• Come Follow Me // Acts 22-28

    Paul retells his experience on the road to Damascus twice in this week's Come Follow Me chapters. He is going to share his testimony with the same mob that tried to kill him in Acts 21 as well as King Agrippa II -- who happens to be the great-grandson of the Herod that killed all of the children in an attempt to stop the coming Messiah.

    What do you make of Agrippa's statement: "Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian."? Do you think he was saying that Paul and nearly convinced him? Or, like some modern-day translators, do you think he was being sarcastic?

    As a teaching idea for Come Follow Me this week, whether in your family or a gospel doctrine class, ask your class how they might describe a group of people that had nearly beaten them to a pulp. Notice what Paul calls the mob in Acts 22. Why does Paul choose those three words to describe his persecutors? What do you learn about Paul from that verse? In what ways is Paul teaching us about Jesus Christ in that single verse?

    52m - Aug 4, 2023
  • Come Follow Me Act 6-9

    Stephen becomes the first martyr after the Resurrection / Saul becomes Paul / Ananias is tested

    Wow, there is so much going on this week. For example, we will dive into the fact that the Lord doesn’t expect Saul to change at his core, but rather, take who he already is as an individual and simply align that with Gospel principles. We will discuss how often the Lord allows us to test our faith because of the people we are around. So, thanks for joining us and lets get going.

    54m - Jul 17, 2023
  • Come Follow Me // Acts 1-5

    The book of Acts (or Acts of the Apostles) is perhaps one of the most applicable and significant books of scripture for Latter-day Saints. When we discuss the "restoration" of Christ's New Testament Church, it is the model established in Acts that we are referring to. It is the model of a Church led by the Savior Jesus Christ through Apostolic keys.

    This week we have the opportunity to discuss prophetic process to revelation, prophetic fallibility, Pentecost, changing Church culture and challenges to growth, as well as the personal accountability to being honest with Priesthood leaders and others in our lives.

    1h 6m - Jul 3, 2023
  • Come Follow Me Matthew 28, Luke 24, & John 20-21

    The empty tomb is the most significant symbol in Latter-day Saint theology -- in any Christian theology really! The Resurrection of the Lord, Jesus Christ, makes God's plan possible. It may well be the most overlooked and under-appreciated doctrine. And yet, the act of breaking the bonds of death is the central act making our return to live with God possible.

    1h 2m - Jul 1, 2023
  • Come Follow Me // Matthew 21-23; Mark 11; Luke 19-20 // Take a Second

    We get to begin our study of the last week of the Savior's mortal ministry and the important teachings leading up to the Lord's atoning sacrifice.

    40m - May 19, 2023
  • Come Follow Me // Matthew 19-20; Mark 10; Luke 18

    What became of the rich young ruler that went sad after the Savior invited him to give away all that he had? A great teaching idea for this week's Come Follow Me discussion would be to give the class (or your family) the opportunity to write out three different endings to the story: (1) he goes home and does it right away (just because he was sad doesn't mean he didn't do what the Savior asked him to do); (2) he goes home and refuses at first, but eventually does it; (3) he never gives it away. Talk about what outcomes might come from each possible outcome and why?

    Have you ever wished that you could have joined the Church later in life so that you might have had the chance to experienced a little bit of sin before making your covenants with the Lord? Well, if you have, you certainly are not alone. However, you might change your mind after today's discussion about the parable of the Laborers.

    50m - May 10, 2023
  • Come Follow Me for Luke 15 // The Lost Parables

    The lost parables provide significant perspective on how God expects His disciples to feel towards the repentant sinner -- even those that haven't completed the repentance process yet. Additionally, Stuart and I discuss whether or not we believe there is a flock of 99. Is it possible that this flock that "needs no repentance" is a myth that Jesus was using to grab the Pharisees' attention?

    49m - May 6, 2023
  • Come Follow Me for John 7 to 10

    Take a Second for Come Follow Me. This week we go through the Savior's counsel on how to get a testimony of his doctrine and His gentle concern for the woman caught in adultery and the hypocritical Pharisees.

