Sunday, July 07, 2013

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah 7 July 2013

Ward Council
“The body serves us best when we are least aware of it, and so with money.” Hugh Nibley (LDS Speaker’s Sourcebook, Aspen Books 1991, page 288)

“You cannot accept the Lord's invitation to his banquet without neglecting other business. Remember, the Lord said a man gave a banquet. Everything was all ready, and he wanted his friends all to come and enjoy themselves. Ah! But they had more important things to do. The business of the world was more important. One of them said, "Well, I bought some land and I have to go inspect it"; another said, "I'm looking over a few oxen and they are important"; and another said, "I have a social obligation with this wedding I have to go to." The Lord was angry with them all. "You will never get to my feast, then. You must either come to "(see Matthew 22:2-14).(Hugh Nibley, Gifts, March 13, 1979, at Brigham Young University)

Matthew 6:31-33
 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

True conversion happens in day to day living.  Teaching that includes invitations to apply Gospel principles are more effective.

Elders Quorum
The lesson was based on Elder L Tom Perry’s April 2013 General Conference talk, Obedience to Law Is Liberty
"Perhaps it is because we have a revealed knowledge of our premortal history. We recognize that when God the Eternal Father presented His plan to us at the beginning of time, Satan wanted to alter the plan. He said he would redeem all mankind. Not one soul would be lost, and Satan was confident he could deliver on his proposal. But there was an unacceptable cost—the destruction of man’s agency, which was and is a gift given by God (see Moses 4:1–3). About this gift, President Harold B. Lee said, “Next to life itself, free agency is God’s greatest gift to mankind.”3 Then it was no small thing for Satan to disregard man’s agency. In fact, it became the principal issue over which the War in Heaven was fought. Victory in the War in Heaven was a victory for man’s agency.
Satan, however, was not done. His backup plan—the plan he has been executing since the time of Adam and Eve—was to tempt men and women, essentially to prove we are undeserving of the God-given gift of agency. Satan has many reasons for doing what he does. Perhaps the most powerful is the motive of revenge, but he also wants to make men and women miserable like he is miserable. None of us should ever underestimate how driven Satan is to succeed."
When we disobey we are helping Satan take revenge of Heavenly Father.

2 Nephi 2:27
 27 Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself.

Do we treat our intimacy with our spouses as sacred or as recreation?

Romans 1:24-32
 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
 31 Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

What we watch as entertainment is very important.  Many minimize it, saying they are not committing the sins they are watching.  The above scripture seems to indicate that judgement will come upon those that do the sins and also those that take pleasure in the sins done by others.

Sunday School
Just because we have trials doesn't mean the Lord is not helping.  Perhaps there is a level of trial we need and he just teaches us how to survive it and grow from it.  Perhaps he is blocking for us, so the trials stays within bounds and doesn't crush us.

Sacrament Service
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is like sun screen.  It is very simple to apply, but takes times and sometimes is inconvenient to do so.  If we make the effort we will be protected from damage and misery.

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