President Kenneth Hart welcomed sixty-five members and guests to our monthly membership meeting held on 15 February 2018 at 6:30 P.M. in the Rexburg Senior Citizen Center. The guests were Garth and Kay Olson and Rick Stirzer.
Prelude and Postlude music was played by Sylvia Walker.
Opening Prayer was offered by Conard Jensen and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Dan Porter.
A musical number, “Our Savior’s Love,” as arranged by Cranford Gates was played by Charlotte Petersen on the Cello and Christina Greenwood on the piano. Both young women are students at BYU Idaho.
Doug Ladle acknowledged the passing of Sister Yvonne Cazier, whose husband, Gail, was a long time member who passed away nine months ago. Doug also recognized birthdays and anniversaries of the month.
CHARLOTTE PETERSEN & CHRISTINA GREENWOOD
President Hart thanked Louis Clements and the Historical Society who had provided ball point pens with an inscription with the website links of both our Chapter and the Historical Society. He then projected the chapter site on the wall and reviewed the contents with the members.
F. Martell Grover, Area Vice President, reviewed the contents of the Pioneer magazine as an encouragement to become an SUP member.
He also presented Dan Porter, as a new life member, with a certificate and pin from the National SUP Office which they provide for all those who become “Life Members.”
Louis Clements gave the “Historical Moment” in which he reviewed the history of the Rexburg Post Office. Some of the important points were:
1. Initially the mail came from and went to Egin, Idaho.
Later a man by the name of Bassett started mail on his own, selling
stamps out of his home. The first year he sold $24 in stamps. For 16 years mail was carried by horse to and from Market Lake.
2. The first Post Office was on Main Street between 1ST East and 2nd East on the south side by Alliance Title.
3. 1905 Rural delivery began with 200 letters a day.
4. 1906 the Post Office moved to South 1st East across from Key Bank.
5. 1909 there was a robbery of $40 made up of stamps and change.
6. In 1924 Air Mail started and in 1932 the postage was 3 cents regular mail and 8 cents for air mail (but Rexburg didn’t have Airmail available).
7. There were several changes in location in 1917, 1954, 1976 until 1977 when the Rexburg Post Office moved into its present location on Center Street between 1st and 2nd South.
8. Mail was delivered by the Railroad until 1941 when rail mail cars were discontinued and mail was then delivered by truck.
Brother F. Martell Grover mentioned how his father had purchased a safe from the Post Office on one of its moves and rolled it all the way to his jewelry store, using wood boards under the wheels because the sidewalk was so uneven.
We enjoyed a delicious meal which was provided by
It consisted of shepherd pie, bread, butter and jam, tossed salad and multiple kinds of cake.
President Hart introduced the speaker, Rob Eaton, and son, Jonathan, who spoke on “How to Inoculate Your Children and Grandchildren Against Apostasy.”
Keys to Keeping the Faith Continue feasting on the words of the Book of Mormon:
“I implore each of us to prayerfully study and ponder the Book of Mormon each day. As we do so, we will be in a position to hear the voice of the Spirit, to resist temptation, to overcome doubt and fear, and to receive heaven’s help in our lives.” (President Thomas S. Monson, April 2017)
Rob & Jonathan Eaton
Remember there were plates:
“All objections, whether they be on abortion, plural marriage, seventh-day worship, etc., basically hinge on whether Joseph Smith and his successors were and are prophets of God receiving divine revelation. . . . The only project the objector has to resolve for himself is whether the Book of Mormon is true. For if the Book of Mormon is true, then Jesus is the Christ, Joseph Smith was his prophet, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true, and it is being led today by a prophet receiving revelation.” (President Ezra Taft Benson, quoted in Preach My Gospel)
Patiently continue obeying the commandments while searching:
“When she sensed that she had said all that she could and that I still had questions, she would say something like this: ‘David, that is a good question. While you are searching and reading and praying for the answer, why don’t you do the things you know you should and not do the things you know you should not?’ This became the pattern for my search for truth.” (Elder David F. Evans, Oct. 2017)
Don’t let doubts obscure what you already know:
“In moments of fear or doubt or troubling times, hold the ground you have already won, even if that ground is limited. . . . [H]old fast to what you already know and stand strong until additional knowledge comes. . . . the size of your faith or the degree of your knowledge is not the issue—it is the integrity you demonstrate toward the faith you do have and the truth you already know.” (Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, April 2013)
