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I am very familiar with the idea of likening the Scriptures unto us. I know we can learn from all the examples and from the history that has come before us. But somehow I missed this second piece before “THAT YE MAY HAVE HOPE”. May we have the HOPE and confidence to overcome the road before us. And may we have HOPE in the beautiful unknown. My second Ah-ha came from the understanding of why Nephi wrote down the words of Isaiah. That we may learn “about the attributes and mission of Jesus Christ.” What a wonderful addition to my scripture reading this morning. I’m still trying to better understand the words of Isaiah, and this reference helped me unlock another piece of it. #miraclemorning #ahha #scripturereading #havehope #likenthescriptures #understandingisaiah #understandingiskey
So we’re in the war chapters of Alma and this particular scripture is when Captain Moroni tells Teancum to attack the city of Mulek which is currently possessed by the Lamanites. But Teancum “saw that is was impossible that he could overpower them while they were in their fortifications.” • So how do we liken this verse to us today? • Let’s say that the city of Mulek represents any place or circumstance today in which Satan has a powerful grasp and influence. That could be at a particular party we want to go to that has alcohol, or with a movie/TV show depicting violence and bloodshed, music with inappropriate lyrics, or even staying up too late and not getting enough sleep. (I know for me, when I don’t get enough sleep I am less patient with my kids and then we have more contention!) These are places or circumstances where Satan has an advantage over us. He is in his stronghold; his fortification. When we recognize places or circumstances in our lives that give Satan power, do we want to resist or avoid all together? • Years ago I heard the analogy of a cliff—would you rather avoid the cliff completely, or maybe just go look over the edge a little bit? What is the cost of avoiding the cliff versus resisting? We can also use the analogy with cookies—or in my case, Hershey kisses—if I saw a bowl of Hershey kisses sitting on my counter, it would be REALLY hard to resist eating them. I’d rather not even see them! • May we look at our lives and ask ourselves, “where does the adversary have an advantage over me?” And then, HOW can I gain power over the adversary? • Perhaps we need to delete some songs (😬, I know that is hard!) or change what we watch, what we read... but may we answer like Teancum and “abandon...and return...” to places that will keep us spiritually safe! This war we are raising our children in—and are in ourselves—is truly us against the adversary, so let’s not give him any power! #scripturepower #lds #faith #trials #blessed #scripturelessons #likenthescriptures #momswhoknow #teachthechildren #sharegoodness
The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. Does anyone else sing the Liken the Scriptures song when they read this passage?? I love these verses with all my heart. #scripturepower #jesuschrist #bible #thelordismyshepherd #momlife #ibelieve #likenthescriptures #godisreal #trustjesus
Joseph & the coat of many colors. 💜💛💙 refer to Genesis 37-45. His cost is symbolic of the patchwork journey he had. Sold by his brothers at 17, blessed by God, made a ruler, put in prison for 2 years being accused for something he did not do. Blessed in prison by the Lord. Then, he blessed the lives of the prisoners. Then, back to become a ruler again. He interpreted dreams. Made plans of storage for the years of famine. Finally, he was reunited with his family. He forgave his brothers because he knew it was part of the plan {of God} being saved to preserve them. ❤️ ❤️ This makes me think of our own patchwork lives; the struggles we have and the blessings too. Maybe our struggles are leading us to blessings we don’t know about yet. I think yes! Yes, they are! I can see how my past struggles have blessed me and I’m learning from my new struggles; I am learning to endure more, love more, forgive more, let go of more & let Him in more.❤️ #doodlefaithbymommer #josephandthecoatofmanycolors #ldsart #ldsartist #gospelart #genesis37thru45 #likenthescriptures #drawingnearertothee
