#BOMTC Day 17, April 23~2 Nephi 25-26 or Pages 97-102: Importance of Plainness

23 Apr

Bro Simon Says:

Nephi really knew how to apply a quote by President Harold B. Lee:

“You’re to teach the old doctrines, not so plainly that they can just understand, but you must teach the doctrines of the Church so plainly that no one can misunderstand.” READ MORE…

Originally posted on The Book of Mormon Translation Challenge:

Click here to read 2 Nephi 25-26

Click here to read 2 Nephi 25-26

I love studying 1 Nephi 25 for so many different reasons. Some of my favorite verses are vv. 23,26,29. Some of my favorite things it taught were: (1) keys to understanding Isaiah; (2) the importance of Isaiah’s writings; (3) the scattering and gathering of Israel; (4) Nephi’s testimony of Jesus Christ’s ministry and mission.

#BOMTC Day 17, April 23~2 Nephi 25-26 or Pages 97-102 Nephi's Keys to Understanding Isaiah

Click on the graphic to read an article by John Bytheway about Nephi’s Keys to Understanding the Isaiah Chapters.

What really stands out to me is Nephi’s sincere desire to be so PLAIN that “no man can err” (vv. 7,20,28). This seems to be the pattern of The Master Teacher that Nephi has espoused. It reminds me of a quote by President Harold B. Lee:

You’re to teach the old doctrines, not so plainly that they can just understand, but you must teach the doctrines…

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#BOMTC Day 15, April 21~2 Nephi 15-19 or Pages 85-90: “But His Hand Is Stretched Out Still”

21 Apr

Bro Simon Says:

“But his hand is stretched out still”. Is that a good thing, or a bad thing? READ ON…

Originally posted on The Book of Mormon Translation Challenge:

#BOMTC Day 15, April 21~2 Nephi 15-19 or Pages 85-90 (2)

Click graphic to read 2 Nephi 15-19

Nephi continues to quote Isaiah in these chapters (2 Nephi 15-20). One footnote of interest prior to this reading is found in 2 Nephi 12:2, footnote a, “Comparison with the King James Bible in English shows that there are differences in more than half of the 433 verses of Isaiah quoted in the Book of Mormon, while about 200 verses have the same working as the KJV.” An example of how this comparison is helpful is found in 2 Nephi 12:16, footnote a, “The Greek (Septuaging) has ‘ships of the sea.’ The Hebrew has ‘ships of Tarshish.’ The Book of Mormon has both, showing that the Brass Plates had lost neither phrase” (see, “Upon All the Ships of the Sea, and Upon All the Ships of Tarshish”: Revisiting 2 Nephi 12:16 and Isaiah 2:16 for an insightful…

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#BOMTC Day 14, April 20~2 Nephi 10-14 or Pages 79-84: “SNellFour”

20 Apr

Bro Simon Says:

HAPPY EASTER!!! Here is today’s reading and post from the #BOMTC about “SNellFour”…

Originally posted on The Book of Mormon Translation Challenge:

#BOMTC Day 14, April 20~2 Nephi 10-14 or (Pages 79-84) (2)

Click graphic to read 2 Nephi 10-14

As Jacob concludes his invitation to come unto Jesus Christ (2 Nephi 10), Nephi validates his words by letting us know that Jacob has seen the promised Messiah (2 Nephi 11:3). Nephi invokes the Law of Witnesses by stating that he has also seen the Redeemer (2 Nephi 11:2). In that same verse we are told that one of the reasons he loves the words of Isaiah so much are because Isaiah has also seen Christ.

The key phrase in this chapter seems to be “my soul delighteth” (2 Nephi 11:2,4,5,6). This chapter precedes Nephi recording 13 chapters from the writings of Isaiah (2 Nephi 12-14; Isaiah 2-14). You may want to see exactly what his soul delights in before you read these chapters so that you can LOOK FOR those elements in the writings of Isaiah…

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#BOMTC Day 13, April 19~2 Nephi 9 or Pages 73-78: Scriptural Foils

19 Apr

Bro Simon Says:

President Joseph Fielding Smith taught that 2 Nephi 9 contains, “one of the most enlightening discourses ever delivered in regard to the atonement. It should be carefully read by every person seeking salvation.” READ MORE…

Originally posted on The Book of Mormon Translation Challenge:

#BOMTC Day 13, April 19~2 Nephi 9 or Pages 73-78 (2)

Click graphic to read 2 Nephi 9

Lets start off with a quote to inspire our study and pondering of the scriptures today. President Joseph Fielding Smith taught that 2 Nephi 9 contains:

 “One of the most enlightening discourses ever delivered in regard to the atonement. It should be carefully read by every person seeking salvation.” (Answers to Gospel Questions, 4:57. Emphasis added.)

