Saturday, November 30, 2019

FREE Course for Restoration Parents!

From: Holly McLean

FREE Course for Restoration Parents!

This Tuesday will be the beginning of the presentation of course modules for "How to Train Your Toddler to Behave" that will be introduced online in a few months.

When these lessons go online, students will be required to purchase them!

But for those who attend the Mentor4Moms group this coming Tuesday, December 3, 10:00 a.m. - Noon, the course will be presented for FREE!

The lessons module being presented on Tuesday is entitled "How to Encourage Good Behavior". Worksheet downloads will also be free and childcare is free with RSVP. There are four more modules to come in the next meetings as well, so plan to attend the first Tuesday of every month.

Take advantage of the opportunity to get these lessons by calling 816-206-0690 to RSVP for free childcare.

You can also see recordings of LIVE STREAMS at:

Friday, November 29, 2019

In Memory of Donnel Eugene Etter

From: Jill Etter

In Memory of Donnel Eugene Etter

June 7, 1936 – November 26, 2019

Donnel E. Etter is now in the presence of God's eternal love after passing from this life on November 26, 2019, at 7:27 PM.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, November 30, from 9-10:00 a.m., with funeral service at 10:00 a.m., both at Speaks Suburban Chapel, 18020 E 39 Street, in Independence. Interment will follow in Mound Grove Cemetery.

Donnel was born on June 7, 1936, in Independence, MO, the son of James Etter and Lanora Etter (née Epperly). He was a graduate of Van Horn High School in the school’s first graduating class of 1956 and served in the US Army Reserves (infantry) for nine years. He completed an art correspondence course which enabled him to earn a position as a commercial artist for Farmland Industries. He worked at Farmland Industries as an illustrator and designer, as well as constructing, designing, and managing trade show booths for regional shows. He then went to work for KC Metro as a bus driver for ten years until his retirement.

On July 13, 1958, he married Eldora M. Sweeney, and to this union were born two children, Mark and Ryan. Donnel was active in his church; he was an Elder of the Mount Washington RLDS congregation, and later, at the Hill Cumorah Restoration Branch for over 30 years. Despite his dyslexia, he was inspired to write, and became a published author. He and Eldora went on church history trips to Nauvoo, and they also traveled for leisure to destinations like Florida, Vancouver, Seattle, and Biloxi. He could (and would!) talk to anyone; he never knew a stranger. He was a talented painter, sculptor, and woodcarver, and his artwork remains displayed in his home and in his church. The larger-than-life painting of Jesus that hangs in the staircase at the Waldo Restoration Branch was painted by Donnel when Mark and Ryan were small. Mark remembers the oil painting lying flat on sawhorses in Donnel’s basement art studio while it was being created. Donnel found heavenly beauty in nature, and that was exhibited with his landscaping and gardening skills.

Donnel is survived by his wife of 61 years, Eldora, of the home; sons Mark A. Etter (wife Jill), of Blue Springs, MO and Ryan L. Etter (wife Kristin) of Lee’s Summit, MO; grandchildren, Jacob, Savannah, Caleb, Kyle, Rosemary, and Noah; sister, Namar Foster (husband Vern), of Loveland, OH; sister-in-law, Donna Rall (husband Marshall) of Independence, MO; and several extended family and dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Lenora Etter; brother, Neldon Etter; and sister, Marna Burgess.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Ministry to the Homeless

From: Muriel Luedeman

Ministry to the Homeless

Another winter is upon us and the needs and provision for the homeless is critical.

Many saints have expressed a burden and interest in helping the homeless and don't know quite how help. These desires come from the heart of the Father; He has provided many opportunities to service this great need in our community.

This Saturday, November 30, 8:00am-12:30, The Unity Center and Team Jesus will be serving the homeless Beloveds with food, personal items, and clothing. The center's address is 803 W 23 Street, Independence MO.

If you want to help, contact Muriel Luedeman at or 816-726-8425.

Muriel Luedeman
Independence Is Alive and Well Initiative
Communications Secretary

Francis Harper Message for 11/29/2019

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From: Francis Harper

Francis Harper Message for 11/29/2019


Paul wrote: “. . . 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 [atonement-forgiveness] through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past . . .” (Romans 3:23-24). This is the heart of the gospel of Jesus.

Since all of us have sinned, all of us need to come to Jesus with broken and contrite hearts; repenting and seeking the remission of our sins. What a blessing it is to have our sins forgiven. Without a doubt, this is our greatest blessing, for which we should be most grateful!

Paul mentioned: “the remission of sins that are past.” The phrase, “for sins that are past,” should get our attention because after we receive a remission of our past sins we invariably sin again! How often do we get through a single day without doing, saying, or thinking, something that is sinful? Although we try to be Christ-like in all we do, say and think each day, we must admit we rarely walk without blame. Therefore it is necessary for us to seek a remission of our sins nearly every day.

John the Baptist “came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins” (Luke 3:3). He also warned the people: “Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of [proof of] repentance” (Luke 3:13). If we expect to receive the remission of our sins we must make an honest effort to live a Christ-like life.

Proof that Jesus has the power to forgive our sins was shown “when they brought to him a man sick of the palsy . . . and Jesus knowing their faith, said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee; go thy way and sin no more” (Matthew 9:2). “And the scribes and Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this that speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone? But Jesus perceived their thoughts, and he said unto them . . . Does it require more power to forgive sins than to make the sick rise up and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of Man hath power to forgive sins, I said it. And he said unto the sick of the palsy, I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go unto thy house. And immediately he rose up before them . . . and departed to his own house” (Luke 5:21-24).

Both King David, and his son Solomon, who succeeded him as King of Israel, were gross sinners. David was guilty of adultery and murder. Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines and was guilty of idolatry; after the Lord had appeared unto him twice! Although both father and son were vile sinners only one of them was forgiven. 1 Kings 11:33, tells the story. “His [Solomon’s] heart is become as David his father; and he repenth not as David his father, that I may forgive him.” What a difference repentance made!

This one verse of scripture; 1 Kings 11:33, should be enough to convince all of us, how vital and important it is for us to repent. Even though David had broken at least three of the ten commandments, he repented and was forgiven!

David’s prayer for the remission of his sins can be used as a guide as we ask the Lord for his forgiveness: “Have mercy upon me, O God . . . For I acknowledge my transgressions; and my sin is ever before me . . . Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy Holy Spirit from me” (Psalm 51).


Dear Ones,

Have you ever asked a parent of several children which child they love most? Almost always they will answer they love them all. The father of the prodigal son loved both of his sons. The parables of the lost sheep and the prodigal son were told by the Lord Jesus to illustrate our Heavenly Father’s love for all of us; even when we go astray. He patiently waits and watches for our return.

When the prodigal “was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son” (Luke 15:20-21).

