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Happy Mother’s Day to all!
Today we show our appreciation and love for our mothers. I encourage you all to read over this powerful talk by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, as he so beautiful expresses how important our mothers are.
“No love in mortality comes closer to approximating the pure love of Jesus Christ than the selfless love a devoted mother has for her child.”
Behold Thy Mother Jeffrey R. Holland pays tribute to the strength, dedication, influence, and love of mothers.
Hello Brothers and Sisters!
This past Thursday, April 22 was Earth Day! Although it is one day out of the year, I think each and every day we can to do our part in being "good stewards" to our environment and appreciating our Earth!
Attached is a talk given by Elder Steven E. Snow of the Seventy. In it he shares some great thoughts and ideas for continuing Earth Day every day! 🌱🌎
I have listed a few points from his talk that can help give us ideas on how we can be good environmental stewards.
- Check with your local utility company, local community groups, or the internet to find suggestions to conserve energy.
- Support community recycling programs.
- Consider starting a community garden.
- Support local civic groups that promote stewardship and conservation.
- Be an involved citizen in government.
- Use the resources of the earth sparingly and reverently.
- Adopt lifestyles and personal habits that respect the Creation.
- As you can, fix up and keep clean the places where you live, work, recreate, and worship.
- Make your own living space more beautiful and inspirational.
- Contemplate the ways that nature bears testimony of God and the harmony between the laws and patterns of nature and the gospel of Jesus Christ. "
The Moral Imperative of Environmental Stewardship This address was given by Elder Steven E. Snow of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during a panel discussion Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at an environmental stewardship symposium at Utah State University.
Hello Brothers and Sisters!
Please join us for our Centreville Stake Blood drive Tuesday May 4th from 1:00pm-7:00pm!
See flyer below for more details and hope you see you there!
Please sign up if you can. Thank you!
Here is the link to our live General Conference for all of those who wish to view our Saturday and Sunday sessions.
I encourage all to share their favorite talks, quotes, and even feelings felt from our conference, through your social media outlets with friends and family.
❤️❤️❤️Happy Easter General Conference to all ❤️❤️❤️
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Happy Saturday to all!
Here is a scripture that I felt perfectly describes the attitude that Easter brings of Peace and Hope.
27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
I hope your Saturday and upcoming Sunday are filled with Peace and Hope, as we reflect on our Savior and all he has done for us to find happiness.
Holy Week—The Tomb | ComeUntoChrist It’s hard to imagine the anguish Jesus Christ’s followers must have felt after His death. Click to learn more about Holy Week and the lessons Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount.
"After suffering in Gethsemane for the sins of all people, Jesus is betrayed into the hands of the local authorities. Following a series of one-sided trials, He is sentenced to death by crucifixion. His suffering for us continues on the cross, and He is surrounded by people who cruelly mock Him. And yet, through it all, Jesus courageously endures, never letting fear keep Him from carrying out His mission to redeem all God’s children. Because of what He did, we can also leave fear behind as we use the power of His sacrifice to become a better version of ourselves."
Holy Week—Good Friday | ComeUntoChrist Jesus courageously endures unthinkable suffering in Gethsemane and on the cross but never lets fear keep Him from carrying out His mission to redeem all God’s children. Click to learn more about Holy Week and watch an inspiring video about finding peace through prayer.
Good Morning Brothers and Sisters!
On the fifth day of this Holy Week, better known as the Last Supper, Jesus, "...introduces the ordinance of the sacrament so [that we may] always remember His sacrifice, and He teaches [about] the power of prayer."
"Jesus taught, “Ask, and ye shall receive” (John 16:24). Prayer has the power to bring blessings into our lives. Take a moment today to write down answers you’ve recently received to prayers."- https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/comeuntochrist/easter-2021/holy-week-day-5-the-last-supper
Holy Week—The Last Supper | ComeUntoChrist Shortly before entering Gethsemane, Jesus Christ gathers His apostles together to share a meal and express His love for them. Click to learn more about Holy Week and sign up for an email series about the power of prayer.
