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Week 1 by Mind Map: Week 1

1. Concern for the One by Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin

1.1. "True disciples of Jesus Christ have always been concerned for the one."

1.1.1. "This instruction applies to all who follow Him. We are commanded to seek out those who are lost. We are to be our brother’s keeper. We cannot neglect this commission given by our Savior. We must be concerned for the one."

1.1.2. "Jesus Christ is our greatest example. He was surrounded by multitudes and spoke to thousands, yet He always had concern for the one. “For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost,”1 He said. “What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?”

1.2. "Some are lost because they are different."

1.2.1. "They feel as though they don’t belong. Perhaps because they are different, they find themselves slipping away from the flock. They may look, act, think, and speak differently than those around them and that sometimes causes them to assume they don’t fit in. They conclude that they are not needed."

1.2.2. "The Lord did not people the earth with a vibrant orchestra of personalities only to value the piccolos of the world. Every instrument is precious and adds to the complex beauty of the symphony. All of Heavenly Father’s children are different in some degree, yet each has his own beautiful sound that adds depth and richness to the whole."

1.2.3. "This variety of creation itself is a testament of how the Lord values all His children."

1.3. "Some are lost because they are weary."

1.3.1. "For you members of the Church who hold back because of feelings of inadequacy, I plead with you to step forward, put your shoulder to the wheel, and push. Even when you feel that your strength can add little, the Church needs you. The Lord needs you. Remember that the Lord often chooses “the weak things of the world” to accomplish His purposes."

1.3.2. "Draw near to Him, and He will draw near to you, for He has promised that “they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”"

1.4. "Some are lost because they have strayed."

1.4.1. "Because of our imperfections, we need the Lord’s Church. It is there that His redemptive doctrines are taught and His saving ordinances are administered. The Church encourages and motivates us to be a better and happier people. It is also a place where we can lose ourselves in the service of others."

1.4.2. "The Lord knows we will make mistakes. That is why He suffered for our sins. He wants us to get back on our feet and strive to do better. There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

1.4.3. "In truth, things of the Spirit are revealed by the Spirit. “The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”"

2. Drenched in Gratitude: Protection Against the Spirit of Entitlement by Kim B. Clark

2.1. "a spiritual poison that hardens the heart and deadens the soul. I speak today of the spirit of entitlement."

2.2. "The Poison of the Spirit of Entitlement"

2.2.1. "If you and I have the spirit of entitlement, it means we have an attitude and belief that the world owes us what we want. Like Laman and Lemuel, some who harbor the spirit of entitlement believe they have been shortchanged in life or aggrieved in some way and that they deserve more than they are getting. Often those who succumb to the spirit of entitlement feel superior to those around them, or believe certain rules should not apply to them, or that they should not be required to do what everyone else has to do. They believe they are entitled to special treatment and special privileges. They want something for nothing. "

2.2.2. It is the law of heaven that "when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated." But the blessing comes in God's "own time, and in his own way." Not only was Satan's proposal contrary to God's law and plan, but he demanded the blessing of God's honor. Where Jesus was humble and submissive to the Father's will, Satan was proud and entitled. Satan embraced the demanding spirit of entitlement in the pre-mortal realm and was "cast down." Now he seeks to infect us with its deadly poison. "

2.2.3. "The spirit of entitlement is a poison that works on the spiritual heart. Our heart contains our deepest desires and commitments and our character and our will. It is to and in our heart that the Lord communicates spiritual truth and divine guidance."

2.2.4. "Think of your spiritual heart full of receptors and sensors tuned to the Holy Ghost with capacity to receive the gifts of the Spirit. Imagine that righteous desires and the doctrines of salvation have found a place in your heart. Now think of the poison of the spirit of entitlement seeping into your heart, working its way into those delicate and soft receptors and sensors. Think of the poison twisting and shrinking your righteous desires."

2.2.5. "When the spirit of entitlement gets into our hearts, we become overly concerned with measures of material success and preoccupied with indicators of rank and privilege. Greed creeps in, and we develop an attitude that we deserve to have our worldly wants and the desires of the natural man satisfied."

2.2.6. "The scriptures warn us repeatedly that the spirit of entitlement leads us to anger and to fight against God and His eternal plan."

2.3. "The Healing Power of Christ"

2.3.1. "We come to Him and put our burdened hearts in His hands. We confess our sins and our weaknesses and seek His forgiveness and His healing power. He offers us His yoke--His name, His covenants, and His will. We take His yoke upon us and learn of Him by honoring His holy name, keeping His covenants, and doing His will. We stay yoked to Him by surrendering our hearts and submitting to His will through all the trials and tests of mortal probation."

