Sunday, June 27, 2010

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah June 6-27-2010

Mosiah 4:30
  30 But this much I can tell you, that if ye do not awatch yourselves, and your bthoughts, and your cwords, and your deeds, and observe the commandments of God, and dcontinue in the faith of what ye have heard concerning the coming of our Lord, even unto the end of your lives, ye must perish. And now, O man, remember, and perish not.

We discussed more about Elder Oaks talk from priesthood session of General Conference -Healing the Sick

We should prepare before administering to the sick.

We grow by administering to the sick.

Doctrine and Covenants 84:73
73 But a commandment I give unto them, that they shall not aboast themselves of these things, neither speak them before the world; for these things are given unto you for your profit and for salvation.

Teacher passed out these scriptures and quotes to go with the lesson:
1. 2 Samuel 11:2
2. 2 Samuel 11:3-4
3. 2 Samuel 11:5
4. 2 Samuel 11:6-13
5. 2 Samuel 11:14-17
6. Quote by Elder Richard G. Scott):
"Do not take comfort in the fact that your transgressions are not known by others. That is like an ostrich with his head buried in the sand. He sees only darkness and feels comfortably hidden. In reality he is ridiculously conspicuous. Likewise our every act is seen by our Father in Heaven and His Beloved Son. They know everything about us. ...
"If you have seriously transgressed, you will not find any lasting satisfaction or comfort in what you have done. Excusing transgression with a cover-up may appear to fix the problem, but it does not. The tempter is intent on making public your most embarrassing acts at the most harmful time. Lies weave a pattern that is ever more confining and becomes a trap that Satan will spring to your detriment" (in Conference Report, Apr. 1995, 103; or Ensign, May 1995, 77).
7. 2 Samuel 12:1-4
8. 2 Samuel 12:5-6
9. 2 Samuel 12:7-9
10. 2 Samuel 12:13
11. 2 Samuel 12:10-14
12. D&C 132:39
13. Quote by President Marion G. Romney:
"David, ... though highly favored of the Lord (he was, in fact, referred to as a man after God's own heart), yielded to temptation. His unchastity led to murder, and as a consequence, he lost his families and his exaltation" (in Conference Report, Apr. 1979, 60; or Ensign, May 1979, 42).
14. Psalm 51:16-17
15. D&C 58:42

David dwelt in smaller sin and they continued to grow longer until he forfeited his exaltation.

David had many wives.  There was no sin in that because the Lord gave them to him.  The sin with Bathsheba was because she was not given to him.

Missionary that recently returned from the Chile Vina del Mar mission spoke to us.

From the Bulletin:"There is no greater evidence of the infinite power and perfection of God's love than is declared by the Apostle John: 'For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son' (John 3:16). Another Apostle wrote that God 'spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all' (Romans 8:32). Think how it must have grieved our Heavenly Father to send His Son to endure incomprehensible suffering for our sins. That is the greatest evidence of His love for each of us!" Elder Dallin H. Oaks, "Love and Law," Ensign, Nov., 2009,26.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah June 6-20-2010

Joshua 24:15
  15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lordachoose you bthis day whom ye will cserve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my dhouse, we will eserve the Lord.

July 11, 2010 - Stake general priesthood meeting 7:15am

2nd Saturday at 2:00 temple days are being changed to temple evenings on Thursdays.  The first is Thursday July 8 at 6:30pm.

Saturday 11am-2pm - Bake sale, kick ball, frisby, water fun

The atonement is the hub around which the rest of the gospel revolves around.

2 Nephi 9:8
  8 O the awisdom of God, his bmercy and cgrace! For behold, if the dflesh should rise no more our spirits must become subject to that angel who efell from before the presence of the Eternal God, and became the fdevil, to rise no more.

Alma 42:4
  4 And thus we see, that there was a atime granted unto man to repent, yea, a bprobationary time, a time to repent and serve God.
Mark 15:34
  34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, aEloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thoubforsaken me?
The father left him to carry the load alone in order that the atonement would be valid.

