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.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow 2nd Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah 23 August 2015

Sacrament Service
A brother shared a story about his family history and how his ancestors came to Ogden.

The mother of a missionary going on a mission to Saint Louis, Missouri spoke the to us.

She shared her testimony about all the temple work that has been done for her family since 2012 and all the temples she and her daughter have been to.

The sister going on a mission spoke to us.

What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up this morning?  Was it how hungry you were?  Was your first thought that your had to go to the bathroom? Was your thought about the weird dream you had? Did you think about the Lord?

Where are you putting your loyalty? Is your loyalty with the Lord or the world?

We need to be totally committed to the Lord, not just for three hours on Sunday.

Satan knows us very well and he will do what it takes to keep us from doing good.

Good habits put us on autopilot, so we don't have to decide each time and they lessen Satan's power.

“I wish that every Latter-day Saint could say and mean it with all his heart: ‘I’ll go where you want me to go. I’ll say what you want me to say. I’ll be what you want me to be’ [see Hymns, no. 270]. If we could all do that, we would be assured of the maximum of happiness here and exaltation in the celestial kingdom of God hereafter.” (The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson (1988), 344)

Sunday School
New Testament Lesson 33
What is a talent you have that you haven't used in a while?

While the spirit can move upon you add the Lord needs, generally having the spirit and gifts of the spirit are an active thing, just like keeping our talents sharp and alive.

Speaking in tongues is for edifying. (1 Corinthians 14)

We can dispute a point without being disagreeable. We can defend our position without acting in a way that chases away the spirit.

Elders Quorum
D Todd Christofferson April 2015 general conference talk, Why Marriage, Why Family
Love is when someone else's happiness is essential to your own.

Many more young people are delaying marriage. Why is that?

How do you define love to a six year old? How do you define marriage?

A worthy life goal is to live in such a way to greet Christ after this life without anxiety.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Church Services This Week at Ridge Crest Ward Northridge Stake Layton Utah 16 August 2015

Sacrament Service
A sister that just returned from a summer performing mission to Nauvoo, IL spoke to us.

Moses 7:69
69 And Enoch and all his people walked with God, and he dwelt in the midst of Zion; and it came to pass that Zion was not, for God received it up into his own bosom; and from thence went forth the saying, Zion is Fled.

The sister that served in Nauvoo expressed that she was concerned that she wasn't crying as she portrayed these characters from church history. She said these were such hard trials and she didn't know why it wasn't making her cry. She spoke to another missionary and was told that the missionary felt that the early Saints were not about tears. She said they were about strength and determination.

She said one of the lines from one of the shows was,  "west is a direction and not a destination." .They were told to travel west,  but did not know where they were going to stop.  We often have trials or inspiration which we do not know where or when it will end. We may not know where we will end up.

A high councilman spoke to us. His son was in a car crash this weekend and broke his neck and back and had a severe head injury. We prayed often at youth conference for him.

At first they thought they were going to have a funeral this weekend. Then he stabilized, but they thought he would be paralyzed.

The hospital called before our sacrament service and they said the son had woke up and finally knew where he was.  He was asking where his dad was.  They examined him again and said that his neck is still broken, but he is not paralyzed and should be fine.

Sunday School
My teaching partner gave a lesson on the importance of marriage.

He asked the question “How would you teach The Family.: A Proclamation to the World to a non member?”.

He split the class into two and had one talk about family and one talk about marriage.

Elders Quorum
Teachings of Presidents of the Church:  Ezra Taft Benson chapter 16
Pay attention when the elderly talk. We can learn from their triumphs as well as from their mistakes.

Stay active when you are young to enjoy a good level of mental and physical activity as we age.

Parents should find ways to connect their parents with their children. It is good for the grandparents, but also for the child.  If we wait for grandchildren to be engaged with being interested in their grandparents life and history the grandparents may be gone.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Church Services This Week at Ridge Crest Ward Northridge Stake Layton Utah 9 August 2015

Sacrament Service

One of the youth shared a list of ways to enhance your scripture study.  I was too slow to capture her suggestions in my notes.

A missionary that recently returned from the Anaheim California Mission spoke to us.

1 Nephi 6:4-6
4 For the fulness of mine intent is that I may persuade men to come unto the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, and be saved.
5 Wherefore, the things which are pleasing unto the world I do not write, but the things which are pleasing unto God and unto those who are not of the world.
6 Wherefore, I shall give commandment unto my seed, that they shall not occupy these plates with things which are not of worth unto the children of men.

2 Nephi 32:3-5
3 Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ. Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.
4 Wherefore, now after I have spoken these words, if ye cannot understand them it will be because ye ask not, neither do ye knock; wherefore, ye are not brought into the light, but must perish in the dark.
5 For behold, again I say unto you that if ye will enter in by the way, and receive the Holy Ghost, it will show unto you all things what ye should do.