Every year I like to DEFINE the key words of the Scripture chosen as the Youth Theme. It just deepens the understanding! 👍🏻 Download for FREE! Link in bio: www.latterdayideas.com
1 Nephi 19:22-23 22 Now it came to pass that I, Nephi, did teach my brethren these things; and it came to pass that I did read many things to them, which were engraven upon the plates of brass, that they might know concerning the doings of the Lord in other lands, among people of old. 23 And I did read many things unto them which were written in the books of Moses; but that I might more fully persuade them to believe in the Lord their Redeemer I did read unto them that which was written by the prophet Isaiah; for I did liken all scriptures unto us, that it might be for our profit and learning. . How has likening the scriptures to you helped your life? And how have the words of Isaiah strengthened your faith in the Savior? . . . #bookofmormon #readeveryday #LDS #scripture #scriptureoftheday #mormon #mormons #christian #quotes #love #religion #instaverse #sharegoodness #mondaymotivation #wordsofisaiah #scripturepower #likenthescriptures #likenthescripturesuntoourselves #learning #profit #lighttheworld
Day #10 Family is everything. I was reminded about that today as I read the #bookofmormon while driving back to Arizona. It makes me so happy when I get to spend time with my whole family at once. So, this trip has really filled my heart to the brim with joy. #comethoufont #tunemyheart #Feast on the word of God #bookofmormon #ldsgeneralconference2017 #followtheprophet #roadtripbiblestudy #Kingmanarizona #lds #bomjournaling #biblejournaling #spreadthegoodword #womenoffaith #bookofmormon #lettering #tombow #messybookofmormonjournaling #mystyle #illustratedbible #illustratedscriptures #likenthescriptures #familiesareforever #❤️mykids
Episode 12 with Heidi Draper is now available on the podcast! Heidi is the first everyday Mormon girl I interviewed that I didn't know previously before reaching out to her to be a guest on the show. It was super fun to get to know her and I loved hearing about her passion for helping children and the work she does in the community. In this episode we talk about: • Her method of likening the scriptures to her passion for running, and how it has not only helped her personally but also helped her teach others. • Her experiences as a single woman, and how the Lord has provided amazing opportunities for her that she wouldn’t have had otherwise. • The importance of funding schools in lower income neighborhoods, and how people in the church can give generously to serve children in their own neighborhood. • The simple importance of loving others and listening to their stories. There are three ways to listen to this week's episode: iTunes (Apple devices) Google Play Music (Android devices) My website: www.everydaymormongirl.com/podcast/episode12 #ldslife #likenthescriptures #podcast #ldsinspire #faithandhope #positivesoul #lookingforthegood #ldspodcast #everydaymormongirl #positiveliving
When the Book of Mormon sums up my life in LA. #likenthescriptures #trafficfordays #trafficupontraffic
#Repost @lds_moreholinessgiveme (@get_repost ) ・・・ Find yourself, your circumstances, and your family in the scriptures. Find your way through your trials in the scriptures. Find your true identity and guidelines for a happy life in the scriptures. Above all, find your Savior, your Redeemer, in the scriptures. Invite the Holy Ghost to accompany you as you learn the truth of who Jesus Christ is and come to know Him personally in the scriptures. . #lds #ldsquotes #mormon #mormonquotes #bookofmormon #nephi #ldsscriptures #scripturestudy #ironrod #holdtotherod #wordofgod #seekandyeshallfind #likenthescriptures #lighttheworld #sharegoodness #princeofpeace #jesuschrist #jesusthechrist
Liken the scriptures to yourself. Isn't that the purpose of learning from past prophets/scriptures?? I definitely have reason to bless my God and my Savior Jesus Christ. #scripturestudy #3rdnephi #likenthescriptures #readeveryday
Find yourself, your circumstances, and your family in the scriptures. Find your way through your trials in the scriptures. Find your true identity and guidelines for a happy life in the scriptures. Above all, find your Savior, your Redeemer, in the scriptures. Invite the Holy Ghost to accompany you as you learn the truth of who Jesus Christ is and come to know Him personally in the scriptures. . #lds #ldsquotes #mormon #mormonquotes #bookofmormon #nephi #ldsscriptures #scripturestudy #ironrod #holdtotherod #wordofgod #seekandyeshallfind #likenthescriptures #lighttheworld #sharegoodness #princeofpeace #jesuschrist #jesusthechrist
