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):
- 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).
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