Sunday, April 11, 2010

Church Services This Week at Weber Heights Stake Conference Ogden Utah April 4-10-2010

Elder Charrington of the Seventy was with us at our stake conference this weekend.

"We have done very well at distributing the authority of the priesthood. We have priesthood authority planted nearly everywhere. We have quorums of elders and high priests worldwide. But distributing the authority of the priesthood has raced, I think, ahead of distributing the power of the priesthood. The priesthood does not have the strength that it should have and will not have until the power of the priesthood is firmly fixed in the families as it should be." (President Boyd K. Packer, "The Power of the Priesthood, April 2010 General Conference)

Preside derived from a Latin word meaning to guard.

Power comes from personal righteousness and faith.

Doctrine and Covenants 121:36
  36 That the arights of the priesthood are inseparably connected with the powers of heaven, and that the powers of heaven cannot be bcontrolled nor handled only upon thecprinciples of righteousness.

Doctrine and Covenants 121:41
  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;

Priesthood is exercised with exactness and respect.
"The adversary is not actively disturbing our Church meetings—perhaps only occasionally. By and large we are free to assemble as we wish without much disruption. But he and those who follow him are persistent in attacking the home and the family." (President Boyd K. Packer,
 "The Power of the PriesthoodApril 2010 General Conference)

Satan is working on us 7 days a week. Are we fortifying ourselves more than once a week?

Job 38:6-7
  6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the acorner stone thereof;
  7 When the morning stars asang together, and all the bsons of God shouted for cjoy?

Doctrine and Covenants 20:37
  37 And again, by way of commandment to the church concerning the manner of baptism—All those who ahumble themselves before God, and desire to be baptized, and come forth with broken hearts and bcontrite spirits, and witness before the church that they have truly repented of all their sins, and are willing to take upon them thecname of Jesus Christ, having a ddetermination to serve him to the end, and truly manifest by their eworks that they have received of the fSpirit of Christ unto the gremission of their sins, shall be received by baptism into his church.

The Missionary Training Center should be a review and not a first time instruction.

Elder Charrington - "I don't know if your stake president has ever made a mistake or has
been perfect in his calling, but I know he is called of God."

Alma 13:1-6
  1 And again, my brethren, I would cite your minds forward to the time when the Lord God gave these commandments unto his children; and I would that ye should remember that the Lord God aordained priests, after his holy order, which was after the order of his Son, to teach these things unto the people.
  2 And those priests were ordained after the aorder of his Son, in a bmanner that thereby the people might know in what manner to look forward to his Son for redemption.
  3 And this is the manner after which they were ordained—being acalled and bprepared from the cfoundation of the world according to the dforeknowledge of God, on account of their exceeding faith and good works; in the first place being left to echoose good or evil; therefore they having chosen good, and exercising exceedingly greatffaith, are gcalled with a holy calling, yea, with that holy calling which was prepared with, and according to, a preparatory redemption for such.
  4 And thus they have been acalled to this holy calling on account of their faith, while others would reject the Spirit of God on account of the hardness of their hearts andbblindness of their minds, while, if it had not been for this they might have had as great cprivilege as their brethren.
  5 Or in fine, in the first place they were on the asame standing with their brethren; thus this holy calling being prepared from the foundation of the world for such as would not harden their hearts, being in and through the atonement of the Only Begotten Son, who was prepared—
  6 And thus being called by this holy calling, and ordained unto the high priesthood of the holy order of God, to teach his commandments unto the children of men, that they also might enter into his arest

Elder Charrington stated that we have not been called to watch over the orderly decline of the kingdom.

"In contrast, as we look at the media today from any vantage point, I think we would have to say that Lucifer’s influence is far more prevalent than the Lord’s. We are in a war. This war is the same war that raged in the premortal world. Lucifer and his followers are committed to an evil direction." (Elder M. Russell Ballard, "Filling the World With Goodness and Truth", Ensign July 1996)

Isaiah 52:1
  1 aAwake, awake; put on thy bstrength, O cZion; put on thy dbeautiful egarments, O fJerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean.
What would heavenly father have me/us do to bring _________ unto Christ?

It is not your burden to do this work.  It is your privelege.