One of the biggest reasons we have the Book of Mormon is to have another witness that Christ lives, that he died for us and most importantly he atoned for our sins. He taught his doctrine to others on the world also. Will we accept those scriptures when they come? If we are familiar with his word it will feel and be the same. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. We are so blessed to have his word! #likenthescriptures #2nephi29 #bookofmormon #bofmjournaling #scripturefun #lds #mormon #savioroftheworld #savior #witness #truth
Beware of Satan! He can look beautiful and easy. He can lull us into a comfortable place. A place that we think all is well. #bofmjournaling #scripturefun #lds #bookofmormon #devil #satan #wowowo #2nephi28 #smart #likenthescriptures
Day 114 1 Nephi 17:7-10 Nephi, instead of complaining to the Lord about not knowing anything about building ships, skipped right past the doubts and simply asked, "Lord, whither shall I go that I may find ore to molten, that I may make tools to construct the ship after the manner which thou hast shown unto me?" He trusted in the master plan of the Lord and asked for the bare essentials to get started. Likewise, we have rough waters ahead to traverse across to find the promised land we have been offered in life. We merely need to have the faith to ask where to find the basic materials we need to get started and then fully trust in the Master's plan. #Faith #PromisedLand #DailyScriptureStudy #LikenTheScriptures #Work
Watching #likenthescriptures Christmas movie with my family! #familytime #everychristmas
From the epic Family Home Evening Nerf Battle Night! Apparently Sam is sooo tough he shoots with his eyes closed! And yes, we did have a great discussion about Helaman's Strippling Warriors. #likenthescriptures #familynight #familyhomeevening #fhewithkids #fhe #nerf #nerfbattle #makemagicmoments #maketimeforwhatmatters #enjoythechaos #iamamormon
Watching the director give notes following final dress rehearsal of Bear Creek Stake's youth production of "Esther & the King." So much work has gone into this. Coming together nicely. Opens tomorrow. If you're in the Houston area, come! Fireside tonight. I'm speaking, but you should come anyway. #likenthescriptures
Several years ago, we found some wonderful movies based on bible stories put to music. Basically bible musicals 😂. They were called Liken movies and they put some humor and music into them to make them entertaining for families. My kids LOVED them! One was based on the story of David and Goliath. In the movie, as David is preparing to fight Goliath, he searches for "one smooth stone" that will be a tool for him to overcome his adversary. As he searches, he sings a song called "one smooth stone" and relates how our Heavenly Father needs us to be like the smooth rock he is searching for so that we can be directed in the ways the Lord wants and needs us to go in. If we have rough edges and want to go our own direction, it makes it difficult for us to fulfill the plans the Lord has for us. I'm horrible with giving descriptions, so if you have a chance, check it out! It even has Thurl Bailey in it! 😀 . . . #sundaysentiments #thurlbailey #onesmoothstone #likenthescriptures #letteryourfaith #shepaintstruth #calligraphy #moderncalligraphy #flourishforum #pointedpen #lettering #handlettering #30daysofbiblelettering #letteringvideo #calligraphyvideo #calligritype #typespire #strengthinletters #rockyourhandwriting #letteritjuly #handletteredabcs #calligrabasics #letteringleague #100dayproject #100daysoflifelettered #lifelettered
A sister roadtrip is not complete without a Liken karaoke party. #Likenthescriptures #Jonah #wesurvived
"And it came to pass that we fled into the wilderness...and we hid ourselves in the cavity of a rock." { 1 Nephi 3:27 } This week's school inspiration came from our morning Book of Mormon #readaloud . We are learning about caves, bears and winter. So far we have built a cave out of boxes, created our own pictographs (rock art), read lots of bear books and learned how to draw a bear for online art class. 🐻
