Melanie Stroud

Season 5 Episode 5 Notes

Episode 5
Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord (click link for lesson in manual)

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 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, 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.

Here is a link to the book I love the most of hers.

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.”

Jen Hatmaker
“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.”

Picture from the great ice cream fight that led to the Parable of the Dairy

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1 thought on “Season 5 Episode 5 Notes”

  1. Thank you for being real! Honest and heartfelt! I have time driving getting my daughter from school and totally love the peace that comes from listening to you.

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