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Title: This is a review of the slides we used while discussing . . . Scriptures The Power of the Word Relig


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This is a review of the slides we used while
discussing . . . Scriptures- The Power of
the Word Religion 122 - Introduction Topics
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Jet Ski, Snorkeling, and Scuba Diving
Introduction to Scriptures 1 Approach
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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).
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Scripture Imagery
  • Liahona
  • Rod
  • Light
  • Manna
  • Living Water
  • Sword

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Scripture Imagery
  • Liahona
  • Rod
  • Light
  • Manna
  • Living Water
  • Sword

Lost Fall Dark Starve Thirsty Die
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Introduction to Scriptures 2b Purpose of the Boo
k of Mormon
  • Purpose is to . . . 1) show the covenants made
    unto the fathers.
  • 2) convince us by manifestation that Jesus
    is the Christ

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It takes a prophet to understand a prophet. . .
Introduction to Scriptures 3 Process
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  • 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.
    1910.) . . . 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)

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  • 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 7333)

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  • 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).

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Immerse self in scriptures by. . .
  • 1
  • Searching
  • and
  • Feasting

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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).
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  • 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 shant want to look at bad things
    on our walls or listen to bad music, because they
    wont 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).

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Immerse self in scriptures by. . .
  • 1
  • Searching
  • and
  • Feasting

2 Learn Doctrines
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Immerse self in scriptures by. . .
  • 1
  • Searching
  • and
  • Feasting

2 Learn Doctrines Types Shadows Patterns Sy
mbols

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  • Moroni, the last of the inspired writers,
    actually saw our day and time. . . Behold, I
    speak unto you as if ye were present, and yet ye
    are not. But behold, Jesus Christ hath shown you
    unto me, and I know your doing (Morm. 834-35).
    If they saw our day and chose those things which
    would be of greatest worth to us, is not that how
    we should study the Book of Mormon? We should
    constantly ask ourselves, Why did the Lord
    inspire Mormon (or Moroni or Alma) to include
    that in his record? What lesson can I learn from
    that to help me live in this day and age?

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  • And there is example after example of how that
    question will be answered. For example, 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 (Pres. Ezra Taft Benson, The Keystone of
    Our Religion, Ensign, Nov. 1986, p. 3).

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Immerse self in scriptures by. . .
  • 1
  • Searching
  • and
  • Feasting

2 Learn Doctrines Types Shadows Patterns Sy
mbols
3 Master Principles
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Immerse self in scriptures by. . .
  • 1
  • Searching
  • and
  • Feasting

2 Learn Doctrines Types Shadows Patterns Sy
mbols
3 Master Principles Revelation always yields
application
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2 Nephi 321-5 DC 761-19, 114-119
The Word
The Spirit
  • 1
  • Searching
  • and
  • Feasting

2 Learn Doctrines Types Shadows Patterns Sy
mbols

3 Master Principles Revelation always yields
application
Tell
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Understanding/Conviction
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  • The Lords 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).

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  • 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).

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  • 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).

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The End. . .
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