Melanie Stroud


This is a bonus episode that began as a little more information about Episode 9 but became an episode of its own I think. I want to call this Episode “Foundation” because that’s what it is all about. I hope if one podcast goes viral, this is the one. Because I really feel that the Savior took over tonight and taught me an important lesson. I hope you feel what I felt tonight. It’s important stuff, my friends.

This painting by Liz Lemon Swindle is titled Come Follow Me and it’s soooo beautiful. It hangs in my front hallway and reminds me of all the miracles I’ve seen from His hands. I love it so much.

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9 thoughts on “Foundation”

  1. My favorite yet, and that’s saying a lot. I’ve had a similar conversation with my Heavenly Father about Joseph Smith, and got a similar answer. I also can’t wait to thank Joseph for everything he (and Emma) went through to bless my life. Hopefully the funny stories will come back to your mind for a future episode 🙂

  2. I just discovered your podcast and listened to these two most recent episodes. I love them! I will definitely go back to listen to all the previous episodes, and continue listening as we all study the scriptures through the inspired Come Follow Me curriculum!

    I’d like to say a little something about righteous judgements, though. A righteous judgement is not necessarily the same thing as a factually correct judgement. The Lord looketh on the heart (1 Samuel 16:7), so if He sees that we’re trying our best to judge accurately, humbly, and with His Spirit, but we still arrive at an inaccurate or incomplete conclusion (a very common occurrence, in my experience), He will not hold that against us.

    Now, if we react badly to His gentle correction when he shows us what the facts really are, then that’s another matter. But if we always do our best (whether with judging righteously or with literally anything else), rely on Him, and then do our best to be better when He corrects us (like you did in your beautiful story about the witness you received about Joseph Smith), then He will not hold our innocent mistakes against us.

    I hope that helps! I look forward to listening to all your other podcasts! Have a wonderful day!

  3. This was really what I needed for today. It was the answer to my prayers and current trial. Say hi to Blake, I miss having him in our Teacher’s Quorum

  4. Juliannah Ashby

    Thank you! I really appreciated the palm tree analogy. Thank you for sharing your light with so many!

  5. Joann Spencer

    As I listen to this weeks podcast again, this question came to me. Did/ does Jesus really need to heal us physically in order for us to return to live with Heavenly Father again? Or is healing us physically teach us about how his power works? So that we can visually see it and then help us trust and understand how he heals us from our sins. Or do we need to be physically and spiritually perfect by the Atonement?

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