with Elijah and saw the living. “Self-reliance is taking Stakes Receive Training fulfillment of his promise. responsibility for our own “This is the faith that has spiritual and temporal welfare on Welfare and Self-Reliance ever motivated and inspired and for those whom Heavenly the welfare plan of the Lord,” Father has entrusted to our new DVD and booklet prophet Elijah during a President Monson says. “To all care,” he says. are being shipped to famine. The widow was within the sound of my voice Provident living means Astake and district presi- preparing to make a final I declare that the welfare plan “joyfully living within our dents around the world to meal for herself and her son of The Church of Jesus Christ means and preparing for the train local priesthood and before they died. Elijah asked of Latter-day Saints is inspired ups and downs of life so that Relief Society leaders on how the widow for food and of Almighty God.” we can be ready for the rainy- to apply Church welfare prin- promised that if she shared Elder Hales defines self- day emergencies when ciples to today’s challenges. with him, her family would reliance and provident they come into our The DVD, titled Basic have food until the famine lives,” Elder Hales Principles of Welfare and ended. She shared her food says. Self-Reliance, is accompanied “How, then, by a transcription of the DVD do we obtain and a new booklet, Providing Heavenly Father’s in the Lord’s Way: Summary help so that we of a Leader’s Guide to have enough Welfare. for our own Bishop H. David Burton, Presiding Bishop, says, “The training will help stake and ward leaders be better pre- pared to teach and encour- age Church members to live principles of provident living and self-reliance.”

The DVD The DVD features four speakers: President Thomas S. Monson; Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; Bishop Burton; and Julie B. Beck, Relief Society general presi- dent. Each speaker focuses on different aspects of wel- fare: how the welfare pro- gram is the Lord’s program; the gospel vision of welfare as faith in action; bishops’ and branch presidents’ wel- fare responsibilities; and Relief Society presidents’ welfare responsibilities. President Monson shares the scriptural account from 1 Kings 17 of the widow from A welfare training DVD and related materials are being shipped to stakes and districts Zarephath, who met the around the world.

