I Am the Good Shepherd

In this episode I get to talk about the first scripture story that ever came alive for me , the one that sparked my love for scripture study. My focus will be on the woman taken in adultery and the man born blind.

Quotes I use in this episode

“It is true that we are commanded to love and honor others. But what’s false is this idea that you or I deserve that love and devotion–that we are somehow entitled to it. The truth is that there is only one thing we truly deserve, and that’s to be sent to hell–you…..me….all of us.

“Hell is all we could ever hope for…if it weren’t for the redeeming power of the Savior’s Atonement. It is only his love offered not because we deserve it but even though we do not, that saves us. We don’t want what we deserve, believe me….Our only hope is to receive what we don’t deserve–the mercy that bring the gift of eternal life.”

-James L. Ferrell

“There is little room for feelings of guilt in connection with handicaps. Some handicaps may result from carelessness or abuse, and some through addiction of parents. But most of them do not. Afflictions come to the innocent.”

-Boyd K. Packer

“Now sight had been given twice-once to remedy a congenital defect and once to behold the King of Kings before He would ascend to His eternal throne. Jesus had quickened both temporal and spiritual vision.”

-Howard W. Hunter

What Shall I Do to Inherit Eternal Life?

There is great joy and love for you whether you are a lost sheep returning or a steady ninety-niner never straying. We are a family, when the shepherd left to find the one, that one was somebody’s child, somebody’s brother or sister, somebody’s dear friend. Just like I couldn’t rest until all my little sheep were safely in our home corral we should not be content with the ninety and nine. We need to reach out to the one.

Quotes that I used this episode

I am one of the ninety and nine

I’m not perfect but basically I’m doing fine

I have not lost my way, I have not gone astray

I’m just one of the ninety and nine

I am here in the heart of the fold

I’m not mindless but I try to do as I’m told

I’m not tempted to run and become the lost one

I am here in the heart of the fold

So why is my shepherd coming this way toward me

He’s holding his arms out and he’s calling my name

Yes he’s calling my name! But how, how can this be?

I’m just one of the ninety and nine

I have stumbled and fallen, but I’ve kept in line

I’m not one he must seek; I’m not all that unique

I’m just one of the ninety and nine

So why is my shepherd treating me like a lost lamb?

He’s searching to find me

And he’s holding me now, yes, he’s holding me now

And teaching me who I am

So why am I feeling like I’m the only one here

It’s like I’m his favorite

And he takes me aside, and he sweetly confides

These remarkable words in my ear

You are one of the ninety and nine

Have you any idea how brightly you shine?

You are safe in this fold, and it’s time you are told

That I know where you’ve been so I know where you’ll be

Because all of your life you’ve been following me

You are more than just one of the sands of the sea

Or just one of the ninety and nine

You are mine.

-Michael Mclean

“It is expected of this body of men that they will have burning in their souls the testimony of Jesus Christ, which is the spirit of prophecy; that they will be full of light and of the knowledge of the truth; that they will be enthusiastic in their calling, and in the cause of Zion, and that they will be ready at any moment, when required, to go out into the world or anywhere throughout the Church and bear testimony of the truth, preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, and set examples before the world of purity, love, honesty, uprightness and integrity to the truth.”

-Joseph F. Smith

“We need to remember that though we make our friends God has made our neighbors… Love should have no boundary”

-Howard W. Hunter

”Today there are hearts to gladden, there are deeds to be done—even precious souls to save. The sick, the weary, the hungry, the cold, the injured, the lonely, the aged, the wanderer—all cry out for our help.”

-Thomas S. Monson

O Grave, Where Is Thy Victory?

If you only ever listen to one episode of this podcast, let it be this one. My testimony of the atonement and resurrection. (PS if you are like me and cry when other people do, I’m sorry.)

Quotes used in the episode

“ Do the spiritual work to find out for yourselves, and please do it now. Time is running out”

-Russell M. Nelson

“Do we see the sacrament as our Passover, remembrance of our safety and deliverance and redemption?”

