Matthew 10–12; Mark 2; Luke 7; 11
“These Twelve Jesus Sent Forth”
This episode talks about Jesus Christ sending his Apostles and US out to take care of His sheep until He returns. I speak about how we can do missionary work and about this bright and shiny sister missionary that gave her homecoming talk today and how amazing she was. (I’m including her picture).
I shared part of Neill Marriot’s talk, Abiding in God and Repairing the Breach. And read a part of her book, Seek This Jesus where she talks about first feeling God’s love as a 12-year-old and how she ran around and wanted to share that feeling with her friends.
I then spoke about how the Lord gives us what to say when we need it if we just continue to fill our minds with His word and stay righteous so we can have Him send the spirit to prompt us what to say.
I then referenced a talk by Elder D. Todd Christofferson in an article in the Ensign called, “Finding Your Life,” which correlates with a talk he gave called, “Saving Your Life,” which was not the same thing. It was very confusing and I set everyone straight.
But he said, “I’m confident that a number of you have been rejected and ostracized by father and mother, brothers and sisters as you accepted the gospel of Jesus Christ and entered into His covenant. In one way or another, your superior love of Christ has required the sacrifice of relationships that were dear to you, and you have shed many tears. Yet with your own love undiminished, you hold steady under this cross, showing yourself unashamed of the Son of God. This willingness to lose cherished relationships in order to follow the Savior comes with a promise that “he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it” (Matthew 10:39) …
I want to talk about the Lord’s seemingly paradoxical declaration that “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it” It teaches a powerful, far-reaching doctrine we need to understand and apply.
A thoughtful professor offered this insight: “As the heavens are higher than the earth, God’s work in your life is bigger than the story you’d like that life to tell. His life is bigger than your plans, goals, or fears. To save your life, you’ll have to lay down your stories and, minute by minute, day by day, give your life back to him.”
I love that thought so much! “You’ll have to lay down your stories…” It’s so powerful.
Then I talk about the yoking up with the Lord. He wants to ease our burdens and he wants to help us! We just have to let Him.
Matthew 8-9; Mark 2-5
“Thy Faith Hath Made Thee Whole”
This episode talks about the many miracles of Jesus. The episode goes more into depth about what these miracles teach us about faith, the Savior and we discuss what we personally can learn from each miracle.
I interview a friend named Lara Mortensen who had inflammatory breast cancer and her experience with the story of the woman with the issue of blood. It’s so great. You don’t want to miss it!
This was a great quote by Dallin H. Oaks, from his talk “Healing the Sick.” It talks about the importance of using modern medicine AND faith. The talk was referenced in the manual.
“The use of medical science is not at odds with our prayers of faith and our reliance on priesthood blessings. When a person requested a priesthood blessing, Brigham Young would ask, “Have you used any remedies?” To those who said no because “we wish the Elders to lay hands upon us, and we have faith that we shall be healed,” President Young replied: “That is very inconsistent according to my faith. If we are sick, and ask the Lord to heal us, and to do all for us that is necessary to be done, according to my understanding of the Gospel of salvation, I might as well ask the Lord to cause my wheat and corn to grow, without my plowing the ground and casting in the seed. It appears consistent to me to apply every remedy that comes within the range of my knowledge, and [then] to ask my Father in Heaven … to sanctify that application to the healing of my body.”
I also talk about my dad’s cancer and his attitude before his death. But one thing I realized when I listened to it again this afternoon, is that I did a HUGE injustice to my mother. She, also, had an AMAZING attitude that helped ALL of us get through that time. My dad said, “I accept whatever the Lord has for me… ” but so did my mother. And that may have been the harder acceptance of God’s will. We never heard her say, “I didn’t plan on being 49 with 6 kids and a widow. This isn’t how it was supposed to work out!” She NEVER complained and never made it an issue. She was amazing. And I’m so sorry that I left her out of the story. I guess I was just thinking of the physical healing stories and so I referenced my dad’s cancer. But emotionally being healed and strengthened by the Lord was definitely a miracle that my mom was blessed with. No doubt. I’m so grateful for the example of BOTH my parents in accepting God’s will with strength and grace.