The Chipman Family sailing aboard the Disney Magic recognized me as Prince Haman from ESTHER while playing Franco in TWICE CHARMED! I'm twice humbled for two terrific roles that have made people laugh! #magic34 #likenthescriptures
From Haman to Franco, the celebration of evil through song and dance continue! #magic34 #likenthescriptures
You all did fantastic today, sharing with all of us your art talents and also your own personal testimonies of what specific phrases or words mean directly to you in your life today! Moses did as the Lord showed and commanded him to do in front of Pharaoh by showing him the 3 signs: 1. Rod into serpent 2. Showed leprous hand 3. Turned water into blood - and still Pharaoh's heart remained hardened. Not only that, but he became extremely angry and sent his Taskmasters to the Israelite slaves and abuse them in all manner - 10x more. And not only that, but the Israelites became angry at Moses for going to Pharaoh and demanding their release. Moses understandably became frustrated and again asked the Lord: "Who am I" to deliver these people? I did what you commanded me to do, and now the situation is even worse. This is where you guys came in, and did a great job with your scripture blocks - of sharing with us the Lord's response to Moses. And how, by replacing your own name with Moses's, in your word and verses, makes it much more personal and meaningful as if the Lord is speaking directly to you. Always remember how much the Lord loves you personally. And how is He is always there, to help you - deliver - redeem - bring you to him - rid you from bondage - has heard and remembered you - will bringeth you out - be to you a God and take care of you - etc. etc. etc. Put your trust in him every day and you will know and feel He loves you and is with you. ***P.S.*** Thank you everyone for signing up to bring something tomorrow for our Scripture Mastery Halloween - end of the month & birthday celebrations -breakfast!!! #likenthescriptures #moses #deliverer #redeem #seminaryrocks
***10-19-15 - Day 49 - Like this if you read the Book of Mormon today!*** # Intro to 2 Nephi 11 # In the next several chapters, Nephi quotes Isaiah even more. # President Boyd K. Packer wrote of the difficulty encountered by many readers of the Book of Mormon: # “Most readily understand the narrative of the Book of Mormon. # “Then, just as you settle in to move comfortably along, you will meet a barrier. Interspersed in the narrative, are chapters reciting the prophecies of the Old Testament prophet Isaiah. They loom as a barrier, like a roadblock or a checkpoint beyond which the casual reader, one with idle curiosity, generally will not go. # “You, too, may be tempted to stop there, but do not do it! Do not stop reading! Move forward through those difficult-to-understand chapters of Old Testament prophecy, even if you understand very little of it. Move on, if all you do is skim and merely glean an impression here and there. Move on, if all you do is look at the words.” # Both Nephi and Jacob specifically declared that Isaiah’s writings are to be “likened” to ourselves (1 Nephi 19:23; 2 Nephi 6:5). However, even Nephi’s people, who lived less than 100 years after Isaiah, found his writings difficult (see 2 Nephi 25:1–4). Remember that when Jesus Christ came personally to the Nephites in America He taught “great are the words of Isaiah” and instructed the Nephites that they “ought to search these things. Yea, a commandment I give unto you that ye search these things diligently” (3 Nephi 23:1; see commentary for 1 Nephi 20–21 on page 43.) # #lakewood3rdward #bookofmormon #bom #mormon #LDS #embark #scripture #faith #feastuponthewordsofchrist #nephi #jesuschrist #comeuntochrist #lehi #testimony #sharegoodness #enduretotheend #Christian #likenthescriptures #ponderize #isaiah #boydkpacker
***10-18-15 - Day 48 - Like this if you read the Book of Mormon today!