Sunday, November 20, 2011

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah November 11-20-2011

Ward Council
Someone gave a thought from Elder Carl B Cook, It Is Better to Look Up, General Conference October 2011
Mosiah 4:9
9 Believe in God; believe that he is, and that he created all things, both in heaven and in earth; believe that he has all wisdom, and all power, both in heaven and in earth; believe that man doth not comprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend.

“We will come to realize that most of what we worry about is not of eternal significance—and if it is, the Lord will help us. But we must have the faith to look up and the courage to follow His direction.”

Our bishop said that Elder cook was his bishop and stake president when he was growing up.

Elder David A Bednar, The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn, General Conference October 2011

He doesn't ask the young men if they are going on a mission.  He asks if they are worthy to go to the temple and if they will be next year and the year after.

There is a new Facebook app ("Relative Finder") to find a common relationship with famous people or other people that use the app.  The app ties into your Family Search data to do the comparison.

Elders Quorum
The Final Judgement
Doctrine and Covenants 76:51-52 - Those who inherit the celestial kingdom
51 They are they who received the testimony of Jesus, and believed on his name and were baptized after the manner of his burial, being buried in the water in his name, and this according to the commandment which he has given—
52 That by keeping the commandments they might be washed and cleansed from all their sins, and receive the Holy Spirit by the laying on of the hands of him who is ordained and sealed unto this power;

If one does not prepare oneself  for the celestial kingdom then it would be unfair to put them in a situation they are not prepared for.  It would also be irresponsible to give someone responsibilities that they are not trained and prepared for.  Should one be allowed to be a surgeon if they did not choose to do the preparatory work?

The kingdom you receive is not just a reward, but it is also a responsibility.

Doctrine and Covenants 84:23-25
 23 Now this Moses plainly taught to the children of Israel in the wilderness, and sought diligently to sanctify his people that they might behold the face of God;
 24 But they hardened their hearts and could not endure his presence; therefore, the Lord in his wrath, for his anger was kindled against them, swore that they should not enter into his rest while in the wilderness, which rest is the fulness of his glory.
 25 Therefore, he took Moses out of their midst, and the Holy Priesthood also;

We also go where we are comfortable.  Would someone in torn jeans, covered in dirt, smoking a cigar be comfortable at a formal gathering?  Would those around them be comfortable?  Why would someone that has filled their life with filth want to be in the celestial kingdom where purity is the norm?

D&C 88: 24.
 24 And he who cannot abide the law of a telestial kingdom cannot abide a telestial glory; therefore he is not meet for a kingdom of glory. Therefore he must abide a kingdom which is not a kingdom of glory.

Sunday School
The epistles in the Bible after Hebrews are named after who wrote them.

James 1:1
 1 JAMES, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.

James is a little bit like several unrelated random quotes.

James 1:5
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

You don't have to rely only on a preacher, priest, or bishop to tell us how god can help us.

James 1:6
6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

James 1:13-15 - Temptation is part of the plan.
13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

Temptations are like birds.  We can't keep the birds from flying over us or dropping their waste on us, but we can prevent them from landing on us and hanging around.

James 1:23
 23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:

D&C 44:6
 6 Behold, I say unto you, that ye must visit the poor and the needy and administer to their relief, that they may be kept until all things may be done according to my law which ye have received. Amen.

D&C 59:9
 9 And that thou mayest more fully keep thyself unspotted from the world, thou shalt go to the
house of
prayer and offer up thy sacraments upon my holy day;

Faith without works is dead.  But works without faith are also empty.

James 4:17
 17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

If we wait for assignments to go and do what needs doing, we are in sin.

Sacrament Service
A missionary serving here from Georgia spoke to us.

Proverbs 3:5-6
 5 ¶ Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Moroni 7:33 - Wiki Faith, Power, prayer
 33 And Christ hath said: If ye will have faith in me ye shall have power to do whatsoever thing is expedient in me.

Elder Robert D Hales, Waiting upon the Lord: Thy Will Be Done, General Conference October 2011
“What, then, does it mean to wait upon the Lord? In the scriptures, the word wait means to hope, to anticipate, and to trust. To hope and trust in the Lord requires faith, patience, humility, meekness, long-suffering, keeping the commandments, and enduring to the end.
“To wait upon the Lord means planting the seed of faith and nourishing it ‘with great diligence, and … patience.’17
“It means praying as the Savior did—to God, our Heavenly Father—saying: ‘Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done.’18 It is a prayer we offer with our whole souls in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
“Waiting upon the Lord means pondering in our hearts and ‘receiv[ing] the Holy Ghost’ so that we can know ‘all things what [we] should do.’19
“As we follow the promptings of the Spirit, we discover that ‘tribulation worketh patience’20 and we learn to ‘continue in patience until [we] are perfected.’21
“Waiting upon the Lord means to ‘stand fast’22 and ‘press forward’ in faith, ‘having a perfect brightness of hope.’23
“It means ‘relying alone upon the merits of Christ”24 and “with [His] grace assisting [us, saying]: Thy will be done, O Lord, and not ours.’25
“As we wait upon the Lord, we are ‘immovable in keeping the commandments,’26 knowing that we will ‘one day rest from all [our] afflictions.’27
“And we ‘cast not away … [our] confidence’28 that ‘all things wherewith [we] have been afflicted shall work together for [our] good.’29”

Cultivate a spirit of thanksgiving for the blessing of life and for the marvelous gifts and privileges each of us enjoy. The Lord has said that the meek shall inherit the earth. (See Matt. 5:5.) I cannot escape the interpretation that meekness implies a spirit of gratitude as opposed to an attitude of self-sufficiency, an acknowledgment of a greater power beyond oneself, a recognition of God, and an acceptance of his commandments. This is the beginning of wisdom. Walk with gratitude before him who is the giver of life and every good gift. (President Gordon B Hinckley, “With All Thy Getting Get Understanding”, Ensign August 1988)

Gratitude is a step beyond gratefulness.

“We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!
“It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.” (Proclamation Appointing a National Fast Day
Washington, D.C. March 30, 1863)

“In all great modern discoveries in science, in the arts, in mechanics, and in all the material advancement of our age, the world says, ‘We have done it.’ The individual says, ‘I have done it,’ and he gives no honor and credit to God.” (“Gratitude and Thanksgiving”, PRESIDENT MARION G. ROMNEY, Ensign November 1982)

“This morning there was an immense crowd at the reception room waiting for admission. … One hundred twenty-one persons received ordinances” (History of the Church, 7:565).
“Such has been the anxiety manifested by the saints to receive the ordinances [of the Temple], and such the anxiety on our part to administer to them, that I have given myself up entirely to the work of the Lord in the Temple night and day, not taking more than four hours of sleep, upon an average, per day, and going home but once a week.
“Elder Heber C. Kimball and the others of the Twelve Apostles were in constant attendance but in consequence of close application some of them have had to leave the Temple to rest and recruit their health” (History of the Church, 7:567).

“Scriptures are like packets of light that illuminate our minds and give place to guidance and inspiration from on high. They can become the key to open the channel to communion with our Father in Heaven and His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ.” (Elder Richard G Scott, “The Power of Scripture”, General Conference October 2011)

Gospel truths do not expire like old technology.

One of the speakers talked about the large number of temples we have near by.  He then said that he has lived in the mission field and in places it take hours to get to the nearest temple.

Where does the mission field begin?  The Utah boarder or is there some distance that one has to drive down I-80 before we hit the mission field?

From the Bulletin
“Do we want our homes to be happy?  If we do, let them be the abiding place of prayer, thanksgiving, and gratitude.” President George Albert Smith, Conference Report, April 1944, p.32

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