Alma 21:6
  6 Thou also sayest, except we repent we shall perish. How knowest thou the thought and intent of our hearts? How knowest thou that we have cause to repent? How knowest thou that we are not a arighteous people? Behold, we have built bsanctuaries, and we do assemble ourselves together to worship cGod. We do believe that God will save all men.

Shunning our neighbor's actions on the sabbath, doesn't help them to receive the gospel.

“We ought to have the building up of Zion as our greatest object. … The time is soon coming, when no man will have any peace but in Zion and her stakes” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, sel. Joseph Fielding Smith [1976], 160–61).

"We do not need to adopt the standards, the mores, and the morals of Babylon. We can create Zion in the midst of Babylon. We can have our own standards for music and literature and dance and film and language. We can have our own standards for dress and deportment, for politeness and respect. We can live in accordance with the Lord’s moral laws. We can limit how much of Babylon we allow into our homes by the media of communication.

"We can live as a Zion people, if we wish to. Will it be hard? Of course it will, for the waves of Babylonian culture crash incessantly against our shores. Will it take courage? Of course it will." (Elder David R. Stone, "Zion in the Midst of Babylon", April 2006 General Conference)

We are pretty pathetic at predicting who will accept the gospel based on their appearance.

Mosiah 3:19
  19 For the anatural bman is an cenemy to God, and has been from the dfall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he eyields to the enticings of the Holy fSpirit, and gputteth off the hnatural man and becometh a isaint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a jchildksubmissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.

We are spiritual men having a physical experience, not physical men looking for spiritual experiences.

A story was related about a Cherokee father, who was teaching son said that inside us all there are two wolves that fight.  One good and one evil. The son asked which one wins.  The father responded with, "The one you feed."

One once said that he knows his Father in Heaven is a happy being, because they are happy when they obeys Father.

Elder Charrington
Matthew 13:44-46
  44 ¶ Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto atreasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
  45 ¶ Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:
  46 Who, when he had found one apearl of great price, went and sold ball that he had, and bought it.

The first wasn't looking for it.  The other sought for it and found it.  Either way we must be willing to give everything.  We may not be asked for everything, but we must be willing.

Alma 7:7-10
  7 For behold, I say unto you there be many things to come; and behold, there is one thing which is of more importance than they all—for behold, the atime is not far distant that the Redeemer liveth and cometh among his people.
  8 Behold, I do not say that he will come among us at the atime of his dwelling in his mortal tabernacle; for behold, the Spirit hath not said unto me that this should be the case. Now as to this thing I do not know; but this much I do know, that the Lord God hath power to do all things which are according to his word.
  9 But behold, the Spirit hath said this much unto me, saying: Cry unto this people, saying—aRepent ye, and prepare the way of the Lord, and walk in his paths, which are straight; for behold, the kingdom of heaven is at hand, and the Son of God bcometh upon the face of the earth.
  10 And behold, he shall be aborn of Mary, at bJerusalem which is the cland of our forefathers, she being a dvirgin, a precious and chosen vessel, who shall be overshadowed and econceive by the power of the Holy Ghost, and bring forth a son, yea, even the Son of God.

Faith without repentance means very little.  In fact it is not faith at all.

The lord knows what it is like to be me and to be you, perfectly.

Doctrine and Covenants 27:18
  18 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of my aSpirit, which I will pour out upon you, and my word which I reveal unto you, and be agreed as touching all things whatsoever ye ask of me, and be faithful until I come, and ye shall bebcaught up, that where I am ye shall be calso. Amen.

Stepping stones can appear as stumbling blocks depending on our perspective.

"No one is exempt from the storms of life." (Elder Quentin L. Cook, "We Follow Jesus Christ", April 2010 General Conference)

"To be offended is a choice we make; it is not a condition inflicted or imposed upon us by someone or something else." (Elder David A. Bednar, "And Nothing Shall Offend Them", October 2006 General Conference)

Obedience - Latin
Ob - look unto

Sacrifice - Latin - to become sacred

Consecration - Latin - done with holiness - consegrar

Reverence - Latin - to see god again

God could explain every answer, but he gives comfort that we may learn and grow.

“When obedience ceases to be an irritant and becomes our quest, in that moment God will endow us with power” (cited from Staheli, in Conference Report, Apr. 1998, 108; or Ensign, May 1998, 82).

We should do nothing to detract from another person's reverence.  In the temple, the chapel, or at home.

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