Tuesday, April 7, 2009

STREAM OF CONCIOUS PARADOX 179.3

Sunday Morning Session
(Found this marker behind the couch. The 'Tab' Choir is wearing the same color.)

Dieter F. Uchtdorf - Palm Sunday; when Christ entered Jerusalem on a donkey, a fulfillment of prophecy. People greeted him with waving palms and garments. He knew their celebrations would be brief.
Gave us a key of knowledge that unlocks happiness, peace, and fulfillment.
Has a plan of happiness for His children. His children may hunger for meaning and look for new solutions--anything less than Christ is not enough. The Gospel has the answer to all of our problems, ALL of our problems. We yearn for freedom from guilt and sin, and so we repent. We are then endowed with the fire of the Holy Ghost. We become peacemakers in our home, developing patience, long suffering, and charity. This is the way. It is not  a quick fix. We have to stay with it. Apply and reapply. These principles will not be corn on the cob by the afternoon on the day we plant the seed. (Alma 32)
Discipleship is a journey. Discipleship is not a spectator's sport. Ours is not a secondhand religion.
We can begin where we stand.
Now is the time to have meaningful Family Home Evenings. Embrace His Gospel, walk in His footsteps. We all come short, but the atonement has the ability to make us WHOLE. Even though we may give up on ourselves, He never will. It is never too late. It is always the right time to walk in His way. he will fight our battles, is our salvation, the Way.

Neil L. Anderson-
"I know who I am. I'm a nobody... Brother Anderson, you're a nobody too. If you forget it, He'll remind you." Boyd K. Packer
Our friendship will move with us through the veil. I have seen the loyalty and honesty, the Power of God, the blessing of nations in our leadership. Our responsibility is not trivial. Our keeping of these keys of destiny will be a badge of honor in eternity. We must remember who we are, and what we have in our hands. We are NOT alone.
We must not shrink away from what is uniquely and singularly ours in (the Gospel and) The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Christ said "This is MY church... Nothing shall overthrow it. He bids us come! Brothers and Sisters HE LIVES

Steven E. Snow- We need to get on with our lives.

  • Follow the Prophets - change; steady, pragmatic council.
  • Keep an eternal perspective
  • Have faith
  • Be of GOOD cheer - It's easy to feel forgotten, but pretty stupid to feel forsaken. Laughter and humor-be of good cheer.
"Took off my hat, and spit, and thought, and said All Right."
Choir: Redeemer of Israel
Barbara Thompson- "Be fixed in your purpose or Satan will get you." Hymn, The Time is Far Spent
Christ has asked us to do things to help bring others unto Christ.  He has promised He will strengthen us. Pray always, and grow through scripture study. Return to the temple. Bless our families and homes.
"Bless the Bishop because his eyes are broken." (Little girls are so cute)
Accept help from others because it's often that His help lives in them.
We must be fixed in our purpose though Satan may oppose us.


Jeffrey R. Holland- Message directed to those who feel alone for whatever reason (all of us at various times)
I speak of the loneliest journey ever made.
Palm Sunday- Soon enough, Christ was forsaken. "No fault in this man," but Pilate scourged him anyway. His hands couldn't be more unclean.
Barabbas, a godless "son of the Father" was released, and Christ was condemned.
And then Judas... we are not the ones to judge him, but Christ said it would have been better for him not to have been born.
Let this crushing, brutal cup pass from Him is his prayer, and yet His disciples sleep.
We do know that these precious ones would not stand and He warned Peter. It ends with Peter weeping bitterly.
Always the blessed women stayed close to Him.
most difficult moment--moment He may not have anticipated.
When His divinity leaves Him.
"My God, My God, why has Thou forsaken me?"
But the Father was NEVER closer.
It was required--central to the significance of the Atonement. Christ never did wrong, but He had to know/ sense what it was like to feel totally, abjectly, completely alone.
The ultimate trial of Good, and God! Against ALL odds, Jesus restored physical life and brought redemption out of total despair.
Because Christ was alone, we NEVER have to be again. Never let these events be repeated in our lives. He already had to walk alone once.
This Easter week and always may we stand by Jesus in all things, even in death, as He stood by us in death, alone.

Choir: This is My Beloved Son

Thomas S. Monson- Growing signs of the times. It would be easy to grow cynical and fearful. Turn our thoughts away from trouble. God has not given us the Spirit of fear, but of peace, understanding. Count your blessings and have joy.
Our troubles may not be removed, but we will be strengthened to stand.
3 examples:

  1. His great-grandparents - "At peace with the world in a land they loved." Journey. Buried their son at sea. Courage.
  2. Blind Polynesian - received a blessing. Thanked His God for true sight of both light and darkness, so long as he can see truth.
  3. Mother in east Prussia - Her husband was killed. Journeyed to Germany, and had to travel 1000 miles on foot. Took her faith, without food and money. Temperatures dropped. 3 year old daughter passed. Dug a grave with a spoon. Buried her 7 year old son, her 5 year old son. Then her baby daughter, and the spoon was gone. Dug a grave with her hands. How easy it would be to die. GET DOWN ON YOUR KNEES AND PRAY! She prayed more fervently than she ever had in her entire life. I shall SEE my children again! I will raise them and even though I don't desire to live, I will live so we can return to thee. She knew God lived!
Our promised blessings are beyond measure! Comfort and sustain us. Nothing in this world can defeat us.
Choir: We Thank Thee oh God For a Prophet