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              Scriptures-
         The Power of the Word
    Religion 221 - Introduction Topic
Book of Mormon
   Challenge
  Moroni 10:3-5
       “Search the scriptures - search the revelations
which we publish, and ask your Heavenly Father, in
the name of His Son Jesus Christ, to manifest the truth
unto you, and if you do it with an eye single to His
glory, nothing doubting, He will answer you by the
power of His Holy Spirit. You will then know for
yourselves and not for another. You will not then be
dependent on man for the knowledge of God; nor will
there be any room for speculation. . . . Search the
scriptures, search the Prophets, and learn what
portion of them belongs to you” (Teaching of the
Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 11-12).
       “Seek not to declare my word, but first
seek to obtain my word, and then shall your
tongue be loosed; then, if you desire, you shall
have my Spirit and my word, yea the power of
God unto the convincing of men” (Doctrine and
Covenants 11:21).
       “We love all of our missionaries who are
serving the Lord full time in the mission field. But
there is a difference in missionaries. Some are better
prepared to serve the Lord the first month in the
mission field than some who are returning home
after twenty-four months. We want young men
entering the mission field who can enter the mission
field ‘on the run,’ who have the faith, born of
personal righteousness and clean living, that they
can have a great and productive mission” (The
Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 192).
Introduction to Scriptures
        #1 Approach



Jet Ski, Snorkeling, and
     Scuba Diving
Introduction to Scriptures
  #2a Purpose 2 Tim. 3:13-17


   “God uses the power of the word. . . as
 an instrument to change people's lives”
 (Ezra Taft Benson, Ensign, May 1987, 84).
Scripture Imagery
Liahona
Rod
Light
Manna
Living Water
Sword
Scripture Imagery
Liahona           Lost
Rod               Fall
Light            Dark
Manna           Starve
Living Water   Thirsty
Sword              Die
  Introduction to Scriptures
 #2b Purpose of the Book of Mormon


Purpose is to . . .
  Introduction to Scriptures
 #2b Purpose of the Book of Mormon


Purpose is to . . .
  1) show the “covenants” made unto the
  “fathers.”
 2) “convince” us by “manifestation” that
  “Jesus is the Christ”
Introduction to Scriptures
        #3 Process



  It takes a prophet to
understand a prophet. . .
       “In the final analysis, there is no way absolutely
none (and this cannot be stated too strongly!)-to
understand any Messianic prophecy, or any other
scripture, except to have the same spirit of prophecy that
rested upon the one who uttered the truth in its original
form. Scripture comes from God by the power of the Holy
Ghost. It does not originate with man. It means only what
the Holy Ghost thinks it means. To interpret it, we must be
enlightened by the power of the Holy Spirit. . . . Truly, it
takes a prophet to understand a prophet, and every faithful
member of the Church should have "the testimony of
Jesus" which "is the spirit of prophecy." (Rev. 19:10.) . . .
This is the sum and substance of the whole matter and an
end to all controversy where discovering the mind and will
of the Lord is concerned” (Bruce R. McConkie, The
Promised Messiah, p.44).
       “Do you read the Scriptures, my brethren and
sisters, as though you were writing them a thousand, two
thousand, or five thousand years ago? Do you read them as
though you stood in the place of the men who wrote them?
If you do not feel thus, it is your privilege to do so, that you
may be as familiar with the spirit and meaning of the
written word of God as you are with your daily walk and
conversation, or as you are with your workmen or with
your households. You may understand what the Prophets
understood and thought--what they designed and planned
to bring forth to their brethren for their good.
       When you can thus feel, then you may begin to
think that you can find out something about God, and
begin to learn who he is” (Brigham Young, JD 7:333).
       “Immerse yourselves in the scriptures.
Search them diligently. Feast upon the words of
Christ. Learn the doctrine. Master the principles
that are found therein. There are few other efforts
that will bring greater dividends. . . There are few
other ways to gain greater inspiration” (Ezra Taft
Benson, The Power of the Word, CR, Ensign, May
1986, p. 82).
“Immerse” self in scriptures by. . .

