The person giving the spiritual thought shared thoughts from President Thomas S Monson’s December 2012 Ensign article, Rediscovering the Christmas Spirit.
Chapter 3 of the Handbook 2:Administering the Church
This training was also given in Relief Society broadcast a few weeks ago.
"This pattern—being a faithful disciple in order to help others become faithful disciples—is the purpose behind every calling in the Church."
“‘When thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren’ (Luke 22:32). When leaders are converted and are growing spiritually, they can help others become converted and grow spiritually.”
“In councils, leaders meet under the direction of presiding officers to discuss ways to help individuals and families.”
“Like the Savior, leaders seek to minister to individuals and families, both spiritually and temporally. They care about each person, not just about managing an organization. They reach out to new members, less-active members, and those who may be lonely or in need of comfort.”
Everyone, not just members
I had some business in my son’s deacons quorum today, so I missed most of the elders quorum lesson.
Lesson based on conference talk Beware Concerning Yourselves, by Elder Anthony D. Perkins
What is the intent of the book of Mormon?
Another testament of Jesus Christ
Chapter 8 and 9 of Mormon was written by Moroni
The book of Ether was abridged by Moroni
Chapters 7, 8,9 of Moroni are letters from Mormon
Who is the Book of Mormon for?
The seed of the lamanites and the Gentiles and the unbelievingly of the Jews
14 And behold, they shall go unto the unbelieving of the Jews; and for this intent shall they go—that they may be persuaded that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God; that the Father may bring about, through his most Beloved, his great and eternal purpose, in restoring the Jews, or all the house of Israel, to the land of their inheritance, which the Lord their God hath given them, unto the fulfilling of his covenant;
15 And also that the seed of this people may more fully believe his gospel, which shall go forth unto them from the Gentiles; for this people shall be scattered, and shall become a dark, a filthy, and a loathsome people, beyond the description of that which ever hath been amongst us, yea, even that which hath been among the Lamanites, and this because of their unbelief and idolatry.
“...that [they] may more fully believe his gospel...” There are many that believe the gospel. The Book of Mormon is to strengthen their faith and help them to more fully believe.
First Presidency Christmas Devotional
President Dieter F Uchtdorf, The Good and Grateful Receiver
People sometimes get to a point where they can’t accept a gift or a compliment without feeling embarrassment or with the feeling that they have to return a more extravagant gift.
John 13: 8-10
8 Peter saith unto him, Thou needest not to wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.
3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
At this Christmas season, maybe we can see the wonderment of children and understand what it means to be a little child.
Doctrine and Covenants 88:33
33 For what doth it profit a man if a gift is bestowed upon him, and he receive not the gift? Behold, he rejoices not in that which is given unto him, neither rejoices in him who is the giver of the gift.
“...we have it within us to experience this Christmas season with the wonder and the awe of a child. We have it within us to say, “My heart is brim with joy, and I will rejoice in my God”10—the Giver of all good gifts.”
Be good and grateful receivers.
President Henry B Eyring, The Perfect Gift
The missionaries offer the gift of The Book of Mormon to everyone they meet. This great gift that God preserved over the centuries for us.
Jesus was the perfect gift from our Heavenly Father.
President Thomas S Monson, Christmas Is Love
It is easy to lose the spirit of the season by over doing. Too many activities. Too much to eat. Too many presents.
The joy of the season is not in the hurrying and scurrying and the presents.
Christmas is not tinsel and ribbons.