*** # 2 Nephi 10: Grace, a gift from God even when we are not deserving. # From President Dieter F. Uchtdorf's April 2015 General Conference address, "The Gift of Grace" # "If grace is a gift of God, why then is obedience to God’s commandments so important? Why bother with God’s commandments—or repentance, for that matter? Why not just admit we’re sinful and let God save us? # "Or, to put the question in Paul’s words, 'Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?' Paul’s answer is simple and clear: 'God forbid.' (Romans 6:1-2) # "Brothers and sisters, we obey the commandments of God—out of love for Him! # "Trying to understand God’s gift of grace with all our heart and mind gives us all the more reasons to love and obey our Heavenly Father with meekness and gratitude. As we walk the path of discipleship, it refines us, it improves us, it helps us to become more like Him, and it leads us back to His presence. “'he Spirit of the Lord [our God]' brings about such 'a mighty change in us, … that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually.' (Mosiah 5:2) # "Therefore, our obedience to God’s commandments comes as a natural outgrowth of our endless love and gratitude for the goodness of God. This form of genuine love and gratitude will miraculously merge our works with God’s grace. Virtue will garnish our thoughts unceasingly, and our confidence will wax strong in the presence of God. # "Dear brothers and sisters, living the gospel faithfully is not a burden. It is a joyful rehearsal—a preparation for inheriting the grand glory of the eternities. We seek to obey our Heavenly Father because our spirits will become more attuned to spiritual things. Vistas are opened that we never knew existed. Enlightenment and understanding come to us when we do the will of the Father. # "Grace is a gift of God, and our desire to be obedient to each of God’s commandments is the reaching out of our mortal hand to receive this sacred gift from our Heavenly Father."
And oh how beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of them that get into the mountains #rockcanyon #roomatelove #likenthescriptures
***10-17-15 - Day 47 - Like this if you read the Book of Mormon today!*** # 2 Nephi 9 -- Part three of Jacob's in-depth account of the Atonement. # Jacob wraps up his sermon with a reminder to keep spiritually-minded at all times. He reminds us to remember Jesus Christ, as he is the sole keeper of the gate that leads to God. # (v. 41) "Remember that his paths are righteous. Behold, the way for man is narrow, but it lieth in a straight course before him, and the keeper of the gate is the Holy One of Israel; and he employeth no servant there; and there is none other way save it be by the gate; for he cannot be deceived, for the Lord God is his name." # I thought verse 44 was interesting because Jacob said he removes his clothes and shakes them. This is symbolic ridding himself of the peoples' sins. Now that Jacob has warned them and taught them, he is no longer responsible for their sins. # (v. 44) "O, my beloved brethren, remember my words. Behold, I take off my garments, and I shake them before you; I pray the God of my salvation that he view me with his all-searching eye; wherefore, ye shall know at the last day, when all men shall be judged of their works, that the God of Israel did witness that I shook your iniquities from my soul, and that I stand with brightness before him, and am rid of your blood." # Jacob concludes that we need to repent of our sins, prepare for judgment day. Jacob hates sin, and admonishes his people to partake of Christ's salvation. Jacob praises God's greatness for promising to preserve his people. # #lakewood3rdward #bookofmormon #bom #mormon #LDS #embark #scripture #faith #feastuponthewordsofchrist #nephi #jesuschrist #comeuntochrist #lehi #testimony #sharegoodness #enduretotheend #Christian #likenthescriptures #ponderize #isaiah #atonement
***10-16-15 - Day 46 - Like this if you read the Book of Mormon today!*** # 2 Nephi 9 -- Part two of Jacob's in-depth account of the Atonement. # (v. 25) Divine law makes divine mercy possible. # (v. 26-27) Those without the law are not accountable; those who reject the law knowingly are cursed. # (v. 28-29) Many wise people reject divine counsel. No one will ever be able to learn as much as God, therefore, we should hearken to his counsel. Wisdom is good when it is in harmony with God's counsels. # (v. 30-38) Woe unto rich, deaf, blind (deaf and blind is figuritive for those who knowlingly trn away from Him and won't listen), covenant-breaking, lying, adulterant, idol worshipping, unrepentant people. # #lakewood3rdward #bookofmormon #bom #mormon #LDS #embark #scripture #faith #feastuponthewordsofchrist #nephi #jesuschrist #comeuntochrist #lehi #testimony #sharegoodness #enduretotheend #Christian #likenthescriptures #ponderize #isaiah #atonement
***10-14-15 - Day 44 - Like this if you read the Book of Mormon today!