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Each week Meridian Magazine’s founders, Scot and Maurine Proctor, will be giving a 30-minute podcast on the “Come, Follow Me” curriculum for the week. This is so you can listen with your scriptures in hand, or while you are about life’s many other duties. If you want some thoughts about teaching you…

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    Come Follow Me OT Podcast 41, “The Redeemer Shall Come to Zion,” -- Isaiah 58-66

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2022 38:19

    October 3-9 Isn't it amazing that Isaiah's prophecies date back more than 2,700 years and they are so completely applicable today! No wonder the Lord Jesus Christ commanded the Nephites and the Lamanites: "And now, behold, I say unto you, that ye ought to search these things. Yea, a commandment I give unto you that ye search these things diligently; for great are the words of Isaiah. For surely he spake as touching all things concerning my people which are of the house of Israel…" (3 Nephi 23:1-2). Isaiah is speaking to us today and let's see what he has to say about fasting, keeping the Sabbath Day holy and the last days we are in.

    Come Follow Me OT Podcast 40, “He Hath Borne Our Griefs, and Carried Our Sorrows,” -- Isaiah 50-57

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 41:26

    September 26-October 2 Scot and Maurine Proctor are joined by scripture scholar Jeffrey Bradshaw to share why Isaiah 53 is the crown jewel of the New Testament. It is not only unforgettable in its beauty, but stunning in increasing our understanding of what the Savior did for each of us personally. When the discussion is expanded to include Isaiah 50-57, we see how deeply Isaiah speaks of the Messiah and why we have a glorious future and do not need to be afraid.

    Come Follow Me OT Podcast 39, “Comfort Ye My People,” -- Isaiah 40-49

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2022 50:57

    September 19-25 Isaiah's very name means The Lord is Salvation. In this week's chapters (40-49) we get a clear message that there is no other God but Jehovah, who is Jesus Christ. We cannot turn to the world, we cannot turn to idols, we cannot turn to those around us, we can only turn to the one true God. He has made a covenant with His chosen servants (those who will follow Him), the posterity and adopted ones of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The Spirit of the Lord is poured out upon all those who keep the covenant and they will also receive the Lord's protection and covenant blessings. We welcome our dear friend, Dr. Kerry Muhlestein, this week as we dive deep into Isaiah.

    Come Follow Me OT Podcast 38, “A Marvelous Work and a Wonder,” -- Isaiah 13-14; 24-30; 35

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2022 31:58

    September 12-18 I love that we get to study parts of Isaiah 29 this week where the Lord speaks with this language: "Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this people, even a marvelous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid," (Isaiah 29:14). I am taken by the word marvelous. Elder LeGrand Richards published a book in 1950 that many of you have read called A Marvelous Work and a Wonder. This used to be standard reading material for full-time missionaries. That word marvelous is used in Section 4 of the Doctrine and Covenants, “Now behold, a marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men,” (Doctrine and Covenants 4:1). But that same word is used in Section 6, Section 8, Section 11, Section 12, Section 14 and Section 18. I think the Lord means to astound us.

    Come Follow Me OT Podcast 37, “God Is My Salvation,” -- Isaiah 1-12

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2022 58:12

    September 5-11 We are spending the next five weeks studying Isaiah. The prophet asking us to focus on Isaiah for this long is a message to us. We need to know Isaiah and his prophecies! Join us with guest Dr. Kerry Muhlestein as we dive into the first 12 chapters.

    Come Follow Me OT Podcast 36, “The Fear of the Lord Is the Beginning of Wisdom,” -- Proverbs

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 42:31

    August 29-September 4 We used to pass around Chinese proverbs like, "A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step." My parents used to say that when I was faced with a semester paper I had to write and I was feeling overwhelmed. Here's another one: "He who asks is a fool for five minutes but he who does not ask remains a fool forever." And of course one of my favorites is this, "Man who waits for roast duck to fly into his mouth must wait a very, very long time." These are fun and can be very meaningful, but this week we study the Proverbs of Solomon and we have much to learn.

