Chapter 14 - Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow
“We have to exert ourselves. … Remaining idle without putting ourselves into action is of no use.” (Lorenzo Snow, Deseret News, Jan. 28, 1857, 371)
“Where the Lord plants us, there we are to stand; when he requires us to exert ourselves for the support of these holy principles, that we are to do; that is all we need to trouble ourselves about; the rest our Heavenly Father will take care of.” (Lorenzo Snow, Deseret News, Oct. 28, 1857, 270)
“In and of ourselves we cannot possibly comply with all the commandments that God has given unto us. Jesus himself could not without divine aid from His Father accomplish His work. He said on one occasion, “I can of mine own self do nothing, as I hear I judge and my judgment is just because I seek not my own will but the will of the Father who sent me.” [John 5:30.] And we, if it was necessary for Him, our Lord, to have divine assistance, will find it all the more important to receive His assistance. And in every circumstance and condition surrounding the Latter-day Saints, while in the performance of their duties, they are entitled to supernatural aid from the Holy Spirit, to help in the various conditions surrounding them, and in the duties that they are required to perform.” (From the manual)
Doctrine and Covenants 101,103,105
Parts of the lesson were taken from, From High Hopes to Despair, Ensign, July 2001
Zion often has different related meanings.
- The place where the pure in heart live.
- The Saints are counseled to build up Zion wherever they are living in the world.
- The New Jerusalem shall be called Zion, D&C 45: 66-67
- Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent, A of F 1: 10
- Enoch built a city that was called Zion (Moses 7: 18-19)
- The pure in heart (D&C 97: 21)
- The Lord called his people Zion, because they were of one heart and one mind, Moses 7: 18-19.
What's the trial of Abraham? Being asked to sacrifice his son.
Isaac was to give a great posterity.
Abraham's father had tried to sacrifice Abraham.
Abraham had gone through much sorrow in getting Isaac born.
Isaac was not a small child.
All of this must have weighed heavily on Abraham and made it difficult for him.
Three young women and their young women camp director spoke about girls camp.
One of the speakers read line by line Come Come Ye Saints and gave commentary on the trials of the pioneers after each line.