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Episode 12 - "Matthew 13; Luke 8; 13 "Who Hath Ears to Hear, Let Him Hear"

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Episode 12 - "Matthew 13; Luke 8; 13 "Who Hath Ears to Hear, Let Him Hear"
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is the link to the lesson in the manual. (Which will look like a totally different lesson because, uh, it is.)  And is a link to the episode on my website, with the pictures and snippets mentioned.  And is a link to buy the book because...

Episode 11 - Matthew 9-10, Mark 5, Luke 7 "These 12 Jesus Sent Forth"

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Episode 11 - Matthew 9-10, Mark 5, Luke 7 "These 12 Jesus Sent Forth"
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***THE BOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON!   CLICK This episode is about lots of things... that I just now recorded.  Haha.  My mind is mush.  It's about Jesus and the woman who washed his feet with her tears and what the means...

Episode 10 - Matthew 8; Mark 2–4; Luke 7 “Thy Faith Hath Saved Thee”

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Episode 10 - Matthew 8; Mark 2–4; Luke 7 “Thy Faith Hath Saved Thee”
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This Episode is about the faith of different people who the Savior touched.   Here is a to the lesson on the church's website.  I will add the show notes as soon as possible.   For the latest on everything, please visit

Episode 9 - My interview with Will Cook about the power of the Book of Mormon

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Episode 9 - My interview with Will Cook about the power of the Book of Mormon
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This episode is a special stand-alone episode about the power of the Book of Mormon.  I had the great opportunity to speak to a very humble man named Will Cook about his experience with finding, leaving, and then returning to The Church of Jesus...

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This is the second half of Episode 34 which talks mainly about Zion’s camp.

This episode talks about Martin Harris and losing the manuscript.  It also talks about serving in the church and as missionaries as found in Doctrine and Covenants section 4.  And lastly it talks about how we can know truth by following the examples in these sections.

Doctrine and Covenants 3–5

“My Work Shall Go Forth”

From the manual:

During his first few years as the Lord’s prophet, Joseph Smith didn’t yet know everything about the “marvelous work” he had been called to do. But one thing his early experiences taught him was that to qualify for God’s work, his eye must truly be “single to the glory of God” (Doctrine and Covenants 4:1, 5). For example, if the Lord gave him counsel that went against his own desires, he needed to follow the Lord’s counsel. And even if he had “many revelations, and … power to do many mighty works,” if his own will became more important in his eyes than God’s will, he “must fall” (Doctrine and Covenants 3:4). But Joseph learned something else just as important about doing God’s work: “God is merciful,” and if Joseph sincerely repented, he was “still chosen” (verse 10). God’s work is, after all, a work of redemption. And that work “cannot be frustrated” (verse 1).

 

I’m going to post this one million times until all of you listen to Elder Corbridge. Hahaha!

Click on the link below to read the church’s statement on the Covid-19 vaccine. Just came out today.

https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/church-leaders-covid-19-vaccine

I love this video. It goes along with the podcast I shared last week with Wendy Nelson talking about President Nelson.

 Doctrine and Covenants 2 ; Joseph Smith—History 1:27–65 

“The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn to Their Fathers”

This episode is about Joseph Smith and his interactions with the angel Moroni and his first trip to go get the plates.  It also talks about Doctrine and Covenants Section 2 the sealing power that the prophet Elijah returned to the earth.  

These are such miraculous stories and maybe because we’ve heard them so often we no longer marvel at just how amazing the restoration actually was!  It answered so many questions and filled in so many holes.  We are so lucky to know about it! 

From lesson manual:

It had been three years since God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to Joseph Smith in the grove, but Joseph hadn’t received any additional revelations since then. He began to wonder about his standing before the Lord. Like all of us, he had made mistakes, and he felt condemned by them. Yet God still had a work for him to do. And the work Joseph was called to do is connected to what God asks of us. Joseph would bring forth the Book of Mormon; what have we been asked to do with it? Joseph would receive priesthood keys to turn the hearts of the children to their fathers; how are we turning our hearts to our ancestors? Joseph was told of prophecies that would soon be fulfilled; what is our part in helping to fulfill them? When we take part in God’s work, we can expect to face opposition and even persecution, just as the Prophet did. But we can also have faith that the Lord will make us instruments in His hands, just as He did for Joseph.

See also Saints, 1:20–48.

