Old Testament

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.
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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What brings you comfort or peace? If we asked a child that question, their answer might be an ice cream cone or a trip to Disneyland. And while the kid in many of us may find solace in a little ice cream, we’ve likely found deeper sources of comfort; things like a good conversation with someone we trust or a long hug. But the deepest and most lasting peace comes from a knowledge of Christ and His plan. You’ll want to get comfortable for this week’s lesson in Isaiah 40-49, because Isaiah’s words are just what a weary soul needs.
If you've listened to past episodes of this podcast, you've probably heard the phrase "Jesus is coming." That's because we love to talk about the Second Coming and look forward to it with anticipation. Let's be honest, though—the events of the Second Coming, specifically those mentioned in Isaiah 13–35, can be a little frightening. But after today's discussion, you might not find them as scary as you thought. In fact, you might even be excited about that great and important day.
What do you delight in? What really makes you happy? Our goal over the next five weeks is for your answer to be the same as Nephi’s when he said “...that his soul delighteth in the words of Isaiah” (2 Nephi 25:5) And right after that he talked to us saying the words of Isaiah are of great worth and that they are particularly of great worth to those in the last days. Isaiah chapters 1-12 have plenty to delight in and it starts with the message that God is our salvation.
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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If you’ve ever had a fortune cookie, you know its crispy sweetness is just half the fun—inside these cookies is a fortune on a slip of paper that is said to bring luck and prosperity to the receiver. The verses in this week’s lesson of Proverbs 1–4; 15–16; 22; and 31 as well as Ecclesiastes 1–3 and 11–12, may at first remind you of the messages inside one of these tasty treats. But as we dive deeper into the meaning of these verses, we think you’ll find something much more satisfying than any fortune cookie can offer.
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
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
Though all scriptures are powerful and inspired, some of them stand out for their poetic language and use of imagery. Here are just 30 of our favorite, beautiful lines from scripture.
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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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We’ve talked a lot about trusting in the Lord this year. And in this week’s lesson of Psalms 102–103; 110; 116–119; 127–128; 135–139; 146–150, that trust is an important theme. To help us dive deeper into this topic, we invited Chad and Kymberly Wells to talk with us. The Wells' are the parents of Mason Wells, who was severely injured as a missionary in the 2016 Brussels attacks. Their perspective on those harrowing events is anchored in trusting the Lord even through days of great distress and heartache. Their story, along with these chapters in Psalms, will teach us what trust in the Lord can do in our darkest moments.
Growing up, did you ever learn about the three Rs of education? They stand for three basic skills taught in school: reading, writing, and arithmetic—which is a little confusing as only one of those words actually starts with the letter “r.” But just as those three subjects are fundamental to education systems, there are six Rs that are fundamental to this week’s lesson. As we study Psalms chapters 49–51; 61–66; 69–72; 77–78; and 85–86, we’ll learn what those six Rs are and what they have to do with our relationship with Christ.
Pray, sing, pray, sing, pray, sing—this pattern of worship may feel familiar to you as you think about church meetings, but it’s more than a repetitive practice. When we sing and pray, we are literally “pray-sing” or praising God, which is what this week’s lesson is all about. Psalms chapters 1–2; 8; 19–33; 40; and 46 are a collection of songs and poetry that the Israelites used to praise God and His divine love. And as you study these chapters this week, you may find yourself doing the same thing through these inspired words.
You may be surprised to learn that many famous authors like Victor Hugo, Daniel Webster, and Thomas Carlyle, have praised the book of Job as a work of literary art. But why? Isn’t the book of Job a sad account of death and grave sickness befalling a good man and his family? You could look at Job’s story that way, but as we talk about him as a human, a kinsman, and a religious man, you may start to see these chapters as an example of how to react when bad things happen and a comforting reminder that the Savior is always in charge.
Here’s a fun fact: did you know that the name Esther means star in Persian? And when you consider Esther’s story in the Old Testament, there’s obviously no coincidence that one of the greatest biblical heroines was given that name. In fact, as we study this incredible book of scripture this week, we’re going to see how brightly Esther shined in the midst of terrible adversity. Not only was she incredibly brave even when faced with death, but she also had an enduring faith in Jesus Christ that ultimately led to the salvation of an entire nation.
Do you watch DIY shows for hours on end or daydream about home improvement projects? If so, this episode is for you. But if you don’t, this episode is still for you because today we are talking about one of the most monumental moments in all of scripture: the rebuilding of the temple at Jerusalem. This event was crucial to the Jews who had gone without a temple since their Babylonian captivity. And after the past two years of a worldwide pandemic, we can relate to their hardships and the joys of having a temple once again, even if we have no idea how to read a blueprint.