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: 

 

 

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

Scripture Study Videos: Light Refreshments

Now that I’ve tasted Religious teaching again, I just can’t stay away. There is very little in the world that fills my soul in the same way. An idea started to brew … and we’ll see what comes of it.

For years, I’ve been approached by many many friends who have said, “I miss seminary!” “I wish you were my teacher.” “Why don’t we study together?” It’s been something that I’ve thought about for years – how do women study the scriptures together with such busy lives? There are some wonderful continuing education classes (our stake has one) and of course classes at a local Institute of Religion, many of them have an adult education class. However, there are many of us (with young children) who are finding that precious moments alone are like liquid gold – forget adding in spouse, older children, home management, work, calling, etc. into the mix. I hope that these videos will help those of you who have only 10 or 15 minutes on the run.

Here’s an introductory video:

A note about the videos –

  1. They won’t be very meaningful if a person watches without personal study.
  2. You’ll need a notebook or journal, scriptures, marking pen/pencils, etc. so that you can work with the video to learn.
  3. Ideally, start with a prayer and ask the Lord  some questions that you need answers and inspiration for. Ask for the Holy Ghost to teach and tutor you. I’m not saying that these videos will answer all of your questions, but I do know that they have the ability to be a jumping off point – a place to start so that the Spirit can lead you to the places that you need to go to.
  4. There will be mistakes, this is a learning curve for me. I appreciate thoughtful comments, ideas, and suggestions, but at the end of the day, there are areas that I am weak in and painfully aware of. Please be kind with me and with others.
  5. It would mean a lot if you would share, subscribe, comment, etc. – whatever you have the ability to do. That way, I will know whether or not these are helpful and worth the work.

Thank you so much for reading and enjoying this blog over the years, I hope that this endeavor will only enhance your ability to come closer to the Lord. I love Him dearly, I know He lives, and am grateful for His guidance in my life. I appreciate that you, too, have a deep love for and loyalty to Him.  I’m excited to grow together as we learn more about Him and His will for us.

Who is the House of Israel? 1 Nephi20:1-2

Sometimes we skip over Isaiah in the Book of Mormon, because let’s face it, reading Isaiah with all of his poetic language, imagery, and symbols can be a little overwhelming! I’ve decided to create a little video series that can help facilitate your learning. We begin with 1 Nephi 20, the first place in the Book of Mormon in which Nephi quotes Isaiah from the brass plates. We’re going slowly on this first video, only covering two verses as we begin to unlock why Nephi quoted Isaiah and why the Lord commanded us to study Isaiah’s words, he said –

 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. 3 Nephi 23:1

 

My hope is that this will be a helpful tool for you. I truly believe that it is important for us as disciples of Christ to understand the scriptures. President Monson stated –

“Participate in daily scripture study. Crash courses are not nearly so effective as the day-to-day reading and application of the scriptures in our lives. Become acquainted with the lessons the scriptures teach. … Study them as though they were speaking to you, for such is the truth.”  President Thomas S. Monson  Be Your Best Self, April 2009

So grab your scriptures, journal, and a pen or pencil and enjoy!

Oh, and just a note, I feel that prayers are so very sacred that I didn’t want to film it. I said a prayer off camera before. I invite you to pray before you watch and study with the video, so that you will learn the message that the Lord has for you. 


Topics that are found in this video:

  • Jacob, Joseph, Asenath, Manasseh, and Ephraim,
  • House of Israel
  • Zion

Scripture verses that we use in the Video:

Pictures were taken from:

  • LDS Media Library
  • Israel Blesses Ephraim with the Birthright, D. Keith Larson
  • Enoch and His People Are Taken Up to God (City of Zion Translated or City of Zion Is Taken Up), by Del Parson

 

Beneficial Fruit

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I was thinking today about the beginning of the Book of Mormon –  father and son prophets Lehi and Nephi travel to a land of promise with their large family.  The road is not easy.  Here are just some of the issues:

  • Return to Jerusalem twice (surely over a day’s journey) to get important things that they left behind
  • Robbed by Laman
  • Constant fighting and bickering
  • Broken bow in the wilderness (threat of starvation)
  • Camping in the wilderness.
  • Having children in the wilderness
  • Have to build a boat
  • Travel by boat to the new world
  • Build a home in a new, foreign land

Certainly they saw miracles (visions, revelations, angels, the liahona, women were able to have strength even while having babies in the wilderness) but it didn’t occur to me until today how much hard work and suffering they endured.  Surely a loving Heavenly Father could have had a boat waiting for them when they reached the land Bountiful!

But then we get down to the question of whether or not we want our children to walk or do we want to carry them in our arms for the rest of their lives?  When a toddler learns to walk, they will fall.  It will be a struggle.  When our children learn to tie their shoes, read, ice skate, bike, compete – whatever it may be, there will be difficultly.  Blood, sweat, tears, and more often than not,  pain (physical, emotional, spiritual, or mental).  However, if we don’t let them struggle through, how will they ever learn to do anything?

Which brings me to this absolutely amazing quote that I recently found –

Easy things never produce much beneficial fruit. Neither our Father in Heaven nor His Holy Son take delight in seeing you struggle to overcome obstacles, resolve questions, or find solutions to complex and challenging problems. However, they do rejoice when you willingly recognize that these steps are steps to growth which lead to action that molds your character.

Elder Richard G. Scott, To Learn and to teach More Effectively, 21 August 2007 during BYU Campus Education Week.  (See full transcript here.)

Beneficial fruit.

Read this next and see how it fits in –

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.   If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.  Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. (John 15: 4-8).

And look at the scripture just a few verses before this last (John 15:2) –

Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

“Easy things never produce much beneficial fruit.”  We want our children to succeed,  to be better than we were.  In a modern-day and age, with so many conveniences, that’s hard to do!  So pressure of a different kind has to be placed upon us.  Disease, death, difficulty, unemployment, heartache, temptation, trial, sorrow – trials carefully calculated to help us turn to the true vine, and through Him, do amazing things with our personal pathway.

Just look at the fruit that the Book of Mormon is bringing forth.  I know it’s changed my life, and I’m grateful that though they went through difficult circumstances, they left fruit that refreshes the soul and brings one closer to the Savior.  What a precious gift to give another – the best of oneself.  And only God, with His infinite power, knowledge and love for us as individuals, can help us become the best of ourselves and then, through His power and miracle, let those gifts that we’ve brought forth go forward to bless others.