Sunday, December 28, 2008

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah 12-28-08

Priesthood Opening
Alma 7:9-11
9 But behold, the Spirit hath said this much unto me, saying: Cry unto this people, saying—aRepent ye, and prepare the way of the Lord, and walk in his paths, which are straight; for behold, the kingdom of heaven is at hand, and the Son of God bcometh upon the face of the earth.
10 And behold, he shall be aborn of Mary, at bJerusalem which is the cland of our forefathers, she being a dvirgin, a precious and chosen vessel, who shall be overshadowed and econceive by the power of the Holy Ghost, and bring forth a son, yea, even the Son of God.
11 And he shall go forth, suffering pains and aafflictions and btemptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will ctake upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.

Elders' Quorum
We talked about President Uchtdorf's talk "The Infinite Power of Hope", General Conference October 2008

What is hope? President Uchtdorf stated, "Hope is a gift of the Spirit."

Faith gives us hope.

President Uchtdorf also stated in his talk, "Hope is one leg of a three-legged stool, together with faith and charity. These three stabilize our lives regardless of the rough or uneven surfaces we might encounter at the time. The scriptures are clear and certain about the importance of hope. The Apostle Paul taught that the scriptures were written to the end that we 'might have hope.'1

Sunday School
What is the purpose of the Book of Mormon?
  • "Convincing of the Jew and Gentile"
    • 39 And after it had come forth unto them I beheld aother bbooks, which came forth by the power of the Lamb, from the Gentiles unto them, unto the cconvincing of the Gentiles and the remnant of the seed of my brethren, and also the Jews who were scattered upon all the face of the earth, that the records of the prophets and of the twelve apostles of the Lamb are dtrue.
    • 12 And as I spake concerning the aconvincing of the bJews, that Jesus is the cvery Christ, it must needs be that the Gentiles be convinced also that Jesus is the Christ, the dEternal eGod;
  • Testify of Christ
  • Reinforce the Bible
  • Remember God
    • Moroni 10:3
      3 Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how amerciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and bponder it in your chearts.
Moroni 10:2-3
2 And I aseal up bthese records, after I have spoken a few words by way of exhortation unto you.
3 Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how amerciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and bponder it in your chearts.

What does exhort mean? give these definitions
1. to urge, advise, or caution earnestly; admonish urgently.
–verb (used without object)
2. to give urgent advice, recommendations, or warnings.

Sacrament Service
How do we forget selfish ambition?

Within every soul is a rose. Many times we only see the thorns on us and fail to water our soul that the rose may bloom.

People that share a sense of direction travel more quickly like a flock of geese flying in formation. Geese also honk to encourage each other. When one goose falls ill two geese follow it to the ground and stay with it until it dies or can fly. After that they fly together to catch up to the flock.

If we change the words to one of our hymns slightly we get these words:
Have I done any good in the WARD today. Have I helped anyone in need? (Hymn 223)

From the Bulletin:
"As we come to the close of this year I feel that we all need to look at the decisions that we are making for our New Years resolutions.

The decisions we make and the way we behave are what ultimately shape our character. Charles A. Hall aptly describes that process in these lines: 'We sow our thoughts, and we reap our actions; we sow our actions, and we reap our habits; we sow our habits, and we reap our destiny'" (Ensign November 2001 "Our Actions Determine Our Character" Elder Wayne S. Peterson).

Let's all strive to make and keep New Years resolutions that will bring us closer to our Heavenly Father."

The most important meeting of the week is this Sacrament Service. Please keep the chapel reverent before, during, and after meetings so we may all enjoy the full influence of the Holy Ghost. Thank you so very much.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah 12-21-08

December 23-25 - Stake Offices will be closed
January 4 - Church starts at 9am
January 11 7:15am - Stake General Priesthood Meeting
January 11 - Ward Conference

Priesthood Opening

Hel. 16: 14
14 And aangels did appear unto men, wise men, and did declare unto them glad tidings of great joy; thus in this year the scriptures began to be fulfilled.

3 Ne. 9: 21
21 Behold, I have come unto the world to bring aredemption unto the world, to save the world from sin.
22 Therefore, whoso arepenteth and cometh unto me bas a clittle child, him will I receive, for of such is the kingdom of God. Behold, for such I have dlaid down my life, and have taken it up again; therefore repent, and come unto me ye ends of the earth, and be saved.

