Sunday, November 13, 2011

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah November 11-13-2011

Elders Quorum
Chapter 45 Gospel Principles - The Millennium
Because of the destruction of the wicked at the Savior’s Second Coming, only righteous people will live on the earth at the beginning of the Millennium. They will be those who have lived virtuous and honest lives. These people will inherit either the terrestrial or celestial kingdom.”

“There will be two great works for members of the Church during the Millennium: temple work and missionary work.”

Due to the large amount of missionary work, many that were Terrestrial at the beginning of the millennium will likely be Celestial before everything is done.  Especially, since the wicked who cause confusion and contention will be gone.

Those who have not made temple covenants might be those who are Terrestial.  Those who have made the covenants and have not been true to them will likely not be numbered in the righteous and are clearly not
celestial, but are they terrestrial or telestial?

People will still have habits and traditions that they do not know are inconsistent with the will of God and those could still get in the way of them accepting truth.

Sunday School
Mark 6:7
 7  And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;

Luke 10: 1.
 1 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.

D&C 42: 6.
 6 And ye shall go forth in the power of my Spirit, preaching my gospel, two by two, in my name, lifting up your voices as with the sound of a trump, declaring my word like unto angels of God.

Why two by two?
-In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. (2 Corinthians 13: 1 -   1 This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.)-Safety

-Keeps us in check, so we don't go off on tangents

D&C 84: 106.
 106 And if any man among you be strong in the Spirit, let him take with him him that is weak, that he may be edified in all meekness, that he may become strong also.

I was an inexperienced priest in a large ward. My bishop called me on the phone one Sunday afternoon. When I answered, he said, “Do you have time to go with me? I need your help.” He explained only that he wanted me to go as his companion to visit a woman I did not know, who was without food and who needed to learn how to manage her finances better.
“Now, I knew that he had two seasoned counselors in his bishopric. Both were mature men of great experience. One counselor was the owner of a large business, who later became a mission president and a General Authority. The other counselor was a prominent judge in the city.
“I was the bishop’s newly called first assistant in the priests quorum. He knew that I understood little about welfare principles. I knew even less about financial management. I had not yet written a check; I had no bank account; I hadn’t even seen a personal budget. Yet, despite my inexperience, I sensed that he was deadly serious when he said, ‘I need your help.’
“I have come to understand what that inspired bishop meant. He saw in me a golden opportunity to prepare a priesthood holder. I am sure that he did not foresee in that untrained boy a future member of the Presiding Bishopric. But he treated me that day, and all the days I knew him over the years, as a preparation project of great promise.” (President Henry B Eyring, “Preparation in the Priesthood: ‘I Need Your Help’”, General Conference October 2011)

Titus and Timothy had been junior companions of Paul at some point on his missions and he writes to them with encouragement when they are leaders in parts of the church.

Titus 1:5
5 For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:

Titus ordains a bunch of elders in remote places. Why?  He is setting up branches and wards.

Titus 1:7-9
7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;
8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy,temperate;
9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

Lover of hospitality could perhaps mean that those that have a more solitary personalty should develop a greater for people and for being around people.

Titus 2:6
6 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.

1 Timothy 1:4
 4 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.

“Endless genealogies” - this is not speaking against doing genealogy.  It is speaking to the practice at the time of people trying to create a lineage for themselves to make themselves more important.

1 Timothy 4:12
12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

Be a good example to those around you in the way you speak, in how you serve others, in how you live.

Have a good reputation, so when there is trouble people would never consider you as being part of it.  If someone accused you of saying something mean, people that know you should be able to say that is not who you are and not believe it.

Sacrament Service
Ephesians 4:29
 29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

Matthew 15:11,18
 11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.
 18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.

Courtship after marriage is more important after marriage than it is before marriage.

3 Nephi 11:29
 29 For verily, verily I say unto you, he that hath the spirit of contention is not of me, but is of the devil, who is the father of contention, and he stirreth up the hearts of men to contend with anger, one with another.

There is no other arrangement that meets the divine purposes of the Almighty. Man and woman are His creations. Their duality is His design. Their complementary relationships and functions are fundamental to His purposes. One is incomplete without the other. (President Gordon B Hinckley, “The Women in Our Lives”, October 2004 General Conference)

From the Bulletin
“Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.
As a husband and wife are each drawn to the Lord (see 3 Nephi 27:14), as they learn to sen/ed and cherish one another, as they share life experiences and grow together and become one, and as they are blessed through the un`ting of their distinctive natures, they begin to realize the fulfillment that our Heavenly Father desires for His Children. Ultimate happiness, which is the very object of the Father’s plan, is received through the making and honoring of eternal marriage covenants.” Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

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