Saturday, February 29, 2020

Items For Sale - The Kathleen Small Estate - 4

From: Jeffrey A Small

Items For Sale - The Kathleen Small Estate - 4

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1. Washer and Dryer - Maytag - Heavy Duty - Electric - $110 for set

Items For Sale - The Kathleen Small Estate - 3

From: Jeffrey A Small

Items For Sale - The Kathleen Small Estate - 3

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1. Gazelle Exercise System - $30

2. & 2a. Nordic Track Treadmill - Solaris A2050 - 36W/70.5L/55H - $80

3. Rebounder - (2 - only one pictured) - $20 each

4. Exercise Bike - $10

5. Slant Bench - $15

Items For Sale - The Kathleen Small Estate - 2

From: Jeffrey A Small

Items For Sale - The Kathleen Small Estate - 2

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1. Bedside Commode - $10

2. Medical Arm Support - $5

3. Electric Hospital Bed - Top of the line mattress - Almost New - $475

4. Electric Hospital Bed - Good working condition - $85

5. Shower Chair - $10

6. Walker with Seat - New - $40

7. Walker - $10

7a. Cane - $10

8. Walker -$10

9. Bed Rail - Still in Box - $15

Items for Sale - The Kathleen Small Estate 1

From: Jeffrey A Small

Items for Sale - The Kathleen Small Estate 1

Jeff Small

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1. Piano - Maker: Steinway & Sons - $2199.

2. TV Cabinet - Maker: Pennsylvania House - Solid Cherry Wood - 40W/23D/81H - $165.

3. Pie Crust Table - Maker: Pennsylvania House - Solid Cherry Wood - 27W/27D/26.25H - $50.

4. Couch - Maker: Pennsylvania House - Blue Floral - 80W/36D/33.50H - $125.

5. La-Z-Boy Recliner - Dark Green - 34W/30D/41H - $75.

6. Roll Top Desk - Solid Wood - 55W/28.25D/48H $150.

7. Rocking Chair - Solid Wood - Pine - 26.50W/17D/46H - Runners =33" - $75.

8. Round Table - Maker: Ethan Allen - Solid Wood - 28.25W/28.25/27H - $50.

9. Small End Table - Maker: Ethan Allen - Solid Wood - 13.50W/16D/27H- $35.

10. Large End Table - Maker: Ethan Allen - Solid Wood - 14W/27.25D/27.75H - $45.

11. Dresser - 52W/15.75D/32H - $40.

12. Dresser with Mirror - Maker: Allman Cummings - 44W/17.5D/34H (Mirror - 21W/39H)- $70.

13. Chest of Drawers - Maker: Allman Cummings - 32W/17.5D/43.5H - $45.

14. Bed Frame - Full Size Bed - $30.

15. China Cabinet Set - China Cabinet - 50W/17D/71H,
Not pictured - Table with 3 leaves - expands to 108" and 6 chairs
set - $125.

16. Shelf/Cabinet - 23.5W/13.5D/60.75H - $50.

17. Bookcase - Oak - 32.25W/10.50D/84.50H - $35.

House For Rent Kemper Court

From: Mrs Bauman

House For Rent Kemper Court

Our neighbors recently sold their home. A company came in and renovated. There is a sign out front advertising it as a rental property. This is a well established neighborhood in Independence filled with lots of sweet, mainly older people. There are also several Restoration families that live within walking distance (two families are on either side of the house and we are just a couple houses down). It is only 1 1/2 miles from CPRS. The address is 13201 Kemper Court, Independence MO 64050. It is at least a 4 bedroom home with a finished basement. Would be great for a large family. It’s not even listed online yet, but I have attached some pictures with a contact number.

King Mattress For Sale

From: Tammy VanBiber

King Mattress For Sale

King Latex Foam Mattress Set

We purchased this from Hawn Bedding in 2013. King mattress with low platform box foundation. Excellent clean condition from a smoke-free home. Pets in the house but never allowed on the bed. Soft to medium firmness.

$2000 new, selling for $375 firm

Tammy VanBiber

March 2020 Australian Restoration News

From: Noel Rowlatt

March 2020 Australian Restoration News


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

G! DAY! To all the wonderful and lovely Saints in Australia. As the year marches on, we continue on our march toward Zion. Though the army of the Lord, at this point, is deployed in many places around the world, it is of great comfort and assurance to know that our Mighty God, our Commander-in Chief and Captain of our souls, knows where each "soldier" is and what they are doing.

We have had a mild winter, so far this year, for which we are thankful. Spring is hopefully just around the corner, as we say. Sometimes early spring weather plays a trick on nature and the trees start to bud and flowers bloom only to get caught in a late winter storm. The adversary also likes to try to trick the army of the Lord into becoming relaxed or complacent in our service. As the one song says, "We can never cease the conflict, till the summons home be heard. We have all, for life enlisted, in the army of the Lord." Truly, God is Marshalling His Army and each of us must be ready at all times. Part of our duty as soldiers in the Lord's army is to share the good news of Jesus whenever, wherever, and with whoever we can because HE is the only answer for the problems of the world. We are commanded, in Ephesians 6:10-20 to put on the whole armor of God.

That is so vital in our spiritual survival, because we do not have access to any armor with which to battle Satan, except God's armor. Take time to read that scripture, again, and especially note verses 18-20. A lady once asked God how often she should "put on" this armor. God told her. at least, every 24 hours. May the Lord be with you and bless you in your daily march toward Zion. As we move into the spring and summer, many events and activities will be taking place; retreats for all ages, branch activities, and events at Center Place Restoration School (CPRS). The Central Missouri Branches, Conference of Restoration Elders, and Pastors of Zion co-sponsored a Priesthood and Men's Retreat in January.

The CRE Women's Council also held their annual brunch in February.. Other events are scheduled for April as we enter the month of Church Heritage. The missionary groups continue to function and Brother Tom Rindels will be returning to Australia in March. He will be with Elder Mark Smith for three weeks and then with Elder John Eichhorn for four weeks.. There are missions planned for Germany, India, Nepal , the Philippines and possibly Russia this year. The CPRS school year seems to going well. The current enrollment is about 200 students in grades pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. God bless...............Love in Jesus' Name’

Riches From The Scriptures. by Elder Neil Kerswell, Queensland, Australia Vol 4 Chapter Christ Visits his other Sheep in America – 3

Last time we met, we finished with Christ telling His people in America that the Father had commanded him to visit people who were not of the Holy Land, neither of the Nephites, but from other places. Today we will continue to look at Christ’s visit and what he told his people would happen in the last days.

[3 Nephi 7:31] Behold, because of their belief in me, saith the Father, and because of the unbelief of you, O house of Israel, in the latter day shall the truth come unto the Gentiles, that the fullness of these things shall be made known unto them.

[3 Nephi 7:32] But wo, saith the Father, unto the unbelieving of the Gentiles, for notwithstanding they have come forth upon the face of this land, and have scattered my people, who are of the house of Israel; and my people who are of the house of Israel, have been cast out from among them, and have been trodden under feet by them;

[3 Nephi 7:33] And because of the mercies of the Father unto the Gentiles, and also the judgments of the Father upon my people, who are of the house of Israel, verily, verily, I say unto you, that after all this, and I have caused my people who are of the house of Israel, to be smitten, and to be afflicted, and to be slain, and to be cast out from among them, and to become hated by them, and to become a hiss and a byword among them.

[3 Nephi 7:34] And thus commandeth the Father that I should say unto you, At that day when the Gentiles shall sin against my gospel, and shall reject the fullness of my gospel, and shall be lifted up in the pride of their hearts above all nations, and above all the people of the whole earth, and shall be filled with all manner of lyings, and of deceits, and of mischiefs, and all manner of hypocrisy, and murders, and priestcrafts, and whoredoms, and of secret abominations;

[3 Nephi 7:35] And if they shall do all these things, and shall reject the fullness of my gospel, behold, saith the Father, I will bring the fullness of my gospel from among them;

[3 Nephi 7:36] And then will I remember my covenant which I have made unto my people, O house of Israel, and I will bring my gospel unto them;

[3 Nephi 7:37] And I will shew unto thee, O house of Israel, that the Gentiles shall not have power over you, but I will remember my covenant unto you, O house of Israel, and ye shall come unto the knowledge of the fullness of my gospel.

[3 Nephi 7:38] But if the Gentiles will repent, and return unto me, saith the Father, behold, they shall be numbered among my people, O house of Israel;

[3 Nephi 7:39] And I will not suffer my people, who are of the house of Israel, to go through among them, and tread them down, saith the Father.

