It is important to know that this Lesson being planned for Sunday, December 5th, 2010, IS NOT going to be the Lesson which will be taught in High Priests. This Lesson was ideally placed to be taught in Elders Quorum by prayerful consideration and Spiritual confirmation of the Elders Quorum Presidency. The expected lesson to be taught in High Priests & Relief Society, will be the First Presidency Message for the month of December : "Can We See The Christ?" (By clicking the name of the talk, you will be automatically directed to the web page which features the First Presidency Message: The Ensign) Should you have any questions concerning this weeks lesson, or future lessons, consult the Lesson Board on the Elders Quorum Blog Home Page - (Click Here).
It has been the prayerful considerations of the Elders Quorum Presidency of which have brought some changes to the original lessons planned on the calendar, but all of the changes have been made with the intention of helping us all realize our full potential, and how careful pondering alongside righteous use of moral agency will continue to assist us in the all too real battle to "Rescue Souls".
Before I include the talk which will ultimately be the Lesson for this upcoming Sunday, I wish to remind you to reflect upon a few items of scripture- the intent, to fill you with the understanding of what is expected of us from the Lord. First, lets visit The Doctrine & Covenants Section 107: 99-100 which reads...
[Verse 99] -
Wherefore, now let every man learn his duty, and to act in the office in which he is appointed, in all diligence.
[Verse 100] -
He that is slothful shall not be counted worthy to stand, and he that learns not his duty and shows himself not approved shall not be counted worthy to stand. Even so. Amen.
Please, allow me to paraphrase these into what should be understood (At least in part) and in what context I am referring these scriptures to be applied by and understood in.
First, the history and understanding for which these scriptures (revelation) were given to the Prophet Joseph Smith really need to be understood. To best do that, I simply am going to copy and paste the entire section heading (For Section 107) here and have you read it, pray about it, and then ponder it.
In our efforts to understand our role in the Plan of Happiness when it comes to "Bringing to pass the immortality and eternal life of man" (Moses 1:39), we have to know where we fit in. Where do we plug ourselves into the equation of helping the Lord "...bring to pass..." all the endless benefits of the Gospel which can be squeezed into the definitions of "...the immortality and eternal life..." of all the children of our Heavenly Father, or to include the grand definition of all his children, we refer back to the scripture which includes the broad term "...man" ?
Well, the idea of "how" we do it seems easy to understand if we do nothing besides read the words of that particular scripture found in the "Pearl Of Great Price". The Lord has a simple plan in structure, but it is bound by agency. The 107th Section of the Doctrine & Covenants identifies the simplicity of the basic requirements, but identifies the requirements based on whether we act when we are supposed to.
Is it any wonder then, why in Verse 99 the Lord admonishes "...let every man learn his duty..."? Why would the admonition of the Lord be for us all to learn [our] duty, if we know his ideal plan to "... bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man"? It is because before we can go teach the Gospel, or share it, we have to know it for ourselves. It may be better understood if we look for other counsel given by Prophets of old. Let us take Nephi, who at one point found himself giving the answer to the hard-hearted brothers Laman and Lemuel. Indeed, Nephi reminds both Laman and Lemuel as well as any who read his account on the plates of brass, the importance of knowing for ones self , the workings of God.
So, to draw all this commentary together to align with the scriptures previously given (Doctrine & Covenants 107:99-100) I use the interaction of Nephi with his brothers.
"...I spake unto my brethren, desiring to know of them the cause of their disputations." (1 Nephi 15:6)
[Laman & Lemuel Respond:]
"...And they said: Behold, we cannot understand the words which our father hath spoken..." (1 Nephi 15:7)
"And I said unto them: Have ye inquired of the Lord?" (1 Nephi 15:8)
[Laman & Lemuel Respond:]
"And they said unto me: We have not; for the Lord maketh no such thing known unto us." (1 Nephi 15:9]
"Do ye not remember the things which the Lord hath said?—If ye will not harden your hearts, and ask me in faith, believing that ye shall receive, with diligence in keeping my commandments, surely these things shall be made known unto you." (1 Nephi 15:11)
The lesson to be learned of Doctrine & Covenants 107:99-100 and 1 Nephi 15:6-9, 11 is:
First, we must seek the Lord, and in seeking him, we can know our duty. If we know our duty, we will prayerfully execute it, in the very manner of which way we can only learn through inquiry of the Lord. Our duty as Elders in this church, and Priesthood holders, is to Seek the word, then read it. Read the word, then study it. Study the word, then pray about it. Pray about it, then do it.
Here below now, is the Lesson for Sunday 12-5-2010 Titled "Only An Elder" :
03058_000_041From an address delivered at the Regional Representatives seminar, October 3, 1974.
In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
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12-5-10 : "Only An Elder" - by Elder Bruce R. McConkie in 1974
12-12-10 : Chapter 23 Gospel Principles Manual "The Sacrament"
12-19-10 : Chapter 24 Gospel Principles Manual "The Sabbath Day"
12-26-10 : To Be Announced