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Transition Plan for Members within Union Fort Single Adult Ward Boundaries

With Single Adult ward boundaries being redefined and new wards soon to be formed across the Salt Lake Valley, the Holladay Single Adult Ward bishopric have implemented a transition plan for ward members to attend the single adult ward that aligns with their geographic location. For some ward members this means they will be within the enlarged boundaries of the Union Fort Single Adult Ward.

In brief, ward members living in the Union Fort SA Ward have the option of attending that ward or their conventional (family) ward. Members’ records will be sent to the Union Fort SA Ward unless members let the bishopric know by Sunday, September 11, that they wish to have their records sent to the family ward they reside in. By Sunday, September 25, all members living in the Union Fort SA Ward boundary should have made the transition by attending that ward or their family ward.

Attached is the Single Adult Ward Boundary Clarification. The bishopric write, “To each of you, we have grown to love you and we cherish your friendship. We will miss your close association and fellowship. May the Lord’s choicest blessings always be yours!”

Ward Moving Guidelines


The ward priesthood executive committee leaders have written moving guidelines to help meet the needs of members as they transition in and out of the ward. Below is the text of the guidelines. Attached is a PDF copy (Moving Policy, pdf).

In the Church we’re taught the principle of self-reliance. “When Church members are dong all they can to provide for themselves but cannot meet their basic needs, generally they should first turn to their families for help.  When this is not sufficient or feasible, the Church stands ready to help.” Handbook 2 — 6.1.1

With respect to moving, its of vital importance that members carefully plan their upcoming move so as to ensure their move goes smoothly. In an effort to meet the needs of incoming and outgoing members of the ward, the following guidelines have been outlined.

1)  Step One:  If you need help, first seek assistance from your family and extended family. 

Arrange for help from your family and extended family by contacting them well in advance of your move. Possibilities may include parents, siblings, cousins, uncles and aunts. You may also consider seeking help from your business associates.

2)  Step Two: Hire professionals to help.

In keeping with the principle of self reliance, if you need additional help and have financial savings, you should seriously consider contracting with a moving service provider such as Rocky Mountain Movers, The Movers 1-2-3, Helping Hands, or Moving and Maids, etc.

3)  Church assistance,“after doing all you can to provide for yourself”

If you’ve requested help from your family and extended family and have determined that additional help is needed, and if you don’t have the financial ability to hire professional help, see guidelines below:

  • A minimum of two weeks notice must be given to receive help from the ward.
  • Ask a member of your priesthood or Relief Society presidency for the name of the ward moving   coordinator. The coordinator will review with you your effort to engage your family, extended family, and financial resources in assisting you to move,— both physically and financially. If the ward moving coordinator determines that additional help is needed, he/she will work with you in developing a plan.
  • Moving assistance is not available on Sunday.
  • You are responsible for securing or renting a moving van, pick-up trucks, or trailers, as well as the   necessary tools and equipment you’ll need, such as hand trucks and packing blankets.  You may want to first look to your family for those vehicles. Or perhaps the best option is to rent a moving van from U-Haul, Budget, or Penske. Renting a large enough moving van can mean the difference between making one trip or multiple trips. If you don’t have the financial means to rent a truck, meet with the bishop to request financial assistance for the cost of the truck rental. You are responsible for acquiring full insurance coverage for the vehicle(s) you contract to use.
  • All small household items must be boxed, including kitchenware, food, clothes, shoes, books, closet and all other personal items, etc. All cabinet drawers should be emptied and packed in boxes.
  • We do not move pianos or other similar heavy or valuable items. You are responsible for moving any fragile items that can be broken. Clearly instruct movers that you will be moving those items yourself.
  • If moving out of the Holladay SA Ward, contact your new ward or neighbors for assistance in helping you unpack at your new residence.
  • Any cleaning of your apartment or home is your responsibility. If you need help beyond what your family can provide, you may want to hire a professional cleaner.
  • The Church and the members of the Church that assist you are not liable, nor should you hold them responsible, for any damage to personal property, real estate property, or vehicles that may occur in the course of your move.

6-Week Institute Class beginning July 5

Starting July 5, ward member Sherilyn Farnes will be teaching a six-week summer Holladay SA Ward Midweek Gospel Class. Class will be held from 7:30 to 8:20 on consecutive Tuesdays in the multipurpose room (where the East Elders Quorum meets).

The topic of the class will be personal revelation, and refreshments will be served. Invite any who are interested!