Elders' Quorum
Chapter 23: “How Good and How Pleasant It Is … to Dwell Together in Unity” 271–80
One of the headings in the manual stated, "When we work together in unity, we can better accomplish the purposes of God. " I think this is true in most pursuits. I have often thought about this principle in looking at technology. Even though certain technologies advance at lightning speeds, but other areas lag. Companies compete and that drives certain technologies to some degree, but are often restricted by what makes the fastest and biggest profit. How much further would technologies be advanced and how many more technologies would we have if people and companies worked together more and compete less?

We develop drugs like Viagra by competition and driven by stock holders, but where would we be on the research about cancer, AIDS, or the many other big cripplers and killers if companies and people cooperated and joined forces more?

A group of carpenters can not build a house alone. We are building God's kingdom. We need to do whatever big or small job we have. Similar to what Elder Ucktdorf talked about in his conference talk "Lift Where You Stand".

What are our attitudes while we work? Do we impact our productivity and spirituality because we work with a bad or less than good attitude.

Sunday School
Lesson 43: “How Could Ye Have Departed from the Ways of the Lord?” 190
Moroni 1-6
No matter where we go in the Church the organization is the same. Moroni tells us of some of the way the Church was organized in his day. In chapter 4 and 5 he tells us how to bless the sacrament. In chapter 6 he tells us of the preparation and requirements for baptism.

Moroni is being pursued by those trying to kill him. He prays that what he writes will bless their children. In chapter 4 and he tells us how to bless the sacrament. In chapter 6 he tells us of the preparation and requirements for baptism.

Sacrament Service
The choir sang and gave a Christmas program. They had people read scripture between songs. During one song they had a handful of young girls sing a couple of the verses. They incorporated a guitar and a violin in parts of the program as well.

From the Bulletin:
What Could I Possibly Do to Top This?
In this season where we celebrate the biggest and best birthday, what gift could we possibly give the birthday child, Jesus? Couldn't we give Him our gifts of truly broken and repentant hearts, determined and contrite spirits, willing and obedient hearts, and senses of immeasurable gratitude for what we have been given including our humbling and teaching trials. How about the gift of forgiving others - we expect others to give the gift of forgiving to us? How about an honest tithe and generous fast offering? Would sharing the gospel be offensive to Him? And oh!! Regular attendance in the temple to give others (and ourselves) precious gifts at the temple? We are sure that our carefully planning out and completing our callings as well as giving generous doses of service so His work could move forward would not hurt his feelings either.

In the end, our gifts are very tiny (yet critical) compared to the gift of eternal life that He gives us for our efforts here on earth. Ultimately, regardless of what we give, His gift of grace saves us all.

Who Really Cares?
Unless a commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans. Heavenly Father really does care and is committed to each of us and so He made a real, living, breathing plan to save each of us.

Let us likewise make real plans that are solidly linked to His. Let's write down measurable goals and cut them up into daily, bit-sized pieces. Let's review then often...putting habits of success into motion. And then, let's watch the miracles that come about as we do so.

Merry Christmas to one and all.

Sullivan Hollow 2nd Bishopric

Monday, December 15, 2008

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah 12-14-08

We are new to Utah. In Indiana when it dumps snow on you there is a lot of grumbling about the mess it has made and how hard it is to get around and how cold it is. Today it dropped enough snow to make the roads slippery and driveways a little treacherous. As I listened to people at church I heard no complaints, but I heard a lot of gratefulness for the moisture. I guess we are behind for the season. It appears that winter is the time we get our moisture into the ground and into the reservoirs. Although I do seem to recall seeing them dumping water down the river out of the reservoir in the fall this year. I have a lot to learn about the area here.

Priesthood Opening

Isaiah 1:15-19
15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many aprayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of bblood.
16 ¶ aWash you, make you bclean; put away the cevil of your doings from before mine eyes; dcease to do evil;
17 aLearn to do bwell; seek cjudgment, drelieve the oppressed, ejudge the fatherless, plead for the fwidow.
18 Come now, and let us areason together, saith the Lord: though your bsins be as scarlet, they shall be as cwhite as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
19 If ye be awilling and bobedient, ye shall eat the cgood of the land:

The bishop said that this is the season for giving. He said to keep our eyes open for people that we have means to give to.

