Posted by Robert C. on March 6, 2014
Posted by NathanG on February 18, 2014
When I hear the word restitution, images come to mind of listing all my sins and coming up with ways to pay each and every person I have offended, and to pay back with interest. Until this is completely accomplished, I cannot confidently approach God and ask for forgiveness. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Karen on February 18, 2014
For some reason, even after spending years and years doing the same 45 minute lesson on the Abrahamic Covenant, I always felt like I didn’t quite understand the Abrahamic Covenant. Or, at the least, I couldn’t see how the facts relayed through the lesson manual fit into the rest of the scriptures. I’ve been on a quest for the last few years to figure out, as much as I can, how this covenant relates to other places in scripture that talk about covenants, Abraham, priesthood, and so on.
So, I thought some of you teaching Lesson 7 this Sunday might find it helpful to see how the Abrahamic Covenant fits into the history before Abraham comes along. At least, it’s been very helpful for me, so I’ll share it just in case it’s helpful for anyone else. :)
I see the Abrahamic Covenant as a renewal or a resurrection of promises given to Adam and Eve. Here is are those promises, as I see them:
Posted by kirkcaudle on February 13, 2014
The first line of this lesson quotes Joseph Fielding Smith saying, “The family is the most important organization in time or in eternity.” For my notes this month I will provide some thoughts on three scriptures pertaining to the importance of the family and how we might strengthen our own. Find the entire lesson here. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Robert C. on February 7, 2014
Posted by joespencer on January 22, 2014
The following is a guest post by Gregorio Billikopf, who has posted here at Feast on occasion. Our thanks to Gregorio for sending it along.
My paternal grandfather was a Lithuanian Jew; my grandmother a German Jew. My maternal grandparents were both Chilean (mostly Spanish but with some Inca and Chilean native blood). I was born and raised in Chile and attended a Catholic school in Santiago. As a youth I often felt that the Lord’s true Church would be a missionary one. I was converted and baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1974, after reading the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Christ. It was the Book of Mormon that compelled me to go back and become more interested in my Jewish roots and study the great promises made to the children of Israel in the Holy Bible, and most especially in Isaiah and the Prophets. It was while reading in the Book of Mormon that the words of our Savior sank deep in my heart: “And now, behold, I say unto you, that ye ought to search these things. Yeah, a commandment I give unto you that ye search these things diligently; for great are the words of Isaiah” (3 Nephi 23:1). Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by kirkcaudle on January 16, 2014
Find the link to the entire lesson here.
For my notes this month I will be dealing with section #4, “We All Should Pattern our Lives after the Life of Jesus Christ.” Following each block quote I will provide some brief commentary. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Robert C. on January 11, 2014
Rather than work through the lesson in the order it is presented, I find myself thinking about this lesson in a more thematic way. So, I will present some comments on the lesson contents in terms of three thematic ideas.
Posted by joespencer on January 10, 2014
Well, it’s been far, far too long since I last posted here at Feast. And I think I might make a habit again this year of posting somewhat regularly. I was called some months ago as one of several Gospel Doctrine teachers in my ward, and that’s reason enough for me to turn my attention back to things here. I didn’t do any posts on the Doctrine and Covenants simply because the lessons in the manual aren’t conducive to the kind of posts I write. But I think I’d like to use the blog here to air thoughts as I work through material for my Old Testament lessons. As always, my notes aren’t much good for others, I suspect. I don’t mean to provide anything like a lesson plan, but only to work through some of the texts I’m wrestling with as I prepare to teach. I should also apologize that I probably won’t get these notes up with much time to spare before others will be teaching these lessons. I just haven’t the time this year to get these done much in advance of my own responsibilities to teach. And I’ll only be working through notes on the lessons I’ll be teaching (every other lesson during the year), for which I also apologize.
Okay, enough stalling. To work! Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Matthew on January 2, 2014
At times people approach a concern about the scriptures as if their entire testimony depends on resolving the question in a particular way. I think of this as all-or-nothing type thinking. I want to discuss here why I think all-or-nothing type thinking is wrong.
Others here on Feast may not be interested in reading this post. They’ve already helped me work through my thoughts related to this on a couple of different occasions (see for example here, here, and here). The purpose of this post is not to break new ground but rather to sum up my current thinking.
A specific event prompted me to write this post. A Mormon neighbor of mine has had a lot of questions about things that bother her in our church both in the scriptures and with things the prophets have said. Read the rest of this entry »