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Notes on Joseph Smith-Matthew 1; Matthew 25; Mark 12-13; Luke 21, "The Son of Man Shall Come," CFM lesson for May 27 - June 2

In this week's reading, there are chapters covering the end of Jerusalem and the Second coming as well as the story of the widow's mite, and three parables.  I've decided to start with the widow's mite story and the parables and then skip back to the chapters about the Second Coming.
The Widow's Mite, Mark 12:41-44Once again, Christ takes the world's way of reckoning and turns it upside down. The poor widow, who gives two mites, he says, "hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury." He explains, "For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living"God doesn't judge us based on what we do compared to what others do, but instead on what we do with what we have given.  Do we "give all that [we] have," though it might only amount to two mites?This reminds me of another widow who made great sacrifices to feed the prophet Elijah.  1 Kings 17:10-1…

“Behold, Thy King Cometh." Matthew 21–23; Mark 11; Luke 19–20; John 12, CFM lesson for May 20 - 26

Video Playlist for this week: Zacchaeus the Tax Collector, Luke 19:1-10
I love the humility Zacchaeus showed.  As the chief publican, he would have been despised by the people, but that role would also give him power, as would his wealth.  He probably could have forced his way through the crowd, but instead, he climbed a tree to get a glimpse of the Savior.  He doesn't put himself forward nor does he seem to have expected the honor of hosting Jesus.  He received the Savior into his home "joyfully."Zacchaeus seems conscious of his own need for repentance and explains that he gives half of his goods to the poor and that if he has taken anything through fraud, he restores it fourfold.  The law of Moses required restitution for wrongs and thefts.  For example, in Exodus 22:1, it says that a stolen ox should be restored by giving five oxen to the offended party, while the theft of a sheep requires four sheep to be given in restitution.  Numbers 5 explains that other trespasse…

The Big Island of Hawaii

For our anniversary earlier this month, we took Eliza, age 12, and Harmony, age 10, to the Big Island of Hawaii for a beautiful week of adventures.  We were able to go thanks to my wonderful mother-in-law and some friends who helped with my energetic little boys.  Benji, who will be 4 this summer, is mellow and sweet, while Gideon, at 18 months, is into everything and doesn't stop moving.  It's fitting that our last one be a bit of a challenge. Heaven forbid I get cocky in my parenting.
We went snorkeling, saw beautiful sunrises and sunsets, a luau, and took a horseback ride through the Wai'ipo Valley.  Eliza and Harmony had their first ride in an airplane.  They earned the money for half of their flight and activities and were wide-eyed all week.
The event with the most impact on me, was meeting a photographer who lived in Leilani Estates and experienced the lava's destruction last year.  Lots of new fissures opened up on the east end of the island.  Over the course …