Sherilyn is a historian getting her PhD at Texas Christian University, and has taught Doctrine and Covenants at BYU. To get a taste for her engaging style and the research she has done, be sure to catch her lecture on Eliza Maria Partridge Lyman.

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Come and join us as we learn about the gospel together!

Refugee Service Project through JUNE 5

Millions of refugees worldwide, whose stories no longer make the news, are still in desperate need of help.

Elder Patrick Kearon, “Refuge from the Storm,” April 2016 General Conference

Have you been pondering how to take April’s General Conference counsel to heart? The Salt Lake Winder West Stake Young Women are giving you one more way to do just that. Until June 5 they will be collecting school supplies to assemble into school kits for local elementary-aged refugees. A box is located in the foyer of our building.

Items needed:

*Backpacks (new or gently used)
*Glue sticks
*Elmer’s glue
*Child safety scissors
*Pencil boxes
*Index cards
*Pocket folders
*Spiral notebooks
*Lined paper
*Calculators (basic handheld)
If you can’t donate, there are plenty of ways to serve:

40 Ways to Help Refugees in Your Community

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The Church’s official site, I Was a Stranger

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LDS Charities, How Can I Help

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A Resource for Mentoring Younger Generations of Saints

Our ward fellowshipping efforts, and the contents of Sunday lessons and messages, are appropriately focused on our age group. But many of us have and will have opportunities to parent or mentor members of the rising generation, and we can use plenty of help. We have an influential place in the lives of many around us, especially teens, who are still forming their ideas and ideals and deciding whether they will choose a gospel path.

A new online resource is out to help Young Women of the Church in particular. RubyGirl.org is “an online blog/magazine where LDS Young Women from all over the world gather to exchange ideas, work through problems, share faith and build friendships. We believe in living the gospel joyfully while cultivating belonging and inclusion.” What a worthy goal and potentially incredible resource.

Screen Shot 2016-04-13 at 1.23.28 PM.pngThese words from one of the first posts, “God Loves Teenagers,” by Ruth Mitchell, sum up why we still need to consider the role of youth in the Church:

Sure, God loves all his children, but He values teens in particular.

Whenever there’s an important work to be done, more often than not, God calls on a teenager.

When He wanted to free the Israelites from the Philistines He sent a shepherd boy.

When it was time for the Messiah to be born, He called upon a thoughtful teenage girl named Mary.

In the middle ages He called upon a peasant girl, Joan of Arc, to lead the armies of France.

When He wanted to restore His church, He chose a 14-year-old farm boy.

Powerful. We’re all here to work together and build the kingdom of God on the earth. How are you reaching out to teenagers around you and setting the example for them? What do you learn from them that enhances your discipleship?

Sister Webb: All Things Bear Witness of the Savior

Dear friends, we are so blessed to welcome Sister Martsie Webb as a contributor to our ward blog in the Walking with Christ series. Anyone who has heard Sister Webb teach or speak knows she has stunning gifts with words and expressing gospel truths. Enjoy her latest column as she shares how better to walk with Christ!

Last April General Conference, we took a walk between sessions to be outside and enjoy the spring air. Our prophet had just testified of the Savior. His closing remarks bore witness of Jesus Christ, the Creator.

As we walked into the fresh sunny day, the song of a bird caught my ear. I looked at the beginning buds on branches, and saw a robin perched on a blossomed limb calling out his presence to the world. It was a stunning picture: the red breast of a robin, colors of blue sky, brown tree limbs, pink and white blossoms all combined into one brilliant color palette.


In this moment when springtime was silently unfolding its beauty, I understood that each creation testifies of its creator. The beautiful bird, vibrant colors, simple warmth all bore witness of Jesus Christ, Creator of the World.

“And all things which have been given of God from the beginning of the world, unto man, are the typifying of Him.” (2 Nephi 11:4)

“All things evidence their creators: a quilt, the quilt maker; a painting, the artist; a book, its author; heaven and earth, the Creator. ‘If all things were made by Him and through Him and of Him,’  (DC 93:l0) then all things testify of Him.” (Joseph F. McConkie)

What evidences Christ?

the deep red lilies scattered in the fields of the Holy Land remind

us of the Savior’s blood

the eclipse of the moon bespeaks a God in His heavens

The sacrament song, ‘bruised, broken, torn for us’ symbolizes

our Savior’s broken and torn body

A changed heart attests the miracle of His atonement

Beyond all these glorious testaments, however, is God’s greatest creation: His children–  created in His image and likeness. Thus, we are symbols or witnesses of our Creator. The question we must ask is, “What kind of a witness to the Savior is my life?” In word and deed, do we stand as witnesses to Him at all time, in all things, and in all places? I certainly want to be His witness. I hope there is evidence I am His witness. But sometimes my spiritual life has temporal lapses, and there are holes in my evidence! Thankfully, the covenants, ordinances, and rituals administered in this gospel all bear witness of their author and were created to bring us home to Him.

