October 14, 2019
Our life, like Paul's, is often filled with bad news and good news that are intertwined. From prison (bad news) Paul writes a letter to the Philippians about his rejoicing (good news) in the gospel of Christ. Similarly, we must learn how to face our own prisons and problems (bad news) and see through them to the promises and perfection (good news) that Jesus Christ offers. Show Notes: Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane," Creative Commons.
September 30, 2019
Have you ever felt like your faith was under attack? Like your membership was being bombarded by criticism? Like you were in war against something or someone you can't see but who is intent on wrestling away from you the very truths that provide you hope in life? are! At least, that's how Paul describes what the Ephesians are going through. Study with us this week as we learn from Paul how to really fight against that unseen wickedness, put on the whole armor of God, and stand strong in our faith in Christ. Show Notes: Kim B. Clark, "Encircled About by Fire," S&I Broadcast, August 2015. Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane," Creative Commons.
September 23, 2019
If you've ever felt pulled in two different directions, commanded to walk a covenant path by one voice and tugged to walk in other directions by so many other voices, than you can empathize with the Galatians. This week we study Paul's words to those who are pulled in different directions and learn, from him and from our own personal confirmations, why we should "stand fast" in the faith of Jesus Christ. Show Notes: Bruce R. McConkie, "Our Relationship with the Lord," BYU Address, 1982. Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane," Creative Commons.
September 16, 2019
Paul says that he has a "thorn in the flesh", some weakness that persistently bothers him and forces him to admit humility and reliance on God. That feeling of weakness is, of course, not foreign to us as we look at ourselves nor as we look at those around us. So why does God allow us to have weakness and why does he allow those around us, maybe especially those who lead us, to have weakness too. Study along this week to learn from Paul what do with your and others' thorns. Show Notes: Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane," Creative Commons.
September 9, 2019
Having a bad day? A bad week? A bad year? In this episode we dive into Paul's teachings about just why God allows those bad days/weeks/years to happen and chart a course for how we can be happy in any circumstance. So bring your bad day and listen along and see if we can put a smile on your face! Show Notes: Katie Hughes, Instagram Russell M. Nelsons, "Joy and Spiritual Survival," October 2016. Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane," Creative Commons.
September 2, 2019
"There are," Paul writes, "so many kinds of voices in the world." How true today, with so many and groups clamoring for our attention today Paul teaches the simple truths of the gospel and resurrection of Christ. Study along with us as we listen to one voice that will make all the difference. Show Notes: Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane," Creative Commons.
August 26, 2019
Paul taught that, just as there must be unity among different parts for the body to function, so too must there be unity among different members of a family/ward/church in order for that organization to work properly. Study with us this week as we learn what breaks the body and what heals it again. Show Notes: Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane," Creative Commons.
August 19, 2019
A simple definition of a temple is: a holy place dedicated to God. Of course we have many temples around the world, but in this study, Paul opens our minds to the idea that we can make our homes, our wards, our bedrooms, and our own personal lives into temples of God where His spirit can dwell. Study with us this week as we learn what defiles those temples and how we can dedicate or rededicate them to our Father in Heaven. Show Notes: Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane," Creative Commons.
August 15, 2019
In this bonus episode, recorded from our Facebook Live discussion for the Salt Gathering, we answer questions about scripture study--everything from how to make it a daily habit to how to dive deeper in your personal study. Show Notes   Salt Gathering Facebook Music: Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane," Creative Commons.
August 12, 2019
What kind of member of the Church are you? How would you describe yourself? In Paul's epistle to the Romans he addresses a faith group filled with people from different backgrounds and beliefs all trying to come together in Christ. In this episode we start where we are, with whatever level of faith or doubt we may have, and chart a course to unity in Christ and a true welcoming of all into his Church. Show Notes: Studio C clip about Mormon Misunderstanding   Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane," Creative Commons.
