Sunday, April 17, 2011

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah April 4-17-2011

“If we accept salvation on the terms it is offered to us, we have got to be honest in every thought, in our reflections, in our meditations, in our private circles, in our deals, in our declarations, and in every act of our lives” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Brigham Young [1997], 293

Entitlement without sufficient effort is dishonest.

2 Nephi 28:8
 8 And there shall also be many which shall say: Eat, drink, and be merry; nevertheless, fear God—he will justify in committing a little sin; yea, lie a little, take the advantage of one because of his words, dig a pit for thy neighbor; there is no harm in this; and do all these things, for tomorrow we die; and if it so be that we are guilty, God will beat us with a few stripes, and at last we shall be saved in the kingdom of God.

If you have to justify what you are doing you should step back and reevaluate.

As a young man I served a mission to Brazil. It was a marvelous experience. One of the wonders of the world in that great country is Iguaçu Falls. In the flood season, the volume of water spilling over the brink is the largest in the world. Every few minutes, millions of gallons of water cascade into the chasm below. One part of the falls, where the deluge is the heaviest, is called the Devil’s Throat.
There are some large rocks standing just above, before the water rushes down into Devil’s Throat. Years ago, reckless boatmen would take passengers in canoes to stand on those rocks and look down into the Devil’s Throat. The water above the falls is usually calm and slow moving, and the atmosphere tranquil. Only the roar of the water below forewarns of the danger lurking just a few feet away. A sudden, unexpected current could take a canoe into the rushing waters, over the cliff, and down into the Devil’s Throat. Those foolish enough to leave the canoes to stand on these treacherous wet rocks could so easily lose their footing and be swept away into the swirling currents below.
I recognize that some of you think of yourselves as daredevils, ready to take on almost any challenge. But some of these excursions for excitement will inevitably take you down into the Devil’s Throat. The only safe course is to stay well away from the dangers of the Devil’s Throat.” (James E Faust, The Devil’s Throat, April 2003 General Conference)

When we are completely honest, we cannot be corrupted. We are true to every trust, duty, agreement, or covenant, even if it costs us money, friends, or our lives. Then we can face the Lord, ourselves, and others without shame” (Gospel Principles, “Honesty”)

“Let every man’s life be so that his character will bear the closest inspection, and that it may be seen as an open book, so that he will have nothing to shrink from or be ashamed of” (Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed. [1939], 252)

Matthew 18:15-17
 15 ¶ Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.
 16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
 17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.

If you have a problem with someone, go to them and work it out.  If that doesn’t work, bring some witnesses to the problem and talk to him again.  Witnesses can give a different perspective and help you explain your position.  If that does not work then take him to the authority whether that be Church or the courts, depending on the issue.  At the time of Matthew 18 I think I recall that for the most part the courts were the church.  If there is still a problem, then you are going to have to avoid dealings with that person as much as possible.

Matthew 18:21-22
  21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
 22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

Seven in the scriptures generally mean completeness.  We would would likely translate seventy times seven into modern terms to say infinity plus one.

Matthew 18:24 - ten thousand talents = roughly 400 million dollars

Matthew 18:28 - an hundred pence = roughly 85 dollars.

The man owed so much and was forgiven and then held his brother accountable for so little.

The great sins that we have committed in our lives are forgiven if we repent.  The few things that a person might do against us should be forgiven.

This forgiveness is charity.  The pure love of Christ that we have been given and we reflect to others.

Doctrine and Covenants 64:10
10 I, the Lord, will forgive whom I will forgive, but of you it is required to forgive all men.

The savior holds the right or keys to hold others accountable and we do not.

Because you have wronged me I am going to carry this grudge that is going to keep me from being happy for the next ten years to punish you.

“Around us we see members of the Church who have become offended. Some take offense...unable to get past the mistakes of others. They do not leave it alone. They fall into inactivity.

“That attitude is somewhat like a man being hit by a club. Offended, he takes up a club and beats himself over the head with it all the days of his life.” (President Boyd K. Packer, Guided by the Holy Spirit, General Conference April 2011)

Occasionally we have business dealings or family members that wrong us.  How do we deal with that?  It is about our heart.  We may have to pursue legal actions and avoid doing further business with a person, but we can still forgive in our hearts and let the legal system do their job.

Mary and Martha  - stop worry about what other people are doing or not doing.

Martha’s self-importance, expressed through her judgment of her sister, occasioned the Lord’s rebuke, not her busyness with the meal” (“‘Simon, I Have Somewhat to Say unto Thee’: Judgment and Condemnation in the Parables of Jesus,” in Brigham Young University 1990–91 Devotional and Fireside Speeches [1991], 116)

Moroni 7:16
16 For behold, the Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil; wherefore, I show unto you the way to judge; for every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God.

The world lowers the standard of what is acceptable.  The lord's stay the same and his guidance for us to be able to keep those standards become more strict.

From the Bulletin

"Elder Bruce R. McConkie taught: "Faith is a gift of God bestowed as a reward for personal righteousness. It is always given when righteousness is present .and the greater the measure of obedience to God's laws the greater will be the endowment of faith" (Mormon Doctrine, 2nd ed [1964 264). If we desire more faith, we must be more obedient. When we teach our children by example or precept to be casual or situational in obeying God's commandments, we prevent them from receiving this vital spiritual gift. Faith requires an attitude of exact obedience, even in the small, simple things.
Desire is a particle of faith that develops within us as we experience divine truth. It is like spiritual photosynthesis. The influence of the Holy Ghost, acting on the Light of Christ within every human being, produces the spiritual equivalent of a chemical reaction—a stirring, a change of heart, or a desire to know. Hope develops as particles of faith become molecules and as simple efforts to live true principles occur.
As patterns of obedience develop, the specific blessings associated with obedience are realized and belief emerges. Desire, hope, and belief are forms of faith, but faith as a principle of power comes from a consistent pattern of obedient behavior and attitudes. Challenging times require greater spiritual power. Consider carefully the Savior's promise: "If ye will have faith in me ye shall have power to do whatsoever thing is expedient in me" (Moroni 7:33). Elder Kevin W. Pearson Of the Seventy

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