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Meridian Magazine--Come Follow Me Latter-day Saint Podcast
34 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
Come Follow Me D&C Podcast 25, “The Lord Requireth the Heart and a Willing Mind” -- D&C 64-66
June 14-20 Many years ago, I read Les Misérables, by Victor Hugo: the unabridged version which is 1,463 pages long. Next to the scriptures, it was the greatest reading experience of any book I have ever had. I became so close to the characters, Jean Valjean, Monsieur Charles-François-Bienvenu Myriel—the Bishop of Digne (‘deen’), Fantine, Cosette, Gavroche, Marius, Javert and many others that I wept for a long time after I finished the book because I was so sad, I would not be able to meet them in the Spirit World! Maurine reminded me they were fictional characters. I was completely transported into their hearts, their world, their times, their pain, their burdens. Maurine and I even went to Victor Hugo’s home in Guernsey Island off the coast of Normandy in the English Channel to get a sense of where he wrote this classic novel. Do you want to know my very favorite moment from the entire 1,463 pages? It has to do with this episode.
36 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
Come, Follow Me D&C Podcast 24, “That Which Cometh from Above is Sacred” D&C 63
June 7-13 Why is it that a sign from the Lord does not necessarily convince people to join the Church? In fact, could it be true that a sign may not even bolster faith that much? Could it actually be, instead, that a faith based on signs alone may be a weak one? We’ll explore this apparent contradiction in this episode.
34 minutes | May 28, 2021
Come, Follow Me D&C Podcast 23, “All Flesh is in Mine Hand," D&C 60-62
May 31-June 6 Sometimes we project our modern-day experiences on those early days in the Church and we can’t figure out why somebody did something the way they did it, or why didn’t so-and-so talk to the Prophet Joseph about this or that. We really cannot do this. In our studies this week we will be talking about some of those early elders who had traveled a thousand miles to get to Western Missouri, had fulfilled a small mission, held a special conference, had dedicated the land of Zion and a temple site in Independence, Missouri, had buried the first person to die in Zion and now, they were turning around and making their way back the thousand miles to Kirtland. You can learn a lot in 2,000 miles of walking and traversing in a wilderness land, which we will see over and over again in the early history of the Church.
36 minutes | May 21, 2021
Come, Follow Me D&C Podcast 22, “Anxiously Engaged in a Good Cause”, D&C 58-59
May 24-30 Can you imagine living in a world where people did not hurt each other or become angry or divided ? Can you imagine families with total harmony and marriages with no contention? Can you imagine a world where everyone watched out for each other and people were there to help you when you needed it? Can you imagine a place so pure that God could be there? It may sound too good to imagine, but that is the Zion that the Lord envisions for us and that’s what we hope to build.
33 minutes | May 14, 2021
Come, Follow Me Podcast #21: “A Faithful, a Just, and a Wise Servant”, Doctrine and Covenants 51-57
In these sections we’ve read this week, it’s clear that the Lord entrusts individuals with specific stewardships and it’s not always just land. It can be a mission to perform, books to write, places to go, people to teach, an assignment to fulfill—but these are all sacred stewardships, given by the Lord with the expectation that we will fulfill them faithfully and wholeheartedly.
36 minutes | May 7, 2021
Come Follow Me D&C Podcast 20, “That Which is of God is Light” -- Doctrine and Covenants 49-50
May 10-16 When you read Doctrine and Covenants Sections 49 and 50, it helps to have the rest of the story. Why should you care about Leman Copley or the Shakers and what’s this talk about false spirits? We will have some fun and give you the context in this episode.
39 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Come Follow Me D&C Podcast 19, “Seek Ye Earnestly the Best Gifts” -- Doctrine and Covenants 46-48
May 3-9 “We must remember that to every man [or woman] is given a gift by the Spirit of God. It is our right and responsibility to accept our gifts and to share them. God’s gifts and powers are available to all of us.” (Ashton, Marvin J., There are Many Gifts, General Conference, October 1987) Each of us has at least one spiritual gift. Some people have many, but the Prophet Joseph Smith had them all. We will learn about them in this episode.
