FamilySearch Tree and FamilySearch Memories Apps

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FamilySearch has introduced two mobile apps designed to help you connect with your ancestors. With FamilySearch Tree and FamilySearch Memories you can add memories and sources of your relatives on the go. Everything you add will sync with, so information will be accessible from any device and will be preserved for future generations. Both apps are free.

Visit the following web address to learn more about the apps:

To go to the Mobile site to download and install the apps from your smartphone, visit this mobile page from your phone and go to the bottom of the page to get them from your phone’s app store! You’ll need FamilySeach Tree to do some of the activities at February’s MISSION: POSSIBLE Family History activity:





Troy Ward ‘Trunk or Treat’ Party a Thriller for Young and Old

Trunk or Treat turned up a notch! Not pictured is the moving ghost that shuttled between this van and the nearby tree.

Trunk or Treat turned up a notch! Not pictured is the moving ghost that shuttled between this van and the nearby tree.

All who attended the Troy Ward Trunk or Treat party on Friday, Oct. 30th, were exposed to plentiful good food, exceptional fellowship and a few planned mild frights and scares along the way. All told, more than 180 ward members and guests enjoyed a meal of chilis, soups, salads and desserts that set the stage for a variety of activities for all ages.

The youth-centered activities included a Ghostly Guts tactile scare room, a Halloween movie, coloring stations and photo booth, all culminating in the main event: the Trunk of Treat session. All told, more than 20 vehicles served up a variety of treats, with some or the vehicles quite highly decorated for the occasion.

Following are some photos from the event, including some of the photo booth portraits:


It’s a poor Halloween party (or any ward event) that doesn’t include a themed word search puzzle to help keep the adults occupied.


Before the storm…


Dessert was served as part of the event. Anyone want the recipe?


Alternate fuel vehicles are a huge opportunity for Detroit’s auto scene.


Some of the costumes at the Trunk or Treat event featured makeup that was very realistic.


Music for the event was provided by the ward.


Sometime, your imagination can scare you more than what you’re actually experiencing.


Treats are great, but a full-blown meal brings out the ward!


The dead center of town…


Would you reach your hand inside here for a treat?


Dan Morris!


The Felt family!

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Keep Thy Heart With All Diligence


by Jadelyn Bailey

“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23).

Elder Ryan Bailey’s return from the Guatemala City South mission was marked by relief, tears, and a touch of loss –he had grown to love the people he served.  In reflection on how he prepared for his mission, (now) Brother Bailey acknowledged the lessons his parents had taught him about diligence — to not give up; when you decide to do something, follow through with it.

Some of the skills he had begun to learn before his mission, such as being physically fit and concentrating on his reading, were amplified during his two-year service.  He had to walk everywhere (about six hours a day) and study three hours a day.  Other skills Brother Bailey developed on his mission were time management, planning and organization, communication and action. He applies these skills into his present life attending Brigham Young University.  He said he learned to think things through, whether it applies to college, job or marriage, and he asks himself, “Do I want to do this everyday?”

“I learned to understand doctrine of the church better.  To understand that restoration is where we get our doctrine from.  The plan of salvation is why we practice it.  The gospel of Christ is what it is. Keeping the commandments is how we do it.”

Fried Plantains, homemade refried black beans, and flour tortillas that were more like pitas are new foods that Brother Bailey now enjoys, as a result of his missionary service.  He didn’t just add new foods to his life, but also a new perspective: ” I hope I can set goals in my life based on improving myself and not based on gaining glory from others.”

Editor’s note: Jadelyn Bailey of the Troy Ward is a writer who publishes the blog Abundant Nurturing. The LDS Troy Ward  blog regularly features content developed by Sister Bailey.


Touching the Temple


by Jadelyn Bailey

(Editor’s note: Jadelyn Bailey of the Troy Ward is a writer who publishes the blog Abundant Nurturing. The LDS Troy Ward  blog regularly features content developed by Sister Bailey).

Recently, our family was in Utah and our youngest suggested we go to temple square. He didn’t remember going there when he was a baby and thought it would be fun for us to go. We enjoyed walking the grounds and talking to missionaries serving there. I was most amazed at the Conference Center rooftop with trees and water features and the amazing view.