    Come Follow Me OT Podcast 35, “He is Plenteous in Mercy,” -- Psalms 102-150

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2022 35:50

    August 22-28 We know that faith is a power stronger than electricity or lightning or the flooding of many waters. It is the first great governing principle which has power, dominion, and authority over all things. So, of course we seek how to develop it in ourselves. In Lectures on Faith, Joseph Smith teaches us: “Three things are necessary for any rational and intelligent being to exercise faith in God unto life and salvation. “First, the idea that he actually exists: “Secondly, a correct idea of his character, perfections and attributes; “And thirdly, an actual knowledge that the course of life which one is pursuing is according to His will.”

    Come Follow Me OT Podcast 34, “The Psalms and Hymns Lead Us to Jesus Christ,” -- Psalms 49-86

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 34:09

    August 15-21 There is nothing so joyful as seeing the Saints gather to see the beautiful Houses of the Lord dedicated and made available for the work of the dead and the living. No matter where we are or what language is spoken, the unifying feeling comes from the music that is sung both outside and inside the temple and the Spirit that follows. Well, in order to understand more clearly our study of the Psalms, you have to realize the Psalms were mostly sung, and most of the time at the Temple in ancient times!

    Come Follow Me OT Podcast 33, “God is For Me,” -- Psalms 1-2; 8; 19-33; 40; 46

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 37:21

    August 8-14 Today we begin study of the largest book in the Old Testament. Surprisingly, it is Psalms with 97 pages of moving poetry that particularly explores our inner journey in seeking to find God. These are prayers, prophecy, wisdom, exultations, laments and pleadings for relief. It is a very ancient book where we can find immense comfort today.

    Come Follow Me OT Podcast 32, “Job Reaches Through the Ages to Teach Us,” -- Job

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 35:01

    August 1-7 When we lead our tours to the Holy Land, we will inevitably pull out some humor from the Biblical sources, attempting to create memories of laughter in remote parts of the tour. Our Bible jokes are many and varied and of a quality that only a dad could appreciate. “Who is the great tennis player of the Bible? Of course, everyone knows it's Joseph, because he served in Pharoah's courts! And who was the great comedian of the Bible? It was Sampson. He brought the house down! And what kind of man was Boaz before he got married? Ruthless! … I'm waiting for all of you to finish laughing. And then we pull out the most obvious one: Who was the greatest doctor of the Bible? Some contend it was Job, because he had a lot of ‘patience.' But most would agree it's Moses because he delivered all the children of Israel! All humor aside, we know that the greatest physician in the Bible is the Savior Himself—the one who can heal each of us. This week we will see some of the ways that Job reminds us of Jesus and leads us to Him.

    Come Follow Me OT Podcast 31, “A Biblical Story with Enormous and Often Unseen Consequences,” -- Esther

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 36:49

    July 25-31 As a scholar said, “Once it happened that the crafty was taken in his own trap, the falsely condemned were saved, and the worthy were rewarded. It is not always so.” Perhaps [the] story [in Esther which we study today] has endured because it has given the comfort of hope to other oppressed people” [and demonstrates God in the details of our lives.] Although God is not expressly mentioned in the book of Esther, there appears to be evidence in it of the God whom Job describes, who can "set up on high those that be low; that those which mourn may be exalted to safety. (Job 5:11-12).Ellis Rasmussen, Latter-day Saint Commentary on the Old Testament.

    Come Follow Me OT Podcast 30, “The Joy of the Temple and the Power of the Word,” -- Ezra 1; 3-7; Nehemiah 2; 4-6; 8

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2022 37:35

    July 18-24 I've tried to contemplate the feelings of our ancient brothers and sisters in Jerusalem, who, after 371 years of having a glorious temple, watched as the temple was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar and his forces, and those who survived the destructions were taken captive to Babylon. The temple was the holiest place for them, a place where they drew near unto God, a place where they offered sacrifices and renewed their covenants and commitments to Jehovah. How their hearts were broken, their hopes dashed in an instant.