2.3.2. "When we come to the Savior, repent of our sins, and take upon us His yoke, we open our hearts to the sanctifying, healing power of the Holy Ghost. The poison stops and the change and healing starts when we give our hearts to the Lord. The change we need may be difficult. It may be like the medicine in my arm; it may hurt. It may take time. We may need to forsake sin and overcome addiction. We may need new attitudes. We may need new capacity for patience and kindness. But His promises are sure: if we stay yoked to Him, He will change our hearts, we will find "rest [to our] souls," and He will protect us from the spirit of entitlement."

2.4. "Gratitude: The Great Protection Against the Spirit of Entitlement"

2.4.1. "Brothers and sisters, gratitude is the great antidote, the great protection against the spirit of entitlement."

2.5. Prayer

2.5.1. "When we humbly kneel in prayer, we approach the Father in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, totally dependent on the Savior's merits, mercy, and grace. Prayer is an opportunity to remember what the Savior has done for us and to thank our Heavenly Father for specific blessings we have received. Prayer is also an opportunity to ask the Father to bless us with the spirit of gratitude. If we remember our Redeemer and clearly express our love and appreciation for Him in our prayers, feelings of gratitude will well up in us through the power of the Holy Ghost."

2.6. The Sacrament

2.6.1. "we have the opportunity to remember the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. It is a time to remember Him, to witness our willingness to take His name upon us, and to renew the covenants we have made with Him and with our Father in Heaven. It is a time to feel gratitude for the Atonement, its power in our lives, and the blessings and strength that are in the Lord Jesus Christ. If we partake of the sacrament with our hearts and minds focused on the Savior, the Spirit will "tell [us] in [our hearts]" what the Lord wants us to do."

2.7. The Temple

2.7.1. "The temple is the house of the Lord. When we enter the temple, we enter into the presence of the Lord. The temple experience is both inspiring and humbling. We feel the majesty and power of God, and we receive supernal blessings. And we see and feel through the power of the Spirit that all of these things come to us because of the sacrifice of the Son of God."

2.7.2. "Every ordinance, every covenant we make in the temple is an opportunity to express our love and reverence for the Father and the Son and our devotion and allegiance to Them"

3. Doctrine of Inclusion by Elder M. Russell Ballard

3.1. "If we are truly disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, we will reach out with love and understanding to all of our neighbors at all times, particularly in times of need."

3.2. “Funny thing about assumptions—they can cut away the very roots of something that could flourish and grow if given a chance. I am forever grateful that assumptions were cast aside”

3.3. "The Lord expects a great deal from us. Parents, please teach your children and practice yourselves the principle of inclusion of others and not exclusion because of religious, political, or cultural differences."

3.3.1. "At the same time, there may be those who move into our neighborhoods who are not of our faith who come with negative preconceptions about the Church and its members. Surely good neighbors should put forth every effort to understand each other and to be kind to one another regardless of religion, nationality, race, or culture." "we urge our members to share their faith and testimonies with others"

3.3.2. "Perceptions and assumptions can be very dangerous and unfair." "There are some of our members who may fail to reach out with friendly smiles, warm handshakes, and loving service to all of their neighbors." "Occasionally I hear of members offending those of other faiths by overlooking them and leaving them out. This can occur especially in communities where our members are the majority. I have heard about narrow-minded parents who tell children that they cannot play with a particular child in the neighborhood simply because his or her family does not belong to our Church. This kind of behavior is not in keeping with the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. I cannot comprehend why any member of our Church would allow these kinds of things to happen. I have been a member of this Church my entire life. I have been a full-time missionary, twice a bishop, a mission president, a Seventy, and now an Apostle. I have never taught—nor have I ever heard taught—a doctrine of exclusion. I have never heard the members of this Church urged to be anything but loving, kind, tolerant, and benevolent to our friends and neighbors of other faiths."

3.3.3. "For the most part, our neighbors not of our faith are good, honorable people—every bit as good and honorable as we strive to be. They care about their families, just like we do. They want to make the world a better place, just like we do. They are kind and loving and generous and faithful, just like we seek to be." “Our message … is one of special love and concern for the eternal welfare of all men and women, regardless of religious belief, race, or nationality, knowing that we are truly brothers and sisters because we are sons and daughters of the same Eternal Father” (First Presidency statement, 15 Feb. 1978).