August 5, 2019
On his final missionary journey, headed to a city he had never visited, Paul wrote one of the most thorough, logical, and powerful epistles about the gospel of Jesus Christ. Of central concern for him is the topic of grace. Study with us this week as we learn from Paul how God's grace and Jesus' righteousness can free us from sin and help us walk in a "newness of life." Show Notes: Episode 9: Saved by Grace Episode 58: Born Again Salt Gathering Facebook Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "The Gift of Grace," General Conference, April 2015. Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane," Creative Commons.
July 29, 2019
The record of Paul's mission ends in front of governors and kings who, for one reason or another, don't heed his testimony. Why not? Why don't they, and why don't we heed the voice of apostolic warning more often? This final study in the Acts of the Apostles brings us face to face with our own obedience to commandments and challenges us to listen to our own, modern-day apostles and prophets. Show Notes: Spencer J. Condie, "A Mighty Change of Heart," General Conference, October 1993. M. Russell Ballard, "Stay in the Boat and Hold On," General Conference, October 2010. Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane," Creative Commons.
July 22, 2019
Paul stands up to preach in Athens next to a statue with the inscription, "To the Unknown God." Paul, in a stroke of typical sermonizing genius, tells the gathered Greeks just exactly who the unknown God is, the one that they are ignorant of, and the one he has come to love and worship. This week we study that same God and discuss what we know about him and how we come to know about him. Show Notes: Amy Tanner, "The Gift of Uncertainty," BYU Devotional, July 2019. Russell M. Nelson, "Jesus the Christ: Our Master and More," General Conference, April 2000. Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane," Creative Commons.
July 15, 2019
We believe . . . that God will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God, right? In this episode we study the monumental revelation given to Peter and learn, not only what that revelation means for us, but what the whole process illuminates about the way modern revelation works, but for us individually and for the Church as a whole. Show Notes: Sharon Eubank, "This Is a Woman's Church," Fair Mormon Conference, 2014. Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane," Creative Commons.
July 8, 2019
Just what kind of person does God choose for his service? This week we study disciples ranging from the stalwart Stephen to the radically antagonistic Saul, both of whom God chooses to spread the gospel. As we study we look at ourselves and learn lessons for ourselves on how we can choose and be chosen. Show Notes: Dallin H. Oaks, "The Keys and Authority of the Priesthood," April 2014. Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane," Creative Commons.
July 1, 2019
Luke, of course, wrote the Gospel of Luke wherein he detailed in great literary style Jesus' ministry. Luke also wrote the Acts of the Apostles to highlight how that ministry changed the lives and spiritual capacities of his apostles. Study with us this week as we see how people, like Peter the apostle, who have been changed by Christ now turn to changing the world. Show Notes: Russell M. Nelson, "Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives," April 2018. Julie B. Beck, "And upon the Handmaids in Those Days Will I Pour Out My Spirit,” May 2010. Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane," Creative Commons.
June 24, 2019
Over the past months we've come to know and love Jesus more as we've studied his teachings, his example, and his sacrifices for his disciples. Now, in this last episode in the gospels, we study his resurrection, his interactions with his disciples, and his commandments to them as they move forward in faith. We testify all the time that Jesus lives; in this episode we confirm that truth and discuss what exactly it means to us. Know him; love him; and tell others about him.   Show Notes Video: He's Still Risen Jeffrey R. Holland, "The First Great Commandment," October 2012. Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane," Creative Commons.
June 17, 2019
Everyone from Pilate to the soldiers to the Jews of the day were focused on the kingship of Jesus Christ. Pilate asked him if he was a king; the soldiers mocked him by putting a crown of thorns on his head; the Jews refused to accept him. Even the sign above his head on the cross read "King of the Jews." This week we study Jesus' final mortal acts as King. As we "view his death" we focus on those aspects of his final hours that "draw" us to him and make us want to accept him as our King!   Show Notes Gaye Strathearn, "Christ’s Crucifixion: Reclamation of the Cross," RSC. Gaye Strathearn on LDS Perspectives Podcast Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane," Creative Commons.
