Monday, April 11, 2011

Counsel from the Saturday Morning Session - April 2011

Saturday Morning Session
Thomas S. Monson
·    May I suggest that if you are able, you might consider making a contribution to the General Missionary Fund of the Church.”
L. Tom Perry
·    “We must commit ourselves to study [the New Testament] and treasure it!”
·    “As we consider the pattern of the Sabbath and the sacrament in our own lives, there appear to be three things the Lord requires of us: first, to keep ourselves unspotted from the world; second, to go to the house of prayer and offer up our sacraments; and third, to rest from our labors.”
·    “To keep ourselves unspotted from the world, He expects us to avoid such worldly distractions of businesses and recreational facilities on the Sabbath day.”
·    “I believe He also desires us to dress appropriately. Our youth may think the old saying ‘Sunday best’ is outdated. Still, we know that when Sunday dress deteriorates to everyday attire, attitudes and actions follow. Of course, it may not be necessary for our children to wear formal Sunday attire until the sun goes down. However, by the clothing we encourage them to wear and the activities we plan, we help them prepare for the sacrament and enjoy its blessings throughout the day.”
·    “Sometimes we think of resting from our labors as merely letting the hay baler stand idle in the field or putting a Closed sign on the business door. Yet in today’s world, labor includes the everyday work of our lives. This could mean business activities we may accomplish from home, athletic competitions, and other pursuits that take us away from Sabbath day worship and the opportunity to minister to others.”
·    “Parents, now is the time to teach our children to be examples of the believers by attending sacrament meeting. When Sunday morning arrives, help them to be well rested, properly dressed, and spiritually prepared to partake of the emblems of the sacrament”
·    “Let your family be filled with love as you honor the Sabbath all day long and experience its spiritual blessings throughout the week.”
·    “Let us remember the blessings and opportunities that are ours as we attend sacrament meeting each week in our wards and branches.”
Jean A. Stevens
·    If we have a heart to learn and a willingness to follow the example of children, their divine attributes can hold a key to unlocking our own spiritual growth…May each of us have a heart to…become as a little child, and thereby return to our heavenly home.”
Walter F. Gonzalez
·    As Latter-day Saints, ours is the duty to invite millions such as these to come and see what our church can add to the good things that they already have.”
·    “To those members who are not active in the gospel, please come back.”
Kent F. Richards
·    Our great personal challenge in mortality is to become ‘a saint through the atonement of Christ.’ The pain you and I experience may be where this process is most measured. In extremity, we can become as children in our hearts, humble ourselves, and ‘pray and work and wait patiently for the healing of our bodies and our souls…if we will but come unto Him with humble hearts.”
Quentin L. Cook
·    “Women are confronted with many options and need to prayerfully consider the choices they make and how those choices affect the family.”
·    “There are two principles that we should always keep in mind. First, no woman should ever feel the need to apologize or feel that her contribution is less significant because she is devoting her primary efforts to raising and nurturing children. Nothing could be more significant in our Father in Heaven’s plan. Second, we should all be careful not to be judgmental or assume that sisters are less valiant if the decision is made to work outside the home. We rarely understand or fully appreciate people’s circumstances. Husbands and wives should prayerfully counsel together, understanding they are accountable to God for their decisions.”
Henry B. Eyring
·    “To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Church welfare program, members worldwide will be invited to participate in a day of service. Leaders and members will seek revelation as they design whatever the projects will be. I will make three suggestions as you plan your service project. First, prepare yourself and those you lead spiritually…My second suggestion is to choose as recipients of your service people within the kingdom or in the community whose needs will touch the hearts of those who will give the service…My last suggestion is to plan to draw on the power of the bonds of families, of quorums, of auxiliary organizations, and of people you know in your communities.

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