Sunday, February 20, 2011

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah February 2-20-2011

Assignments and phone calls reminders are necessary evils when things aren’t getting done.

D&C 58:26
26 For behold, it is not meet that I should command in all things; for he that is compelled in all things, the same is a slothful and not a wise servant; wherefore he receiveth no reward.

Matthew 25:24-27
24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo,there thou hast that is thine.
26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.

We can’t just do the minimum that is required of us or just the things we are specifically assigned to do if we are to be more than slothful servants.

Teach our children by playing and working with them.

Matthew 5:48
48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Perfect - complete, finished, fully developed.

Ephesians 4:13 - unity of faith and perfect man
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some,evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

The apostles spent time speaking against works because their audience believed that they were saved by doing certain works only.

A missionary who is from anchorage who is serving in Ogden spoke to us.

1 Nephi 11:16-17
16 And he said unto me: Knowest thou the condescension of God?
17 And I said unto him: I know that he loveth his children; nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things.

Alma 60:21 - saved, duty
21 Or do ye suppose that the Lord will still deliver us, while we sit upon our thrones and do not make use of the means which the Lord has provided for us?

Matthew 22:35
35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question,tempting him, and saying,
36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
37Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Should we need to be commanded to love God?
Should we need to be commanded to love our home teaching families?
Should we need to be commanded to do our duty?

Mosiah 4:15
15 But ye will teach them to walk in the ways of truth and soberness; ye will teach them to love one another, and to serve one another.

One of the speakers talked about how he enjoyed the words to I Stand All Amazed.

One of the speakers told a story of being a flooring contractor and going to Lee Iococa's house.  Lee's wife said lee wasn't feeling well so he was sitting outside and wouldn't be able to come deal with the flooring issues.  Lee's wife would go out and ask lee about issues and that came up and would tell the contractor.  The contractor began to feel that lee was being arrogant and rude in not dealing with him directly.  After he got home he heard on the news that Lee Iococa had been issued to the hospital with a heart attack.  He felt awful that he had judged him.

From the Bulletin
"In the Church, our belief in the overriding importance of families is rooted in restored doctrine. If we live and act upon this knowledge, we will attract the world to us. Parents who place a high priority on their families will gravitate to the Church because it offers the family structure, values, doctrine, and eternal perspective that they seek and cannot find elsewhere.
Our family-centered perspective should make Latter-day Saints strive to be the best parents in the world. It should give us enormous respect for our children, who truly are our spiritual siblings, and it should cause us to devote whatever time is necessary to strengthen our families. Indeed, nothing is more critically connected to happiness—both our own and that of our children—than how well we love and support one another within the family.
In today's world, where Satan's aggression against the family is so prevalent, parents must do all they can to fortify and defend their families. But their efforts may not be enough. Our most basic institution of family desperately needs help and support from the extended family and the public institutions that surround us. Brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, grandparents and cousins can make a powerful difference in the lives of children. Remember that the expression of love and encouragement from an extended family member will often provide the right influence and help a child at a critical time." Elder Russell M. Ballard, 'What Matters Most Is What Lasts Longest," , (October 1, 2005)

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