Melanie Stroud

Episode 48 “Be Ye Doers of the Word, and Not Hearers Only”

November 18–24


Be Ye Doers of the Word, and Not Hearers Only

Sometimes just one verse of scripture can change the world. James 1:5 seems like a simple bit of counsel—if you need wisdom, ask God. But when 14-year-old Joseph Smith read that verse, “it seemed to enter with great force into every feeling of [his] heart” (Joseph Smith—History 1:12). Thus inspired, Joseph acted on James’s admonition and sought wisdom from God through prayer. And God did indeed give liberally, giving Joseph one of the most remarkable heavenly visitations in human history—the First Vision. This vision changed the course of Joseph’s life and led to the Restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ on the earth. All of us are blessed today because Joseph Smith read and acted on James 1:5.

What will you find as you study the Epistle of James? Perhaps a verse or two will change you or someone you love. You may find guidance as you seek to fulfill your mission in life. You may find encouragement to speak kindly or to be more patient. Whatever inspires you, let these words “enter … into every feeling of [your] heart.” Remember to “receive with meekness the … word,” as James wrote, “which is able to save your souls” (James 1:21).

I said I would put Liz Lemon Swindle’s picture of Joseph Smith here but the website says I can’t so here’s a link to it. This is the video linked in the lesson

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3 thoughts on “Episode 48 “Be Ye Doers of the Word, and Not Hearers Only””

  1. My sister lives in Kaysville and is coming down Tuesday to visit my brother for thanksgiving in Gilbert and she’s driving so please message me

  2. Love the podcast. I was listening tuesday (yesterday) and you were talking about praying about who needs you. I was thinking how much that thought scares me, It would mean I would have to get way out of my comfort zone. Just then you said my name Janet. Wow I had to look around too see who was talking. I am still working on the prayer part, but my favorite easy thing to do is to insist that the person standing behind me in the store line goes first. They are usually shocked, but grateful and it breaks the ice to a conversation. Thanks for shouting my name to the masses. ha ha ha

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