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.

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