Wednesday, December 2, 2015

We Are His Jewels Sisters Conference 2015 Notes

The word “jewels” is from the Hebrew word (cgullah) and is translated as (special, peculiar, valued property, or treasure) in other scriptures.

Scripture Chain:
Malachi 3:17
D&C 60:3
D&C 101:3
3 Ne 24:17
Deut. 7:6
Deut. 14:2
Deut. 26:18
Psalm 135:4
Exodus 19:5

Those who serve the Lord shall be his when he comes to make up his jewels; he will spare them in that day. -Elder Bruce R. McConkie

We look upon our present existence as a season of trial, a probation, in which we are gaining experience, and learning those lessons that will enable us to advance and increase, in knowledge and power in the presence of God, and that will entitle us to be numbered among His Jewels, when He shall come to gather them unto Himself. -Elder Asahel H Woodruff

Again I say, …let us be what we profess to be.  The Lord, in the passage I have read, spoke of the time in which he would come to make up his jewels. He loves jewels, but they must be genuine. No colored glass for rubies, no mere paste for diamonds, they must be the real thing; and whenhundredth of a carat diamond than a glass imitation the size of the Culinam, the biggest diamond ever found. The Lord help us to be what we seem to be, before him, before our brethren, and in our own consciences. -Elder James Talmadge

Peter used uplifting terms I a prophecy regarding our day. He identified members of the Church as “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people.” The adjectives chosen, royal, and holy we recognize as elevating. But what about peculiar? A modern dictionary defines peculiar as “unusual,” “eccentric,” or “strange.” What kind of compliment is that? But the term peculiar as used in the scriptures is quite different. In the Old Testament, the Hebrew term from which peculiar was translated is segullah, which means “valued property,” or “treasure.” In the New Testament, the Greek term from which peculiar was translated is peripoiesis, which means “possession,” or “an obtaining.” Thus, we see that the scriptural term peculiar signifies “valued treasure,” “Made” or “selected by God.” For us to be identified by servants of the Lord as his peculiar people is a compliment of the highest order. -Elder Russell M. Nelson

The most precious of all the jewels that God has bestowed upon any of us are our children. -President George Albert Smith

There once was an oyster
Whose story I'll tell,
Who found that some sand
Had worked under his shell.
Just one little grain
But it gave him a pain,
For oysters have feelings
That are very plain.
Now did he berate?
This working of fate,
That left him in such a Deplorable state.
Did he curse the government,
Call for an election,
And say that the sea
Should have some protection?
No! He said to himself
As he sat on the shelf,
"Since I cannot remove it,
I think I'll improve it.
Well, years passed by,
 As years always do,
Till he came to his destiny,
Oyster stew!
But the small grain of sand
That bothered him so
Was a beautiful pearl
All richly aglow.
Now this tale has a moral,
For isn't it grand,
What an oyster can do
With a small grain of sand?
And what couldn't we do
If we'd only begin
With all of the things
That get under our skin.

Dear Sisters and Hermanas                                                        2015
As you hold this little heart remember to have "A Heart like HIS"! (Virginia Hinckley Pierce)
Studying and living the Attributes of Christ found in Preach My Gospel Chapter 6 is imperative to becoming God’s Jewels. You are God’s jewels; let Him work with you and you work with Him to help you become the beautiful sparkling jewel that He has planned you to be. Let it shine brighter and brighter as you work as missionaries here in Illinois and for eternity.
Let the Gospel light shine through your eyes. Let your eyes and countenance shine bright as God’s beautiful jewels. Be teachable to the Spirit and all of your church leaders in righteousness and you will have all of the rewards and blessings that our Heavenly Fathers has to give!
You are our jewels that God has given us at this time to watch over, care for, love and to help. Our family members are our jewels and you are our family.
Put this little heart in your pocket, hold it tight, often, to remind you that we love you SO much!  Each time you touch the heart you get hugs from your Mission MOM and President. Also this is a reminder that there are so many loving you through this mission. God loves you, your family loves you, and you are never alone.

                    WE LOVE OUR MISSIONARY JEWELS!  

                              President and Sister Griffin

1 comment:

  1. Sister Griffin--what a wonderful theme for the Sisters' Conference! thanks for sharing it here for missionary families to read it too. Thank you for caring for our missionaries and working WITH them! You and the President are in our prayers along with the missionary we love, and the others serving the Lord in the ICWM. Thank you!
    --Shauna DeBuck