 

https://youtu.be/1ePiZLTCHh8

Below is the link to the interview with Wendy Nelson and Sheri Dew. It is Episode 12 of a podcast called “Church News.” You really should go listen!

https://omny.fm/shows/church-news-podcast/sister-wendy-nelson-speaks-about-witnessing-presid

Joseph Smith—History 1:1–26

“I Saw a Pillar of Light”

This episode is about Joseph Smith’s first vision.  This episode touches on the ways we look for truth, following the pattern of the first vision, and ways we can safeguard our testimonies.

From the manual:

The Doctrine and Covenants is a book of answers to prayers: many of the sacred revelations in this book came in response to questions. So it’s appropriate to begin studying the Doctrine and Covenants by considering the question that began the latter-day outpouring of revelation—the one Joseph Smith asked in a grove of trees in 1820. A “war of words and tumult of opinions” (Joseph Smith—History 1:10) had left Joseph confused about religion and the state of his soul; perhaps you can relate to that. There are many conflicting ideas and persuasive voices in our day, and when we want to sort through these messages and find truth, we can do what Joseph did. We can ask questions, study the scriptures, ponder, and ultimately ask God. In response to Joseph’s prayer, a pillar of light descended from heaven; God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared and answered his questions. Joseph’s testimony of that miraculous experience boldly declares that anyone “who [lacks] wisdom might ask of God, and obtain” (Joseph Smith—History 1:26). We can all receive, if not a heavenly vision, at least a clearer vision, illuminated by heavenly light.

One last push – please watch this talk before you begin your serious study of the Doctrine and Covenants and Church History this year.

 

Stand Forever – Lawrence Corbridge

This talk by President Nelson was referenced in the manual.

Russell M. Nelson, “Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives,”

This talk was the talk I referenced from the October 2019 Conference. Last talk of the day, simply “Closing Remarks.”

Closing Remarks President Nelson

Click the link below to be taken to the church’s website to read more about the different versions of the First Vision.

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/gospel-topics-essays/first-vision-accounts?lang=eng

Click the link below to be taken to this week’s Saints reading/listening from the Church’s website.

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/history/saints-v1/01-ask-in-faith?lang=eng

This is the first episode of Season Three.  This episode talks about how we can know the truth and what to do if we have questions.  It also talks about Section 1 of the Doctrine and Covenants.

Doctrine and Covenants 1

“Hearken, O Ye People”

In November 1831, the restored Church of Jesus Christ was just a year and a half old. Though growing, it was still an obscure group of believers living in a sparsely settled frontier, led by a prophet in his mid-twenties. But God considered these believers to be His servants and His messengers, and He wanted the revelations He had given them to be published to the world.

Doctrine and Covenants section 1 is the Lord’s preface to the compilation of these revelations, and it clearly shows that even though the membership of the Church was small, there was nothing small about the message God wanted His Saints to share. It is a “voice of warning” for all “the inhabitants of the earth,” teaching them to repent and establish God’s “everlasting covenant” (verses 4, 8, 22). The servants carrying this message are “the weak and the simple,” but humble servants are just what God needs—then and now—to bring His Church “out of obscurity and out of darkness” (verses 23, 30).

For more about the history behind Doctrine and Covenants 1, see Saints, 1:140–43.

Please remember what the manual says about studying Come Follow Me:

“How Should I Use This Resource?

Use this resource in any way that is helpful to you. You may find it helpful as a guide or aid for personal and family scripture study. You could also use it for home evening. The outlines highlight important principles found in the Doctrine and Covenants, suggest study ideas and activities for individuals and families, and provide places to record your impressions.

Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families is not meant to replace or compete with other good things you are doing. Follow the Spirit’s guidance to determine how to approach your own study of the word of God.”

 

Please watch this video. It’s such a great talk!!

“You cannot prove the Church is true by disproving every claim made against it. That will never work. It is a flawed strategy. Ultimately there has to be affirmative proof, and with the things of God, affirmative proof finally and surely comes by revelation through the spirit and power of the Holy Ghost.” – Lawrence Corbridge

This lesson is a combination of the last two lessons of 2020.

There were no talks linked!  Merry Christmas.

