Sunday, September 04, 2011

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah September 9-4-2011

Ward Council
"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."
"From such teachings we conclude that the Final Judgment is not just an evaluation of a sum total of good and evil acts—what we have done. It is an acknowledgment of the final effect of our acts and thoughts—what we have become. It is not enough for anyone just to go through the motions. The commandments, ordinances, and covenants of the gospel are not a list of deposits required to be made in some heavenly account. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a plan that shows us how to become what our Heavenly Father desires us to become."
(Elder Dallin H. Oaks, The Challenge to Become, October 2000 General Conference)

Elders Quorum
Stake fall festival Saturday September 10

We had a lesson my the Young Men on how to do the sacrament, since we have so few young men and the Elders have to do most of it.

My son, being the Deacons quorum president, gave the part on passing the sacrament.

Mosiah 18:8-10
8 And it came to pass that he said unto them: Behold, here are the waters of Mormon (for thus were they called) and now, as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light;
9 Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life—
10 Now I say unto you, if this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against being baptized in the name of the Lord, as a witness before him that ye have entered into a covenant with him, that ye will serve him and keep his commandments, that he may pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon you?

When we partake of the sacrament we renew the covenants we made at baptism.  We renew them because we have likely sinned and violated those covenants during the week.

When we bless the sacrament, it is important to say it clearly, since everyone who has been baptized is remaking the covenant and they need to know what they are covenanting.
Sacrament Service
If we are further away from God, it is not because He moved.  It is because we did.

Think of what is going on in our chapel five minutes before sacrament service starts.  Now think of what it is like in the chapel in the
temple.  How is the temple chapel different from the our ward chapel?  Why is it different? How can we make our ward chapel more like the chapel in the temple?

From the Bulletin
The law of the fast is basic in the Church. Isaiah declared:
"Is not this the fast that I have chosen? "... Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry?" (Isa. 58:6-7.) Like many other biblical practices, it was restored by the Lord in our day through the Prophet Joseph Smith.
The law of the fast has three great purposes. First, it provides assistance to the needy through the contribution of fast offerings, consisting of the value of meals from which we abstain. Second, a fast is beneficial to us physically. Third, it is to increase humility and spirituality on the part of each individual.
An important reason for fasting is to contribute the amount saved from the meals not eaten to care for the poor and the needy. One of the strongest admonitions the Lord has given to His children on earth is that we have the responsibility and obligation of caring for those in need. It was King Benjamin who said in his great address, "And now, for the sake of these things which I have spoken unto you—that is, for the sake of retaining a remission of your sins from day to day, that ye may walk guiltless before God—I would that ye should impart of your substance to the poor, every man according to that which he hath, such as feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and administering to their relief, both spiritually and temporally, according to their wants." (Mosiah 4:26.)
Elder L. Tom Perry

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