Thanks for an Amazing Service Day!

Layton South Stake Service Day was a success! This is due to the wonderful Sisters of the Layton Utah South Stake. We are so thankful for all of you.

Total service completed included the following:

  • 1,250 pantry packs for Bountiful Pantry as well as food donations to Layton High Pantry and local individuals/families 
  • Kindness cards for pantry packs 
  • 100 monster craft bags for Layton Hospital 
  • 75 worry dolls for assisted living and Layton Hospital 
  • 42 letters to missionaries 
  • Around 300 reusable t-shirt bags made for Bountiful Pantry
We also completed many projects for the Festival of Trees:
  • 720 crafts, including dog bones, nativity, chocolate candy bars, etc. 
  • 12 quilts
  • 100 table runners
  • 40 gnomes

Below are just a few images from the day of service. Click here to see more!

Getting to Know the Parkway Branch

The Parkway Branch is a special part of our stake, serving the residents of Sunridge Assisted Living Center (at the corner of Layton Parkway and Angel Street). The leadership of this branch is unique: four brothers serve in the branch presidency and their wives make up the Relief Society presidency. We thought it would be fun to spotlight this special Relief Society presidency and get to know the Parkway Branch better. See the next post for service opportunities at Sunridge.

Lanez Davies, RS President

Blaine and I have been married for 42 years. We were both raised in Bountiful, Utah, and moved to Layton 4-1/2 years ago. We love living here! We have five children and 11-1/2 grandchildren. I love working in the Bountiful temple as an ordinance worker and also enjoy traveling, family history, and reading.

We are so grateful for the opportunity to serve in the Parkway Branch. It's hard to express the love we have for these wonderful people. We have the privilege to learn from their life experiences, testimonies, and wisdom. These faithful saints teach us how to endure to the end and come unto Christ. To share in their lives is truly a blessing!

Nancy Faldmo, First Counselor

Jon and I are the parents of four beautiful girls, grandparents of 13. Both of us were born and raised in the Salt Lake area. We moved here in 2002, "temporarily."  Jon is a photographer, woodworker, handyman, and dutch oven cook. I am trying to retire from nursing after working for 46 years in many areas. I love scouting, sewing, cooking, reading, and gardening.

Serving in the Parkway Branch has taken me full circle with my life experiences. I started my nursing career in rehab/geriatrics, fell in love with newborn/maternity, private duty, loved urgent care, now back to end of life care. I love meeting these sweet people who are earning how to endure to the end. They teach me so much more than I can ever teach them: compassion and patience come to mind. Slowing down is another. Appreciating the small things. Family.

Sharon Moore, Second Counselor

I was raised on a small farm in Oasis, Utah. I like small-town living. When we moved here in 1988, Kaysville and Layton seemed like pretty big places since we came from Castle Dale. I have eight children, four boys and four girls. I would say my hobbies include gardening, sewing, and making tied quilts. I learned to do most of these as a child and kept it up more as a matter of necessity than enjoyment, but I have learned to love working with my hands in this way.

I have really enjoyed serving in the branch. It has brought me out of my comfort zone, and I am still adjusting. The residents are amazing people, and I love hearing their stories and getting to know them. They have so much to teach me, and I have so much more to learn.

Brenda Auton, Secretary

I was born in Rapid City, South Dakota, and lived in Sioux Falls from fifth to 12th grade. I married my loving husband in 1980. We have five children, and four are married, with 14 grandkids as of right now. We moved to Layton in 1986 and Greg Sargent in the stake hired us out of college. We have lived in the Greenbriar Ward ever since. I just took up the piano again after 39 years. I really enjoy practicing and learning new pieces. I also enjoy doing family history, as well as spending time with the grandkids and family in the area. I love boating with family and friends. Ken and I are planning on serving a mission in about four years.

