Wednesday, January 22, 2014

We are back in business with our weekly update. We hope you each get something from them as you and your families prepare for Sunday School
"Heavenly Father and His Beloved Son love all of God’s children no matter what they choose to do or what they become. The Savior paid the price of all sins, no matter how heinous. Even though there must be justice, the opportunity for mercy is extended which will not rob justice."
—Henry B. Eyring, "To My Grandchildren

We encourage each youth and their parents to watch each month's videos on the topics they are studying. This will increase the presence of the spirit in your home and open the door for conversation. 

12-13 Year Old Class

we studied the topic "How can I learn to see Heavenly Fathers
hand in all things?". Class members shared ways they have seen the
Lords hand in their lives, and how they feel Heavenly Fathers love for
them individually. We watched a couple videos that helped us see how
others recognize Heavenly Fathers hand, which will hopefully encourage
us to notice more of the blessings we have in our own lives. We talked
about tender mercies from our Heavenly Father and how special they can

The class members were challenged to spend time each day

reflecting on how they had seen Heavenly Fathers hand that day, and
encouraged to write those things down in a journal or notebook.

12-13 Year Old Class: Prepare for this week

16-18 Year old Class Review
For Sunday 19 Jan. 2014, I used the lesson "How can studying the scriptures help me learn about Heavenly Father."
The scriptures we read as a class include:
2 Nephi 26: 23-33
Mosiah 2:19-25 
Joseph Smith History (up to the first vision)
The class members each has a scripture assignment given to them at the beginning of the block. I was surprised that of all the students, only one had read in Joseph Smith History.

16-18 Year old Class: Prepare for this week

16-18 year olds lesson will be 
   How can I learn to see Heavenly Father’s hand in all things.   We will look for ways others see Heavenly Father’s hand in there life, and then apply that to our own lives.

Gospel Doctrine Preview

Lesson 4: “Because of My Transgression My Eyes Are Opened”
Old Testament Class Member Study Guide, (2001), 4

Study the following scriptures:
  1. a. 
Moses 45:10–116:48–49, 55–56. Satan comes to the Garden of Eden and seeks to deceive Eve. Eve and Adam partake of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil (4:5–12). Having fallen, Adam and Eve are cast out of the garden (4:13–31). Adam and Eve later rejoice in the blessings of the Fall (5:10–11). Enoch teaches about the effects of the Fall (6:48–49, 55–56).
  1. b. 
Moses 5:14–156:50–54, 57–62. Because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, mortals are saved from physical death through the Resurrectionand may be saved from spiritual death through faith, repentance,baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and obedience to the commandments.
  1. c. 
Moses 5:1–9, 12. Adam and Eve begin life as mortals. They teach their children gospel truths (5:1–4, 12). Adam offers sacrifices in similitude of the sacrifice of the Only Begotten (5:5–9).
What were the results of the Fall for Adam and Eve—and for us? (SeeMoses 4:22–295:10–116:48–49, 55–562 Nephi 2:22–239:6;Genesis 3:16–23.)
When prophets teach about the Fall of Adam and Eve, they often also teach about the Atonement of Jesus Christ (Moses 5:10–156:48–62;2 Nephi 9:6–10). Why is it important to teach the Atonement along with the Fall?
What was the purpose of the sacrifices that Adam offered? (See Moses 5:7–9.) What similar reminders have we been given?
Additional reading: Genesis 2–31 Corinthians 15:20–222 Nephi 2:5–30;9:3–10Helaman 14:15–18Doctrine and Covenants 19:15–1929:34–44;Articles of Faith 1:2; “Fall of Adam,” Bible Dictionary, page 670.


