Old Testament

By  Emily Abel
January 27, 2023 07:00 AM MST
Astrology's popularity is on the rise. What does the Church have to say about it?
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You know that little feeling of joy that comes from opening a Christmas card and reading a loved one's reflections from the past year? Well, this week's “Come, Follow Me” lesson is a Christmas card of sorts, beginning with an invitation to consider how the Old Testament has strengthened your testimony of the Savior this year. On this week's episode, we'll hear from past guests and a few listeners who share how the Old Testament has strengthened their testimony of Christ. As you listen, we hope that you, too, will reflect on how your relationship with the Savior has grown and that you find joy in the process.
How do you know God loves you? Maybe you feel His love through simple things, like sunsets or the existence of your favorite ice cream. Or maybe tenderly answered prayers assure you that He cares. Gaining a testimony of God’s love isn’t a journey only relevant in today’s world—the people in Malachi’s day wrestled with the same thing. This week’s lesson in Malachi gives us many truths to “lay to heart” (Malachi 2:2) and is a perfect finale to what we’ve learned all year long: no matter what, God loves us.
Have you ever heard someone use the phrase “the apple of my eye”? Did you (or they) know they were quoting the prophet Zechariah? We may be approaching the end of our Old Testament study for the year, but we still have a lot to learn. The books of Haggai and Zechariah are full of wisdom regarding temples, repentance, and the sweet reminder that God’s children are always the apple of His eye. These two prophets taught their people the same truth we like to say at the end of every podcast episode: you are God’s favorite.
Imagine being in a courtroom and holding your breath before a sentence is given to someone. You might experience a similar feeling studying the books of Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah. While these books may be short in length, they are rich in passion and conviction as prophets of old pronounce sentences on the people they have been sent to save. So as we dive into the scriptures this week, we invite you to sit in on these cases to watch and learn as the prophets’ judgments unfold.
Sometimes we find the Old Testament relatable not because of the stories where people have everything figured out, but because of the stories where they don't. Like us, these individuals are imperfect—and occasionally, they might even have a bit of a rebellious streak. This week’s story is about one such prophet. Jonah sacrificed everything to go and do, but when he got his call to serve, he ran in the opposite direction. Eventually, though, he repented and served with his whole heart. Our study today is in the books of Jonah and Micah, where we learn the stories of normal people who answered the call to be prophets.
The prophet Amos’s name has a Hebrew translation that we find fascinating; Amos means being burdened or troubled. At first that seems like an odd name for a prophet, but when you consider the weighty responsibilities God’s chosen servants carry, the name makes sense. In this week’s study of Amos and Obadiah, we’ll learn about the vital role of prophets and why they are asked to carry such a heavy burden. We will also find the comforting reassurance that the Lord “will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.”
November 11, 2022 05:00 AM MST
This year our Come, Follow Me study concludes with the “minor prophets”—though sometimes obscure, they’re just as full of eternal truths.
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Christ spoke in symbolism and parables when He was on the Earth and that metaphorical language is in the Old Testament too. Hosea chapter 1 begins with a story of heartbreak, a shared human experience that can teach us something about our relationship with God if we know where to look. The books of Hosea and Joel remind us that Christ will always be there and always love us, no matter what low point we find ourselves in.
November 02, 2022 01:45 PM MDT
Courses are taught by experts in their fields and range from how to improve your scripture study to overcoming doubts to talking to your kids about tough topics like pornography.
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October 07, 2022 07:00 AM MDT
Pelicans, peacocks, and owls? See which birds mentioned in the Bible you’re familiar with and which ones you may have never heard of before.
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September 23, 2022 09:27 AM MDT
Opinions and beliefs about the mother of the human race are wide and varied, especially from religion to religion. Here are five insights from Latter-Day Saint leaders that may influence how you think about our glorious Mother Eve.
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September 18, 2022 09:44 AM MDT
“There has never been a better time for us to search—not skim, not skip, not avoid—but really search Isaiah.”
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August 31, 2022 05:25 PM MDT
The Isaiah Map is the tool you never knew you needed—let it help you study and teach this tricky book of scripture.
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August 30, 2022 01:07 PM MDT
In preparing for this week’s Come, Follow Me lesson, I keep accidentally typing “virtual” instead of “virtuous.” Which got me thinking, what would it mean to be a virtually virtuous woman or man?
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August 19, 2022 11:11 AM MDT
When depression and anxiety robbed my ability to feel the Spirit, I learned how to choose to trust God even when I couldn’t feel Him.
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August 18, 2022 05:00 AM MDT
Recognizing the role that poetic tools play in the scriptures deepens our connection to the sacred text.
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August 08, 2022 12:48 PM MDT
You may have been surprised to discover that the calendar lists the book of Psalms for our “Come, Follow Me” study for the next three weeks. Here are some interesting facts you might not have known about this book of scripture.
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August 04, 2022 12:00 PM MDT
Shiphrah and Puah saved him, his mother saved him, and then Miriam, his older sister, is going to save him.
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July 31, 2022 08:00 AM MDT
Maybe you recently sat down to read a chapter of the Old Testament and wondered how on earth it applies to you. But don’t give up—first, you might want to try out this way of approaching your scripture study.
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June 27, 2022 06:00 AM MDT
In the midst of my emotional distress, the story of Elijah and the juniper tree taught me it’s OK to rest.
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June 07, 2022 12:18 PM MDT
In studying this week’s “Come, Follow Me” chapters, I found some new gems in the story of Ruth and Naomi that have changed my outlook on my own female friendships.
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June 07, 2022 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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May 13, 2022 12:23 PM MDT
Both in-person and online, see the iconic works of James Tissot, whose art was feature in Rob Gardner’s ‘Lamb of God.’
