept 30

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From: Dayn Cederstrom

Pastors of Zion - 5th Sunday Worship Service - Sept 30

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Honda CRV For Sale $2150

From: David Bird

Honda CRV For Sale $2150

Selling our 1999 Honda CRV. All wheel drive, A/C system replaced two years ago, newer battery, brand new tires on rear, very good tires on front, C/D stereo, runs and drives well, no check engine light or known mechanical issues. Clear title. Around 253k Honda miles.

Call: 816-516-5151

Music Teacher Volunteers Needed

From: G. JONES

Music Teacher Volunteers Needed

The Activity Director at Mt. Zion Restoration Branch is in need of volunteers to teach music lessons for any and all types of musical instruments.
We have a new building and would like to use this avenue of music to help those who have a desire to learn at Little to no cost to the student.

If interested or need more information please call:
Garrett Jones

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Full Sized Bed Needed

From: Saundra Neal

Full Sized Bed Needed

I have an employee that needs a full-size bed.
If anyone has one to sell, please give me a call 816–804–8994

Saundra Neal

Full Sized Bed Needed

From: Saundra Neal

Full Sized Bed Needed

I have an employee that needs a full-size bed.
If anyone has one to sell, please give me a call 816–804–8994

Saundra Neal


​From: Cindy Holman


FOR $80.00

Team Jesus - Coat and Jeans Drive

From: Muriel Luedeman

Team Jesus - Coat and Jeans Drive

Dear, Saints,

Friends of mine, Yvonne and Brian Carline, have a mobile ministry to serve the homeless called Team Jesus. See the attached notice for a winter coat and jeans drive October 1st. There are listed several collection points. If you have coats and winter clothing to spare, this is a good place to take them.

Also, please pray for this incredible ministry. Team Jesus is seeing amazing results in the homeless camps, as they do their long term work on site in the camps. Lives are being transformed, one by one, and each life that comes out turns around and helps another lost soul find his or her way out.

Team Jesus is in several cities now and growing.

Muriel Luedeman

Musicians Needed

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From: Sarah Weston

Musicians Needed

If you play an instrument and/or have a group and would be willing to give of your time for a good cause and are performance ready. The Date is November 17.

Please contact me at: 816-399-8927

Thank you,
Sarah Weston

Monday, September 24, 2018


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From: Robert Cackler


I am looking for someone to work on (or help me work on) our detached double garage. Three windows need to be taken out and then covered with siding, a walk-in entry door needs to be added, some siding needs to be fixed or replaced, and then the garage needs to be painted. If anyone is interested in working on this project, please contact me.

Thank you,
Bob Cackler
Blue Springs, Missouri

Suitcase Needed

From: Sallie Presler

Suitcase Needed

We are in need of a used, large, roadworthy suitcase, capable of carrying 70 lbs of scriptures and other books to East Africa. Needs sturdy wheels and a good handle. This will probably not come back with us and if it does it will probably not be in the same shape.

Thank you,
Sallie Presler 816-289-0309
Aaron Presler 816-289-1427

Friday, September 21, 2018

Francis Harper Message for 9/21/2018

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From: Francis Harper

Francis Harper Message for 9/21/2018

Dear Ones,

We have been told to preach nothing but repentance to this generation. “Say nothing but repentance unto this generation” (Doctrine & Covenants 6:4-b). Before we can repent and change our ways we need to identify our sin or sins. We need to admit we have a problem. As in an Alcoholic Anonymous meeting in which each person introduces themselves by giving their name and saying, “I am an alcoholic.” Our sins need to be identified and admitted. My name is Francis Harper and I am a sinner.

First, we need to ask the Holy Spirit to penetrate our hardened hearts, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Evidently Paul’s heart was touched by the Spirit which caused him to say, “O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” (Romans 7:24-26). Isaiah answered Paul’s question when he prophesied of Jesus: “. . . he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities . . . and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).

We are very good at covering up our sins and even denying them. Jesus said we can see the smallest sin of others and cannot see even the larger ones of our own. “Again, how canst thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote [small particle] that is in thine eye when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? . . .” (Luke 6:42).

Some of the behaviors that are specifically mentioned as being sinful in the Scriptures are no longer considered evil by many in our country today. The statistics compiled by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, and others in 2008, revealed the following percentages of adults who approve of the behaviors listed: gambling 61%, adultery 42%, fornication 60%, abortion 45%, pornography 38%, profanity 36%, drunkenness 35% and homosexuality 30%. 51% of mainline clergy support the legality of abortion, 65% of clergy support same sex marriage, 57% of Christians do not believe that Satan exists, only 42% are certain that God exists. Periodic updates since 2008 indicate the decline in moral values are declining at a rapid rate. We are rapidly becoming an “I’m ok, you’re ok,” society.

