Relief Society

Relief Society
Boca Raton Ward — Relief Society — South Florida — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Topography of faith- USA Today

USA Today has made an interesting map of the USA based on religion.
As you move your cursor over the map, it will change.
It is from 2007.  I wonder what it would be today?

Never more reason to let your light so shine in South Florida!
We're less than 1%.

Click link:
 Topography of faith

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Park Days

We will be having Park Days for the kids on Tuesday mornings from 10:30 to 12:00, while the weather is nice.  Typically November – March.
Located at Lyons & SW 3rd.  It's a small park that is fenced all the way around.

Contact Sister Powell-Joyner if you have any questions.
You can find her on the membership directory.

Obviously, if it is raining, or has been raining all morning, we will not be meeting, as the equipment will be wet.

We usually have a couple families come.  If by chance you go and no one else is there, pat yourself on the back, because you're having a park day with your kids.  :)  Then, next time, talk to a few moms and encourage them to come too.

Additional Park Days for December

Come and have fun on the following Fridays from 10:30 to 12:00 with some fellow Relief Society Sisters and children.

Bring scooters, or a snack, or whatever you'd like.
Contact Sister Lehenbauer with any questions.  I'm on the ward directory.
Thanks, and hope to see some friends!

Friday:  12/2/2010  10:30 - 12:00

Wyman Park  (Karate is earlier from 9 to 10 in the same neighborhood.)
at the Playground
Just south of the Fifth Street Shops on 20th St. and Federal Hwy.  Turn south on NE 5th Ave. and you'll run right into it on the left.


Friday:  12/9/2010  10:30 - 12:00

Sugar Sand Playground
Military Trail, South of Palmetto & North of Camino Real
Boca Raton
The science museum there is also fun if you'd like to go too.  Maybe we'll get some school kids too, as it's Christmas break!


Friday:  12/16/2010  10:30 - 12:00
Village Of Hillsboro Park
4111 Nw 6th St
Deerfield Beach
(It's located in a neighborhood.  Don't worry, you'll find it.)
Turn off of Powerline.  First Right when heading south of SW 18th St.

No Park Day:  12/23/2010,  Christmas

Friday:  12/30/2010  10:30 - 12:00

South County Regional Park,  west of Boca Raton
This playground is located between Sunset Cove Amphitheater and Canine Cove Dog Park and includes play structures for children ages 2-12.

Go to the end of Glades Rd. where it changes to University.  It is before the curve south.12551 Glades Road Boca Raton

Monday, November 21, 2011

Christmas Events 2011

First Presidency Christmas Devotional, December 4th, Sunday at 8:00pm EST.  To be broadcast from Temple Square in Salt Lake City, UT and viewed at the Boca Raton chapel or online at  Music provided by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Relief Society Christmas Party “Feed My Sheep”, December 8th, Thursday at 7pm., BR Ward.

Christmas Concert, December 11th, Sunday at 6:30pm. Lite refreshments.  BR Ward Building

Ward Christmas Dinner Party, December 17th, Saturday at 6:30pm .  "Christmas through the eyes of prophets and artists", BR Ward Building.

Christmas Collection for Elder Missionaries.  Canned goods and toiletry items.  Bring 12/17 to Dinner party.

Christmas Sacrament Meeting, December 25th, Sunday at 9:00am – 10:10am (there will be no Sunday School, Primary, Priesthood or Relief Society meetings).

Giving Tree:  More info to come.

Here's our invitations:  3, to share with friends!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Service Project: Sewing Stockings for Soldiers

Sewing Stockings for Soldiers

We have the opportunity to help the community in making 200 Christmas Stockings and 200 Handmade Christmas Cards for the Forgotten Soldiers Organization.  They will be stuffing Christmas Cards inside them.  

We encourage you to do them at home, with your children, or with fellow
sisters and neighbors to spread the joy of serving others.  :)

Final Collection on Sunday, November 27, 2011, in Relief Society Room.

The size specs are:
The stockings are going to be 9 3/4 " tall by 5 1/2" wide at top and 8 1/4 " wide on the foot, give or take some. These dimensions are the size before sewing them.