The Detroit Temple.

The Detroit Temple.

Teaching children about the temple has always been a priority. After the Detroit temple was dedicated, we would often walk the grounds during stake conference when the children would get restless. It was a sacred moment to actually touch the marble exterior and know that after their baptism they would take steps to be worthy to go inside!

This July 2015 was significant as legal precedents for same-gender unions came to be law and the church provided an appropriately compassionate statement. What is more profound is that long before this civil  law or the Church’s response was crafted, our loving Heavenly Father inspired others to prepare support for marriage, family and temple blessings. The April Conference had several messages preparing our hearts to be courageous in the floods of these tidings. Also, the July lessons of Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson (lessons 13 &14) specifically addressed aspects of the subject on which we as Latter-day Saints should focus — “Priceless Blessings of the House of the Lord” and “Marriage and Family: Ordained of God.”¹

“The temple is a constant, visible symbol that God has not left man to grope in darkness,” President Benson said. “Through our temple covenants and ordinances, we receive celestial blessings and protection. Children and youth need to learn about these blessings but for many parents we are unsure of how to teach about the temple.”

Following are some tips from President Benson:

  1. They (covenants and ordinances) were given by revelation and are comprehended by revelation; it is the university of the Lord. As with any university, one must be prepared by study and commitment.
  2. We can learn and participate in family history. “We have a mission to assist those who do not have these blessings…” It is not enough to receive our own covenants; therefore we return to the temple often to do the work of our ancestors.
  3. Reading scriptures about the temple can help children with a greater understanding in preparing for the temple. Materials for preparing young adults should be appropriate and not reveal sacred things at inappropriate times.
  4. Share with children personal feelings as you knelt together before the sacred altar and other appropriate spiritual experiences you’ve had in the temple.
  5. Increased temple attendance provides increased revelation. We set an example by attending the temple as frequently as possible.
  6. Emphasize the importance of family and loving and serving the Lord.²

family-portrait-india-1204566-printGod gave us families to help us become what He wants us to be.”³ In the family proclamation we learn that as spirit children of Heavenly Father, our divine nature qualifies us for eternal opportunities through sacred temple covenants and ordinances.

“This is how He shares His love, for the family is of God.”³ Carole Stephens said, “the Father’s plan for His children is a plan of love. It is a plan to unite [His family].”4 President Boyd K. Packer taught that the most important principle is, ” the end of all activity in the Church is to see that a man and a woman with their children are happy at home, sealed together for time and for all eternity.”5

“The entire theology of our restored gospel centers on families and on the new and everlasting covenant of marriage,” expressed Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve. “We also believe that strong traditional families are not only the basic units of a stable society, a stable economy, and a stable culture of values–but that they are also the basic units of eternity and of the kingdom and government of God.”6

Elder Todd Christofferson spoke about the “magnificent possibilities and promises”  of the Father’s plan and gave four things for success in this plan:

  1. Creation of the earth
  2. Condition of Mortality created by the Fall
  3. Redemption from the Fall (Savior’s atonement)
  4. Our physical birth and spiritual rebirth into kingdom of God

family-sitting-on-steps-306771-printThe family is essential to this plan as a man and woman marry, have children in partnership with God, and experience the tests and trials of mortality. Children reared in truth and light leads them to hope in Christ and trust Heavenly Father’s promises, guiding them to apply the atonement and preparing them for eternal glory.7

Our tasks teaching about the temple begins with a touch and continues through eternity.


  1. Ezra Taft Benson, Teachings of Presidents of the Church, 167-190.
  2. Benson.  Chapter 13, “Priceless Blessings of the House of the Lord.” p170-176.
  3. Neeley, Matthew. “The Family is of God.” Friend
  4. Stephens, Carole. “The Family is of God.”  Ensign, May 2015, p13.
  5. Packer, President Boyd K. “The Plan of Happiness.”  Ensign, May 2015, p.26.
  6. Perry, Elder L. Tom. “Why Marriage and Family Matter—Everywhere in the World.” Ensign, May 2015, p. 41.
  7. Christofferson, Elder D. Todd. “Why Marriage, Why Family.”  Ensign, May 2015, p.51.