I recall an occasion in my life when I feared that I had offended my father. When I began to relate to him my desire to apologize, he immediately interrupted my apology and assured me that he had already forgiven me. I saw in my earthly father, the love of my Father in heaven. He could detect, without my confession, my genuine sorrow and fear that my behavior had offended him. Like my father, our Heavenly Father is quick to forgive a person who has a heart-felt sorrow for their sin. As David expressed it: “a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise” (Psalm 51:17)

Persons are not always aware of their sinfulness. The Lord was speaking to the citizens of Judah through the prophet Jeremiah when he said: “. . . thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; return again unto me, saith the Lord . . . thou hadst a whore’s forehead, thou refusedst to be ashamed” (Jeremiah 3:1, 3). Many of us who call ourselves Christians are guilty of harlotry when we put things of the world ahead of our covenant with God. We need to be “awakened to a lively sense of our own guilt” and repent before it is too late. See Mosiah 1:83-88.

In the presence of the Lord and the Holy Spirit we become aware of our spiritual condition. When Peter recognized Jesus as the Son of God, “he fell at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord” (Luke 5:8). We see ourselves more clearly when we walk in the light of God.

Perhaps you recall the joy you felt when you received an assurance of the Lords forgiveness. I remember a time I experienced this joy. It was while I was attending Iowa State University. During a Sunday morning service of the Lord’s Supper, during which I sensed the presence of the Holy Spirit, I felt a particular need for a cleansing. I asked God for this blessing and for an assurance that he had heard my prayer and had made me clean. I experienced the cleansing fire of the Holy Ghost as it fell upon me that morning. It was a glorious release! A captive had been set free! As with Enos, “my guilt was swept away” (Enos 1:8).

I recall after the service, going to work at a cafeteria. I was the cashier and had an opportunity to greet each person as they came through the line. I am not certain that the people noticed a change in me that day, but I did. Suddenly, I had become sincerely interested in each person as they paid for their meal. Again, as with Enos, “I began to feel a desire for the welfare of my brethren” (Enos 1:12). I was solicitous of their needs. I loved them! I had been filled with the Spirit.

Oh, how wonderful it is to be touched by the transforming power of the Holy Ghost; to be assured of the Lord’s forgiveness and to feel the great joy that always accompanies such an experience. It becomes a precious need. We become filled with a holy hunger for more of the same.

My Love to All,

High Priest Francis Harper

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Merva Bird Celebration of Life Service

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From: Ivan Bird

Merva Bird Celebration of Life Service

Celebration of Life Service for Merva Bird

December 7, 2019

2:00 p.m.

Oak Grove Restoration Branch

Ivan L. Bird

Saturday, November 23, 2019


From: Gregory Lyons


We have a Horugel grand piano that was a gift to us, that we would like to give as a gift to someone else. It's in good condition and has a lovely tone and touch. It has been tuned regularly. Measurements are 58" wide x 69" deep x 40" tall. Your only cost will be to have it professionally moved and tuning afterward. The piano needs to be moved by December 21st. McDermott Moving Company is recommended. See included photograph. Shown by appointment only.


8one6-78seven-four9eight4 (text is o.k.)


From: Paul Ludy


Please CALL ME at 816-210-8450 if I can help you with gifts of books.

Here are a dozen suggestions:

• The Holy Scriptures (new 3-in-1) $70.00 and 80.00
• The Inspired Version of the Bible $50.00
• He Walked the Americas $20.00
• The Endowment Series $5.00
• In the Hollow of His Hand $6.00
• Emma Smith, the Elect Lady $8.50
• The Restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ $7.00
• A Study of Jesus Christ's Visit to Ancient America $8.00
• The Creston Experience $5.00
• Voices from Church History $6.00
• Voices from the Golden Plates $6.00
• Marvelous Manifestations of God's Power in the Latter Days $5.00

Preview most of these and other new books at

Used books, out-of-print books, and rare books also make great gifts. See lists of them at or

There is a 10% discount for an order of 10 books or more and a 20% discount for an order of 20 books or more (Scriptures not included).

Happy shopping!

House Sitting and In Home Companion Services

From: Muriel Luedeman

House Sitting and In Home Companion Services

My friend, Tili Ayala, a single, Christian woman, is available to do house sitting or provide companion services for elderly women in exchange for room. She is self sufficient and respectful of others.

Her contact information is:

Muriel Luedeman

Worthy Cause - Great Passion Play

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From: Amanda Lade

Worthy cause!

Definitely a worthy cause for those that feel led to donate this Christmas!

Great Passion Play

Friday, November 22, 2019

Concert Tomorrow and Widow's Might Craft Sale

From: Penny Curtis

Concert Tomorrow and Widow's Might Craft Sale

Just a reminder to go to the Widow's Might craft sale in the morning at CPRS Gym, and spend your evening with us enjoying a night of music and amazing food!

If you are a Royal's or Chiefs fan we have some amazing Auction Items from these amazing players!
Tim Grunhard
Neil Smith
Dennis Leonard

We also have some great Raffle items as well! We are looking forward to seeing you!

Penny Curtis

Give Back Hope International
PO Box 108
Independence, MO 64051

Bonus Episode Restored Gospel Podcast 7

From: Michael Barrett

Bonus Episode Restored Gospel Podcast 7

Stories of the Saints Episode 7

Mary Sue Kennon shares her unique testimony of being born into the Amish community and how her family came to know the fullness of the gospel through extraordinary means. Join us!!!


From: Ted Cox




We have just finished a COMPLETE REMODEL of a cozy little home on Walnut Street in Independence. Perfect for a single person or couple looking to downsize or maybe gather in to the center place. There is a link below for a video walk-thru. Feel free to call or text me with any questions. This won't last long, so please don't procrastinate. I'd really like it to go to a church member.

Link to Walk-Thru Video of the House:

Ted Cox
(816) 305-7640
Center Place Group LLC

Francis Harper Message for 11/22/2019

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Francis Harper

Francis Harper Message for 11/22/2019

In God We Trust

I was only twelve years old when my grandmother Harper died. She lived across the road from our home. She was nearly blind and would often ask me to read scripture to her. After a reading she would explain the meaning of it, and would often share a related testimony. One scripture she emphasized was Jeremiah 17: 5-7. “Cursed be the men that trusteth in man and maketh flesh his arm; . . . Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.” Those who trust in their own wisdom and judgment, or that of others, are often disappointed.

There are those whose purpose is to deceive us. All of us are acquainted with the “scam artists.” Paul wrote: God called “apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive” (Ephesians 4:11,14).

In the coming year, election year, many will be saying “lo here, and lo there.” Who can we trust? During the Civil War the sentiment of many persons within our nation was that we needed to place our trust in God. On November 13, 1861, a letter was received by the Bureau of the Mint proposing that the words “In God we Trust” be placed on our coins. In 1863, the US Congress officially declared In God We Trust as our national motto.

Our nation’s motto, printed on every bill and coin of our money, should serve as a reminder that it is God we can trust who “hath made and preserved us a nation” (The Star Spangled Banner). How wonderful it would be if every person, of every family, in all the nations of the world, would adopt In God We Trust, as their motto. But we must remember printing these four words on our money is only the beginning. We must not be satisfied until the words are imprinted within our hearts and minds and are revealed in our lives.

