Sunday, April 10, 2011

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah April 4-10-2011

I found out that one of the high priests in our ward has a grandpa that is the Malan of Malan's peak and basin.  This brother said that his middle name is in fact Malan.

Duties of a Home Teacher
  • Teaching
    •  Counsel with the head of the household to find out what their needs are.
    •  Be aware of events (baptism, priesthood ordination)
  • Encourage the family to teach each other, read the scripture, and pray.
  • Find out needs the family have

If we don't have a good relationship with our home teaching families then how will they be comfortable to tell us of a need they have.

Delegation has two purposes
-Help heavenly father accomplish more than what one person he has assigned can get done.
-Help people grow.

In the church delegation is not asking someone for a favor, it is making an assignment.

Matthew 16-17
Christ means anointed one.  In bible times kings and prophets were anointed.

Matthew 16:16-19
16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Peter means rock.  The rock is revelation and Peter is named that to signify that the keys of authority of revelation is being given to him.

“In 1976 an area general conference was held in Copenhagen, Denmark. Following the closing session, President Spencer W. Kimball desired to visit the Vor Frue Church, where the Thorvaldsen statues of the Christus and of the Twelve Apostles stand. He had visited there some years earlier and wanted all of us to see it, to go there.
To the front of the church, behind the altar, stands the familiar statue of the Christus with His arms turned forward and somewhat outstretched, the hands showing the imprint of the nails, and the wound in His side very clearly visible. Along each side stand the statues of the Apostles, Peter at the front to the right and the other Apostles in order.
Most of our group was near the rear of the chapel with the custodian. I stood up front with President Kimball before the statue of Peter with Elder Rex D. Pinegar and Johan Helge Benthin, president of the Copenhagen stake.

In Peter’s hand, depicted in marble, is a set of heavy keys. President Kimball pointed to those keys and explained what they symbolized. Then, in an act I shall never forget, he turned to President Benthin and with unaccustomed firmness pointed his finger at him and said, “I want you to tell everyone in Denmark that I hold the keys! We hold the real keys, and we use them every day.”” (The Twelve, President Boyd K. Packer, April 2008 General Conference)

Church Handbook of Instructions - Priesthood Keys

The person who has the keys does not choose a successor.  They do not give their keys to someone else when they are released.  The presiding authority that holds the keys to call people in that position passes those keys.

It is interesting to me that here in Utah it is always just family that do the baby blessings.  In Indiana one usually either has no family who were members or their family were living elsewhere, so generally people they are close with in the ward are asked to stand in the circle.

The bishop is planning temple trips to use all the temples in Utah while the Ogden temple is remodeled.  I haven't heard the term temple trip used here as we just take a few minutes to the temple, do the work, and take few minutes to drop all the kids at their homes.  I think it will be good for our stake to get perspective by traveling to other temples and especially our ward as we try for the ones farther away.

1 Corinthians 13:1-3
We must teach with charity (love).

Teaching when compared to scouting: the uniforms, knots, and hikes are just excuses to get together.  The important thing is to love the boys.

3 Nephi 17:6-10 - Pray to know the needs of those we teach and for guidance on how to fulfill those needs.
6 And he said unto them: Behold, my bowels are filled with compassion towards you.
7 Have ye any that are  sick among you? Bring them hither. Have ye any that are lame, or blind, or halt, or maimed, or leprous, or that are withered, or that are deaf, or that are afflicted in any manner? Bring them hither and I will heal them, for I have compassion upon you; my bowels are filled with mercy.
8 For I perceive that ye desire that I should show unto you what I have done unto your brethren at Jerusalem, for I see that your faith is sufficient that I should heal you.
9 And it came to pass that when he had thus spoken, all the multitude, with one accord, did go forth with their sick and their afflicted, and their lame, and with their blind, and with their dumb, and with all them that were afflicted in any manner; and he did heal them every one as they were brought forth unto him.
10 And they did all, both they who had been healed and they who were whole, bow down at his feet, and did worship him; and as many as could come for the multitude did kiss his feet, insomuch that they did bathe his feet with their tears.

The Book of Mormon is often said to be many things, a story of pride, an example of the rise and fall of civilizations, a testimony of Christ, but it is also the story of families and fathers teaching them (Lehi, Alma, Alma the younger, and even Helaman).

“Charity is a gift that you can receive as you pray to be filled with love, as you give service, and as you look for the good in others.” (TEACHING, NO GREATER CALL: A RESOURCE GUIDE FOR GOSPEL TEACHING, LESSON 4: SEEKING THE GIFT OF CHARITY)

We are all to be prophets within our own stewardship.

From the Bulletin
"My brothers and sisters, I thank you for your faith and devotion to the gospel, for the love and care you show to one another, and for the service you provide in your wards and branches and stakes and districts. Thank you, as well, for your faithfulness in paying your tithes and offerings and for your generosity in contributing to the other funds of the Church." "We face many challenges in the world today, but I assure you that our Heavenly Father is mindful of us. He loves each of us and will bless us as we seek Him through prayer and strive to keep His commandments." President Thomas S. Monson, General Conference April 2nd & 3rd 2011.

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