Sunday, December 27, 2009

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah December 12-27-09

"It is in the book of Moroni: 'Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure. Amen.'1

"That ought to help you understand why any believing Latter-day Saint is an optimist about what lies ahead for him or her, however difficult the present may be. We believe that through living the gospel of Jesus Christ we can become like the Savior, who is perfect. Considering the attributes of Jesus Christ should quash the pride of the self-satisfied person who thinks he or she has no need to improve. And even the most humble person can take hope in the invitation to become like the Savior."

Elder David A. Bednar's talk from last General Conference, More Diligent and Concerned at Home

"President Thomas S. Monson recently counseled: “Often we assume that [the people around us] must know how much we love them. But we should never assume; we should let them know. . . . We will never regret the kind words spoken or the affection shown. Rather, our regrets will come if such things are omitted from our relationships with those who mean the most to us” (“Finding Joy in the Journey,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2008, 86)." - Elder Bendar

"The hypocrisy in our lives is most readily discerned and causes the greatest destruction within our own homes. And children often are the most alert and sensitive when it comes to recognizing hypocrisy." - Elder Bednar

Zion-what is it? Different things at times.
  • pure in heart
  • beauty/church-stakes
  • City of Enoch
  • Jerusalem
  • The New Jerusalem - Jackson County, Missouri
  • The dwelling place of exaltation

A missionary who just returned from Ecuador spoke.

The Holy Ghost could be doing 1 billion other things, but he comes to witness to us personally.

None of us were born to be evil. We must choose to be more.

Life was never intended to be easy. Nothing that makes us stronger and helps us grow is easy.

From the Bulletin:

"Since no one is born with a testimony and we are, therefore, "converts" to the restored Gospel, let's never forget that we learn from "books," "others" and "many experiences." Let us learn our lessons well and also allow others space and forgiveness to learn their lessons (sometimes at our expense). Let that be one of our 365-day "Christmas gifts" to each other.

"Joseph Smith loved learning even though he had few opportunities for formal education. In his journals, he spoke happily of days spent in study and often expressed his love of learning. Joseph taught the Saints that knowledge was a necessary part of our mortal journey, for " a man is saved no faster than he [gains] knowledge," and that " whatever principle of intelligence we attain .. in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection." During challenging times, it is even more important to learn. The Prophet Joseph taught, "Knowledge does away with darkness, [anxiety], and doubt; for these cannot exist where knowledge is." -President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "Two Principles for Any Economy", Ensign, Nov 2009.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah 12-20-09

Alma 59:11-12

  11 And now, when Moroni saw that the city of Nephihah was alost he was exceedingly sorrowful, and began to doubt, because of the wickedness of the people, whether they should not fall into the hands of their brethren.

  12 Now this was the case with all his chief captains. They doubted and marveled also because of the wickedness of the people, and this because of the success of the Lamanites over them.

"God is responsible for the work accomplished by Joseph Smith—not Joseph Smith. The Lord is responsible for it, and not man." (Joseph F. Smith, Deseret Evening News, July 14, 1917, p. 9)

People are sometimes put off by how often we speak of Joseph Smith.  Even though the Lord did a lot of the foundation work, that we often need to review, through Joseph Smith, it was God's work and God's church.

Matthew 7:15-20

  15 ¶ Beware of afalse prophets, which come to you in bsheep’s clothing, but cinwardly they are ravening dwolves.

  16 Ye shall aknow them by their bfruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

  17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth agood bfruit; but a ccorrupt tree bringeth forth devil fruit.

  18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

  19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good afruit is bhewn down, and cast into the fire.

  20 Wherefore by their afruits ye shall know them.

"In this same period he established an organization which … has withstood every adversity and challenge and is as effective today in governing a worldwide membership … as it was in governing a membership of 300 in 1830." (Gordon B. Hinckley, “Joseph Smith Jr.—Prophet of God, Mighty Servant,” Ensign, Dec. 2005, pp. 4–6.)

President Monson's talk from the First Presidency Christmas Devotional 2008 was referenced.

