Sunday, August 31, 2008
Doctrine and Covenants 4:2
2 Therefore, O ye that embark in the aservice of God, see that ye bserve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand cblameless before God at the last day.
September 6 - 40th St Park Weber Heights Stake picnic. If you're bringing a salad to have it there by 5 p.m. Walk/run at 8 a.m. prime activity at 5 p.m.. Picnic at 6 p.m..The bishop said taping a priesthood blessing at home is allowable.
The Elders' quorum president counseled us four things that we should calendar with his wife: temple attendance, family home evening, scripture study, family prayer.
1 Ne. 4: 14
14 And now, when I, Nephi, had heard these words, I remembered the words of the Lord which he spake unto me in the wilderness, saying that: aInasmuch as thy seed shall keep my bcommandments, they shall cprosper in the dland of promise.
2 Ne. 4: 4
4 For the Lord God hath said that: aInasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall prosper in the land; and inasmuch as ye will not keep my commandments ye shall be cut off from my presence.
Jarom 1: 9
9 And thus being prepared to meet the Lamanites, they did not prosper against us. But the word of the Lord was verified, which he spake unto our fathers, saying that: aInasmuch as ye will keep my commandments ye shall bprosper in the land.
Omni 1: 6
6 For the Lord would not suffer, after he had led them out of the land of Jerusalem and kept and preserved them from falling into the hands of their enemies, yea, he would not suffer that the words should not be verified, which he spake unto our fathers, saying that: aInasmuch as ye will not keep my commandments ye shall not bprosper in the land.
Mosiah 1: 7
7 And now, my sons, I would that ye should remember to asearch them diligently, that ye may profit thereby; and I would that ye should bkeep the commandments of God, that ye may cprosper in the land according to the dpromises which the Lord made unto our fathers.
If we obey the commandments we will prosper in the land.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Doctrine and Covenants 59:14-16
stake fireside tonight. Mission president will be speaking.
One of the youth shared experience about giving out Book of Mormons in various languages to foreign exchange students that have been working with his mom.
The Elders' quorum presidency reviewed the instructions for blessing babies per the Bishop's instruction last week to review the handbook. Baby blessings start by addressing Heavenly Father and then addressing the child.
Someone asked about dedicating a home. The consensus was that it is just a prayer and does not need to have priesthood authority in order to do it. Someone stated that the handbook says that any father can dedicate his home. No one asked, but I wonder if a single person male or female could also do it. Could a student dedicate a dorm room. Could a single mother dedicate her home. Someone also stated that the handbook said something about this sort of prayer in a home is not the same thing as what is done to dedicate a building like a chapel or a temple to the work of the Lord.
5 aIf any of you lack bwisdom, let him ask of God, that cgiveth to all men liberally, and dupbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
Prayer on the one hand is easy, but it is also hard work. It is easy to get on her knees and say the words. It is hard to work to accomplish what we ask for. It is hard to prepare to receive an answer and to listen.
Book of Mormon Lesson 32: “They Did Obey … Every Word of Command with Exactness” p142
Helman's 2060 had never gone to battle before. They were also put on the front lines and used as bait. Yet none of them perished. All of them received wands, at nine died.
The parents of the 2060, the Ammonites, wrote the covenant they made to bear their weapons and never shed blood. The covenants we make( baptism, temple covenants, and so forth) are written for us. The Ammonites made a covenant above and beyond what was required to show their commitment and repentance.
Someone gave this quote, but I was unable to capture who they attributed it to."small variations in parents can cause major oscillations in children"
Part of the purpose of this life is to learn to make good choices.
2 Nephi 2:27
For the strength of youth -- agency -- free to choose your actions. You are not free to choose the consequences of those actions.
The speaker stated "Consequences will roll around and bite you or give you a hug."
First Adult Speaker
The speaker talked about how Paul referenced sporting events. They also referenced a talk by Paul H Dunn, The Game of Life. Like Jesus, Paul was skilled in the use of vivid illustrations drawn from current events.
"Paul made this great admonition on which I would like to make a comment. An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. (See 2 Tim. 2:5.)"
They quoted from a talk by Elder Bednar Seek Learning by Faith “'When a man speaketh by the power of the Holy Ghost the power of the Holy Ghost carrieth [the message] unto the hearts of the children of men' (2 Nephi 33:1). Please notice how the power of the Spirit carries the message unto but not necessarily into the heart. A teacher can explain, demonstrate, persuade, and testify, and do so with great spiritual power and effectiveness. Ultimately, however, the content of a message and the witness of the Holy Ghost penetrate into the heart only if a receiver allows them to enter. Learning by faith opens the pathway into the heart."
Second Adult Speaker
Witnesses of the Book of Mormon
The Bible witnesses of the Book of Mormon in Ezekiel 37:16-20
The book of Mormon has witnesses but it is also a witness. "Wherefore, it is an abridgment of the record of the people of Nephi, and also of the Lamanites—Written to the Lamanites, who are a remnant of the house of Israel; and also to Jew and Gentile" Book of Mormon title page.
