This week’s readings: James
Don’t forget to record your impressions and read the ideas outlined in the Come, Follow Me manuals on ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
This scriptural insight comes from Verse by Verse: Volume 2 by Andrew C. Skinner and D. Kelly Ogden.
In the title “Lord of Sabaoth,” “Sabaoth” has nothing to do with “sabbath.” The word in Hebrew is tzava’ot, which means “hosts.” “Lord of hosts” is a familiar title for Jehovah (see Isaiah 51:15; 2 Nephi 8:15; D&C 64:24; 88:2; Bible Dictionary, “Sabaoth”).
These ideas and topics are compiled from Come, Follow Me and have been adapted for specific situations. Check out the manuals online for more ideas, or come up with your own as you study!
James uses unique imagery to teach how we should speak to each other. While this topic can apply in many situations, from speaking to others about the gospel, from how we communicate with those we interact with at church and work, etc. Perhaps you and your spouse can look at this topic from the angle of your marriage. You might use it as an opportunity to evaluate the way that you speak to each other and determine if there are things that you individually or together might want to change to better bless your home and your marriage through the words you speak.
Perhaps as you study this week, you can pick something in your life that you feel you have struggled to have patience with. Maybe it is a person, a personal trial, or an answer to a prayer. As you read James, you might look for verses that talk about patience and make a list of the blessings that come from being patient to help motivate you or make a list of ways that you can better develop patience and pick one or two to apply this week.
For families with young children:
James teaches about treating people equally. Perhaps you can focus on this topic in your family studying this week by organizing a family service project for someone who others might judge as not as important. For example, you might volunteer at a soup kitchen, buy or make scarves to pass out at a local homeless shelter, or work with the bishop to prepare a Thanksgiving meal for a family in the ward who might be struggling financially.
For families with teens:
James uses the analogy of looking in a mirror and then forgetting what you look like to hearing the gospel and then not living it. Perhaps as your family studies this concept this week, you can have everyone look in a mirror and write down how they see themselves and who they want to become. Then you could encourage them to use a whiteboard marker to write one of those traits on a mirror they look in every day to remind them to follow James’s teachings and act on the things they believe.
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