Sunday, March 07, 2010

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah 3-7-10

Alma 26:12
  12 Yea, I know that I am anothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will bnot boast of myself, but I will cboast of my God, for in his dstrength I can do all ethings; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever.

President Eyring's conference talk, Be ready

Family Spiritual Preparedness
Family Home Evening
Scripture Study
Compassionate service
Make home a sanctuary

Quorum Spiritual Preparedness
Home Teaching (visiting ward members)
Magnify callings
Counsel and learn
Attend our Church meetings
Temple attendance
Support missionary work

Personal Spiritual Preparedness

Doctrine and Covenants 84:33
  33 For whoso is afaithful unto the obtaining these two bpriesthoods of which I have spoken, and the cmagnifying their calling, are dsanctified by the Spirit unto the erenewing of their bodies.

Doctrine and Covenants 121:34-36

  34 Behold, there are many acalled, but few are chosen. And why are they not chosen?

  35 Because their ahearts are set so much upon the things of this bworld, and caspire to the dhonors of men, that they do not learn this one lesson—

  36 That the arights of the priesthood are inseparably connected with the powers of heaven, and that the powers of heaven cannot bebcontrolled nor handled only upon the cprinciples of righteousness.

Doctrine and Covenants 121:41-43

  41 No apower or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the bpriesthood, only by cpersuasion, by dlong-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned;

  42 By akindness, and pure bknowledge, which shall greatly enlarge the csoul without dhypocrisy, and without eguile

  43 aReproving betimes with bsharpness, when cmoved upon by the Holy Ghost; and then showing forth afterwards an increase of dlovetoward him whom thou hast reproved, lest he esteem thee to be his enemy;

We are often better off putting off immediate gratification and working for the better later.

From the bulletin:
"It means God knows who I am."
Elder Bednar stated, "Recall how the Savior instructed His Apostles that He would not leave them comfortless. Not only would He send "another Comforter" (John 14:16), even the Holy Ghost, but the Savior said that He would come to them (see John 14:18). Let me suggest that one of the ways where by the Savior comes to each of us is through His abundant and tender mercies. For instance, as you and I face challenges and tests in our lives, the gift of faith and an appropriate sense of personal confidence that reaches beyond our own capacity are two examples of the tender mercies of the Lord. Repentance and forgiveness of sins and peace of conscience are examples of the tender mercies of the Lord. And the persistence and the fortitude that enable us to press forward with cheerfulness through physical limitations and spiritual difficulties are examples of the tender mercies of the Lord."
Recently, I asked Heavenly Father —almost on a whim — if He could make it so Melanie and I could have morning walks together. My commute and work schedule have always made that impossible for 30.5 years. Then, through awkward yet surprisingly simple means, HE made it possible. That is a simple example of how HE knows who I am.

From the Bulletin Insert:

Self-reliance is a simple concept that encourages each of us to take responsibility for our own needs — physical, emotional, spiritual, social and economic.
Church leader Elder Robert D. Hales outlines ways we can become self-reliant:

  • Be ready for rainy-day emergencies.
  • Avoid excessive debt; be content with what we have.
  • Use the resources of the earth wisely; don't be wasteful.
  • Prepare for the future by making spending and savings plans.
  • Keep a family or personal budget.
  • Teach children wise spending habits and help then save for the future.
  • Obtain an education and/or vocational training.
  • Find gainful employment.

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