Old Testament

September 29, 2021 09:33 AM MDT
Hannah’s story represents the feelings of many couples in our own day who suffer similar concerns.
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August 28, 2020 03:35 PM MDT
Last week I was asked a question by a friend: “What did your parents do to teach you to tolerate nothing less than respect from men?”
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November 11, 2019 09:00 AM MST
The following article originally ran on LDS Living in 2016.
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A number of years ago, someone asked me, “If the Book of Mormon is such a critical witness of the Savior, why isn’t the Book of Mormon prophesied of by name in the Bible?”
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February 22, 2019 10:28 PM MST
At 6 years old, I realized I cared more about the number of times the windshield wipers moved back and forth than I did about the thunderstorm. At 7, I understood germs to be more prevalent than air. At 8, I found it impossible to focus on anything religious because I was counting the number of vowels in a church-talk, tapping my knee in sets of three in order to stave off a serious illness or a catastrophic event that I believed would wipe away my family, and blinking (alternating left and right eyes) seven times when I saw the color black. My rituals each morning sometimes took up to two hours or more, and I often showered at least five times a day, washing my hands a minimum of 100 times per day. But it wouldn’t be until years later that I would be diagnosed with OCD.
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September 08, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
We know from the scriptures that there were people who did not "taste of death" or who were "taken up by the spirit." But what does it really mean to be translated?
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August 18, 2018 04:12 PM MDT
A great number of righteous men and women from the Old Testament and Book of Mormon, including prophets, priests, kings, and others, served as types and shadows of Jesus Christ. Their personal purity and righteousness, as well as events in their lives, foreshadowed Jesus’ righteousness and his works. The parallels between these individuals and Christ are so striking that these persons “were types and shadows of our Lord’s coming; they were living, walking, breathing Messianic prophecies.”1 Elder Jeffrey R. Holland wrote: “Jehovah used an abundance of archetypes and symbols. Indeed, these have always been a conspicuous characteristic of the Lord’s instruction to his children. Examples of those figures—especially prefigurations of Christ—are present throughout the pre-Messianic record. . . .
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August 08, 2018 09:11 AM MDT
The scriptures can speak to us personally in times of trial, anguish, and even joy. Whenever we read the scriptures, we can feel and experience first hand the truth that these are words written for His children. These are words written to help guide us in our lives. These are words written especially for us.
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By  LDS Living
July 26, 2018 07:28 PM MDT
Sometimes it can be difficult visualizing and understanding sections of the Old Testament, especially when we lack cultural or historical context. Many of us have read about Solomon's temple and understand its importance, but sometimes it is difficult for us to understand exactly why that is or how the temple functioned. In this video by Daniel Smith from Messages of Christ, he explains the symbolism, history, and location of Solomon's temple, something which sheds light on our current temples today.
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By  LDS Living
July 18, 2018 09:30 AM MDT
Although his recorded words are few, the prophet Elijah is among the most prominent in the Old Testament. He ministered in the Northern Kingdom of Israel in a time when the people had almost entirely turned to idol worship (about 900 B.C.). Through his priesthood power and his faith, Elijah was able to perform many mighty works. Here are 15 miracles associated with this great prophet.
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June 21, 2018 03:33 PM MDT
Author’s Note: With this lesson, we come to the end of the Old Testament Manual. A time or two we have strapped on the aqualung and gone deep, but most of the time we have floated serenely on the surface of this marvelous reservoir of knowledge, experience, and power. Forty-eight lessons are hardly enough time and space to do justice to a book of this depth and complexity. I hope you will not assume that you have now studied the Old Testament. You have studied the parts of the Old Testament that the Gospel Doctrine Manual emphasizes, and (in these lessons) brief segments that I have highlighted. The Old Testament is worth revisiting many times in your life. As we study it with hearts opened and prepared to receive the lessons the Lord has taught us there, we will gain a broader understanding and greater depth of spiritual knowledge.