    Come Follow Me OT Podcast 29, “The Tipping Point that Utterly Changed the World,” -- 2 Kings 17-25

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2022 37:03

    July 11-17 Some events from the past are tipping points, that is, if they had had a different outcome than they did, our world would be utterly and completely different, maybe unrecognizable to us. The events in the scriptures we talk about today are one of those key tipping points in history where the entire future of the world hung in the balance. We'll talk about that earth-shaking, ancient tipping point in the world's history today.

    Come Follow Me OT Podcast 28, “There is a Prophet in Israel,” -- 2 Kings 2-7

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 47:05

    July 4-10 Join us with McKay Christensen who has served as Managing Director of External Relations at BYU and management strategy instructor at the BYU Marriott School of Business as we explore the mantle being passed from Elijah to Elisha. What do we mean by a mantle in the Church? Are mantles for more than prophets and missionaries?

    Come Follow Me OT Podcast 27, “When a New Prophet Arises in Israel,” -- 1 Kings 17-19

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 55:52

    June 27-July 3 Join us with guest Patrick Degn who has been an instructor in the Seminaries and Institutes of Religion for more than 25 years. In this episode we will explore the story of King Ahab and Jezebel and the abrupt introduction of the man who tried to counteract their influence: Elijah.

    Come Follow Me OT Podcast 26, “Weeping for David,” -- 2 Sam. 5-7; 11-12; 1 Kings 3; 8; 11

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 44:57

    June 20-26 We are amazed as we go through the Old Testament how applicable these lessons are today. You'd think that a book that is thousands of years old would not have that kind of application, but we have been blown away. These chapters break your heart as we learn more about David, his love for the Lord and the events that lead to his downfall. How can someone so faithful and true turn from God so deliberately? We will discuss this today.

    Come Follow Me OT Podcast #25, “The Battle Is the Lord's,” -- 1 Samuel 8–10; 13; 15–18

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 45:53

    We have with us today a special guest, Mark Matthews. Together we discuss Israel's desire for a king and Saul's rise to the position, and how he loses his way. We also discuss the story of David facing Goliath and how it can represent much more than we often think about.

    Come Follow Me OT Podcast 24, “My Heart Rejoiceth in the Lord,” -- Ruth, 1 Sam. 1-3

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 38:59

    June 6–12 Ruth is a happy interlude in these chapters. It's not a story of a prophet, a war, or a dramatic intervention by the Lord. It's a family story, a private story in some ways, but it's the family story of the family of the Savior. Additionally, we discuss the story of Hannah and her faithful commitment to give up her son--the son she waited so long for--to the service of the Lord.

    Come Follow Me OT Podcast 23, “For The Lord Raised Up a Deliverer," -- Judges 2-4; 6-8; 13-16

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2022 30:53

    May 30-June 5 We've just spent 35 days in the Middle East leading three tours in the Holy Land, Egypt and Jordan. Of course, you cannot go to these places and lead a spiritual tour without constantly referring to the Old Testament. On this particular journey with all these amazing people, the thing that struck me over and over again was this: When John the Beloved quoted Jesus Christ in chapter 5, verse 39 where He said: “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” Jesus was sending the people to the Old Testament to find Him. When Lehi opened the Plates of Brass for the first time and searched them from the beginning (see 1 Nephi 5:10) and then he “was filled with the Spirit, and began to prophesy concerning his seed (see 1 Nephi 5:17) he was immersed in the Old Testament. When Nephi says, “For my soul delighteth in the scriptures and my heart pondereth them…” he was talking about the Old Testament. When Ammon, Aaron, Omner and Himni converted seven cities of the Lamanites and brought untold thousands to the Savior, they were using only the Old Testament in their teaching! What a treasure we have in the Old Testament!

