Thursday, December 1, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Read, listen to, or watch Elder Holland’s address, Lessons from Liberty Jail, given at a CES Fireside for Young Adults, and respond to the following questions:
WOW!! What an amazing talk he gave!! Listening to it and watching made the message so much stronger.
1. What does Joseph Smith’s letter from Liberty Jail (section 121-123) suggest that he is learning about God?
a. I think Joseph learned that God knew how far he could push Joseph, when joseph was faced with such horrible surrounding he was still able to have faith and remain righteous. I love the story that it told about Joseph using the power of God to make the men stop saying cruel things about the church and its members. Even in his darkest hour Joseph still had God at his side to help him through.
b. God wasn’t only teaching Joseph a lesson he was teaching all of us a lesson through the experience of Joseph Smith.
c. We will all have experiences like Joseph we will all one time or another wonder where God is and ask the same questions that Joseph asked. We must not let our fears of God not seeing us overcome us, we MUST remember that God is there with us where He has always been, and we must reach out to him. “ When we weep he and the angles of heaven weep with us”
d. Even when we are righteous we are given trials, they help us grow stronger.
2. About God’s work?
a. God doesn’t always work in the way we want him to, but God always has a plan and knows what we need in order to move his work along.
b. God works in a mysterious ways, we are given such a beautiful message in spite of such disgusting circumstances.
c. We are given the problems we are given to help us learn the lessons we must learn. We need to look for what we have learned and gained and not focus on what we have lost.
d. We can be totally worthy before God and still suffer.
3. About himself (Joseph Smith)?
a. He learned how strong he was, he was able to suffer through so much because he is courageous and has a good attitude. He had to realize how much he has gone through and how much he has helped this church come along. He learned how to endure to the end.
b. I think Joseph had to learn how strong his testimony was and how much he relied on his Heavenly Father. He had to see his testimony waver and then grow stronger as he was in the jail.
4. During this difficult time, what would be essential for anyone to remain faithful?
a. Prayer and faithfulness. We must have faith and know that God is always with us. We know this and can learn this from the sections we read and the experience that Joseph went through.
b. We may be nearer to God when we surfer than we have been in our entire lives. I know this is true, we seek out God and we become closer and lean on him and allow God to help us.
5. What does the title “Temple-Prison” teach us about God’s love and teachings including where and when that love and those teachings are made manifest?
a. Scared experiences can come to all of us in any circumstances in our lives. We must be strong and be faithful and obedient. We can make anywhere a temple if we allow ourselves to be pure and carry Gods presence with us. The Lord tries to help us out as much as he can even when we are miserable and in the worst places ever. He wants us to be okay and he will reach out and be able to guide us when we are in the dark and lost.
6. In what ways can “spiritual experience, revelatory experience, and sacred experience come to every one of us in all the many and varied stages and circumstances of our lives if we want it?”
a. “Man’s Extremity is Gods Opportunity “We must be humble and obedient and be willing to do what we are taught. We must be able to talk and ask our Heavenly Father to help.
This was a special lesson for me, I was able to go to Liberty Jail last year and I also went to the Mormon platoon this year. Going to these church sites and listening to the presentations that the church has put together for visitors to listen to has really strengthened my testimony. I have a clear vision now of how the conditions were really like. It seems too real to me and not just something I can read. I can envision this in my head and picture the experience. These experiences have strengthened my testimony of the gospel and made me grateful for the work Joseph did.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Step 1: Read D&C 112:21-34, D&C 114:1-2, D&C 118:1
Step 2: Read the commentary for D&C Section 112 through verse 12.
1. Why do we need to continually work on being worthy to fulfill church callings and to help build Zion?
We need to be continually be working on being worthy for many reasons. One of the main reasons is for our own benefit the more we learn here on earth the more knowledge we are able to take to Heaven with us. We are never sitting still on our spiritual line of progression and digression. If we think that we are spiritually okay and we stop reading the scriptures and striving to do better than we will digression. We are constantly digressing and progressing. If we work hard to be more worthy then we are constantly progressing and becoming closer to our Heavenly Father. When we are more like our Heavenly Father we are able to help others and build Zion.
2. What happens to even the very elect if we withhold our time, talents, and resources?
We become prideful and think that we are better than others. We think time is ours and we don’t make time to help others. When really we are given time to help others become better. If we stop sharing our talents we may even loose them. Even the greatest people may fall, watching to make sure that we are willing to share what we learn and our talents are important. Just like working on being worthy can help us build Zion so can sharing our talents. An investigator is more likely to listen and want to become a member when the person teaching them is opening to sharing their talents and testimonies. I have noticed that when I share my talents is when my testimony grows the most. I feel myself become stronger and more Christ like.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
"I invite the Latter-day Saints to look to the temple of the Lord as the great symbol of your membership. Let us be a temple-attending people.” (Howard W. Hunter, Nov. '94, p. 7)
This week in our religion class we are reading Doctrine and Covenants 109 and 110. These two sections are about the temple. Section 109 a dedication prayer of Kirtland, Ohio temple and section 110 tells about the visions that Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery saw while in the temple and the keys that were restored there. These are very powerful sections and one can learn a lot from reading these sections. As I was reading them I learned a lot about the temple. Some things I learned are:
- The temple and our homes are supposed to be a "house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order a house of god." 109:7.
