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More than two thousand years ago, angels appeared to startled shepherds to announce the birth of the Son of God. “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be unto all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” ( Luke 2:10 ; emphasis added). At this season, when we celebrate...
Jacob's Dream by William Blake, 1805. Image via Wikimedia Commons.
The epistles of 1 and 2 Peter may be comparatively short, but they are significant for Latter-day Saints in that they anchor some of the more unique Restoration teachings to the New Testament. For instance, President Joseph F. Smith’s vision of Jesus Christ preaching his gospel to the dead was prompted, in part, by his reading of 1 Peter 3:18–20 and 1 Peter 4:6 . 1 Peter 3:18–20 1 Peter 4:6 For...
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...
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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...
The Ark of the Covenant in the Holy of Holies in the ancient Israelite Tabernacle
The Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur, is the most holy and solemn day of the Jewish calendar. It is the only day when the high priest could enter the Holy of Holies, the most sacred place within the Tabernacle and ancient temples. It was the only day when the high priest reconciled Israel with God and symbolically brought them back into the presence of the Lord. No other day, and no other ancient...
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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 “...
The Risen Lord by Arnold Friberg
The good news that Jesus is risen from the dead is a message of light and joy for a dark and weary world. The testimony of New Testament witnesses confirms that he He lives and because He lives we may also have eternal life if we will follow Him. He was seen of Mary at the tomb, and angels declared His resurrection to other righteous women of faith (Mark 16:1–7; Luke 24:1–10; John 20:11–18). He...
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The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the most central doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Latter-day Saints believe that all mankind can be saved through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and that He can empathize with all the sufferings, infirmities, and pain inherent to mortality. Throughout the history of Christ’s restored Church, its leaders and members have put sacred...
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Every week, Latter-day Saints gather in congregations across the world and partake of the sacrament. This act hearkens back to the Savior’s Last Supper, when He commanded His disciples to eat bread and drink wine—symbols of His body and blood—in “remembrance” of Him (Luke 22:19–20). 1 In the sacrament prayers recorded in restoration scripture, we are likewise commanded to “always remember” the...
Jesus Washing Simon Peter's feet at the Last Supper. Image via Adobe Stock.
John 13–17 records the celebration of the Passover that Jesus observed with His apostles in the last days of His mortal ministry. The following important topics are discussed in these chapters: (1) Christ’s powerful final discourse, (2) details about the Last Supper and Jesus’ washing the apostles’ feet, (3) Jesus’ great Intercessory Prayer, (4) Jesus’ discussion of how He and the Father are one...