Sunday, July 19, 2009

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah 7-19-09

Priesthood Opening
Matthew 5:41
41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.

The person sharing the scripture told of how a Roman could come by a Jew and command them to carry their stuff. They didn't schedule a time with them they just came and basically said, "You take this and come with me."

It was expressed that this is what the scripture was referring to. If someone made you carry their stuff for a mile, be cordial to them and offer to go another mile with them.

Elders' Quorum
Chapter 37: Charity, the Pure Love of Christ 423–34
“The Holy Spirit … shall be poured out at all times upon your heads, when you are exercised with those principles of righteousness that are agreeable to the mind of God, and are properly affected one toward another, and are careful by all means to remember those who are in bondage, and in heaviness, and in deep affliction for your sakes. And if there are any among you who aspire after their own aggrandizement, and seek their own opulence, while their brethren are groaning in poverty, and are under sore trials and temptations, they cannot be benefited by the intercession of the Holy Spirit, which maketh intercession for us day and night with groanings that cannot be uttered [see Romans 8:26].

The Holy Spirit sanctifies us when we repent. If we are not caring for others then the Holy Ghost will not be with us to sanctify us.

Alma 60:7-8
7 Can you think to sit upon your thrones in a state of thoughtless astupor, while your enemies are spreading the work of death around you? Yea, while they are murdering thousands of your brethren—
8 Yea, even they who have looked up to you for protection, yea, have placed you in a situation that ye might have succored them, yea, ye might have sent armies unto them, to have strengthened them, and have saved thousands of them from falling by the sword.

Does the above scripture describe our inaction in be valiant in the Gospel?

Sunday School
Lesson 27: “They Must Needs Be Chastened and Tried, Even as Abraham” 150
They must be chastened and tried, even as Abraham? What does that mean for our lives? Do we have to be tried? Abraham was tried. Or do we have to be tried to the level that Abraham was tried?

Big rewards and responsibilities require big learning experiences and big tests. Life will become more challenging as we get better at it and yet at the same time our burdens will feel lighter.

From the manual, "President Hugh B. Brown said that God commanded Abraham to sacrifice Isaac because “Abraham needed to learn something about Abraham” (in Truman G. Madsen, The Highest in Us [1978], 49). What might Abraham have learned about himself from this experience? What have you learned from your trials? "

Doctrine and Covenants 95:1
1 Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you whom I love, and whom I alove I also chasten that their sins may be bforgiven, for with the cchastisement I prepare a way for their ddeliverance in all things out of etemptation, and I have loved you—

Doctrine and Covenants 105:6
6 And my people must needs be achastened until they learn bobedience, if it must needs be, by the things which they csuffer.

Sacrament Service
A missionary that just returned from Germany and Austria spoke to us. He said the area had been badly battered by religion. Some of it due to the government telling them what to believe. He said that wards are very small and spread out there.

From the Bulletin

"Joseph Smith encountered intense persecution after [the first vision] had become public knowledge. He wrote:

"I had actually seen a light, and in the midst of that light I saw two Personages, and they did in reality speak to me, and though I was hated and persecuted for saying that I had seen a vision, yet it was true; and while [abusers] were persecuting me, reviling me, and speaking all manner of evil against me falsely do so saying, I was led to say in my heart: Why persecute me for telling the truth? I have actually seen a vision; and who am I that can withstand God, or why does the world think to make me deny what I have actually seen? For I had seen a vision, I know it, and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it, neither dared I do it, at least I knew that by so doing I would offend God, and come under condemnation" (JS — H 1:25).

"We regard that theophany — which we designate as the First Vision — and subsequent communications of heavenly beings with the Prophet Joseph Smith to be as real as my conversation with you now. These and other visitations relating to the promised restitution of the Church are well documented." Elder Russell M. Nelson, "Combating Spiritual Drift — Our Global Pandemic," Ensign, November 1993, 104 — 5.

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