Sunday, November 14, 2010

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah November 11-14-2010

Gift of the Holy Ghost

Mission of the Holy Ghost
-testify of truth
-bear witness of the father and the son

Moroni 10:3-5
3 Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how amerciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and bponder it in your chearts.
4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would aask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not btrue; and if ye shall ask with a csincere heart, with dreal intent, having efaith in Christ, he will fmanifest the gtruthof it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may aknow the btruth of all things.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17
16 Know ye not that ye are the atemple of God, and that the bSpirit of God dwelleth cin you?
17 If any man adefile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is bholy, which temple ye are.

Doctrine and Covenants 130:22
22The aFather has a bbody of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s; the Son also; but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of cSpirit. Were it not so, the Holy Ghost could not ddwell in us.

Luke 3:16
16 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall abaptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:

Acts 19:1-6
1 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper acoasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,
2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto aJohn’s baptism.
4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of arepentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
5 When they heard this, they were abaptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with atongues, and prophesied.

Doctrine and Covenants 33:15
15 And whoso having faith you shall aconfirm in my church, by the laying on of the bhands, and I will bestow the cgift of the Holy Ghost upon them.

Infant baptism removes the importance of agency in the ordinance.  The same is true with the gift o the holy ghost.  Hands are laid upon us and we are told to receive the holy ghost.  We then must choose each day, even each minute whether we will keep the spirit with us through the choices we make to sin or not.

You can not make a proper decision or assessment if you don't include all the data.  When religion is not taken into account we can get the wrong answer.  If we discount math when working with another branch of science it can be difficult to determine the answer.  The same is true when we remove religion from our consideration.

If we had a time machine, what event from the scriptures, specifically in the old testament, would we like to witness?

If we are faithful, we can understand the things of God and see things from the beginning.

Doctrine and Covenants 76
12 By the power of the aSpirit our beyes were opened and our understandings were enlightened, so as to see and understand the things of God—
13 Even those things which were from the beginning before the world was, which were ordained of the Father, through his Only Begotten Son, who was in the bosom of the Father, even from the abeginning;

Even though some say that God is incomprehensible, the mysteries of God are available to be understood by us if we work at it and live so the Holy Spirit can teach us.

What kinds of amazing events are we witnessing in our day?

Jeremiah 16:14-16 - A scripture about missionary work, the gathering of Israel, the people of the Book of Mormon, and the lost tribes of Israel
14 ¶Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that it shall no more be said, The Lord liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;
15 But, The Lord liveth, that abrought up the children of Israel from the land of the bnorth, and from all the clands whither he had driven them: and I will dbring them again into their eland that I gave unto their fathers.
16 ¶Behold, I will send for many afishers, saith the Lord, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.

The gathering of Israel isn't so much a physical gathering as it is teaching and bringing them to God whereever they live.

Numbers 11:29
29 And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the Lord’s people were aprophets, and that the Lord would put his spirit upon them!

This does not mean that we can all receive revelation for others we have not stewardship over, but it means that we can be prophets in our homes, in our work, and in our callIngs.

Satan is like a door to door salesman and our door is our agency.  Do we just close the door on salesman and let him knock or do we remove him from our doorstep if necessary.

From the Bulletin
"In the Book of Mormon, Jacob, quoting Zenos, spoke of our task today in the allegory of the tame and wild olive tree:
"Wherefore, go to, and call servants, that we may labor diligently with our might in the vineyard, that we may prepare the way, that I may bring forth again the natural fruit, which natural fruit is good and the most precious above all other fruit.
"Wherefore, let us go to and labor with our might this last time, for behold the end draweth nigh, and this is for the last time that I shall prune my vineyard" (Jacob 5: 61 – 62).
The Savior's call is to you of the rising generation. He is asking for worthy, prepared, faithful young men and young women who will heed the prophet's voice, who will step Lip and say, as the Savior Himself said, "Here am I, send me" (Abraham 3:27). The need has never been greater. The field has never been whiter. You are called to go *'this last time" (Jacob 5:62). There is no greater work; there is no greater call than teaching "all nations, baptizing there in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost" (Matthew 28:19).
1 solemnly proclaim and testify that the heavens are open, that not only has God spoken but that He speaks today. His Son, Jesus Christ, lives and is inviting you, as He invited His Apostles of old, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." Elder Brent H. Nielson of the Seventy "A Call to the Rising Generation," Ensign, November 2009, 95-97.

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