Melanie Stroud

Episode 30 The Lord Had Called Us for to Preach the Gospel

 June 22-28  Acts 16-21

The Lord Had Called Us for to Preach the Gospel

Among the Lord’s final words to His Apostles was the commandment, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19–20). While the Apostles didn’t quite make it to all nations, Acts 16–21 does show that Paul and his companions did make remarkable progress in establishing the Church. They taught, baptized, and conferred the gift of the Holy Ghost. They performed miracles, even raising a man from the dead, and foretold the Great Apostasy (Acts 20:7–12; 20:28–31). And the work they started continues with living Apostles today, along with devoted disciples like you, who are helping fulfill the Savior’s commission in ways Paul never could have imagined. Perhaps you are aware of people who do not know their Heavenly Father or His gospel. Perhaps you have felt that your “spirit was stirred in [you]” to share with them what you know about Him (Acts 17:16). If you follow Paul’s example of humility and boldness in sharing the gospel, you may find someone “whose heart the Lord [has] opened” (Acts 16:14).

In this episode, I talk about missionary work, having a good attitude among trials, how to become NOBLE by searching the scriptures every day and how we are all children of God. 

Here’s the quote from Jen Hatmaker about our children.

“Remember this: No matter what, our children belong to God and He is very much paying attention. He is always at work; we are but a piece of their story. Our kids may detour. So many will crash and burn. They could walk away and they could come back.

They will ultimately make their own spiritual decisions, and no formula ensures any outcome. We cannot guarantee their safety or loyalty, their path or decisions. The best parents can have children who self-destruct, and the worst parents can have kids who thrive.

The best we can do is give them Jesus. Not rules, not behaviors, not entertainment, not shame. I have no confidence in myself but every confidence in Jesus. He is such a relief, isn’t He? He is always the true answer, the strongest touchstone, the best example. When I am grasping as a spiritual mentor to my kids, there He is. When words and ideas and “right answers” fail me, His life and legacy deliver. With good reason my kids may doubt their parents, church, Christian culture, and their own understanding, but it is harder to doubt a Savior as good as Jesus. He is so incredibly dependable.

Jesus is the only thing that will endure. He trumps parenting techniques, church culture, tight boundaries, and best-laid plans. Jesus can lead our children long after they’ve left our homes. He will lead them when our work is through.

So let’s give our kids Jesus and trust Him to lead, even if we don’t see results for five years, ten years, or until the other side of this life. Because no matter what their spiritual futures contain – the new trends, new kind of church, new worldview, new systems–Jesus will remain. He is the only constant, the only Savior that held through the ages.

Jesus is the best marker that exists, so let’s raise Him high.

—Jen Hatmaker, “For the Love”


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10 thoughts on “Episode 30 The Lord Had Called Us for to Preach the Gospel”

  1. Whitney van der Lee

    I have been binge listening to this podcast for about a month. I am so glad that my very cool grandma shared podcast with me. You are so fun to listen to and have helped me draw nearer to God. Thank you so much for making gospel study so fun and easy to do.

  2. Thank you so much for all the work you do to share these messages. This week you mentioned a couple of personal things that really touched my heart and I could truly relate to. I too have been through a divorce and I lost my dad 20 years ago and so when I heard you speak of those things, I felt as is Heavenly Father whispering to me saying “See, there are people out there who have had similar challenges”..I find It hard to talk about those things in my life and I envy your openness. Again thank you for sharing. I’ve only discovered your podcast a couple weeks ago and been listening ever since and look forward to the next.

  3. I have said this before but I have to say it again. I just LOVE the Book of Mormon and the way you have shared how to study it has changed my life. I just love the power it has for us and the revelatory way Heavenly Father can talk to us through it’s pages. Thank you, thank you , thank you.

  4. Hi Melanie
    I love the song I am a child of God it has two different meanings to me. The first is when my little brother Joey and I had to sing it in sacrament, neither one of us could read that’s how young we were, but we insisted on holding the hymn book, however through the whole song the book was upside down.
    The second one is when my older brother was dying a couple of years ago from pancreatic cancer. I sent him a card with the 4 th verse of that song. I am a child of God, his promises are sure. Celestial glory shall be mine if I can but endure.
    I love this Gospel and my knowledge of it. Thank you so much for your podcast. Lots of love

  5. Hi! I met you at Cafe Rio and man are you pretty! ☺️ I’m wondering if you can get me the quote you shared from this episode about giving kids Jesus. I searched for it and no luck. Do you do show notes?

    1. Melanie Wellman

      Ha Ha Ha! It’s not every day that people get to see me fresh out of the beauty parlor! I’ll go back and attach that quote!

  6. My kids looooved the story behind Sister Randall and writing “I Am A Child Of God”. Thanks for sharing!

    Ps/ Can I come sit in your closet with you? That looks fun and I wanna look through all your clothes haha! Did I tell you I’m obsessed with organizing? I’ll organize while we’re talking lol!

    Another great podcast! Thanks girl! You rock! Xoxo 😘

    1. Melanie Wellman

      Really? I thought we’d just skype and I’d record it. But if my closet gets a makeover…. maybe having you actually join me in my closet might not be a bad thing!!

  7. Thank you for following the promptings that Jesus sent you “through the Holy Ghost” to record these podcasts. I just stumbled upon them last week when I thought, “I bet someone out there is recording weekly info about the come follow me lessons.”
    I’m in the bishopric in my ward, and don’t always get to sit through the lessons for one reason or another, and your casts really help me to grasp the messages of the weeks that I’ve missed. I know because I’ve now gone back and listened to 6-7 past episodes in the week since my discovery of YOU.
    They also help me to relay awesome stories to my kids as we are studying as a family each week. I’m fact yesterday on the way to church my daughter was chuckling about your sour milk in the nose story. 😂
    Anyway, I love your goofy humor, awesome stories, and yes….. the tears ARE helpful! That’s when the spirit speaks to us the most, so cry on!
    Thanks again……

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