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34 minutes | 2 days ago
Come Follow Me BofM Podcast 47, “To Keep Them in the Right Way” -- Moroni 1-6
November 30-December 6 Moroni did not know when he would die, attacked by Lamanites or some other deadly surprise, in his 36-year wandering. He tells his latter-day readers goodbye more than once on the plates. Yet even living with that insecurity, not knowing his own mortal future, Moroni trudges on with absolute faith.
35 minutes | 10 days ago
Come Follow Me BofM Podcast 46, “By Faith All Things are Fulfilled” -- Ether 12-15
November 23-29 Moroni may complain about his weakness with words, but he has given us one of the most insightful chapters on faith in all of scripture. We will study it in this episode.
36 minutes | 17 days ago
Come Follow Me BofM Podcast 45, “That Evil May be Done Away” -- Ether 6-11
November 16-22 We go to a scene of spirits in the premortal world, anticipating. with perhaps some concern, their descent to a darkened world. We knew we would be taking a journey and must have wondered how we could make it across the wilderness where so much would be insecure.
40 minutes | 24 days ago
Come Follow Me BofM Podcast 44, “Rend that Veil of Unbelief" -- Ether 1-5
November 9-15 Moroni told us in Mormon 8, “Behold, I would write…if I had room upon the plates, but I have not; and ore I have none”, so there is an untold story between these verses and the book of Ether. Somehow Moroni was able to get more ore and create plates because he gave us the marvelous book of Ether that introduces us to a whole new world.
39 minutes | a month ago
Come Follow Me BofM Podcast 43, “I Speak unto You as if Ye were Present” -- Mormon 7-9
November 2-8 As we start our studies today on Mormon 7-9, Moroni has taken over the record from his father and is in a tragic position. He has seen his culture decimated and he is the last survivor of what was once a thriving world . Could anything be sadder than this?
38 minutes | a month ago
Come Follow Me BofM Podcast 42, “I Would That I Could Persuade All … to Repent” -- Mormon 1-6
October 26-November 1 Every time I read the Book of Mormon and get to these chapters, I always hope that the Nephites will repent and that their civilization and people will be spared—and then it happens every time! They are destroyed. And then another entire civilization, the Jaredites, are destroyed for the same reasons. We can’t change their outcomes, but how about ours? Is there a message in here for us, right now, in our day?
34 minutes | a month ago
Come Follow Me BofM Podcast 41, “There Couldn’t have been a Happier People” -- 3 Nephi 27-4 Nephi
October 19-25 When President Russell M. Nelson taught us that we needed to use the true name of the Church going forward, he was teaching us something deeper than we might have understood at the time. Something, in fact that can open up whole new realms of gospel understanding. Let’s explore that today.
38 minutes | 2 months ago
Come Follow Me BofM Podcast 40, “Ye Are the Children of the Covenant” -- 3 Nephi 20-26
October 12-18 If you knew that the Lord Jesus Christ would spend the day with you and all who would come to the occasion from your home stake, what do you think He would teach you? What do you think He would do? What would be the most important truths He could communicate with you? What would YOU want to know from Him? Let’s explore these thoughts and explore the record of actual witnesses to such a day.
39 minutes | 2 months ago
Come Follow Me BofM Podcast 39, “Behold, My Joy is Full” -- 3 Nephi 17-19
September 28-October 11 Can you imagine the joy that would fill your souls if you were witnesses to the visitation of the Lord Jesus Christ? How could you possibly describe your feelings? How could you even handle the happiness that would overwhelm your whole being? The faithful who had gathered at the ancient temple in Bountiful had spent a number of hours with the Lord Jesus Christ and now it was time for Him to go. Carefully searching the record, we have some sense of how the people felt, but even more importantly we have an amazing view of the Savior’s joy, His compassion and His love for His people.
39 minutes | 2 months ago
Come Follow Me BofM Podcast 38, “I Am the Law, and the Light” -- 3 Nephi 12-16
September 21-27 If you were to do a survey to determine the most influential talk or sermon in history, surely the results would point to the Lord’s Sermon on the Mount. Here are contained the eternal “beatitudes;” here is contained the Lord’s Prayer spoken each week by untold millions of Christ’s followers throughout the world; here we have “the golden rule.” The Sermon on the Mount is one of the most densely packed three chapters in all of holy writ. As an added bonus, when the Lord visited His other sheep in the ancient Americas, one of the first things He did was gave the same Sermon on the Mount text with some additional insights. When the Lord purposely repeats something, I think He really wants our attention!
38 minutes | 3 months ago
Come Follow Me BofM Podcast 37, “Arise and Come Forth Unto Me” -- 3 Nephi 8-11
September 14-20 How can you not be just thrilled with this week’s readings? The entire Book of Mormon has been centered on one Person—Jesus Christ, the Savior and Redeemer—and His coming to the earth and the promised visit to this righteous branch of the tribe of Joseph in the Americas. Lehi testified He would come. Nephi saw Him in vision that He would come. Jacob gave bold witness of His mission and His coming. King Benjamin, Alma the Elder, Alma the Younger, Ammon, Aaron, Omner, Himni, Helaman—and many more—they all testified that HE, the Lord Jesus Christ, would come—and in this week’s exciting readings—HE CAME!