Alma counseled his son Helaman to trust in God: “O remember my son, and learn wisdom in thy youth; yea, learn in thy youth to keep the commandments of God; yea, and cry unto God for all thy support; yea, let all thy doings be unto the Lord, and whithersoever thou goest, let it be in the Lord; yea, let thy thoughts be directed unto the Lord; yea, let the affections of thy heart be placed upon the Lord for ever; counsel the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good: yea, when thou liest down at night, lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning, let your heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day” (Alma 17:68-70).

Alma also counseled his son Shiblon: “And now my son Shiblon, I would that ye should remember that as much as ye shall put your trust in God, . . . ye shall be delivered out of your trials, and your troubles, and your afflictions; and ye shall be lifted up at the last day. Now my son, I would not that ye should [think] that I know these things of myself, but it is the Spirit of God which is in me, which maketh these things known to me” (Alma 18:5-6).

Alma’s counsel to his sons so long ago, is still good for all the sons of earth today. As God said, “For I am the Lord, I change not” (Malachi 3:6). We can safely trust in him as individuals, and as a nation.

I will finish this message by a few more words from Alma: “I have been supported under trials and troubles of every kind, yea, and in all manner of afflictions . . . yea, God has delivered me . . . and I do put my trust in him . . . and I know that he will raise me up at the last day, to dwell with him in glory; yea, and I will praise him for ever” (Alma 17:25-26). This is Alma’s Thanksgiving message.


Dear Ones,

Where wilt thou put thy trust? No! Place thy trust above this shadowed

In a frail form of clay that to its realm of night, In Him whose boundless power

element of dust must soon resolve away? And love Thy confidence invite

(Hymns of the Restoration. #206).

Near the end of my term of service with the U.S. Army, it was required of me to take a joint inventory with the officer who was replacing me. All the property, valued at many thousands of dollars, had to be accounted for piece by piece. After days of tedious counting, everything checked out pretty well except for blankets and barracks bags. We were short a few hundred of each of these. The shortages were valued at more than three thousand dollars, and if the missing items were not found, I would have to pay for them out of my own pocket!

We counted the blankets and barracks bags again, but some were still missing. I shared my problem with my fellow officers and was counseled that I didn’t have anything to worry about. I was told that all I needed to do was to tear good blankets and bags into pieces and turn them into the salvage officer, and he would replace each part of a blanket or bag with a new one. I asked, “But what if he doesn’t’ want to cooperate? I was told that I surely had some “trading material,” such as extra steaks or coffee from the mess hall, that I could give him.

I didn’t approve of this method of making up my shortages, but I was being tempted. I didn’t have the money to pay for the losses. I might have to leave the service with a debt hanging over my head. It would also reflect on my record of service. I had always tried to be a good steward of the property for which I was responsible. I was troubled and worried.

One evening, after returning home to our little duplex in Augusta, Georgia, I said to my wife, “I’m tired of worrying about the missing property. Let’s let God worry about it!” We went to the bedroom, knelt by the bed, and asked in our desperation for the Lord’s help. We felt better after placing our burden at his feet.

After our prayers, I sat down in the chair near the bookcase, and opened my Bible. It opened at Psalm 1, and I began to read,

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper” (Psalm 1:1-3).

The message of Psalm 1 was the help I needed. The Holy Ghost was at work. When I read, “he shall be like a tree,” I could see a strong oak that doesn’t bend easily. The words gave me the strength to refuse the counsel of my fellow officers. I would not make up the shortages in ways that were contrary to the law of the Lord. Now I was ready to face the consequences of the losses. I had overcome the temptation to violate the commandments of God.

A few days later as I arrived at my office, I was met by a smiling supply sergeant, who asked me to come with him to the supply room. He pointed to the highest shelf near the ceiling and said, “Guess what I found in those burlap bales up there?” I didn’t need three guesses. They contained the missing blankets and barracks bags!

I had learned two valuable lessons. 1) God can be trusted to help us with our troubles and afflictions. 2) The Holy Ghost will help us resist the counsel of the ungodly, and will give us the strength to keep his commandments, no matter what the cost may be.

I had been comforted and helped through a difficult situation by the power and presence of the Holy Ghost.

I know that the Holy Ghost stands by to comfort and help in time of need.

My Love to All,

High Pries Francis Harper

IIAW Neighborhood Clean Up November

From: Muriel L

IIAW Neighborhood Clean Up November

Join the Joy!

Independence Is Alive and Well Initiative

Our next neighborhood cleanup is along

23rd Street and South Crysler Avenue

November 23rd, 2019

11:30am: Potluck Light Lunch Fellowship/Briefing

12:15pm – 3:00pm Clean Up Assignments

Assembly location:
The Unity Center
803 W 23rd Street

Rakes, loppers, pruners, brooms, weed whackers, trash bags, mowers, trucks, trash grabbers, scoops, shovels, hoes,
muscles and laughter

Wear Warm Clothes:
Work gloves, long pants, socks, sturdy shoes,
grins and smiles

For more information, contact:
Muriel Luedeman at: or 816-726-8425

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Seasoned Split Firewood

From: Roberta Chinnery

Seasoned Split Firewood

I am wondering if you happen to know of anyone selling split seasoned firewood - oak, walnut or hickory?

I need it delivered and possibly stacked, depending on the cost.

Thank you,

New Barcalounger Leather Recliners For Sale

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From: John at Mid-America Liquidators

New Barcalounger Leather Recliners For Sale

A friend of mine is closing a furniture store and I have received 10 recliners to sale to friends and family members below cost.  The recliners with ottomans retail for $1259 and Nebraska sells them for $950. 

I sell these last new recliners for $475 each cash only on CraigsList. 

I am reducing them to $450 cash each for friends and family. 

Call John Olivarez at 816 668-5410 if you have any questions or would like to purchase one or two.

P.S. If you need a Sofa, Mattress, Sleeper etc. Give me a call.


From: Holly McLean


THE LIVE STREAM TOMORROW MORNING for The Mommy Answer Lady will be on the YouTube Channel ONLY LIVE Thursday, November 21, at 9:00 a.m...but there will be a link to the video afterwards on Facebook.

So if you are on subscribed to the Facebook page, you will not see the LIVE stream until later. Please go to the YouTube channel and SUBSCRIBE to see it LIVE tomorrow at 9am.

Here is a link to the channel.

If you want to know how to stop those tantrums for good, tune in and find out!

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Pickup For Sale

From: Pam M

Pickup For Sale

For Sale: White 2002 GMC Sonoma. Runs, needs some work.
$750 or Best Offer

Please leave a message for Ray at:

Widow's Might - Saturday November 23

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From: Alicia Negaard

Widow's Might - Saturday November 23

This Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the CPRS Gym is the Widow's Might Bazaar and Tea Room. There are 23 vendors selling a variety of crafts and other items. At the Widow's Might area you could purchase crafts, baked goods, homemade biscuits and gravy at breakfast or baked potato soup or chili at lunch. There are homemade freezer rolls for Thanksgiving dinner.