I have absolutely loved serving in the Parkway Branch at the care center with my hubby. The people there become like your family. I love them like my parents. They lift my spirits. They are a great example of enduring to the end. They are so grateful for any service you render to them. When they pass, it leaves a big hole in my heart. I am a better person for knowing each and every one of them. I get to serve with three other couples that I laugh and cry with and love like family. This is the best calling for my husband and me right now in our lives.

Service Opportunities at Parkway Branch

There are many service opportunities at the Sunridge Assisted Living Center. If you want to serve individually, just step in and ask the receptionist if there are any specific needs that day. If you want to bring a group (YW/YM or families), please call Laura Whitesides to set up a day/time at 801-786-9946 and leave a message; she will get back to you.

​Here are some service suggestions:

  • companionship/visits
  • reading
  • crafts/scrapbook
  • family history
  • writing letters
  • walks
  • light housekeeping
  • ironing (they have an ironing board and iron at the center) 
  • playing games, share a talent by either performing (they LOVE music!) or demonstrating a talent (woodworking, painting, cooking, etc.) 

They are also looking for donations of muslin or plain broadcloth to make hospital dolls to donate to the hospitals.

The spirit of love resonates with these great folks! You will feel of their love as you find ways to serve them! Thank YOU! Our stake has been a shining example of service for our Parkway Branch!

The Pure Love of Christ Changed My Life

by Karen Jensen

Take a look at Moroni 7:46-48. As Moroni was hiding from the Lamanites at the end of the Book of Mormon, having watched his entire nation, along with his own family and loved ones, be destroyed, and as he was utterly alone and unsure if he’d be caught and killed for believing in Christ, these are the words of his father’s that he felt were important enough to add to the end of the Book of Mormon.

As we partake of the sacrament, we symbolically make our Savior and His strength a part of us as we eat the bread. What a beautiful symbol that this bread is nourishing us and literally becoming our own muscles and bones and energy. What a beautiful symbol that we drink the water that is now inside of us, washing and healing our body, and giving it life! All of this is a symbol of what the Savior is for us on that altar. 

And as we do this, we made a solemn covenant with our Father in Heaven to take upon us the name of the One whose body and spirit was torn and broken for us and which now gives us this healing, strength, and hope. Which means we have promised to represent him, and in the process, become like him as we act in his name.

I have been, for many years, in a position where my kids and I have been the recipients of so many beautiful, simple, and profound acts of Christlike love in the middle of what has seemed like constant intense health and family challenges. These Christlike acts have truly changed my life. I was hesitant initially to share some of these experiences, for fear it may look as if I’m asking for pity or attention. But I have realized that my testimony in this topic comes from these very experiences, and the Spirit I hope to invite may need to come straight from this testimony I have gained.

Something I want to preface this with is the fact that it can easily feel like such an impossible goal to consider how we can and need to try to become like our Savior. But I think everyone here can probably stand here just as well as I can to say that some of the most meaningful and most Christlike acts we’ve individually been the recipients of can be incredibly simple.

For instance, when my Ashley was four years old, after collapsing in her tumbling class and not being able to use her legs for a few moments, she was diagnosed with a malformation in her brain which had caused pressure and fluid to build on her brain and spinal cord. This fluid was threatening to break it entirely.

Always Remember Him

by Shalee Timothy

 In D&C 20:77 it says:
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O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it, that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him and keep his commandments which he has given them; that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen. 
 How do we remember Christ? We can remember Him by trying to be like Him.

One of the greatest things that the Savior did was to serve and help others. I got to be the recipient of this great service from a few amazing youth that the Lord worked through. We get the opportunity to be the Lord's hands. He works through us, young and old.

We hear this prayer that I started with every week when we partake of the sacrament. It has a new profound meaning to me the past couple of weeks.

I wanted to share an experience I had just a month ago. As many of you know, we own a few FiiZ Drinks stores. Late one Saturday night, one of the employees messaged me asking if I could run in to fix an issue with the soda. I usually never need to run up, but my manager was out of town, so I ran up to see what the problem was.