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June 18, 2018 07:37 PM MDT
I have always enjoyed pointing out to my students verses in the scriptures that are about them. Last week as my New Testament students studied John 17, I suggested that certain verses in this great prayer were about them:
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June 13, 2018 06:54 PM MDT
When I was young and silly, my parents used to take me to southern Utah to visit relatives almost every summer. We would spend a week or two in Kanab and I would devote hours each day to roaming the red hills and canyons in the area with my cousins. One of the activities in which we sometimes engaged was rock rolling. We would climb the K-hill, a small table-top mountain northeast of town and roll rocks down the side. It was awesome to see the largest boulders we could move crashing down the hillside, gathering momentum and speed, dislodging other great rocks and debris which joined the mad cascade to the bottom. There were times when it seemed as if the whole mountain was moving.
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June 11, 2018 02:59 PM MDT
In the scriptures and in modern life we occasionally encounter people whose commitment to principle is so remarkable that they cannot be coerced, frightened, or bribed into doing something they believe is wrong. For example:
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June 07, 2018 02:27 PM MDT
Temples are popping up like dandelions in an untended lawn. We have the joy of living when only the most remote and economically deprived of people cannot make arrangements to visit a temple.
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June 04, 2018 08:42 PM MDT
Historical Note: Ezekiel was a “priest of the family of Zadok, and one of the captives carried away by Nebuchadnezzar along with Jehoiachin. He settled at Tel Abib on the Chebar, and prophesied [in Babylon] during a period of 22 years, 592-470 B.C.” (see Bible Dictionary: Ezekiel).
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June 01, 2018 02:09 PM MDT
A great deal has been said and written by Church leaders about the need to get the gospel deeper into the hearts of the people. I believe that modern Israel is as righteous as Israel has ever been, but listening to 10 hours of conference through the years has convinced me that we can do better. We seem to know a lot of the questions about the gospel, and many of the answers, but some of us may have missed the power of real conversion. Benjamin’s people, generally faithful members, heard their king speak and experienced a mighty change of heart. You may remember what Abinadi said to the priests of Noah:
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May 29, 2018 04:39 PM MDT
Jeremiah was an extraordinary prophet. Called to work with people though rampant apostasy and bitter opposition, he never faltered and rarely flinched throughout his ministry. His life and writings are exceptional treasures and worth a great investment of time and reflection. And the verses will require time and reflection because Jeremiah is distanced from us by language, idiom, circumstance, and translation. But your knowledge of the plan of salvation and the unchangeableness of God will sustain you. Pay a price and the results will be spectacular.
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May 24, 2018 03:36 PM MDT
When I served in the U.S. Army, I had the opportunity on a number of occasions to assist in erecting tents. Aside from the personal tents used by soldiers for their own shelter, administrative tents came in three sizes: GP (General Purpose) Small, GP Medium, and GP Large. I do not remember the dimensions of these tents, but I have the impression that there was room under a GP Large for St. Peter’s Basilica.
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May 22, 2018 04:47 PM MDT
I asked my institute students if they had beautiful feet. They thought I had gone mad, of course, but the question was asked in perfect seriousness. Isaiah’s poetic imagery about the messengers of the Atonement includes the moving assurance that those who carry such a message have beautiful feet. In Isaiah’s time, messages were always carried by runners, and he described those privileged to carry the most meaningful of messages as having beautiful feet.
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May 17, 2018 08:37 PM MDT
A lovely young lady sat in my office a while ago. Her life, which had begun with joy, service, and obedience, had descended through successive layers of iniquity and decadence to a place where blackness enveloped her, and she was miserable. Like Lehi of old, she beheld herself (see 1 Nephi 8:7). Like the prodigal son, she had spent too much time with the pigs and had come to herself (see Luke 15:17). She did not like what she saw in her mirror each morning and came at last to the one unfailing source of help. She came to my office seeking the Savior, because she had finally realized that there was nowhere else to go.
