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Episode 20 - Joseph Smith—Matthew 1; Matthew 24–25; Mark 12–13; Luke 21 “The Son of Man Shall Come”

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Episode 20 - Joseph Smith—Matthew 1; Matthew 24–25; Mark 12–13; Luke 21 “The Son of Man Shall Come”

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Episode 19 - Matthew 21–23; Mark 11; Luke 19–20; John 12 “Behold, Thy King Cometh”

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Episode 19 - Matthew 21–23; Mark 11; Luke 19–20; John 12 “Behold, Thy King Cometh”

HERE is the link to the lesson on the church website. Matthew 21–23; Mark 11; Luke 19–20; John 12“Behold, Thy King Cometh” I love Come Follow Me. Today in ward council, we were talking about ways that have worked and haven’t worked as families have tried to implement this program. It was so cool to me to …

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Episode 17 - Luke 12–17; John 11 “Rejoice with Me; for I Have Found My Sheep Which Was Lost”

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Episode 17 - Luke 12–17; John 11 “Rejoice with Me; for I Have Found My Sheep Which Was Lost”

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Episode 16 - John 7–10 “I Am the Good Shepherd”

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Episode 16 - John 7–10 “I Am the Good Shepherd”

This episode covers John 7-10.  It starts with the scripture, “If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.”  Once again the Savior is telling us to DO WHAT WE HEAR.  How many times can we hear this without understanding …

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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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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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1 4 5 6 7

“Rend That Veil of Unbelief”

While it is true that God’s ways are higher than ours, and we should always submit to His will, He also encourages us to think and act for ourselves. That’s one lesson Jared and his brother learned. For example, the idea of traveling to a new land that was “choice above all the earth” seemed to start in Jared’s mind, and the Lord “had compassion” and promised to grant the request, saying, “Thus I will do unto thee because this long time ye have cried unto me” (see Ether 1:38–43). And when the brother of Jared realized how dark it was inside the barges that would carry them to their promised land, the Lord invited him to suggest a solution, asking a question that we usually ask Him: “What will ye that I should do?” (Ether 2:23). The message seems to be that we shouldn’t expect God to command us in all things. We can share with Him our own thoughts and ideas, and He will listen and give His confirmation or else counsel us otherwise. Sometimes the only thing separating us from the blessings we seek is our own “veil of unbelief,” and if we can “rend that veil” (Ether 4:15), we may be surprised by what the Lord is willing to do for us.

Revelation for the Church, Revelation for our Lives
Consistent and Resilient Trust
The Tender Mercies of the Lord

Poem Elder Budge shares at the beginning of his talk. I didn’t share it in the podcast, but I love it so much.

“Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.” (See The Mathnawi of Jalalu’ddin Rumi(1925–40), trans. Reynold A. Nicholson, vol. 5, 132.)

Mormon 7–9

“I Speak unto You As If Ye Were Present”

Mormon and Moroni knew what it felt like to be alone in a wicked world. For Moroni the loneliness must have been especially severe after his father died in battle and the Nephites were destroyed. “I even remain alone,” he wrote. “I have not friends nor whither to go” (Mormon 8:3, 5). Things may have seemed hopeless, but Moroni found hope in his testimony of the Savior and his knowledge that “the eternal purposes of the Lord shall roll on” (Mormon 8:22). And Moroni knew that a key role in those eternal purposes would be played by the Book of Mormon—the record he was now diligently completing, the record that would one day “shine forth out of darkness” and bring many people “to the knowledge of Christ” (Mormon 8:16; 9:36). Moroni’s faith in these promises made it possible for him to declare to the future readers of this book, “I speak unto you as if ye were present” and “I know that ye shall have my words” (Mormon 8:35; 9:30). Now we do have his words, and the Lord’s work is rolling forth, in part because Mormon and Moroni stayed true to their mission, even when they were alone.


The Book of Mormon: What Would Your Life Be Like Without It?

Mormon 1–6

“I Would That I Could Persuade All … to Repent”

Mormon spared us the “full account” of the “awful scene” of wickedness and bloodshed that he saw among the Nephites (Mormon 2:18; 5:8). But what he did record in Mormon 1–6is enough to remind us how far righteous people can fall. Amid such pervasive wickedness, no one could blame Mormon for becoming weary and even discouraged. Yet through all that he saw and experienced, he never lost his sense of God’s great mercy and his conviction that repentance is the way to receive it. And although Mormon’s own people rejected his pleading invitations to repent, he knew that he had a larger audience to persuade. “Behold,” he declared, “I write unto all the ends of the earth.” In other words, he wrote to you (see Mormon 3:17–20). And his message to you, today, is the same message that could have saved the Nephites in their day: “Believe the gospel of Jesus Christ. … Repent and prepare to stand before the judgment-seat of Christ” (Mormon 3:21–22).

