From the Bulletin:
Article of Faith 11
11 We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.
A missionary spoke to us that recently returned from a mission.
If we are to receive guidance from the spirit, then we have to learn to hear the spirit and learn the heed what the spirit says.
5 And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for to morrow the Lord will do wonders among you.
Book of Mormon lesson 29
A brother in the group shared that it was President Monson birthday today. He said he was in the military with President Monson. President Monson married this brother and his wife in the temple. His secretary told president Monson that he couldn't make it and president Monson told his secretary that his secretary probably hasn't been in the navy, so did not understand being there for his shipmates.
A testimony is a lifelong work and takes effort.
“If it were not for the perfect, sinless life of the Savior, which He willingly laid down for us, there could be no remission of sins.
“Therefore, repentance means more than simply a reformation of behavior. Many men and women in the world demonstrate great willpower and self-discipline in overcoming bad habits and the weaknesses of the flesh. Yet at the same time they give no thought to the Master, sometimes even openly rejecting Him. Such changes of behavior, even if in a positive direction, do not constitute true repentance.
“Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the foundation upon which sincere and meaningful repentance must be built. If we truly seek to put away sin, we must first look to Him who is the Author of our salvation.“ (Ezra Taft Benson, “A Mighty Change of Heart,” Ensign, Oct. 1989, 2)
We must frequently talk to our children about the gospel and not just assume they are getting it.
“You have an alarm system built into both body and spirit. In your body it is pain; in your spirit it is guilt—or spiritual pain. While neither pain nor guilt is pleasant, and an excess of either can be destructive, both are a protection, for they sound the alarm ‘Don’t do that again!’
“Be grateful for both. If the nerve endings in your hands were altered so that you couldn’t feel pain, you might put them in fire or machinery and destroy them. In your teenage heart of hearts, you know right from wrong. (See 2 Ne. 2:5.) Learn to pay attention to that spiritual voice of warning within you. Even then, you will not get by without some mistakes.” (Elder Boyd K Packer, To Young Men and Women, General Conference April 1989)
”The joy that follows the remission of sins comes from the Spirit of the Lord. (See Mosiah 4:3, 20.) It is a fulfillment of the Lord’s promise that “I will impart unto you of my Spirit, … which shall fill your soul with joy.” (D&C 11:13.) As the Apostle Paul taught, “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace.” (Gal. 5:22.) It comes in the same way to everyone—to rich and poor, to the prominent and the obscure. In conferring his greatest gift of mercy through the Atonement, God is not a respecter of persons.” (Elder Dallin H Oaks, Joy and Mercy, General Conference October 1991)
Teachings of Presidents Howard W Hunter chapter 13
2 Nephi 6:14
“Only the home can compare with the temple in sacredness.
Whenever the Lord has had a people on the earth who will obey his word, they have been commanded to build temples in which the ordinances of the gospel and other spiritual manifestations that pertain to exaltation and eternal life may be administered. In cases of extreme poverty or emergency, these ordinances may sometimes be done on a mountaintop (see D&C 124: 37-55). This may be the case with Mount Sinai and the Mount of Transfiguration. The tabernacle erected by Moses was a type of portable temple, since the Israelites were traveling in the wilderness.“(Temple, Bible Dictionary
How do you encourage others to go to the temple?
-Take others with you.
-Get a babysitter and let them know where you are going.
-Bring up that you went to the temple in daily conversations.
The teacher recommended the book Pure in Heart by Elder Oaks.