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Lesson 9 The only true and living church
Transcript of Lesson 9 The only true and living church
The living God never leaves us alone even when we seek to move away from him. When the living God called Jonah to go to Nineveh, the prophet, out of fear of men, strove to go to Tarshish instead. The living God was not busy elsewhere or slumbering; he delivered Jonah unceremoniously to Nineveh! That is the sort of thing the living God does
1 Woe to the bloody city! it is all full of lies and robbery; the prey departeth not;
2 The noise of a whip, and the noise of the rattling of the wheels, and of the pransing horses, and of the jumping chariots.
3 The horseman lifteth up both the bright sword and the glittering spear: and there is a multitude of slain, and a great number of carcases; and there is none end of their corpses; they stumble upon their corpses:
4 Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the wellfavoured harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that selleth nations through her whoredoms, and families through her witchcrafts.
5 Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts; and I will discover thy skirts upon thy face, and I will shew the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame.
How did the Lord show mercy and help Jonah repent?
During his earthly ministry, the Savior spoke about the “sign of the prophet Jonas [Jonah]” (Matthew 12:39).
What did this sign mean?
Jonah is honest enough to tell his experience even if we will not like him
a missionary that got a call to Nineveh
With Joshua accepting his missionary call we will have 20 members of our family that have served, are currently serving or will enter the mission field in the next few months.
what mission call would be the hardest?
Which scriptural missionaries had the hardest assignments?
John the Baptist?
Alma and Amulek in Ammonihah?
In what ways do we sometimes try to escape from the presence of the Lord or from callings extended to us by his representatives?
The problem of how to get Jonah to his mission field was not a problem of transportation but of attitude!
Through his prophets, the Lord has repeatedly commanded every worthy, able young man to serve a full-time mission.
He has also encouraged senior couples to serve as full-time missionaries if they are able
Why did Jonah go to Tarshish?
How can I serve?
I have no money.
What if my girlfriend won’t wait?
What if my parents won’t support me?
What if I lose my scholarship?
People terrify me!
I can’t memorize!
I'm afraid to speak in public.
I'm too comfortable at home.
Lack of commitment and faith.
What did Jonah learn while he was inside the great fish?
1 Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish’s belly,
2 And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.
3 For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me.
4 Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.
5 The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head.
6 I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God.
7 When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.
8 They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.
9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.
10 ¶And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.
He was one of the "minor prophets"!
Elder David B. Haight:
“In behalf of the Brethren, this is a call for retired couples to seriously consider serving a mission. We desperately need more couples to help meet our needs. … Less than 50 percent of the requests for couple missionaries from [our] mission presidents are being filled. …
“The Brethren hope that many, many more couples will make themselves available for full-time service to the Church. The need is great! Hundreds of thousands of new members join the Church each year, and they need to hear a friendly voice of support and comfort from experienced members.
“The refrain, ‘I’ll go where you want me to go, dear Lord’ (Hymns, 1985, no. 270), should be more than a hymn we sing on Sunday. It should be our own prayer of faith as we serve wherever the Lord has need of us”
Why did the Lord want Jonah to go to Nineveh?
2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.
3 But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.
What are the results of such efforts?
Neal A. Maxwell,Things As They Really Are, p.36
How does the Lord help us repent and return to his ways?
President Spencer W. Kimball:
“When I ask for more missionaries, I am not asking for more testimony-barren or unworthy missionaries. I am asking that we start earlier and train our missionaries better in every branch and every ward in the world. That is another challenge—that the young people will understand that it is a great privilege to go on a mission and that they must be physically well, mentally well, spiritually well, and that ‘the Lord cannot look upon sin with the least degree of allowance.’ …
“The question is frequently asked: Should every young man fill a mission? And the answer has been given by the Lord. It is ‘Yes.’ Every young man should fill a mission”
When the World Will Be Converted,” Ensign, Oct. 1974, 7–8
What are some reasons why some able young men and senior couples choose not to serve missions?
What can we learn from the story of Jonah that can help us be more valiant in obeying the Lord and sharing the gospel?
Why couldn't Jonah trust the ocean?
Because he knew there was something fishy about it.
Why could Jonah be eaten by the big fish?
"Then you will have to ask him"
Jonah’s call was not easy:
great wickedness and violence
were enemies to Israel
the bloodiest city on the planet
go alone,with no companion
they were powerful and ruthless
had caused a great deal of
sorrow to Israel
(“Couple Missionaries: ‘A Wonderful Resource,’” Ensign, Feb. 1996, 7, 12).
Think that you are in 1940 and received the call to serve in Berlin!!
Or it is 1990 and you’re call to served in Baghdad!!
I'll go where you want me to go....
The terms “Major Prophets” and “Minor Prophets” have nothing to do with the relative importance of the prophets in question.
The terms refer only to the size of the scrolls on which the books are written.
Could Jonah be eaten by the big fish?
4 But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.
5 Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep.
6 So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not.
7 And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.
8 Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us; What is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou?
9 And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land.
10 Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him, Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them.
11 Then said they unto him, What shall we do unto thee, that the sea may be calm unto us? for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous.
12 And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you.
13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them.
14 Wherefore they cried unto the LORD, and said, We beseech thee, O LORD, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man’s life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O LORD, hast done as it pleased thee.
15 So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.
16 Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the LORD, and made vows.
17 Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
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