Thursday, October 21, 2010

Another great class...

So here's how this goes. I'm writing this because I love my New Testament class. I learn new things every day as I read from my packet and then pair it with my New Testament reading, and I love going to class because Todd Parker is the best. This is the third class I've taken from him. (The other two were the first and second halves of Book of Mormon). And I just think that he is so wise. He got a lot of his information directly from Robert J. Matthews, (who was his religion professor when he was a student at BYU), which has also given me an appreciation for Robert J. Matthews and for the things that he did for the Church. (He was responsible for obtaining the Joseph Smith Translations from the RLDS church that we now have in our LDS Bible, for the Bible Dictionary, and for many of the footnotes in the Book of Mormon and Bible). Since the RLDS church still has the book of Joseph Smith Translations, we are still missing many, but Brother Parker put some of those into our packets, and since the JST is so helpful in correcting things that were taken out or changed in the Bible, I think those are also super interesting.

These are a few of many things that I either got from my packet or from class that I really liked or thought were enlightening:

Celestial people don't enjoy watching violence. And if you do, it might be time to re-evaluate.
-Todd Parker

Matthew 5:41 - Whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile go with him twain.
JST - not included in LDS Bible - from "Inspired Version" changes this to - "And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him a mile; and whosoever shall compel thee to go with him twain, thou shalt go with him twain."

Matthew 5:39, 40 - Whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek turn to him the other and if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also
JST from "Inspired Version" changes this to - "And unto him who smiteth thee on the cheek, offer also the other; or, in other words, it is better to offer the other, than to revile again. And him who taketh away thy cloak, forbid not to take thy coat also. For it is better that thou suffer thine enemy to take these things, than to contend with him. Verily I say unto you, your heavenly Father who seeth in secret, shall bring that wicked one into judgment."
(This is Jesus' counsel to missionaries not to revile, or contend, or waste a lot of time in court that would prevent them from preaching).
-Todd Parker

Matthew 6:10 - Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven
"When He answers yes, it is to give us confidence. When He answers no, it is to prevent error. When He withholds an answer, it is to have us grow through faith in Him, obedience to His commandments, and a willingness to act on truth. We are expected to assume accountability by acting on a decision that is consistent with His teachings without prior confirmation. We are not to sit passively waiting or to murmur because the Lord has not spoken. We are to act."
-Elder Richard G. Scott

Matthew 6:14, 15 - For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you
Forgiveness Flour
When I went to the door, at the whisper of
Knocking, I saw Simeon Gartner's daughter,
Kathleen, standing there, in her shawl and her
Shame, sent to ask "Forgiveness Flour" for her
Bread. "Forgiveness Flour," we call it in our
Corner. If one has erred, one is sent to ask
For flour of his neighbors. If they loan it to
Him, that means he can stay, but if they
Refuse, he had best take himself off. I looked
At Kathleen . . . what a jewel of a daughter,
Though not much like her father, more's the
Pity. "I'll give you flour," I said, and went to
Measure it. Measuring was the rub. If I gave
Too much, neighbors would think I made sin
Easy, but if I gave too little, they would label
Me "close". While I stood measuring, Joel, my
Husband came in from the mill, a great bag of
Flour on his shoulder, and seeing her there,
Shrinking in the doorway, he tossed the bag at
Her feet. "Here, take all of it." And so she
Had flour enough for many loaves, while I
Stood measuring.
-Anonymous

Matthew 7:13, 14 - Enter ye in at the strait gate . . . and few there be that find it
"I'd like to append to them the fact--and this is a true gospel verity--that everyone in the Church who is on the straight and narrow path, who is striving and struggling and desiring to do what is right though is far from perfect in this life: if he passes out of this life while he's on the straight and narrow, he's going to go on to eternal reward in his Father's kingdom.
If you're on that path and pressing forward, and you die, you'll never get off the path. There is no such thing as falling off the straight and narrow path in the life to come."
-Bruce R. McConkie

Matthew 7:23 - Then will I profess unto them, I never knew you
Another JST not included in the LDS Bible - "Then will I profess unto them, ye never knew me."
To believe that Christ doesn't know us denies his omniscience. The reality is that we don't know him. He knows us better than we know ourselves.
-Todd Parker

All things testify of Christ:
Why a brass serpent on the pole? The word "serpent" in Hebrew is similar to the word "Messiah".

Moses' first plague - turning water to blood
Jesus' first miracle - turning water to wine

Moses' last plague - death of firstborn
Jesus' last miracle - resurrection of the firstborn

In Moses' time, when offering up sacrifices, it had to be a lamb, firstborn, unblemished.
Jesus is the lamb of God, firstborn, unblemished.
- Todd Parker

A comparison, given by Robert Norman, between the Book of Mormon and Jesus Christ, which shows that all things typify Christ:

Book of Mormon:
  1. Coming forth declared by an angel - Moroni
  2. Came to restore in time of Apostasy
  3. Laid away in stone receptacle
  4. Taken from receptacle by Joseph Smith
  5. Came forth after stone rolled away
  6. Angel oversees coming forth from receptacle
  7. First one to see (Joseph) forbidden to touch
  8. Attested to by the 12 witnesses
  9. The word of God
  10. Teaches fullness of Gospel
  11. Keystone of our religion
Jesus Christ:
  1. Coming forth declared by an angel - Gabriel
  2. Came to restore in time of Apostasy
  3. Laid away in stone receptacle
  4. Put into receptacle by Joseph of Arimathea
  5. Came forth after stone rolled away
  6. Angel oversees coming forth from receptacle
  7. First one to see (Mary) forbidden to touch
  8. Attested to by the 12 witnesses
  9. The word of God
  10. Teaches fullness of Gospel
  11. Cornerstone of the Church
Matthew 5:21, 22 - Whoso shall say to his brother raca shall be in danger of the council
The word "raca" in Aramaic literally means "empty head". Christ is obviously teaching against the use of words that would be abusive, degrading, or used for derision. Note: "without a cause" in 3 Nephi 12:22 account is deleted from the Matthew 5:22 account. We shouldn't get angry even if we have a cause.
-Todd Parker
Isn't that kind of funny? That raca means empty head? I think it is...

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Ahhh... Rain

What a glorious sound. I love rain. It makes me want to bake cookies and pie. And go puddle jumping. I love when it rains in October. Fall and rain are the perfect mix.

Just in case you didn't know, this month is also the best of all food holidays. It's National Apple, Caramel, Cookie, Pasta, Dessert, Pizza, and Popcorn month. And this Saturday is National Dessert Day! I expect everyone to take this very seriously and eat dessert then. Please. I just want your life to be happy.