 December 7–13

Moroni 7–9

“May Christ Lift Thee Up”

Before Moroni concluded the record we know today as the Book of Mormon with his own final words, he shared three messages from his father, Mormon: an address to “the peaceable followers of Christ” (Moroni 7:3) and two letters that Mormon had written to Moroni. Perhaps Moroni included these messages in the Book of Mormon because he foresaw similarities between the perils of his day and ours. When these words were written, the Nephite people as a whole were tumbling headlong into apostasy. Many of them had “lost their love, one towards another” and delighted in “everything save that which is good” (Moroni 9:5, 19). And yet Mormon still found cause for hope—teaching us that hope does not mean ignoring or being naive about the world’s problems; it means having faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, whose power is greater and more everlasting than those problems. It means “lay[ing] hold upon every good thing” (Moroni 7:19). It means letting the Atonement of Jesus Christ “and the hope of his glory and of eternal life, rest in your mind” (Moroni 9:25). And until the glorious day of Christ’s Second Coming, it means never ceasing the “labor [we have] to perform … [to] conquer the enemy of all righteousness” (Moroni 9:6).

https://youtu.be/S-chUBpYnAs

This episode contains two parts.  The first 25 minutes are thoughts on this weeks’ lesson.  The second half is part of Season 1 Episode 3 about the Christmas Nativity.  I thought it might be nice to play it with your family as you get out your nativity this year.  The prophet has asked us to try to find the ways that the Lord speaks to us.  This little part of the lesson may just be able to help you find the way he talks to you.

Moroni 1–6

“To Keep Them in the Right Way”

After finishing his father’s record of the Nephites and abridging the record of the Jaredites, Moroni thought at first that his record-keeping work was done (see Moroni 1:1). What more was there to say about two nations that were utterly destroyed? But Moroni had seen our times (see Mormon 8:35), and he was inspired to “write a few more things, that perhaps they may be of worth … in some future day” (Moroni 1:4). He knew that widespread apostasy was coming, bringing with it confusion about priesthood ordinances and religion in general. This may be why he gave clarifying details about the sacrament, baptism, conferring the gift of the Holy Ghost, and the blessings of gathering with fellow believers to “keep [each other] in the right way, … relying alone upon the merits of Christ, who was the author and the finisher of [our] faith” (Moroni 6:4). Precious insights like these give us reason to be thankful that the Lord preserved Moroni’s life so he could “write a few more things” (Moroni 1:4).

Here is a link to the page about the swaddling clothes.  Because of copyright, I don’t want to add the picture – in case it’s not allowed.  But click here to be taken to the page that talks about the story. 

 

Below is the link to the prophet explaining how he got the idea to do the gratitude prayer and challenge.

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/inspiration/the-story-behind-my-global-prayer-of-gratitude?lang=eng

November 23–29

Ether 12–15

“By Faith All Things Are Fulfilled”

Ether’s prophecies to the Jaredites were “great and marvelous” (Ether 12:5). He “told them of all things, from the beginning of man” (Ether 13:2). He foresaw “the days of Christ” and the latter-day New Jerusalem (Ether 13:4). And he spoke of “hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God” (Ether 12:4). But the Jaredites rejected his words, for the same reason people often reject the prophecies of God’s servants today—“because they [see] them not” (Ether 12:5). It takes faith to believe in promises or warnings about things we can’t see, just as it took faith for Ether to prophesy of “great and marvelous things” to an unbelieving people. It took faith for Moroni to trust that the Lord could take his “weakness in writing” and turn it into strength (see Ether 12:23–27). It’s this kind of faith that makes us “sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God” (Ether 12:4). And it’s this kind of faith by which “all things are fulfilled” (Ether 12:3).

Ether 6–11

“That Evil May Be Done Away”

Hundreds of years after the Jaredites were destroyed, the Nephites discovered the ruins of their ancient civilization. Among these ruins was a mysterious record—plates of “pure gold” that were “filled with engravings” (Mosiah 8:9). The Nephite king, Limhi, could sense that this record was important: “Doubtless a great mystery is contained within these plates,” he said (Mosiah 8:19). Today you have an abridgment of this record, translated into your language, and it’s called the book of Ether. It comes from the same record that the Nephites “were desirous beyond measure” to read, and when they did, “they were filled with sorrow; nevertheless it gave them much knowledge, in the which they did rejoice” (Mosiah 28:12, 18). As you read about the rise and the tragic fall of the Jaredites, you’ll find many sorrowful moments. But don’t overlook the joy of learning lessons from this history. After all, as Moroni wrote, “it is wisdom in God that these things should be shown unto you” (Ether 8:23), for if we can learn from the failures and the successes of the Jaredites, “evil may be done away, and … the time may come that Satan may have no power upon the hearts of the children of men” (Ether 8:26).

There isn’t anything else this week.

Check out Shelby’s podcast Book of Mormon for Youth!

If you can’t wait for part two, look up her podcast however you listen to my podcast…

Part 2 is Episode 123 The Destruction of the Jaredites, part 2

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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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