3.4. "That is our doctrine—a doctrine of inclusion. That is what we believe. That is what we have been taught. Of all people on this earth, we should be the most loving, the kindest, and the most tolerant because of that doctrine."

3.5. "three simple things we can do to avoid making others in our neighborhoods feel excluded"

3.5.1. "First, get to know your neighbors. Learn about their families, their work, their views." "Let us cultivate meaningful relationships of mutual trust and understanding with people from different backgrounds and beliefs." "Get together with them, if they are willing, and do so without being pushy and without any ulterior motives. Friendship should never be offered as a means to an end; it can and should be an end unto itself."

3.5.2. "Second, I believe it would be good if we eliminated a couple of phrases from our vocabulary: “nonmember” and “non-Mormon.” Such phrases can be demeaning and even belittling." "I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That is how I prefer to be identified—for who and what I am, as opposed to being identified for what I am not." "Let us extend that same courtesy to those who live among us."

3.5.3. "And third, if neighbors become testy or frustrated because of some disagreement with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or with some law we support for moral reasons, please don’t suggest to them—even in a humorous way—that they consider moving someplace else." "If our history teaches us nothing else, it should teach us to respect the rights of all people to peacefully coexist with one another."

3.6. We want to be helpful. Please understand, however, that our doctrines and teachings are set by the Lord, so sometimes we will have to agree to disagree with you, but we can do so without being disagreeable. In our communities we can and must work together in an atmosphere of courtesy, respect, and civility.

3.7. Love one another. Be kind to one another despite our deepest differences. Treat one another with respect and civility.

4. The Moving of the Water by Elder Boyd K. Packer

4.1. Teach doctrine

4.1.1. "It is my intent to teach doctrine which, if understood, will reinforce your courage and endurance, even foster a measure of contentment with circumstances which you did not invite, do not deserve, but from which you cannot turn away."

4.2. No Room for Guilt

4.2.1. "It is natural for parents with handicapped children to ask themselves, “What did we do wrong?” The idea that all suffering is somehow the direct result of sin has been taught since ancient times. It is false doctrine. That notion was even accepted by some of the early disciples until the Lord corrected them."

4.2.2. "There is little room for feelings of guilt in connection with handicaps. Some handicaps may result from carelessness or abuse, and some through addiction of parents. But most of them do not. Afflictions come to the innocent."

4.3. Laws of Nature of Sovereign

4.3.1. "The very purpose for which the world was created, and man introduced to live upon it, requires that the laws of nature operate in cold disregard for human feelings. We must work out our salvation without expecting the laws of nature to be exempted for us. Natural law is, on rare occasions, suspended in a miracle. But mostly our handicapped, like the lame man at the pool of Bethesda, wait endlessly for the moving of the water."

4.4. Never Ridicule

4.4.1. "The mimicking or teasing or ridiculing of those with handicaps is cruel. Such an assault can inflict deeper pain than can physical punishment—more painful because it is undeserved."

4.4.2. "Parents, take time in the next home evening to caution your family never to amuse themselves at the expense of the handicapped or of any whose face or form or personality does not fit the supposed ideal or whose skin is too light or too dark to suit their fancy. Teach them that they, in their own way, should become like angels who “move the water,” healing a spirit by erasing loneliness, embarrassment, or rejection."

4.5. President Joseph Fielding Smith

4.5.1. "“all spirits while in the pre-existence were perfect in form, having all their faculties and mental powers unimpaired. … Deformities in body and mind are … physical.” (Answers to Gospel Questions, comp. Joseph Fielding Smith, Jr., 5 vols., Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1979, 3:19.) Physical means “temporal”; temporal means “temporary.” Spirits which are beautiful and innocent may be temporally restrained by physical impediments."

4.5.2. "If healing does not come in mortal life, it will come thereafter."

4.6. Restored to Perfect Frame

4.6.1. "If our view is limited to mortal life, some things become unbearable because they seem so unfair and so permanent. There are doctrines which, if understood, will bring a perspective toward and a composure regarding problems which otherwise have no satisfactory explanation."

4.6.2. "We are spirit children of a Father God. We lived with him in our premortal existence, of which it must be said that there was not, neither could there have been, a beginning."

4.6.3. "That day of healing will come. Bodies which are deformed and minds that are warped will be made perfect. In the meantime, we must look after those who wait by the pool of Bethesda."