Melanie Stroud

Episode 12

Matthew 13; Luke 8; 13
“Who Hath Ears to Hear, Let Him Hear”

This episode is about some of the parables used by the Savior. I discuss the parable of the sower, the parable of the mustard seed, the parable of the nets and introduce another of my own little parables called the parable of the pinky.


President Brigham Young (1801–77) said: “The worst fear that I have about [members of this Church] is that they will get rich in this country, forget God and his people, wax fat, and kick themselves out of the Church and go to hell. This people will stand mobbing, robbing, poverty, and all manner of persecution, and be true. But my greater fear for them is that they cannot stand wealth; and yet they have to be tried with riches”

Stand Forever Lawrence E. Corbridge

Forbes article about brand influence in our life 

The Parable of the Sower Dallin H. Oaks

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10 thoughts on “Episode 12”

  1. Jennifer Thomas

    Last night we had the parable of the beyblade, the parable of the Minecraft world, the parable of the tree, and the parable of the battery. They mostly all were about doing the right things helping you to become what you should be, but it was hilarious-especially the 12yo boy that acted his out and the 7yo boy that spoke like he was a general authority. I really wish we had taken video!

  2. Hi Melanie, I love your podcast…thank you for doing it! You asked for personal parables…so here is mine.

    I live in the greater Kansas City area, There has been record flooding north of here in Missouri, Nebraska, and Iowa. So Monday morning, since I didn’t have to work, I decided to go help with the sandbagging effort in St. Joseph. As I was driving the hour there, I listened to your new podcast for this week. (excellent as always ;)) I thought of my bff Melissa (friends of 40 years!…since kindergarten) who told me about your podcast last week. I started sharing it with some of my other awesome friends.

    As I was filling the sandbags and putting them onto the pallets I thought of several things. First, this is really hard work! Second, I came up with a parable for you…

    The floods that has wreaked havoc on the area and so many lives is like all the distraction and negativity that comes flooding into our lives from all different directions. It threatens to overcome and destroy us, and it’s very hard to hold back!

    The sandbags that we filled took a lot of effort. Just like anything worthwhile is. The sandbags are like the things that we surround ourselves. Each sandbag represents something we use to hold back the floods of Satan. One sandbag is the scriptures. Another one is church. Another General Conference. Another is uplifting podcasts. Several are the friends and family we surround ourselves with that help uplift and support us in The Gospel. The kind of friends and sisters that you go to game night with and spend the whole night playing Settlers of Catan and having deep Gospel discussions with. Each sandbag is something that we choose to fill and place in our lives that keeps The Gospel of Jesus Christ close to our hearts.

    The kinds of sandbags that we can use in our lives are so numerous! One sandbag can not hold back a flood, but many together can hold back the torrent of Satan.

    1. Melanie Wellman

      I love it! And I never thought of Settlers of Catan saving the day, but we sure played a lot in Virginia and we came out ok! Ha ha. Thanks!!

  3. Hey Melanie! I have been listening to your podcast, even my little one as well : )

    I love this idea of sharing personal parables and I hope more people share as well. This parable comes from my husband and he just shared this in church and I call it the “Parable of the Squeaky Shopping Cart”. I will share a paraphrased version:

    One day I went to Walmart and grabbed a shopping cart and it was VERY squeaky. Instead of turning around to get a new cart, I decided to keep going. I sheepishly grinned at people in the stores that looked at me as I pushed the squeaky cart down the aisles. The wheel had been clogged with all sorts of grime and I was not going to clean it, and moved on.

    I discovered if I tilted the cart slightly to one side, the squeaking would stop. I did this for the rest of my visit. My arms were pretty sore by the time I made it to the checkout counter. I should have turned around and grabbed a new cart from the start.

    Sometimes we suffer because we choose to handle difficulties on our own. We forget that the Savior has paid the price for our sin. Sometimes we don’t want to “get a new cart” because we are too deep in the store to turn around, we just “deal with it”. Turning back to get a new cart is like humbling ourselves and turning to the Savior to get a “new cart”.

  4. Saw the same hero movie you did, and I loved it! Another thing I honed in on was that the bad guys were trying to make her forget who she was and the strength that she had. They took her ability to choose and were forcing her to be someone she knew she wasn’t. When she finally embraced who she was before, and remembered the what her purpose was, she was able to defeat the darkness and become full of light. If that’s not another amazing parable, I don’t know that is!

    Also saw a new hero movie this past weekend, the one with the guy who has a big lightning bolt on his chest? The big thing with the bad guy was stopping the hero before he realized his potential. If the hero became all that he was destined to be, there was no way the bad guy could defeat him. The bad guy wanted all his power and didn’t want the hero to share it with others. In the end, the hero was able to share his gift with others (HELLO – missionary work!) and they all became champions who defeated the bad guy. SO many spiritual parallels!

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