Who Hath Ears to Hear, Let Him Hear

My thoughts on the parables of the sower, the leaven, the net and the barren fig tree.

Quotes used in this episode

“The parable conveys to the hearer religious truth exactly in proportion to his faith and intelligence, to the dull and uninspired it is a mere story, ‘seeing they see not’, while to the instructed and spiritual it reveals the mysteries or secrets of the kingdom of heaven.”

-The Bible Dictionary

“When opposition to his message became bitter and intense, the master teacher chose to present many of the truths of salvation in parables in order to hide his doctrine from those not prepared to receive it.  It was not his purpose to cast pearls before swine. Parables seldom clarify a truth; rather, they obscure and hide the doctrine involved so that none but those already enlightened and informed on the very point presented are able to grasp full meaning.”

-Bruce R. McConkie

“I have a key by which I understand the scriptures. I enquire, what was the question which drew out the answer, or caused Jesus to utter the parable?…To ascertain its meaning, we must dig up the root and ascertain what it was that drew the saying out of Jesus.”

-Joseph Smith

That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.

-D&C 50:24

“The journey of discipleship is not an easy one. It has been called a “course of steady improvement.”

-Larry R. Lawrence

“In moments of fear or doubt or troubling times hold the ground you have already won even if that ground is limited.”

-Jeffrey R. Holland

“Be persistent, but never be discouraged. We will have to go beyond the grave before we actually reach perfection, but here in mortality we can lay the foundation.”

-Larry R. Lawrence

Additional Study Recommended for this Lesson

The Parable of the Sower by Dallin H. Oaks


What Lack I Yet? by Larry R. Lawrence


Certain Women by Linda K. Burton


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