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
(THIS IS THE NEW VERSION OF THIS PODCAST)
I couldn’t find a way to save the comments on the old one so I’m sorry. If you ever see this again, you could write it again. Sorry!
This episode is about Matthew 6-7. It only skims the surface of all of the beautiful things in the Sermon on the Mount. It is mainly about prayer and judging people. (Two things I also need to work on!) Always! Ugh. These lessons are always for me.
I describe my Grandma’s beautiful prayers and offer $12 on Venmo to anyone who can come up with something better than, “nourish and strengthen our bodies.” Vain repetitions!!
“I’m at that place where “well done” trumps “well said.” Jen Hatmaker
President Thomas S. Monson has taught us, “Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved.”
Charity sees the need not the cause.
I want to teach you how I read the Book of Mormon. My mission president taught us how to read this way back in 1994 and it changed my life. I will list the whole process out another time because it’s late. BUT I will give you the first step. It’s to pray. Get out your scriptures and before you open them up, pray. In that prayer, you need to do a few things. 1. Express gratitude. “Thank you, Heavenly Father, that I have the Book of Mormon,” or “Thank you for what you taught me yesterday,” or “Thank you that I want to read today.” Just be grateful. 2. Repent. Tell the Lord what you are sorry for. What do you wish didn’t happen today? Tell Him. Open up those channels of communication by coming to Him cleaner than you were when you picked up that book. You don’t have to be perfectly clean. You don’t have to be near perfect. Just let Him know you are trying. He loves it when we try. 3. Ask questions if you have them. Maybe you have a decision to make or don’t understand something. Or just ask for general guidance. Or ask for comfort or whatever. Or just say, “Let me feel something today.” And then read. I’ll teach you
This is what I read and felt tonight. 2 Nephi 19-20
Started off with a Merry Christmas song…. v. 6 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called, Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
I always sing that verse. It cannot be spoken. But after that, it talks about some of the amazing things the Lord will do and then it says in verse 7, “…The zeal of the Lord will perform these things.”
Zeal is one of my very favorite words and attributes. Zeal is defined as great energy or enthusiasm. It reminded me of the scripture in Alma where the attributes of the people of Ammon were listed. Alma 27:27 (Easy to remember. Have your kids memorize it with you. See how I snuck that in that you are going to memorize it too.) “…And they were also distinguished for their zeal towards God, and also towards men; for they were perfectly honest and upright in all things; and they were firm in the faith of Christ, even unto the end.”
Zeal was their first attribute. It’s so great. As I’m writing this I feel the Lord whispering … “You are SOO zealous right now. It’s awesome.”
When He gets a message to you, you’ll feel what He wants you to hear. It’s so great. He is there! He knows you! He wants you to feel it! And once you feel it, and learn how to feel it often, your life won’t ever be the same. The little questions and problems you may face won’t take you down because you will be able to say with strength, “I know there is a God because He answers my prayers and He speaks to me through the pages of the Book of Mormon. So I really don’t care if Joseph used a stone in a hat or if the church built a mall. It’s irrelevant. What is relevant is that my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are aware of my life and of me. And I know it because I read the Book of Mormon.”
So that’s it. Today He told me He likes my zeal these days. And it feels so nice. I love Him. And one more tip, after you read, pray again and thank Him for what you FELT. We all like to feel appreciated. And when people are grateful for what I do for them, I want to do more for them. And so does He.
Oh, and PS, I also learned in 2 Nephi 20: 31 “Madmenah is removed; the inhabitants of Gebim gather themselves to flee” I bet you forgot you knew that!
I think I’m just going to write them here because it won’t get in the way of anything else because people rarely come to this page anyway. But those who want to come for this can. Yea. There may be a way to subscribe? I’ll look into it.
