Archive | April, 2013

#BOMTC Day 24, April 30~Jarom-Words of Mormon or Pages 139-144: Plates, Prophets, and Prosperity

30 Apr

Jarom-Words of Mormon: The Lord provided prophets and plates to preserve and prosper His people in the Promised Land!

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Something that stands out to me in these pages is how to prosper in the Promised Land. The Lord provided prophets and plates to preserve and prosper His people in the Promised Land (that is my attempt at Maxwellian alliteration…). Within these few pages we find the rise and demise of different civilizations, and generations within those civilizations, based on their diligence in heeding the words of the prophets of God. Those who preserve and obey God’s word prosper; those who do not falter. Those who obey the Lord prevail; those who rebel fail. So, do you want to prosper of falter; do you want to prevail or fail? The Lord has given us everything we need to succeed!

These few pages cover many different individuals, groups of people, eras, and years. Below you will find several charts that may help you study this material.

Below you will find the four families of Nephite…

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#BOMTC Day 23, April 29~Jacob 6-Enos or Pages 133-138: Faith-Shakers VS. Faith-Makers!

29 Apr

Beware of Faith-Shakers and Cleave to Faith-Makers!

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BEWARE OF FAITH-SHAKERS! Faith-shakers take on many forms. In today’s reading Sherem is the personification of a faith-shaker. Jacob describes meeting the faith-shaker Sherem with these words: “and he knowing that I, Jacob, had faith in Christ who should come, he sought much opportunity that he might come unto me… And he had hope to shake me from the faithnotwithstanding the many revelations and the many things which I had seen concerning these things; for I truly had seen angels, and they had ministered unto me. And also, I had heard the voice of the Lord speaking unto me in very word, from time to time; wherefore, I could not be shaken(Jacob 7:3, 5, emphasis added)

Jacob 7:2 teaches us that faith-shakers attack Christ and His true doctrine. Faith-shakers are antichrists. “An antichrist is an opponent of Christ; he is one who is in opposition to the true…

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#BOMTC Day 22, April 28~Jacob 5 or Pages 127-32: God Wants Good Fruit from OLIVE Us!

28 Apr

Awesome Allegory about God’s love for OLIVE us!

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To understand Jacob 5, one must begin at the end of Jacob 4. The prophet Jacob asked how the Jews could ever build on the “sure foundation” of Jesus Christ after they rejected Him (Jacob 4:17). To answer this question Jacob quotes from the teachings of the prophet Zenos.

Zenos’ allegory of the olive tree teaches us about the Lord’s purposes in the scattering and gathering of the house of Israel. Interestingly, the olive tree tends to be God’s great object lesson when referring to the scattering, gathering, and salvation of His children (see my post in #BOMTC Day 6 for more on this). Chapter 6 contains Jacob’s commentary on the major points of Zenos’ allegory. Jacob emphasized the Lord’s mercy and justice while encouraging his people—and us—to repent.

The scattering of branches of Israel all over the world was a blessing both to Israel and to the rest of Heavenly Father’s children, the Gentiles. Elder Bruce R. McConkie, who was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, explained: “In general, the Lord sends to earth in the lineage of Jacob [Israel] those spirits who in pre-existence developed an especial talent for spirituality and for recognizing truth. Those born in this lineage, having the blood of Israel in their veins and finding it easy to accept the gospel, are said to have believing blood” (Mormon Doctrine, 81).

As scattered Israel mixed with the Gentiles around them, the blood of Israel was spread even further. Elder James E. Faust, then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, commented: “

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#BOMTC Day 21, April 27~Jacob 2-4 or Pages 121-126: A Return to Virtue–A Return to Christ

27 Apr

A call for a RETURN TO VIRTUE!

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Today’s message from the Book of Mormon (Jacob 2-4) is a clarion call for a “RETURN TO VIRTUE”. What a timely message for your day! Virtue means “strength”, and because our strength lies in the Lord Jesus Christ a return to virtue is really a “RETURN TO CHRIST!”

In traditional Mandarin Chinese writing, the characters that make up the word virtue mean: “moral steps”. For us to have moral steps, we must follow in the footsteps of the Savior. (For a great etymological breakdown and explanation of this character see http://zhongwen.com/d/188/x119.htm)

#BOMTC Day 21, April 27~Jacob 2-4 or Pages 121-126 (4)

From riches (Jacob 2:12) to pride (vv. 13-21) to immorality (vv. 23-35), Jacob exposes the gamut of sin his people are running and leaves for us an inspired challenge to become “pure in heart” (Jacob 3:1-2) through the Atonement of Jesus Christ (Jacob 4). A…

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#BOMTC Day 20, April 26~2 Nephi 32-Jacob 1 or Pages 115-120: From Nephi to Jacob

26 Apr

Who’s ready to begin reading Jacob today?

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These pages mark a major transition in the Book of Mormon. Nephi’s final words are found in chapters 32-33. Once again we find his great anxiety for our welfare and his pattern for plainness (2 Nephi 32:8; 33:3-9). His final words are an invitation to “hearken unto these words and believe in Christ” (2 Nephi 33:10-15). A more simple, yet perfectly suited ending could not have been better for Nephi’s writings: “for thus hath the Lord commanded me, and I must obey” (2 Nephi 33:15). No wonder Nephi’s name seems to spring from our lips when asked about examples of obedience!
Jacob inherits Nephi’s Small Plates and is given instruction on what should be recorded on them (Jacob 1:1-4). Jacob is not at all new to the Book of Mormon. In fact, much of 2 Nephi is actually Nephi recording…

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#BOMTC Day 19, April 25~2 Nephi 29-31 or Pages 109-114: Dueling Doctrines

25 Apr

Dueling Doctrines! Which one have you chosen???

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2 Nephi 28 exposes the “false and vain and foolish doctrines” of the devil (v.9). Pride seems to be the main reason for people embracing Satan’s system of justification (vv. 12,13,14,15). Unlike Nephi, whose main concern is to teach with such “plainness” that “no man can err” (2 Ne 25:7,20,28), Satan prefers the “precepts of men” which lead people to “err” (2 Ne 28:14). His tactics are also exposed in 2 Nephi 9:20-22. Perhaps some of these have even worked on you or me. Nephi is quick to warn us of accepting such tempting SIN-speration. Just take a look at the number of “wo’s” that are found in vv. 15-32. One way to define wo is “grief, sorrow, misery”. Not a very tempting doctrine in the end.

However Satan is very persuasive, and if he can’t get you to accept…

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#BOMTC Day 18, April 24~2 Nephi 27-28 or Pages 103-108: A Marvelous Work and a Wonder

24 Apr

Have you ever wondered about Isaiah’s marvelous word and a wonder? Wonder no more! Nephi has the answer…

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Although in these pages Nephi is not exactly quoting Isaiah like he did before (2 Nephi 12-24), he is relying on the teachings of Isaiah heavily to teach about the coming forth of his writings (2 Nephi 26:15; 27:6-22) and the Restoration of Christ’s Kingdom on the earth (2 Nephi 27:24-26). The Book of Mormon was the forerunner to the Restoration. It was during the translation process that Joseph and Oliver received the Priesthood and received 12 major revelations contained in the Doctrine and Covenants. The Book of Mormon is not only inspired writing that must be studies by the Spirit of Inspiration, but it is also a catalyst for inspiration. As I read the Book of Mormon I am constantly inspired by not just the words that I read, but more particularly by the Spirit that is invited to accompany me…

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