Brother Eric Odida indicates the needs of the widows are particularly great this year. We have several widows who depend on farming for their income and food. There was a drought followed by a flood. Most of these sisters have been wiped out. Even $100 allows them to re-establish themselves in farming. In addition to selling food and other items, we will also take donations for this cause. For the first time, we can take debit or credit cards. Please come and support our sisters in Africa.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Lowrey Organ and Lazy Boy Recliner

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From: Barbara Giertz

Lowrey Organ and Lazy Boy Recliner

Lowrey Century LX50 organ: Solid state, does everything, awesome sound, beautiful cabinet. 
Originally sold new for $16,000. Take $1,000 OBO

Lazy-Boy recliner, gently used, $50 OBO

Both located in Independence.

Call for a time to see
Barb Giertz

God's Bounty Cookbook

From: David Price

God's Bounty Cookbook

God's Bounty Cookbook on sale at the Restoration Bookstore

Glendale Restoration Branch Women’s Department is slashing the price on their cookbook, God’s Bounty—not only to make available a low-cost Christmas gift filled with delicious recipes, but also to create a money-making opportunity to help Price Publishing Company.

All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to Price Publishing Company!

The 334-page book, originally selling for $16.25 at the Bookstore, now sells for $10.00. It contains over 600 delicious recipes that include appetizers and beverages, soups and salads, vegetables, main dishes, breads and rolls, desserts, and other miscellaneous recipes. In addition, there are cooking helps, tips for healthy eating and losing weight, and information on understanding food labels and food safety guidelines. Sprinkled throughout the pages are inspirational scriptures, sayings, and poems to feed the soul.

Stop by the Restoration Bookstore to purchase a cookbook of mouth-watering recipes for friends and loved ones for Christmas and to help a worthy cause.

Price Publishing Company


From: Holly McLean


PLEASE NOTICE the celebration starts at the Sunday school hour which is 9:45 - and will continue at the 11:00 service. All are invited and there will be a potluck following in the Zion's Light Fellowship Hall. Come and join us for a Restoration celebration of God's goodness!

824 E Devon Street
Independence MO

Questions, call


From: Holly McLean


This Thursday morning, November 21 at 9am, there will be a LIVE webcast giving specific instructions on how to take charge and
help your child learn to handle their emotions in appropriate ways rather than having temper tantrums and whining.

Join The Mommy Answer Lady to learn what to do to stop all those emotional, embarrassing and exhausting episodes for good!

You can join in the LIVE broadcast by going to this link on YouTube and subscribing. Hit the bell to receive notifications of LIVE events. You can also view on Facebook by joining The Mommy Answer Lady FB page.


Monday, November 18, 2019

For Sale: 2008 GMC Torrent

From: Debbie Mulheron

For Sale: 2008 GMC Torrent

1 owner, 198,000 miles, good condition, new front wheel bearings on both sides and new coolant system, rear entertainment system (DVD)


Call Jim

Debbie Mulheron

Commercial Warmers For Sale

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From: Barbara Harris

Commercial Warmers For Sale

Commercial warmers for sale. 
Both work and warm to 225°. 
Glass one is Lewis Equipment.
Metal one is Toastmaster. 

$150, OBO

Contact Barbara if interested

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Job Postings for Fort Osage R-1 School District

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From: Rachel Horn

Job Postings for Fort Osage R-1 School District

Begin forwarded message:

Fort Osage R-1 School District
Below you will find a list of jobs posted between Nov 10, 2019 and Nov 17, 2019
Job Posting Title


Assistant Director-Transportation

Assistant Superintendent Educational Services

How to Stop Child From Hitting

From: Holly McLean

How to Stop Child From Hitting

The first Mommy Answer Lady LIVE HOWTOs webcast is on YouTube now.

NEW from Mommy Answer Lady—-
Live How tos will be every Thursday morning online!

See recording of the first one “How to Stop Your Child From Hitting” here:

And SUBSCRIBE for notifications of when next live events and videos will be available!

New Restored Gospel Podcast - November 2019

From: Michael Barrett

New Restored Gospel Podcast - November 2019

New “Stories of the Saints”. Joseph and Andrea Alaniz. Join us you will be blessed.

From Mike Barrett

Tidings of Zion Submissions

From: CRE Publication Council

Tidings of Zion Submissions

Hello, Saints!

We are taking submissions for the next Tidings of Zion issue. Do you have testimonies about the retreats this fall or in the past? Kirtland, the Women's Retreat, the youth retreats, or any other retreats in your area? Please send them in! We are also looking for Christmas articles or updates on your branches and what you are doing. If you have heard a great sermon lately, let us know. Share your good tidings with the Saints around the world.

Thanks for participating!
The Publication Council

Please submit articles to:

Holiday Honey Angels For Sale

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From: Stacy Frinsthal

Holiday Honey Angels For Sale

Perfect for those who are hard to buy for. 
Great for stocking stuffers.

$5.00 per angel

Stacy Pyatt
God Bless!!

Friday, November 15, 2019

Mattress Topper - For Sale


Mattress Topper - For Sale

For Sale a King Size 3" inch foam mattress topper.
Excellent condition

Phone Harold Sharkey

Upcoming Fire Arms Classes

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Bruce Luedeman

Upcoming Fire Arms Classes

Below are dates for upcoming fire arms safety education classes. All classes will be at 2425 S. Crysler #5, Independence, MO 64052. Please park on the upper (back) east side of the address.

NRA Basic Pistol:

November 21 / December 5 or 26, 2019 / January 9 or 23, 2020.

Basic Pistol classes are held on a Thursday and go from 1pm to about 5:30pm. Feel free to bring your own hand gun and 100 rounds of ammo or we have a class hand guns for rent including ammo for $20. The basic pistol class can be used for a ½ day hours towards the all-day CCW class if enrolled through Safe Shoot. Gift Certificates available.

Missouri/Kansas, Iowa and multiple states Concealed Carry Class:

Saturday December 14, 2019. Cost is $100 and is an all-day class from 9am to 5:30pm. Hand gun required. Feel free to bring your own hand gun and 50 rounds of ammo or we have a class hand guns for rent including ammo for $20.

Enroll in the CCW or Basic Pistol classes at and click on the Class Info tab. For questions contact Bruce Luedeman at or text him at 816-353-6826.

Rifle Kit Build Class:

Saturday December 28, 2019 from 9am to 5pm. $99. Bring your own AR-15 frame kit (any caliber) and build the kit under the auspices of Master Gun Smith and Police Department Armorer Art Mitchell. Work bench and specialized tools furnished. Maximum of eight enrollments (kits) in this day long class.

Rifle kits can be purchased through any number of on line fire arms vendors in the $400-500 range. Or purchase a kit through the instructor. Any rifle kit requires a Federal Fire Arms back ground “NICS” check. Contact Bruce Luedeman at the phone number below with questions about the back ground check.

This activity is a great way to spend a day with family members building an “heirloom” fire arm and a great Christmas gift. Special coatings and engraving available at extra cost. While the minimum age of a family member to participate can be much younger the “registered owner” of the kit must be at least 21 years of age. One hour of range time is included at days end, as a group, to shoot at the cave range to sight in the new rifle.

