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The Book of Mormon as a Key to the Gathering of Israel and Judah

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 »

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RS/MP Chapter 2: Our Savior, Jesus Christ (Joseph Fielding Smith Manual)

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 »

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RS/MP Chapter 1: Our Father in Heaven (Joseph Fielding Smith Manual)

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.

(Here is a link to the lesson manual.) Read the rest of this entry »

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“Thou Wast Chosen Before Thou Wast Born” – Lesson 2 (Old Testament Manual)

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 »

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All or Nothing

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 herehere, 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 »

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RS/MP Chapter 24: Reflections on the Mission of Jesus Christ (Lorenzo Snow Manual)

Posted by kirkcaudle on December 13, 2013

For my notes this month I will tackle four of the questions posed in the “Suggestions for Studying and Teaching” section:

See the entire lesson here.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Christmas List 2013: Books on Scripture/Theology

Posted by kirkcaudle on December 9, 2013

Because the list I wrote up last year was so popular, I have decided to continue this Christmas list tradition. As was the case last year, I will include a few of my favorite books related to scripture and/or theology along with their corresponding interviews that I conducted during this past year. As the host of The Mormon Book Review, I have the unique opportunity of reviewing a number of books in realm of Mormon Studies. I will include my top 5 of 2013 here (in no particular order). Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »

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RS/MP Chapter 23: The Prophet Joseph Smith (Lorenzo Snow Manual)

Posted by Robert C. on December 7, 2013

RS/MP Chapter 23: The Prophet Joseph Smith (Lorenzo Snow Manual)

Here is a link to this week’s lesson. I will follow the sections as given in the manual.
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RS/MP Chapter 22: Doing Good to Others (Lorenzo Snow Manual)

Posted by kirkcaudle on November 14, 2013

Find the link to the entire lesson here.

One Satan’s greatest tricks is to make us question our true identities. Another trick that Satan plays is even coyer though, he makes us question the true identities of others. Satan would have us believe that our lives do not depend on one other and that we should be disconnected to one another. Lorzeno Snow taught:

We are of the same Father in the celestial worlds. … If we knew each other as we should, … our sympathies would be excited more than they are at the present time, and there would be a desire on the part of every individual to study in their own minds how they might do their brethren good, how they might alleviate their sorrows and build them up in truth, how [they might] remove the darkness from their minds. Read the rest of this entry »

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RS/MP Chapter 21: Loving God More Than We Love the World (Lorenzo Snow Manual)

Posted by Robert C. on November 8, 2013

This week, I will skip the “From the Life of” section, but make comments on each of the other sections. The lesson can be found online here. Read the rest of this entry »

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