Melanie Stroud

Episode 26


June 24–30

Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20-21

He is Risen

This episode is about the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  This episode closely mirrors Episode 16 so for more information about these events you can re-listen to 16.

The best thing about this episode is that I have a guest star named Shelby Price Stroud and a cameo by her daughter Preslie.  I will say it’s pretty silly so if it’s your first episode, don’t let it be your first episode.  Go back a few. Get used to me. Then proceed.  (Ha Ha)

We start out talking about some of the feelings of the witnesses to this event.  We mainly talk about the women and how they weren’t believed.

Next, we talked about how to more fully invite the Savior to abide with us in our daily lives.  We spoke of the disciples on the road to Emmaus and how the Savior used the scriptures to help them understand what was happening.  We thought it was very interesting that the disciples didn’t understand it was the Savior who was with them until he broke bread with them.  The sacrament can help us remember the Savior every week!

We then talk about Thomas and how when he finally did see the resurrected Savior the Savior addressed Thomas’ desire very specifically. My niece shared an experience she had at camp and I shared an experience with a recent blessing I received.

Lastly, I shared part of Jeffrey R. Holland’s talk, “The First Great Commandment.” Here’s the quote I shared.

“After a joyful reunion with the resurrected Jesus, Peter had an exchange with the Savior that I consider the crucial turning point of the apostolic ministry generally and certainly for Peter personally, moving this great rock of a man to a majestic life of devoted service and leadership. Looking at their battered little boats, their frayed nets, and a stunning pile of 153 fish, Jesus said to His senior Apostle, “Peter, do you love me more than you love all this?” Peter said, “Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee.”10

The Savior responds to that reply but continues to look into the eyes of His disciple and says again, “Peter, do you love me?” Undoubtedly confused a bit by the repetition of the question, the great fisherman answers a second time, “Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee.”11

The Savior again gives a brief response, but with relentless scrutiny He asks for the third time, “Peter, do you love me?” By now surely Peter is feeling truly uncomfortable. Perhaps there is in his heart the memory of only a few days earlier when he had been asked another question three times and he had answered equally emphatically—but in the negative. Or perhaps he began to wonder if he misunderstood the Master Teacher’s question. Or perhaps he was searching his heart, seeking honest confirmation of the answer he had given so readily, almost automatically. Whatever his feelings, Peter said for the third time, “Lord, … thou knowest that I love thee.”12

To which Jesus responded (and here again I acknowledge my nonscriptural elaboration), perhaps saying something like: “Then Peter, why are you here? Why are we back on this same shore, by these same nets, having this same conversation? Wasn’t it obvious then and isn’t it obvious now that if I want fish, I can get fish? What I need, Peter, are disciples—and I need them forever. I need someone to feed my sheep and save my lambs. I need someone to preach my gospel and defend my faith. I need someone who loves me, truly, truly loves me, and loves what our Father in Heaven has commissioned me to do. Ours is not a feeble message. It is not a fleeting task. It is not hapless; it is not hopeless; it is not to be consigned to the ash heap of history. It is the work of Almighty God, and it is to change the world. So, Peter, for the second and presumably the last time, I am asking you to leave all this and to go teach and testify, labor and serve loyally until the day in which they will do to you exactly what they did to me.”

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4 thoughts on “Episode 26”

  1. I just love your podcasts each week. My friend told me about them, I’ve been listening now for several weeks. I can’t believe you were in Nauvoo last week so was I, Friday and Saturday and got very wet but filled with the spirit. I love your BOM podcast and have tried to implement how you told us to study the BOM into my life. Although not faithful every day the days I have have been have been truly revelatory. I especially liked the very end if this week’s the “Marvel” end credits of you laughing with your sister. I’m from St. Joseph Missouri and can empathize with how horribly humid and sticky it must have been for you both making this week’s podcast. Thanks for all your insights and time you put in each week. May the Lord bless you.

    Thanks Alex

  2. Yvonne McCord

    I want to add my sentiments and validation for all that Alex posted. Thanks, Alex, for stating a lot of what I want to share with Melanie and my gratitude for her! 😁

    Melanie, a few weeks ago a friend of mine who used to live in your stake sent me the link to the Book of Mormon episode. I followed the study pattern the next day and started receiving some amazing answers from Heavenly Father. Thank you for reminding me to truly study and that I had become casual in my daily studies.

    I teach international students (English language learners) for PathwayConnect and I shared my experience of receiving the link to your podcast and then my focused efforts on studying the Book of Mormon with my students. Three of my students (one in Ghana, one in Argentina, the third in Florida and she is from Brazil) all told me they listened to your podcast and are following this study plan you shared with us from your mission president.

    Thank you for the sacrifices you are making in behalf of me and so many others. Thank you for letting me share your light with others around the world!


  3. Rebecca Nakamura

    Dear Melanie. I love you and your podcast. I left the snarky comment about people making their own FHE. This podcast actually made me laugh out loud twice. Both times when Blake numbered your crying. Love your family. Also loved seeing you Sunday. Did you love Sis Clements talk? Resurrection. I don’t think the previous podcast was disrespectful. I enjoyed you being happy with your sister. You are devoted to the podcast. Have a wonderful vacation with your family.

  4. Michelle Haws

    I LOVED this episode! It reminded me so much of my own sister and I. Such joy in your relationship mirrors the joy we feel when we are together in the gospel. Keep up the great work!!

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