For questions about the build class contact the instructor directly at or visit his web site at:

Bruce Luedeman MA, EMT
NRA Training Counselor
USCCA Training Counselor
Ph# 816-353-6826 (also text )

2425 S. Crysler #5
Independence, MO 64052

Francis Harper Message for 11/15/2019

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Francis Harper

Francis Harper Message for 11/15/2019


On several occasions Jesus said to his disciples: “O ye of little faith.” Would he say the same to us? “. . . without faith it is impossible to please him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).

Abraham was noted as a man of great faith. “By faith, Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; not knowing whither he went” (Hebrews 11:8). He was seventy-five when he left his comfortable home at Haran and did not know where he was going! His friends and neighbors must have thought he had lost his mind. Noah must have been the laughing-stock of his community until it started to rain. And the court of Pharaoh must have wondered about Moses giving up all of the treasures and pleasures of Egypt for a life in the wilderness. But these men of faith had heard the call of our invisible God. It is true that “the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14).

Paul wrote: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Faith gives us hope and purpose. Wherefore, whoso believeth in God, might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God” (Ether 5:4).

Faith is the key to God’s power. “Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the ninth hour [3 PM.] for prayer. And a man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple . . . to ask alms . . . And Peter and John fastening their eyes upon him, said, look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee.” (Acts 3:1-6). Peter had great faith in God’s power as he said; “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk . . . and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength . . . And he stood, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him . . . And Peter said . . . ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? Or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk? (Acts 3:6-12). Faith had unleashed the power of God.

People without faith are like a ship without a rudder. Without faith in God, their thinking often becomes irrational. They become susceptible to strong delusions. Professing themselves to be wise, they become fools (Romans 1:22). “Because they received not the love of the truth . . . God shall send them strong delusion” (2 Thessalonians 2:10-11). They lose their right mind and believe lies and the “father of lies” (John 8:44).

Without faith in God and his guidance we will soon drift off course. The Lord prepared a compass for the Nephites to show them “the course which they should travel in the wilderness; and it did work for them according to their faith in God” (Alma 17:73). They called this compass the Liahona. When they were slothful, and forgot to exercise their faith in God they did not progress in their journey. “And now I say, . . . just as surely as this director [Liahona] did bring our fathers, by following its course, to the promised land, shall the words of Christ, if we follow their course, carry us beyond this vale of sorrow, into a far better land of promise” (Alma 17:80). Faith in the words of Jesus is our compass. As he said: “I am the way, the truth and the life; no man cometh to the Father, but by me” (John 4:16).


Dear Ones,

Abraham was a man of great faith, “Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about a hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb; He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded, that what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness” (Romans 4:18-22). Paul was quite likely referring to Genesis 15:6 KJV; 15:12 IV, which says, “And he [Abram-Abraham] believed in the Lord; and the Lord counted it unto him for righteousness?

What is the depth of our faith? Will a superficial faith be counted as righteousness? I think not. The level of our faith will determine the measure of our righteousness.

Mormon, the father of Moroni, spoke of the importance of faith: “Behold, my beloved brethren, . . . I judge that ye have faith in Christ because of your meekness; if ye have not faith in him, then ye are not fit to be numbered among the people of his church . . . if a man have faith, he must have hope; for without faith there cannot be any hope. And again, behold I say unto you, that he cannot have faith and hope, save [unless] he shall be meek and lowly of heart; . . . for none is acceptable before God, save [except] the meek and lowly of heart” (Moroni 7:45-49). Faith is a gift of God, reserved for the meek and lowly.

Mormon asked: “Has the day of miracles ceased? Have angels ceased to appear to the children of men? . . . it is by faith that miracles are wrought; and it is by faith that angels appear and minister unto men; wherefore if these things have ceased, woe be unto the children of men for it is because of unbelief . . . if these things have ceased, then has faith ceased also; and awful is the state of man” (Moroni 7:37-43).

Certainly miracles have not ceased, nor have angels ceased to appear, but these blessings are not as common as we would like them to be. Nor are they occurring as often as they should, or could be, if we had greater faith.

How can a greater level of faith be attained? Faith is a gift of the Holy Spirit. See 1 Corinthians 12:9. Paul counseled: “covet earnestly the best gifts” (1 Corinthians 12:31). We need to pray that our faith will be increased.

In Hebrews 11, “the faith chapter,” an interesting statement is made: “God having provided some better things for them through their sufferings, for without sufferings they could not be made perfect” (Hebrews 11:40). None that I know prefer trials over prosperity, but times of adversity often result in spiritual blessings. Trials put us on our knees and we pray fervently! These prayers are often answered, giving us strong evidences of God’s love and power. Our faith is increased by these experiences.

On one of my trips to Nepal I got lost in the Hong Kong airport. My departure time was near and I was having difficulty in finding the gate for my departing flight. I had asked for help at an information desk but I could not understand the Chinese English! In my desperation, I asked God to help me! As I looked down the concourse I saw a man approaching. I said to him, you look like a person who can help me. He smiled, and in the most beautiful Mid-Western English, he assured me he could direct me to my gate. I wondered later if he was an angel? I didn’t ask his name or address. The Lord answered my prayer by sending an angel to help me. If he was not from heaven; he was at least an “earth angel.” I arrived at my gate in what I call “the precise timing of the Lord.” All of my fellow passengers were already on the plane. My faith was increased. Trials beget faith. Faith begets more faith.

My Love to All,

High Priest Francis Harper

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Benefit Concert - November 23

From: Penny Curtis

Benefit Concert - November 23

Please join us and invite your family and friends to this event!

We are just over a week away from this year's benefit concert! It will be a wonderful evening centered around the blessings God has given America, filled with music, sharing, and food!

We are also excited to announce that we will have a special guest, KC Royal, Willie Mays Aikens.

He will be sharing his story of hope about how he turned his life around after spending almost 15 years in prison through the power of Jesus Christ.

In Memory of Sibyl Reynolds

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: James Rao

In Memory of Sibyl Reynolds

February 23, 1942 – November 11, 2019

Sibyl J. Reynolds is now encircled in the arms of God's love. She passed from this life to Eternal Life comforted by family, at home, on November 11th, 2019, at 11:45 AM.

Sibyl was born in McKenzie, Tennessee. She was a loving wife to her husband of fifty-nine years, a wonderful mother to her three children, and a friend to countless people with whom she interacted throughout her life. She was a teacher’s aide to emotionally handicapped children, with whom she kept in contact long after her job as a teacher concluded. She also worked as a parole officer and volunteered at a Crisis Counseling Center. For most of her life, she was a homemaker, wife, and mother. Her greatest joy was being a member of the church and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Sibyl is survived by her husband Chester, her son Eric and wife Dana and their two children (William and Vanessa), her daughter Robin and husband James and their three children (Jacob, Jeremy, and Emma), her daughter Suzanne, and her sister Mary and husband Alden and their daughter (Esther). She was preceded in death by her parents Kathryn and John Ples.