Well, that is a powerful statement, by a powerful prophet, about a powerful chapter, in a powerful book! I wrote that quote in my scriptures years ago so I would always remember and consider that before reading 2 Nephi 9.

#BOMTC Day 13, April 19~2 Nephi 9 or (Pages 73-78) Chess Pieces

Starting in verse 10 of 2 Nephi 9, Jacob seems to use a literary technique known as a foil (a person or thing that makes another seem better/worse by contrast). Jewelers do this visually when they put a diamond on black velvet. The black absorbs the…

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EASTER: Creating a Christ-centered Celebration

18 Apr

There would be no Christmas if there had not been Easter. The babe Jesus of Bethlehem would be but another baby without the redeeming Christ of Gethsemane and Calvary, and the triumphant fact of the Resurrection. ~ President Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, Dec. 2000.

It may seem strange to consider at first, but after pausing to ponder we come to realize that Christmas would be meaningless without Easter. As important as the divine and miraculous birth of Jesus Christ was (and still is), it would be in vain without His redemptive, atoning sacrifice that shattered the chains of death with a triumphant resurrection (To study more about the Resurrection, CLICK HERE). Perhaps that is why our beloved prophet, President Thomas S. Monson has said:

“No words in Christendom mean more to me than those spoken by the angel to the weeping Mary Magdalene and the other Mary when, on the first day of the week, they approached the tomb to care for the body of their Lord. Spoke the angel: ‘Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen.’ ” (“He Is Risen!” Apr. 2010 General Conference)

He is not here: For he is RISEN

He is not here: For he is RISEN

Fortunately, Easter has not become nearly as commercialized as Christmas. Yet it still seems that we are distracted just enough by the little Easter Bunny and his baskets of goodies that we go running off in the wrong direction–like Alice chasing the White Rabbit into Wonderland. I like what the Church has said on this matter. To me, it expresses the proper balance and perspective we need to maintain.

Some LDS families include Easter bunnies and eggs in their family festivities for the delight of children. Such traditions are not officially discouraged, though they have no religious significance to Latter-day Saints. The focus of the holiday is religious. For Latter-day Saints, Easter is a celebration of the promise of eternal life through Christ. They share the conviction of Job: “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: and though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God” (Job 19:25-26). (https://www.lds.org/topics/easter)

The purpose of this post is to provide you with some resources that can help you make sure that the Bunny does not eclipse the Savior this Easter. These resources are all provided by the Church free of charge, and with the hope that we will use them and share them with others.

The most recent news from the Church came today, with and invitation to view the Messiah concert online throughout the Easter weekend. CLICK on the picture below for more information on viewing this inspiring concert.

View Messiah Concert Online throughout ‪‎Easter‬ Weekend! The Messiah concert will be streamed live on mormontabernaclechoir.org/messiah beginning at 7:30 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time on Friday, April 18, and will be available to play through Monday at 11:59 p.m.

Easter Music

Music is a great way to worship and remember. Hymns, children’s songs and musical performances all contribute to the wonderful spirit of Easter. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir as created a marvelous playlist of Easter music on YouTube that you can enjoy and share online. I like to let it play in the background as I work in the office.

Easter Teaching Resources

and Lesson Ideas

The Church has also produced correlated material that can be used for children, youth, and adults containing stories, activities, media, and articles to enrich your life and lessons.

Prophetic Teachings of Easter and Resurrection

For those who want to experience an in-depth study of Easter and the Resurrection, the Church has created a colossal list of resources that can be studied at the following link: RESURRECTION

#Because Of Him

Nope. The # sign is not a typo. This week the Church released a couple new Easter videos and began a social-network Christ-centered Easter initiative called, #BecauseOfHim (To learn more about this initiative and get related material, CLICK HERE). You may want to visit your favorite social networking sites and search for #BecauseOfHim to see what you find. Way more inspiring than an egg hunt!

Because of Him #BecauseofHim Day 7

Easter E-cards

Another way to help your family and friends focus on the Savior is to use the E-cards that the Church has produced for sharing on your social-networks and through email. These E-cards are a great resource and are easy to share! Try it now!!!

Easter Memes & Images

There are also many Easter memes that the Church has created that can be shared easily online. People are very responsive to gospel-centered memes and messages during the holidays (Holy days). This is a great opportunity to share in the sharing during the Holy Week!

