Sunday, January 20, 2008

Sunday January 20, 2008 - Sunday Services Cumberland Ward

Sacrament Meeting
Youth Speaker
The speaker quoted Joseph F Smith. I did not get it word for word, so I paraphrase here. The more we choose good, the better we become at it and the better we are able to discern good from evil.

Moroni 7:14-16
14 Wherefore, take heed, my beloved brethren, that ye do not judge that which is aevil to be of God, or that which is good and of God to be of the devil.
15 For behold, my brethren, it is given unto you to ajudge, that ye may know good from evil; and the way to judge is as plain, that ye may know with a perfect knowledge, as the daylight is from the dark night.
16 For behold, the aSpirit of Christ is given to every bman, that he may cknow good from evil; wherefore, I show unto you the way to judge; for every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God.

2nd Speaker
She quoted from Cecil Samuelson. Again I paraphrase. Some people have intellect and and have no wisdom. Some are unschooled and yet are wise.

James 1:5
5 aIf any of you lack bwisdom, let him ask of God, that cgiveth to all men liberally, and dupbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

Third Speaker
Peculiar People
Exodus 19:5-6
5 Now therefore, if ye will aobey my voice indeed, and keep my bcovenant, then ye shall be a cpeculiar dtreasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:
6 And ye shall be unto me a akingdom of bpriests, and an choly dnation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

Deuteronomy 14:2
2 For thou art an aholy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a bpeculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.

Deut 26:18-19
18 And the LORD hath avouched thee this day to be his apeculiar people, as he hath promised thee, and that thou shouldest keep all his commandments;
19 And to make thee ahigh above all nations which he hath made, in praise, and in name, and in honour; and that thou mayest be an bholy people unto the LORD thy God, as he hath spoken.

He pulled one of the definition of Peculiar from the dictionary. Along with being distinctive and all that he also found that peculiar had this definition which may be applicable in the context that we are discussing. "a property or privilege belonging exclusively or characteristically to a person." Most of his talk talked about our distinctiveness, but he gave us the aforementioned definition to let us ponder.

He quoted from the October 2007 General Conference talk by Elder M Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He quoted Elder Ballard's thoughts on the growing interest in the Church and sharing the gospel effectively.

He talked of the confusion that some have about the Church because all they know us as are Mormons. He tries to always state that he belongs to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and not just say that he is a Mormon. I think that being call Mormons many times has a feeling of mystery that can give impressions that are untrue.

In what ways are we peculiar - Continuing revelation, plan of salvation, dress standards.

Respect our bodies through dress and appearance. Recognize that they are gifts from God.

Sunday School
Book of Mormon Lesson 3
Vision of the tree of life
Fruit of the tree - Eternal life
-Most sweet
-Desirable above all other fruit
-Joyous to the soul
-The greatest of all the gifts of God
The tree - Christ and the love of God
Rod of Iron - Word of God
-Back then iron was the strongest metal known.
-Even if we are holding the rod we could be holding in different ways. We could hold with both hands firmly. We could hold with one hand and be messing with oth things with our other hand. We could be distracted by things in the grass and just touching the rod with our finger tips.
Filthy water - Evil
-The fifth runs with you the entire length of the rod.
Mist of darkness - worldly ideas and temptations.
Spacious building - Imaginations and pride of man.

Nephi did not immediately understand the vision. He had to ask God and study it out.

Four categories of people Lehi and Nephi saw.
1. Reached tree and tasted fruit and fell away.
2. Partook and did not fall away.
3. Lost in midst of darkness.
4. People in the building that never tried.

There was some discussion as to whether the tree of life if the final destination of life or just baptism. Whether those who go inactive are those who have partaken and then were ashamed.

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith - Chapter 2 - God the Eternal Father
Joseph's brother William related that his parents prayed with them as a family and were very serious about the children acting properly during prayer.

The lesson touched on characteristics of God. "When we comprehend the character of God, we comprehend ourselves and know how to approach Him."

The members of the Godhead are three distinct beings. Peter and Stephen both testified of having seen Jesus of the right hand of God.

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