Joint Melchizedek/Aaronic Priesthood Meeting
The world is increasingly getting further from God. We are also getting increasingly closer to the Lord's return.
The lesson was based on Elder Robert D Hales talk, Stand Strong in Holy Places, from General Conference April 2013.
"...we have the responsibility to stand strong with a shield of faith against the fiery darts of the adversary. We are role models to the world, protecting God-given, inalienable rights and freedoms. We stand in defense of our homes and our families."
Detail what you think the Lord was trying to describe by each piece of armor and when it was placed on the body.
What do you do when your alone or away from church?
To avoid temptation you have to be proactive. Putting on armor is done before anyone engages you in battle.
When we come home from work and we focus on how we can serve our wives, children, or neighbors we will be stronger.
Where we fail is in our commitment. We only fall to temptation when our commitment to our standards fail.
Church handbook 2 section 1.4.1 - Strengthening the Home
"Wherever Church members live, they should establish a home where the Spirit is present. All members of the Church can make efforts to ensure that their place of residence provides a place of sanctuary from the world."
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.
We must build our foundation on revelation from our redeemer.
lesson 24 - Doctrine and Covenants 50
"If you listen for the voice of the Father, He will lead you on a course that will allow you to experience the pure love of Christ.
As we draw near to Heavenly Father, we become more holy. And as we become more holy, we will overcome disbelief and our souls will be filled with His blessed light. As we align our lives with this supernal light, it leads us out of darkness and toward greater light. This greater light leads to the unspeakable ministerings of the Holy Spirit, and the veil between heaven and earth can become thin." (President Dieter F Uchtdorf, The Love of God, October 2009 General Conference)
If there are false spirits then that assumes there are true spirits.
If one has been deceived the Lord still wants to reclaim them.
The hypocrites, those who know the truth and teach otherwise, will be cut off.
Patterns are good because you know what comes next. If we know the pattern of the Gospel then we know what to expect.
What does it mean to be edified? To instruct or improve (someone) morally or intellectually.
Sacrament ServiceAn elderly missionary couple that returned from a mission to Cape Verde spoke to us.