    Come Follow Me OT Podcast 22, “How We Learn to be Strong and of Good Courage," -- Joshua 1-8, 23, 24

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 36:49

    May 23-29 The story of the Abrahamic covenant is your family story. Kerry Muhlestein says, “We don't often think of it in that manner.” But our grandfather Abraham grew up in a turbulent time, where “his own father was steeped in idolatry. He saw his immediate family involved in horrible practices, including human sacrifice, but he knew there was a better way. Records had come down from his forefathers and foremothers, from Adam and Eve, Seth and Enoch, and Abraham reached for the heavens hoping to join his answers in the covenant. “Then one starry night, God came to him, putting His hand over him, opening his eyes, and pouring out the power and blessings of the covenant upon him, welcoming Abraham and Sarah into the community of God and those who were bound to him. They had sought God and now they had found him.” These are the covenants offered to you.

    Come Follow Me OT Podcast 21, “These Words Shall be in Thine Heart," -- Deut. 6-8; 15; 18; 20-30; 34

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 41:17

    May 16-22 Scot and Maurine Proctor are joined by Kerry Muhlestein, an Egyptologist, professor at Brigham Young University and author of many books including most recently God Will Prevail, and Let's Talk about the Book of Abraham. Readers often skip chapters in Deuteronomy, but we'll tell you why it is one of most important books in the Old Testament to understand the covenant. Deuteronomy also contains in Chapter 6, some of the most oft-repeated verses. We get a clear sense here of what the covenant blessings are and a sense of what happens when covenant makers turn away and the Spirit withdraws. Why was it so seductive to the Children of Israel to turn to other gods? What was the appeal?

    Come Follow Me OT Podcast 20, “You Can Have What You Want or You Can Have Something Better," -- Num. 11-14, 20-24

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 42:07

    May 9-15 Scot and Maurine Proctor are joined today by John Hilton lll, who is a professor of Religious Education at Brigham Young University, an author and humanitarian. In our lesson today, the Children of Israel are in the thick of the wilderness journey, and if hunger and thirst, were not enough to bear, now there are fiery, flying serpents to contend with, and a powerful, spiritual solution which few of the people are willing to do. Why won't they do this simple thing? The Children of Israel have also come to the promised land, and while it is indeed a land flowing with milk and honey, ten of the spies who have gone in to take a look, come back into camp terrified. They feel like grasshoppers among giants in this new land, and, therefore, anyone over twenty, except Joshua and Caleb, will wander and die in this wilderness rather than having the abundance the Lord was willing to offer them, if they had just trusted Him.

    Come Follow Me OT Podcast 19, “All Things Point us to the Savior's Atonement," -- Exod 35-40; Lev 1; 16; 19

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 39:28

    May 2-8 Elder Tad R. Callister joins Scot and Maurine Proctor today. He was in the Presidency of the First Quorum of Seventy and is the author of a number of books including The Blueprint of Christ's Church; A Case for the Book of Mormon; America's Choice: A Nation Under God or Without God? We talk together about what it means to be holy and what the Lord is asking of us. We note how the Savior's atonement is the thread that binds all of the events of the Old Testament together. The Tabernacle in the Wilderness was in the very center of Israel's camp. What does that mean and how did Joseph Smith reveal a divine pattern for temples that is similar to the Tabernacle?

    Come Follow Me OT Podcast 18, “What is Required to See the Face of God?," -- Exodus 24; 31-34

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 41:53

    April 25-May 1 Scot and Maurine Proctor are joined in the podcast today by Kerry Muhlestein, BYU professor, Egyptologist, author of God Will Prevail and many other books. He is passionate about teaching people to understand the Old Testament and appreciate its ground-breaking content. The Lord offers the Children of Israel to see Him, but they are fearful. After all they have seen of God's miracles, why would they molten a golden calf to worship? What corrupts them so quickly?

