"Relief of poverty, relief of illness; relief of doubt, relief of ignorance--relief of all that hinders the joy and progress of a woman."
--John A Widtsoe

Sunday, December 2, 2012

December 2012 Newsletter

Celestial Sisters

Rockingham Ward Relief Society Newsletter
December 2012

Presidency Message:
Holiness and Happiness

"The more we devote ourselves to the pursuit of holiness and happiness, the less likely we will be on a path to regrets." --Elder Deiter F. Uchdorf

As daughters of God, we are encouraged to do mighty things. Indeed, at no other time in the world's history, has any woman been presented with so many choices. She can take virtually any path now.

So much choice can make one's head spin, especially at this time of year. How can a woman sort herself out?

I find when I am faced with a choice, big or little, I hold my decision up to a little ruler that says, "What Would Jesus Do?" Would my decision promote more holiness in my life? Will it make me more Christ-like or less?

This is most important to us now. The Season of Christ's Birth has been overwhelmed by things of the world. Buy! Buy! Buy! Rush here and there! Feel the pressure! Keep up appearances! Push to have the best party! Get angry at someone at the shops!

In all that, where is our quietude? Where is our lowly stable? Where are our hearts? Where is our holiness?

I encourage you to reflect upon your lives at this time, and make your conscious decisions with the aim of more holiness in your lives. More holiness will bring more happiness, and a calmer sense of self.

For me, the Season begins with Thanksgiving--a day of gratitude-- and ends with New Year's Day--resolutions to be a better me in the new year. And in the middle of it all, is my true reason for the season, remembering the Birth of Christ.

May you also find Christ at this time of year, and all year round.

With Love, Your RS Presidency

December Lessons

  • 2nd Making Our Sacrament More Christ-Centred
  • 9th Chap 23 - Of you it is Required to Forgive
  • 16th Chap 24 - Righteous Living in Perilous Times
  • 23rd Ensign - Dieter F Uchdorf "Of Regrets and Resolutions"
  • 30th Combined Priesthood & RS


Relief Society Christmas Party
Time : 6:30
Place: Chapel
Date: 13 Dec 2012

The Parents' Workshop, Sisters Temple Trip and Friendship Luncheon will resume next year in February.

Upcoming Events in 2013!

Hawaiian Luau (Hula lessons and more!), Relief Society Birthday Party (bring your teacup), Easter Program (Women Who Knew Christ) and more!

Message Board

Free Brumby's Bread every Monday at Dawn Hirama's home after 6:30pm and, every Thursday at the chapel from 6:30-7:30pm.

Recipe Corner


  • 500ml (2 cups) thickened cream
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 250g pkt Arnott’s Choc Ripple biscuits
  • Grated chocolate, to decorate


Place cream, sugar and vanilla in a bowl and beat using an electric beater until stiff.

Spread a little cream onto the base of a serving plate. Spread one biscuit with 1 1/2 teaspoons of cream then sandwich with another biscuit. Top with another 1 1/2 teaspoons of cream then place biscuits on their side onto the serving plate. Repeat until all biscuits have been used and form a log.

Spread remaining cream over log to cover entirely. Cover loosely with foil. Place in the fridge for 6 hours to set.

Just before serving, sprinkle with grated chocolate