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The Mount of Transfiguration

Jesus, Peter, James, and John went up into a high mountain. Jesus was “transfigured” and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.” Moses and Elias appeared. Peter wanted to make 3 tabernacles one for each Jesus, Moses, & Elias. A cloud came and said “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him,” then Jesus appear in glory and prophesied of his death and resurrection. The apostles were eyewitnesses and fell to the earth because they were frightened. Jesus came to comfort them and tell them not to be afraid. THe apostles got up and looked around and saw only Jesus. The most important part of the Appearance of Moses and Elijah was to To pass down the keys of the priesthood to James, Peter, John and be able to act as the first presidency.

Bible Dictionary; Transfiguration, Mount Of.

“This very important event in the New Testament occurred about a week after the promise made to Peter that he would receive the keys of the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 16:13–19; 17:1–9). On the mount, the Savior, Moses, and Elias (Elijah) gave the promised keys of the priesthood to Peter, James, and John (HC 3:387), which enabled these brethren to carry forth the work of the kingdom on the earth after the departure of Jesus. These keys were later given to all of the Twelve. The Transfiguration occurred in about October, some six months before the death of Jesus. The brethren saw the Lord in a glorified and transfigured state. They also saw a vision of the earth as it will appear in its future glorified condition (D&C 63:20–21; HC 1:283); saw and conversed with Moses and Elijah, two translated beings; and heard the voice of the Father bearing witness that Jesus is His beloved Son, in whom the Father is pleased, and commanding the brethren to hear (obey) Him. See also Mark 9:2–10; Luke 9:28–36; 2 Pet. 1:16–18. The event is important in many ways: Necessary priesthood authority was conferred upon Peter, James, and John; the significance of the Savior’s work was emphasized; and the unity of various dispensations and the close relationship of Jesus and His prophets was demonstrated. Few events in the Bible equal it in importance. A similar event occurred on April 3, 1836, in the temple at Kirtland, Ohio, where the same heavenly messengers conferred priesthood keys upon the Prophet Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery (D&C 110).”

2. In what ways would this experience have prepared the three Apostles for the responsibilities they would soon have as leaders of the Church?

I think they would no longer have faith that Jesus was the Christ they would know for sure because they say two dead profits and heard the voice of heavenly father. This would strengthen they for their tasks ahead so they could stand by Christ and help him as much as they could with weak mortal bodies.

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The Parables

In the Bible Dictionary read the first three paragraphs under the entry “Parables” (pgs. 740-41). In your own words, write a definition of a parable.

A story that can relate to anyone with all levels of faith and intelligence. For those not willing to learn, they will get nothing out of it.

Read the following parables: parable of the tares (Matthew 13:24-30); parables of the mustard seed and the leaven (Matthew 13:47-50); parables of the treasure and the pearl of great price (Matthew 13:44-46) parable of the gospel net (Matthew 13:47-50). Next to each of the following questions write the name of the parable that best answers that question.

What describes the future growth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

parable of the tares

Why does the Church send out so many missionaries?

Parable of the net.

How do you explain the remarkable growth of the Church, considering that it is fairly new compared to most world religions and started small in the American frontier?

Parable of the treasure and the pearl of great price.

 

Why are some members of the Church willing to sacrifice so much worldly wealth and recognition in order to maintain membership in the Church?

Parable of the treasure and the pearl of great price.

 

Why do some Church members choose to leave the Church?

Parable of the sower.

 

Considering the parables of the treasure and the pearl of great price (see Matthew 13:44-46), what sacrifices would you be willing to make to obtain the treasure of the gospel? What sacrifices have you or those you know already made for the gospel?

I know many people who sacrifice family for the gospel.  I have made a sacrifice to being school again and finish my degree through BYU-I.  I sacrifice my time doing my callings and serving in the temple. I also sacrifice paying my tithing but know I am blessed in return.

 

What does the net represent in the parable of the net cast into the sea? (See Matthew 13:47). What does it mean to be gathered into the net? What is represented by the action of gathering the good into vessels and casting the bad away? (See Matthew 13:48-50).

The net is the gospel or the gathering of Israel. The action of gathering the good and casting away the bad is right before the second coming, when the wicked shall be burned and the righteous saved or gathered into vessels.

 

The Baptism of Christ

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This week in Religion 211 we read about Christ’s baptism and ministry here on earth.

Why was John hesitant to baptize Jesus?

John was hesitant to baptize Jesus because he knew Jesus was already perfect and did not need to repent.

What is taught here about the Holy Ghost?

We are taught that the Holy Ghost is a personage just like Jesus and God.

Even Jesus needed to be baptized and confirmed to receive the Holy Ghost.

The Holy Ghost symbolizes the sign of the dove. The dove represents the purity and rebirth.

Jesus Christ said He must be baptized to “fulfill all righteousness.” List three reasons why Jesus Christ was baptized (see 2 Nephi 31:6–11).

Jesus wanted to be an example to the world. If they followed his example then they would want to be baptized too.

To please God “this is my beloved son, of whom I am well pleased” Matt 3:17

Baptism is the first essential part of our eternal salvation And even Christ needed to accomplish it.

What evidence is found in Matthew 3:16–17 that the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are three separate personages in the Godhead?

God spoke from heaven showing that he was pleased with his “beloved son” choice to be baptized and confirmed.

The “Sprit of God,” also known as the Holy Ghost, came down like a dove before God.  From this we know the Holy Ghost is a separate person.