Below are the date, time, location, and outline for this class.
“And having done all, to stand”: Standing With God When Satan Seeks Your Surrender
Taught by Tyler Tanner
|Friday, August 2
Tyler Tanner lives and teaches seminary in Blackfoot, Idaho. He has been teaching for the past nine years. Tanner is originally from Boise, Idaho but has lived in eastern Idaho for the past 10 years. He is married to the former Annie Kesler and they have five beautiful children, two boys and three girls.
Tanner has a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Training and Development and a master’s degree in Instructional Technology, both from Idaho State University. He is an outdoorsman at heart and loves spending time waterskiing, backpacking, camping, and working in the yard.
The adversary has made a very powerful push to convince the youth of the Church that because of the wicked nature of our society, less can be expected from you as long as you maintain standards that are higher than the world's. President Henry B. Eyring said, "As the world darkens, even a partial conversion and a few spiritual experiences may seem more and more remarkable, compared to the world. We might be tempted to expect less. The Lord has given another signal, clear and powerful. It is that we can expect more, not less, of youth." By standing with God through upholding the standards He has asked us to live, we will be able to fight this battle we call mortality and at the end of the day be standing by His side. Through our effective use of the Holy Ghost, the adversary will be kept at bay and the victory will be the Lord's.
This class will target a few tools which help us walk side-by-side with the Lord in our lives—things like recognizing the feelings and promptings of the Spirit and following them, overcoming temptation, and being a standard to the nations.
- I will be quoting talks by Pres. Eyring, Elder Bednar, Elder Maxwell, Sister Dalton, and Pres. Packer. I will be using scriptures from Acts, D&C, Ephesians, Alma and 1 & 2 Nephi.
- Both President Eyring and Elder Bednar have spoken about the rising generation and the responsibilities that lie on their shoulders. We must stop telling them they are the young people reserved for the latter-days and start treating them like it.
- One of the recent Young Men/Young Women themes was found in DC 115:5-"Arise and shine forth, that thy light may be a standard for the nations."
- Too many of today's youth are trying to be standard instead of being a standard. A standard is a rallying point for an army, such as a flag or a signal. In 1 Ne. 21, Christ says that he will write the youth on the palms of his hands and raise them up as a Standard to the Gentiles. Christ himself is holding you up as a standard-to be an example to the rest of the world.
- Elder Eyring said that the one thing this world suffers from the most is exemplary deprivation. We need people to stand up and be examples.
- What is a standard bearer? As in medieval times, the standard bearer rode next to the king. As long as the flag could be seen, the army was to continue to fight. Once it dropped, it meant the king was dead and to retreat. When we break the standards of God, what message do we send about our King? Our standards, like Captain Moroni, are to be hoisted everywhere we go so the Gentiles will have an example to rally around.
- Ephesians 6:11-18; Doctrine and Covenants 27:15-18 - As we examine the Armor of God, the only offensive weapon is the sword of the Spirit. Can any war be won without offense? We must learn how to use our weapon better, more efficiently. How many ringtones does the Spirit have? Is it possible that he has a different ringtone for each of us, which is why the Spirit feels different to each of us? So how does one answer the call? How do we use the Spirit as a weapon instead of just a blanket?