[3 Nephi 7:40] But if they will not turn unto me, and hearken unto my voice, I will suffer them, yea, I will suffer my people, O house of Israel, that they shall go through among them, and shall tread them down,

[3 Nephi 7:41] And they shall be as salt that hath lost its savor, which is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of my people, O house of Israel.

[3 Nephi 7:42] Verily, verily, I say unto you, Thus hath the Father commanded me, that I should give unto this people this land for their inheritance.

[3 Nephi 7:43] And when the words of the prophet Isaiah shall be fulfilled, which say, Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing, for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord shall bring again Zion.

The circumstances of the House of Israel were similar both in the Holy Land and in the Americas after Christ. In the Holy Land Christ was rejected as a whole, and crucified. The faithful amongst them were visited after Christ rose from the dead and were taught in preparation for the time of Pentecost, when the Holy Ghost came upon the faithful in power. These were commissioned by Christ to reach out unto all people. This opened the time of the Gentiles and for a season the Church flourished and grew, however the seeds of Apostasy were being sown by the enemy.

[Acts 20:28] Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

[Acts 20:29] For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

[Acts 20:30] Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

[Acts 20:31] Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears

In time the Church had to flee into the wilderness, because of the endless attacks from without and from within.

[Revelation 12:14] Therefore, to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might flee into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

[Revelation 12:15] And the serpent casteth out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.

[Revelation 12:16] And the earth helpeth the woman, and the earth openeth her mouth, and swalloweth up the flood which the dragon casteth out of his mouth.

[Revelation 12:17] Therefore, the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

We are given further on this in D&C Section 84. With the added understanding of our part in the Last days.

[Sec 84:1a] Verily thus saith the Lord unto you, my servants, concerning the parable of the wheat and of the tares:

[Sec 84:1b] Behold, verily I say that the field was the world, and the apostles were the sowers of the seed;

[Sec 84:1c] and after they have fallen asleep, the great persecutor of the church, the apostate, the whore, even Babylon, that maketh all nations to drink of her cup, in whose hearts the enemy, even Satan, sitteth to reign;

[Sec 84:1d] behold, he soweth the tares, wherefore the tares choke the wheat and drive the church into the wilderness.

[Sec 84:2a] But, behold, in the last days, even now, while the Lord is beginning to bring forth the word, and the blade is springing up and is yet tender, behold, verily I say unto you,

[Sec 84:2b] The angels are crying unto the Lord day and night, who are ready and waiting to be sent forth to reap down the fields; but the Lord saith unto them,

[Sec 84:2c] Pluck not up the tares while the blade is yet tender (for verily your faith is weak), lest you destroy the wheat also; therefore let the wheat and tares grow together until the harvest is fully ripe;

[Sec 84:2d] then ye shall first gather out the wheat from among the tares, and after the gathering of the wheat, behold, and lo, the tares are bound in bundles, and the field remaineth to be burned.

[Sec 84:3a] Therefore, thus saith the Lord unto you, with whom the priesthood hath continued through the lineage of your fathers, for ye are lawful heirs, according to the flesh, and have been hid from the world with Christ in God:

[Sec 84:3b] therefore your life and the priesthood hath remained, and must needs remain, through you and your lineage, until the restoration of all things spoken by the mouths of all the holy prophets since the world began.

[Sec 84:4] Therefore, blessed are ye if ye continue in my goodness, a light unto the Gentiles, and through this priesthood, a savor unto my people Israel. The Lord hath said it. Amen.

Once the original apostles passed away (with exception of John the Beloved) the membership of the church weakened due to Satan infiltrating the Membership with his own followers which gradually over time allowed Apostasy to take hold and a falling away from the truth occurred. The membership who held on to truth as revealed through Jesus Christ our Lord, eventually went underground or separated to hold on to the light they had known and cherished, over the many years that followed, God never lost track of the Priesthood lines flowing through families for over a thousand years. I feel sure there would have been people who were amazed at times how they had managed to stay alive through adverse circumstances, not knowing that angels care was watching over them even though they were unaware of the precious gift lying dormant in their lineage. All these events culminating in the coming forth of the church in the latter days, from out of the wilderness (for ye are lawful heirs, according to the flesh, and have been hid from the world with Christ in God). In these last days when God has brought forth His word amongst us, there are again Tares among us. Satan never sleeps and his ways have given proven results over millennia therefore he keeps using them to try and break down the Lords People. When our church was first restored Angels of God were crying unto the Lord day and night to reap down the fields. Thankfully God saw back then and fair to say now that our faith was weak. Therefore if the harvest had taken place back then, the Wheat would have been ripped up with the Tares and destroyed. Think about it, to properly infiltrate as he has in the past, Satan’s followers must be woven into the very fabric of our membership world-wide. Therefore the harvest must be fully ripe, and then the Angels will be given the go ahead from God to act according to their good desires.

To be fully ripe the wicked or Tares must have had opportunity to receive the fullness of the Gospel and have rejected it and gone their own way in complete disobedience towards Gods Commandments, becoming devils to a devil. For the Righteous or Wheat to be fully ripe they also must have received the Fullness and love God with all their hearts, keeping His commandments by the power of the Holy Ghost which has through growing experience become a living part of them. They, being justified through Jesus Christ our Lord, having first planted the seed of faith, which has grown and brought forth fruit of Eternal Life in their lives. Only God knows when this condition has been met, according to this scripture there is still some things to take place.

[Sec 84:3b] therefore your life and the priesthood hath remained, and must needs remain, through you and your lineage, until the restoration of all things spoken by the mouths of all the holy prophets since the world began.

To my understanding there are still important prophecies to be fulfilled. But like when the original apostles passed away the Tares did a lot of damage. In my life time I have seen the damage of falling away from the Truth. Thankfully faithful Priesthood saw it coming many years before it happened through God’s help and gave any who would seek to be faithful warnings so they would not be deceived and carried away with the current of Apostasy. Like many of you over the years I have spoken with people who did not resist the changes that came upon the Reorganized Church. I still love them and always will, however I am so very glad we sought to hold on to the Restored Gospel. To me it is most precious and I hold great hope that the greatest works of the Restoration are yet to come.

[Sec 84:4] Therefore, blessed are ye if ye continue in my goodness, a light unto the Gentiles, and through this priesthood, a savor unto my people Israel. The Lord hath said it. Amen.

I mentioned earlier that the circumstances of the House of Israel were similar both in the Holy Land and in the Americas after Christ had visited them. While the 12 disciples were alive the whole land was converted unto Christ, they were a very blessed people, having all things common, therefore there were no rich or poor, bond or free. The experience in the Americas was amazing, there could not be a happier people we are told.

[4 Nephi 1:15] And it came to pass that the seventy and first year passed away, and also the seventy and second year; yea, and in fine, until the seventy and ninth year had passed away; yea, even an hundred years had passed away, and the disciples of Jesus, whom he had chosen, had all gone to the paradise of God, save it were the three who should tarry;

[4 Nephi 1:16] And there were other disciples ordained in their stead; and also many of that generation which had passed away.

[4 Nephi 1:17] And it came to pass that there was no contention in the land, because of the love of God which did dwell in the hearts of the people.

[4 Nephi 1:18] And there were no envyings, nor strifes, nor tumults, nor whoredoms, nor lyings, nor murders, nor any manner of lasciviousness;

[4 Nephi 1:19] And surely there could not be a happier people among all the people who had been created by the hand of God:

[4 Nephi 1:20] There were no robbers, nor murderers, neither were there Lamanites, nor any manner of ites; but they were in one, the children of Christ, and heirs to the kingdom of God;

What a marvelous situation, you would hope it would never end, how blessed were they who passed away with their garments being made white through the ministry of Jesus Christ. However Satan never rests and although he was chained up through the righteousness of God’s people for some time, eventually he saw cracks in people’s lives through which he could hammer in his wedges, bringing great division amongst the people.

[4 Nephi 1:26] And now I, Mormon, would that ye should know that the people had multiplied, insomuch that they were spread upon all the face of the land, and that they had become exceeding rich, because of their prosperity in Christ.

[4 Nephi 1:27] And now in this two hundred and first year, there began to be among them those who were lifted up in pride, such as the wearing of costly apparel, and all manner of fine pearls, and of the fine things of the world.

[4 Nephi 1:28] And from that time forth they did have their goods and their substance no more common among them, and they began to be divided into classes, and they began to build up churches unto themselves, to get gain, and began to deny the true church of Christ.

What a tragedy and how fragile is our peace, like in the Restoration in latter times there was ministry and membership speaking out against these changes and cautioning the people as to the consequences if God’s ways and commandments are ignored and changed to suit the wayward and rebellious. In time even the 3 who tarried were hated by the wicked, even though the power of the word of God was in them. To the true followers of Jesus their ministry must have been wonderful nourishment to the soul. To the wicked it was a problem that must be gotten rid of.

