Sunday, September 13, 2009

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah 9-13-09

Share with our wives the challenges we are having to give them the opportunity to fill their role as our help meet and support. Allow her to share the same with you that you may also fulfill your role. Listen to her. Listening while driving, reading a book, watching TV, or working on the internet do not always count as having listened. Often you must look directly in her eyes engaging her so she feels you have taken in what she has said and not just heard it. Trying to fix what she is sharing should be only as prompted by the spirit or by her.

From Elder Ballards's talk:
"What more can a husband do to support his wife, the mother of their children?
"First, show extra appreciation and give more validation for what your wife does every day. Notice things and say thank you—often. Schedule some evenings together, just the two of you.

"Second, have a regular time to talk with your wife about each child’s needs and what you can do to help.

"Third, give your wife a “day away” now and then. Just take over the household and give your wife a break from her daily responsibilities. Taking over for a while will greatly enhance your appreciation of what your wife does. You may do a lot of lifting, twisting, and bending!

"Fourth, come home from work and take an active role with your family. Don’t put work, friends, or sports ahead of listening to, playing with, and teaching your children."

One of the wives in the ward shared these pieces of advice to be shared with us in the lesson:

Listen, and empathize, don't try to fix
Strenghten her with your testimony
Counsel with her
Be a patriarch
Do the dishes (or whatever housework she hates most!)
Give her a break
Express confidence in her as a mother and wife
Notice what she does and say "Thank You"
Offer a proper perspective, "reality check"
Walk through trials together, hand in hand, with the Lord
Send her love notes (text, email, phone calls, voice mail)

Our mortal lives are a journey to the promised land and all other treks to a promised land are in similitude of that journey.
People led to a promised land
  • Israelites
  • Jaredites
  • Lehi and his family
  • The pioneers
  • The pilgrims

DnC 136:19
19 And if any man shall seek to build up himself, and seeketh not my acounsel, he shall have no power, and his bfolly shall be made manifest.

Our selfishness take our power, even if we are not striving for office or power over a large group.

DnC 136:27
27 Thou shalt be adiligent in bpreserving what thou hast, that thou mayest be a wise csteward; for it is the free gift of the Lord thy God, and thou art his steward.

Second witness of this is Pres Hinckley, “Our pioneer forebears lived by the adage, ‘Fix it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without’ ” (“I Believe,” Ensign, Aug. 1992, 6)

“I believe one of the gravest dangers plaguing modern American culture is fiscal irresponsibility. Never before have so many had so much stuff and so little freedom. Debt is forcing us to work more and more, stealing from us our precious time as well as our happiness. Money problems are breaking our marriages, our homes and health, and are a prime motivating factor for crime and domestic abuse. Even the destruction of our environment can be linked to our over consumption. For millions debt is turning the American dream into a nightmare.” - The 5 Lessons a Millionaire Taught Me - Preface

Doctrine and Covenants 104:78
78 And again, verily I say unto you, concerning your debts—behold it is my will that you shall apay all your bdebts.

From the Bulletin:

"We welcome you to the Sabbath Day. Today, we take time to ponder what we are doing, thinking, saying, and feeling. Among other things, we renew our promises with God to live our lives better this coming week. Let us celebrate our victories and build on them. Let us be honest with ourselves and make simple course corrections so that the Lord may abundantly shower us with blessings.

"This earth life is the time for us to prepare to meet God. Let's not procrastinate. Let us focus on the basics so that our lives may be anchored and not tossed around by every challenge that comes our way. Please seek a personal connection to God and Jesus daily. Please study his scriptures. Pray earnestly, honestly, openly. Fast.

"The Lord has said, 'If ye are prepared ye shall not fear' (D&C 38:30).

"Foolishness is doing the same wrong things over and over again expecting different results. To experience true happiness, we must learn and follow correct principles.

We are children and apprentices of a Heavenly heritage. As we follow THEIR ways, we will experience THEIR success. There is no other way."

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