Saturday, December 7, 2013

Abide in the Doctrine of Christ

Christmas is rapidly approaching. I am so excited for the opportunities I get to share with my families.

1.    Read 2 John 1:7 and the institute student manual commentary for 2 John 7, “For Many Deceivers Are Entered into the World” (p. 437). Summarize in one or two paragraphs the false doctrine John warned against, where it came from, and what effect it would have if it were believed.

John was warning us about anti-Christs. That means those people who profess that Christ is not real. They were around in his day as well as ours. We know that Christ has come in the flesh and has sacrificed himself for us and with this knowledge we can be saved at the last days.
2.    Read 2 John 1:8–13. Write one or two sentences explaining what counsel John gave that could help avoid this and other false doctrines generally.
John teaches us that if we follow the counsel of the Gospel of Jesus Christ we will have God with us, and the Spirit will allow us to know what is right.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A Peculiar People

Sorry this is so late. Thanksgiving was great. I got to spend some time with family, but I forgot about this post so here is is now.

1.  Let's read 1 Peter 2:9–10, including footnote f  and also read the institute student manual commentary for 1 Peter 2:9, “What Is the Meaning of the Phrase ‘a Peculiar People’?” (pp. 416–17) and commentary for 1 Peter 2:9, “What Is a Royal Priesthood?” (p. 417). Write a brief definition of the following phrases:
o       Chosen generation
  A chosen generation means that God has chosen us to be here at this time. Each generation is chosen; this is not to mean that we are not all special in God's eyes, because he did choose us to be here at this time and in this place.
o       Royal priesthood
  A royal priesthood is exactly as it seems. We hold the priesthood of God, and as the manual puts it the king of all kings, thus we are hold a royal priesthood.
o       Holy nation
  A holy nation is one that has been called of God and God wants us to be his.
o       Peculiar people
  I like what President Joseph Fielding Smith had to say on this: "And we will be peculiar because we will not be like other people who do not live up to these standards." We will be Lord's people and this will make us different from other people.
2.  Now lets read 1 Corinthians 6:19–20; Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 1:18–19; Mosiah 3:7; Doctrine and Covenants 18:10–11 and describe the price that was paid to help us become God’s “peculiar people.”
We have been bought with Christ's blood. He suffered everything that we would ever go through in this world and more so that he could know what is like to feel what we feel, so he can relate to us. Finally Christ died for all of us so that we could live again.
3.    Search 1 Peter 1:13–25; 2:1–17; 3:10–11; 4:8; 5:6–8. Make a list of principles that, when followed, help us remain God’s peculiar people.
  • Obedience
  • Be holy
  • Be kind
  • Abstain from lusts
  • Honor Men
  • Love the brotherhood
  • Honor the King
  • Speak no evil
  • Charity
  • Humility
  • Be vigilant

4.    The First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles declared: “By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners” (“The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Ensign, Nov. 1995, 102). Read 1 Peter 3:1–12 and identify three principles that relate to the statement above.
  1. Wife's should be "subject" to husbands (by this I don't mean that they have to take abuse, but follow his counsel as he follows the counsel of God).
  2. Husbands honor wives (Should be equal partners).
  3. Be ye all of one mind (the family needs to work together and be equal).

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Works of Righteousness

Paul concluded his epistle to the Hebrews with some brief teachings and statements of counsel. Read Hebrews 13 and find statements about the following questions:
• How should we treat strangers and those “in bonds”?
Paul says to entertain strangers and those in bonds.
• How is marriage looked upon?

Paul states that marriage is honorable and the bed undefiled
• What warnings are given about covetousness?

The warning is that we need not to covet because the Lord will never leave us.
• What is “the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever”?

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever
• How are we sanctified?

We are sanctified through the blood of Christ.
• How do we respond to those who rule over us?

We need to obey them that rule over us and to submit ourselves to them.
• Who did Paul ask the people to pray for?

Good conscience, live honestly, 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Jesus Christ is Greater than Angels

This week we are going to be looking into Hebrews 1-2 and we are going to be looking more into Jesus Christ.

1. Lets look at “Epistle to the Hebrews” in the Bible Dictionary under Pauline Epistles (pp. 746–47). Read the first paragraph and the “Analysis of Hebrews,” number 1–5, and we are going to make a list of what Jesus Christ is superior to.

  • Sin
  • Boasting
  • Death
  • Comment on this post with some of the ones you found.