Try going about your day looking for the signs, symbols, and testaments that witness our Savior. They are everywhere and in all things . . . even up close and personal. Their presence helps deepen our devotion while testifying of their maker, even Jesus Christ, Lord and Creator.

With love,

Sister Webb

Ward Membership Policy for the Holladay Single Adult Ward


The bishopric have updated the Ward Membership Policy for the Holladay Single Adult Ward and have asked that it be distributed here for everyone’s information. Included in the attached PDF are the full guidelines for ward membership and the Request to Transfer Church Membership form. The first page of this document has also been copied and pasted below for your reference. New members should consult this document to determine their eligibility and to complete the appropriate paperwork.

Holladay Single Adult Ward

4551 South 1200 East • Salt Lake City, Utah

“Membership in a single adult ward is limited to single adults who live within the boundaries of the stakes authorized to participate. These members may choose to be members of that ward or to (attend) their conventional ward.”

Church Handbook 1, reference 9.1.9

To become a member of the Holladay Single Adult Ward

• You must be a single adult, 31 to 45 years of age.

• If you’re in the process of getting a divorce, your divorce must be finalized before attending the ward.

• If you’re a single parent who has children living at home, you should maintain your membership in your conventional ward. Even so, we’re hopeful you’ll participate with us in our weekday activities and socials.

• You must live within the boundary of the Holladay Single Adult Ward (see defined boundary below).

• You must fill out a Request To Transfer Church Membership Records form and give it to a member of the Holladay Single Adult Ward bishopric or ward clerk. Membership transfer forms are available in the hall outside the ward clerk’s office, in a rack mounted on the wall. The two page form is also included below.

Ward boundary:

• Single adult members living within the boundaries of the following 13 stakes have the option of joining the Holladay Single Adult Ward. A boundary map is posted on the bulletin board outside the bishop’s office.

• The 13 stakes authorized to participate include: Canyon Rim • Millcreek • East Millcreek • East Millcreek North • Holladay • Holladay South • Holladay North • Valley View • Olympus • Mt. Olympus • Winder • Winder West • Wilford.

• To determine if an apartment or home lies within the boundaries of one of the above 13 stakes, go to classic.lds.org/maps and enter your address in the “Search” bar.

If moving outside the boundary of the Holladay Single Adult Ward:

• Within two months after moving outside the boundary of the Holladay Single Adult Ward, a member should have fully transitioned to attending their conventional ward or other optional ward in which they reside.

• Members who are moving should give their new address to the ward clerk in the Holladay Single Adult Ward or the clerk in the new ward in which they reside.

When a ward member turns 46 years of age:

• Within three months after turning 46 years of age, a member should have fully transitioned to attending their conventional ward or other optional ward in which they reside.

We cannot make any exceptions going forward:

• When the Holladay Single Adult Ward was first formed, and throughout the organizing process, about a dozen members living outside the ward’s boundary were allowed to join the ward for a variety of reasons. We welcome their continued membership and activity in the ward until the time should come that the stake they live in has been authorized to participate in a mid-single adult ward, OR if they should move from their current residence to another residence outside the ward boundary, OR if their activity and service in the ward should diminish. If moving, you will need to move within the boundary of the Holladay Single Adult Ward if you’d like to remain a member of the ward.

February 21: Bishop’s Dating, Courtship, and Marriage Fireside

Last Sunday, Brother Davis and his wife, Janene, led the second in a series of Bishop’s Dating, Courtship, and Marriage Fireside Chats. They shared a dating plan (6-Week Dating Plan) with ward members and fostered a discussion on the kinds of cues, or “vibes,” men and women send out to indicate their interest (read the ward members’ ideas about vibes from the breakout session here: Fireside Notes, 2-21-2016).

Following the Webbs’ discussion of wounded core beliefs in the January Fireside Chat, the Davises shared the story of their son, Parker, who healed from destructive beliefs about himself. Parker wrote his story and has generously shared it with us (Parker Davis’s story of healing).

