Melanie Stroud

Episode 11 Doctrine and Covenants 23–26 “Strengthen the Church”

This episode talks about finding how the Savior can strengthen us in our trials.  Liberty Jail, my experience on the cruise ship, and Section 25 about Emma. 

From the manual:

After the Church was organized, the Saints faced a new challenge—to spread the gospel and strengthen those who had already united with the Church, all while persecution continued to increase. Emma Smith witnessed the opposition firsthand. In June 1830, Emma and members of the Knight family wished to be baptized. But enemies of the Church tried to disrupt what should have been a sacred experience. First they destroyed the dam that had been built to provide deep enough water for the baptisms. Even after the dam was repaired, the persecutors gathered to shout threats and mock those being baptized. Then, just as Joseph was about to confirm the new members, he was arrested for upsetting the community by preaching about the Book of Mormon. It seemed like an unpromising start for the Lord’s newly restored Church. But in the midst of this uncertainty and upheaval, the Lord provided precious words of counsel and encouragement, which represent His “voice unto all” (Doctrine and Covenants 25:16).

Click the link below to listen to Saints!  Woo hoo!

See also Saints, 1:89–9094–97.

Here is a link to buy the book I mentioned, “I Don’t Have to Make Everything All Better.”  I highly suggest it for anyone in leadership roles or just about anyone who wants to learn how to validate people’s feelings.  I think I need to re-read it every few years.  It’s such solid advice.

Here is the talk from Elder Holland, “Lesson’s From Liberty Jail.”

Here are the links in the manual to take you to the other resources they suggest about Emma.

See also “An Elect Lady” (video,; “Thou Art an Elect Lady,” Revelations in Context, 33–39; Joy D. Jones, “An Especially Noble Calling,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2020, 15–18.

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2 thoughts on “Episode 11 Doctrine and Covenants 23–26 “Strengthen the Church””

  1. I recently discovered this podcast and I LOVE listening and learning from it. I started sharing immediately with others who may find it equally wonderful. I sense your sincerity and love that you are willing to share your personal journey born of experience and depth, your testimony, your humor, insight, and your strength. Thank you, thank you!!!

  2. Melanie, i really don’t know how I found your podcast, but I’ve been listening since January. I listened to this podcast today and found that I had a similar experience as you with D&C 25. I was contemplating getting a job, and wondering kinda what my place is right now. Still have a 21 year old at home, but rest of kids grown and gone. My husband was having anxiety issues traveling for work. I read President Nelson’s conference talk as you did and read D&C 25. Answered my questions!!! I found it ironic you came to the same conclusion as I. The scriptures are amazing! I just have to keep at it and not slack!! You inspire me to keep searching the scriptures! Thank you!

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