Sunday, February 08, 2009

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah 2-8-09

Priesthood Opening
1 John 4:16-21
16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that adwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he ais, so are we in this world.
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.
19 We alove him, because he first loved us.
20 If a man say, I love God, and ahateth his bbrother, he is a cliar: for he that loveth not his dbrother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not eseen?
21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who aloveth God love his brother also.

Elder's Quorum
Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith
Chapter 26: Elijah and the Restoration of the Sealing Keys 306–14
Elijah appeared in the Kirtland temple restoring the sealing keys, fulfilling the prophecy of Malachi.

Malachi 4:5-6
5 ¶ Behold, I will asend you bElijah the prophet cbefore the coming of the dgreat and dreadful eday of the Lord:
6 And he shall aturn the bheart of the cfathers to the dchildren, and the heart of the echildren to their fathers, lest I come and fsmite the gearth with a hcurse.

Some refer to Matthew 17:10-13 as stating that Elijah has already returned.
10 And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?
11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, aElias truly shall first come, and brestore all things.
12 But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they alisted. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.
13 Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.
Yet, in verse 11 Jesus states that he "shall first come" indicating a future event. He then follows with stating that John had come and was also a forerunner to the coming of Christ. There are things in Malachi's prophecy that John did not fulfill.

Just as John prepared the way of Christ during his first coming to earth, Elijah has come to prepare the way for his second coming.

Sunday School
Lesson 6: “I Will Tell You in Your Mind and in Your Heart, by the Holy Ghost” 29
The Holy Ghost is how we receive revelation. In order to receive revelation we have to prepare, ask,sincerely, listen, continue to ponder and research. Through research and pondering we may get an answer in something we read or in a stupor of thought or in a burning or warm feeling inside you or in someone we talk to. In some cases it can be as intense as a vision. Sometimes we don't get everything all at once. Sometimes he gives us a little piece to chew on and gives us more later. Are we living our lives in a way that we can hear the spirit? Are we ready act on and accept what God has given us?

In order to make sense of impressions write them down.

Sacrament Service
Someone spoke on reaching our full potential. President Gordon B. Hinckley stated, "Just do the best you can, but be sure it is your very best." (“A Challenging Time—a Wonderful Time” (An Evening with President Gordon B. Hinckley, Feb. 7, 2003), 5)

Someone spoke on justice and mercy.

The bishop stated that we often get casual in our thoughts, words, deeds, prayers, and scripture study. He counseled us to be more deliberate and diligent.

From the Bulletin
"Despite our uniqueness, we all have some things in common. We are all in the probationary test of mortality. And, wherever we live, that test will become increasingly difficult. We are in the last dispensation of time. God’s prophets have seen these times for millennia. They saw that wonderful things were to happen. There was to be a restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The true Church was to be brought back with prophets and apostles. The gospel was to be taken to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. Most marvelous of all, the true Church and its members were to become worthy for the coming of the Savior to His Church and to His purified disciples.

But the true prophets also saw that in the last days Satan would rage. There would be wars and rumors of wars, which would inspire fear. The courage of many would fail. There would be great wickedness. Satan would deceive many.

Yet, happily, many would not be overcome. And many would not be deceived." (Gifts of the Spirit for Hard Times, Elder Henry B. Eyring, Ensign June 2007)

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