Here is the poem by Wiliam Wodsworth 

“Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:

The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star,

Hath had elsewhere its setting,

And cometh from afar:

Not in entire forgetfulness,

And not in utter nakedness,

But trailing clouds of glory do we come

Here is the talk on being Quick to Observe by Elder Bednar
You Can Do it Now Elder Uchtdorf
O Remember, Remember Elder Eyring
Stand Forever Elder Corbridge

3 Nephi 274 Nephi

“There Could Not Be a Happier People”

The teachings of Jesus Christ are not just a beautiful philosophy to ponder. They are much more than that—they are meant to change our lives. The book of 4 Nephi provides a stunning example of this, illustrating just how thoroughly the Savior’s gospel can transform a people. Following Jesus’s brief ministry, centuries of contention between the Nephites and Lamanites came to an end. Two nations known for dissension and pride became “one, the children of Christ” (4 Nephi 1:17), and they began to have “all things common among them” (4 Nephi 1:3). The “love of God … did dwell in the hearts of the people,” and “there could not be a happier people among all the people who had been created by the hand of God” (4 Nephi 1:15–16). This is how the Savior’s teachings changed the Nephites and the Lamanites. How are they changing you?

The Correct Name of the Church
The Importance of a Name
Beware of Pride
Broken Things -Matthew West

If you have any other talks or resources to help us with humility or pride this week leave a comment below and I will link them! Thanks!

And speaking of broken things, I also love this Matthew West song, “Mended”

Here’s another. Keep sending me them and I’ll keep posting them. Thanks Susan!

Here’s one from Tori. Please follow the link, as it’s not a talk, but some helpful definitions!

Thanks Christina! This one was in a lesson not too long ago! Such a great talk and reminders.

Thanks Alana for writing to me about Jody Moore’s episode on being wrong! (Episode 171 Being Wrong) I have shared this episode with so many people! It really fits in with this discussion on pride as well. Alana also referred me to another of episodes that she says applies well too. I haven’t yet listened, but I trust it’s helpful, because Jody Moore is soo helpful.

And Episode 206 Your Relationship with Your Life

Here is one listener’s thoughts on why clothing is one of the first manifestations of pride. Thanks Montana!

“I think that clothes can very easily “show” their wealth. If there is a brand that is expensive that they are wearing, you immediately think that they are more wealthy than you and then Satan can easily put you down for not being able to buy the same things. Just like you said, maybe someone wants to spend their money on cars, but they see someone else with a Louis Vitton bag and they begin to buy that along with their cars. It’s a way to distract us from what’s really important. It shifts our views to the world and how they look at us instead of focusing on what our Savior sees IN us.”

Love this! Keep them coming people!

October 12–18

3 Nephi 20–26

“Ye Are the Children of the Covenant”

When you hear people use terms like house of Israel, do you feel like they’re talking about you? The Nephites and Lamanites were literal descendants of Israel—their story even begins in Jerusalem—but to some of them, Jerusalem must have seemed like “a land which is far distant, a land which we know not” (Helaman 16:20). Yes, they were “a branch of the tree of Israel,” but they were also “lost from its body” (Alma 26:36; see also 1 Nephi 15:12). But when the Savior appeared to them, He wanted them to know that they were not lost to Him. “Ye are of the house of Israel,” He said, “and ye are of the covenant” (3 Nephi 20:25). He might say something similar to you today, for anyone who is baptized and makes covenants with Him is also of the house of Israel, “of the covenant,” no matter who you descend from or where you live. In other words, when Jesus speaks of the house of Israel, He is talking about you. The instruction to bless “all the kindreds of the earth” is for you (3 Nephi 20:27). The invitation to “awake again, and put on thy strength” is for you (3 Nephi 20:36). And His precious promise, “My kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed,” is for you (3 Nephi 22:10).
The Gathering of Scattered Israel

September 28–October 11

3 Nephi 17–19

“Behold, My Joy Is Full

”Jesus Christ had just spent the day ministering in the land of Bountiful, teaching His gospel, giving the people a chance to see and feel the marks in His resurrected body, and testifying that He was the promised Savior. And now it was time for Him to leave. He needed to return to His Father, and He knew that the people needed time to ponder what He had taught. So promising to return the next day, He dismissed the multitude to their homes. But no one left. They didn’t say what they were feeling, but Jesus could sense it: they hoped He would “tarry a little longer with them” (3 Nephi 17:5). He had other important things to do, but the opportunity to show compassion does not always come at a convenient time, so Jesus stayed with the people a little longer. What followed was perhaps the most tender example of ministering recorded in scripture. Those who were present could only say it was indescribable (see 3 Nephi 17:16–17). Jesus Himself summed up the impromptu spiritual outpouring with these simple words: “Now behold, my joy is full” (3 Nephi 17:20).

