Sunday, 15 April 2012

18 Membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Scientists have studied why geese fly in a V-formation when they migrate, and they have found that flying this way is easier on the birds than flying alone. The first bird must fly against the full strength of the wind, but each succeeding bird in the formation has less air resistance to push against. Since the birds take turns being the leader (and having the hardest flight), they can fly longer without getting tired. The geese also honk to encourage each other to keep going.
When a goose gets sick or wounded and has to land, two other geese land with it. They stay with the injured bird until it dies or gains enough strength to fly again. Then they catch up with their flock.
How is membership in the Church similar?

17 We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet

William Fowler, a British convert baptized in Sheffield 1849, was so moved by the thought of a prophet of God living among the people that he wrote the words to the hymn “We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet”

Come to the lesson prepared by reviewing the Ninth Article of Faith so that you can say it from memory:

"We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God."

You can also prepare for the lesson by reviewing recent talks by President Monson in the Ensign or listening to his talks from General conference so that you can remember what the prophet has said recently.

16 Hold to the Rod

 In the picture of Lehi's dream you can see people holding onto the rod leading them to the tree of life. The interpretation of this dream was revealed to Nephi:

'And it came to pass that I beheld that the rod of iron, which my father had seen, was the word of God, which led to the fountain of living waters, or to the tree of life; which waters are a representation of the love of God; and I also beheld that the tree of life was a representation of the love of God.' (1 Nephi 11:25)

 This week we will be looking at how the word of God can help us in lots of different situations. You can prepare one or two ahead of time by reading them and finding relevant scriptures using the topical guide.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

15 Recognising Personal Revelation

Look at the three pictures above. The first is the Liahona, The second is Lehi's Dream and the third is the angel Moroni appearing to Joseph Smith. These are all examples of revelation. The fourth method of revelation is probably the most common - inspiration. This is when we are prompted by the Holy Ghost to do something. Can you think of examples when you, or someone you know, have receive revelation?

"Divine Revelation is one of the grandest concepts and prinicples of the gospel of Jesus Christ, for without it, man could not know of the things of God and could not be saved with any degree of salvation in the eternities. Continuous revelation from God to his saints, through the Holy Ghost... makes possible daily guidance along true paths and leads the faithful soul to complete and eternal salvation in the celestial kingdom." (Bible Dictionary, 762)