Saturday, December 27, 2008

Dec 28, 2008 Combined Lessons


Moroni1-6 “To Keep Them in the Right Way”

Dennis Roberts

How far away from home have you spent Christmas?

What parts of Sacrament meeting are the same throughout the world?

Chapters 2 through 5 contain the following:

Chapter 2 --How to give the gift of the Holy Ghost

Chapter 3 --How to ordain elders, priests, and teachers

Chapters 4 & 5 --The sacramental prayers

Chapter 6 --Who should be baptized

Chapter 6 --Necessity of meeting often

Chapter 6 --No iniquity in the church

Chapter 6 –Instructions on conducting meetings


Moroni 7-8,10 “Come Unto Christ”

Lesson Highlights

* Mormon explains how to judge between good and evil.

* Mormon explains the importance of faith, hope, and charity.

* Mormon teaches that little children are saved through Christ's Atonement.

* The Holy Ghost testifies of all truth. Spiritual gifts follow those who come unto Christ.

Story of Vincenzo di Francesca (

How Rare a Possession: The Book of Mormon – Video 65 min


What does it mean to be “peaceable followers of Christ?”

How do we become peaceable followers? What is the reward?

Elder Bruce R. McConkie: "True saints enter into the rest of the Lord while in this life, and by abiding in the truth, they continue in that blessed state until they rest with the Lord in heaven. The rest of the Lord, where mortals are concerned, is to gain a perfect knowledge of the divinity of the great latter-day work." (Mormon Doctrine, p633)

President Joseph F. Smith: "The ancient prophets speak of 'entering into God's rest'; what does it mean? To my mind, it means entering into the knowledge and love of God, having faith in his purpose and in his plan, to such an extent that we know we are right, and that we are not hunting for something else, we are not disturbed by every wind of doctrine, or by the cunning and craftiness of men who lie in wait to deceive." (Gospel Doctrine, p58)


What is Mormon telling us here about our motives for doing good?

President Romney's story teaches us to:

Study the scriptures - to help us understand the workings of the Lord.

Go the extra mile (don't just do the minimum)

READ MORONI 7:12-19.

What did Mormon teach about how we can discern good from evil?

How can we become more receptive to the guidance of the spirit of Christ?

Search diligently in the light of Christ (v19) What do you think this means?

Lay hold upon every good thing and condemn it not (v19).

Mormon asks the question: "How is it possible to lay hold upon every good thing? (v20)

How does Mormon answer this question? (see v21-26).

“Hebrew Meaning of "Faith:" True religion is based on true faith in the Lord. The Hebrew word for faith is emunah and that is probably derived from the word imun which means practice, procedure or work. Inherent in the word emunah is faith and works. "Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone." (James 2:17)” Daniel Rona

Read Moroni 10

Holy Ghost testifies of all truth

Moroni 10:1 To whom is this chapter addressed?

Moroni 10:2 What does Moroni exhort us to do? Could he not have just said good-bye?

Moroni’s exhortations - Is this what we would like to tell those we love?

V 3 “Remember how merciful Lord hath been”

V 4 “Ask God if these things are not true”

V 7 “Deny not power of God”

V 8 “Deny not the gifts of God”

V 18 “Good gifts cometh of Christ”

V 19 “Christ is same forever”

V 27 “Remember these things”

V 30 “Come unto Christ”

Moroni 10:4 Why can’t we gain testimonies by intellect

Moroni 10:7 Moroni said to deny not what? How do we deny power of God? Why do we?

Moroni 10:30,32 How does “Come Unto Christ” reflect entire message of BofM?

Continue To Study The Book of Mormon
The course of study for next year's Gospel Doctrine class is the Doctrine and Covenants.
What place should the Book of Mormon have in our personal study next year?

President Ezra Taft Benson: "The Book of Mormon is studied in our Sunday School and seminary classes every fourth year. This four-year pattern, however, must not be followed by Church members in their personal study. We need to read daily from the pages of the book that will get a man 'nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book'." (Ensign, Nov 1988, p4)

Reflection and Challenge for 2009
What is your current level of satisfaction with your spiritual growth?
What are you willing to do to increase your spiritual growth next year?

