Sunday, August 17, 2008

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah 8-17-08

Priesthood Opening
1 I, Nephi, having been aborn of bgoodly cparents, therefore I was dtaught somewhat in all the learning of my father; and having seen many eafflictions in the course of my days, nevertheless, having been highly favored of the Lord in all my days; yea, having had a great knowledge of the goodness and the mysteries of God, therefore I make a frecord of my proceedings in my days.

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.

Elders' Quorum
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.

Sunday School
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.

Sacrament Meeting
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
and age?"
What do we learn from the "sons of Helaman?" At least three things:
'And they were all young men" Mormon said, "and they were exceedingly valiant for courage, and also for strength and activity" (Alma 53:20). The courage to follow of prophets changes
everything. Elder Eyring states that "Every time in my life when I have chosen to delay following inspired counsel or decided that I was an exception,I came to know that I had put myself in harm's way.
"To trust,"stated Elder Richard G.Scott,"means to obey willingly without knowing the end form the beginning. To be productive, your trust in the lord must be more powerful and enduring than your confidence in your own personal feelings and experience."

"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.
"Yea, and they did obey and observe to perform every word of command with exactness; yea and even according to their faith it was done unto them and I did remember the word which they said unto me that their mother had taught them (Alma 57:21) "Motherhood is near to divinity,
it is the highest, holiest service to be assumed by mankind.
(Conference Report 1942)

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