We've been busy with all things school. Special guests: Sis Missionaries & Kalina.What is Pride? (The Gospel Kingdom, sel. Remarkably, it is often the wicked who are the most self-righteous. Flattery, as used in the Book of Mormon, is to teach doctrines that are pleasing to the carnal mind. 14 Behold I do not mean the end of the book of Helaman, but I mean the end of the book of Nephi, from which I have taken all the account which I … You can find it by clicking HERE. "Do not be misled by Satan's lies. As a matter of fact, the Lord, to whom one owes tithing, is in a position of a preferred creditor. But those warnings consistently included a merciful invitation to repent. Using a small toy or doll to represent Samuel, let the children take turns helping “Samuel” climb the … 'Lust,' wrote Fairlie, 'is not interested in its partners, but only in the gratification of its own craving. It isn't always clear just what we are waiting for, but some of us sometimes persist in waiting so long that life slips by-finding us still waiting for something that has been going on all the time. Living prophets of our dispensation have likewise reminded us to be firm and steady in the faith (see Helaman 6:1). (Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon by McConkie and Millet), Originally, Samuel was sent to the Nephites to share the joyful news of the Savior’s coming (see Helaman 13:7). In het 86e jaar van de regering der rechters (6 v.C.) G. Homer Durham [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1943], p. 13:27, 28.) He also foretold, with great clearness and minuteness, that in subsequent years, the Nephites should grow in iniquity and because of their wickedness, their treasures, their tools, their swords, etc., should become slippery, and that within four hundred years the Nephite race should be destroyed. There are many saints who have not had this sort of experience. Read this week's KnoWhy connected with the Come Follow Me curriculum, and … Elder Benson just didn't behave like other politicians, he didn't speak flattering words like he was supposed to. Other signs that lead to faith in Jesus Christ may be more personal and less dramatic. It is not that God does not love them, but that he simply is unable to bless them as he would those who choose the right. It is flattery to tell the servant of Satan that there is no devil. It is a debt just as literally as the grocery bill, or a light bill, or any other duly incurred obligation. Helaman's army of two thousand young men is often referred to as the two thousand stripling warriors, or the sons of Helaman.Theirs is one of the most well-known stories from the Book of Mormon. However, without actual decision followed by implementation, the weeks and months go by and nothing is accomplished. Hugh Nibley described their misery, "it ends in utter frustration and total insecurity as morals and the market collapse together and the baffled experts surrender. " 16-7), "Upon hearing President Kimball's description of the effort repentance requires, those who are now in serious sin will have a thought delivered to their minds that goes something like this: 'Well, if it is that difficult to repent, I might as well go on in sin. Study and teaching helps for all ages. Their messages involve the very purpose of life and creation. Think of it. Guilt and shame set in. Give each group the following scripture verses to read on their own and to create a sign that depicts what is described in those verses, or in other words, a sign announcing to the world what is going to happen. That function is not popular. There is another reaction to prophets that I want to add here, and it comes from Helaman 13:25-26. Why are they repenting in the days of their poverty? 284. . "Some of us face a similar situation in our personal lives...We intend to pay a full tithing, to begin keeping the Word of Wisdom, to make our initial home teaching visits early in the month. 13 And behold, in the end of this book ye shall see that this Gadianton did prove the overthrow, yea, almost the entire destruction of the people of Nephi. "Samuel the Lamanite strongly reminded the Nephites that they had become casual and neglectful in living basic principles of the gospel. August 26, 2020. Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. Chastened: To have been corrected through punishment or suffering. "Certainly, some blame (for the recent changes in morals) can be attached to the voices from lecture platforms, editorial rooms, or broadcasting stands, and even from the pulpit. Throughout the year there will be several times that I will suggest jotting something down in your scripture journal. "I well remember my first morning of tracting as a new missionary in Cordoba, Argentina. Why were others angry enough to try and kill him? THIS WEEK’S TALK: A Perfect Brightness of Hope By Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, click HERE. The Savior had the same problem that Samuel did. (Approaching Zion, p. 389), "The Prophet Samuel the Lamanite sets forth the interesting rule that when 'the Economy' becomes the main and engrossing concern of a society--or in the routine Book of Mormon phrase, when 'they begin to set their hearts upon their riches'--the economy will self-destruct. Success! My library is a collection of inspiring and engaging resources to help you be the most effective teacher that you can possibly be! ), "Those so drained by sensuality do, in fact, seek to compensate for their loneliness by sensations. (Hel. 8–11). As the Lamanite prophet Samuel taught, when a prophet comes among us and speaks of our iniquities, we are made angry. Those who reject the Lord's anointed today would have done so anciently. The book continues the history of the Nephites and the Lamanites "according to the records of Helaman , who was the son of Helaman , and also according to the records of his sons, even down to the coming of Christ " ( The Book of Helaman , preface). Please