Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow chapter 10
Hosannah - “A word from Hebrew that means “please save us” and is used in praise and supplication.
At the Feast of Tabernacles, which celebrated the Lord’s deliverance of Israel into the promised land, people chanted the words of Psalm 118 and waved palm branches. At the Lord’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the multitudes cried “Hosanna” and spread palm branches for Jesus to ride upon, thus demonstrating their understanding that Jesus was the same Lord who had delivered Israel anciently (Ps. 118:25–26; Matt. 21:9, 15; Mark 11:9–10; John 12:13). These people recognized Christ as the long-awaited Messiah. The word Hosanna has become a celebration of the Messiah in all ages (1 Ne. 11:6; 3 Ne. 11:14–17). The hosanna shout was included in the dedication of the Kirtland Temple (D&C 109:79) and is now a part of the dedication of modern temples.” (Hosannah, The Guide to the Scriptures)
We learn to understand God little by little through the ordinances of the temple.
The temple is a place of revelation. This is why we are counseled to make our home like the temple, so it can be a place of revelation like the temple.
We should not wait for opportunities to be pleasant.
Focus on the musts, pay attention to the shoulds, and forget the coulds.
Doctrine and Covenants 88,95,109,110; Our Heritage 33-36
Section 88 defines what a solemn assembly is.
The temple took a long time to build and the Lord was not upset about that. He just wanted it being worked on. Similar to our lives. We are not perfect, but so long as we are working as hard as we can to make ourselves better the Lord is pleased.
No ordinances were done in the Kirtland temple, but it was a place when very significant things for the restoration happened there.
One of the young women spoke on gratitude. She shared with us the gratitude section of for the strength of youth.
"...no matter our circumstances, no matter our challenges or trials, there is something in each day to embrace and cherish. There is something in each day that can bring gratitude and joy if only we will see and appreciate it." (President Dieter F Uctdorf, Of Regrets and Resolutions, General Conference October 2012)
A young man that is preparing to leave for his mission to Mexico spoke to us.
24 ¶Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeththem, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
If the youth prepare well by learning the Scripture mastery scriptures they will already have them in their mind when they go on their missions. They will learn more on their mission and have even more in their mind as they start their own families.
If they do not prepare well in seminary they will have to spend time learning on their mission that which they did not in seminary.
Doctrine and Covenants 11:21
21 Seek not to declare my word, but first seek to obtain my word, and then shall your tongue be loosed; then, if you desire, you shall have my Spirit and my word, yea, the power of God unto the convincing of men.
A stake high councilman spoke to us.
Elder Holland said that the priesthood wearing white shirts to administer the sacrament is symbolic of our baptism when we were pure. It also foreshadows the young men going to the temple making covenants there.
“If we keep our covenant that we will always remember him, we can always have his Spirit to be with us (see D&C 20:77, 79). That Spirit will testify of him, and it will guide us into truth.”
“As we covenant that we will always remember our Savior, we must not forget Jehovah’s command to Israel:
“But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself” (Lev. 19:34; see Ex. 22:21; Deut. 10:19).”
“May we always remember, as we covenant to do...” (Dallin H Oaks, Always Remember Him, General Conference April 1988)
The atonement was done not just for our sins, but for when we are sick, have doubts or are sad.
“...pain in this world is not evidence that God doesn’t love you.” (Elder Jeffrey R Holland, “This Do in Remembrance of Me”, General Conference October 1995)
36 ¶Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. 37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, andbegan to be sorrowful and very heavy. 38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. 39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.