Hello Brothers and Sisters! Hope you're all staying dry on this rainy Wednesday.
As we continue to follow Jesus's footsteps in this holy week, we can reflect on the message behind what happened today so long ago. The fourth day is traditionally known as "Spy Wednesday" where Judas conspired to hand over Jesus.
Although this event and many more to come are heart wrenching, Jesus encourages us to forgive. "His words have special significance since it is His sacrifice that makes forgiveness possible. Through Him, we can repent and have the burden of sin removed from our hearts."
Today's challenge for everyone is to think of a person we can forgive, or work towards forgiving, just as Jesus encourages us to do each and every day.
Holy Week—Forgiveness | ComeUntoChrist As Jesus Christ teaches His followers during the last week of His life, He stresses the principle of forgiveness. Click to learn more about Holy Week and watch an inspiring video about the peace that comes from forgiving others.
Happy Tuesday Brothers and Sisters!
Today is a day in which Jesus taught, not only his followers and disciples, but also us in the latter days that, "...the greatest way we can serve God is by loving our fellow men and women. As we increase our capacity to love and work on the relationships in our lives, we will be able to grow into the person Jesus knows we can become." -https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/comeuntochrist/easter-2021/holy-week-day-3-christ-teaches
Today's challenge is to open your heart and find a new way to love your neighbor. I encourage all that pass by to share their successes or even reflection of what today means to you.
Holy Week—Jesus Christ’s Teachings | ComeUntoChrist In the last week of His life, Jesus shares some of His most enduring teachings with the assembled masses. Click to learn more about Holy Week and watch an inspiring video about Christlike love.
Hello Brothers and Sisters!
This week is recognized as Holy Week, where we are given the opportunity to reflect and appreciate our Savior, and what he went through for our salvation. As we go into this week, President Russel M Nelson has set a challenge for us all, "...[to take] the first steps to make a positive change in our lives, knowing that Jesus prepared the way for us." Each day of Holy Week has a specific challenge that we can follow through, on our own, and I encourage all to participate.
When posting on social media use the #StartingToday
to continue to share and help spread Peace and Hope in preparation for this Easter Sunday!
Holy Week—Palm Sunday | ComeUntoChrist On Palm Sunday, Jesus Christ makes His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Click to learn more about Holy Week and download the free booklet “The Savior’s Invitation.”
Bishopric Message July 5th:
Fair Oaks Ward—
It is a humbling experience to be called as the bishop of the Fair Oaks Ward. Thank you for the many emails, texts, and calls expressing confidence in me and my counselors. Although our bishopric is new, please know of the love and care that we have for all members of the ward. If there is anything that you need in these trying time, please reach out to us and we will do all that we can for you.
In this week’s Come Follow Me lesson, we learn about the people of Anti-Nephi-Lehi who have truly become converted to the Lord. One of the signs of their conversion is their willingness to give up their sins. Alma 24:16 discusses how these people have changed so dramatically that they literally bury their weapons of war. They had such great faith that they would prefer that their brethren destroy them rather than they use their weapons again. They also knew that by making such a commitment to the Lord, they would be saved.
All of us have different sins, and challenges that we need to overcome and abandon. I challenge everyone to think of something negative in their lives and try to “bury it”. However difficult we may find it to be, I know that as we bury those sins and remove them from our lives, we will be blessed.
I look forward to the day when we can meet in person again.
Fair Oaks Ward Bishopric
Happy 4th of July everyone! 🎆 Here are some announcements for this week:
Tomorrow, July 5th at 11am via zoom there will be a virtual Sunday School class!
Also the Fair Oaks Ward has a new bishopric! Bishop Massey was released and Bishop Fuller was called along with his counselors Brother Torruella and Brother Diffin.
The missionaries are looking for the chance to share a message with you and your family and any friends you can invite. Please sign up for a message time at: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1A9Koj7Rt23lCx6UWy7s-bz0ZPC6r5R_OYosnJo_fqcg/edit#gid=1859955581. You can also call/text or email the missionaries to sign up for a 15 minute message they can provide for you and your families, here is their contact info: phone- 703-868-9016 and email- [email protected].