Be patient about things we don’t understand:
“Elder Neal A. Maxwell once said, ‘We should not assume … that just because something is unexplainable by us it is unexplainable.’” (Elder M. Russell Ballard, October 2016)
“Patiently keeping our covenants while we ‘do [what] is necessary’ to receive answers from the Lord is part of God’s pattern for learning truth. Especially when things are hard, we may be required to ‘submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord.’ Patient covenant keeping increases our humility, deepens our desire to know truth, and allows the Holy Ghost to ‘guide [us] in wisdom’s paths that [we] may be blessed, prospered, and preserved.’” (Elder David F. Evans, October 2017)
“Faith never demands an answer to every question but seeks the assurance and courage to move forward, sometimes acknowledging, ‘I don’t know everything, but I do know enough to continue on the path of discipleship.’” (Elder Neil L. Andersen, October 2015)
We can’t shift the burden to God:
“If we can put the burden of proof on God, we think we can excuse ourselves from taking God’s commandments seriously and from taking responsibility for our relationship with our Heavenly Father.” (Pres. Dieter F. Uchtdorf, October 2015)
Beware of cynicism:
“Brethren, let me be clear: there is nothing noble or impressive about being cynical. Skepticism is easy—anyone can do it. It is the faithful life that requires moral strength, dedication, and courage.” (Pres. Dieter F. Uchtdorf, October 2015)
“Sometimes we act as if an honest declaration of doubt is a higher manifestation of moral courage than is an honest declaration of faith. It is not!” (Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, April 2014)
“My dear brothers and sisters—my dear friends—please, first doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith. We must never allow doubt to hold us prisoner and keep us from the divine love, peace, and gifts that come through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Pres. Dieter F. Uchtdorf, October 2013)
Questions can be natural and even fruitful:
“It’s natural to have questions—the acorn of honest inquiry has often sprouted and matured into a great oak of understanding. There are few members of the Church who, at one time or another, have not wrestled with serious or sensitive questions. One of the purposes of the Church is to nurture and cultivate the seed of faith—even in the sometimes sandy soil of doubt and uncertainty. Faith is to hope for things which are not seen but which are true.” (Pres. Dieter F. Uchtdorf)
“Questions are good if they are inspired questions, asked in faith, and asked of credible sources where the Spirit will direct and confirm the answer.” (Sister Sheri Dew, BYU-Idaho, 2016)
We’ve got to pay the price to get real answers:
“None of us are entitled to revelation without effort on our part. Answers from God don’t just magically appear. If we want to grow spiritually, the Lord expects us to ask questions and seek answers. . . . Spiritual wrestling leverages the strength of true doctrine to overpower our weaknesses, our wavering faith, and our lack of knowledge. Spiritual wrestlers are seekers. They are men and women of faith who want to understand more than they presently do and who are serious about increasing the light and knowledge in their lives.” (Sister Sheri Dew, BYU-Idaho, 2016)
Avoid doctrinal pornography:
“I encouraged them, as I encourage you now, to recall, especially in times of crisis, when you felt the Spirit and your testimony was strong; remember the spiritual foundations you have built. I promise that if you will do this, avoiding things that do not build and strengthen your testimony or that mock your beliefs, those precious times when your testimony prospered will return again to your memory through humble prayer and fasting. I assure you that you will once again feel the safety and warmth of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” (Elder Ronald A. Rasband)
Seek help and answers from God:
“When doubt or difficulty come, do not be afraid to ask for help. If we want it as humbly and honestly as this father did, we can get it. The scriptures phrase such earnest desire as being of ‘real intent,’ pursued ‘with full purpose of heart, acting no hypocrisy and no deception before God.’ I testify that in response to that kind of importuning, God will send help from both sides of the veil to strengthen our belief.” (Elder Jeffrey R.
Dee Risenmay directed the door prize event and Sister Judy Bunnell received it.
Closing Prayer was offered by Bill Eckersell