[4 Nephi 1:32] Therefore they did exercise power and authority over the disciples of Jesus who did tarry with them, and they did cast them into prison;

[4 Nephi 1:33] But by the power of the word of God, which was in them, the prisons were rent in twain, and they went forth doing mighty miracles among them.

[4 Nephi 1:34] Nevertheless, and notwithstanding all these miracles, the people did harden their hearts, and did seek to kill them, even as the Jews at Jerusalem sought to kill Jesus, according to his word,

[4 Nephi 1:35] And they did cast them into furnaces of fire, and they came forth receiving no harm; and they also cast them into dens of wild beasts, and they did play with the wild beasts even as a child with a lamb; and they did come forth from among them, receiving no harm.

[4 Nephi 1:36] Nevertheless, the people did harden their hearts, for they were led by many priests and false prophets to build up many churches, and to do all manner of iniquity.

[4 Nephi 1:37] And they did smite upon the people of Jesus; but the people of Jesus did not smite again.

[4 Nephi 1:38] And thus they did dwindle in unbelief and wickedness, from year to year, even until two hundred and thirty years had passed away.

We know from scripture that this continual decline in spirituality continued and ran its course till the Nephites were fully ripened in iniquity and the word of God was fulfilled that if they would not repent and turn unto God they would be swept from off the Land of Promise. This was fulfilled when the Lamanites overpowered them and sought to make them extinct. Now the Lamanites were definitely not righteous and you might ask why were they allowed to remain? Let us see why.

[Jacob 2:54] Behold, the Lamanites, your brethren, whom ye hate, because of their filthiness and the cursings which hath come upon their skins, are more righteous than you;

[Jacob 2:55] For they have not forgotten the commandments of the Lord, which were given unto our fathers, that they should have, save it were one wife: and concubines they should have none; and there should not be whoredoms committed among them.

[Jacob 2:56] And now this commandment they observe to keep; wherefore because of this observance in keeping this commandment, the Lord God will not destroy them, but will be merciful unto them; and one day they shall become a blessed people.

[Jacob 2:57] Behold, their husbands love their wives, and their wives love their husbands, and their husbands and their wives love their children;

[Jacob 2:58] And their unbelief and their hatred towards you, is because of the iniquity of their fathers; wherefore, how much better are you than they, in the sight of your great Creator?

[Jacob 2:59] O my brethren, I fear, that unless ye shall repent of your sins, that their skins will be whiter than yours, when ye shall be brought with them before the throne of God.

It all came back to the family unit, the Lamanites were better and more honourable at being a family and the Evil they carried in their hearts was because of the false traditions of their fathers who had taught them hatred towards the Nephites. Whereas the Nephites had the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and did not treasure it as they should. Unto those whom much is given much is required. Therefore there are rich promises to be fulfilled amongst the Lamanites today. Something to consider is this. America is not the only land upon which the seed of this people dwell. For a while my son was going out with a young Maori girl from New Zealand, she gave me some books about her people and culture so I may understand her better. In one book it stated that it cannot be denied that the original sea travelers who populated many islands, as they made their way to New Zealand had mixed with the South American Indian once in the Pacific. Which brought about change to their traditions and physical appearance, adopting some of the South American ways. It explained how until they mixed their hair was mostly tight curls, and today some Maoris have the tight curly hair and some have the longer straight hair. For more consideration the Original Americans and Maoris are not the only ones carrying the seed of the Lamanites and possibly Nephite. Recently in a documentary which covered Greenland it mentioned that in their DNA is evidence of the North American Indian. Gives us something to think about, God knows whether these things are true and if so, where all these people are and when He led them away.

Just as the time of the Gentile came upon the Holy Land so eventually it would upon the Americas also. Allowing the fulfilment of the coming forth of our Church. Because a large role of our church is that the Gentile Peoples may be given a chance to have the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to see what they will do with it, would they be any better than the House of Israel at being a covenant people, Would the Church hold on? We will finish close to where we started with Christ’s words.

[3 Nephi 7:31] Behold, because of their belief in me, saith the Father, and because of the unbelief of you, O house of Israel, in the latter day shall the truth come unto the Gentiles, that the fullness of these things shall be made known unto them. and….

[3 Nephi 7:34] And thus commandeth the Father that I should say unto you, At that day when the Gentiles shall sin against my gospel, and shall reject the fullness of my gospel, and shall be lifted up in the pride of their hearts above all nations, and above all the people of the whole earth, and shall be filled with all manner of lyings, and of deceits, and of mischiefs, and all manner of hypocrisy, and murders, and priestcrafts, and whoredoms, and of secret abominations;

[3 Nephi 7:35] And if they shall do all these things, and shall reject the fullness of my gospel, behold, saith the Father, I will bring the fullness of my gospel from among them;

[3 Nephi 7:36] And then will I remember my covenant which I have made unto my people, O house of Israel, and I will bring my gospel unto them;

Over the years I have heard it said by people that I worshipped with as a child that went a different way to myself that they no longer uphold the Book of Mormon as scripture, or they no longer feel the need for scripture at all, or we need to give honour to all gods of all cultures. Those of us who still recognise that God performed a Marvelous Work and a Wonder, establishing a Church with access to God, to Priesthood Authority, to the Power of the Holy Ghost, to the Testimony of Jesus Christ which is the Spirit of Prophecy, the rock upon which if we would build shall always stand, Christ having broken every sinful band. We who still believe have a hope of Eternal salvation, a hope of seeing and being a part of God’s Gathering of Israel from the four quarters of the Earth. A bringing together of all things into one again. Both God’s people and the treasures of Scripture from all over the world that God has caused to be written throughout History. And as Nephi has told us Christ shall take the lead.

[1 Nephi 7:41] For behold, the righteous shall not perish;

[1 Nephi 7:42] For the time surely must come, that all they who fight against Zion, shall be cut off.

[1 Nephi 7:43] And the Lord will surely prepare a way for his people, unto the fulfilling of the words of Moses, which he spake, saying:

[1 Nephi 7:44] A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.

[1 Nephi 7:45] And it shall come to pass that all those who will not hear that prophet, shall be cut off from among the people.

[1 Nephi 7:46] And now I, Nephi, declare unto you, that this prophet of whom Moses spake, was the Holy One of Israel;

[1 Nephi 7:47] Wherefore, he shall execute judgment in righteousness;

[1 Nephi 7:48] And the righteous need not fear, for they are those who shall not be confounded.

In finishing let me say over the years satan has clocked up some wins here and there, and yes they are disturbing, but let us not forget it was Christ who cast him down, it was Christ who paid the price of the Atonement destroying the works of satan for all who will follow the path of Righteousness. Maybe in Moses day God’s Angels went before and after and not His presence. In the days to come Christ will go before and after and nothing can stop Him in achieving what he has said. Christ is our hero, Christ is our Lord and our God. As He with Moses overcame the power of Pharaoh to hold his people in bondage. So shall he overcome the power of all Nations to deliver his people. May God bless you and keep you all, is my prayer in the name of Christ. Amen


