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Easter: Kaphar

Fri Mar 22 19:04:29 EDT 2024
Episode 13

What do you think of when you hear the word cover? There are blankets that cover you when you’re cold, you can cover a friend’s tab when going out to eat, or law enforcement or military cover their partners when lives are on the line. The Come, Follow Me lesson this week gives more context to covering, and how that term connects to the ancient translation of atonement. Today we have a special Easter episode with multiple guests sharing their experiences of Jesus Christ covering them.

Segment 1

Mosiah 3:11 (Christ’s blood atones)
Alma 7:11-12 (Knowing how to succor)

Words of the General Authorities:
Rich meaning is found in study of the word atonement in the Semitic languages of Old Testament times. In Hebrew, the basic word for atonement is kaphar, a verb that means “to cover” or “to forgive.” Closely related is the Aramaic and Arabic word kafat, meaning “a close embrace”—no doubt related to the Egyptian ritual embrace. References to that embrace are evident in the Book of Mormon. One states that “the Lord hath redeemed my soul … ; I have beheld his glory, and I am encircled about eternally in the arms of his love.” Another proffers the glorious hope of our being “clasped in the arms of Jesus.” (Russell M. Nelson, “The Atonement”, October 1996 General Conference)

Segment 2

Ether 12:27 (We all have weakness)

Study Helps:
The main idea of the word [grace] is divine means of help or strength, given through the bounteous mercy and love of Jesus Christ. (Grace, Bible Dictionary)

Segment 3

Mosiah 2:17 (Service)

Segment 5

Words of the General Authorities:
Brothers and sisters, if your faith and prayers and the power of the priesthood do not heal you from an affliction, the power of the Atonement will surely give you the strength to bear the burden. (Dallin H. Oaks, “He Heals the Heavy Laden”, October 2006 General Conference)

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