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Title: This is a review of the slides we used while discussing . . . Scriptures Alma 37


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This is a review of the slides we used while
discussing . . . ScripturesAlma 37
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The Power of the Word Purpose 2 Tim. 313-17
Alma 378-9
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
  • Rod
  • Liahona
  • Light
  • Manna
  • Sword

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

Fall Lost Dark Starve Die
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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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The Power of the Word Process. . .
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It takes a prophet to understand a prophet. . .
The Power of the Word 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 . . . 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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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 Symbols

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  • As with the doctrine of spiritual
    submissiveness and agency, we may come late in
    life to an appreciation of the "deep things" of
    God (1 Corinthians 210).
  • Deep, yes, but not because they are abstract or
    complex. Ironically, their mysteriousness lies
    in their simpleness. They are "plain," and we
    are so surprised upon finally discovering their
    obviousness that their deepness actually reflects
    their pervasiveness.
  • Like ever-present gravity, deep things are so
    obvious as to go unreflected upon nevertheless,
    there are constant consequences. We have been
    looking "beyond the mark" (Jacob 414) all the
    time, deliberately and strangely seeking instead
    for things we could not understand (Neal A.
    Maxwell, Moving in His Majesty and Power, p. 81).

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

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

2 Learn Doctrines Types Shadows Patterns Symbols
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 Symbols

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 Symbols

3 Master Principles Revelation always
yields application
Tell
Show
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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 Symbols

3 Master Principles Revelation always
yields application
Tell
Show
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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The College Student SectionDC 91
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Today the world is full of alluring and
attractive ideas that can lead even the best of
our members into error and deception. Students at
universities are sometimes so filled with the
doctrines of the world they begin to question the
doctrines of the gospel. How do you as a
priesthood leader help fortify your membership
against such deceptive teachings? The Savior gave
the answer in His great discourse on the Mount of
Olives when He promised, And whoso treasureth up
my word, shall not be deceived Joseph Smith
Matthew 137 (Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson,
p. 302).
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The End. . .
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