Acts 6-8. “ Welfare Principles ”. Acts 6:1
“Personally, I believe that the most practical way to protect one’s self and family against economic need is to make liberal contributions for the support of the Lord’s poor according to the law of the Gospel. I am not promising you riches, but I am telling you that this is the most practical way to protect yourself and families from actual need” (Marion G. Romney, A Practical Religion, BYU address, 13 June, 156).
“If a man were poor or hungry, (some) would say, let us pray for him. I would suggest a little different regiment for a person in this condition: rather take him a bag of flour and a little beef or pork, and a little sugar and butter. A few such comforts will do him more good than your prayers” (John Taylor, J of D 19:340).
“In remembering together before the Lord the poor, the needy, and the oppressed, there is developed, unconsciously but realistically, a love for others about self, a respect for others, a desire to serve the needs of others” (Gordon B. Hinckley, C.R. April 1963, 127).
Seven men, among whom was Stephen, were selected by the apostles to perform duties pertaining to whatever system of welfare was in use at the time. He was a man “full of faith and power” who “did great wonders and miracles among the people.”
Nicolas was a converted Jew who then converts again to being a Christian.
Stephen transfigured before the council.
c.r.Matthew 26:64, JSH, v. 17
“Lord, lay not this sin to their charge”
“Saul is kicking against the pricks”
“I desire to impress upon you the fact that it does not make any difference whether a man is a Priest or an Apostle, if he magnifies his calling. A Priest holds the key of ministering of angels. Never in my life, as an Apostle, as a Seventy, or, as an Elder, have I ever had more of the protection of the Lord than while holding the office of a Priest. The Lord revealed to me by visions, by revelations, and by the Holy Spirit, many things that lay before me” (Wilford Woodruff, Millennial Star, 53:629).
Simon the sorcerer! What is Simony?
Buying or selling of a church office or ecclesiastical preferment (W.D.).
Why? (Melchizedek Priesthood).
What a missionary experience!
This is unreal that he had the scriptures!