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Come Follow Me BofM Podcast 4, “Armed with Righteousness and the Power of God” -- 1 Nephi 11-15
After Lehi had his dream of the tree of life, his sons had some choices, and, based on those, in the next few hours had radically different experiences. Laman and Lemuel went to their tent and fought about the meaning of the dream, and Nephi was swept up to a mountain and given a vision. What Laman and Lemuel missed out on in insisting on their war of words!
|Jan 17, 2020|
Come Follow Me BofM Podcast 3, “Come and Partake of the Fruit” -- 1 Nephi 8-10
I remember once being so tired as we made our way out of a remote area of the Sinai Desert in Egypt. It was night and we wanted to drive all the way back to Cairo but we were just too exhausted from having hiked Mt. Sinai at 2:00 o’clock that morning. We pulled over to rest. We got off the main road and pulled up onto a small hill. We watched from our perch, as an occasional car would go by. And then it happened. We watched as a dark mist or fog rolled in like a slow-motion wave of the sea. We were both wide awake now—the mist completely obscured our view of the road below us—we could no longer see headlights or anything. It was almost an inky black. This was the mist of darkness Lehi had talked about!
|Jan 10, 2020|
Come Follow Me BofM Podcast 2, “I Will Go and Do” -- 1 Nephi 1-7
We all know the 1st book of Nephi so well, you may wonder if there is still more to learn. Welcome to the inexhaustible Book of Mormon that always surprises us with its spiritual richness and historical authenticity. You may know these stories, but we are about to enter a treasure room.
|Jan 03, 2020|
Come Follow Me BofM Podcast 1, “Another Testament of Jesus Christ” -- Introductory Pages
December 30-January 5
I was reading a very short notice this past week in a local newspaper that was just over 300 words long. This is not a well-known national periodical, in fact, it’s quite obscure—but the notice I read is probably the most important thing ever published in the news. The paper was The Wayne Sentinel and the date was Friday, March 26, 1830. This was the first announcement that The Book of Mormon was now available to the world.
|Dec 27, 2019|
Come Follow Me Podcast 50 “He That Overcometh Shall Inherit All Things” -- Revelation 12-22
Here’s the latest breaking news: The major war that was going on in the pre-mortal world between the forces of Lucifer and the forces of Michael has continued—but it has changed locations. All of Lucifer’s forces have been moved to this earth and continue to wage war against the Saints and the followers of Christ and His Gospel.
|Dec 20, 2019|
Come Follow Me Latter-day Saint Podcast 49 “Good Tidings of Great Joy” -- Christmas
For a few minutes you can leave the hustle of the season behind, while we take you to Bethlehem, a place we’ve spent much time. Come on an armchair journey.
|Dec 13, 2019|
Come Follow Me Podcast 48 “Glory, and Power, Be unto … the Lamb for Ever” -- Revelation 1-11
There is often a certain dread that comes over us as we approach a thorough study of John’s Book of Revelation. “How will I ever understand this book? How can I figure out all the symbols and mysterious beasts? Is there application in this book for me personally?” In this week’s podcast and in one more lesson on Revelation to follow, we will give you some tools and some thoughts that will help you unlock this great book.
|Dec 10, 2019|
Come Follow Me Latter-day Saint Podcast 47 “God is Love” -- 1-3 John; Jude
John is described as “the disciple whom Jesus loved”, and it may be no surprise that he gives us a deeper look into what it means to love and how it is done. Of all the things I want and hope for in this world, it is to learn how to be a person filled with love, but self creeps in at every turn. Let’s turn to John for help.
|Nov 29, 2019|
Come Follow Me Latter-day Saint Podcast 46 “Rejoice with Joy Unspeakable and Full of Glory” -- 1 & 2 Peter
November 25-December 1
We know so much about the apostle Peter. He is a hero to many of us. He is the one who stepped so quickly forward to action. He is the one who boldly testified that Jesus is the Christ. He is the one who healed the sick and the lame and raised the dead. But how much do we know about the two epistles that he wrote before his martyrdom? Let’s do some exploring and see what we can learn together.