2.   Now let's read Hebrews 1 and make a list of three truths Paul taught about the Savior Jesus Christ.
  • An appointed heir of all things
  • Creator of worlds
  • First begotten into the world

3.  And finally lets read Hebrews 2:7–18; 4:13–16; Alma 7:11–15; Doctrine and Covenants 122:8, and describe how these scriptures explain reasons the Son of God came to earth to experience mortality.
  • He needed to suffer in order to make perfect our salvation
  • To deliver us from bondage
  • To succor us
  • So that he can relate to us personally

Saturday, November 9, 2013

“Be Thou an Example of the Believers”

Alright so this week we are going to be looking into 1 Timothy. We have to remember that Paul wrote this to a person who was already a member of the church and who had great knowledge of the workings of the church. It also appears that Timothy is one of Paul's most trusted friends and companions. 

1. Let's first have a look at 1 Timothy 2:9–10 and describe in writing what Paul said about dress standards. 

Here Paul talks about how we need to be modest in dress (I know he says women, but it can also apply to men). We also don't need to wear all kinds of fancy jewelry and broadcast our wealth.

How does Doctrine and Covenants 61:18, 36 help us understand that what Paul taught applies to both men and women?

It teaches us that we need to warn everyone and encourage everyone to live up to the standards set by the Lord.

Study Moses 6:9; Mosiah 2:37; Alma 41:2. Then list three reasons our bodies could be considered sacred.

  • God created us
  • God/the prophets refer to them as temples.
  • Our bodies will be resurrected 

How does understanding that our bodies are sacred help us know why they should be covered modestly? 

Knowing our bodies are sacred allows us to know where we come from and it helps us to want to cover up our bodies and not show them off to the world. Things that are sacred shouldn't be broadcast about.

What is mentioned in Alma 1:32 that relates to the other concern Paul mentioned about dress? 

Alma mentions that people not of the church at his time wore costly apparel, which in some cases (not all) can lead to other sins.

What can you do to apply these principles in your life?

This is something I want you to think about personally, but as for me, I can remind myself that I don't always have to have the best things, especially when it comes to clothing. I just need to be able to cover everything up.
2.    List the evidences Paul mentioned in 1 Timothy 4:1–5 that an apostasy would not only come in the future, but that some people were already practicing false doctrines:
  • Seducing spirits
  • Doctrines of devils
  • Lies and hypocrisy
  • Forbidding to marry
  • Abstain from meats

3.    How could Paul’s counsel to Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:12 be used to strengthen a new missionary or a young person called to serve in any responsibility?
It can be strengthening because it shows that even though one may be young it doesn't mean that we can't be examples and show the way that we are supposed to live. We don't need to rub it in their faces, but we can just be a quite example.
4.    Review 1 Timothy 6:7–11 and answer the following questions:
  • What did Paul teach about the love of money?
    • Loving money can lead us to fall into pits of sin
  • In what sense is the love of money the “root of all evil”?
    • The love of money being the root of all evil is when men seek after money more than they seek after the things of God. It is not a sin to have money, but it is a sin to want money more than God.

5.    What guidelines are given in 1 Timothy 6:17–19 and Jacob 2:18–19 that when followed can help ensure that you do not focus too much on money or material wealth?
Paul teaches us that we need to not lay hold our riches, but lay hold the truths of God and trust in him. He says before that we did not bring anything into this world and we won't be able to bring anything physical out of this world. We also need to lay a sure foundation in Christ and God. We need to seek for God first and then riches. If we seek for riches we need to use them for good.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Becoming New Creatures in Christ

This week we are going to be looking into Paul's letter to the Colossians. There's a lot of good stuff this week, so lets just dive right in.

1. First we are going to make a list of names, titles, and phrases used by Paul in Colossians 1:13–2:7 to describe the Savior. 
    • His Son
    • The Firstborn of every creature
    • The Firstborn of the dead
    • the head of the body and the church
  • What did Paul teach that Jesus Christ has done for us?
    • Paul teaches us that Christ has done everything for us. He created the heavens and the earth, he performed the atonement, he gives us knowledge and wisdom, he gives us the resurrection.
  • What do these verses teach about the responsibilities we have to receive the blessings of the Lord?
    • The verses teach us that we need to follow the commandments and live up to our covenants in order to receive the blessings promised.
2. Next write Helaman 5:12 next to Colossians 2:7 in the margin of your scriptures (or in the notes section if you are using it online or on your smart phone). After reading these two scriptures, write a paragraph explaining what it means to be “rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith.”
  • As we put our faith in Christ we can become strong in our testimony. We don't have to worry about our foundation failing us. I am reminded of a primary song entitled, "The wise man and the foolish man." We learn from this song about a wise man who built his house upon a firm foundation and when the rains came and the floods came his house did not fall; however there was a foolish man who did not build his house on a strong foundation and when the rains came and the floods rose his house was washed away. When temptation and sin come our way, if we have our foundations strong we will not falter.