Our stake has now been asked to supply an additional 10 ushers at the shoe coverings due to the volume of visitors already as well as 10 ushers per shift to help out in parking, etc. The Stake's most PRESSING ISSUE is that we have an assignment coming up this Tuesday for Bouldercreek and Eastridge Wards and we are short 30 ushers. The other wards are short as well.
We need help to fill these positions. Our ward also needs 9 more ushers for February 14.  Please email Bishop at keaenos@gmail.comif you can serve as an usher and the date you are available and he will sign you up.  Other possible dates include the list below. You can sign up for those dates and times also by emailing Bishop.
  • Shift #1 - 1/21 7am-11am(Eastridge) - Still Need 15
  • Shift #1 - 1/21 7am-11am (Bouldercreek) - Still Need 15
  • Shift #2 - 2/14 7am-11am (Hawes) - Still Need 9
  • Shift #2 - 2/14 7am-11am(Highland) - Still Need 9
  • Shift #3 - 2/14 10:15am-2:30pm (Highland Groves) - Still Need 9
  • Shift #3 - 2/14 10:15am-2:30pm (Highland Ranch) - Still Need 9
  • Shift #4 - 1:45pm-6:00pm (Meadows) - Still Need 6
  • Shift #4 - 1:45pm-6:00pm (Monterey) - Still Need 6
  • Shift #5 - 2/14 5:15pm-9:30pm (Redfield) - Still Need 11
  • Shift #5 - 2/14 5:15pm-9:30pm (Sossaman) - Still Need 11
Thanks for your help in this effort.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Boulder Creek Stake Italian Indexing Project:

Hawes Ward Assignment

Our ward is part of a stake assignment to index 100 million Italian Records. 2 million records have been completed in this project so far.  The Boulder Creek Stake is one of five stakes assigned thus far.

We will only be indexing Post 1875 "NATI" Records (birth records)

* You do not need to know Italian to participate. 

Indexing Is Simple

You Can Help!  No special skills or fixed time commitments are required. Volunteer when you can. 

Just register ( account), sign in, and follow a simple process:
  1. Select a “batch” of records to download to your computer.
  2. Enter the requested information (names, dates, events, etc.) in the corresponding spaces.
  3. Submit your completed index to the online system.

Our ward will be participating in a friendly competition.  

   The winners will be rewarded handsomely. 

Competition Guidelines

  • 3 TeamsMelchizedek Priesthood, Relief Society, The Combined Youth
  • 20 Points for Selecting your first Italian batch
  • 1 point for each indexed ITALIAN record
  • Winner = Team with Most points by December 1st. 
  • Enter your points each time you index Italian Names via the Indexing Tracker

              Link: Indexing Tracker 

All you need to know and more to help with this project:

Links: Getting Started

Italian Indexing Project Files

Download Each File Below (Right Click Each Link, Save As)

Need Help?
  • Contact A Ward Family History Consultant  

Saturday, July 13, 2013

In July our Youth are studying Ordinances and Covenants

Hello Hawes Ward

We challenge each of you to take advantage of the added measure that comes from preparing for each week's lesson and for helping your youth prepare for their lessons in July on Ordinances

"It is priesthood authority in the Church that provides for sacred ordinances and covenants that bind families together and qualify each of us to return to God the Father and Jesus Christ in the celestial kingdom.
These ordinances bring peace because they are covenants with the Lord."

—Quentin L. Cook, "Personal Peace: The Reward of Righteousness

"During the Lord's postmortal ministry, the higher ordinances of exaltation were revealed. He has provided for these ordinances in His holy temples. . . .
Our Master is a God of law and order. His focus on ordinances is a powerful part of His example to us."

—Russell M. Nelson, "The Mission and Ministry of Jesus Christ

July Come Follow Me Videos. Click the Picture or HERE

12-13 year old review
"How do I keep my covenant to always remember the Savior?".
We will discuss things we can do each day that will bring us closer to the savior. We will also discuss ways
we can keep our self from things that may distract us from remembering our savior.
14-15 Sunday school
We will go over How we can deepen my understanding of covenants.
We will try to understand what a covenant is and what God is promising if we live up to them.
There are many blessings we will receive for keeping and renewing our covenants with our heavenly father.
Scriptures to review.
Mosiah 18:8–10 ; D&C 20:37
 (Covenants we make when we are baptized)
D&C 20:77, 79
 (Sacrament prayers)
D&C 84:33–44
 (Oath and covenant of the priesthood)
Abraham 2:8–11
 (Promises made to Abraham as part of the Abrahamic covenant)
Russell M. Nelson, “Covenants,
” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2011, 86–89
The New and Everlasting Covenant of Marriage,
” True to the Faith (2004), 98
Preach My Gospel (2004), 63–64 , 85

16-18 Year Old Sunday School Review

Outline: How do I keep my covenant to always remember the Savior?
We discussed the significance of the sacrament and the covenant we made at baptism and renew during the sacrament each week to always remember the Savior.  We discussed scriptures and teachings of Elder Holland regarding how to keep this covenant.
The Challenge was extended for class members to take some time today to think about the Savior and choose a goal of something they can do every day this week to remember the Savior.
16-18 Year Old Sunday School Preview
Lesson preview:  How can I deepen my understanding of covenants?

