“Even in your most difficult times, you can find much to be grateful for. Doing so will strengthen and bless you.” ("Gratitude," For the Strength of Youth: Fulfilling Our Duty to God, (2001))
11 ¶And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.
12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:
13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.
17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?
18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
36 And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
The Savior gave thanks for what they had, even though it was little and God multiplied it.
A missionary that recently returned from West Virginia spoke to us about the Sabbath.
Hymn 280 - Welcome, Welcome Sabbath Morning
To rest from our daily cares.
We do good on the sabbath, but we rest from those things that weigh in us doing the week.
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;
15 But ye will teach them to walk in the ways of truth and soberness; ye will teach them to love one another, and to serve one another.
Reverence means profound respect and love. Reverence is in our attitude and our behavior.
We should be be careful with the music we listen to and the entertainment we watch, but on the sabbath our choices should be even more reverent.
13 ¶If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:
Often people call the sabbath a pain and not a delight. Some say things like “what am I supposed to do, just sit around and read my scriptures all day?“
Another speaker spoke on receiving guidance from the spirit.
7 ¶Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
1 Nephi 16;24-27
24 And it came to pass that he did inquire of the Lord, for they had humbled themselves because of my words; for I did say many things unto them in the energy of my soul.
25 And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord came unto my father; and he was truly chastened because of his murmuring against the Lord, insomuch that he was brought down into the depths of sorrow.
26 And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord said unto him: Look upon the ball, and behold the things which are written.
27 And it came to pass that when my father beheld the things which were written upon the ball, he did fear and tremble exceedingly, and also my brethren and the sons of Ishmael and our wives.
Three steps to spiritual guidance. Ask, listen, and change.
Book of Mormon lesson 24
“The rest of the Lord, where mortals are concerned, is to gain a perfect knowledge of the divinity of the great latter-day work. [President Joseph F. Smith said,] ‘It means entering into the knowledge and love of God, having faith in his purpose and in his plan, to such an extent that we know we are right, and that we are not hunting for something else; we are not disturbed by every wind of doctrine, or by the cunning and craftiness of men who lie in wait to deceive.’ It is ‘rest from the religious turmoil of the world; from the cry that is going forth, here and there—lo, here is Christ; lo, there is Christ.’ … The rest of the Lord, in eternity, is to inherit eternal life, to gain the fulness of the Lord’s glory.” (Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, 2nd ed. (1966), 633.)
We have more and more unrest in our world. That unrest is spreading to younger and younger people.
“In all ages prophets have looked down through the corridors of time to our day. Billions of the deceased and those yet to be born have their eyes on us. Make no mistake about it—this is a marked generation. There has never been more expected of the faithful in such a short period of time than there is of us. Never before on the face of this earth have the forces of evil and the forces of good been so well organized. Now is the great day of the devil’s power. But now is also the great day of the Lord’s power, with the greatest number of priesthood holders on the earth.“ (President Ezra Taft Benson, In His Steps, Ensign September 1988)
Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Howard W Hunter Chapter 11 - True Greatness
“Giving consistent effort in the little things in day-to-day life leads to true greatness.” (From the manual)
Should we aspire to be a bishop? No, but we should aspire to be the type of men we expect our church leaders to be.