Topical Guide: H
Heavens wept.
Sadness is reasonable for some causes; even in light of the Gospel.
"Jesus wept."
"Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh."
Jesus weeping for city.
to Jews in Jerusalem: "weep for yourselves"
"Families Are Forever and So Is Parenthood", Ensign, July 2006, pp. 62-63
Talks about how happiness is a choice.
The experiance of a young woman in a strange place, who realized that fear was preventing her from being happy. She explains how she realized this and how she came to overcome her fear.
Head of Household
Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith, "Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith", p. 85-87
As the Elders go about warning the inhabitants of the Earth to gather together, they should not commence with the children and the wives, but with the fathers, nor should they seek to persuade children and wives to gather contrary to a father's will, but if the father will not gather, then they should obtain permission to teach his family, and failing that, the sin be upon the head of the father.
Brigham Young, "Building Up Zion, Etc.", Journal of Discourses, Vol. 13, p. 155
Comments on how we should exercise faith, call for the Elders, and live so as to be able to rebuke disease. Also speaks of learning to treat disease.
Peter and John heal a lame man shortly after the pentacost and testify that it was not done by their power, but by the power of Christ's name and the faith the man had in it.
Story of a soldier who was given a blessing at a critical point in his training and was healed as a result.
Savior comments that marriage is not for everyone.
High Council
Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith, "Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith", p. 73
"the Twelve have no right to go into Zion, or any of her stakes, and there undertake to regulate the affairs thereof, where there is a standing high council"

"No standing high council has authority to go into the churches abroad and regulate the matters thereof, for this belongs to the Twelve. No standing High Council will ever be established only in Zion, or one of her stakes."

(I'm a bit uncertain as to what all of this means precisely.)
Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith, "Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith", p. 75
"The High Council has been expressly organized to administer in all [Zion's] spiritual affairs; and the Bishop and his council, are set over her temporal matters"
Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith, "Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith", p. 77
"...the Lord has manifested by revelation of His Spirit, that ... all the officers in the land of Clay County, Missouri, belonging to the Church, are more or less in transgression, because they have not enjoyed the Spirit of God sufficiently to be able to comprehend their duties respecting themselves and the welfare of Zion ... that they should let the High Council, which is appointed of God and ordained for that purpose, make and regulate all the affairs of Zion ..."
Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith, "Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith", p. 91
The 12 Apostles are not accountable to the High Council.
Authority Question
It seems that during the early days of the Church, there was some question regarding the authority of the Stake High Council in relation to the Quorum of the 12 Apostles.

This question would seem to be due to the nature of the calling of the Apostles, that they are traveling ministers, and their authority within a stake of Zion differs from their authority in districts and unorganized areas.

