Sunday, July 15, 2012

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah 15 July 2012

Ward Council
“Leaders set an example of reverence during the time before sacrament meeting. The bishopric and the speakers should be in their seats at least five minutes before the meeting begins. This is not a time for conversation or transmitting messages. Setting an example of reverence encourages the congregation to be spiritually prepared for a worshipful experience.

“Members should be taught to make the time before sacrament meeting a period of prayerful meditation as they prepare spiritually for the sacrament.

“The bishopric encourages families to arrive on time and to sit together.” - Handbook 2

Elders Quorum
Israel had the law of Moses to have a daily reminder of their duty. The priesthood is like that as well.  We have lots of responsibility to keep our duty and our goals in front of us.

Chapter 14 of the George Albert Smith manual
“We seek to add to the happiness and goodness that God’s children already possess.”(George Albert Smith manual)

When people talk about what we did last evening or over the weekend we can express church things that we did.  Be informative and not pushy. Let them ask questions as they want to.  This is much easier and not
forced when the church is the most important thing in our life.  We are more effective in bringing happiness to others when we primarily identify ourselves as a follower of Christ over our favorite sports team, race, school we went to, an illness we have, or anything else.

When we give talks or baptize people or other stuff like that, which are unique we could invite others.

Sunday School
Alma 30-31
Epistemology is the study of how we know (stuff is true).

Alma 30:44
44 But Alma said unto him: Thou hast had signs enough; will ye tempt your God? Will ye say, Show unto me a sign, when ye have the testimony of all these thy brethren, and also all the holy prophets? The scriptures are laid before thee, yea, and all things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator.

Sacrament Service
One of the young men spoke on Zion's camp, which was a church young men camp focused on preparation for going on a mission.

“Modesty is at the center of being pure and chaste, both in thought and deed. Thus, because it guides and influences our thoughts, behavior, and decisions, modesty is at the core of our character. Our clothing is more than just covering for our bodies; it reflects who we are and what we want to be, both here in mortality and in the eternities that will follow.” (Elder Robert D Hales, Ensign August 2008)

1 Corinthians 6:19
 19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

“The next time you approach the temple, pause to look at the temple grounds. Have you ever considered why the temple is surrounded by beautiful plants, reflecting pools, and architecture? They give an outward presence and feeling that prepares the patron for the sacred ordinances that await inside the temple. Even if a temple is in the center of a large city, the architecture outside separates the building from surrounding structures.
“Our clothing is equally important. It is the “landscaping” for presenting our bodies as temples. Just as the temple grounds portray the sacredness and reverence for what takes place inside the temple, our clothing portrays the beauty and purity of our inner selves. How we dress portrays whether we have proper respect for temple ordinances and eternal covenants and whether we are preparing ourselves to receive them.” (Elder Robert D Hales, Ensign August 2008)

“The major proposition in the accepted plan of salvation provided for an earth life where each person could work out his eternal salvation.” (Elder David B Haight, Temples and Work Therein, October 1990 General Conference)

“We came to this earth that we might have a body and present it pure before God in the celestial kingdom. The great principle of happiness consists in having a body. The devil has no body, and herein is his punishment. He is pleased when he can obtain the tabernacle of man. . . . All beings who have bodies have power over those who have not.”
( Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, sel. Joseph Fielding Smith [1976], 181.)

“In the first place the spirit is pure, and under the special control and influence of the Lord, but the body is of the earth, and is subject to the power of the Devil, and is under the mighty influence of that fallen nature that is of the earth. If the spirit yields to the body, the Devil then has power to overcome the body and spirit of that man, and he loses both” (in Discourses of Brigham Young, 69–70)

2 Nephi 2:28-29
28 And now, my sons, I would that ye should look to the great Mediator, and hearken unto his great commandments; and be faithful unto his words, and choose eternal life, according to the will of his Holy Spirit;
29 And not choose eternal death, according to the will of the flesh and the evil which is therein, which giveth the spirit of the devil power to captivate, to bring you down to hell, that he may reign over you in his own kingdom.

“Thus, the Fall of Adam and its consequences affect us most directly through our physical bodies. And yet as President Young stated, we are dual creatures, for at the same time that we inhabit a physical body that is subject to the Fall, we also have a spirit that represents the eternal part of us. We are the spirit sons and daughters of God and have inherited divine qualities from Him. The precise nature of the test of mortality, then, can be summarized in the following questions: Will my body rule over my spirit, or will my spirit rule over my body? Will I yield to the enticings of the natural man or to the eternal man? That, brothers and sisters, is the test. We are here on the earth to develop godlike qualities and to learn to bridle all of the passions of the flesh.”  (Elder David A. Bednar, “Ye Are the Temple of God”, From a devotional address given at Ricks College on 11 January 2000)

1 Corinthians 6:19-20
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

1 Peter 2:9
9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

1 Corinthians 3:16-17
16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

The way that we use our personal temple will affect us through all eternity.

“The Word of Wisdom is a key to individual revelation. It was given as ‘a principle with promise, adapted to the capacity of the weak and the weakest of all saints’ ( D&C 89:3 ).
“. . . If we abuse our body . . . , we draw curtains which close off the light of spiritual communication” (in Conference Report, Sept.–Oct. 1989, 16; or Ensign, Nov. 1989, 14 )

“The Word of Wisdom is about readiness and receptiveness to receive revelation.”  (Elder David A. Bednar, Ye Are the Temple of God”, From a devotional address given at Ricks College on 11 January 2000)

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