The year 2010 has been a spectacular year... and we are only approaching August!!
Lets Look Back through the year, and recall pivotal Spiritual Blessings. All of the following are taken from this blog, so this will be review for our Branch Members.
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January 10th, 2010 : Sterling Sharp farewell talk
"Sterling Sharp, a man of great upbringing, one with focus and commitment received his Mission Call not to long ago, and we had his farewell today. He is called to the "Salt Lake City - Utah" Mission."
(*The following is the date, and title of which the excerpt is taken from*)January 9th, 2010 : A Brand New Year
Why is it important to know the mysteries of God? President Spencer W. Kimball (1895–1985) explained:
“Of all treasures of knowledge, the most vital is the knowledge of God: his existence, powers, love, and promises. …
“If we spend our mortal days in accumulating secular knowledge to the exclusion of the spiritual then we are in a dead-end street, for this is the time for man to prepare to meet God; this is the time for faith to be built. …
“Secular knowledge, important as it may be, can never save a soul nor open the celestial kingdom” (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, edited by Edward L. Kimball , 390).
(*The following is the date, and title of which the excerpt is taken from*)January 5th, 2010: Our Heavenly Father
Knowing God is so important that the Savior said, “This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3).
The first and greatest commandment is “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart” (Matthew 22:37).
The more we know God, the more we love Him and keep His commandments (see 1 John 2:3–5). By keeping His commandments we can become like Him.
We can know God if we will:
1. Believe that He exists and that He loves us (see Mosiah 4:9).
2. Study the scriptures (see 2 Timothy 3:14–17).
3. Pray to Him (see James 1:5).
4. Obey all His commandments as best we can (see John 14:21–23).
(*The following is the date, and title of which the excerpt is taken from*)January 3rd, 2010: The Book Of Helaman
In 91 B.C. (see the end of the book of Mosiah) King Mosiah convinced the people that they did not want a king, nor should they suffer there to be one because not all kings could be accounted for righteous kings.... whether their Fathers raised them or not. A great example of this, is King Noah. King Noah's pride caused his haughtiness and wicked ways to cause heavy burdens on his people. Succession of the Judges were somewhat alright, and with a little chaos here and there. But, for the most part, good. 40 years of the reign of the judges passed (That being the entire book of Alma) and some things start to happen in the ranks of government.
******************** Lubbock Texas Stake Announcements: ***************************
7-25-10 "Power of the Priesthood" Boyd Packer 180th General Conference
8-1-10 August First Presidency Message (For Home Teaching as well.)
8-8-10 Chapter 15 "The Lord's Covenant People" (Gospel Principles)
8-15-10 Chapter 16 "The Church of Jesus Christ In Former Times" (Gospel Principles)