Thursday, October 29, 2015

Questions from October 25th's lesson

Okay, from my scrawled-out, semi-cryptic notes, here's the questions that I didn't have (full, scriptural) answers for you on Sunday.

And I apologize. I should be more of a Scriptorian by this point.
I should get to ponderizing, huh?
  1. If Jesus brought people back to life during His mortal ministry, were they resurrected then?
  2. The reference for the "ye are the light of the world/candle and bushel" scripture
    (Which I SHOULD know, since it's my husband's favorite scripture. Yeah, epic fail, right?
    Good thing repentance is still possible!)
  3. Reference for "Without charity, ye are nothing" scripture.

Okay ... so, let's get the easy ones out of the way first.
I love blogging these answers, since I can EASILY get scripture references using a web search.
(You could also do them on your phone/tablet via the Gospel Library app. Easy-peasy-rice-and-cheesy.)

I knew that the "light of the world" scripture was in Matthew, but I hadn't grabbed out my scriptures to look it up.

It's found in Matthew 5:14-16:

"Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."

So, there we go. We're commanded to be a good example and bring the light of Christ and His gospel to the world. We can't just hunker down and binge-watch Netflix (bummer!) but we need to help be a force for good in the world. Others will see us and our actions ... which can lead to great opportunities to discuss the WHY we're doing these things (i.e., service, paying our tithing, observing the Sabbath, listening to our leaders, etc. Hey, we're a peculiar people [like in Titus 2:14, among MANY other references]).

I was pretty sure that Paul was the one who wrote "without charity ye are nothing." I mean, it sounds like Paul ... so, after a quick search, I was pleased to see that I was on the right track (All those years of Seminary and Institute paid off, right?).

In 1 Corinthians (being Paul's epistle/letter to those saints in Corinth), he writes:
"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing." 

But, it's not the only place where we find this discussed ...
"If so, his faith and hope is vain, for none is acceptable before God, save the meek and lowly in heart; and if a man be meek and lowly in heart, and confesses by the power of the Holy Ghost that Jesus is the Christ, he must needs have charity; for if he have not charity he is nothing; wherefore he must needs have charity." (Moroni 7:44)
(You'll notice that a lot of concepts and topics are discussed MULTIPLE TIMES in the scriptures. Probably because they're important. *nods*)

Now, to the BIG question that one of you asked in class -- If Jesus Christ brought people back from the dead while He was on earth, were they resurrected (Like Lazarus and the daughter of Jairus)?

Our Stake President did give me the nod that I was correct when I told you that my recollection is that Jesus was the first person to be resurrected. But, I was really irritated with myself that I didn't have scriptural references in my head immediately to give you as answers.

So, I did some sleuthing. And, well, this is a BIG (aka GOOD) question. We could discuss this for a few lessons, in fact. Way to raise the tough questions! I love it!

The first link to come up was from the Scripture Study Helps section online at (Seriously, bookmark this link. It's pretty awesome).

Under the Guide to the Scriptures link, there's an alphabetical index. Going to the 'R' section, I scroll down and there's "Resurrection."

In the entry, there's a LOT of information ... but the second paragraph starts. "Jesus Christ was the first person to be resurrected on this earth." WITH SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES:
Acts 26:23: "That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles." (emphasis added)

Colossians 1:18: "And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence." (again, emphasis added)

Also, my searching brought up the Aaronic Priesthood Manual 3. In Lesson 8 - "The Resurrection and Judgment," it states that Lazarus was not resurrected. ("No, he was brought back to mortal life, not immortal life. Lazarus would die again.")

The Teachings of Brigham Young manual (Your parents used it for Priesthood and Relief Society back in the 1990s. So did I. That's how you know that I'm OLD.) has a lesson about "Understanding Death and Resurrection":
"Jesus is the first begotten from the dead, as you will understand. Neither Enoch, Elijah, Moses, nor any other man that ever lived on earth, no matter how strictly he lived, ever obtained a resurrection until after Jesus Christ’s body was called from the tomb by the angel. He was the first begotten from the dead. He is the Master of the resurrection—the first flesh that lived here after receiving the glory of the resurrection (Discourses of Brigham Young,  page 374)." (<--- References to original materials is crazy important. Just so you know. ^_^)

Well, I hope that this helped you with some of the things we discussed last week in class.
I know that you've been waiting with BATED BREATH until I (finally) posted these answers. :P

Have a great rest of your week! I look forward to talking about Spiritual and Temporal Self-Reliance with you on Sunday! (It's not as boring as it sounds. Pinky-swear!)

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