Matthew 16–17; Mark 8–9; Luke 9
“Thou Art the Christ”
This podcast talks about Christ’s question, “Whom say ye that I am?” “Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
The manual then asks us how we answer that question. The manual refers to many scriptures that talk about the importance of the Holy Ghost testifying of Christ and that when we look for signs we can miss the most amazing thing of all; the Holy Ghost. He is the one that testifies of Christ and he is the one who will soften our hearts and confirm to us the divinity of the Savior.
The lesson then talks about Priesthood keys and the Priesthood in our lives. The manual referred to a talk by Neil L. Andersen called, “Power in the Priesthood.” I really liked when he said, “A man may open the drapes so the warm sunlight comes into the room, but the man does not own the sun or the light or the warmth it brings. The blessings of the priesthood are infinitely greater than the one who is asked to administer the gift.” I talked a while about my own dad giving me blessings when I was a kid and then after he died getting them from other people. I testified that it didn’t matter who gave me those blessings because ultimately they all are from my Heavenly Father and that’s all that really matters.
The lesson ends with the beautiful story of the father with a tormented son. When the Lord asked about his faith the father says, “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” Jeffrey R. Holland gives a beautiful talk on this subject that I will link here. Let’s all lead with what we know first. Because in the end, we really do know more than we think.