BibleVideos.lds.org

As you are probably already well aware, the Church has also created a vast library of BibleVideos that are very powerful. A number of these videos are particularly relevant during the Easter season. Here is a list that you may want to view and share this week:

Mormon Channel YouTube Easter Playlist

The Church has created several channels for you to enjoy on YouTube. The Mormon Channel features an Easter Videos playlist that currently has 15 Easter-themed videos. As mentioned previously, the Church continues to release new media so I expect that this playlist will just keep growing. My advice is to subscribe to The Mormon Channel on YouTube so that you can enjoy all the updated content. Below you will find the Easter Videos playlist along with a few of my favorite Easter videos.

None Were with Him

One of the great consolations of this Easter season is that because Jesus walked such a long, lonely path utterly alone, we do not have to do so.

His Sacred Name – An Easter Declaration

This Easter, remember the sacred name, life,

and sacrifice of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Because of Him

Jesus Christ is our Savior. Because of Him, we can change for the better and live again with God. This Easter we celebrate His life and Resurrection and invite all to share His miraculous story. http://www.mormon.org/becauseofhim

Sunday Will Come

The Resurrection and the Atonement of Christ are the pinnacle events in the history of the world. The darkness and sadness of Christ’s crucifixion did not endure. Christ was resurrected, enabling the resurrection of all mankind. In our lives we will have our dark days, but because of Jesus Christ we can have hope in overcoming our trials and ultimately returning to live with our Heavenly Father.

He Lives: Testimonies of Jesus Christ

See and hear modern-day Apostles testify that Jesus Christ

is the Savior and that He lives today.

My Kingdom Is Not of This World

Jesus is persecuted, mocked and crucified. His followers mourn, and find the tomb empty on the third day. The Son of God breaks the bands of death and ascends to His Father in Heaven.

He is Risen: John the Beloved’s Witness of the Resurrection

The Apostle John provides his eyewitness account of the last events in the Savior’s life and his Resurrection.

To This End I Was Born

Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, and King of the Jews, was born to offer Himself as a sacrifice to atone for the sins of mankind.

He is Risen

Ponder what the Savior means to all humanity—and to you personally.

And then share the good news.

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#BOMTC Day 12, April 18~2 Nephi 6-8 or Pages 67-72: “Jehovah Saves!”

18 Apr

Bro Simon Says:

“Jehovah Saves” is the perfect message for this Easter season! READ MORE…

Originally posted on The Book of Mormon Translation Challenge:

Click on the graphic to read 2 Nephi 6-8

Click on the graphic to read 2 Nephi 6-8

The first thing we read after the separation of the righteous Nephites from the wicked Lamanites is a discourse by Jacob, the brother of Nephi (2 Nephi 6:1-3). What will be his text? Isaiah 49:22-52:2. What will be his purpose? To help us “learn and glorify the name of [our] God” (2 Nephi 6:4).

Isaiah means “Jehovah Saves” (ישעיהו, see the graphic above). His name alone helps us to “learn and glorify” the name of God! But as Jacob points out, Isaiah’s name and words are not enough. His teachings must be “likened unto you” (2 Nephi 6:5).

#BOMTC Day 12, April 18~2 Nephi 6-8 or Pages 67-72 Isaiah 50~7 LOVEThis is not the first time that Isaiah has been quoted in The Book of Mormon, nor will it be the last (see the post on “Isaiah for Dummies—Laman & Lemuel). It is also not…

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#BOMTC Day 11, April 17~2 Nephi 3-5 or Pages 61-66: Life’s Defining Moments

18 Apr

Bro Simon Says:

Decisions determine destiny! READ MORE…

Originally posted on The Book of Mormon Translation Challenge:

Click graphic to read 2 Nephi 3-5

Click graphic to read 2 Nephi 3-5

These pages begin with the conclusion of the final blessings of Lehi upon his posterity. As he addresses his youngest son, Joseph, we learn a great deal about how great a Seer Joseph of Egypt (the son of the patriarch-prophet Jacob, from the Genesis account) really was (2 Nephi 3:5-24; 4:1). Lehi uses the prophecy of Joseph of Egypt to explain the blessings that Joseph (Lehi’s son) will enjoy. This is because of the covenant that God made with Joseph of Egypt; and Lehi’s family is from the lineage of Joseph of Egypt. This is a “defining moment” for Joseph, son of Lehi. If he chooses to live the covenants that his forebearers have made he will receive great blessings.

#BOMTC Day 11, April 17~2 Nephi 3-5 or Pages 61-66 (1) Defining MomentsLehi also leaves his blessings upon the children of Laman and Lemuel (his grandchildren) from which we can glean important insights about…

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