June 10, 2019
When you last took the sacrament you promised to "remember" Jesus; over the next two weeks we dive deep into just what it is that you are supposed to remember. This week, study with us Jesus' spiritual suffering, symbolized by his blood, and come to know and feel a greater love for his sacrifice.   Show Notes Jeffrey R. Holland, "Always Remember Him," Video. Russell M. Nelson, "Drawing the Power of Jesus Christ into Our Lives," General Conference, April 2017. Dallin H. Oaks, "Strengthened by the Atonement of Jesus Christ," General Conference, October 2015. Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane," Creative Commons.
June 3, 2019
The word "love" appears 34 times in John chapters 13-17. These chapters, encapsulating some of the Savior's final sermons, focus on his love for us and our love for him and for others. In fact, that's the "new" part of the "new commandment" he gives to us; it's not just about loving others, it's about loving others the way he loves us. Study with us this week as we learn just how to do that! Show Notes Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane," Creative Commons.
May 27, 2019
When we think of the Second Coming we often feel fear and apprehension. In this episode we're going to study in order to remove the fear and ease the apprehension by learning how we can prepare for the Savior's next advent. Show Notes David A. Bednar, "If Ye Had Known Me," General Conference, October 21. Music: Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane," Creative Commons.
May 20, 2019
Trees are supposed to bear fruit. Similarly, children of God are designed to bring forth "fruits". So what fruits does God expect us to bear? What stops us from bearing fruit? And what can we do to start bearing fruit?   Show Notes Bruce R. McConkie, "Our Relationship with the Lord," BYU Speeches, 1982.   Music: Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane," Creative Commons.
May 13, 2019
Who is the greatest in the kingdom? How can I be great? What more must I do to earn a great reward? These questions drive our study today as we learn Jesus' responses to similar questions posed to him. Want to know how to be great? Listen to the Great One; the answer isn't quite what you may think!   Show Notes Bountiful Kitchen Lavain Cookies! Henry B. Eyring, "A Renaissance of Marriage." D. Todd Christofferson, "Why Marriage, Why Family," April 2015. Music: Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane," Creative Commons.
May 6, 2019
What happens when a sheep gets lost? Of course, the shepherd leaves the flock to rescue him. But what gets that sheep lost in the first place? What does God feel about those who get lost on purpose? And what can we do to help rescue others who feel lost? Those questions and more answered this week in our study.     Show Notes Ezra Taft Benson, "The Great Commandment," General Conference, April 1988. Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "Believe, Love, Do," General Conference, October 2018.   Music: Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane," Creative Commons.
April 29, 2019
A shepherd leads his flock, not by chasing after them with dogs, but by walking before them and calling to them. The flock follows him, not because they fear him, but because they recognize his voice and know his love and concern for them. This week we study some intimate experiences between the Master Shepherd and some of his sheep that illustrate that love and which will help us recognize His shepherding in our own, daily lives.   Show Notes Joseph Smith, "The Elders of the Church in Kirtland," The Evening and Morning Star, March 1834. John R. Lasater, "Shepherds of Israel," General Conference, April 1988. Music: Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane," Creative Commons.
April 25, 2019
In this bonus episode we interview Ashley Laneri, a seminary teacher and a soon-to-be Master of Religious Studies with a thesis on women in the Church. Starting with Mary and Martha from Luke 10 we move to tackling some hard-hitting questions about women in the Church. What is a woman's role in the Church? How can women break the cycle of comparison? And what can we all learn that helps us love God and love our neighbor better? Show Notes Ashley's Instagram account Sharon Eubank, "This Is a Woman's Church," Fair Mormon Conference, 2014. Jeffrey R. Holland, "Laborers in the Vineyard," General Conference, April 2012. Music: Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane," Creative Commons.
April 22, 2019
After a wonderful Easter week where we studied and felt anew how much Jesus loves us we turn our attention this week to how we can better love God and our neighbors. Jesus taught some of the most powerful parables targeting these two, great commandments. Study with us this week as we uncover principles for greater love so we can keep the "greatest" commandments our Lord gives us.   Show Notes Lynn G. Robbins, "Seventy Time Seven," General Conference, April 2018. Music: Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane," Creative Commons.