Teacher passed out these scriptures and quotes to go with the lesson:
1. 1 Samuel 18:1, 3
2. 1 Samuel 16:11-13
3. 1 Samuel 18:4
4. 1 Samuel 18:2, 5
5. 1 Samuel 18:6-9
6. Quote by President Ezra Taft Benson:
"Saul became an enemy to David through pride. He was jealous because the crowds of Israelite women were singing that 'Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.'
"The proud stand more in fear of men's judgment than of God's judgment. ... 'What will men think of me?' weighs heavier than 'What will God think of me?' ...
"When pride has a hold on our hearts, we lose our independence of the world and deliver our freedoms to the bondage of men's judgment. The world shouts louder than the whisperings of the Holy Ghost. The reasoning of men overrides the revelations of God, and the proud let go of the iron rod" (in Conference Report, Apr. 1989, 4-5; or Ensign, May 1989, 5).
7. 1 Samuel 18:5, 14-16
8. 1 Samuel 18:20-25
9. 1 Samuel 19:1-7
10. 1 Samuel 19:9-10
11. 1 Samuel 19:11-18
12. 1 Samuel 20:1
13. 1 Samuel 20:23
14. 1 Samuel 24:1-3
15. 1 Samuel 24:4-5

Jonathan could've been jealous, since David was to be the next king, which could've been jonathan's birthright, but he was Closest of friends with David.
1 Samuel 19:9-10
  9 And the evil spirit afrom the Lord was upon Saul, as he sat in his house with his javelin in his hand: and David played with his hand.
  10 And Saul sought to smite David even to the wall with the javelin; but he slipped away out of Saul’s presence, and he smote the javelin into the wall: and David fled, and escaped that night.

The above scripture is a mistranslation.  Evil spirits do not come from the Lord.

"There is no other relationship quite like that which can and should exist between a boy and his dad. It can be one of the most nurturing, joyful relationships in life, one that can have a profound impact on who boys become and also on who dads become." (Elder M. Russel Ballard, "Fathers and Sons: A Remarkable Relationship", General Conference October 2009)

From the Bulletin
"Our Father in Heaven has given us, His children, much more than any mortal mind can comprehend. ...God the Father watches over us, fills our hearts with breathtaking joy, brightens our darkest hours with blessed peace, distills upon our minds precious truths, shepherds us through times of distress, rejoices when we rejoice, and answers our righteous petitions.
"He offers to His children the promise of a glorious and infinite existence and has provided a way for us to progress in knowledge and glory until we receive a fullness of joy. He has promised us all that He has.
"God does not look on the outward appearance. I believe that 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.
"...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, the selfish, the arrogant, and the wicked.
"What this means is that, regardless of our cut-rent 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."
- Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "The Love of God," Ensign, Nov 2009

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah June 6-13-2010

Mosiah 4:30
  30 But this much I can tell you, that if ye do not awatch yourselves, and your bthoughts, and your cwords, and your deeds, and observe the commandments of God, and dcontinue in the faith of what ye have heard concerning the coming of our Lord, even unto the end of your lives, ye must perish. And now, O man, remember, and perish not.

Doctrine and Covenants 76:41
  41 That he acame into the world, even Jesus, to be bcrucified for the world, and to cbear the sins of the dworld, and to esanctify the world, and to fcleanse it from all unrighteousness;

Matt 27:52
  52 And the agraves were opened; and many bbodies of the csaints dwhich slept earose,

The atonement heals us from our physical and spiritual ailments.

The teacher passed out a list of scriptures and quotes.
1. Proverbs 3:5-6
2. 1 Samuel 9:2
3. 1 Samuel 13:7-8
4. 1 Samuel 13:9
5. Quote: Elder James E. Talmage wrote, "Saul prepared the burnt offering himself, forgetting that though he occupied the throne, wore
the crown, and bore the scepter, [he had] no right to officiate ... in the Priesthood of God; and for this and other instances of his
unrighteous presumption he was rejected of God and another was made king in his place" (The Articles of Faith, 12th ed. [ 1924], 185).
6. 1 Samuel 13:10-14
7. 1 Samuel 16:1-2
8. 1 Samuel 16:6-7
9. Quote: Elder Marvin J. Ashton said: "We ... tend to evaluate others on the basis of physical, outward appearance: their 'good looks,'
their social status, their family pedigrees, their degrees, or their economic situations.