|Nov 22, 2019|
Come Follow Me Latter-day Saint Podcast 45 “Be Ye Doers of the Word, and Not Hearers Only” -- James
Of the three men named James in the New Testament, which one wrote the Book of James? And another question: Is James actually a Hebrew name anyway?
|Nov 15, 2019|
Come Follow Me Latter-day Saint Podcast 44 “An High Priest of Good Things to Come” -- Hebrews 7-13
When I was in college, my great desire was to develop an unshakeable faith, and so I tried many things. I went up the canyon hoping to be alone with God and pray for an hour, but I ran out of things to say in ten minutes. Then, a speaker came to my college ward who struck me as a woman with wonderful faith, and so I asked if I could go visit with her at her home and if she could teach me what she knew. But things began to open up for me when I read what Paul wrote in the magnificent Hebrews 11 about faith. Let’s explore today.
|Nov 08, 2019|
Come Follow Me Podcast 43 “Jesus Christ, ‘the Author of Eternal Salvation’” -- Hebrews 1-6
Who wrote the epistle to the Hebrews—Paul or somebody else? It has been a centuries old debate that Joseph Smith had an answer for.
|Nov 01, 2019|
Come Follow Me Podcast 42 “Be Thou an Example of the Believers” -- 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon
October 28 - November 3
What would you say to your beloved friends and followers if you knew this was the last time you would ever speak to them? Such is the case with 2 Timothy as Paul has his last words penned by a scribe from a dungeon in Rome. Paul’s words to Timothy, and of course from his other letters, would change the entire world.
|Oct 25, 2019|
Come Follow Me Podcast 41 “Be Not Soon Shaken in Mind or be Troubled” -- 1 and 2 Thessalonians
We have many sicknesses today in our tumultuous world, but Paul aptly labels one of the most pervasive and contagious. We’ll call it the “shaken in mind” syndrome. Being “shaken in mind” is as deadly as it sounds, like something that would make you really sick. It is where stillness and stability and a sure foundation have fled.
|Oct 18, 2019|
Come Follow Me Podcast 40 “I Can Do All Things Through Christ Which Strengtheneth Me” - Philippians & Colossians
Paul’s letters, or the Pauline epistles, are arranged in the New Testament in descending order of their length—with the exception of The Book of Hebrews. These 14 letters comprise 173 pages, just about 43% of the entire New Testament. This week we will be looking at the small epistle of Paul to the Philippians—those converts living in Philippi in the region of Macedonia, Greece and another even smaller epistle to the Colossians—those living in Colossae, a celebrated city of Phrygia just 100 miles east of Ephesus in modern day Turkey. And we will be looking at one particular very wonderful thing Paul taught: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
|Oct 11, 2019|
Come Follow Me Latter-day Saint Podcast 39 “For the Perfecting of the Saints” -- Ephesians
September 30–October 13
What does it mean to be a “stranger in the world”? That’s a lonely idea, right up there with one of the saddest words in our language—homeless. Paul tells the Gentile converts, “Now, therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the Saints” (Ephesians 2:19). Being a stranger in the world is what it means to be without Christ in our journey. A stranger in the world is exiled from Him and from home. That would be lonely, indeed.
|Sep 27, 2019|
Come Follow Me Latter-day Saint Podcast 38 “Walk in the Spirit” -- Galatians
The Book of Galatians is little known among us. It’s only 6 chapters, in 149 verses and a total of 3,084 words. Can we glean some eternal lessons from this brief letter of the Apostle Paul? We certainly can! In today’s podcast we will draw out some of Paul’s teachings that we think will bless all of our lives.
|Sep 20, 2019|
Come Follow Me Latter-day Saint Podcast 37 “God Loveth a Cheerful Giver” -- 2 Corinthians 8-13
In this book of 2 Corinthians we come nearest to the inner feelings of Paul than in any other of his writings. As one writer said, here Paul reveals his “joy and depression, anxiety and hope, trust and resentment, anger and love.” We see his human qualities. Some writers have suggested that one of the best words to describe 2 Corinthians is that it is a defense. What would Paul have to defend? We'll discuss that this week.
