Sunday, November 27, 2011

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah November 11-27-2011

Elders Quorum
Ether 4:12
12 And whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do good is of me; for good cometh of none save it be of me. I am the same that leadeth men to all good; he that will not believe my words will not believe me—that I am; and he that will not believe me will not believe the Father who sent me. For behold, I am the Father, I am the light, and the life, and the truth of the world.

The instructor gave a comparison of a fruit tree to parts of the gospel.
  • Roots/Hope - anchors us - it is critical that a tree remain anchored
  • The Condition of the Soil/Humility - much like the parable of the sower- the condition we are living.

Matthew 13:4-8
4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirty fold.
  • The Trunk/Knowledge - the trunk or structure of the tree
  • Growth/Faith - the growth of tree or the fact that it is growing
  • Fruit/Charity - fruit - the love of god
  • Grace - the sun, the rain, the nutrients, wind
  • Repentance - the act of the root and branches reaching for the sun or water or better soil.

Without the roots and leaves and such the tree can't take in the things it needs.  Without the nutrients and sun the roots are worthless.

Wind is like our trials.  Wind flexes the tree and stimulates growth.

God loves us unconditionally, but good things don't come without effort.  Why are there conditions on getting light when I flip a light switch?  The power must be connected
to the house.  The wiring has to be sound.  The switch has to be functional.  Even though the electricity is there and flows freely, if we are not equipped to receive it then it does not function for us.  The same is true for Grace or the Atonement.  If we have not done anything to reach out to that grace it can not operate in us.

Sunday School
Jude and the Peters
Jude is the brother of James.  Likely the brother of James that wrote the epistle of James and was the leader of the church at Jerusalem.

Jude 1:3,9
3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

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.

Both of these scriptures are true, so we must reconcile to find the meaning and not just jump to a conclusion by looking at one alone.  Many verses in the scripture need to be reconciled together to understand the doctrine.

Verse 9 says that Michael contended without railing accusation.  It must be possible to contend without being contentious.

Peter uses Babylon as a code word for Rome.

Some dispute that Peter wrote the epistles of Peter, since the Greek is too good for a fisherman.  But prophets at times have scribes or spokes persons.  Also, prophets do grow and learn a lot beyond their profession and schooling over the course of being a prophet.  Joseph Smith knew much more about Hebrew at the end of his life than he did when he was called when he was a farmer who possessed only an elementary education.

Isaiah 8:13-15
 13 Sanctify the Lord of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.
 14 And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
 15 And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.

How is Jesus a stone of stumbling and rock of offense?  Some are offended at the standards the Savior sets and they cause them to stumble and not accept the Gospel.

We should be chaste and also not partake of drugs (alcohol, nicotine, heroine, marijuana...).  This makes a strong foundation for us and yet others stumble because of these standards saying that it restricts them from doing what they want.

1 Peter 2:19-20
 19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
 20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.

What glory is there if you get trouble because of things you did that were wrong?  We should take our lumps patiently.  If you are being good and you suffer because of it and you take it patiently then God is pleased.

1 Peter 3:14
 14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;

1 Peter 4:5-6
 5 Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.
 6 For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.

2 Peter 1:3-4
 3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

2 Peter 1:5-7
 5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

Doctrine and Covenants 4:5-6
5 And faith, hope, charity and love, with an eye single to the glory of God, qualify him for the work.
6 Remember faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, diligence.

Sacrament Service
The young women's presidency and one of the young women talked about their scripture heroes that they had talked about this last week at the night of excellence.

One spoke about what a good friend Rebeca was.

One talked of Hannah and the things that Hannah would've done differently and similarly with her sabbath in comparison to the person giving the talk.

“Christ is the Creator, the Healer. What He made, He can fix. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the gospel of repentance and forgiveness (see 2 Ne. 1:13; 2 Ne. 9:45; Jacob 3:11; Alma 26:13–14; Moro. 7:17–19).” (President Boyd K Packer, “I Will Remember Your Sins No More”, General Conference April 2006)

Alma 34:32-33
32 For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors.
33 And now, as I said unto you before, as ye have had so many witnesses, therefore, I beseech of you that ye do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end; for after this day of life, which is given us to prepare for eternity, behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed.

One chose Enos and spoke on his feelings about his family and what his personal prayers were like.  His prayers were probably sincere and not rush.

Another studied Ruth an Hannah.  They talked of how Ruth and Hannah handled adversity.

“...meaningful morning prayer is an important element in the spiritual creation of each day—and precedes the temporal creation or the actual execution of the day. Just as the temporal creation was linked to and a continuation of the spiritual creation, so meaningful morning and evening prayers are linked to and are a continuation of each other.” (Elder David A Bednar, “Pray Always”, General Conference November 2006)

“Service to others deepens and sweetens this life while we are preparing to live in a better world. It is by serving that we learn to serve. When we are engaged in the service of our fellowmen, not only do our deeds assist them, but we put our own problems in a fresher perspective. When we concern ourselves more with others, there is less time to be concerned with ourselves! In the midst of the miracle of serving, there is the promise of Jesus that by losing ourselves, we find ourselves!” (President Spencer W Kimball, “President Kimball Speaks Out on Service to Others”, Ensign March 1981)

From the Bulletin
Divine guidance and inspiration are promised to those who ‘feast upon the words of Christ’ and ‘liken all scriptures’ unto themselves.” Elder Spencer J. Condie, Claim the Exceeding and Precious Promises, Ensign, Nov. 2007, pg.16.

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