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New Church Pamphlets Focus on Preparing “Every Needful Thing”

For years, President Gordon B. Hinckley has encouraged members of the Church to follow the counsel found in D&C 109:8 to “prepare every needful thing.” To help members keep this counsel in mind, two new pamphlets focusing on family home storage and family finances are now being made available to members of the Church.

Under the shared title All Is Safely Gathered In, one pamphlet, subtitled Family Home Storage, reviews basics such as how to acquire a three-month supply of useful food, a supply of drinking water, a financial reserve, and a longer-term supply of basic foods where permitted. The other pamphlet, subtitled Family Finances, offers counsel on paying tithes and offerings, avoiding debt, using a budget, building a reserve, and teaching family members the principles of financial management.

At the heart of the pamphlets is self-reliance, a principle President Hinckley has often stressed.

“Brethren, I wish to urge again the importance of self-reliance on the part of every individual Church member and family,” President Hinckley said in the October 2002 general conference. “None of us knows when a catastrophe might strike. Sickness, injury, unemployment may affect any of us. We have a great welfare program, with facilities for such things as grain storage in various areas. It is important that we do this. But the best place to have some food set aside is within our homes, together with a little money in savings” (“To Men of the Priesthood,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2002, 56).

Although members are encouraged to build up their family home storage and financial reserves, members should do so only where permitted and not go to extremes when doing such, said Kevin Nield, director of Bishops’ Storehouse Services.

Brother Nield hopes that members will heed the counsel given in the pamphlets but acknowledges that initially the focus should be on getting a three-month supply of food instead of attempting to build up storage all at once, because that can be an overwhelming task. “Let’s simplify,” he said. “The principles are pretty easy if we take them gradually over time and take a simple approach.”

The pamphlets have been distributed to priesthood leaders worldwide. They will also be available in the August and September Liahona and Ensign and online at ProvidentLiving.org.

The All Is Safely Gathered In pamphlets help explain the basics of family finances and family home storage.

New Area Leadership Assignments

The First Presidency has announced changes in assignments for area leadership, effective beginning on August 1, 2007. All members of Area Presidencies are members of the First or Second Quorum of the Seventy unless otherwise noted.

Three new members of the Presidency of the Seventy have been called to serve. Elder Quentin L. Cook, Elder Claudio R. M. Costa, and Elder Steven E. Snow have been called to succeed Elder Charles Didier, Elder Merrill J. Bateman, and Elder Robert C. Oaks.

The First Presidency has also announced the combining of the Mexico North and South Areas and the Brazil North and South Areas.

Presidency of the Seventy

Earl C. Tingey 1. North America East 2. North America Northeast

D. Todd Christofferson 3. North America Northwest 4. North America West

Neil L. Andersen 5. North America Southwest

Ronald A. Rasband 6. Utah North 7. Utah Salt Lake City 8. Utah South

Quentin L. Cook 9. North America Southeast

Claudio R. M. Costa 10. Idaho

Steven E. Snow 11. North America Central

12. Mexico Lynn A. Mickelsen, President C. Scott Grow, First Counselor Octaviano Tenorio, Second Counselor

13. Central America Don R. Clarke, President Shirley D. Christensen, First Counselor Enrique R. Falabella, Second Counselor

14. Caribbean Clate W. Mask Jr., President Daniel L. Johnson, First Counselor Miguel A. Lee*, Second Counselor

15. South America North Carl B. Pratt, President Benjamín De Hoyos, First Counselor César A. Dávila*, Second Counselor

16. South America West Walter F. González, President Marcus B. Nash, First Counselor Alexander A. Nuñez*, Second Counselor