|Sep 13, 2019|
Come Follow Me Latter-day Saint Podcast 36 “Be Ye Reconciled to God” -- 2 Corinthians 1-7
This mortal experience was never meant to be easy—it was meant to be a school—but a school full of joy and wonderful learning. Paul wrote to the Corinthians: We are troubled on every side (have you ever felt that way?), yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.” (See 2 Corinthians 4: 8-9) Paul sounds like he is talking to us in our day—not to the people living in Corinth in the 1st Century A.D. Or was he talking to both? Let’s explore this together.
|Sep 06, 2019|
Come Follow Me Podcast 35 “God is Not the Author of Confusion, but of Peace” -- 1 Corinthians 14-16
In 1 Corinthians, Paul is addressing early converts to the Church who brought with them baggage and false ideas from their previous beliefs. To make matters even more difficult, they were far away from any central administration of the Church and so old ideas, firmly entrenched in their minds could clash with the gospel. Among these new converts were polytheistic Gentiles who had once worshipped idols, Jews who held to the Mosaic law, and all of the ideas influenced by the philosophies of Greece. How did Paul handle this whirlwind of opinions?
|Aug 30, 2019|
Come Follow Me Latter-day Saint Podcast 34 “Ye Are the Body of Christ” -- 1 Corinthians 8-13
August 26-September 1
This week’s readings include some of the most important teachings in all the scriptures. You’re familiar with them: Though I speak with the tongues of men and angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I AM NOTHING. We’re excited to explore this most coveted gift from the heavens.
|Aug 23, 2019|
Come Follow Me Latter-day Saint Podcast 33 “Be Perfectly Joined Together” -- 1 Corinthians 1-7
Corinth was the powerful, bustling, and wicked trade center of the Roman province of Achaia. When Paul wrote what we call 1 Corinthians, to the members there, it wasn’t his first letter to them. That one is lost to us in time, but this second letter, that we call first, was motivated in part, by the concerns of a woman named Chloe and her household, who had written him. We’ll tell you why.
|Aug 16, 2019|
Come Follow Me Latter-day Saint Podcast 32 “Overcome Evil With Good” -- Romans 7-16
The Apostle Paul begins in this week’s readings with a bulls-eye on the struggles we have in this mortal experience and then tells us how to free ourselves from this bondage.
|Aug 09, 2019|
Come Follow Me Podcast #31 “The Power of God Unto Salvation” Romans 1-6
The book of Romans has some scriptures that are so familiar to us like “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ”, and at the same time, we may sometimes find it hard to understand what Paul is saying beyond those scriptures we know well. Let’s dive in and see if we can unwind some of the mystery.
|Aug 01, 2019|
Come Follow Me Podcast 30 “A Minister and a Witness” — Acts 22-28
July 29 - Aug 4
|Jul 26, 2019|
Come Follow Me Podcast 29 “The Lord Had Called Us for to Preach the Gospel” -- Acts 16-21
Why does Joseph Smith directly compare himself to Paul? What did he see in Paul’s experience that made him feel that the two held so much in common?
|Jul 19, 2019|
Come Follow Me Latter-day Saint Podcast 28 “The Word of God Grew and Multiplied” -- Acts 10-15
Preaching the gospel had been restricted during Christ ministry, with few exceptions, to the House and children of Israel. In a series of days on the beautiful coast of the Mediterranean Sea—all that would change. It reminds us of a very special day in June of 1978—a day never to be forgotten.
|Jul 12, 2019|
Come Follow Me Latter-day Saint Podcast 27 “What Wilt Thou Have Me Do?” -- Acts 6-9
What is this surprise in the nature of Paul that he can go from “breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of Christ” one day and be a submissive disciple of Christ the next? Of course he had this stupendous vision on the road to Damascus, but is there something more we can learn about the life of Paul, itself, that can give us clues to his energy and passion?
