The Miracle of the Christmas Yard Inflatables

by Deija Peterson

Our family will never forget the Christmas of 2017. It was the "miracle of the yard decoration blowups," all because one inspired sister ministered to our daughter.

Our daughter Charlie was diagnosed with epilepsy at 18 months. Hundreds of seizures a day caused her to be severely developmentally delayed. One year, just after Thanksgiving, we put an inflatable snowman in our yard, and to say Charlie loved it would be an understatement.

I shared a video on Instagram of Charlie singing and dancing as she watched the snowman fill with air and come to life. A sister in our ward saw the video and had an idea. She talked to neighbors, and soon her idea spread. During an already busy holiday season, with budgets tight, neighbors went out and bought Christmas inflatable yard decorations. On a planned night, many earthly ministering angels all went outside in the cold and plugged in the decorations, for the love of one little girl.

As we drove into the neighborhood that night, Charlie saw the street full of inflatables.

What Ministering Looks Like

We invite you to think about what ministering like the Savior would look like in your life. Has someone ministered to you in an especially meaningful way? Do you have a story of a time you were inspired to serve someone? Let us know! We'll share your stories in the coming weeks. Submit a story by clicking on the "Send Us Your Story" tab above, or email (Names can be withheld on request.)

The Blessings of Covenants

From; used with permission
As we look forward to hearing from Sister Linda Reeves about "Rejoicing on the Covenant Path" next month, we invite you to prepare yourself spiritually.

As Sister Bonnie Oscarson said in this talk at 2015 BYU Women's Conference, covenants are an exchange of love between God and us. Covenants associated with baptism and the temple are evidence of God's love for His children. We honor our covenants with God when we love and serve others.

Click on the link above to read the talk, then consider: What covenants have I made with the Lord? How can I better rejoice in them?

Light the World This Christmas

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is encouraging members to #LightTheWorld again with simple acts of service and Christlike love during the 2018 Christmas season.

The 2018 theme, “Light the World, Give as He Gave,” is influenced by President Russell M. Nelson’s call to minister in “new, holier ways” (“Let Us All Press On,” Apr. 2018 general conference).

This year’s campaign, detailed at, encourages people to find ways to share their time, love, and resources with those in need. Beginning with a worldwide day of service on December 1, 2018, the campaign features four weekly themes and videos—encouraging you to light the world, your community, your family, and your faith.

For service ideas, see the downloadable advent calendar.

You're Invited: Stake Women's Conference 2019

Please save the date!
Layton South Stake Relief Society women's conference 

"Rejoicing on the Covenant Path" 

Saturday, January 26, 2019, from 12-2 PM at the stake center

Keynote speaker 

Sister Linda Reeves 

previously Second Counselor in the General Relief Society Presidency, 
now Assistant to the Matron at the Bountiful Temple

Laurels invited
A light lunch will be served
See you there!

Meet the New Stake RS Presidency

L-R: Janae, Shauna, Andrea, Tiffany
Dear Sisters of the Layton South Stake,

In the short time we have been serving as the new Stake Relief Society Presidency, we have felt such an increase of love for you amazing women. This past month we were able to visit all of the ward Relief Society Sunday meetings to put faces with names and get to know our sisters a little better. As we have visited each ward, we have been humbled by your goodness. From inspired discussions and deep-hearted testimonies shared, to discussing who needed extra prayers for the upcoming week--you sisters have inspired us! Thank you for all you do. We love you!

Tiffany McMinn
Shauna Cleverly
Janae Poulson
Andrea Dover

About Us

Enjoy these stories written by family members about our new stake Relief Society presidency.

Strengthened for a Heavy Burden

by Marisa Sharpe 

On a recent family reunion, the last morning was spent riding motorcycles. There were many people and only four motorcycles, so we were taking turns. When it was my turn, I rode off in the direction of an old railroad line. Similar to the Rails to Trails trail, the rails had been removed, and there was a gentle slope on either side of the long, straight track. On the top, there was some fine-grade gravel. 

After I had ridden about 2.5 miles, I decided my turn was probably over and I should head back. However, there was no real place for me to turn around, and the track was narrow. I would have to go down the slope to have enough space to turn around and then get back up on top of the track.

After I turned around and as I was getting back on top of the track, my front wheel caught in the gravel, and I tipped the motorcycle over. Fortunately, the bike didn't land on me, and I thought it would be as simple as lifting the bike up and getting back on. I bent down and grabbed the motorcycle and pulled. It. was. so. heavy. I took a deep breath and thought strong thoughts and pulled again. It was so heavy! I couldn't even move it a centimeter.

I began to consider my options. I could wait for someone to realize I had been gone for a long time and come looking for me, but no one knew which direction I had gone. I could walk back and get help, but that would take a long time, and I knew others were waiting for a turn.

I was completely alone in a remote part of Idaho. I felt I had no choice but to try again and somehow dig in my heels more. The third time I attempted to lift the motorcycle, I actually felt the motorcycle become lighter! It was still very heavy and I still had to pull with all my strength, but it was possible! I did it. I got back on, started the engine, and rode back to my family.

I know this is how the Atonement of Jesus Christ works in our lives. Our burdens are heavy to bear, and sometimes we can't lift them on our own. Some burdens come from choices we have made, and we have to suffer the consequences. Some burdens are from choices others have made, and we are affected by their behavior and choices.

If we work with all our might, the Lord can make the burden lighter. It may still be heavy, but we will be able to bear it. Maybe we will get stronger, or maybe the burden will become lighter, but through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we will be able to do it!

