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Apostle James the Greater by Antonio Veneziano, ca. 1384. Image via Wikimedia Commons.
As readers study the Epistle of James in the New Testament, they may be surprised to learn that James, often called the “Just” and the First Bishop of Jerusalem, references Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount no less than twelve times in his letter. 1 It may not seem so surprising when they consider the fact that this James is understood to be Jesus’s half-brother ( Matthew 13:55 ; Galatians 1:19 ) and...
Part of Dead Sea Scroll number 28a (1Q28a) from Qumran Cave 1. Image via Wikimedia Commons.
For people who know and love the Book of Mormon, parts of the book of Hebrews in the New Testament may seem vaguely familiar. One such passage is found in Hebrews 11:1–34 , which gives a list of many people in the Old Testament and all that they were able to do “by faith” while affirming that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” This is similar to Ether...
Agony in the Garden by Franz Schwartz, 1898, via Wikimedia Commons.
The writer of Hebrews taught how Jesus Christ, the Son of God, by whom the Father created the worlds, and spoke to the ancient prophets, became subject to mortality in order to redeem, sanctify, and glorify those who will receive Him. He suffered, died, and was “crowned with glory and honor” in order to bring “many sons unto glory” ( Hebrews 2:10 ). He was willing to do this because we all share...
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The Book of Mormon is a volume of sacred scripture, but did you know that it also contains references to monsters and mythical creatures? The prophets in the Book of Mormon did not lack creativity when they described their lives and views on the gospel. You may be surprised at what these three monsters mentioned in the Book of Mormon can teach us about faith in our Heavenly Father and Jesus...
Saint Paul Writing His Epistles by Valentin de Boulogne via Wikimedia Commons. King Benjamin Addresses His People by Gary L. Kapp via Gospel Media Library.
In his letters to the Thessalonians, the Apostle Paul reminded the saints that when he and his companion Silvanus (also called Silas) were with them in Thessalonica, they “worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you while we proclaimed the gospel of God” ( 1 Thessalonians 2:9 NRSV ; cf. 2 Thessalonians 3:8 ). Some of the Thessalonians had become lazy and idol ( 2 Thessalonians 3:...
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In Colossians 2:7 , Pauls asks us to be "Rooted and built up in [Christ]." Check out this new video about one powerful way we can be rooted in Christ to overcome lifes challenges. This video is the first of our new Come Follow Me Lesson series. This week’s Come Follow Me lesson mentions being rooted in Jesus Christ. Paul says in Colossians, “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord,...
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The Pauline epistles of Philippians and Colossians only receive brief attention in the official Come Follow Me curriculum for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Nevertheless, these texts contain valuable teachings for Latter-day Saints. For instance, much of the language of the thirteenth Article of Faith is drawn from Philippians: Article of Faith 13 Philippians 4:8 We believe in...
The Fortaleza Brazil Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Image via Church News.
Ephesians 4:11–14 is a well-known passage that declares that Christ called apostles, prophets, and other leaders for “the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God.” In this analogy, various leaders and members of the Church are like various body parts and...
I Am a Child of God by Howard Lyon.
The scriptures often refer to the promises made to Abraham and his descendants, and if you sit in church for long enough, you will probably hear a reference or two to the “chosen people” or “God’s covenant people.” 1 As more and more people across the world join the church, many people may feel left out of this group, assuming that their less direct genealogical connection to Abraham may count...
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The Apostle Paul faced some serious challenges in his ministry to the Saints in Corinth which are reflected in his second letter to the saints of that city. Some of the saints were being negatively influenced by charismatic individuals who were attempting to undermine the influence of Paul’s teachings and authority. Some even disparaged his physical limitations, saying what Paul wrote could be “...