74 needs and also enough to manual is called Providing in that the Lord Himself has helpful in teaching members serve others?” he asks. “One the Lord’s Way: A Leader’s established.” self-reliance. of the fundamental principles Guide to Welfare and is still As leaders apply what “It’s going to help us pro- of welfare is the payment of available to leaders as an in- they have learned, they will vide guidance and encourage tithes and offerings.” depth guide on welfare receive the inspiration and people to take more respon- Bishop Burton lists five management. blessings of the Lord to move sibility for their personal wel- basic and time-tested welfare The DVD, transcription, forward the sacred work of fare,” President John said. principles for priesthood and Providing in the Lord’s providing in the Lord’s way, Craig Ruesch, president leaders. First, seek out the Way booklet do not replace Bishop Burton added. of the Rose Park Stake in Salt poor; second, promote per- the manual, but are a sum- After reviewing the materi- Lake City, Utah, USA, said, “I sonal responsibility; third, mary of and a supplement als, W. Wynn John, president appreciated the attention to sustain life, not lifestyle; to it. of the Wilmington Delaware the responsibilities of key fourth, provide commodities The Church released the Stake in Delaware, USA, said people—bishops, Relief before cash; and fifth, pro- English version of the DVD, the training information was Society presidents, and other vide work and service transcription, and booklet in “extremely timely,” as a rising priesthood leaders—helping opportunities. February 2009. Translations number of members in his everyone realize they have Sister Beck says as she in Cantonese, Cebuano, stake have lost their jobs. He a part to play in helping has studied the histories of Chinese, French, German, said the materials would be others.” ■ the Relief Society general Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, presidents, she has been Portuguese, Russian, Samoan, reminded that the organiza- Spanish, Tagalog, Tahitian, Working to Fulfill tion has accomplished its and Tongan are being sent as work in times of growth and the translation process is Spiritual Needs prosperity and in times of completed. Many have By Lisa Barton war, famine, epidemic, and already been distributed. depression. She says a paint- atti Stanley searched affect their ability to serve in ing in her office of a pioneer The Training for a job for a month the Lord’s kingdom. If they midwife reminds her that one The First Presidency has Pand a half. She had cannot serve, he said, they sister with one skill can be a requested that when stake been out of the job market miss out on essential oppor- blessing to many. and district presidents for a couple of years and felt tunities for spiritual growth. The Relief Society presi- receive the training packet, overwhelmed looking for em- dent fulfills an important part they go over the information ployment. She had stayed at Organizing a Job Fair of providing aid, Sister Beck with stake or district and home raising her children, In the Mesa, Arizona, says—helping the bishop ward or branch leaders. A but because of her family’s USA, area, President Willis assess the needs of mem- letter included with the economic situation, she and said, the unemployment rate bers. Because this is “a divine packet suggests an agenda her husband, who was self- has risen in the past few years work and because a Relief for a training meeting that employed, decided she among Church members. Society president has a includes watching the 52- needed to work to help sup- Concerned about the divine call, she is entitled to minute DVD or reading the port their family. trend, leaders of several stakes divine help,” Sister Beck transcription and counseling Throughout the world, in Mesa began organizing free adds. together on how to apply the the economic downturn has careers fairs to help address principles taught. left many in need of jobs and unemployment in the area. Additional Materials “Although many mem- many with financial stress. The fairs bring together mem- The eight-page booklet bers face challenges as a Dale Willis, president of bers of the community who included with the DVD, result of today’s difficult the Mesa Arizona Alta Mesa are searching for jobs and Providing in the Lord’s Way: economic times, the new Stake, said he is concerned employers who need to fill Summary of a Leader’s training helps reassure ward not only for the members’ job vacancies. Guide to Welfare, summa- and stake leaders that there temporal needs but also for The Mesa stakes, in rizes a 34-page manual that are ways to address all their spiritual needs. He said cooperation with the Mesa the Church has used to teach welfare needs,” Bishop if the members in his stake Employment Center, have the principles of welfare and Burton said. “This training cannot provide adequately for held the annual Career Expo self-reliance in the past. The reinforces proven principles their families, it can negatively since 2006. The one-day event

ENSIGN JULY 2009 75 she met with a national business publication. PHOTOGRAPH BY PAUL SANDERS PAUL BY PHOTOGRAPH That meeting led to a series of interviews and a new job. It was in a similar field as her previous job but had better benefits. She said her new job also brought her peace of mind because it would help her be better prepared for retirement. “We all have something to offer,” Sister Kirkham said. “Work on the assumption that your Heavenly Father loves you, He knows your situation, Job seekers in Mesa, Arizona, USA, meet with potential employers at a career expo and at some point in sponsored by stakes in Mesa. time, something different will happen. Don’t be has grown to attract from 500 attended workshops in class- unemployed. They also afraid to ask for help from to 800 people and dozens of rooms. They also walked provide an opportunity for God and from others in companies. through aisles of booths in employed people to consider your ward.” The organizing committee the gym, where they met other career options. invites companies in a variety with potential employers and The bishop in Caroline Defining Success of fields to the expo. They distributed their résumés. Kirkham’s ward in the Mesa Organizers feel that the also send out invitations to Sister Stanley talked to area recommended she career expos have been a Church members and the employers and gave them attend the employment cen- wonderful success on many community. copies of her résumé and let- ter classes even though she levels, not just helping peo- As part of the expo, the ters of recommendation. already had a job. The com- ple find employment. committee plans workshops There were many types of pany she worked for did not Scott Farmer, a manager to teach ward and commu- businesses at the expo, she offer the medical benefits she of Employment Resources nity members how to said, but it was not until she wanted, and she was con- in Mesa, said, regarding improve their résumés and visited the last booth that she cerned about retirement. visitors’ experiences at the their interviewing skills as found a position that matched While at the employment career expo: “You see faith well as the importance of her interests and experience. center, she updated and rebuilt. The ward will help having a positive attitude She talked with the employer, improved her résumé. She take care of people, but when pursuing a job. and he took her résumé. The also learned about the career when they go out and In preparation for the following week he called her expo and decided to attend. prove to themselves that career fair, bishops invite and offered her the position. Before she went to they are of value, it lifts members to take classes at the “I don’t believe in coinci- the expo, Sister Kirkham their souls and helps them employment center regardless dence; I don’t believe in researched each of the see that things are not of their background or current sheer luck,” Sister Stanley companies that would be hopeless.” employment status. said. Without the career expo participating. When she Paul Sanders, who and the Lord’s help, she said, got there, she targeted the helped develop the multi- Bringing People Together she would not have found companies that interested stake career fair while Sister Stanley attended this company. her. She met with several serving as a welfare the expo in 2008, which was company representatives, employment specialist, held at a Church institute of Finding Better Employment gave them her résumé, said, “There was no ques- religion building. The people The Mesa area career fairs and scheduled follow-up tion that the Lord’s hand who came to the expo don’t help just those who are appointments. Eventually was in its creation.” ■

