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I am moving all these talks and lessons to another website at http://wiki.acadac.net. I am not updating this site any more, so my new talks are at the new site. It will take me a while to convert all these talks, but eventually I will shut this site down. --DCA, August 2007
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On Faith and Knowledge (29 April 2007) - PowerPoint Version (1.8M)
Suggests that knowing we "can" be together forever is not good enough, we must know that we "will" be together forever. Based on my 1993 talk of the same name. (If you download the powerpoint version, be sure to look at the notes pages.) Given as a fifth Sunday lesson in the Sterling Park Ward.
On Sanctification (02 February 2007) - PowerPoint Version (3.8M)
Suggests justification is aligned with the Aaronic Priesthood (Bishop) and sacntification is aligned with the Melchizedek Priesthood (Home Teachers). (If you download the powerpoint version, be sure to look at the notes pages.) Given to the Ward Council of the Sterling Park Ward.
On Temple Worship (21 January 2007) (Invitation in PDF)
An invitation to the members of the ward to improve their temple worship. Given in Sacrament Meetting of the Sterling Park Ward.
On The Love Of God (24 December 2006)
A Christmas message given in the Christmas Musical Worship Service of the Sterling Park Ward.
On Learning by Faith (29 October 2006) - PowerPoint Version (636K)
Based on Elder David A. Bednar's talk entitled, Seek Learning by Faith (PDF). A Fifth Sunday Lesson Given in the Sterling Park Ward.
On Exercising Judgment (15 October 2006)
Recommends we use the Spirit to judge our own behavior rather than using the wisdom of the world to judge other's behavior. A Ward Conference Talk given in the Sterling Park Ward.
On Love at Home (30 April 2006) (PowerPoint Version 1.2M)
Suggest our homes should be more like Love Schools than Obedience Schools or Reform Schools. A Fifth Sunday Lesson Given in the Sterling Park Ward. (If you download the powerpoint version, be sure to look at the notes pages.)
On The Living Christ (16 April 2006)
Contrasts the teachings about Christ in the Koran with the modern revelations about Christ. Given during the Easter sacrament meeting service in the Sterling Park Ward.
On Home Teaching (08 January 2006) (PowerPoint Version 1.3M)
Charts ward statistics over the last 4 years and suggests we be less pharisaical about home teaching. Given to the Sterling Park Ward Home Teaching Conference.
On Little Piccola (17 December 2005)
A variation on the Thaxton/Olcott Christmas story. Given at the Sterling Park Ward Christmas Party.
On Consecration (18 November 2005) (PowerPoint Version 1.5M)
Oulines previous efforts to create a Zion Society and how to apply those lessons. Given to the Sterling Park Ward Leadership and their spouses.
On Moral Issues of the Day (30 October 2005) (PowerPoint Version 204K) (Handout in PDF Format 36K)
Recommends positions on a number of Moral Issues we face in our society. A fifth Sunday lesson given in the Sterling Park Ward.
On Spirituality (11 September 2005)
Suggests that spirituality is the result of living one's life according to Celestial prinicples. Given in Ward Conference of the Sterling Park Ward.
On Living in Sterling (17 July 2005)
Suggests ways in which the Lord can help us live in a very high cost of living area. Given in Sacrament Meeting of the Sterling Park Ward.
On Young Womanhood Recognition (15 May 2005)
A Bishop's Sacrament Meeting Presentation to a young woman who has completed her personal progress program. Given in the Sterling Park Ward.
On Standing as a Witness of God (24 April 2005)
Suggests that standing as a witness of God is most important in our closest relationships. Message in the Sterling Park Ward relief society newsletter, The Common Bond.
 