- We may be able to feel the Lords power when we go into the house. Vs. 13 so it must be a house of glory and holiness for us to feel the spirit.
- No unclean thing can enter the temple. Vs. 20. But there is always repentance so one can make it back into the temple when they have gone astray
- There should be reference in His house. Vs. 21
- Vs. 22 "Thy servants may go forth from this house armed with thy power, and that they name may be upon them, and thy glory be round about them, and thine angles have charge over them."
I really liked this last verse, I never thought about being armed with the Lords power when we went to the temple. And having angles watching over us, that is an amazing thought. This section makes the wonderful spiritual high feeling I feel after going to the temple make sense. I am going to make it a goal to go to the temple every week so I will be armed with his power and be watched over with angles. That and I want to help the others who have passed before me receive the temple ordinances they weren't able to obtain themselves while there were here. It amazes me how wonderful of a thought this is. I love helping people and that is exactly what we are doing when we go to the temple. Also at the same time I am getting blessing for doing it. Is there any kind of service that is better than that? I think not.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Choice #3 (sections 107):
The priesthood is a power that governs the Lord's church (the Relief Society is also organized under that power), and priesthood callings call one to perform specific responsibilities of service. How can having the priesthood operating on the earth today magnify your ability and works of service towards others?
I think that priesthood has a lot of effect on the service we do. Priesthood brother do service every time they bless the sacrament or give a blessing to someone in need. Having the Priesthood allows us to have the things we have and be able to do the ordinances that without the priesthood we would not be able to do.
All of the temple work occurs because of the priesthood keys that are on the earth today. We are not only able to spread the gospel to the people on the earth today but also to those who have passed without having the opportunity to learn.
When I am called to a calling I consider it a service when I get set apart. I receive promises and blessing. These I would get know about and would not know that I have the strength enough to do my calling without priesthood. I know every year before we start school we are given fathers blessings. These mean a lot to me because I know that my dad is a worthy priesthood holder and because I am able to receive comfort and blessing through the priesthood.
Having the priesthood on the earth can help strengthen people's testimonies and can also bring them the gospel. We are given the Holy Ghost through a priesthood blessing this is a huge service to everyone it helps us to stay on the right path.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
This week in our Doctrine and Covenants class we are learning about the redemption of Zion. We were reading in Doctrine and Covenants sections 101-105. The main topic in these sections is the redemption of Zion. I found this quote that was given by Dallin H. Oaks in 1985 his talked was title Spirituality.
"Elder John A. Widtsoe taught that "there is a spiritual meaning of all human acts and earthly events. … It is the business of man to find the spiritual meaning of earthly things. … No man is quite so happy … as he who backs all his labors by such a spiritual interpretation and understanding of the acts of his life." (in Conference Report, Apr. 1922, pp. 96–97.)
In another great event in Mormon history, several hundred men marched from Ohio to give military relief to the persecuted Saints in Zion—western Missouri. But when the men of Zion's Camp approached their intended destination, the Prophet Joseph Smith disbanded them. According to its ostensible purpose, the expedition was a failure. But most of the men who were to lead the Church for the next half-century, including those who would take the Saints across the plains and colonize the Intermountain West, came to know the Prophet Joseph and received their formative leadership training in the march of Zion's Camp. As Elder Orson F. Whitney said of Zion's Camp:
"The redemption of Zion is more than the purchase or recovery of lands, the building of cities, or even the founding of nations. It is the conquest of the heart, the subjugation of the soul, the sanctifying of the flesh, the purifying and ennobling of the passions." (The Life of Heber C. Kimball, 2d ed., Salt Lake City: Stevens & Wallis, 1945, p. 65.)"
I really like the first and last part of this quote. The first because it talks about knowing that everything happens for a purpose. I really liked learning out that. It is up to us to figure out why things happen because they all have a spiritual meaning behind it. The last part because building Zion should not be focused on building buildings or those things of the worldly matter but a matter of making one a better person. To look inward and focus on making ones soul better. Zion is stronger when all the members are of one heart and one mind and to become like that is to become like Jesus. Focusing on making one's life closer to Jesus will make us closer to the redemption of Zion.
I can take this and apply it to my life. So I can be part of the redemption of Zion I can prepare now and become a better person and study on becoming more Christ like. As I do the small and simple things I will see myself and my testimony grow. As I grow and become a better member of the church then I can start building Zion by helping others and sharing the Gospel. We can start building up Zion now.