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L07 FDREL 122 Putting It All Together

How do you put it all together when you’re talking about Jesus Christ coming to talk to the people?  I’m not really sure, but I do know that as I have made lists of Christ’s teachings and have used the visualization to place myself in the scenario of sitting as His feet; I have felt the Holy Ghost whispering to me over and over again the last two weeks.

Additionally, I was on vacation for a week and I learned so much from my vacation time.  I was gently reminded of how much I love my children and it was put right in my face just how much my husband loves me.  I was reminded that I am a child of God and that He does answer prayers.  I know that my Heavenly Father and my Savior will bend over backwards to help people stay on the straight and narrow path and be counted as one of theirs.  I

My husband, is a member of the church, but he is not endowed and it has been a tender subject in our home for over a year now.  He has been through temple prep classes, he loves it when the missionaries are in our home and share lessons and FHE with us on Monday evenings.  He attends most of his meetings, but has not wanted to go to the temple.  And he has not been able to communicate to me why it is that he felt that he didn’t want to go.

I have been praying for my husband each and every day, that Heavenly Father would provide him guidance and help him make his way to the temple so that we could be sealed together for time and all eternity.  I don’t know that I have ever wanted something so badly.

When I came home from vacation (my husband wasn’t able to go) the house was immaculate, my husband had done many building projects and tiny little things that I have been wanting to have done around the house.  He had the older kids really help out to make sure that everything was as perfect as it could be for my arrival.  My husband must have had an epiphany while I was gone.  The love that he displayed through his acts of service and the tenderness that I could hear in his words left me in awe.

The following day,  after everything kind of settled in and I had time to ponder, I realized that it was time to ask him about the temple again.  And so, with great courage, I asked him if he was ready to be sealed for time and all eternity, and he said yes.  I don’t know that a temple trip will happen next month, or even in the next few, but what I do know is that Heavenly Father answers prayers.  My husband’s heart has been softened and he has felt the need to go to the temple.  The feelings of love and the understanding of need to cherish ones spouse can only come from Christ, and I am so very thankful that He is ever present in our daily lives.

I leave this with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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3 Nephi 15

Visualization.

A reminder from the Savior: those that do the things that Jesus taught during his ministry will be raised up at the last day.  And Christ, being the great I Am, knew that the people were curious and wondering what He had to say regarding the law of Moses.  He then told them not to marvel.  Now marvel doesn’t just mean to awe at something, but to be curious or wonder about.  So then He told the people (and us by proxy) that it is he that gave the law and that the law of Moses is fulfilled through him and came to an end.  He also says that not everything that has been prophesied about from prophets of old have yet to be completed.  He clearly states in verse 7 “I do not destroy that which hath been spoken concerning things which are to come.”  Continuing in verse 8 “the covenant which I have made with my people is not all fulfilled; but the law which was given unto Moses hath an end with me.”

Verse 9 is beautiful in its meaning and if we apply this to our lives, we shall certainly be joyous “I am the law, and the light.  Look unto me, and endure to the end, and ye shall live; for unto him that endureth to the end will I give eternal life.”  He then instructs us to keep the commandments and tells the chosen 12 that they will be a light unto the people.   Aren’t the 12 today a light unto us?  I know that I love hearing and reading their words and they certainly shed a light on my life, understanding of things temporal and spiritual.

In verse 17, Jesus explains that all of His children shall be of one fold.  Christ’s followers shall be one family, all His children.  Tribes were separated in the past one from another because of iniquity, and He will bring each of the tribes together to be as one.

To close out this chapter, Jesus makes something very clear that I had not understood from reading straight from the Bible, and that is that those in Jerusalem supposed that the Gentiles (non-Jews) should never see Him nor hear his voice.  He clearly stats that he is here and the Gentiles are hearing him at this time and He can manifest himself unto those that he chooses and ensures the Gentiles that they are numbered among his sheep.

