Sunday, April 24, 2011

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah April 4-24-2011

How do we perceive our children when we give them a gift and they use it poorly, don't share it, or act like they are entitled to it because of who they are or what they did?  We likely look the same to God when we blow our time and money on junk, don't share it with others, or act as if everything we have is due to our own labor or that we are entitled to have more stuff.

Tithing should become a habit and then it is less of or a non issue.

We can't see the future to know what our blessings will be, but we can see the consequences of the past and times when we have been faithful and when we have not.  We will be better off over the long term if we pay our tithes and offerings.  There will be bumps along the way where we have to hang on and keep being faithful and wait for the blessings.

John 8-9
Mark is good at telling stories.  If you like action and stories Mark is for you.
John is more the advanced gospel.

The instructor had a paperback version of the New Testament that is about the size of a paper back regular type Book of Mormon.  The NT was much thinner, even though the length and width were the same.  I’m use to seeing the big thick Bible with both testaments together.  It was interesting to see it split out.  I have seen little mini New Testaments that some of the protestants pass out, but to see one of normal size was neat.

The third Passover of the Savior’s ministry is the last week of the His life.

They were surprised at who this carpenter was that knew the scriptures so well.  Jesus responds that it is His father, not Him.

Jesus did not say to not obey the sabbath.  He said that there are proper things to do on the sabbath.

What traditions do we have in the Church that aren't doctrine (”Oh my heck”, green jello, Utah is Zion, outside of Utah is the mission field)?

What traditions do we have in our nation that sometimes get in the way of God (Halloween, Superbowl and football in general, Easter feasts)?

Lent would be an example of a Christian tradition.  Christmas could also considered a Christian tradition, as could Easter.  All of these commemorate events, but much of the tradition minimizes and even in some ways, mock the sacred events they were invented to remember.

He doesn't condemn the harlot, but tells to go and sin no more.  We are all not currently condemned and have time to sin no more.

Light of the world.  Dark brings fear.  Light makes people feel safe and even happy most times.

John 8:31-32
31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

People outside the church see us at times as being restricted by our beliefs, but in reality we are free of addictions and debt and so forth if we live according to the truth.

"Should doubt knock at your doorway, just say to those skeptical, disturbing, rebellious thoughts: ‘I propose to stay with my faith, with the faith of my people. I know that happiness and contentment are there, and I forbid you, agnostic, doubting thoughts, to destroy the house of my faith. I grant that I cannot explain the miracles of the Bible, and I do not attempt to do so, but I accept God’s word. I wasn’t with Joseph, but I believe him. My faith did not come to me through science, and I will not permit so-called science to destroy it. When I change my mind about God and His work, only the inspiration of God will change it.’" (President Thomas S. Monson, Decisions Determine Destiny, CES Fireside for Young Adults • November 6, 2005 • Brigham Young University)

“My desire today is for all of us—not just those who are "poor in spirit" but all of us—to have more straightforward personal experience with the Savior's example. Sometimes we seek heaven too obliquely, focusing on programs or history or the experience of others. Those are important but not as important as personal experience, true discipleship, and the strength that comes from experiencing firsthand the majesty of His touch.”

"This reliance upon the merciful nature of God is at the very center of the gospel Christ taught. I testify that the Savior’s Atonement lifts from us not only the burden of our sins but also the burden of our disappointments and sorrows, our heartaches and our despair.14 From the beginning, trust in such help was to give us both a reason and a way to improve, an incentive to lay down our burdens and take up our salvation. There can and will be plenty of difficulties in life. Nevertheless, the soul that comes unto Christ, who knows His voice and strives to do as He did, finds a strength, as the hymn says, ‘beyond [his] own.’15 The Savior reminds us that He has ‘graven [us] upon the palms of [His] hands.’16 Considering the incomprehensible cost of the Crucifixion and Atonement, I promise you He is not going to turn His back on us now. When He says to the poor in spirit, ‘Come unto me,’ He means He knows the way out and He knows the way up. He knows it because He has walked it. He knows the way because He is."  (Elder Jeffery R. Holland, Broken Things to Mend, April 2006 General Conference)

“As pertaining to Jesus Christ, I testify that he is the Son of the Living God and was crucified for the sins of the world. He is our Lord, our God, and our King. This I know of myself independent of any other person.” (Elder Bruce R. McConkie, Ensign, May 1985, p. 11.) - This was his last address before he died.

From the Bulletin
"In all the history of the world there have been many great and wise souls, many of whom claimed special knowledge of God. But when the Savior rose from the tomb, He did something no one had ever done. He did something no one else could do. He broke the bonds of death, not only for Himself but for all who have ever lived—the just and the unjust (see John 5:28-29)." Joseph B. Wirthlin, "Dark Friday, Bright Sunday," New Era, Mar. 2008,4.

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