Summer is in full swing! July was a very busy month with the 4th of July and 24th of July holidays. We also had two more outgoing missionaries give talks. We wish Wyatt Ison (Washington, Yakima) and Amy Staker (Oregon, Salem) the best as they being this next chapter in their lives. We’re so excited for them.
August has several things coming right up that we want everyone to know about. August 1 is our Stake Temple Night in preparation for Stake Conference on the 11th. August 2 is our Father’s and Son’s night. This year it will be held at Bro. Larry Staker’s property. Come enjoy a dinner and good company. The 8th of August is our Summer Ward Party. We are having it at Heritage Grove Campground (the same place as last year). Please invite your friends and neighbors and those you minister to. It will be a lot of fun! Thanks again to the McClellan’s for spearheading this.
The theme for August is Sacrifice. As I thought about topic and something I could share I came across this message:
I am going to preach a hard doctrine to you now. The submission of one’s will is really the only uniquely personal thing we have to place on God’s altar. It is a hard doctrine, but it is true. The many other things we give to God, however nice that may be of us, are actually things He has already given us, and He has loaned them to us. But when we begin to submit ourselves by letting our wills be swallowed up in God’s will, then we are really giving something to Him. And that hard doctrine lies at the center of discipleship.Neal A. Maxwell
As I thought about how I could do better I was encouraged by the thought that our loving Heavenly Father is always there for us, to help, to support, to welcome us back when we stray. I know that through the ultimate sacrifice, the Atonement of his Son, we can return to live with them. July was a great month to think about our pioneer heritage, and all the sacrifices they made. I think that they were willing to make those sacrifices because of their faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And though my own faith may be small and weak sometimes, it gives me great hope that I can continue to set aside (sacrifice) my own pride and weaknesses and come closer to being a true disciple of Jesus Christ. Have a great month everybody!
Bishopric 2nd Counselor Brother Walker