Moroni etched at great effort, by a dim fire, all alone, the pages of the book of Mormon. The least we can do is read what he wrote in our soft chairs by electric lights in our climate controlled homes with our families.
From the bulletin:
A key part of the "plan" (His plan) is that we understand that we will be tutored in the life. That tutoring will often be painful. Individual development requires an "opposition in all things." (2 Nephi 2:11). Yet, as we "work out our salvation", we often find that our finest hours are sometime during or just following our darkest hours.
Insert in the bulletin:
5 Pillars of a Solid Marriage
- Daily Couple Prayer
- Daily Couple Scripture Study
- Daily Couple Talk/Listen Time
- Weekly Couple Planning Time
- Weekly Couple Engaged Date Time
Sunday, August 17, 2008
The bishop reviewed how to bless a baby. He referred us to the Family Guidebook for instructions on how to do it. He wanted to remind us that those planning on blessing a child should arrange it with the bishop before arranging it with their extended families.
The church is unique in the way that we are organized to take care of and watch over each other. We should call our district leaders at the end of each month and tell them who we visited, who we missed, and any needs of the families that we are responsible for.
The bishop said that missionary opportunities many times come in the disguised in work clothes.
Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith Chapter 15: Establishing the Cause of Zion p. 182–91
The logistics of physical, group Zion will be hard until we figure out the logistics of spiritual, individual Zion.
Book or Mormon Lesson 31: “Firm in the Faith of Christ” p138
Why the war chapters in the Book of Mormon?
Those chapters talk about fortifications in preparation for enemy attack. We are to fortify our homes against attacks from Satan and his influences.
Elder David O. McKay said: “There are … two conditions which may justify a truly Christian man to enter—mind you, I say enter, not begin—a war: (1) An attempt to dominate and to deprive another of his free agency, and, (2) Loyalty to his country. Possibly there is a third, [namely], Defense of a weak nation that is being unjustly crushed by a strong, ruthless one” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1942, 72).
The battle changes from battling in war to battling in politics. Moroni wins in battle and then a group rises up politically that is teaching against the doctrines of the church. Moroni raises up the title of liberty to remind everyone to defend their families and values.
Before making the title of liberty and also before going to battle as well he prayed. Before any battle we have in our lives we should pray first.
An experience with going to Lima, Peru. She went to the temple there.
1 John 4:18
18 There is no afear in blove; but perfect clove casteth out fear: because fear hath dtorment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
A missionary that just returned from a mission to Austria. He spoke about standard bearers in war. He also talked about Captain Moroni's title of liberty
President Hinckley gave us a standard to stand with when he gave us The Family: A Proclamation to the World.
Lot pitched his tent toward Sodom. Abraham pitched his toward the temple. I have often thought of it as simply putting the door of the tent facing in that direction. Was it perhaps putting his tent in that proximity as well. Did he put it close to Sodom to easily get back to the center of commerce and old friends and family? Perhaps Abraham knew there was trouble back there and that he wanted to have convenient access to the temple and church resources.
The bishop counseled us to calendar our lives with priorities so that our lives don't get filled with uncalendared non priorities.
From the Bulletin:
President Ezra Taft Benson taught, "If Book of Mormon prophets saw our day and chose those things which would be of greatest worth to us, is not that how we should study the Book of Mormon? We should constantly ask, "Why did the Lord inspire [this prophet] to include that in his record? What lesson can I learn from that to help me live in this day
"If all matters were immediately resolved at your first petition, you could not grow. Your father in heaven and Jesus love you perfectly. They would not require you to experience a moment more of difficulty than is absolutely needed for your personal benefit or for that of those you love.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
26 And said, If thou wilt adiligently bhearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and ckeep all his statutes, I will put none of these ddiseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that ehealeth thee.
The bishop gave us a few words of encouragements. "Pick your priorities. If your first priority is not the kingdom of God then whatever else you choose doesn't matter. Remember who you are, where you you want to go, and how you are going to get there. If you don't pick your priorities someone will pick them for you."
Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith Chapter 14: Words of Hope and Consolation at the Time of Death p.141–81
Just like any other trial in our lives, is there a purpose in our lives when a loved one or even a child of ours dies? Is there anything positive we learn from it?
This life is not the end and we can see our loved ones again if we are obedient.
Book of Mormon Manual Lesson 30: “The Great Plan of Happiness” p.133
We talked about Alma teaching his son, Corianton, after Corianton was disobedient on his mission.
Elder Boyd K. Packer said, "I have long believed that the study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than talking about behavior will improve behavior."
We also talked about the teachings of Nehor that were prevalent at the time that may have influenced Corianton.
- No need to repent.
- All mankind will be saved - No atonement.
- Not possible to know of things to come.
