Talking Scripture
Talking Scripture
Feb 17, 2020
Ep 37 | 2 Nephi 11-25, Come Follow Me 2020 (Feb 17-23)
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In this podcast we examine the Isaiah passages that Nephi inserts into the small plates. Why is Nephi putting this material in the Book of Mormon? Why would these passages have meaning to him? What does it mean to liken the words of Isaiah? (See 1 Nephi 19.23-24; 1 Nephi 22.8; 2 Nephi 6.5; 2 Nephi 11.2, 8.) We examine some of the political issues that Isaiah dealt with in his time period and then work to illustrate how these circumstances are similar to the Saints today. To see show notes for this podcast, go here. To see some great slides with some of the pictures and maps we talk about, go here. To read Elder McConkie’s Ten Keys to Understanding Isaiah, go here. For a short 8 minute video on Isaiah 6, go here.

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Church News
Church News
Church News
Celebrating Betters Days: The pioneering saints of the suffragette movement
In 1842 the Prophet Joseph Smith formed The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ first women’s organization known today as the Relief Society, stating, “this is the beginning of better days.” That promise was fulfilled as Latter-Day Saint women continued to serve their community and advocated for the equal voting rights of women in Utah and the United States. Better Days 2020 is a non-profit dedicated to popularizing this history as the year 2020 marks a year of celebrations for voting rights — the 150th anniversary of Utah women being the first in the nation to vote, the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment generally granting women the vote, and the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act protecting voting rights for women and men of all races. Better Days’ historical director Katherine Kitterman and historical research associate Rebekah Ryan Clark look at the privilege and duty of voting and share the story of the pioneering suffragettes who bravely blazed the path for the right to participate in elections. The Church News Podcast is a weekly podcast that invites listeners to make a journey of connection with members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints across the globe. Host Sarah Jane Weaver, reporter and editor for The Church News for a quarter-century, shares a unique view of the stories, events, and most important people who form this international faith. With each episode, listeners are asked to embark on a journey to learn from one another and ponder, “What do I know now?” because of the experience.  See for privacy information.
38 min
The Apple Seed
The Apple Seed
Come With Me and Be Free
Who has made a difference in your life? Maybe it was your mom or dad, maybe it was a good friend, maybe even a stranger who gave you a compliment at the mall. Sometimes it’s the people you least expect to help you make a change. Regardless of who it is, one thing is clear. Everyone is capable of making a difference. It’s just a matter of what we choose to do with our abilities. How is it that even small things can have such a big effect on people’s lives? We don’t realize that little events often result in a long domino effect. So next time you ask if you really can make a difference, remember what you heard today about people old, young, big and small making a big difference through their little efforts.   On today’s episode, enjoy the following: “Come With Me and Be Free” by Kate Dudding from People Who Made a Difference (12:11) Our first story today comes from a person who specializes in true stories about people who made a difference. Her name is Kate Dudding and she has several albums, each of which has won a national storytelling award. This story certainly deserves an award, just like the main character: a young boy who grew up working in a carpet factory in order to pay off his family’s debts. But working there, essentially a slave, didn’t stop him from wanting better for himself and his peers.   “Clever Counting” by Pam Faro from Why Didn't I Think of That?: Seeking Solutions- Some Sassy, Some Silly, Some Smart (11:19) Pam Faro says that storytelling is her calling and believes that storytelling can make a difference. This just might be true. We can learn a lot from stories if we pay attention. In this one, a beautiful leopard is ready to get married. The only question is to who? She has lots of options but she doesn’t want just anyone. She wants someone that is both strong and clever. So she devises a plan that will help her find someone that fits that description.   “Isaac and the Glum Drum Bridge” by Donna Washington from A Tureen of Tales (9:28) Dreams can be strange things. They can be so strange it makes you wonder what was wrong with the food you ate last night. They can also be so real that you think they actually happened. But what would you do if your dream told you to go somewhere or do something. Would you listen? Or would you just think it was just a crazy dream? Donna Washington has a story about just such a situation. Her love for stories grew when she was just a little girl listening to her father weave tales at the dinner table. Since, she has gone on to gather awards in vocal storytelling as well as for her children’s books.   “The Evergreens” by Odds Bodkin from The Evergreens (7:44) Odds Bodkin likes to, as he says, flavor his stories with music. He believes that ethical lessons are best learned when we are thoroughly entertained. This next story teaches all about the value of kindness and compassion as it follows a little bird who has broken its wing. At first, all of the trees are too busy and self important to notice such a small bird, but a kind evergreen tree is willing to look down and help it survive the winter. While it didn’t take much work for the evergreen and its friends to help the bird, it made a big difference.   “A Ride to Remember” by Glenda Bonin from Dust Vail Tales: Growing Up on The Empire Ranch in Arizona (5:55) The experiences we have while we are growing up have a great effect on who we become later in life. What we learn as kids sticks with us for a long time. Glenda Bonin tells a story about a girl named Dusty who grew up on a ranch. Her experiences there shaped her life in numerous ways. She was born in a time when girls weren’t often allowed the same privileges as a boy but since she was the oldest child, she was able to help on the ranch.