76 ingredients and shared many times when people Traveling Open House samples with the visitors. think of weathering the Donald Hull, one of the storms of life they only Teaches Preparedness full-time Public Affairs mis- think about physical sionaries who along with storms, but this exhibit in UK and Ireland his wife, Annette, takes the focused on weathering all exhibit from location to types of storms, including hurch members in the the Church’s humanitarian location, recalled their financial ones. United Kingdom and efforts. wonderful breads. He said The exhibit, which was CIreland are learning Each time the exhibit the samples generated a lot commissioned in 2008 how to prepare for and get moves, local organizations of interest. People stayed at before the current global through difficult times—and are invited to participate in the food storage display economic crisis, began a helping their neighbors along the event, including blood and talked to the cook for 34-stake tour in January the way—with a traveling ex- banks, the Red Cross, fire a long time. 2009 and is scheduled into hibit titled “Weathering the services, and others. While the exhibit was 2010. Storms of Life.” The Church created the on display at the Ilford Malcolm Adcock, assis- The professionally exhibit’s components to Ward, Romford England tant director of Public designed exhibit fills a cul- apply to people in all parts Stake meetinghouse in Affairs for the Church in tural hall with more than a of the UK but invited Ilford, England, Bishop the UK, said the exhibit dozen tradeshow-style stakes to complement the Kim Theed and his wife, was “timely and inspired kiosks and displays on exhibit with local touches, Vanessa, stood outside of for all Church members, topics related to personal such as rooms set aside for the meetinghouse to talk who are not immune from and family preparedness, discussions and counseling to passersby. It was a the financial and social from preparing for and on getting out of debt, chilly January evening, pressures of the economic surviving natural disasters food storage, fire and flood and people stopped to downturn.” to handling economic prevention, home security, accept a free cup of hot Local stake and ward hard times through avoid- and more. chocolate from them. As members invite their ing debt and building Each day the exhibit was the people took the hot friends and neighbors to financial reserves. Displays in Chorley, Lancashire, UK, chocolate, the Theeds the four-day event. Church highlight educational near the Preston England told them about the free leaders invite dignitaries resources and employ- Temple, one stake prepared exhibit inside the building and other community lead- ment services as well as food from food storage that would help them to ers, who have all com- be better prepared for mented favorably on the emergencies. exhibit. As visitors entered the “Though the content of meetinghouse cultural hall, the exhibit is non-prosely- they saw people playing tizing in tone, there are games, interacting with the general references to the Church’s Provident Living principle of tithes and Web site, listening to offerings and a few quotes speakers from various from Church leaders, and emergency response units, our nonmember neighbors making laminated emer- like it,” said Brother gency number cards, and Adcock. “We’ve learned looking through examples that people who are not of practical 72-hour kits. members of the Church The timeliness of the share many of our values

PHOTOGRAPH BY TOM ARBER TOM BY PHOTOGRAPH exhibit was perfect, Bishop and support us in many of Robert Dryden, president of the Leeds England Stake (left), Theed said, because many our preparedness efforts.” converses with Stephen Worley, a member of the Leeds stake people have been con- “This is a high quality public affairs council, at the “Weathering the Storms of Life” cerned about the global event presenting a message exhibition while in Leeds, England. economy. He said that that could not be more vital