April 14, 2019
On Sunday he entered Jerusalem, on Monday he cleansed the temple, Tuesday and Wednesday he taught and Thursday through Sunday he suffered, died, and resurrected. What do each of these events symbolize in our relationship with Christ. Study this episode with us today in preparation of a daily worship of the Savior this Passion Week. Show Notes Music: Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane," Creative Commons.
April 1, 2019
What is a testimony? What isn't a testimony? What does a testimony do? These are the questions we are asking as we study together this week. Show Notes Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "A Testimony of Light and Truth," General Conference, October 2014. Jeffrey R. Holland, "Lord, I Believe," General Conference, April 2013. Music: Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane," Creative Commons.
March 25, 2019
"Oh thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?" Imagining Jesus saying this to his chief apostle makes you think if he'd have need to say it to you. Study with us this week as we discuss fear and faith and how to retain our confidence despite our fears. Show Notes Neil F. Marriott, "Yielding Our Hearts to God," General Conference, October 2015. Seminary Curriculum Announcement and more information One of our all-time favorite talks (on anything, but especially on the feeding of the 5000): Gerritt W. Gong, "And Jesus Said unto Them: I am the Bread of Life," An Evening with a General Authority, January 2017. Music: Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane," Creative Commons.
March 18, 2019
All too often in our study of the parables we focus on the soil and forget the Sower. Jesus tells us that the purpose of the parables is to "convert" and "heal" us; so this week we study what we learn about the Sower, about the Merchant, about the Savior that makes us want to return to Him and be healed.   Show Notes Kim B. Clark, "Eyes to See and Ears to Hear," General Conference, October 2015. Music: Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane," Creative Commons.
March 15, 2019
This is our first (of hopefully many) bonus episodes to compliment the week's study in the New Testament. This week Krista had the great privilege of talking to Rio Grange, founder of Work and Wonder, about all things General Conference. Listen in a get excited for the upcoming Conference.   Show Notes Visit Work and Wonder for more about Rio and her awesome General Conference workbooks. Music: Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane," Creative Commons.
March 11, 2019
The word "apostle" simply means "one who was sent." In this sense, we are all apostles, sent by the Savior and, again today by our prophet, to teach and minister and help and heal. In this episode we study how to do all of that better.   Show Notes Russell M. Nelson, "Hope of Israel," Worldwide Devotional for Youth, June 2018.  Russell M. Nelson, "Sisters' Participating in the Gathering of Israel," General Conference, October 2018. John Lund, "How to Hug a Teenage Porcupine." Music: Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane," Creative Commons.
March 4, 2019
In a world of constant and violent persecution against those who follow Jesus, Mark writes stunning accounts of the Savior's miracles to remind Christians the reason and power behind their faith. As we study this week amidst a world of modern persecutions we draw from these stories of physical healing truths about the Savior's ability to heal us spiritually.   Show Notes Russell M. Nelson, "Drawing the Power of Jesus Christ into Our Lives," General Conference, April 2017.  Music: Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane," Creative Commons.
February 25, 2019
Part 2 of the Sermon on the Mount: Jesus counsels his newly called disciples to "take heed" or, in other words, to beware of some things that could damage their and others' discipleship. This week, study how to create personal, private, and holy discipleship of the Savior.   Show Notes D. Todd Christofferson, "The Living Bread Which Came Down From Heaven," General Conference, October 2017. Carol F. McConkie, "The Beauty of Holiness," General Conference, April 2017. Henry Van Dyke, The Mansion   Music: Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane," Creative Commons.
February 18, 2019
Although the crowds followed Jesus he went up into a mountain and his disciples, came to him and learned from him how to leave the crowd behind and be true follower. Study with us as we examine our own discipleship and consider what we can do to be more "blessed", salt the earth and light the world, live the higher law, and become perfect. Show Notes  Jean Bingham, "That Your Joy Might Be Full," General Conference, October 2017.  Music: Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane," Creative Commons.
