Melanie Stroud

Episode 8


Episode 8 notes

Quote from Elder Holland’s talk, Broken Things to Mend

“The first words Jesus spoke in His majestic Sermon on the Mount were to the troubled, the discouraged and downhearted. “Blessed are the poor in spirit,” He said, “for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” …. I speak to those who are facing personal trials and family struggles, those who endure conflicts fought in the lonely foxholes of the heart, those trying to hold back floodwaters of despair that sometimes wash over us like a tsunami of the soul. I wish to speak particularly to you who feel your lives are broken, seemingly beyond repair.
To all such I offer the surest and sweetest remedy that I know. It is found in the clarion call the Savior of the world Himself gave. He said it in the beginning of His ministry, and He said it in the end. He said it to believers, and He said it to those who were not so sure. He said to everyone, whatever their personal problems might be:
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”
In this promise, that introductory phrase, “come unto me,” is crucial. It is the key to the peace and rest we seek. Indeed, when the resurrected Savior gave His sermon at the temple to the Nephites in the New World, He began, “Blessed are the poor in spirit who come unto me, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
It seems clear that the essence of our duty and the fundamental requirement of our mortal life is captured in these brief phrases from any number of scenes in the Savior’s mortal ministry. He is saying to us, “Trust me, learn of me, do what I do. Then, when you walk where I am going,” He says, “we can talk about where you are going, and the problems you face and the troubles you have. If you will follow me, I will lead you out of darkness,” He promises. “I will give you answers to your prayers. I will give you rest to your souls.”

Elder Ulisses Soares, Be Meek and Lowly of Heart

“Meekness is vital for us to become more Christlike. Without it we won’t be able to develop other important virtues. Being meek does not mean weakness, but it does mean behaving with goodness and kindness, showing strength, serenity, healthy self-worth, and self-control.”


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19 thoughts on “Episode 8”

  1. I want to share my picture with my temple recommend! It has been 23 years since I had my temple recommend. I went 2 weeks ago with my 13 year old son to do baptisms for the dead. Missed the peaceful feeling I get at the temple.

  2. I want to thank you again for your time and talents in doing these podcasts. Even the giggles are great. These podcasts are something I have looked forward to each week. I just found a really great talk on meekness from elder Maxwell. It was from a BYU Devotional in 1988 ” Meekly drenched in Destiny” (I think that was the title) he gives some really thoughts on being meek. It is something that I have always found hard. I don’t feel I am “high foluten” or “hoity-toity” but it could still be refined in me a great deal. Thank you so much!

  3. I loved this episode, giggles and all. You really spoke to my heart and helped me look inward to what might be making me lose my savor. I pondered how I can be a light in this ever darkening world

  4. This episode really got to me, especially when you talked about coming unti Him when you are sad. About 19 years ago we had a 35 week stillborn baby girl. It was the hardest and worst thing I’ve ever had to go through. At the time I was a RS teacher in our married BYU ward. We were doing a read the BOM in a semester challenge, and I had never read it that fast before. One day as I read in Jacob 1:7, the words jumped out at me. It said, come unto Christ, partake of his goodness, and enter into his rest. I immediately felt peace, after so many months of grief and mourning. I knew one day I would be able to enter that rest and not feel this grief and sadness anymore. It sure helps me stay on that convent path to make sure I get there, and also to see my little girl again someday.

    You also talked about comforting those that mourn. During this same trial, I had a sister in our ward just show up at our apartment one day with cookies. She sat on my couch with me and just let me talk, and cried with me. At the time, most of the sisters in the ward were too afried to talk to me because they didn’t know what to say. But this sister, that I didn’t even know very well, had a prompting to come to see me. Letting me talk and be sad was a big thing in helping me grieve.

    Anyway, thank you so much for your podcast, I have told so many people about it. I love it!!