Since there weren't numerous stakes, it seems that the subordination of High Council for organizational purposes was less clear. Nevertheless, it seems from Joseph Smith's writings that the subordination of the High Council is not quite as clear cut as I would have previously imagined since the authority of an Apostle is not absolute within a stake. It would be very interesting to see some further writings on this topic.
High Priests
"The duty of a High Priest is to administer in spiritual and holy things, and to hold communion with God; but not to exercise monarchial government, or to appoint meetings for the Elders without their consent. And again, it is the High Priests' duty to be better qualified to teach principles and doctrines, than the Elders"
Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith, "Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith", pp. 109,111
Seventies are to call high priests to provide over the churches.
High priests are not to be seventies.
Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith, "Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith", p. 112
A High Priest holds the same Melchizedek Priesthood as the presidency, but do not have the same authority.
"A Bishop is a High Priest, and necessarily so, because he is to preside over that particularbranch of Church affairs, that is denominated the Lesser Priesthood, and because we have no direct lineal descendant of Aaron, to whom it would of right belong."
Holy Ghost
The Holy Ghost is part of the godhead in which we believe.
Sent by the Father in Christ's name.
Sent by Christ from the Father.
"Spirit of Truth"
Shall testify of Christ.
Will show things to come.
Will guide in all truth.
Will glorify Christ.
Would not come (as Gift) until after Christ's Death.
While seeking the brass plates, Nephi is guided by the spirit and commanded to kill Laban.
Home Teaching
M. Russel Ballard, "O Be Wise", General Conference, October 2006, Sunday Morning Session
Elders Quorum President shouldn't do others' home teaching. Isn't really home teaching.
Per the Church Handbook of Instructions, 1998, Book 2: Priesthood and Auxiliary Leaders, p. 168 and “Priesthood Perspectives,” Ensign, Aug 1998, verse 53 is the foundation of the home teaching program.
"watch over the church always, and be with and strengthen them"
"see that there is no iniquity in the church, neither hardness with each other, neither lying, backbiting, nor evil speaking"
"They are ... to warn, expound, exhort, and teach, and invite all to come unto Christ."
These verses also make clear that it is teachers, priests, and Melchizedek Priesthood holders who are home teachers.
Elder L. Tom Perry, "Increasing Our Effectiveness in Home Teaching", Ensign, July 1981
1.) Comments for the home teacher.
2.) Home teachers are the bishop's representatives.
Encourages bishops and other leaders to relay messages to families via the home teachers. Notes benefits to this practice. (I would also note that the first presidency uses the home teachers to the same end and purpose.)
"assigning unreasonable workloads of six, seven, eight or more families has proven not to be ... satisfactory"
"it is wrong to assign to a quorum or a group more than the leadership is capable of controlling"
3.) The role of the home teacher with the father and family
President Ezra Taft Benson, "To the Home Teachers of the Church", Ensign, May 1987
Among other things, mentions that home teachers should be interviewed monthly (PPI's) and gives suggestions for such meetings.
"Above all, be a genuine friend to the individuals and families you teach."
President David O. McKay cited:
"Home teaching is one of our most urgent and most rewarding opportunities to nurture and inspire, to counsel and direct our Father’s children. … It is a divine service, a divine call. It is our duty as Home Teachers to carry the divine spirit into every home and heart."
Also cited by Thomas S. Monson, "Duty Calls", Ensign, May 1996
Elder Dale E. Miller, "The Effective Elders Quorum", Ensign, April 2005
"Active home teachers should be assigned according to need, focusing first on new converts. Total coverage may not be achieved for some time."
Salli Hollenzer, "Home Teaching the Single Sister", Ensign, Jan. 2007
Discusses special issues for those home teaching a single sister. Gives pertinent advice.
Offer blessings.
"There are some locations in the Church where, for a time, home teaching to every home each month may not be possible because of insufficient numbers of active priesthood brethren and various other local challenges."
Suggestions for Watching Over and Strengthening Members
Responsibilities of Home Teachers
-Contains a good story of a home teacher fellowshipping and watching over a widow.
Helping Home Teachers Fulfill Their Responsibilities
-Make home teachers feel welcome.
-"In times of trouble or emergency, we should call on our home teachers. They can provide a priesthood blessing if there is no Melchizedek Priesthood bearer in the home. We can help them fulfill their callings by seeking their spiritual support in times of trouble."
Home Teachers and the Head of the Household
-"Home teachers should recognize, support, and strengthen the head of the household."
-Contains a good story of how a conscientious home teacher's deferrence to a non-member father had a profound effect.
How Home Teachers Can Help the Family
-Contains a good story of a father making a special lesson request and using his home teacher to help his daughter.
How the advice of a home teacher helped a family to muster the faith to pay tithing during hard times and realize great blessings.
Among other things, mentions "Home teachers help members in times of illness, loss, loneliness, unemployment, and at times of other special needs."
A woman describes how her home teacher brought her hope when she felt hopeless.
Savior comments that marriage is not for everyone.
"Church Supports Call for Constitutional Amendment", Ensign, July 2006, p. 74
... prohibiting same-sex marriage.
The Family: A Proclamation to the World
"... marrage between a man and a woman is ordained of God."
Dallin H. Oaks, "He Heals the Heavy-Laden", General Conference, Oct. 2006, Sunday Morning Session
Contains a good quote regarding the irrelevance of why people have same-gender attraction.
Tadd R. Callister, "The Inevitable Apostasy", pp. 212-216
Early church condemnation of homosexuality.
Josephus, "Flavius Josephus against Apion", 2.37
Sodomitical practices ascribed to the gods by the Greeks, Thebans, and Eleans.
Elder Holland discusses the issue of same gender attraction.
Same gender attraction not a sin. It is homosexual sex that is a sin.
First Presidency statement to General Authorities, Area Seventies, and the following in California: Stake and Mission Presidents; Bishops and Branch Presidents, "Preserving Traditional Marriage and Strengthening Families", 20/Jun/2008
First Presidency statement requesting that members support a constitutional ammendment on the ballot stating that only marriage between a man and a woman will be valid in California.
Gay/Lesbian interests described as one of the 3 influences that are causing members to be misdirected in 1993.

Packer makes it clear that those experiencing same-sex attraction are not to be wholly disregarded, and do have special needs that require attention.

(The main thrust of the article is that it is not appropriate that special interests erode loyalty to the Lord's servants simply because they do not spend their time focusing on special interests.)
An address given by Elder Bruce C. Hafen at the Evergreen International annual conference.
Human Sacrifice
William Whiston, "The Works of Josephus: Complete and Unabridged", Disertation 2, Sections 4-13
History of the practice of human sacrifice, and its general rejection by the God of the Bible.
The Dead Sea Scrolls, 4Q405, Frag. 23, Col. 1, Lines 11-12
"they consider themselves neither too exalted for his realm not too humble for his commissions."
A description of the humility of the "godlike beings" which dwell in the realm of "the God of the godlike beings".
Citations from President Joseph Fielding Smith. President Lorenzo Snow, and President George Q. Cannon, suggesting that hunting for fun and sport is wicked. (It would appear that this would even apply if the meat was used for food, so long as the primary objective is sport.)
Hyrum Smith
Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith, "Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith", pp. 37-38
Blessing of Hyrum Smith