This was our first week back on the 9am schedule. After being on the 1pm schedule all last year.
There were a lot of people that didn't make it. There were also several partial families there where children were allowed to make the choice to sleep in and not come to church.
Book of Mormon - Lesson 1 - "The Keystone of Our Religion"
We covered some of this in the introduction last week, but we continued on.
The Book of Mormon contains the fullness of the gospel. This does not mean that it contains every doctrine ever revealed, but contains everything necessary for our salvation.
Being saved is not an instantaneous thing, but is a process of us growing.
Just like the Book of Mormon had witnesses, all of our ordinances have witnesses. One can not just record a baptism on their own, even if they have the authority to baptize. Their must be witnesses to it.
Even though the Book of Mormon is an ancient book, it was written for our day.
We got our new manuals for the next two years. It is the Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith.
We went through some of the introductory material (time line (add hyperlinks), maps, highlights from Joseph's life.)
We talked briefly about the first 116 pages of the Book of Mormon that Martin Harris lost. Some expressed that we will have those pages again some day as well as other sealed portions that were not translated. Some of the contents of those pages (the book of Lehi) were included in Nephi's writings. There are places where he talks about not knowing why he is writing some of the things that he is writing since they are covered in his father's book.