Sunday, June 14, 2009

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah 6-14-09

  • June 27 - 10-11:30am - Primary activity at Sullivan Hollow ward building.
  • July 4 - 4th of July breakfast for the neighborhood at Sullivan Hollow ward building.
  • Tuesday June 16 - 9am-9pm - Disney Train at Union Station in Ogden, promoting Disney’s A Christmas Carol which open in November.
  • July 12 - Priesthood meeting @Sullivan Hollow ward building.
Priesthood Opening
The bishop said that ward's only stay cohesive is if we have social and service activities. He recommended that we each plan with our LDS neighbors.

Elders' Quorum
Chapter 34: The Power of Forgiving 390–400
Mercy is a principle that we all should be practicing. "Justice delivers what we deserve; mercy delivers a charity we do not deserve." (Elder Lance B. Wickman, “'Friends Again at Last': Justice and Mercy in the Warming Glow of Charity", Ensign June 2000)

“Ever keep in exercise the principle of mercy, and be ready to forgive our brother on the first intimations of repentance, and asking forgiveness; and should we even forgive our brother, or even our enemy, before he repent or ask forgiveness, our heavenly Father would be equally as merciful unto us.” (As referenced in Chapter 34 of Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith originally from History of the Church, 3:383; from a discourse given by Joseph Smith on July 2, 1839, in Montrose, Iowa; reported by Wilford Woodruff and Willard Richards.)

Why do we find it hard to forgive others? Perhaps because we do not have the love we ought to for mankind in general. If our children wrong or offend us, how quickly do we forgive them? Contrast that with how slowly we forgive others for similar offenses.

We find it difficult to sacrifice our feelings in order to be right or in order to hold a grudge. If we are one with Christ we will forgive as He would forgive personal offenses against himself.

Sunday School
Lesson 22: The Word of Wisdom: “A Principle with Promise” 121
The food Pyramid was created in 1980. The Word of Wisdom, which is very similar in the parts about food, was given by God as a code of health by God in 1833.

We could perhaps use the pyramid model to create a plan for how to use our time to be spiritually healthy. For example, we could put junk uses of time at the top, smallest part of the pyramid like we do for junk food on the food pyramid.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17
16 Know ye not that ye are the atemple of God, and that the bSpirit of God dwelleth cin you?
17 If any man adefile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is bholy, which temple ye are.

1 Corinthians 6: 19
19 What? know ye not that your abody is the btemple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your cown?

D&C 89: 4

4 Behold, verily, thus saith the Lord unto you: In consequence of aevils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of bconspiring men in the last days, I have cwarned you, and forewarn you, by giving unto you this word of wisdom by revelation—

Some thoughts on D&C 89:4 and the rest of the section as well:
  • Cigarette companies place warnings on their product advising that it causes cancer. They sell products to get off of their other products because they are so addictive.
  • We tend to focus on the cigarette and alcohol companies as the conspiring men, but we should recall that the word of wisdom is not just for abstaining from Cigarettes and alcohol. It is also not just about abstaining for coffee and tea, but also about our diet. There is great marketing effort put into getting us to eat junk.
The things that we are counseled to not put in our bodies have legitimate used. For example, tobacco for bruises.

“Drunken with strong drink, men have lost their reason; their counsel has been destroyed; their judgment and vision are fled. … Drink has brought more woe and misery, broken more hearts, wrecked more homes, committed more crimes, filled more coffins, than all the wars the world has suffered” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1942, 8).

D&C 49:21
21 And wo be unto man that asheddeth blood or that bwasteth cflesh and hath no need.

D&C 89:12-17
12 Yea, aflesh also of bbeasts and of the fowls of the air, I, the Lord, have ordained for the use of man with thanksgiving; nevertheless they are to be used csparingly;
13 And it is pleasing unto me that they should not be aused, only in times of winter, or of cold, or bfamine.
14 All agrain is ordained for the use of man and of beasts, to be the staff of life, not only for man but for the beasts of the field, and the fowls of heaven, and all wild animals that run or creep on the earth;
15 And athese hath God made for the use of man only in times of famine and excess of hunger.
16 All grain is good for the afood of man; as also the bfruit of the vine; that which yieldeth fruit, whether in the ground or above the ground—
17 Nevertheless, wheat for man, and corn for the ox, and oats for the horse, and rye for the fowls and for swine, and for all beasts of the field, and barley for all useful animals, and for mild drinks, as also other grain.

Sacrament Service
Article of Faith 11
"We claim the aprivilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the bdictates of our own cconscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them dworship how, where, or what they may."

Isaiah 41:29
29 Behold, they are all avanity; their works are nothing: their molten bimages are wind and confusion.

How are our idols of today (TV, movies, cars, sports) a wind and confusion?

D. Todd Christofferson's talk from last conference was referenced.

God sets the terms of our covenants. If we keep those covenants we are blessed and benefit from those covenants.

From the Bulletin
"With all of 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 increasing 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 are 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. That would inspire fear. The courage of many would fail. There would be great wickedness. And Satan would deceive many.

Yet, happily, many would not be overcome. And many would not be deceived."

'"The Holy Ghost Is the Key.... For all of us there will be at least three requirements. None of them can be gained and retained from a single experience. All of them must be constantly renewed.... First, receiving the Holy Ghost takes faith in our Heavenly Father and in His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ.... A second requirement for frequent companionship and direction from the Holy Ghost is to be clean.... A third requirement for the companionship of the Holy Ghost is pure motive. If you want to receive the gifts of the Spirit, you have to want them for the right reasons."
Elder Henry B Eyring, "Gifts of the Spirit for Hard Times", Ensign, June 2007, 18 — 24.

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