Come Follow Me – New Testament (1)

December 31-January 6

We are responsible for our own learning

The purpose of this year’s study is to help us come unto Christ and become more deeply converted to His gospel. We want to understand the Scriptures and find in them the spiritual strength we and our families need.

What seek ye? Jesus asked his disciples’s

(John 1:38)

We might ask ourselves the same question for what we find in the New Testament this year will greatly depend on what we seek. “Seek, and ye shall find“ is the Savior’s promise

(Matthew 7:7)

We need to ask the questions that come to our mind as we study, and then seek diligently for answers. In the New Testament we will read about the powerful spiritual experiences of disciples of Jesus Christ. As a faithful disciple of the Savior, we can have our own powerful spiritual experiences as we accept the Savior’s invitation, found throughout this sacred volume, “Come, follow me”

(Luke 18:22)

“As learners, you and I are to act and be doers of the word and not simply hearer’s who are only acted upon. Are you and I agents who act and seek learning by faith, or are we waiting to be taught and acted upon?… A learner exercising agency by acting in accordance with correct principles open his or her heart to the Holy Ghost and invite His teaching, testifying power, and confirming witness. Learning by faith requires spiritual, mental, and physical exertion and not just passive reception“ (“Seek Learning By Faith”)

What does it mean to take responsibility for our own learning? 

Look for possible answers in the following scriptures:

John 7:17; 

1 Thessalonians 5:21; 

James 1:5–6;

James 1:22; 

James 2:17; .

(1 Nephi 10:17-19)

(2 Nephi 4:15)

(Alma 32:27) and

(Doctrine & Covenants 18:18)

(Doctrine & Covenants 58:26-28)

(Doctrine & Covenants 88:118)

We need to know the truth for ourselves

 Perhaps we know people who never seem to lose their faith, no matter what happens in their lives. They may remind you of the five wise virgins in the Savior’s parable (see Matthew 25:1-13).

What you may not see are there diligent efforts to strengthen their testimonies of the truth. We must all sick diligently to strengthen our testimonies because, as the foolish virgins learned, we cannot borrow conversion from anyone else.

How do we gain and nurture our own testimonies? Ponder as you read the Scriptures.

Luke 11:9-13; 

John 5:39; 

John 7:14-17; 

Acts 17:10-12; 

1 Corinthians 2:9-11; and 

(Alma 5:45-46)

What do we do when we have questions?

As you seek spiritual knowledge, questions will come to your mind. The following principles can help you address questions and ways that build faith and testimony:

  1. Seek understanding through divinely appointed sources. God is the source of all truth, and He reveals truth through the Holy Ghost, the Scriptures, and his prophets and apostles.
  2. Act in faith. If answers don’t come right away, trust that the Lord will reveal answers when the time is right. In the meantime, keep living by the truth you are ready now.
  3. Keep an eternal perspective. Try to see things as the Lord sees them, not as the world does. View your questions in the context of our Heavenly Father’s Plan of Salvation.

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