February 11, 2019
"Except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God." This pronouncement from the Savior is about so much more than baptism, it's about Christ's desire to change us, as he is able to change so many things, in something fit for the Kingdom. Study with us in this episode to learn how he can change you! Show Notes  Victor L. Brown, "The Vision of the Aaronic Priesthood," General Conference, October 1975. L. Whitney Clayton, "Whatsoever He Saith Unto You," General Conference, April 2017. Brad Wilcox, "His Grace is Sufficient," BYU Devotional, July 2011.     Music: Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane," Creative Commons.
February 4, 2019
For some, the greatest stresses and worries in life come from external temptations; for many others, the internal temptations to doubt, disparage, and discourage can be the most damaging. In this episode we study Jesus' wrestle with these kinds of temptations in search for how we, like Him, can stand strong.    Show Notes   J. Reuben Clark, "The Charted Course of the Church in Education." Richard G. Scott, "First Things First," General Conference, April 2001. Howard W. Hunter, "The Temptations of Christ," General Conference, October 1976.   Music: Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane," Creative Commons.
January 28, 2019
We know what John the Baptist did, but we spend far less time studying what he said. This episode we study the "voice crying in the wilderness" and learn what he has to teach about repentance, some truths that, if understood, will change the way we view repentance!   Show Notes Jeffrey R. Holland, "For Times of Trouble," BYU Devotional Dan McKinley, "Don't Hide from God," Hi Five Live   Music: Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane," Creative Commons.
January 21, 2019
John's gospel gives us an up-close, intimate, unique, and tangible account of Jesus' ministry. John wants us to remember our own personal relationship with Christ. This week we come to "see" Jesus in a new light, "see" ourselves the way he does, and "see" others with more love and optimism. Show Notes Bible in picture: She Reads Truth Bible Music: Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane," Creative Commons.
January 14, 2019
"Worship is essential and central to our spiritual life." That quote gets at the heart of our study this week. What is worship really? What does it look like? And how can we do it better and more powerfully in our own relationships with the Savior? This week we learn from some of the first to worship Jesus just how to worship him ourselves.   Show Notes Websites with different Bible translations: BibleHub, BibleGateway Dean M. Davies, "The Blessings of Worship," General Conference, October 2016. Music: Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane," Creative Commons.
January 7, 2019
We know the beginning of the story of Jesus, but everything from his parentage to his annunciation was unexpected to both those in his day and early readers of the gospels. What happens when God unexpectedly calls on unexpected people to do unexpected things? What happens when he calls you? Study with us in this episode to start finding out!  Show Notes Gaye Strathearn, "Mary, the Mother of Jesus," Ensign, January 2019. Music: Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane," Creative Commons.
January 2, 2019
Season 2 of the Scripture Study Project is underway with this study of what exactly happens when we respond to Jesus' invitation to "Come, follow me." Learn with us how your study of the New Testament this year can help you get to know your Savior better, see yourself clearer, and change from a simple "Simon, son of Jonas" into Peter, the rock! Show Notes D. Todd Christofferson, "The Blessings of Scripture," Mormon Message Jeffrey R. Holland, "The First Great Commandment," General Conference, October 2012. Music Credit: Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane."
December 28, 2018
We're gearing up for season 2 of The Scripture Study Project. Here's just a brief preview of coming attractions all aimed at helping you have powerful experiences with the scriptures that change your life and excite you to teach others!   Show Notes: Russell M. Nelson, "Becoming Exemplary Latter-day Saints," Ensign, October 2018. House Churches - Acts 1:12-13 (see mentions also Romans 16:3-5, 1 Cor 16:19) Music Credit: Blue Dot Sessions, "Weathervane."
December 10, 2018
Season Finale! We study Moroni's final exhortations and share a few of our own. Has your study of the Book of Mormon brought you joy? Conviction? Or even a bit of perfection in your life? It has for us! Listen as we study and share. Also, as a bonus, hear the preview of what's coming on Season 2 of the Scripture Study Project!