try again. Why do you suppose some believed his words and sought to be baptized? Group 2: Helaman 14:20-27. The principle, however, is so accurately depicted in the Book of Mormon, 'if a prophet come among you...ye are angry with him' (v. 26). Rather, because of their rebellion, because they rejected the light and spurned the association with God through the Spirit that they might have enjoyed, they alienated themselves from the love of the Father. "Other religious leaders are saying: '...precise rules of Christian conduct should not necessarily apply to problems of sexuality. (Ensign, Feb. 1986, p. 19). Jude condemns those who 'speak evil of dignities.' There is no joy to be found in breaking the law of chastity. Helaman 13. It is one thing to depreciate a person who exercises corporate power or even government power. Tagore expressed a similar thought in these words: 'I have spent my days stringing and unstringing my instrument, while the song I came to sing remains unsung. READ: Helaman 15:4 and discuss what he might have meant when he said he hated the Lamanites. In your scripture journals, jot down your answers to the following questions: Go around and ask each person what stood out to them or what they liked about the video. Come, Follow Me Daily Study Guide for the week of August 31-September 6, 2020 covering Helaman 13-16. Sometimes, even in the church, we would much rather hear 'that all is well.'. Write the following 3 definitions of Chastened on notecards. Prominent among these predictions were the signs that should occur at the advent of our Savior; the two days and a night of continued light and the appearance of a new star in the heavens that should mark His birth at Bethlehem. Start the week off right with a Family Home Evening that is focused around the upcoming week’s Come, Follow Me. Everyone should study in a way that is best for them, but I do hope that you find these outlines helpful. OR you can add Melanie’s Library to your mobile device home screen by following these instructions, click HERE, ****SONGS – For a list of suggested songs for each day of the week, be sure and check out the blog called Music for Latter-day Life by clicking HERE. Because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchers of the righteous. Compare Luke 16:27-31." (Reynolds and Sjodahl, Commentary on the Book of Mormon, vol. This is the life in which the work of this life is to be done. And as your life is in harmony, you gradually receive the Holy Ghost in a great measure” (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, ed. Have any of these signs been fulfilled in our day? Listen to the talk and as you listen, highlight the part(s) that stands out to you. In the Copper Scroll of the Dead Sea Scrolls we learn that when the Jews fled from Jerusalem before their enemies, they also buried their treasures; and they also buried them up unto the Lord so that they could never again be used in profane negotiations. Bitterness, jealousy, anger, and even hate begin to grow. This is life, and it is passing." An example can be found in the life of then Apostle, Ezra Taft Benson. What are the two different ways that people responded to Samuel’s message? (Helaman 13:22), In 5 years, a sign will indicate the birth of Jesus Christ. "Church leaders need...consideration, since the responsibilities of Church leadership include the correction of others. Of these, Samuel the Lamanite said: 'But behold, your days of probation are past; ye have procrastinated the day of your salvation until it is everlastingly too late, and your destruction is made sure; yea, for ye have sought all the days of your lives for that which ye could not obtain; and ye have sought for happiness in doing iniquity, which thing is contrary to the nature of that righteousness which is in our great and Eternal Head.' (Conference Report, Apr. This week during our Come Follow Me scripture study we are going to be discussing Samuel the Lamanite. Other signs that lead to faith in Jesus Christ may be more personal and less dramatic. These are also great for writing down any impressions or “Aha” moments that you might have as you study the scriptures. He even told the exact year when these things should take place; also he told of the convulsions, the storms, the earthquakes that should attend His crucifixion, and the resurrection of many of the Saints that would follow His own resurrection. As Elder George F. Richards, President of the Council of the Twelve, said in a conference address in April 1947, 'When we say anything bad about the leaders of the Church, whether true or false, we tend to impair their influence and their usefulness and are thus working against the Lord and his cause.' Why were others angry enough to try and kill him? We must sneak and hide, lie and cheat. THE TEACHINGS OF JOSEPH SMITH: The Second Coming and the Millennium And second, they will find more misery in more sin, not the happiness they hope for but can't find. “If you keep not my commandments,” a modern revelation attests, “the love of the Father shall not continue with you, therefore you shall walk in darkness” (D&C 95:12). It may contradict your social views. This is strong language. "Again, observe the emphasis in the words italicized. Read Helaman 16:1-12. In this kit there are helps for all ages. Immorality is not the verification of one's existence; instead, it is the shrinking of one's significance!" Sign up for the Teach Me FHE email group and receive an FHE outline delivered right to your inbox every Sunday morning. Why do you suppose some believed his words and sought to be baptized? *This is a suggested outline that coincides with the Come, Follow Me manual. "The condition of society in the days of Samuel was somewhat peculiar (6 B.C.). He stated, "No real American wants to be subsidized," and "It just isn't good for government to do for the people what they can and should do for themselves." 