17. Brazil Charles Didier, President Ulisses Soares, First Counselor Stanley G. Ellis, Second Counselor

18. Chile Carlos H. Amado, President Paul V. Johnson, First Counselor Daniel M. Cañoles*, Second Counselor

19. South America South Lynn G. Robbins, President Shayne M. Bowen, First Counselor Claudio D. Zivic, Second Counselor

20. Europe West Kenneth Johnson, President Francisco J. Viñas, First Counselor Patrick Kearon*, Second Counselor

21. Europe Central Robert C. Oaks, President Erich W. Kopischke, First Counselor Johann A. Wondra*, Second Counselor

22. Europe East Paul B. Pieper, President Wolfgang H. Paul, First Counselor Larry W. Gibbons, Second Counselor

23. Africa West Lowell M. Snow, President Craig A. Cardon, First Counselor Christoffel Golden Jr., Second Counselor

24. Africa Southeast William W. Parmley, President Paul E. Koelliker, First Counselor Allen P. Young*, Second Counselor

25. Asia Daryl H. Garn, President Donald L. Hallstrom, First Counselor Anthony D. Perkins, Second Counselor

26. Asia North David F. Evans, President Kazuhiko Yamashita*, First Counselor Yoon Hwan Choi*, Second Counselor

27. Philippines Keith R. Edwards, President Won Yong Ko, First Counselor Michael J. Teh, Second Counselor

28. Australia Paul K. Sybrowsky, President Keith K. Hilbig, First Counselor Dirk Smibert*, Second Counselor

29. New Zealand/Pacific Islands Spencer J. Condie, President David S. Baxter, First Counselor Hans T. Sorensen*, Second Counselor

* Area Seventy

New Mission Presidents Now in Place

Accepting assignments from the First Presidency, 117 new mission presidents began serving on or around July 1, 2007. The missions and their respective new presidents are:

Mission

President

Alabama Birmingham

James R. Tate

Argentina Buenos Aires North

Shane V. Argyle

Argentina Buenos Aires South

Ronald W. Asay

Argentina Cordoba

Stephen L Olsen

Arizona Mesa

W. Mark Bassett

Arizona Tempe

Robert C. Craig

Armenia Yerevan

Ronald J. Dunn

Australia Brisbane

Grant S. Richards

Australia Melbourne East

Corey B. Lindley

Australia Melbourne West

Barry Lee

Australia Perth

Carl R. Maurer

Australia Sydney North

H. E. Scruggs Jr.

Bolivia La Paz

Ismael Mendoza Regino

Bolivia Santa Cruz

Kevin D. McCracken

Brazil Campinas

Ildefonso de Castro Deus

Brazil Curitiba

Paulo M. Araujo

Brazil Goiânia

Vaguiner C. Tobias

Brazil João Pessoa

David G. Fernandes

Brazil Londrina

Luiz M. Leal

Brazil Santa Maria

Rodrigo Myrrha

California Carlsbad

Richard B. Brady

California Long Beach

Edwin A. Sexton

California Los Angeles

Spencer (Tim) G. Blackburn

California San Bernardino

David T. Sanchez

Canada Edmonton

George F. Rhodes Jr.

Canada Montreal

Joel H. McKinnon

Canada Toronto West

Jeffrey T. Simmons

Chile Antofagasta

Juan A. Urra Gomez

Chile Concepción

Oscar W. Chavez Lopez

Chile Rancagua

Esteban G. Resek

Chile Santiago West

Paul A. Jones

Colombia Barranquilla

Robin O. Roundy

Colorado Denver South

Earl L. Christison III

Czech Prague

Marvin J. Slovacek Jr.

Democratic Republic of Congo Kinshasa

Donald H. Livingstone

Denmark Copenhagen

Douglas J. Olauson Sr.

Ecuador Guayaquil South

William S. Johns

England Leeds

Wallace L. Stock

Florida Jacksonville

Russell A. Newman Jr.

