New converts should be given an appropriate calling or another responsibility to serve as soon as possible. Some new members may be ready for callings as soon as they are baptized and confirmed. Others may need to receive simple assignments that would help them prepare to receive callings. A member of the bishopric interviews new converts before calling them to teach children or youth.
People who are not members of the Church may be called to some positions, such as organist, music director, and assistant Scout leader. However, they should not be called to teaching or administrative positions or as Primary music leaders. The allowance to call nonmembers to some positions does not apply to excommunicated members, who may not have any callings. (Handbook 2: Administering the Church, Callings in the Church) 19.1.1 last paragraphs
1 Nephi 3:7
7 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall
prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them. (Book of Mormon, 1 Nephi, Chapter 3)
When we do what Heavenly Father asks us to do He makes us strong to be able to do more than we think we can.
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The lesson was based on Elder David A Bednar’s New Era article, “Because We Have Them before Our Eyes”, April 2006
“The scriptures are like a written ‘recording’ of the ‘voice’ of the Lord—a voice we feel in our hearts more than we hear with our ears. As we study the written word of God, we learn to hear His voice in the words we read. As we return repeatedly to the holy scriptures, we gain experience and confidence in hearing and feeling His voice.”
Studying the scriptures is like learning a new language. A language we use to understand what God is trying to communicate.
Why do we read the scriptures? Goals, curiosity, seeking the Lord's will.
Make a specific place to read your scriptures so you don't tend to be remind of other things and get your brain off topic.
Why is pondering the scriptures important? Our minds are more focused and more connections are made in our brain between the scriptures and things in our lives.
Breakdown a complicated subject and explain it to a child.
The instructor also quoted from Elder Henry B Eyring’s book, “To Draw Closer to God”
“When I was the president of Ricks College years ago, I remember having a man who was my priesthood leader come to my house each month to interview me about my home teaching. He brought with him a notebook in which he wrote notes. He recorded not only my report as a home teacher, but my observations about the gospel and life as well.
“I remember at first being very flattered. Then one Sunday he and I were visiting what was then called junior Sunday School. He was a few rows in front of me. The speaker was a little girl, no more than six or seven, probably not yet old enough to have the gift of the Holy Ghost. I glanced over at the man and noticed with surprise that he had that same notebook open. As the little girl spoke, he was writing with as much speed and intensity as he had in the study of my home. I learned a lesson from him that I haven’t forgotten. He had faith that God could speak to him as clearly through a child as through the president of a college.
“I watched him over the years. He kept listening, even to children and novices called to teach him. He lived the commandments, he seemed to grow in wisdom, and he served for a time as the bishop. Tragedies of both illness and sin came to him family. Many years have gone by now, I don’t know all the facts, but the facts I do know tell me that all his children have come back to productive happy lives through the blessings of heaven, the power of the Atonement, and the ministrations of that humble father. Those miracles came, I believe in large part, because he could hear the voice of God in words of the weak and the simple.”
Write down the ideas that your fellow brethren had in class and implement them in your life.
It says the people were grossly wicked. Is that gross like a measurement or gross like disgusting?
A testimony is like a car. When you are using your parents' car it means less than when the car is your own.
When you are going along and doing things in life because of your parents testimony it is very different when you have to make choices because of your own testimony.
Also, as parents, if our testimony is soft then we are establishing a weak foundation for our children to build their own testimonies upon.
6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
Will the earth be smitten by a curse because God smites it or is it just a natural consequence of not having the work done. Could a curse be the lack of blessings? When He comes will the earth be cursed because it will not be prepared and consequently be unable to receive what the Lord has prepared for them.
From the Bulletin
“The question is sometimes asked, ‘Are Mormons Christians?’ We declare the divinity of Jesus Christ. We look to Him as the only source of our salvation. We strive to live His teachings, and we look forward to the time that He shall come again on this earth to rule and reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. In the words of a Book of Mormon prophet, we say to men today, ‘There [is] no other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent’ (Mosiah 3:17).” (President Ezra Taft Benson, He Lives! The Witness of Latter-day Prophets, Ensign, March 2008)