September 17, 2013 Acts 2-5 By Diane Adair

 Audio Sept 17, 2013 Lesson 2: Act 2-5

Scriptures Acts 2-5


“On some days we will have cause to remember the unkind treatment He received, the rejection He experienced and the injustice He endured.  When we too, then face some of those difficult times that come to us we can remember that Jesus had to descend below all things before He could ascend above them, and that He suffered pains and afflictions of every kind that He might be filled with mercy and know how to succor His people in their infirmities.  To those who stagger or stumble, He is there to strenthem us.  In the end He is there to save us, and for all this He gave His life.  However dim our days may seem, they have been darker for the Savior of the world.,  In fact, in a resurrected otherwise perfected body, our Lord…has chosen to retain for the benefit of His disciples the wounds in His hands and His feet and His side – signs, if you will, that painful things happen even to the pure and perfect; signs, if you will, that pain in this world is not evidence that God doesn’t love you..It is the wounded Christ who is the captain of our soul – He who yet bears the scars of sacrifice, the lesions of love and humility and forgiveness.  Those wounds are what He invites young and old, then and now, to step forward and see and feel.  Then we remember with Isaiah that it was for each of us that our Master was despised and rejected…a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.  All this we could remember when we are invited by a kneeling young priest to remember Christ always.”
Jeffrey R. Holland, General Conference, Oct. 1, 1985.

“The Holy Ghost — An intelligent being, in the image of God, possesses every organ, attribute, sense, sympathy, affection, that is possessed by God himself.  But these are possessed by man, in his rudimental state, in a subordinate sense of the word.  Or, in other words, these attributes are in embryo, and are to be gradually developed…The gift of the Holy Ghost adapts itself to all these organs or attributes.  It quickens all the intellectual faculties, increases, enlarges, expands and purifies all the natural passions and affections, and adapts them, by the gift of wisdom, to their lawful use.  It inspires, develops, cultivates and matures all the fine toned sympathies, joys, tastes, kindred feelings, and affections of our nature.  It inspires virtue, kindness, goodness, tenderness, gentleness and charity.  It develops beauty of person, form and features.  It tends to health, vigor, animation and social feeling.  It invigorates all the faculties of the physical and intellectual man.  It strengthens and gives tone to the nerves.  In short, it is, as it were, marrow to the bone, joy to the heart, light to the eyes, music to the ears, and life to the whole thing.”
Parley P. Pratt, Key to Theology, Deseret News Press, pp. 99-101.

“You can invite the Holy Ghost’s companionship in our life.  And you can know when he is there, and when he withdraws.  And when he is your companion, you can have confidence that the Atonement is working in your life.  Reception of the Holy Ghost is the cleansing agent as the Atonement purifies you — strengthens and gives power.”
Henry B. Eyring, BYU, Oct. 29, 1989.

Challenge for the Week – Invite someone to join you in attending Stake Relief Society Temple day on Thursday, Sept 19th, and the General RS Broadcast on Saturday, Sept 28th.

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