I love this lesson so much!  3 Nephi 17 is my favorite chapter in the whole Book of Mormon!  

Here is the song I used at the end.  It’s so beautiful.  

I Know That My Savior Loves Me (2013) – Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Always Remember Him Elder Henry B Eyring

Don’t forget conference this weekend!

Episode 43 

3 Nephi 12–16

“I Am the Law, and the Light”

Like Jesus’s disciples who gathered at the mount in Galilee, the people who gathered at the temple at Bountiful had lived under the law of Moses. They had followed it because it pointed their souls to Christ (see Jacob 4:5), and now Christ stood before them, declaring a higher law. But even those of us who have never lived the law of Moses can recognize that the standard Jesus set for His disciples is a much higher law. “I would that ye should be perfect,” He declared (3 Nephi 12:48). If this makes you feel inadequate, remember that Jesus also said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit who come unto me, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (3 Nephi 12:3). This higher law is an invitation—another way of saying “Come unto me and be ye saved” (3 Nephi 12:20). Like the law of Moses, this law points us to Christ—the only One who can save and perfect us. “Behold,” He said, “I am the law, and the light. Look unto me, and endure to the end, and ye shall live” (3 Nephi 15:9).

Here is the talk referenced from this week at the end,(“Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2018, 95).

And here are the notes from Season 1 Episode 8 which I included

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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.”

Tara’s tick tock about the Mormons

September 14–20

3 Nephi 8–11

“Arise and Come Forth unto Me”

This is such a great lesson.  This is the event that everyone had been waiting for.  Christ had come.  He was here.  

We used to read this chapter with our investigators on my mission.  So as I was teaching it again I was filled with the same love and excitement that I felt back then.  It’s such a unique message.  It’s an event that so few people around the world have even heard of.  But you have!  You know the story.  You have hopefully felt Christ’s love and His arm extended to you.  

And if you haven’t felt His redeeming grace and love for you, say a little prayer before you listen.  Ask for help recognizing the spirit.  Ask the Lord, through the power of the Holy Ghost to testify to your heart and mind as you listen that all of this is true.   Because it is.  It was.  Christ came.  And it’s such a blessing that I know this. 

Share this episode with your friends.  There is such power in this event.  

“Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world” (3 Nephi 11:10). With these words, the resurrected Savior introduced Himself, fulfilling over 600 years of Book of Mormon prophecies. “That appearance and that declaration,” Elder Jeffrey R. Holland wrote, “constituted the focal point, the supreme moment, in the entire history of the Book of Mormon. It was the manifestation and the decree that had informed and inspired every Nephite prophet. … Everyone had talked of him, sung of him, dreamed of him, and prayed for his appearance—but here he actually was. The day of days! The God who turns every dark night into morning light had arrived” (Christ and the New Covenant [1997], 250–51).

Here is the video I referenced about hope.

Here is the talk referenced in the lesson by Elder Neil L. Andersen,  (“Repent … That I May Heal You,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2009, 40).

My ever-enthusiastic nephew Colb
Colby’s beautiful family and his mom and dad, who are amazing.
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 3 Nephi 1–7

“Lift Up Your Head and Be of Good Cheer”

In some ways, it was an exciting time to be a believer in Jesus Christ. Prophecies were being fulfilled—great signs and miracles among the people indicated that the Savior would soon be born. On the other hand, it was also an anxious time for believers because, in spite of all the miracles, unbelievers insisted that “the time was past” for the Savior to be born (3 Nephi 1:5). These people caused “a great uproar throughout the land” (3 Nephi 1:7) and even set a date to kill all the believers if the sign prophesied by Samuel the Lamanite—a night without darkness—did not appear.

In these trying circumstances, the prophet Nephi “cried mightily to his God in behalf of his people” (3 Nephi 1:11). The Lord’s response is inspiring to anyone who faces persecution or doubt and needs to know that light will overcome darkness: “Lift up your head and be of good cheer; … I will fulfil all that which I have caused to be spoken by the mouth of my holy prophets” (3 Nephi 1:13).
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This episode is my interview with the associate producer of a television series called The Chosen.  It’s based on the life of Jesus Christ and it’s soooo beautiful!  

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  1. Brooke Covington

    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

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