Sunday, August 22, 2010

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah August 8-22-2010

Psalm 23
 1 The Lord is my ashepherd; I shall not bwant.
 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he aleadeth me beside the still waters.
 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of arighteousness for his bname’s sake.
 4 Yea, though I awalk through the bvalley of the cshadow of ddeath, I will fear no eevil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they fcomfort me.
 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou aanointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
 6 Surely agoodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

The lesson was from Elder D. Todd Christofferson, "The Blessing of Scripture", General Conference April 2010.  The quotes below, unless indicated otherwise, are from that talk.

“Tyndale, born in England about the time Columbus sailed to the new world, was educated at Oxford and Cambridge and then became a member of the Catholic clergy. He was fluent in eight languages, including Greek, Hebrew, and Latin. Tyndale was a devoted student of the Bible, and the pervasive ignorance of the scriptures that he observed in both priests and lay people troubled him deeply. In a heated exchange with a cleric who argued against putting scripture in the hands of the common man, Tyndale vowed, “If God spare my life, ere many years I will cause a boy that driveth the plough, shall know more of the Scripture than thou dost!’”

Elder Christofferson listed some things that scriptures do for us:
  • Enlarge our memory
  • Standard for truth
  • Bring us to Christ
"In Tyndale’s day, scriptural ignorance abounded because people lacked access to the Bible, especially in a language they could understand. Today the Bible and other scripture are readily at hand, yet there is a growing scriptural illiteracy because people will not open the books. Consequently they have forgotten things their grandparents knew.”

"God uses scripture to unmask erroneous thinking, false traditions, and sin with its devastating effects."

"His commandments are the voice of reality and our protection against self-inflicted pain."

The teacher handed out the follow scriptures and quotes
1. Job 1:13-17
2. Job 1:18-19
3. Job 2:7
4. Job 7:5
5. Job 16:16
6. Job 7:4; 13-14
7. Job 2:9
8. Job 4:1, 7-8
9. Job 10:15
10. Job 16:10-11
11. Job 30:1, 8-10
12. Job 19:6-8
13. Job 1:11
14. Job 2:4-5
15. Job 1:20-22
16. Elder Richard G. Scott said: "When you face adversity, you can be led to ask many questions. Some serve a useful purpose; others do not. To ask, Why does this have to happen to me? Why do I have to suffer this now? What have I done to cause this? will lead you into blind alleys. It really does no good to ask questions that reflect opposition to the will of God. Rather ask, What am I to do? What am I to learn from this experience? What am I to change? Whom am I to help? How
can I remember my many blessings in times of trial?" (in Conference Report, Oct. 1995, 18; or Ensign, Nov. 1995, 17).
17. Job 13:13-16
18. Job 19:25-27
19. Job 42:10-15
20. 3 Nephi 15:9

Adversity often prepares us for great blessings to come.

The Lord many times gets blamed for things Satan has done.

Ninth Article of Faith
 9 We believe all that God has arevealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet breveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.

Joel 2:32
 32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall acall on the name of bthe Lord shall be cdelivered: for in dmount eZion and in fJerusalem shall be gdeliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the hremnant whom the Lord shall icall.

“Now if God should give no more revelations, where will we find Zion and this remnant?” (History of the Church, 2:52; punctuation modernized; paragraph divisions altered; from the minutes of a Church conference held on Apr. 21, 1834, in Norton, Ohio; reported by Oliver Cowdery.)

Missionary that just returned from Peru spoke to us.

Proverbs 3:6
 6 In all thy ways aacknowledge him, and he shall bdirect thy cpaths.

Surely there is no more powerful missionary message we can send to this world than the example of a loving and happy Latter-day Saint life. (Jeffery R. Holland, “Witnesses unto Me”, Liahona July 2001)

Faith is a gift of God bestowed as a reward for personal righteousness. It is always given when righteousness is present, and the greater the measure of obedience to God’s laws the greater will be the endowment of faith” (Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, 2nd ed. [1966], 264)

Doctrine and Covenants 123:12
 12 For there are many yet on the earth among all sects, parties, and denominations, who are ablinded by the subtle bcraftiness of men, whereby they lie in wait to cdeceive, and who are only kept from the truth because they dknow not where to find it—

From the Bulletin
"The words "come unto Christ" are an invitation. It is the most important invitation you could ever offer to another person. It is the most important invitation anyone could accept. From the beginning of the Restoration of the gospel in this dispensation, it has been the charge given by Jesus Christ to His representatives. Their charge has been "to warn, expound, exhort, and teach, and invite all to come unto Christ."

Every member of the Church, upon accepting the baptismal covenant, becomes a disciple who has promised to stand as a witness of Jesus Christ at all times in any place he or she may be in. The purpose of our witness is to invite people to come unto Him.

All of us should be intensely interested in learning how to issue that invitation effectively. We know from experience that some will not respond. Only a few responded when the Savior Himself offered this invitation during His mortal ministry. But great was His joy in those who recognized His voice. And great has been our joy when those we have invited have come unto Him." President Henry B. Eyring, "Come unto Christ," Liahona, Mar 2008, 48 — 52.

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