I'm grateful to have experienced this miracle, and I love my Savior and need His help so much to lift the motorcycles in my life. I'm grateful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ and what it means to me.

What Does Christ Offer Me?

Several women in our stake share their testimonies of what Jesus Christ means to them. (This video was shown at the 2018 stake women's conference.)

Serving Like the Savior

Families and individuals in our stake are jumping in to #LightThe World with acts of service.

Miriam Franson:
Used by permission.
I can hardly believe it's December 1st!! We've been excited to start the #LightTheWorld month of service...doing what we can to serve like the Savior. In my ideal world (and a different season of life) I'd have printed out super cute printables, and have a great plan for what we'd do already outlined. But we hit this morning with none of that in queue! But as we read about "freely giving" like Christ did, I remembered we had some candy canes in the trunk left from something else and the kids are headed off to school ready to "give" to someone they thought could use it. One thing I'm learning more and more is that if we wait to serve until it can be in a perfectly cleaned house, or a perfectly planned moment, or a perfectly created package it will rarely (for me anyway) happen. But the Savior just asks us to give with our heart from whatever we have and wherever we are. And like with the loaves and the fishes, He will multiply our efforts.

Women Who Know

"Ye shall meet together oft." (3 Nephi 18:22) What a blessing it is to meet together each Sunday to partake of the sacrament and strengthen our testimonies of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 As a stake relief society presidency, we attend the meetings where the young sister missionaries in our stake speak before they leave and when they return from their missions. Today we were uplifted by the testimony of a beautiful daughter of God who will leave her family in three days, five days before Christmas, to serve the Lord in Atlanta, Georgia. We were touched by how articulate she was and her beautiful testimony of Jesus Christ.

President Russell M. Nelson said, "We need women who know how to make important things happen by their faith and who are courageous defenders of morality and families in a sin-sick world. We need women who are devoted to shepherding God’s children along the covenant path toward exaltation; women who know how to receive personal revelation, who understand the power and peace of the temple endowment; women who know how to call upon the powers of heaven to protect and strengthen children and families; women who teach fearlessly."

Time after time we witness young women who are strong and are fulfilling this call from a prophet of God. They choose to venture far from the comforts of home and carry the light of Jesus Christ to the world. It is truly inspiring and a blessing to get to know and listen to these young sister missionaries from our stake. #LightTheWorld

Light the World: Scripture Calendar

Each Christmas, we celebrate the life of Jesus Christ, the Light of the World. By following His teachings, we let his light shine—in our lives and in the lives of others. This year, use this calendar for inspiration as you plan your Christmas activities to help #LightTheWorld by serving those in need.
  • Click here to see and download the full scripture calendar (image thumbnail below).
  • Click here to see a different version of the calendar with specific service ideas, created for youth and published in the December 2017 New Era magazine.
  • Click here to get more service ideas from—and be inspired by—daily videos.

Light the World with Acts of Service This Christmas

This Christmas season, how will you #LightTheWorld? Start today at to learn how you can be like the Savior, Jesus Christ. Serve as He did helping light the way for others. And share your experiences to inspire other sisters in the stake! Email us at

Stake News: Women's Summer Sports

The stake sports ladies have created a summer schedule of weekly activities for women and young women in our stake. Please come join us, and help spread the word to your neighbors and invite them to come. We are just playing for fun! For questions, call (801) 643‐5707 or email

All activities will take place in the stake center gym, 505 S. 1000 W., Layton, on Thursday evenings at 8:30 p.m.
Image from Used by permission.

June 8th – Volleyball
June 15th – Basketball
June 22nd – Dodgeball
June 29th – Kickball
July 6th – Volleyball
July 13th – Basketball
July 20th – Futsol
July 27th – Dodgeball
August 3rd – Volleyball
August 10th – Basketball
August 17th – Kickball
August 24th – Dodgeball
August 31st – Futsol

The Purpose of Relief Society

On May 9, Sister Linda K. Burton, Relief Society General President, announced that she and her counselors have updated the Relief Society purpose.
Photo from Used with permission.

She said in a post on Facebook:
"When we were newly called as the Relief Society General Presidency, we sought the Lord earnestly to know what essential things He would have us focus on to continue moving His work forward. We were impressed that He would first have us help His beloved daughters understand the doctrine of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, that their faith and righteousness might increase. Second, we considered the critical need to strengthen families and homes and felt that the Lord would have us encourage His beloved daughters to cheerfully cleave to their covenants. When covenants are kept, families are strengthened. Finally, we felt He would have us work in unity with the other auxiliaries and with our priesthood leaders, striving to seek out and help those in need to progress along the path. Focusing on these things helps prepare us for the blessings of eternal life.

"Recently, we have updated the Relief Society purpose wording to reflect the additional insights the Lord blessed us with.

"'Relief Society helps prepare women for the blessings of eternal life (see Moses 1:39) as they increase faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and His Atonement; strengthen individuals, families, and homes through ordinances and covenants; and work in unity to help those in need.'"

"We hope you will study and focus on the purpose of Relief Society and come to understand the divine identity and eternal work and purpose that each sister in Relief Society has. How does understanding this purpose bring hope and meaning into your daily life and actions?

"The updated Relief Society purpose poster and bookmark are now available online and through Distribution." Sister Burton noted that further information and resources can be found in Handbook 2, the talk "Is Faith in the Atonement of Jesus Christ Written in Our Hearts?" and the updated materials.