Florida Orlando

John C. Darrington

Florida Tallahassee

Lynn L. Summerhays

Florida Tampa

Kent W. Colton

Germany Hamburg

Wesley B. Thompson

Hawaii Honolulu

Stephen N. Peterson

Honduras San Pedro Sula

Samuel Cruz Velasquez

Idaho Boise

John W. Yardley

Illinois Chicago South

Richard B. Roach

Illinois Peoria

Lynn G Erickson

India Bangalore

Melvin R. Nichols

Indiana Indianapolis

David L. Corey

Indonesia Jakarta

Ross Hawkins Marchant

Iowa Des Moines

G. Lyle Talbot

Ireland Dublin

Gordon W. Creer

Italy Catania

James A. Toronto

Italy Milan

J. Scott Dunaway

Italy Rome

Jeffrey Acerson

Japan Nagoya

Bruce F. Traveller

Kenya Nairobi

William H. Taylor

Korea Daejeon

Alan G. Perriton

Korea Seoul West

Craig P. Burton

Mexico Chihuahua

Edgar Flores Prieto

Mexico Culiacán

Marion R. Johnstun

Mexico Guadalajara

Robert J. Watkins

Mexico León

Robert T. Cox

Mexico Mérida

Victor M. Cardenas Lopez

Mexico Mexico City East

Russell G. Bulloch

Mexico Mexico City West

J. Francisco Fuentes Corpus

Mexico Monterrey East

Daniel Mendoza Regino

Michigan Detroit

Michael L. Rawson

Missouri St. Louis

Milton S. Turley

Mongolia Ulaanbaatar

D. Allen Andersen

New Hampshire Manchester

Michael R. Jensen

New Jersey Cherry Hill

Bruce H Winegar

New Mexico Albuquerque

Richard J. Anderson

New York Rochester

Michael F. Hemingway

Nicaragua Managua

Romel E. Fraatz

Nigeria Port Harcourt

Loveday I. Nwankpa

Nigeria Uyo

Joseph W. Sitati

Ohio Cincinnati

Gregory V. Robbins

Oklahoma Oklahoma City

James R. Gee

Panama Panama City

Manuel Madrigal Romero

Paraguay Asuncion North

Terry L. Wade

Pennsylvania Philadelphia

Michael R. Murray

Perú Arequipa

David J. Davis

Perú Lima North

Carlos A. Perez Basso

Perú Trujillo

Alejandro Mora Arauco

Philippines Cagayan de Oro

Remegio E. Meim Jr.

Philippines Cauayan

Raul S. Villanueva

Philippines Naga

Mark A. Ferrin

Philippines Quezon City

Beaver T. Ho Ching

Poland Warsaw

Torben Engbjerg

Puerto Rico San Juan East

Ralph L. Dewsnup

Puerto Rico San Juan West

J. Stanley Martineau

Russia Moscow

Charles D. Cranney

Russia Novosibirsk

Hal E. Mickelsen

Russia Samara

Randall K. Bennett

Russia Vladivostok

Stanley E. Everett

Russia Yekaterinburg

Stephen J. Allen

Sierra Leone Freetown

Phillip L. Squires

South Africa Durban

Steven H. Mann

Spain Málaga

Robert L. Mellor

Switzerland Zürich

Dietmar G. Matern

Taiwan Taichung

Michael A. Hoer

Texas Fort Worth

Wright Jenkins Thurston

Texas McAllen

Gary F. Miller

Texas San Antonio

Charles L. Cutler

Tonga Nuku‘alofa

Lynn C. McMurray

Ukraine Dnepropetrovsk

Leonard M. Abraham

Uruguay Montevideo West

Steven K. Peterson

Utah Salt Lake City

W. Blake Sonne

Utah Salt Lake City South

G. Steven Laney

Virginia Richmond

Mark B. Millburn

Washington D.C. North

L. Alma Mansell

Washington Everett

Donald L. Showalter III

Washington Kennewick

Paul M. Belnap

Washington Seattle

Craig M. Moffat

Wisconsin Milwaukee

William A. Barrett

Church Helping to Save Infants around World

Dr. Bulane, a staff physician at the Makoanyane Military Hospital in Maseru, Lesotho, deals daily with a shortage of trained medical personnel and supplies. The people of Lesotho, a landlocked country in southern Africa, suffer from an HIV/AIDS infection rate of nearly 30 percent, a 34.4-year life expectancy, recurring drought, poverty, and a high infant mortality rate.

Because of his concern for infant mortality, Dr. Bulane registered for a training program in neonatal resuscitation conducted in his community by the Humanitarian Services Division of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

This program, an attempt to reduce infant deaths from birth asphyxia (a lack of oxygen at birth), is conducted in many parts of the world as an ongoing humanitarian initiative of the Church and as a response to the World Health Organization’s concern for infant deaths.

Soon after participating in the June 2006 training session, Dr. Bulane saved a newborn baby boy by implementing his new techniques. “Through neonatal resuscitation techniques, the baby was saved,” he explained. “He is doing great now. … The training puts everything else in perspective. As far as I am concerned, it instills confidence. I now know exactly what to do. There is no panic.”

Gaining confidence to respond in the critical seconds after birth is the stated goal of neonatal resuscitation, according to Deb Whipple, a nurse in the newborn intensive care unit at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City and a frequent participant in the worldwide training initiative. “I know the procedures work,” Sister Whipple acknowledged. “I’ve seen them save lives within those first valuable 30 to 60 seconds.”

