“To Keep Them in the Right Way”
Taught By Jeff Stone
December 28, 2008
Both this Lesson (47) and Lesson 48 were taught on the same day (December 28, 2008). Basically the entire Book of Moroni was the subject of the 28th’s lesson.
- Moroni 1, Moroni explains that he had believed that he would write no more, but he was compelled by the spirit to continue, so the first six chapters of Moroni contain some details about ordinance and church meetings.
- Moroni 2 discusses the fact that the apostles were given the power to bestow the gift of the Holy Ghost.
- Moroni 3 discusses the fact that Elders can ordain Aaronic priesthood offices by the laying on of hands.
- Moroni 4 gives the sacrament prayer for the bread as we still use it today.
- Moroni 5 gives the sacrament prayer for the water as we still use it today.
- Moroni 6 discusses how meetings should be held and how and why we should fellowship with each other.
The points in this lesson are short and simple. Click on each of the scripture links and read them. It will take you about 10 minutes to read 1 through 5, and maybe another 10 minutes to read 6.
Let me close with a couple of points regarding fellowshipping with the saints. President Hinckley had a few words to say regarding this.
President Gordon B. Hinckley taught: “Any convert whose faith grows cold is a tragedy. Any member who falls into inactivity is a matter for serious concern. The Lord left the ninety and nine to find the lost sheep.
His concern for the dropout was so serious that He made it the theme of one of His great lessons. We must constantly keep Church officers and the membership aware of the tremendous obligation to fellowship in a very real and warm and wonderful way those who come into the Church as converts, and to reach out with love to those who for one reason or another step into the shadows of inactivity” (in Church News, 8 Apr. 1989, 6).
President Hinckley also said: “With the ever increasing number of converts, we must make an increasingly substantial effort to assist them as they find their way. Every one of them needs three things: a friend, a responsibility, and nurturing with ‘the good word of God’ (Moroni 6:4)” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1997, 66; or Ensign, May 1997, 47).
Finally, a great story from the lesson manual perfectly illustrates this point regarding fellowship:
Elder Carl B. Pratt told of the feelings his family experienced as they visited different wards in the Church.
“Some wards our children loved to visit because they quickly found friends among the youth, and we all received a warm and hearty welcome. But there were other wards to which our children returned with less enthusiasm, and there was a noticeable absence of the warm and hearty welcome.
“We then began to observe that in some wards we visited… , if we had been investigators or new members, we would not have felt very welcome….
“These experiences… made us conscious of the need we all have to improve what we call our fellowshipping skills….
“Brothers and sisters, we have the richest blessings that God can give to His children. We have the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We ought to be the most open, friendly, happy, kind, considerate, thoughtful, loving people in the whole world….
“Will nonmembers, new converts, and visitors to our chapels recognize us as His disciples by the warmth of our greeting, by the ease of our smiles, by the kindness and genuine concern that shine in our eyes?” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1997, 12; or Ensign, Nov. 1997, 11–12).