Sunday, July 31, 2016

Church Services This Week at Oak Ridge Ward Layton North Stake Layton Utah 31 July 2016

Sacrament Service
One of the youth spoke of his experience on trek.

It is not enough to study or reenact the accomplishments of our pioneers. We need to identify the great, eternal principles they applied to achieve all they achieved for our benefit and then apply those principles to the challenges of our day. In that way we honor their pioneering efforts, and we also reaffirm our heritage and strengthen its capacity to bless our own posterity and “those millions of our Heavenly Father’s children who have yet to hear and accept the gospel of Jesus Christ.”2 We are all pioneers in doing so.” (Elder Dallin H Oaks, “Following the Pioneers”, October 1997 General Conference)

Doctrine and Covenants 138:48
48 Foreshadowing the great work to be done in the temples of the Lord in the dispensation of the fulness of times, for the redemption of the dead, and the sealing of the children to their parents, lest the whole earth be smitten with a curse and utterly wasted at his coming.

Sunday School
Book of Mormon lesson 26
We often think of Alma and the sons of Mosiah going and teaching alone, but they appear to have had other missionaries with them.

People join the church for many reasons, but a person's conversion must be Christ centered to be immovable.

Alma 23:17
17 And it came to pass that they called their names Anti-Nephi-Lehies; and they were called by this name and were no more called Lamanites.

These people were so converted that they wanted to be called something different.

Anti sometimes means the opposite of and not against as often the word brings to mind.

Alma 23:18
18 And they began to be a very industrious people; yea, and they were friendly with the Nephites; therefore, they did open a correspondence with them, and the curse of God did no more follow them.

They also changed their nature.

Joint Priesthood /Relief Society
The bishop had some people relate pioneer stories from their families. Also one of the young men's presidency shared some about the pioneer trek that the youth went on earlier in the summer.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Church Services This Week at Oak Ridge Ward Layton North Stake Layton Utah 24 July 2016

Sacrament Service
We had four speakers. Each one talked of about a hymn about pioneers and then we sang the song.

The first speaker talked about “Come Come Ye Saints”

Matthew 24:42
42 ¶Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

Doctrine and Covenants 29:13
13 For a trump shall sound both long and loud, even as upon Mount Sinai, and all the earth shall quake, and they shall come forth—yea, even the dead which died in me, to receive a crown of righteousness, and to be clothed upon, even as I am, to be with me, that we may be one.

The second speaker talked about the song “faith in every footstep“.

The third speaker talked about the song “with songs of praise “

The fourth speaker spoke on the song “the spirit of God “

Sunday School
Book of Mormon Lesson 25
Peter was called the rock, but it was in reference to that he was the presiding authority on earth after the Savior died. The rock is revelation to lead the church.

“Every member is a missionary. He or she has the responsibility of bringing somebody: a mother, a father, a neighbor, a fellow worker, an associate, somebody in touch with the messengers of the gospel. If every member will carry that responsibility and if the arrangement to have that mother or that father or somebody meet the authorized representatives of the Church, no power on earth can stop this church from growing. And personal contact is what will influence those investigators. That personal contact, the nature of it, its effect depends upon you. And that’s one thing that I wish to emphasize. There’s one responsibility which no man can evade, that’s the responsibility of personal influence. … It’s what you are, not what you pretend to be that will bring people to investigate.”(“Talk by President David O. McKay Given to the North British Mission 1 March 1961,” Family and Church History Department Archives, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2–3.)

Alma 17:1-2
1 And now it came to pass that as Alma was journeying from the land of Gideon southward, away to the land of Manti, behold, to his astonishment, he met with the sons of Mosiah journeying towards the land of Zarahemla.
2 Now these sons of Mosiah were with Alma at the time the angel first appeared unto him; therefore Alma did rejoice exceedingly to see his brethren; and what added more to his joy, they were still his brethren in the Lord; yea, and they had waxed strong in the knowledge of the truth; for they were men of a sound understanding and they had searched the scriptures diligently, that they might know the word of God.

Alma rejoiced that his friends were still strong in the gospel. How much do we feel happy when we meet old friends that are don't in the gospel?

The scriptures describe Ammon as “wise and harmless “.  He clearly is not harmless, since he had just cut the arms off of many attackers.  So what does this mean?  We often hear wise paired with the word cunning.  So what is wise and harmless?  A cunning person might scheme and use someone's words against them. A harmless person might be trustworthy.

Do people that enter our home feel the peace of the spirit?  Do our family members who live in the home with us?

Elders Quorum
Uchtdorf April 2016 general conference talk, “In Praise of Those Who Save”
“Somehow, as the days multiply and the color of romantic love changes, there are some who slowly stop thinking of each other’s happiness and start noticing the little faults. In such an environment, some are enticed by the tragic conclusion that their spouse isn’t smart enough, fun enough, or young enough. And somehow they get the idea that this gives them justification to start looking elsewhere.
Brethren, if this comes close to describing you at all, I warn you that you are on a road that leads to broken marriages, broken homes, and broken hearts. I plead with you to stop now, turn around, and come back to the safe path of integrity and loyalty to covenants. And, of course, the same principles apply for our dear sisters.“

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Church Services This Week at Oak Ridge Ward Layton North Stake Layton Utah 17 July 2016

Sacrament Service
“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))

Luke 17:11-19
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.

Matthew 15:36
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;

Mosiah 4:15
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.

Isaiah 58:13
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.

Matthew 7:7
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.

Sunday School
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)

Elders Quorum
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.