For the Scattered Saints of Australia

Having yet to receive any contributions from the scattered Saints, I have attached the following story of Gideon, which was a favourite of my sons. It was first told to them by my Uncle Tony (Anthony Stack) during a worship service in approximately 2013. The boys have enjoyed hearing this many times since. When we read about the story of Gideon and his army of 300 in the Old Testament, we see a story of division, truth and faith that allowed God to fashion an army that was totally obedient and ready to serve Him. It is also a story about what it means to pay the price and about what it means to obedient. God told Gideon exactly the things - the commandments if you will – he wanted to tell His people. So Gideon blew his trumpet and 32,000 people were gathered together. The first thing Gideon told them was “Whoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from Mount Gilead” (Judges 7:3). So 22,000 people went home because they were afraid to become involved. They were afraid that it was going to cost them a price more than they were willing to pay. They were afraid that serving the Lord meant they were actually going to have to do something. The Lord says unto Gideon “There are still too many”. So he tested the remaining 10,000. He brought them down to the water to drink and 9,700 of them got down on their hands and knees and relaxed their guard while they drank. Only 300 lapped water out of their hands keeping a lookout for the Middianites. Only 300 were really alert. Only 300 were totally obedient and ready to serve the Lord and follow His plan exactly. This army of 300 went out and defeated the large army of Middianites that had plagued Israel for years. God divided Gideon’s army twice until less than 0.1% were chosen. As the requirements become more difficult, the number of those who are willing to pay the price and stay the distance became fewer. This
is a necessary part of God’s plan. It ensures that God ends up with quality, purity and obedience with each division. Christ said “Strait is the gate and narrow is the way that leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it (Matt 7:23). Why? Because, so few are willing to pay the price. Jesus laid down some hard conditions for us. He knows that by doing so He would have fewer and fewer followers. But he also knew that those who were left would be totally dedicated. It is Christ’s pattern to divide out of the multitude a smaller and smaller number until He would have those who would be His true
disciples. This is what it is going to take to build the Kingdom. This division will continue to take place until Christ comes; so a word of warning – don’t sit back and relax and think we have made the grade– the dividing is not over. When Christ was here on Earth he said “ if any man will follow me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily, and follow me”. How many turned from Christ then and would not follow Him because they had other “more important and urgent” things to do and would not commit? If Christ came into our midst today,
how many of us would have other things we have to do before we dropped everything and followed Christ?
Christ gave his life for us and asks very little in return other than to follow him. Every time we partake of the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper we remember this ultimate sacrifice, yet if Christ came into this very room this morning and said to us “Follow me”, how many of us would be prepared to trust and obey, step out in absolute faith and unquestionably follow Him? There will be a division along these lines, just like in with Gideon’s army of 300, until Christ has a people who will serve His purpose – and we cannot kid ourselves that won’t be included in that dividing process. Christ wants a pure and refined disciple to be with him when he comes to share the fruit of the vine again with us. He wants to make sure that we have counted the cost of discipleship, for unless we have, we don’t know the value of His sacrifice and He wants us to know that. As we continue on with our lives, how long will the “life and light” linger with us? Just until we reach the front door? Maybe the rest of today, the rest
of the week, until our next Sacrament service? -----------Or will it disappear as we mix with the world as if nothing has changed?

Tamworth News submitted by Sr. Helen Archer.

We continue to meet each week. On the Weekend of the 31st of January we celebrated Peters 60th Birthday with his family and friend. We had a very nice time on Saturday night at a Chinese Restaurant.

On Sunday 2nd of February Brother Elder Danny Archer gave the message Assisted by Elder Peter Archer for a Sacrament Service with Deacon Roy Schubert giving the closing Prayer followed by a fellowship lunch after.

On Sunday the 9th Elder Peter gave the message with Deacon Roy offered the closing Prayer

On Sunday the 16th Elder Peter gave the message with Deacon Roy giving the closing Prayer

On Sunday the 23rd we watched a live streaming of Elder Eldon Anderson preaching at Waldo Restoration Church

Wedding Anniversary: Roy and Daphne Schuberts 65th Wedding Anniversary on the 26th March

We would like to wish Brother Elder Noel Rowlatt a Very Happy 90th Birthday on the 7th of MARCH.

Birthday. Patty Fulton 2nd February


Missionary trip to Philippines--December 28- January 27, 2020

We arrived in Manila, went to Trece Martires,Cavity City ,was there for a week, had business Meeting, studies ,and services, the following Sunday [5 JANUARY 2020] we went to Antipolo City to Sister Estrella Rosel home,where we had the Sacrament and service,followed by bussiness Meeting,the room full of people.Elder Julius Candido now the Pastor of Antipolo.After the meeting we went to Manila,then set of for Agno Pangasinan.We arrived late that night. We were there till 23 Jauuary 2020. We had a baptism on Monday 20 January .Aia.Charlotte Nagal., Comfirmation ,and the Sacrament together. Sunday 19th The Sacrament with service,the ordinance of Blessing of children of Carriona Kate Natino,and Christoff Ethan D Marcos.There was many Administrations in Agno,one young lady had suffered a stroke: her,left arm and leg could not lift. The following week I asked a relation to her husband,how she was,and she said something like “getting better”. Another Lady- Patricia De Guzman, who we visited,she was not well. She went off to sleep, or eyes were shut, I asked her daughter,Rose if she would like me to Administer to her,as I had on other times when in the Philippines.When I had finished she wroke up, and looked much better. Went to see her with Sr.Victoria De Guzman,before leaving,and she looked very well, her happy old self,I think she is 89 years old. Had Business Metting in Agno,which I am still Pastor. and in Trece Martires.] We celebrated Sr. Delma’s 70 th Birthday in Agno Philippines,with family ,and friends,and with the Saints. We left Agno on 23 January 2020 for Trece Martires,a long trip ,about 9 hours with a break to have a meal. Visited homes in Trece Martires with Sr.Ludy Natino and also Virginia Nilo another day,which 3 families came along to Church on Sunday 26thJanuary.Also Administrations,and Blessing service of Dave Aldrin C .Redura. Elder Ace DeVera had Administration. He was to go to Hospital for 4 to 6 days,as they changed his blood. Please pray for him. We had preaching services,or studies nearly every day,we were in Philippines,with Sunday School. Thanks to Bro.Ernie Natino for driving us about from place to place, and his wife Sr. Ludy,for all who helped in the kitchen, Sr. Anadhel N Nagal teaching the Children in Agno, and Bro Justin Candido teaching the children in Trece Martires. and to all who helped,and attended the services. Washing, and cleaning, cooking etc, including Virginia Nilo and Tess.Zaragoza. We helped many people in need financialy, and I hope Spiritually,,as large numbers attended on 19th January in Agno. Many thanks to those who helped for the needs of people in the Philippines. God was with us with His Holy Spirit. We arrived back in Australia on 28th January 2020 . Murray Broughton

Church of Jesus Christ Restoration Branch. Kelvin View, Euroa. Branch Activities

2 February 2020.-Church at Kelvin View. Hall. The Sacrament--1 Peter 1: 3, 4 & 19 –21. 9 February 2020. Church at Kelvin View Hall. Reading, Talk on trip in Philippines,Photo's on Church Facebook,and singing in Philippines. Followed by study on Marriage. 16 February 2020.Church at Kelvin View Hall. Reading 1 Kings Chapter 18: 21.-How long halt ye between two opinions.If the Lord be God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.[ Free Agency to choose.] Study-1 Kings 17: 17-24. 1 Kings 18: 17--40. 11Kings 2: 8--15. Please remember those who have lost their homes and things that are precious to them in the bush fires also those that are sick, and those who have lost their loved ones. God will take care of you be not afraid. I have to face some tests as I have a painful back and hip. Your Bro. In Christ. Murray Broughton [Pastor]

Visit by American Elders. (Extracts from an email received from Elder Tom Rindels on Thursday 27th February)

Dear brother Noel, so good to hear you're feeling better. This so far is a fairly accurate idea of our plans. Brother Mark Smith and I will be arriving in Townsville on the 6the of March , where we'll have a service on the 8th , stay the 9th. We have rented a car there , on the 10th we'll head towards Brisbane if there was someone else up that way. We were planning on getting to Brisbane on the 11th, thinking that perhaps we could meet with the saints on Wed evening. Brother Mark was there a few years ago and met many saints in Brisbane and would like to see you again.we were planning on leaving , headed towards Tamworth on the 12th or 13th to turn in the rental for the church car and letting Mark renew his friendship with those folks for a couple of days. We will the head towards Euroa so Mark can meet Murray, then into Adelaide. Mark will fly out of Adelaide on the 22nd to fly home and on the 23rd brother John Eichhorn will fly into Adelaide, stay a couple days then we'll head back to Euroa to spend some time with Murray and have a service , then to Tamworth for a time and have a service there. Then John and I will come back to Brisbane for visiting and hopefully a service. From there Noel , back towards Merran's and then towards Sydney , visiting as many as we can , the Games , Donns Arnoll , etc. John and I leave Sydney on the 20th of April. Hopefully we'll have some flexibility with time. Can you get a feeling from the saints as to whom we can visit. I haven't been able to contact Murray, at least to get a response. The adversary has really tried to disrupt this trip, God has directed us. Looking so forward to seeing all of you. Will try to answer any questions. Your brother in Christ, Tom.

Please include in your daily prayers the following people who are in need of a blessing Gwen Whately, Alma & Janice Kerswell Audrey Kerswell Michael & Patty Fulton Ellen Sheppard Gary Rowlatt Murray Broughton



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


Sun. 1ST . 10.00 a.m. COMMUNION SERVICE. Elder N. Churchill Priest G. Kerswell

Musical Item for Service. Linda Myers

11.10 a.m.. Prayer and Testimony. Elder N. Churchill

Sun. 8th. Flowers: Jan Kerswell 10.00 a.m. PREACHING SERVICE. Elder G. Kerswell asstd. by Elder A. Kerswell

11.10 a.m. Class Elder N. Melling

Wednesday 11th March 5.00pm. Pizza Meal and Fellowship with Elders Tom Rindels & Mark Smith.