Sunday School
My lesson on Why is it important to learn about my family history?
What did we talk about last week in class?  Or even something that stood out from some of the other lessons that you found useful.

Do you have any questions from your personal study or anything you would like to share?
Why is it important to learn about your family history?

Family History is so important that the Church puts a lot of time and money into family history research. It also puts a lot of focus on us doing our family history work.

For example:
There is a world wide indexing event going on right now that started Friday and goes all this week.
The Church would like to break the record for the number of indexers indexing in a week.  The previous record was 91,721.  They would like to get 100,000 volunteers this week. It's not about doing a ton of names or batches. This is about the number of people doing anything on indexing.

How many of you are doing indexing?

Another push the church is doing is Elder Anderson's temple challenge. Do you remember what he challenged the youth to do?

The challenge is to prepare as many names for the temple as baptisms you perform in the temple, and help someone else to do the same.

Accomplish the Challenge
FIND: Find a Name to Take to the Temple
TAKE: Complete Temple Ordinances for Your Ancestor

Share the Challenge
TEACH: Share your experience with friends and family.

So why is it so important to learn about your family history, your ancestors?

John 3:5
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

If there was not a way prepared, then those that died without baptism would not be able to enter the kingdom of God.

1 Peter. 3:18-20
18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

Those that don't have the gospel and have not been baptized by someone authorized by God are stuck and can't progress when they die, like being in prison. When Christ died he went and preached to those spirits that were stuck like that. We have the opportunity to be baptized for those spirits, so they can choose if they want to accept baptism and be prepared for the resurrection.

1 Peter 4:6
6 For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.

Everyone must be given the chance to choose to accept what Jesus has given them.

We've talked about before that everyone has certain apostles they really like to listen to. I like to listen to Elder Oaks because he is forceful and direct. Some like Elder Holland and president Uchtdorf for similar reasons and because he is funny.

Elder Scott is the exact opposite for me. It is really hard for me to listen to him speak. What I have found though is that he usually has very powerful and useful things to say.  So don't give up on speakers that are hard for you to listen to. Maybe they don't say it the way you like. Maybe their voice bugs you. Maybe they put you to sleep. Just know there are those whose style don't work for us, who have great things in their talks if we hang in there with them.

Elder Scott in October 2012 general conference said, "This glorious doctrine [of baptism for the dead] is another witness of the all-encompassing nature of the Atonement of Jesus Christ."

It is amazing to me as I study how much was done through the atonement. On the surface I think the atonement is he allowed for us to be resurrected and to repent, which is huge by itself. Then I remember that part of the atonement is opening spirit prison to allow for preaching the gospel to the dead. Additionally the atonement allows temple work to be done for those who accept the gospel there. The more you peel the layers of the atonement, there is so much more to it at every turn.

Elder Bednar said this "Many of you may think family history work is to be performed primarily by older people. But I know of no age limit described in the scriptures or guidelines announced by Church leaders restricting this important service to mature adults. You are sons and daughters of God, children of the covenant, and builders of the kingdom. You need not wait until you reach an arbitrary age to fulfill your responsibility to assist in the work of salvation for the human family."

We watched a couple of videos from the lesson.

When I was a youth they talked to us about us being a chosen generation and like the army of Helaman. Now today the Lord says the same to you as well, except that he is mobilizing your army in greater strength and with more powerful tools to fight adversary.

He had raised the bar on what is expected of young people. He has lowered the missionary age. He has brought forth amazing technologies in our homes and in our pockets. This truly is your day to do a marvelous work.

As Elder Bednar said that it use to be older people being experts on Genealogy. Today the tools are so advanced that many older people don't know how to do genealogy as well. You are the ones that know how to collaborate on social media and to use search engines like Google to find information about your and others ancestors. You know how to use computers to pull information out of documents and enter them to be searchable to the world through indexing.

Help the kids make pedigree charts.

Elders Quorum
Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson chapter 15
Go on daddy daughter dates. They will see how a man should treat a woman and what they should expect from the guys they date.

Many women have bad male role models and so they expect bad things from men. We need them to expect good things and when they see bad things in the guys they date they know they need leave that relationship before it becomes a marriage.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Church Services This Week at Ridge Crest Ward Northridge Stake Layton Utah 2 August 2015

Sacrament Service

Stake Theme:
Paying a generous fast offering, evaluate your offerings and adjust if needed.
Reference Scripture: Isaiah 58
Reference Talk: Fast Offering: Fulfilling our Responsibilities to Others - Victor L. Brown - May 1981
Link to

Sunday School
Lesson on Journals
Nephi was commanded to keep two journals. One was scripture and one was history.

Nephi was commanded to go get the records that were kept by his people so the people would remember what happened. We keep journals so we and our descendants will remember.

Elders Quorum
Handout on Beacon of Light
Belief is an instigator to faith. Faith is the check on what we really believe. If we really believe we will act in faith. If we are not acting in faith then what do we really believe?

Obedience shows our faith.