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Notes about Studying the New Testament with the Come Follow Me Schedule, Halfway Through

At the beginning of the year, I posted some ideas and thoughts about the Come Follow Me curriculum and study.  Now that we are halfway through the year, I thought I'd take some time to write an update to the post and discuss what I've found most helpful in my individual study and our family study.

My Personal Study I'm so indebted to the many great people who write, study and share their knowledge and insight about the New Testament.  My personal study has been so rich and full thanks to their insights.  I am not an expert in ancient languages, cultures, or symbols so I rely on those who are and who so generously share.

Finding Time to Study Y'all probably know by now that I have eleven kids.  Eleven little and not-so-little people that rely on me.  While I love this stage of my life, with kids from age 20 down to 20 months, and I find so many things easier than when I was a mom to all littles, I have never had so many balls up in the air.  You've heard of the anal…

Notes on Acts 6-9 "What Wilt Thou Have Me to Do?", CFM lesson for July 8-14

Seven Deacons Chosen, Acts 6:1-7The Greek-speaking Jews complained that their widows were not getting the same care as the "Hebrews," most likely those native to Jerusalem.  This was likely a bit of a barrier between the two, having grown up in two different cultures.  It's easy to picture the language differences and the differences in culture, language, and background causing some difficulties in unity.This story reminds me of Moses, whose father-in-law worried about his daily ministrations to his people, saying, "Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone." (Exodus 18:18).  Jethro counseled Moses about choosing "able men, such as fear God, men of truth"  to help him with the many affairs of the people.  In the same way, the Apostles had been given the commission to take the gospel to all the world.  Much as they probably wanted to ser…

Notes on Acts 1-5 "Ye Shall Be Witnesses unto Me", CFM lesson for July 1 - 7

Theme in this week's ReadingBold testimonies in the face of opposition.  Blame laid at the feet of the people and especially the chief priests and elders for the death of Jesus Christ.  Great miracles of tongues, healing, and deliverance.The members unite, "with one accord."The growth of the Church from a little over a hundred to thousands. The student manual points out that, "The word church is mentioned only three times in the Gospels (see Matthew 16:18; 18:17). However, it appears over 100 times in Acts through Revelation. It seems likely that during the 40 days prior to the Lord’s Ascension into heaven, His teachings to the Apostles about “the things pertaining to the kingdom of God” included instruction about how the Church was to be organized and how it should function (Acts 1:3)." Introduction, Forty Days, and Ascension of Jesus, Acts 1:1-11
Luke wrote the Book of Acts as the sequel to his Gospel.  Both are addressed to Theophilus, which means "love…

Spiritual Sleep Deprivation and Feasting on the Words of Christ, Sacrament Meeting Talk June 22, 2019

Note:  This is roughly what I prepared and spoke about in my ward last week.  I tried not to look too much at my notes and I had to cut out a few of the longer quotes for time's sake.  
Fundamental Habits to a Happy Life When I was a new mom twenty years ago, a friend gave me a copy of a book called Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child. The book presented research about the importance of sleep to a child’s healthy physical and emotional development. I devoured the book and was determined that my baby would grow up with healthy sleep habits. I’ve now been a parent to little ones for two decades. I’ve read a lot of parenting books and seen a lot of advice about the best ways to raise children. And yet, I would estimate that 80% of parenting a small child is making sure that they are well-rested. A toddler who constantly melts down might need distraction, boundaries, or empathy. But more often, he just needs more regular sleep. When moms ask me what to do about a problem they ar…