Alma 1:4-5
  4 And he also testified unto the people that aall mankind should be saved at the last day, and that they bneed not fear nor tremble, but that they might lift up their heads and rejoice; for the Lord had ccreated all men, and had also dredeemed eall men; and, in the end, all men should have eternal life.

  5 And it came to pass that he did teach these things so much that many did believe on his words, even so many that they began to support him and give him amoney

The false doctrine Nehor teaches the people cited in this scripture discounts the fullness of the atonement and the sacredness for it to just be dispensed to those who are trying.  Also note that those that found his preaching pleasing paid him and provided for his support.

We only need to drop the last syllable from the spirit of Christmas and it becomes the spirit of Christ.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah December 12-13-09

Doctrine and Covenants 4:3
3 Therefore, if ye have desires to serve God ye are acalled to the work;

Ephesians 4:29-32

  29 Let no corrupt acommunication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

  30 And agrieve not the holy bSpirit of God, whereby ye are csealed unto the day of redemption.

  31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and aanger, and clamour, and bevil cspeaking, be put away from you, with all dmalice:

  32 And be ye akind one to another, tenderhearted, bforgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

Doctrine and Covenants 88:124
  124 Cease to be aidle; cease to be bunclean; cease to cfind fault one with another; cease to dsleep longer than is needful; retire to thy bed early, that ye may not be weary; arise early, that your bodies and your minds may be einvigorated.

3 Nephi 11:29
  29 For verily, verily I say unto you, he that hath the spirit of acontention is not of me, but is of the bdevil, who is the father of contention, and he stirreth up the hearts of men to contend with anger, one with another.

Doctrine and Covenants 101:32-33

  32 Yea, verily I say unto you, in that aday when the Lord shall come, he shall breveal all things—

  33 Things which have passed, and ahidden things which no man knew, things of the bearth, by which it was made, and the purpose and the end thereof—

2 Nephi 2:11-15
  11 For it must needs be, that there is an aopposition in all things. If not so, my first-born in the wilderness, righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad. Wherefore, all things must needs be a compound in one; wherefore, if it should be one body it must needs remain as dead, having no life neither death, nor corruption nor incorruption, happiness nor misery, neither sense nor insensibility.

  12 Wherefore, it must needs have been created for a thing of naught; wherefore there would have been no apurpose in the end of its creation. Wherefore, this thing must needs destroy the wisdom of God and his eternal purposes, and also the power, and the mercy, and the bjustice of God.

  13 And if ye shall say there is ano law, ye shall also say there is no sin. If ye shall say there is no sin, ye shall also say there is no righteousness. And if there be no righteousness there be no happiness. And if there be no righteousness nor happiness there be no punishment nor misery. And if these things are not bthere is no God. And if there is no God we are not, neither the earth; for there could have been no creation of things, neither to act nor to be acted upon; wherefore, all things must have vanished away.

  14 And now, my sons, I speak unto you these things for your profit and alearning; for there is a God, and he hath bcreated all things, both the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are, both things to act and things to be cacted upon.

  15 And to bring about his eternal apurposes in the end of man, after he had bcreated our first parents, and the beasts of the field and the cfowls of the air, and in fine, all things which are created, it must needs be that there was an opposition; even the dforbidden efruit in fopposition to the gtree of life; the one being sweet and the other bitter.

Abraham 3:25
  25 And we will aprove them herewith, to see if they will bdo all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them;

Alma 34:32
  32 For behold, this alife is the time for men to bprepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of cthis life is the day for men to perform their dlabors.

Doctrine & Covenants 19:16-19

  16 For behold, I, God, have asuffered these things for all, that they might not bsuffer if they would crepent;

  17 But if they would not repent they must asuffer even as I;

  18 Which asuffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might bnot drink the bitter cup, and shrink—

  19 Nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and afinished my preparations unto the children of men.

The Living Christ:  The Testimony of the Apostles

From the Bulletin:
"Having overcome the world, Christ possesses a redeeming power that is all-embracing and all-encompassing in its scope. There are many dimensions to that power. Most important is the redeeming power of the great Atonement that paid the price for our sins — our individual sins as well as the sins of all mankind. Even the smallest sin we commit opens an infinite gulf between God and us, and it takes an infinite Atonement to overcome that. Only one who is "infinite and eternal" (Alma 34:14), as Amulek said, could pay that price.
In a most personal way, the Savior pleads for us before the Father's throne. The Doctrine and Covenants says He is our advocate with the Father, standing before the Father and saying, "Father, behold the sufferings and death of him who did no sin, in whom thou avast well pleased; behold the blood of the Son....
"Wherefore, Father, spare these my brethren that believe on my name" (D&C 45: 4-5). Elder Bruce D. Porter, "The Prince of Glory," Ensign, December 2009, 26-30.