Please make cards so they can fit inside stockings.

Let me know if you're able to help, and we'll look forward to your creations!
Happy Sewing!

Below is a sample of how to make a stocking.  It is just a suggestion...

If you need it... here is an Actual Pattern below.  You'll need to print out at 100%.  Tape together on line.  Then trace on an open manilla file folder or heavy duty card stock.  It's larger than an 8 1/2 x 11 page.

Please note that if you use this pattern, it is the final size.  Add 1/4 inch when cutting out for seam allowance.

Ideas for some cards below:
Remember, to only include first name of children.  NO LAST NAMES.

You can also click on this image below to print out larger:

Click on the image below to enlarge.
Print on 8 1/2 x 11 paper, and fold in half.  Write a message inside.

Click on image below to enlarge.
Print on 8 1/2 x 11, cut out & fold.

You can paste paper on the outside or design how you like.

These are great starters to a card.  Be sure to make it as personal as possible, as it may be the only card this soldier receives this year.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Meet our New Mission President's Wife, Nov. 6

Sister Anderson, our new Mission President's Wife, will be speaking to us during Relief Society on Fast Sunday, November 6th.  We are so grateful for her to come and let us get to know her better, as she shares the Mission vision with us, and her love for the Savior.

11:10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.- Relief Society Meeting.

Trunk or Treat- This Friday!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Invitation Sunday- Primary Program, Oct 16

This is a great opportunity to invite a friend & neighbor.
Click on the invite to enlarge, and then print.
Or... email it to them.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Career Workshop, Sat. Oct 15

This is a great resource to have under your belt... and it's at our home ward.  
Be sure to RSVP.

Stake Service Project, This Saturday, Sept 17

Come and help prepare personal hygiene kits for the local shelters.

Here's an interesting article:
Relief Society sisters making hygiene kits a few years ago... that were sent to Florida

See you at 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the BR Chapel.

You are AWESOME!  THANK YOU!   As usual, you came through with flying colors and donated the needed number of deodorants and then some...

We have 220 deodorants and we needed only 156 deodorants for our part of the project.  (Don't worry if you still have some deodorants that you want donate...the extra will be available for next years service project... so bring them on Saturday if you have already purchased them.)

NOW, PLEASE come to the BR Ward on Saturday, September 17, from 10:30 to 12:30 to help create the 300 hygiene kits and meet with the sisters from the stake. There will also be refreshments and other activities to do.  

 Thanks again for your continued support and love.      

Sister Stewart  

Girls Night Out & Relief Society Broadcast-

Relief Society General Meeting Broadcast, Sat. Sept 24, 2011 @ 8 p.m. at our chapel.

RSVP by 9/22 to join a few sisters at a Girls Night Out, at the Olive Garden on Powerline & Camino Real,  5:45 p.m.  Contact Sister Lehenbauer or our Relief Society email.  We'll reserve a table.  You'll need to pay for your own meal.  If you can't make it for dinner, be sure to join us for the broadcast!

We will be handing out the new Relief Society Books!

How Does Your Garden Grow- Sept 22

"How Does Your Garden Grow" 
Relief Society Midweek Activity- Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, 7 p.m.
Meet at Sister Glaeser's Home. 
We will be setting up a garden for Sister Glaeser, and teaching tips on how to garden in South Florida.

We will be making a raised square foot garden... maybe something like this... maybe not.  :)  We'll see what Sister Whiting has up her sleeve!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

New Relief Society Book Coming Out

Sister Patton found a cool link on a new book that the Relief Society is publishing.  I'm thinking that they will talk more about it at the Relief Society Broadcast at the end of September... but that's just a guess.  Here's a sneak peek:

Friday, August 19, 2011

Breast Cancer Walk

Since breast cancer has hit our ward family can we announce this walk and My team is called Pink Socks if anyone wants to walk or volunteer for day.   October 22
Sis. LaFourcade

Event Name: 
2011 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Boca Raton, FL
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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Helpful Tips & Links from Multi-Media Workshop

This was created by Jessica, Cosette, & Sydney during the first class last week in photoshop!