|Jul 05, 2019|
Come Follow Me Latter-day Saint Podcast 26 “Ye Shall Be Witnesses unto Me” -- Acts 1-5
For many people, one of the most enigmatic and mysterious parts of the life of Christ, comes after His resurrection when He spent forty days teaching the Apostles. What was the instruction that He gave them and is there some way to learn more? Do any sources give us a window into that teaching?
|Jun 28, 2019|
Come Follow Me Latter-day Saint Podcast 25 “He is Risen” -- Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20-21
We’ve all been studying the life and mortal mission of Jesus Christ for the past six months. Don’t you agree that you feel closer to the Savior now than you did at the beginning of your studies? This week’s lesson has some surprises and is the culmination of the Savior’s perfect ministry. How would you have felt if you had come to the tomb early that Sunday morning after your own pain and sorrow at the loss of Jesus—and you looked in only to find it empty?
|Jun 21, 2019|
Come Follow Me Latter-day Saint Podcast 24 “It is Finished” -- Matthew 27; Mark 15: Luke 23; John 19
After his agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, another kind of agony was about to begin for Jesus who was already exhausted with the weight He had borne. Before the night was finished, He would be betrayed, falsely charged, scourged, spit upon and maligned in a trial that was utterly illegal. Why illegal? And who is the only mortal on record that Jesus refused to speak to? We will tell you in this week's podcast.
|Jun 13, 2019|
Come Follow Me Podcast 23 “Not as I Will, but as Thou Wilt” -- Matthew 26; Mark 14; Luke 22; John 18
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland said, “That first Easter sequence of Atonement and Resurrection constitutes the most consequential moment, the most generous gift, the most excruciating pain, and the most majestic manifestation of pure love ever to be demonstrated in the history of this world. Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, suffered, died, and rose from death in order that He could, like lightning in a summer storm, grasp us as we fall, hold us with His might, and through our obedience to His commandments, lift us to eternal life.”
|Jun 07, 2019|
Come Follow Me Latter-day Saint Podcast 22 “Continue Ye in My Love” -- John 13-17
Did you know that the preparation for the Last Supper began with a miracle? It’s subtle, and most readers of the account will not see it—but when you understand the culture and the setting of the time, it’s obvious and it’s amazing.
|May 31, 2019|
Come Follow Me Podcast 21 “The Son of Man Shall Come” -- Joseph Smith-Matthew 1, Matthew 25; Mark 12-13; Luke 21
May 27-June 2
We have two questions for you: 1) Which chapter in the New Testament did Joseph Smith make the most changes to? It’s Matthew 24 where Christ during his last week on earth told his apostles just what to expect before He would return. Here’s the next question: 2) Do we have any precedent in the Gospel or in history where a people were preparing for the coming of the Lord; they knew He was coming; they knew where He was coming; they even prepared a place for Him to come—and then He came? Of course we see this in the Book of Mormon—but is the same pattern happening in our time? We’re going to explore this question in this podcast.
|May 28, 2019|
Come Follow Me Podcast 20 “Behold, thy King Cometh” -- Matthew 21-23, Mark 11, Luke 19, 20; John 12
|May 16, 2019|
Come Follow Me Latter-day Saint Podcast 19 “What Lack I Yet?” -- Matthew 19-20; Mark 10; Luke 18
Many questions were posed to the Savior during His mortal ministry. If you had the chance to ask Him one question, in person, what would that question be? In this week’s lesson we have a very powerful question asked of the Lord face to face in his ministry and it’s worth all of us pondering about this specific question.
|May 10, 2019|
Come Follow Me Podcast 18 “Rejoice with Me; for I Have Found My Sheep Which Was Lost”
Have you ever given a party, invited many people, and no one came? In this week’s chapters, we’ll explore a parable about a great feast and how, when invited, many people found shoddy excuses not to attend. As we hear this story, it seems so strange that anyone would find any reason to miss a marvelous feast put on by the Lord, but he is talking to us. Are we, knowingly or unknowingly, rejecting wonderful invitations that the Lord offers?