29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which Is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you with all malice:
32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
-Ephesians 4:29-32

Sunday, December 06, 2009

First Presidency Christmas Devotional December 6, 2009

First Presidency Christmas Devotional
President Dieter F. Uchtdoft (Text of his talk)
"All of these spectacular displays and decorations that compete for our attention can be beautiful and uplifting, but if that’s all we see, then we’re missing something that’s in plain sight. Sometimes, despite our best intentions, we become so preoccupied with responsibilities, commitments, and the stress of our many tasks that we fail to see with our hearts that which is essential and most sacred."

President Henry B. Eyring (Text of his talk)
"Jehovah, out of His great love for the Father and for us, volunteered to come down from His exalted place as the perfect Firstborn in the spirit world to face the trials we would face and to save us if we loved Him enough to keep the commandments He would give us. At the heart of those commandments, we were to love the Father and His son and all of God’s other children. Hearing that story so filled our hearts with love for the Father and His Son that we shouted for joy and worshipped them."

Isaiah 9:6
  6 For unto us a achild is bbornunto us a cson is given: and the dgovernment shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, eCounsellor, The fmighty gGod, The heverlasting Father, The Prince of iPeace.

President Thomas S Monson (Text of his talk)
Matthew 25:40
  40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have adone it unto one of thebleast of these my cbrethren, ye have done it unto me.

"May there be love and kindness and peace within your hearts and homes. May even those whose hearts are heavy rise with the healing which comes alone from Him who comforts and assures."

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah December 12-6-2009

From the Bulletin:

"Alma 2: 5,6 and modern prophets teach us that to survive well during the future emotional, spiritual, physical, mental, unemployment, and financial storms, a prime location in which we are strengthened, inspired, and empowered is as we attend the temple regularly. Sadly, some ignore or choose not to "go to the source" while others are soothingly toned by the experiences of the temple."

"Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't." (Terry Rice, professional football player.)

"Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance. Is it time to evaluate? To re-align?

Peace of mind is its prize." The Bishop

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah 11-29-09

  33 And again, I remember that thou hast said that thou hast aloved the world, even unto the laying down of thy life for the world, that thou mightest take it again to prepare a place for the children of men.

  34 And now I know that this alove which thou hast had for the children of men is charity; wherefore, except men shall have charity they cannot inherit that place which thou hast prepared in the mansions of thy Father.

Elder Richard G. Scott's General Conference talk, To Acquire Spiritual Guidance.

"Throughout the ages, many have obtained guidance helpful to resolve challenges in their lives by following the example of respected individuals who resolved similar problems. Today, world conditions change so rapidly that such a course of action is often not available to us.

Personally, I rejoice in that reality because it creates a condition where we, of necessity, are more dependent upon the Spirit to guide us through the vicissitudes of life. Therefore, we are led to seek personal inspiration in life’s important decisions."

16 Above all, taking the shield of afaith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery bdarts of the wicked.
Fiery darts of the adversary-darts don't kill unless you don't remove them or unless there are many of them or poison. The point is that they can most times the nonfatal if removed. They also can be blocked fairly easily with little preparation and by keeping alert.

Moses 4:4
  4 And he became aSatan, yea, even the bdevil, the father of all clies, to ddeceive and to blind men, and to lead them ecaptive at his will, even as many as would not fhearken unto my voice.

  15 Wherefore, alift up your hearts and brejoice, and cgird up your loins, and take upon you my whole darmor, that ye may be able to withstand the evil day, having done all, that ye may be able to estand.

