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

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