Right before I had left, we found our five- and two-year-old in our newly finished basement, eating a brand new, full jar of Nutella…with their fingers! To say that I was freaking out would be an understatement. As I was scolding them for “knowing better than eating downstairs AND with their fingers,” I was finding Nutella everywhere: in their hair, on the couches, on the bathroom faucet, sink, light switch, and my freshly cleaned white towels and bath mat. As I continued to find more and more chocolate stains, I looked at my husband and said, “This one is on you. I’m out of here!”

Angels Were Singing to Me

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This talk was given at the 2019 stake women's conference.
by Lindi Salmond

To quote a good friend, life gets heavy. It can be burdensome, tiring, scary, and overwhelming. Sometimes I find myself deep in these feelings. Life feels like just a lot of work.

At some point in my misery, Heavenly Father gently reminds me to return to Him, remember my covenants, and give my burdens to him. If, at this point, I listen to his counsel and find Him through scriptures, prayer, and temple attendance, my days become lighter. It is just like those first rays of sunshine breaking through an overcast sky.

To me, this is especially true with temple attendance: it is the sunshine to my soul. When I find myself in the temple regularly and consistently, my days that used to be so heavy are now filled with light. They turn from the gray days of January to the bright beautiful days of June. It’s not that the hard things have gone away--we still have thunderstorms in June! But focusing on my covenants, which in turn strengthens my relationship with my Savior, my burdens are no longer mine alone.

Covenants do that for us; they yoke us to the Savior and, unlike yoking with regular animals that evenly share the burden, He does most of the heavy lifting! When my days are bright I can, in turn, find others to help on their way.

When we say “rejoicing on the covenant path,” I can’t help but picture myself linked arm-in-arm with my dear sisters walking down the path of life. We are laughing together, serving each other in our times of need, worshiping together, and even crying with each other. That is true rejoicing to me--when we can help others, and in turn, they lift us up as well. Our covenants put us all on the same path, giving us each other. I cannot think of a better gift.

As some of you know, I have Lupus, and with that comes all sorts of different things that I deal with. Most are just nuisances. I had been dealing with a cracking voice for a few months (think teenage boy; it wasn’t my favorite). One day I was sitting in Relief Society, and one of my favorite songs was being sung for our closing song. With the way my voice had been, I couldn’t hit any high notes in songs. Usually, it didn’t bother me--I would just silently skip the parts I couldn’t reach--but I really wanted to sing this song. I pleaded with Heavenly Father to please let my voice work for just this one song.

As we started singing, I was hopeful but as we got to the first high part, my voice failed. I was so disappointed, but that disappointment only lasted a second because as I sat there silent my sisters all around me continued singing: angels were singing to me. I felt as if He was saying to me, "You can’t do it right now, but they can do it for you." The love of my Savior for me was so strong at that moment, and it came through my ward sisters.

What is rejoicing on the covenant path? To me, it is the description of this beautiful life we have been given the chance to live. Staying close to the Savior with the companionship of others as we all strive to return to the presence of our Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. I am eternally thankful for this truth in my life.

Trusting in the Lord Through a Lifetime

This talk was given at the 2019 stake women's conference.
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by Jannelle L. LaFontaine 

Prayer and personal revelation are a very private and sacred part of our lives. Even on a daily basis, we are engaged in these covenant privileges. In Doctrine and Covenants 90:24 we are taught to search, pray, believe, walk uprightly, and remember our covenants.

I would like to share a story with you that I believe exemplifies these principles, especially prayer and personal revelation.

In a small rural farming community in Aroostook County, Maine, it was 1956. One afternoon, two young missionaries from Utah knocked on the door of Bob and Marian and asked if they knew anything about the Mormon church. Their answer was no, and thus began their conversion. Bob was a very quiet man and Marian was incredibly curious. She asked a lot of questions, and the answers rang true to both of their hearts. They were baptized. That was that!

