Sunday, March 01, 2015

Church Services This Week at Ridge Crest Ward Northridge Stake Layton Utah 1 March 2015

Sacrament Service
Stake Theme
Being a more effective and attentive home or visiting teacher, set new expectations with your companion and share with your families.

Reference Scripture: 3 Nephi 27:27

Reference Talk: Shepherds, Lambs, and Home Teachers - Russell M. Nelson - August 1994

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Sunday School
My lesson on How can I use the words of living prophets and apostles to strengthen my faith in the Atonement of Jesus Christ?
Is there anything in your gospel studies from this week that you would like to share our that you have questions about?

Any interesting gospel conversations you have had with friends or family members this week?

Today we are going to talk about: How can I use the words of living prophets and apostles to strengthen my faith in the Atonement of Jesus Christ?

Let’s start by reading the definition of an apostle in the Bible Dictionary.  (Have the class find phrases that describe the role of an apostle.)

Elder David A Bednar said this about what it means to be a special witness of Christ:
The role of an Apostle today is the same as it was anciently (see Acts 1:22; 4:33). Our commission is to go into all the world and proclaim “Jesus Christ, and him crucified” (see Mark 16:15, 1 Corinthians 2:2). An Apostle is a missionary and a special witness of the name of Christ. The “name of Christ” refers to the totality of the Savior’s mission, death, and resurrection—His authority, His doctrine, and His unique qualifications as the Son of God to be our Redeemer and our Savior. As special witnesses of the name of Christ, we bear testimony of the reality, divinity, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, His infinite and eternal Atonement, and His gospel.(Elder David A. Bednar, "Special Witnesses of the Name of Christ," in Religious Educator 12, no. 2 (2011): 1-11.)

Doctrine and Covenants 107:23
23 The twelve traveling councilors are called to be the Twelve Apostles, or special witnesses of the name of Christ in all the world—thus differing from other officers in the church in the duties of their calling.

Doctrine and Covenants 27:12
12 And also with Peter, and James, and John, whom I have sent unto you, by whom I have ordained you and confirmed you to be apostles, and especial witnesses of my name, and bear the keys of your ministry and of the same things which I revealed unto them;

Do you remember anything from the last general conference that was a strength to you?

Do you remember anything from the last general conference that was something you didn’t know or something that you understood better?

Do you remember anything from the last general conference that testified of Christ or his atonement?

Read The Living Christ with the class and discuss it.

Who was speaking in the video? The apostles.

What we they doing with the words they spoke? Testifying of Christ.

Ask the class if anything stood out to them in the video.

One thing they said in the video was that if we partake of the atonement, our ability to carry our burdens will increase. How do we partake of the atonement?  Repent daily, take the sacrament reverently and with focus.

One apostle in the video said that God sees is not as we are, but as what we can become. He knows what we are capable of.

Watch some of the videos from Special Witnesses of Christ.

Elders Quorum
The lesson was based on Lawrence E Corbridge’s February 2015 Ensign talk, "The most important things"
Make sure you give your wife and your kids your best time and not just your left over time.

Isaiah 55:8-9
8 ¶For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

“When we rationalize wrong choices, big or small, which are inconsistent with the restored gospel, we lose the blessings and protections we need and often become ensnared in sin or simply lose our way.”
“I believe Elder Dallin H. Oaks’s inspired message distinguishing between “good, better, best” provides an effective way to evaluate choices and priorities.19 Many choices are not inherently evil, but if they absorb all of our time and keep us from the best choices, then they become insidious.”
(Elder Quentin L Cook, “Choose Wisely”, October 2014 General Conference)

Beware of insidious things. The definition of insidious is “proceeding in a gradual, subtle way, but with harmful effects.”

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