Melanie Stroud

Episode 3 (1Nephi 1-7) I Will Go and Do

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The Book of Mormon begins with an account of a real family experiencing real struggles. It happened in 600 BC, but there are things about this account that might sound familiar to families today. This family was living in a world of increasing wickedness, but the Lord promised them that if they would follow Him, He would lead them to safety. Along the way they had good moments and bad moments; they experienced great blessings and miracles, but they also had their fair share of arguments and contention. Rarely in scripture is there such a lengthy account of a family trying to live the gospel: a father struggling to inspire faith in his family, sons deciding whether they will believe him, a mother fearing for the safety of her children, and brothers dealing with jealousy and contention—and sometimes forgiving each other. Overall, there is real power in following the examples of faith that this family—despite their imperfections—demonstrated.


Go Forward With Faith

Here is the picture I referenced in the podcast on my mom’s wall. I’m sorry I know nothing about it. But it’s a courageous woman going forward with faith and the strength of the Lord.

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12 thoughts on “Episode 3 (1Nephi 1-7) I Will Go and Do”

  1. I have a 4yr old, 2yr old and 2 month old. I like to study for myself first, and then with my family and, like you mention, try to make the scriptures come alive or relatable to them now. We do different voices, simple storytelling, acting things out, etc.

    Last week my 4year old grabbed the Come Follow, Me Manual himself and asked if I could read it to him. Of course, I obliged. As we went through the weeks message and read the scriptures, he said, “Mommy, is this book from the prophet or from Jesus? It makes me feel good inside when we read from it with the scriptures.” It’s working! At 4, he is able to feel the Spirit testify good to him!

    Thank you for this podcast! For sharing your light and making it “real life!” Sometimes being a mom of little ones is hard… I gain so much strength from your strength and tuning in each week. We are all in this together! We got this!

  2. Thank you for your wonderful podcast! It really helps. I am now a member of the bishopric so have less opportunities to attend gospel doctrine but between our CFM weekly get togethers, your podcast, and personal reading I can feel the armour each day.
    One suggestion/request. On your episode notes could you list your references whether they be scriptures or talks by our leaders. Often I am walking, driving or otherwise incapacitated while listening to your podcast.
    Thanks again and I look forward to this year and your sharing and thoughts.

    1. Melanie Wellman

      Really?? I love Liz Swindle. I have her painting of Joseph in Liberty Jail on my wall. I had no idea!! Thanks so much!

    1. I listen to this podcast about Come Follow Me. She shared some thoughts that I thought go right along with your message. (These are paraphrased with some of my thoughts as well.)

      She shared Sariah was a wealthy woman. When she went back to close the door to her beautiful house and on all of her riches, she sat there for a moment with her hand on the door. I don’t know what she was thinking, but she probably had to think about all the things that she was giving up and run through all of the memories that she had in this beautiful home. And then she closed the door for the last time.
      I bet that was her moment of ALL IN.
      I shared this note with another podcast created called All.In. I thought that you were spot on for your thoughts and wanted to share a shoutout to your podcast.


    I love listening to your podcast, I serve in the primary so I don’t get to be part of my ward group discussions, and I really feel like I’m with you when I listen to your podcast. I love it!

    I just figured out how to see episode notes, but I can’t find the name of that book that you recommended a lot last year, can you post it please 🙂


  4. I have been listening to you from the very beginning.
    I don’t leave comments very often but I just really want to let you know that I love you so much. Your love of the Book of Mormon is a beautiful thing. You are a great example to me and your spirit is amazing. If you are ever in Scotland please look me up. If you will please come to my Book of Mormon Study group it would be incredible.

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