*** # 2 Nephi 9 # This chapter is a really deep and descriptive look at the Atonement. I am breaking this chapter up over a three-day span. # Jacob quotes Isaiah's words so his people can have hope; remember, they are part of the house of Israel, too. # He prophesies that Jesus Christ will come to those in Jerusalem and die for us. Just as death is part of God's plan, resurrection is the opposing force. The resurrection overcomes the fall of mankind and is make possible through the infinite atonement. If there was not a resurrection, what would be the point? In verses 10-12, tells the difference between temporal death and spiritual death: # "10 O how great the goodness of our God, who prepareth a way for our escape from the grasp of this awful monster; yea, that monster, death and hell, which I call the death of the body, and also the death of the spirit. # "11 And because of the way of deliverance of our God, the Holy One of Israel, this death, of which I have spoken, which is the temporal, shall deliver up its dead; which death is the grave. # "12 And this death of which I have spoken, which is the spiritual death, shall deliver up its dead; which spiritual death is hell; wherefore, death and hell must deliver up their dead, and hell must deliver up its captive spirits, and the grave must deliver up its captive bodies, and the bodies and the spirits of men will be restored one to the other; and it is by the power of the resurrection of the Holy One of Israel." # (Did you notice how often Jacob praises God throughout this chapter?) # The resurrection allows our bodies and knowledge to become perfect. Following the resurrection comes the judgment, where we will no longer have the option to shift between conditions of cleanliness and filthiness. Our fates are sealed. # #lakewood3rdward #bookofmormon #bom #mormon #LDS #embark #scripture #faith #feastuponthewordsofchrist #nephi #jesuschrist #comeuntochrist #lehi #testimony #sharegoodness #enduretotheend #Christian #likenthescriptures #ponderize #isaiah #atonement
***10-13-15 - Day 43 - Like this if you read the Book of Mormon today!*** # 2 Nephi 8 # Jacob's sermon continues, and this chapter seems to be all about the gathering of Israel. # We can take part in the gathering of Israel by assisting the missionaries or by being missionaries ourselves. # Remember President David O. McKay's saying, "Every member a missionary"? Here is a great story about the origin of that famous saying from an article in the Deseret News, Feb. 14, 2015: # "President David O. McKay presided over the European Mission from 1922-1924. Rather than focusing on previous methods that typically produced fewer results, the missionaries in Great Britain 'all decided that they would work that year with the thought that every member should be a missionary — every member a missionary.' President McKay said, 'The idea being that every member of the Church probably has a mother who isn’t in the Church, a father, an uncle, some relative, or he may have a fellow workman in the factory, whose heart prejudice is already removed because of daily contact with members. # “'And so it was decided before December of that year came each one would put forth effort to bring at least one friend or relative into the Church, and the record stands there today as one of the best that had been achieved for many years.' # "With the recent emphasis on the Lord hastening His work, President McKay’s motto, 'Every member a missionary,' stands firm as the best way to bring people into the Church. Today he might have added Facebook friends and other social media connections that broaden the network of contacts members have with others. # “'Let the members assist missionaries,' President McKay said. 'Why? Because it brings about personal contact.' — From an address in a meeting held during the 122nd Annual General Conference of the Church, Salt Lake City, Utah, April 4, 1952, “McKay Scrapbook,” no. 32 # #lakewood3rdward #bookofmormon #bom #mormon #LDS #embark #scripture #faith #feastuponthewordsofchrist #nephi #jesuschrist #comeuntochrist #lehi #testimony #sharegoodness #enduretotheend #Christian #likenthescriptures #ponderize #isaiah #davidomckay
***10-12-15 - Day 42 - Like this if you read the Book of Mormon today!