We will list what we know about covenants and then learn more from the scriptures and other resources.
Gospel Doctrine Review

Lesson 24: “Be Not Deceived, but Continue in Steadfastness”
Doctrine and Covenants 262843:1–75052:14–19

Here are some of the forces that Satan applies to us:
  • Misunderstanding of the role of the Prophet
  • Worldliness (in particular business, political, and financial scheming)
  • Looking beyond the mark
  • Unhealthy spiritual experimentation
  • Intellectual pride
 We get to choose to build our lives on the sands of deception or on the rock of truth. 
Let us all accept the Lord’s tender invitation:
  “I am the good shepherd, and the stone of Israel. He that buildeth upon this rock shall never fall.”23

Gospel Doctrine Preview
Lesson 25: Priesthood: “The Power of Godliness”
Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Class Member Study Guide, (1999), 14–15
Reading assignment: Doctrine and Covenants 84:33–44
107121:34–46Our Heritage, pages 26–27
The Aaronic Priesthood and the Melchizedek Priesthood were restored to the earth in the spring of 1829. Following the organization of the Church in 1830, the Lord gradually revealed priesthood offices, quorums, and councils as needed to provide leadership for the growth of the Church.
What do priesthood holders promise as part of the oath and covenant of the priesthood? (See D&C 84:33, 36, 39–44
.) What blessings does the Lord promise as part of the oath and covenant of the priesthood? (See D&C 84:33–34, 38, 42
In D&C 121:34–46 , the Lord reveals principles for using the priesthood. In addition to their application to priesthood holders, these principles apply generally to all human relationships. How can we apply these principles as we interact with others?
Scripture Chain: Revelations on Priesthood Offices, Quorums, and Councils

Friday, June 7, 2013

The Priesthood and the Youth. + The Second Coming: Great or Dreadful

"Our desire to share the gospel takes all of us to our knees, and it should, because we need the Lord's help."
—Neil L. Andersen, "It's a Miracle"

12-13 Year Old Preview
How can I participate effectively in councils in the Church?
The Lord’s Church is governed through councils. Under the direction of priesthood leadership, leaders counsel together for the benefit of individuals, families, and the Church. Effective councils invite full expression from all council members, who seek to be united and guided by the Holy Ghost to build the kingdom of God. Learning how revelation is received in councils can help us participate effectively in council meetings, including presidency meetings, bishopric youth committee meetings, and family councils.

 We will invite the youth to share their experiences participating in council settings in the Church, such as class and quorum presidencies or bishopric youth committee meetings. What did they do to prepare for the meeting? What did they do to participate? How did the council help accomplish the Lord’s work? We will show the video “Participate in Councils.” and will invite the youth to look for key elements of a successful council. Finally we will  role-playing participating in a council by assigning each class member a role to play, and ask them to choose a topic that they could counsel together about, such as how to help the members of the ward understand the importance of reverence or modesty.

16-18 Year Old Calendar
·         June 9 - Bro. Wall - "Why is it important to follow the counsel given by priesthood leaders?"
·         June 16 - Sis. Hooper - "How do women and priesthood holders work together to build the kingdom of God?"
·         June 23 - Bro. Wall - "How can I use stories to teach others about the priesthood?"
·         June 30 - Sis. Hooper – TBD

June 9 Preview – 

Outline: "Why is it important to follow the counsel given by priesthood leaders?"

Using the scriptures and Elder Oaks' talk "Two Lines of Communication" we will discuss the importance of priesthood leaders in the church and in our own spiritual development and relationship with our Father in Heaven.  We will also discuss class members' experiences with following the counsel of priesthood leaders and blessings that they have received.

Gospel Doctrine Preview

Lesson 21: “Looking Forth for the Great Day of the Lord to Come”

The Doctrine and Covenants provides a wealth of information about the Second Coming, the events that will precede it, and the thousand years of peace that will begin when the Savior comes again.

Read D&C 29:9–1134:7–1245:44–5449:6–7133:46–53. What do these passages teach about the Savior’s Second Coming?