Sister Whipple uses her skills daily in the hospital delivery room but also shares her expertise internationally with other medical professionals. “The neonatal resuscitation course is taught to 50 students who … return to their clinics, hospitals, and neighborhoods to teach other birthing attendants,” she said.

Participating countries are selected based on infant mortality rates, according to Dean Walker of Humanitarian Services, manager of the newborn resuscitation initiative. Teaching clinics are scheduled through local ministries of health in the participating countries, and training kits—including practice mannequins, training manuals, and resuscitation equipment—are donated by the Church. In 2006, training courses were offered in 23 countries.

Physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, and other medical professionals volunteer their time to staff the resuscitation trainings.

For Dr. Ted Kimball, an emergency room physician at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City and chair of the Humanitarian Services advisory committee, the role as a facilitator in addressing health issues in developing countries brings multiple rewards.

“These people … have three basic needs: a chance for education, a chance for health, and an opportunity for peace or freedom from political strife,” he said. “Neonatal resuscitation plays a critical role in two of these needs: education and health. Our training makes a contribution.”

The minister of health in Uganda, a recent participant in neonatal resuscitation training, told Dr. Kimball that each infant death in his country creates an estimated U.S. $100,000 deficit to his country’s economy. “In these areas where grinding poverty exists,” Dr. Kimball said, “they need a healthy, educated workforce to carry the people out of poverty. A healthy, self-reliant community is the key. Without loss of life at birth, there’s another back to carry the economic load of the country—another person leading the way out of poverty.”

The neonatal resuscitation training concerns in Ghana mirror those of Lesotho and Uganda. Dr. David Gourley, a Salt Lake City physician and member of the Humanitarian Services advisory committee, reported that “a simplified course designed for rural midwives and community nurses will provide basic resuscitation skills and equipment necessary to lower Ghana’s infant mortality rate.”

Dr. Gourley related the following account from a recently trained midwife: “Dora attended a breech delivery. She thought the baby was dead because he was floppy and not breathing. Dora went through the initial steps of resuscitation. She needed only to correctly position the baby’s airway and suction with a bulb syringe before the baby began breathing and tone improved. Today the baby is thriving.”

Based on local evaluations, Dr. Gourley noted that in the six months following the May 2006 Ghana training, 646 infants were successfully resuscitated using the basic equipment donated by the Church.

The equipment and the training contribute to the neonatal resuscitation program’s long-term goal that a qualified birth attendant be present at every delivery.

For Sister Whipple, a mother herself, the goal is broader. “I want all those babies to have a healthy body to experience life,” the nurse concluded. “Mothers have the same emotions worldwide—they all have the hope that their child will be healthy and have the opportunity to be happy, to be a part of a family.”

An Egyptian doctor trains nurses on how to resuscitate an infant.

Disasters Prompt Church Response

Church Opens Meetinghouses to Argentine Flood Evacuees

Hundreds sought shelter in Church meetinghouses following flooding and heavy rains in Argentina at the end of March.

For several days rain drenched parts of Argentina, causing widespread flooding that killed at least 7 people. Nearly 37,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes, prompting the Church to offer its meetinghouses as shelters in the affected areas.

Hardest hit were the Santa Fe and Entre Rios Provinces in Argentina’s northeast. It is unknown how many homes and businesses were flooded, but there were no reports from Church members of deaths or destroyed homes.

Eight meetinghouses across the region housed approximately 600 people. The Church also provided food, mattresses, medication, and clothing to the flood victims.

Church Aids Those Affected by Tornadoes

On Wednesday, March 28, more than 60 tornadoes swept through an area covering South Dakota to Colorado to Texas, USA, killing at least four people in three states and prompting the response of the Church to help those affected.

Extensive damage occurred in Holly, Colorado, when a tornado 600 feet (185 m) wide touched down for more than a mile (1.6 km), damaging more than 60 homes. The Holly Branch meetinghouse sustained serious damage, and the branch president’s home was heavily damaged. Thousands of people in the affected areas were left without gas and power.

All missionaries and Church members were reported safe. Local Church welfare leaders worked to meet the needs of Church members and the community.

Church Assists Caribbean Flood and Landslide Victims

The Church assisted residents of Hispaniola, the Caribbean island shared by the countries of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, after at least 11 people died and more than 1,000 homes were damaged or destroyed by flooding and landslides on March 27.