December 3, 2018
Life is filled with choices. Period. We must constantly choose between, not just good an evil, but often between good and good! Moroni, knowing this about our day, inserts in chapter 7 a sermon from his father all about judging between choices and learning how to "lay hold of every good thing." Study with us this week and learn for yourself!
November 26, 2018
In a world that's as bleak and depressing as has ever been recorded in scripture Moroni must, and does, stand strong and hold to his faith. When we're called upon to do something difficult, maybe in the face of opposition and hopelessness, can we stand with Moroni and proclaim, "I will not deny the Christ"? In this episode we study how to do just that!
November 19, 2018
The story of the Jaredites is one of mostly misery and destruction; however, against that black, satin cloth is set one of the most amazing diamonds in the Book of Mormon: Moroni's discourse on faith and hope in chapter 12. This week with special guest Garret Shields we study the diamond and learn how to anchor our souls when on life's turbulent seas.
November 12, 2018
Remember the Bible story about the Tower of Babel and the confusing of the languages? In this episode we study the story of the brother of Jared to better understand what confounds and, more importantly, what unconfounds our communication with God. If you want to know how to talk to and hear from God better, listen in and study along!
November 5, 2018
"I even remain alone to write the sad tale of the destruction of my people," says Moroni, the last Nephite prophet. With such a depressing task, and with pressures in our own lives that may feel daunting and depressing, what miracles does Moroni see that lift his soul and sustain his faith? Come, meet the God of miracles!
October 29, 2018
Everything we've read in the Book of Mormon this year has come through his hand, yet we haven't really met him yet. This episode, we meet Mormon, the man behind the book, and learn how to be a disciple of Christ even in the worst of times.
October 22, 2018
It didn't look like Roger Banister was on track to break the four-minute mile barrier, but he did. It looked like the Nephites were on track for continual righteousness, and they fell. What can we learn from the rise and fall of the Nephites about finishing out our own races and building a happy people/family/class/group?
October 15, 2018
If you were to be granted one wish, what would you choose? What if it were Jesus himself granting your desire? And what if that greatest desire you had was to be able to minister to your "people" (family, friends, neighbors, etc.) In this episode we study how to minister better!
October 1, 2018
You know what "faith" means? It means you can trust someone, that you have confidence in them. We can have faith in Jesus Christ because he keeps his promises; he fulfills the all commandments and promises he's ever made. In this episode we study just a few of those promises and fulfillments so our confidence in him will increase!
September 24, 2018
Someone once asked President Kimball what he did in boring church meetings. He replied, "I don't know; I've never been in one." On this episode we learn from Jesus himself how to turn some interactions and meetings in our lives that can sometimes become boring, repetetive, or stale into intensely spiritual experiences. Listen and learn how to transform your relationship with your children, your experience in sacrament meeting, and even your personal prayers.
September 17, 2018
"...who come unto me..." is one of the Savior's unique additions to his sermon at the temple to the Nephites. In this episode we study how we can come unto the Savior so that he can perfect us and help us become like the Father.
September 10, 2018
"The Savior doesn't care about us . . . . He cares about you, and he cares about me." This quote, although somewhat provocative, strikes at the heart of a fundamental truth about Jesus--He ministers one by one. In this episode we put ourselves in the shoes of the Nephites in Bountiful who got to witness His coming one by one. What would you say, feel, think, or do if you had an individual moment with Jesus?
September 3, 2018
Spencer W. Kimball once said that the Book of Mormon story right before the coming of Christ parallels what will happen in our own day before the Second Coming of Christ. What happened then that we recognize today? And, more importantly, how can we prepare ourselves for what lies ahead for us and our families? This episode, join us as we study how to fight spiritual "infections" and protect and preserve our families for the coming of Christ.
August 27, 2018
Surprise! The Nephites are bad; the Lamanites are good; a Lamanite is a prophet and is preaching to Nephites! In this episode we pull from this surprising story some surprising, non-traditional reasons why we should listen to the men and women on the walls in our city.