The Savior
 
On The Love Of God (24 December 2006)
A Christmas message given in the Christmas Musical Worship Service of the Sterling Park Ward.
On The Living Christ (16 April 2006)
Contrasts the teachings about Christ in the Koran with the modern revelations about Christ. Given during the Easter sacrament meeting service in the Sterling Park Ward.
On Peace and Good Will (19 December 2004)
Suggests how we can create peace and good will on earth. Given in the Sacrament Meeting Christmas Program in the Sterling Park Ward.
On The Resurrection (13 April 2004)
A short funeral talk given in the Sterling Park Christian Church. Cites the original version of the hymn, "I know that my Redeemer lives.")
On Sacrament Meetings (30 March 2003)
Sacrament meetings are a time to renew our covenants and worship the Father and the Son. Suggestions for accomplishing these objectives are given herein. Given in the Sterling Park Ward.
On The Prince of Peace (22 December 2002)
Jesus is the Prince of Peace in all senses of the word. We can enjoy the Spirit of Christmas all year by living the principles of peace. Given in the Sacrament Meeting Christmas Program of the Sterling Park Ward.
On The Atonement - Matrix (25 January 1998)
Lays out the relationship between physical/spiritual death and the Atonement in tabular format. Linked to other talks and lessons I have given.
On The Atonement - #03 (12 April 1998)
Compares Moses' sacrifice to the Sacrament. Compares the sacrifices in the Tabernacle to the Atonement of the Savior. Given in the Sterling Park Ward on Easter.
On Christmas (22 December 1996)
Praises the Savior in the form of a Sacrament Meeting Christmas program, including narrative and music. Compiled for and conducted in the Sterling Park Ward.
On The Atonement - #02 (13 April 1996)
Suggests several answers to the question, "Why did He have to die?" Given in Sterling Park Ward.
On The Atonement - #01 (5 April 1995)
Describes the pervasive nature of the Atonement throughout all creation and eternity.  Includes research notes. Given in Sterling Park Homemaking meeting.
 
Scriptures
 
On The New Testament (3 January 1999)
Introduces the New Testament. Given in the Gospel Doctrine class of the Sterling Park Ward.
On Scripture Study (16 February 1997)
Suggests that talking about scripture study misses the point--we must move on to scripture living. Given in Sterling Park Ward.
On Isaiah (12 January 1993)
Gives six keys to understanding Isaiah. Given twice (18 months apart) in the Homemaking meeting of the Sterling Park Ward.
 
Temples
 
On Temple Worship (21 January 2007) (Invitation in PDF)
An invitation to the members of the ward to improve their temple worship. Given in Sacrament Meetting of the Sterling Park Ward.
On The Sixth Recommend Question (29 February 2004) (PowerPoint Version 1.72M) (Handout in RTF Format 35K)
Explains the three teachings of the church with which we must be in harmony to affirmatively answer the question. Given in the Sterling Park Ward. (If you download the powerpoint version, be sure to look at the notes pages.)
On Baptismal Font Oxen (6 January 2004)
A research note on the individual names of the ox figures which support the baptismal fonts.
On The Lord's House (Part Three) (16 August 1998)
Expands on Part Two (below) by adding personal experiences and excerpts from President Kimball's Washington, DC Temple dedicatory prayer. Given in the Leesburg Ward and Woodstock Branch.
On The Lord's House (Part Two) (25 July 1998)
Compares the prayer that Solomon gave to dedicate the Temple in Jerusalem to the prayer that Joseph Smith gave to dedicate the Temple in Kirtland. Focuses on the doctrines of covenants, mercy, and walking uprightly. Given in the Kirtland Temple.
On The Lord's House (Part One) (24 July 1998)
Cites one RLDS view and one LDS view on the continuing sacredness of the Kirtland Temple. Given at Lake Erie College.
On The Kirtland Temple (19 October 1997)
Uses the Kirtland Saints' experience in building and dedicating the Temple as a pattern that repeats itself in our own lives. Given to the Algonkin Ward, Front Royal Ward, and Woodstock Branch.
On Burke Giles (5 January 1995)
Eulogizes my father-in-law. Relates an experience in the Celestial Room of the Temple. Given in Fresno, California.
On Kirtland, Ohio (3 July 1994)
Sketches the contribution of the Kirtland period to modern Mormonism. Given in Sterling Park Ward Fireside.
 