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May 15, 2018 08:36 PM MDT
What is the best thing anyone ever did for you? Have you experienced an act of service or sacrifice so stunning that you could not stop speaking of it? Have you ever used the word “wonderful” to describe such goodness?
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Fun
May 15, 2018 02:05 PM MDT
Students of the Old Testament are well aware that it contains passages which many in the world find fantastic. From Noah's Ark to Jonah and the whale, many stories and verses found in the sacred tome fly in the face of modern scientific discovery. Some of the faithful maintain a literal belief while others have come to view the text as largely symbolic—but all can agree that the ancient words have had an enormous impact on the world's history.
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May 14, 2018 02:52 PM MDT
This amazing thing happens in 1st Nephi:
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May 07, 2018 06:47 PM MDT
I was presenting a missionary discussion to a family in my mission field many years ago. The parents were polite but distant. The daughter, however—a young lady about 18 or 19—was enthralled. The idea of a living prophet aroused in her a remarkable enthusiasm, and she had many questions. I was delighted to answer them. I explained that David O. McKay was a prophet in the same way that Jeremiah and Isaiah and Moses were prophets, and that the Lord revealed his will to his children through his living prophets as he had done in ancient times.
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May 05, 2018 01:00 PM MDT
Elder Ronald E. Poelman of the Seventy spoke of the message of Hosea:
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May 01, 2018 04:00 PM MDT
I have sent seven sons and one daughter on missions. My last son just got his call to the Indiana Indianapolis Mission, Spanish speaking. The world is changing, isn’t it? All my missionaries but one have been to Spanish speaking missions. I wonder what mission call would be the hardest. Are there places that now have no missionaries that would present particular difficulties?
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April 19, 2018 08:06 PM MDT
Author's note: I feel a need to say once again that it is not my intent to show you a better or even a different way to teach these lessons. The manual is the product of inspiration, correlation, and prophets. The lessons as prepared and presented there are the expression of the Church with regard to teaching these materials. I have a quiet but continuous fear that these lessons I am writing will pull some of you away from the place you ought to be.
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April 19, 2018 05:34 PM MDT
In 1980 I walked through Hezekiah’s tunnel. It was an astonishing stroll. We made our way through the darkness with the uncertain aid of flashlights and sang hymns about light: “Lead Kindly Light,” “The Lord Is my Light,” “There Is Sunshine in my Soul Today,” and so on. The tunnel is not straight. It bends and angles many times through nearly 1,800 feet. The Jews built the tunnel to bring water into the city as a hedge against an Assyrian siege.
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April 12, 2018 08:53 PM MDT
As I have read and taught these chapters in the books of Kings, I have found what I think are some worthwhile insights on following prophets. These principles will form the outline of this Old Testament lesson. Once again I offer this disclaimer. This lesson is not meant to replace the one in the Old Testament Gospel Doctrine manual. Its purpose is to give some additional insights into the lesson and to illustrate with Old Testament examples some great principles taught here.
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By  LDS Living
April 12, 2018 01:11 PM MDT
Daniel Smith from Messages of Christ recently created a video explaining the symbolism of the Tabernacle of Moses using a detailed replica built by the Murrieta and Huntington Beach Stakes for their 2016 Tabernacle Youth Camp. This video demonstrates how each part of this sacred structure was designed to help others think of our Savior and God, and many similarities can be seen behind the Tabernacle of Moses and our temples today.
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April 06, 2018 09:22 AM MDT
As I completed the writing for the book Living in the Eleventh Hour, it occurred to me that there might be some value in continuing the trek, completing the story, if you will. I honestly had not anticipated a sequel. And so the next weekend I began what might be called a review of the literature. I turned first to the standard works and was absolutely blown away by how much the prophets have spoken about the millennial period. While I was certain that much of my data would come from the Doctrine and Covenants, I was stunned by the doctrinal detail in the Old Testament. I knew that the book of Revelation would be tremendously fertile ground, but I had not realized that the four Gospels, the epistles of Paul and Peter, and the teachings of modern prophets and apostles like Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, and Orson Pratt would be so fruitful as well.