38 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
Come Follow Me D&C Podcast 18, “The Promises...Shall Be Fulfilled” -- Doctrine and Covenants 45
April 26-May2 The Second Coming is a topic of endless interest to us, especially in light of the worldwide pandemic we are still battling and the social unrest that is truly troubling. You probably feel as I do, that you have never seen a time like this in your life. The prophet has spoken often of preparing for the Second Coming of the Lord, so let’s turn to Section 45 to learn about this transcendent event and the harrowing events that precede it.
35 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
Come Follow Me D&C Podcast 17, “My Law to Govern My Church” -- Doctrine and Covenants 41-44
April 19-25 We live in a time when the Church of Jesus Christ has been well established and we are used to talking in terms of large numbers, general conferences translated into scores of languages simultaneously, missionaries serving in diverse countries all over the world and the Kingdom of God on the earth organized unlike any worldly entity. We are used to thinking in terms of the First Presidency, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Church Headquarters, the Conference Center, Temple Square—but in the era we are talking about today, the early part of 1831, none of these things were yet a reality. When Joseph and Emma arrived in Kirtland, Ohio in February, 1831, the successful missionary efforts of Parley P. Pratt and his companions had just doubled the entire membership of the Church to about 250 people!
37 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
Come Follow Me D&C Podcast 16, “If Ye are not One Ye are Not Mine” -- Doctrine and Covenants 37-40
April 12-18 Robert Matthews said, “Many have supposed that the translation of the Bible [what we call the JST] was only a sideline, a matter of personal, but passing interest to the Prophet Joseph.” We agree that too many misunderstand the importance of this work. How many in the Church understand what the JST is or use it regularly? But, as Matthews said, to neglect or ignore that is mistaken. “Joseph Smith was commanded of the Lord to do this great work; that it was central to the Restoration, to the establishment of the dispensation of the fulness of times; and that to neglect or ignore the role of the JST is to miss a major dimension of the work of God in this dispensation”.
39 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
Come Follow Me D&C Podcast 15, “You Are Called to Preach My Gospel” -- Doctrine and Covenants 30-36
April 5-11 Parley Parker Pratt was 16 months younger than the Prophet Joseph and he was born about 140 miles east of Palmyra, New York. Parley was born curious about religion. He said to his father one day when he was 18 years old and they were laboring together in the forest: "Father, how is it there is so manifest a difference between the ancient and modern disciples of Jesus Christ and their doctrines? If, for instance, I had lived in the days of the Apostles, and believed in Jesus Christ, and had manifested a wish to become his disciple, Peter or his brethren would have said to me, 'Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for REMISSION OF SINS, and you SHALL receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.' I should then have known definitely and precisely what to do to be saved. "Now, father…I believe in Jesus; I wish to serve him and keep his commandments… How…can I observe the ordinances of God and keep his commandments?" “To these inquiries my father could give no satisfactory answer…I still continued to ponder upon these things, and to search the Scriptures to learn how to be saved.” (Pratt, Parley P. Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt, Revised and Enhanced Edition, edited by Scot Facer Proctor and Maurine Jensen Proctor, Deseret Book Company, Salt Lake City, 2000, pp 10-11.) Parley would not rest until he could discover the right path to the Lord Jesus Christ.
41 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
Come Follow Me D&C Podcast 14, “I am He Who Lives. I am He Who was Slain” -- Easter
March 29-April 4 Elder Jeffrey R. Holland said, “That first Easter sequence of Atonement and Resurrection constitutes the most consequential moment, the most generous gift, the most excruciating pain, and the most majestic manifestation of pure love ever to be demonstrated in the history of this world. Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, suffered, died, and rose from death in order that He could, like lightning in a summer storm, grasp us as we fall, hold us with His might, and through our obedience to His commandments, lift us to eternal life. “So today we celebrate the gift of victory over every fall we have ever experienced, every sorrow we have ever known, every discouragement we have ever had, every fear we have ever faced—to say nothing of our resurrection from death and forgiveness for our sins.” (Jeffrey R. Holland, “Where Justice Love and Mercy Meet)
35 minutes | Mar 21, 2021
Come Follow Me D&C Podcast 13, “Jesus Christ Will Gather His People” -- Doctrine and Covenants 29
By the time Section 29 of the Doctrine and Covenants was given, the fledgling Church was just over five months old. Rumors and false claims were circulating faster than convert numbers. What a strategic time for the adversary of all righteousness to attack the young flock and scatter them as fast as he could—to try to stop this little flock from growing. The Church only had less than 100 members. But, as we have said in the past, out of small things proceedeth that which is great. The Lord knows how to work with small numbers!