    52m - May 5, 2023
  • Come Follow Me Luke 10

    The Good Samaritan. How do you read this story? Is it about how you should treat others? Is the story about Jesus saving Adam and Eve from the effects of the Fall? Stuart and I go into both possibilities.

    Below are the links that I mention in the video.

    Forgive others video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ne1LVbLPA98

    Jack Welch's article: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/ensign/2007/02/the-good-samaritan-forgotten-symbols?lang=eng

    29m - May 4, 2023
  • Come Follow Me Matthew 13 // Parables

    "Why teach in parables? To hide the real meaning. That's right. To hide the meaning. Why would Jesus want to hide the meaning of his parables from the people listening?"

    What a great conversation that might be in a Come Follow Me discussion group this week. If you have any ideas, please leave them in the comments below.

    Please make sure to check out the link to the Joseph Smith quotes about the parables and how the connect to the restoration of the gospel. You can find them in the Come Follow Me 2023 manual for Individuals and Families.

    Also, you should check out this video on the parable of the wheat and tares. (You can skip the first few seconds with clips of bugs) Your class/family might enjoy it:


    32m - Mar 17, 2023
  • Come Follow Me // Matthew 11-12 & Luke 11

    Hey everyone, welcome back to Take a Second for Come Follow Me. So glad we get to join you for a little Come Follow Me study this week. This week we get to talk about coming to Christ for yourself; how John the Baptist was more than just a prophet; sign seeking vs. sign recognizing; easy and heavy burdens; and so much more.

    40m - Mar 10, 2023
  • Mark 5 // Take a Second for Come Follow Me 2023

    Today we get to discuss the woman with the issue of blood, Jarius' daughter, and access to God's power. The healing power of Jesus Christ is a fundamental part of the gospel message from the New Testament. He went around healing physical issues as evidence of His ultimate mission to remedy all spiritual ailments.

    In Mark 5, there is an account of two unique girls/women. One, having suffered with a bleeding issue for over 12 years and the second facing a much more recent, but also more life-threatening illness. Jesus Christ comes to the aid of the second, but the first woman seeks Christ.

    36m - Mar 2, 2023
  • Matthew 8 & Mark 2-4

    Jesus Christ is THE healer. President Howard W. Hunter said that anything Christ touches lives. This week we get to spend time focusing on a number of different circumstances where President Hunter's words are realized. As you study the Savior's healing touch, ask yourself, "Out of all the miracles that Jesus Christ must have performed during his ministry, why did this one make it into the recorded word of God?" In each of these experiences, there is something for us to learn about the Savior and our relationship with Him.

    43m - Feb 22, 2023
  • Come Follow Me Matthew 6-7 // Take a Second

    The Sermon on the Mount PART 2! As the Savior continues His sermon, it is important to remember that there is no break in the sermon between chapter 5 and 6 or 6 and 7. Scholars have broken the sermon into chapters to make reading and digesting the sermon easier. The themes, however likely carry through from chapter to chapter.

    With that in mind, we should consider the apparent contradiction in the Savior's message. In chapter 5, Jesus said, "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. . . . Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works..." (vs 14, 16)

    Then, in chapter 6, he says that we should serve others and say our prays in secret and not let anyone know when we are fasting.

    Well what is it? Should we do our good works in public or should we keep them hidden?

    In this discussion, Stuart and I discuss this and the impact of our motivations on our good works as well as a tip from Elder Robert D. Hales on how to measure our motives.

    Another great point from this epic sermon is the idea of judging others. The Joseph Smith Translation seems to make allowances for "righteous" judgment, but what is that and what does it look like?

    41m - Feb 17, 2023
  • Take a Second for Matthew 5 and Luke 6 // Come Follow Me New Testament

    What is your favorite beatitude? If you could pick one to perfect, which one would it be and why? Leave a comment below and see if you choose the same one as others.

    Is it the Sermon on the Mount? or the Sermon on the Plain? Was it the same sermon or different sermons or the same sermon given at two different times? Do you ever wonder if we are asking the wrong questions? Maybe, just maybe, it would be more worth while if we started asking how we are doing at living the sermon rather than debating the location of the sermon.

