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While singing the song, "I Belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" in primary one week, I overheard one of my five-year-old students singing the song this way (not knowing she had the words wrong): "I know who I am, I know God's plan, I'll follow him to VEGAS."
One Sunday morning when my daughter Kelly was about 3-4 years old; I was curling her hair in the usual "bob"; she smiled at me and looked straight in my eyes and told me she looked like "George Washington". Surprised, I had no idea she even knew who he was never mind the name, so I asked her, "do you know who he is?" She turned again to look at me as though I were addle brained and very seriously said, "Of course, he was our country's first Stake President!“
We were teaching our junior primary the second Article of Faith. As an introduction, I asked if anyone already knew it (we'd been singing it every now and then). A little boy, about five years old, raised his hand and jumped to his feet and proclaimed, "We believe that men will be punished for their nonsense!"
Does the Lord want us dependent on Him?
As you get older do you find yourself depending on Him more or less?
The powers of the Atonement do not lie dormant until one sins and then suddenly spring forth to satisfy the needs of the repentant person. Rather, like the forces of gravity, they are everywhere present, exerting their unseen but powerful influence.
Nephi alluded to the omnipresence of these motivational powers: “He doeth not anything save it be for the benefit of the world; for he loveth the world, even that he layeth down his own life that he may draw all men unto him. (2 Ne 26:24)
In this sense, the Savior exerts a form of spiritual gravity that draws and entices all men unto him. (Tad Callister, p. 211-212)
1- First the example, the object
2- Then, the lesson
Jesus went over the sea of Galilee…And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles
And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples.
And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.
When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?
And this he said to prove him; for he himself knew what he would do.
Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.
Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto him,
There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes; but what are they among so many?
And Jesus said, Make the men sit down…So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.
When they had eaten and were satisfied, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets...
Why would He feed the 5000 and raise their expectations?
When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there…they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus.
And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, how camest thou hither?
Jesus answered them and said, Ye seek me, not because ye desire to keep my sayings, neither because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves and were filled.
[They answered] Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.
Then Jesus said unto them … Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.
And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life; he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven.
And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven?
[He explains]…I will raise up in the resurrection of the just…Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me….Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
I am that bread of life.
This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. But I am the living bread which came down from heaven…
During the Savior’s Galilean ministry, He chided those who had heard of Him feeding the 5,000 with only five barley loaves and two fishes, and now flocked to Him expecting a free lunch. That food, important as it was, was incidental to the real nourishment
He was trying to give them… (Ensign, Nov. 1997, 65)
How do we become as dependent on Him as we are for our daily bread?
I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone’s shadows
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They cant take away my dignity
Because the greatest love of all
Is happening to me
I found the greatest love of all
Inside of me
The greatest love of all
Is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself
It is the greatest love of all
I Need Thee Every Hour
I need thee every hour,
Most gracious Lord
No tender voice like thine
Can peace afford
I need thee every hour
Stay thou near by
Temptations lose their power
When thou are nigh
I need thee, oh, I need thee
Every hour I need thee
Oh, bless me now, my Savior
I come unto theeThe Contrast…
E. Stanley Jones, a Christian evangelist, once asked Gandhi as he sat on a cot in an open courtyard of a jail,
“Isn’t your fasting a [kind] of coercion?”
‘Yes,’ Gandhi said very slowly, ‘the same kind of coercion which Jesus exercises upon you from the cross.’
As Jones reflected upon that sobering rejoiner, he said,
I was silent. It was so obviously true that I am silent again everytime I think about it. He was profoundly right.
Calcutta was a battleground of hate. Gandhi, a Hindu, stayed at a Muslim hom in the heart of the riot district. Some Hindus were incensed at Gandhi’s conciliatory conduct towards the enemy. An attempt on his life failed.
Finally, Gandhi announced a fast to the death unless the foes altered the course. It would be peace for them or death for him. After three days of fasting, the suffering of one revered by an entire nation proved too much for the people to bear. The softening and persuasive powers of his suffering melted “hearts of stone.”
Weapons, from knives to guns, were laid at his feet. Almost overnight the healing occurred.
Lord Mountbatten, on of the military leaders present observed, “What 50,000 well-equipped soldiers could not do, the Mahatma has done, He has brought peace.