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Sister Fillmore’s “Appetizers” from Last Week:
Christ provides light for the dark times in our lives.
• When night came they (Jaradites) did cease not to praise God. (Do I do the same during the “nights” of my life?)
• They (Jaradites) had light continuously above or beneath the water. Have I asked and obtained my source of light to warm me during the times I am “below or above the water”?
• Their children (Jaradites) were taught to walk humbly before the Lord; they also were taught from on hight. How do I encourage my children (grandchildren) to “walk humbly before the Lord? Do I walk humbly before the Lord?

Lesson #46 “By Faith All Things Are Fulfilled”
Ether 7 – 15

Context Setting:

The last half of the book of Ether describes the blessings of righteousness and the curses of wickedness. Prophets helped preserve the Jaredites for many years. However, secret combinations eventually led to strife and the overthrow of freedom.

The story, as it unfolded, caused me to be amazed, saddened and hopeful all at the same time. Amazed at how quickly a strong nation can adopted a society of wickedness, saddened at the death and destruction and suffering and hopeful knowing that God is quick to forgive and bless those who truly turn their hearts and lives towards Christ.

Some things to consider:

Why do Mormon and Moroni write so much concerning their historical/political situation of their day and the end of their society? How do we apply these warnings to our own lives?

Ether 7:
Symptoms of decay: Lack of gratitude and failing to remember the source of their blessings Ether 6:30, 7:27, Ether 10:2

How can we better recognize and remember these blessings through:

• Personal and family scripture reading
• Testimony bearing
• Recording personal and family histories

Ether 12: v 6, 7 &12

What are four characteristics of faith that Moroni teaches us?
How have you seen the power of faith manifest in your life or in the life of someone you know?
What is the connection of being meek and strengthening our faith? Ether 12:26

A Merry Christmas Treat to You . . . Please Read and you will be rewarded!

The Meek and the Lowly by Neal A. Maxwell an excellent talk that shares, as only Br. Maxwell can, the attributes of becoming meek:
• Wears Christ’s Yoke
• Key to deepening discipleship
• True Education
• Offsets the Chains of Pride
• Enables Ears to Hear
• Prepares us for the eternity
• Prevents the small view from becoming reality
• Strong men are meek

May each of us have the personal desire and patience to recognize our weaknesses as opportunities to become more faithful unto our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

May peace and joy be yours as you celebrate His blessed birth!

Monday, December 8, 2008

LESSON 45 - Sunday, Dec 15th Ether 1-5

Hi Everyone - I will not be teaching this Sunday. Bro Brown promised to provide a substitute.I did want to share some study questions. I have found these so helpful. I hope you do to.
See you in two weeks. Sister Fillmore

Outline, Study Questions and Notes by Dennis Roberts Dennis Roberts Gospel Doctrine Lesson Material

“Never Has Man Believed in Me as Thou Hast”
Objective: to help members understand how faith helps us eternally

Supplement #1 - Background

The book of Ether is a fifteen chapter abridgment of the twenty four plates
found by the people of Limhi in the days of King Mosiah. It gives an outline
history of a people who were led to this continent from the Tower of Babel
and became a great nation. These people, called Jaredites, had a national
history of possibly sixteen centuries or more. The Tower of Babel record is
the factual basis of the book of Ether. The Lord did not confound the Jaredite
language, but guided his people and made of them a great nation. Ether, the
last great prophet and historian of this people, gives his own genealogy,
covering twenty nine generations or more back to Jared, who lived at the
time of the Tower of Babel episode.

(FARMS, Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, Vol.4, Number 2, p.123)

1- The Lord grants the requests of the brother of Jared
Ether 1:1-5 What is contained on 24 gold plates?
Ether 1:34 What kind of person must the brother of Jared been?
Ether 1:35-43 What is difference being “crying unto Lord” and saying prayers?