*** # 2 Nephi 7 # Jacob's sermon continues. # In verse 1, the Lord asks, "Have I put thee away, or have I cast thee off forever? For thus saith the Lord: Where is the bill of your mother’s divorcement? To whom have I put thee away, or to which of my creditors have I sold you? Yea, to whom have I sold you?" # To translate, He is asking, "Who forsook whom?" God did not call off the deal, Israel's sins did. God is still as powerful and able to save as He ever was. # Throughout the chapter, it appears Isaiah is speaking "messianically" as it says in the introduction of the chapter, as though they are the words of Christ, who is not yet born at this point. He is saying that no matter what the people in the world will do to him, God will protect him because he is obedient. (Wow, the words in these verses are so powerful!) # The righteous need not fear, but those who are not obedient will perish. Time to put on the armor of the Lord. # #lakewood3rdward #bookofmormon #bom #mormon #LDS #embark #scripture #faith #feastuponthewordsofchrist #nephi #jesuschrist #comeuntochrist #lehi #testimony #sharegoodness #enduretotheend #Christian #likenthescriptures #ponderize #isaiah # Click here to go back to the full Instagram album, and check for the latest updates:https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1055587911119553&type=1
"And it came to pass that [Rachael] returned to [her] own house at Jerusalem; and [she] cast [her]self upon [her] bed, being overcome with [her broken foot]." #likenthescriptures So the story is... -I went running on Friday -I lost my balance and fell when we were going downhill on a gravel path -I broke my foot! But in all seriousness, there's not a better group of people to be with while all of this is going on! 😊
***10-11-15 - Day 41 - Like this if you read the Book of Mormon today!*** # 2 Nephi 6 # Nephi set his two younger brothers, Jacob and Joseph, apart as "priests and teachers". Jacob gave a two-day sermon that spans through 2 Nephi 6-10. # Points from the sermon, in which he quotes Isaiah: # --(2 Nephi 6:4) -- Jacob taught about God and how he encouraged his people to glorify Him. # --(2 Nephi 6:5) -- This is the second time a prophet in the Book of Mormon has asked us to liken the writings of Isaiah unto ourselves. # --(2 Nephi 6: 6-7) Isaiah's prophecy of the gathering of Israel in our day. # --(2 Nephi 6:8-9) Isaiah prophesies the fall of Jeruselem, the captivity of the Jews in Babylon, and their return to Jerusalem under Cyrus the Great of Persia. # --(2 Nephi 6:9-11) Isaiah prophesies the first coming of Jesus Christ to the Jews and how they will suffer and be scattered for rejecting him. # --(2 Nephi 6:11-18) Jacob further explains Isaiah's prophecies from verses 6-7 regarding the gathering of Israel. # The first time the Lord recovered His people, Israel, was when He brought them out of Egypt and sought to establish them in their promised land. The second time He seeks to recover His people is in this dispensation. The Prophet Joseph Smith taught: “The time has at last arrived when the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has set his hand again the second time to recover the remnants of his people” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 14). # #lakewood3rdward #bookofmormon #bom #mormon #LDS #embark #scripture #faith #feastuponthewordsofchrist #nephi #jesuschrist #comeuntochrist #lehi #testimony #sharegoodness #enduretotheend #Christian #likenthescriptures #ponderize #josephsmith
***10-10-15 - Day 40 - Like this if you read the Book of Mormon today!