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

Thy Faith Hath Made Thee Whole

A brief look at some of the miracles Christ performed in Matthew 8-9 and Mark 2-5

Quotes used in this episode

“Then comes a great acknowledgement of faith: ‘I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live’ These are not only the words of faith of a father torn with grief but are also a reminder to us that whatever Jesus lays his hands upon lives.  If Jesus lays his hands upon a marriage, it lives. If he is allowed to lay his hands on the family, it lives.”

-Howard W. Hunter

“By doing these physical acts, however, the Master’s apparent purpose was to strengthen the faith of the blind or deaf person, persons who were denied the ability to gain increased assurance and resultant faith by seeing his countenance or hearing his words.”

-Bruce R. McConkie

Matthew 6-7

He Taught Them as One Having Authority

This week on Stumbling as I Follow we’ll continue our study of The Sermon on the Mount.  We’ll talk about prayer, the choices we make, sailing the Straits of Magellan and we might even sing a song about a Wise and a Foolish man.

Quotes used in this episode

“The object of prayer is not to change the will of God, but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant, but that are made conditional on our asking for them.”

-Bible Dictionary

“The reason He asks us to pray is that the process of learning to communicate effectively with Him will shape and change our lives.”

-David E. Sorensen

Blessed Are Ye Matthew 5; Luke 6

This week we discuss The Beatitudes

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Quotes used in this episode

“Here it was that the greatest person who ever lived delivered the greatest sermon ever given”

-Thomas S. Monson

“One cannot be merciful to others without receiving a harvest of mercy in return”

-Gordon B. Hinckley

“Have you ever stopped to think that perhaps you are the light sent by Heavenly Father to lead another safely home or to be a beacon from a distance to show the way back to the straight and narow path that leads to eternal life? Your light is a beacon and should never stop burning or mislead those who are looking for a way home.”

-Richard D. Hales

The Journey Begins

Hi, there! I’m glad you found me.  Stumbling as I Follow is a podcast that I have created to be a companion to the Come Follow Me curriculum.  I share with you thoughts and insights I have as I study the assigned chapters.

My intention is not to replace your personal study but give you a way that you can reflect and remember what you have read and studied in order to invite the spirit to teach you through out the day.