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Saint John the Evangelist by Frans Hals via Wikimedia Commons. King Benjamin Addresses His People by Gary L. Kapp via Gospel Media Library.
As King Benjamin concluded his speech, his people said, “we are willing to enter into a covenant with our God to do his will, and to be obedient to his commandments in all things that he shall command us, all the remainder of our days” ( Mosiah 5:5 ). Benjamin then informed, “because of the covenant which ye have made ye shall be called the children of Christ, his sons, and his daughters; for...
Jacob's Dream by William Blake, 1805. Image via Wikimedia Commons.
The epistles of 1 and 2 Peter may be comparatively short, but they are significant for Latter-day Saints in that they anchor some of the more unique Restoration teachings to the New Testament. For instance, President Joseph F. Smith’s vision of Jesus Christ preaching his gospel to the dead was prompted, in part, by his reading of 1 Peter 3:18–20 and 1 Peter 4:6 . 1 Peter 3:18–20 1 Peter 4:6 For...
Apostle James the Greater by Antonio Veneziano, ca. 1384. Image via Wikimedia Commons.
As readers study the Epistle of James in the New Testament, they may be surprised to learn that James, often called the “Just” and the First Bishop of Jerusalem, references Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount no less than twelve times in his letter. 1 It may not seem so surprising when they consider the fact that this James is understood to be Jesus’s half-brother ( Matthew 13:55 ; Galatians 1:19 ) and...
Part of Dead Sea Scroll number 28a (1Q28a) from Qumran Cave 1. Image via Wikimedia Commons.
For people who know and love the Book of Mormon, parts of the book of Hebrews in the New Testament may seem vaguely familiar. One such passage is found in Hebrews 11:1–34 , which gives a list of many people in the Old Testament and all that they were able to do “by faith” while affirming that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” This is similar to Ether...
Agony in the Garden by Franz Schwartz, 1898, via Wikimedia Commons.
The writer of Hebrews taught how Jesus Christ, the Son of God, by whom the Father created the worlds, and spoke to the ancient prophets, became subject to mortality in order to redeem, sanctify, and glorify those who will receive Him. He suffered, died, and was “crowned with glory and honor” in order to bring “many sons unto glory” ( Hebrews 2:10 ). He was willing to do this because we all share...
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The Book of Mormon is a volume of sacred scripture, but did you know that it also contains references to monsters and mythical creatures? The prophets in the Book of Mormon did not lack creativity when they described their lives and views on the gospel. You may be surprised at what these three monsters mentioned in the Book of Mormon can teach us about faith in our Heavenly Father and Jesus...
Saint Paul Writing His Epistles by Valentin de Boulogne via Wikimedia Commons. King Benjamin Addresses His People by Gary L. Kapp via Gospel Media Library.
In his letters to the Thessalonians, the Apostle Paul reminded the saints that when he and his companion Silvanus (also called Silas) were with them in Thessalonica, they “worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you while we proclaimed the gospel of God” ( 1 Thessalonians 2:9 NRSV ; cf. 2 Thessalonians 3:8 ). Some of the Thessalonians had become lazy and idol ( 2 Thessalonians 3:...
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In Colossians 2:7 , Pauls asks us to be "Rooted and built up in [Christ]." Check out this new video about one powerful way we can be rooted in Christ to overcome lifes challenges. This video is the first of our new Come Follow Me Lesson series. This week’s Come Follow Me lesson mentions being rooted in Jesus Christ. Paul says in Colossians, “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord,...
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The Pauline epistles of Philippians and Colossians only receive brief attention in the official Come Follow Me curriculum for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Nevertheless, these texts contain valuable teachings for Latter-day Saints. For instance, much of the language of the thirteenth Article of Faith is drawn from Philippians: Article of Faith 13 Philippians 4:8 We believe in...
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Ephesians 4:11–14 is a well-known passage that declares that Christ called apostles, prophets, and other leaders for “the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God.” In this analogy, various leaders and members of the Church are like various body parts and...