3. Review Colossians 2:8, 18 and the institute student manual commentary for Colossians 2:18-19, “What does Paul Mean by the Worshiping of Angels?” (p. 345). List at least four means of deception Paul warned the Saints about in Colossae. What does 2 Nephi 9:28-29 add to what Paul warned.
  • We can be deceived through philosophy, traditions of men, traditions of the world, and through the pride of the world.
  • Nephi adds that we need to be careful of the counsel of the world.

4. Review Colossians 3 and make a list of what we should “put on” and “put off” or “mortify.” Make a chart like the following one and place your findings in the corresponding column:

Things We Should Seek After or “Put On”
Things We Should “Mortify” or “Put Off”
  • Things above the earth
  • Mercy
  • Kindness
  • Humility
  • Meekness
  • Long suffering
  • Forgiveness
  • Charity
  • Peace
  • Wisdom
  • Gratitude
  • Love
  • Fornication
  • Uncleanliness
  • Inordinate affection
  • Evil concupiscence
  • Covetousness
  • Idolatry
  • Anger
  • Wrath
  • Malice
  • Blasphemy
  • Filthy communication
  • Lying

5. Review Colossians 3:15-21 and identify in writing several ideas that would help families live in greater harmony. Then answer the following questions in writing:
  • What specific counsel did Paul give to children, parents, husbands, and wives?
    • Wives love husbands
    • Husbands love wives
    • Children love and obey parents
    • Do all things heartily unto the Lord
    • Sing praises together
    • Serve Jesus Christ
  • What did Paul teach about the importance of hymns?
    • Hymns can teach us
    • They bring us together as a family
    • Give praise unto God

Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Gospel of Christ is the Power of God unto Salvation

This week should be pretty awesome. We get to look into Paul's epistle to the Romans.
We are going to go over a few scriptures and look at some of the things in them. 
1.   Lets Review Romans 1:3–4; Luke 1:31–32; 3:23–31. Jesus Christ is both the Son of David and the Son of God because of the way the lineage works. Mary came from the line of Davis as did Joseph, but he was also the Son of God because of how he was born. The Lord should be able to reign both the kingdom of God and the kingdom of David, which is Jerusalem. 
Being the son of David, He was mortal; being the Son of God, He was immortal. Reading John 10:17–18 we learn why it is important the Lord is both mortal and immortal. It was important because it was supposed to be his choice to lay down his life and to die for us and perform the Atonement. 
2.   Now let us Review Romans 1:15–20 and answer the following questions:
o       How did Paul feel about the gospel?
  • Paul felt that he should not be ashamed of the gospel. Once converted, he did everything he could to spread the gospel of Christ.

o       In what ways can you show you are not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ?
  • I want you to think about this personally. Some things that I thought of are that we can continue to live as an example of Jesus Christ. 

3.    Review Romans 1:21–32. Then respond to the following items:
o       Make a list of the people’s sins by using the verses and the footnotes.
  • Vain in their imaginations
  • Worshiped images
  • Lust
  • Homosexuality
  • Fornication
  • Envy
  • Murder
  • Deceit
  • Covenant breakers

o       Place a checkmark next to the sins on your list that are still a problem today. (This you can do on your own)
o       What reasons were given for why people commit these sins?
  • They did not retain God in their knowledge, meaning they did not think about God.

o       What does it mean in verse 25 when Paul said that people “worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator”?
  • It means that they did not follow the Spirit but followed the Natural Man.

Saturday, October 19, 2013


Today we are going to talk about forgiveness. We are getting into Paul's epistles to the Corinthians.

Lets review a few scriptures: 2 Corinthians 2:1-11, Matthew 6:14-15, and Doctrine & Covenants 64:9-10.
(Doctrine and Covenants are found the the triple combination of the LDS scriptures or are found online at

Then lets go over the following questions:

  • What were the people of Corinth commanded to do "if any have caused grief?"
    • The people of Corinth were commanded to forgive them, and show an increased measure of love and kindness. They/we should also "confirm" our love for them.
  • What blessings do we see if we forgive?
    • One of the main blessings that we receive from forgiving others is forgiveness ourselves. Heavenly Father will forgive us when we forgive others.
  • What is the danger of failing to forgive?
    • The dangers are that we will not be forgiven and we will be committing a greater sin than the person who offended us. 
We need to put our trust in the Lord and forgive others, even when it seems like a really hard thing to do. We are given the power to forgive others, so we can do it we just need to put our mind and heart to it. I also think that the person we need to forgive the most is ourselves. We are the hardest on ourselves and so it is that much more important to forgive ourselves. We can overcome anything with the help of the Lord through the Atonement.

