Sunday, July 25, 2010

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah July 7-25-2010

Doctrine and Covenants 9:6
6 Do not amurmur, my son, for it is wisdom in me that I have dealt with you after this manner.

Some remarks were based on President Dieter F. Uchtdorf “You Are My Hands” April 2010 General Conference talk.

“True love requires action. We can speak of love all day long—we can write notes or poems that proclaim it, sing songs that praise it, and preach sermons that encourage it—but until we manifest that love in action, our words are nothing but ‘sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.’” - President Uctdorf

The teacher passed out this list of scriptures and quotes to help with our study of the lesson:
1.1 Kings 17:1
2. Helaman 10:4-5
3.1 Kings 17:2-5
4. Quote: Elder Gordon B. Hinckley said: "I draw strength from a simple statement made concerning the Prophet Elijah, who warned King Ahab of drought and famine to come upon the land. But Ahab scoffed. And the Lord told Elijah to go and hide himself by the brook Cherith, that there he should drink of the brook, and that he would be fed by the ravens. And the scripture records a simple and wonderful statement: 'So he went and did according unto the word of the Lord.' (1 Kings 17:5.)
"There was no arguing. There was no excusing. There was no equivocating. Elijah simply 'went and did according unto the word of the Lord.' And he was saved from the terrible calamities that befell those who scoffed and argued and questioned" (in Conference Report, Oct. 1971, 159; or Ensign, Dec. 1971, 12324).
5.1 Kings 17:4, 6
6. 1 Kings 17:7-13
7.1 Kings 17:13-14
8.1 Kings 17:15
9.1 Kings 17:16
10. 1 Kings 17:17-22
11. 1 Kings 18:1
12.1 Kings 18:17
13.1 Kings 18:18
14. 1 Kings 18:19-20
15.1 Kings 18:21
16. Matthew 6:24
17. Quote by Elder Neal A. Maxwell: "The stirring words of various prophets ... urge us to choose, to decide, and not to halt. ... Elijah's message has tremendous relevancy today, for all must finally choose between the gods of this world and the God of eternity" (That My Family Should Partake [ 1974], 22).
18. Kings 18:45

1 Kings 17:13-16
 13 And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.
 14 For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth.
 15 And she awent and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.
 16 And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah.

Often times the Lord requires and act of faith before he blesses us.  For example, as we read in Ether 12:5-6
 5 And it came to pass that Ether did prophesy great and marvelous things unto the people, which they did not believe, because they asaw them not.
 6 And now, I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these things; I would show unto the world that afaith is things which are bhoped for and cnot seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no dwitness until after the etrial of your faith.

The Lord will not send a clap of thunder when a still small voice will do.

“When we hear the transcendent truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ, hope and faith begin to blossom inside of us.” (President Dieter F. Uctdorf, The Way of the Disciple, April 2009 General Conference)

Alma 32:21
 21 And now as I said concerning faith—afaith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye bhope for things which are cnot seen, which are true.

Too often we approach the gospel like a farmer who places a seed in the ground in the morning and expects corn on the cob by the afternoon.” (President Dieter F. Uctdorf, The Way of the Disciple, April 2009 General Conference)

“It is not enough merely to speak of Jesus Christ or proclaim that we are His disciples. It is not enough to surround ourselves with symbols of our religion. Discipleship is not a spectator sport. We cannot expect to experience the blessings of faith by standing inactive on the sidelines any more than we can experience the benefits of health by sitting on a sofa watching sporting events on television and giving advice to the athletes. And yet for some, ‘spectator discipleship’ is a preferred if not a primary way of worshiping.

Ours is not a secondhand religion. We cannot receive the blessings of the gospel merely by observing the good that others do. We need to get off the sidelines and practice what we preach.”

“The word disciple comes from the Latin [meaning] a learner. A disciple of Christ is one who is learning to be like Christ—learning to think, to feel, and to act [like] he does. To be a true disciple, to fulfill that learning task, is the most demanding regimen known to man. No other discipline compares … in either requirements or rewards. It involves the total transformation of a person from the state of the natural man to that of [a] saint, one who loves the Lord and serves with all of his heart, might, mind, and strength” (Chauncey C. Riddle, “Becoming a Disciple,” Ensign, Sept. 1974, 81).

From the Bulletin
"Perfection is worth striving for even if it is ultimately unattainable in this life, For it is through our struggle to become like the Savior and His Father that we ourselves become perfected. If we follow the pattern that Christ set for us, we will be responding to the scriptural mandate to "come unto Christ, and be perfected in him"(Moro. 10:32).
"Behold," said the Savior to the Nephites, "I am the light; I have set an example for you" (3 Ne. 18:16).He often told His disciples to "follow me" (Matt.4:19). His was a program of "do what I do" rather than "do what I say."
After He humbly ministered to His Apostles by kneeling before them and washing their feet, He taught them, "I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you" (John 13:15).
Of course, Jesus, who was our perfect model in all things, had His own perfect model. As He Himself taught, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise" (John 5:19).
So it is with members of the Church today. We can do nothing of ourselves in His work. But through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we can and should do the things our Savior would. He showed us the way to lead and guide one another in at least three significant ways during His mortal ministry." Elder Joseph B.Wirthlin, “Guided by His Exemplary Life”, Ensign, September 1995, 32

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