I am deeply concerned when I observe many of those I sincerely love, becoming involved in some of the sinful things listed, without recognizing they are endangering their immortal souls and salvation! I become very frustrated when I see their peers applauding them for their courage in taking a stand against what the Scriptures clearly teach as sin. As a result great multitudes of people live without the least conviction of the sins they are committing!

When people do not consider their sinful behavior as sin, they do not recognize their need to repent and in their blindness they do not repent! And if they do not repent God cannot forgive them! God never violates our freedom to choose.

Our lives can become a slippery slope. Choosing anything but complete obedience to the word and will of God, is the first step toward moral decay. We need to pray daily: “. . . suffer us not to be led into temptation, but deliver us from evil” (Matthew 6:14IV). “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptation, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished” (2 Peter 2:9).

“And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold Satan hath desired you, that he may sift the children of the kingdom as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith fail not: and when you are converted strengthen your brethren (Luke 22:31-32).

Jesus prayed for Peter. He will also pray for us, if we ask, “Lord, Pray for me.”

My Love to All,

Francis Harper


“Open My Eyes, Lord”

There are two kinds of blindness; physical and spiritual. Which is worse? Most of us are afflicted with some degree of spiritual blindness, if not cured, may cause us to lose our immortal souls!

Jesus was speaking of spiritual blindness when he called the Pharisees “blind leaders of the blind.” He added: “If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch” (Matthew 15:13-14). These words of Jesus on spiritual blindness are still appropriate for us to consider today.

Jesus promised that after his departure he would send us the Holy Spirit: “I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin . . . when he the Spirit of truth is come, he will guide you into all truth; for he will not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak; and he will show you things to come.” (John 16:7-13).

In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul spoke of the Spirit as a sword: “. . . take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17). “For the word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of body and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight; but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do” (Hebrews 4:12-13).

Blindness will be removed from our eyes if we abide in the presence of Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Our spiritual eyes will be opened if we diligently study his word.

Paul walked in darkness: physical and spiritual, until Ananias placed his hands upon him and prayed. Immediately scales fell from his eyes and he was “filled with the Holy Ghost” (Acts 9:17-18). The Holy Spirit awakens us to a “lively sense” of our sins. See Mosiah 1:83-84.

David and his son Solomon were guilty of some of the most abominable sins! David repented and was forgiven. Solomon did not repent. It is written: “And his heart (Solomon’s) is become (wicked and sinful) as David his father: and he repented not as did David his father, that I may forgive him” (1 Kings 11:33). How could Solomon who was known for his great wisdom, “neglect so great (a) salvation (Hebrews 2:3-4). Billions of people on the earth today are following in the footsteps of Solomon!

Why did Solomon “not repent as did his father.”? Most likely it was because the Holy Spirit was not present in his life to awaken him from his spiritual blindness! Solomon’s seven hundred wives, princesses and three hundred concubines had “turned away his heart” from God (1 Kings 11:3). Likewise billions today are not aware of their sins and of their need to repent and ask the Lord to forgive them.

David had a humble and contrite heart. He prayed: “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving kindness; according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions . . . Cast me not away from thy presence; take not thy Holy Spirit from me . . . my transgressions; and my sin is ever before me” (Psalm 51). David’s spiritual eyes had been opened by the Holy Spirit. He acknowledged his sins, repented and was forgiven.

We need to pray as David; “Cast me not away from thy presence; take not thy Holy Spirit from me.” Open my eyes, “that my sin may be ever before me.” Seeing our sins will create within us humble, contrite and penitent hearts. “. . . a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise” (Psalm 51:17). Most of us have not committed greater sins than David! When he saw the depths of his sins, he truly repented and was forgiven. This should give us the blessed assurance that when we see our sins and truly repent, we will also be forgiven. Open our eyes, Lord!

Restoration Women's Council Fall Retreat

From: Barb Capps

Restoration Women's Council Fall Retreat

Just a reminder for the Restoration Women's Council Fall Retreat, Saturday and Sunday September 22-23 at Odessa Hills Campground.

Our theme is "The Lord Healeth My Broken Heart" Job 23:10 and 1 Peter 1:7. Our classes will be taught by Sisters Jean Robison and Rita Woolery. Chris Capps will be assisted by Eric Woolery as pastors for the weekend.

Cost: $40 for the weekend, $20 for Saturday only.

Contact: Barb Capps 660-238-2430

We hope to see everyone there!

