Saturday, April 03, 2010

Priesthood Session of General Conference April 3, 2010

Elder Dallin H. Oaks - Healing the Sick
"The use of medical science is not at odds with our prayers of faith and our reliance on priesthood blessings. "

"I might as well ask the Lord to cause my wheat and corn to grow, without my plowing the ground and casting in the seed. It appears consistent to me to apply every remedy that comes within the range of my knowledge, and [then] to ask my Father in Heaven . . . to sanctify that application to the healing of my body.” (Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A. Widtsoe (1954), 163.)
"There are five parts to the use of priesthood authority to bless the sick: (1) the anointing, (2) the sealing of the anointing, (3) faith, (4) the words of the blessing, and (5) the will of the Lord."

"Although we know of many cases where persons blessed by priesthood authority have been healed, we rarely refer to these healings in public meetings because modern revelation cautions us not to 'boast [ourselves] of these things, neither speak them before the world; for these things are given unto you for your profit and for salvation' (D&C 84:73)."

"The ordinance has been performed. It is up to me now to claim my blessing through my faith.”
As I was listening to this talk this question came to me.  Faith is defined as a work or an action, so what does it mean to be healed by our faith, since faith is more than belief?  I think perhaps we often think that to have sufficient faith means to believe enough.

Elder Ronald A. Rasband - The Divine Call of a Missionary

David L Beck, Young Men General President - The Magnificent Aaronic Priesthood
Major parts of the new Duty to God program are Learn, Act, and Share.

"I testify that you will feel your heart changing as you become a faithful priesthood man. You will seek to be completely clean and administer the sacrament worthily. You will treat every young woman with kindness and respect. You will honor your parents. You will avoid offending the Spirit in what you think, say, or do. You will come to know the Lord, whom you serve, and you will ever strive to be like Him."

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf - Continue in Patience
He related a story about kids being told that they could eat one marshmallow now or get two later.  The study then followed the kids through life and found that the ones that were patient and were able to delay gratification did better in life.

"There is an important concept here: patience is not passive resignation, nor is it failing to act because of our fears. Patience means active waiting and enduring. It means staying with something and doing all that we can—working, hoping, and exercising faith; bearing hardship with fortitude, even when the desires of our hearts are delayed. Patience is not simply enduring; it is enduring well!"

“No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood, only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned." (Doctrine and Covenants 121:41; see also verses 39–45.)

"The children of Israel waited 40 years in the wilderness before they could enter the promised land. Jacob waited 7 long years for Rachel. The Jews waited 70 years in Babylon before they could return to rebuild the temple. The Nephites waited for a sign of Christ’s birth, even knowing that if the sign did not come, they would perish."

President Henry B. Eyring - Act in All Diligence
"Like the Aaronic Priesthood, the Melchizedek Priesthood is more than a trust to do what the Lord would do. It is an invitation to become as He is. "

Doctrine and Covenants 19:16-19
  16 For behold, I, God, have asuffered these things for all, that they might not bsuffer if they would crepent;

  17 But if they would not repent they must asuffer even as I;

  18 Which asuffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might bnotdrink the bitter cup, and shrink—

  19 Nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and afinished my preparations unto the children of men.

President Thomas S. Monson - Preparation Brings Blessings
"A wise father said to his son, 'If you ever find yourself in a place where you shouldn’t ought to be, get out!' Good advice for all of us."

"A Latter-day Saint young man lives as he teaches and as he believes. He is honest with others. He is honest with himself. He is honest with God. He is honest by habit and as a matter of course."

"How you speak and the words you use tell much about the image you choose to portray. Use language to build and uplift those around you. Profane, vulgar, or crude language and inappropriate or off-color jokes are offensive to the Lord. Never misuse the name of God or Jesus Christ"

1 Corinthians 3:16-17

  16 Know ye not that ye are the atemple of God, and that the bSpirit of God dwelleth cinyou?

  17 If any man adefile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God isbholy, which temple ye are.

“My strength is as the strength of ten, because my heart is pure. (Alfred Lord Tennyson, in Familiar Quotations, 647)
1 Corinthians 10:13
  13 There hath no temptation ataken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be btempted above that ye are able; but will with the ctemptation also make a way to descape, that ye may be able to ebear it.

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