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Come Follow Me
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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...
I Am a Child of God by Howard Lyon.
The scriptures often refer to the promises made to Abraham and his descendants, and if you sit in church for long enough, you will probably hear a reference or two to the “chosen people” or “God’s covenant people.” 1 As more and more people across the world join the church, many people may feel left out of this group, assuming that their less direct genealogical connection to Abraham may count...
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The Apostle Paul faced some serious challenges in his ministry to the Saints in Corinth which are reflected in his second letter to the saints of that city. Some of the saints were being negatively influenced by charismatic individuals who were attempting to undermine the influence of Paul’s teachings and authority. Some even disparaged his physical limitations, saying what Paul wrote could be “...
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In 2 Corinthians, Paul told the saints in Corinth a little about the trials and sufferings he had on his missionary journeys. His message was one of hope, that trials are here to strengthen us: We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed …. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment,...
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Paul, in his first letter to the Corinthians, includes a theologically powerful defense of the bodily resurrection ( 1 Corinthians 15 ). Towards the end, he eloquently drew upon Isaiah 25:8 and Hosea 13:14 to express Christ’s triumph over death: Then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory...
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The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the wonderful news that our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ have not forgotten us. All of us have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, but They have provided the way in which we can be redeemed from the misery of sin, overcome temptations and weaknesses, be sanctified, and find eternal life and joy in the Kingdom of God. The Apostle Paul taught that...
The First Vision by Del Parsn and The Conversion of St. Paul by Jean Daret, ca. 1647.
Joseph Smith claimed that in 1820 he beheld a vision of God the Father and His son Jesus Christ. This “First Vision” started Joseph Smith on a path that ultimately led to the Restoration of Jesus Christ’s church in the latter days. Four accounts of the First Vision were written or dictated by Joseph himself. Five other accounts come from what others remembered him saying about his vision...
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As recorded in Acts 10–15 , the leaders of the church of Jesus Christ shepherded early saints through tumultuous times. These chapters highlight how the early apostles faced such challenges as social upheaval, martyrdom and persecution, organizing missionary work, and “much disputing” among the leadership of the church that arose over unanswered doctrinal and procedural questions. The threads...
Stephen Prays as He Is Stoned via Gospel Media Library
Stephen was one of seven disciples in the New Testament who were assigned to watch over the temporal needs and welfare in the Church. He was “full of faith and power” and “did great wonders and miracles among the people” ( Acts 6:8 ). As Stephen was out among the people, some individuals from the local synagogue began “disputing” with him, but “were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by...