Melanie Stroud

Episode 17

What Shall I do to Inherit Eternal Life?

This episode addresses forgiveness AGAIN because I needed to hear it AGAIN.  And apparently so do you or else they wouldn’t have put this in again 16 weeks later… 

I also talk about the parable of the Good Samaritan and the experience of Mary and Martha. 

Two quotes from Elder David E. Sorensen’s talk, “Forgiveness Will Change Bitterness to Love.”

“Joseph’s brothers jealously hated him. They plotted to take his life and finally sold him as a slave. Joseph was carried into Egypt and struggled for years to rise from slavery. During these challenging times, Joseph might have condemned his brothers and sworn revenge. He might have soothed his pain by scheming to get even someday. But he did not.

In time, Joseph became ruler over all of Egypt, second in command only to Pharaoh. During a devastating famine, Joseph’s brothers traveled to Egypt for food. Not recognizing Joseph, they bowed down to him because of his high position. Surely at that moment, Joseph had the power to exact revenge. He might have put his brethren in prison or sentenced them to death. Instead he confirmed his forgiveness. He said: “I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt. Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither. … And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity … and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God.”

Later he said, “I would like to make it clear that forgiveness of sins should not be confused with tolerating evil. … Although we must forgive a neighbor who injures us, we should still work constructively to prevent that injury from being repeated” 

Sister Bonnie D. Parkin, former Relief Society General President, taught: “Mary and Martha are you and me. … These two loved the Lord and wanted to show that love. On this occasion, it seems to me that Mary expressed her love by hearing His word, while Martha expressed hers by serving Him. … Jesus did not dismiss Martha’s concern, but instead redirected her focus by saying choose ‘that good part.’ And what is that? … The one thing that is needful is to choose eternal life [see 2 Nephi 2:28]. We choose daily” (“Choosing Charity: That Good Part,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2003, 104).

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16 thoughts on “Episode 17”

  1. I can’t leave you a review on itunes …I have an Android and listen to you on Spotify. But I really love your podcast, so here’s your five stars from me! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I Hope you have a better week this week. Divorce is hard, I went through one 13 years ago. It really does gets better with time. It’s a brand new big change for you right now , it’s okay to have sad days. So cut yourself some slack! 😉😁

  2. Monica Bingham

    I’ve been loving your podcast—it’s like being transported back to my awesome seminary classes growing up, that were both fun & spiritual. My best friend told me about your podcast and said I had to start listening because you were great and would totally be our best friend because you have the same sense of humor. Today, I decided I finally need to comment because 1. Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is my FAVORITE musical ever and it made me so happy when you started singing it and 2. I also love dictionaries and synonyms, and I saw the perfect joke last week that I have to share: What did the thesaurus eat for breakfast? A synonym roll. 😉
    Anyway, thanks for your insights! I look forward to your podcast each week.

  3. I have been listening and thought I would comment finally-I love your honest heart and wanted to thank you for sharing your testimony-the highs and the lows. My son recently had a blue and gold banquet and shared this joke for his talent portion-“What does a thesaurus have for breakfast?” A synonym roll 🙂 Shine on!

  4. I discovered your podcast seemingly by accident looking to see if anybody was doing podcasts for come follow me. I love your stories and honesty. I commend you for putting it all out there! I’ve been telling everybody about you! My wife and I love to discuss the latest podcast as we talk about the weekly lesson! Thank you so much for all you do!

  5. You quoted a song that you said you couldn’t find. I’m familiar with that song and I found it on YouTube. It’s called When All Is Said and Done.
    Here’s the link:
    Thought you might like to hear it again.
    Thanks for your podcasts. I love listening to them every week.

