Sunday, July 31, 2011

Redeem the Dead

Some ideas/initiatives for Redeem the Dead (RTD) Committee
  • Temple Babysitting - The idea is that when temple trips are planned, we have babysitting available so that couples can drop their kids off and attend an endowment session.  Suggested is that the couples that use this program also serve as the volunteers for the babysitting (on a rotational basis).
  • Bus/Carpool - Organize transportation to the temple.  Announced in the quorum meeting and try to encourage Elders to participate.
  • Temple Recommends - The chair of the RTD committee should request from the ward clerk a list of temple-recommend holders in the quorum and report any findings to the EQ presidency (e.g. endowed members without recommends, or whose recommends have expired).
  • Teach Lessons - The chair or someone from the committee may be asked to teach 1-2 lessons/year in Elders quorum meeting (a 1st Sunday) dealing with temple attendance and/or family history.
  • Promote Temple Attendance - This can include knowing about all the different resources available in the ward ( e.g. family history specialists, temple activities, etc), making announcements in the quorum, encouraging members to attend the temple, setting an example in the quorum.
  • Resource -  Serve as a resource in the quorum for all things temple related.  For example, members of the committee (or designated members) should familiarize themselves with the new site and be able to show people how to use it.   Know who our family history consultants are in the ward.
  • Indexing - Using, anyone who wants to help preserve this valuable family information can easily extract it from historical records and provide free searchable indexes. All of this can be done from the convenience of our own homes.

Lesson Schedule

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    Saturday, July 30, 2011

    Perfect the Saints

    Perfecting the Saints Committee

    Members: David Suficiencia (chair), Makana Tani, Gene Tamashiro, Jake Butler.


    Perfecting the Saints is focused on:

    1. Temporal Welfare which includes
    2. Spiritual Welfare
    3. Personal & Family Focus
    4. Member Participation

    Redeem the Dead Committee

    Committee members: Rory Lono (chair), Glen Tani, Dayle Turner.

    The Redeem the Dead Committee (aka the Temple and Family History Committee) should plan & organize quorum members and their families' involvement in

    1. Family History
    • Family research (online and Family History Center)
    • Journals
    • Book of remembrance
    • Preparing names for temple work
    2. Temple activity
    • Preparation seminars
    • Obtaining temple recommends
    • Performing ordinances for ancestors
    3. Temple service
    • Ordinance workers
    • Volunteers (clerical, food service, maintenance)

    Friday, July 29, 2011

    Proclaim the Gospel

    Proclaim the Gospel Committee members:

     Kanoa Kanahele, Baba Piena (chair), Willie Bejosa, Bill Sellers.

    Proclaim the Gospel Committee goals & responsibilities can be found here.

    Proposed Ward Mission Plan for 2012

    A quick and easy tip for sharing the gospel  from this source.

    Ask non-member friends for some key information (names, birthdates, death dates, marriage dates) on their parents, grandparents or great-grandparents.

    With these names and dates, go online and get a quick four generation outline done and present it to them. You have probably seen many times where the First Presidency will do this with the U.S. President or visiting foreign dignitaries. Anyone who ever receives this information will almost immediately be humbled by the gift.

    Also, invite them to the Family History Center where they can meet the full-time missionaries and be given a brief discussion on family history work and a tour of the building.

    As you work on strengthening the alliance between the missionaries, leaders, and members, the promised blessings will come. This one idea will bring more ward members in contact with both temple and missionary work. How would you like a stronger spirit of both Elijah and missionary work in your ward? This is a great way to get started!

    Home Teaching -- Nine Suggestions

    1. Know whom you are assigned to visit and who your companion is. The priesthood or Relief Society leaders in your ward or branch should provide you with the name and contact information of each family or individual you are assigned to visit. Introduce yourself to your companion and to the people you visit and start building a relationship.  
    2. Visit. Meet in the person’s home when possible. If that’s not feasible, you might consider meeting near the person’s workplace, taking a walk together, or gathering before or after Sunday meetings. Teach and inspire each other—perhaps by starting with the First Presidency or Visiting Teaching Message. Share your testimony. Share what’s going on in your lives. Develop love by being friendly and caring. Listen sincerely. Keep the confidences others entrust to you. Continue to be a friend, as time often leads to greater trust.
    3. Pray with and for those you teach. It might be appropriate to ask at the end of your visit, “Can we pray with you?” The head of the household should choose someone to say the prayer. In the days and weeks between visits, continue to pray for those you home or visit teach. Ask Heavenly Father for help to know how to watch over and love them.
    4. Minister. Observe and anticipate needs. For instance, if a sister you visit has an upcoming test at school, perhaps you could make her dinner sometime during the week so she can have more study time. If the brother you home teach is looking for a job, introduce him to people who might be able to help.
    5. Ask helpful questions. Questions can lead to opportunities to give comfort, share relevant gospel principles, and provide meaningful service. You might ask: “What worries or concerns you?” “What questions do you have about the gospel?” Or you could be specific: “Could we help you with a household task?” “Would you like a ride to the store or a doctor’s appointment?” Questions will often bring better results than simply saying, “Call us if you need anything.”
    6. Seek inspiration. The Spirit can help you know how to help those you are assigned to teach. You might be prompted about topics to discuss or assistance to offer. As you get to know them better, you may even be prompted to encourage those you visit to receive further ordinances and covenants of the gospel or to further participate in all the blessings the gospel offers.
    7. Report the right information. Report on the temporal and spiritual well-being of those you visit, any service you have given, and any needs. Report confidential concerns directly to the Relief Society or quorum president.
    8. Coordinate with your partner. With your partner, divide assignments as necessary to make contact and to provide watchcare. You might need to take turns visiting, providing service, and reporting the well-being of those you teach.
    9. Remember. Keep track of important events in the lives of those you teach, such as birthdays and even day-to-day happenings that might be important to them.
    From: Home Teaching and Visiting Teaching: A Work of Ministering

    Seven Lessons on Sharing the Gospel

    From a talk by Elder Clayton Christensen
    Prior to His ascent to heaven, the Savior charged His tiny band of disciples: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations” (Matt. 28:19). Although this task seems overwhelming, President Boyd K. Packer, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, has called us to act with faith: “Some who measure that challenge quickly say, ‘Why, that’s impossible! It cannot be done!’ To that we simply say, ‘Perhaps, but we shall do it anyway.’” 1
    The ability to share the gospel isn’t a “gift” that has been given to only a few Latter-day Saints and denied to the rest. We have concluded from our own experiences and from watching others that finding people for the missionaries to teach can be easy and natural for all of us—if we go about it the Lord’s way. Here are seven of the lessons we’ve learned about what His way is.

    Tuesday, July 26, 2011

    Kaneohe 1st Ward Elders Quorum Presidency

    Jared Faumuina

     1st Counselor:
    Jake Butler

    2nd Counselor:
    Gene Tamashiro