39 For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.
“Opportunities come, and then they are gone. I believe that among the greatest lessons we are to learn in this short sojourn upon the earth are lessons that help us distinguish between what is important and what is not. I plead with you not to let those most important things pass you by as you plan for that illusive and nonexistent future when you will have time to do all that you want to do. Instead, find joy in the journey—now." (President Thomas S Monson, Finding Joy in the Journey, October 2008 General Conference)
36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Small things in our lives can make big problems for us. We should never stop looking for ways we can improve our obedience to the commandments.
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.
"My beloved brothers and sisters, fear not. Be of good cheer. The future is as bright as your faith." (President Thomas S Monson, Be of Good Cheer, April 2009 General Conference)
My Lesson on reverence
What have you learned in your personal gospel study this week?
Have you had any gospel conversations with friends or family that you would like to share?
Did you all hear that Elder Perry died. Any thoughts?
Did you all go to stake conference a couple weeks ago? What did they talk about in stake conference?
Here are a few things I heard:
They asked the question, "When was the last time you knelt in prayer and asked your father in heaven what he would like you to understand in your patriarchal blessing?"
Have any of you received your patriarchal blessings? What is a patriarchal blessing?
They quoted Bishop Gary E Stevenson, in his April 2014 talk Your Four Minutes
"I express my utmost confidence in your abilities. You have the Savior of the world on your side. If you seek His help and follow His directions, how can you fail?"
The Layton stakes are being shifted from the Ogden temple district to the Bountiful temple district. How do you guys feel about that.
We are going to talk about, "How does reverence help me receive revelation?"
What is reverence?
10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
Part of reverence is being still. Is there more to being still than just folding your arms and keeping your mouth quiet?
With that in mind, think again about "be still... And know that I am God."
Does anyone have the Come Follow Me manual on your device? Have you been to the Come Follow Me web site to see all the things they have there on gospel topics to help youth figure out gospel stuff?
Could someone read the quote on reverence fun the manual?
"When we are reverent, we show our love for God and are better able to receive personal revelation. A reverent attitude helps make us more sensitive to the still, small voice of the Spirit. If we treat sacred things with reverence, Heavenly Father will trust us and reveal to us additional truths."
Why would Heavenly Father wait for us to show reverence for what he has given us before giving us more?
Let's say a parent gives a child a knife when they are old enough and the parent had explained what a knife is, what it does and the consequences of not being careful with it. What if that child starts swinging it around and not respecting that they are holding a knife? Will the parent trust the child with an ax or a gun or even a crystal vase?
These are all things one should be careful with. The parent will likely not only not trust them with other dangerous or fragile things, but the parent will likely take back the thing the kid was entrusted with in the first place.
When we are playing with toys we perhaps can be somewhat casual, but when we are given a knife things just got serious, right?
The same is true of the gospel. We can be joking about video games or movies, but when someone brings up Jesus, things just got serious. We are much more reverent when the topic of Jesus or other sacred things are brought up.
Give reverence to sacred things
Reverence can mean to hold something sacred. We give reverence to the temple, the sacrament, and the Savior because these are things that we hold sacred. Do you have anything else that you hold sacred?
64 Remember that that which cometh from above is sacred, and must be spoken with care, and by constraint of the Spirit; and in this there is no condemnation, and ye receive the Spirit through prayer; wherefore, without this there remaineth condemnation.
Things that come from above must be spoken with care. What does that mean?
The scripture also says to speak of sacred things by constraint of the spirit. What does that mean?
Some things we only talk about when the spirit tells us to. What are examples of some sacred things the Lord might ask you not to speak of except when told to by the Spirit.
Things like visions or words of blessings (like patriarchal blessings or guidance received when ordained to a calling). What about our sins and our repentance process? Is that sacred? Kind of weird to think of our sins as sacred isn't it?
Nephi was constrained not to write about John's revelation because it was John's calling.
So that is a little about what reverence is, but how can reverence help us receive revelation? What do you think?
Elder Oaks in last general conference had this to say about having reverence for the Sacrament :
"If the emblems of the sacrament are being passed and you are texting or whispering or playing video games or doing anything else to deny yourself essential spiritual food, you are severing your spiritual roots."
When we are irreverent when we ought to be paying close attention we are disconnecting from the spirit. What is critical to receiving revelation?... The spirit or the Holy Ghost, right?
So reverence helps us lock into the Holy Ghost and prepare to receive revelation.
Have any of you have experienced receiving inspiration from the Holy Ghost when you have been reverent that you would like to share?
Look up reverence and revelation in true to the Faith and have class read.
The lesson was based on Elder David A Bednar, Therefore They Hushed Their Fears, April 2015 General Conference
27 But Alma went forth and stood among them, and exhorted them that they should not be frightened, but that they should remember the Lord their God and he would deliver them.
28 Therefore they hushed their fears, and began to cry unto the Lord that he would soften the hearts of the Lamanites, that they would spare them, and their wives, and their children.
What simple things in our lives are we refusing to do or give up and passing on a greater reward?
The wise man built his house upon a rock. When we went to the beach we saw the water come in where we were standing and when it receded our feet started to slide and the water started to suck us out.
Endurance vs disciplined endurance. You can come to church and not do anything that would get you kicked out, but without engaging and magnifying or callings and stewardship then it is just endurance.