Sunday, April 26, 2015

Church Services This Week at Ridge Crest Ward Northridge Stake Layton Utah 26 April 2015

Sacrament Service
The Bible says to not to add or take away from God's word. The Bible does not say that the Bible is all of God's word. As a matter of fact it states just the opposite. The Bible states that the stick of Judah and the stick of Joseph will come separately and then with come together and be one. The Bible also references many books of scripture that are not in the Bible.

Joseph Smith did not just accidentally turn to James 1:5 before he chose to go pray for guidance. He spent much time in reading the Bible and pondering its words.  One of our foundational principles is that our founder read the Bible and received inspiration.

Our freedom to choose was bought by the blood of a god.

Before you go on your mission you should think about the challenges you will have on your mission, so they are not a surprise to you and derail you.

Before you get married you should think about the challenges you will have in your marriage, so they are not a surprise to you and derail you.

Before you have children you should think about the challenges you will have with children, so they are not a surprise to you and derail you.

Obviously you can’t anticipate every challenge, but the point is, don’t just go into life events without a great deal of thought and preparation.

Lucifer's plan in the premortal world was to remove or agency. That plan was rejected by God and Lucifer was cast out and became Satan. Satan continues to establish ways to remove or agency. "The devil made me do it" is false. We can choose to turn over our agency to Satan, but he can not take it from us against our will.

Sunday School
My teaching partner’s lesson on apostles and prophets.
Amos 3:7
7 Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

Hebrews 5:4
4 And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.

Elders Quorum
Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson chapter 8
There is great power in reading the scriptures, more than just checking it off or daily checklist.

"My dear brethren, what a thrilling sight it is to look out over this body of priesthood leadership and to know how many thousands of Saints you serve and how much dedication and faithfulness you collectively represent! There is no other body anywhere in the world today that meets for the same righteous purpose as does this group, nor is there any other group—political, religious or military—that holds the power that you do here tonight.

We live in a day of great challenge. We live in that time of which the Lord spoke when he said, “Peace shall be taken from the earth, and the devil shall have power over his own dominion.” (D&C 1:35.) We live in that day which John the Revelator foresaw when “the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (Rev. 12:17.) The dragon is Satan; the woman represents the Church of Jesus Christ. Satan is waging war against the members of the Church who have testimonies and are trying to keep the commandments. And while many of our members are remaining faithful and strong, some are wavering. Some are falling. Some are fulfilling John’s prophecy that in the war with Satan, some Saints would be overcome. (See Rev. 13:7.)" (President Ezra Taft Benson, “The Power of the Word,” Ensign, May 1986, 79–80.)

If we get caught up in what we have to get done during the day we can get apathetic to scripture study and prayer.

"I am convinced that each of us, at least some time in our lives, must discover the scriptures for ourselves—and not just discover them once, but rediscover them again and again. …" (President Spencer W Kimball, Ensign, Sept. 1976, pp. 4–5.)

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