The blessings of paying tithing

Some people might disagree with me, but I feel that much of the promises extended to faithful Christians are vague. We all have faith that by following commandments and trying to be like Jesus, our eternal reward will be life with God. However, what blessings are in store for me right now? I feel that […]

A couple of comments from Fast & Testimony Meeting recently

Since General Conference as at the beginning of April, the monthly Fast Sunday was on March 25. As is usually the case, there were some testimonies I found to be very touching, and others not so much. That isn’t meant to criticize anyone, it’s just the truth. I’m sure there were people who didn’t appreciate […]

Sacrament Hymn 169 – As Now We Take the Sacrament

I’ve commented before how I love music. I like most of the hymns that we sing in the Church, but there are definitely some that I like more than others. My favourite Sacrament hymn is #169. “As Now We Take the Sacrament” has beautiful music and words to match: With devotion 1. As now we […]

A recent Sacrament Meeting Talk – Conversion and The Ship of Theseus

One of the things that does separate us from other Church’s is the fact that we don’t have the same person giving a sermon each week. Most members are usually given an opportunity to speak in Sacrament Meeting. As bishop, I usually speak 4-6 times a year. A few of those are “big” talks. These […]

Fathers

I know I’m a day late on this one, but I’m not usually on the computer very much on Sundays… Yesterday our 13-year-old Deacons Quorum President spoke on Fathers. He spoke about his father and his grandfathers and what he has learned from them. He also read a short story about Father’s which was attributed […]

Our Easter Sacrament Meeting

Here is the program that we used for our Sacrament Meeting on Sunday. Afterward, I’ve made a few notes: Program Title: I Believe In Christ Musical Number: Ward Choir—I Know That my Redeemer Lives Reader#1: Judith Robinson Walton, “The Mother,” Ensign, Dec. 1982, 49 She went unnoticed. Amid the angry mob she was But another […]

2009 Ward Conference

This past Sunday was our annual Ward Conference. The stake presidency had decided that the theme of the conferences this year would be from Mosiah 18:21. I think the day went very well. The Primary children sang a couple of songs as prelude music, and did a great job. For the meeting, I was the […]

Bearing testimony

I really like this Blog Segullah posting where someone is talking about bearing testimony. They comment on how our testimonies should be short and focus on a few main points of the gospel (Joseph Smith was a prophet, the Book of Mormon is true, President Monson is a prophet, etc) and says, “I’m not sure […]

Attending Church away from “home”

I haven’t posted for a week and a half. My family went on a vacation down to Orlando. My in-laws rented a house there for a month, and we visited for 8 days. It was great. The weather was gorgeous (blue sky and 27°C/80°F every day). We were there for one Sunday, and went to […]

2009 “State of the Ward” address

Since I’ve been bishop, it has been tradition (as I’m sure it is in many wards) that I speak on the first Sunday (other than Fast Sunday), and talk about how the previous year was and what we need to work on for the coming year. I did that on Sunday. For those who are […]

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