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March 29, 2018 05:21 PM MDT
We do not understand with perfect clarity the activities of those in Paradise, but I have wondered what Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were doing during the reigns of Jeroboam and his appalling successors. We know they are Gods now (see D&C 132:37), but in those early years of apostasy, the view from above must have been heartrending.
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March 12, 2018 03:42 PM MDT
William Shakespeare wrote:
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March 08, 2018 01:06 PM MST
What a fascinating find that could tie to a prophet whose words shaped the Old Testament, New Testament, and Book of Mormon.
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March 05, 2018 05:43 PM MST
Zoram, we are told, was a “true friend” to Nephi (see2 Nephi 1:30), as was Amulek to Alma. Hyrum was a true friend and brother to Joseph.
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March 03, 2018 02:21 PM MST
The traditional interpretation of a type involves seeing a historical person, place, event, or institution as having a future historical fulfillment. The primary person, story, or event is the type, whereas the fulfillment is the antitype. In the New Testament, the Greek word týpos, meaning “example,” describes a model or pattern in the Old Testament that is fulfilled in the life and mission of Jesus Christ.[1] The word týpos in the King James Version of the Bible is also translated as “pattern” (Titus 2:7; Hebrews 8:5), “form” (Romans 6:17), “print” (John 20:25), “ensample” (1 Corinthians 10:11), “fashion” (Acts 7:44), “figure” (Acts 7:43; Romans 5:14), and “manner” (Acts 23:25).
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February 26, 2018 07:58 PM MST
I was reading the Book of Mormon once when a familiar passage was clarified. The passage from Mormon 7 teaches:
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February 23, 2018 07:44 PM MST
The Lord spoke powerfully about the idea of honor. He said:
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February 05, 2018 06:29 PM MST
Years ago, my wife accompanied me to a speaking assignment in the Mesa, Arizona, area. We stayed at a motel near the Superstition Mall. On Saturday morning, we decided to take a walk. A sidewalk encircled the buildings and the parking lot of the Mall. We had only walked a few steps when I realized that I was looking at something unusual. Landscapers had planted some kind of deciduous tree at close intervals just next to the sidewalk nearly all the way around the mall. And every one of the trees was leaning—not just inclining — leaning at a precipitous angle toward the west. I could feel the wind on my face as we walked eastward on the south side of the Mall. It was not strong that morning, but it was constant. I wondered how many hours and days it had blown against those trees to push them so consistently and completely out of shape.
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February 05, 2018 06:00 PM MST
This lesson will not follow the outline suggested in the Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Manual. However, the points covered in that lesson will all be mentioned here.
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February 02, 2018 02:22 PM MST
What fascinating insights that will change how you understand the story of Noah and the Flood in the Bible.
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February 01, 2018 11:00 AM MST
Studies of the Old Testament usually focus on God’s dealings with His prophets, but the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is also the God of Sarah, Rebekah, and Leah. The wives of the patriarchs offer powerful examples of righteous living in difficult times.
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January 17, 2018 02:17 PM MST
The story of Joseph makes me think about what it really means to be free. During the early years of Joseph’s life, while he was experiencing the viciousness of murderous brothers and the solitude of slavery and the pain of imprisonment, his brothers were (1) committing murder (Genesis 34), (2) committing immoral acts (Genesis 35, 38), (3) plotting murder (Genesis 37), and (4) lying to their father (Genesis 37). Which of all the sons of Jacob was most free? There are some lessons to be learned here. Part of the answer to this question comes as we consider who bows to whom and who sits on a throne and who lives with decades of guilt and remorse.