Click on flyer to enlarge:
Copyright Image usage & Graphic Design Tips for Flyers & Posters

Copyrighted Images:
Ask permission to use them, upload the images yourself, or buy the images.

Royalty Free Images Websites:
All images are free.  Pay for larger sizes.  Login required.  

Some free images, or pay as you go images from .95 on up.  Login required.

Some free images, or pay as you go images from .20 on up.  Login required.

Free Background images   No login required.
Great for Powerpoint presentations.

When using Free Images:
Acknowledge the artist, as well as the website you got the image as a courtesy.

Church Images:
Gospel Library, Images Library,
New Gospel Art Book, Download

Web Searching:
Google images (
Advanced Search,  Size:  Larger than 640x480.
Use caution when using this tool.  Do not allow children to use.  Also, many of these images are not royalty free.  Email to ask permission to use them, especially if printing many copies.  Depends on what it is, but I have many give permission.

*Tip, search with the words “Royalty Free” included in your search. Online Tutorials:

They kept picking the wrong foreground/primary color, but it's still a good one.

This one makes brushed metal effects on text, something good because at least they write words on screen to describe what to do:

Monday, August 1, 2011

Self Defense Class, Thurs. Aug. 11

Relief Society Mid-Week Activity
Self–Defense Class, taught by Bro. Dunkley. Thurs. Aug 11, 7 p.m.

We will also have someone speaking about health.

It's sure to be worth your while.  Invite your friends!

Bro. Dunkley is a Master Sensei of "Temple Fit Do" Karate, and he owns his own dojo in South Florida.  The Temple Fit Do system teaches:  Roy-Jitsu-Ryu, Del Akido, Roy Del Do, Karate & Weaponry.
He has graciously offered to teach a self defense class for us.  

Stake Conference, This Saturday & Sunday

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Multi-Media Workshop

Multi–Media Workshop
Great for teachers, for building better business skills, and for fun.
YM & YW Invited to attend also.

Part 1: Wed. Aug. 3 & Aug. 10. 
8 to 9 p.m. in Relief Society Room. 

Windows Open Office version of Photoshop. Instructor: Bro. Valdez
The software we would need to download is called This is the link: 

Plan on attending both sessions.
There will be homework assignments for you to take home and complete.
The following class will be adding on to what we learned in the first class.
Depending on interest, this can also be extended to a 3rd week.

Part 2: Sept. 7 & Sept. 14. 
8 to 9 p.m. in Relief Society Room. 

Open Office version of Powerpoint. Instructor:  Sis. Jennings

To download for Mac:

To Download for Windows:

Powerpoint is called Impress.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Spring Cleaning Website

After keeping up with her book, her tape, and now seeing her 'in person', I can honestly say this woman has changed my life. Still a long way to go, but even with a sore arm in recent weeks and the lovely Cristina away for a three week holiday, our house looks nicer than it has for a long time.  I have got the sink shining off nicely, the bed is made every morning, and not all, but a lot of the rest is following.

And it all started with an aside by Sister Cravinhos after an RS meeting in Boca earlier this year.

Check it out for yourselves, on

Enjoy!  Sister Hawkshaw

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Pioneer Day Celebration

Saturday, July 23, 2011

6:30 p.m. Eat a delicious Dutch Oven Dinner
7:15 p.m. Pioneer program & line dancing & pioneer games
9:00 p.m.  If you're a late owl... join us in the chapel for the Pioneer Day Broadcast from the church.

You won't want to miss it!  Bring your friends for some good old fashioned fun!

If you're dying to bring out any pioneer clothes, you're invited to wear them.  Nice Casual Dress.

