The scripture given today described the things that Amulek gave up in order to go with Alma.
16 And it came to pass that Alma and Amulek, Amulek having aforsaken all his gold, and silver, and his precious things, which were in the land of Ammonihah, for the word of God, he being brejected by those who were once his friends and also by his father and his kindred;
The bishop shared with us that "You just never know when." He was commenting on people receiving the gospel. Those who you thought would never accept the gospel and even said would accept the gospel, may someday accept. You also don't know when, where, or how missionary successes will be opened up to you.
Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith
Chapter 11: The Organization and Destiny of the True and Living Church p.135–47
The instructor passed out a handout with various graphs illustrating the Church's growth.
Someone stated that the biggest adversary of the Church is the members complacency.
12 And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the arock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your bfoundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty cstorm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.
The Church is the same no matter where you go. No matter the town. No matter the country. Many other churches have doctrine and ways of doing thing that varies depending on what is popular in those areas or in those cultures.
The instructor showed the video of number of stakes over time.
Book of Mormon Lesson 22: “Have Ye Received His Image in Your Countenances?” p98
The world works from the outside in. The Lord works from the inside out and changes hearts.
Conversion and baptism get used interchangeably, but baptism is just a step toward conversion. Sometimes we also talk as if a person who has been in the Church from birth and baptized when they are eight has not been converted.
Check your countenance before you leave your house. Your countenance is deeper than just your facial expression. It is our countenance that reveals who we are inside.
Girl reported on girl's camp.
2 But there was one among them whose name was aAlma, he also being a descendant of Nephi. And he was a young man, and he bbelieved the words which Abinadi had spoken, for he knew concerning the iniquity which Abinadi had testified against them; therefore he began to plead with the king that he would not be angry with Abinadi, but suffer that he might depart in peace.
They spoke on the priesthood.
Because of transgressions and apostasy the priesthood was taken from the people.
The children of Israel were lead by the priesthood. Christ gave the apostles the priesthood and they set up the Church.
The primary children sang to the fathers for Father's Day.
You should not feel you are imposing on your home teachers to have them come give you a blessing.
We should not solicit people to give them blessings. Blessings rely on the faith of the person receiving the blessing. Part of that faith is asking for it.
The bishop gave a few words.
He asked, what can I give Heavenly Father for Father's Day?