The Stake Relief Society Presidency has again extended the drive for non-perishable items and face masks. Please drop any donations at Angie Ballam's house by 6 July.
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Family History Indexing Event TONIGHT:
Brothers and Sisters,
Here is the meeting link for the upcoming Family History Indexing Event:
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Meeting ID: 703 401 9875
June 27 - Family History Indexing Event
The Stake will sponsor a Family History Indexing activity by Zoom on Saturday, June 27, at 3:00
PM. All members of the stake are invited to attend; youth are especially welcome. This activity will be led by Sister Barbara Howell of the Chantilly Ward. It will benefit novice and experienced indexers alike. Sister Howell will explain not only the basics of indexing but also shortcuts that make Indexing easier. Those with questions should direct them to Sister Howell at [email protected].
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Bishopric Message for Sunday, June 28, 2020
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
The Stake Presidency will conduct a special meeting (and business) for our ward this Sunday, June 28th, at 9:30 a.m.
To join the Zoom meeting, please click here:
BISHOPRIC SPIRITUAL THOUGHT
Below I offer two quotes from Elder Orson F. Whitney (1955-1931). They have been cited by apostles and prophets many times over the last several decades. These beautiful quotes expand on the powerful effect of Joseph Smith’s most “comforting doctrine” -- that, “Our Heavenly Father is far more merciful, infinitely more charitable . . . and the Everlasting Gospel is mightier in power to save than our narrow finite minds can comprehend.”
I pray we let the truth of these quotes sink deep into our spiritual mind -- our true Inmost Self. That we let the power of this doctrine encourage us, and empower us as we wend our way BACK to the presence of our loving Heavenly Parents.
You parents of the willful and the wayward! Don't give them up. Don't cast them off. They are not utterly lost. The Shepherd will find his sheep. They were his before they were yours -- long before he entrusted them to your care; and you cannot begin to love them as he loves them. They have but strayed in ignorance from the Path of Right, and God is merciful to ignorance. Only the fulness of knowledge brings the fulness of accountability.
Our Heavenly Father is far more merciful, infinitely more charitable, than even the best of his servants, and the Everlasting Gospel is mightier in power to save than our narrow finite minds can comprehend.
The prophet Joseph Smith declared -- and he never taught more comforting doctrine -- that the eternal sealings of faithful parents and the divine promises made to them for valiant service in the Cause of Truth, would save not only themselves, but likewise their posterity. Though some of the sheep may wander, the eye of the Shepherd is upon them and sooner or later they will feel the tentacles of Divine Providence reaching out after them and drawing them back to the fold. Either in this life or the life to come, they will return.
They will have to pay their debt to justice; they will suffer for their sins; and may tread a thorny path, but if it leads them at last, like the penitent Prodigal, to a loving and forgiving father's heart and home, the painful experience will not have been in vain.
Pray for your careless and disobedient children; hold on to them with your faith. Hope on, trust on, till you see the salvation of God. Who are these straying sheep these wayward sons and daughters? They are children of the Covenant, heirs to the promises, and have received, if baptized, the Gift of the Holy Ghost, which makes manifest the things of God. Could all that go for naught?
(Orson F. Whitney, April Conference, 1929, pg. 109-111)
No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude and humility.
All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called the children of God.
It is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire and which will make us more like our Father and Mother in heaven.
("Orson F. Whitney's Philosophy of Education," Orson F. Whitney; Spencer W. Kimball, Faith Precedes the Miracle, pg. 99)
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Fair Oaks Ward Bishoprics, 1C
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June 28 - Virtual Temple Devotional for All Single Adults
Presidents Colton and Foulger of the DC Temple and their wives will hold a special virtual Temple Devotional for all single adults (31 and older) in the greater DC/Baltimore area on June 28, at 7PM. Bishops will be sending emails inviting all single adults to participate. A copy of the event flyer is attached.
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