Doubting Your Doubts

This talk was given at the 2019 stake women's conference.
by Ashley Simmons

I am honored to speak today. The topic I was given was doubting your doubts, taken from Elder Uchtdorf's General Conference address Come, Join with Us. I hope that my words will in some way lift the burden that doubt can place on hearts and shoulders.

One of the most powerful ways we can doubt our doubts is by changing the way we react to them. Specifically, we need to have less fear and shame about doubt. For example, a few years ago I read a moving history about a Jewish family in England and the struggles they faced during WWII. One day a teenage son came to his father, who was the rabbi of the community, with a confession that burdened his heart: "Dad," he said, "I don’t know if I believe there is a God!"

His father's reaction was extreme, as if he were Luke Skywalker and had just been told Darth Vader was really his father. The rabbi screamed with great passion, "NOOOO!!!" and wept and wailed at his son’s confession. The son was so freaked out by his father’s reaction that he actually ran away and joined an atheistic Communist party.

This father's fearful and shaming reactions to his sons doubt gave doubt so much power that it literally turned his son into an atheist. But what if he could have looked at doubt differently and feared it and shamed it less?

What if instead of screaming "No!" to his son saying "Dad, I don’t know if I believe there is a God," the father had said, "Son, I am glad you are pondering the existence of God. God has placed that question of His existence in every one of His son’s and daughter's hearts to make us wrestle, to make us ponder, to make us diligently search for Him! Son, I can promise you that if you will take your natural questions and search for Him, you will find Him!’’

Personal Revelation and Prayer

This talk was given at the 2019 stake women's conference.
by Lori West

I want a share a few verses of a song by a contemporary music artist. The song is called “No” by Cherie Call.

A little boy at the end of a day knelt by his bed to say prayer 
And Father up in Heaven heard the prayer he prayed
And listened to each word with greatest care
The boy said,
"Please bless that tomorrow I won't have to take a bath,
And bless that they will cancel school for snow."
And God had the power to protect him and never let him grow
But He said, "No." And there are yeses that our Father can hardly wait to give
And they are packed in every crevice of the lives we live
Sometimes God will pour down miracles and amazing twists of fate
And other times He chooses just to whisper, "Wait."
How many times have I prayed for blue skies
So no one has to cancel the game
And I feel so abandoned when the sky gets dark
Never knowing all the ones who prayed for rain
And usually the story's even trickier than this
With solutions that only God could know
But if you ask Him if He's ever overlooked you
Or ceased to love you so
He'll say, "No."

Have you ever had someone tell you “no” when you are certain that what you want or are asking for is the best thing?

As a child, I lived in Florida, and Florida is hot. One summer day, I had been outside playing all day long. I was tired, hot, and hungry. As I walked home, I knew I needed some kind of refreshment to cool me off and fill my belly. Then I thought of it: Popsicles! We had some in the freezer at home, and as I continued on my way, I literally salivated when thinking of them!

When I arrived, I went to the kitchen (where my mom was cooking dinner) to ask her for a Popsicle, and she said, “No!” I was so frustrated! A hot dinner was something that I didn’t want, I was already hot! Couldn’t my mom see I needed something cold and refreshing, rather than a hot dinner?

Becoming True Disciples

This talk was given at the 2019 stake women's conference.
By Shelly Harrison

The other day, I was out doing my morning exercise route when I saw a huge backup of cars on a busy road. I thought to myself, "Oh no, an accident!" As I got closer, I saw a lot of people getting out of their cars and heading to the first car.

It looked like the driver was having car trouble in the middle of the intersection. Some people pulled over, got out of their cars, and jumped in to help this lady in her minivan, by pushing it to a safe place. Then there were a few extra men who stayed with her to see what they could do to help get her van working.

