Monday, 1 September 2014

Are you prepared for Stake Conference weekend?

Dear brothers and sisters,

Every six months stakes of the Church around the world gather together to be instructed and uplifted by leaders and members on the principles of the Gospel. Our stake conference is this coming weekend, 6-7 September and "we are all enlisted!"

Conference weekend will begin with the second annual Meander Valley Choirfest on Friday 5th, 7pm at the Deloraine Community Complex on Alveston Drive. This unique community event is hosted by the Church and will feature guest choirs, ensembles and soloists from around the region. A gold coin donation will be collected with proceeds going to families in crisis. We enlist your help to attend and bring your friends!

The Saturday sessions will be held at the Deloraine chapel (153 Emu Bay Road), with Priesthood Leadership at 3pm for all members of stake and ward priesthood executive committees, their counsellors and secretaries AND all Aaronic Priesthood quorum presidents, and the Hasten the Work Session at 6.30pm for all members ages 12 and over.

On Sunday at 10am at the Devonport Stake Centre (cnr. David and Young Streets, East Devonport) we will be treated to music and messages from primary children, youth and adults on the topic of how "we are all enlisted in strengthening the family." What better way to celebrate Father's Day!

Some years ago, President Eyring of the First Presidency described the gravestone of a mother and grandmother which had the following enscription, "Please, no empty chairs." Her plea to her descendents was for them to receive all of the saving ordinances and covenants of the gospel so that there would be no empty chairs in their heavenly home.

As a stake presidency, we extend this challenge to you: "Please, no empty seats!" In other words, fill up your cars with people who would be unable to attend conference without your help; fill up your homes with people who might need a place to stay over the weekend; and fill up the stake centre with people who need the messages of stake conference! We echo the Lord's promise of joy, peace and forgiveness as you accept and act upon this invitation.

We sincerely look forward to the opportunity of worshipping with you this weekend.

The Stake Presidency
Lionel Walters
Dion Triffit
Peter Buckley