August 20, 2018
The pride cycle is well known and oft-discussed but what we never talk about is how to stop it. Like a bike tire rolling there seems to be something almost inevitable about pride. Well, study with us this week as we stop the pride cycle by giving it a flat tire and disrupting pride in our own lives.
August 13, 2018
In this episode we meet some of the most destructive villains in the Book of Mormon and it's not the leaders of the armies or bands of robbers. What do you do against an enemy who is focused on your complete destruction? Find out as we study together.
August 6, 2018
Last episode we learned how to wage and win your own, individual battles against the adversary. In this episode we peer between the lines to see how to win the even-more-serious family battles. In short, what did the Book of Mormon's most incredible youth group learned from perhaps the Book's most incredible parents?
July 30, 2018
Have you ever felt like life, your life, was a war? Ever felt like you were fighting just to keep your faith against an enemy who seems bent set on destroying it? In this episode we study the strategies and tactics in the war chapters of the Book of Mormon that will help us all fight harder, be braver, and win more individual battles.
July 23, 2018
"Life isn't fair!" Agreed, but the real question is: is God fair? And if so, is He also merciful? Can He be both at the same time? Is He both for you? This week we unravel the sometimes tricky relationship between justice and mercy.
July 16, 2018
You can almost hear Alma's emotion as he begins his letter to his son Helaman, "I swear to you..." What is it that has Alma so passionate? This week we look at small and simple things Alma "swears" will make a difference in your life.
July 9, 2018
Pervert (pər-ˈvərt) - verb: to alter something from its original, right, or moral state. So what does perverted prayer look like? How about perverted faith? Listen this week to see how you can help overcome repetitive, rote prayers and stale, stagnant faith.
July 2, 2018
"I'd like to bear my testimony; I know the Church is true." So starts many a testimony, but we have to ask ourselves, is our goal really to "know the Church is true?" In this espisode, Alma guides us through an experiment where we can gain some tangible, enlightening evidence of more than just whether or not something is true. S.E.E.D. Study Guide -
June 25, 2018
The adversary, just like a magician, has certain tricks and deceptions he uses to tempt sin or instigate doubt. However, the adversary, just like a magician, hates when his secrets are revelealed. In this episde that's just what we'll do.
June 11, 2018
The Anti-Nephi-Lehis, the group of converted Lamanites in the Book of Mormon, are incredible, right? They lay down their weapons of war, forsake their past and their homeland, and gain a faith so strong that they literally sacrifice their life for it. Wanna know how to become converted like them? Listen in to this week's episode, part 2 of our study of the missionary chapters in Alma.
June 4, 2018
We know we could, we know we should, by sometimes sharing our faith with others is hard. In this episdoe we study the incredible example of the sons of Mosiah and their mission to the Lamanites to learn a fresh and faithful approach to missionary service.
May 28, 2018
Ever wonder why, when you feel like you are doing all the right things in all the right ways, that you fail? You pray, you fast, you obey, and you feel like you're responding to promptings, but God doesn't grant you the success you'd hoped? In this episode, we study to see that sometimes our failures are really just the seed for God's greater success.
May 21, 2018
Perhaps the biggest topic in the gospel, the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and Alma helps us understand some things that maybe we've been missing, some things that, if we get right, will bring a joy to our day and balm to our sorrows. Listen in to what Alma teaches people who are ready to hear the best he has to teach.
May 14, 2018
You can gauge the health of your physical heart by checking your pulse, but what about your spiritual heart? Is there a way to assess the strength of your testimony, your conversion, or your relationship with God? In this episode Alma plays the role of spiritual physician and asks some hard, heart-hitting questions the form, for us, a sort of spiritual cardiogram. How are you doing?   Show Notes: Alma's Spiritual Cardiogram - jpg:!AoPMl35TcIX9xxY68zdIqp05b63y pdf:!AoPMl35TcIX9xxWdSEoIl4dkyZlC
May 7, 2018
In these first chapters of Alma we meet a converted prophet, an anti-Christ, and a rebel politician and study what to do with "wonderful contentions" in our lives. Book of Alma, here we come!
