Saturday, March 17, 2012

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah 17 March 2012

Adult Session of Stake Conference
David S Baxter presided over the meeting.  His wife was in attendance with him.

Elder Baxter had the stake presidency call up a bunch of people to beat their testimony.  I think it was a list that he had given them.  Afterward the counselors in the stake presidency and Sister Baxter spoke.

President Browning
Mormon 1:2
 2 And about the time that Ammaron hid up the records unto the Lord, he came unto me, (I being about ten years of age, and I began to be learned somewhat after the manner of the learning of my people) and Ammaron said unto me: I perceive that thou art a sober child, and art quick to observe;

35 Behold, I speak unto you as if ye were present, and yet ye are not. But behold, Jesus Christ hath shown you unto me, and I know your doing.

President Ulrich
This life is not the end.

2 Nephi 9:6,10,12
6 For as death hath passed upon all men, to fulfil the merciful plan of the great Creator, there must needs be a power of resurrection, and the resurrection must needs come unto man by reason of the fall; and the fall came by reason of transgression; and because man became fallen they were cut off from the presence of the Lord.
10 O how great the goodness of our God, who prepareth a way for our escape from the grasp of this awful monster; yea, that monster, death and hell, which I call the death of the body, and also the death of the spirit.
12 And this death of which I have spoken, which is the spiritual death, shall deliver up its dead; which spiritual death is hell; wherefore, death and hell must deliver up their dead, and hell must deliver up its captive spirits, and the grave must deliver up its captive bodies, and the bodies and the spirits of men will be restored one to the other; and it is by the power of the resurrection of the Holy One of Israel.

Sister Baxter
We often try very hard to make our children's lives as easy as possible.  Heavenly Father appears to give us growth opportunities
through hardship.  Maybe our kids could use the opportunity struggle a little or at least not have everything handed to them.

2 Nephi 2:11, 15
 11 For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so, my first-born in the wilderness, righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad. Wherefore, all things must needs be a compound in one; wherefore, if it should be one body it must needs remain as dead, having no life neither death, nor corruption nor incorruption, happiness nor misery, neither sense nor insensibility.
 15 And to bring about his eternal purposes in the end of man, after he had created our first parents, and the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and in fine, all things which are created, it must needs be that there was an opposition; even the forbidden fruit in opposition to the tree of life; the one being sweet and the other bitter.

Our needed conversions are often achieved more readily by suffering and adversity than by comfort and tranquillity,“ (Dallin H Oaks, The Challenge to Become, November 2000 Ensign)

Job 5:7
7 Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.

Most of us experience some measure of what the scriptures call ‘the furnace of affliction’ (Isa. 48:10; 1 Ne. 20:10). Some are submerged in service to a disadvantaged family member. Others suffer the death of a loved one or the loss or postponement of a righteous goal like marriage or childbearing. Still others struggle with personal impairments or with feelings of rejection, inadequacy, or depression. Through the justice and mercy of a loving Father in Heaven, the refinement and sanctification possible through such experiences can help us achieve what God desires us to become.” (Dallin H Oaks, The Challenge to Become, November 2000 Ensign)

She shared a story of her son pulling a hot kettle of water onto himself when he was a baby.  The thought came to me that he had done
it to himself as she described the trials he had after that.  What a foolish thought, since he was an ignorant infant.  How often do we
judge those around us in the consequences of their choices when they are so unlearned in the ways of God.

Elder Baxter
We live in a day when the adversary stresses on every hand the philosophy of instant gratification. We seem to demand instant everything, including instant solutions to our problems.”
“There is great purpose in our struggle in life.” (Elder Boyd K Packer, Solving Emotional Problems in the Lord's Own Way, Ensign May 1978)

“You that have not passed thro’ the trials and persecutions, and drivings with this people from the beginning, but have only read them, or heard some of them related, may think how awful they were to endure, and wonder that the saints survived them at all.—The thought of it makes your heart sink within you, your brain reel, and your body tremble, and you are ready to exclaim, ‘I could not have endured it.’ I have been in the heat of it, and never felt better in all my life; I never felt the peace and power of the Almighty more copiously poured upon me than in the keenest part of our trials. They appeared nothing to me” (President Brigham Young, Deseret News Weekly, 24 Aug. 1854, 83).

“As the showdown between good and evil approaches with its accompanying trials and tribulations, Satan is increasingly striving to overcome the Saints with despair, discouragement, despondency, and depression” (President Ezra Taft Benson, “Do Not Despair,” Ensign, Oct. 1986, 2)

Sometimes when Satan can not trap us in some sin, then he makes us feel bad about ourselves.

Matthew 7:24-27
 24 ¶ Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

Even though the wise man built his house upon a rock, the trials did not cease to beat upon his house.  The wind blew and the floods rose up.

Elder Baxter said that while Ogden temple is closed, there is no shortage of temples in Utah.

Revelation 7:16-17
16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

2 Corinthians 11:23-24
 23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.
 24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.

Philippians 4:11
 11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be acontent.

“No matter how serious the trial, how deep the distress, how great the affliction, [God] will never desert us. He never has, and He never will. He cannot do it. It is not His character [to do so]. He is an unchangeable being; the same yesterday, the same today, and He will be the same throughout the eternal ages to come. We have found that God. We have made Him our friend, by obeying His Gospel; and He will stand by us. We may pass through the fiery furnace; we may pass through deep waters; but we shall not be consumed nor overwhelmed. We shall emerge from all these trials and difficulties the better and purer for them, if we only trust in our God and keep His commandments” (“Freedom of the Saints,” in Collected Discourses, comp. Brian H. Stuy, 5 vols. [1987–92], 2:185; emphasis added).

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