BR Building Cultural Hall

Saturday, July 2, 2011

LDS Constitution Talks

Click on the following links to read the talks or magazine articles below:

The Constitution, a Glorious Standard  - President Ezra Taft Benson
Delivered by the Power of God - The American Revolution & Nephi's prophecy.  - Jonathan A. Dibble
A Standard of Freedom for this Dispensation - An appreciative view of the U.S Constitution.  -Jay M. Todd
Preparing the Way - The rise of religious freedom in New England.  -Milton V. Backman
Columbus and the Hand of God  (See Magazine Cover below) -DeLamar Jensen
Seeing the Constitution as a Covenant  - Lynn D. Wardle
Declaration of Dependence  Teaching patriotism in the home.  - Robert K & Shirley Thomas
The Protection of All Flesh The Constitution represents a practical guarantee in the political arena that individual freedom will not perish.  - G. Homer Durham
Beyond Voting  Some Duties of the LDS citizen.  -Cheryll Lynn May
Making a Difference  - Janice Smith
The Royal Law  The apostle James invites us to perfect liberty.  -Arthur R. Bassett
Just and Holy Principles  An examination of the U.S. Constitution - Arvo Van Alstyne
Dissent and Treason What do you do when the majority may vote to abolish free government?  -Orson Scott Card
The False Gods We Worship - Pres. Spencer W. Kimball
Eternal Principles of Government, a Theological Approach - Edwin Brown Firmage
A Promised Land - Jeffrey R. Holland
Wise Men Raised Up - Frank W. Fox and LeGrand L Baker
Enemies of Righteousness The Book of Mormon identifies latter-day forces that oppose the Lord.  -Dennis Largey
Religious Values & Public Policy - Dallin H. Oaks
Religion in a Free Society - M. Russell Ballard
A New Civil Religion - James E. Faust
The Divinely Inspired Constitution - Dallin H. Oaks
A Witness and a Warning - Pres. Ezra Taft Benson
I Testify - Pres. Ezra Taft Benson
Ethics & Honesty - David B. Haight
A Meaningful Celebration - L. Tom Perry
America's Promise - Pres. Marion G. Romney
Stand Strong Against the Wiles of the World -Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley
Stand Independent above All Other Creatures - Bruce R. McConkie
Witnesses of Christ - Dallin H. Oaks
Covenants The church's position on national issues.  - Boyd K. Packer
Will I Be Happy?  Teach moral values.  - James E. Faust

The Constitution—A Glorious Standard

  (Last paragraphs... Click on link above to read entire article.)

Will we be prepared? Will we be among those who will “bear the Constitution away from the very verge of destruction?” If we desire to be numbered among those who will, here are some things we must do:
  1. 1. 
    We must be righteous and moral. We must live the gospel principles—all of them. We have no right to expect a higher degree of morality from those who represent us than what we ourselves exhibit. To live a higher law means we will not seek to receive what we have not earned by our own labor. It means we will remember that government owes us nothing. It means we will keep the laws of the land. It means we will look to God as our Lawgiver and the Source of our liberty.
  2. 2. 
    We must learn the principles of the Constitution and then abide by its precepts. Have we read the Constitution and pondered it? Are we aware of its principles? Could we defend it? Can we recognize when a law is constitutionally unsound?
    I quote Abraham Lincoln:
    “Let [the Constitution] be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in primers, spelling-books, and in almanacs; let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation.” 9
  3. 3. 
    We must become involved in civic affairs. As citizens of this republic, we cannot do our duty and be idle spectators. It is vital that we follow this counsel from the Lord: “Honest men and wise men should be sought for diligently, and good men and wise men ye should observe to uphold; otherwise whatsoever is less than these cometh of evil.” (D&C 98:10.)
    Note the qualities that the Lord demands in those who are to represent us. They must be good, wise, and honest. We must be concerted in our desires and efforts to see men and women represent us who possess all three of these qualities—goodness, wisdom, and honesty.
  4. 4. 
    We must make our influence felt by our vote, our letters, and our advice. We must be wisely informed and let others know how we feel. We must take part in local precinct meetings and select delegates who will truly represent our feelings.
    I have faith that the Constitution will be saved as prophesied by Joseph Smith. It will be saved by the citizens of this nation who love and cherish freedom. It will be saved by enlightened members of this Church—men and women who will subscribe to and abide the principles of the Constitution.
    I reverence the Constitution of the United States as a sacred document. To me its words are akin to the revelations of God, for God has placed His stamp of approval on the Constitution of this land. I testify that the God of heaven sent some of His choicest spirits to lay the foundation of this government, and He has sent other choice spirits to preserve it.
We, the blessed beneficiaries, face difficult days in this beloved land, “a land which is choice above all other lands.” (Ether 2:10.) It may also cost us blood before we are through. It is my conviction, however, that when the Lord comes, the Stars and Stripes will be floating on the breeze over this people. May it be so, and may God give us the faith and the courage exhibited by those patriots who pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor that we might be free, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Learn More about the Constitution:
Recommended Family Night activities, or personal study time.