The date of the next Bishop’s Dating, Courtship, and Marriage Fireside Chat is TBA.

Visiting the House of the Lord: Ward Trip to the Provo City Center Temple

“One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple” (Psalm 27:4).

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On Saturday, February 20, members of the Holladay Single Adult ward traveled to Provo to attend the Provo City Center Temple open house.

Originally the Utah Stake Tabernacle, completed in 1898, this unique building hosted numerous church meetings, graduations, concerts, and lectures, until a 2010 fire destroyed its interior. Instead of razing the building, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints decided to repurpose it as a truly sacred space: a temple. After this announcement in 2011, the ground was excavated and construction began in 2012. The temple will be dedicated this year on March 20, 2016.

Visit the virtual exhibit about the Provo City Center Temple on history.lds.org.

For Latter-day Saints, temples are more than just a meeting house or gathering place. They are actually God’s house, holy spaces where people come to make promises to God,  perform ordinances such as baptism for their ancestors, and listen to God’s voice in their lives.

View photos of the Provo City Center Temple interior here.

Marriage is another essential ordinance that takes place in temples, which Latter-day Saints believe unites families forever. Can you imagine living without the ones you love? For many, being with loved ones can feel like heaven itself. Through temple ordinances, the hope of being together forever is realized.

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Ward member Lorrin P. Colby Jr. generously agreed to share his gorgeous photos of the trip.

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The Provo City Center Temple is one of nearly 150 Latter-day Saint temples built worldwide. Thirteen more are under construction, and 11 have been announced. A public open house before each temple dedication gives all who wish to see the temple a chance. The open house of the Provo City Center Temple will last until March 5, and is open every day except Sunday.


To learn more about temples around the world and the important work that goes on there, visit www.mormontemples.org or comment below.

Brother Davis: Flat Bicycle Tires and Showing Compassion

father-son-repairing-bicycle-1018904-printSeveral years ago my wife and I took our two youngest children, Mindy and Jacob, down to the Jordan River Parkway to ride our bikes along the bike path.  Jacob was almost six years old and he had just learned to ride a bike.  We thought it would be fun for the four of us to ride our bicycles on the path running alongside the river, beginning at 5300 South.

As we started out we were pleased and surprised at how well Jacob was able to ride his bike.  We rode south about two miles, then turned around and rode back on the same path we just came from.  As we were riding back, Jacob seemed to be getting tired.  His riding became erratic and sloppy.  He would weave back and forth, often swerving into the oncoming lane of bikers and joggers.  A couple of times he almost hit other bikers who were coming the opposite direction.  He seemed to be riding slower and slower, sometimes going so slow that he would tip over.  He often had to get off his bike and push it, even though we were virtually on flat ground.

Janene and Mindy were riding up ahead of Jacob and me.  When they noticed we were far behind they rode back to ask how things were going.  I gave Janene the thumbs down sign and whispered that Jacob was doing really bad.  I reasoned that he had just tired out.

Even though I was disappointedly encouraging Jacob to peddle faster and be more careful about not swerving into the oncoming lane, the amazing thing to me was that he wasn’t complaining.   He just kept trying to do his best.   Most of the way he hummed a tune as he tried to peddle his way back to the van.

When we arrived at our van, I began loading the bicycles in the back of the van.  It was then I discovered that Jacob’s front tire was flat.  Suddenly I understood why he had ridden so poorly.  Talk about a paradigm shift.  Instantly Janene and I were moved to compassion as we suddenly understood the situation.  My heart melted as I thought of Jacob.  I was so grateful that I hadn’t openly criticized him or hurt his feelings.

Life is much like this experience.  Many people have a flat front tire as they ride their bicycle of life.  It may be that you have an aging parent, a sibling, a neighbor or someone at work who is having a difficult time in life.

In Christ’s time one of the Pharisees asked, “Master, which is the great commandment in the law?”  Jesus answered and said unto him, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”  Matthew 22: 36-40

My experience with Jacob reminded me that we need to be careful not to judge people wrongly.  We need to be aware of others and be patient and compassionate.  We need to give people encouragement, love, and hope.  We need to take time out to help fix the flat tires of life by offering to lift the burdens of others.  I hope I am compassionate and loving to my neighbor.  I hope I am compassionate and loving to my family.

Glen Davis, 2nd counselor in the bishopric

February 2016



“God invites all His children to obtain His help to overcome and endure the challenges of this life.”—Elder Joseph W. Sitati, “Be Fruitful, Multiply, and Subdue the Earth