Sunday, May 01, 2011

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah May 5-1-2011

The lesson was based on President Uchtdorf’s talk from last conference, Your Potential, Your Privilege.
If you have a final exam coming up and your home teaching is caught up and you are good with your other callings then you are entitled to the help from Heavenly Father to do well on that final if you have done your best.

Psalms 27:3
3 Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

If we are confident we feel secure.

"The words written in the scriptures and spoken in general conference are for us to ‘liken them unto [ourselves],’ 7 not for reading or hearing only. 8Too often we attend meetings and nod our heads; we might even smile knowingly and agree. We jot down some action points, and we may say to ourselves, ‘That is something I will do.’ But somewhere between the hearing, the writing of a reminder on our smartphone, and the actual doing, our ‘do it’ switch gets rotated to the ‘later’ position. Brethren, let’s make sure to set our ‘do it’ switch always to the ‘now’ position!"

"Too often we fail to experience the bliss that comes from daily, practical priesthood service. At times assignments can feel like burdens. Brethren, let us not pass through life immersed in the three Ws: wearied, worrying, and whining. We live beneath our privileges when we allow worldly anchors to keep us away from the abundant joy that comes from faithful and dedicated priesthood service, especially within the walls of our own homes."

Do we sit in our homes eating canned food of television or surfing the Internet when there is a feast waiting for us for being engaged in the work?

John 9-10
Miracles Jesus did and the symbolism:
Water to wine - Taking something ordinary and making it extraordinary/purification
Fed 5000 - Bread of life
Raising Lazerus from the dead - Resurrection
Healing the blind man - If we follow the savior we see more clearly.

John 9:1-3
1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

Our trials can make us a tool in God's hand.

John 9:24-25
24 Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.
25 He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.
26 Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes?
27 He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples?

They state that they know Moses, but they do not try to know Jesus.  Do we often get caught up in our traditions or things that we want and deny God's instructions for us?

we are accused sometimes of following blindly, but if one cannot see the way, they should follow one who can.  It would be stupidity to wonder around trying to find the way on our own when we have a guide.

John 10:10
10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

What does it mean to have more abundantly?  There is just having a pulse and then there is truly living.  The savior gives us a full and abundant life beyond just trodding along being beat upon by life.

John 10:15-16
15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.
16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

John 10:31-33
31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.
32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?
33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.

It would be blasphemy if he was not the Son of God.  Many claim we have false prophets in the church.  It would be a problem if they are false, but there is no problem if they are true.  We should be sure the lacking is not in us before we reject the things of God.

Someone shared an experience of visiting a family history center in a prison in Boise, Idaho.  What a wonderful idea to give the inmates something productive to do and to help them think about the importance of family.

What you give in testimony meeting is it a testimony or a Facebook status update?

“I know this church is true” is not required to be included in a testimony.  We need to teach our children to speak what is in their heart and not just what they hear others saying.

From the Bulletin
"I testify that Jesus Christ is the literal, living Son of our literal, living God. This Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer who, under the guidance of the Father, was the Creator of heaven and earth and all things that in them are. ...I testify that He had power over death because He was divine, but that He willingly subjected Himself to death for our sake because, for a period of time, He was also mortal. I declare that in His willing submission to death He took upon Himself the sins of the world, paying an infinite price for every sorrow and sickness, every heartache and unhappiness from Adam to the end of the world. In doing so He conquered both the grave physically and hell spiritually and set the human family free. I bear witness that He was literally resurrected from the tomb and, after ascending to His Father, to complete the process of that Resurrection, He appeared, repeatedly, to hundreds of disciples in the Old World and in the New. I know He is the Holy One of Israel, the Messiah who will one day come again in final glory, to reign on earth as Lord of lords and King of kings." Jeffrey R. Holland, The Only True God and Jesus Christ Whom He Hath Sent, Ensign, Nov. 2007, 42

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