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The heart pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood each day. It’s about the size of a fist and weights 11oz It beats about 70 times per minute, or 100,000 beats per day. The Human Body has 60,000 miles of blood vessels. A good laugh can send 20% more blood flowing through the entire body. Satan interested in the hearts of men. Helaman 6:1–3
Helaman 6:17, 21, 26, 28–31, 35 - look for the word ‘heart’ See also ▪ Prov 23:7 ▪ Matt 5:27-28 ▪ 2 Ne 28:20-22 ▪ 2 Ne 2:7 ▪ D&C 121:34-36 NOTE: Helaman 6:40
Helaman 6:40 (and Hel 5:2–3); look for the use of the word ‘ripe’ What does ‘ripe’ mean?
Helaman 7:6–9 and look for Nephi’s heart. Helaman 7:4-5 and look for the leaders’ hearts. Helaman 7:21 and look for the peoples’ hearts. Helaman 8 – 11 A look at prophet’s heart
Morning prayer (7:10) Prophesy that the chief judge is dead (8:27-28) Attend funeral of Chief Judge (9:10). Accused of murder (9:16). Five men testify of Nephi's innocence (9:18). Nephi is hand-cuffed (9:19). Preach a sermon to the people (9:21-22). Prophesy of the real murderer (9:25-36). Nephi is set free (9:38). Have everyone argue over who you are (9:39-41). Find yourself alone in town square (10:1). Go home as he ponders the events of the day (10:2).
Helaman 7:10 Towers and Gardens
In 1830, the idea of ancient Americans having urban gardens, multiple markets, highways, and personal towers seemed out of place. Recent discoveries now show that Helaman 7:10 is entirely plausible. Historian John Welch explains, “The tower might easily refer to pyramidal mounds, some built and used by families and lineage leaders for religious ceremonies and which were referred to by the Spanish conquerors as ‘towers.’” (ed. John Welch, Deseret Book Comp., Salt Lake City, UT, 1992, pp )
At the archaeological site of El Tajin near the coast of the Gulf of Mexico are the remains of a city. At that time, the houses of its middle- class people in 300AD were surrounded by gardens and fruit trees. Likewise, the famous city of Tula, north of the capital of Mexico, had gardened houselots. These things once seemed problematic but they turn out instead to have substance beyond what was known only a few years ago. (ed. John Welch, Deseret Book Comp., Salt Lake City, UT, 1992, pp )
Cement Houses and Cities A tower and palace at Palenque
Blessed art thou, Nephi, for those things which thou has done; for I have beheld how thou hast with unwearyingness declared the word, which I have given unto thee, unto this people. And thou hast not feared them, and hast not sought thine own life, but hast sought my will, and to keep my commandments.
And now, because thou hast done this with such unwearyingness, behold I will bless thee forever; and I will make thee mighty in word and in deed, in faith and in works; yea, even that all things shall be done unto thee according to thy word.
Why would God give someone this power?
And now, because thou hast done this with such unwearyingness, behold I will bless thee forever; and I will make thee mighty in word and in deed, in faith and in works; yea, even that all things shall be done unto thee according to thy word, for thou shalt not ask that which is contrary to my will.
“The Lord once told me that what I asked for I should have. I have been afraid to ask God to kill my enemies, lest some of them should repent” (Joseph Smith, Teachings, 340).
SEAL: To make valid in heaven the ordinances performed by priesthood authority on earth. Ordinances are sealed when they receive the approval of the Holy Spirit of Promise, which is the Holy Ghost. Guide to the Scriptures, lds.org Buenos Aires Argentina Temple Sealing Room
ca 900 BC1 Kings 17:1Elijah has sealing power 897 BC2 Kings 2:11-12Elijah is translated 420 BCMalachi 4:5-6Malachi prophecies Elijah’s return 23 BCHelaman 10:7Nephi receives the sealing power AD 33Mathew 17:3Elijah returns and gives sealing power to Peter, James and John on the Mount of Transfiguration 21 Sep. 1823D&C 2Moroni appears to Joseph Smith and repeats Malachi’s prophecy 3 April 1836D&C 110:13-16Elijah returns and gives the sealing power to Joseph Smith in the Kirtland temple on Passover 11 June 1998Eric and Megan Richards are sealed in the San Diego Temple Sealing Power Time Line
What does the sealing power mean to you? What are you doing to prepare for the sealing ordinance in the temple? Oquirrh Mountain Temple Sealing Room Helaman 11:1-5 Helaman 11:7-8, Helaman 12:3
Helaman 12 The Pride Cycle “Those who cannot _________ _______are condemned ________ ___.”
Helaman 12 The Pride Cycle “Those who cannot remember _______are condemned _______ __.”
Helaman 12 The Pride Cycle “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned _______ __.”
Helaman 12 The Pride Cycle “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” (George Santayana, The Life of Reason; or the Phases of Human Progress, 5 vols. , 1:284).
Helaman 12 The Pride Cycle 1. Blessings & Prosperity 2. Pride & Wickedness 3. Destruction& Suffering 4. Humility & Repentance Read Helaman 12:1–6 and mark words that describe the cycle.
Helaman 12 The Pride Cycle “Divine chastening has at least three purposes: (1) to persuade us to repent, (2) to refine and sanctify us, and (3) at times to redirect our course in life to what God knows is a better path” (Elder D. Todd Christofferson, “As Many as I Love, I Rebuke and Chasten,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2011, 98).
Helaman 12 The Pride Cycle 1. Blessings & Prosperity 2. Pride & Wickedness 3. Destruction & Suffering 4. Humility & Repentance Where in the cycle do you think your country is right now? Why?
Helaman 12 The Pride Cycle 1. Blessings & Prosperity 2. Pride & Wickedness 3. Destruction & Suffering 4. Humility & Repentance Where in the cycle do you feel that you are right now?
Helaman 12 The Pride Cycle Amazingly enough, if God commanded _______________ to _____________________, it would happen.
Helaman 12 The Pride Cycle What would happen if God said to a mountain, "Move on top of Lee’s Marketplace? What would happen if God commanded all bees to nest in the High School? What would happen if God told all cats to walk backwards? What if God commanded the Atlantic Ocean to trade places with the Pacific? What if God commanded all automobiles to hop instead of roll? What if God commanded all young men to serve a mission? What if God commanded his children to attend church? What about to keep the Sabbath Holy? Pay tithing? Home teach 100% each month? Helaman 12:9-17
Helaman 12 The Pride Cycle 1. Blessings & Prosperity 2. Pride & Wickedness 3. Destruction & Suffering 4. Humility & Repentance Helaman 12:23-26: Mormon’s counsel for avoiding this cycle.
Is it OK to have pride? Did Nephi have pride?
President Uchtdorf, Pride (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-gRSLEv96A)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-gRSLEv96A
“The outlook for the world is not encouraging, but we know what the answer is. There is only one answer, and that is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Men’s hearts must change, and righteousness must rule in the lives of the people of the world before peace can come, that God’s children may escape the calamities which are impending” (President Ezra Taft Benson, in Conference Report, Apr. 1947, 157).