Elders' Quorum
Chapter 22: Gaining Knowledge of Eternal Truths 261–270
"A man is saved no faster than he gets knowledge..." (History of the Church, 4:588; from a discourse given by Joseph Smith on Apr. 10, 1842, in Nauvoo, Illinois; reported by Wilford Woodruff. )

Ignorance generally leads to dependence. With knowledge we become independent. With knowledge we are able to lift others and help them become independent.

The BYU motto is Enter to learn, go forth to serve.

Joseph loved knowledge for its righteous power.

It is not wisdom to gain knowledge all at once, but little by little that we may comprehend it.

Sunday School
Book of Mormon Lesson 46: “By Faith All Things Are Fulfilled” 202
Faith and hope are an anchor. It holds us holds us in place. No one can take our faith and hope, but we can give them away.

Ether 12:5-6
5 And it came to pass that Ether did prophesy great and marvelous things unto the people, which they did not believe, because they asaw them not.
6 And now, I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these things; I would show unto the world that afaith is things which are bhoped for and cnot seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no dwitness until after the etrial of your faith.

What does it mean to have no witness until a trial of our faith.
-We only reach or search for the light when it is sometimes dark.
-Loss of job
-Health problems
-A doctrine issue that is new to us that we come upon.

Brother of Jared was mighty in writing.

Ether 12:26-27
26 And when I had said this, the Lord spake unto me, saying: aFools bmock, but they shall mourn; and my grace is sufficient for the meek, that they shall take no advantage of your weakness;
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.

Sacrament Service
First Speaker
Joshua 24:23-24
23 Now therefore put away, said he, the strange agods which are among you, and incline your heart unto the Lord God of Israel.
24 And the people said unto Joshua, The Lord our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey.

He talked of him and his wife being prompted that they need to move and go to school in a different town. He said he feels a little like Lehi who was commanded to leave everything behind, take his family, and go. This brother doesn't know where they are going to live or where he is going to work.

Even though we did a much longer move recently and was very nerve racking coming to a new state and finding a house long distance, we did have a job waiting for us.

Second Speaker
A returned missionary that just got back from the South Side of Chicago.

The only thing we have that is our own is our agency.

Gifts we can give to God
-Time - Prayer, scripture study, serving others
-Our weaknesses and burdens-
-Matt 11:28,30
28 ¶ aCome unto me, all ye that blabour and are heavy laden, and I will give you crest.
30 For my yoke is aeasy, and my burden is light.

-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.

-A soul (missionary work) -
-D&C 18: 10
10 Remember the aworth of bsouls is great in the sight of God;

Third Speaker - Stake High Councilman
He talked of his admiration for Christmas movies. He referenced a few of them.
-The Grinch - "No one should be alone on Christmas" -
-Matt. 25: 40, 45
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have adone it unto one of the bleast of these my cbrethren, ye have done it unto me.

-A Christmas Carol - Scrooge goes to his nephew and asks if he can have Christmas dinner with him. Instead of scorning Scrooge for having been so mean to him he forgives him and takes him right in. -
- Doctrine and Covenants 64:10
10 I, the Lord, will aforgive whom I will forgive, but of you it is required to bforgive all men.

-It's a Wonderful Life - The main character has a wonderful life, but doesn't know it.
-Doctrine and Covenants 84:33,38

33 For whoso is afaithful unto the obtaining these two bpriesthoods of which I have spoken, and the cmagnifying their calling, are dsanctified by the Spirit unto the erenewing of their bodies.
38 And he that receiveth my Father receiveth my Father’s akingdom; therefore ball that my Father hath shall be given unto him.

- We give Him our will and He gives us all he has.

From the Bulletin:
The Best Christmas Ever - By President Thomas S. Monson

Giving, not getting, brings to full bloom the Christmas spirit. Enemies are forgiven, friends remembered, and God obeyed. The spirit of Christmas illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world's busy life and become more interesting in people than things. To catch the real meaning of the "spirit of Christmas" we need only to drop the last syllable, and it becomes the "Spirit of Christ." In the early 1930's Margaret Kisilevich and her sister Nellie gave a Christmas gift to their neighbors, the Kozicki family, which was remembered by them all their lives and which has become an inspiration to their families.