ENSIGN JULY 2009 77 for Church members and in the Europe Area. the UK in recent years. It on the Road,” which took like-minded citizens in our The “Weathering the follows on the heels of a place in 2007 and 2008 and communities,” said Elder Storms of Life” exhibit is similarly successful travel- emphasized the Church’s Stephen Kerr, Area Seventy the second such effort in ing exhibit, “FamilySearch family history efforts. ■


Members Provide were killed, though eight shelter and assisted with the El Camino Ward, the Flood Relief in member families were reconstruction. Goleta Valley Ward, and Members in the affected by the flooding. the Los Olivos Branch Teresina Brazil Stake and From the deep Amazon California Blaze were also evacuated. the Itacoatiara Brazil to the normally arid envi- Displaces Members Most who fled the District assisted in relief rons of the Atlantic coast, Favorable weather week-long blaze had efforts after two months roads, highways, and allowed firefighters to returned by mid-May. of unusually heavy rains communities across gain the upper hand on More than 80 structures triggered the worst flood- 10 states were swamped a 9,000-acre (3,640 ha) were destroyed or dam- ing seen in decades in by the flooding. wildfire in Southern aged by the flames, includ- Brazil. Brazil’s government California that displaced ing one home of Church The flooding killed worked with local govern- 50,000 people, including members. at least 40 people and ments to deliver food, an estimated 70 percent Officials believe the use displaced more than cleaning materials, and of members in the Santa of a power tool to clear 800,000. No Church other supplies to the Barbara Ward. vegetation may be related members or missionaries affected areas and offered Eight households in to the fire. ■ New Mission Presidents Begin Service Worldwide he majority of the following new presidents and their wives began serving on or around July 1, 2009, as Tassigned by the First Presidency. The missions and their Changes Made to Missions respective new presidents are: long with changes to Horizonte East Missions mission presidents in were consolidated into a Mission New President California San Fernando Amore than 100 mis- single Brazil Belo Argentina Bahía Blanca Jerald Lynn Martin sions, the Church has Horizonte Mission. Jorge Esteban Detlefsen California Santa Rosa made changes that will The headquarters of the Argentina Neuquén Darwin Franz Peterson Jonathon Wayne Bunker affect six missions in Brazil Brazil Rio de Janeiro North Australia Adelaide Craig Kidd Poulton Cambodia Phnom Penh and two in Pennsylvania, Mission was moved to Australia Sydney South Scott Brunson Smedley USA. Vitoria, and the mission Jeffrey Ted Simmons Canada Calgary Alan Lee Archibald The new Brazil Teresina was renamed the Brazil Belgium Brussels/Netherlands Canada Halifax Craig Winger Simpson Mission was organized Vitoria Mission. Scott Mcdonald Brubaker Chile Santiago East Larry Roberts Laycock from portions of the Brazil In the United States, the Brazil Belém José Claudio Furtado Campos Chile Viña del Mar Belém and Brazil Fortaleza Pennsylvania Harrisburg Brazil Belo Horizonte Richard William Gillespie Missions. Mission was consolidated Adilson de Paula Parrella China Hong Kong Simon Yue-Sang Chan The Brazil Belo into the Pennsylvania Brazil Cuiabá Cleto Pinheiro De Oliveira Colombia Bogota North Horizonte and Brazil Belo Pittsburgh Mission. ■ Brazil Porto Alegre North Edison Pavan Joseph Grant Hacking Brazil Porto Alegre South Colombia Bogota South Curtis Floyd Swenson Justo Pausides Casablanca Brazil Salvador South Costa Rica San José England Birmingham John Charles Ogden Haiti Port-au-Prince Helton Carlos Pimenta Vecchi Sam Minó Gálvez Orellana England London Renn Matthew Patch Hardwarson Kerving Joseph Brazil São Paulo East Democratic Republic of Congo Kinshasa England London South Lyle Eric Shamo Honduras Comayagüela Joaquim Jorge Oliveira Moreira Michael Steven Headlee Georgia Atlanta Steven Homer Satterfield Manuel Antonio Flores Batres Bulgaria Sofia Gerold Roth Dominican Republic Santiago Germany Berlin Jay Douglas Pimentel Hungary Budapest Gary Scott Baughman California Oakland David Gary Wade Miguel Alfredo Lee Bruno Greece Athens Christopher Charles Idaho Pocatello Scott W Colton