The Savior’s Second Coming will usher in the thousand-year period called the Millennium. What will life on earth be like during the Millennium? (See D&C 45:58–59101:23–34.) How can this knowledge about the Millennium be a blessing in your life now?

What can you do in your life now to prepare for the Second Coming? (See the scripture chain below.)

Scripture Chain: Preparing for the Second Coming

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Memorial Day - What better place to offer your memorials than in the temple.

Good morning Hawes Ward-

The Joy of Redeeming the Dead
"Have you prayed about your own ancestors’ work? Set aside those things in your life that don’t really matter. Decide to do something that will have eternal consequences. Perhaps you have been prompted to look for ancestors but feel you are not a genealogist. Can you see that you don’t have to be anymore? It all begins with love and a sincere desire to help those beyond the veil who can’t help themselves. Check around. There will be someone in your area who can help you have success."
—Richard G. Scott,

12-13 Year old Review
On Sunday we discussed the topic, "what can I learn from living prophets and apostles?"

We talked about ancient prophets and things they had taught us. We then discussed some of the challenges that the class members face today. We considered that our challenges are a concern to our modern day prophets, and that if we listen to and study their words we can find guidance, counsel and comfort to help us in our trials. The youth then had the opportunity to search for counsel from modern day prophets and apostles using conferences of the Ensign.

 They were challenged to continue to seek for guidance and help by studying the words of our modern day prophets by reading the Ensign and/or New Era.

12-13 year old preview
What can I learn from President Monson about following the Spirit?
President Thomas S. Monson has said: “Not a day has gone by that I have not communicated with my Father in Heaven through prayer. It is a relationship I cherish—one I would literally be lost without. If you do not now have such a relationship with your Father in Heaven, I urge you to work toward that goal. As you do so, you will be entitled to His inspiration and guidance in your life—necessities for each of us if we are to survive spiritually during our sojourn here on earth. Such inspiration and guidance are gifts He freely gives if we but seek them. What treasures they are! I am always humbled and grateful when my Heavenly Father communicates with me through His inspiration. I have learned to recognize it, to trust it, and to follow it”
How has following the promptings of the Holy Ghost blessed your life?
How have you been inspired by President Monson’s example in this regard?

15-16 Year old Preview
What does it mean to bear testimony?
We will discuss what a testimony is and what influence it can have on others.
I also want them to share any experiences of someone they have heard bear testimony and they felt the spirit confirm what they are saying to be true.  We will also try to remember key moments from the scriptures when prophets bore their testimony and the people responded both positively and negatively.

I will challenge them to find a time to bear their testimony during FHE or the next fast and testimony meeting, in class or even with friends.

16-18 year old review
Outline: What can I learn from living Prophets and Apostles?

We discussed the roles of living Prophets and Apostles and examples of how they are filling these roles.  We also discussed reasons why it is so significant and important to us to have Prophets and Apostles in our day.

The challenge was extended for class members to choose and read a conference talk and look specifically for teachings that can help them in their circumstances as well as pay close attention to their testimony of the Savior as a Special Witness of Him.

16-18 year old preview

What can I learn from President Monson about following the spirit.

Several members of our class were given different stories about President Monson that they will study during the week and come to class ready to tell the story and share any experiences that they have had as they tried to follow the Spirit.

Gospel Doctrine Review
Lesson 18- "Establish... a House of God"

Purpose: To help class members understand the significance of temples and encourage them to seek the blessings of the temple in their own lives.

Class Challenge:
Attend the Temple sometime this week. Ponder of the significance of it being on the Earth today. Ponder on the blessings it has given you and how you model your lives and home after it. What are the blessings of the Temple? How do you apply them in your lives and home?

Missionary Challenge:
·  Invite someone to go to the Mesa Temple Visitor center or to visit the Gilbert Temple.
·  Tell someone what the temple means to you.

Gospel Doctrine Preview
Lesson 19:
•  Read 
Moses 4:2D&C 19:16–19, and 76:40–42. Why is the Atonement central to the plan of salvation?
The plan of salvation can be divided into three parts: premortal life, mortal life, and life after death.
What are some of the challenges you have faced during mortal life? How does knowing that there is life after death help you cope with these challenges?
Scripture Chain: The Plan of Salvation
Premortal life

Mortal life
Life after death