Sunday, January 13, 2013

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah 13 January 2013

Ward Conference
Joint Priesthood Meeting
Saving the Saints
Think of our hands and feet.  Then think of the hands and feet with the nail marks.

What do we think about during the day?

"It is the heart of the activation effort of the Church.

“It is a calling that helps to fulfill the scriptural injunction: ‘Out of small things proceedeth that which is great’ (D&C 64:33).
“There is no greater Church calling than that of a home teacher. There is no greater Church service rendered to our Father in Heaven’s children than the service rendered by a humble, dedicated, committed home teacher." (President Ezra Taft Benson, To the Home Teachers of the Church, April 1987 General Conference)

"I feel that the time has come for each bearer of the priesthood to put on the full armor of Christ with respect to home teaching; to stand up like a man of God and do his duty by visiting the home of every member entrusted to his care, as often as is necessary;" (President Marion G. Romney, The Responsibilities of Home Teachers, Ensign, Mar 1973)

“The home teaching program is a response to modern revelation commissioning those ordained to the priesthood to 'teach, expound, exhort, baptize, and watch over the church . . . and visit the house of each member, and exhort them to pray vocally and in secret and attend to all family duties, . . . to watch over the church always, and be with and strengthen them; and see that there is no iniquity in the church, neither hardness with each other, neither lying, backbiting, nor evil speaking' “ (Teachings of Thomas S. Monson, comp. Lynne F. Cannegieter (2011), 139)

"If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his true friend. “ - Abraham Lincoln

Chapter 1 Teachings of Presidents of the Church, Lorenzo Snow
“...he never lost his thirst for learning. For example, when he was 80 years old and serving as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, he stood before the Saints at the October 1894 general conference. Reflecting on the discourses his less experienced brethren had delivered earlier that day, he said, “Some ideas were advanced that I never thought of before, and they were very profitable.” (“Glory Awaiting the Saints,” Deseret Semi-Weekly News, Oct. 30, 1894, 1)

Doctrine and Covenants 93:36
 36 The glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth.

Doctrine and Covenants 130:18
 18 Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection.

We are apprentices to God.  We need to learn everything to be like him and the more we push ourselves here, the further ahead we will be after this life.

Reading a chapter a day is a good goal, but often we may need to spend our study session on a verse or even a sentence.  We need to make an effort to understand and not just get through it.
“...we may read a few lines or pages of scripture every day and hope that will be enough.
“But reading, studying, and pondering are not the same. We read words and we may get ideas. We study and we may discover patterns and connections in scripture. But when we ponder, we invite revelation by the Spirit. Pondering, to me, is the thinking and the praying I do after reading and studying in the scriptures carefully.” (President Henry B Eyring, SERVE WITH THE SPIRIT, OCTOBER 2010 General Conference)

Sunday SchoolThis week - The Doctrine and Covenants witness of Christ
Next week . the first vision, JS.H 1:1-26, our heritage chapter 1
Bible Dictionary Covenant.  The word is sometimes rendered testament.
Publishing was a huge deal in 1830.  Time consuming and expensive.
Martin Harris was the only one Joseph Smith knew that had access to money.  Martin ends up mortgaging part of his farm to pay for the printing of the book of Mormon.
Doctrine and Covenants 18:10
 10 Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God;

The church at first had conference a lot more frequently than six months.  This is likely because stakes and wards hadn't been fully established, so perhaps they had general conference as often as we have ward and stake and general conference all combined.  Also, the church was still being instructed on the very basics of how it needed to organize itself.

Sacrament ServiceMy daughter talked about the Personal Progress program and her completing it.
The bishop talked about last year’s and this year’s goals.
Stand in holy places was one of the goals last year.  Are our homes holier places than they were a year ago.
We had a goal to visit every temple in Utah while the Ogden temple is closed.  May we have a greater appreciation for the Ogden temple when it is rededicated.
Goals for 2013

  • Doctrine and Covenants 88:119-121
     119 Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God;
     120 That your incomings may be in the name of the Lord; that your outgoings may be in the name of the Lord; that all your salutations may be in the name of the Lord, with uplifted hands unto the Most High.
     121 Therefore, cease from all your light speeches, from all laughter, from all your lustful desires, from all your pride and light-mindedness, and from all your wicked doings.
  • “We counsel parents and children to give highest priority to family prayer, family home evening, gospel study and instruction, and wholesome family activities.” The First Presidency: Gordon B. Hinckley, Thomas S. Monson, James E. Faust (letter, 11 Feb. 1999; printed in the Ensign, June 1999, 80)
  • Increase your food storage monthly.
  • Have a family budget.
  • Minister to one another through home and visiting teaching every month.
  • Invite a neighbor to a ward activity.
"A home is much more than a house built of lumber, brick, or stone. A home is made of love, sacrifice, and respect. We are responsible for the homes we build. We must build wisely, for eternity is not a short voyage. There will be calm and wind, sunlight and shadows, joy and sorrow. But if we really try, our home can be a bit of heaven here on earth. The thoughts we think, the deeds we do, the lives we live not only influence the success of our earthly journey, they also mark the way to our eternal goals.”  (President Thomas S Monson, Worldwide Leadership Training Meeting: Supporting the Family, Heavenly Homes, Forever Families)

A member of the state presidency spoke.
2 Nephi 25:26
26 And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.

Alma 40:23
 23 The soul shall be restored to the body, and the body to the soul; yea, and every limb and joint shall be restored to its body; yea, even a hair of the head shall not be lost; but all things shall be restored to their proper and perfect frame.

“God the Eternal Father did not give that first great commandment because He needs us to love Him. His power and glory are not diminished should we disregard, deny, or even defile His name. His influence and dominion extend through time and space independent of our acceptance, approval, or admiration.
“No, God does not need us to love Him. But oh, how we need to love God!
“For what we love determines what we seek.
“What we seek determines what we think and do.
“What we think and do determines who we are—and who we will become.” (President Dieter F Uchtdorf, The Love of God)

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