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Quick Conference Thought – from “Yielding Our Hearts to God” by Sister Marriott

Posted by KS on February 1, 2016

In Sister Marriott’s family, they had a motto: “It will all work out.” But she, like all of us, has had experiences that try that motto and seem to strain it beyond use. How can she, and we, continue to have that hope? I really liked her personal response:

Our family motto doesn’t say, “It will all work out now.” It speaks of our hope in the eternal outcome—not necessarily of present results. Scripture says, “Search diligently, pray always, and be believing, and all things shall work together for your good.” This doesn’t mean all things are good, but for the meek and faithful, things—both positive and negative—work together for good

I think that last line is wonderfully useful: “This doesn’t mean all things are good, but … things—both positive and negative—work together for good.”

That wording reminds me of Lehi’s counsel to Jacob: “thou knowest the greatness of God; and he shall consecrate thine afflictions for thy gain” (2 Nephi 2:2). His promise wasn’t for good things now (or even ahead) but that somehow, the bad would be turned into gain. It also reminds me of the parable of the wheat and the tares: “lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest” (Matthew 13:29-30). Even though it wasn’t time for the wheat and tares to be separated when the servant wanted, in the end the wheat was harvested and stored up.

One of God’s great powers is that no matter what happens on this earth, the future can always be bright. The atonement heals, changes, endures, consecrates, and builds with whatever happens. It’s a great comfort to me that no matter what happens, it can work together for good and His purposes will never fail.

What are your thoughts on this quotation from Sister Marriott’s talk?


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Want to read more at Feast?

Posted by KS on January 19, 2016

Activity has, noticeably, slowed at this site over the past year or so. I’m considering writing posts here again. I’d probably post on recent conference talks. If you’re reading now and would like to read more posts on this site, I’d appreciate if you’d comment below so I can get a feel for the audience here. Thanks!

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Just for fun… “The Runaway Jonah”

Posted by KS on March 31, 2015

Have you ever tried to make a children’s story out of a scriptural story? How did it go? Have you had an experience where teaching children helped you understand an underlying message in the story that you had missed before?

One Sunday we were reading the story of Jonah to our kids. As we read it we gave a little background and noticed how comical and fanciful it was. In fact, the flow of the story reminded me of a cherished children’s book: The Runaway Bunny!

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Ezra Taft Benson, Chapter 5: Principles of True Repentance

Posted by KS on March 7, 2015

While I assume our ward is behind most in the Church, I decided it would be helpful for me to write up my thoughts before teaching tomorrow. Hopefully it will spark some interesting conversation here in the Feast community as well!

The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of the slums. Christ takes the slums out of people, and then they take themselves out of the slums. The world would mold men by changing their environment. Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature.

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Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 7: The Abrahamic Covenant (and how it relates to Adam & to us)

Posted by KS 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:

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Comfort in Our Weakness

Posted by KS on July 23, 2013

(This is a repost from a post I did on another blog several months ago.)

“This morning I take great comfort in knowing that I am one of the truly weak things of the world.” – Elder Bednar

What an interesting statement. (I love it!) Why “take comfort” in knowing you are weak?

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The “Law” of D&C 132

Posted by KS on May 29, 2013

After studying some references to the Abrahamic Covenant, things jumped out at me in D&C 132 that never had before. It made me see D&C 132 in a different light. Here are some thoughts on the first half of D&C 132.

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Better Searching at lds.org!

Posted by KS on May 28, 2013

For years I’ve had a hard time finding what I was looking for at lds.org. Typing in a few words from a talk I remembered, even from the title of a talk I remembered, hardly ever got me to the right place. I was concerned that serious improvement needed to be made with thousands of youth leaders looking to find up-to-date, relevant talks on lds.org. Well, it happened! The searching at lds.org has been improved! A lot of work has been put into it and the results are awesome.

For a comparison, here’s one example. Less than a year ago I was looking for Sis. Beck’s talk “Mothers Who Know” for a lesson in Young Women’s. I typed in “mothers who know” and “beck.” Her talk “Mothers Who Know” didn’t even come up on the first page of search results. I also tried just typing in Mothers Who Know. If did come up, but it was the ninth hit! Unfortunately, her talk was listed only after link after link of older, less relevant talks by men. That’s okay in some circumstances, but for a YW leader looking for a talk by a mother about motherhood, it was pretty discouraging.

Today, I searched for “mothers who know.” It was the first hit. It was in a group titled “Top Results,” which also included the same talk on the Mormon Channel and a talk by Sheri Dew. Following the first group of search results was one titled “General Conference.” First listed? Sis. Beck’s talk again. A third group of results was titled “Magazines,” which included a visiting teaching message that quoted Sis. Beck’s talk. The fourth group of results (see how thorough and organized this is?) was titled “Scriptures.” Then came “Manuals” and then “Broadcasts” and then “News and Events” and then “Images” and finally “Music.” Now that’s a great way to show any teacher what resources are available!

So if you, like me, had given up on using lds.org to search for what you needed, it’s time to try again!

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Grace and the “Person in the Pit” (from the New Youth Curriculum for March 2013)

Posted by KS on March 2, 2013

(By the way, I added the example of Moroni from Ether 12 near the end of the post on March 3.)

I was looking at the outline on Grace in the New Youth Curriculum for YW (https://www.lds.org/youth/learn/yw/atonement/grace?lang=eng) and found this little analogy (which I’m calling the “Person in the Pit”):

Draw on the board a simple diagram of a person at the bottom of a pit, with another person standing at the top of the pit, lowering a ladder. Ask the young women what is required in order for the person in the pit to be saved. What is the role of the person at the top of the pit? What is the role of the person in the pit? What does this diagram teach the young women about how the Savior’s grace saves us?

I thought it would be interesting to answer this question by posing another question: What would be the interpretation if King Benjamin were telling this same story? Read the rest of this entry »

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New Youth Curriculum: Trusting the texts

Posted by KS on November 27, 2012

One thing I really like about the new youth curriculum is its focus on current talks and on the scriptures. (While the old manuals left room for that focus, it wasn’t the automatic fallback by any stretch of the imagination.) Potentially, this change pulls the attention away from a set lesson plan performed by a teacher and focuses the attention on texts that the leaders and youth have in common.

This focus on common texts reminds me of a book by Jacque Ranciere we read here at Feast a few years ago called “The Ignorant Schoolmaster.” Part of what I learned from that book is that focusing both teacher and student on a book levels the playing field and opens up the student to work on their own. Below are a few thoughts based on that book and how it relates to the new curriculum. Read the rest of this entry »

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