Can You Use These Filmstrips?

Turn the Hearts of the Children. An excellent new filmstrip to show at family organization meetings and genealogical workshops is Turn the Hearts of the Children. Touching on the new directions the Church is taking in work for the dead (see Ensign, June 1978, pp. 62–68), the filmstrip presents four simple guidelines for achieving accuracy while compiling or rechecking four-generation sheets: getting proper documentation, being thorough but reasonable, being consistent and logical, and proofreading. (Stock no. VVOF2580, 13 minutes, $2.00, cassette tape included.)

Who Am I? This new filmstrip is both an excellent missionary (introducing genealogy buffs to the gospel) and a means of helping Church members catch the vision of genealogy. Genealogy is seen first as a hobby, then as a method to answer the question of personal identity, and finally as a means of binding families together eternally. It can also be the key to discovering that we are children of God. (Stock no. VVOF2616, 13 minutes, $2.5, cassette tape included.)

As I Have Loved You. This sensitive new filmstrip reminds members of the Church that although some people may appear “different,” they still need love and acceptance. Reviewing our spiritual relationships in the premortal world, free from the distractions of earthly values, the filmstrip asks: Can’t we look for eternal qualities in each other here and now also?

Several real-life situations are presented with the question, “What would a disciple of Christ do?”

Although prepared for, featuring, and narrated by young women, this filmstrip would easily spark motivating discussions in family home evenings, priesthood quorums, auxiliary classes (adult as well as youth), and firesides. (Stock no. VVOF2671, 8 minutes, $1.5, cassette tape included.)

Serves You Right. This new filmstrip, appropriate for ward and stake correlation council meetings, explains that the Activities Committee exists to provide help, ideas, and resources when activities of auxiliary and priesthood organizations overlap or when an individual organization needs help from outside its own resources. Specific examples show the benefit of using the committee. (Stock no. VVOF2718, 12 minutes, $2.00, cassette tape included.)

He’s in Your Hands. The successful fellowshipping of a boy through the efforts of a teachers’ quorum is dramatized in this new filmstrip. In the story, a quorum presidency recognizes its responsibility to bring a quorum member into full priesthood activity, and carefully plans with a purpose. (Stock no. VVOF265A, 12 minutes, $2.1, cassette tape included.)

[photo] As he nurtures an injured bird, a teachers quorum president learns to nurture a young man’s testimony in the filmstrip He’s in Your Hands.

New Homemaking Booklet

The 1978–79 Relief Society Homemaking Booklet is filled with a broad range of ideas—on topics from food preparation and stitchery to personal care, home repairs, and home craft.

The Food Preparation section includes ways to save money on meals (“15 Ways to Save at the Supermarket,” “ABCs of Buying Fresh Fruit and Vegetables,” “Economical Meat Cuts,” etc.) and hints on canning, drying, and freezing fruits and vegetables. Also included are recipes for using food storage items.

The Sewing and Stitchery section offers ideas for improving sewing skills, adjusting patterns, quilting, and crocheting. There is also a section on “Sewing for the Physically Handicapped.”

The Home Management and Beautification section gives hints on refinishing furniture and making home repairs. It also lists emergency home supplies.

The Varied Interests section includes such items as sports, daytime and evening make-up, hair care, fashion, and entertaining. There are units on keeping preschoolers busy and amused, giving gifts to grandchildren, and “Creating a ‘Grandmother Book.’” The Christmas section contains decorating as well as gift ideas.

A short section, designed for homemaking leaders and counselors, includes information on planning a minicourse workshop and organizing a homemaking fair.

The final unit, prepared by Dian Thomas, author of Roughing It Easy, gives tips on outdoor camping and cooking.

Printed so that teachers and leaders may reproduce sections of it for distribution in classes and workshops, the 238-page booklet is available through Church distribution centers for $1.35 (stock no. PCRS57Wl).

Church Policies and Announcements

The following items appeared in a recent Messages, sent to stake, mission, and district presidents and to bishops and branch presidents:

Students Leaving Home to Attend School. When students leave home to attend school, it is imperative that their membership record be forwarded to the new unit as quickly as possible. Home teachers in the student’s home ward should obtain the student’s new address and the name of the new Church unit prior to the student’s departure for school and forward it to the ward clerk through the ward executive secretary. The student and the student’s parents should make every effort to see that the home teachers receive the information. The clerk should forward the membership record promptly to the student’s new ward according to membership instructions on page 84 of the General Handbook of Instructions and any special instructions for your area.

“In addition, each ward executive secretary should give the names of students attending school away from home to the stake Church Educational System coordinator, together with the student’s new address and, if possible, telephone number. The stake coordinator should then forward this information to the appropriate Institute of Religion. Since schools generally cannot require students to list religious preference, many Latter-day Saint students may go unidentified unless they associate with the Institute voluntarily.

“If these steps are promptly taken, each student can be immediately contacted by local Church leaders and Institute personnel and given the opportunity to receive the blessings of fellowship and participation in the Church.

“This item should be read in sacrament meeting. Efforts to gather and forward the information and records should be coordinated regularly in the ward priesthood executive committee meeting.

New Year’s Eve 1978. New Year’s Eve in 1978 will fall on Sunday evening. It is therefore recommended that the following program be carried out within the wards or stakes, if it is customary to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

“a. A dance or other suitable activity be held for all the young people Saturday night, December 30, closing at 11:30 P.M.

“b. If stake and ward priesthood leaders concur, a fireside could be held on Sunday evening commencing at 10:00 or 10:30 P.M. This might be a program-type of event, but all numbers, of course, should be in keeping with the Sabbath day.

“c. After 12:00 midnight, refreshments, a buffet supper or breakfast could be served following the fireside so that the young people may be held together in the Church until approximately 1:00 or 1:30 A.M. and will not be tempted to go to commercial places.”