Home to Margaret back then was Two Hills, Alberta, Canada - a farming community. Margaret and Nellie decided to invite the Kozicki family, by the way of the children, for Christmas dinner. They also decided not to tell anyone in their family of the invitation. Their father was th first to notice a team of horses and a sleigh packed with 13 people coming down their lane. He, being a horse lover, could recognize a team from a long distance. He asked his wife, "Why are the Kozicki coming here?" Her response to him was, "I don't know." The adults ate first and then the plates and cutlery were washed, and the children ate in shifts. It was a glorious feast, made better by the sharing of it. After everyone had eaten, they sang Christmas carols together, and then the adults settled dow for another chat Margaret and Nellie took the children into the bedroom and pulled from under the beds several boxes filled with hand-me-downs they had been given by their mother's merchant friends. It was was heavenly chaos, with an instant fashion show and everyone picking whatever clothes and footwear they wanted. Early in the afternoon, before it got too cold and dark with the setting sun, Margaret's family bid farewell to their friends, who left well fed, well clothed, and well shod.

If we are to have the very best Christmas ever, we must listen for the sound of sandaled feet. We must reach out for the Carpenter's hand. With every step we take in His footsteps, we abandon a doubt and gain a truth.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

South Ogden Stake Fireside 12-14-2008

The singing group Eclipse spoke to and sung for us. It was a little odd for me to see a "performance" in the chapel. It was reverent. It was probably just weird because there were six of them and they are professional singers.

They are an a capella group. The music was pretty good. I've like a capella music since I saw a protestant group rehearsing at an old movie theater where I was helping my friend prepare the theater for their concert.

First Speaker
He introduced the members of the group. He served a mission to London. He use to live in the South Ogden Stake where the fireside was being held.

The gift of healing.

Alma 34: 16
16 And thus amercy can satisfy the demands of bjustice, and encircles them in the arms of safety, while he that exercises no faith unto repentance is exposed to the whole law of the demands of cjustice; therefore only unto him that has faith unto repentance is brought about the great and eternal dplan of eredemption.

Second Speaker
He shared a story about Sylvia Martin, the author of the next song they would sing. She visited a family that had a lot of health problems.

She asked the family why they were so happy with all their problems. They responded, "His eyes are on the sparrow. We know he watches us.

Matt 6:26
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

Third Speaker
Luke 2:8-14
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the aglory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you agood tidings of great bjoy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is aborn this day in the city of David a bSaviour, which is Christ the cLord.
12 And this shall be a asign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 aGlory to God in the highest, and on earth bpeace, good will toward men.

The angel appeared to mere shepherds.

He talked about Elder Ucktdorf talking about light in the Christmas devotional.

Fourth Speaker
The speaker said that they grew up in a family of ten.

He said that they had a nativity scene that they had used since the oldest kids were very young. He said that he broke a piece in it once and he noticed that many of the pieces had glue on them.

From a young age he knew when setting up the scene that the baby Jesus was placed in the center of the scene. Our focus should also be our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus.
Fifth Speaker
He talked about Joseph and the amazing responsibility he took on. The responsibility of raising the savior of the world and also taking on the responsibility of marrying a woman that became pregnant before being married in a society that was very strict about such things. He could have put her to public scorn or broke it off with her privately or marry her.

The speaker read a fictional narrative from Joseph's perspective about his thoughts on what it would be like to raise Jesus.

Sixth Speaker
He talked about pondering Christ's birth, ministry, and atonement.

He said to take everything to Christ including our joys, our triumphs, our pains, and our concerns.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

First Presidency Christmas Devotional 12-7-08

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf - 2nd Counselor in First Presidency
He talked about when he was a child that Christmas started four weeks before Christmas during Advent.

On Christmas Eve one of his parents would take the children through the neighborhood to look at the lighted houses. He said that they they were very small lights, but he remembered how even the dimmest lights penetrated the darkness.

May we remember that Jesus Christ is the light of the world. Through our acts of compassion and love, let us fill the world with His light.