-Jeffrey R. Holland

“Though in the dark tribulations of that fearful hour he had pleaded that the bitter cup be removed from his lips, the request, however oft repeated, was always conditional; the accomplishment of the Father’s will was never lost sight of as the object of the Son’s supreme desire.”

-James E. Talmage

“First an enormous sense of responsibility, for He realized that except it be done perfectly, not one of His Father’s children could return to Him. They would be forever banished from His presence since there would be no way to repent for broken laws and no unclean thing can exist in the presence of God. His Father’s plan would have failed, and each spirit child would have been under the eternal control and torment of Satan.

“Second, in His absolutely pure mind and heart, He had to personally feel the consequences of all that mankind would ever encounter, even the most depraved, despicable sins.

“Third, He had to endure the vicious attack of Satan’s hordes while physically and emotionally pressed to the limit. Then for reasons we do not fully know, while at the extremity of His capacity, at the time the Savior most needed succor, His Father allowed Him to shoulder the onerous responsibility with only His own strength and capacity”

-Richard G. Scott

“With merciless fury Satan’s forces must have attacked the Savior on all fronts….The Savior pressed forward in bold assault until every prisoner was freed from the tenacious tentacles of the Evil One. This was a rescue mission of infinite implications.”

-Tad R. Callister

“Imagine the Being whose power, whose light, whose glory holds the universe in order, the Being who speaks and solar systems, galaxies, and stars come into existence–standing before wicked men and being judged by them as being of no worth or value!”

-Gerald N. Lund

“The cruelties and indignities suffered by Jesus during the various trials represented a last-ditch effort by Lucifer to cause Christ to stumble. A single misstep–a crossword, an angry outburst, even a moment’s indulgence in self pity or prinde and all was lost….the whole pitiable drama was masterminded by Lucifer in the hope that he might yet find a way to nullify the Redeemer’s triumph at Gethsemane.”

-Bruce D. Porter

He chose compassion. He chose love. His suffering was for you and me, but it was also for Judas, it was each of the members of the Sanhedrin, it was for the soldiers that spit on him, mocked him and beat him. He suffered the pain of their actions twice. Once at their hands as they let their wickedness and hate take over and once in the garden as the full consequences of their evil choices pressed upon him. Their whip stung his back and the nails pierced his flesh and their sins ravaged his spirit and plunged his perfection into the depths of sin’s anguish. Even as the violence of their hate and the venom of their unbelief reached its peak His eternal love was reaching out to them, His sacrifice was waiting for them, His forgiveness was offered to them, His gift was held before them only waiting for them to desire it.

Don’t you ever think that you are unworthy or past saving. Don’t you ever think that you have used up your share of the atonement. Don’t you ever think that our Savior’s love is weakened or that you are undeserving. If he can forgive those who mocked, whipped, beat, betrayed, pierced, spit upon and hated him. He can, will and desperately desires to free you from your burdens. Let him.

-Kristi Davis

Thou Art the Christ 1

The first of two episodes covering this lesson in the Come Follow Me manual. I share my insights on the leaven of the Pharisees and Peter’s declaration that Jesus is The Christ

Quotes used in this episode

“The modern-day scene in Caesarea Philippi is unique. There is a mountain at the base of which is a mighty rock from which water seems to be flowing. These cascades comprise one of the three major headwaters of the River Jordan, literally the liquid lifeline of this country. As Jesus was preparing to conclude His mortal ministry [His Crucifixion took place six months later], here He trained future leaders of His Church. Could it be that the Savior brought His disciples to this spot to teach the lesson that this majestic mountain symbolized the rock of Christ from who revelation would flow?–revelation to bring light and life to them, just as that flowing water of the River Jordan nourishes Israel”

-Russell M. Nelson

Be Not Afraid

My thoughts as I studied the feeding of the 5,000, Jesus and Peter walking on the water and more.

Quotes used in this episode

“A major reason this church has grown from its humble beginnings to its current strength is the faithfulness and devotion of millions of humble and devoted people who have only fives loaves and two small fishes to offer in the service of the Master.”