I am glad to be a sheep, at least as far as being in His flock is concerned. Otherwise, I’m not such a great follower.  I’d rather be the shepherd.

I leave this with you in His great name, Jesus Christ, Amen.

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3 Nephi 14

We’re still working on visualization for this chapter and the next three to follow, so try to remember and close your eyes and take a moment to ponder how you might feel, what you might see and hear if you were in the place of those within the chapter.

How do you feel when you hear Christ speak?

He says: judge not, for however you judge others, you will be judged.

I really like verse 4-5 that give the example of the mote and beams in the eye.  Remember that a mote is little and a beam is much larger.

We are reminded by Him to keep that which is holy as such.

He tells us: “Ask, and it shall be given unto you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”  What I enjoy about this verse is my fairly new understanding of the word shall. Shall means “will” but with purpose.  Ask and it will, with a purpose be given unto you.  Seek, and ye will with a purpose find.  Knock, and it will, with a purpose be opened unto you.  Doesn’t that change the meaning for you.  Heavenly Father will give to us, with a purpose.

Verse 9 brings me to tears as a parent. “Or what man is there of you, who, if his son ask bread, will give him a stone?”  Would you as a parent deprive your child what he asks of, if they are sincere in heart and in need?  We must remember that our Father in Heaven will not leave us in need.  Verse 10 is similar and then in verse 11 we are reminded that we are sinners and if as sinners we can give to our children greatly, then how much more wonderful are the gifts given unto us by our Father in Heaven who is perfect?

We must stay on the straight and narrow path to his kingdom and not get lost in the crowds.  We must be wary of false prophets that are ravening wolves and He tells us how we may know them.  See what they are gathering…. do the have delicious fruit or do they have thorns and thistles?  We shall know them by their fruits.

Build your house upon a rock and not upon the sand.

I pray that you are able to take some of these instructions from our Savior to heart and apply them in your lives.  How wonderful it must have been to stand in His presence, one day, we too will be there before Him.

I leave this with you in His holy name, Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

 

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3 Nephi 13

We shall continue with visualization, and it’s pretty difficult for me to describe to you, so please take the time to close you eyes and see where you might be if you were with those that are in the chapter. Take time to imagine the sights and sounds and feelings of the ones that are present.

Additional note: remember that Christ is Bountiful and he is speaking to the twelve that he has ordained to the priesthood.

Things Jesus taught in this chapter:
1. Give to the poor, but do so that you are not looking for earthly rewards.
2. Pray in private and don’t make a huge fuss about your prayers.
3. When praying, be sincere, succinct, and not repetitious.
4. The Lord’s Prayer
5. Forgive others
6. Fast privately
7. Lay up your treasures in heaven.
8. You are either light or dark, but can not be both at the same time.
9. Seek first the kingdom of God.

What a great chapter! So clear and concise. It’s pretty hard to muddle this one up or try to make it more clear. I suppose there are some words that if one were first new to reading scripture that could be looked up in the dictionary, but other than that, this chapter is awesome!

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3 Nephi 12

Ok, so flag phrases ended with 3 Nephi 11, so we’re moving on to visualization.  With this study skill, we are going to “see” where we are and try to envision ourselves taking part in the events that are occurring.  I find that this is a lot like the setting study skill, but we won’t be asking where.

I love how in verse one that we learn that Jesus called twelve to have the authority to baptize.  I love that Christ has an orderly system and that as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints that I am a part of what He has set up on the earth.

Have you ever shared the gospel with someone?  Check out the blessing from verse 2.  Those who believe in the words that have a testimony are baptized and given the gift of the Holy Ghost from Christ are more blessed than those that were with Christ on that day.

Blessed are the poor in spirit, those that mourn, the meek, those that hunger and thirst after righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, those that are persecuted in the name of Christ, and those that are reviled for the sake of Jesus Christ. Those that are blessed in this manner will have great rewards in heaven.