  16 Stand, therefore, having your loins agirt about with btruth, having on the cbreastplate of drighteousness, and your feet shod with the preparation of theegospel of fpeace, which I have sent mine gangels to commit unto you;

Put on your armor first thing in the morning. Putting on armor, when the enemy is already attacking you is too late.

The shield doesn't just repel the darts, but the Scripture says it quenches them.

Elder Tad R. Callister's General Conference talk, Joseph Smith—Prophet of the Restoration

People can miss the power of Joseph Smith's ministry if you focus on his weaknesses.  The same is true for Peter.

  1 Now we beseech you, brethren, aby the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

  2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, aor be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by bletter as from us, as that the cday of Christ is at hand.

  3 Let no man deceive you by any means: afor that day shall not come, except there come a bfalling away first, and that cman of dsin be revealed, the son of perdition;

  2 aI knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the bbody, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the cthird dheaven.

Elder Callister asks, "Could there be a third heaven if there was no second heaven or first heaven?"

Matthew 11:28
  28 ¶ aCome unto me, all ye that blabour and are heavy laden, and I will give you crest.

From the Bulletin:
"Live righteously that your memory will give you roses in December. Live gloriously as though you would live forever.... you will. May the Lord be with you and inspire and guide you ... that your vision may be undimmed as you walk steadily toward the sunkist heights on which your ambitious eyes are fixed today, and that the peace which passeth understanding may come to you eternally." (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, p. 156).

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah November 11-22-09

Mosiah 2:41
  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 arebblessed 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.

Joseph Smith was a man. We do not worship him. We do not worship him anymore and Protestants worship Moses, Elijah, or Paul.

"I have intended my remarks for all, both rich and poor, bond and free, great and small. I have no enmity against any man. I love you all; but I hate some of your deeds. I am your best friend, and if persons miss their mark it is their own fault. If I reprove a man, and he hates me, he is a fool; for I love all men, especially these my brethren and sisters." (Joseph Smith Jr., The King Follett SermonDocumentary History of the Church, volume 6, pages 302–17.)

Doctrine and Covenants 1:38
  38 What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my aword shall not pass away, but shall all be bfulfilled, whether by mine own cvoice or by the dvoice of my eservants, it is the fsame.

Revelations and miracles generally operate with subtlety. One must pay attention to recognize them.

What about the gospel makes you happy?

Some comments were based on Elder Neil L. Andersen's Conference talk, “Repent . . . That I May Heal You”

Repentance is like a trip to Disneyland. It is a struggle to get there, but it is worth the trip. Earning money for the trip, packing, kids fighting in the car, numerous potty breaks.

Repenting is like running into the wind or swimming upstream.

Our human reflex is to go on the defensive end and the offense. Often focusing on the weaknesses of others rather than working on repairing our own and listening.

The Lord allows us to remember our sins that we do not repeat them.

When was the last time he expressed intense gratitude to someone?

Luke 17:11-18

  11 ¶ And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.

  12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were alepers, which stood afar off:

  13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.

  14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the apriests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.

  15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,

  16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him athanks: and he was a Samaritan.

  17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten acleansed? but where are the bnine?

  18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.

I don't know a lot about physics, but I know enough that I apply my brakes sooner when it is snowing. I know enough about physics that I am more cautious on a ladder that I am on the ground. I know these things through having lived life. I don't understand every point of the gospel, but I have lived enough to know this church is the place I need to be to figure it out. People try to separate science and religion, but I think perhaps religion is another branch of science.  Physics, mathematics, and biology each by themselves do not answer all of life's questions.  All of them must be used.  Religion also needs to be added to our knowledge to be able to understand all things.

From the Bulletin:

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns our denials and "pity parties" into acceptance of things and confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude adds meaning to our prayers, makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a clearer vision for our tomorrows." - Melody Beattie (edited)

We must be grateful for the gift and especially for the giver of the gift. Gratitude is a form of returning love to God.

