Sunday, March 17, 2013
Church Services This Week at Weber Heights Stake Conference Ogden Utah 16-17 March 2013
Adult Session of Stake Conference
Luke 22:32 - is the theme of this stake conference.
32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
"A testimony is spiritual knowledge of truth obtained by the power of the Holy Ghost. Continuing conversion is constant devotion to the revealed truth we have received—with a heart that is willing and for righteous reasons. Knowing that the gospel is true is the essence of a testimony. Consistently being true to the gospel is the essence of conversion. We should know the gospel is true and be true to the gospel." (Elder David A Bednar, Converted unto the Lord, October 2012 General Conference)
Things to teach our children to help them be converted.
1. They are children of God.
2. He has a plan for us.
3. He can be trusted.
It is important that our children know who to follow, God or Satan.
"Faith is not bravado, not just a wish, not just a hope. True faith is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ—confidence and trust in Jesus Christ that leads a person to follow Him." (Dennis E. Simmons, “But If Not …,” Ensign, May 2004, 73)
Faith is more than mental consent.
"Consider, for example, the Savior’s benediction upon his disciples even as he moved toward the pain and agony of Gethsemane and Calvary. On that very night, the night of the greatest suffering that has ever taken place in the world or that ever will take place, the Savior said, ‘Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you. … Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid’ (John 14:27).
“I submit to you, that may be one of the Savior’s commandments that is, even in the hearts of otherwise faithful Latter-day Saints, almost universally disobeyed;" (Elder Jeffrey R Holland, Come Unto Me, Ensign, April 1998)
"We are all invited to follow Jesus’s teachings and to minister to others. This invitation is not limited to angelic sisters. As I share a few everyday examples of members who have learned to first observe and then serve, listen for the teachings of Jesus they illustrate." (Linda K Burton, RS General President, “First Observer, Then Serve”, General Conference, October 2012)
We are called to minister, to sheppard, and...
Sorry, I missed the last thing we are called to do and I can't find anyone who remembers. I was trying to type and it went by too fast.
We are full time finders for the full time missionaries.
Elder Wynn R Dewsnup, an Area Seventy spoke to us.
He said that he heard one of the brethren say that "Preach My Gospel" will be used until the final minutes of this dispensation.
The Twelve in Jesus's day had been taught by the Savior for maybe just over 12 months. Elder Dewsnup said to contrast that with the 50 years that President Monson has been an apostle. Must have been very overwhelming to the original Twelve.
When Peter denied Christ he had not yet received to gift of the Holy Ghost.
General Session of Stake Conference
"We promise that as you keep the covenants you have made and these standards, you will be blessed with the companionship of the Holy Ghost, your faith and testimony will grow stronger, and you will enjoy increasing happiness. " - For the Strength of Youth
The new youth curriculum encourages more participation. Previously they would ask the kids questions and move on and now they ask a question and wait for an answer as long as it takes.
The new curriculum for youth is like a spider's web that the youth can cling to and grasp concepts they need to survive and grow.
3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
We are here on earth to be prove and to re-establish our relationship with Heavenly Father.
Pray with purpose. Discuss your life's opportunities with God.
Read the scriptures everyday. We become what we think about.
Only read your scriptures on days that you eat.
Attend our meetings and prepare beforehand to attend our meetings.
The Sacrament is our weekly interview with the Father and the Son.
But what I desire to point attention to is the fact that revelation is not restricted to the prophet of God on earth. The visions of eternity are not reserved for Apostles—they are not reserved for the General Authorities. Revelation is something that should be received by every individual.” (Bruce R McConkie, How to Get Personal Revelation, Teaching Seminary Preservice Readings Religion 370, 471, and 475, (2004), 47–50)
Father will be as involved in our lives as we allow Him to be.
Are we seeking to be the type of individual that Father would have us be?
People are constantly trying to find some new thing to make them happy. The only way to be happy is by being obedient to the principles Father has given us. That is why it is called the plan of happiness.
If you want to learn something and remember it well repetition is a good method. Children are often taught that way. We also go through repetition in the sacrament derive each week.
12 And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall. - find scripture
1 Timothy 4:1-2
1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
Do we see this this going on around us? People who have left the ways of God and seem to have no conscience? Do we see this within ourselves? Do we continue on in our favorite sin with our own agenda and dull our conscience.
2 Timothy 3:1-5
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Surely we see all these things around us, but do we see them in ourselves. Do we love pleasure more than God? The things we watch or listen to, do they put our entertainment above our allegiance to God?
We can no longer survive on borrowed testimony.
Testimonies are like muscles. If they are not exercised they atrophy and die.
Our commitment needs to be into the deepest part of us. If it were possible even in our DNA.
President Vaughn J. Featherstone (Temple statement for Utah South Area - Given in the Manti Temple April 1987) promised if members of the Church would spend half a day in the Temple each month the following blessings would result:
1. A man would become mighty, and a woman powerful.
2. It would serve as great "insurance protection" for your marriage.
3. The blessings of the eternal God will be called down upon you, and great spiritual growth will be yours.
4. Unseen angels will watch over your loved ones when Satanic forces tempt them.
5. Your families will draw close to the Lord and there will be no empty chairs in the Celestial Kingdom.
6. Your children will go on missions.
7. Your children will get married in the temple.
8. The veil will be thin, you will have spiritual growth, and many spiritual experiences will distill upon you.
9. You will be prepared for exaltation-with a celestial body, a celestial mind and a celestial personality.
10. You will become receptive to divine guidance and receive spiritual perception to help you grapple with your problems and cares.11. You will see clearly how to make critical decisions that weigh heavily on your mind.