April 30, 2018
We all have times when we or someone we love "falls out of the boat" of faith or belief. In this episode we study what kings, prophets, and God himself things and does about people who fall out of the boat. What do you do if it's you? What do you do if it's someone you love?
April 23, 2018
"Is the load I am carrying creating sufficient spiritual traction so I ultimately can return home to Heavenly Father?" That question, asked by Elder Bednar, is our focus this episode. How do I bear my burdens, and how can I minster to others and bear their burdens? Show notes: Ministering training video:  Elder Bednar talk:
April 16, 2018
Want to know what are, perhpaps, the two most crucial questions you could possibly be asked? In this episose we watch Abinadi withstand Noah and his priests with complete conviction is his God and in his own calling.
April 2, 2018
In this episode we study Zeniff, a good guy who messes up, gets himself stuck, and has to find a way to get out. Sound familiar to you? What do we do to get ourselves in spiritual bondage, and how can we get out?
March 26, 2018
Do you have "seasons of peace" mixed with "seasons of war" in your life? In your family's life? Would you like to have "continual peace"? King Benjamin knows how!
March 19, 2018
God actually talked to Enos; so what did Enos do to start the process? This episode gives a few powerful principles of "mighty prayer" that could change your relationship with God!
March 12, 2018
Ever wonder how God feels about you? Jacob 5 is the longest chapter in the Book of Mormon and one of the best because it is, in essence, God's love letter to you!
March 5, 2018
We all have faith-shaking temptations and experiences. Where do they come from? And how can you, like Jacob, become "unshakable"?
February 26, 2018
How many times (a day) have you had a question to which there seems no clear-cut, easy-to-find answer? In this episode we dive into the promise and the practices that help us to know, as the scriptures say, "all things"!
February 19, 2018
Nephi the seer sees our day and sees Satan working to "drag us down," but he also sees a way to stop that from happening. In this episode we study how to make Nephi's promise that "Satan will have more" come true for you!
February 12, 2018
With Isaiah, it often ends up being, "I say, 'Huh?'" In this episode, with special guests Garret Shields and Dan McKinley, we give some study tips and insights that will make you exclaim, "I say, 'AHA!'"
February 5, 2018
Are we saved by grace or by works? Are Mormons Christian? How on earth can I crack the mystery of Isaiah? All these questions and more answered this week as we get ready for (and dive a bit into) the Isaiah chapters.
January 29, 2018
We don't need to be afraid of judgment! In this episode we study three things we underestimate about God that, if we can get right, will make the thought of final judgment one of joy and excitement rather than fear and anxiety.
January 26, 2018
Are you feeling a little spiritually sleepy? Or know someone who is? In this episode we study Lehi's teachings to his sons that help them "wake up!" and fight off the chains of the adversary.
January 26, 2018
In a world that seems, often, dark and depressing we can find hope in some amazing truths about Jesus from some traditionally tricky Isaiah chapters. In this episode we study a prophet quoting a prophet teaching us why we can have hope.
January 26, 2018
How do you build a boat (or any other big thing you feel God is asking you to do)? How do you do hard things when sometimes you feel so small? And once you decide you can do it, how do you actually do it? In this episode we discover three principles that can help us do new, big, hard things!
January 26, 2018
How can I get myself and my family to the Tree of Life? In this episode we take a closer look at one of the most well-known symbols in the Book of Mormon and pull out helpful principles for drawing ourselves and our families closer to God's love.
January 26, 2018
How do I become the person God wants me to be? We study 1 Nephi 2-4 looking for how Nephi went from being "young" to being a "man" and how we can do the same.
January 26, 2018
What do I do when things start going wrong in my life or in my family? In this episode we study the first chapter of the Book of Mormon in search of how we can deal with destruction in our own lives.
January 26, 2018
In our first pilot episode we introduce the who, what, when, where, how and WHY of our scripture study podcast and give a small sample of things to come!
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