Sunday, January 16, 2011

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah January 1-16-2011

Why do we sacrifice our time or our means?
  • It is our duty.
  • We gain blessings.
  • It is who we are.

I don't know if the first two are telestial characteristics or terrestrial characteristics, but I do know that doing it because that is simply who we are is our goal and a celestial characteristic.

We offer the Lord a broken heart and a contrite spirit instead of animal sacrifice.  It isn't something we do.  It is something we become.

The goal of this life is about what we are to become and not empty actions.  We may think things we have to do is pointless, but the actions the Lord requires are to enhance our character and at times to change our character.

What is the one thing that the savior would tell us we personally lack.

Luke 18:18-23
18 And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit aeternal life?
19 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is agood, save one, that is, God.
20 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit aadultery, Do not bkill, Do not steal, Do not bear cfalse witness, dHonour thy father and thy mother.
21 And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.
22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the apoor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
23 And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.

What is the “one thing” that the savior would tell us we personally lack.

What are the key phrases you notice from the Christmas story in Luke chapter 2?

I can only learn so much in one scripture study session, so I better have lots of scripture study sessions.  I can only teach my kids so much in a family home evening, so I better have many family home evenings.  I can only absorb and learn so much  each time I go to the temple, so I should go to the temple a lot.

Luke 2:46 reads like this in the King James Version:
46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the atemple, sitting in the midst of the bdoctors, cboth hearing them, and dasking them questions.

Joseph Smith translated it as, "they were hearing him, and asking him questions"

The speakers were assigned to speak on a hero from The Book of Mormon.  One spoke on Teancum, one on Nephi, the son of Lehi and brother of Lamen, and one spoke on Captain Moroni.

From the Bulletin
"The Book of Mormon is a book that testifies that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior of the world. Great prophets throughout the Book of Mormon have borne solemn witness that Jesus Christ is the Creator of the earth, the Redeemer of mankind, the Only Begotten of the Father. These Book of Mormon prophets knew Him, as Abraham and Moses did, and received and taught His everlasting gospel. As we read and study their words, we gain a deeper understanding of the Savior's matchless love, His perfect life and example, and the blessings of His great atoning sacrifice." Elder Craig C. Christensen, "A Book with a Promise," Ensign, May 2008

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