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.


BenJoe said...

Though I think this site is cool...I thought I would pass this on for your LDS bloggers:

A First Presidency letter of May 13, 2004 provides this counsel and official instruction: "...members of the Church [are] to never teach or pass on... statements without verifying that they are from approved official sources... Any notes made when General Authorities, Area Seventies, or other general Church officers speak at regional and stake conferences or other meetings should not be distributed without the consent of the speaker. Personal notes are for individual use only."
(See also: Church Handbook of Instructions, Book 1 (2006), pg. 173.)

Brook said...

Thank you BenJoe for this information. I will ponder it and try to make sure that I am going in the right direction with this.

My bishop has visited my site and has no mentioned that what I am doing could violate a Church policy, but I may visit with him again and ask him to review the letter you shared and the handbook of instructions to make sure I am handling things correctly.

I believe that whenever I quote a Church leader I include a reference to where it has been published that the reader may look it up for themselves. With posting my notes on general conference talks, I put a link at the top of my notes for each talk to the talk on the Church's website.

BenJoe said...

Sounds good. I am in my bishopric and we have had this discussion a number of times, that is where I got the info. Best of luck.