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Notes From the Climb: May – July 2018

  • Good works are not substitutes for grace, they are expressions of obedience that foreshadow the disposition of the converted.
  • “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children;” – Ephesians 5:1 NASB
  • Sunday is just another day of the week, the Sabbath must be created, a sign between us and God.
  • Prayer is a union of minds, we can unite with God or others around us.
  • Key terms from the sermon on the mount:
    • Meek = mild = non-violent
    • Blessed = happy and prosperous
    • Merciful = compassionate = a heart easily moved by the suffering or distress of others
    • Pure = clean = free from foreign matter
    • Peace = freedom from conflict
  • We come unto Christ by drawing near to him, not in physical, but dispositional proximity.
  • The word brass in Hebrew is nachosheth¬†which means copper.
    • Brass items in scripture include:
      • Moses’ serpent
      • Liahona
      • Laban’s plates
      • Temple basin on the back of 12 oxen
      • Solomon’s 2 pillars
  • “If there were no Book of Mormon, the promised¬†gathering of Israel would not occur.” – Pres. Nelson
  • The meaning of the tree in Nephi’s vision (the love of God) was the same as what he already knew about God, that he “loveth his children.” The answer didn’t deliver new information in that regard, but it allowed him to see what he already knew in a greater context. (Knowing is one thing, understanding the meaning is another).
    • Lehi: “[the fruit] was desirable above all other fruit” – 1 Ne. 8:12
    • Nephi: [the tree] is the most desirable above all things.” – 1 Ne. 11:22
  • “My joy is more full because of the success of my brethren.” – Alma 29:14