Sacrament Meeting Talks

It’s that time again. Melanie and I will be speaking in church tomorrow. Here is a link to the text I will be delivering tomorrow. I talk about receiving personal revelation, and use Cornelius the Centurion, and Simon Peter as an example. I contrast Peter’s personal revelation with the institutional revelation he received to preach the gospel to the gentiles. Finally, I share a story about how my mother documented many of her spiritual experiences for me and how we can all benefit by sharing ourselves with each other.

Feel free to read the document and comment if you wish. I would appreciate the feedback.

9 comments to Sacrament Meeting Talks

  • Tara

    I am speaking in church today too! My words are not nearly as well put together as yours & hopefully I don't make a complete fool of myself. I'm going to share about our trail run (&my lack of preparation) as a way to open it up to talk about faith & repentance and how now is the time to apply those principles…hope it will make sense when I actually give it! Good luck & thanks for sharing your words.

  • santorio

    thanks for this message of tolerance. i'm at work today, so this will serve as my spiritual lesson for the day.

    i bike to work, too:

    http://santorio.blogspot.com/2007/10/101-green-blogging.html

    if you haven't already read it, a great book on a vietnamese-american returning to vn, bicycling from saigon to hanoi:

    Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam

  • Tara, I'm sure your talk was wonderful. Thanks for the encouragement.

    Santorio, I'll have to look into that book. It's always nice to meet others interested in cycling.

  • Reub- I thought it was a great talk

  • Great talk!

    I had to talk last Sunday, although I bet you are better at public speaking than I am. Here's my talk:
    http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dfg7p289_0dzxhw4dn

  • Kris, Darcey,
    thanks for reading.

  • Darcey, thanks for sharing your talk with us. My ward did something curious this past week. We sang a song "out of the hymnbook"… It was a photocopied song that had just been pasted onto some of the blank pages in all the hymnbook. It didn't have a number or anything. I wish I could remember the song name… it had something to do with pioneers… NEW HYMN????

  • WOW! What an amazing talk building on one of my favorite passages of scripture (Acts 10).

    I love the way you reflected on both the personal and public aspects of Peter's vision. Public in that this was a clear signal that the Church needed to move in a different direction, opening its membership to Gentiles. Personal in that this change of course challenged Peter's faith, and forced him to reevaluate what he believed prior to that vision.

    I very much relate to Cornelius in this story, for reasons you can probably imagine.

    Wow, I wish I had been there to hear you deliver this… Thanks for the amazing and compassionate and thoughtful and faithful words…

  • That's really weird about the hymns. We've never done anything like that, nor do we have any hymns pasted to blank pages (that I know of). Maybe they are special Minnesota hymns you sang.