Sunday, July 11, 2010

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah July 7-11-2010

1 Nephi 16:2
 2 And it came to pass that I said unto them that I knew that I had spoken ahard things against the wicked, according to the truth; and the righteous have I justified, and testified that they should be lifted up at the last day; wherefore, the bguilty taketh the ctruth to be hard, for it dcutteth them to the very center.

You are not going to get any more out of coming to church and out of being a member of the Church than what you put into it.

Alma 13:3
 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 great ffaith, are gcalled with a holy calling, yea, with that holy calling which was prepared with, and according to, a preparatory redemption for such.

Who knows you better than God?  If you want the best things for yourself, you should listen to God.

The teacher handed out this list of scriptures and quotes to go with the lesson:
1. 1 Kings 2:2-3
2. 1 Kings 3:5
3. 1 Kings 3:9
4. 1 Kings 3:28; 4:29
5. 1 Kings 3:7-8
6. 1 Kings 3:11-12
7. D&C 46:13-26
8. 1 Kings 3:14
9. D&C 46:8-12
10. 1 Kings 3:13-14
11. 1 Kings 3:16-22
12. 1 Kings 3:23-28
13. 1 Kings 6:7
14. 1 Kings 6:11-13
15. D&C 97:15-17
16. Quote by President Ezra Taft Benson:
"In the peace of these lovely temples, sometimes we find solutions to the serious problems of life. Under the influence of the Spirit, sometimes pure knowledge flows to us there. Temples are places of personal revelation. When I have been weighed down by a problem or a difficulty, I have gone to the House of the Lord with a prayer in my heart for answers. These answers have come in clear and unmistakable ways" ("What I Hope You Will Teach Your Children about the Temple," Ensign, Aug. 1985, 8).
17. 1 Kings 11:1-2
18. 1 Kings 11; 9-14

“We generally think of Satan attacking us at our weakest spot. … But weakness is not our only vulnerability. Satan can also attack us where we think we are strong—in the very areas where we are proud of our strengths. He will approach us through the greatest talents and spiritual gifts we possess. If we are not wary, Satan can cause our spiritual downfall by corrupting us through our strengths as well as by exploiting our weaknesses” (Elder Dallin H. Oaks, “Our Strengths Can Become Our Downfall,” Ensign, Oct. 1994, 12).

1 Kings 3:5-9
 5 ¶ In aGibeon the Lord bappeared to Solomon in a cdream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.
 6 And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.
 7 And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a alittle child: I know not how to go out or come in.
 8 And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a agreat people, that cannot be bnumbered nor counted for multitude.
 9 Give therefore thy servant an aunderstanding bheart to judge thy people, that I may cdiscern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?

Solomon's gift of wisdom was a spiritual gift.  If we are unrighteous that gifts will function less well and may not function at all.  We must also exercise the gifts to learn how to use them.

Solomon wanted the temple to help the non believers too.
1 Kings 8:41-43
 41 Moreover concerning a astranger, that is not of thy people Israel, but cometh out of a far bcountry for thy name’s sake;
 42 (For they shall hear of thy great name, and of thy strong ahand, and of thy stretched out arm;) when he shall come and pray toward this house;
 43 Hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee for: that all people of the earth may aknow thy name, to bfear thee, as do thy people Israel; and that they may know that this house, which I have builded, is called by thy name.

Moses 1:39
 39 For behold, this is my awork and my bglory—to bring to pass the cimmortality and deternal elife of man.

Immortality is living forever.
Eternal life is living with god.

Moses 6:34
 34 Behold my aSpirit is upon you, wherefore all thy words will I justify; and the bmountains shall flee before you, and the crivers shall turn from their course; and thou shalt abide in me, and I in you; therefore dwalkwith me.

Mosiah 2:24
 24 And secondly, he doth arequire that ye should do as he hath commanded you; for which if ye do, he doth immediately bbless you; and therefore he hath paid you. And ye are still indebted unto him, and are, and will be, forever and ever; therefore, of what have ye to boast?

Mosiah 2:41
 41 And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and ahappy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are bblessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out cfaithful to the end they are received into dheaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it.

God isn't just there to punish us if we do evil.  He is our father and cares for us.

Jesus came to atone for our sins and also to teach us of true personal
nature of God the father.

From the Bulletin:
"God's commandments are not given to limit or punish us. They are exercises that create character and sanctify souls. If we disregard them, we become spiritually flabby and weak and without defense. If we keep them, we can become spiritual giants, strong and bold in righteousness."

"Joseph Smith said, '[God] never will institute an ordinance or give a commandment to His people that is not calculated in its nature to promote that happiness which He has designed, and which will not end in the greatest amount of good and glory to those who become the recipients of his law and ordinances."

"Day-to-day obedience to God's commandments is indispensable, and it protects us during mortality and prepares us for the tremendous adventure that awaits us on the other side of the veil." Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, Ensign, Nov 1999.

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