Sun. 15th. 9.50 a.m. Hymn Sing: Rebecca Melling Flowers: Del Churchill

10.00 a.m. PREACHING SERVICE. Elder N. Churchill asstd. by Elder N.Rowlatt

11.10 a.m. Class. Elder G.Melling

Sun. 22th. 9.50 a.m. Hymn Sing: Linda Myers Flowers: Cathy Melling

10.00 a.m. PREACHING SERVICE. Elder P. Archer asstd by Elder D. Archer

Musical Item: Linda Myers

11.10 a.m. Pot-luck Lunch: to celebrate the 90th birthday of Elder Noel Rowlatt. All are

invited to share in this activity. Please advise Sr Jan Kerswell if you

plan attending. Your presence would be most appreciated but – please -

absolutely NO presents.

Sun. 29th. NO SERVICE:

BRANCH NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS for Kingston Branch..

Birthdays. Noel Rowlatt reaches 90 on the 7th March.

Bereavement. It is with sadness that we report the recent passing of Sr. Adrienne Windsor who had been bed-ridden for a considerable time. Deepest sympathies are extended to Elder Robert Windsor and Family.

Conributions 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

Co-Editor Gary Rowlatt

Co.Editor: Gary Rowlatt

Friday, February 28, 2020

Tuesday Morning! Mentor4Moms

From: Holly McLean

Tuesday Morning! Mentor4Moms

Mentor4Moms meeting will be this Tuesday morning, March 4, 10am-noon


Presentations on the following subjects:

Giving & Receiving Gifts
Church is a TOOL!
Social Safety
Maintaining Progress

Those in attendance will vote on which of the other presentations they want to view and discuss.
The options include:

Sibling Rivalry
Welcoming a New Baby
Extended Family Dynamics
Mealtime Battles
Bedtime Battles
Potty Training
Conquering Childhood Fears

If you are looking for ways to improve your parenting skills, stop your child from whining, fussy crying, tantrums, or any of the subjects listed above, come and join us!

824 E Devon ST
Independence, MO

Remember to RSVP to:

Francis Harper Message for 2/28/2020

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

Francis Harper Message for 2/28/2020

“It is More Blessed to Give . . .”

The Apostle Paul said to the saints at Ephesus: “I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel. Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. I have showed you all things, how that so laboring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:33-35).

We are born selfish. This natural born trait of selfishness is difficult to overcome. My brother’s first word was “mine.” He quite likely learned this word from his older brother or sister! “God so loved the world that He gave . . .” (John 3:16). It is a struggle to become God-like but this should be our ultimate goal. The Holy Spirit stands by to help us.

It was on a cold and windy day in the late fall of 1956, that I stopped by to visit a neighbor. This was the first year of my farming career. It had not been a good year for farmers in western Iowa. Most of us had borrowed money to plant our crop, and the drought-shortened harvest was barely enough to keep us in business for another season. I had borrowed money to purchase machinery and livestock, in addition to the necessary crop expenses. Times were tough.

The weather that day seemed to be in harmony with the cold, cruel world I was experiencing. I was wearing my old US Army field jacket without a liner. The neighbor immediately noticed I was shivering from the cold. He went to a closet and returned with a liner for my jacket, insisting I take it to keep me warm. He explained that it was not a loan, but a gift.

At the close of our visit, as I was preparing to leave, he asked, “Do you have any laying hens?” I replied that we did not, and he said, “We have more eggs than we can eat. Will you take some?” I was almost overwhelmed by his generosity.

As I drove home that day, I was much warmer, in body and soul. I had been taught a valuable lesson on giving by my good neighbor. He was like the Good Samaritan. He quickly noticed my need and did not hesitate to give me what I needed. His example of giving on that day so long ago, has helped me in my efforts to be a good neighbor through the years.

I recall a statement made in a sermon years ago: “If we are not giving right, we are not living right!” Our giving should begin with the tithing of our increase; i.e., giving 10% of that which remains after our needs have been adequately met. We should not be satisfied with earning barely enough to supply our needs. Earning more than we need allows us to give to others less fortunate than ourselves. Out of surplus funds churches are built, supported and missions are established.

Giving is extremely important because it does a work on our hearts. It delivers us from selfishness and greed. Are we giving enough? We should give as the Lord directs. Let us pray that our giving will be “Spirit-led giving.”

A certain ruler asked him saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him . . . Thou knowest the commandments . . . And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up. Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, yet thou lackest one thing; sell all that thou hast, and distribute to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven, and come follow me. And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful; for he was very rich” (Luke 18:18-23).

Are we willing to give all we have in time, talent, and money to assist the Lord in the accomplishment of His work?


Dear Ones,

God asked the citizens of Judah and Jerusalem: “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. but ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings . . . Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” (Malachi 3:8-10).

The Lord challenged Judah and ourselves when he said, “Prove me . . .”, and witness the rewards I will give you when you practice good stewardship and give freely and willingly to those in need.

My sister Hattie and her husband, Burton Moores, scrupulously kept records of their income and expenses throughout their married life. They always paid the full amount of the tithing due. In addition to paying the tithe, they were always willing to help those less fortunate within the church or community.

On one occasion the Moores learned that a certain family within the Woodbine Branch would not be able to attend Reunion that year because they could not afford the extra expense. Hattie and Burton offered to supply the needed funds, enabling this family to receive the blessings of Reunion with the Saints.

Burton was a lineman for the Harrison County Electric Coop for many years. Shortly after the Reunion just mentioned, a severe storm, left many without electrical power in another area of Iowa. The Harrison County Coop was asked to send linemen to assist in the work. Burton volunteered to go and was paid over-time wages in an amount precisely ten times more than they had given to the family they had enabled to attend Reunion!

Some time later, the same family had a damaging fire in their home. Certain items of their household furnishings had to be replaced. Once again Hattie and Burton helped them in their time of need. And once again, it was the same scenario with Burton being asked to assist with down power lines and being paid over-time wages in an amount precisely ten times more, to the penny, than they had given to help the family purchase the replacement furnishings destroyed by the fire! Some may call these experiences coincidence, but we who believe, call it like it was, a miracle of God.

Jesus said: “Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them; otherwise ye have no reward of your Father who is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do, in the synagogues and in the streets, that may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let it be unto thee as thy left hand not knowing what thy right hand doeth; That thine alms may be in secret; and thy Father who seeth in secret, himself shall reward thee openly” (Matthew 6:1-4).

Our neighbors have many needs; visible and invisible, seen and unseen. Lord, help us become the profitable servants mentioned in Matthew 25:31-41. Help us become more proficient in seeing the unseen needs of our fellowman.


“Always Ready to Help”

“Two days after we moved to Kansas, a blizzard struck. Frenzied snowflakes hurtled through the air, coming to rest in huge drifts that blocked the roads and locked our car in a prison of ice. We were eight miles from town, so there was no chance anyone would see us and help us dig out. Alone and cut off from everything familiar – from everyone I knew and loved – I sat down on a packing box to cry.

“Then, unexpectedly, the telephone rang. ‘I’m your nearest neighbor’ a cheery voice announced. ‘You can’t see my house in this storm, but I’m just a ways east of you. If you need anything, all you have to do is call.’

Her call reminded me of other times I had been lonely or troubled and thought I was friendless. I realized that Jesus was there all the time. I couldn’t actually see Him, but like my neighbor, He was ready to help. All I had to do was call.
Penney V. Schwab

My Love to All,
High Priest Francis Harper

Worldwide Fast against Corona Virus March 1, 2020

From: Muriel Luedeman

Worldwide Fast against Corona Virus March 1, 2020

Dear IIAW Friends,

Janice Hill, a past LDS Relief Society President and an IIAW member, saw this message posted in a local LDS congregation Facebook group and thought she should pass it along. I agree with the need and ask that you give it serious consideration. Please pass it along to family and friends in all faiths.

From Alexa Pettengill to LDS Relief Society Presidencies

Worldwide Fast against Corona Virus

A sister in our congregation has family in Indonesia who came up with this idea of a worldwide fast. I love this idea and ask that you pass it along as quickly as possible. Please join in fasting with us this next Sunday. Here is what she is asking:

“I have never done this before, but as I listened to the instructions given by my local church leaders related to Corona this morning, I felt inspired to do this. Wherever you are, let’s do a Worldwide Fast this Sunday, March 1, 2020 for God’s grace and heavenly assistance to help us overcome Corona virus. Many sad stories have been shared, many lives lost, and many are living in anguish and distress. I don’t know how worldwide this post can reach in a week but please share. We need all of the fasting and prayers we can get.

Worldwide fast. One faith. One purpose.


Also, a reminder:

Saturday, February 29th,
Meal Prep for the beloveds at the Unity Center, 803 W. 23rd Street, Independence, MO.