Winter clothes 2 boys in Independence MO

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From: ​Karen​

Winter clothes 2 boys in Independence MO

Family in need of winter clothes for 2 boys ages 3 and 5.
3 year old needs shirts size 4T, jeans size 3T adjustable waist if possible, sweatpants 3T would work fine.
5 year old needs shirts 5T or boys small 5/6, jeans 5T adjustable waist if possible and sweatpants 5T works fine.
If you happen to have anything you could donate or would talk small amount for

please contact Karen at:

God Bless you and Thank you

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Ladies Basic Hand Gun Class

From: Bruce Luedeman

Ladies Basic Hand Gun Class

Ladies Basic Hand Gun Class, Tuesday, October 2nd 1pm-4pm Safe Shoot class room (the Old Hope Day School) 2425 S. Crysler #5, Independence, MO.

The Basic Hand gun class is for those that are inexperienced and or have never fired a hand gun. Cost is $60 (cash or credit card) and includes the use of a hand gun and 50 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition. If you have your own hand gun please bring it and I will teach you how to use your gun. You will furnish ammunition for your own hand gun. Please bring ear and eye protection (prescription or bifocal reading glasses OK for eye protection).

The class will cover the safe operation of a hand gun, disassembly for cleaning, safe storage, ammunition types, basic defensive techniques and about an hour at a gun range. We will shoot inside of an old limestone mine. Seats are limited.

Please email or text me at the contact information below.
Questions welcome!

Bruce Luedeman MA, EMT
NRA Training Counselor
USCCA Training Counselor
Ph# 816-353-6826 (also text )
2425 S. Crysler #5
Independence, MO 64052

Wednesday, September 19, 2018


From: Deana Griffin


I am selling my piano. It is an Acrosonic by Baldwin.
It is in great shape and has good tone.
I am asking $500.00 for it.

I am also selling a men's ten speed bicycle for $35.00.
It is in good shape.

I am asking for cash only on either of these.
If interested you can call me at: 816-254-2806

Thank You
Deana Griffin

Gun Safe Needed

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From: Bruce Luedeman

Gun Safe Needed

Looking for 10+ long gun safe for my class room. Must be digital open rather then old style roller combo.


Free TV Set

From: Bruce Luedeman

Free TV Set

Color TV with rabbit ears and digital conversion box; 19” screen. Has built in DVD player. The TV works well but it is surplus for us. Would be great for a church class room or home school setting. If no takers in the next week TV will go to the Salvation Army. Thanks!

Bruce Luedeman
Independence, MO

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

OCT 2nd Session Mentor4Moms

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From: Holly

OCT 2nd Session Mentor4Moms


With all the divisions and problems our church at large faces... how do we do it?

It starts when they are young....

This will be the subject of the next
Mentor4Moms session on October 2, 10am - noon. Please invite ALL your restored gospel mom friends to particularly come to this group session! ALL restored gospel believers are invited to join us to learn more about how we can turn the tide!

To register and RSVP for FREE childcare, please contact Holly McLean 816-206-0690 text please. Session will take place at Devon Park Restoration Branch, 824 E Devon St, Independence, MO.

To see more articles from past sessions, visit

Friday Night Joseph Smith Papers continued

From: Robyn Mun

Friday Night Joseph Smith Papers continued

Monday was great! The focus was on the New Jerusalem, the Center Place of Zion.

This Friday night, September, 21st, again, the two scholars from Joseph Smith Papers Project will be speaking on the "Character of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Jr." at 7:00 PM.

Friday is scheduled to be at the Visitors Center, but since there were over 300 people tonight at the LDS Stake Center, (705 W Walnut, Independence, MO 64050) President Cato will be contacting the Visitors Center tomorrow morning to suggest it be moved to the Stake Center, cultural hall, casual dress so all can be accommodated.

I'm suggesting you head to the Stake Center first located at 705 W Walnut, Independence, MO 64050. You will most likely know by all of the cars in the lot.

Hope to see you this Friday night as we bask in the character of our beloved Prophet Joseph Smith, Jr.!

sista robyn
"And it came to pass that there was no contention in the land, because of the love of God which did dwell in the hearts of the people." (4 Nephi 1:15 LDS / 4 Nephi 1:17 RLDS)


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From: Mike and Rhonda Stahlman


​NAMI​ support group starting up Tuesday September 18 2018 for families with children with mental illness


Support Group for Families with
Children with a Mental Illness
Forming Now for Fall, 2018 Startup

You are not alone. 1 in 4 families is touched by mental illness.
A special peer-led support group for those with children with

mental illness is coming Fall, 2018

3rd Tuesday of the month beginning
September 18th 6:00 pm

ReDiscover Mental Health Services
1555 NE Rice Road, Suite 1595, Bldg A
Lee’s Summit MO

For more information and to indicate your participation contact: Amye or Rhonda


Bob Giertz' Books, etc

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From: Barb Giertz

Bob Giertz' Books, etc

Bob Giertz' books and papers are available to enhance your library.