This is the Gospel Podcast
This is the Gospel Podcast
LDS Living
Act Well Thy Part
Stories in this episode: Brothers Charlie and Sam start a trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro only to find that the steepest trail ahead lies in their conversations along the way; An important spiritual lesson on-stage leads Broadway performer Sandra to the surprising truth about her most challenging role off-stage. Show Notes:  To see pictures and links for this episode, go to Transcript:  KaRyn  0:03  Welcome to “This Is the Gospel” an LDS Living podcast where we feature real stories from real people who are practicing and living their faith everyday. I'm your host KaRyn Lay. Our theme today comes from an oft-repeated phrase, "What ere thou art, act well thy part," which has made its way into Latter-day Saint cultural consciousness in really interesting ways over the years, like its cousin, "I never said it would be easy, I only said it would be worth it," this phrase is often misattributed. Sometimes it's attributed to the scriptures, sometimes to Shakespeare, and sometimes to the Prophet David O McKay. But it's none of these things really. Nobody really knows where it came from. It was the life motto of President McKay, but that's because he first spotted the saying engraved on a stone in Scotland, where he was a discouraged missionary. The saying brought him comfort, and it helped him to buck up and jump back into the work of gathering Israel with his whole heart. And since then, he has shared it with all of us. And it has come to mean a lot of things to a lot of people in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.   In fact, many years later, it became a touchstone for Sister Elaine Dalton's ministry, as the General President of the Young Women's organization. And if you are old enough to listen to conference in 2013, you might actually remember her very last talk before she was released. She talked about how this phrase sustained her during a time of deep discouragement. But why? What is it about acting well our part that captures our imagination and buoys us up in the face of disruption or challenge? Well, in today's episode, we have two stories from three people who found out what Shakespeare, or Shakespeare's brothers cousin, or whoever it was, who wrote that, what they already knew, when they carved that phrase into the rock. Our first story comes from two brothers who faced a steep mountain both literally and figuratively, and came down the other side with a clear sense of their part in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We'll start with Charlie, and then you'll hear from Sam as the story develops. Here's Charlie and Sam.   Charlie Bird  2:08  So the first thing I remember thinking was, "Is this real life?" Because I'm looking at this mountain above me. And honestly, I couldn't really see much. It was just like a jungle with trees and vines, and it was just going higher and higher. And then it was just lost in the clouds. And I couldn't believe that I was actually at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. If you know anything about my family, it's that we're kind of extreme and we love physical challenges. I'm there with my dad and my little brother, Sam, and my sister, Hannah. What we decided to do for this Kilimanjaro summit was try to do an unassisted hike. So most of the time, when you're hiking the mountain, you have like porters to carry your food and your water. But we wanted to go unassisted, which means we had everything with us just on our own backs. So I hoist this bag onto my shoulders, and I was like, "Oh my gosh." This is like the first moment that it's actually hitting me that I have to take this bag to the top of the tallest freestanding mountain in the world.   We go to weigh it in, and I can't remember exactly how many kilograms it was, but I did – it was like 30 kilograms, which is roughly 65 pounds. And I'm looking at my brother Sam, and we're like, "Are we cool? . . . Or are we crazy?" And looking back, I think it was a little bit of both. And honestly, all the park rangers there thought we were definitely crazy. For about two years before that I'd become a really avid hiker around Utah. And so I would do Timpanogos on the weekends with friends just for like fun and Angels Landing was a breeze and I was hiking all over the Wasatch Front and all over southern Utah. And I felt pretty good. But about 20 minutes into this hike – Kilimanjaro with 65 pounds on my back – I realized this was not going to be like any hike I'd ever done before.   One of the most incredible things that I noticed immediately was the environment, my surroundings. I've never seen so much foliage and animals, there was monkeys jumping through the trees, the landscape was just so beautiful. And there was these mossy vines that were hanging over this dirt path, the light was coming in, in like filtered scattered bursts illuminating the floor and there were flowers on the jungle floor. This is, this is the kind of trip that you know, everyone wants to go on but I was actually living it. I was like, "I cannot believe I'm doing this." And even better, with some of the people who I loved the most.   A couple hours into the start of our hike, we're just climbing. Elevation is steep and me and my little brother Sam are just moving out. For some reason. We were just feeling good. I think we were just excited to be there. We kind of got ahead of the rest of the pack. And for a while it was just me and Sam on the trail. And it was so interesting to look over at him. And notice that, you know, he'd always been my little brother. He's five and a half years younger. It was always kind of like – he was just little, you know? But now I'm looking at him and he's the same height as me and our strides are matching and I was like, "Dang, my little brother's like – a man." You know, I'm protective of him. I've always been like a caretaker of sorts to him, but now he was an equal and that that was kind of the moment I realized that he was an equal as we're moving out on this trail.   Sam Bird  5:18  Charlie and I had always been close. He had always been my best friend, my older brother, five years older than me. So I've always looked up to him, really in everything. Just the way he's been able to interact with people. He – we always said that Charlie is so skilled and talented in so many different fields that, that he could literally do anything. And I wanted to be like that. And he coached me through a lot of things and taught me a lot of things. And I was just happy to be with him.   Charlie Bird  5:46  You know, sometimes I wish there was a word that conveyed something stronger than brother, because that's how I've always felt with Sam. Growing up, we shared a room, and we basically shared everything. We played basketball – he's a basketball star – I honestly can't remember a single time I've ever lost a pickup game at the Rec Center, when Sam's on your team, like you want Sam on your team. And we just loved adventure. And we would explore and we would sing together and try to cook together and stay up late every night talking just about our lives and what we wanted to do and our big dreams. And then now as adults, we share the same clothes and we bought the same type of car. And just everything we did, we were we were essentially like twins.   And so sometimes using the word "Brother" to describe Sam doesn't seem like it's full enough – that it's meaningful enough, because our relationship was just, was just so deep. But there was one really important part of me that Sam didn't know anything about. And as we're walking up this mountain, and I realize that he's no longer just a little brother, that he's my equal, I'm realizing that I was hiding something really important from him. The fact that I'm gay.   At this point in time, I was putting so much emotional and mental and spiritual energy into trying to figure myself out and figure out how to reconcile my faith with my orientation. And s…
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