A Prophet’s Call and Apostles’ Answer

Hello dear friends!

It’s lovely to write again. I miss it. My life has taken some amazing new turns over the past few months. I still have some videos that I created in the Isaiah in the Book of Mormon Series that I haven’t posted and more planned that I haven’t filmed. I know excuses are weak, but here it is – I shifted from part-time work, to full-time work. We also moved and my husband had knee surgery. It just seems that when it rains it pours! And yet, I keep feeling a desire, yearning, and yes, prompting to continue writing. So I’ve stolen a moment to catch up.

Now I teach religion at BYU-Idaho (as a three-year visiting professor). It is heavenly! I love the strength and faith of the students and the support of the college. And, as I prepared for one of my classes tomorrow, I put together a video, which got me thinking of this blog and finding a way to steal a precious moment.

Tomorrow we are discussing the Power of the Book of Mormon in the conversion process for my Mission Prep (REL 130) class. I was profoundly touched and humbled this conference with the example of two apostles to head the Prophet’s call, and this video and lesson stem from that. I admit to not studying the Book of Mormon as I should at times. Though, in the last few months of teaching I have been struck by the clarity of the gospel message as taught through that Book. I am going to make a more serious study of it and request to teach it in the coming years. Funnily enough, it is the only book of scripture that I have only taught once. Twice the New Testament and Doctrine & Covenants, and three times the Old Testament.

Anyway, I invite you to share your thoughts (either publicly, or in your own personal journals) on different ways that you have studied the Book of Mormon (President Nelson gave some wonderful ideas) and goals for studying it in the future. Remember that the Lord will consecrate our efforts to study, even when we can only give “stolen moments”. For example, I laugh with other women as we talk about reading or praying on the toilet because when your house and life are packed, that’s about all you can give! I know that the Lord appreciates any gifts of righteousness, and there are seasons – the ability to study more (because of time) will come, and when it does, if you are already in the habit, it will be even better!

 

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Why was Israel Scattered? 1 Nephi 21:1 (Part 6, Isaiah in the Book of Mormon series)

Hello and welcome to part 6! I took a much-needed vacation with my family, and it turned out to be a much longer one from this creative project than I had anticipated. Apologies! Potty-training a very independent [read most adorable but quite challenging] three-year-old, final semester work and grading for my profession, older children’s final school projects and activities, job changing and moving (more on that later), and helping some dear family and friends with life’s amazing roller-coaster ride of tears and triumphs. You know, life!

How I wish I could be the kind of person that disciplined myself better and could crank out work like a machine! But then, I suppose I would miss out on the joys and experiences that are mine to have. It’s kind of an Alma “O that I were an Angel” moment (see Alma 29). And yet, at the end of the day, he did get his wish, as his words repentance and his great story of repentance still triumphantly go forward to the ends of the earth. It just didn’t happen in the way that he envisioned, but it did happen. Anyway, I digress!

To begin with today, if you haven’t seen Part 5 Symbols of the House of Israel, I invite you to go back and do that right now. An understanding of these symbols in scripture will really help as we move forward. The other little note that I have for you is that I have a little emotional moment in the video. My children are always shushing me when I cry. I know, it can be strange, but when I was a little girl, I learned not to hold back that lump in my throat when I tried to stop from crying – now that is REAL pain! So, please understand it for what it is, I feel extreme emotion. That is especially true when talking about the Savior and His great sacrifice. I try to hold back as much as I can, but take it or leave it, it’s part of my make-up.

Truly though, I’d rather laugh than cry. As Sister Hinckley once said,

“The only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it. You either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a headache.”
Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Okay, without any further delays, please grab your journals, scriptures and marking pens/pencils and enjoy!

 

 


Topics that are found in this video:

  •  House of Israel splits into 2 tribes – Israel [10 tribes] and Judah [2 tribes]
  • Wicked King Jeroboam (Kingdom of Israel) tries to gain loyalty by creating his own religious culture – but in the process demolishes true worship
  • Wicked pastors, leaders, and preachers (and what makes them wicked)
  • How the Lord might feel about wicked leaders who lead others away with false teachings
  • Making sure to keep Sacred things (rites, rituals, ordinances, etc.) sacred because of Who they represent
  • Assyrians take Israel captive
  • Isaiah warns remaining Kingdom (Judah) to return to God and repent or suffer the same fate as the Kingdom of Israel
  • Judah is taken captive by the Babylonians

Scripture verses that we use in the video:

Media References (special thanks to):

Wikimedia Commons

  • Assyrian War Chariot, Illustrated Universal History by Clare, Israel Smith, Published 1878 (Public Domain, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons).
  • An den Wassern Babylons, by Gebhard Fugel, circa 1920 (Public Domain, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons).

Please feel free to share your thoughts with me, either in the comments here or on YouTube. Thanks for your support!

 

Symbols of the House of Israel in Scripture

Hi everyone! In order to prepare us for studying our next chapter (1 Nephi 21) in the Isaiah in the Book of Mormon series, we need to understand some symbols. This is a quick little video to help introduce those.