*** # 2 Nephi 5 # The people are separated into two groups: Nephites and Lamanites. # Sister McNary pointed out that one of the first buildings created by Nephi was the temple! Nephi said that he built a temple that looked like the Temple of Solomon (pictured). Sister McNary says, "Sound like any other prophet we know? (Joseph Smith never did build chapels only temples.)" # Elder Marlin K. Jensen of the Seventy explained how attending the temple leads to happiness: # “Nephi writes, ‘And I, Nephi, did build a temple’ (2 Ne. 5:16). Nephi’s temple may have differed in some ways from our latter-day temples, but its central purpose was likely the same: to teach and orient God’s children concerning His plan for their happiness and to provide the ordinances and covenants essential to the attainment of that happiness. # “After living on this good earth for over five decades, I can honestly say that the most spiritually mature and happy people I know are ardent temple goers. There is good reason for that. It is in the temple that the full sweep of God’s program for us is told and retold, each telling bringing greater understanding and commitment to living life His way. … # “A good test of how well we are doing in our quest to come unto Christ may be how we feel about the temple and our experiences there. Temple can be synonymous with happiness and joy. It was for Nephi and his people” (“Living after the Manner of Happiness,” Ensign, Dec. 2002, 60). # #lakewood3rdward #bookofmormon #bom #mormon #LDS #embark #scripture #faith #feastuponthewordsofchrist #nephi #jesuschrist #comeuntochrist #lehi #testimony #sharegoodness #enduretotheend #Christian #likenthescriptures #ponderize #inspiredfilesofsistermcnary #marlinkjensen
***10-8-15 - Day 38 - Like this if you read the Book of Mormon today!*** # 2 Nephi 4 # I received the following text in a group email from Sister McNary, or "The Inspired Files of Sister McNary", as I call it. I always want to pass it on because she's so wise and insightful! She is so uplifting and always sees the things I am blind to. (If Instagram cuts off the text, I will add the rest in the comments.) # To begin with Lehi ,knowing he will be dying soon, blesses this posterity and sets up this family organization. After this time there will be 7 different groups namely, Nephites, Jacobites, Josephites, Zoramites, Lamanites, Lemuelites, Ishmaelites. Throughout the rest of the book they are always named in this order. The aim seems to be to organize a household of God in a land of promise. Father Lehi is the only figure in Nephite history called "our father", apparently in reference to his position at the head of the Nephite Society and religion. He is recognized by Lamanites and Nephites alike. # This chapter contains the Psalm of Nephi in vs 17-35. # It comes after Lehi has died and the full weight of his responsibility is on his shoulders. Makes me think that the new Apostles might be feeling some of the same things. # Interesting to see that Nephi is Ponderizing in vs. 15 and 16 and it gives his great peace and strength as he thinks about how the Lord has helped him in his life. Bishop Fisher reminded us years ago the Nephi is feeling the full weight of the mantel of Prophet and perhaps, like President Kimball, morning found him on his knees. He knows that the family must divide soon since Father Lehi is no longer here to honor and obey. # About 30 years ago when I was struggling with life, I read this chapter and it changed so many things for me. I realized for the first time that Nephi had some of the same challenges I was facing. In vs.27 he wonders why he sometimes yields to sin. " Why should I give way to temptations, that the evil one have place in my heart to destroy my peace and afflict my soul?" # (Continued in comments.)
***10-7-15 - Day 37 - Like this if you read the Book of Mormon today!*** # 2 Nephi 4 # "In the Book of Mormon, Nephi speaks often of delight. He delights 'in the things of the Lord,' 'in the scriptures,' and 'in the great and eternal plan' of our Father in Heaven (see 2 Nephi 4:15–16; 11:2–8). Notably, Nephi often remembers his sources of delight in the midst of affliction, serving to lift and focus his spirit on eternal blessings." Susan W. Tanner, "My Soul Delighteth in the Things of the Lord," April 2008 # #lakewood3rdward #bookofmormon #bom #mormon #LDS #embark #scripture #faith #feastuponthewordsofchrist #nephi #jesuschrist #comeuntochrist #lehi #testimony #sharegoodness #enduretotheend #Christian #likenthescriptures #ponderize #SusanWTanner
Last night my belief and testimony of God speaking to us through His written Word was reinforced. I'm very thankful for my wife's willingness to study the scriptures with me and the Lord's readiness to enlighten and teach me on a personal level. @boozle2010 #DoutreLife #HisWord #LikenTheScriptures
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