This episode was co-hosted by my sister Shelby Stroud. (Now she is my sister AND sister-in-law, thanks to this weekend almost five years ago.)
This episode includes many of the awesome stories sent to me about how people have given and received love, service, time and money. I know you’ll love it!
This episode is about being doers of the word and not hearers only. Included is an interview with a woman who an LDS family helped in a traumatic time in her life.
This episode is about having faith and looking down the road for blessings that you may not be receiving at this time. I know we don't love to hear it, but it's so important to have faith and try to seek joy IN our trials, not just after they...
This episode is about the Hebrews, our relationship with God and Jesus Christ and just how much they want to help us and be a part of our lives. They are so merciful. Don't forget it!
This episode is about being an example of the believers. I talk about the importance of turning to the right sources, trusting our memories and turning to the Lord with our doubts and fears.
Wow! This episode is so good. I can't believe I forgot how awesome the Thessalonians are! a link to the lesson in the manual. a link to my website for the resources mentioned. Click on podcasts, and look for Episode 40. Yay!!...
This episode is about finding strength in Christ. I speak a little about mental health issues throughout.
This episode is all about Paul's words to the Ephesian saints. I talk about foreordination, marriage, and a little on how we can support and lift each other.
This podcast is about how relying on Christ really does set us free.
This episode is about the Sermon on the Mount, being peacemakers, being persecuted for righteousness’ sake and how to be saltier – in a good way.
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After many stories and comments, this lesson actually talks about the miracle of turning water into wine, faith preceding the miracle, being born again, how Christ makes our lives magnificent, the woman at the well, and then finally, some FHE helps. (Ha Ha – wait for it).
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Episode 7 Notes
Ye Must Be Born Again
In the beginning, I go over some comments about people heading back to the temple and stopping doing the little things that may keep up from doing bigger, better things. I tell the story of my husband almost dying on a plane years ago. After many digressions, this lesson actually talks about the miracle of turning water into wine, faith preceding the miracle, being born again, how Christ makes our lives magnificent, the woman at the well, and then finally some FHE helps. (Ha Ha – wait for it).
Quotes from the lesson
Faith precedes the miracle. It has ever been so and shall ever be. It was not raining when Noah was commanded to build an ark. There was no visible ram in the thicket when Abraham prepared to sacrifice his son Isaac. Two heavenly personages were not yet seen when Joseph knelt and prayed.
First came the test of faith, and then the miracle. Remember, remember, that faith and doubt cannot exist in the same mind at the same time, for one will dispel the other. Cast out doubt. Cultivate faith.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland taught,
”My brothers and sisters, the first great commandment of all eternity is to love God with all of our heart, might, mind, and strength—that’s the first great commandment. But the first great truth of all eternity is that God loves us with all of His heart, might, mind, and strength. That love is the foundation stone of eternity, and it should be the foundation stone of our daily life …..
If we give our heart to God, if we love the Lord Jesus Christ, if we do the best we can to live the gospel, then tomorrow—and every other day—is ultimately going to be magnificent, even if we don’t always recognize it as such. Why? Because our Heavenly Father wants it to be! He wants to bless us. A rewarding, abundant, and eternal life is the very object of His merciful plan for His children!
“Tomorrow the Lord Will Do Wonders among You,” Ensign May 2016, 127).
Joseph B. Wirthlin taught,
These latter days are a time of great spiritual thirst. Many in the world are searching, often intensely, for a source of refreshment that will quench their yearning for meaning and direction in their lives. They crave a cool, satisfying drink of insight and knowledge that will soothe their parched souls. Their spirits cry out for life-sustaining experiences of peace and calm to nourish and enliven their withering hearts.
Let us work with all our heart, might, mind, and strength to show our thirsty brothers and sisters where they may find the living water of the gospel, that they may come to drink of the water that springs “up unto everlasting life.”
And the podcast I mentioned was Better Than Happy by Jody Moore
This lesson covers Matthew 4; and Luke 4-5. To see the lesson in the manual, click HERE. I talk about the temptations of the devil, knowing our worth, and fasting.
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Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord (click link for lesson in manual)
This episode is about repentance and how the gospel can change you! This episode introduces Mark as one of the contributors to the New Testament. We learn a little more about John the Baptist and how he started calling people to repentance and baptizing them. Then I speak about repentance – a lot. I give the Parable of the Dairy and talk about Alma the younger’s experience with repentance. I then talk a little about a Christian author named Jen Hatmaker and her feelings on helping our kids build a better relationship with the Savior. I end with the parable of the Prodigal Son.
(And if any of your kids draw John the Baptist and you email them to me at email@example.com, I’ll post them on this blog!)
Here’s a link to Jen’s book, “For the Love” It’s probably my favorite of hers.
Here are the key quotes from the lesson
Elder Holland. “However many chances you think you have missed, however many mistakes you feel you have made or talents you think you don’t have, or however far from home and family and God you feel you have traveled, I testify that you have not traveled beyond the reach of divine love. It is not possible for you to sink lower than the infinite light of Christ’s Atonement shines.”
Henry B. Eyring.
“When responsibility is accepted and the urgency to repent is felt, the question may come, “Where do I start?” Each life is unique. But for all, repentance will surely include passing through the portal of humble prayer. Our Father in Heaven can allow us to feel fully the conviction of our sins. He knows the depths of our remorse. He can then direct what we must do to qualify for forgiveness. For serious sin, we will need to confess to a judge in Israel and accept his guidance. Prayer alone will in that case not be enough. But for all of us, whatever the gravity of our sins, prayer will open the door to repentance and forgiveness. Without earnest prayer, repentance and cleansing are not possible. When the door is opened by prayer, there is a possibility for peace.”
“If they don’t love Jesus and people, it matters zero if they remain virgins and don’t say the f-word. We must shepherd their hearts, not just their hemlines.” and “Jesus operates beyond the tidy boundaries of good behavior. Rather than simply enforce his rules, we should show our kids his kingdom. That’s where they will discover a savior to fall in love with.”
In this episode, I interview my good friend Dawn about her son Porter who had a brain tumor removed when he was 15. This episode was about waiting on the Lord and what to do when things don’t go as planned or when we don’t get the blessings we yearn for when we think we should. Dawn speaks about the hope, light, and comfort she found in Jesus Christ.
Episode one goes with lesson one in the manual, We Are Responsible for Our Own Learning. This is the first episode of 2023. The majority of it comes from the first podcast ever from January 2019. Please follow me @comefollowmeforus on Instagram for more weekly content. Shine on!