Christ then states that the people that are his will be a light unto the world and that they should let their light shine before the people and glorify the work of God before all. Jesus Christ, the Redeemer calls for people to come unto Him to be saved and that if one does not keep the commandments that he has given that there will be no way to enter into the kingdom of heaven. Next, He counsels that we shall not be angry with one another and that we should be reconciled one with another and most especially with our enemies. We are counseled by Him in many ways which include turning the other cheek and to give freely to those in need. Finally, I really like the clarification that He provides in verses 47-48 which read: “Old things are done away, and all things have become new. Therefore I would that he should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect.

Can you see yourself in His presence as he delivers this address? Can you feel the power behind his words with his soft voice? Can you feel the presence of the Spirit in your heart as you read His words? … I can.

And I leave this with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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3 Nephi 11

Prior to this chapter starting; our scriptures have this information: “Jesus Christ did show himself unto the people of Nephi, as the multitude were gathered together in the land Bountiful, and did minister unto them; and on this wise did he show himself unto them.”  This is going to take the course of the next 16 chapter.

We are still covering flag phrases…. so here’s the run-down on those: verse 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12,13,15,18,23, 24, 29, 30,31,35,39, and 41.  I may have missed one or two in there.  Needless to say, the chapter is important and full of flag phrases intended for us to pause and reflect and understand what it is that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are teaching us.  Since this chapter (as stated in the first paragraph) is Christ himself speaking,there is a lot to pay attention to.

A still small voice came to the multitude gathered in Bountiful as they were talking of Christ and the voice did pierce their souls.  The voice repeated and on the third time, the people understood the voice which said “Behold, my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, in whom I have glorified my name – hear ye him.”  And Christ descended from heaven in a white robe and stood among them and he spoke to them and said “Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world.  And behold, I am the light and the life of the world; and I have drunk out of that bitter cup which the Father hath given me, and have glorified the Father in taking upon me the sins of the world, in the which I have suffered the will of the Father in all things from the beginning.”

He then said: “Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may thrust your hands into my side, and also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet, that ye may know that I am the God of Israel, and the God of the whole earth, and have been slain for the sins of the world.”  And one by one each person went forth and did; when each had their turn they did cry out “Hosanna! Blessed be the name of the Most High God!  And they did fall down at the feet of Jesus, and did worship him.”

Nephi was then called to come before the Lord and the Lord, in person, in front of this large group did give Nephi the power to baptize when He returned to heaven.  And here, is where we read the exactness of the baptismal covenant that is given by Christ himself: “Having authority given me of Jesus Christ, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.”

Christ then instructs people that contention is of the devil.  He then tells us several times that we need to repent, be baptized and be as little children and come unto Him to enter into the kingdom of God.

Verse 39 has a great promise, spoken from Christ directly; “I say unto you, that this is my doctrine, and whoso buildeth upon this buildeth upon my rock, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against them.”  What a fantastic promise from our Savior.

I will leave this chapter for you to ponder, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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3 Nephi 10

Verse 1 “and now behold, it came to pass”  two flag phrases together.  Pay attention to what is being said… there was silence in the land for many hours.  The people were so awed that everything was silenced.  Think of the quiet and still after a storm that you’ve been in.  Not even a mouse dare squeak.  Who is to break the silence, but Christ himself.

He tells us of the great cities that have fallen and that he has frequently gathered his people. As frequently as he gathered them, they fell away. He continues.

Inverse 8 we see the next flag phrase “And now it came to pass” and we see it again in verse 9.  After three days the darkness fell away to light and the storms stood still.  The people that were spared turned joyous and gave praise and thanksgiving to Christ.

Verses 14 and 15 have flag phrases in them as well as 17, and 18.  This chapter has so much to teach; my favorite is verse 14 where we are instructed to search our scriptures.

Please read 3 Nephi 10 and let me know if you have any questions or comments; this would be a fantastic chapter to have great discussion over.

I leave this with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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