|May 03, 2019|
Come Follow Me Latter-day Saint Podcast 17 “I Am The Good Shepherd” -- John 7-10
April 29-May 5
Have you ever wondered why John the Beloved included the story of the woman taken in adultery in his record? Surely he had hundreds of stories he could have chosen to complete his testimony—why this particular story? We’re going to explore at least three things about this tender encounter that you
|Apr 25, 2019|
Come Follow Me Podcast 16 “What Shall I Do to Inherit Eternal Life?" -- Matthew 18; Luke 10
The Lord often requires us to do things that we think sound impossible. Forgive seventy times seven? This does not mean 490 times, but boundless forgiveness, that we travel with forgiveness for those who have wronged us. Forgiveness is not always easy, especially when we have been deeply hurt or wronged or if we live in a situation where we are poorly treated continually, but the Lord’s command to forgive is one that can free and heal our hearts and cultivate boundless love for our neighbors.
|Apr 19, 2019|
Come Follow Me Latter-day Saint Podcast 15 “O Grave, Where is Thy Victory?” -- Easter
We love Easter as the most important celebration of the year because it is Jesus Christ’s atonement and resurrection that answers every uncertainty, loosens every bond and supplies every hope for our mortal experience. More people saw the resurrected Jesus than we sometimes realize, including John Murdock, an early convert to The Church of Jesus Christ in Kirtland. He described what Jesus looked like in detail and then said this, “It left on my mind the impression of love, for months, that I never felt before to that degree.”
|Apr 12, 2019|
Come Follow Me Latter-day Saint Podcast 14 “Thou Art The Christ” -- Matthew 16-17; Mark 8-9; Luke 9
In Jesus’s teachings, the land of Israel itself becomes his visual aid. That is nowhere more evident than in the teachings he gives in Caesarea Philippi about the rock on which His Church will be built. Learn about that this week as well as the profound answer the Pharisees got who were seeking a sign.
|Mar 29, 2019|
Come Follow Me Podcast 13 “Be Not Afraid” -- Matthew 14-15; Mark 6-7; John 5-6
Not all of the moments and sayings in the life of Jesus can we read as a sequence of events. We have stories and sayings that we can’t always connect. But in today’s study we can see things in sequence, which adds meaning to the story. This includes the feeding of the 5,000, the rescue of the apostles while they are struggling against great winds on the Sea of Galilee, and the Bread of Life speech which motivated many of Jesus’s followers to desert Him.
|Mar 21, 2019|
Come Follow Me Podcast 12 “Who Hath Ears to Hear, Let Him Hear” -- Matthew 13; Luke 8; 13
Jesus taught in parables both to reveal and conceal truths. There is more in even apparently simple statements than immediately meets the eye in what Jesus taught. What for instance does it mean, “Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father”?
|Mar 15, 2019|
Come Follow Me Podcast 11 “These Twelve Jesus Sent Forth” -- Matthew 10-12; Mark 2; Luke 7; 11
This episode of the Come Follow Me podcast relates many stories that you probably haven’t heard into the calling of an apostle and what today’s apostles say about their own special witness of Jesus Christ. You will also come to know, by tradition, how each of the Twelve that Christ called eventually died.
|Mar 08, 2019|
Come Follow Me Latter-day Saint Podcast 10 “Thy Faith Hath Made Me Whole” -- Matthew 8-9; Mark 2-5
As mortals we are on a journey to move from being broken to healed, and it is the Lord who is our attending physician. The stories in the New Testament are not only about the halt, the blind, and the person afflicted with leprosy. They are about us, and our universal need for his healing touch.
|Mar 01, 2019|
Come Follow Me Latter-day Saint Podcast 9 “He Taught Them as One Having Authority” -- Matthew 6-7
How can we become better at praying? It is a question that most of us ask ourselves as serious disciples of Jesus Christ. In these chapters from the Sermon on the Mount, the Lord Himself teaches us how to pray. If the Lord says this is how we should pray, then, there is something deep to learn.