-James E. Faust

“Don’t worry about Christ running out of ability to help you. His grace is sufficient. That is the spiritual, eternal lesson of the feeding of the 5,000”

-Jeffrey R. Holland

“In moment of greatest extremity they looked and saw in the darkness an image in a fluttering robe, walking toward them on the ridges of the sea. They cried out in terror at the sight, thinking that it was a phantom that walked upon the waves. And through the storm and darkness to them- as so often to us, when amid the darknesses of life, the ocean seems so great and our little boats so small-there came the ultimate and reassuring voice of peace with this simple declaration, ‘It is I be not afraid’ “

“ At such times when we feel the floods are threatening to drown us and the deep is going to swallow up the tossed vessel of our faith, I pray we may always hear amid the storm and the darkness that sweet utterance of the Savior of the world: ‘Be of good cheer; it is I;be not afraid’ “

-Howard W. Hunter

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


These Twelve Jesus Sent Forth

A look at the Come Follow Me lesson on the chapters Matthew 10-12; Mark 2; Luke 7;11  with a focus on prophets and apostles.

Quotes used in this episode

“With Christ, darkness cannot succeed. Darkness will not gain victory over the light of Christ.”

-Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“Because Jesus walked such a long, lonely path utterly alone, we do not have to do so.” -Jeffrey R. Holland

“For those who believe in Jesus Christ, repent are baptized and endure to the end the Savior forgives, heals and advocates. He is our helper, consoler and intercessor-attesting to and vouching for our reconciliations with God.”

-Dale G. Renlund

“God so loved the world that He sent His Only Begotten Son to help us. And His Son, Jesus Christ gave His life for us. All so that we could have access to godly power-power sufficient to deal with the burdens, obstacles and temptations of our day.”

-Russell M. Nelson

“The first principle of the gospel is not ‘faith’. The first principle of the gospel is Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.”

-Dallin H. Oaks

“Christ and his servants can no more be separated than can the Father and the Son. To accept one is to accept the other. No one can believe in Christ as the Son of God without also believing that Peter, James and John were the apostles who bore record of him.”

-Bruce R. McConkie

“Because He was resurrected, Jesus cannot have been only a carpenter, a teacher a rabbi or a prophet. Because he was resurrected, Jesus had to have been a God, even the only begotten son of the Father.”

-D. Todd Christofferson

“I have come to know through my own experiences that Heavenly Father hears and answers our personal prayers. I know that Jesus is the living Christ and that He knows each of us individually or as the scriptures express it, ‘one by one’ “

-Ronald A. Rasband

“The same priesthood power that created worlds, galaxies and the universe can and should be part of our lives to succor, strengthen, and bless our families, our friends and our neighbors.”

-M. Russell Ballard

“The Savior is the source of true peace. Even with the trials of life, because of the Savior’s Atonement and His grace, righteous living will be rewarded with personal peace.”

-Quentin L. Cook

“Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, through the incalculable gift of His Atonement, not only saves us from death and offers us, through repentance forgiveness for our sins but He also stands ready to save us from the sorrow and pains of our wounded souls.”

-Neil L. Andersen

“He is the light of the world and the sure source of comfort, hope, peace and joy.”

-Henry B. Eyring

“I testify that He is the Savior and Redeemer of the world and that through Him we can be saved and exalted in the presence of our dear God. I love Him; I adore him. I want to follow him and do His will and become more like Him.”

-Ulisses Soares

“I find abiding peace in knowing that ‘the Lord is MY shepherd’ and that each of us is known by Him and under His care. When we confront life’s wind and rainstorms, sickness, injuries, and drought, the Lord will minister to us. He will restore our souls.”

-Gary E. Stevenson

“I witness and promise we can not only know about the Lord but also come to know Him as we exercise faith in follow, serve and believe Him.”

-David A. Bednar

“I reverently withness and solemnly testify of the living Christ–He who died, was buried, and rose again the third day.”

-Gerrit W. Gong