Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Unit 1, choice 1 Luke 10:1-24 "The Lord Appointed Other Seventy Also"

The Lord's counsel and instruction to the Seventy:  Christ instructed them to be calm and be humble. He told them that it would be a hard duty to teach and administer. They should enter calmly and be serviceable to those they enter into. He told them to take nothing with them, possibly to help them to rely on the Lord and also so they couldn't be robbed. If they are accepted into a house and fed they should eat and also heal sick. If a city turns them away they should cry repentance to those people. He told them that they are blessed to hear and see so many great things.

Articles of Faith 1:6  "We believe in the same organization that existed in the primitive church..."  In our day we also have quorums of seventy and are really quiet few in number among the world. This gospel and church is the same that was on the Earth in Christ's day. We have a system in the church that is divinely appointed so that all are looked after and are visited from priesthood holders that can bless the sick. We know that the Lord is on our side if we have faith and are steadfast. The gospel of Christ will stand strong and Satan will not win the battle.

The office of "seventy" in the Priesthood: In the priesthood there is order brought down from Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. The Seventy is an office that branches down to reach all members of the gospel to be watched over by direction of the Prophet.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Unit 2 Choice 2 Matthew 17: 14-21 The Savior Healed a Young Man

List three things the Savior said were needed for the disciples to heal the man:
1. Faith
2. Prayer
3. Fasting

What is taught about what is needed for miracles to occur:
3 Nephi 18:20    This scripture teaches that you need to trust in the Lord and pray. It is important for us to be in communication with our Father in Heaven, to be hearers of the gospel word and prepared to listen and receive through the Holy Ghost.
Doctrine and Covenants 50:29      It is needful for us to be repentant people. We need to be humble before the Lord, asking for forgiveness when necessary and choosing to do our best each day.
Doctrine and Covenants 42:48     This scripture is a little different than the others. It seems that, yes if you want to be healed and have the desire it will be given you---unless! It is your time and Heavenly Father is ready for you to return and your work is done on the earth.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Unit 1, Choice 3 Matthew 14:22-33

When the Disciples first saw Christ walking on the Sea they were afraid and did not know who it was.
Peter's response, asking the Savior to let him walk on water to know it was him, was showing his doubt and made it seem like he was like others who are always asking Jesus to prove himself.

According to verse 30, Peter began to sink because when he noticed how strong the wind was he became afraid and no longer was able to keep walking on the water.

When he began to sink he ask the Savior to save him and the wording used was that the Savior stretched forth His hand immediately. He didn't hesitate, but was right there.

Doctrine and Covenants 88:67 ---When Peter was able to walk on the water, he was focused on the Savior, having "an eye single to [his] glory". If we fill our bodies with light, so much so that there is no room for darkness or doubt, we will be able to overcome and be unscathed by the storms in our lives. We will come out cleaner, stronger, and more faithful.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Unit 2, choice 1 Matthew 11:1-19; Luke 7:18-35; John the Baptist

What did the two disciples of John the Baptist ask Jesus Christ? They asked him if He was who they should be looking for, the one prophesied to come or if they need to keep looking.
3 Things I would have told John if I had been with those two men: I would tell him that Christ testified of his (John's) goodness and that those that are about the Lord's errand are always persecuted no matter what they do. I would also definitely tell of the miracles that were performed by Christ as He showed who He was. That is something that couldn't be overlooked.
Why John wanted his disciples to go to Jesus Christ: He was in prison and he knew it would be important for his disciples to keep the faith. Christ showed unto them miracles and also testified of John's good works and righteousness.
What did Christ say about John the Baptist?  He was the greatest prophet among them.
3 Reasons from Joseph Smith why John the Baptist is among the greatest prophets: he was the one entrusted with the divine mission to prepare the way for the face of the Lord, he was entrusted with the divine mission to baptize Jesus Christ, and at that time, was the only legal administrator in the affairs of the kingdom there was then on the earth, and holding the keys of power.
John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease. I think that John's attitude here is that the credit needs to go to Christ and he should be the one that people remember, remember His miracles and works and all that he does goes to the Savior. It is important for all of us to be more like this. We need to give all of our credit to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and live our lives in honor of them. We can be true Christians. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Unit 1, choice 1 Matthew 5:1-12 The Beattitudes

Definition of the word Blessed: to be fortunate and to be acting in accordance with virtue, making no wrong. Someone who is blessed receives true joy in the things that they do.

Beattitudes :
Blessed are the poor in Spirit
Blessed are they that mourn
Blessed are the meek

Blessed Are They Which Do Hunger and Thirst after Righteousness

Blessed are the merciful
Blessed are the pure in heart

Blessed are the Meek: Meekness is a great thing to be a holder of. Those who are meek are willing to learn, to be taught the word of God and to come unto Christ. They are humble individuals with a desire to know the Lord's will. People who are meek are calm spirited and are able to see things as they are, because their emotions do not override what is being taught, etc. 

Blessed are the poor in Spirit: Those who are poor in Spirit have a great desire to come where they will be fed and clothed. They have probably had battles and are now humble, wanting to learn and to become a part of something better and more worthy in life. They are seekers of truth. They are not prideful, boastful, or of any such thing, they come knowing that they may have little to offer. 

Blessed are the pure in heart: This is an important attribute, as the pure heart is untainted by worldly desires and anger/malice. No one is perfectly pure in heart, but it is something that we can work on and strive to be as we push out the bad things that lay in our heart, we give room to more beautiful and virtuous things. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Unit 2 Choice 3: John 2. Water to Wine and Cleansing the Temple

John 2: 1-22

What impressed you most about the miracle found in John 2: 1-11?  This miracle was quite simple, but it made a statement and opened the way for Christ to perform more miracles and to have people's eyes opened to who He was. 

How does the institute student manual help in understanding why Jesus Christ would refer to His mother as "woman"?  The institute manual makes clear that Christ was being humble and honoring His mother. In other translations of the same section of the bible, it seems to us to be more of this nature. To use the term 'woman' was of high respect, though today for a son to say that seems improper. Christ used the same kind of wording as He was on the cross. 

In what ways are Jesus Christ's actions in John 2: 13-16 symbolic of what He desires of each of us?
In this passage, Christ is driving out the business that is happening in the temple. I think that it is symbolic of our souls. We should not let unclean and impure things enter our hearts, minds, bodies, etc. We need to be clean and be ready to serve the Lord, not letting anything interfere with the Spirit that should dwell within us. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Unit 1 Choice 2: Luke 1: 5-80. The Birth of John the Baptist

Luke 1:14  Zacharias was told that the birth of his son, John the Baptist would bring joy and gladness and that MANY would rejoice at his birth.
Luke 1:5-25, 39-45, 56-80, and Bible Dictionary: "John the Baptist"
         What a blessing for Elisabeth and Zacharias to be able to have a son, after many years of barrenness. The family would of course rejoice at bringing a child into their family. As Mary came to Elisabeth and spoke with her about how they were both expecting and of how it all came about, their was much rejoicing as they found that Heavenly Father was blessing them and that they were instruments in the Lord's hands to bring about some very important things. After Mary left, Elisabeth bore John and both were healthy, which was something to rejoice as I am sure family was concerned for the health of Elisabeth as well as John. There were many miracles that came about that would help the family and the people see that there was something great to be had for this child, as they came to naming him John and at this point Zacharias was again able to speak.