37 minutes | Mar 13, 2021
Come Follow Me D&C Podcast 12, “All Things Must be Done in Order” -- D&C 27-28
In August of 1830, Newel Knight and his wife Sally visited Joseph and Emma in Harmony, Pennsylvania. Since neither woman had yet been confirmed, they agreed to perform the ordinance and have the sacrament together. Joseph set out to buy some wine for the occasion, when after he had traveled only a short distance, he was met by a heavenly messenger with a new instruction. The Church was rolling forth with understanding coming line upon line.
40 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
Come Follow Me D&C Podcast 11, “Strengthen the Church” -- D&C 23-26
March 8-14 After the sacred gathering of nearly four dozen Saints in the Whitmer Home in Fayette, New York on Tuesday, April 6, 1830, this little, no, tiny band was given the commission to take the restored gospel of Jesus Christ to all the world. What an overwhelming task! How could so few bless so many? And yet, the Lord knew who He was calling and what various converts would do. One eager young man, twenty-two-year-old Samuel Harrison Smith, younger brother of the Prophet Joseph, stepped forward and volunteered to start the work. And within 100 days, a remarkable woman was called to give her gifts and talents to the kingdom—Emma Hale Smith.
35 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
Come Follow Me D&C Podcast 10, “The Rise of the Church of Christ” -- D&C 20-22
March 1-7 When that group of 40 or more gathered in the 20 by 30-foot Whitmer cabin that April 6, 1830 to organize the “only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth” (Doctrine and Covenants 1:30), they could not have entirely foreseen what lay ahead for this church that would, as the prophet Daniel said, “roll forth to fill the whole earth” (See Daniel 2: 31-45), but they did know they were about a great work inspired by God Himself. Let’s take you to that scene today.
35 minutes | Feb 20, 2021
Come Follow Me D&C Podcast 9, “The Worth of Souls is Great" -- D&C 18-19
February 22-28 The Doctrine and Covenants is a book full of affirmations that individuals count—that each of us is important in the sight of God. Message after message is to individuals, some we have heard of like Oliver Cowdery or Hyrum Smith, and some to less familiar people like Leman Copley or Northrop Sweet, but then the Lord often adds this note: What I say unto one, I say unto all (see for example D&C 1:2; D&C 11:27; D&C 25:16; D&C 61:18). But if that is not enough to let us know WE count; He gives us these 12 words in our lesson this week—and I memorized this scripture 45 years ago: “Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God.” (D&C 18:10)
39 minutes | Feb 12, 2021
Come Follow Me D&C Podcast 8, “Stand as a Witness” -- D&C 14-17
February 15-21 How do we know about the reality of things we cannot see? How do we know about God whose face we can’t remember? How do we develop faith in spiritual things that are real, but invisible to our eye? We begin to learn these things because of the witness of others. Today we are going to talk about the three witnesses of the Book of Mormon, and tell you things you may not know about how firmly they stood in their testimonies against the toughest opposition. These are amazing stories.
33 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
Come Follow Me D&C Podcast 7, “Upon You My Fellow Servants” -- D&C 12-13; JSH 1:66-75
February 8-14 The more carefully you study the translation and the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, the more you are amazed at the gift and power of God that was given to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery as they translated the record. These are two very young men: Joseph is 23 and Oliver is 22 years old!
37 minutes | Jan 31, 2021
Come Follow Me D&C Podcast 6, “That You May Come off Conqueror” -- D&C 10-11
February 1-7 As you read the Doctrine and Covenants, section 10 seems out of place chronologically. Since it talks about Martin Harris and the translation of the 116 pages, shouldn’t it come after Section 3? What happened? We’ll tell you today.
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