    Well, in this episode of Take a Second for Come Follow Me, Brother Black and I will delve into both sets of questions. This week, we get to study the introduction to the Savior's great sermon (all geography aside).

    38m - Feb 9, 2023
  • Take a Second for John 2-4 // Come Follow Me 2023

    John most significant purpose was to show that Jesus Christ was God made flesh. After illustrating that Jesus was both with God and was God in the premortal life, John begins his record with a number of signs (or miracles) that demonstrate the Savior's power over the elements and his ability to know the individuals He teaches as only a God can know them.

    Today we will cover the account of Jesus turning water into wine at the marriage in Cana and highlight the faith of the servants. These unnamed stalwarts provide a great example of acting in faith even in the absence of evidence.

    Then, Brother Black and I briefly touch on some insights we found about Christ from His interaction with Nicodemus. There are some incredible insights about the Holy Ghost and what we can look for in our own lives when trying to identify the Spirit's influence.

    Finally, we get to dive into the Savior's conversation with the woman at the well. It is no coincidence that the woman is a Samaritan and that the Savior found a quiet opportunity to approach her privately, without the intrusive and possibly judgmental looks and questions of others.

    41m - Jan 31, 2023
  • Take a Second for Matthew 4 & Luke 4-5 // Come Follow Me 2023

    This week in Come Follow Me, we get to discuss the temptations of Christ, His early disciples, and the beginning stages of the Savior's ministry.

    There are several instructive patterns in the experiences that Jesus Christ has with the adversary in Matthew 4 & Luke 4. Notice the kind of temptations; consider the reasons that it would be wrong for Jesus to act on the temptations (i.e. is there anything inherently evil about turning stones into bread -- nope); notice the Savior's method for escaping temptation and overcoming the adversary.

    Brother Black and I also discuss some of the interesting facts about the Savior's ministry.

    41m - Jan 25, 2023
  • Matthew 3, Mark 1, & Luke 3 // Take a Second for Come Follow Me 2023

    Introduction to Mark and why he wrote his Gospel. Mark was very intentional about how he introduced us to Jesus Christ. We also address the baptism of Jesus Christ and why He was baptized with the people and in the same manner as the people. On the covenant path, Christ is both a traveler and the guide. 

    This week we get to focus on Jesus' invitation to leave behind our daily worries and take upon us His cross and burdens.

    38m - Jan 19, 2023
  • Take a Second for John 1 // Come Follow Me 2023

    John is the most unique of the four gospels. Nearly 90% of his material is unique to himself. His writing style is interesting because he never refers to himself by name and he does not try and offer a historical approach to the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Instead, John tries to establish the divinity of Christ by showing his God-like power in mortality. It is quite apparent, more so than in the other gospel, that John is writing from a post-resurrection perspective. Take for example, the additional commentary whenever Judas Iscariot is mentioned. It is clear that, by the time John is writing his gospel, Judas has betrayed the Savior and John is not trying to withhold that until the event in the record.

    29m - Jan 12, 2023
  • Matthew 2 & Luke 2 / Take a Second for Come Follow Me 2023

    There are so many different ideas surrounding the nativity of Jesus Christ, and many of them cannot be found in the scriptures. In addition to the things that we add to the story that are not there, it seems surprising how many people we overlook or misread when examining the birth-story of our Savior.

    One of the most powerful teaching tools when approaching the scriptures is to place yourself in the story. Find circumstances that are similar to where you find yourself in this moment. Do you feel like you have been waiting for a certain blessing for a very long time -- maybe so long that you are not sure it is ever going to come? Well, then pay special attention to Anna in Luke 2 this week. Or, on the other hand, maybe you feel like you have been trying so hard to find the Savior, but it just seems like it is just too hard or too far away. Then your story lines up with the wise men. Whatever story you resonate with this week, spend some time considering what those individuals did to find the Christ-child. And remember the fact that everyone searching for Jesus Christ with pure intentions finds Him.

    53m - Jan 7, 2023
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