Anyway, last night I was reading in 2 Nephi 18. Isiah is often very confusing and deep for people and is for me too. So if all the scholars want to get in and tell me I’m wrong that’s fine. But to me, these verses were a good warning. 13 is talking about the Lord of Hosts and then in 14 and
It’s so interesting to me that Christ can be a sanctuary for so many (definition – a place of refuge or safety) and yet be such a rock of offense to so many others. But “bind up the testimony” is a warning. What role do you want Christ to play in your life? I need the sanctuary! And I believe with ALL MY HEART the Book of Mormon will bind us to Jesus Christ and He will always be a refuge to those who stay near to the Book of Mormon.
This is a talk that is AMAZING! I posted it on facebook, but I’m posting it again. It talks about how to keep your testimony – especially when hit by information that maybe you didn’t know about church history etc. It’s so good. And so true. The things I’ve read and been forced to read didn’t shake my faith because of the relationship I have with the Savior, my Heavenly Father and the experiences I have had with the Book of Mormon answering my prayers so specifically. Lock yourself to the primary questions and the secondary ones won’t trip you up. It’s so perfect.
Have a great day!
Episode 8 notes
Quote from Elder Holland’s talk, Broken Things to Mend
“The first words Jesus spoke in His majestic Sermon on the Mount were to the troubled, the discouraged and downhearted. “Blessed are the poor in spirit,” He said, “for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” …. I speak to those who are facing personal trials and family struggles, those who endure conflicts fought in the lonely foxholes of the heart, those trying to hold back floodwaters of despair that sometimes wash over us like a tsunami of the soul. I wish to speak particularly to you who feel your lives are broken, seemingly beyond repair.
To all such I offer the surest and sweetest remedy that I know. It is found in the clarion call the Savior of the world Himself gave. He said it in the beginning of His ministry, and He said it in the end. He said it to believers, and He said it to those who were not so sure. He said to everyone, whatever their personal problems might be:
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”
In this promise, that introductory phrase, “come unto me,” is crucial. It is the key to the peace and rest we seek. Indeed, when the resurrected Savior gave His sermon at the temple to the Nephites in the New World, He began, “Blessed are the poor in spirit who come unto me, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
It seems clear that the essence of our duty and the fundamental requirement of our mortal life is captured in these brief phrases from any number of scenes in the Savior’s mortal ministry. He is saying to us, “Trust me, learn of me, do what I do. Then, when you walk where I am going,” He says, “we can talk about where you are going, and the problems you face and the troubles you have. If you will follow me, I will lead you out of darkness,” He promises. “I will give you answers to your prayers. I will give you rest to your souls.”
Elder Ulisses Soares, Be Meek and Lowly of Heart
“Meekness is vital for us to become more Christlike. Without it we won’t be able to develop other important virtues. Being meek does not mean weakness, but it does mean behaving with goodness and kindness, showing strength, serenity, healthy self-worth, and self-control.”
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.”
Sorry this one was late. I will do better. Love you
And the podcast I mentioned was Better Than Happy by Jody Moore
The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me
This week I discuss Matthew 4 and Luke 4-5. First I go off on a crazy tangent about being distracted in my life and how it caused me to miss something cool. Then I talk for a while about when Christ went to commune with God and Satan came along and tried to tempt him with all different things. I then talk about how when we try to get closer to God, Satan always jumps in and tries to mess that up. I reference the First Vision when Satan tried to stop Joseph Smith from praying. I then suggest we tell Satan to back off when we are trying to do something great.
Then I talk about Moses and his encounter with God and then Satan. It’s the best, best, best. I love that part. I then speak about how the Lord can help us reach our divine potential just like he did with his disciples.
Lastly, I talk a little bit about fasting and boo hoo myself right to the end of the podcast.
Here is Aki after Satan tried to “kill” her. Ha ha!
Aki and Sister Crossman and I
Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord
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 that I love 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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. https://www.amazon.com/Love-Fighting-Grace-Impossible-Standards/dp/0718031822/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1548659565&sr=8-1&keywords=for+the+love+jen+hatmaker+book
And here’s a link to the lesson in the manual
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.”