Sunday, August 30, 2015

Church Services This Week at Ridge Crest Ward Northridge Stake Layton Utah 30 August 2015

Sacrament Service
The theme of all meetings today was the sabbath day.
The high priest group leadership spoke to us.

The last general conference was ended by a talk on the sabbath by Elder Russell M Nelson.

“What did the Savior mean when He said that ‘the sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath’?2 I believe He wanted us to understand that the Sabbath was His gift to us, granting real respite from the rigors of daily life and an opportunity for spiritual and physical renewal. God gave us this special day, not for amusement or daily labor but for a rest from duty, with physical and spiritual relief.”

Ezekiel 20:12
12 Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them.

"Our observance or nonobservance of the Sabbath is an unerring measure of our attitude toward the Lord personally and toward his suffering in Gethsemane, his death on the cross, and his resurrection from the dead. It is a sign of whether we are Christians in very deed, or whether our conversion is so shallow that commemoration of his atoning sacrifice means little or nothing to us." (Mark E Peterson, The Sabbath Day, General Conference April 1975)

Exodus 20
8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God:in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

Exodus 31:12-17
 12 ¶ And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
 13 Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you.
 14 Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.
 15 Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.
 16 Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.
 17 It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.

The Sabbath is a holy day in which to do worthy and holy things. Abstinence from work and recreation is important, but insufficient. The Sabbath calls for constructive thoughts and acts, and if one merely lounges about doing nothing on the Sabbath, he is breaking it.” (Spencer W Kimball, Ensign, Jan. 1978, 4)
Doctrine and Covenants 59:9
9 And that thou mayest more fully keep thyself unspotted from the world, thou shalt go to the house of prayer and offer up thy sacraments upon my holy day;

The sacrament is the only ordinance we perform repeatedly for ourselves.

Sabbath day observance is critical to strengthen our families and our marriages.  If we have a child or a marriage that is struggling, one area we could look at helping with that is our sabbath observance.

We witness when we take the sacrament not that we do keep his commandments,  but that we are willing to. Thus we will keep trying and getting stronger.

Sunday School
My lesson on “How can I teach others how to do family history work?”
Invite the youth to share experiences they have had applying something they learned in a previous lesson.
Invite the youth to share experiences in which they have helped someone learn how to use technology (such as a computer, a cell phone, or a similar device).

Have one of the youth show the rest of the class how to use FamilySearch Tree.  Have one of the youth show the rest of the class how to use FamilySearch Indexing.  Show the youth how to use Puzzilla.

Show the youth the list of titles of the videos in the “Serve” section of the Youth and Family History website. Ask them to select one they would like to watch to learn how to help others do family history work. Watch the video as a class, and ask the youth to think of people they could help in the ways described in the video. Encourage them to make plans to help these people and discuss their plans as a class.

Joint Priesthood /Relief Society Meeting
Doctrine and Covenants 59:9-10
9 And that thou mayest more fully keep thyself unspotted from the world, thou shalt go to the house of prayer and offer up thy sacraments upon my holy day;
10 For verily this is a day appointed unto you to rest from your labors, and to pay thy devotions unto the Most High;

In order to increase reverence in the chapel or in our home in Sunday we should look at how we conduct the rest of our week. Is reverence hard on Sunday because it was not enough a part of our life the rest of the week?

We watch several videos from the church's website about how to do the sabbath for different groups in the ward.

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