Our local newspaper prints the Top Ten from the Late Show with David Letterman in the paper. I don’t often read them, but did the other day. The list from Tuesday, April 22, 2014 was the “Top 10 things overheard at Jesus’ wedding“. Apparently they had been talking about this with an audience member earlier before the show had started recording. #6 on the list was:
Should’ve used the Temple in Salt Lake City
It probably got the biggest laugh/cheer in the place, and they put the camera on a man in the audience. I have no idea if that was his joke, or if he’s a Mormon, but I think it was kind of neat that the temple was mentioned.
You can see the video here:
Posted in Mormon Church in Pop Culture, Mormon Temples
Tagged cbs, david letterman, jesus, late show, late show with david letterman, salt lake city, salt lake temple, st catharines standard, temple, wedding, youtube
As I’ve mentioned this week, back in July we went to see the Hill Cumorah Pageant. Here are some pictures. I took a lot more than this, but have selected a variety. We are hoping to go back in the Fall when things aren’t so busy and we can have the regular tours.
The Smith Log Home
The kitchen in the Smith Log Home
Inside the Smith Frame Home
The kitchen in the Smith Frame Home
The view of the Palmyra Temple from the Smith Home
The Sacred Grove
The Grandin Press Shop where the Book of Mormon was published
First Edition of the Book of Mormon
Angels at the beginning of the pageant
All the cast on stage
Nephi and the Tree of Life
Jesus appearing to the Nephites
The remaining Nephites see the Savior
Posted in Mormon Church History, Mormon Pageants
Tagged angels, book of mormon, grandin, hill cumorah pageant, jesus, log home, nephi, nephites, palmyra new york, palmyra temple, photos, sacred grove, savior, tree of life
An usher at one of the wards that I visit had a few (sort of) funny jokes to share with me when I visited a few weeks ago…
Why are we the only church that sings “We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet”?
All the rest are non-prophet (profit) organizations.
What was the last thing that Jesus said to his disciples?
If you want to be in the picture, come to this side of the table.
Moses started out his life as a basket case. He was in denial (the Nile), but finally decided to go with the flow
Posted in General Religion and Spirituality
Tagged basket case, denial, disciples, funny jokes, god, jesus, laughs, moses, nile, prophet, usher
A while back I posted some notes from a discussion we had with the youth about the Word of Wisdom. We had asked them what topics they wanted to discuss, and along with Word of Wisdom, they had general questions about why they need to sing, go to seminary, etc. We combined all of those things into a topic about participation. We were going to be addressing this topic at some point, but weren’t sure when. Since I am no longer the YM President, I won’t have an opportunity to discuss this with the youth, but I figured I’d still share my notes. Remember, these are just notes. I’m sure I wasn’t going to share everything, and I would have allowed the youth to direct the discussion in a certain way if it was going well.
From the youth topic survey, people wanted to discuss:
- skipping classes
- getting up for seminary
- singing in Church
- See D&C 25:12 – the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me
For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads.
- See Mark 14:26 – Jesus and his disciples sang
And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.
- false ideology
- people focus too much on one thing but not another
- what if you don’t know the church is true
- not exactly participation, but we figured that we could cover this as part of this topic since participation is a result of and leads to stronger testimonies
What is the purpose of the Church?
- Mosiah 18: 8-9
And it came to pass that he said unto them: Behold, here are the waters of Mormon (for thus were they called) and now, as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light;
Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life—
- Mosiah 18: 19-21
And he commanded them that they should teach nothing save it were the things which he had taught, and which had been spoken by the mouth of the holy prophets.
Yea, even he commanded them that they should preach nothing save it were repentance and faith on the Lord, who had redeemed his people.
And he commanded them that there should be no contention one with another, but that they should look forward with one eye, having one faith and one baptism, having their hearts knit together in unity and in love one towards another.
- 4 Nephi 1: 12
And they did not walk any more after the performances and ordinances of the law of Moses; but they did walk after the commandments which they had received from their Lord and their God, continuing in fasting and prayer, and in meeting together oft both to pray and to hear the word of the Lord.
- Moroni 6: 5-6
And the church did meet together oft, to fast and to pray, and to speak one with another concerning the welfare of their souls.
And they did meet together oft to partake of bread and wine, in remembrance of the Lord Jesus.
- D&C 20: 75
It is expedient that the church meet together often to partake of bread and wine in the remembrance of the Lord Jesus
- D&C 43: 8
And now, behold, I give unto you a commandment, that when ye are assembled together ye shall instruct and edify each other, that ye may know how to act and direct my church, how to act upon the points of my law and commandments, which I have given.