    Come Follow Me OT Podcast 17, “Why The Lord Wants Us To Be a 'Peculiar Treasure,'" -- Exodus 18-20

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022 38:27

    April 18-24 Egyptologist, BYU professor, and author Kerry Muhlestein joins Scot and Maurine Proctor today to talk about the Children of Israel at Mount Sinai, and the remarkable visions, thunderings and lightenings that happen on that holy mountain. The Lord said, “Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles' wings and brought you unto myself.” God's intent is to make His people a “peculiar treasure” and a “kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” First, however, they must know what God will expect of them to be offered these good gifts.

    Come Follow Me OT Podcast 16, “God Sent His Son into the World Not to Condemn the World," -- Easter

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2022 43:45

    April 11-17 Elder Bruce C. Hafen, former member of the Seventy and an author, joins Scot and Maurine Proctor today to look more deeply and understand with greater clarity the magnificence and personal nature of the Savior's atonement. He helps us see how the atonement is not just for sinners, but for the range of human weakness, miscalculation, negligence and error that humanity in a fallen world are liable to. He teaches us what the place of grace is in our lives and how the Savior's sacrifice can help us see our weaknesses and be transformed through Him. Daily repentance can become a daily refreshment. Elder Hafen is the author of The Broken Heart; Faith is Not Blind, any many other significant books.

    Come Follow Me OT Podcast 15, “When We are Up against a Red Sea," -- Exodus 14-17

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2022 46:24

    April 4-10 Why are the Children of Israel continually complaining and murmuring against Moses? Though they've seen the miracles that brought them out of Egypt, and then watched the Red Sea part so they could cross on dry ground, they still say: “Would to God we had died by the hand of the Lord in the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.” Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, well-known for his extensive commentaries on the Book of Moses and Genesis, joins Scot and Maurine Proctor today to talk about strength or fear, firm or wavering in the face of our personal Red Seas.

    Come Follow Me OT Podcast 14, “How the Plagues Defied the False Gods of Egypt," -- Exodus 7-13

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2022 35:45

    March 28-April 3 Scot and Maurine Proctor are joined today by Daniel C. Peterson, retired professor of Islamic Studies and leader of the Middle Eastern texts project at Brigham Young University. In Egypt, there are more gods than you can count, and Jehovah makes it clear that not only is He God, but He is the only one who can deliver the covenant people out of bondage. Moses is gradually transformed from one who quakes to think of going before Pharoah to one who has the spiritual strength to lead an enormous group of people into a barren desert and part the Red Sea, with confidence that God is with him.

    Come Follow Me OT Podcast 13, “God Remembers His Covenant to a Thousand Generations," -- Exodus 1-6

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2022 47:46

    March 21-27 Daniel C. Peterson, retired professor of Islamic Studies and founder and editor-in-chief of the Interpreter Foundation, and producer of the film Witnesses, joins Scot and Maurine to explore Moses's profound encounter with the burning bush and the charge he was given to confront Pharoah with the message to “Let my people go.” This explores the story in a way you may have not heard before. Among other things we ask, what does “I AM' mean?

    Come Follow Me OT Podcast 12, “We See How the Lord Works in Joseph of Egypt's Life," Gen 42-50

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 11, 2022 40:14

    March 14-20 When Joseph became vizier of Egypt, second only to Pharoah and wearing his ring of authority, he also got a new name that doesn't exactly roll off our English-speaking tongues. It is Zaphnath-paaneah and what it lacks in clarity, it more than makes up in its meaning which is “savior of the world.” Yes, his starving family will come from Canaan, hoping to buy the corn that Joseph has stored in Egypt, but his name signifies even more than that. We'll tell you in this episode.

    Come Follow Me OT Podcast 11, “Joseph: The Story You Know Well and May have Never Seen," Gen 37-41

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 4, 2022 35:56

    March 7-13 Children can tell the story of Joseph being sold into Egypt. We know it well, with nasty brothers, slave dealers, false accusations, pits of despair and drama galore. What's most important about this story, however, may not be obvious, and that's what we are talking about in this episode.

