Sunday, November 06, 2011

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah November 11-6-2011

Elders Quorum
The lesson was based on President Monson's priesthood general conference session talk - Dare to Stand Alone

Doctrine and Covenants 121:36
 36 That the rights of the priesthood are inseparably connected with the powers of heaven, and that the powers of heaven cannot be controlled nor handled only upon the principles of righteousness.

We live in a time when we are surrounded by much that is intended to entice us into paths which may lead to our destruction. To avoid such paths requires determination and courage.”

“Those who conducted the interviews emphasized that the majority of the young people with whom they spoke had ‘not been given the resources—by schools, institutions [or] families—to cultivate their moral intuitions.’” (David Brooks, “If It Feels Right … ,” New York Times, Sept. 12, 2011,

If we keep paying for substandard media, content creators will keep producing it.

“Navy boot camp was not an easy experience for me...
“I shall ever remember when Sunday rolled around after the first week. We received welcome news from the chief petty officer. Standing at attention on the drill ground in a brisk California breeze, we heard his command: ‘Today everybody goes to church—everybody, that is, except for me. I am going to relax!’ Then he shouted, ‘All of you Catholics, you meet in Camp Decatur—and don’t come back until three o’clock. Forward, march!’ A rather sizeable contingent moved out. Then he barked out his next command: ‘Those of you who are Jewish, you meet in Camp Henry—and don’t come back until three o’clock. Forward, march!’ A somewhat smaller contingent marched out. Then he said, ‘The rest of you Protestants, you meet in the theaters at Camp Farragut—and don’t come back until three o’clock. Forward, march!’
"Instantly there flashed through my mind the thought, ‘Monson, you are not a Catholic; you are not a Jew; you are not a Protestant. You are a Mormon, so you just stand here!’ I can assure you that I felt completely alone. Courageous and determined, yes—but alone.
“And then I heard the sweetest words I ever heard that chief petty officer utter. He looked in my direction and asked, ‘And just what do you guys call yourselves?’ Until that very moment I had not realized that anyone was standing beside me or behind me on the drill ground. Almost in unison, each of us replied, ‘Mormons!’ It is difficult to describe the joy that filled my heart as I turned around and saw a handful of other sailors.”

How easy would it have been for President Monson to walk away and be part of the other groups?  Or would it have been easy at all?  Would it have been easy if he was fighting the spirit the whole way?

Sunday School
Philippians, Colossians, Philemon
-When, where and who?
These were written by Paul while a prisoner in Rome.  He was under house arrest.

Paul found out about what was going on in Philippi because he received a visit from Epaphroditus while he is on house arrest.

Often we are not just called to callings, but also called to places where we live or work.

Phillipians 1:23-24
 23 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:
 24 Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.

Another visitor come to Paul and he sent them back to Colosi with a letter.  This is where we get the book of Colosians

Philemon is not a city.  He is a person.  Just like there is no Lando system, but Lando is a guy.

-What were the issues, problems or whatever?
Philippians 2:12-13
 12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Work out salvation? Is this the same Paul that also told us the law does not save us?

The problem with the other people were that they were stuck on being saved by the law of Moses.  This group was focusing on being saved and not having to put forth any of our own effort.

Philemon has a slave that runs away.  The slave comes to Paul and Paul sends the slave back with a letter to Philemon.

-How does this apply to me?
Philippians 2:5-9
 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

Is it blasphemy to take it literally that we are children of God and can grow to be like him?  Is it robbery?  Are we not joint heirs with Christ?
Romans 8:16-18
 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
 18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

If we inherit infinity divided by the number of people on earth, it is still infinity

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Article of Faith 13
13 We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.

The stake president said in stake conference that we should live to always have the Spirit with us.  He pointed out that we would not want to go for our patriarchal blessing when the patriarch is having a bad day.

Colossians 3::9-10
  9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
 10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

Who is the old man versus the new man?  Before baptism versus after baptism.  Youth versus grownup.  Sinner versus repentant.

Ephesians 5:25
 25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

Testimony Meeting
Be aware of the spirit.  Be aware of when it is not with us.  Be aware of when we are wasting time.

If you were invited to a meeting in the temple chapel where children were allowed to be there, would you take crackers for them to eat?

You can do anything you set your mind too.  Everything that you set your mind too is not necessarily something you should do.

From the Bulletin
“I bear my testimony to you that this work is true, that our Savior lives, and that He guides and directs His Church here upon the earth. I leave with you my witness and my testimony that God our Eternal Father lives and loves us. He is indeed our Father, and He is personal and real. May we realize and understand how close to us He is willing to come, how far He is willing to go to help us, how much He loves us, and how much He does and is willing to do for us.” President Thomas S. Monson, “Until We Meet Again”, Ensign, November 2011, p.109.

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