Sunday, December 19, 2010

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah December 12-19-2010

John 6:66-69
66 From that time many of his adisciples went back, and bwalked no more with him.
67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?
68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the awords of eternal life.
69 And awe believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the bSon of the living God.

Sabbath Day
Sabbath means rest.  Rest does not mean recreation.  Rest sometimes means do something different.

It is often said that "still waters run deep" to refer to someone who generally quiet, but when they do speak they have profound things to say.  It could also be aptly applied to the sabbath.  We hussle and bussle during the week and even though on Sunday, there is still much work to do, it can be deeper based on ceasing other activities that cause noise in our lives during the rest of the week.  Rapids are generally fairly shallow.  The waters that are deep and full of life are generally more still.

Rest prepares us and the sabbath is a time to prepare spiritually.

Some find finding sabbath worthy activities difficult.  Just like finding things we are grateful for when we are grieving can be done, you find what you sincerely look for.

Cyrus is mentioned by name in Isaiah 150 years before Cyrus was born.

It should be noted that Isaiah was talking about the king of Persia and not Miley or Billy Ray.

Joshua through Ester is the history or the Old Testament.

The Lord works with the governments of countries to get his work accomplished even today.

The people became lax in rebuilding the temple and the prophets have to tell them to get moving again.  Surely they already had scriptures and rabbis and pastors to tell them the importance of the temple and the importance of doing their duty, but it was still necessary to have a prophet reiterate to them their duty at that moment.

Nehemiah 6:2-3
2 That Sanballat and Geshem sent unto me, saying, Come, let us meet together in some one of the villages in the plain of Ono. But they thought to do me mischief.
3 And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?

The church has a public relations department to not distract the Church from the work when critics attack the church in general.

I have seen a couple of places where church leaders have made a statement similar to this, “This is not 1830 and there are not six of us.”  I have include two such quotes below.

And yet this isn’t 1830, and there aren’t just six of us anymore. Could part of the defensiveness that others sometimes see in us suggest that we still expect to be treated as a disliked minority, forced to flee to the West? In our interactions with others, are we expecting always to have to defend ourselves? If so, I think we need to make a course correction. Constantly anticipating criticism or objections can lead to an unhealthy self-consciousness and a defensive posture that doesn’t resonate well with others. It is inconsistent with where we are today as a church and as a great body of followers of Jesus Christ.” (Elder Russell M. Ballard, “Sharing the Gospel with Confidence”, Ensign July 2010, From a commencement address delivered at Brigham Young University on August 13, 2009.)

When I was young and very new in my calling, I was sent east to meet with powerful, prominent officials who were blocking our work. As I left for the airport, I stopped to see President Harold B. Lee and asked,

“‘Do you have any parting counsel?’

“‘Yes,’ he said, ‘just remember this isn't 1830, and there aren't just six of us.’

“That erased fear. I pled our cause. The problem was resolved.” (President Boyd K. Packer, “The Standard of Truth Has Been Erected”, October 2003 General Conference)

“There would be no Christmas if there had not been Easter. The babe Jesus of Bethlehem would be but another baby without the redeeming Christ of Gethsemane and Calvary, and the triumphant fact of the Resurrection.” (Gordon B. Hinckley, “The Wondrous and True Story of Christmas”, Ensign, Dec. 2000, 5.)

From the Bulletin
Luke 2:11
11 For unto you is aborn this day in the city of David a bSaviour, which is Christ the cLord.

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