Showing posts from June, 2019

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…

Notes on Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20-21 "He Is Risen," CFM lesson for June 24-30

Outline of the Four Resurrection Accounts and WitnessesAll four accounts include Mary or Mary and other women as the first witnesses to the resurrection, as well as her or their commission to tell the apostles.  Each account has different details and a different order, as would be expected when oral tradition is written down by different authors.  Most of the accounts have Mary, mentioned alone or with her companions, arrive at the tomb and find it empty.  They see an angel (Matthew, Mark) or two (Luke, John), who give them the good news.  They run to tell the disciples, who don't believe them.  Mark is the only one who says they didn't tell anyone, but I wonder if it meant they didn't say anything to anyone on the way to telling the disciples as the fact of their witness is so central to the other three accounts.  In Luke and John, Peter (with John in John's account) run to the tomb and find it empty, as the women said, and they leave in astonishment.  Staying behind…

Notes on Matthew 27; Mark 15; Luke 23; John 19 "It is Finished," CFM lesson for June 17 - 23

Jesus Before Pilate, Matthew 27:1-2, 11-26, Mark 15:1-15, Luke 23:1-25, see also John 18:28-19:16
Pilate seems a weak-willed individual, worried less about justice than about appeasing the chief priests and keeping the mob happy.  Gerald Smith points out Pilate's tough position as a foreign ruler during the feast:  "Pilate ruled an unruly people. In normal times they were difficult to control with his small Roman contingency. This occurred in the middle of Passover, when perhaps a million or more people were in Jerusalem. His troops were already overwhelmed trying to keep the peace."  If Barabbas is any indication, there were those trying to foment insurrection and the huge swelling of population at Passover might have worried Pilate.  He saw no fault in Jesus, but he feared the crowds and didn't want a riot.  Matthew tells us Pilate's wife had a dream that made her suffer much because of Christ and she sent word to Pilate to "have nothing to do with that ju…

Notes on Matthew 26; Mark 14; Luke 22; John 18 "Not as I Will, but as Thou Wilt" CFM lesson for June 10-16

I'm a bit late to the game this week since my family just got back from a ten-day trip to the Northwest.  Instead of writing for my blog, we did such epic things as see the gum wall in Seattle.  These are my notes from last week's study, and I hope to catch up by the end of the week on this week's scriptures.

Plot to Kill Jesus, Matthew 26:1-5, Mark 14:1-2, Luke 22:1-2 The desire to wait until after the feast is interesting.  In the Student Manual, it points out that, "They knew that many people admired Jesus Christ, and they were concerned that if they tried to take Jesus when there were so many pilgrims in Jerusalem for the holidays, there would be riots." I wonder if they would have waited to take Jesus if it were not for Judas and the easy opportunity he represented to take Christ in the night? Christ's Anointing, Matthew 26:6-13, Mark 14:3-9, (see also Luke 7:36-50, John 12:1-8)
The accounts don't quite agree between the synoptics and John.  In John, …