"The Lord, however, has a different standard by which He measures a person. ... He does not take a tape measure around the person's
head to determine his mental capacity, nor his chest to determine his manliness, but He measures the heart as an indicator of the person's
capacity and potential to bless others" (in Conference Report, Oct. 1988, 17; or Ensign, Nov. 1988, 15).
10. 1 Samuel 16:8-13
11. 1 Samuel 16:14
12. 1 Samuel 16:18-23
13. 1 Samuel 16:18
14. 1 Samuel 17:4-11
15. 1 Samuel 17:32-37
16. 1 Samuel 17:42-44
17. 1 Samuel 17:45-47

Was Samuel prepared by the Lord to accept David as king by Samuel being chosen by the lord at a young age?

The army was not just afraid of dieing by losing to Goliath, but also by being the one to cost their people their freedom.

"But the center of a virtuous life is chastity," (Elain S. Dalton, CES Fireside, "Zion Is the Pure in Heart", September 13, 2009)

Satan has put into the hearts of he daughters of eve to use their bodies to get gain.

President Hinckley related meeting someone on a flight. The man was what I would perceive to be a hippy, flower child, or whatever one might call that sort of lifestyle and appearance.  He indicated that his aim in life was peace and freedom.
"He had learned in our opening introductions that I was a churchman; and he let me know, in something of a condescending way, that the morality of my generation was a joke. Then with earnestness he asked how I could honestly defend personal virtue and moral chastity. I shocked him a little when I declared that his freedom was a delusion, that his peace was a fraud, and that I would tell him why.

"I have thought much of that discussion and others like it that I have held over the years. Today there are persons numbered in the millions who, in a search for freedom from moral restraint and peace from submerged conscience, have opened a floodgate of practices that enslave and debauch. These practices, if left unchecked, will not only destroy these individuals but also the nations of which they are a part."

13th article of faith
  13 aWe believe in being bhonest, true, cchastedbenevolent, virtuous, and in doing egood to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we fhope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to gendure all things. If there is anything hvirtuousilovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.

From the Bulletin
"During the critical days of World War II, Winston Churchill aroused an entire nation when he said, "You, ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word. victory. Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be, for without victory, there is no survival." Young men and young women, I echo that call for the war in which we are engaged today by paraphrasing the words of Winston Churchill for you: You ask, what is our aim? I can answer with one word., virtue. Virtue at all costs, virtue in spite of all opposition, virtue, however long and hard the road to repentance may be; for without virtue, there can be no victory.
In the Book of Mormon, Helaman and his stripling warriors are known for their virtue and their ability to trust in their mothers' testimonies. They were "true at all times in whatsoever thing they were entrusted' (Alma 53:20). They were covenant keepers, and they fought to ensure that their parents could also keep their covenants. Victory was their aim and virtue was their strength.
Mormon reported to his son Moroni, that his degenerate society had become so base and immoral that they didn't value those things that were "most dear and precious above all things, which is chastity and virtue" (Moroni 9.9). You are preparing for the Savior's return. You must abhor sin. You must position and prepare yourselves now to be "more fit for the kingdom." Sister Elaine S. Dalton, "Zion Is the Pure in Heart", CES Fireside for Young Adults, September 13, 2009, BYU.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah June 6-6-2010

Jacob 5:63-64
  63 Graft in the branches; begin at the alast that they may be first, and that the first may be blast, and dig about the trees, both old and young, the first and the last; and the last and the first, that all may be nourished once again for the last time.

  64 Wherefore, dig about them, and prune them, and dung them once more, for the last time, for the end draweth nigh. And if it be so that these last grafts shall grow, and bring forth the natural fruit, then shall ye prepare the way for them, that they may grow.

