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Friday, July 17, 2015

Helaman 14 - By Dad

I was impressed with the numerous signs and wonders prophesied of by Samuel… So many how could one not believe?  As we get closer to the Second Coming, there will also be many signs and wonders that will help us know that it is close…

As fun as it was to read about all the signs that would come to the Nephites…That wasn’t Samuels main message.  He taught so well about the Atonement...

Why all the signs and wonders?  vs. 12 “that ye might know of the signs of his coming, to the intent that ye might believe on his name”
If you do believe on his name? vs. 13 “ye will repent of all your sins, that thereby ye may have a remission of them through his merits”
How does this happen? vs. 15 “he surely must die that salvation may come”

After teaching about all signs and the about Christ, he finishes with: “ye are free; ye are permitted to act for yourselves” vs. 30

I like his style… he taught so well about the Atonement.  His message had to be interesting to many listening as he talked about all the signs, including the graves opening up (vs. 25) and taught about the Savior, his coming and his redemption… But at the end of his intriguing and convincing message, he says essentially… “It’s up to you"

Monday, July 13, 2015

One of my first thoughts while reading this chapter was about repentance.  First of all, true servants of God will preach repentance (vs. 2) as Samuel does.  Samuel points out this in vs. 26-28…  “if a prophet come among you and decelerate unto you the word of the Lord, which testifieth of your sins and iniquities, ye are angry with him… But behold, if a man shall come among you and shall say: Do this, and there is no iniquity…ye will receive him, and say that he is a prophet”  

Often the prophets words will be hard to accept and urge us to change things in our lives.  This is one of the evidences of a true prophet.

The other thought about repentance is Samuel uses the words “turn" and “return" in verse 11 when discussing repentance.  This is significant because this is the phraseology used in the Old Testament instead of repentance (like in 1 Samuel 7:3).  They essentially mean the same thing.  As we turn back to the Lord (or return) than we are in the act of repenting…. 
                                                                                                                             Kelly Newman