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Enjoy images of the Holy Land as you visualize Jesus Christ's last hours with this slideshow of photos by John W. Welch The Power of Apostolic Eyewitness Testimony We now turn to the often-asked question: Who killed Jesus? The answer is not simple, and we can now better appreciate that lots of people were involved in all of this, each in their various way. To answer this question, we must reflect...
Behold the Man! by Mihály Munkácsy, 1896.
For reflection especially on the day remembered among Christians as “Maundy Thursday,” the day of the Last Supper and when Jesus was arrested, I invite you to consider some of the perspectives that Latter-day Saint insights add to our understanding of the complex question: Why was Jesus killed? The Need for Humility Latter-day Saints in particular, but all people as well, know the importance of...
The raising of a sick man with a wand in a stained-glass window in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Photo by John W. Welch.
People have long wondered, What happened to Jesus after he was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane? What kinds of procedures followed, before Caiaphas, members of the Sanhedrin, Pilate, and even Herod Antipas? Were these procedures property conducted under either Jewish or Roman law? And of what could Jesus, an innocent man, be accused and convicted? Was he put to death by Romans under Roman law...
The Father’s Two Sons, by Jorge Cocco Santangelo. Used by permission of John W. and Jeannie Welch.
None of the actions taken against Jesus by the Chief Priests during his final week would have come as any surprise to Jesus. He knew the hearts, the desires, and the intentions of all the actors in this eternal drama. He had heard their questions and arguments many times before. Reentering Jerusalem on Monday morning, the day after his Triumphal entry, Jesus made a beeline directly to the temple...
The Raising of Lazarus, Nativity of Christ Church, Arbanassi, Bulgaria (photograph by John W. Welch, © 2019; used with permission of the Regional Museum of History of Veliko Tarnovo)*
The last week of Jesus’s mortal life was a time filled with completions. As His time drew near, He knew that many parts of His mission needed to be drawn fully to conclusion. And by the time that week ended, He had in fact finished all that He had been sent to do and all that was necessary to allow the eternal plan of His Father to succeed. Prophecies needed to be fulfilled. The week began with...
Family Scripture Study. Image via Church of Jesus Christ Gospel Media Library
Because The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has temporarily suspended all church meetings , we would love to offer a few suggestions on how you can better worship as individuals and families at home. We are grateful to have a prophet of God on the earth today to lead, guide, and prepare disciples of Jesus Christ. In the October 2018 General Conference , President Nelson prophetically...
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1. Read Isaiah as Poetry One of the things that can make Isaiah confusing is its abstract and expressive language. Isaiah was both a prophet and a poet, so one of the things you can do to make his prophecies easier to grasp is to read Isaiah as poetry. BYU Professor Donald W. Parry published a book called Poetic Parallelisms in the Book of Mormon (available to read for free online!)...
Moroni Buries the Plates. Artwork by Katie Payne.
The Come Follow Me curriculum for this year is covering the Book of Mormon. Fortunately, Book of Mormon Central has produced a massive amount of content that can help individuals dive deeper into the Book of Mormon. This content includes over 500 videos which are featured on our YouTube channel and included in our scripture app called ScripturePlus . This week we are studying the introductory...
Couple reading the Book of Mormon. Image via Moroni's Quest.
Take Your Scripture Study to the Next Level With the beginning of the Come Follow Me curriculum , members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints may be wondering how to make their scripture study more meaningful in their families and personal lives. The answer is simple, but so often under-utilized: if you want to get more out of your scripture study, you have to bring more in. If you...
La Virgen del Apocalipsis, by Miguel Cabrera
As discussed in our December 10th Come, Follow Me blog post by Jasmin Gimenez, the Book of Mormon prophet Nephi recorded a panoramic vision of future events ( 1 Nephi 11–14 ). However, Nephi was instructed to not record the conclusion of his vision. This is because, according to his angelic guide, this portion of the vision would later be written by John, one of the “apostles of the...