The following video is one amazing man's experience with forgiveness. May we all be like unto him and forgive.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Being Influential for Good in the Lives of Others

Lets read 1 Corinthians 9:1,16,20-23.

What does Paul say about his position in the church?

Paul is an apostle in the Church. He is a special witness of Christ.

What does Paul say about being influential in the lives of others?

Paul teaches us that we need to be compassionate and empathetic toward others so that they may be able to be happy. If we can relate we can make other's happy.

Please comment to keep this conversation going.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Paul's Cousel to Members

The scriptures we are going to look at this week are:
1 Thessalonians 3:12-13; 4:1-12, 5:1-22
2 Thessalonians 3:1-6,11.

Let's compile a short list of attributes Paul asks of the members:

  • Abound in love
  • walk and please God
  • Know the commandments
  • Live the law of Chastity
  • Love one another
  • Study
  • Work
  • Be Honest
  • Children of Light
  • Watch and be sober
  • Peace
  • Rejoice
  • Pray
  • Abstain from all appearance of evil
Now that we have a list we need to pick a few that we can work on:
  1. Walk and Please God
    • Sometimes I find it hard to remember Christ throughout the day, so that is one thing that I will work on is to try and walk and please God all day.
  2. Peace
    • I need to have a little more peace in my life. I have a very busy schedule, so I need to find time to relax and find some peace.
  3. Abstain from all appearance of evil
    • I need to be an example in all things and I need to go though and do an inventory on things that may be considered and appearance of evil.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Paul's Second Mission

Hey all!

Well this weeks blog post is, as you could tell by the title, about Paul's (aka Saul's) second mission. We can read about this in Acts chapters 16 and 18.

A small list of the places that Paul visited on his journey (from Bible Map 13):

  • Corinth-Epistle to the Corinthians
  • Philippi-Epistle to the Phillipians
  • Thessalonica-Epistle to the Thessolonians
  • Ephesus-Epistle to the Ephesians

In Acts 16:6-10;18:9-11 we learn about how the Holy Ghost spoke to Paul and his companions. On there way to Asia the Holy Ghost forbade them to preach the gospel there. The spirit also "suffered them not." The spirit also gave Paul a vision to go to Macedonia.

The Spirit has always directed the missionary efforts. It is interesting to experience when you are teaching and the Spirit just takes over and you don't remember what was actually said during the lesson. One way that I will strive to allow the Spirit to help my missionary efforts by praying for a missionary experience every day.

The next question I want to pose is why was Paul so effective? Let's read Acts 16:9-33.

  • He immediately followed the Spirit's promptings
  • He prayed and sang praises unto God
Paul always did everything he could to teach the people. It didn't matter where he was. I can learn that we need to make the best of our experience and look for the missionary moment. The jailer is a true convert because he truly wanted to know how he can be saved and followed through. Let's compare Mosiah 4:9-10 with Acts 17:30-31. Mosiah helps clarify that in order to fully repent we need to forsake our sins. What can we do to better prepare ourselves to share the Gospel? I think the main thing is to study the gospel, and when we are prepared the Lord will place people in our path.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

An Introduction and Overview

There are two objectives for today's post: 1) to give an overview of what I am doing and 2) to give an overview of the section I read for this week.

I am taking an online religion class, and for this class I get to choose one activity and then I get to choose from a list about what to write about. We will be using the LDS version of the King James Version of the Bible.

The class assignment: Read Acts 1-8, 10-12.

1) Read the chapter headings and list some of the main themes for Chapters 1-8, 10-12 and in the Bible Dictionary, "Acts of the Apostles."

Main themes:

  • Testimony
  • Holy Ghost
  • Miracles
  • Repentance
  • Organization
  • Missionary work

2) Make a list of what peter was doing according the chapter headings in chapters 2-8, 10-12:

ch 2 Peter testifies of Jesus' resurrection
ch 3 Peter and john heal a man and peter preaches repentance the second coming and christ
ch 4 Peter is arrested and brought before the counsel
ch 5 Peter is arrested with John and freed from prison and testify of christ
ch 6 no account
ch 7 no accout
ch 8 Peter confers the gift of the holy ghost and rebukes simon
ch 10 peter is commanded to bring the gospel to the gentiles
ch 11 peter is teaching the people
ch 12 peter is freed by an angel from prison