Sunday, March 28, 2010

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah 3-28-10

Mormon 3:20

  20 And these things doth the Spirit manifest unto me; therefore I write unto you all. And for this cause I write unto you, that ye may know that ye must all stand before the ajudgment-seat of Christ, yea, every soul who belongs to the whole human bfamily of Adam; and ye must stand to be judged of your works, whether they be good or evil;

A lesson was based oon Elder D Todd Christofferson talk entitled Moral Discipline.

"Moral discipline is the consistent exercise of agency to choose the right" 
"The root of the word discipline is shared by the word disciple, suggesting to the mind the fact that conformity to the example and teachings of Jesus Christ is the ideal discipline that, coupled with His grace, forms a virtuous and morally excellent person."(Elder Christofferson)

Examples of moral discipline
  • Giving up our passions (sports, recreation) on the sabbath. 
  • Speaking reverently and not with sexual inuendo and profanity
  • Moroni 1:2-3
      2 For behold, their awars are exceedingly fierce among themselves; and because of their bhatred they cput to death every Nephite that will not deny the Christ.
      3 And I, Moroni, will not adeny the Christ; wherefore, I wander whithersoever I can for the safety of mine own life.

"Mere wanting is hardly a proper guide for moral conduct"(Sarah E. Hinlicky, “Subversive Virginity,” First Things, Oct. 1998, 14.)

Obedience regardless of condition.  Much like the talk by Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Good, Better, Best
It is good to spend time with family on the sabbath, but do we break the sabbath to do so?  Do we skip out on our church responsibilities to go spend time with family on the sabbath? Do we watch sporting events or movies on the sabbath and justify it by spendng time with family?  Do we do activities that would otherwise be against our standards of proper sabbath observance because we do it with family?

The similitude of Moses delivering Israel from physical bondage as the savior would deliver us from spiritual bondage.

A teacher passed out a list of scriptures to go with their lesson.
Begin List
Bondage, Passover, and Exodus
1. 2 Nephi 3:10
2. Exodus 3:1-4
3. Exodus 3:5-10
4. D&C 90:24
5. Exodus 3:11
6. Exodus 4:1, 10
7. Exodus 3:12
8. Exodus 4:11-12
9. Hebrews 11:24-26
10. Exodus 5:1-9
11. Exodus 5:15-21
12. Exodus 5:22-23
13. Exodus 6:4-8
14. Exodus 6:9
15. Exodus 6:10-12
16. Exodus 12:12-13, 22-23
17. Exodus 12:24-27, 42
18. Exodus 13:1-10
19. 1 Corinthians 5:7
End List

From the Bulletin:
Think of the purest, most all-consuming love you can imagine. Now multiply that love by an infinite amount -- that is the measure of God's love for you.
God does not look on the outward appearance. I believe He doesn't care one bit if we live in a castle or a cottage, if we are handsome or homely, if we are famous or forgotten. Though we are incomplete, God loves us completely. Though we are imperfect, He loves us perfectly. Though we may feel lost and without compass, God's love encompasses us completely.

He loves us because He is filled with an infinite measure of holy, pure, and indescribable love. We are important to God not because of our resume but because we are His children He loves every one of us, even those who are flawed, rejected, awkward, sorrowful, or broken. God's love is so great that He loves even the proud, selfish, the arrogant, and the wicked.

What this means is that, regardless of our current state, there is hope for us. No matter our distress, no matter our sorrow, no matter our mistakes, our infinitely compassionate Heavenly Father desires that we draw near to Him so that He can draw near to us." President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "The Love of God," Ensign, November, 2009, 21 - 24.

Heavenly Father loves us and is waiting to help us. I hope that we can all feel His love as we enter this Easter season and have the opportunity to hear the words of our prophets.

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