|Feb 22, 2019|
Come Follow Me Latter-day Saint Podcast 8 “Blessed Are Ye” -- Matthew 5; Luke 6
The Sermon on the Mount was called by President Joseph Fielding Smith, “The greatest sermon that was ever preached, so far as we know,” and President Harold B. Lee called it “the constitution for a perfect life”. It tells us not just what to do but gives us the much more exacting standard and describes how we should be.
|Feb 15, 2019|
Come Follow Me Latter-day Saint Podcast 7 “Ye Must Be Born Again” -- John 2-4
John’s gospel is so beautifully structured to reveal eternal truths to his audience who are Church members. One story reinforces and points back or forward to the next. For instance, both the wedding at Cana and the visit to Nicodemus at night are teaching the same thing—an idea the casual reader might miss.
|Feb 08, 2019|
Come Follow Me Latter-day Saint Podcast 6 "The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me" -- Matthew 4; Luke 4-5
Jesus goes into the wilderness, fasting for 40 days, to commune with his Father, and then when he is famished, Satan comes upon him with temptation. As the arch liar who has eons of practice, he uses types of temptations on the Savior, which he also uses on all of us. What these are and how the Savior resists him is a profound teaching for us all.
|Feb 01, 2019|
Come Follow Me Latter-day Saint Podcast 5 "Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord" -- Matt 3; Mark 1; Luke 3
There is a stir in the Judean wilderness, a voice of authority and vibrancy that hasn’t been heard amongst the Jews for at least four hundred years. John the Baptist is preaching his hopeful and important message. He is a voice in the wilderness, which has come to mean in our English language, someone who is expressing an idea that is not popular. Yet, it is the message that Israel has anticipated for its entire history, “Prepare ye the way of the Lord.” The Messiah is here.
|Jan 24, 2019|
Come Follow Me Latter-day Saint Podcast 4 "We Have Found the Messiah" -- John 1
Joseph Smith calls this book The Testimony of John. Think of this as his testimony to us as an eyewitness of the life of the Savior. The scenes from Jesus’ life that [John] describes are carefully selected and arranged with this object in view...He clearly affirms that Jesus is the Son of God, attested to by miracles, by witnesses, by the prophets, and by Christ’s own voice. John the Baptist is a voice crying in the wilderness. Come and listen!
|Jan 21, 2019|
Come Follow Me Latter-day Saint Podcast 3 "We Have Come to Worship Him" -- Luke 2; Matthew 2
The chapters in this week’s podcast are familiar to us because we have recited them so many times at Christmas. The surprise is that there are hidden gems and ideas in these chapters we might not have seen before. The Joseph Smith Translation (JST) also adds new dimensions to the old story we love so well. Come and join us again this week.
|Jan 10, 2019|
Come Follow Me Latter-day Saint Podcast 2 "Be It unto Me according to Thy Word" -- Matthew 1; Luke 1
This is the second week's lesson in the new Come Follow Me curriculum. We are Scot & Maurine Proctor, publishers and editors of Meridian Magazine. The podcast gives you 25-30 minutes of lively discussion on the week's lesson. The topic this week is: "Be It unto Me according to Thy Word" where we focus on Matthew Chapter 1 and Luke Chapter 1. Come and study with us as we give you insights and ideas about this week's lesson.
|Jan 04, 2019|
Come Follow Me Latter-day Saint Podcast 1 "We are Responsible for our Own Learning"
Beginning today, December 28, 2018, each week Meridian Magazine’s founders, Scot and Maurine Proctor, will be giving a 30-minute podcast on the “Come, Follow Me” curriculum for the week. This is so you can listen with your scriptures in hand, or while you are about life’s many other duties. If you want some thoughts about teaching your family or in Church lessons, this can be a place to turn. If you live alone, let us study with you. This week's lesson: "We are responsible for our own learning."
|Dec 28, 2018|