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How worship affects the sanctification process

posted Mar 03, 2017 20:49:07 by David.Clark
I was watching the October conference today and this talk from Bishop Davies about worship stood out to me. https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2016/10/the-blessings-of-worship?lang=eng

While he does not use the word, "sanctification," it is clearly what he is speaking about. I found the talk enlightening and profound. Our worship really can make a difference as we seek the Lord and to be like Him.

One quote I really like is...
As we worship, our souls are refined and we commit to walk in the footsteps of our beloved Savior, Jesus Christ. And from this resolve, we acquire charity.


Worship truly becomes a catalyst in our sanctification process and makes the difference between a truly revelatory experience and just going through the motions whether it be in our prayers, scripture study, family home evenings/councils, temple attendance, callings, meetings, and so forth.
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Tauna Williams said Mar 04, 2017 01:27:57
An excellent talk. This is my next R.S. lesson to give the fourth Sunday this month. I would also love any feedback on this talk from any on the forum who are currently studying how to worship more effectivly. There are a couple chapters towards the end of Bruce R McConkie's The Promised Messiah about worship and calling and election that are excell entry that I am studying now also.
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LoryVanValkenbur said Mar 04, 2017 22:25:01
After studying the "Last Supper" I decided I would approach my attitude regarding the sacrament differently. I put myself at the last supper. I imagined the Lord preparing and offering me the tokens of bread and water. I can't begin to express the impact this had on my experience partaking the sacrament in this frame of mind. I wept through the sacrament hymn the first time I did this. The renewing of my baptismal covenants has not been the same since altering my attitude and desire to be closer to the Savior during this ordinance. On one occasion a member of the bishopric approached me after the meeting and shared with me his emotions watching me go through the process of partaking the sacrament. He was moved by my spirit so much so that he openly wept. He couldn't understand why or what was happening to him, but he expressed his gratitude at the experience.
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David.Clark said Mar 04, 2017 22:28:33
Wow, Lory, that is beautiful!
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MikeBarbS said Mar 05, 2017 04:39:52
Lory...Thank you for sharing that beautiful experience! I really try to stay focused when partaking of the sacrament, but my mind has so many things going on at once that it is hard to feel much of amything.....Nevertheless I keep trying....
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Tauna Williams said Mar 05, 2017 11:19:23
Lory that is beautiful. I wish I could focus that much. With three very young, very wiggly children it is hard to. Something that I have done over the last few years to improve my worship at church is to leave my phone at home and bring my scriptures instead. It limits distraction from the world for me. I see many people lift phones during the Sunday meetings and instead of seeing the hymns or scriptures we are involved in as a congregation, I am disappointed to see a game, email or social media in front of them. The devil doesn't have to try to distract too hard now days.
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David.Clark said Mar 05, 2017 14:51:19
Leaving the cell phone at home to avoid distractions is a wonderful way to show the Lord your desire to worship! The Lord undersands little children 👶.
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LoryVanValkenbur said Mar 05, 2017 19:43:28
He sure does! He knows all things.
Tauna, years ago when I was a young mother, I was out in the hall trying to console a very tired fussy baby. One of the Apostles was visiting our ward , can't recall who, came up to me and said "go home and put the baby down for a nap. There is a time and a season for all things, and the day will come when you can be better involved in all the Sabbath day meetings". I was so grateful for his kindness and counsel. I never felt bad about needing to leave after that. You're in your blizzard season, and it does pass.
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Tauna Williams said Mar 05, 2017 20:27:20
Lory, thank you for passing on that info from the apostle! It is most needed.
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Dawn said Mar 05, 2017 23:43:19
Interesting Lory, will it shatter testimonies if I share that an apostle currently serving was seen eating out in a restaurant on a Sunday in SLC? This was years ago and told to us by a friend who was a recent convert. When he saw the sparkle in question, he approached and asked him why he was eating out on Sunday.

His response? Not quitting exactly but something like, "I travel extremely and I'm rarely home. The last thing I want my wife doing on a Sunday is coming in the kitchen."

I found that interesting and instructive. The Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath.
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Bob Walker said Mar 06, 2017 00:02:58
When the choir tours we frequently are on the road for two Sundays in a row. We still eat. Usually brunch is in the hotel, followed by Sacrament Meeting, then we are on our own in the community for dinner.
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