Memorial Service:
2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 16, 2019
Church of Jesus Christ Grain Valley Restoration Branch
32811 E Truman Road
Grain Valley MO 64029

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Foundation, if you feel so led.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Estate Sale Recommendation

----- Forwarded message -----
From: Elsie Hensley

Estate Sale Recommendation

We are looking for someone to do an Estate Sale.
We are downsizing and need to be out the first of January.

Elsie Hensley

Monday, November 11, 2019

November 2019 Book of Mormon Round Table

From: robyn

November 2019 Book of Mormon Round Table

Wow, has this year flown by!! Here is the Book of Mormon Round Table Meeting for November 17, 2019. We take December off and return in January 2020. Thank you!

Book Of Mormon Round Table
The 3rd Sunday of the month

Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
Presenter: George Thoma
Testimonies of the Book of Mormon

See you at:
StoneChurch in Luff Auditorium!
1012 W Lexington Avenue
Independence MO 64050

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

Bed and Dresser Needed

From: Roger Fullerton

Bed and Dresser Needed

Wanted: Queen Sized Bed and a Small Dresser.

Call or text at:

Furniture For Sale by Nicole

----- Forwarded message -----
From: Bird, Ivan S

Furniture For Sale by Nicole

I am listing these items for a friend who is moving to Florida.  Need to sell by THURSDAY and be moved by Saturday 11/16. 

A very nice Oak bedroom set from Vineyard Furniture Chest, dresser with mirror, and night stand
King bed with head board, foot board, bed  pillow top mattress with 1 set of white sheets All oak. No pressed wood Dove tail joints
Very clean Non smoker No pets Small blemish on night stand (shown in photo)It does need a couple pulls replaced Only $450 OBO. 

Also have a leather couch from Macy’s furniture Kinda key lime color Excellent condition No pets Non smoking Only $350 OBO.   

Items must be picked-up in near the Independence Center. 

Please call Nicole at 816-305-5167 to make arrangements. 

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Go Ye and Teach DVD's

From: Eric Wooler

Go Ye and Teach DVD's

I am looking for a set of the "Go Ye and Teach" DVD set with 4 disks. This was produced in 2006 by the Oak Grove Restoration Branch and featured Elders Steve Mapes, Bob Bobbitt, Jack Hagensen and Lyle Smith sharing the Restoration Story: The Gospel of Jesus Christ.

You may contact me at:

Thank you and God Bless,
Eric Woolery

Friday, November 8, 2019

Francis Harper Message for 11/8/2019

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Francis Harper

Francis Harper Message for 11/8/2019


The popularity of Jesus with the multitude continued until the supply of loaves and fish was exhausted. “From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God” (John 6:66-69).

The Lord’s question, “Will ye also go away?” is still appropriate for each of us to consider and answer today. There are many in our nation, and even in our church, who accepted Jesus, were baptized and promised to follow him all the days of their lives, who no longer walk with him! According to a survey conducted in 2018-2019, 65% of Americans now consider themselves Christians. This is down 12 percentage points within the last decade. Jesus, speaking of the time of his second coming, prophesied: “And then shall many be offended, . . . And because iniquity shall abound, the love many shall wax cold; but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved” (Mark 13:12-13).

We need to remember the song we occasionally sing: “I have decided to follow Jesus, No turning back, No turning back. Tho’ none go with me, still I will follow, No turning back, No turning back. The world behind me, the cross before me, No turning back, No turning back.” I recall the Nepalese saints singing this at their baptismal services. Becoming a faithful Christian is always costly, but this is especially true in countries where Christians often face persecution, imprisonment and even death.

Jesus taught: “Wherefore, settle this in your hearts, that ye will do the things which I shall teach, and command you. For which of you intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have the money to finish his work. . . signifying there should not any man follow him, unless he was able to continue . . .” (Luke 14:28-31).

Jesus also said: “. . . no man having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62). Paul mentions a fellow servant, Demas, being with him in the ministry. Later, in his letter to Timothy he writes: “. . . Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world” (2 Timothy 4:10). This is the sad commentary that could be written for many who have good intentions to follow Jesus who do not finish well. Paul could truthfully say: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7).

There’s always opposition. As it is written: And to bring about God’s “eternal purposes in the end of man . . . it must needs be that there was an opposition; even the forbidden fruit in opposition to the tree of life” (2 Nephi 1:97-100).

Our most formidable foes are Satan and ourselves. The natural man is an enemy to God and to ourselves. God will help us if we ask: “Let thy goodness like a fetter bind my wand’ring heart to thee. Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it. Prone to leave the God I love. Here’s my heart, O take and seal it. Seal it for thy courts above” (Hymns of the Restoration #10).

The words of Peter have been tested and proven to be true: “God knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptation...” (2 Peter 2:9). If we rely on him, he will help us “endure unto the end.” And we shall be saved! (Mark 13:13).


Dear Ones,

I promised the Lord I would write a message each week if he would give me a subject and assist me with the writing. In the early hours of October 27, I was awakened by a quiet whisper of the Holy Spirit. I was given a one word message. The word was endurance.

As I pondered upon the word endurance I thought of the many saints through the ages who have endured. Paul listed many of these: Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Joseph, Moses, Rahab, Gideon, David, Samuel and the prophets. See Hebrews 11.

Paul could have named many others who have suffered great hardships for the cause of the kingdom. He was not aware of Lehi, Nephi, Abinadi, Alma, Samuel and others who suffered great trials to bring forth the kingdom in the western hemisphere. Finally Paul reminds us of Jesus: “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith: who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God . . . consider him that endured . . . ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin . . . wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and strengthen the feeble knees” (Hebrews 12:2, 4, 12).

In our review of those who have willingly suffered and endured in supporting truth and righteousness we must mention Joseph and Emma Smith and their associates. Joseph was mocked and persecuted from the beginning of his ministry. He was beaten, tarred and feathered, imprisoned and was finally killed. Through all their trials, Joseph and his wife Emma, never wavered in upholding their testimony of truth.

What must we endure and overcome today? Most of us, especially in America, are not being threatened physically. The threats we face in the USA are primarily in the spiritual realm. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12). We have heard the words such as the “deep state” and the “swamp” being used to describe the corruption within our government. This corruption is undoubtedly due to the decline of the spiritual values of those who govern and in those who elected them.

The pollsters report the following percentages of American (USA) adults who approve of the following listed behaviors: Gambling 61%, Adultery 42%, Fornication 60%, Abortion 45%, pornography 38%, profanity 38%, drunkenness 35% and homosexuality 30%. Christianity appears to be losing ground in our nation.

At one point in my life I prayed: “Lord, is your kingdom only a utopian dream? Shortly after I offered this prayer I was awakened in the night with these words being repeated again and again: “In this world we have no continuing city.” I was not acquainted with any scripture expressing this thought. I searched for the word in my Bible Concordance using the word “continuing.” The scripture being repeated to me is found in Hebrews 13:14: “For here [in this world] have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come [an eternal, everlasting city]. This experience was blessed assurance that God’s kingdom will come, even as Jesus taught us to pray: “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth, as it is done in heaven” (Matthew 6:11 IV; 6:10 KJV). Would Jesus teach us to pray for God’s kingdom to come, if it will never come? I think not.