3 main purposes of coming to Church
- Partake of the Sacrament
- Learn the Gospel
- Help others
Parking of the Sacrament
- The bread and water help us to remember Jesus
- We take upon ourselves His name
- It helps us to remember Him
- We commit to follow Him
- Sacrament prayers are located in D&C 20: 77, 79
O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it, that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him and keep his commandments which he has given them; that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.
O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this wine to the souls of all those who drink of it, that they may do it in remembrance of the blood of thy Son, which was shed for them; that they may witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they do always remember him, that they may have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.
Learn the Gospel
- Listen to talks
- Prepare for lessons
- Be open to the Spirit
- Don’t disrupt others
- Even principles we’ve heard before can be interesting if we have the right attitude
- Classes are as good as you make them
- We should be edified together
- See D&C 50: 17-25
Verily I say unto you, he that is ordained of me and sent forth to preach the word of truth by the Comforter, in the Spirit of truth, doth he preach it by the Spirit of truth or some other way?
And if it be by some other way it is not of God.
And again, he that receiveth the word of truth, doth he receive it by the Spirit of truth or some other way?
If it be some other way it is not of God.
Therefore, why is it that ye cannot understand and know, that he that receiveth the word by the Spirit of truth receiveth it as it is preached by the Spirit of truth?
Wherefore, he that preacheth and he that receiveth, understand one another, and both are edified and rejoice together.
And that which doth not edify is not of God, and is darkness.
That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.
And again, verily I say unto you, and I say it that you may know the truth, that you may chase darkness from among you;
- Hymn 270 – I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go
- Perhaps there are things we need to do and say that will help others
- What we say/do, how we act, and our body language has a profound impact on others
Posted in General Religion and Spirituality, Mormon Church Doctrine and Teachings, Mormon Church Meetings, Mormon Church Scripture
Tagged disciples, edify, help others, hymn, i'll go where you want me to go, jesus, learn the gospel, mount of olives, partake of the sacrament, participation, purpose of the church, sacrament, seminary, song of the heart, testimony, word of wisdom, ym
The Belief Blog on CNN.com had a posting recently by someone who talked about how “dirty” Jesus was (apparently he’s written a book about this). The main point of the article was that Jesus lived like a person and gave a couple of examples:
He was the “earthly” son of a carpenter, and life in the first-century was both more lurid and unfinished than our collective religious memory seems to recall.
To that end, I suggested recently to several astounded colleagues of mine that Jesus actually had to go to the bathroom, perhaps even on the side of the road between Capernaum and Jerusalem.
What tipped them over the edge was when I insinuated that Jesus, like almost every other human being living in the rural world in that time, might have even had dysentery on an occasion or two.
The author then goes on to say:
…the Jesus of the Bible was more human than most people are conditioned to think.
I call this the dirty side of Jesus. He was grittier, and a lot more like us than maybe we believe, and that’s one of the reasons why so many thousands of people followed him so quickly.
They could relate to him.
I have no idea if Jesus had to go to the bathroom or if He ended up with diarhea. Ultimately it doesn’t really matter. What matters is that however He lived His life, he understands me. He somehow knows what I am going through. He feels my pain and knows how to relieve it. He can relate to me. I don’t know if I can relate to Him (His perfection, His knowledge), but I want to. I want to learn more about Him. I want to be more like Him.
The author closes with this:
He was the God who became dirty so that the world’s souls might be made clean.
A very nice thought!
On Sunday we had our Ward Conference, so the Stake Presidency, along with many other stake leaders, were there. My oldest son (10-years-old) asked me after Church if I knew the Stake President. I said yes, and he said the next time I am bishop I need to ask him for his autograph. I asked why, and he said, “because he’s the stake president!”
Funny stuff! The first thing is the “next time you’re the bishop” like he just assumed it would happen. The other thing is that he thinks the Stake President is “famous” enough to get his autograph.
I sent an email to the Stake President to let him know that, and he thought it was pretty funny. He said that years ago someone had asked him to get a General Authority to sign something (he didn’t say what it was), and the GA told him that President Hinckley had asked them not to sign things since they aren’t rock stars.