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May 10, 2022 01:21 PM MDT
As the story goes, if you looked upon a brass serpent Moses fashioned and placed on a pole, you could be healed. If you didn’t look—well, you died.
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April 26, 2022 01:30 PM MDT
A number of animals—red heifers, lambs, goats, turtledoves, bulls, pigeons, and a bronze serpent—serve as symbols of Jesus Christ’s atonement or sacrifice.
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April 06, 2022 10:05 AM MDT
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.
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March 30, 2022 12:19 PM MDT
Who wouldn’t want to have a Sunday School lesson on Joseph in Egypt taught by Donny Osmond himself?
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By  Chad Ford
March 10, 2022 03:00 PM MST
This week’s “Come, Follow Me” story of Joseph in Egypt can teach us how to choose love over fear or anger.
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February 15, 2022 12:19 PM MST
If you’re looking for a unique depiction of this week’s Come, Follow Me material, check out this new short film produced by Book of Mormon Central and Messages of Christ.
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February 04, 2022 03:25 PM MST
The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is also the God of Sarah, Rebekah, and Leah, and the wives of the patriarchs offer powerful examples of righteous living in difficult times.
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February 03, 2022 12:58 PM MST
Understanding these Hebrew words may bring some unexpected insights into your Old Testament study this year.
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January 31, 2022 10:00 AM MST
Was the flood really the "baptism" of the earth? And how does the Joseph Smith Translation help us understand the flood?
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January 28, 2022 12:10 PM MST
It’s encouraging to see that even in the midst of natural disasters, God is always merciful and loving.
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January 12, 2022 01:28 PM MST
Though Adam and Eve would leave divinity’s immediate presence, in a very tangible way, Christ would leave with them.
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By  Emily Abel
January 05, 2022 06:00 AM MST
A former full-time seminary and institute teacher, Tammy loves digging into the gospel as host of the popular Sunday on Monday podcast. We recently asked her a bit about her gospel insights, her life, and her faith.
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January 04, 2022 03:07 PM MST
Want your child to get the most out of this year’s “Come, Follow Me” study? Here are some resources that might help.
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January 03, 2022 10:06 AM MST
Here are five names of Christ from the Old Testament that remind me He is real, approachable, and unfailingly compassionate.
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December 29, 2021 12:42 PM MST
The book of Job is the perfect place to go for a case study of someone who was visited with problems that just plain didn’t make sense.
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By  LDS Living
December 16, 2021 09:00 AM MST
Do you know all the names of God or what the 10 plagues of Egypt are? Find out this and more with these awesome new resources for next year’s Gospel Doctrine Old Testament study.
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By  Emily Abel
November 03, 2021 10:38 AM MDT
We recently asked Freeman about her family, her faith, and what makes her excited to study the Old Testament next year.
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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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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
I will never have a “normal” life, but I have found a way to live a happy life by relying on the Lord, and looking to the narratives in the scriptures that continue to guide my journey to this day.
7 Min Read
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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Daniel was a prophet—we know that from the Primary song, but how well do you really know Daniel? You might have heard that he was thrown into a lion's den, or that three of his friends were thrown into a fiery furnace by the king. But there is so much more to Daniel's story. He had a steadfast testimony, served with several kings, translated dreams, and even had visions of the last days. In Hebrew, his name means "God is my judge"—and in this week's lesson of Daniel 1–6 we see how the prophet lived up to his name and found great power in obeying God's law.
Have you ever called out in a moment of desperation, “Lord, give me strength?” Maybe a do-it-yourself project turned out to be far more complicated and frustrating than the internet made it look, or maybe your moment of pleading came from something more serious and life-altering. In this week’s lesson, we study the words of a prophet whose name in Hebrew translates to “God will strengthen.” We have much to learn from Ezekiel’s 48 chapters about drawing on God’s strength, so let’s dig in.
We all have experienced wounds of some sort. These can be physical wounds, like those that come from falling off a bike, or emotional wounds, like those that occur when your feelings are hurt. Jeremiah and his people saw many kinds of wounds in their day, and the prophet lamented over them in his writing. But these scriptures are about more than mourning—Jeremiah 30–52 and the book of Lamentations also express sympathy for those with wounds of their own while promising that all will be healed through Christ.
Have you ever had that sinking feeling when you find out someone snooped in your diary? Or maybe you've done the snooping yourself? In someone's journal you can learn all about that person's most personal experiences—their pains, joys, hopes, and dreams. Well, the books of Jeremiah and Lamentations are no exception. In these writings, we learn about the deepest and most personal thoughts of a great prophet. But in Jeremiah 1–20, we also learn that despite Jeremiah's sorrows, God had a plan for him—and it serves as a powerful reminder that He has a plan for us too.
Hopefully, the following sentence makes you feel a little sad: this week will conclude our study of Isaiah. When we started on this journey four weeks ago, our goal was to be able to see the great worth of Isaiah’s words and delight in them. Have you experienced that sense of delight yet? Do you feel less timid and more excited about this precious part of scripture? If you do, wonderful. If you haven’t felt that way yet, don’t worry–this week’s lesson in Isaiah 58-66, is sure to do the trick. So let’s dive into our discussion about fasting, repentance, and how God always has our back.
Beauty, majesty, rejoicing, joyful—those are all words that could be used to describe the message we’ll discover within Isaiah 50–57. But as in life, not everything is cheery sunshine: these chapters also invite us to think about rejection and the effects of evil influences. The goal of this week’s lesson is to enlarge our tent and invite everyone to come and learn from the words of Isaiah.