  6. So I am loving loving loving this podcast! I have always had podcasts blocked on my kids phones but I opened up that app so they can listen to it. I told them they have to listen to it every week to prepare for what we call “family church” on Sunday mornings. Thank you so much for doing this! I wanted to hurry and tell you about this awesome and very pathetic experience I had today. I have been reading the BOM and been trying to implement your suggestions. Today I got to Isaiah in Nephi … dun dun dun! I normally cannot understand Isaiah, it’s like reading a different language I seriously do not understand a single word of what is going on. A couple of years ago I sat down and wrote notes for every verse so I could maybe start to understand it. It took FOR-EVA! Well I went to get my notebook out today and couldn’t find it anywhere! Eventually I had to stop looking because I have other things to do in my life and I just sat down and started reading and did what you suggested by praying, reading, pondering and praying again. I was totally chastised by the Lord! (hence the awesome and very pathetic experience) . I have realized that we all have some Laman and Lemuel inside us, I know this sounds weird but I am so grateful to know that and I will never say anything bad about them again! The story is much deeper and more involved that this little blurb but it was such a great experience and it was just another reminder that the Lord knows me and loves me and that I need to know Him better. Thank you for helping to remind me of this!

  7. I LOVE your podcasts! Thank you so much for the effort and time you sacrifice to share your stories and insights. I discovered your podcast when we were already 13 weeks into Come Follow Me so I’ve gone back and have been listening to past podcasts when I can and it’s amazing how many times I’ve heard something so timely for me that you recorded weeks ago! My husband is out of town for the second week in a row, I dropped a giant hardcover book on my foot so it’s been bruise and sore for a few days, my kids (and I) haven’t slept all week, my 5 year old is sick, and then today an entire gallon of milk fell out of the back of my car when I opened it to unload the groceries, busted open, and the entire gallon flooded into my garage. My 5 and 2 year old both bawled when they saw the milk spill and all I could think about the whole time I was cleaning it up was “milk can spill all over my garage, so what…I’m happy!” None of it really bothers me because

    1. Melanie Wellman

      I love, love, love it. I hope you still feel that way in a week when your garage REEKS like rotten milk! HAHA. For reals though, I’m glad it is helping you. It’s helping me. I need to go back and re-listen to them and commit to doing what I actually challenged all of you to do!

  8. I wish I could edit my comment because apparently I hit “post” on accident 🤦🏻‍♀️ I just wanted to thank you for helping me see what really matters and to focus on the Savior so when satan tries to throw things at me, I can thwart his efforts. Also I LOVE your tangents so you just be you! You are a beautiful person and you make me laugh and cry with every single podcast. Shine on!

  9. I loved hearing about fruit basket mix up or whatever you called it. We’ve been playing that for FHE for years except it has morphed and now we call it angry fruit basket (🤦🏻‍♀️). Someone stands and the other 3 sit. The standing person screams ANGRY FRUIT BASKET and we all jump up and scramble for a different seat and the dog goes nuts barking and chasing us. It’s still a FHE fave and my kids are 18 & 19 and the dog is deaf and almost blind. I thought about writing down the right way to play with the right name, but I kinda like our version. Loved this week’s podcast. ❤️

  10. Christina Forster

    So I wanted to share a quick thought with you about an experience I had last night. I had just finished a session in the Temple and I was putting my things away at the little table/bar thing when another woman came up to the table with some prayer slips and was bawling. It wasn’t the happy bawling from having a wonderful experience in the Temple, it was heart wrenching bawling of someone going through a difficult trial, and all I could think is: this woman needs a hug. And I thought, but she doesn’t know me. And then in your beautiful voice I heard the words, never suppress a generous thought. And I reached out and wrapped my arms around her and she laid her head on my shoulder, and when she lifted her head, I let her go. And I thought, where but the temple can you hug a complete stranger like that. And as I changed I prayer for her and cried for her. And I felt that I got to experience this week going and doing likewise and it felt amazing. Thank you for your stories and love.

    1. Melanie Wellman

      Yea!! Isn’t it great to just do what’s right and not worry about anything else? I’m so glad you had that experience. And I’m sure she is too!

  11. Rebecca Nakamura

    I finally found this spot to let you know I am listening to the podcast. I love them. I read the scriptures for the lesson then read the lesson and then reward myself and listen to you. I am always happy when I finish. It does make my night . Remember that I love you and know how hard that you work and read and prepare so we can listen and be touched and edified.

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