    Come Follow Me OT Podcast 10, “Surely the Lord is in This Place”, Gen 28-33

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2022 38:26

    February 28-March 6 The story of Jacob in the Bible has all the elements of high drama. True love thwarted, family division, a deceiving father-in-law, a tight escape. If it was a movie you'd want to watch it, but it's much better than a movie because over arching all, it is the story of the covenant in the lives of real people.

    Come Follow Me OT Podcast 9, “The Patriarch's Story that Stars a Woman”, Gen 24-27

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 19, 2022 40:07

    February 21-27 In the chapters in Genesis that should be about Isaac, he hardly shows up. He plays a surprisingly passive role, which leads you to think how much we're missing in his story. After all this is the son, who willingly went with Abraham to be sacrificed and therefore was a similitude of the Savior. This is the son his parents longed for through decades, and then, when we might get a chance to meet him, he is whisked off the stage.

    Come Follow Me OT Podcast 8, “Would God Really Ask Abraham to Sacrifice His Covenant Son?”, Gen 18-23

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 11, 2022 36:57

    February 14-20 I remember the first time I visited the massive, ancient building erected by Herod the Great in Hebron. He had it built over the Cave of Machpelah more than 2,000 years ago to mark and protect the sacred resting place of Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob and Leah. I walked into the building as a ten-year-old with a covering over my head and my parents, brothers and a number of friends at my side. There was one place where you could go to your knees and carefully look through a brass grate and see into the cave below. A small lamp was burning there. A feeling came over me at that moment, not only that this was a sacred place, but that I was connected to Abraham. He was my direct-line grandfather. I have never forgotten that moment.

    Come Follow Me OT Podcast 7, “Abraham: The Most Pivotal Figure in History?”, Abr. 1,2; Gen. 12-18

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 4, 2022 39:08

    February 7-13 In Genesis, we soar through the stories of generations in a few pages, as if we were flying thousands of feet above them and getting the merest glimpse. Then suddenly we drop for a closer view for many chapters of one man and his family—Abraham.

    Come Follow Me OT Podcast 6, “The Deep Questions of Noah's Flood”, Genesis 6-11, Moses 8

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2022 42:25

    January 31-February 6 The greatest potential for danger is one that we cannot afford to close our eyes to and miss. That is the growing wickedness around us that is seeping into our lives without announcement or warning flare. It just crawls on clawed feet into the hearts of ourselves and our children, as quietly as that asteroid did that swept close to earth. But wickedness is not a near miss. It is targeted, upon us, and more destructive than we have ever supposed.

    Come Follow Me OT Podcast 5, “Is it Possible to Become a Zion People?”, Moses 7

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 22, 2022 38:02

    January 24-30 The Prophet Joseph said: “The building up of Zion is a cause that has interested the people of God in every age; it is a theme upon which prophets, priests and kings have dwelt with peculiar delight; they have looked forward with joyful anticipation to the day in which we live; and fired with heavenly and joyful anticipations they have sung and written and prophesied of this our day; but they died without the sight; we are the favored people that God has made choice of to bring about the Latter-day glory; it is left for us to see, participate in and help to roll forward the Latter-day glory.” What can we be doing to help to establish Zion? We're going to talk it in this episode.

    Come Follow Me OT Podcast 4, “Like Us, They Could Not See A Far Off”, Genesis 5; Moses 6

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 15, 2022 36:27

    January 17-23 When you read the Genesis account you might think this is just a boring genealogy. If you were to think that, you would be wrong. Let's do some exploring together as we look at our brave and majestic First Parents, Adam and Eve and their family, the first family of sons and daughters of God on earth.

    Come Follow Me OT Podcast 3, “The Fall of Adam and Eve”, Genesis 3-4; Moses 4-5

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2022 41:06

    January 10-16 Some people feel like this woman who said: “If you can show me why the Fall matters—in this moment—then maybe I'll listen. If not, the kids are crying, and I have reality to deal with.” We will help you understand why the Fall is so vital in this episode.