2- The Jaredites begin their journey to the promised land
Ether 2:7-8 For whom had the Lord preserved this Promised Land?
Ether 2:9-12 What was said about the decrees of God? Did Moroni speak from experience? This is for all inhabitants.
Ether 2:13-14 Why did Lord chasten BofJ? Why might he (we) have neglected to call upon the Lord?
Ether 2:15-17 What did BofJ do after repenting?
Ether 2:19 What problems did BofJ foresee?
Ether 2:20,23-25 How did Lord respond? What can we learn from BofJ’s experience with Lord?

Supplement #2
Elder Russell M. Nelson gives direction on how we can solve our own problems. Quoting President Hinckley he stated: “I don’t know how to get anything done
except getting on my knees and pleading for help and then getting on
my feet and going to work.” (General Conference, October, 1997)

3- The brother of Jared sees Jesus Christ
Ether 3:1-5 How did BofJ propose to solve light problem? How do the words of this request show humility and faith?
Ether 3:6-9 How did the Lord respond to BofJ’s request? Why was BofJ frightened? What did Lord say about faith?
Ether 3:10-12 How did BofJ demonstrate faith? Where did such faith come from?
Ether 3:13-14 How did Lord describe himself? What was necessary for BofJ to see Lord? (redeemed from Fall)
Ether 3:15-18,25-26 What did Lord show BofJ?
Ether 3:27-28; 4:1 What did Lord instruct BofJ to do now?

4- Moroni seals up the writings of the brother of Jared
Ether 4:4-7 What do we learn about the plates & us?
Ether 4:8,10-11 What about those who deny / believe?
Ether 5:1 To whom is this chapter addressed?

5- The Jaredites travel to the promised land
Ether 6:3-4 How can this apply to us?
Ether 6:8-9 What did Jaredites do day and night?
Ether 6:12 What did Jaredites do in promised land?..Might this be similar to our return to our Heavenly Father?

How does this apply to me?
Supplement #3 Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
The brother of Jared may not have had the great belief in himself, but
his belief in God was unprecedented. In that there is hope for us all.
His faith was without doubt or limit… Once and for all it was declared
that ordinary people with ordinary challenges could rend the veil of
unbelief and enter the realms of eternity.”

(Christ and the New Covenant [1997], 29)

Unique analogy and application given by Dennis Roberts
“I know families who are in the “barges” as I write. They cannot see where the Lord is taking them, and having lost the moorings that bind them to familiar lands, they are utterly in his hands, waiting and hoping for him to bring them finally to a land of promise of their own.

During the crossing they were often buried by the waves and tempests of the deep. How did they spend their time? Giving thanks.

They might have done so many other things during that year of sailing. They might have argued over land divisions. They might have speculated on the kind of choice land the Lord was giving to them. They might have passed the days playing shuffleboard or other shipboard games. And perhaps they did some of these things, but the brother of Jared is anxious for us to know that they spent much of their time in gratitude.

In the absence of the blessings they sought, they were willing to give thanks for the blessings they had. This is another great lesson for those of us who find ourselves sailing blindly toward an unknown destination in our own barges.
Finally they arrived at the promised land and then gave thanks again.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Lesson #44 "I Speak Unto You As If Ye Were Present" - Dec 7, 2008

Objective: To help members understand counsel given by Mormon

1-Mormon exhorts descendants to believe in Christ

Mormon 7:1-2 Why is this important to know? (Abraham 2:8-11)

Mormon 7:3-10 What instructions did Mormon give us?

Mormon’s instructions

Mormon 7:3,5,8,10 Repent, be baptized, receive Holy Ghost

Mormon 7:4 Lay down weapons of war

Mormon 7:5 Come to knowledge of ancestors

Mormon 7:5-7,10 Believe in Jesus Christ and Atonement

Mormon 7:8-9 Study gospel in Bible and Book of Mormon

D&C 49:24 How is this prophecy being fulfilled today?

