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RS/MP Chapter 16: “That We May Become One” (Lorenzo Snow Manual)

Posted by kirkcaudle on August 16, 2013

For this week’s lesson notes I will provide a few comments/questions section by section. Find the link to this weeks lesson here.

From the Life of Lorenzo Snow

The introduction of this lesson discusses Brigham Young establishing the Perpetual Emigrating Fund in 1849. In 2001, the church established The Perpetual Education Fund, which you can read about here.

Although the people had little to give individually, their unified efforts blessed many lives. The Perpetual Emigrating Fund expanded beyond its original purpose, helping more than just the members of the Church who had been in Nauvoo. It continued for 38 years, helping tens of thousands of converts from many lands gather with their fellow Saints.

In what ways is today’s Perpetual Education Fund like Brigham Young’s Perpetual Emigrating Fund? What do these funds teach us about becoming one with one another?

When we are united in the gospel, the Lord show the world His character through us

Jesus prayed to his Father that those he had given him out of the world might be one as he and the Father were one, and says he, I pray that thou wilt give them the same love which thou hast for me, that I may be in them and thou in me, that all may be one. There is something very important in this, and we have got to practice ourselves until we become like the Father and the Son, one in all things.

John 17:19-21 reads:

And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

Who is Christ sanctifying himself for in these verses?

What does it mean to “be sanctified through the truth”?

How are the answers to these two questions related to becoming one with God?

Unity is Essential in the Church and in our Familes

There is a perfect union in the quorum of the Twelve. Should there not be a perfect union in that quorum? Most assuredly, every one would say Yes, a perfect union in the quorum of the Twelve Apostles. … And there is also a perfect union with the First Presidency, and should there not be? Every one will say, certainly, there should be. And should there not be a perfect union with the seven presidents of the Seventies? There most assuredly should be; we all say Yes. Should there not be a perfect union with the High Councils of the various Stakes of Zion? Certainly there should be, and there is a way to accomplish that union. And the same way with the various other organizations and quorums. Should there not be a perfect union with the presidencies of Stakes? Certainly, and if I were a president of a Stake, I would not rest day or night until I had union with my counselors. Should there not be a union with the Bishop and his Counselors? Most assuredly there should be.

What does it mean to be in “perfect union?”

Do our local wards and/or stakes really have perfect union?

Can we disagree with our leaders and still be somehow united with them?

We become united as we help each other secure peace and happiness

D&C 64:8-9 reads:

My disciples, in days of old, sought occasion against one another and forgave not one another in their hearts; and for this evil they were afflicted and sorely chastened. Wherefore, I say unto you, that ye ought to forgive one another; for he that forgiveth not his brother his trespasses standeth condemned before the Lord; for there remaineth in him the greater sin.

How does this verse relate to the questions of the previous section?

How can we as members forgive our leaders?

How can we as leaders forgive the members of our congregations?

As we become united in the gospel, we increase in light and intelligence and prepare to dwell in God’s presence.

We shall have to learn to love our neighbors as we love ourselves

We hear this idea all of the time but what does it really mean?

What if I don’t love myself, then does that mean that I am under no obligation to love others?

Final scripture to ponder

Mosiah 18:21 reads:

And he commanded them that there should be no contention one with another, but that they should look forward with one eye, having one faith and one baptism, having their hearts knit together in unity and in love one towards another.

I believe that the blessings of the Church are entirely based on community. We, as individuals, are essential to the plan because unity cannot exist if without us. With this in mind, what does it mean to have “one faith” and “one baptism?” Have we already done this by default if we are all members or the Church or is there something more to this idea?

 

3 Responses to “RS/MP Chapter 16: “That We May Become One” (Lorenzo Snow Manual)”

  1. Jim Siniscalchi said

    Thank you, Kirk, for the thought-provoking questions. I made attempt to answer some of the questions.

    When we are united in the gospel, the Lord show the world His character through us

    Can we disagree with our leaders and still be somehow united with them? Yes, in our HPG meeting this past Sunday, it was told that one of our current apostles told some of the leadership in our stake about another apostle, that disagreed with a particular decision of the First presidency and the other members of the Twelve for 20 years, b4 he changed his mind and b4 the brethren would move forward on that decision. They would not move forward until this apostle came on board and they were all united. I thought that was a great lesson on how important unity was for them and how it ought to be in our lives.

    As we become united in the gospel, we increase in light and intelligence and prepare to dwell in God’s presence.

    I would like to refer to it as spiritual intelligence which is uniquely different than temporal intelligence or knowledge. It can be defined as a combination of spiritual light and truth.
    Knowledge can be used in unrighteousness. It is on this principle that Satan gains his power. Intelligence however; presupposes the wise and proper use of knowledge, which use leads to righteousness and the ultimate attainment of exaltation. The devil has tremendous power and influence because of his knowledge, but is devoid of the least glimmering of intelligence. As you recall, “for he rebelled against me, saying, Give me thine honor, which is my power; and also a third part of the hosts of heaven turned he away from me because of their agency.” (D&C 29:36.) “… because … Satan rebelled against me, and sought to destroy the agency of man, which I, the Lord God, had given him, and also, that I should give unto him mine own power; by the power of mine Only Begotten, I caused that he should be cast down.
    An intelligent person is one who applies his knowledge in the things of the Spirit; he glories in righteousness. [Joseph Fielding Smith, way to perfection]

    Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me.

    In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.

    How and why does honor give God power and what would faith bring to the table?

    We shall have to learn to love our neighbors as we love ourselves

    We hear this idea all of the time but what does it really mean? And above all things, clothe yourselves with the bond of charity, as with a mantle, which is the bond of perfectness and peace.

    What if I don’t love myself, then does that mean that I am under no obligation to love others? I’m reminded of the immortal words of Bryant S. Hinckley to young Gordon B. Hinckley, which became the motto for a life of service to him, “Forget yourself and go to work.”
    Art thou a brother or brethren? I salute you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, in token or remembrance of the everlasting covenant, in which covenant I receive you to fellowship, in a determination that is fixed, immovable, and unchangeable, to be your friend and brother through the grace of God in the bonds of love, to walk in all the commandments of God blameless, in thanksgiving, forever and ever. Amen.

    With this in mind, what does it mean to have “one faith” and “one baptism?” Have we already done this by default if we are all members or the Church or is there something more to this idea?

    And he commanded them that there should be no contention one with another, but that they should look forward with bone eye, having one faith and one baptism, having their hearts knit together in unity and in love one towards another.
    And thus he commanded them to preach. And thus they became the children of God.

  2. mike mclaughlin said

    I always appreciate your help with lessons from Lorenzo Snow. I hope you will have time to put up Chapter 18. Thank you.

  3. kirkcaudle said

    Thanks for the compliment Mike. I plan on getting up lesson 18 notes within the next 24 hours. Stay tuned.

    Also, Robert was not able to get to lesson 17 notes this week and I don’t have the time to write any at the moment. If anyone out there still needs lesson 17 notes or would like to write something up let me know.

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