Sunday, January 29, 2012

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah January 1-29-2012

Elders Quorum
Chapter 3 in the George Albert Smith manual
Articles of Faith 1 & 2
2 Nephi 25:26
John 17:3

I have found many in the world who have not known that we believe in the divine mission of our Lord, and I have been led to say upon more than one occasion that there are no people in the world who so well understand the divine mission of Jesus Christ, who so thoroughly believe him to have been the Son of God, who are so sanguine [confident] that at the present time he is enthroned in glory at the right hand of his Father, as the Latter-day Saints.” (In Deseret News, Dec. 27, 1924, Church section, 6)

The Redeemer of mankind was more than a good man who came into the world to teach us ethics. The Redeemer of mankind possessed more than ordinary intelligence. He was indeed the Son of God, the only begotten of God in the flesh.” (In Conference Report, Oct. 1921, 39)

Not only do we believe that Jesus of Nazareth lived upon the earth, but we believe that he still lives, not as an essence, not as something incorporeal or intangible, but we believe in him as an exalted man; for he arose with the same body that was laid in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathaea, the same body that was ministered to there by those who loved him. The same Jesus Christ who came forth from the tomb, brought with him that body which had been purified and cleansed, … and he took it with him when he disappeared from the gaze of humanity at Jerusalem when the two men in white raiment said: ‘As you see him go, so likewise will he return again.’ [See Acts 1:10–11.]
“This is the Jesus of Nazareth that the Latter-day Saints believe in.” (In Deseret News, Dec. 27, 1924, Church section, 6)

Our mission is to share with all people what we know about Jesus Christ.

“I say to you Latter-day Saints, there are no other people in all the world who have all the information that we have with reference to the divinity of the Savior; and if we did not believe in Him we would be under greater condemnation than the others that have never had that information. And so we can say to the world without hesitation that we believe these things” (Sharing the Gospel with Others, 211, 214; address given Nov. 4, 1945, in Washington, D.C.)

Sunday School
Obedience to "the small and simple things"
1 Nephi 16-22
1 Nephi 16:2
2 And it came to pass that I said unto them that I knew that I had spoken hard things against the wicked, according to the truth; and the righteous have I justified, and testified that they should be lifted up at the last day; wherefore, the guilty taketh the truth to be hard, for it cutteth them to the very center.

Many times when someone is guilty they express anger.

1 Nephi 16:28
28 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, beheld the pointers which were in the ball, that they did work according to the faith and diligence and heed which we did give unto them.

It sounds like the pointers worked just like the Holy Ghost does.  The more we exert faith and diligence on the promptings of the Holy Ghost the more promptings we receiving and the clearer they become.

Do we often ignore the small and simple things.  Whether it be "small" blessings or "small"  commandments.

Sacrament Service
What does having faith in Christ mean?  It means we trust him completely.  If we trust him completely, we do what he has commanded.

Increase out faith by studying, praying, service and sacrifice, and personal righteousness.

“...the nearer man approaches perfection, the clearer are his views, and the greater his enjoyments.” (Joseph Smith, History of the Church, 2:8.)

Prayer and fasting are two of the greatest tools in overcoming temptation and the natural man.

Prayer is the act by which the will of the Father and the will of the child are brought into correspondence with each other. The object of prayer is not to change the will of God, but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant, but that are made conditional on our asking for them. Blessings require some work or effort on our part before we can obtain them. “ (Bible Dictionary, Prayer)

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