Of Rocks, Ravines, and Freedom

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by Jadelyn Bailey

(Editor’s note: Jadelyn Bailey of the Troy Ward is a writer who publishes the blog Abundant Nurturing. The LDS Troy Ward  blog regularly features content developed by Sister Bailey).

The deception of “I can do whatever I want” has interesting ramifications when applied to an activity such as riding a four-wheeler in the badlands of Southwestern Wyoming.  Even riding on the trails that have been established throughout the badlands is risky.  Attempting any trails that are too steep to climb may find the vehicle flipped back on 2014-10-20-BoysShenandoahyou.  Rough weather from one year to the next carves out the soil from around rocks. This can create deep holes on the inclines and declines of a trail in which tires can catch, ejecting riders onto cacti or tick-filled brush. Even with these dangers on the path, it’s far better to stay on the path than traverse the off-path terrain.  Rocks and small ravines are hidden by brush, ready to potentially catapult or swallow you, lie amidst the tiny cacti, rattlesnakes, wood chuck holes, ticks and other biting insects.  The consequences of leaving the path increase your chances of mild to severe injuries, Lyme disease, even death.

Is doing what you want truly freedom?  In the premortal council, the plan of salvation that was presented included the gift of agency.  Through the Savior’s atonement, we can continue to receive the Father’s blessings through our  faith and obedience to his commandments or, in essence, we drive our four-wheeler on the path. “As we face increased pressure to bow to secular standards… consider what the Book of Mormon teaches about our responsibilities. [In regard to the issue of Amlici wanting to be King] They were taught by King Mosiah to raise their voices for what they felt was right.”¹

Remember the story Elder Clayton told about the little girl who survived the plane crash and walked barefoot in shorts and a t-shirt through rough cold countryside?  She found a high place and saw and followed a light — evidence of the right path.  “Our lives can be like that, too. There may be times when we have been hurt, when we are tired, and when our lives seem dark and cold. There may be times when we cannot see any light on the horizon and feel like giving up. If we are willing to believe, if we desire to believe, if we choose to believe, then the Savior’s teachings and example will show us the pathway forward.”²

Jesus Declares Fulfillment of Isaiah's Prophecy

Jesus Declares Fulfillment of Isaiah’s Prophecy

The map of our path is found in the scriptures and through the guidance of the Holy Ghost.  “The world can at times be a frightening place in which to live… None…is exempt from exposure to those things which have the potential to drag us down and destroy us…our Father in Heaven has given us the tools we need in order to do so,”  Elder Soares quoted President Monson in his recent conference address.  Becoming more Captain Moroni-ish helps us deal with the ruts in daily life as we stay on the path.³

When I was riding with my son, he told me to hold on to him and not the vehicle.  He was driving because he knew the trails and how to operate the vehicle better than me, his cousin had showed him.  When I held onto the vehicle the dips and rocks wrenched my torso into unnatural and painful motions, each whip threatening to fling me from the vehicle into the stillness of the blossoming cacti.  When I held onto my son we moved with the path and we could take the dips and rocks easier.  We could enjoy the scenery and our movement through it.  Holding onto the scriptures and words of our modern day prophets help us move with ease through all the rocks and ravines of our path ensuring our freedom in this life and the next.

¹ Hales, Elder Robert D.  “Preserving Agency, Protecting Religious Freedom.” Ensign, May 2015, 112.

² Clayton, Elder L. Whitney.  “Choose to Believe.”  Ensign, May 2015, 38.

³ Soares, Elder Ulisses.  “Yes, We Can and Will Win!”  Ensign.  May 2015, 70.

It’s Tidy-Up Time! Don’t forget the Troy Ward Day of Service next Saturday, 7/11

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The Troy Ward has been a long-time supporter of the Troy Historic Village and has helped paint, weed, organize and restore items over the years. We need your help next Saturday, July 11th, for a Troy Ward Day of Service in support of the village.

Bring your family, bring your friends, bring your neighbors! We welcome your support!

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If you would like to share this service opportunity with your family, friends or neighbors, you can download the following flier (in PDF format). The flier is designed as what we in the ad biz call “4-up,” which means that, when printed, it will provide you with four “mini-fliers” per page that can be separately distributed to your BFFs and others. Join us next Saturday for a day of friendship, service and community solidarity!