The other funny thing was on Monday at Family Home Evening. My 4-year-old daughter was in charge of the lesson so we told her to get The Friend magazine and pick something. She saw a story with a picture of Jesus and she wanted to read that. I helped her with the lesson and asked a few questions about Jesus. I started off by asking where Jesus was born. My oldest son said Jerusalem. I told him it was a very close answer, but there was specific place the scriptures mention. After a few seconds my daughter blurted out, “Agrabah!” (For those that don’t know, that where Disney’s Aladdin took place). Perhaps that is why there was a party in Agrabah 🙂
Posted in General Religion and Spirituality, Mormon Church Family Home Evening, Mormon Church Hierarchy
Tagged aladdin, autograph, bethlehem, family home evening, friend magazine, jerusalem, jesus, picture of jesus, president hinckley, scriptures, stake presidency, stake president
(I took the picture with my cell phone and used a digital zoom, so the picture is a little blurry)
This billboard is up in my town. In case you can’t read it, it says:
Not a fan of Jesus?
Neither are we. Join the conversation September 8-9
I haven’t checked out the website, so I know nothing about what this about, but I’m not impressed by that sort of attention-grabbing billboard. It is a church. How can they not be a fan of Jesus? He is the only way we can be saved!
As is often the case, I’m late in posting things, but as they say, better late than never.
Our Ward Conference was last Fall (September I think) and I made note of a couple good quotes that I figured I’d share.
The primary kids sang “I Know That My Savior Loves Me” and one of the lines is:
I did not touch Him or sit on His knee,
Yet, Jesus is real to me.
What a beautiful thing to have the kids sing. I’m sure very few of them grasp the seriousness and beauty of what they are saying, but I still love the fact that my kids sing it. Hopefully I can help Jesus become even more real to them.
Someone shared a phrase that President Monson has shared many times:
You can’t be right by doing wrong and you can’t be wrong by doing right
It is a pretty simple phrase, but I’d have a pretty hard time understanding how anyone could disagree with it
Someone shared the quote “Don’t let the things that matter most suffer because of the things that matter least.” I liked the sound of it, and looked online for who said it. It was actually a German writer and scholar named Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) who said:
Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least
This kind of goes along with my post on using our time wisely from a couple of weeks ago. We do need to focus on what matters most!
I’m not sure where I first heard about this, but it’s cute. I guess it seemed funny to me since Mormons seem to focus so much on the length of hair of our young men:
A young boy had just gotten his driving permit. He asked his father, who was a minister, if they could discuss his use of the car. His father said to him “I’ll make a deal with you. You bring your grades up, study your bible a little and get your hair cut, then we will talk about it”
A month later the boy came back and again asked his father if they could discuss his use of the car. His father said “Son, I’m real proud of you. You have brought your grades up, you’ve studied your bible diligently, but you didn’t get hair cut!”
The young man waited a moment and replied “You know dad, I’ve been thinking about that. You know Samson had long hair, Moses had long hair, Noah had long hair and even Jesus had long hair.”
His father replied “Yes, son, and they walked everywhere they went!”
Another thought from the High Priest Group lesson I mentioned the other day.
We learn in D&C 76 about the post-mortal life (specifically the three degrees of glory). Heavenly Father lives exclusively in the Celestial Kingdom. Jesus lives there, too, but will visit the Terrestrial Kingdom. The Holy Ghost will be felt in the Telestial Kingdom. Apparently beings will be able to visit down the line as well. Those in the Terrestrial Kingdom can visit those in the Telestial Kingdom, and beings in the Celestial Kingdom can visit the Terrestrial kingdom.
If you are interested, I found a couple of good quotes about this sort of visitation here.
The question asked in class was, “What is the purpose of that?” There is no chance to jump between worlds going up, so having someone come from a place you can’t go to is almost like another hell. I had never thought of it that way before. I thought about it a little more, and I’ve come to a different conclusion. There is a fantastic buffet restaurant in Ontario called Mandarin Chinese Buffet Restaurant. It is expensive, but the quality of food is fantastic. I don’t go very often, but whenever I get the chance, I love it, I’m glad I could go, and I look forward to going again. I never think how awful it is that I can’t go all the time. I’m wondering if that is how it will be when a being from a Kingdom above visits… it’ll be great, we’ll be happy we were able to feel that, and can’t wait for that being to come again.
Just my two cents…
Posted in Mormon Church Doctrine and Teachings, Mormon Church Meetings
Tagged celestial kingdom, degress, heavenly father, hell, high priest, holy ghost, jesus, kingdoms, mandarin chinese buffet restaurant, telestial kingdom, terrestrial kingdom