Scriptural admonishments:
Cease not to give thanks,
Eph. 1: 15 - 16,
Live in thanksgiving daily,
Alma 34:38
He who receives all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious,
D&C 78:19
In everything give thanks, D&C 98:1 1 Thes. 5:18). Notice the word "everything." Humbly, we can even be thankful for the tutoring that comes from our trials as they help fashion us in the countenance of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah November 11-15-09

  20 Now, it was for the sole purpose to get again, because they received their wages according to their bemploy, therefore, they did cstir up the people to driotings, and all manner of disturbances and wickedness, that they might have more employ, that they might eget fmoney according to the suits which were brought before them; therefore they did stir up the people against Alma and Amulek.

  17 And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn awisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the bservice of your cfellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.

  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.

Matthew 5:14
 14 Ye are the alight of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

Matthew 25:35-40
  35 For I was an ahungred, and ye bgave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a cstranger, and ye took me in:

  36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye avisited me: I was in bprison, and ye came unto me.

  37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

  38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

  39 Or when saw we thee asick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

  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.


From the 
For the Strength of Youth pamphlet section on Gratitude

" 'He who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious' (D&C 78:19).

The Lord wants you to have a spirit of gratitude in all you do and say. Live with a spirit of thanksgiving and you will have greater happiness and satisfaction in life. Even in your most difficult times, you can find much to be grateful for. Doing so will strengthen and bless you.

In your prayers, before you ask for blessings, pour out your heart to God in thanks for the blessings you have already received. Thank Him for your family, for friends and loved ones, for leaders and teachers, for the gospel, and for His Son, Jesus Christ.

You can also express gratitude to the Lord by the way you live. When you keep His commandments and serve others, you show that you love Him and are grateful to Him. Express appreciation to everyone who helps you in any way.

Taking notes before and after prayer. Take notes of things to thank for and ask for.  Some have expressed that they have known people that put dates and times on when what they asked for was fulfilled.  Let's note that being fulfilled is not necessarily getting what you asked for or getting what you asked for in the way you wanted it.

A missionary that recently returned from Norway spoke.

Why is it, at times, difficult to follow the spirit?

"I am convinced that there is no simple formula or technique that would immediately allow you to master the ability to be guided by the voice of the Spirit. Our Father expects you to learn how to obtain that divine help by exercising faith in Him and His Holy Son, Jesus Christ. Were you to receive inspired guidance just for the asking, you would become weak and ever more dependent on Them. They know that essential personal growth will come as you struggle to learn how to be led by the Spirit." (Elder Richard G. Scott, 
To Acquire Spiritual Guidance, October 2009 General Conference)

  13 But behold, that which is of God inviteth and enticeth to do agood continually; wherefore, every thing which inviteth and benticeth to do cgood, and to love God, and to serve him, is dinspired of God.

  14 Wherefore, take heed, my beloved brethren, that ye do not judge that which is aevil to be of God, or that which is good and of God to be of the devil.

  15 For behold, my brethren, it is given unto you to ajudge, that ye may know good from evil; and the way to judge is as plain, that ye may know with a perfect knowledge, as the daylight is from the dark night.

  16 For behold, the aSpirit of Christ is given to every bman, that he may cknow good from evil; wherefore, I show unto you the way to judge; for every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God.

  17 But whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do aevil, and believe not in Christ, and deny him, and serve not God, then ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of the devil; for after this manner doth the devil work, for he persuadeth no man to do good, no, not one; neither do his angels; neither do they who subject themselves unto him.

    18 Where there is no avision, the people bperish: but he that ckeepeth the dlawehappy is he.

From the Bulletin:

"It is critical that we ALL study and learn ALL aspects of the Atonement. In our lives, we ALL will need the influence of ALL aspects of the Atonement many, many times." The Bishop

"The Lord Almighty leads this Church, and he will never suffer you to be led astray if you are found doing your duty. You may go home and sleep as sweetly as a babe in its mother's arms, as to any danger of your leaders leading you astray, for if they should try to do so the Lord would quickly sweep them from the earth." Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 9 p. 289, 1862.
"A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger." Proverbs 15:1.

"Can we truly sustain God, our prophet and local leaders without doing our home teaching, visiting teaching and callings to the best of our abilities? Most of our spiritual experiences will come as we are engaged in serving others in our "routine callings." (paraphrased from Elder Neal A. Maxwell.)