Sunday, June 08, 2008

Sunday June 8, 2008 - Services Sullivan Hollow Second Ward

-July 4, 2008 - Breakfast celebration for the entire community. At our chapel at 8am.
-Volleyball at the chapel Tuesdays at 9pm.
-July 11, 2008 - Children's Health - Doctors volunteer to give free exams for children whose families can not afford medical care. They will be at James Madison Elementary, which tehy say use to be a junior high school.

Priesthood Opening
Mormon 3:20-21
20 And these things doth the Spirit manifest unto me; therefore I write unto you all. And for this cause I write unto you, that ye may know that ye must all stand before the ajudgment-seat of Christ, yea, every soul who belongs to the whole human bfamily of Adam; and ye must stand to be judged of your works, whether they be good or evil;
21 And also that ye may abelieve the gospel of Jesus Christ, which ye shall bhave among you; and also that the cJews, the covenant people of the Lord, shall have other dwitness besides him whom they saw and heard, that Jesus, whom they slew, was the every Christ and the very God.

-The spirit speaks to us in the moment as well as in general guidance for our families and lives.

Elders' Quorum
Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith
Chapter 10: Prayer and Personal Revelation p. 125–34
God knows what we need and what we are thankful for, but prayer is about us, our hearts, and our character. What is a child's character and countenance like who says "please" and "thank you" and doesn't just expect to be served or taken care of.

The Church and priesthood were restored after Joseph prayer and asked about it, not by God just thrusting it upon him. It was necessary for him to exercise faith and grow within himself to receive the answer.

"If you don't feel like praying, pray until you do." Someone attributed this quote to Brigham Young. I did not actually look up the reference myself, but one talk I saw had a reference next to a similar quote as (Discourses, p. 46). I did find the quote in the book True to the Faith in the Personal Prayer section, but they did not attribute it to anyone.

It was suggested that we should pray for the companies that we work for to make correct decisions as they transact business. Someone added to that that we should "pray always" (3 Ne. 18: 15, 18-19, 21). We should pray in everything that we are doing whether it be work, entertainment, disciplining our children, reading, and so forth.

The manual stated “We believe that we have a right to revelations, visions, and dreams from God, our heavenly Father; and light and intelligence, through the gift of the Holy Ghost, in the name of Jesus Christ, on all subjects pertaining to our spiritual welfare; if it so be that we keep his commandments, so as to render ourselves worthy in his sight.” (Letter from Joseph Smith to Isaac Galland, Mar. 22, 1839, Liberty Jail, Liberty, Missouri, published in Times and Seasons, Feb. 1840, p. 54. )

Sunday School
Book of Mormon - Lesson 21: “Alma … Did Judge Righteous Judgments” p 94
12 We believe in being asubject to bkings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in cobeying, honoring, and sustaining the dlaw.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." - Declaration of Independence

The Nephites lived under kings until after Mosiah. Then they were lead by Alma and other judges, a sort of democratic republic. Under Mosiah and Alma the government was also established on a faith in God, just like the government of the United States was established that way, as seen above with the reference to the creator in the Declaration of Independence.

Sacrament Meeting
1st Speaker
Spoke on keeping a journal

2nd Speaker
Spoke on the first vision.
He used a talk by President Hickley (The Stone Cut Out of the Mountain) as part of the source of their talk.

We call it the first vision, but of the point of it is that it was not the first. It was the first in this dispensation, but it was a continuation of God's pattern of calling prophets.

There are miracles that have happened and are happening, but are they personally miracles to us? Do we recognize them as miracles? Do they have an impact on our testimonies?

3rd Speaker
Revelation is communication from God to man. It does not have to be foreseeing future events as some in the world might think.

We are all entitles to revelation of that which we have stewardship over.

Revelation can be our conscience and it can inspire us to action.

The speaker also spoke of why people have weaknesses and how those weaknesses can be strengthened through receiving revelation.

Ether 12: 27
27 And if men come unto me I will show unto them their aweakness. I bgive unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my cgrace is sufficient for all men that dhumble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make eweak things become strong unto them.

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