Sunday, May 22, 2011

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah May 5-22-2011

Elders Quorum
The lesson was based on Elder Russle M. Nelson's conference talk, Face the Future with Faith
"It is true. We live to die, and we die to live again. From an eternal perspective, the only death that is truly premature is the death of one who is not prepared to meet God."

We live in a time of turmoil. Earthquakes and tsunamis wreak devastation, governments collapse, economic stresses are severe, the family is under attack, and divorce rates are rising. We have great cause for concern. But we do not need to let our fears displace our faith. We can combat those fears by strengthening our faith.”

Teach of faith to keep all the commandments of God, knowing that they are given to bless His children and bring them joy. 4 Warn them that they will encounter people who pick which commandments they will keep and ignore others that they choose to break. I call this the cafeteria approach to obedience. This practice of picking and choosing will not work. It will lead to misery. To prepare to meet God, one keeps all of His commandments. It takes faith to obey them, and keeping His commandments will strengthen that faith.”

We can be concerned, but we do not need to fear if we have faith.

If we look at where we are less effective in our life we can likely tie it back to place in our life where we are less obedient.

If we are only obedient on the surface then we will be less effective in our life and our character will be less strong.  For example the sabbath, if we just go to church and not go to store and that is it, we are not living to our privilege and potential.

Sunday School
John 11
Often times in our trials, they go on long enough for us process what is happening and be prepared for what is to come.

Martha bears testimony similar to Peter's.  Many people had this testimony and not just the presiding authorities.

Sacrament Service
We need to be engaged in knowing, doing, and becoming.

Know the gospel.

Be the hands of God and do his work.

Become like our heavenly father as we learn to do his work.

Ephesians 4:11-14
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:
14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

"The Apostle Paul taught that the Lord's teachings and teachers were given that we may all attain 'the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ' (Eph. 4:13). This process requires far more than acquiring knowledge. It is not even enough for us to be convinced of the gospel; we must act and think so that we are converted by it. In contrast to the institutions of the world, which teach us to know something, the gospel of Jesus Christ challenges us to become something." (Elder Dallin H. Oaks, General Conference October 2000, The Challenge to Become)

3 Nephi 27:27
 27 And know ye that ye shall be judges of this people, according to the judgment which I shall give unto you, which shall be just. Therefore, what manner of men ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am.

One could list the attributes of Jesus.  The question is not, "Do I know the list?", the question is "Have I become the list?".

From the Bulletin
The Lord Trusts Us
“This is the Lord‘s Church. He called us and trusted us even in the weaknesses He knew we had. He knew the trials we would face. By faithful service and through His Atonement, we can come to want what He wants and be what we must be to bless those we serve for Him. As we serve Him. As we serve Him long enough and with dilligence, we will be changed.  We can become ever more like Him." President Henry B. Eyring, ”Act in all Diligence,” Ensign, May 2010, 62-63

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