Muriel Luedeman
Communications Secretary

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Prayer Request for Leslie

From: Deanne Murnieks

Prayer Request for Leslie

My mom (Leslie Fender) is requesting prayers. She’s having a stint put in next Wednesday and would appreciate prayers.

The Lord is good and faithful.

Thank you,

"Oh that Zion were come, the salvation of Israel; for out of Zion shall they be judged, when God bringeth back the captivity of his people. And Jacob shall rejoice; Israel shall be glad."
Psalms 53:7

Older Youth Retreat - Date Change

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: James Bradley

Older Youth Retreat - Date Change

The Older Youth Retreat at the Oakwood Branch has been changed to March 20-22.
Contact PJ Fought for more info:

Because Of Calvary
Jim Bradley

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Odessa Hills CMRB 2020 Spring Retreats

----- Forwarded message -----
From: Mark McCormick

Odessa Hills CMRB 2020 Spring Retreats

Greetings Saints!  Please consider sending your child(ren) to the Spring Retreats being held out at the Odessa Hills Campgrounds! They start (1) week from now! There are plenty of beds and cabins to fill! Please sign them up so the directors and cooks can plan accordingly!

Odessa Hills CMRB Spring Retreats! 2020 Spring Theme: The Rod of Iron~1 Nephi 2:69~
Senior High Retreat (10th-12th Grade)March 6th-8th 7PM Friday - 1PM Sunday
Directors: Jeff & Shelly Morrison
Cost: $45

Junior High Retreat (7th-9th Grade)March 13th-15th 7PM Friday - 1PM Sunday
Directors: Mark & Nikki McCormick
Cost: $45

Older Youth RetreatMarch 20th-22nd 7PM Friday - 1PM Sunday
Directors: Sean & Rachel O'Keefe
Cost: $45

Junior Retreat
March 28th-29th 9AM Saturday - 1PM Sunday
Directors: Jared & Katie Mulheron
Cost: $40

Your Brother in Christ,  
Mark McCormick

Proverbs 3:5 "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding!"

Winter 2020 The Anchor Newsletter

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: James Bradley

Winter 2020 The Anchor Newsletter

Thanks to all of our correspondents who work so hard to put this newsletter together!!!

Because Of Calvary

Jim Bradley

The Anchor
The Great Lakes Restoration Branches

Vol. 4 - 45 Issue 110 Winter 2020

News From Around the Region
Algonac-Atlanta-Dowagiac- Garden City- Lima-Oakwood Otter Lake-Port Huron-Sanilac St. Johns-Stoney Creek Saints Editor: J. Bradley, Email at

“By faith all things are fulfilled: 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 5:3b-4


Algonac Branch
By: Val Bradley

“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised; And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works; Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:23-25

Our Children’s Thanksgiving Program, directed by Cory Eliason, took place at 10 a.m. on November 24. She welcomed us, the congregation sang, “Come, Ye Thankful People Come,” and Nina Powers offered the opening prayer. Various readings were brought by Ava Nagy, David Nagy and Cory. Kelli Williams read some scriptures, along with Laurel Yaney, and Bryer Eliason. Kelli also read an excerpt from Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation. Poems were shared by Val Bradley and David Nagy. The congregation sang, “America.” All the youth were in either pilgrim or Indian costumes and Cory and each of the children did special readings. The kids sang, “If You’re Thankful and You Know It,” then they shared what they were thankful for. Some of those things included: God, family, parents, grandparents, friends, food, home, school, dog, dirt bike, freedom, woods, nature, animals, toys, good harvest, crayons, butterflies and monkeys (little Vivian shared that last one!). Then they sang, “Oh, I Love America” while waving the American flags. The closing hymn, sung by all, was “Great and Marvelous are Thy Works,” followed by a prayer brought by Elder Eric Eliason. A big thank you to Cory Eliason, Todd Moses (keyboardist), and all others who took part and supported this program by their presence. Of course, a huge thanks to all of the youth in our congregation who took part (Ava Nagy, David Nagy, Laurel Yaney, Briggs Eliason, Bryer Eliason, Christopher McCullar, Addie Yaney, Ames Eliason, and Vivian Yaney). We are so proud of them and they always make our hearts smile! At the 11:00 a.m. service the Eliason boys brought the music ministry. They sang, “All to Jesus I Surrender.” They always sing with such joy and touch our hearts. The sermon was brought by our guest minister, Elder Don Cutshall from Missouri (Cory’s Dad). He read from Psalm 100 and talked about “making a joyful noise unto the Lord,” as the children did in the previous program. He said we have the right to call the Lord “Father” and ask for His blessings. Although we’re often quick to ask for things, we aren’t always so quick to thank Him for the blessings we’ve received. We make mistakes along the way, but He has provided us with the avenue of forgiveness. He read from Matthew 22 regarding loving God with all our heart, mind, and soul, and loving our neighbor as ourselves. He stated that if we are truly thankful for what the Lord has given us, we have a responsibility to pass that blessing on to others. He also read from the book of Mosiah and mentioned that King Benjamin talks about us being indebted to God. We need to be pushed out of our comfort zones from time to time … that’s where the real blessings are! Don’t judge others, and help when you can. We really appreciated his ministry.

On Wednesday, November 27, a number of us met at the church at noon. There was much fun and laughter as we trimmed the tree, hung garland in the windows, and beautified the place for the Christmas season. We were glad that Cory Eliason’s parents, Don and Edie Cutshall could join us. They were a big help! Afterwards we sat in a circle and had a Sharing Service led by Elder Todd Moses. He read some scriptures and stories, we sang hymns and each one of us shared the things we were most thankful for. It was a good opportunity to recall all we were grateful for and to thank the Lord for his many blessings over the years. Afterwards we met in our fellowship hall for yummy snacks and visiting.

(Reported by Elaine King)
Another Algonac Christmas Bazaar & Bake Sale has come and gone! This year’s event took place at our branch on December 6 and 7. Wendy Holmes and Elaine King were at the helm once again, assisted by Tim Holmes, Connie Burns, and Tina Yaney. There was a good turnout with many repeat customers, along with some new “characters!” We had the opportunity to answer several questions about our church and had great fellowship. Our bag sale was a big hit, especially the sweaters Kelli donated. One lady even called her friend (who lives in Pt. Huron) to come over and check it out, as she makes mittens out of wool sweaters. The lady ended up buying 5 bags of them! She then proceeded to check out our bake sale and bought $35 worth of baked goods! She said she was thrilled she wouldn’t have to do any baking for the holiday season. Our bake sale always plays a big part in this event, and this year was no exception. There was a wide array of delectable goodies, home-baked by Wendy, Elaine King, Connie Burns, Tina Yaney, Elaine Harm, and Nina Powers. Good job, ladies! We made over $600 in sales (including online sales) and more importantly, enjoyed good fellowship and was able to be a presence in the community! Thanks again to all those who assisted in the sale, donated baked goods, helped with the setup, or clean up afterwards. All the support was greatly appreciated!

The Children’s Christmas Program took place on Sunday, December 15. Kelli wrote and directed the pageant, which was entitled, “The Star.” The props were great, and David Nagy handled those. The Christmas story was portrayed with Kelli as the narrator. The participants were as follows: Angels (Ava Nagy, Addie and Vivian Yaney), Wisemen (Briggs, Bryer and Ames Eliason), Mary (Laurel Yaney). The children sang, “Away in a Manger.” The 3 wisemen sang, “We Three Kings.” The congregation sang, “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” Daynna Harm read a poem. Todd Moses played “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem” while David Nagy and Daynna Harm handed out pretty silver star tree ornaments to everyone in the congregation. Following the pageant there was a music concert, directed by Todd Moses. All of the children took part in it. Ames Eliason played “The First Noel” on the keyboard and Briggs Eliason played “We Three Kings,” “Silent Night,” and “Away in a Manger” on the keyboard. The three Yaney sisters (Laurel, Addie, and Vivian) sang “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” Everyone sang “Joy to the World” while the youth played the handbells. The bell choir also played “Silent Night” and everyone’s favorite, “C’mon Ring Those Bells.” A big thanks to Kelli, Todd, and the children. They all did such a wonderful job and we were blessed by their ministry. What a great way to celebrate and honor our Savior’s birth! At our 11 a.m. service Analyn Powers brought the music ministry. She played “O Come All Ye Faithful” on her violin. We appreciate her talent and always look forward to hearing her play. Elder Eric Eliason brought the message and his topic was “The Star.” He read passages from Mosiah, Matthew, Helaman, and III Nephi … all places where the Star is mentioned. He stated that there are many signs being given for Christ’s return. Are we paying attention? He said there are still angels going to and fro on this earth. We need to repent while there is still time! He left us with these thoughts: “As we enter this Christmas season, let’s take care of our neighbors as we do ourselves. Let’s look for the lonely, hurting, broken-hearted and bring joy to them!”