78 Illinois Chicago North Sherman Leroy Doll Mexico Monterrey West Peru Piura John Jensen Chipman Switzerland Geneva Kent Hyrum Murdock India New Delhi William King Jackson Brent Wayne Romney Philippines Bacolod George Javier Tobias Taiwan Taipei Terence Elial Grimley Jamaica Kingston Rick Graff Mexico Tampico Stanton Lynn Call Philippines Baguio Thomas Henry Jensen Texas Houston South Gregory Mark Saylin Japan Fukuoka Sherman Kay Margetts Montana Billings Larry Higbee Gardner Philippines Laoag Allistair Bruce Odgers Thailand Bangkok Michael Sherrod Smith Japan Tokyo William Steve Albrecht Mozambique Maputo Portugal Lisbon Moroni Bing Torgan Ukraine Dnepropetrovsk Korea Seoul Yong Hwan Lee Loren Blake Spendlove Portugal Porto Charles Wesley Walton Dale Edwin Nielsen Madagascar Antananarivo Nebraska Omaha Milan Foster Kunz Russia Moscow West Uruguay Montevideo Sean Edmund Russell Donnelly New York New York North Kenneth Musser Woolley Ernesto Antonio Da Silva Bornholdt Marshall Islands Majuro Richard Fred Smith Russia Novosibirsk Jon Charles Trejo Utah Ogden Richard Brent Olson Bradley Jay Smith New York New York South Russia Rostov-na-Donu Utah Provo Neil Edward Pitts Maryland Baltimore Alma Brent Belliston William Henrick Nelson Vladimir Aleksandrovich Nechiporov Venezuela Barcelona Massachusetts Boston North Carolina Raleigh Dirk A. Cotterell Russia Vladivostok Michael Stephen Pratt Edgar Lopez Delgado William Thornley Evans Norway Oslo Armand Duane Johansen Russia Yekaterinburg Venezuela Maracaibo Mexico Cuernavaca Alin Spannaus Ohio Cleveland Darwin Dean Sorensen Bruce Howard Allcott Sergio Luis Krasnoselsky Mexico Guadalajara Lazaro Saucedo Sosa Oklahoma Tulsa Richard Edgar Merkley Scotland Edinburgh Gary King Griffiths Washington DC South Mexico Guadalajara South Papua New Guinea Port Moresby Singapore Terrence Andrew Clark George Mark Albright John Douglas Jesperson Meliula Meafou Fata South Dakota Rapid City Jay Glen Layton Washington Spokane Mexico Hermosillo Sergio Velez Chavez Paraguay Asunción Mark James Callan Spain Barcelona Clark Bryant Hinckley Stanley Mark Palmer Mexico Mexico City South Peru Lima Central Stephen Hunter Tyler Spain Bilbao Richard Reed Clegg West Indies Claude Remy Gamiette Aaron Chavez Carpio Peru Lima South Roger Christensen Manning Spain Madrid James Stanford Watkins Zimbabwe Harare Edward Dube

