Melanie Stroud

2019

Episode 49 Rejoice with Joy Unspeakable and Full of Glory

1 and 2 Peter “Rejoice with Joy Unspeakable and Full of Glory” Shortly after His Resurrection, the Savior made a prophecy that must have been troubling to Peter. He said that when Peter was old, he would be carried “whither [he] wouldest not … , signifying by what death he should glorify God” (John 21:18–19). When Peter …

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Episode 48 “Be Ye Doers of the Word, and Not Hearers Only”

November 18–24 James “Be Ye Doers of the Word, and Not Hearers Only” Sometimes just one verse of scripture can change the world. James 1:5 seems like a simple bit of counsel—if you need wisdom, ask God. But when 14-year-old Joseph Smith read that verse, “it seemed to enter with great force into every feeling …

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Episode 47 “An High Priest of Good Things to Come”

November 11–17 Hebrews 7–13 “An High Priest of Good Things to Come” Even faithful Saints at times suffer “reproaches and afflictions” that can shake their confidence (see Hebrews 10:32–38). Paul knew that Jewish converts to Christianity were experiencing serious persecution because of their new faith. To encourage them to stay true to their testimonies, he …

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Episode 46 Jesus Christ, “the Author of Eternal Salvation”

November 4–10 Hebrews 1–6 Jesus Christ, “the Author of Eternal Salvation” We all have to give up something in order to accept the gospel of Jesus Christ—whether that be bad habits, incorrect beliefs, unwholesome associations, or something else. For Gentiles, conversion often meant abandoning false gods. For the Hebrews (Jews), however, conversion proved to be, …

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Episode 45 Be Thou an Example of the Believers

October 28–November 3 1 and 2 Timothy; Titus; Philemon Be Thou an Example of the Believers  In the epistles Paul wrote to Timothy, Titus, and Philemon, we get a glimpse into the heart of a servant of the Lord. Unlike Paul’s other epistles to entire congregations, these were written to individuals—Paul’s close friends and associates in …

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Episode 44 Be Not Soon Shaken in Mind, or Be Troubled

October 21–27 1 and 2 Thessalonians “Be Not Soon Shaken in Mind, or Be Troubled” In Thessalonica, Paul and Silas were accused of having “turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6). Their preaching angered certain leaders among the Jews, and these leaders stirred the people into an uproar (see Acts 17:1–10). As a result, Paul and Silas …

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Episode 42 I Can Do All Things through Christ Which Strengtheneth Me

October 14–20 Philippians; Colossians “I Can Do All Things through Christ Which Strengtheneth Me” Paul wrote his epistles to the Philippians and Colossians while he was in prison. But these letters don’t have the tone you might expect from someone in prison. Paul spoke more about joy, rejoicing, and thanksgiving than he did about afflictions …

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