Our Algonac saints met at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 12, at the Port Huron/Sarnia Restoration Branch. It was a special Baptismal service for Ames Eliason and Fred Kahosed. The Charge to the Candidates was given by Elder Eric Eliason. He spoke about Jesus’ baptism, the authority of the priesthood, and that the first step to inheriting the Kingdom of God is by being baptized into His church. He shared scriptures from Matthew and III Nephi. Ames was baptized by his Dad, Elder Eric Eliason and then Fred was baptized by Elder Todd Yaney. The Charge to the Congregation was then brought by our pastor, Elder Gary Holmes. He spoke about the Corinthian letter and how Paul writes about the body of Christ and how we each have a part to play. We are all a necessary part of Christ’s church. We all suffer together and are honored together and we need to help each other along life’s path. He invited us to join together in unity, harmony, and peace … to become of one heart and one mind in establishing the cause of Zion. Todd and Liz Moses brought the ministry of music (“Afar in Old Judea”). Ames was then confirmed by his grandfather, Elder Don Cutshall, assisted by Elder Eric Eliason. Brother Fred was confirmed at a later date. The keyboardist was Kim Gilchrist. It was a beautiful service and the Lord’s Spirit was there in abundance. We thank the Pt. Huron/Sarnia branch for the use of their lovely sanctuary and appreciated their support. We welcome Ames and Fred into our Algonac church family! Our prayers and support are with them as they continue their journey in Christ.

On January 26 we had a special service of confirmation. The ministry of music was shared by Briggs, Bryer, and Ames Eliason. They sang, “Lead on O King Eternal.” It was with much joy that Fred Kahosed was confirmed as a member of the church by Elder Gary Holmes, assisted by Elder Todd Yaney. Elder Gary Holmes brought the sermon. He spoke about how he was “born of goodly parents” and was taught the Gospel as a child. He shared a number of amazing testimonies (about his grandmother, his parents, witnessing the gift of tongues, etc.) He also shared some personal testimonies of straying from the church in his younger years, hitting rock bottom, then returning to the Lord and once again giving God control of his life. He cautioned us to not try to run our lives without the Lord … it doesn’t work!

News & Notes

On December 7 Analyn Powers performed in a Recital (playing the violin) at the Shelby Rehabilitation Center. She also performed at a facility on Jefferson Avenue. We are pleased to see she is using her talents and bringing joy to others.

Our sister Elaine King moved to a new place the beginning of January. Her new address is: 3333 Ravenswood Road, Lot 188, Marysville, MI 48040. We wish her and family well at her new place!

Sister Elaine Harm is at her lovely place in Florida this winter for some R&R. Enjoy the sunshine, Elaine. You are missed!

Briggs Eliason entered a contest called “First Impressions” that is a county wide talent contest throughout the school districts for photography, art, writing, 3D art and poetry. He won 3rd place for photography and received honorable mention for his art work. Congratulations, Briggs … we’re so proud of you!

Ongoing prayers would be appreciated for Marge and Gary Holmes, Marilyn Canham, Kevin & Analyn Powers, Shaynna & David Harm, Elaine King, Nina and Hod Powers, Kelli Williams, Nadine Moses, Elaine Harm, Dick Burns, and Bruce and Barb Krinkie. We are keeping you and your congregations in our prayers, as well.

Garden City
By: Kurt & Susan Fishwild

Guest Ministers
Elder Mick Ruch from Oakwood Branch was our guest speaker in November. Elder Tom Essenmacher and his wife Janine visited our branch in December and Tom was the speaker for the 11:00 hour. We thank both of these men for the time they spent travelling to Garden City to share with us.

On two of the Sundays in December, our youth shared some readings about Christmas before the 11:00 service. On one Sunday, Ethan Fishwild read a poem about Shepherds while 5-year-old Helayna Thacker (granddaughter of Jeff and Sue Stoker) was dressed as an angel. Another Sunday, Megan Fishwild shared a reading “Candles of the Sky”, and Helayna held each of the eight candles as Megan read the poem.
After our Christmas service on December 22, we fellowshipped with one another while we enjoyed some delicious snacks (juice, homemade baked goods and veggies with homemade dip).

Women’s Department News

Our Women’s Department has been busy helping members of our
congregation and others. Some ladies have volunteered to prepare and deliver homemade meals to “shut ins” Joyce and George Black each Sunday for lunch. Joyce and George miss being able to attend church and we would ask you to keep them in your prayers.
During the month of December, the ladies purchased a variety of items for children for Christmas (winter hats, mittens, pjs, socks, pillows and stuffed animals). These items were much appreciated by the children and their parents.

Business Meeting
On January 26, our branch held a business meeting for election of officers. Our Pastor for 2020 will continue to be Elder Kurt Fishwild. Our treasurer has changed. Elder Rex Monarch will be the new treasurer for 2020. Elders Jeff Stoker and Carl McKiddie have volunteered to look for outreach opportunities for our branch for this year. Many others have offered to do various jobs such as church cleaning, women’s department leaders, organizing potlucks, helping on the building committee etc. It was so wonderful to see how quickly and eagerly the positions were filled in order to make our small branch run smoothly.

Looking Ahead
The Younger Youth/Children’s Retreat was held at Garden City the weekend of February 21-23. A potluck was enjoyed after the 11:00 service. Thank you to all who were involved in this endeavor and for all the prayers and support.

Our Garden City Prayer List is posted monthly on our website which is Please pray for those listed.

Otter Lake

By: Kerry Horton
“and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:19)
On Sunday, December 8, our pastor, Priest Bill Sutton, presided over the service. Our guest speaker was Elder Fred Brown, Sr. Prayers were offered by Elder Rex Monarch. Rex (and Judy) were also there to help out with administrations, as was discussed in a prior phone conversation with pastor Bill. There were 14 in attendance … instead of the usual 4 – 7 people. What a blessing! Sunday School was good. Then we went into the 11 a.m. service. It started with the usual announcements. Then Fred stepped up to the pulpit to speak and brought the Spirit of the Lord with him. The whole congregation was quiet the entire time. Some of what he shared is as follows: God created and made a well-defined firmament. (from Genesis) He stretched out the heavens as a curtain and spreadeth them out as a tent. I have made the earth, and created man upon it, I even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their hosts have I commanded.” (from Isaiah) This firmament, vapor, cloud … that is just how thick (great) the Spirit was in the sanctuary on that Sunday. The service continued with three administrations, two there at church, and one in a home priesthood visit. There wasn’t a set of dry eyes in any of the three. The Lord opened the windows and poured out the blessings from heaven upon us. After returning from the home visit we enjoyed a potluck of pizza and over three hours of testimonies were shared by visitors and friends of the congregation. On this Sunday, we, as a congregation, were touched by the hands of the Lord. “Therefore, seek ye to bring forth the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:34) Quoting from brother Fred, “Build my church upon a rock, the true church of Jesus Christ, and the gates of Hell will not prevail.” (Matthew 16:19) “Fear not little flock, the Lord will be with you always. (Luke 12:35)
Elder Rex Monarch was our guest speaker on December 29 and we enjoyed yet another beautiful service. We had two administrations, Brother Rex spoke on justice, mercy, and grace. You would have to have been there to fully understand the spirit that he brought with him. The Lord blessed us again. We shared another wonderful potluck afterwards, but Rex and Judy were not able to stay. We (Otter Lake) were so beautifully blessed in 2019. We closed out the year with many great guest speakers, and “the windows of heaven were opened.” (Malachi 3:10) Happy New Year and God’s blessings to all of you!

By: Kathleen Modders

11/24 Annual Thanksgiving luncheon, The Modders family hosted the annual Thanksgiving dinner for the saints. There were over 50 saints in attendance.
12/15 Christmas Program, the play started with the narration by Elder Jay Havener, sister Shawn Ruch shared the story of Jesus’ Birth as Elizabeth, in Elizabeth’s point of view. Sister Twyla Burnard shared the story of Jesus’s Birth as Mary in Mary’s point of view, Elder Mick Ruch sang the song “Mary did you know.” Elder Fred Brown Jr. shared the story as Joseph in Joseph’s point of view, Elder Jay Havener shared the story of the Shepherd as the shepherd in the shepherd’s point of view, Elder Steve Ruch shared the story as one of the wise-men in the wisemen’s point of view. Sisters Bonnie Murphy and Kim Gilchrist sang a duet, “Away in the Manger” as Kim played the piano. The play ended with the finishing narration by Elder Jay Havener about how Jesus chose to come to save us.
12/07 Women’s Christmas Party, Kathleen Modders and Amanda Ruch took charge of the party this year. The morning started out in the sanctuary, where Kathleen put together a movie of the entire story of Jesus’ Birth starting with the Old Testaments prophecy telling of the coming of Christ, to the story of Elizabeth, Mary, and Joseph, the shepherds and the wise men, to Simeon’s Blessing at the temple and sang the songs of the story of Christ’s birth. Once the movie was over Shawn Ruch prayed the blessing over the food. We went into the fellowship hall to enjoy lunch and games with Amanda Ruch. We played a couple different games, did a gift exchange circle, ate dessert and enjoyed fellowship with one another. It was a very enjoyable party and all who came were truly blessed.