Pick out what you want or need for your library.

1100 West Truman Road
Independence, MO 64050

Saturday, September 22, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Barb Giertz

Monday, September 17, 2018


From: Ted Cox III



My wife and I have decided to sell our photo booth business after 3 years due to health issues. It's Fun and Exciting and you are Always the hit of the party!! It would make a great side business for a couple with lots of potential business. You can work as much or as little as you want to. It is ready to go out and make money right now! Comes with a new $2K website included. All advertising images, Facebook, Instagram following, All the extras that make the business easier. It's a turnkey and we are happy to share our experience as what to do and what not to do in this business. Plus you will have your own ideas. Business value with everything is $8,000+ but are willing to sacrifice at $5,500. If you are looking for Fun, Enjoyable, Exciting Business to compliment your current income, You set your own schedule, Work your own hours, and make money starting this weekend! If this is you, then give us a call with your questions and we'll be here to answer and help you walk thru it quite simply.

Ted Cox

Eternally Grateful


Eternally Grateful

My Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I just want to express my gratitude to all the saints that supported me with their many cards, prayers and financial support. As the scripture states "my cup runneth over" Psalm 23:5. I really miss my Companion Laila, but I know that she is with our Lord and Savior.

Sincerely Grateful,
Your Loving Brother in Christ,
Jack Hagensen

Bikes For Sale

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From: Julie Marsh

Bikes For Sale

My dad has several vintage bikes (over 100) for sale.
Some need minor work others can be used for parts.
Priced from $60.00 and below.

If interested please contact Russell at: 816-519-1067

Neil Steede Presentation Report

From: Garland Schnack

Neil Steede Presentation Report

Neil Steede gave a special presentation at the Stone Church Sunday, September 16, 2018. He had a 4 day vision following his hip surgery. He said now is the time to go to Mexico to Hill Cumorah to excavate and find the 24 Gold Plates, the Urim and Thummim and the Sword of Laban. It is to be done by archaeologists and government officials. He is asking for people to donate for a goal of $100,000 for the project.

Neil has offered free DVDs and CDs. Please call the phone below.

Neil Steede

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Important Family Home Evening

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From: Robyn Mun

Important Family Home Evening

This Monday, September, 17th, we are having a family home evening at the LDS Stake Center, 705 W Walnut, Independence, MO 64050

It will begin at 7:00 p.m. We have the opportunity to have two individuals, who have been involved with the "Joseph Smith Papers", in Independence. They will present the character of Joseph Smith and the importance of Independence as the Center Place.

What a marvelous opportunity to hear from individuals who have studied and know the prophet Joseph. I know this is last minute but we just found out they would be here. It will be in the cultural hall, so Sunday dress is not required. This is well worth our efforts. See you Monday night.

President Cato

Prayer Request for Phyllis Jackson

From: G. Miller

Prayer Request for Phyllis Jackson

Phyllis Jackson had a neurological event (stroke or seizure) which resulted in a car accident and totaling of her car. She is currently staying with a relative and will not be able to live alone in the future. Please pray that the doctors will have divine guidance in her treatment.


Requested by Ann Sanderson

5G and possible health concerns


5G and possible health concerns


Many of you may know that there is evidence showing increased health risks related to EMF exposure or Electromagnetic Frequencies specifically from cell phones and internet technology. I am concerned, with many others of the rise in health issues and risks that may be experienced with the deployment of 5G technology. Yes, it will provide us with faster data, but I believe it will be at a cost that we will see in our health and the health of our loved ones, from infants to elderly. If 5G is deployed in our area no one will be exempt from the added radiation exposure that 5G carries with it. If you are concerned about the possible health risks, please join me in quiet support at the Independence City Council Meeting, Monday, September 17 at 6:00pm as I share my findings and concerns with Independence City Council.

If you have any questions or comments, please facebook private message me or email me at:

Thank you,
A concerned resident of Independence, MO

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Prayers for Flo Noear Family


Prayers for Flo Noear Family

Hello Dear Loved Ones.

Flo Noear has been placed in Hospice Care at Centerpoint.
She is near changing worlds.
Please share with others that may know Flo.
Her husband Max Noear changed worlds in (?) 2009.
The family needs prayers.