      1

 Searching
    and
  Feasting
       “It is a paradox that men will gladly devote
time every day for many years to learn a science or an
art, yet will expect to win a knowledge of the gospel,
which comprehends all sciences and arts, through
perfunctory glances at books or occasional listening
to sermons. The gospel should be studied more
intensively than any school or college subject” (John A.
Widtsoe, Improvement Era, p. May 1943, p. 289).
“Immerse” self in scriptures by. . .

      1                 2
                      Learn
 Searching           Doctrines
    and
  Feasting
“Immerse” self in scriptures by. . .

      1                 2
                      Learn
 Searching           Doctrines
    and                Types
  Feasting            Shadows
                      Patterns
                      Symbols
      “In the Book of Mormon we find a pattern
for preparing for the Second Coming. A major
portion of the book centers on the few decades
just prior to Christ’s coming to America. By
careful study of that time period, we can determine
why some were destroyed in the terrible
judgments that preceded His coming and what
brought others to stand at the temple in the land
of Bountiful and thrust their hands into the
wounds of His hands and feet” (Ezra Taft Ensign,
Nov. 1986, 6–7).
“Immerse” self in scriptures by. . .

      1                 2                  3
                      Learn             Master
 Searching           Doctrines         Principles
    and                Types
  Feasting            Shadows
                      Patterns
                      Symbols
“Immerse” self in scriptures by. . .

      1                 2                  3
                      Learn             Master
 Searching           Doctrines         Principles
    and                Types            Revelation
  Feasting            Shadows          always yields
                      Patterns
                      Symbols           application
2 Nephi 32:1-5 + D&C 76:1-19, 114-119
         The Word                  The Spirit
     1                 2               3
                     Learn          Master
 Searching          Doctrines      Principles
    and              Types         Revelation
  Feasting          Shadows       always yields
                    Patterns
                    Symbols        application



             Tell                    Show
                Understanding/Conviction
      “The Lord’s periodic whisperings to my
mind. Over the years, these whisperings have
guided me and reassured me. They give me, from
time to time, in the words of the Prophet Joseph,
sudden strokes of ideas and occasionally the pure
flow of intelligence (Teachings of the Prophet
Joseph Smith, p. 151). . . . These are inward
things, often taking the form of a directing phrase.
I have found that the Lord gives more instructions
than explanations” (Neal A Maxwell, Becoming a
Disciple, Ensign, June 1996, p. 12-19).
   “It is not wise to wrestle with the revelations with
such insistence as to demand immediate answers or
blessings to your liking. You cannot force spiritual
things. Such words as compel, coerce, constrain,
pressure, demand, do not describe our privileges with
the Spirit. You can no more force the Spirit to
respond than you can force a bean to sprout, or an
egg to hatch before it's time. You can create a climate
to foster growth, nourish, and protect, but you cannot
force or compel: you must await the growth. Do not
be impatient to gain great spiritual knowledge. Let it
grow, help it grow, but do not force it or you will open
the way to be misled” (Boyd K. Packer, The Candle of
the Lord, Ensign, Jan. 1983, 51-56).
      “A person may profit by noticing the first
intimation of the spirit of revelation; for instance,
when you feel pure intelligence flowing into you, it
may give you sudden strokes of ideas. . .thus by
learning the Spirit of God and understanding it, you
may grow into the principle of revelation, until you
become perfect in Christ Jesus” (Teaching of the
Prophet Joseph Smith, 151).
       “When we have the scriptures in our heart and
our mind and our soul, then we have a means of
measuring all things; we have a means of judging
everything else. If we are soaked in the scriptures, we
shan’t want to look at bad things on our walls or listen
to bad music, because they won’t fit. We shall intuitively
reject them, just as we shall embrace what is good,
because we shall have in minds a firm and sound sense
of what is in good taste” (Arthur Henry King,
Abundance of the Heart, p. 129).
The End. . .

								
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