President Henry B. Eyring - First Counselor in the First Presidency
He talked about the Christmas pageants they would put on as a family and how they grew. First it was just him, his wife, and a doll. As children came into their family the cast filled out.

They eventually add Samuel the Lamanite testifying of the coming Savior's birth. As the children grew older they had to remind them that Samuel could not be hit since he was delivering the message of the Lord. Yet it took courage to be Samuel in their home.

The Savior chose to leave the Father's side and be born in a stable. He chose to heal and teach the people. He chose to suffer in the Garden of Gethsemane. He chose to die on the cross.

Elder Eyring shared the story of a bishop that would often receive people passing through the area to his dinner table. During the economic hard times of the day there were many traveling from place to place trying to find employment to feed their families. This bishop's dinner table often had strangers at it. After the meal he would fit them with some surplus army coats he had purchased and another meal packaged for later.

He said that he hoped we have and give a joyous Christmas.

President Thomas S. Monson - Prophet
It is essential that we make a concious concerted effort to bring Christ into our lives and into our homes.

There are hearts to gladden. There are kind words to say. There are gifts to be given. There are deeds to be done. There are souls to be saved.

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah 12-07-08

-In January Sunday meetings will start at 9AM.
-Ward conference is January 11.
-Starting on January 7 (Wednesday) evening at 7:00PM there will be a "Strengthening Marriage" class. The class will be about 90 minutes once a week for around six weeks.

Priesthood Opening
41 And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and ahappy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are bblessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out cfaithful to the end they are received into dheaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it.

We were reminded that in the last general conference President Monson asked us to pray for areas of the world that are not open for missionary work.

Elders' Quorum
What does it mean to be a saint?
-Consistent - We can be counted on. Dependable.
-Concise - Take the assignment and get it done without procrastinating and dragging it out.
-Caring - Knowing your home teaching families and neighbors.
-Charitable - We have covenanted to give of our time and our substance to help others.
-Complete - Being the whole package (work, home, and church).
-Consecrated - Given completely to the Lord.

Sunday School
Lesson 45: “Never Has Man Believed in Me As Thou Hast” 198
What is faith?
-Acting on something you believe.
-Ether 12:6
6 And now, I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these things; I would show unto the world that afaith is things which are bhoped for and cnot seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no dwitness until after the etrial of your faith.
-Faith can eliminate fear.

What can you do with faith? Anything if that faith is on the foundation of Jesus Christ.

What have we done with our faith?

We talked of the brother of Jared.

“While residing in Kirtland Elder Reynolds Cahoon had a son born to him. One day when President Joseph Smith was passing his door, he called the Prophet in and asked him to bless and name the baby. Joseph did so and gave the boy the name of Mahonri Moriancumer. When he had finished the blessing he laid the child on the bed, and turning to Elder Cahoon he said, ‘The name I have given your son is the name of the brother of Jared; the Lord has just shown [or revealed] it to me.’ Elder William F. Cahoon … heard the Prophet make this statement to his father; and this was the first time the name of the brother of Jared was known in the Church in this dispensation” (George Reynolds, “The Jaredites,” Juvenile Instructor, 1 May 1892, 282).

Someone in the class said they were related to Reynolds Cahoon.

The brother of Jared was a large and mighty man.

The Lord answered him because he was persistent.

Ether 2: 8-10
8 And he had sworn in his wrath unto the brother of Jared, that whoso should possess this land of promise, from that time henceforth and forever, should aserve him, the true and only God, or they should be bswept off when the fulness of his wrath should come upon them.
9 And now, we can behold the decrees of God concerning this land, that it is a land of promise; and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall serve God, or they shall be aswept off when the fulness of his bwrath shall come upon them. And the fulness of his wrath cometh upon them when they are cripened in iniquity.
10 For behold, this is a land which is choice above all other lands; wherefore he that doth possess it shall serve God or shall be aswept off; for it is the everlasting decree of God. And it is not until the bfulness of iniquity among the children of the land, that they are cswept off.

Bring ideas to the Lord and get his approval and ask for his help. There may be more than one solution and the Lord may not care which one you choose as long as you keep him involved.