PEOPLE Choir Announces Members’ Dreams Realized Associate Music Director With YouTube Concert

he Mormon Tabernacle wo Church members ages, levels of expertise, and Choir named Ryan T. competed against more locations to compete online TMurphy as associate mu- Tthan 3,000 talented mu- for a spot in their Concert sic director on March 27, sicians and won the opportu- Symphony. 2009. Brother Murphy will nity to appear in the world’s Violinists Benjamin Chan, help Mack J. Wilberg, music first online-auditioned or- from New York, and director, with the Mormon chestra at New York’s Jacqueline Metz Morant, Tabernacle Choir and Carnegie Hall in April 2009. from Texas, submitted their Orchestra at Temple Square YouTube, a popular online auditions online and made rehearsals, concerts, tours, video sharing Web site, sent it past voting from a panel and the weekly Music and the out a call for musicians of all of professional musicians Spoken Word broadcasts. He Ryan T. Murphy was named will also conduct the Temple associate music director of Square Chorale concerts. the Mormon Tabernacle Among other previous Choir in March. positions, Brother Murphy has conducted two choirs from Brigham Young at the New England University in Provo, Utah, Conservatory of Music. He in piano and organ perform- spent four years as the choral ance and pedagogy. He director at Walnut Hill School received his master’s degree for the Arts in the Boston area from BYU in choral conduct- and two years as the music ing. He received his doctor- director of Tuacahn Theatre in ate in choral conducting Jacqueline Morant (left) and Ben Chan (not pictured), St. George, Utah, USA. from Boston University in members of the Church, were selected as part of the YouTube Brother Murphy graduated May 2009. ■ Concert Symphony, which played in Carnegie Hall.

ENSIGN JULY 2009 79 and voters from the online three days in New York as a WORLD BRIEFS YouTube community. “whirlwind,” with eight hours Church Launches FamilySearch Indexing Sister Morant obtained a of rehearsals each day. But Radio Channel Online Adds Three Languages degree in violin performance the results were rewarding. Mormon Channel, a The FamilySearch from the Shepherd School of Morant was made concert- new official Church radio Indexing application at Music at Rice University in master, leading the first violin station, now streams 24 FamilySearchIndexing.org is Houston, Texas. Brother Chan section and playing a solo hours a day at radio.lds.org now available in three addi- graduated from Brigham during part of the three-hour and is available via HDRadio tional languages—Italian, Young University with a concert. in Bonneville radio markets. Portuguese, and Russian. degree in music performance. The symphony orchestra’s Other distribution options The application was already Both Brother Chan and performance may be found at are being explored. available in English, French, Sister Morant described the YouTube.com/symphony. ■ Programming includes new German, and Spanish. content as well as content In 2008, FamilySearch from the Church archives and indexing volunteers from all Nine-Year-Old Enthusiastic partner organizations such as around the world indexed about FamilySearch Indexing Bonneville International and more than 115 million Deseret Book. All Church- names. Volunteers are always ine-year-old Ruth “Every once in a while she owned content will be down- in demand, especially those Rodriguez of Chaco, still tries to register, just in loadable after broadcast. An who read a language other NArgentina, has been full case.” online schedule will appear than English. Anyone of any of energy since she was born, When she found out chil- up to two weeks in advance. age can register to volunteer according to her mother, dren under 12 could register See radio.lds.org for addi- by visiting FamilySearch Viviana. With that energy she for FamilySearch indexing tional information. Indexing.org. has participated in dance, with the permission of a par- karate, gymnastics, swimming, ent, she signed up. She has and guitar. since helped index Mexican She has also been a census records and 1869 cen- volunteer indexer for the sus records from Argentina. FamilySearch indexing initia- Ruth helps patrons regis- tive since the age of 8, when ter for the new FamilySearch her mother was called as the or FamilySearch indexing pro- family history center director. grams. She teaches others “She cried when she how to fill out their family found out that you had to be trees and family group sheets. 12 years old to register to use She even helps patrons set up the new FamilySearch pro- microfilm in the microfilm gram,” Sister Rodriguez said. readers. ■

Oquirrh Mountain Temple The temple will be dedi- Dates Announced cated in nine sessions over The public open house three days from August 21 for the Oquirrh Mountain to 23, 2009. The Sunday Utah Temple that began 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. ded- June 1, 2009, will run through ications will be broadcast to August 1. Reservations for all stake centers in Utah. the free open house can be Local priesthood leaders Ruth Rodriguez of Argentina became a volunteer indexer for made online at LDS.org/ will distribute tickets for the FamilySearch at age 8. reservations. dedication. ■