Ward CouncilDoctrine and Covenants 98:1-3
1 Verily I say unto you my friends, fear not, let your hearts be comforted; yea, rejoice evermore, and in everything give thanks;
2 Waiting patiently on the Lord, for your prayers have entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth, and are recorded with this seal and testament—the Lord hath sworn and decreed that they shall be granted.
3 Therefore, he giveth this promise unto you, with an immutable covenant that they shall be fulfilled; and all things wherewith you have been afflicted shall work together for your good, and to my name’s glory, saith the Lord.
The lesson was based on Elder W. Christopher Waddell’s general conference talk from October 2011, The Opportunity of a Lifetime
“Satan cannot directly take a life. That is one of many things he cannot do. But apparently his effort to stop the work will be reasonably well served if he can just bind the tongue of the faithful. Brethren, if that is the case, I am looking tonight for men young and old who care enough about this battle between good and evil to sign on and speak up. We are at war, and for these next few minutes, I want to be a one-man recruiting station.” (Elder Jeffrey R Holland, We Are All Enlisted, General Conference October 2011)
2 Nephi 1:23
23 Awake, my sons; put on the armor of righteousness. Shake off the chains with which ye are bound, and come forth out of obscurity, and arise from the dust.
“ I am looking tonight for missionaries who will not voluntarily bind their tongues but will, with the Spirit of the Lord and the power of their priesthood, open their mouths and speak miracles.” (Elder Jeffrey R Holland, We Are All Enlisted, General Conference October 2011)
Be proactive. If we don't make things a priority, they don't get done.
Doctrine and Covenants 52:40
40 And remember in all things the poor and the needy, the sick and the afflicted, for he that doeth not these things, the same is not my disciple.
“Great priesthood trainers have shown me how to build that strength: it is to form a habit of pushing on through the fatigue and fear that might make you think of quitting. The Lord’s great mentors have shown me that spiritual staying power comes from working past the point when others would have taken a rest.” (President Henry B Eyring, Preparation in the Priesthood: “I Need Your Help”, October 2011 General Conference)
“As holders of the priesthood of God, it is essential that we are able to face—with courage—whatever challenges come our way. Remember the words of Tennyson: ‘My strength is as the strength of ten, because my heart is pure.’ (Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “Sir Galahad,” in Poems of the English Race,sel. Raymond Macdonald Alden (1921), 296)”
The title is not on the Greek text, but was added hundreds of years later.
Hebrews may not be an epistle.
Modern revelation states Hebrews was written by Paul. The rest of the Christian world debates this. Joseph Smith did not question this when he translated the Bible.
1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
Article of Faith 4
4 We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.
1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;
Apostles testify of Christ. Christ testifies of Christ. An apostle
is one sent forth. Christ seen forth by his Father.
Christ is THE high priest and THE apostle.
Before Christ the great high priest the people looked to was Moses. Moses was a servant of god and Christ was the son. A servant may have stewardship and authority, but not to the level of a son.
4 And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.
Alma 13 - priesthood
Hebrews 7 - Melchizedek
Abraham paid tithing to Melchizedek and also received the priesthood from him.
Lineage is import to the Jews. All the tribes pay to Levi. Abraham paid to Melchizedek, who was not a Levite, because Levi was not born yet, so this guy must have been pretty important.
What did Melchizedek do with this tithing? He would've had to have been a leader in the church of God.
Aaronic priesthood is responsible for outward ordinances.
19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.
20 And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made priest:
21 (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:)
The Melchizedek priesthood has the oath and covenant. The Aaronic priesthood has no oath.
5 And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly.
When we complain about our trials do we step back and get perspective on how much worse they could be? Do we consider the blessings we have.
We should ask ourselves, what does Jesus mean to me?
From the Bulletin
“Peace in this life is based upon faith and testimony.” President James E Faust, “Hope, an Anchor of the Soul”, Ensign, November 1999, 60