General Doctrine
 
On Faith and Knowledge (29 April 2007) - PowerPoint Version (1.8M)
Suggests that knowing we "can" be together forever is not good enough, we must know that we "will" be together forever. Based on my 1993 talk of the same name. (If you download the powerpoint version, be sure to look at the notes pages.) Given to the Ward Council of the Sterling Park Ward.
On Sanctification (02 February 2007) - PowerPoint (3.8M)
Suggests justification is aligned with the Aaronic Priesthood (Bishop) and sacntification is aligned with the Melchizedek Priesthood (Home Teachers). (If you download the powerpoint version, be sure to look at the notes pages.) Given to the Ward Council of the Sterling Park Ward.
On Learning by Faith (29 October 2006) - Powerpoint Presentation (636K)
Based on Elder David A. Bednar's talk entitled, Seek Learning by Faith. A Fifth Sunday Lesson Given in the Sterling Park Ward.
On Exercising Judgment (15 October 2006)
Recommends we use the Spirit to judge our own behavior rather than using the wisdom of the world to judge other's behavior. A Ward Conference Talk given in the Sterling Park Ward.
On Love at Home (30 April 2006) (PowerPoint Version 1.3M)
Suggest our homes should be more like Love Schools than Obedience Schools or Reform Schools. A Fifth Sunday Lesson Given in the Sterling Park Ward.
On Home Teaching (08 January 2006) (PowerPoint Version 1.3M)
Charts ward statistics over the last 4 years and suggests we be less pharisaical about home teaching. Given to the Sterling Park Ward Home Teaching Conference.
On Little Piccola (17 December 2005)
A variation on the Thaxton/Olcott Christmas story. Given at the Sterling Park Ward Christmas Party.
On Consecration (18 November 2005) (PowerPoint Version 1.5M)
Oulines previous efforts to create a Zion Society and how to apply those lessons. Given to the Sterling Park Ward Leadership and their spouses.
On Moral Issues of the Day (30 October 2005) (PowerPoint Version 204K) (Handout in PDF Format 36K)
Recommends positions on a number of Moral Issues we face in our society. A fifth Sunday lesson given in the Sterling Park Ward.
On Spirituality (11 September 2005)
Suggests that spirituality is the result of living one's life according to Celestial prinicples. Given in Ward Conference of the Sterling Park Ward.
On Living in Sterling (17 July 2005)
Suggests ways in which the Lord can help us live in a very high cost of living area. Given in Sacrament Meeting of the Sterling Park Ward
On Standing as a Witness of God (24 April 2005)
Suggests that standing as a witness of God is most important in our closest relationships. Message in the Sterling Park Ward relief society newsletter, The Common Bond.
On The Celestial Principles of Family Finances (31 October 2004) (PowerPoint Version 2.41M) (Handout in RTF Format 88K)
Explains four principles which should guide us to help us become good and faithful stewards over the early resources that have been placed in our care. Given in the Sterling Park Ward. (If you download the powerpoint version, be sure to look at the notes pages.)
On The Lord's Chastisement (12 September 2004)
Whom the Lord loveth, He chastiseth. Given by assignment in Ward Conference in the Sterling Park Ward.
On The History of the Sterling Park Ward (18 July 2004)
Links to the 35-year history of and a May 2004 group picture of the Sterling Park Ward. In PDF and JPG formats, respectively. We will be sending hard copies to the Church Historical Department, the Family History Library, the several BYU campuses' libraries, the Loundoun County Public Libraries, and the Library of Congress.
On Civil Marriage (26 July 2003)
A wedding ceremony performed in Sterling, Virginia.
On Ward Missionary Work (29 June 2003)
Now that the responsibility for missionary work resides firmly at the ward level, a ward missionary plan is presented in the context of the overall objectives of the ward. Given in the Sterling Park Ward.
On the Ten Lost Tribes (28 September 2001)
Some ruminations on a question asked by a visitor to my web site.
On the World Trade Center Tragedy (16 September 2001)
The tragedy is a wake up call for us to advance our own spiritual development and improve relationships within our families. Given in the Sterling Park Ward.
On Mary, the Mother of Jesus (26 July 2001)
Some quick quotes in answer to a question posed by a visitor to my website.
On Church Callings (23 January 2000)
One must know that his/her calling is from God--ensuring that when we are on His errand, we are entitled to His help. Given in the Sterling Park Ward.
On Covenant-Based Relationships (21 July 1999)
A covenant-based relationship is the best kind of relationship one can have with Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. Given in the Opening Session of the Warrenton, Virginia Stake Youth Conference.
On Ward Councils (26 June 1999)
Ward Councils can help parents teach the gospel to their children by insuring quality teaching on Sundays. Given in the Council Training Session of the Warrenton, Virginia Stake Conference.
On Y2K and The Holy Ghost (14 March 1999)
Suggests that the best way to prepare for Y2K is to lay up treasures in heaven, not treasures on earth. The Holy Ghost will help us make these decisions. Given in the Warrenton Second Ward.
On The Spirit of Elijah (28 February 1999)
Suggests that being sealed is not enough. The Spirit of Elijah will help us make real our person-to-person relationships with those to whom we are sealed. Given in the Sterling Park Ward.
On Being Christlike (Throughout 1999)
Suggests that we come to know Christ, not by studying, but by being a Christlike person. Given in the Youth Sessions of the Ward Conferences of the Warrenton Virginia Stake.
On The Plan of Salvation (7 February 1999)
Suggests that we can teach the Plan of Salvation to our families by using a strategic planning tool from the business world. Given to a joint session of the Elder's Quorum and High Priests' Group of the Sterling Park Ward.
On Rosh Hashanah and Convert Retention (20 September 1998)
Explains the relationship between Rosh Hashanah and the coming forth of The Book of Mormon. Relates these to helping new converts remain active. Given in the Shenandoah Singles Ward.
On Treasures and Judgment (29 April 1998)
Suggests that Judgment Day will go smoother for those who have laid up treasures in heaven, rather than acquired riches here on earth. Given to Algonkian and Sterling Park Wards.
On The White Horse Prophecy (14 March 1998)
Describes the origin and repudiation of the prophecy. Prepared for my brother.
On Adam's Fall (25 January 1998)
Suggests that the creation can only be understood through revelation. Cites Brigham Young, B.H. Roberts, and Parley P. Pratt. Given in the Sterling Park Ward.
On Spousal Relationships (7 November 1997)
Focuses on marraige as the key human relationship that will make or break one's entry into the Celestial Kingdom. Given to the Warrenton Stake High Priest Quorum.
On Pioneer Missionaries (16 March 1997)
Follows the life of Milo and Abigail Andrus to show that we, like they, need "faith in every footstep." Given in the Sterling Park Ward.
On The Rescue (6 March 1997)
Describes the rescue efforts of David P. Kimball, George W. Grant, and C. Allen Huntington for the Martin Handcart Company. Given in Warrenton Stake General Priestood Meeting.
On Hanging by a Thread (26 October 1996)
Traces the orgin of this phrase. Given in response to a Sunday School question in the Sterling Park Ward.
On Love (18 August 1996)
Distinguishes between selfish and unselfish love with application to our eternal progression. Given first in Homemaking meeting and then in Sacrament meeting in the Sterling Park Ward.
On Faith and Knowledge (27 June 1993)
Outlines a 5-step path to acquiring a knowledge of exaltation. Given first in the Servicemen's Ward of the Madrid, Spain Stake, and secondly in the Sterling Park Ward.
 