Doctrine and Covenants 58:26-27
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.
27 Verily I say, men should be aanxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness;

From the Bulletin:
I believe in the second mile. I have come to know that the first mile of simple obedience and its attending blessings are critical, but it is in our freely giving the second mile where one freely stretches the giving in time and resources that they Lord hands out amazing blessings and miracles. NO one that I know who pays a full tithe and FREELY GIVES a generous fast offering goes without. No one. We eventually reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7).

Additionally, there is not such thing as a free lunch. Little by little, often imperceptibly in the decoy-filled world, our minds become conditioned to getting the things we want with as little effort as possible. Elder F. Burton Howard said in that "We guard our giving, that we may have more time for getting. Many seek grades without effort, athletic attainment without training, musical excellence without practice. They try to lose weight without diet and to be free without being responsible. Others become more concerned with finding the right person than they are with being the right right person." ("On Giving and Getting," New Era, 10/85)

the strait and narrow road to true joy and eventual exaltation is a toll road. the tariff is gratitude, reverence, prayer and pondering, studying, planning and discipline, hard work, empathetic service, and love in action. It is paying the price for everything we get and then giving it away. those who travel the strait road are never the same. What may seem as unpleasant -- initially -- turns out to be the sweetest and most desired road of all. What we GIVE OURSELVES TO is what brings meaning, joy and purpose to our lives, not what we get or gain. - The Bishop

Friday, December 05, 2008

Funeral Services for Elder Jospeh B. Wirthlin 12-5-08

Joseph B Wirthlin Jr. - Son of Elder Wirthlin
He talked about how they are sad because they miss him, but they rejoice that he is reunited with their mother and others that he has missed.

His dad never saw himself as anyone special.

He didn't pay attention to what others thought. He just did what he was called to do no matter how difficult.

"In living our lives let us never forget that the deeds of our fathers and mothers are theirs, not ours; that their works cannot be counted to our glory; that we can claim no excellence and no place, because of what they did, that we must rise by our own labor, and that labor failing we shall fail. We may claim no honor, no reward, no respect, nor special position or recognition, no credit because of what our fathers were or what they wrought. We stand upon our own feet in our own shoes. There is no aristocracy of birth in this Church; it belongs equally to the highest and the lowliest; for as Peter said to Cornelius, the Roman centurion, seeking him:" ("To Them of the last Wagon" J. Ruben Clark Jr. First Counselor in the First Presidency July 1975)

Alma 40: 23
23 The asoul shall be brestored to the cbody, and the body to the soul; yea, and every limb and joint shall be restored to its body; yea, even a dhair of the head shall not be lost; but all things shall be restored to their proper and eperfect frame.

The gloom of the Friday that Jesus was buried and the joy of the Sunday when he was resurrected. We will all have our Fridays, but Sunday will come. Elder Wirthlin talked more about this in his October 2006 general conference talk Sunday Will Come.

Elder Russell M. Nelson - Apostle
Elder Nelson served on a stake high council with Elder Wirthlin and then Elder Wirthlin was one of his councilors in the stake presidency.

He talked of Elder Wirthlin's spirit of service.

Elder Boyd K. Packer - President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
He shared the testimony that Elder Wirthlin bore recently.

He related stories of Elder Wirthlin erving his mission and being in WWII. He talked about being in the church where Silent Night was composed.

Alma 7: 23-24
23 And now I would that ye should be ahumble, and be bsubmissive and gentle; easy to be entreated; full of patience and long-suffering; being temperate in all things; being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times; asking for whatsoever things ye stand in need, both spiritual and temporal; always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive.
24 And see that ye have afaith, hope, and charity, and then ye will always abound in good works.

President Thomas S. Monson - Prophet
He compared Elder Wirthlin to the man described in 1 Samuel 9:6
6 And he said unto him, Behold now, there is in this city a man of God, and he is an honourable man; all that he saith cometh surely to pass: now let us go thither; peradventure he can shew us our way that we should go.

He talked of Elder Wirthlin's football career, his career in the family business, and his work in the twelve.

President Monson stated, "At last his spirit is freed from a body worn by work and impaired by age."

President Monson challeged Elder Wirthlin's posterity that they may live worthy to live wih him again one day as he and his wife are together now.