26 For behold, it is not meet that I should command in all things; for he that is acompelled in all things, the same is a bslothful and not a wise servant; wherefore he receiveth no reward.
The bishop restated again to not go into debt for Christmas and to stay out of debt in general. He stated that a home and education and sometimes a vehicle are the only things that we should be in debt for. Some focus on that a house is ok for debt and they go beyond their means. Some also assume that they assume that they are the sometimes referred to and finance a car and then extend themselves beyond their means or at least what is permissible by God.
The elders' quorum president reviewed how to administer to the sick with a priesthood blessing.
Only Melchizedek Priesthood holders may administer to the sick or afflicted.
Administering to the sick has two parts: (1) anointing with oil and (2) sealing the anointing.
If a person requests more than one blessing for the same illness, the priesthood holder usually does not need to anoint with oil after the first blessing. Instead, he gives a blessing by the laying on of hands and the authority of the priesthood.
- Dress in church clothes where possible.
Take notes. Our minds alone are often no sharper than the dullest pencil.
Book of Mormon Lesson 40: “Then Will I Gather Them In” 177
Nephites are descendants of Israel through Joseph.
Why was Israel scattered? - To spread the gospel to other parts of the world.
3 Nephi 16:4
4 And I command you that ye shall awrite these sayings after I am gone, that if it so be that my people at Jerusalem, they who have seen me and been with me in my ministry, do not ask the Father in my name, that they may receive a knowledge of you by the Holy Ghost, and also of the other tribes whom they know not of, that these sayings which ye shall write shall be kept and shall be manifested unto the bGentiles, that through the fulness of the Gentiles, the remnant of their seed, who shall be scattered forth upon the face of the earth because of their cunbelief, may be brought in, or may be brought to a dknowledge of me, their Redeemer.
Gentiles - Nations without the gospel or people not born into the tribe of Israel.
What is the gathering of Israel? - Missionary work.
3 Nephi 20:10-15
At different phases of the work the Lord has gathered the people to different places in order to best grow the Church. At first the gathering was New York, Ohio, Missouri, Nauvoo, and now it is in your own city, state, country where you are to grow the Church and missionaries are sent forth to assist those who are gathering (the stakes of Zion).
- The Book of Mormon - Records of the scattered tribes to convince that Jesus is the Christ.
- Joseph smith is a descendant of Israel, but he was born in a gentile nation, so the gathering is coming out from the gentiles as the scriptures say.
- Gathering doesn't just mean just restoring Israel to their homeland.
- The Lord will remember the covenant made to Abraham.
Through his seed the kingdoms of the earth shall be blessed.
- The blood of Israel was also scattered throughout all nations.
- Gentiles that repent are adopted into the house of Israel. The Jews that don't repent are disowned.
We are to gather our families, our wards (members and non members), our stake, our nation, the world.
The bishop said the Holy Ghost is t comfort and to teach. Jesus has suffered our afflictions and knows how to comfort us and can send the Holy Ghost in that way.
Alma 7: 12
12 And he will take upon him adeath, that he may bloose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to csuccor his people according to their infirmities.
From the Bulletin
"When we invite the Holy Ghost to fill our minds with light and knowledge. He 'quickens' us, that is to say, enlightens and enlivens the inner man or woman. As a result we notice a measurable difference in our soul. We feel strengthened, filled with peace and joy. We possess spiritual energy and enthusiasm, both of which enhance our natural abilities. We can accomplish more than we otherwise could do on our own. We yearn to become a holier person.
If you set your payment, which is your personal effort, very low, you may not be able to avail yourself of all the Spirit has to offer...
We determine the level of our current personal contribution by examining our present choices and priorities against questions such as these:
- Do I spend more time with sports than Church attendance or callings?
- If I have a free day, do I choose to attend the temple or visit the mall?
- Do I resort to computer games or surfing the internet rather than offering meaningful service to others in my home and community?
- Do I read the newspaper religiously but find it difficult to read the scriptures daily?
Keith K. Hilbig, "Quench Not the Spirit Which Quickens the Inner Man" Liahona, Nov 2007, 37-39)