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January 17, 2018 12:37 PM MST
The account of Noah’s Flood in Genesis 6–8 has long fascinated readers of the Hebrew Bible (or the Christian Old Testament). Additionally, Latter-day Saints benefit from restored details of Noah and the flood contained in the Book of Moses in the Pearl of Great Price (Moses 8). But there are still many questions about the flood that readers of the Bible (Latter-day Saint or otherwise) have raised and grappled with. Here are five such questions that are worth pondering as one encounters this remarkable myth.*
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January 01, 2018 03:00 PM MST
Ever wonder why Samson grew his hair out or what the Ark of the Covenant looked like? If you're like most people, the answer is yes.
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By  LDS Living
December 28, 2017 10:59 PM MST
Do you know all the names of God or what the 10 plagues of Egypt are? What about all the feasts and festivals under the Law of Moses? Find out this and more as you explore these awesome new companion resources for this year’s Gospel Doctrine Old Testament study.
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December 28, 2017 10:05 PM MST
Leaving the world of the Egyptians was both joyful and terrifying for the Israelites. New questions arose as to how they were to survive in the wilderness of sin before their arrival in the land of promise (Exodus 16:1). Yes, they were no longer slaves to Pharaoh, but the prospect of survival in a dangerous and arid land brought new fears and challenges. The children of Israel were well aware that the hand of the Lord was with Moses and He had sanctioned their exodus. Gratefully, the Lord did not leave them comfortless. He led them out of Egypt to the mountain that was made sacred by the Lord’s presence: “And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night” (Exodus 13:21).
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December 15, 2017 09:26 PM MST
Life is a test. Richard G. Scott said:
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December 15, 2017 09:10 PM MST
How about a little quiz to begin with? True or false?
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December 15, 2017 09:08 PM MST
The pattern followed in Moses 5 is the pattern still followed by Lucifer and his fallen angels. Whenever truth is taught or righteousness appears, Lucifer will make an effort to counteract the effects of such activity. After Adam and Eve were taught the fundamentals of the Atonement, they "blessed the name of God, and they made all things known unto their sons and their daughters" (Moses 5:12).
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December 15, 2017 08:00 PM MST
At least three commandments were given to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. We mentioned them last week. They were to:
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December 15, 2017 01:00 PM MST
I spend a lot of time on the computer, and I do all right until I have to figure out how the machine was put together and what makes it work. The truth is, I can’t tell a hard drive from a happy meal. When I have to install stuff or hook up stuff or figure out stuff, I find myself in serious distress. But there are those for whom the whole process is simple. Fortunately, two of them are my sons. I don’t use my brain to make computers work; I use it to remember the phone numbers of people who know how to make computers work.
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December 01, 2017 02:00 PM MST
Introduction
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By  LDS Living
March 23, 2017 05:21 PM MDT
A life-sized Old Testament tabernacle replica has been brought to Chino Hills, California, and is open for public tours this week.
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March 04, 2017 05:00 PM MST
Understanding the words of Isaiah is something that many aspire to but sometimes find difficult. One basic element to Isaiah’s writing is Hebrew poetic parallelism; understanding how this works can make Isaiah’s style more comprehensible.
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November 12, 2016 03:35 PM MST
In working as a religious educator for almost four decades, I have been delighted to witness a significant rise in what might be called scriptural literacy or gospel scholarship among the young people of the Church. This is a tribute to devoted mothers and fathers, advisers and teachers, seminary and institute instructors. Our members are simply more capable and adept at utilizing the standard works in finding answers to their questions, seeking divine guidance, and explaining or defending the teachings of the restored gospel to those not of our faith.
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October 10, 2016 05:45 PM MDT
The Murrieta and Huntington Beach Stakes went old school to bring the scriptures to life—as in Old Testament old school.
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March 17, 2016 02:10 PM MDT
I had never thought about the flood in this way before. Number nine really surprised me and got me thinking. It's encouraging to see that even in the midst of natural disasters, God is always merciful and loving.
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