65. ', "That is so unwise. (Improvement Era, Jan. 1967, p. How can knowing about Samuel help when you suffer persecution? "I do not know what degree of repentance would be required of us to avert some of the things that might be imminent or at least remote possibilities. They must have exclaimed, "I know I left it here someplace!" It lists over 100 Come, Follow Me resources that are available online starting with the church’s resources at the top. Certainly these men should be holding firm, yet some yield to popular clamor. I hope you week has been great. Therefore, the Lord promised them another curse. Which verses from Helaman 15 might explain why the first missionary efforts in the early latter-day church were directed toward Native Americans? All transgressions must be cleansed, all weaknesses must be overcome, before a person can attain perfection and godhood. For more Come, Follow Me resources, check out my post Your Ultimate Guide to Come, Follow Me. For personal and/or family study of the scriptures, geared towards families with teenagers, single adults, and empty nesters. FIRST DISCUSS: Before acting out the story, be sure to discuss what were some of the things that Samuel told the people. Samuel prophesied that this curse would help them remember, 'then shall ye lament, and say: O that I had repented...then [our riches] would not have become slippery that we should lose them; for behold, our riches are gone from us' (v. 32-3). Alternatively, 'if a man shall come among you and shall say: Do this, and there is no iniquity...ye will receive him.' We read in Helaman 13:3 that he taught “whatsoever things should come into his heart.” 103). For instance, prophets have predicted signs that will appear before the Savior’s Second Coming. Did you listen, or do you also build sepulchres for the dead prophets and tombs for those who have passed away long ago and disregard the living ones? 7. The blessings available through the gift of the Holy Ghost are conditioned upon worthiness. Chapter Summary: Samuel predicts the signs surrounding the birth and death of Christ.Lots of death and destruction at the time of Christ's death. (CFM manual, pg 139), CONFERENCE TALK: By Divine Design The only pre-Columbian weapon I can find that was similar to a sword was the macuahuitl which was made with a plank of wood similar in shape to a cricket bat with obsidian blades mounted on the edges. For instance, in Helaman5:5-13, Mormon quotes a speech of Helaman 3 not at the time it was originally given but instead by having his two sons remember it many years later (perhaps not coincidentally, the subject of that discourse was remembrance) (Hardy, A Reader’s Guide, pg. The Lord provided signs of the Savior’s birth and death. Tweet. But those warnings consistently included a merciful invitation to repent. those things that were presented unto your minds by the Spirit of God, will come to pass; and thus by learning the Spirit of God and understanding it, you may grow into the principle of revelation, until you become perfect in Christ Jesus." Notably, Zarahemla was destroyed by fire just prior to the appearance of the Savior, 'And there were exceedingly sharp lightnings, such as never had been known in all the land. One would assume that Samuel did not mean to convey the thought that God actually hated the Lamanites, at least not in the sense that mortal men hate one another. And behold, I was sent unto you to declare it unto you also, that ye might have glad tidings; but behold ye would not receive me. There may be momentary pleasure. A Life magazine editorial said, "Benson is no politician, which may mean he is qualifying for higher honors." (To Draw Closer to God, p. 65). If there is not enough to pay all creditors, he should be paid first. Note well the sequence of folly: first we are well pleased with ourselves because of our wealth, then comes the game of status and prestige, leading to competitive maneuvers, hatred, and dirty tricks, and finally the ultimate solution. Chastened: To have kept one’s self morally pure 'Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! READ Helaman 13:36-38. Come, Follow Me Daily Study Guide for the week of August 31-September 6, 2020 covering Helaman 13-16. Prior to Samuel's prophecy, the Nephites were already under a curse. VIDEO: The Tender Mercies of the Lord ', "My plea therefore is this: Let us get our instruments tightly strung and our melodies sweetly sung. Unlike Elder Benson's strait and narrow course, the unscrupulous path to popularity is traveled with flattering footsteps. Just the opposite is true. Samuel the Lamanite (Helaman 13-16) QUESTIONS Samuel Prophesies of the Destruction of the Nephites. ***A free PDF DOWNLOAD of the Study Guide is available at the bottom of this post, making it easy for those who’d like to print out a copy. 14 But behold, it is for the righteous’ sake that it is spared. That He Should Return Again – Helaman 13:2-4 (1/29/2016) If a Prophet Come Among You – Helaman 13:25-26 (1/28/2016) Ye Do Not Remember the Lord Your God – Helaman 13:22 (9/23/2015) Foolish and Blind Guides – Helaman 13:29 (9/22/2015) Helaman 13:38 The Days of Your Probation Are Past (11/28/2014) Chapter 14 *Optional -Have someone hold a cookie sheet or pan to stop the marshmallows or wads of paper from hitting Samuel. Helaman 13:31-36 More than 300 years later, Mormon saw the fulfillment of that prophecy: And these Gadianton robbers, who were among the Lamanites, did infest the land, insomuch that the inhabitants thereof began to hide up their treasures in the earth; and they became slippery, because the Lord had cursed the land, that they could not hold them, nor retain them again. See “Signs of the Times,” Guide to the Scriptures, scriptures.ChurchofJesusChrist.org. (See Hel. READ Helaman 13:1-4 and Helaman 16:1-5. Supplement your study of 2020's Book of Mormon Come Follow Me Curriculum with resources from Book of Mormon Central.
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