How has the Restoration Brought Me Closer to Christ

My middle school speech teacher definitely taught me to never begin a speech with, “today my speech will be about…”, but I’m going to do it today anyway. Today I will be building off of….and sharing how the restoration has brought me closer to Christ.  I had difficulty in even beginning to organize my thoughts […]

Shepherds Abiding in the Field

Good tidings of great joy, given to but few and those among the humblest of earth, but destined to spread to all people. James Talmage Luke 2 8. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9. And, lo, the angel of theLord came upon […]

The Resurrection

John 20 : 1-31 KJV 1 The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. 2 Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the […]

The Crucifixion of Jesus

The Life of Christ – Written by Frederick W. Farrar – Originally published in 1874. CHAPTER LXI The Crucifixion “Dum crucis inimicos Vocabis, et amicos, O Jesu, Fili Dei, Sis, oro, memor mei.” 417 THOMAS OF CELANO, De Cruce Domini. “I, MILES, EXPEDI CRUCEM” ( “Go, soldier, get ready the cross” ). In some such […]

Jesus Before Pilate

The Life of Christ – Written by Frederick W. Farrar – Originally published in 1874. CHAPTER LX Jesus Before Pilate “Per procuratorem Pontium Pilatum supplicio affectus erat.” 388 – TAC. Ann. XV. 44. SUFFERED under Pontius Pilate” – so, in every creed of Christendom, is the unhappy name of the Roman Procurator handed down to […]

The Interval Between the Trials

Featured image depicts Peter denying the Christ. Image taken from the image library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Matthew 26 : 69-75 KJV 69 ¶ Now Peter sat without in the palace: and damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee. 70 But he denied before them all, saying, I know not […]

Jesus Before Annas and Caiaphas

The Life of Christ – Written by Frederick W. Farrar – Originally published in 1874. CHAPTER LVIII Jesus Before the Priests and the Sanhedrin הוו מתונים בדיי “Be slow in judgment.” – Pirke Abhóth ALTHOUGH sceptics have dwelt with disproportioned persistency upon a multitude of “discrepancies” in the fourfold narrative of Christ’s trial, condemnation, death, […]

Gethsemane – The Agony and The Arrest

No single event in the history of the world was more important than what took place on that evening. Jesus bled from every pore – for you and for me, making an atonement for your sins, and mine. John 17 – The Intercessory Prayer These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, […]

The Last Discourse

After administering the Sacrament to his Disciples, Jesus had one last discourse to deliver. The Book of John dedicates three chapters to this now in the King James Version as John 14, John 15, and John 16. Due to its length, I will not include the translated sermon from those chapters but instead give you […]

The Last Supper

The Life of Christ – Written by Frederick W. Farrar – Originally published in 1874. CHAPTER LV THE LAST SUPPER οὐκ ἔφαγε τὸν νομικὸν ἀμνὸν… ἀλλ᾽ αὐτὸς ἔπαθεν ὡς ἀληθὴς aurós. 352 – Chron. Pasch., p. 12. On the Tuesday evening in Passion week, Jesus had spoken of the Passover as the season of His […]

The Parable of the Talents

We are required build on our talents with the express purpose of building up the Kingdom of God on the earth. Matthew 25 : 14-30 KJV 14 ¶ For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, […]

The Beginning of the End – Judas Iscariot Conspires

Judas Iscariot did not have to betray Jesus for the Pharisee’s to have prevailed. But he did hasten the process. “So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.” – ZECH. xi. 12 “That furtive mien, that scowling eye, Of hair that red and tufted fell” — Conception of Judas which was handed down. […]

The Parable of the Ten Virgins

Matthew 25 KJV 1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 While the […]

Farewell to the Temple

And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury. Jesus also teaches his disciples of the future destruction of […]

The Great Denunciation

The Pharisees gathered around Jesus and began asking him questions hoping to trip him up. In the end, he silenced them with his questions, then began to chastise the wickedness of the scribes and pharisees and to prophesy of their ruin. The Life of Christ – Written by Frederick W. Farrar – Originally published in […]

The Day of Temptations

Render, therefore, unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s. The Life of Christ – Written by Frederick W. Farrar – Originally published in 1874. CHAPTER LI THE DAY OF TEMPTATIONS – THE LAST AND GREATEST DAY OF THE PUBLIC MINISTRY OF JESUS. “And the door was shut.” […]

The Second Clearing of the Temple

Matthew 21 KJV – Jesus Cleanses the Temple 12. And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, 13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be […]

Monday in Passion Week – A Day of Parables

The day following Palm Sunday, Jesus cursed the fig tree. And by the next day it had withered away. But why would Jesus curse the fig tree? Because it had no fruit? If I were at home I would take a picture of my fig tree which I planted last year. It lost all of […]

The Anointing of Jesus

Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment. Frederick Farrar in the book The Life of Christ goes over many of the speculations about the relationship of Simon […]

Palm Sunday

This begins the series of events leading up to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It was the fulfillment of prophesy. Many people today celebrate Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday is established to remember the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. One week later is Easter Sunday. Easter is to celebrate the Resurrection of […]

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