Love and Blessings

Power Wheelchair For Sale

From: Rachel Horn

Power Wheelchair For Sale

For Sale: Golden LiteRider Envy Power Wheelchair with a Golden retractable desk arm for the controls. $1050. (Original price was $1500.)
Barely used. Disassembles into three pieces for loading. Will fit into most car trunks. No piece is heavier than 35 pounds.
A folding walker is available as well.

If interested contact

Neil Steede Presentation

From: Neil Steede

Neil Steede Presentation

To All,

A most important announcement will be made at Luff Auditorium at The Stone Church tomorrow night Sunday, September 16, at 6:00 p.m. Neil Steede will be giving the presentation on “The 3 Visitations of Christ, as a thief in the night”, at the end of which he will be making a extremely important announcement concerning The Book of Mormon.

It is guaranteed that this announcement will not only shock you, but should thrill you beyond all expectations.

Neil Steede

Mentor4Moms​ - 9/18/2018​

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From: Holly

Mentor4Moms​ - 9/18/2018​

Spanish Doctrine and Covenants

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From: Charles Sperry

Spanish Doctrine and Covenants

Dear Saints,
We are looking for Spanish Doctrine and Covenants (Doctrina y Pactos). They are no longer being printed and our supplies in Honduras has been depleted. If you have an RLDS copy new or used and are not using it, we would be interested in purchasing it. Please call at 816-489-6218. Thank you very much.

En Cristo,
Chuck and Regina Sperry
la RestauraciĆ³n
Honduras, Centroamerica

Friday, September 14, 2018

Record Albums Available

From: Jean Robison

Record Albums Available

Record Albums - For Sale
Call Jean and make offer on all or individual Albums

Nat King Cole Treasury/The Longines Symphonette – Gold Medal
Gold Medal Recording/Nat King Cole – The Longines Symphonette Recording Society (1)
Presentation (Set of 6 Albums)
The Magnificent Golden Strings (2)
Lucky Strike Collectors Item ~ Remember How Great? 12 Big Bands (1)
Glenn Miller – A Legendary Performer & Orchestra (1)
18 Great Hits of the 30’s and 40’s (1)
Judy Garland – 2nd Record Set (1)
Pearl Bailey/Custom High Fidelity (1)
The Plummer Family “Live” (1)
The Plummer Family – Old and New Favorites (1)
The Plummer Family/The Old Country Church/Country Music Show (1)
Ferrante & Teicher/30th Anniversary on Stage (1)
Cocktail Piano Time (1)
The Great Benny Goodman/Columbia Presents (1)
Bourbon Street Beat/Warner Brothers, High Fidelity (1)
The Magic of Arthur Fiedler & Boston Pops (1)
Famous Love Songs – Floyd Cramer (1)
This is Floyd Cramer/Victor Stereo – 2 Album Set – RCA
Floyd Cramer – Piano Masterpieces – 1900-1975 (1)
The Treasury of Favorites/Floyd Cramer – RCA (1)
All Time Favorites – Frank Sinatra – 2 Album Set
Connie Francis – Sentimental Favorites (1)
Connie Francis – Treasury of Love Songs (1)
The Sea/The San Sabastian Strings (1)
There Goes My Heart/ The Four Aces (1)
Dream Along – Eddy Duchin (1)
My Number Is Barbara, Two (1)
Barbara Streisand/ The Third Album (1)
Continental Strings & Brass (1)
Come On, Ring Those Bells (1)
The Ray Conniff Singers/It’s the Talk of the Town (1)
Beethovan’s Symphony #6/Family Library of Great Music (1)
The Kraft 75th Anniversary Radio Special (1)

Movie Soundtracks
Doctor Zhivago Sound Track (1)
Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins/Disneyland Records (1)
Love Story/Music from Original Soundtrack of Paramount Pictures (1)
Sound of Music/Julie Andrews RCA (1)
Fiddler on the Roof/Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2)

Restoration Music
Auditorium Chorale/Song of the Restoration, Jesus’ Priceless Treasure (1)
Favorite Hymns from the Auditorium Organ (1)

Gospel Albums
EVIE – Unfailing Love (2)
EVIE – Hymns (1)
Sandi Patti – Hymns Just For You (1)
Restoration/A Prayer in Music for the Church – Evie & Pella Karlsson (1)
Cornerstone/Howard Hill/Hymns (1)
Praise Strings 5 – (1)
Art Linkletter Narrates the Bible for the Children of the World (1)

Christmas Albums
For Christmas This Year/The Lettermen (1)
From Under the Christmas Tree/The Christmas Song (1)
The Little Drummer Boy ~ Christmas Songs (1)
Barbara Streisand/A Christmas Album (1)
Perry Como Christmas Album/Victor RCA Stereo (1)