I gave a lesson today and it was based on Elder Dallin H. Oaks April 2010 General Conference talk, "Healing the Sick"

"Latter-day Saints believe in applying the best available scientific knowledge and techniques. We use nutrition, exercise, and other practices to preserve health, and we enlist the help of healing practitioners, such as physicians and surgeons, to restore health."The use of medical science is not at odds with our prayers of faith and our reliance on priesthood blessings." ("Healing the Sick")

"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.)

"Of course we don’t wait until all other methods are exhausted before we pray in faith or give priesthood blessings for healing."
 ("Healing the Sick")

Moroni 10:7
  7 And ye may aknow that he is, by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore I would exhort you that ye deny not the power of God; for he worketh by power, baccording to the faith of the children of men, the same today and tomorrow, and forever.

"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." ("Healing the Sick")

“The need of faith is often underestimated. The ill one and the family often seem to depend wholly on the power of the priesthood and the gift of healing that they hope the administering brethren may have, whereas the greater responsibility is with him who is blessed. . . . The major element is the faith of the individual when that person is conscious and accountable. ‘Thy faith hath made thee whole’ [Matthew 9:22] was repeated so often by the Master that it almost became a chorus.”
 ( “President Kimball Speaks Out on Administration to the Sick, Tambuli, Aug. 1982, 36–37; New Era, Oct. 1981, 47.)
“...too frequent administrations may be an indication of lack of faith or of the ill one trying to pass the responsibility for faith development to the elders rather than self.” He told about a faithful sister who received a priesthood blessing. When asked the next day if she wished to be administered to again, she replied: “No, I have been anointed and administered to. The ordinance has been performed. It is up to me now to claim my blessing through my faith.” (Tambuli, Aug. 1982, 36; New Era, Oct. 1981, 46–47.)

“It is your privilege and duty to live so that you know when the word of the Lord is spoken to you and when the mind of the Lord is revealed to you." (Teachings: Brigham Young, 68.)

" and the healing power of the priesthood cannot produce a result contrary to the will of Him whose priesthood it is." ("Healing the Sick")

"I felt that same trust in the words of the father of another choice girl whose life was taken by cancer in her teen years. He declared, 'Our family’s faith is in Jesus Christ and is not dependent on outcomes.'"
 ("Healing the Sick")

Blessings vs prayer in healing
Priesthood blessings often come with councel on how to exercise our faith.

The teacher passed out this list of scriptures and quotes for the lesson.

1. 1 Samuel 2:30
  30 Wherefore the Lord God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the ahouse of thy father, should bwalk before me for ever: but now the Lord saith, Be it far from me; for them that chonour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly desteemed.
2. 1 Samuel 2:12-17
3. 1 Samuel 2:22 
4. 1 Samuel 2:23-25 
5. 1 Samuel 2:27-29 
6. 1 Samuel 2:30-35 
7. Quote by President Joseph F. Smith.
"There should [not] be any of us so unwisely indulgent, so
thoughtless and so shallow in our affection for our children
that we dare not check them in a wayward course, in wrong-
doing and in their foolish love for the things of the world more
than for the things of righteousness, for fear of offending
them" (Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed. 1939], 286)
8. 1 Samuel 3:5-6, 8-9
9. 1 Samuel 2:30 
10. 1 Samuel 3:19 
11. 1 Samuel 12:12 
12. 1 Samuel 8:5, 20 
13. 1 Samuel 8:7 
14. 1 Samuel 8:9-18 
15. 1 Samuel 8:19-22 
16. Psalm 47:7 
17. Psalm 149:2 

What does it mean to honor?  One definition the dictionary give is honesty, fairness, or integrity in one's beliefs and actions: man of honor.

Eli was scolded because his sons had done wrong and Eli had the power to remove his sons from their office and he did not.

From the Bulletin
"The more we know of Jesus, the more we will love Him. The more we know of Jesus, the more we will trust Him. The more we Know of Jesus, the more we will want to be like Him and to be with Him by becoming the manner of men and women that He wishes us to be, while living now 'after the manner of happiness'." Elder Neal A. Maxwell, "Plow in Hope," Liahona, July 2001