We look forward with great anticipation to the day when “the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout . . .” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). “For behold, he cometh in the clouds with ten thousands of his saints” (Revelation 1:7). Enoch and his city of Holiness will be among them, “Then they [saints] who are alive, shall be caught up together into the clouds . . . to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we be ever with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:17).

“And blessed are they who shall seek to bring forth my Zion at that day, for they shall have the gift and the power of the Holy Ghost. And if they endure unto the end, they shall be lifted up at the last day, and shall be saved in the everlasting kingdom of the Lamb” (1 Nephi 3:187-188).

My Love to All,
High Priest Francis Harper

Thursday, November 7, 2019

25% Off Sale at Restoration Bookstore

From: David Price

25% Off Sale at Restoration Bookstore

Price Publishing Company is once again having a 25% off sale on all books and CDs published by PPC. Some of these include:

Histories and biographies
Missionary books
Favorite classics
Historical reprints
And many others

The sale began on November 1 and extends to December 31. If you want to find out if a favorite book is on sale, call the Bookstore at 816-461-5659 or check out our online store at:

We also have a wide selection of over 100 out-of-print books and booklets. The books range in price from $1.00 to $3.00, and the booklets from 10 cents to 25 cents.

Store hours:
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday
9:00 a.m. to Noon Saturday
(We are closed on Friday)

The Name YaHuWaH Preserved by the Lost Tribe of Issachar, the Cherokee!

From: Garland Schnack

The Name YaHuWaH Preserved by the Lost Tribe of Issachar, the Cherokee!

Jobs Available in Oak Grove

From: Charles Booth

Jobs Available in Oak Grove

A good Christian business owner in Oak Grove, Ted's Automotive, needs two experienced mechanics.
Ted is currently working seven days a week due to the amount of auto repair business he has, and would prefer not working weekends, especially Sundays.

You may reach him at:

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Vacancy Announcements FDO/WDTX in San Antonio

Vacancy Announcements FDO/WDTX in San Antonio

Good morning,

The Federal Public Defender for the WDTX is accepting applications for a WAN Administrator and an Operating Systems Administrator, National IT Operations and Applications Development Branch located in San Antonio, Texas. Please post the attached announcements.

You may view our announcements at:

Thank you!

Best Regards,

Victoria B. Longoria
Personnel Administrator
Federal Public Defender

Western District of Texas
727 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., Suite B-207
San Antonio, Texas 78206-1278
210.472.6700 Main
210.981.2081 Direct
210.472.6731 Facsimile

Position Announcement 20-01
WAN ADMINISTRATOR (Temporary/Permanent)
Office of the Federal Public Defender
Western District of Texas (San Antonio)

THE FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER, Western District of Texas is accepting applications for a WAN
Administrator, National IT Operations and Applications Development Branch, located in San Antonio,
Texas. This is a temporary position for one year and a day, with the option to convert to a permanent
position with acceptable job performance. The NITOAD branch supports the federal defender program’s
staffed offices in 204 locations throughout the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the
Virgin Islands, and Guam. The federal defender program operates under authority of the Criminal Justice
Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3006A, to provide defense services in federal criminal cases and related matters by
appointment from the court to individuals unable to afford counsel.
Job Requirements. To qualify for a Network Administrator, a person must be a high school graduate or
equivalent and have at least demonstrated 5+ years of network design and architecture experience, to
include LAN, WAN, and production datacenter environments supporting web-hosting components and
infrastructure, including web servers, application servers, load balancers, mail and DNS servers. Some
higher education from an accredited college or university, preferably with a concentration in computer or
management-information science or a related field, may be substituted for some of the required
experience. Notwithstanding any educational substitution, specialized experience in two or more of the
following areas is required:
• Installing, maintaining, configuring and troubleshooting a variety of local and wide-area network
equipment, including routers, switches, load balancers and security appliances;
• Solid knowledge in routing technologies included but not limited to BGP, MPLS OSPFv2/v3,
EIGRP for IPv4/IPv6 and RIPv2;
• Implementing and supporting enterprise Wi-Fi deployments and vendor managed VoIP and Video
conferencing systems;
• Working with various network monitoring programs, such as Splunk, Wireshark, and SolarWinds;
• Operating, administering and maintaining experience with RADIUS, TACACS+, DMPVN and
VPN technologies; and
• Understanding of Splunk especially feeding Syslog and other data into Splunk (servers,
workstations and NetFlow data from applications like Palo Alto, SolarWinds, Cisco etc.).
Experience with a public defender, law offices or court functions, policies and procedures preferred. This
position is classified as “highly sensitive.” Employment will be considered provisional pending the
successful completion of an initial 10-year background investigation with updates performed every five
years thereafter. Continued employment will depend upon the successful completion and favorable
determinations based on investigation results. Applicants must be US citizens or be eligible to work for
the federal government.
Duties. The network administrator provides consultation, day-to-day network administration, and support
to the defender network with a strong customer-oriented focus in providing technology services. He or she
assists in developing, monitoring, and deploying the national Federal Defender security technology
programs. He or she will be responsible for the maintenance of equipment configurations, technical
support for all issues related to network systems, planning and development of new infrastructures,
expansion of existing services, and security to protect the network infrastructure and equipment at the data
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Some of the specialized duties include:
• Maintaining and resolving issues in routing, switching, vendor managed VoIP and Video
conferencing, security incidents and analyzing intrusion detection data.
• Responsible for technical implementation, planning, system configurations, customization,
integration with big data and statistical and analytical modeling.
• Provide expert product capabilities and input into solution design, build, defining, documenting
and enforcing system standards.
• Read and analyze bandwidth logs and utilization reports and conduct appropriate analysis of
threats and possible security enhancements.
• Operate and maintain all Enterprise Management functions and perform EM activities. Integrate
and operate system management tools to improve the overall operation and maintenance of
production systems.
• Design and implement broader data and network integration.
• Prepare, review, and evaluate documentation, specifications, test plans, and procedures.
• Serve as an escalation point between customers and vendor managed services Support operations
and provide support for an enterprise on Premise security solution based on Splunk, Palo Alto,
Tenable, Panorama, GSX, SolarWinds, Cisco and other common network platforms.
• Support Extract, Transform, and Load operations to retrieve content from Palo Alto, Cisco and
Tenable repositories as well as existing hardware, software, system boundary inventories.
Maintain and present that content within Splunk and build detailed Splunk reporting for internal
use cases to identify possible causes of problems.
• Generate, monitor, and track incidents through resolution while serving as a Level 3 technical
support to other IT professionals.
• Some travel and lifting equipment up to 50 Pounds required.
• Other duties as assigned.
The applicant should also demonstrate an attention to details and the ability to maintain effective working
relationships with those contacted in the course of work. Other duties as assigned.
Salary and Benefits. Starting salary will be fixed commensurate with experience and qualifications
within a range from JSP-12, Step 1 to JSP-13, Step 1 and currently yielding $74,854 to $89,011 per
annum. The position is in the excepted service and does not have the tenure rights of the competitive Civil
Service. The position does carry regular government employment benefits including health and life
insurance, retirement, and the Thrift Savings Plan. Salary is payable only by Electronic Funds Transfer
(direct deposit).
How to Apply. Qualified persons may apply by forwarding a letter of interest (mentioning announcement
number 20-01) and résumé to: Maureen Scott Franco, Federal Public Defender, Western District of Texas,
7550 IH-10 West, Suite 200, San Antonio, Texas 78229. (No electronic submissions will be considered
unless they are submitted through or This includes emails to the
Defender.) For applicants with disabilities, this organization provides reasonable accommodations, which
are decided on a case by case basis. To request a reasonable accommodation for any part of the
application or interview process, contact Personnel Administrator, Victoria Longoria (210) 472-6700.
More than one position may be filled from this announcement. Position originally announced October 10,
2019, modified and re-announced November 6, 2019; subject to the availability of funds, and is open until
The Federal Public Defender is an equal-opportunity employer.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Oak Grove Thanksgiving Service Announcement

