Monday, February 11, 2008

Sunday February 10, 2008 - Sunday Services Cumberland Ward

Testimony Meeting
Stake President spoke at the end of the meeting. He talked more about finding joy in our trials like he did at stake conference.

He shared with us some entries he found in the Bible Dictionary. One was the entry on the Apocrypha. The Bible Dictionary states, "The Song of the Three Children. Purports to be the song sung by Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego (they are called Ananias, Azarias, and Misael in v. 66) in the midst of the burning, fiery furnace. " He talked about them finding joy even when being put into such a situation. He also encouraged us to look at the entry for Miarcles in the Bible Dictionary. It lists several instances of miracles in the scriptures.

At least one other person had mentioned miracles in their testimony. They talked of how miracles are not always the parting of the red sea stuff, but sometimes are more subtle.

Sunday School
Book of Mormon Lesson 5
1 Nephi 16-22
Nephi went to his father to get guidance of where to look for food, even though his father had started to complain against the Lord some. He asked his guidance either because his father was the patriarch of the family or because he was the prophet. He could've inquired of the Lord himself, but he respected his father's authority and gave his father the opportunity to fulfill his responsibility before the Lord and bring his faith back.

One of the class members expressed this opinion: The wilderness that they are going through out there is not necessarily what we think of here. That wilderness of where they were, was mostly dessert. Finding wood was no small thing. A bow is the size of a man. The story states that he made only one arrow. Perhaps because that was all the more wood he could find.

I was thinking that this may have been one of the reasons why it was such a big deal that Nephi's bow had broken. It may have seemed impossible that they would have materials to make another bow.

1 Nephi 16:29
29 And there was also written upon them a new writing, which was plain to be read, which did give us aunderstanding concerning the ways of the Lord; and it was written and changed from time to time, according to the faith and diligence which we gave unto it. And thus we see that by bsmall means the Lord can bring about great things.

Our conscience might be considered our Liahona. If we do not pay it heed it may stop working and guiding us. If our conscience has started to fail us we should increase our efforts in seeking direction from the Lord.

The missionaries gave us the lesson today.
1 Ne Chapter 8 - Tree of Life
Lehi felt the love of God and wanted to share it with his family. The Preach My Gospel manual states that as our understanding of the atonement increases our desires to share the gospel will also increase.

James 5:20
20 Let him know, that he which aconverteth the sinner from the error of his way shall bsave a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

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