(Sorry for the confusion for some of you who may have downloaded this podcast before 8 am AZ time. I woke up feeling sick – that some things I had said were wrong. Heavenly Father has an amazing knack for letting me know when I’ve overstepped or maybe took some liberties on some scripture interpretation that wasn’t correct. And no one even had to tell me this time. So yay! Hopefully you will erase Episode 39 if you downloaded it this morning and upload the right one. SORRY PEOPLE!
And check out the last 9 min of the podcast!!! It’s Episode #1 of the Book of Mormon for YOUth podcast that is starting Jan 1. Hurray! Have your kids email their favorite scriptures in the Book of Mormon to me as soon as possible so I can get interviewing and recording! firstname.lastname@example.org
The gospel of Jesus Christ offers freedom from spiritual bondage. But sometimes people who have experienced the freedom of the gospel turn away from it and “desire again to be in bondage” (Galatians 4:9). This is what some Galatian Saints were doing—they were turning away from the liberty Christ had offered them (see Galatians 1:6). Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians, then, was an urgent call to come back to “the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free” (Galatians 5:1). This call is one we also need to hear and heed because while circumstances change, the struggle between freedom and bondage is constant. As Paul taught, it’s not enough to be “called unto liberty” (Galatians 5:13); we must also “stand fast” in it (Galatians 5:1) by relying on Christ.
Brigham Young, the second President of the Church, reported: “The question was asked a great many times of Joseph Smith, by gentlemen who came to see him and his people, ‘How is it that you can control your people so easily? It appears that they do nothing but what you say; how is it that you can govern them so easily?’ Said he, ‘I do not govern them at all. The Lord has revealed certain principles from the heavens by which we are to live in these latter days. The time is drawing near when the Lord is going to gather out His people from the wicked, and He is going to cut short His work in righteousness, and the principles which He has revealed I have taught to the people and they are trying to live according to them, and they control themselves.’”