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Healthy Harvest and Family Health History Initiative 2006
Crescent Park Stake Third Ward

“Genes draw your road map, but you still chart your course…And a genetic predisposition is just that: it is not destiny but rather a tendency that can be encouraged or discouraged to express itself by how we live our lives.”
New York Times -February 25, 2002

#1 Healthy Harvest – 3-fold Mission of the Church: Proclaim the Gospel – Perfect the Saints – Redeem the Dead. First things First. What is measured can be managed and improved. Be an instrument in the Lord’s hands – Be the Lord’s Wind today. Return and Report.
#2 Thanksgiving 11/23/2006 National Family Health History Day – Surgeon General’s Family Health History Initiative.
#3 Use the Utah Family Health History Tool Kit during the holidays – get one from James W. and Mary E. Petty – Be a part of the Utah effort to learn about your past to help benefit your future. Encourage your family, neighbors and friends to know their family health history so they can make more informed healthy choices for their future.
#4 “Tell Us Your Story!” See www.health.utah.go/genomics for more information about this contest. We also encourage you to share your experiences with the Ward Activity Committee for the Stake Family Healthy Harvest Program.

Three Fold Mission of the Church: announced April Conference 1981 by
President Spencer W. Kimball

“My brothers and sisters, as the Brethren of the First Presidency and the Twelve have meditated upon and prayed about the great latter-day work the Lord has given us to do, we are impressed that the mission of the Church is threefold:
• To proclaim the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people;
• To perfect the Saints by preparing them to receive the ordinances of the gospel and by instruction and discipline to gain exaltation;
• To redeem the dead by performing vicarious ordinances of the gospel for those who have lived on the earth.

All three are part of one work—to assist our Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ, in Their grand and glorious mission “to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” (Moses 1:39.) (See Ensign, May 1981, p. 5.)
1982 reiterated and put it into the language we are all familiar with today
Let us keep these sacred principles in mind and make them an integral part of our lives: that is, to proclaim the gospel, to perfect the Saints, and to redeem the dead.
gospel roll forth unto the ends of the earth, as the stone which is cut out of the mountain without hands shall roll forth, until it has filled the whole earth. D&C 65:2″

Healthy Harvest Program of the Crescent Park Stake

Out of small things:

“And thus we see that by small means the Lord can bring about great things.”7 “Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great.”8 7. 1 Ne. 16:29. 8. D&C 64:33.

First things First

Surgeon General’s Family Health History Initiative
U.S. Surgeon General’s Family History Initiative 2004
Health care professionals have known for a long time that common diseases – heart disease, cancer, and diabetes – and even rare diseases – like hemophilia, cystic fibrosis, and sickle cell anemia – can run in families. If one generation of a family has high blood pressure, it is not unusual for the next generation to have similarly high blood pressure. Tracing the illnesses suffered by your parents, grandparents, and other blood relatives can help your doctor predict the disorders to which you may be at risk and take action to keep you and your family healthy.

National Family History Day, 2006
Acting Surgeon General Kenneth P. Moritsugu, M.D., M.P.H., has declared Thanksgiving 2006 to be the third annual National Family History Day. Over the holiday or at other times when families gather, the Surgeon General encourages Americans to talk about, and to write down, the health problems that seem to run in their family. Learning about their family’s health history may help ensure a longer, healthier future together.

To help focus attention on the importance of family history, the U.S. Surgeon General in cooperation with other agencies with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched a national public health campaign, called the U.S. Surgeon General’s Family History Initiative, to encourage all American families to learn more about their family health history.

As part of the effort to educate people about the importance of knowing their family health histories, the Surgeon General’s Office announced two new HHS-funded outreach projects involving Alaska Native and urban Appalachian communities. In addition, other HHS-funded efforts are encouraging state health departments in Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon and Utah to increase awareness about family history among health care providers and the general public. Jim will explain more about this Utah effort using the Utah Family Health History Tool Kit during the holidays. We want to encourage you to Be a part of the Utah effort to learn about your past to help benefit your future. Encourage your family, neighbors and friends to know their family health history so they can make more informed healthy choices for their future.

What is Measured can be managed and improved. NYT Feb 25, 2005 “Genes draw your road map, but you still chart your course.And a genetic predisposition is just that: it is not destiny but rather a tendency that can be encouraged or discouraged to express itself by how we live our lives.”

We can all be an instrument in the Lords Hand, Be the Lords wind in helping to bring to pass the establishment of Zion. By learning our family health history, we can help our families have a more healthy harvest. By sharing these truths with our friends and neighbors we will help accomplish the Lords work.
Remember as Elder Bednar said this past conference – We are moral agents. and we can to act we can all be a part of this great plan of happiness to build to Zion.