2- Moroni prophesies about coming forth of B of M

Mormon 8:1-5 What emotions do you sense from Moroni?

Mormon 8:14-16 Moroni prophesied of whom?

President Ezra Taft Benson

“I commend you faithful saints who are striving to flood the earth and
your lives with the Book of Mormon. Not only must we move forward
in a monumental manner more copies of the Book of Mormon, but we
must move boldly forward into our own lives and throughout the earth
more of its marvelous messages.” (General Conference, April, 1989)

Mormon 8:21-22 How can these words strengthen us?

Mormon 8:26-32 What did Mormon prophesy about today?

Mormon 8:34-35 What did Mormon say about us?

Mormon 8: 36-41 How does pride affect attitude toward needy?

President Ezra Taft Benson

“The antidote for pride is humility – meekness, submissiveness. It is
the broken heart and contrite spirit… God will have a humble people.
Either we can choose to be humble or we can be compelled to be
humble… Let us choose to be humble.” (General Conference, April, 1989)

3- Moroni exhorts people (us) to believe in Christ

Mormon 9:1,3-5 Who is Moroni talking to?

Mormon 9:6 How can we dwell in God’s presence?

Mormon 9:7-8 What people do not believe in gifts?

Mormon 9:11-17 How is God a God of Miracles?

v. 11-12 Creation of heavens, earth, and mankind

v. 12 The Fall

v. 12-13 The redemption

v. 13 Resurrection of all people

v. 13-14 Return of all people to Lord to be judged

Read Bible Dictionary – Miracles. What did you learn?

Mormon 9:18 What did Moroni refer to here? Why?

Mormon 9:20-21 What causes miracles to cease?

Mormon 9:24-25 What signs follow believers?

Mormon 9:27 What did Moroni exhort us to do?

Prophet Joseph Smith

“Where doubt is, there faith has no power.” (Lectures on Faith [1985], 46)
“Those who know their weakness and liability to sin would be in
constant doubt of salvation if it were not for the idea which they have
of the excellency of God, that he is slow to anger and long-suffering,
and of a forgiving disposition, and does forgive iniquity, transgression,
and sin. An idea of these facts does away doubt, and makes faith
exceedingly strong.” (Lectures on Faith [1985], 42)

How does this apply to me?

What would Moroni expect of the Sequim, Happy Valley Ward?

Adapted from Dennis Roberts Lesson 44 Mormon 7-9 Outline

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Lesson 43 “How Could Ye Have Departed from the Ways of the Lord?” Mormon 1-6; Moroni 9

Lesson Purpose: Help members see importance of living gospel

1. Mormon given responsibility for sacred records (read Mormon 1)
  • Compare the early lives of Mormon and Joseph Smith what things are similar or different?
  • What losses did the Nephites experience during this time?
2. The state of Nephites and Mormon’s Leadership (read Mormon 1:19; Mormon 2 and 3)
  • What conditions existed among the Nephites as Mormon was given this significant responsibility?
  • Ponder the following questions and be prepared to share your thoughts:
  1. Why did Mormon rejoice when he saw the people mourning?
  2. What is the difference between “sorrowing . . . Unto repentance and “the sorrowing of the damned”? (see also Corinthians 7:9-10)
  3. What gave Mormon hope and peace? How can we maintain hope and peace?
  4. What is the importance of recognizing blessings we receive from the Lord?
  5. Why are we commanded not to seek vengeance? What does that mean to you?
3. Mormon explains the purposes for the records he has abridged and written. (Mormon 3,5)
Sacred Records were written for:
  • Mormon 3:17 Gentiles, House of Israel
  • Mormon 3:18 Ends of the earth, Twelve tribes of Israel
  • Mormon 3:19 Remnant of this people (descendants of Lehi and Ishmael)
  • Mormon 5:9 Remnant of Nephites & Lamanites
  • Mormon 5:14 Unbelieving of the Jews