    1. I’m so sorry about the loss of your daughter. That is so sad. Three people I know have had stillborn babies full term. It is the saddest thing ever and I’m so sorry you had to go through that. I love the scripture and how it helped. The Book of Mormon is magic I swear! It’s how I grow closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ every day! And I think we all need to learn how to just go and sit with people during their grief. It just made me think of the people who came and sat with Job during his trial. I just looked it up and am so sad I didn’t think of it during the podcast! But in Job 2:11-13 it says, “Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place… for they had made an appointment together to come and mourn with him to comfort him. And when they lifted up their eyes afar off and knew him not, they lifted up their voice and wept…So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none of them spake a word unto him, for they saw that his grief was great.” Isn’t that beautiful?? I’m writing a post! You inspired it!!

      1. I did not remember that part in the story of Job.
        How amazing that he had such awesome friends! Thank you for sharing that with me. I can’t believe I inspired a blogpost with my story. My 5 minutes of fame 😂

        I think you’re pretty amazing. You were Stake YW president when my daughter was first in YW’s, you’re excitement and love for the girls was very evident. And your talk you gave on BOM at the stake RS activity a little while ago was so amazing! I was so excited when I found out you were doing this podcast.

  5. Now I am curious. What does an unedited recording sound like?
    The message I wanted to get across was “do not stop”. Volcanoes are bad to go swim in. You stopping this pod cast will be worse.

    1. I totally know that’s what you meant! You’re awesome and I LOVED that comment so much! It was a huge compliment. And you’d be particularly scared of an unedited version! But someone said I should videotape me recording a podcast sometime. I might do it. It would be hilarious. “Behind the scenes in Melanie’s closet!” I hand gesture around and get all crazy all by myself. And I cry long and hard, but edit out the big spaces, for the sake of my brother! Ha ha. (AHH, I mocked him! Now I cannot sing the song of redeeming love!)
      But everyone would have to pay $12 on Venmo to see it. I’m not throwing myself under the bus for free you know! Have a great day! Keep listening and telling me all the ways it would be better to self-murder myself than to stop this podcast!

  6. I love listening to you! I laugh and cry along with you.
    The quote that came to my mind about meekness was from Elder Bednar’s talk in April 2018 “Meek and Lowly of Heart”
    “The Christlike quality of meekness often is misunderstood in our contemporary world. Meekness is strong, not weak; active, not passive; courageous, not timid; restrained, not excessive; modest, not self-aggrandizing; and gracious, not brash. A meek person is not easily provoked, pretentious, or overbearing and readily acknowledges the accomplishments of others.”

    Thank you for doing this podcast. I love listening!

  7. I love your podcast. Thank you so much for your insights!
    I don’t know if my ward is off schedule or if this is how it’s suposed to be, but each Sunday we do a come follow me lesson after church. And my kids just say “yeah we just barely talked about this at church!” So I would rather be a week ahead so they are learning something new at home and then they are prepared for their church lessons the following Sunday . That being said, your podcast is always one week behind what I would like to teach my kids to be prepared for the next week. Is there any way you can post even one more week in advance? I don’t know if I’m the only one with this issue? Or is my ward’s shedule messed up? Let me know your thoughts! Thanks!

  8. Melanie, thank you for doing this. I love listening to you and I love everything you say. It’s like you know me and know the exact things I need to hear. But I know it’s the spirit speaking to me through you and I love that my Heavenly Father and Savior love me that much to inspire you for me. I just wanted to share my favorite definition for meekness I found on one time, it says: meekness is strength under control. I feel that describes Jesus so well. He has all power but never flaunted or gave in when tempted to show his power. He always showed great strength and love. I am so grateful for his example and to you for helping me focus more on him throughout the week. Thanks again!

  9. Matthew Van Tienderen

    It was great to listen to your podcast. While I didn’t know you and your family real well, listening to this reminds me of how it felt to be around your clan and teach Lexi in Sunday School after my mission. We had too much fun! There were a lot of giggles there too! I’m looking forward to sharing this with my kids and others. Thank you for your time and efforts. It made my day better!

  10. I enjoy your podcast but can you please put the chapters (Matt 5; Luke 6) as the title instead of just Episode #. It is difficult to keep track with just the episode number.

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