    Come Follow Me OT Podcast 2, “Let there be Light”, Genesis 1,2; Moses 2,3; Abraham 4,5

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 37:49

    January 3-9 Today are we going back to the beginning, to cosmic explosions and brilliant flashes of light and creation that is primordial, at the very core of our existence. We have four accounts of it, in Genesis, Moses, Abraham, and in the temple. Those who attend the temple have their minds drawn back to creation continually, and we might wonder as Latter-day Saints why we are shown the creation so often. We'll talk about why it matters so much in this episode.

    Come Follow Me OT Podcast 1, "We Came from a Place of Great Light", Moses 1, Abraham 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 38:16

    Dec 27 - Jan 2 Don't all of us have a secret desire to be on the stage, dressed in amazing costumes, involved in a play with a Director, with our own starring roles, with a character-driven plot and lots of intrigue and excitement in our story? Imagine then that you ARE intimately involved in an award-winning three act play and you are already quite far into Act 2. But here's the catch, you can only fully understand Act 2 if you have a knowledge of Act 1—and when you finished Act 1, the curtains were dropped and you can not only NOT look back on that part of the play, you can't even remember it. Do we know anything about Act 1 at all? Yes, we do—quite a bit, actually. And that's what we're going to talk about today.

    Come Follow Me D&C Podcast 52, “The Thrill of Hope, the Weary World Rejoices” -- Christmas

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 18, 2021 34:12

    December 20-26 Since I was a child, on Christmas Eve, I yearned to be in that very stable in Bethlehem and see the Christ-child lying in a manger. I just wanted to be close to that glowing presence and feel the heavenly love and hear the angel chorus. It was a yearning that was soul deep, undeniable, breath-taking and heart-felt, and it seemed that somewhere, some how that event was happening again on that magic night, if I could just go to Bethlehem, and defy time and find the right place. That was the magic of it all. I could talk to the baby, the Christ-child and He would look at me with knowing, smiling eyes and heart would be satisfied. It was more compelling to me than what Santa Claus would bring me or all the lights and festivities of Christmas. I am not alone in that yearning.

    Come Follow Me D&C Podcast 51, “Why 'The Family—A Proclamation to the World' Came Just in Time”

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 41:05

    December 13-19 Part of the gift of a prophet, seer and revelator is to see what's coming. That's the see-er part of seer. On September 23, 1995, President Hinckley announced and read The Family—A Proclamation to the World to the women of the church in a General Relief Society meeting. It reaffirmed so many things that are precious to us. God's eternal plan is about families. The plan of salvation is a family story.

    Come Follow Me D&C Podcast 50, “We Believe” -- Articles of Faith and Official Declaration 1 & 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 45:59

    Dec 6-12 We know that the Prophet Joseph Smith wrote the Articles of Faith as part of a larger request from Mr. John Wentworth, editor and proprietor of the Chicago Democrat, a brand-new newspaper in the young, bustling city of Chicago. The Democrat would be published for just seven years, from 1842 to 1849. Mr. Wentworth wanted a concise history of the fledgling Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and he wanted it written by its founder, Joseph Smith. The piece was also to be a part of the history of New Hampshire, being compiled by a Mr. George Barstow, a friend of John Wentworth. Joseph agreed to write the piece with this agreement: “As Mr. Barstow has taken the proper steps to obtain correct information, all that I shall ask at his hands is that he publish the account entire, ungarnished, and without misrepresentation.” Joseph carefully compiled the letter but it was never published in the newspaper or any history of New Hampshire. But this letter has become one of the great treasures of Church History.

    Come Follow Me D&C Podcast 49, “The Vision of the Redemption of the Dead” -- D&C 137-138

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 37:21

    November 29–December 5 Something surprised Joseph in his vision of the celestial kingdom, and we'll tell you what that is in this episode.