----- Forwarded message -----
From: Mindy Jane Mulheron

Oak Grove Thanksgiving Service Announcement

Send digital photos to Mindy Jennings at:

Living Windows Volunteers

From: Muriel Luedeman

Living Windows Volunteers

From Nancy Eppert:

It is time to start gathering the choir of angels.

I need firm commitments for the Living Windows event on the Independence Square by November 29. Men and women ages 16 and above would be best. The event starts at 6:00 p.m. and goes to 9:00 p.m. We will have one rehearsal at 5pm just prior to the event. All those who participate will be robed, so I need sizes ahead of time. We can accommodate small to extra fluffy sizes.

Interested persons can contact me via email. On the rare occasion that they don't have email, they can call. I don't answer to an unknown number, so please leave a message.

Thank you for singing to the Lord...He approves even making "a joyful noise"!

If you have a good choir voice, please pray about participating in this event. It will give the IIAW much needed visibility in the community.

Muriel Luedeman
IIAW Communications Secretary

Melinda Marie Swift – Obituary

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Bill Barrett

Melinda Marie Swift – Obituary

Melinda Marie Swift, 57, of Independence Missouri passed away on October 12, 2019 in the home of her cousin Michael Barrett. She was under Hospice care and died as a result of Metastatic Breast Cancer that had spread throughout her body.

Melinda was born on December 18, 1961 to John E. Swift and Judith Lea (Barrett) Swift at the 401st Tactical Hospital on the Air Force Base in Alexandria Louisiana.

She grew up in Lee’s Summit Missouri, and got her BFA in Commercial Art from CMSU.

She worked for Winchel’s Donuts, Herf Jones Publishing, Lifetouch Publishing, and Tristar Publishing as a graphic artist.

She loved to paint, and she loved her cats.

She played the piano, and she had a beautiful singing voice. She sang in several choirs, one of which went to Carnegie Hall in New York. She also sang in the Independence Messiah Choir.

She was baptized in the RLDS church as a child, and attended Belton Restoration Branch and then Living Hope Restoration Branch.

Melinda is preceded in death by her parents, and is survived by her three brothers Steve, Jeff and Ron.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday November 23rd at:
Living Hope Restoration Branch
2425 S Crysler Avenue
Independence MO 64052

Monday, November 4, 2019

Dangerous Places/Dangerous People: Situational Awareness

From: Bruce Luedeman

Dangerous Places/Dangerous People: Situational Awareness

Saturday, November 9, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., I will conduct my family-oriented program, “Dangerous Places/Dangerous People: Situational Awareness. Individuals are also welcome!

The morning session focuses on awareness skills that may alert you and family members to potential threats. The afternoon is an individual field trip around the area, to use your newly acquired skills. Many of these techniques are the same as Police Officers use when responding to a potentially dangerous call. Lunch will be on your own, and you will practice the skills you have learned earlier in the day.

Utilizing your personal vehicle and GPS, the afternoon will be a field trip to various locations around the local area to observe and report what you see. The participants will be given a route description and a sheet with observation requirements and space for notes. You and your companions will also make location decisions, “Where is a safe place or quick exit”?
At the conclusion of the route you, or your group, will meet the instructor in the food court of a large local shopping mall to relax, debrief and enjoy your favorite soft drink (diet soft drink in my case).

Cost is $25 per participant and $12.50 for each participating member of your family or group. Your family or group can secure a seat with a $25 payment on the web site with the balance payable at the start of the class.

Because of the logistics, class size is limited to approximately 15 people. These classes fill up quickly. Check your calendar and enroll your family, group or just yourself now.
The class will convene at 9 a.m. at the:
Safe Shoot Classroom
2425 S Crysler Ave #5
Independence MO 64055

Please park on the upper east side of the building.

Obituary for Frances Mundy

Funeral Service for Frances Mundy

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From: M Wilson

Obituary for Frances Mundy

Frances Virginia Mundy, 85, Independence passed Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Lakewood Care Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Services will be 2 pm, Sat., Nov. 9 at Buckner Restoration Branch, 2607 N. Twyman Rd., Independence, MO 64058; interment at Oak Ridge Memory Gardens. Visitation will be 6-8 pm, Friday at Speaks Suburban Chapel, 18020 E. 39th St., Independence, MO 64055.
Frances was born on February 2, 1934 in Exeter, Missouri, Barry County to James and Ruth Painter. Her mother moved the family to California and eventually settled in Ridgway, Pennsylvania where she worked at Quality Components in Daguscahonda, Ridgway Township, PA. She met Aaron Mundy who became her lifetime husband. During Aaron’s Army tour they corresponded then they married in July 1954 in Caney, Kansas. They made their home in Grand Junction, Colorado where their first of two sons were born in 1958. They moved to Wichita, Kansas in 1959 where they lived when their second son was born in 1966.
In 1954 she became a lifelong member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (later becoming the Church of Jesus Christ).
Frances is remembered as someone who would never decline the opportunity to hold a baby or care for children. She is very well known for her cooking and especially baking, which led her to cook weekly meals at Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ Laurel Club in the 1970’s.
Frances was preceded in death by her father James T. Painter and mother Ruth A. (Coats) Woodward; husband Aaron G. Mundy on February 28, 2010; brothers Earline Tindle, Hollis Painter, sisters Betty (Tindle) Gardner and Cora Mae (Painter) Hayes. She is survived by brother Leroy Painter and his wife Diane of Bakersfield, CA, sons Terry Mundy and wife Sharon and Kevin Mundy both of Independence, 4 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren.

FRANCES (Mrs. Aaron) MUNDY, finished her earthly probation on Saturday, November 2, 2019.

Visitation is Friday, November 8 2019, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at:
Speaks Suburban Funeral Home
18020 E 39 Street
Independence MO

Funeral is Saturday, November 9 2019, 2:00 p.m. at:
Buckner Restoration Branch
2607 N Twyman Road
Independence MO 64058