From the National Center for Constitutional Studies website.  
This seminar is great, and they have made it available to more people by having it recorded.  It is an excellent way to educate yourself on the Constitution of the United States of America in an easily digestible format.  My 10 year old even attended it with me in person and enjoyed it.  
I feel that anyone, regardless of political affiliation, would find it interesting to listen to.  
It is educational, and inspiring.
- Candi

#2 We must learn the principles of the Constitution and then abide by its precepts. 
Have we read the Constitution and pondered it? Are we aware of its principles? 
Could we defend it? Can we recognize when a law is constitutionally unsound?  — Ezra Taft Benson

Monday, June 27, 2011

July 23 Pioneer Choir

Ward Choir Members needed to sing at the July 23 Pioneer Dinner.

Download the following songs, as we will not have a lot of time with our pianist, Sis. Angelos.  There are soloists that have been asked to sing some parts.  The choir will sing the choir parts.

Contact Sis. Call if you have any questions.

Song 1, Come

Song 2, Walking With Christ

Friday, June 24, 2011

Kirsten Wren Update

Sister Wren passed away this week.  Below is the link to her obituary.  We will miss her.  We know that the Lord has great things in store for her and her family!

For those who know and remember the Wrens in our ward...
Please Keep Sister Wren and her family in your prayers.

Sister Leon is in contact with her and has received the following information ...

I had a tel call from Sister Wren yesterday, she was leaving the hospital after being there since June 6th. where she had gallbladder surgery and was in critical care. She said the chemo was not helping and they discovered the cancer has spread to her stomach and liver. They are not going to do any more chemo treatments, she will receive home care only. She is in a lot of pain. She asked me to ask for prayers, so I'm writng to see if you could include her name in the Relief Society blog to ask the sisters to pray for her.
Wren's address: 5124 Hollyhock Lane, Keller, TX 76244

Many thanks,

We will update the BLOG with any further information we receive.


Edith Haskin Passed Away

Edith Haskin passed away on Thursday, June 23, in her home. 
 Please keep her family in your prayers.

 Funeral arrangements are as follows:
    Funeral will be Friday, July 8, 2011, at the Boca Raton Ward Building
         Closed Casket Viewing will be from 8:30 am to 9:45 AM in Relief Society Room
        Funeral will be from 10:00 to about 11:15 in the Chapel
        Burial will be about 12:00 noon in Deerfield Beach
        Family Potluck Dinner served at the Boca Raton Ward Building
              about 1:00 PM in Cultural Hall

   Thank you to all the sisters in the ward who signed up to help with the
              Family Potluck Dinner

   If you want to help out, please contact Loraine Whiting.

Monday, June 20, 2011

South Florida New Temple Ground Breaking

Program for the Ground Breaking Ceremony
of the new
South Florida Temple
which was held at
Davie, Florida
 June 18, 2011

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Ward Pass Along Cards Template

We'd like to share how to make your own Ward Pass Along Cards.  These go great with "Invitation Sunday", a Sunday service that is set aside specifically for someone visiting for the first time.   They also work great for sharing a map of where you go to church, or the website.

  Download the large version of these images below, and edit them with your own church building and map in photoshop.  There are crop marks on the front side only for cutting.  Be sure to save your back page as Black & White to save some money on printing.  We printed ours on an 8.5 x 11, 80# Lynx Coverstock paper at a local laser printing shop.  Good luck!

Christ image was from the Classic website, and the clock illustration was from