Enjoy!

 

Oh, and I hope that you are looking forward to General Conference April 2017 this weekend as much as I am. Click on the link above to find out how to watch it. 🙂 So exciting!!!

Thank you so much for watching and sharing!


Pictures used in this video: 

 

 

Family Scripture Study Idea: Seminary Reading

It’s that time of year again, we’re getting close to the end of third term and the end of the school year is in sight. About now, there are several students that are finding out that they can’t pass seminary without reading the book of scripture that they have been studying, and they are running out of time! Of course, there are those kids who do the reading on their own (which is phenomenal and should be encouraged!) however, there are some that may need a little help. For those in that position (or for anyone who could use it) this idea is for you – to add that encouragement and help, while still doing your family Book of Mormon reading.

Topics that are found in this video:

Scripture verses that we use in the video:

Ezekiel 37:15-17

Talks for further study:

The Book of Mormon—Keystone of Our Religion, President Ezra Taft Benson, October 1986

Flooding the Earth with the Book of Mormon, President Ezra Taft Benson, October 1988

A Reservoir of Living Water  Elder David A. Bednar, BYU Speeches, February 2007

The Blessing of Scripture, Elder D. Todd Christofferson, April 2010

 

 

Finding Principles – A Scripture Study Tool 1 Nephi 20:14-22)

Part 4 finishes 1 Nephi chapter 20 covering verses 14-22 in which we discuss a very important part of scripture study – finding principles. We turn to Elder Richard G. Scott to learn what principles are and practice locating them. I know that studying this way can totally transform your scripture study!

I also wanted to mention that creating these videos is a work in progress!!! You’ll find that I get better and better at creating them. For example, I realized a few videos after this one that I needed to make a few seconds of pause in the video when I ask the viewer to pause (so that you aren’t flailing about trying to find the pause, or needing to rewind to find what you missed [rewind … ha ha! I am such a nineties girl! ;)] ). So, heads up for this one –  the stops are very quick! I sincerely  apologize, but promise, that if you bear with me, my methods will get better!

Enjoy!


Topics that are found in this video:

  • Scripture study tools
    • finding principles in the scriptures
    • marking similar words/phrases
  • The Lord and His Prophets
  • Leaving worldliness behind us
  • Moses cleaves the rock
  • No peace for the wicked

Scripture verses that we use in the video:

 

Videos Referenced in this Video:

Media References (special thanks to):

Wikimedia Commons


Please feel free to share your thoughts with me, either in the comments here or on YouTube. Thanks for your support!

 

Still Called to the Work – Now What? 1 Nephi 20:14

Part 3 of our Isaiah in the Book of Mormon series begins to explore two things that we should do now that we know that we’re still called to the work of the Lord. One is scripture study (and this video introduces a way of marking and breaking verses down for clarity and understanding) the second is to think about prophets and what the Lord does to sustain and uphold them, and by extension what we can do to uphold and sustain them as well.

Finally, this lesson begins a little history segment about Babylon and the Chaldean nation that shows the Lord upholding and sustaining the prophet’s words.

Enjoy!


Topics that are found in this video:

  • Scripture study tools – marking
  • The Lord’s prophets
  • History – Babylon and the Chaldeans
  • Meaning of the term Babylon in scripture


Scripture verses that we use in the video:

Media References (special thanks to):

Moses cleaves the rock in the wilderness  Old Testament Stories LDS.org

 

 

Wikimedia Commons

 

Why is Israel still called to the work? 1 Nephi 20: 3-13

This is Part 2 of the Isaiah in the Book of Mormon Series. Sometimes we wonder why in the world the Lord would still work with disobedient Israel. Sometimes we wonder why in the world our Heavenly Father would still work with us. Let’s take a moment and explore some of those ideas.

Topics that are found in this video:

  • The kind of people that Ancient Israel tended to be.
  • Showing respect for the commandments.
  • Why does the Lord still work with obstinate Israel?
  • God is keeping His word to Abraham, Issac, and Jacob.
  • God can fix broken things.
  • Remembering who God is and what is our relationship to Him.

Scripture verses that we use in the Video:

Media References (special thanks to):

  • LDS Media Library
    • The Ark Passes over the Jordan, by James Tissot
    • Moses Reading the Book of the Covenant at Mount Sinai, by Clark Kelley Price
    • Moses Calls Aaron to the Ministry, by Harry Anderson
    • Abraham and Isaac, by William Whitaker
    • Abraham Taking Isaac to Be Sacrificed, by Del Parson
    • Israel Blesses Ephraim with the Birthright, D. Keith Larson
    • Solomon’s Temple, by Sam Lawlor
  • LDS scripture maps
  • Morguefile.com
    • Iron Bars, by Erean
    • Furnace, by Erdene Bayar
    • Rusty Iron, by Quicksandala
    • Eiffel Tower, by Denna