Sunday, February 03, 2013

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah 3 February 2013

Ward Council
Doctrine and Covenants 76

Deacons Quorum
My son gave the lesson on the Plan of Salvation.

"Procrastination, as it may be applied to Gospel principles, is the thief of eternal life." (Elder Joseph Fielding Smith, The Way to Perfection, 10th ed. (1953), 202.)

Sunday School
Doctrine and Covenants 6,8
What is revelation?

How do we receive it?  
Doctrine and Covenants 88:63
Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you; seek me diligently and ye shall find me; ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

How do we know it?

  • Doctrine and Covenants 6:7
     7 Seek not for riches but for wisdom, and behold, the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto you, and then shall you be made rich. Behold, he that hath eternal life is rich.
    Rich = knowledge and eternal life.
  • Doctrine and Covenants 6:23
     23 Did I not speak peace to your mind concerning the matter? What greater witness can you have than from God?

Oliver Cowdery comes to Joseph smith's town, Harmony, PA.  Hyrum Smith was the equivalent of being on the board of education and hires Oliver.  Oliver hears of the plates and wants to know more.

The first time Joseph and Oliver meet, they talked into the night about the restoration and the Book of Mormon.

“In the spring of 1829, Oliver Cowdery was a schoolteacher in Palmyra, New York. As he learned about Joseph Smith and the work of translating the Book of Mormon, Oliver felt impressed to offer his assistance to the young prophet. Consequently, he traveled to Harmony, Pennsylvania, and became Joseph’s scribe. The timing of his arrival and the help he provided were vital to the coming forth of the Book of Mormon.

“The Savior subsequently revealed to Oliver that as often as he had prayed for guidance, he had received direction from the Spirit of the Lord. “If it had not been so,” the Lord declared, “thou wouldst not have come to the place where thou art at this time. Behold, thou knowest that thou hast inquired of me and I did enlighten thy mind; and now I tell thee these things that thou mayest know that thou hast been enlightened by the Spirit of truth” (D&C 6:14–15).

“Thus, Oliver received a revelation through the Prophet Joseph Smith informing him that he had been receiving revelation. Apparently Oliver had not recognized how and when he had been receiving direction from God and needed this instruction to increase his understanding about the spirit of revelation. In essence, Oliver had been walking in the light as the sun was rising on a cloudy morning.” (Elder David A Bednar, THE SPIRIT OF REVELATION, APRIL 2011 General Conference)

Personal revelation is one of the key doctrines of the restored gospel.

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