The disasters, caused by more than three days of intense rain, isolated 20 towns and led to the evacuation of more than 4,000 people. The Church authorized the Caribbean Area Presidency to use funds to purchase essential emergency relief items for those affected by the disaster.

Members, Missionaries Safe Following Japan Quake

Early on Sunday, March 25, an earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale shook the Hokuriku region of Japan. The quake, centered just offshore, killed one person; destroyed several roads and 50 homes; and severely damaged more than 200 homes, schools, and other buildings.

Shortly after the quakes, two six-inch (15-cm) tsunamis hit the coast but caused no damage.

All members and missionaries in the region were safe and accounted for following the quakes, though multiple aftershocks plagued the area.

Members’ Homes Damaged in New Mexico Tornadoes

A series of tornadoes touched down overnight in the state of New Mexico, USA, on Friday, March 23. Local Church members responded quickly to distribute food, water, and hygiene kits to those in the affected area. Volunteers from local LDS congregations assisted in the cleanup.

The tornadoes destroyed 24 homes and businesses in Clovis and Logan, New Mexico, where they did the most damage. More than 100 homes, businesses, and schools in the area reported damage.

Despite minor damage to some members’ homes, all members and missionaries were safe. No casualties were reported in the affected areas.

A magnitude 6.9 earthquake killed one person and destroyed or damaged hundreds of homes and other buildings. (© 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Additional Sharing Time Ideas, August 2007

The following are additional ideas Primary leaders may use with the Sharing Time printed in the August 2007 Liahona. For the lesson, instructions, and activity that correspond with these ideas, see “Listen to the Still, Small Voice” on pages F4 and F5 of the children’s section in this issue.

  1. 1.

    Use an object lesson (see “Object Lessons,” Teaching, No Greater Call [1999], 164) to help the children understand how to recognize the Spirit. Prepare a “box with socks” by cutting two holes, about three inches (8 cm) in diameter and about six inches (15 cm) apart, in the bottom of a box. The box should be large enough to allow a child to put his or her hands in it but small enough to be held up for the Primary to see. Line the holes with the cut-off tops of two old socks. Staple these in place, being sure that the staple ends go into the box so they will not scratch anyone. Lining the holes with socks will prevent the child from seeing through the holes.

    Without letting the children see the item, put a familiar item in the box, close the top, and turn the box on its side. Hold up the box or place it on a table, and ask a child to insert his or her hands through the socks and try to figure out what is inside. Open the top of the box so the Primary children can see what the item is. Use readily identifiable objects such as familiar fruits, toys, and household objects. Repeat the activity with different children and objects. Explain that we can easily identify objects that are familiar to us.

    Next, give the children objects that are harder to identify. Such items might include specialized equipment such as a cooking implement or a garden tool. If the child cannot name the object, ask him or her to describe the way it feels.

    Compare the box experience with recognizing the promptings of the Holy Ghost. When we are familiar with the Spirit, when we feel His peaceful influence on a regular basis, we know what it feels like and can easily recognize the Spirit. However, when we are young or have not had many experiences with the Spirit, we might not easily recognize the Spirit.

    The way to learn to recognize the Holy Ghost is to feel His promptings yourself, but we can learn from the experience of others too. Bear your testimony of the Holy Ghost, and share an experience of when you felt His promptings.

  2. 2.

    Display the words teach, guide, warn, protect, and comfort in different places around the room. Tell the children that you are going to give the meanings of the words and that you want them to find the word you are defining. Use simple definitions. Explain that you know of one person who can do all of these things. Let the children guess that it is the Holy Ghost.

    Show the following pictures: Gospel Art Picture Kit 520 (Gordon B. Hinckley), 518 (Ezra Taft Benson), and 516 (Harold B. Lee). Help the children name each of these Church Presidents. Read selected quotes from the following articles to illustrate three of the five words: teach (Gordon B. Hinckley, “In These Three I Believe,” Liahona, July 2006, 2), protect (Ezra Taft Benson, “To the Children of the Church,” Ensign, May 1989, 81), and warn (Harold B. Lee story, Primary 1, lesson 7). Feel free to substitute meaningful stories of your own or to refer to the following articles to illustrate the other two words: comfort (James E. Faust, “The Comforter,” Liahona, Apr. 2005, F2) and guide (Thomas S. Monson, “Teaching Our Children,” Liahona, Oct. 2004, 2). Bear testimony of how the Holy Ghost has helped you personally.