Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Sunday July 6, 2008 - Services Sullivan Hollow Second Ward

This Week at Church
Priesthood Opening

Doctrine and Covenants 121:34-36
34 Behold, there are many acalled, but few are chosen. And why are they not chosen?
35 Because their ahearts are set so much upon the things of this bworld, and caspire to the dhonors of men, that they do not learn this one lesson—
36 That the arights of the priesthood are inseparably connected with the powers of heaven, and that the powers of heaven cannot be bcontrolled nor handled only upon the cprinciples of righteousness.

Elders' Quorum
The greatest gift God has for us is eternal life.

Be generous in providing service.

There is a difference between doing and being. We can go help someone move because that is what we do or what is expected of us or we can do it because that is who we are.

There are lists of things to do, but have they made an impact on who we are?

Sunday School
Book of Mormon Lesson 25: “They Taught with Power and Authority of God” p.112
Alma 17-18
The instructor gave a handout which I have included below:
Begin Handout---
Fulfilling the Promise Made to Abraham
"My beloved brethren, you and I today and always, are to bless all people in all the nations of the earth. You and I, today and always, are to bear witness of Jesus Christ and declare the message of the Restoration.

You and I, today and always, are to invite all to receive the ordinances of salvation. Proclaiming the gospel is not a part-time priesthood obligation. It is not simply an activity in which we engage for a limited time or an assignment we must complete as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Rather, missionary work is a manifestation of our spiritual identity and heritage. We were foreordained in the premortal existence and born into mortality to fulfill the covenant and promise God made to Abraham. We are here upon the earth at this time to magnify the priesthood and to preach the gospel. That is who we are and that is why we are here--today and always."

Elder David A. Bednar, "Becoming a Missionary", Ensign, Nov. 2005, 47
---End handout

The teacher asked a guy that went on his mission to Russia to share some of his trials and great experiences from his mission to compare to the experiences of the sons of Mosiah going to the Ammonites.

Alma 17: 9, 11
9 And it came to pass that they journeyed many days in the wilderness, and they fasted much and aprayed much that the Lord would grant unto them a portion of his Spirit to go with them, and abide with them, that they might be an binstrument in the hands of God to bring, if it were possible, their brethren, the Lamanites, to the knowledge of the truth, to the knowledge of the baseness of the ctraditions of their fathers, which were not correct.
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11 And the Lord said unto them also: Go forth among the Lamanites, thy brethren, and establish my word; yet ye shall be apatient in long-suffering and afflictions, that ye may show forth good bexamples unto them in me, and I will make an instrument of thee in my hands unto the salvation of many souls.

The teacher said, "We are the Lord's can opener." When commenting on being an instrument in the hands of God.

Ammon was presented with the Lamonites stealing the flocks to be able to teach the king. How often are we presented with adversity to help us with the tasks that we have to perform in life?

What happened with you this week at Church?

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