Purposes of sacred records:
  • Mormon 3:20 Judgment seat is for all
  • Mormon 3:21 Believe the gospel of Jesus Christ
  • Mormon 5:15 Provide witness that Jesus is the Christ
  • Mormon 5:14 Persuade unbelieving Jews
  • Mormon 3:22 To persuade everyone to repent
4. The last battle, the challenge and the promise (Mormon 4,5,6, Moroni 9)
Try to imagine what Mormon was going through as he prepared and fought in this last battle

  • Elder Neal A. Maxwell warned: “Only reform and self-restraint, institutional and individual, can finally recsue society! Only a sufficient number of sin-resistant souls can change the marketplace. As Church members we should [can] be part of that sin-resistant counterculture” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1993, 96)

  • Moroni 9:25:26 “. . . may Christ lift you up. . .and rest in your mind forever and the grace of God the Father . . . abide with you forever. . ."

Friday, November 21, 2008

Lesson #42 "This is My Gospel" 3 Nephi 27 - 30; 4 Nephi

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Here are some highlights that we will be covering on Sun Nov 23, 2008

The PURPOSE of this week's lesson is to:
Increase our understanding of the "gospel of Jesus Christ" as the source of true and eternal happiness.

1. The Savior commands His Nephite disciples to call the Church after His name and He expounds His gospel

What was the question the disciples were praying & fasting about" 3 Nephi 27:3
What was so significant about the answer they received? 3 Nephi 27:4-10

"This is my gospel" (3 Nephi 27: 13-20)
3 Nephi 27:13 Jesus’ submission to will of Father
3 Nephi 27:14 Atonement
3 Nephi 27:14-15 Resurrection
3 Nephi 27:14-15 Judgment
3 Nephi 27:16, 19-20 Repentance
3 Nephi 27:16, 20 Baptism
3 Nephi 27:19 Faith in Jesus Christ
3 Nephi 27:20 Gift of the Holy ghost
3 Nephi 27:16-17, 19 Enduring to the end

2. The Savior grants the desires of His twelve disciples and three of the disciples choose to remain on the earth until His Second Coming.

Read 3Nephi 28:7-9 Jesus said that these disciples were "more blessed" because of their desire. What can we learn from this statement?

Translated Beings (3 Nephi 28: 7-40)
3 Nephi 28:7-8, 38 Never taste death or endure pain
3 Nephi 28:8 They will be changed in twinkling of an eye
3 Nephi 28:9, 38 They do not experience sorrow
3 Nephi 28:9, 18,23, 29-30 They help people become converted
3 Nephi 28:19-22 They cannot be killed or harmed
3 Nephi 28:39 Satan cannot tempt them
3 Nephi 28:40 Remain in translated state until Judgment

Why would Jesus want us to know about translated beings?

3. After many years of peace, the majority of the people dwindle in unbelief and reject the gospel

4 Nephi 1:2,13 What was it like among the people ...........How do you imagine it?
4 Nephi 1: 15 Why no contention?..........................Can we feel this same love?
4 Nephi 1: 17 How many –ites were there?....Do we have “ites” in our society? How does gospel help us unite?
4 Nephi 1:20-46 Twelve steps to apostasy.....How many steps do we see today?
1. v 16 All is well
2. v 20 Division and creation of classes
3. v 23 Prosperity
4. v 24 Pride; Costly apparel
5. v 25 Divided possessions
6. v 26 Divided into classes
7. v 27 Churches denied gospel
8. v 27-28 Church leaders administered unworthily
9. v 29 Churches denied Christ
10. v 31 People hardened hearts; sought to kill
11. v 42 Built up secret combinations
12. v 43-46 None that were righteous
4 Nephi 1:48-49 What happened to the sacred records.....Buried up until Mormon gets them

Read 4 Nephi 1:16 When the people remain faithful to the gospel "there could not [have been] a happier people". What is the impact of this statement to you personally?

NEXT WEEK'S STUDY: Mormon 1-6; Moroni 9

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!