- Held PPIs - The PPIs are held individually and privately. That way failures don't make children feel embarrassed or successes don't make the others jealous.
- Had gift of discernment. -Elder David A. Bednar quoted Steven L. Richards on the gift of discernment in the talk Quick to Observe at BYU on May 10, 2005 - "
First, I mention the gift of discernment, embodying the power to discriminate . . . between right and wrong. I believe that this gift when highly developed arises largely out of an acute sensitivity to impressions—spiritual impressions, if you will—to read under the surface as it were, to detect hidden evil, and more importantly to find the good that may be concealed. The highest type of discernment is that which perceives in others and uncovers for them their better natures, the good inherent within them. . . .
. . . Every member in the restored Church of Christ could have this gift if he willed to do so. He could not be deceived with the sophistries of the world. He could not be led astray by pseudo-prophets and subversive cults. Even the inexperienced would recognize false teachings, in a measure at least. . . . We ought to be grateful every day of our lives for this sense which keeps alive a conscience which constantly alerts us to the dangers inherent in wrongdoers and sin. [CR, April 1950, 162–63; emphasis added]"
Elder James E. Faust in the address at BYU on November 15, 1995 Trying to Serve the Lord Without Offending the Devil - "Satan has had great success with this gullible generation. As a consequence, literally hosts of people have been victimized by him and his angels. There is, however, an ample shield against the power of Lucifer and his hosts. This protection lies in the spirit of discernment through the gift of the Holy Ghost. This gift comes undeviatingly by personal revelation to those who strive to obey the commandments of the Lord and to follow the counsel of the living prophets."
- Reproved with sharpness and teaches doctrine and shows an increase of love. (D&C 121: 43) - One of the definitions that the American Heritage Dictionary has for the word sharp is "Having clear form and detail" another they gave is "Clearly and distinctly set forth".
Elder H. Burke Peterson of the First Quorum of the Seventy stated in his talk Unrighteous Dominion, "Perhaps we should consider what it means to reprove with sharpness. Reproving with sharpness means reproving with clarity, with loving firmness, with serious intent. It does not mean reproving with sarcasm, or with bitterness, or with clenched teeth and raised voice. One who reproves as the Lord has directed deals in principles, not personalities. He does not attack character or demean an individual."
- Clarifies that there is a need for a savior. Alma 39:15 - 15 And now, my son, I would say somewhat unto you concerning the acoming of Christ. Behold, I say unto you, that it is he that surely shall come to take away the sins of the world; yea, he cometh to declare glad tidings of salvation unto his people.
- Testifies that there is a savior coming. Alma 39:16 - 16 And now, my son, this was the ministry unto which ye were called, to declare these glad tidings unto this people, to prepare their minds; or rather that salvation might come unto them, that they may prepare the minds of their achildren to hear the word at the time of his coming.
Someone pointed out that there were things that Alma was learning as he taught or prepared to teach his son. Class members stated that those who teach often learn more about what they teach.
The body and the spirit separate and you are brought to God's (Christ's) realm for a mini judgment to determine where you will wait until you are resurrected. These spirits are in transit between their origin (life) and destination (post judgment). Alma 40:11-13 -
Corianton ends up understanding and is called again to the mission.
One of the speakers quoted Marion G. Romney. I think it was this talk and this quote. The Responsibilities of Home Teachers, "
Among the specific responsibilities of home teachers, the following may be listed:
First and foremost, to so live that they always enjoy the companionship of the Holy Ghost and act under his inspiration in the discharge of their home teaching responsibilities.
Second, to encourage and inspire every member to do his or her part to make and keep the home a truly Latter-day Saint home.
This would mean, among other things, that parents are sealed in the temple; that children not born under the covenant are sealed to parents; that future marriages are performed in the temple; that family prayers are regularly said night and morning; that secret prayers are said by every member with like consistency; that other gospel standards and practices are understood and complied with; that home evenings are regularly observed and the recommended lessons considered; that children are blessed and baptized in harmony with the revelations; that ordinations in the priesthood are merited and obtained in proper season; that priesthood bearers attend their priesthood meetings; that sacrament meeting attendance is regular; and that every member participate in the organizations and activities sponsored by the Church for his or her temporal and spiritual development."
If you want people to come visit you then you should reach out and visit others yourself. -Matt. 7: 12 - 12 Therefore all things awhatsoever ye would that bmen should cdo to you, ddo ye even so to them: for this is the elaw and the prophets.
It was expressed that service is another word for love.
He quoted from a talk by Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin from the October 2007 general conference - The Great Commandment - "What quality defines us best as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? I would answer: we are a people who love the Lord with all our hearts, souls, and minds, and we love our neighbors as ourselves."
Many show a fish or a cross to show they are followers of God. The way that we should show it is with our lives and by serving and loving each other.
1 Cor. 13: 8
8 Charity never afaileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
46 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail—