Sunday, 18 December 2016

What is Zion?

The Lord commands us to "seek to bring forth and establish the cause of Zion" (D&C 6:6). Zion refers to the Lord's people who are of one heart and one mind and dwell together in righteousness. We can establish Zion by building unity and spiritual strength in our homes, wards or branches, and communities.

What are some words that come to mind when you think about Zion?

What does it mean that "Enoch and all his people walked with God, and he dwelt in the midst of Zion"? (Moses 7:69)
Do you think they literally walked with God?
How can we walk with God in our daily lives?
* Reading our scriptures
* serving others
* praying daily
* being a missionary
* being kind
* thinking of others first

How do we flee Babylon and come to Zion?
He called for the elders of His Church to be sent forth across the world to accomplish this gathering, commencing an effort that continues in full vigor today. “And behold, and lo, this shall be their cry, and the voice of the Lord unto all people: Go ye forth unto the land of Zion, that the borders of my people may be enlarged, and that her stakes may be strengthened, and that Zion may go forth unto the regions round about” (D&C 133:9). --Elder Christofferson

How can we build Zion in our Ward? In our Family? In our YW?
Caring for the Poor

After Christ came, the Nephites and Lamanites had a Zion-like community for a long time. In 4 Nephi 1:1-18, it describes this community. What was it like?

Personal Progress: Divine Nature #3--strengthen a relationship with a family member or friend

Mosiah 18:21D&C 38:26–27 (We should seek unity)
1 Nephi 13:37D&C 6:6 (Seek to bring forth Zion)
4 Nephi 1:1–18 (The Nephites and Lamanites live together in a Zion-like state)
D&C 97:21Moses 7:18 (What is Zion?)
Henry B. Eyring, “Our Hearts Knit as One,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2008, 68–71
D. Todd Christofferson, “Come to Zion,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2008, 37–40
Bonnie L. Oscarson, “Sisterhood: Oh, How We Need Each Other,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2014, 119–121
Zion,” True to the Faith (2004), 189–90
As Sisters in Zion, Hymns, no. 309

Saturday, 10 December 2016

How Does Heavenly Father want me to use my Spiritual Gifts?

What are spiritual gifts?
--"Spiritual gifts are blessings or abilities that are given by the power of the Holy Ghost." (True to the Faith, pg 165)

Some spiritual gifts from the Scriptures:
A few spiritual gifts noted by Elder Bednar in his talk "Quick to Observe."
  • Asking
  • Listening
  • Hearing and using a still, small voice
  • Being able to weep
  • Avoiding contention
  • Being agreeable
  • Avoiding vain repetition
  • Seeking that which is righteous
  • Looking to God for guidance
  • Being a disciple
  • Caring for others
  • Being able to ponder
  • Bearing mighty testimony
  • Receiving the Holy Ghost
  • Being quick to observe

What are some of these gifts you would like to learn more about?

How do I identify my spiritual gifts?

Think about spiritual gifts that others around you posses. Your mom, your sibling, your friend, a teacher. 

Write down as many of your own spiritual gifts as you can. Do it in the back of your journal, and add to the list throughout the year. 

When you are ready, get your Patriarchal Blessing. It will help you identify some of your spiritual gifts. 

Ask a parent, friend, or leader to help you!

Number one best answer: PRAY! Your Heavenly Father wants to tell you what your gifts are. He is so pleased to give them to you, and He wants you to know what they are. This way, you can use them to bless yourself and others. 

How does Heavenly Father want me to use my spiritual gifts?

These videos will give you some ideas:



Look at your list of spiritual gifts. Write notes next to some of how you can use them to bless others and bring yourself closer to our Heavenly Father.

Scriptures to look at:

Some Other Resources:
Talk by President Eyring: "Help Them Aim High."
Talk by Elder Bednar "Quick to Observe."
True to Faith on Spiritual Gifts