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Traits of Come Follow Me Podcasts

By Karen Austin

I have been unwilling to listen to audiobooks or podcast despite their rising popularity because my listening comprehension rate is much lower than my reading comprehension rate. Until recently. I teach online, and I look at screens a lot because we do not have a television for news and the occasional television show or movie. …

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Metaphors in the Gospel of John

By Karen Austin

John’s gospel bears testimony of the divinity of Jesus the Christ. The manner of his writing shows Greek influences in the use of concepts and principles. John’s writing also makes ample use of metaphors.  In the gospel of John, Jesus declares to His followers that He (Jesus) is the Living Water, the Bread of Life, …

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Inspiration in a “Vocation”-al Setting

By Karen Austin

Earlier this week, I spent three days at a retreat for educators where forty-plus attendees discussed ethics, mission, and the vocation.  While I do enjoy congregating with my fellow saints each Sunday, I found it invigorating to meet with a variety of people in an interpath effort. (Interpath is more inclusive than interfaith because it …

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Book Review: The First Four Books of BYUS’s New Testament Commentary Series

By Karen Austin

BYU Studies has published four print books so far as part of their New Testament Commentary series. This series draws on an array of academic tools from fields such as archaeology, biblical studies, linguistics, and literary theory. Nevertheless, the interpretations stay anchored in LDS doctrine. Derek Gurr from BYU Studies explains the relationship between the …

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Authentic Savior

By Kimberly Sears

“We are daughters of our Heavenly Parents, who love us, and we love them.” Those were the words that popped out of my mouth unrehearsed a few months ago while reciting the Young Women Theme, and I’ve said it that way ever since. I’m not trying to “steady the ark” or usurp authority over a …

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One in Thine Hand?

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

One in Thine Hand?

I’m happy to be studying the New Testament again in Sunday School. I grew up on its cadences and witness. It remains my favorite of the canon. It’s the volume through which I came to know Christ, to begin to grasp the Atonement and through whose principles – along with the other scriptures – I try to work the Gospel into my bones. I believe, to borrow from Elder Bednar’s April 2010 Conference talk:
“Regular reading of and talking about the [scriptures] invite the power to resist temptation and to produce feelings of love within our families. And discussions about the doctrines and principles in the [scriptures] provide opportunities for parents to observe their children, to listen to them, to learn from them, and to teach them.”

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Why These Women in Jesus’ Genealogy?

By Julie M. Smith

MOST READERS of Matthew’s Gospel take one look at that first page full of “begats” and impossible-to-pronounce names and quickly turn the page. But Matthew was a deliberate writer; he didn’t begin his gospel with a boring list, but rather with a selective portrait of the progenitors who made Jesus. Perhaps the most interesting facet of …

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