12/24/19 4pm Christmas Eve services. Over 20 people attended the candle lit service.

12/31/19 New Year’s Eve services. Elder Edward MacDonald presided over the service. There were over 20 members in attendance. Kathleen and Mike Modders organized a pizza party for after the service. It’s come to be a tradition to start the New Year’s Eve party off by pitching in to take down the Christmas decorations. Kathleen went to pick up the pizza that everyone enjoyed along with a wide variety of chips and oh so many desserts to start off the game night. At around 9:00 pm we had an early bird toast, drinking a couple different kinds of sparkling grape juice to toast to the new Year, given by Elder Jay Havener. We all played cards and board games for most of the night. We also had a couple of movies playing in the sanctuary for anyone who didn’t want to play games.

Our sister Gloria Jean Smith, Age 85 of Ortonville, passed away on January 10, 2020. Loving wife of the late James; dear mother of Pamela Wild, Karen Smith, Barbara Montgomery and Julie Durant; adored grandmother of Danielle, Courtney and Sasha (Scott); great grandmother of Lexi, Taylor and PJ. Funeral Service was held on Friday, January 17, 2020 – 12 p.m. at Modetz Funeral Home, 100 E. Silverbell Rd., Orion. She will be missed dearly.

Upcoming events:

02/21-23: Younger youth retreat, Garden City, Michigan Contact Mary Lou
02/29 Raven Franks Baby Shower; 11 am, Oakwood, wear Purple, it’s a princess themed baby shower
03/27-29 Older Youth Retreat at Oakwood. Contact: PJ Fought ages 12-18 Nauvoo Trip (more info will be coming out very soon)
04/25-26: Kirtland, Ohio historic visit and communion service in the Temple.
May 30 – Ladies’ Luncheon, Port Huron/Sarnia Branch
06/6-7: Lima Weekend Retreat
06/21-26: In-town Reunion/Elders Conference, Independence, Missouri
07/10-12: Palmyra, New York trip- Book of Mormon Pageant Play
07/13-18 Erie Beach, Canada: Youth Week with Betty Lou Newman
07/20-26: Michigan Reunion, Vassar, Michigan
08/1-7: Temple Grove Reunion, Transfer, Pennsylvania

Oakwood upcoming Birthdays:
03/04 Jamie Moore, 03/10 Heather Mervyn, 03/14 Chet Slagor, 03/18 Cody Ruch, 03/20 Lilly Konkle, 03/28 Beth Everhart, 03/29 Jamie Modders, 03/29 Cheryl Slagor, 04/01 Michael Ruch , 04/09 Christina Mervyn, 04/14 Rebecca Servin, 04/15 David Mueller, 04/17 Gustavo Servin, 04/17 Samantha Servin, 04/18 Chris Vandenberg, 04/20 Chris Nagy, 04/24 Jackson Nagy, 04/26 Rebecca MacDonald, 04/26 Morgan Bean, 04/29 Andrew Konkle, 05/06 Jay Havener, 05/12 Mary Richards, 05/13 Noame Holcomb, 05/15 John Stokes, 05/22 Mike Danicki, 05/27 Eric Slagor

Port Huron-Sarnia Branch

By: Jennifer Milett

For God so loved the world, that he gave his Only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish; but have everlasting life. John 3:16
Esther Mae Hunter, 94 of Port Huron went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. She was born July 5, 1925 in Harbor Beach to the late Wallace and Mae Pease. She married William E. Hunter on January 25, 1947 in Port Hope. He died November 11, 2011. Mrs. Hunter was employed as a bookkeeper for Phillips Appliance Store and later worked for Dr. Phillips D.D.S. for many years. She enjoyed reading. Esther is survived by her brother Fred (Carolyn) Pease; sister-in-law Mildred Pease; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister Lois (George) Kerr; and three brothers, Warren (Elizabeth “Betty”) Pease, Nelson “Hank” Pease and Robert F. Pease. A memorial service was held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 30, 2019 in Port Huron/Sarnia Restoration Branch, 1404 Garfield Street, Port Huron. Elder Ed Smerer officiated. Interment was in Marquardt Cemetery, Port Hope.
“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20
In November, several of the ladies in our branch welcomed sisters from other branches to join in a day of fellowship and crafting. The women brought fabric, sewing materials and machines to piece together quilts. They also enjoyed a sack lunch together.
“And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway went on his journey.” Matthew 25:15
Betty and Lowell Milett (children of Joe and Jennifer Milett, grandchildren of John and Connie DeBell) entered a county wide extra-curricular contest sponsored by the Sanilac County ISD called First Impressions. The students are given a subject; poetry, short story, artistic poster or photography submissions are then accepted for judging by grade level based on this subject. This year’s subject was MEMORIES. Lowell’s drawing received an honorable mention for grades 5-6; Betty’s painting received first place for grades 7-8.
“This is my commandment, That ye love one another as I have loved you.” John 15:12
Congratulations to Andrew Kercher (son of Chris Kercher, grandson of John and Connie DeBell) who was recently engaged to be married to Lauren Nelson, formerly of Homer, MI. Andrew and Lauren met while working together at the Mackinac State Parks in Mackinaw City. Both Andrew and Lauren have extensive formal education in the field of history and they currently work together at the Port Huron Museums. The details of their wedding plans have not yet been finalized.
“The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.” Proverbs 18:15
Ari Britz (daughter of Jason and Carrie Britz, granddaughter of Jack and Barb Tynan) has again made the Dean’s List at Grand Valley State University. Cameron Britz (son of Jason and Carrie Britz, grandson of Jack and Barb Tynan) has started a new teaching job in China.
Olivia Bolt (daughter of Scott and Amy Bolt, granddaughter of Jack and Barb Tynan) is currently enrolled in a manicurist certification program. Gillian Bolt (daughter of Scott and Amy Bolt, granddaughter of Jack and Barb Tynan) is currently in her junior year at Western Michigan University where she is dual majoring in Environmental and Sustainability Studies and Geography.
Our adult Sunday School class has started studying a new book “Did The Light Go Out” by Patriarch/Evangelist Roy A. Cheville; the book is a study of the Great Apostasy. Our youth Sunday School class is studying a book called “The Old Testament Speaks to Our Day.”
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” Mathew 28:18
We were pleased to join in the celebration of baptism on the afternoon of January 12 at our branch. Ames Chase Eliason and Fred Kahosed were baptized by Elder Eric Eliason and Elder Todd Yaney, respectively.

Sanilac Branch

By: Denise Rich

Greetings from Sanilac!
November 17th, we enjoyed a Harvest dinner together. December 15th was our Christmas program. The program was organized by Kathleen Palmer and she created a journey through the Nativity using Christmas carols as part of the story. On January 10th, Lloyd and Denise Rich welcomed another grandchild. Jamison Lloyd Rich. 8 lbs., 6oz., 21 ¾ inches. Johnathan is very proud of his new son and Paisley loves her baby brother. Last night we had our first family fun night. After enjoying a taco/ nacho bar, we played games and laughed together. It was a very enjoyable evening. We are hoping this will be a monthly event. Next month will be an open mic/ hymn sing.
Thank you to our guest ministry: Deacon Vernon Preston (November), and Deacon Kerry Horton (January).

Regional Activities for the next quarter (and beyond)
(Please mark your calendar for these dates!!!)

March 27-29, Older Youth Retreat
Oakwood Restoration Branch
Contact: P.J. Fought

May 30 (11 a.m.-3 p.m.), Ladies’ Luncheon
Port Huron/Sarnia Restoration Branch
Contact: Sherry Purcell

July 2 – 4, Rummage and Bake Sale
Algonac Restoration Branch
Contact: Wendy Holmes or Elaine King

July 13-18, Erie Beach Youth Retreat
Contact: Betty Lou Newman

July 20-26, Great Lakes Restoration Branches Reunion
Wesleyan Woods Campgrounds, Vassar, MI
Contact: Helene Danicki

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