    Come Follow Me D&C Podcast 48, “He Has Sealed His Mission and His Works with His Own Blood” -- D&C 135-136

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 41:12

    November 22-28 Maurine and I lead a church history tour every year. We've done this for 30 years. We take our many participants through two days of Revolutionary War and the foundations of freedom. Then we go to Sharon, Vermont and begin Joseph Smith's life chronologically and naturally we end the two weeks in the Carthage Jail. It's an unbelievable experience. We always have a testimony meeting that last day after the emotional experience of the Carthage Jail. I'll never forget one year, one of the brothers on the tour, who had been especially attentive throughout that two-week period, said emphatically in his testimony, while still on the Jail grounds, “I'm so angry. I'm just so angry!” Since we had never heard that as part of a testimony before and he gave a rather long pause, I cut in and asked aloud, “Why?” He said, “Because they killed him. They killed Joseph Smith. It was unjust. It was wrong. It was so wrong. I'm just so angry.” And that was his final testimony. And it stuck with me. Let's explore the historical, emotional and passionate ending of Joseph and Hyrum Smith's lives in this episode.

    Come Follow Me D&C Podcast 47, “Prepare Ye for the Coming of the Bridegroom” -- D&C 133-134

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2021 33:41

    November 15-21 The Book of Mormon is indeed a special witness for our times. It is the story of a people who centered their lives on the prophecies of the coming of a Messiah, who is Jesus Christ the Lord. They put their hopes in His Coming and in His Atoning Sacrifice that would be wrought. They anxiously awaited His Coming. They prepared a place for Him to come. They waited for six hundred years for His arrival. And then He came as promised! We are no different in our day. We know that He is coming. Many prophecies of His Coming have been given in our day. A place has been prepared for Him to come. And He will come! Section 133 gives us much to think about to prepare for His inevitable and glorious arrival. Let's explore this together.

    Come Follow Me D&C Podcast 46, “When We Obtain Any Blessing it is from God” -- D&C 129-132

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2021 43:38

    November 8-14 The lesson we study today has some of the most transcendent and astonishing teachings that Joseph Smith gave us, opening our ideas to what really is in the eternities and how we can obtain the blessings, we desire. We will also be talking about what is sometimes a challenging principle, that has puzzled many for a lifetime, and at least once, led me to tears—polygamy.

    Come Follow Me D&C Podcast 45, “A Voice of Gladness for the Living and the Dead” -- D&C 125-128

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 40:11

    November 1-7 As the Restoration of the Fulness of the Gospel continued to unfold in the early 1840's, one revealed doctrine thrilled the Latter-day Saints beyond imagination. Yes, there were some references to this doctrine in the Holy Bible, but no Christian denomination at that time understood it, and none practiced it. When the Prophet Joseph first made public this amazing truth on Saturday, August 15, 1840, many of the Saints present were so excited, they immediately ran to the Mississippi River to begin the practice. And what is this doctrine? Baptism for the Dead. In this episode, we'll talk about this glorious truth in detail.

    Come Follow Me D&C Podcast 44, “A House unto My Name” -- Doctrine & Covenants 124

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 40:37

    October 25-31 What happened during the nearly two years that elapsed between the reception of Section 123 and Section 124 of the Doctrine and Covenants? As it turns out, plenty. We'll talk about that in this episode.

    Come Follow Me D&C Podcast 43, “O God, Where Art Thou?” -- Doctrine & Covenants 121-123

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 38:02

    October 18-24 So, here's a question: In the midst of all the challenges, trials, privations and difficulties the Saints experienced in Missouri, how is it that when the Church really needed the leadership of the Prophet Joseph, God allowed him to be put in an obscure and remote Jail, ironically called Liberty? Why would God do that? This is the Kingdom of God on the earth. Isn't the God of the Universe watching out for His chosen Prophet? Let's explore that question in this episode.

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