Youth (Aaronic Priesthood, Young Men, Young Women, Scouting)
 
On Young Womanhood Recognition (15 May 2005)
A Bishop's Sacrament Meeting Presentation to a young woman who has completed her personal progress program. Given in the Sterling Park Ward.
On The Duty to God Process (1 December 2002)
A father's involovement is the vital sign of good health of the Duty to God process. Given to a joint Melchizedek Priesthood meeting in the Sterling Park Ward.
On Aaronic Priesthood Leadership (15 January 2001)
Aaronic Priesthood quorum leaders must use presidency meetings to plan activities that develop good relationships among the quorum members. Given in the Sterling Park Ward.
On Aaronic Priesthood Quorums (27 May 1999)
Reports stake statistics on the ordination of young men to priesthood offices, and suggests that AP Quorum Presidencies are responsible. Given in Warrenton Virginia Stake Priesthood Leadership Meeting.
On The Trail to Eagle (13 June 1998)
Describes Trail to Eagle metaphorically. Short. Given in Troop 1164 Eagle Court of Honor.
On Retaining Young Men (24 May 1998)
Recommends significantly increased attention be given Aaronic Priesthood affairs by Melchizedek Priesthood organizations. Report to Warrenton, VA Stake Melchizedek Priesthood Committee.
On Stake Basketball (22 March 1998)
Suggests that the basketball program be administered more in line with with the missions of the Priesthood. Given to Warrenton Stake Aaronic Priesthood Committee.
On Ryan's Eagle (4 October 1997)
Presents ceremony for my son Ryan's Eagle Court of Honor. Given in Troop 1164.
On The Ward AP Committee (17 April 1997)
Recommends to Bishoprics the usefulness of convening this committee on a regular monthly basis. Given in Warrenton Stake Priesthood Leadership Meeting.
On Scouting and the Church (21 September 1996)
Highlights the spiritual and social maturation a young man recieves as he participates in Scouting. Given at the Warrenton Stake Scouter Training Day.
On Stan's Eagle (25 August 1994)
Presents ceremony for my son Stan's Eagle Court of Honor. Given in Troop 1164.
On Scout Rank Advancement (15 February 1994)
Lays out the role of parents in scouting and outlines the steps parents must take in order to help their sons achieve Eagle. A letter to parents of scouts in Troop 1164.


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