January 22, 2021

Sections 6-9 - Revelation

"What is the Lord revealing to me?" That's the question at the center of our study this week. There is a long prophetic priority placed on each of us developing our ability to receive and recognize what the Lord wants us to know, feel, do, and become. In this episode we share some of those tools and how they work, practically, in our daily life.

Show Notes:

N. Eldon Tanner, "Warnings from Outer Space," October 1972.

Thomas S. Monson, "Faith of a Child," October 1975.

Julie B. Beck, “And upon the Handmaids in Those Days Will I Pour Out My Spirit," April 2010.

Russel M. Nelson, "Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives," April 2018.

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Music: “Do Not Go Gentle” by Josh Woodward

January 15, 2021

Sections 3-5 - Embark

Being called to join the work of the Lord can be an incredible experience; however, it also brings with it a natural need for refinement. Joseph Smith, Father Smith, Martin Harris, and so many others of us who have been called to the work need the Lord's truth and testing in order to successfully "embark" in His service. On the podcast this week we study sections 3-5 and ask ourselves the important (but difficult) questions: What is frustrating me from fulfilling the work God has given me? And what can I do to better qualify for the Lord's power as I labor with Him?

Show Notes:

Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "God Will Do Something Unimaginable," October 2020.

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When Moroni visits Joseph Smith one of the primary messages he delivers (repeatedly) is that, as Joseph explained, "God had work for me to do". That pattern--God giving His children a work to do--extends both backwards and forwards through history. In this episode we ask ourselves the question, "What is the work that God has for me to do?" and study together just what that work will (and won't) entail.

Show Notes:

Doctrine & Covenants study resources

Spencer W. Kimball, "What Do We Hear?" April 1974

Marion G. Romney, "Church Welfare--Some Fundamentals," October 1973

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January 3, 2021

History 1-26 - Learn

Joseph Smith had a swirl of questions in his mind and heart as he headed into the woods in 1820. When he came out of those woods he declared convincedly, "I have learned for myself." What happened between those questions and that answer is one of the most amazing and instructive stories ever recorded in religious history.

Just a few days into a brand new year we find ourselves, much like Joseph, asking serious questions and looking to heaven for serious answers. This week we look at Joseph's experience and ask ourselves, "What will I do to learn God's truth for myself?"

 

Show Notes:

Doctrine & Covenants study resources

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Music: “Do Not Go Gentle” by Josh Woodward

 

January 3, 2021

Section 1 - Hearken

In many ways the world in 1831 looked very similar to the world in 2021. A cholera epidemic that had been spreading in other countries finally hit the United States. The country was recovering from an intense season of political strife and social unrest. An economic depression brought many individuals and families to their knees in the late 1830s. Many people had begun and would continue to advocate for significant social changes that would spawn a civil war and foreshadow multiple world wars. Certainly much of this and more was what the Lord meant when He stated that He knew of the "calamities" that would be coming.

After our very own year of calamity, also certainly foreknown by the Lord, we may find ourselves feeling very much like our early Church sisters and brothers--filled with questions, reeling from problems, and wrestling to find faith and truth in trying times. Into all of this the Lord spoke from heaven, gave instructions, and began an ongoing period of restoration that brought light and life to the world. 

As we begin our study of the Doctrine & Covenants this year we desperately desire the Lord continue that great work of restoration in our own lives. He commands all who read this book to "hearken" to His voice. The question for each of us, then, is this: what do I want to hear from the Lord as I study this year?

Show Notes:

Doctrine & Covenants study resources

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A quick message from us to assure you we're still here (just enjoying the holidays), to tease some exciting changes coming for the podcast (based on your feedback), to gush our excitement for our study of the Doctrine and Covenants (we've been waiting), and to share a brief but powerful New Year's message that seems more fitting now than ever before. 

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In his final words to his modern readers Moroni "exhorts" us to "come unto Christ, and be perfected in him". The word "perfect" in scriptures, especially when applied to mortals, rarely means to be faultless; rather, it means to become fully finished, completed, or matured. In our final episode of the Book of Mormon, using Moroni's final words to us, and reflecting on the year soon-to-be behind us, we study with you just how we can make it through to be or become "perfected in Christ".

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Moroni, despite being faced with the bleakest of worlds focused his final words on the faith, hope, and charity that comes from and directs us to the Lord Jesus Christ. As we navigate our own final days of a historic year we can join him in his focus and, if done right, can benefit from the same results. Study with us this week as we seek to "lay hold on every good thing" that comes from Christ.

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November 29, 2020

Moroni 1-6 - “ordained”

In a world "without order" Moroni writes repeatedly about ordainings and ordinances which, he explains, "keep them in the right way" and help his readers in "relying alone upon the merits of Christ" (Moroni 6:4). In some of the most-speed-read chapters of the Book of Mormon Moroni takes up precious space to teach the order that can come to us as we follow the instructions the Lord gives for His Church. Study along with us this week to bring into / increase / bring back order to your life and connection with God!

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November 22, 2020

Ether 12-15 - “by faith”

Living in the latter days has never been more wrought with difficulties: from a pandemic to civil and political unrest to natural disasters and other causes of worldwide depression. It may seem like we are, as Mormon once described, "a vessel . . . tossed about upon the waves, without sail or anchor, or without anything wherewith to steer her" (Mormon 5:18). However, our study this week can provide was Moroni described as "an anchor to the souls of men [and women], which would make them sure and steadfast" (Ether 12:4). Study with is this week as we search for greater faith, increased hope, and some grounding truths in our turbulent lives.

Show Notes:

President Nelson's Message of Healing and Hope

The Story Behind the Global Prayer of Gratitude

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Music: "Something Elated" by Broke For Free

 

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