The bishop bore his testimony and share a few thoughts. He said that he spoke with a friend of his and his friend said that he hasn't always gotten what he asked for, but always got what he needed.
A little boy got up and bore his testimony about that we all have trials in our lives. He must have been fix or six.
One lady got up and talked about how people watch us very closely, when we say that we are members of the church. They are curious about what a Mormon is. They will make judgements about the effectiveness of the church based on what they see and hear of us personally. We need to do better.
A black teenager got up and said that he was talking about going camping and such and some other kids said that he was being white. He questioned back if it wasn't okay for a black guy to go camping. He didn't say what the response was.
We talked about Jonah today. It was mentioned that Jonah being in the whale three days was in the similitude of Christ's death and resurrection.
The lesson quoted President Kimball:
“I believe the Lord can do anything he sets his mind to do. But I can see no good reason why the Lord would open doors that we are not prepared to enter” (“The Uttermost Parts of the Earth,” Ensign, July 1979, 9).
We also covered the book of Micah. I don't remember hearing much about Micah very often, but there are several prophecies about the temple and the last days.
The lesson was based on the September first presidency message titles The Father Who Cares by President Faust.
Veterat criminal court judge in the 50's wrote an article titled Nine Words That Can Stop Juvenile Delinquency. Those nine words are "Put father back at the head of the home."
There is no higher honor or responsibility that that of mother, but fathers need to do their job.
Fathers' first priority is to maintain their own physical and spiritual health.
If we do not discipline our children, society will in ways we will not like.
McArther said a soldier destroys in order to build, but a father only builds.