Melanie Stroud

Episode 24

June 10–16

Matthew 26; Mark 14; Luke 22; John 18

“Not as I Will, but as Thou Wilt

I began by talking about the challenge from the manual from last week about asking the Holy Ghost to be more involved in our lives every day.  As I tried it, I found that my days were calmer and I was filled with so much more joy.  It was a beautiful challenge.  Many of you did it as well and reported great things happening in your lives!  Let’s keep asking for the Holy Ghost to be a more prominant part of our lives every day!

Matthew 26:17–30; Mark 14:12–26; Luke 22:7–39

The sacrament is an opportunity to remember the Savior.

I started this section with a quote from Jen Hatmaker’s book, “Interrupted.” I’m in Spokane and can’t put the quote on here because it’s in my book at home.  Haha.  But the main point was that the sacrament wasn’t just a one time deal each week when we think about the Savior’s sacrifice for us, but that we covenant to be more like Him.  It’s a great quote.  I’ll put it back on here when I get home.

The manual also suggested that we write down a few reasons we are thankful for the Savior and pull it out and read it during the sacrament.  I thought that was a great idea. 

I mentioned that a visitor in our ward said something in a comment during Relief Society that I really enjoyed.  She said that she felt when we are told to remember the Savior it can also be taken as, “Remember when you were with Him before you came to earth?  Rember that relationship?”  That thought was so sweet to me.  He’s not someone I’m just anxious to meet someday, but someone I am excited to reunite with!  Love it!

I talked more about how important it is to remember Him every day. 

President Nelson said, “There is nothing easy or automatic about becoming such powerful disciples. Our focus must be riveted on the Savior and His gospel. It is mentally rigorous to strive to look unto Him in every thought.  But when we do, our doubts and fears flee.

(“Drawing the Power of Jesus Christ into Our Lives,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2017, 40).


Matthew 26:36–46; Mark 14:32–42; Luke 22:40–46

The Savior suffered for me in Gethsemane.

President Russell M. Nelson invited us to “invest time in learning about the Savior and His atoning sacrifice” (“Drawing the Power of Jesus Christ into Our Lives,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2017, 40).

I started this section by saying that it has always bothered me a little when people said that they were thankful for the “Atonement of Jesus Christ” instead of saying that they were thankful for Jesus Christ.  We aren’t thankful for one event but for the person Himself.  Then I found this amazing quote in the lesson from President Nelson that reflected that same exact thought!  Wow!

“It is doctrinally incomplete to speak of the Lord’s atoning sacrifice by shortcut phrases, such as “the Atonement” or “the enabling power of the Atonement” or “applying the Atonement” or “being strengthened by the Atonement.” These expressions present a real risk of misdirecting faith by treating the event as if it had living existence and capabilities independent of our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.

Under the Father’s great eternal plan, it is the Savior who suffered. It is the Savior who broke the bands of death. It is the Savior who paid the price for our sins and transgressions and blots them out on condition of our repentance. It is the Savior who delivers us from physical and spiritual death.

There is no amorphous entity called “the Atonement” upon which we may call for succor, healing, forgiveness, or power. Jesus Christ is the source. Sacred terms such as Atonement and Resurrection describe what the Savior did, according to the Father’s plan, so that we may live with hope in this life and gain eternal life in the world to come. The Savior’s atoning sacrifice—the central act of all human history—is best understood and appreciated when we expressly and clearly connect it to Him.”

I think it is very important to always tell our children and ourselves how much we love and value the Savior Jesus Christ.  He is the one that we need to always look to.  He atoned for our sins in Gethsemane!  He loved us so much that He died for us.  He is the best person in the whole town.  We love Him.

I talked some more about Jesus Christ in the garden and the disciples falling asleep.  

Then I shared all of these quotes from the same talk I’m going to link at the bottom from President Nelson.

“True disciples of Jesus Christ are willing to stand out, speak up, and be different from the people of the world. They are undaunted, devoted, and courageous.”

“Faith in Jesus Christ propels us to do things we otherwise would not do. Faith that motivates us to action gives us more access to His power.”

“We also increase the Savior’s power in our lives when we make sacred covenants and keep those covenants with precision. Our covenants bind us to Him and give us godly power.”

“When you reach up for the Lord’s power in your life with the same intensity that a drowning person has when grasping and gasping for air, power from Jesus Christ will be yours. When the Savior knows you truly want to reach up to Him—when He can feel that the greatest desire of your heart is to draw His power into your life—you will be led by the Holy Ghost to know exactly what you should do.”


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5 thoughts on “Episode 24”

  1. Loved this podcast. A sister in Relief Society a few years back shared something along the lines of this. When our minds are wandering during the sacrament, she wondered if Jesus was saying the same thing to us. “Can you not watch and think about me for 2 minutes?” How easily we can get distracted and he asks so little from us. That has always stuck with me.

  2. Sister Wellman,

    Thank you for all you do. I so enjoy each episode. Don’t beat yourself up for not having the podcasts done on Sundays. I’m appreciative of all the hard work and insight you bring to us each week.

  3. Your podcast keeps getting better and better! I loved the thoughts you shared about the Holy Ghost last week and your thoughts about the importance of always connecting the Atonement to Christ in this week’s episode. (Listening to Pres. Nelson’s talk is on my to-do list. Hopefully today.)

    I’m almost certain that Elder Tad Callister discusses this in his book, The Infinite Atonement–an amazing book if you haven’t read/listening to it.

    And it seems that I keep hearing about “remembering” lately a lot. It must mean I need to work on remembering more in my own life. Such a simple, but essential word when thinking about Christ’s sacrifice and during the sacrament.

    You’re doing a great job! As long as you keep producing new episodes, I don’t care if they come out on Sunday, Monday or any other day!

  4. shannon thornton

    Are you kidding me Melanie? You DO NOT need to apologize for putting your kids first on Sunday! Please let go of that guilt – that reminds me: Elder Bennett was visiting our stake conference and he kept reminding us that guilt is only healthy if it leads us to repentance. This is certainly not something you need to repent of. I do LOVE your insights and personal stories you share, but we should not be dependent on your podcast to have FHE lessons ready by Monday. Hope that makes you feel better!
    P.S. I remember you from when we lived in Richmond during med. school

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