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My thoughts were, "This is so heartwarming and amazing to see all the people jumping in to minister to her in a time of need."  I think many of us are always willing to help, especially in a crisis. But sometimes ministering may be easier when they are people we don’t know. Putting ourselves out there to minister to people we know can create some uncomfortable feelings inside us.

Let me explain… Anxiety, uncertainty, lack of confidence, feeling threated. feeling unprotected. This is the definition of INSECURITY. Is this how you feel when it comes to ministering? Maybe not for all of you, but for some, like me, it is.

Remembering to Rejoice in Our Covenants

This talk was given at the 2019 stake women's conference.
By Tiffany McMinn

Just one year ago, in his first public message after being called as the new prophet, President Nelson stated that his new presidency wanted “to begin with the end in mind” as they met with media in the annex of the Salt Lake Temple. There, President Nelson said if we were “faithful to covenants made in a temple [it will] qualify us for the greatest gift of God—that of eternal life.”

In this broadcast, and specifically directing the last part of his address to “each member of the Church,” President Nelson used the phrase “covenant path” three times in three different ways:

     1-Keep on the covenant path
     2-stay on the covenant path
     3-return to the covenant path

Afterward, the Church News stated, “The power to be found in making sacred covenants was reflected in President Nelson’s address when he uttered what, since then, is already becoming something of a catchphrase around the church: ‘Keep on the covenant path.’”

Now that it has been a year, and with so many changes, do you feel like this meme on the left?

I think we could add a number 4 to the list from President  Nelson: “Keep up with President Nelson on the covenant path.”

Obviously, being on the covenant path is something our dear prophet feels we need to be reminded of. I noticed this past October conference the phrase “covenant path” was being repeated over and over again. I looked it up and found that the phrase “covenant path” was used 28 times.

When I Focused on the Lord, I Stopped Feeling Stressed Out

This talk was given at the 2019 stake women's conference.
By Kara Lunsford, a Laurel

Hello beautiful sisters! I am so grateful for this opportunity to speak to you wonderful women.

About three weeks ago Sister Adams and Sister Wensel came and asked me if I would be willing to talk at this women's conference. Surprisingly, I was super excited! They asked me to accept this 21-day challenge given by Wendy Watson Nelson. This challenge is to “make a sacrifice of time to the Lord by increasing time in family history and in temple work.” I was very excited about this and to learn and become closer to my Savior.

At the beginning, I did all right with the challenge. I was more focused on what happened and what I could share with you women than how it affected me personally in my life. I didn’t notice a huge difference in how I felt or how happy I was. After that, I didn’t do anything for about a week and a half, partly because I was sick and partly because I wasn't sure what to do and it just didn’t really cross my mind.

However, this past Sunday, my cute mom came and asked me how it was going, and I was completely honest with her. I told her I wasn’t sure what to do or why I was chosen to do this. She told me not to worry about what already happened, (or didn’t happen, haha), but to just focus on what I can do this week.

How We Rejoice on the Covenant Path

This video of testimonies of sisters from our stake was shown at the 2019 women's conference.

Witnessing the Love of the Lord for Me and My Ancestors

This talk was given at the 2019 stake women's conference.
By Brynn Meredith, a Laurel

What a blessing it has been for me to take part in the preparation for this conference. I was challenged to take part in the 21-day challenge at the beginning of January, and it has been amazing for me to witness the love that our Father in Heaven has for us and our ancestors that came before us.

Sister Wensel and Sister Adams came and visited me and asked me to take part and be ready to share my findings. They also gave me a talk to read from a BYU women’s conference about this 21-day challenge. The challenge is about a sacrifice of time to the Lord. The action that I choose to take for this challenge was indexing and going to the temple once a week with my sister.

When I first received the challenge, I was admittedly really worried that I would not only be unable to find something I could consistently do, but that I would not be able to share the importance of it with you. I will also admit that before this challenge, I had never really learned how to use the FamilySearch software. But I felt very strongly that indexing was something that I would be able to do every day and that it was an important part in this work.