Ep 62 | Alma 36-38, Come Follow Me (July 20-26)
1 hr 4 min

00:26 – Alma’s letters to his sons remind us to parent one by one, bear testimony, lead by example, find Jesus in scripture, and sincerely praise.

06:24 – Be more wise than we have been.

13:36 – Shiblon is steady and good. Seek to be a high yield, low maintenance member of the church.

19:44 – Alma recounts his torment and horror of facing God in his many sins, then the role of the atonement which brought him joy and marvelous light.

27:38 – Elder Holland teaches about justification.

31:02 – Alma 36 is a beautifully constructed chiastic structure.

33:54 – A triangle in our heart that spins when we sin.

41:21 – It seems so simple that the easiness of the way can make us negligent. Because it is easy to do, it is easy to not do.

42:32 – Don’t give up if you don’t see immediate changes. Dip 7 times in the river like Naaman.

44:38 – Alma 37 as a temple ascension text.

54:38 – Possible meanings of Gazelem.

58:34 – Bridle our passions.

1:02:04 – Alma’s knowledge of truth did not come from the angel, but from the Spirit.

For the quotes used in this podcast, see Alma 36-38 Great Quotes. For Book of Mormon Central’s excellent video of John Welch explaining his personal discovery of chiasmus in the text of the Book of Mormon, go here. John’s son Greg Welch also has an excellent presentation on Book of Mormon Central here. For a brief explanation of chiasmus, go here. For a visual demonstration (PDF) of the chiastic structure of Alma 36, go here. For more on the possible meanings and constructions of the word gazelem, see The Book of Mormon Onomasticon. For more information on Alma 37 as a text that is written in code, teaching us about ascension, the temple, and our discipleship, with links and notes to further your study, see Alma 37 as Temple Text.

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55. Transformations of Faith - Thomas McConkie
*** Find out more at transformationsoffaith.org *** In this episode, we spoke with Thomas McConkie about something really exciting that he’s been working on over the past year in partnership with Faith Matters. Thomas has created an online course called Transformations of Faith. Many of our listeners are familiar with Thomas’s unique story. He’s a mindfulness teacher and practitioner of over 20 years, a committed and thoughtful Latter-day Saint, and a researcher and teacher in the field of adult development. In Transformations of Faith, Thomas draws on all three of these perspectives to create some truly transformative insights and practices. It’s an extraordinarily rich course with over 10 hours of teaching and guided meditations by Thomas, plus some fascinating conversations between Thomas and Adam Miller in which they dive deeper into the ideas in the course. Faith Matters is a non-profit organization, but we’ve made a substantial investment to produce this course because we believe what Thomas has to share  will be life-changing for many people. For that reason, the course is the first product we’ve made available for purchase through Faith Matters. We’re offering a discounted price of $98 for the first 100 purchasers. We’ve also decided to make financial aid available for those who can’t currently afford it — we don’t want money to be the reason anyone misses out on the course. Subscribers will also be able to access an audio-only version of the course on a private podcast channel. For those of us who have taken the course, it’s been a subject of constant conversation. Many of the ideas and practices Thomas shared have truly been life-changing and opened up new awareness for both of us about ourselves and others around us that we simply couldn’t see before. We expect we’ll be back to it over and over again to process and uncover new layers of meaning. We think it could be particularly helpful if you feel spiritually or emotionally stuck or stagnant, or if you struggle with anxiety. You can head to transformationsoffaith.org in order to see more detail about the course, watch a sample video, and enroll.  We had a ton of fun talking with Thomas about some of the most interesting and impactful moments in the course for this episode of the podcast. We can’t wait for you to listen and hope you enjoy the conversation.
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