37 minutes | 3 months ago
Come Follow Me BofM Podcast 36, “Lift Up Your Head and Be of Good Cheer” -- 3 Nephi 1-7
September 7-13 I was just pondering very early this morning as I looked out the window: “What if at 4:00 in the morning on a fall day I looked out the window and it was as bright as day? Would my heart take a leap and would I think: What is going on?!” It was pitch dark when I peered out my window and yet, we have record of an event in this week’s reading, where untold thousands of people could not help but see this incredible, unforgettable sign of a day, a night and a day wherein there was no darkness. The righteous rejoiced and the wicked were struck with fear. We’re going to look at a lot of contrasts together in this week’s lesson.
35 minutes | 3 months ago
Come Follow Me BofM Podcast 35, “Glad Tidings of Great Joy” -- Helaman 13-16
August 31-September 6 In the Book of Mormon, the Nephites always think of themselves as the good guys. In a movie, they’d ride in wearing the white hat or the gold star, signifying their goodness. Yet, the Book of Mormon demonstrates that often the Nephites are relentlessly blind to their own wickedness and it is the Lamanites who are the most faithful and true. Enter the scene into the wicked Nephite city of Zarahemla: Samuel the Lamanite. The point is clear.
33 minutes | 3 months ago
Come Follow Me BofM Podcast 34, “Remember the Lord” -- Helaman 7-12
August 24-30 As Helaman chapter 7 opens, we see a prophet pleading with God for his people in great agony and heaviness of Spirit. The Gadianton robbers had usurped legitimate authority and taken over much of the government, the people have become corrupted and Nephi is deeply grieved for the wickedness which abounds. In a video for General Conference a little girl asked President Russell M. Nelson, “Is it hard to be a prophet? Are you, like, really busy?” He said, “Of course it’s hard.”
36 minutes | 4 months ago
Come Follow Me BofM Podcast 33, “The Rock of our Redeemer” -- Helaman 1-6
August 17-23 In Helaman chapters 1-6, the Lamanites become the righteous and the Nephites the wicked. How does this switch come about? And the new enemy are the Gadianton robbers, who capture the allegiance of many of the Nephites. Things happen fast in the Book of Mormon, a roller coaster of righteousness and wickedness. I used to think it was hard to imagine such reversals and drama in such a short period of time, until we all entered these tumultuous times in our own nation.
35 minutes | 4 months ago
Come Follow Me BofM Podcast 32, “Preserved by His Marvelous Power” -- Alma 53-63
August 10-16 The ten chapters that we look at today are about both the low and high points of the Nephite nation. This is a time of continual war, brought on in large part by the “contentions, and dissensions, and all manner of iniquity of the people of Nephi” (Alma 62:40) At the same time, just as the light shines more clearly in a darkened world, we see the power of goodness in Helaman’s 2060 stripling warriors. The image of these young men carrying the banner of freedom and faith with such unflinching goodness is one that shines right into our hearts today.
39 minutes | 4 months ago
Come Follow Me BofM Podcast 31, “Stand Fast in the Faith of Christ” -- Alma 43-52
August 3-9 You may get to the so-called war chapters in the Book of Mormon and wonder why Mormon bothered to include so many of them. Yet, he was a prophet who’d seen our day and if ever there were chapters as fresh and relevant as today’s news headlines, here they are. They are filled with the best heroes, like Moroni, who hoist the title of liberty, the darkest villains, like Amalickiah who prosper by deceit and betrayal, and underscoring it all is an existential question: what is the price of freedom?
39 minutes | 4 months ago
Come Follow Me BofM Podcast 30, “The Great Plan of Happiness" -- Alma 39-42
July 27-August 2 With only 239 chapters in the Book of Mormon and only 531 pages, would you take four of those chapters and 8 pages just to talk about one wayward missionary’s story who committed a grievous sexual sin? Why would the Prophet Mormon think it was so important to include this story for our day? Let’s explore this together.
36 minutes | 4 months ago
Come Follow Me BofM Podcast 29, “Look to God and Live” -- Alma 36-38
July 20-26 We see many conversations in the Book of Mormon where fathers teach their sons and their impact changes not only their son’s life, but the generations that follow. The lessons are profound. The impact overwhelming. If there was ever scripture that calls out for fathers to step into their parenting role with power, the Book of Mormon is it.
36 minutes | 5 months ago
Come Follow Me BofM Podcast 28, “Plant This Word in Your Hearts” -- Alma 32-35
July 13-19 Alma has a hidden message in this week’s readings. You all are familiar with the concept he teaches of having a particle of faith and planting a seed and nurturing it that it may grow. But what is that seed to grow into? What is the metaphor he wants us to understand? As we read and study this week’s material you might think Alma the Younger is one of Lehi’s students—he takes a chapter right out of the vision of the tree of life—and if you miss that part of the lesson, you miss one of the greatest teachings in the scriptures. Let’s explore further.
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