The primary program
Jesus taught us about the potential of man. Jesus showed us the example of what we should do and what we can be.
“What does he ask? Live like his Son.“(Children’s Songbook, “He Sent His Son”, p34)
My teaching partner’s lesson on spiritual self reliance and opposition and Adam and eve
Ezra Taft Benson chapter 21
Help others that are in need, but also remember to be grateful that we are are blessed to the degree that we are.
We should be prepared and not rely on government or whatever to bail us out when disaster happens.
“We encourage you to be more self-reliant so that, as the Lord has declared, ‘notwithstanding the tribulation which shall descend upon you, … the church may stand independent above all other creatures beneath the celestial world’ (D&C 78:14). The Lord wants us to be independent and self-reliant because these will be days of tribulation. He has warned and forewarned us of the eventuality.“
“If you are saving and planning for a second car or a TV set or some item which merely adds to your comfort or pleasure, you may need to change your priorities. We urge you to do this prayerfully and do it now.“
“Now I do not mean to say that all debt is bad. Of course not. Sound business debt is one of the elements of growth. Sound mortgage credit is a real help to a family that must borrow for a home.20
In the long run, it is easier to live within our income and resist borrowing from future reserves except in cases of necessity—never for luxuries. It is not fair to ourselves or our communities to be so improvident in our spending that the day our income stops we must turn to relief agencies or the Church for financial aid.”
Feast Week Fireside
A speaker from the Ogden Institute of Religion spoke to us.
1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
“Moreover, we can’t fully appreciate joyful reunions later without tearful separations now. The only way to take sorrow out of death is to take love out of life.” (Elder Russell M Nelson, “Doors of Death”, April 1992 General Conference)
Funerals are rich with love and learning, but they are also bitter.
3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.
Beauty means a crown. A crown symbolizes glory like a degree of glory. He would take our time of ashes and gives us beauty, a crown, a glory.
The oil of joy is the oil of the olive and that represents the blood of Christ. When we anoint with oil we anoint symbolically with the blood of Christ.
In the scriptures the Saints are called the trees of righteousness or the pillars of the temple.
Make a prayer journal to remember what you felt or heard.
You can't only put on part of the armor of God or you are still vulnerable.