This is a review of the slides we used while discussing . . . 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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