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Episode 17 - Mosiah 7–10, "In the Strength of the Lord”

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Episode 17 - Mosiah 7–10, "In the Strength of the Lord”
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Please go to Instagram @comefollowmeforus for the latest information.  President Nelson said at conference: “While worshipping in the temple is presently not possible, I invite you to increase your participation in family history, including family history research and indexing. I promise that as you increase your time in temple and family history work, you will …

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Episode 15 - Enos-Words of Mormon,“He Worketh in Me to Do According to His Will”

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Episode 15 - Enos-Words of Mormon,“He Worketh in Me to Do According to His Will”
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This episode is about looking to our ancestors, especially our parents and grandparents, and learning from them. It also is a great reminder to consider the example you leave for your children.

Episode 14 - Jacob 5–7 "The Lord Labors With Us"

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Episode 14 - Jacob 5–7 "The Lord Labors With Us"
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This episode is all about laboring in the Lord's vineyard.  It includes a short interview with my friend's eleven-year-old son and how this chapter answered his prayers.  So great! 

Episode 13 - My Interview with the Petersons

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Episode 13 - My Interview with the Petersons
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This episode is an interview that I did with Michelle and Logan Peterson.  Earlier this year, they lost their newborn daughter just ten days after she was born.  This is their story about death, loss, and the hope Easter, the Savior, and His...

Episode 12 - My interview with my Catholic Friend Ashley

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Episode 12 - My interview with my Catholic Friend Ashley
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This podcast is my interview with my sweet Catholic friend Ashley.   We talked about how we met, the faith she shared with me on a plane flight that helped strengthen my faith, and some of the Catholic customs celebrated during the week of Easter.

Episode 11 - 2 Nephi 31–33 "This Is the Way”

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Episode 11 - 2 Nephi 31–33 "This Is the Way”
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This episode is about Nephi's final words to his people.  He encourages us to look to Christ for EVERYTHING!  He is the way. 

Episode 10 - 2 Nephi 26-30 “A Marvelous Work and a Wonder”

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Episode 10 - 2 Nephi 26-30 “A Marvelous Work and a Wonder”
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This episode discusses the contention and trouble prophesied about our day in the Book of Mormon.  It also provides the means the Lord has given us to overcome these distractions - mainly Jesus Christ and His power found in the scriptures...

Episode 9 - BOTH 2 Nephi 11-19 AND 2 Nephi 20-25

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Episode 9 - BOTH 2 Nephi 11-19 AND 2 Nephi 20-25
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This lesson is about Isaiah and following the prophet and all the blessings we receive from having access to the Book of Mormon.

Episode 8 - 2 Nephi 6-10 "O How Great The Plan of Our God"

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Episode 8 - 2 Nephi 6-10 "O How Great The Plan of Our God"
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This episode is about Jacob and his feelings about Isaiah and some advice to his people. He included many verses from Isaiah. I mentioned that studying Isaiah shouldn't be hard and scary. Not if we continually ask ourselves while we are reading, "How does this apply to me and my life?" We may not understand what the Lord was trying to say to those people way back then, but we can "liken the scriptures unto ourselves" and see what beautiful things the Lord has to say to us right now. It's so great!!

Episodes 6 AND 7 - Free to Choose Liberty and Eternal Life, through the Great Mediator AND We Lived After the Manner of Happiness

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Episodes 6 AND 7 - Free to Choose Liberty and Eternal Life, through the Great Mediator AND We Lived After the Manner of Happiness
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What would you want to tell your children if you knew you were about to die. What is most important to you? Are you giving that thing the most attention right now? This episode also includes choosing happiness.

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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.  

Click HERE for the lesson in the manual.

Click HERE for resources I mention in the podcast.

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Here is a link to the lesson in the manual

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

John 2-4
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

President Monson:
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.”

https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1995/04/living-water-to-quench-spiritual-thirst?lang=eng

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.  

Here is a LINK to my new website so you can sign up for the newsletter and be in the know about when the book will be available for purchase!  

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Episode 5
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 comefollowmeforus@gmail.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 is a link to the book I love the most 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.”

Jen Hatmaker
“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.”

Picture from the great ice cream fight that led to the Parable of the Dairy

This Episode is about Repentance.  It’s beautiful.  Here is the link to read the full lesson on the church’s website.  Here is the link to my original post about it in 2019.  

 

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In this episode, I talk about being good examples, being a light to others, and other fantastic stuff.  Please head over to @comefollowmeforus on Instagram for daily updates and new content.

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Sorry I crammed two into one week.  I got off by a week.   I’m in the process of creating a new website so I’m not quite sure how to link the resources.  If this doesn’t work, I apologize.  

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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. 

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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!

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2 thoughts on “Podcast”

  1. Brooke Covington

    Melanie,
    I love to listen to your podcast on my lunch hour at work. You are so inspiring with your great stories and to help me remember that I am important in the Saviors eyes even when my world is upside down and it feels like I’m not. Thank you for what you do!

  2. Karen Johnson Logan utah

    You and your sister are so great together! I do believe Heavenly Father has a sense of humor:)
    You help remind me to find answers to ALL questions in the scriptures. I have been a listener since the beginning. I know I was lead to you. You truly speak my language and I feel I can relate to “the way you teach.” 😉 air quotes
    Thanks!

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