We learn a lot from the examples of righteous prophets in the scriptures like Alma and Nephi--but we can learn just as much from the bad examples. Here are five lessons from five lesser-known "bad guys" in the Bible.
The Bible is filled with famous bad guys like Cain, Goliath, and Pharaoh who are classic examples of how not to act. But there are plenty of other lesser-known bad guys in the pages of the Bible who have powerful lessons for us as well. See if you recognize some of these bad guys in our world today.
Rabshakeh: Can You Hear Me Now?
Rabshakeh was the captain of the Assyrian army who tried to conquer Jerusalem in the days of Isaiah. After his army had the city surrounded, Rabshakeh shouted blasphemous and threatening statements “in the Jews’ language,” (Isaiah 36:13) in an attempt to frighten the people into surrendering.
Isaiah told the people, “Be not afraid of the words that thou hast heard” (Isaiah 37:6) and prophesied that the Lord would deal with Jerusalem’s enemies in His own way (Isaiah 37:35-36). By trusting the word of the Lord through the prophet, the people of Jerusalem were saved, and Rabshakeh’s army was defeated.
Inspired by Satan, modern-day Rabshakehs often look powerful and may appear to outnumber us. They will use fear to try to shake our faith as well, and they will often do it in our own language. Satan can speak any language he wants, including “Mormon,” if need be. Modern Rabshakehs will use words and phrases familiar to Latter-day Saints to mock and ridicule. They will twist the scriptures or the words of the prophets and apostles out of context to try to confuse us and destroy our confidence. But if we trust in the Lord and listen to His prophets, we too can have the courage to ignore modern Rabshakehs.
Even if Halloween isn't your thing, consider decorating your porch this fall with a festive carved pumpkin that proclaims your faith!
This year, turn your pumpkin-carving into a fun family home evening and share your faith with your neighbors in one fell swoop! Check out these seven free LDS-themed pumpkin carving designs to get started.
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With the lowered missionary age came a wave of sisters ready to serve. But what about the sisters who didn't feel it was right for them? They can feel pressure to go still, but where is that pressure coming from--and should we fix it?
From a 26-year-old RM Sister
As a recent RM and a young Relief Society president at BYU in October 2012, I watched the missionary age change announcement transform the entire dynamic of my ward. Many of the 19-year-old sisters’ lives were turned upside down. Suddenly, many were eligible to serve a mission right then.
I saw girls giddy with the excitement of serving a mission. You could almost see their enthusiasm bouncing off the walls. I’ve never seen people complete mission papers so fast! I couldn’t have been happier for the sisters who were so determined to serve the Lord.
But it made for difficult times for the girls who were unsure whether or not they wanted to serve. Suddenly their uncertainty about serving a mission was seen as weakness. They saw themselves in comparison with the sisters bound and determined to go, and they began to doubt themselves.
Sisters came to me unsure about their motives for going, unsure about their future. Many felt that the age change and the sudden spike in sisters serving meant that if they didn’t join the ranks, they must not have a strong enough testimony of the gospel.
Occasionally I would see these girls pressured by other Relief Society sisters or even brethren in the ward, but no matter where the pressure came from, the pressure was never productive. Little phrases like, “Have you thought about serving?” were well intentioned, but they actually made some sisters feel as if they were required to go—which wasn’t true.
Looking for fun Halloween movies that won’t send your kids running to your bed in the middle of the night? Check out our list of 15 family-friendly Halloween films.
The last thing you need after a late night of trick-or-treating and a sugar overdose is an extra body in your bed. Try these 15 family-friendly movies that will give you a night of fun without the fright.
Loveable monsters Mike and Sulley get the scare of their life when a human girl, Boo, stumbles into their world of quirky characters and silly screams.
Scare Rating: Good for all ages
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Elder Bruce R. McConkie answered the important question about our ability and obligation to study and understand the Revelation of John in preparation for the Second Coming of the Lord:
“Certainly why else did the Lord reveal it? The common notion that it deals with beasts and plagues and mysterious symbolisms that cannot be understood is just not true. Most of the book is clear and plain and should be understood by the Lord's people.”
For most, John’s Revelation is like a sealed treasure chest. It is detailed and intricate, colorful and ornate one feels that there must be a valuable treasure inside, but opening its secrets can be a daunting task. Like any treasure, maps and keys are needed to find and unlock its contents. What may surprise most searchers is that they already have most of what they need to comprehend the messages in the book of Revelation. Here are five keys that have helped me understand the important truths and messages contained inside.
1. Read the revelation with the same spirit that you would any Gospel subject.
When studying the Revelation it’s very easy to feel lost. Martin Luther, a very accomplished biblical scholar, exclaimed, “my spirit cannot accommodate itself to this book.” With its heavy symbolic imagery and Old Testament style language, it can feel like a tough slog, but don’t give up. The first step is to put on your everyday gospel glasses and you’ll be surprised what you can understand.
Here are some examples:
Chapter 5 provides insight in the pre-mortal selection of the Jehovah as the Savior. The revelation asks: “Who is worthy to open the book?” This question is referring to the Plan of Salvation. From the Book of Abraham, we know that Jehovah was chosen and we understand the context and background about this subject.